Daily Devotional|Day 256
“When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment. For she said, ‘If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.’ Immediately her fountain of blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her affliction” (Mark 5:27-29, NKJV).
Miracles are born when faith is conceived. Faith is a simple thing. Miracles are simple, too. When you have faith, you will have a corresponding assurance in your heart that what you believe shall happen. The life of Jesus shows us how different people experienced miracles in their lives through faith. In nearly all cases, it was a simple thing. Where miracles happened, most of the time Jesus was actively doing something (laying hands, for example) for the people who needed help. In today’s story, however, we have a different scenario. A woman came in quietly and received her healing miracle before anyone knew it. Let’s break down what happened. We will learn that miracles are born when faith is conceived.
In the story, we will identify four (4) related stages in the woman’s miraculous experience and apply them to our lives:
1. Hearing: The woman had suffered hemorrhage for twelve years. She had spent all her money on different physicians but her situation only got worse (Mark 5:25-26). Mark tells us that this woman heard about Jesus. Whatever she heard must have been encouraging/good news. Let’s pause for a moment. The Bible says, faith comes by hearing the word of God (Romans 10:17; see also Galatians 3:2-5). This was the first stage. The woman heard.
2. Believing: When the woman heard the good news about Jesus, she moved to the next stage. She believed. Believed what? She believed that it was a simple thing for Jesus to restore her also. Many people hear good things about Jesus, but not everyone believes Him. When you hear the Word of God, it generates faith in you. But it is up to you to take advantage of what you’ve heard and cling to it with unwavering faith. When you arrive at this point, you won’t see limitations. You will see possibilities.
3. Seeing: When you truly believe the Lord will do something you desire, you will naturally ‘see’ yourself already in possession of the thing you desire. When the woman believed, she said to herself, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.” When you look carefully at this statement, you will notice that the woman ‘saw’ herself healed. She ‘saw’ the result she desired before it manifested physically. The Bible says, “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). The woman’s healing was invisible at that time, but she ‘saw’ healing because that is the nature of faith. Before something is visible to the naked eye, faith can ‘see’ it and capture an image of it.
4. Acting: Faith without works is dead (James 2:26). The woman’s faith was not passive. She didn’t just believe and sit back, hoping something will happen. She acted upon her faith. She conceived the idea that if she touched the clothes of Jesus, she would be healed. And she did exactly that. She acted on the ‘faith image’ in her heart. It was a simple thing; touch Jesus’ clothes. She laid aside all excuses, searched for Jesus, located Him, came behind Him and touched His clothes. And, bam!! Immediately, the flow of blood dried up.
Miracles are born, when faith is conceived. Understand how faith works. When you want something from God, it’s a simple thing. Just hear and believe His word about that situation. When your faith is alive, naturally, you will ‘see’ yourself in possession of what you believe. Finally, act and speak in a manner that is consistent with what you believe.
And may the Lord be gracious unto you! Amen.
For further study: Hebrews 11:1-29