Sometimes Peter and John may not walk by your path and heal you in the name of Jesus when you ask for alms (link to episode). Sometimes you may not have the spies staying over in your house, even though you are a prostitute, for you to have the opportunity to make a deal with them (link to episode). Sometimes, you have to make the move to seek the help as you are directed by the Spirit. Staying put is the same as keeping to your bondage and limitations. In today’s episode, we will look at two women: Ruth and the woman with the issue of the blood.
3. The woman with the Issue of the blood
For she said to herself, “If only I may touch His garment, I shall be made well.” But Jesus turned around, and when He saw her He said, “Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And the woman was made well from that hour.Matthew 9:21-22 (NKJV)
Just like the man who sat at the gate called beautiful, this woman’s name was not mentioned in all the accounts written about her situation in the gospels according to Matthew, Mark and Luke. It is not a matter of our discussion why her name was not mentioned.
By social, health and religious constraints, she was supposed to be indoors and condemn herself to death. After roaming on several doctors for the past twelve years, she should have had enough of it. It was time to call it quit. Due to her conditions, she could not go out to mingle with her friends. She was relegated to the corridors of isolation and maybe depression. Moreover, she was not allowed to participate in any of the religious activities. This is what God commanded them to do in Leviticus:
If a woman has a discharge of blood for many days, not at the time of her menstrual impurity, or if she has a discharge beyond the time of her impurity, all the days of the discharge she shall continue in uncleanness. As in the days of her impurity, she shall be unclean.Leviticus 15:25 (ESV)
With all these limitations, she said to herself that I need to touch the helm of his garment and I will be healed. After all, I have been through this for twelve years, so if it does not work, I will still try. With every other calculations that could have made her stay to herself, she reached out to touch the garment of Jesus and she was healed. The key emphasis to changing her narrative was that “she said to herself…“.
There were a lot of people surrounding Jesus for so many reasons. Amongst them may be people who also needed solutions to their problems. But it was this woman who had her story changed for the better, as reported by the writers of the gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke.
Maybe you have tried so many times to call on the name of the Lord to intervene in your situation, but you have seen no results. In spite of the various men of God you have visited, you have not received a response to your situation. Hannah also made a request to God for a child, but did not see a response until the moment she decided to leave her pain at the altar and speak to God by acknowledging God in her request and learning to put a sacrifice on the altar. Her response came through. God may delay our responses and release them at the appointed time we are ready to handle them.
Enough of the excuses. You have been sitting idle with all of the excuses why your situation can’t change. I want to give you just one reason why it can change: CHRIST JESUS. He is the only one who can turn your situation around. Can you make a move today and come to Him for help? Can you defy all the social, physical and religious constraints that you are facing and go on your knees to call on Him? His arms are widely opened to receive you and help you out. Yes, beat the excuses and come to CHRIST for the help you desperately need.
Father thank you for sending your son Christ Jesus to die for my sins. I am weary of the burden and pain I am going through and I need your help. I duly confess my sins and accept Christ as my Lord and personal savior. Thank you Father for accepting me as Your son. AMEN!!!
I want you to spend quality time and talk to God, once you have accepted Christ as your Lord and savior. For this is what He has promised us in His word:
And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he hearth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.
Thank you Father for a wonderful day you have given unto us. We thank you for granting unto us whatever we have asked from you today. Thank you for your deliverance in Jesus name. Our stories are changed, and it is all to your Glory!!! Amen!!!
God bless you and remain a blessing. With lots of love.
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