35 While he was still speaking to her, messengers arrived from the home of Jairus, the leader of the synagogue. They told him, “Your daughter is dead. There’s no use troubling the Teacher now.”
36 But Jesus overheard them and said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid. Just have faith.”
Have you ever started a project or pursued a particular goal with a high level of confidence only to have that confidence tested by other challenges? In the gospel of Mark 5:21-43 there is an account of a religious leader named Jairus who sought the help of Jesus on behalf of his deathly ill daughter. When he found Jesus these were the words he spoke:
“My little daughter lies at the point of death. Come and lay Your hands on her, that she may be healed, and she will live.”
To me these sound like faith filled words. This man seemed to have a high level of confidence in the ability of Jesus. However, he was immediately faced with two challenges to what he asked and was believing for.
We entered into this world through the birth canal or what I refer to as the
Stargate. We were all raised by parents or guardians who were likely to train us in the patterns they also were raised. It is a fact that for generations many have been guilty of trying to live their lives vicariously through their
children. I do not fault a mother or father for having a better vision for their child or children than what they've experienced, but oftentimes they failed to discern the original plan of the Lord Creator for that particular child’s life.
I was enlightened many years ago as I studied the proverb that says train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old he will not depart from it
(Proverbs 22:1). Socially, we are exposed to our parent’s way of thinking and doing things. Very little space is usually given to see things outside of the box they passed down to us. READ MORE
A DESIGNER'S ORIGINAL
A DESIGNER'S ORIGINAL
“If ye are willing and obedient ye shall have the good of the land.” - Isaiah 1:19
I would like to talk a little about the will. The will is the part of our soul where we experience the mental processes that are necessary for taking a definite course of action. In short, the will is one's ability to make a decision when faced with various choices. With that said, let’s now look at willingness.
Willingness is readiness, prompt to do, or preparedness to do something. When you’re willing no one has to convince you or give you time to think things over for a while. I would like to submit that willingness is also a demonstration of trust. Whenever you trust someone or even a source of information it’s easy to follow them without reservation. Of course, this trust doesn’t come without a proven track record but I guess we can say faith is involved in one being willing also.