Have you felt the power of Jesus’ touch in your life recently?
I pray these simple points of reflection will expose our need for His touch, remind us of His power, reveal the purpose in our healing, and strengthen our faith because of His tangible love.
Acknowledge your need.
At what point does a need demand attention?
We know we are not superheroes, so it makes sense for us to want, to desire, to lack. For us to begin the journey towards healing, we must first acknowledge our need. Our hurt becomes familiar over time and the less than circumstances and doubt smothering our hope lay dormant until we hear of Jesus, a Healer.
He is not a temporary fix, but a trustworthy, eternal hope.
We hear of His miracles and want to hear more. We watch others rush towards this healer and with a touch they are healed.
All of a sudden, living with our lack is not good enough anymore. Our need that was once labeled “the way it is” now becomes unbearable and pushes us towards Him.
Because of the crowd he told his disciples to have a small boat ready for him, to keep the people from crowding him. For he had healed many, so that those with diseases were pushing forward to touch him.
Understand His power.
Time can feel like concrete around our ankles, setting us in the very circumstances we hoped to get out of. Our past attempts of healing almost mock us, and the only thing we can count on is more of the same.
Same questions, same silence.
The walls built around our hearts for protection work quite well, but this Healer comes to town and we can’t deny the stirring in our souls. We believe, but our needs have restricted us for so long.
One last reach. One last hope.
We allow our fingers to stretch beyond our wall towards His cloak and the rest is up to Him.
Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak. She said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.” Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has healed you.” And the woman was healed from that moment.
Help others find healing.
If we discover a favorite recipe, we share it. If a diet works well, we talk about it. If a song on the radio impacts us, we get on the phone and tell our friends to listen in.
Healing can be as contagious as the disease we are healed from. Although a disease may be skin-deep, when Jesus touches you, you are healed from the inside out.
You can’t talk a healed person out of their healing. They know full well their lives have been changed, and they want the same healing for others. Healed people bring the hurting to Jesus.
And when the men of that place recognized Jesus, they sent word to all the surrounding country. People brought all their sick to him and begged him to let the sick just touch the edge of his cloak, and all who touched it were healed.
Trust God’s word to have great faith.
To have great faith, we have to know God is faithful. To trust God, we have to know He is trustworthy. He who spoke creation into existence, calmed the seas and healed the woman grasping for His cloak is the same God speaking to us today.
Can’t you hear Him?
Take heart, daughter.
We have heard of all the miracles He has done, and we see changed lives worshipping His name. It is up to us to reach out for Him in faith, believe, and place our trust in His word.
He was not far from the house when the centurion sent friends to say to him: “Lord, don’t trouble yourself, for I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. That is why I did not even consider myself worthy to come to you. But say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard this, he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd following him, he said, “I tell you, I have not found such great faith even in Israel.” Then the men who had been sent returned to the house and found the servant well.
Our Healer, Jesus Christ, is alive and active. Are we asking with confidence for the peace and restoration only He can provide?
We live in a time where great faith is needed and we serve a trustworthy God. Let’s push forward and bring others with us to the feet of Jesus Christ.
I am linking up with Suzie Eller for #LiveFree Thursdays. Enjoy and be encouraged with God’s word today!