Luke 8:42-48

As Jesus was on his way the crowds almost crushed him And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years but no one could heal her

She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak and immediately her bleeding stopped

Who touched me? Jesus asked When they all denied it Peter said Master the people are crowding and pressing against you But Jesus said Someone touched me I know that power has gone out from me

Then the woman seeing that she could not go unnoticed came trembling and fell at his feet

In the presence of all the people she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed

Then he said to her Daughter your faith has healed you Go in peace

Mark 5:27-28

When she heard about Jesus
She came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak because she thought
If I just touch his clothes I will be healed

As I spent time meditating on the recount of the women with the issue of blood in the above passages in light of the fact that I truly do believe that God is doing a new thing I was encouraged by her story

Not only for myself but many others I know who have been hindered on their journey of life by experiences of there past or even events in their

1.What’s your issue?
And How long have you been dealing with it?Luke 8:43

Let’s face it we all have issues some more obvious than others

12 years is how long our character had been dealing with her issue Our versus open by mentioning there was a women with an issue of blood

It is important to note that in that day and issue of blood was usually caused from promiscuous and inappropriate sexual behavior

Modern day vernacular could be interpreted as an STD

Our issues may not be so obvious; they may be molestation or abuse in our
Infidelity in our marriages
Poor business decisions
Losing our families trying to play God because we won’t relinquish control

2. What has it cost you

Our issues have a price She had spent all her living trying to find a cure

Mark 5:31 She suffered many things of many physicians and spent all she had and was nothing bettered but rather grew worse

She spent all her living not just her liveli-hood but her life

Many times in an effort to take care of ourselves we neglect to run to God 1st but instead as a last resort

In other cases we try to run from the problem live in denial by relying on other things

These things may be materialism drugs, alcohol, manipulation or human relationships to fix us

And yet in all of our human efforts it seems that things are not getting better only worse

Only to find that in the end it has cost

We end up as she did physically financially relationally emotionally bankrupt

So again what has your issue cost you

3. What do you have to press through?

Remember the Beatles or Elvis in their hay day Ok that’s thronged, hard to get near crowded with society

However the crowd was not her only obstacles

No in fact she knew before she began that if she had been caught in public with an issue of blood they could have would have stoned her in public

She knew that she had to press through the shame that had caused her to be in that state in the first place and yet she pressed

So my question to you today is what do you have to press through to touch Him Disappointment
Pride or the crowd?

I would encourage you that whatever your hindrances or reservations press

Press because He is not a respecter of persons

Press because He is the same yesterday today and forever

Press because you will experience the same result she did

Power 4

Power went out of Him because she touched Him with not only her fingers but even more so with her faith

You know what is interesting to me in this recount?

I wonder how many other people must have touched him that day and didn’t get healed

People who were doing it because it was the religious thing to do the popular thing the in thing for the day and yet only one got healed

That one was the one who touched Him with her faith

Not a casual encounter but a committed conscientious effort to reach out to Him

It is important that you know He has never stopped reaching to you from his outstretched arms on the cross

Christian or non Christian he took the shame and the burden of His cross so that we would not be crushed by the weight of ours

Isaiah 59:1 His ear is not deaf to hear our cry and His hand is not too short to reach down and save


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