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CityLight Pastor Commentary:
“But when Jesus heard it, He answered him, saying, ‘Do not be afraid; only believe, and she will be made well’” (Lk 8:50). Fear is the enemy of belief. God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind (2 Tim 1:7). Jairus knew Jesus could heal his daughter. His family members, however, did not share that knowledge. They chose to doubt, so what did Jesus do? He put them all outside (Lk 8:54). He raised Jairus’ daughter from the dead in the presence of a select few individuals, including her parents. Is there anyone around you – friend, family or acquaintance – who is damaging your faith? Is there anyone around you filling your mind with fear? Put them outside. Give Jesus the chance to work in an atmosphere of faith, and watch the miraculous unfold before your eyes!
Father, help me to differentiate myself from those people in my life who take away from, rather than add to, my faith. I want to be around faith builders. I want to be around praisers! Give me a good church where that kind of community is my everyday reality!