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Mark 5:21-42

February 16, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

“Don’t be afraid. Just have faith!” v. 36 (NLT)

In this passage we see fear expressed in two similar but different ways.  Both however reveal that Jesus has the power over life and death.

  • The woman was fearful that her condition disqualified her from meeting Jesus.  She desperately wanted Jesus to heal her, but she knew that her bleeding would cause Him to be unclean under Jewish law if she touched him.  Therefore she tried the sneak attack!  She believed if she could just touch Him, she would be healed … and she was.  Sometimes we feel that our problems will keep us from God.  Our shame, our situation, or what others might think, say, or do, keeps us trapped from experiencing the Life Changing Power of Jesus. The good news is that He is always ready to help, no matter how impossible the problem seems to us.  We should never allow our fear to keep us from approaching Him!
  • Jairus was fearful that it was too late.  He had sought Jesus, but now he’s just gotten word that his daughter is dead.  In the midst of confusion, anger,  mourning and serious crisis, Jesus says these powerful words, Don’t be afraid. Just have faith! These words speak to us today.  These words bring both hope and promise. The next time we feel hopeless and afraid, we need to remember these words and let them go deep into our heart. The situation we are facing may be intense, but Jesus can calm our fears and help us through any situation.

Today, where do you need to experience Jesus? Is there something that you are holding back in fear?  Maybe its fear or maybe its shame, whatever it is, Jesus can bring healing to that situation if you will seek Him.

Prayer: Father, we need you in every situation.  Help us not to hide in the crowd!  When things get intense, help us to not be afraid but to trust you completely.  Increase our faith, so we can experience the miracle! In our darkest hour let us remember that you never let go!

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