Jesus said, ‘fear not, only believe.’ I believe there is a time when we all need to remember these power-filled words.

Over the weekend, I received a call from my sister to pray for a little boy who has been diagnosed with cancer. We have been praying for him for a few weeks, however, my sister had just received a call that he took a bad turn and we needed to pray.

My heart broke for him and his family, but as I began to pray, I could literally see Jesus saying to me ‘be not afraid, only believe.’

I began to pray this word over his family, that they would not give in to the fear, but they would continue to believe and trust God for a good outcome.

You may recall the story of Jairus in Mark 5. Jairus came searching for Jesus because his little girl was sick at the point of death. Jairus believed if he could get Jesus to pray for her she would be made whole. He set out looking for Jesus with a heart that fully believed Jesus would heal her.

Mark 5:22-24 says; And behold, one of the rulers of the synagogue came, Jairus by name. And when he saw Him, he fell at His feet and begged Him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter lies at the point of death. Come and lay Your hands on her, that she may be healed, and she will live.” So, Jesus went with him, and a great multitude followed Him and thronged Him.

After Jesus began to follow Jairus, the woman with the issue of blood showed up, further delaying the little girls chance at healing. Jesus, stopped and talked to woman who had been healed from the issue of blood. I am sure Jairus wished He would stop with the delays and quickly lay hands on his daughter. I know I would have. Yet, Jesus was in no hurry.

Finally, one of the servants of Jairus came with a dreadful message, as we see in the next scriptures.

Mark 5:35 says; 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?”

I can only imagine how Jairus must have felt. He had traveled all this way to find Jesus and after finally finding him, was delayed by the woman with the issue of blood. Now, after all this…it is too late…or so it seems.

However, Jesus was not moved, not one bit.

Mark 5:36 says; As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not be afraid; only believe.”
Do not be afraid, only believe.

I have heard these words repeatedly in my spirit all weekend long.

The moment Jairus had the worst news of his life, Jesus gave him two vital instructions. First, do not be afraid.

This word afraid means; put to flight, seized with alarm, scared away and in dread or terror.

Jesus was saying to Jairus, don’t move off what you believed, don’t allow these words to scare you off the truth of what you believe.
Secondly, Jesus said, only believe. To believe means to believe only ONE thing, to remain in that ONE thing, to abide in that ONE thing, to remain as ONE with what he first believed…that she would be healed.

I can imagine it would have been very difficult to refuse to fear and continue to believe she would be well when he had just been told that she was dead, but he continued to believe. How do I know? Because she lived.

It happens to most of us. We begin to pray or stand in faith for something and then out of nowhere, a bad report comes. Words are powerful, we know that from the word of God, but not all words are from God. We must refuse to allow words of fear, dread or doubt to get into our heart. Instead, we must continue to only believe what the word of God says.

We must do the same two things Jesus told Jairus. Don’t be afraid. Refuse to be seized with alarm or scared off the promises of God. And…only believe. Believe nothing apart from the word of God. Continue to stand firm on God’s word and His promises.

I don’t know what situation you find yourself in today, but this I pray, I pray you hear Jesus whispering to you; ‘be not afraid, only believe.’ May His words comfort you and bring you peace today, as you refuse fear and continue to trust in Him.

Prayer for Today: Father, I thank you that we are a people who refuse to be afraid of bad reports. We choose to trust in you and your unfailing love. We trust in your word God, for that we give you praise, in Jesus name. Amen.