Touching JesusWednesday, June 3, 2015
Now a woman, having a flow of blood for twelve years, who had spent all her livelihood on physicians and could not be healed by any, came from behind and touched the border of His garment. And immediately her flow of blood stopped. And Jesus said, "Who touched Me?" When all denied it, Peter and those with him said, "Master, the multitudes throng and press You, and You say, 'Who touched Me?" But Jesus said, "Somebody touched Me, for I perceived power going out from Me." Now when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling; and falling down before Him, she declared to Him in the presence of all the people the reason she had touched Him and how she was healed immediately. And He said to her, "Daughter, be of good cheer; your faith has made you well. Go in peace."
For years, I identified myself with the woman in this story. If only I could touch Jesus I would be healed! I went to service after service. I had more people than I can number pray for me, begging the Lord to heal me. I knew that if I could simply touch Jesus this sick body would be completely well. I identified myself with this woman, I could completely understand how desperate she was.
For a while, I tried to "accept" sickness, but the Holy Spirit would not let me stay satisfied with that. I have learned a great deal in the past few months. Scriptures like 1 Peter 2:24 and Isaiah 53:5 have come alive to me. Psalms 103:3 clearly tells me that he heals all my diseases.
Matthew 10:8 commands us to "Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received, freely give." The same God who conquered the grave lives in us (Romans 8:11)! He commanded us to go do the works he did and even greater (John 14:12)! Now we go into our churches and there is so much sadness, so many of us are begging God to do things that He has already done for us on the cross. It's time for us to take what the Lord gave to us when He cried out "It is finished". We need to take our health so that we can become the church the Lord wants us to be. We need to take it so that we can go out and heal the sick, instead of trying to heal each other. The world needs us, they are crying out for a savior. Let's show them, Jesus.
Instead of comparing ourselves to the sick woman, let's start comparing ourselves to the man who wore the garment. The man with the power. I will no longer look at myself as the woman who was sick. I am not sick, the scripture tells me that the lord healed my diseases and I believe it. I am the one who has the power, the God of the universe lives in this body. I will live healed with long, strong, beautiful hair.