Mark 5:35, 36 NKJV
…While He was still speaking, some came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house who said, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?” As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not be afraid; only believe.”
Foundation: Jesus is inspiring us here not to fear, not to doubt, not to be distracted by anyone or anything but rather to keep our gaze singularly focused on Him, the only real solution to whatever is a problem in our lives. By Saying ONLY BELIEVE He is saying, in the moment when you come to me desperate for my intervention on your behalf, in your life, your daily life, don’t let anything pull you off course.
Big IDEA: Do we really want our Answer?
John 5:5-8 AMP
There was a certain man there who had suffered with a deep-seated and lingering disorder for thirty-eight years. When Jesus noticed him lying there [helpless], knowing that he had already been a long time in that condition, He said to him, Do you want to become well? [Are you really in earnest about getting well?] The invalid answered, Sir, I have nobody when the water is moving to put me into the pool; but while I am trying to come [into it] myself, somebody else steps down ahead of me. Jesus said to him, Get up! Pick up your bed (sleeping pad) and walk!
1. What are we believing in?
Faith in faith– as long as you believe in something
Faith in yourself – I believe I can fly
Faith in fortune – money money money
Faith in the false – man made religions, man made men, believing in the pretend more than the real.
2. Do we really want our Solution?
Has our problem, issue, situation, victimization, or even our sickness become who we are instead of what is happening to us?
Are their things that are gained by retaining this identity that we are not ready or willing to give up?
Attention, our role in the group
Self centeredness – a need to keep the attention on self
Have we lost ourselves in our issue and wouldn’t know who we are without it?
Have we spent so much time being identified by or with this issue that we have lost our true identity and now fear that we would not be known at all. We feel it would be better to be known for this than not known.
3. Are we looking to others or to God to give us our Answers?
Do we realize that when we get offended at others its always because we have taken our focus off of our only real answer, GOD, and have placed our attention on Imperfect people?
Have we made it others peoples responsability to take care of our problems?
Are we looking for people to give us an emotional peace while we suffer instead of turning to God for true peace and deliverence from our suffering?
Have we put people in such a place in our lives that there is no way they could ever live up to, or be the solution that we are needing and wanting them to be?
4. What underlying heart issue could be keeping us from our Answer.
Are there issues piling on issues because of resentment, and disappointment?
How do we see ourselves?
As a victor that is facing a difficulty, or a victim who would be a victor of it wasn’t for our circumstances?
Do we blame God or are we looking to God as our solution?
The question that Jesus ask the lame man, was more than a mere question based on a momentary observation, but a question based on Jesus ability to know the heart.
Through this one question he brought to light every wrong heart motive, every wrong belief, every need in this man. Not just the need that was apperent but all the issues of his very life. Not for the purpose of exposure or judgement but for the purpose of healing.
The gate the man was laying at was called bathesda which means the house of grace, mercy and peace.
Sometimes our solution is less etherial and more practical, and it is always available to us, if we are willing to practcially apply the principles of faith to every area of our lives.
Rarely are the issues in our life a single, one off problem. Most of the time there are layers and layers of compound issues over time, emotion, life history and experiences.
Practical application of faith.
1. Put our total focus on Jesus.
Peter walking on the water
2. Decide our issue wont become our identity.
Seperate our identity from our issue, by remembering our purpose, and the will of God for our lives.
Romans 8:28 All things work together for good to them who are the called of God and live according to His purpose.
3. Be honest with ourselves and with God.
It is so easy to do this. Our world is so prentetious that we find ourselves not truly being honest about our situation.
To see God as our true solution, we have to admit we need one, and that being honest is always better than attempting to appear perfect.
It is futile to be dishonest with God.
4. Realize that we do have someone.
While we can not make people our source or solution, we must realize we do have Spiritual family around us that whether we realize it or not are helping us.
When we keep God in focus we see more clearly His family at work in our lives.
If we make people our source they will always let us down. That is our problem not there’s.
5. Rejoice in the blessings of others.
Make sure to pray for others, and celebrate the victories of others. This postures our hearts to receive our own needs met, and problems solved.
If we look in Jealousy at the victories of others our victories will be few, and far between.
6. Keep it simple.
Faith is simple, and singular. What doesn’t work is double mindedness or spiritual ambiguity.
At the end of this inquery Jesus said Get up and take your bed, and the man did.
Sometimes we want our solutions to be as complicated as our problems.
They rarely are, the problem is we just can’t see them from the fog of the circumstance, and also because we are expecting some complicated formula when God doesn’t need all that fan fare.
THE BIG POINT: God wants us to be free, totally free, not partially free, of the issues, problems and daily challenges we face. All we have to do is truly want our freedom and ONLY BElIEVE in HIM!