The Power of Just One Thought

In Mark chapter 5 (verses 21-42) two remarkable stories are found. Most Christians are very familiar with both of these stories, but I don't know how many of those Christians know that the stories are taking place simultaneously.

In the beginning of the verses that I noted above you will find the story of Jairus who came to Jesus seeking healing for his daughter. Jesus, after hearing his plea, agrees to go to Jairus' home and heal his daughter. As you can imagine I am sure Jairus was elated as they pressed through the crowd heading toward his home.

However, in the process of heading toward his home something powerful happens. Beginning in verse 25 we find that there is a woman in the crowd who is pressing through this throng of people in order to touch Jesus' coat. At this point in the story everything shifts to the "who touched Me" that Jesus asked His disciples.

What can happen if you are not careful is that you will forget about Jairus who is still standing by Jesus desiring Him to come to His house. This interruption caused a delay in their movement toward His home where his sick daughter was. You can imagine Jairus' impatience as this woman interrupted their trip to his house.

As we continue with the story we find that while Jesus is talking to this woman a servant of Jairus comes to him and tells him not to bother Jesus any longer because His daughter was dead. What happens next tells us a lot about faith.

In verse 36 we find that Jesus stops talking to the woman and immediately turns to Jairus:

"As soon as Jesus heard the Word that was spoken, He saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid only believe."

Let's examine this for just a moment. When Jairus initially came to Jesus it was an act of faith and confidence that Jesus had the power to heal his little girl. Jesus saw this man's faith and was willing to come and heal the daughter. When Jesus was interrupted by the faith of the woman with the issue of blood it had not changed the situation or what Jesus intended to do for Jairus. The only difference was the fact that new information in the form of bad news came.

When Jesus heard the news that was spoken to Jairus He immediately turned to Him and said, "Don't get into fear!" In other words He said, "Don't be moved off your faith!" because fear and faith are opposing forces.

This story tells us a lot about the power of faith and the power of circumstances. Faith gives us the ability to overcome the world, faith is what is the substance of what we hope for, faith is the spiritual tool that we have been given to tap into the resources and provision of heaven.

Jesus knew that if Jairus was moved by the bad news that it would change the outcome of what they had started, but if He could keep him in faith then his little girl would live. In other words, one thought could change the outcome of this story!

What can we learn from this powerful story? Our thoughts, especially those that entertain fear, will keep us out of the victory that we've started moving towards. This is why the Apostle Paul told us that we are to cast down every thought and imagination that tries to exalt itself above the knowledge of God.

Don't entertain fear, don't be moved by bad news, stay in faith no matter what you are faced with.

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