Monday, July 18, 2011

2011 July 18 - Morning Manna

And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years, And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse, When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment. For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole. And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague. And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes? And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me? And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing. But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth. And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague. (Mark 5:25-34).

Today's Morsel:  I have been in many countries to minister, and in some of them the people will do about anything so that the ministry can touch them and pray for them.  Because they don't have money for doctors, or because their illness has gotten worse, they believe that if they can be touched by a man of God, they will be healed.  They exercise their faith in hope that a miracle will take place in their lives.  I'm always excited when I see people who place their trust in God and believe in His word.  The woman with the issue of blood said, "If I can just touch his clothes."  I wonder if she would have had the same faith if she hadn't spent all and hadn't gotten worse.  I wonder if she would have had the same faith if she could have gotten more credit to keep seeking a cure.  I wonder if she would have had the same faith if one of the doctors had told her that she was getting better and to just wait and the blood would stop.  You see, I believe that in many cases people don't give Jesus the time to work on their behalf before they start looking for a cure elsewhere.  Because of our impatience, we want immediate relief from the problem, and so we aren't willing to wait.  But Isaiah said, "But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint" (Isaiah 40:31).  If you reach out and touch Jesus now and He heals you, is He still going to find the same faith in you when He returns?

Sing:  Reach out and touch the Lord, as He passes by, you'll find He's not to busy to hear your heart's cry; He's passing by this moment, your need to supply, reach out and touch the Lord, as He passes by.

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