Do You See Jesus?

Have you ever done everything you know to do to make a situation better?  No matter what you tried it kept getting worse?

That’s what happen with woman with the issue of blood (Mark 5:25-34).  She tried doctors, but she only grew worse.  She depleted her money, going from one doctor to another.  None could help.

What did the woman with the issue of blood do?

She went in search of her answer.  She heard about Jesus.  She heard that He healed the sick (Matthew 4:23-25), raised the dead (Mark 5:21-43, John 11:38-44), gave sight to the blind (Matthew 9:27-31.)

Wow!, she must have thought,  if I could just get to this Jesus.  If He is as powerful as they say, all I have to do is touch the hem of His garment, and I will be healed.

Maybe she traveled for weeks, perhaps days, to intersect with Her Creator, the Person who knew her body better than anyone on the planet.

She pushed her way through the crowd.

Have you ever been that desperate to receive healing?

I spent months with sciatica so bad that relief became my main goal.  I couldn’t get out of bed without a struggle.  Taking a shower and getting dressed in the morning brought tears to my eyes.  Working while standing or sitting agonized me.

I became desperate like the woman with the issue of blood.

I sought doctors.  I researched minerals and exercises to ease the pain.  I tried topical ointments and medication.

At first, I thought I sought God, but I didn’t.  I complained about the pain, yelled about why the pain remained and beg Him to relieve it.

When I asked God for His solution to the problem, things improved.

Now I walk, get out of bed, shower, dress–all without tears and discomfort.  Praise the Lord

There are several things that the woman with the issue of blood did that assisted her in receiving her healing.

She Heard About Jesus

Too many times we listen to teachings that tell us the fifteen things we need to do to be healed, the five items we must do to be blessed.  Any teaching that doesn’t lead you to Jesus and what He did at the Cross is leading you astray.

We must listen to teachings that lead us to how Jesus took our sins once and for all (Romans 6:10, Hebrew 10:10,) how Christ took stripes on His back for our healing (II Peter 2:24), a crown of thorns (Matthew 27:29) on His head for our peace and bore the curse of the law (Galatians 3:13) for us.

She Believed

She believed what she heard about Jesus.  Remember that faith, believing, comes from hearing (Romans 10:17).  It comes from hearing the Gospel, the good news, of Jesus preached.  It comes from hearing sermons that lead us back to Jesus and away from the dos and don’ts.

At the Cross, Jesus gave us all of His good, and He took all of our bad.  We are in right standing with God only because of what Jesus did on the Cross (II Corinthians 5:21), because Jesus shed His blood to cleanse us of all sin.

She Saw Jesus

When snakes bit the Children of Israel in the Wilderness (Numbers 21:9), God instructed Moses to erect a bronze serpent on a pole.  Everyone who kept their eyes on the bronze serpent, lived.  Those who didn’t, died.

Jesus is our bronze serpent on the pole.  We must keep our eyes on what He did for us, seeing our sins, our sicknesses, our problems, taken in His body on the tree. When we picture what He did for us because He loved us so much, our perspective will change, and then our lives.

No matter what the obstacles, the problems, you are facing, God is on your side (Romans 8:31) and all you have to do is believe that Jesus is all that you need.  Keep your eyes on Him, and He will fight the battle for you (II Chronicles 20:15).  He will fight for you (Exodus 14:14).  All you have to do is believe (Mark 5:36.)

 

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What’s Holding You Back?

And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the Lord unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s. – 2 Chronicles 29:15 (KJV)
What holds us back in life? What causes us not to go for our dreams? Not to step out of the boat, our comfort zone, to see what we can be instead of settling for being average, being status

quo?

