Adulterer! Sex addict! Pornographer! Abuser!
- Do you feel like people have forgotten your name?
- When others look at you, they don’t see a person; rather, they see an issue?
- Worse yet, have you forgotten your name?
- Do you think of yourself only in the terms of your issue?
You’ve tried to overcome your issue with the help of well intentioned friends, self-help books, counseling, support groups, even Church but nothing has helped remove your issue.
You have lived with the issue for so long that in some way you have lost your identity and now identify with your issue. You can’t even imagine yourself without it. You and your issue are so intertwined that now you ARE your issue.
You have no hope of ever being free from it.
In this series we are going to learn from the story of a woman also only known by her issue; she is known as “the woman with the issue of blood.”
A woman in the crowd had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding. She had suffered a great deal from many doctors, and over the years she had spent everything she had to pay them, but she had gotten no better. In fact, she had gotten worse. (Mark 5: 25-26)
This woman suffered from a menstrual hemorrhage that had been occurring for twelve years. In her culture, when a woman menstruated she would have to remove herself from her family and the community, by staying in a house outside of town until her menstruation stopped–Her issue isolated her from everyone.
Every seven days the priest would come to her and if she could, she would show him her clean rag (pad or tampon). If she could not provide proof that the bleeding had stopped, the priest would announce her as being “unclean.” The Priests announcement of her issue was declared over 624 times—the embarrassment of her issue was repeatedly made public for 12 years.
At her expense, she had participated with every known and many painful experimental medical procedures to be healed of her issue—her issue cost her all of her money.
Repeatedly she would buy into a new hope only to be let down with greater and greater disappointment, not just with the failure of being healed but by her issue being made worse—her issue gradually became worse.
Can you relate?
- Has your issue isolated you from your family, friends, or church community?
- Have you been embarrassed by the public awareness of your issue?
- Has your issue caused you severe financial cost?
- Have you lost all hope, afraid to hope in anything else because you just can’t stand another disappointment?
It is my hope that by the end of this series, you will find new hope, you will find the cure for your issue, and you will no longer be known by your issue but by your name and your faith.