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The Word for Today

by Bob and Debby Gass

The right people and the right environment

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‘He put them all outside.’ Luke 8:54 NKJV

The Bible says: ‘Someone came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house, saying to him, “Your daughter is dead” … when Jesus heard it, He answered him, saying, “Do not be afraid; only believe, and she will be made well.” When He came into the house, He permitted no one to go in except Peter, James, and John, and the father and mother of the girl. Now all wept and mourned for her; but He said, “Do not weep; she is not dead, but sleeping.” And they ridiculed Him, knowing that she was dead. But He put them all outside, took her by the hand and called, saying, “Little girl, arise.” Then her spirit returned, and she arose immediately’ (Luke 8:49-55 NKJV). There is an important lesson here for you. To experience the resurrection power of Christ, you need the right people and the right environment. Just as oil and water won’t mix, neither will faith and doubt. Notice, Jesus took Peter, James, and John into the house with Him, and put all the others outside. Might some have been offended and criticised Him for this? Sure, but when you’re in a crisis, you need to surround yourself with people who can stand with you on God’s Word and believe Him for the answer. When Jairus heard that his daughter had died, he doubtless would have thought, ‘That’s it; nothing more can be done!’ But that’s not what Jesus thought. In the original Greek text, Jesus said, ‘Don’t be afraid; only believe, and keep believing and she will be made well.’ You need people who will keep believing God with you for the answer.

SoulFood: Eze 14:1 – 16:52 Mark 11:1-11 Ps 112 Pro 20:1-4

The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2023

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