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Lesson 44: Fear and Faith (Luke 8:40-56)

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Jesus brought hope to needful individuals on every end of multiple spectrums. People, all sharing life in a fallen world in a little corner Israel, had needs; the word on the street was that Jesus delivered relief in miraculous ways. In the passage at hand, we see how He brought such comfort and relief to an established “clean” family and then to an “unclean” woman plagued by years of illness. But in every case of suffering, there is a truth in this message that Pastor Daniel shares: “In times of physical trials, do not fear; only believe.” Through looking at Jesus’s interactions with the needful in this account, we are reminded to 1) allow God to use physical illness in your life to drive you to spiritual desperation, and 2) be aware that your natural tendency is to be filled with fear instead of faith. A right fear of God that includes the kind of awe and desperate trembling for Him that the Scriptures call us to have will, at the same time, bolster our faith in the One who has victory over even death.

Summary by Seth Kempf, Bethany Community Church Staff

Related Topics: Faith, Miracles, Spiritual Life, Suffering, Trials, Persecution