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Monday, April 19, 2021

Move Toward Healing

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.”

—Matthew 9:20-21(NKJV)


This woman moved to receive her healing. She didn’t stand still just hoping to be healed. She believed if she touched the hem of Jesus’ garment she would receive healing.


Do we exercise faith and reach for our healing? Or do we just expect it to happen— even when we question if God wants us well? Jesus didn’t release healing to this woman. He felt it go out of him because she drew her healing from him. Jesus told her that her faith had made her well. For twelve years she had tried every avenue she could think of to find healing. And then she heard of Jesus and believed beyond her physical ailment. 


How many times do we allow our physical issues to keep us from reaching by faith to Jesus?  Jesus healed according to what faith was present (Matthew 9:20-22, Matthew 9:28-30, Matthew 8:7-13). He often asked questions of those seeking healing to find out what they needed. He stirred faith in the people to whom He ministered. 


Do you know that the Holy Spirit tries to motivate you to exercise your faith? God doesn’t want you consumed with your illness but, instead, consumed with the Truth of His Word. 


Jesus asked a question of the man who had waited for years for healing at the pool of Bethesda (John 5:1-8). Jesus asked him if he wanted to be healed. Jesus wasn’t going to go against anyone’s will. He stood right before this man, but the man still had to believe that he could be healed. It is almost like Jesus was saying, “Do you believe I can do this?”


Christ, your healer, lives in you. The healing that you want—the healing that you need—is carried around in you in the person of Jesus. But like the man at the pool of Bethesda, sometimes we look for healing in other places instead of in Christ.


The woman who touched His garment had tried other places for healing, too. But she had come to the point where she was convinced that just touching the hem of His garment would set her free. The man at Bethesda had placed his faith for healing for years in the stirring of the waters. But he had no one to help him into the water in time. Now here was his answer asking him if he wanted to be well.


The two blind men in Matthew 9:28-30 were told by Jesus that they would receive healing according to their faith. In Matthew 8:7-13, Jesus told the centurion that his faith had healed his servant. Faith is always the key ingredient to receive healing. And faith calls for our response. We reach by faith for healing. And we receive healing with the same measure of faith it took to receive salvation. We plant that measure of faith in the Truth of God’s Truth and allow His Truth to transform our mind until we believe in our heart that God wants us well. 


“My child, pay attention to what I say. Listen carefully to my words. Don’t lose sight of them. Let them penetrate deep into your heart, for they bring life to those who find them, and healing to their whole body” (Proverbs 4:20-22, NLT).


Healing starts in your mind. When His Word transforms you to believe in your heart the Truth “by His stripes you were healed (1 Peter 2:24, NKJV),” confident faith starts to grow. The stirring of healing begins.


“Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him” (1 John 5:14-15, NKJV).


“Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers” (3 John 1:2, NKJV).


It is God’s will for us to be well. Move toward your healing. Allow His Word to prosper healing in you.


© 2021 Lynn Lacher




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