2015 Frieda P. Smith
For most of my life, I have been one of the most energetic and enthusiastic people I have ever met!
Truthfully, after I gave birth to my daughter, Rachelle, I watched as she scampered all over the place. When she grew older, she ran everywhere—from her bedroom to the kitchen, from the kitchen to the living room, from her school all the way home. People would try to get me to temper her spirit, but I left her alone, knowing that I am the same way, and I turned out all right!
However, approximately ten years ago, I entered a season of physical affliction, which affected ever area of my life. Job’s experience became similar to my experience. I began losing just about everything that was important to me: My income, my home, my ministry, my ability to sing and preach, and even my marriage. In April of 2015, I almost lost my daughter, Zaneta, who was suddenly placed on life support in a hospital in Newport News, VA, for twelve days during a sickle cell crisis due to Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome.
While struggling through a season of affliction and loss, it is extremely difficult to hold on to faith and hope that things will get better. Nevertheless, one of my former members, Marisol Williams, blessed me with a Scensi lamp as a gift that says one word: Believe. I see it, smile, and keep believing God!
In our text, taken from the 5th chapter of the Gospel according to Mark, Jesus was approached by a ruler of the synagogue whose twelve-year old daughter had been sick, but by all accounts had died while Jesus was on the way to the ruler’s house. However, Mark 5:36 reads, “As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, ‘Do not be afraid; only believe’.”
One thing captured my attention as I wrote this message for you on this morning (besides the word, believe)… Jesus spoke to the ruler of the synagogue. There were other people around, but Jesus spoke to the ruler. He told the ruler, “Do not be afraid; only believe.”
You see, there were people around him who were probably fearful and doubting, but Jesus did not want that spirit latching onto the ruler. Jesus needed the ruler to be free from a spirit of fear and doubt in order to believe so he could witness the miracle that was about to take place (keep reading–Jesus raised the little girl!)
In like manner, my friends, regardless of who is around you right now, and what they think or say, believe!
In spite of what it looks like, believe!
No matter what the doctor said, believe!
By all means read the medical reports, but still believe!
Go to court, but believe!
Do not be afraid; only believe!
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