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Only Believe

  • Only Believe from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo.

    All Christians face the danger of becoming desensitized to the beautiful truths in Scripture. When you have been around the church a while, His word can become too familiar to us. It begins to lose the magic, wonder, and hope that it once brought when we hear it. We refer to passages by pet phrases like the "Roman Road" without even bothering to think about it. Familiarity breeds contempt.

    We should keep an open mind when reading Scripture and allow God to give us a fresh perspective. None of us know it all, and he who believes he does not yet know what he should (1 Corinthians 8:2). The simple fact is, you can memorize His word and not believe what it means. When you do this, you will be powerless, weak, and nothing will happen in your life. You may still be breathing, but you are spiritually dead. God rewards our faith, and He shuns unbelief.

    A man named Jairus once came to Jesus, fell at His feet, and begged Him to come and heal his daughter. She was very sick. While they were on the way to his house, someone brought them the news that she had died.

    (Mark 5:35–36 NKJV) While He was still speaking, some came from the ruler of the synagogue's house who said, "Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?" As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, "Do not be afraid; only believe."

    Don't be afraid, only believe. How many times do we do the exact opposite of those words? We are afraid, and we don't believe Him. They continued onto the house where the girl lay dead, and the mourners were already gathering together. Jesus put them out and said, "the girl is only sleeping." And they began laughing at Him.

    When the mockers were gone, Jesus took the little girl by the hand and said, "Talitha, cumi." Meaning, "Little lamb, arise." "Talitha" is an affectionate word that means "lamb" or "youth" while "Cumi" means "rise up." The little girl woke up and saw the face of Jesus.

    What a beautiful story, but do we see what happened? Jesus did nothing until the laughing, mocking, unbelievers were gone. Naturally, we would like to do miracles to make people believe. But Jesus did miracles for those who believed. We must continue to believe Him even when those around us laugh, mock, and think we are fools.

    God rewards our faith, and He never condemns His children for trying. Consider Peter when he got out of the boat and walked on water with Jesus.

    (Matthew 14:28–31 NASB) Peter said to Him, "Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water." And He said, "Come!" And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, "Lord, save me!" Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and said to him, "You of little faith, why did you doubt?"

    Remember what Jesus told Jairus? "Don't be afraid, only believe." Peter did the exact opposite, he became afraid, and he didn't believe. You want to see God do something in your life? Then you are going to start with believing He will. Jesus said this very clearly:

    (Mark 11:22–24 NKJV) So Jesus answered and said to them, "Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be removed and be cast into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.

    Most of our prayers are of hope, but not of faith. It's ok, we have to start with something. Perhaps during the journey, our faith will grow into something that can move a mountain. The Apostle Paul could literally see faith growing in people.

    (Acts 14:8–10 NKJV) And in Lystra a certain man without strength in his feet was sitting, a cripple from his mother's womb, who had never walked. This man heard Paul speaking. Paul, observing him intently and seeing that he had faith to be healed, said with a loud voice, "Stand up straight on your feet!" And he leaped and walked.

    There are many others whose faith brought healing. Here are just a few:

    The blind man near Jericho, who was sitting by the roadside when Jesus passed by:

    (Luke 18:42–43 NKJV) Then Jesus said to him, "Receive your sight; your faith has made you well." And immediately he received his sight, and followed Him, glorifying God.

    The woman with the issue of blood who touched the hem of His garment:

    (Mark 5:34 NKJV) And He said to her, "Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction."

    A man with leprosy:

    (Luke 17:19 NKJV) And He said to him, "Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well."

    The paralytic whose four friends let him down through the roof of a house was apparently healed by "their" faith:

    (Mark 2:5 NKJV) When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, "Son, your sins are forgiven you."

    Without faith, it is impossible to please the Lord:

    (Hebrews 11:6 NASB) And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.

    Unbelief has robbed the church of its power. The Lord does not do miracles to make us believe. He rewards our belief with miracles. Signs follow those who believe. The enemy always sows doubt as He did with Eve, "did God really say..." (Genesis 3:1). And we are all too eager to believe His lies. It is time for the serpent to take a hike. It is time to put aside fear and doubt. It is time to believe.

