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Do not be afraid, only believe!

October 23rd, 2010 Posted in sermons

I want to talk about these words and more in my message this weekend at Harvest, “The whole story.”

These were the words of Jesus to a man named Jairus who had just heard the worst news imaginable: his beloved daughter had just died.

Right there, his world came crashing down on him.

I have been with fathers on two occasions where they were told their daughters died. You cannot imagine how devastating of a statement that is. It is as though your world has ended.

Father and daughter have a special bond.

There is a special bond a father feels with a daughter. One aspect of it is you are there to protect and provide for her. She feels safe and secure in your presence.

As is often the case, I’m sure Jairus may have felt personally responsible. “It’s all my fault! I should have dragged Jesus here faster!”

Jairus could so easily have accused Jesus of making a mistake. Neglecting him in his hour of need.

But he did not.

Keep on believing!

He was still trusting.

But to Jairus, a true seeker, Jesus revealed Himself and said these words: “Do not be afraid; only believe” (Matthew 9:36).

It was the words of Jesus to Jairus that made the difference. “Jairus, you’ve had a certain amount of faith when you came to me, and your faith was helped when you saw what I did for that woman. Don’t quit now! Keep on believing!This is not over yet. You still don’t know the ‘whole story!’.”


Weekend services and writings

You are welcome at any of our four services this weekend at Harvest in Riverside.

7:45/9:45/11:45 AM and 5:00 PM.

It is all webcast live at http://www.harvest.org/

Finally, check out my weekend column at Worldnetdaily – “Not Just Sunday Jesus.”

You can also read my longer-form devotional, “Suit Up for Battle.”

5 Responses to “Do not be afraid, only believe!”

  1. Janice says:

    Thank you for this message. Our family has been going through a really tough time. My sister-in-law died so suddenly — very unexpected. I believe she is with her Lord now. Jesus forgives and heals — sometimes the ones left to pick up the pieces need some spiritual healing. Thank you for being there.

  2. Donna Burks says:

    We’re praying for you Greg that the Lord touch you and heal you. God Bless you and your family!

  3. Ken says:

    Thank you Greg for your informative devotionals each morning. You and your staff do a terrific job. The Lord is with you in everything you do.

    It would please me tremendously with you brought your Harvest campaign for the Lord to Southern Ontario. I know I would support such an effort.

    Thanks again

    Ken

  4. Angela lugo says:

    Your are amazing greg laurie and you inspire me every day of my life! I am going through a rough time right now in my life and something told me go on the harvest website!! and i listened and i read this story, do not quit, keep on believing!! The lord is amazing and i will continue to follow his path for me, and enjoy the season i am in right now!

  5. Lynn says:

    WOW! Praise the LORD!! Oh my soul! \o/

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