“And suddenly, a woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years came from behind and touched the hem of His garment. For she said to herself, “If only I may touch His garment, I shall be made well.” But Jesus turned around, and when He saw her He said, “Be of good cheer, daughter, your faith has made you well.” And the woman was made well from that hour.” (Matthew 9:20-22)
The woman with the issue of blood is a familiar story. There are a few things to take note from the story. Many of us struggle with ailments or areas of dysfunction. We may even say we want to be delivered. But do we really?
The woman with the issue of blood had suffered for years. She pressed her way to Jesus with her mind or faith fixed on being healed no matter the cost. Her faith told her all I need is the hem of His garment. She did not want his hand not even his leg. She wanted just the hem of His clothes. She knew how powerful His gift of healing was.
It took faith for her to press her way knowing just what she may have heard about Jesus’ healing. Jesus mentions the strength of her faith and heals her completely.
What kind of deliverance from dysfunction or a sickness do you need? How long will you speak suffering instead of healing? When will you get serious and speak life over your issues and start to do what it takes to be set free?
Had the woman with the issue of blood accepted that she would never be healed well she wouldn’t have. She let her faith override all that had been said about her condition. She was determined to be made well.
Whether we admit it or not today we have more resources than in biblical times. Yet today people are in more dysfunction and have more sickness. Some conditions truly have no cure, but can be managed and the rare of diseases more severe and harder to live with. With this taken into account some of the issues we face, we speak, and accept our condition though we hear of many people being healed. Is there condition more complex? In some cases maybe. On the other hand what was their lifestyle like?
Despite the illness they may have been speaking healing. They might be believing God to be delivered and living their life as though they were already healed.
My godmother who lives ten minutes away from me now, was diagnosed with breast cancer a few years ago. Every time I spoke to her she spoke healing and life over her situation. She had a minor surgery done on the breast with cancer. They wanted to remove her breast. She prayed and God told her not to allow the doctor to go back and do another surgery. Her children and family were concerned. She stood on what God said and when they went back in to exam her there was no more cancer. She is on a vegan diet and it’s been four years and she is doing great.
In 2005 I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and told I wouldn’t finish high school or college. My dad said don’t use it as a crutch and fight to manage it. At sixteen all I knew is I was going be a fighter. I finished high school at the top 10 percent of my class and earned two degrees. It was hard and it came with challenges but God was my source and even now though I don’t work like I used to I will never give up because I remember where I was and where I’ve been. Is it hard? Yes. Is my bipolar disorder cured? No. I live my life to overcome and manage it as best I can. It’s not a crutch for me.
I don’t know what your issue is but I do know God is able. My godmother’s situation looked impossible to her children and family but her faith said I am healed. My doctors gave their scientific version of what I was capable of, but I was ready to fight with God and do things I once thought I couldn’t. You can get your healing. You can overcome.