And behold, a woman who had suffered from a discharge of blood for twelve years came up behind him and touched the fringe of his garment, for she said to herself, “If I only touch his garment, I will be made well.” Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, “Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And instantly the woman was made well.
Matthew 9:20-22 ESV
We see again, courage accompanied action and led to stepping towards Jesus for healing! But not only did the New Testament depict a courageous woman ready to receive healing she knew in her heart could only come from a touch of the Lord through Jesus, we see in the Old Testament God would heal as well. The psalmist proclaimed God heals the brokenhearted and through the prophet Jeremiah God said he would give back health and heal wounds.
Perhaps today, like the woman we read of with the issue of blood, we are ready to step towards healing found in Jesus Christ.
When reading today’s passages, what thoughts came to mind as you pondered the woman who had exhausted all resources?
Are there areas where you may feel you have essentially come to the end of all your abilities and options in the natural?
Are you hoping to encounter the Lord and experience healing in your spirit, heart, mind or body?
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, we come before You with the hopes of making or petitions known. Some of us are ready for healing. We trust You to heal the wounded places in our spirit, heart, mind, and body – or any combination of these areas of our lives. Help us to trust You for healing as we call out to You and enter into Your presence to “touch the hem of Your garment” in our own places of prayer. As we take a closer look in the coming days, I pray specifically for healing in the spirit, where the pride may be a permanent infection, festering and embedding itself, but like a cancer not always making itself known. Bring healing in this area FIRST – so our eyes will see and ears hear, if there may be other areas in our souls needing healing. Thank you Jesus Christ, amen.
From You Version,
Death was from Adam, But Life in Christ. Its only in Christ that we can live and love life.
God is not a taker of life. He is the giver of it. His wish for us is salvation and a good life “With long life I will satisfy him, and show him My salvation.” Psalm 91:16. His desire is for us to have and live a life that is fully sufficient and bountiful supplies of very possible good things that we may require.
But death through sin reigned from Adam which had threatened to derail God’s set direction for His Children. Praise God that nothing can get the better of Him. From Him is the gift of life which is “the gift by the grace of one Man, Jesus Christ (that) abound to many” Rom 5:15
God hates sin as much as He sees death as an enemy. We know that death came through sin but the righteousness that leads to life came from Christ Jesus “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made a live” 1Cor 15:22(NKJV)
Those who hates God and His wisdom does so against their own soul. They have loved death rather than accept the redemption that Christ offers by His blood(Prov 8:36; Hosea 13:14)
To be able to claim the promise of a good life of many happy days and also be a beneficiary of Christ‘s finished work, we need to love God and His creation, restrain our tongue from speaking evil, always stand by the truth, turn away from evil to do good and actively seek to coexist peaceably with everyone.(1 Peter 3:10–12). Above all, if we love God, then we have no other options outside of His will. Jesus said: “He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.” John 14:21(NKJV)
Life and whatever it is sustained with is from God. It is His heart‘s desire that we live and enjoy life to it‘s full extent. Everything we own in this life(including life itself) is a gift from God. It was God‘s thought out plan to get everything prepared and available for us in Christ Jesus even before we were conceived in the womb. This should be very clear to us and we have to understand that by “the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, (He) has abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.” 2 Tim 1:10