Now there is nothing wrong with being status quo as long as you understand that you were created for more, to do more, to be more.
You were created to change and influence those around you, in your corner of the world. You have gifts and talents that could bring others to Christ, that could help heal those in your world.
What Is holding you back? What is preventing you from being the person God created you to be (Jeremiah 29:11)?
Fear. No matter what excuse you use–that you have to work, you have kids, you are too old, too young, don’t know how–it all boils down to fear.
Fear of not being good enough, not being smart enough, talented enough, pretty enough. Fear of not being enough.
Fear, though, is all in our heads. Fear is that constant picture in our heads of us failing, of us looking like fools, of us being out on a skinny tree limb and hearing it break.
What if that did happen? Would it be the end of the world? No. It wouldn’t kill you, but you would learn what to do, how to do it better and how to bounce back.
The key is to keep moving forward even when you lose it all. You must keep putting yourself out there until you find what you were created to do.
What if what you feared doesn’t come to pass? What if you step out, and you hit your groove. You start putting yourself out there, say in a small way, like making You-Tube videos to share your message, and it takes off. You get thousands, even millions, of new followers.
Eighty percent of what we fear doesn’t happen. Even if it does, God says in His Word that the battle is not ours but God’s.
What does that mean? It means we ask God to guide us, to give us wisdom (James 1:5), on what He wants us to do, how He wants us to proceed.
Then we do what we know to do and let God handle the rest (Ephesians 6:13).
We give God our natural and watch Him make it into something extraordinary.
It requires us to do several things, though:
1. Seek God. Matthew 6:33 tells us to seek first the Kingdom. What does God want us to do with our gifts and talents? Where does He want us to take them? Who does He want us to reach and how? Remember He will never give you the full picture, only the next step, and His plans are already blessed. Seeking Him is like looking at the master blueprints for our lives. He is, after all, the Master Arcithect.
2. We must act on the leadings of the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:13.) We might have an inner knowing, have a dream or just find ourselves in the right place at the right time. There has to come a time when we act on what we feel God is leading us to do. You may step out and find out you were wrong. Just learn from it and move forward.
However, just because it is hard doesn’t mean it isn’t God’s Will. It is all part of the process of learning something new.
3. Believe (Mark 5:36). Once we have acted, it is time to surrender the outcome to God (2 Chronicles 29:15.)
God is in control. He is guiding us, leading us directing our steps (Psalm 119:133.) It is time. Time to get up from the pews that we retreat to every Sunday, and start changing the world. One person at a time.

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What Is Holding You Back?

And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the Lord unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s. – 2 Chronicles 29:15 (KJV)

What holds us back in life? What causes us not to go for our dreams? Not to step out of the boat, our comfort zone, to see what we can be instead of settling for being average, being status quo?

Now there is nothing wrong with being status quo as long as you understand that you were created for more, to do more, to be more.

You were created to change and influence those around you, in your corner of the world. You have gifts and talents that could bring others to Christ, that could help heal those in your world.

What Is holding you back? What is preventing you from being the person God created you to be (Jeremiah 29:11)?

Fear. No matter what excuse you use–that you have to work, you have kids, you are too old, too young, don’t know how–it all boils down to fear.

Fear of not being good enough, not being smart enough, talented enough, pretty enough. Fear of not being enough.

Fear, though, is all in our heads. Fear is that constant picture in our heads of us failing, of us looking like fools, of us being out on a skinny tree limb and hearing it break.

What if that did happen? Would it be the end of the world? No. It wouldn’t kill you, but you would learn what to do, how to do it better and how to bounce back.

The key is to keep moving forward even when you lose it all. You must keep putting yourself out there until you find what you were created to do.

What if what you feared doesn’t come to pass? What if you step out, and you hit your groove. You start putting yourself out there, say in a small way, like making You-Tube videos to share your message, and it takes off. You get thousands, even millions, of new followers.

Eighty percent of what we fear doesn’t happen. Even if it does, God says in His Word that the battle is not ours but God’s.

What does that mean? It means we ask God to guide us, to give us wisdom (James 1:5), on what He wants us to do, how He wants us to proceed.

Then we do what we know to do and let God handle the rest (Ephesians 6:13).

We give God our natural and watch Him make it into something extraordinary.

It requires us to do several things, though:

1. Seek God. Matthew 6:33 tells us to seek first the Kingdom. What does God want us to do with our gifts and talents? Where does He want us to take them? Who does He want us to reach and how?

Remember He will never give you the full picture, only the next step, and His plans are already blessed. Seeking Him is like looking at the master blueprints for our lives. He is, after all, the Master Architect.

2. We must act on the leadings of the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:13.) We might have an inner knowing, have a dream or just find ourselves in the right place at the right time. There has to come a time when we act on what we feel God is leading us to do. You may step out and find out you were wrong. Just learn from it and move forward.

However, just because it is hard doesn’t mean it isn’t God’s Will. It is all part of the process of learning something new.

3. Believe (Mark 5:36). Once we have acted, it is time to surrender the outcome to God (2 Chronicles 29:15.)

God is in control. He is guiding us, leading us directing our steps (Psalm 119:133.) It is time. Time to get up from the pews that we retreat to every Sunday, and start changing the world. One person at a time.

#whatisholdingyouback #fear #dreams #Bible #Jesus #God #HolySpirit