Miracle of the String: She Took Action

In the story of the woman with the flow of blood found in Mark 5:25-34. Not only did this woman hear about Jesus coming her way, not only did she decide in her heart to step out in faith, but this woman put her faith into action.

In any event that you attend there are two types of people: you have participants and you have spectators. The participants are the ones that get involved in the action. They are the performers on stage. The players on the field in a sporting event and so on. The spectators are the people that sit back and watch the action unfold.

This woman decided in her heart that that day she was going to be a participant. She knew that if she could just touch the string of Jesus’ cloak then she could be healed.

So, with all her might she pressed through the crowd and with one last motion she stretched out and grab a string and instantly the flow stopped. Power flowed out of Jesus and into the woman and she received her healing that day.

The amazing thing about the miracle that day was Jesus did not touch her, she touched Him and her life was changed forever that day. This shows that when we reach out in faith Jesus is there waiting to give us our miracle.

Today if you are needing a miracle, reach out to the one that can give you your miracle.

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Miracle of the String: She Spoke the Words of Faith

In Mark 5:25-34, we read a story about a woman that dealt with an issue of blood for twelve years. This woman was desperate and needed a miracle. The first step of faith that she took was “She heard of Jesus”. But her steps of faith didn’t stop there. The next step that she took was “She Spoke the Words of Faith.”

I don’t mean that she spoke these words out loud, but she spoke these words within herself. Verse 28 says, “For she said, ‘If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.'”

She had heard about Jesus. She knew of the healing power that flowed from Him and she knew within herself that if she could press through the crowd and just touch the string on His garment then she would be healed.

Words are powerful. There is power in the words that we speak.

Proverbs 18:21(NIV) says, “The tongue has the power of life and death…” We have the power, through our words, to speak life and death into our situation. We have the power to speak to our faith.

There are times that we belittle ourselves. We talk down to ourselves and say things like, “God doesn’t care about me.” Or “God won’t heal me.” The truth is God loves us and all He wants is the best for His children.

Part of putting our faith into action is speaking life into ourselves and speaking to ourselves in faith. You need to change the words that you say to things like, “I can be healed.” And “I can receive a miracle.”

The words we speak does matter. We need to speak life into us.

Miracle of the String: She Heard Jesus

Mark 5:25-34 is the story about a woman that had a flow of blood for 12 years. She was desperate for a miracle. She had gone to doctors. Spent lots of money. She was considered an outcast and was needing a miracle.

There were three steps that this woman went through in order for her to receive her miracle from Jesus that day. Today, I want to look at the first step which was She Heard of Jesus.

What happens if you hear about something special and you don’t respond? You don’t receive that special something do you?

For instance, if I told you that I personally wanted to give you $1000 and all you had to do was come see me, you would miss out on that $1000 if you didn’t come see me, right?

The woman with this flow of blood issue did just that. She not only heard that Jesus was coming but she decided to take action.

Jesus has spoken to us in His word. He has given us instructions on what He wants us to do. All we have to do is follow His word and be obedient to what He is telling us. This woman responded to the news that Jesus was coming, you need to respond to what Jesus is telling us in His word.

Learning to Fully Trust God

A few weeks ago I preached a sermon on John 14:1 which says, “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me.” This word from Jesus came at a time when the disciples could see no hope. They had been told that Jesus, their Messiah and friend would be going away. They had been told that He was going to die. They were told that one of them would betray Jesus and Peter was told that he would deny Christ not once, not twice, but three times. The air had been let out of their sails. So Jesus tells them, trust me I got this.
Since I preached this message I have seen God use opportunities to test how much I trust Him. We have seen this through change that has taken place at the church I pastor. We have seen this through people that have left our church. We have seen this through power outages at the church and just recently through my car breaking down on the way to my aunt and uncles 50th wedding anniversary party. Each time it was like God was saying to me, trust me I got this. And each time I have seen God blow me away with how He’s responded and I continue to see His response.
I have always trusted God with my life and ministry but not to the extent that I have recently.  I have chosen to not move or do anything until I have heard from my heavenly father that loves me very much. I choose to put my entire life in His hands.
Many times people try to solve their own problems without consulting God and we wait until chaos happens before we call out to Him. I choose to consult with Him before the storm and trust that when the storm comes that that storm is part of the process He using to answer my need. When the storm comes, Jesus says, “trust me, I got this!”

Lord Teach us to Pray

When was the last time you prayed? Maybe it was the other day when you were studying for final. Maybe it was last week when your mother was in the hospital. Maybe it was last year when your sister was in a serious accident. Or maybe it was this past Sunday at church. Whenever it was, all of us at one time or another have prayed. Many of us didn’t know exactly what to say, all we knew was we needed to pray.

