“As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, ‘Do not be afraid; only believe.” Mark 5:36
The unrenewed mind is always waging war against unbelief. That is how we find ourselves confessing faith in the Word but denying it in action. The truth is we cannot figure out God with our natural mind. We should stop trying to believe God; faith is natural, spontaneous. When you see the work of God around you, when you look at what God has done in your life, spontaneously you believe because of who He is. To truly believe, your mind needs to be renewed by God’s Word.
What are you facing today? Are you battling fear, doubt, anger, depression, temptation? We have no other refuge than this command of Jesus, ‘Only believe’. Some human plan, or your mind – what you are seeing around you, the situation, the environment may come between you and God’s Word but rest upon what God says: “If you can believe, all things are possible.” (Mark 9:23).
The question is: Whom do we believe? If I believe you, it is different from believing in God. He is not a man; God is Spirit. With the heart, we believe that Jesus is our righteousness. Faith is not a creation of the senses, reason or intellect but of the human spirit. In your heart, you believe.
If you can believe, worry and anxiety vanish. Whenever we truly believe, our hearts will be at rest. If our hearts are uneasy and restless, if we are afraid of this and that, it shows that we have not yet believed.
So, day by day, let God’s Word renew your mind and His Spirit renew your strength, because we have no other refuge than this command of Jesus, “Only believe!”