Receive What You Need
Years ago I broke my leg while riding my dirt bike. My dad told me, “Son, if I could take your place, I would.” He didn’t like seeing me in pain. If you are a parent or grandparent, you know it hurts to watch your child or grandchild suffer. You’ll do anything you can to remove the suffering.
Think about this as we look at Jairus in Luke chapter 8. His daughter was dying, and he came to Jesus for help. Imagine how excited Jairus was when Jesus said He would come to his home! Scripture records, “As [Jesus] went, the multitudes thronged Him” (Luke 8:42 NKJV).
That’s when the woman with a blood disease touched the hem of Jesus’ garment and was healed. Jairus just witnessed a great miracle and then received the worst news: “Your daughter is dead” (v. 49 NKJV). He went from elation to loss. We can imagine how he felt. Jesus heard what was said and responded, “Do not be afraid; only believe, and she will be made well” (v. 50 NKJV).
Maybe we’re not in situations where someone is dying, but how many of us are trusting God, and it seems like everybody else is getting their needs met? Instead of our situation getting better, it got worse.
In looking at Jairus’ situation, we see three steps that Jesus gave him. We can follow those same steps today and get results.
- Do Not Be Afraid
When we hear bad news, fearful thoughts are going to come. But it’s never okay to dwell on those thoughts. Understand that when we say, “I’m afraid,” we are speaking contrary to the Word of God. The Bible says that God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power, love, and a sound mind (2 Tim. 1:7). What we should do is cast down fear-filled thoughts (2 Cor. 10:5) by saying, “God has not given me a spirit of fear. I am not going to be afraid.”
Fear is the opposite of faith. When we are afraid of something, we are not in faith. We will have plenty of opportunities to be frightened, but sometimes we have to eradicate fear from our lives. We need to quit trying to figure things out, and let God do it! If Jairus had become afraid or disappointed by what was said, he would have stepped out of faith. We can never let fear motivate us.
- Only Believe
Jesus didn’t give Jairus a choice! He told him to believe—only believe. What do we believe? That God met all our needs when Jesus died on the cross. When He said, “It is finished,” He was talking about our issues, our problems, and our situations. We just need to claim what we need today.
Some people believe that God can heal but think they’re not good enough for Him to heal them. We can’t discount ourselves! Jesus didn’t come for worthy people. He came for all people. He made us worthy. For those who aren’t Christians, the Bible says that Jesus stands at the door of their hearts and knocks (Rev. 3:20), waiting for them to respond. It’s not about what we have done. It’s about how much God loves us. Nothing can separate us from His love.
Jesus didn’t come for worthy people. He came for all people. He made us worthy.Craig W. Hagin
- See Your Needs Met
When we get out of fear and only believe, our needs will be met. It will happen. (Read what happened for Jairus in Luke 8:51–56.) We can’t make anything happen. But we can believe and let it happen. God wants to meet our needs. We have the easy part, and that is to believe. It’s all about trusting God.
When things look as though they are getting worse, we can’t let that sway us. Jesus said, “Only believe.” He didn’t give a time frame, so keep believing! It’s incredible what He can do—more than we can ask or think! Remember that God loves us. He’s always for us and never against us. Kick out unbelief! Resist fear! Let Him move, and we will receive what we need.
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Craig W. Hagin
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