Jesus’ disciples wanted more than just a prayer because they needed something. They wanted to know how to continually talk to God and Jesus responded to their question in Luke 11:2-4 when He said, “When you pray, say: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us day by day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”

How is your prayer life? Do you pray just when you need something or do you have a continual prayer life with the Father. God wants to communicate with us. He enjoys fellowshipping with us. And by the way, He stills answers those other prayers as well.

Blessed

The Barna Group states that only 3% of churchgoers actually tithe on a regular basis. Think about it this way, if you have a church of 100 people, then only 3 of those people tithe every time they get paid. So, who does this hurt?

Some people will tell you that the church needs your money. To be honest, it helps but as I have experienced in my own church, God has always and will always provide the needs for His church.

I believe that it is hurting the individuals, those who aren’t being obedient to God’s word. Malachi 3:9 tells us that if we don’t give our tithes then we are cursed. Verse ten even encourages us to test God and see if He will not bless us. Verse eleven says that God will not destroy the fruit of your ground and verse twelve tells us that nations will call us blessed. All of this just because we were obedient and gave God the first fruits of our labors, the tithe.

Could this be the reason why so many churchgoers seemed to be hurting; because they didn’t give God their first fruit?

I can honestly say that I am a blessed Pastor with a blessed church and I see blessed people in my congregation. I get to hear amazing stories of how God is blessing the families of my church because they have been obedient to what God is calling them to do. I believe that you too can be blessed if you walk in obedience and tithe.

You May Have to Vote for Nebuchadnezzar

Today is my state’s primary and we have heard the uproar of Christians claiming that if Christians vote for certain people then how can they call themselves Christians. First of all, who are we to say that someone is Christian or not based on a vote. Second of all, these same people may place a vote in November for someone they particularly don’t like.

When I think of the election for President one thing I know for sure is that God is in control. Whether our particular candidate wins or not, God is in control.

As the latest blogs and articles have been written concerning the candidates, I started thinking about a particular King that God used to bring judgment upon His people. That king was King Nebuchadnezzar II.

King Nebuchadnezzar was King of Babylon from 605 BC to 562 BC. He was considered one of the cruelest and vilest kings in the world. God used him to take the Israelites captive and to bring them to Babylon. During the early part of King Nebuchadnezzar’s bringing the Israelites into captivity, King Nebuchadnezzar put all the praise upon himself for all that he had done. He didn’t place any of the favor of his success from God.

You can read in Daniel 4 that King Nebuchadnezzar had a dream and he asked Daniel to come and interpret the dream for him. Daniel interpreted the dream in verses 20-27.

20“The tree that you saw, which grew and became strong, whose height reached to the heavens and which could be seen by all the earth, 21whose leaves were lovely and its fruit abundant, in which was food for all, under which the beasts of the field dwelt, and in whose branches the birds of the heaven had their home— 22it is you, O king, who have grown and become strong; for your greatness has grown and reaches to the heavens, and your dominion to the end of the earth. 23“And inasmuch as the king saw a watcher, a holy one, coming down from heaven and saying, ‘Chop down the tree and destroy it, but leave its stump and roots in the earth, bound with a band of iron and bronze in the tender grass of the field; let it be wet with the dew of heaven, and let him graze with the beasts of the field, till seven times pass over him’; 24this is the interpretation, O king, and this is the decree of the Most High, which has come upon my lord the king: 25They shall drive you from men, your dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field, and they shall make you eat grass like oxen. They shall wet you with the dew of heaven, and seven times shall pass over you, till you know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever He chooses. 26“And inasmuch as they gave the command to leave the stump and roots of the tree, your kingdom shall be assured to you, after you come to know that Heaven rules. 27Therefore, O king, let my advice be acceptable to you; break off your sins by being righteous, and your iniquities by showing mercy to the poor. Perhaps there may be a lengthening of your prosperity.”

But King Nebuchadnezzar didn’t heed Daniel’s warning and the dream came true. King Nebuchadnezzar lost all he had and at the time that God gave it was all restored to him and King Nebuchadnezzar praised God in verses 34-37.

34And at the end of the time I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my understanding returned to me; and I blessed the Most High and praised and honored Him who lives forever: For His dominion is an everlasting dominion, And His kingdom is from generation to generation. 35All the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing; He does according to His will in the army of heaven And among the inhabitants of the earth. No one can restrain His hand Or say to Him, “What have You done?” 36At the same time my reason returned to me, and for the glory of my kingdom, my honor and splendor returned to me. My counselors and nobles resorted to me, I was restored to my kingdom, and excellent majesty was added to me. 37Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, all of whose works are truth, and His ways justice. And those who walk in pride He is able to put down.

God uses people that we might think are evil or wouldn’t make a good president. He uses them to fulfill His purpose. Don’t get wrapped up in the election process that you lose your focus praying for our country.

My point is this, whatever happens in this election God is still in control. God has a purpose and a plan for everything. Just because your candidate doesn’t get chosen doesn’t mean that God isn’t working things out the way He wants it to work out.