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Don't Be Shaken By Bad News! Only Believe!

Don't Be Shaken By Bad News! Only Believe!

Mark 5:35-36(NKJV) - 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?” As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not be afraid; only believe.”

For a moment things looked quite good. Jesus was on His way to the ruler's house to heal his daughter. All would be well. There was nothing to worry about. Things were working out perfectly. That was, until he received the only news that could have spoiled everything. His daughter was dead. They were too late. His heart sank and Jesus noticed. Immediately, sensing his fear, Jesus made a profound statement that would change the course of what seemed inevitable, "Do not be afraid; only believe."

Welcome to today's blog. If you haven't done so already, read yesterday's blog; "God Knows Best!" This week we're reminded to trust God and today our emphasis is on doing so even when we receive bad news. Think about it. Nothing kills a great day like some bad news. You may have been on a blessing streak riding high from victory to victory but all of that goes out the window when suddenly something goes terribly wrong. Bad news just has a way of stopping your positive momentum like a brick wall.

When bad news struck the ruler of the synagogue, thankfully Jesus was right there with him. In response He presented a two-pronged solution for handling bad news;
1) Don't fear.
2) Only believe.

1 John 4:18(KJV) - There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

Fear becomes a huge problem whenever we hear bad news. Romans 10:19 says that faith comes by hearing and hearing by The Word of God. In the same way, fear can also come by hearing and that's one reason why bad news is so dangerous. So much so, that Jesus instantly released an encouraging word to the ruler of the synagogue to counteract the bad news and put an end to fear. So what tools are available in The Bible to help us win the war over fear?

The first is perfect love which has the power to cast out all fear. What's perfect love? Simply put, it's The Love of God. As a result, we must receive and be sure of God's Love for us if we are to defeat all fear. It's not a very complex solution but it's an effective one. The moment we receive bad news, our next thought should be to remind ourselves of God's Love. It doesn't matter how bad it sounds, never let it cause you to question God's Love because without it you are incapable of combating the powerful grip of fear.

2 Timothy 1:6-7(AMP) - That is why I would remind you to stir up (rekindle the embers of, fan the flame of, and keep burning) the [gracious] gift of God, [the inner fire] that is in you by means of the laying on of my hands [with those of the elders at your ordination]. For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.

Another Biblical tool available to combat fear is the spirit of power, love and a sound mind. This approach looks at fear from a purely spiritual perspective. In this case, it's referred to as a spirit of fear and The Bible clearly states that it does not come from God. What does come from God is the gift of The Holy Spirit who provides us with power, love, a well-balanced mind, discipline and self-control. Therefore, when fear strikes, respond by stirring up the gift of The Holy Spirit inside of you. Respond to bad news with instant prayer, worship, praise, singing and/ or talking in tongues. Otherwise, just find an atmosphere where The Holy Spirit is active like your local church. In that way, you stir up the gift of The Holy Spirit and cast out the spirit of fear. A perfect example of this took place in Acts 4:29-35.

Acts 4:29-35(KJV) And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word, By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus. And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.

When their lives were threatened, they prayed for boldness and how did God respond? He filled them with The Holy Ghost. Armed with such a poignant illustration, it should be obvious to us that we need a fresh infilling of The Holy Ghost whenever we feel afraid. It's The Holy Ghost who will give us the boldness to keep believing God in the face of bad news.

Psalm 27:13(NKJV) - I would have lost heart, unless I had believed That I would see the goodness of the Lord In the land of the living.

If you let bad news cause you to stop believing God you have been defeated. There's not much you can do if you remain in that position. Jesus ensured that the ruler of the synagogue kept believing right after he heard of his daughter's death. That's truly because it was his only option. If he stopped believing, his daughter was not going to live again. When we're stuck in a terrible situation and we need a miracle from God to get us out, all we have is our faith. Therefore, we cannot lose heart and stop believing. Don't be shaken by bad news! Only believe! We'll continue from here tomorrow.

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