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Day 52: What to Do With Doubters

CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
Sunday, February 21st, 2016
Leviticus 11:1-12:8
Mark 5:21-43
Psalm 38:1-22
Proverbs 10:8-9
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

And He permitted no one to follow Him except Peter, James, and John the brother of James. – Mk 5:37

Life is too short to hang out with doubters. Jesus recognized the contagious effects of doubt. He did not allow anyone but His most faith-filled disciples to come and pray for Jairus’ daughter with Him. When He arrived at Jairus’ house, he kicked all his relatives out, knowing they would not have faith to believe for a miracle!

Doubt cancels the miraculous. When Jesus was in His hometown, he could “…do no mighty work there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them” (Mk 6:5). If even the Son of God was so impacted by doubt swirling around Him, how much more are we! If even the Son of God knew the importance of surrounding Himself with friends would add to His faith, and never take away from it, how much more should we!

In Mark 2, Jesus healed a paralyzed man. Four men – this man’s friends – carried him into the place where Jesus was teaching. The paralyzed man was dramatically healed, “When Jesus saw their faith…” (Mk 2:5; emphasis added). This man couldn’t show his own faith for a miracle, but Jesus saw the faith of his friends; and that was enough!

If you don’t have faith for your own breakthrough, surround yourself with good friends who do. Ask all the doubters in your life to take a hike – at least for now. Surround yourself with people who will strengthen your faith instead of weakening it. Surround yourself with people who will pray for your needs as if your prayer requests were their own!


Father, I ask that You would surround me with good, faith-filled friends, in Jesus’ name! I don’t want to spend time with people who are going to question and doubt my faith anymore. I need friends who will multiply my faith!

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