Mar 8, 2017

Touch of Faith

Luke 8:43-48
(8:43) And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any, (8:44) Came behind [him], and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched. (8:45) And Jesus said, Who touched me? When all denied, Peter and they that were with him said, Master, the multitude throng thee and press [thee], and sayest thou, Who touched me? (8:46) And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me. (8:47) And when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling down before him, she declared unto him before all the people for what cause she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately. (8:48) And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace.

Meet Jesus at the point of your need

Dear Child of God, We all have various needs in our lives. This portion from the scripture tells us a blessed account of a woman with an issue of blood who received a complete healing at the hands of our Lord. The lesson for us from this person's healing, is the need for Faith in our life. Without faith it is impossible to please God and he that comes to God must believe that He can and will reward your faith. (Heb 11:6) This can be applicable to the physical realm or to the spiritual realm where you can exercise your faith in submission to God to meet the desperate need in your life. Faith is not the end of the Christian journey - For the Word says: you are called not just to believe in Him but to also suffer for His sake (Phil 1:29). But it's the place to start our journey with Jesus.

An outcast - losing life - slowly but steadily

Can you imagine the plight of a person who has a perpetual bleeding for 12 years ? She is a social outcast and cannot be in the presence of others. She cannot marry or fellowship. One with such an illness has to walk about saying "Unclean! Unclean!" in those times to avoid coming into contact with others and defiling others. She is struggling to keep herself alive - there is life in the blood and when the blood is lost, your life is ebbing away. On top of it, here's a person who has been consulting doctors and has lost all the money that she had. (Luk 8:43)

The touch of Faith

When you are at the point of desperation, you're not constrained by social laws of propriety. When this woman saw Jesus, she KNEW that He could heal her and she had faith that she would receive the healing if only she could just touch the hem of His garment. She didn't just stay with that knowledge, but she ACTED on that knowledge and went forth and touched Him - even pressing through the crowds which separated her from the Lord. She closed the gap between herself and God.

There were multitudes about them touching Jesus. But this touch was different. This was a touch that released the power of God into her situation. All the others who thronged Jesus didn't experience the power - only this woman did ! What was different about this touch ? The Lord said (Luk 8:46) that the virtue or power had gone from him. The greek word used there is "δύναμις or Dunamis" - which means power - and this is the source of the words like dynamo/dynamite, etc. The woman's faith had conducted the power of God from the source of that power (Jesus) to produce the healing that she needed !

Faith as a "good conductor" of God's power

Let me illustrate with an example. Let's say I have a power socket (a plug point). And I have a toaster which needs to be connected to the power socket. To connect this , I need to have a wire to plug the toaster to the socket. If I use a rubber string to connect the socket and the toaster, will the toaster switch on ? Surely Not ! Because rubber is a poor conductor of the electric power. But if I use a copper wire which came along with the toaster, the power will surely flow into the toaster and enable it to perform the task it was designed to do. Dear child of God, you have situations which need the power of God in your life. The person of Jesus Christ is the supply of God's power. But this doesn't guarantee that His power will come into your need. You need to have an active faith to allow God to act on your behalf. That faith is the good conductor that conducts God's power into your life needs.

Full healing for the person

At this point (Luk 8:44), the woman received the healing , but it doesn't stop there. Then Jesus asks her to come forward by demanding who touched him. She comes trembling. You see, physical healing that she received at the Lord's hands was not enough for the 12 years of stigma to be removed from her life. She is still cowering and trembling. But the Lord causes her to receive compassion & grace, He calls her a daughter and says: be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace. This is how the lord wants us to be in our Life. Not just to be healed - but to be saved. Not just to receive the answers for our prayers by faith - but to be of good comfort, to receive His sonship, to be made whole (complete) & to go away in peace.

Dear friend, Cry out to the Lord for your needs and Touch Him by Faith & see the heavens move in your favor.