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The Power of Certainty

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I began to study a month or so ago, and God began to show me that there is a duality of meaning in the word “certain.” Certain means two things: particular, a certain person, a certain place, a certain model of refrigerator, a certain street, it just means a particular place or person. But, the second meaning is the one that the Holy Ghost said, “But look at this”; the second meaning of certain means: totally persuaded.

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By Jeff Arnold

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Mark Chapter 5, verse 22: “And, behold, there cometh one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name; and when he saw him, he fell at his feet…” best place to be is at His feet, because 1) there’s always plenty of room. He’s got a crowd around His hands because that’s where He gives stuff out, so there’s plenty of room at His feet. And 2) it shows humility. (23) “And besought him greatly, saying, my little daughter lieth at the point of death: I pray thee, come and lay thy hands on her, that she may be healed; and she shall live. (24) And Jesus went with him; and much people followed him, and thronged him. (25) And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years, (26) And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse, (27) When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment. (28) For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole. (29) And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague. (30) And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes? (31) And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee…” you see, there’s a difference between touching and thronging. “…and sayest thou, Who touched me? (32) And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing. (33) But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth. (34) And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.”

 

Now, I’ve preached many sermons about the woman with the issue of blood, but I’ve never exhausted the subject and I want to direct your attention to verse 25. “And a certain women…” that’s all I want. If you were going to read another rendition or another translation or another witness of this story, you could find it in the Gospel of Matthew Chapter 9, verse 18. And it begins thusly, “…there came a certain ruler…” Now Mark doesn’t name Jairus, it just says, “there cometh one of the rulers …” But in 9:18 of Matthew it says, “a certain ruler.”

I began to study a month or so ago, and God began to show me that there is a duality of meaning in the word “certain.” Certain means two things: particular, a certain person, a certain place, a certain model of refrigerator, a certain street, it just means a particular place or person. But, the second meaning is the one that the Holy Ghost said, “But look at this”; the second meaning of certain means: totally persuaded. Certain—to be fixed, settled, determined, not to be doubted because of evidence; reliable, dependable, without any doubt, sure, positive, assured. Certainty—a level of positivizes, a firm, settled belief in the truth of something or someone, a conviction, to be convinced. Let me try it again: Are you a certain person, or are you a person who’s certain?

Acts 3:1-2, starts out talking about a “certain” lame man, who begged for alms. Now does that mean the beggar was just a particular fella, or was he a persuaded fella? In Mark 725, it talks about a “certain woman”, who was a Syrophenician. Now, was she just a particular woman or was she a persuaded woman? Apparently, she was the second, because she was persuaded that Jesus could fix her daughter by long distance.

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