What exactly is an issue of blood? Actually, strike that. I don’t want to know. The point is, whatever malady she was tormented with for twelve years, Jesus healed her.
I read the accounts of this woman in the Gospels as I was helping ORM put together a workbook to correspond with my Dad’s School of Miracles courses. They are awesome and FREE, by the way. (www.SOM.OralRoberts.com)
I’ve read her story, heard her story, and been preached countless sermons about her story, but I never saw it quite like I did today. This woman did something to get what she needed. Actually, she did three things:
She said she’d be made whole, she pushed through the crowd, and she touched Him.
She used her mouth; she got confession working for her. (Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit. Proverbs 18:1) She pushed through her circumstances, no matter how difficult. (And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28) And finally, she reached out her hand and touched Him. She touched Him, believing that she would be healed. (… all things are possible to him who believes. Mark 9:23)
She did these things. She didn’t sit on her can and wait for her healing or deliverance or breakthrough or miracle to come. She did something.
You may ask, “What am I supposed to do?” Well, God is infinitely able to move heaven and earth on your behalf, why don’t you ask Him? He’s got all the answers before we even know the questions. He knows what we need to do. He knows how to fix our messes. He knows how to turn our boat right-side-up when we capsize. We just have to ask Him, and then we have to do what He says.
When something is breaking and you can’t stop it. When the storm rolls over you in waves and you can’t see the sun. When you don’t know how it happened, but you have to walk through it nonetheless. When you know it’s going to get worse before it gets better.
Call on God. He’s there. I promise.
Even if you don’t feel Him. Even if you haven’t talked to Him in a while.
He loves you, and He wants to help you. Don’t let go.
Oh James, you got me again.
But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. (James 3:17)
Wisdom means a willingness to yield? Are you kidding me? In what universe? What if I’m right? What if Lynn is totally wrong? Do I still have to yield? Why?
I’ll tell you why. Because it is more important to please God than to be right. It is more important to please God than win an argument. Not that I ever win anyway because Lynn can talk me under the table, but I have been known to claim victory by my silence. I guess now I have to give that up too. Ugh.
Why do we have to do these things that are so hard? Well, we don’t. The Bible just says that’s what wisdom is. And if wisdom from above, or real Godly wisdom is pure, peaceable, gentle, and willing to yield, then I want it.
I want it because I want to be like Him and I want Him to be pleased with me. And because of this whopper of a scripture full of its promised benefits. Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding; For her proceeds are better than the profits of silver, and her gain than fine gold. She is more precious than rubies, and all the things you may desire cannot compare with her. Length of days is in her right hand, in her left hand riches and honor. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, and happy are all who retain her. (Proverbs 3:13-18)
Wisdom sounds pretty good to me.
It drives me nuts when people say, “God is in control.” News flash… He’s not in control unless we put Him in control. If God were really in control, He’s not doing a very good job. Sacrilege! Crucify her!
No, seriously, we are the ones that are not doing a good job. We are the ones that don’t have our crap together. We are the ones who miss it and screw things up and get ourselves in trouble.
God can only do what we let Him do; He can only take over where we invite Him in. The Bible says, Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6) Do you see that there’s a qualifier in that scripture? He directs our paths if we acknowledge Him in all our ways. It doesn’t mean we only communicate with God on Sundays. It doesn’t mean we only seek God when we’re in trouble. It means ALL OUR WAYS. It means we must make God a part of our everyday life. It means we must seek Him in good times and bad. It means we must allow Him into all our situations. It means we must listen to His voice. And sometimes that means close our own mouth and ask Him to do the talking. That’s called having a teachable heart. And that’s the best kind of heart you can have.
An unteachable heart handcuffs God. The God of the universe, Creator of Heaven and Earth can be handcuffed by His people. Don’t handcuff God. Invite Him in. Call on His Name. Stand on His Word. Relinquish control. Unlock the handcuffs and let God come in and transform your life. You are His beloved child. Let Him be your Father.