October 7, 2018

Mark 5:25-34 Tells of the account of the woman with the issue of blood for 12 years. She had been to many different physicians and spent all that she had but grew worse. When she had heard of Jesus, she came in the press behind, and touched his garment. For she said ‘If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole’. And the fountain of her blood was dried up. Jesus immediately knew that virtue had gone out of his body, turned about in the press to see who had touched his clothes. He looked to see her that had done this and said daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole. ~ It was against Jewish law for a woman to be out in public if it was the time of her cycle. She was considered unclean and was not allowed to touch anyone for if she did, it would cause that person to become unclean also. But what I like is that this woman got to a point where she purposed in her heart not to allow man, law, or any other thing to stop her. Her intention, her focus, her energy, all that she had was focused on touching Jesus ~ something that she was forbidden by law to do. But she PRESSED through all of those things just to touch him. She set her faith and refused to allow those things to prevent her or stop her from reaching him. It was her faith, her confidence in Him, and her determination that brought forth this miracle in her life.

Sometimes we need to get to a point where we are so desperate that we are willing to give it all, risk it all, just to touch him! And notice, when she finally got through the throngs of people, it got His attention. He stopped what he was doing and turned around to look and see who had touched him. All others around were oblivious to what had just happened. At that moment, it was all about Jesus and this woman.

So it doesn’t matter what ‘issue’ you are facing, it doesn’t matter how long you’ve dealt with it, or what you’ve done in the past to rectify it, you can be free of your plague with just one encounter with Jesus. She didn’t wait for Jesus to come to her; she set her faith and pressed through into him. God, help us to be determined, to set our faith to press into you.

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