Bible Studies & Devotionals

From Olive Branch Ministries

By Mark and Tinsley Baker

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Don't Be Afraid Only Believe

There are many times in your life when you might be afraid. You might be afraid of loosing your job, or of not having a job, or becoming sick. You might be afraid you won't be able to pay your bills. You might be afraid for your children, their health and well being. You know Job, in the Bible was a lot like that. Job was a good man who loved the Lord with all his heart.

Living Bible

Job 1:1: There lived in the land of Uz a man named Job--a good man who feared God and stayed away from evil.

Job had a problem, he was afraid all the time; he worried and feared all the time. He worried about everything including his children. He was afraid they would sin and curse God, he offered sacrifices all the time because of his fear.

Job 1:5: So it was, when the days of feasting had run their course, that Job would send and sanctify them, and he would rise early in the morning and offer burnt offerings according to the number of them all. For Job said, "It may be that my sons have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.'' Thus Job did regularly.

The result of Job's fear is that what he feared came upon him.

Job 3:25: For the thing I greatly feared has come upon me, and what I dreaded has happened to me.

When we fear and doubt God and his Word, this opens the door for things to happen to us. This gives the enemy permission to attack us, because we doubted God's promises and walked in unbelief. God can not work in our doubt and unbelief. God only works through our faith.

In the Gospel of Mark, the ruler of the synagogue, Jairus, asked Jesus to heal his daughter.

On the way they found out that she had already died.

Mark 5:35-36: 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.

The opportunity to doubt arose in Jairus, but Jesus was already with him, he was right beside him! Jesus said to him, "Do not be afraid; only believe."

Mark 5:37-42: And He permitted no one to follow Him except Peter, James, and John the brother of James. Then He came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and saw a tumult and those who wept and wailed loudly. When He came in, He said to them, "Why make this commotion and weep? The child is not dead, but sleeping.'' And they laughed Him to scorn. But when He had put them all out, He took the father and the mother of the child, and those who were with Him, and entered where the child was lying. Then He took the child by the hand, and said to her, "Talitha, cumi,'' which is translated, "Little girl, I say to you, arise.'' Immediately the girl arose and walked, for she was twelve years of age. And they were overcome with great amazement.

After Jesus told Jairus to not doubt, He only took with Him, Peter, James and John. Then when he got to the house, Jesus put out everyone but the parents and the disciples. Why?

He was getting rid of all the doubt and unbelief in the house, so that He could complete His work. Even Jesus could not work in an atmosphere of unbelief!

Matthew 13:54-58: 54. And when He had come to His own country, He taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished and said, "Where did this Man get this wisdom and these mighty works? "Is this not the carpenter's son? Is not His mother called Mary? And His brothers James, Joses, Simon, and Judas? "And His sisters, are they not all with us? Where then did this Man get all these things?'' So they were offended at Him. But Jesus said to them, "A prophet is not without honor except in his own country and in his own house.'' And He did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief.

God cannot move in your life if you are in doubt and unbelief in your situation! But if you will stay in faith, stay in God’s Word, keep it before your eyes and in your mouth you will overcome any situation!

1 John 5:4: For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world our faith.

The definition of faith is found in Hebrews.

Living Bible

Hebrews 11:1: What is faith? It is the confident assurance that something we want is going to happen. It is the certainty that what we hope for is waiting for us, even though we cannot see it up ahead.


Without faith it is impossible to please God.

Living Bible

Hebrews 11:6: You can never please God without faith, without depending on him. Anyone who wants to come to God must believe that there is a God and that he rewards those who sincerely look for him.

When you accepted Jesus as your Savior, you took the biggest step of faith you have ever taken. Think about it you believed that Jesus was born of a virgin, lived and died on a cross, rose from the dead in three days. You weren't there, you didn’t see it or hear about it from someone else, and you simply accepted it by faith. You knew deeply within yourself what you believed and acted on it for your salvation.

1 Peter 1:8-9: whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith the salvation of your souls.

This is the same kind of faith you need to walk in every day. It is not a different faith, or more faith, it is the same faith!

We all need to study God's Word to build up our faith and keep us strong.

Romans 10:17: So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.


Revised Standard

Romans 8:31: What then shall we say to this? If God is for us, who is against us?

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Luke 1:37: For with God nothing will be impossible.

Philippians 4:13: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Philippians 4:19: And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Take what Jesus said to Jairus and hold it - stand on it.

Don’t be afraid - only believe.

The first step is coming to Him and making Him your Savior. This is the first step we all must take. It is so simple all you do is pray this prayer.

Dear Heavenly Father, I come to you in the name of Jesus. Your word says, "…and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out." (Jn.6:37), So I know You won’t cast me out, but You take me in, And I thank you for it. You said in your Word, "whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.'' (Ro. 10:13).

I am calling on Your name, So I know You have saved me now, You also said, "…that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes to righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made to salvation." (Ro.10:9,10).

I believe in my heart that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. I believe He was raised from the dead for my justification. And I confess Him now as my Lord, Because Your Word says, "… with the heart one believes to righteousness…" and I do believe with my heart, I have now become the righteousness of God in Christ. (2 Cor. 5:21),

And I am saved! Thank You, Lord!

I can now truthfully say, I see myself as a born again child of God!

Glory to God!!!! Amen.

Here are some helpful scriptures to look up in your Bible.

Romans 10:17: So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Romans 8:31: What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can

be against us?

Philippians 4:13: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Philippians 4:19: And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.


These are just a few. The Word of God is full of helpful promises that we can rely on. I encourage you to look these up and underline them in your Bible. And start confessing them daily to help your faith grow. Remember that faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.