I Have No Name! (part 2)

  • Imagine having an issue that kept you isolated from family, friends, and society for 12 years
  • Imagine having tried every medical, homeopathic, and experimental methods of curing your issue over the course of 12 years
  • Imagine for 12 years every thought of yours somehow centered on your issue
  • Imagine the depression you would be feeling after 12 years of only negative results

This is how the woman with the issue of blood may have also felt. You may be thinking, “I don’t have to imagine, I am there right now.”

During the days Jesus walked the earth, there were no newspapers, talk radio shows, television news casts, and Al Gore had yet to develop the internet; however, all of that media does not hold a candle to the greatest broadcast ever, “the rumor mill.”

“She had heard about Jesus, so she came up behind him through the crowd and touched his robe. For she thought to herself, “If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed.”” (Mark 5: 27-28)

“She had heard about Jesus”

We are not told what she had heard about a church, a religion, or a philosophy. We are told she heard about “Jesus.”  We do not know for sure what she heard, but we can be sure she had heard about Jesus healing a man with a skin disease called leprosy; about Jesus healing a paralyzed man; and about Jesus healing the deformed hand of a man.

  • She did not allow the source (person or personality of the person), of her information deter her thinking about Jesus.

 “So she came up behind him through the crowd and touched his robe”

This was a huge decision.  According to her culture and religion, she could be killed for entering a crowd of people and making them “unclean.”  Up to this point she had only risked her money; now she was willing to risk face-to-face embarrassment and most importantly her life.

  • Reaching Jesus was the only thing that mattered to her.

“For she thought to herself”

She had to overcome all of the negative thoughts that have engrained themselves into her daily thought pattern.  She had to overcome the thoughts that none of the professionals could help, so how could a religious guy help?

  • This type of thinking was not just a passing thought for a passing fad; her mental thinking became her “heart” thinking.

“If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed.”

She believed in her heart that if she could reach Jesus and touch something that was touching him, then she would be healed.  She did didn’t think He would just help alleviate the pain or reduce the severity of her issue; she believed the issue would be gone.

  • Doctors “practice” medicine, and many times God allows great medical healings to take place, but Jesus never practiced medicine.  When he decided to heal somebody, they were healed and made whole.

The Learning

  1. We cannot allow how people’s weirdness, fakeness, and hypocrisy taint our perception of Jesus.  We must get to know Him ourselves, and the only way we can do that is by reading the Bible.
  2. Our faith should only be in Jesus, not a particular pastor, church, religion, denomination or anything else.
  3. Real faith is heart faith.  We need to keep telling ourselves what Jesus can do again and again until we believe it in our hearts.
  4. Finally you need to do more than just hear about Jesus, more than believe in your heart, you need to do more than believe Jesus can heal.  You need to believe that Jesus can heal “YOUR issue.”

The woman with the issue of blood crawled through a crowd, overcoming all of her negative thoughts, risking her life, just to touch the dusty and dirty back lower portion of Jesus’ robe.  She was not distracted by her surroundings and she did not hesitate and she did not ask permission.

  • Are you willing to have an attitude like this woman?
  •  Are you willing to come out of isolation and into community with Jesus to be healed of your issue?
  • Stop dwelling in your issue and start crawling to Christ.

Soul Mate

“I want you to teach me how I can continue this relationship and not feel bad.”

This is what a man I once counseled asked of me.  He was married with children, and involved in an adulterous relationship with another woman, whom he referred as his “soul mate.”

I could barely believe what I was hearing.  I had been meeting with this man for several weeks establishing the counseling relationship.  The directive of this session was to establish a clear goal for our counseling.  This was a man who was a professing believer in Christ, consistent attendee of our church, and someone with whom I had worked in ministry.  Here he was asking me to help him learn how not to feel the conviction of the Holy Spirit for his sinful behavior and attitude.

This man was to the point in which he felt as if he made a mistake when he married his wife.  He thought he had chosen the wrong woman for his wife.  If only he had waited to marry until he had found this woman who was his “soul mate.”

O, did I mention she also was married to another man with children?

Have you been there?  Are you there right now? 

Do you think you made the wrong choice when you married?  Do you feel like you have to make a choice between being miserable for the rest of your life or leaving the marriage so you can enjoy your life and possibly with someone better for you, maybe your “soul mate”?

“For those who are married, I have a command that comes not from me, but from the Lord.  A wife must not leave her husband.  But if she does leave him, let her remain single or else be reconciled to him. And the husband must not leave his wife……Each of you should continue to live in whatever situation the Lord has placed you, and remain as you were when God first called you. This is my rule for all the churches.” (I Corinthians 7:10-11, 17)

These words of the Apostle Paul can be tough to hear.  What is communicated here is the idea that your “marriage” is more important than your personal happiness.

I understand that there are times when there is nothing a person can do to salvage a marriage, especially if your spouse is set on abandoning it, or if your life is in danger due to your spouse’s behavior.

The consideration to abandon your marriage should be the same consideration you would give for having an arm or leg amputated from your body.  When God Married Adam and Eve in Genesis 2, they became “ONE flesh.”  Jesus repeats this line of thinking in Matthew 19 and Mark 10, when he refers to Genesis 2.  When a man and woman are married they are “one” and if they divide it will hurt and it will be messy with huge wounds.

If you are finding yourself in this marriage dilemma, I encourage you to change your thinking to how God can help you influence your marriage for the Glory of God.