The bible is very clear regarding the promises of God.
We cannot look at the natural circumstances if we are ever going to fully receive the promises of God.
13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
In context, Paul is speaking about handling the lack and hardships that came along with his ministry. He could overcome all the adversity that came his way through Christ.
But the same power that sustains us through hardships also enables us to do all things that the Lord leads us to do.
Notice that we can do all things THROUGH CHRIST. We are not self-sufficient. And the Lord doesn’t just do things for us. It’s Christ working through us. We are partners with the Lord.
It is not a correct use of this verse to express that we can do anything. This is not a “self-motivational” verse. Paul was saying that he could do anything through Christ . That is radically different than the way many people use this verse.
All of our ability in the Christian life is found in Christ. It is not our ability that makes us strong but our availability through Christ that enables us. Paul said, “For when I am weak, then am I strong” (2 Corinthians 12:10).
He was saying that when he recognized his inability and therefore relied on the Lord, then the Lord’s strength flowed through him.
We can do all things through Christ .
What are some of the challenges that you might be experiencing today?
What are some good examples of difficult situations that people experienced in the bible?
- And, behold, there cometh one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name; and when he saw him, he fell at his feet,
- And besought him greatly, saying, My little daughter lieth at the point of death: I pray thee, come and lay thy hands on her, that she may be healed; and she shall live.
- And Jesus went with him; and much people followed him, and thronged him.
Jarius knew where the ability came from.
He knew the power that Jesus had.
Jarius did not give up.
Jarius did not throw in the towel and say well I guess my daughter is going to die.
He believed that God working through Jesus would heal his daughter.
Now there are things I don’t understand that happen when we pray and things don’t turn out the way we had prayed for.
There is a lot that happens between verses 23-35.
Jesus was interrupted by a woman who also had a need from a blood disease she had for 12 years.
Jesus was always interested in others as a whole.
When we have a need we need to look at what others are going through as well.
To me that is true compassion.
- While he yet spake, there came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house certain which said, Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Master any further?
Most people believe death puts people beyond God’s ability to intervene. But Jesus proved that He was able to raise people from the dead just as easily as He healed their bodies.
Jairus could have reacted two ways to this situation with the woman who had the issue of blood. He knew time was critical, and he could have been upset with this woman for the delay that possibly cost his daughter her life.
But he could also have taken courage and had his faith bolstered seeing such miraculous healing take place before his eyes. We always have a choice as to how we process what happens in our lives. We can choose to be bitter or better.
We might have the mindset of what about me, what about me.
We must understand that God is not a respecter of persons. He loves us all the same.
When you really look at our life in the things that have happened to you and me we really need to focus on did we have a part to play in the outcome?
I am not saying this to be mean, but that fear is so powerful.
36. As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe.
Why do you think Jesus told Jairus to only believe?
I believe Jesus was focusing on how powerful being afraid which literally means walking in fear.
- And he suffered no man to follow him, save Peter, and James, and John the brother of James.
- And he cometh to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and seeth the tumult, and them that wept and wailed greatly.
- And when he was come in, he saith unto them, Why make ye this ado, and weep? the damsel is not dead, but sleepeth.
No doubt, this girl was dead as we know it, not just asleep. But from God’s perspective, death is similar to sleep. It’s not final. We will awaken someday.
We could awaken from death at the final resurrection, or it could be in just a few moments, as in this case where Jesus awoke her early.
But for those who operate in God’s faith, raising a person from the dead is as easy as awakening someone from sleep.
- And they laughed him to scorn. But when he had put them all out, he taketh the father and the mother of the damsel, and them that were with him, and entereth in where the damsel was lying.
- And he took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her, Talitha cumi; which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee, arise.
- And straightway the damsel arose, and walked; for she was of the age of twelve years. And they were astonished with a great astonishment.
This was a total miracle. For the girl to come back to life was miraculous. We know she was dead for some period of time, so to come back with no brain damage was even more miraculous.
Then to be able to walk and eat was even more miraculous. Whatever the sickness was that killed her, she came back without it.
- And he charged them straitly that no man should know it; and commanded that something should be given her to eat.
If people’s unbelief could have prevented this miracle, then people’s unbelief could have stolen it away. I believe the Lord told Jairus and his wife not to tell people of this miracle so that they wouldn’t speak out their unbelief and cause their daughter to relapse.
This girl’s resurrection was totally miraculous, but notice that she now needed natural food. There is always a blending of the natural and supernatural in walking with the Lord. She was raised supernaturally but sustained naturally.
Today you and I need to understand that it is God’s will for us to walk in divine healing there is no situation that is impossible with God.If you find yourself in need of prayer today, please give me a call at 937-966-0015
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Have a blessed Friday!