    You can pray this with me if you like:

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I will believe that what I pray will come to pass. Please make Your word so real to me that it overcomes the fear and doubt in my life. Though people laugh and mock, I choose You. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

    Note: It's Christmas week! We just wanted to take a moment to thank you all for your friendship, your participation, your support throughout the year. It is our honor to know so many who are filled with the love of Jesus. May you all have a blessed, peaceful, joyous and very merry Christmas!


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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Praise the Lord Hallelujah that I choose you and I believe in you and I trust you Jehovah Lord and Jesus Christ!❤️
December 21, 2020
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann Great service today and such perfect timing thank you pastor Dion and Sylvia, love you guys!
December 21, 2020
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

Good morning.  I did not receive an email for today's devotion.  Please and kindly check it at your end.  I am now in my google app to get to the teachings for today. Thank you and please.

December 20, 2020
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Hi Deng, there was an issue on this end, but it will go out again in the morning :).

December 20, 2020
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

Thank you so much.

December 20, 2020
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!  Alleluia!! Amen!!  Merry Christmas Rev. Dion and Sylvia!!

December 20, 2020
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

To you as well, Marisa, merry Christmas :)!

December 20, 2020
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes Lord, absolutely, amen 

December 20, 2020
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Barbara Jackson
Barbara Jackson

AMEN, Thank you Father GOD, for keeping my Faith Strong. Showing me everyday that you are close at hand. All Hail GOD our Father and his son the LORD JESUS CHRIST!

December 21, 2020
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

In jesus name amen 

December 21, 2020
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Thank you Lord, for I choose You. Amen 

December 21, 2020
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Larry Fowler
Larry Fowler

Amen!! Merry Christmas ❤️

December 21, 2020
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walkeredited: December 21, 2020

Amen. My Faith, Trust and belief is in the Lord. I choose You. AMEN

December 21, 2020
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen, Father my Faith and Trust is in You only.

Merry Christmas!

December 21, 2020
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen Good Morning Everyone Have A Bless Week

December 21, 2020
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Taylor Claxton
Taylor Claxton

Merry Christmas!!

December 21, 2020
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

We believe in you Jesus.We love and worship you.Thank you for all our blessings. Amen 

December 21, 2020
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen! Merry Christmas! One of my favorite gifts every day is being able to read this devotional! Thank you So much!

December 21, 2020
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Gloria Nebarez
Gloria Nebarez

Amen,  thank you Jesus!  

December 21, 2020
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Gloria Nebarez
Gloria Nebarez

Merry Christmas to my church family,  I pray you all will be blessed this holiday season! 

December 21, 2020
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! Thank You Lord!

December 21, 2020
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield

I wish everyone here a blessed, happy week and a very merry Christmas!

December 21, 2020
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

I love you God you have helped me and mine so much. Hallelujah praise God Amen

December 21, 2020
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Bella Colliander
Bella Colliander

A BEAUTIFUL AND VERY TRUTHFUL MESSAGE.  THANK YOU LORD FOR YOUR LOVE AND MERCIES.  THANK YOU FOR HELPING ME TO BELIEVE. AMEN

December 21, 2020
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardleedited: December 21, 2020

Amen and Amen, and so very timely, Pastor Dion! I'm so sorry that I had to leave your service so early on Sunday, but praise the Lord we can go online and catch up! This is so very very true for us believers, saved and born again, to become desensitized over time even repeating the Lord's Prayer not realizing what it really means, as we pray to our Heavenly Father! May it never be so that I become lukewarm, because I know what that would mean, never, ever, my Lord and God, by the constant influence, prompting, convicting and leading by Thy Hl. Spirit, in the holy name of JESUS i pray, Amen and Amen!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 21, 2020
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Sherry McCosh
Sherry McCosh

Once again a great word today. Thank you for this reminder that all Christians need. It is so easy to get caught up in the way of this world and get blinded by Satan. We need to always keep our eyes on Jesus and always believe God's perfect word. Merry Christmas to everyone at Refreshing Hope Ministries and especially Dion and Sylvia Todd, thanks for all you do!!! I appreciate your ministry so much!!

December 22, 2020
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

December 22, 2020