Full Assurance In The Heart – Day 47June 8, 2011
As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not be afraid; only believe.”
Jesus made this statement to a father who pursued Jesus to come to his home and heal his daughter. As Jesus was following him to his home, he was interrupted from his journey by a woman who reached out into the crowd to touch Jesus to be healed. In the activity of the moment, the father received word that his daughter had died. It was in that moment Jesus spoke “Do not be afraid; only believe.”
Let’s reflect on Jesus statement to the man, “Do not be afraid; only believe.” Many times when we thing of the word fear or afraid, we think of it in relationship to the emotion of fear. But in reality fear is a mindset that manifests itself in our emotions. Our emotional response is just the result of the impact of the “mindset of fear.”
When Jesus said, do not be afraid, he was not addressing his feelings of fear. He was addressing the mindset that was trying to take hold of him in his distress. The word fear means:
- To be filled with apprehension;
- To be filled with concern or regret over an unwanted situation;
- To be in awe (stunned, captivated)
All of these can result in emotion, but their primary source of impact is the thoughts that fill our mind that establish a mindset for the emotion of fear to overtake us. The word fear literally means “To be put in fear.” It also means that which causes flight.
Jesus was saying to the father, do not be put in fear; do not allow the situation to cause you to take flight of your faith that brought you to me. Don’t allow the circumstances to fill you with regret or apprehension. Don’t allow it to captivate you and stun you so that you are overtaken by the mindset of fear, only believe.
- to commit to trust; to commit to entrust; to have faith in.
To believe is not an emotion; although when one believes it can be accompanied by emotions. But to believe is a mindset one chooses to possess. Jesus is saying to the father, “Have faith in me.” “Commit to trust me with what you came to me with.” “Commit to entrust me with your problem.” He was asking the father to make a decision. He was not appealing to his emotions.
As you forge ahead today, make a decision to “believe;” do not allow the circumstances of your life to cause you to take flight of your faith. Do not allow the mindset of fear to take hold of you, controlling you with its emotions. But commit to trust Jesus with your problem. You will discover that even when everyone else says it’s over, for God it’s just a new beginning, “only believe.“
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