2/21/2010 - In Pursuit of a Blessing Mark 5:34
In Pursuit of a Blessing
REFERENCE: Mark 5:34 And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace. Your suffering is over.”
OBSERVATION: Here is a woman, desperate for help. So desperate that she snuck up behind Jesus and touched His robe believing that this would bring her suffering to an end. We can learn some valuable insights from this woman. It clear that she understood the stance of aggressive pursuit of her blessing. She was not one to simply sit at home and hope that Jesus would come and heal her. Even though she was probably anemic and, therefore, very weak, she went after Him.
Too often we are too passive when it comes to receiving from God. We are more Christian fatalists (if it happens, it happens, what can I do about it?) instead of Christian believers (I know God's promises and expect the He will do it for me!). For most of us we would not be the one to push our way through the crowd pressing in to get close to Jesus just to touch His robe, but we should be. If it is true that her faith made her well and her faith pressed her to action, what are we doing to receive what we believe by faith?
On the other hand, notice what she did--she went to Jesus. Sometimes in our passionate pursuit of the blessing we go to "hot-handed" people believing that they are the souce of the blessing. Not to say that God does not use gifted ministers, He does, but sometimes our faith is in them and not in God.
How do we show the deep passion of our pursuit? By drawing close to Jesus and obeying whatever He tells us to do. It is in that intimate connection that miracles can take place.
CONFESSION/APPLICATION: I know that I can be passive. My wife, Gloria, is always pressing me to take a more faith-filled aggressive stance. This woman sure did. I know I should be more like her. In my prayers I need to lay a hold of heaven and ask as though my asking matters--because it does. I need to expect, by faith, that I am bringing a little of heaven's will down here to earth. ("your will be done on earth as it is in heaven") Perhaps my faith will bring me to a place of greater blessing.
PRAYER: Lord, here I am, Your child asking for Your blessing. I so desire to be healed, to be able to walk without a brace. I would love for our family to receive greater financial blessings. I will do as this woman did, I will get as close to You as I can and I will ask believing You want to bless.
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