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Devotional: Pulled Aside
Oct. 21st

Mark 5:35-36:
“While Jesus was still speaking,
some people came from the house of the synagogue leader.
They said, ‘Your daughter is dead. There is no need to bother the teacher anymore.
But Jesus paid no attention to what they said. He told the synagogue leader,
‘Don’t be afraid; just believe.’”

Often times what we see isn't all there is. Many times when God is trying to teach us something, He requires us to believe Him for something that looks to be otherwise. My friend, sometimes when God is getting ready to do something huge in your life, it takes courage to believe what your eyes can not see. Not all is as it seems, but in order to focus on Him, to grow in Him, and believe Him for what He is about to do; He will pull you aside from all the naysayers so they can't distract you.

Insight Into His Word:
Today I would like to give you a glimpse into Gods Word of a few of the times He pulled someone aside to work in them and for them, that really spoke strongly to me as I was writing the book, The Very Heart of Worship.

Excert from The Very Heart of Worship
Another lesson on God being our teacher involves God taking someone aside to help them. The first verse I ask you to turn to is Mark 7:33: “Jesus led the man away from the crowd, by himself. He put his fingers in the man’s ears and then spit and touched the man’s tongue.”

Now, why the need to take the man away from the crowd? I think it was to take the man away from all those who would distract him into unbelief. By taking the man away, all he could do was focus on Jesus. The Lord now would have his undivided attention. Remember, it is our belief that God can and will help us that brings divine action.

This is the same concept as with the man and his little girl in Mark 5:35-36: “While Jesus was still speaking, some people came from the house of the synagogue leader. They said, ‘Your daughter is dead. There is no need to bother the teacher anymore. But Jesus paid no attention to what they said. He told the synagogue leader, ‘Don’t be afraid; just believe.’”

Put yourself in this man’s shoes. Someone just tells you your daughter is dead, but here is a flicker of hope from someone else saying, “No, she’s not.” Think of the turmoil he must have felt, torn between human feelings of wanting to crumble at what the physical circumstances looked like and a heart-wrenching hope that maybe it’s not what it appears to be. When everyone came up to this man saying, “Your daughter is dead,” for the briefest of moments his face turns to look at them. Jesus looks him straight in the eye and says, “NO! Don’t look at them, Look at me. Don’t listen to them, listen to me. Don’t believe them, BELIEVE ME."

Think of the courage it must have taken for this man to turn his back on everything human logic would say is true so he could dare to believe what Jesus was saying instead. I wonder if it took a second, if there was the slightest pause while this man stood, among his family and friends who were crying and mourning, and stared into Jesus’ face. Imagine, two pair of eyes searching each other’s, one pair of eyes pleading, “Trust me, believe me,” and the other pair of eyes in tears searching for the hope of possibilities. I wonder how long they stood there. I wonder how long it took for this man to make his decision. Was it in the space of a heartbeat, maybe? Or, was it just long enough for him to take a deep breath and work up the courage to take a step forward?

However long, I guess it doesn’t matter because Scripture shows his faith was enough. The next verses show that somewhere inside this man, he believed. Jesus left with this man, Peter, James, and John, and when they arrived at this man’s house only to be met with ridicule and laughter, Jesus threw everyone out. And again, “He took aside in private” only those with faith to believe. And this little girl and her parents received God’s gift of resurrection.

These aren’t the only times that Jesus took people aside. Another viewpoint of this is that Jesus often took His disciples aside to teach them and to share with them things to come and to explain in private the lessons He had taught openly among many others. Matthew 20:17, Mark 10:32 and Luke 9:10 are some examples of this.

== End of excert from The Very Heart of Worship;

My friend the next time God moves to draw you aside to be alone with just Him. Do not resist, do not fall to, "But I have so many other things that I have got to do...." You never know what you might be missing in what He is trying to teach you, show you and do for you, that will be an incredible testimony to others.

    Father God, thank You for taking the time to pull us apart to be with just You. Lord, thank You for showing us just how important we each are to You, that You would draw us aside to be alone with You. Lord, thank You for working in us, and I pray You will continue to work though us to reach others too.
    Father, I lift this reader up to You today, and I ask that You would put a hedge of protection around this person. Lord, I ask that You will help them to come aside and spend time with You. Lord, I pray that their eyes be opened to all that You would show them and that they not miss the wonder of little things that You have set Your hand too.
    Lord I ask that You would lead them and guide them. Lord, I pray they will become stronger in their walk with You and be filled with the glory of Your presence as they take the look up into Your face. I pray they will have the courage to say, "Ok" to all that You ask them to do.
In Jesus' Name I pray,

~ My friend, have a glorious and wonderful day.

What are your thoughts? Can you envision the little girls dad and Jesus?
In your mind's eye; can you picture, or better yet hear, Jesus say, "Only Belive ME."
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