Posted: April 2, 2012 in Books, Christianity, Education, Family, History, Life, News, Parenting, Quotes, Uncategorized

“He said to her, ‘Daughter, your faith has healed you.'”

– Mark 5:34 NIV

As I continue to read and reflect upon the four men who carried the paralytic and the sick woman illustrated in Mark’s gospel in chapters 2 and 5 respectively, I have discovered something very comforting and encouraging about Jesus’ initial words spoken to the paralytic and the sick woman. He addresses them with compassion and uses words that suggest identity with Him as a child to their parent. “When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, ‘Son, your sins are forgiven.'” – Mark 2:5 NIV “ From the throne of His sanctuary, God speaks with compassion through His Son to the paralytic and the sick woman and affirm them and their identity to Him and with each of them referring to them as son and daughter. Not only did they encounter the power of God to receive healing and restoration from sin,  sickness and infirmity, but they were affirmed in who they are in relationship with the One who gave them what they sought Him for.

When you reflect upon God and as you seek Him in prayer, do you see Him as your Father? Do you regard yourself as His son or daughter? From the days of John the Baptist, Jesus announced that the kingdom of God advances forcefully and in the case of the four men who carried the paralytic and the perseverance and persistence of the sick woman we see the demonstration of forceful hands that enabled them to lay hold of the healing God promises to those who come to Him believing He is and the One who rewards those that diligently seek Him. Despite the crowds each faced in their respective circumstances, the four men and the sick woman were undaunted and undeterred in their hope for healing and faith in Christ to restore them.

“Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned he will be forgiven.” – James 5:14-15 NIV

“The LORD will sustain him on his sickbed and restore him from his bed of illness.” – Psalm 41:3 NIV

Sunday I was watching Joel Osteen and as he preached he shared the principle of persistence in prayer by reminding God of His promises in order to experience the fulfillment of what God promises to perform for those who look to Him and believe. Despite the long-term condition of their current circumstances, the 4 men carrying the paralytic and the sick woman believed healing and restoration was still possible and they took action to experience the fulfillment of the promise of what faith in Christ offered. Joel’s message stirred within me the inspiration behind which I share today’s post. I believe the four men and the sick woman’s determination to press forward, push through and persevere beyond the crowds they faced moved God to act on their behalf. You may not be facing physical crowds that oppose your desire for fulfillment from God performing what He promises, but there may be a crowd of thoughts and emotions that oppose you from believing God and remaining determined to take the necessary actions to be in position for God to act in your circumstances. Your situation may or may not be the result of sin, sickness or infirmity, but what are you sincerely seeking God for that appears to be opposed by a crowd of circumstances that is trying to discourage you and dissuade you from believing God will perform a miracle for you?

“If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” – John 15:7 NIV

“Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” – Hebrews 4:16 NIV

May God bless you and help you to lay hold of His kingdom forcefully (being persistent) as it advances to enable you and empower you to experience what He promises to fulfill and perform for those who believe and seek Him sincerely for the fullness of life Christ came for us to have.

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