Exercising has taken a different turn since mid-March. Those who enjoy exercise clubs have had to explore other avenues during this time of shuttering. Running clubs and races have been canceled or become virtual. The familiar phrase, “Necessity is the mother of invention” has taken on new meaning…in fact, so have our spiritual lives. With the doors of our churches temporarily closed, we must also exercise our faith at home. Let’s look at the story of a woman who exercised her faith for healing and had great results.
“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6 NKJV).
Today’s story introduces us to Jairus, a ruler of the Synagogue, whose twelve-year-old daughter lay on her deathbed. He sought Jesus for help, and the Lord agreed to go. As Jairus escorted Him to his house among the thronging multitudes, Jesus suddenly stopped. “Who touched Me?” (Luke 8:45 NKJV). No one spoke up. “Somebody touched Me, for I perceived power going out from Me” (Luke 8:46 NKJV). Then a trembling woman fell before Him and confessed that she had been healed the instant she had touched the hem of His garment. He responded, “Daughter, be of good cheer; your faith has made you well. Go in peace” (Luke 8:48 NKJV).
Why was this woman’s faith so astounding? In the culture of that day, she was considered unclean because of her hemorrhage. For twelve years she had suffered, having spent all her money on physicians who couldn’t help her. Such conditions forbade her from mingling among crowds, so she kept a low profile, hoping she wouldn’t be noticed. But her faith drove her on. She knew that if she could just touch the lowest edge of the tassels on Jesus’s prayer shawl, she would be healed. Getting to Him was her only hope.
Another question. Why had she hesitated to come forward when He asked who had touched Him? Most likely, she had never expected Him to know what she’d done. For an unclean woman to touch a holy Teacher was unthinkable. She was caught, and she trembled at how He might respond. She must have been shocked when Jesus addressed her with words of kindness and love instead of harsh rebuke. “Daughter, be of good cheer. Your faith has made you well. Go in peace” (Luke 8:48 NKJV).
As sinners, we all are “unclean” until we “grab hold” of Jesus and accept His salvation.
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”Romans 3:23 NKJV
Jesus cleanses our spirits with His blood shed at Calvary, and His resurrection seals our eternity with Him in heaven.
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”Romans 6:23 NKJV
During this pandemic, let’s intentionally exercise our faith in a fresh way in order to attain spiritual health as well as physical health and wholeness.
We all suffer from occasional sicknesses, such as colds and flu, and now modern medicine grapples with how to deal with Covid19. Or perhaps you’ve been diagnosed with a serious malady for which modern medicine has no definitive answer. Have you ever used your faith, like the woman with the issue of blood, to press into the Great Physician? Let’s take this week to stretch our faith and reach out for the hem of His garment.
How are you exercising your faith in new ways?
Dear Lord, take our measure of faith and stretch it. May we exercise our faith anew and grow strong spiritual muscles. May we reach for the hem of your garment as we pray and believe for our physical healing. In Jesus’s Name, Amen.
Copyright 2020: Exercise Your Faith: Author Karen Jurgens: All Rights Reserved
Karen Jurgens, a Cincinnati native, is a Texan transplant for thirty-five years and counting. Retired from a teaching career, she writes for the Lord, edits fiction, and speaks on Christian topics.
Karen is a Senior Editor, Bible Study Writer, and devotion writer for VineWords: Devotions and More. She is the Co-Editor and a contributing author for Love Knots: Stories of Faith, Family, and Friendships (VineWords Publishing).
Karen holds a B.S. and M.Ed. in Secondary Education with majors in English and French. She is currently a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA).
Karen’s first novella, published in an anthology, became the springboard for Desire’s Promise and A Perfect Fit. Blogging led her to Inspired Prompts Blog, then Heart “wings” Ministry where she served as Leader for the Front Porch Bible Study Series. Some of her blog posts are also published in Heart“wings” Devotional, as well as in other ministries and blogs.
Currently, she is revising her Fruit of the Spirit Bible Study for publication. Her work-in-progress is a memoir about her “Judas Experience,” a celebration of God’s supernatural deliverance from the enemy’s kiss of deception.
Passionate about how to find God’s peace through life’s storms, she blogs at Touched by Him, her ministry blog.
Karen loves to cook, entertain, and enjoy life with her two adult daughters and her amazing 98-year-old mother.
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