Moving into new seasons in life could be hurtful. I know because God has been pushing me into one.
It started off as little whispers from God. However, these past two weeks I could hear God roaring over my life. “Talitha koum,” my Father said.
I don’t know why, but I cowered in fear.
Why are we so scared in receiving what God has been beautifully orchestrating in our lives? Why are we, like the Israelites, choosing to look upon the ten leaders’ negative reports rather than at Caleb and Joshua’s positive reports? Why are causing ourselves to wander off in our own deserts for 40 years?
In Ephesians 2, Paul says “As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.“
This is what we were before. And although we have been freed by God when we received Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we are a work-in-progress. There is a raging battle in the spiritual realm as we are being transformed into His image and likeness. As the battle goes on, we go at a limbo of being led by the Holy Spirit or by “the commander of the powers in the unseen world. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God” as it says in the NLT version.
I am fighting this battle.
And I am very afraid.
But God, because of His faithfulness quieted my spirit.
Talitha koum. Daughter, I say unto you, arise.
Last Saturday, a very close Christian brother told me the meaning of the words spoken by Jesus to Jairus’ daughter as He rose her from the dead.
Jesus Heals in Response to Faith
21 Jesus got into the boat again and went back to the other side of the lake, where a large crowd gathered around him on the shore. 22 Then a leader of the local synagogue, whose name was Jairus, arrived. When he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet, 23 pleading fervently with him. “My little daughter is dying,” he said. “Please come and lay your hands on her; heal her so she can live.”
24 Jesus went with him, and all the people followed, crowding around him.
After the incident with the bleeding woman,
35 … messengers arrived from the home of Jairus, the leader of the synagogue. They told him, “Your daughter is dead. There’s no use troubling the Teacher now.”
36 But Jesus overheard them and said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid. Just have faith.”
37 Then Jesus stopped the crowd and wouldn’t let anyone go with him except Peter, James, and John (the brother of James). 38 When they came to the home of the synagogue leader, Jesus saw much commotion and weeping and wailing. 39 He went inside and asked, “Why all this commotion and weeping? The child isn’t dead; she’s only asleep.”
40 The crowd laughed at him. But he made them all leave, and he took the girl’s father and mother and his three disciples into the room where the girl was lying. 41 Holding her hand, he said to her, “Talitha koum,” which means “Little girl, get up!” 42 And the girl, who was twelve years old, immediately stood up and walked around! They were overwhelmed and totally amazed. 43 Jesus gave them strict orders not to tell anyone what had happened, and then he told them to give her something to eat.
Mark 5 NLT
The passage immediately spoke to me.
The word “daughter” spoke of the confirmation of my identity in God’s eyes. I am His beloved creation, there is no one more special than me in His eyes. To Him, I am full of beauty and splendor – made worthy of His love. I am unique and greatly valued, highly favored and treasured by Him. Because of that, I am able.
I am able to rise up as He so commands. I am able to step out in faith for He said “Do not be afraid.” And I am able because God is able.
For God has conquered death not just in this story but on the day Jesus died on the cross to save you and me. If He has brought us with His own Son’s blood from the wages of sin and death wouldn’t He also bring forth the full glory of His power to us who have been saved? Wouldn’t He bring deliverance to our sins, bringing us out of our old ways? The old has gone, the new has come, he said.
Today, I would like to encourage you that in whatever way the enemy is attacking you right now – however defeated you may feel – God has already won the victory at the cross. There is already deliverance at His feet. As you arise from the fight, as you stand your ground, as you command the spirits of sin and condemnation to flee from your life, remember that it is God who came to your house to save you. It is God who said the words “Talitha kuom” to bring you out of the situation you are in now. It is God who has already won the victory for you. Do not forget your identity in Him – that you have been purchased by the precious blood of Jesus. So, arise! ARISE, MY CHILD!!! ARISE!!!