And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse. She had heard the reports about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment. For she said, “If I touch even his garments, I will be made well.” And immediately the flow of blood dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. Mark 5:25-29
A story of desperation. A story of faith. A story of healing. A story of risk. A story of redemption.
And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.” Mark 5:34
She was socially unclean. Isolated. Hurting. Probably physically weak. Certainly sick and tired of being sick and tired. She sought treatment. She spent all she had to get well. And then He came. After years of suffering and ruin.
Hers was an immediate healing. Power transferred. He didn’t offer it. She took it. He was headed out to heal another. She pressed in boldly to grasp for wellness. Not wanting to be noticed, just to be well. But He did notice her – the outcast – His daughter. He noticed her faith. He sent her away with peace and healing. We are not told that he ever actually touched her physically; the fringe of His robe met the fringe of her faith and she was restored. She dared to press in close to Jesus believing in who He was and in what He could do for her life.
I read a facebook posting from a church family member that ran deep in authentic, honest, life struggles. A Christian sister who clings to the robes of Jesus daily as He supports her through this difficult life. Her post touched many people who suffer as she does, as well as many who don’t, but love her as she is. It touched my heart as well, as I have witnessed and lived through similar angst and struggles in my own life.
In this life there will be many trials and troubles; physical, emotional, and spiritual. Body, soul and spirit. The trinity – we are created in the image of God – IMAGO. Most of us recognize that the three are connected. When one aspect of life is not functioning correctly it usually has some effect on the other aspects. When Jesus walked this dry ground in a body of flesh, He healed people. Physical ailments, demons, etc. He came to heal the sick. As I was reading in the gospels last week, I was reminded that we need to read the scriptures with spiritual eyes as well. Jesus’s healing wasn’t just physical but emotional and spiritual. He desires that we are well – whole – restored – free. Satan wants to keep us in the bondage of illness and disease; so struggling with our own junk that we are ineffective for God’s kingdom.
Certainly, we will all experience seasons of illness. We will all die. We will all face difficulties, trials and troubles. But with Jesus we do not have to be slaves to such things. He offers us freedom in the midst of them. Sometimes He will immediately remove the disease. Praise God for His power! Sometimes He has lessons for us to learn through the disease. Praise God for His power and His wisdom! Sometimes He lets us struggle mightily, demonstrating His love for us IN the disease! Praise God for His sustaining power and His great love! Sometimes He simply heals us by bringing us home to be with Him in glory! Praise God for the salvation of Jesus and the eternal life that He offers! O death, where is your sting!
I’d like to share some very helpful resources that have assisted many people as they seek Jesus and His healing. These resources are beneficial specifically for those of us who have been broken and chipped away at by the evil in this world. They challenge us to put off the old self and to really listen to the heart of God for our lives; allowing Him to take up our broken pieces and remake us into a more beautiful vessel for His use. A broken pot in the hands of the master potter.
1) Who I am In Christ by Neil T. Anderson
2) Emotionally Healthy Spirituality by Peter Scazzero
3) Rebuilding the Real You by Jack Hayford
4) When Life is Hard by James MacDonald (audio series of sermons)
There are many, many other resources available to Christians as well as professional counselors in IMAGO training that offer great insight, direction, and clarity in sorting out the world’s lies from God’s truth and healing. God has equipped many people, brothers and sisters in Christ, to serve as His hands and His feet to offer hope and healing to those who are hurting. Seeking out Godly counsel when needed is a wise decision. The perspectives of other trained and equipped Christians can help shine the light of the truth of Christ into some very dark places in our hearts.
But now He has reconciled you, by Christ’s physical body, through death, to present you holy in His sight, without blemish and free from accusation, if you continue in your faith established and firm not moved from the hope held out in the gospel. Colossians 1:22-23
Christ gave us his physical body in order that we might be made holy. He now lives in us.
While we are still alive in these fleshly bodies, we’ll struggle against our sin nature that is inherent in them. HOWEVER, we have been given God’s Holy Spirit to overcome that sin nature and are no longer slaves to it. We must daily continue in our faith, established and firm not moved from the hope of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Jesus tells us that His yoke is light and that we will find rest in Him. Seek the healer. He who lives in us has overcome the world!
I hope today, that you will rest in Jesus and allow the fringe of His robe to brush the fringe of your faith. Go in peace.
God has more for you. Seek Him. Be encouraged. Press on.