Don’t give up! Don’t give in! Reach out! Have faith!

Ever been in a situation where you needed something so bad you went for it? You saw the risk and realized the reward because you believed in it? You took the leap of faith and saw the miraculous take place?

Ever been in a situation where if God didn’t step in it would be over? Ever been in a situation where everyone was telling you to never mind, it’s too late, it’s hopeless, …? Ever kept going and not giving up? Ever watched the miracle take place because you got rid of the naysayers and just believed?

Let’s take a look at how our reading begins today on this very subject…

Jairus’ Daughter and the Woman Who Touched Jesus’ Cloak

(Matthew 9.18-26; Mark 5.21-43)
40When Jesus returned to the other side of the lake, the people welcomed him, because they had all been waiting for him. 41Then a man named Jairus arrived; he was an official in the local synagogue. He threw himself down at Jesus’ feet and begged him to go to his home, 42because his only daughter, who was twelve years old, was dying.As Jesus went along, the people were crowding him from every side. 43Among them was a woman who had suffered from severe bleeding for twelve years; she had spent all she had on doctors, but no one had been able to cure her. 44She came up in the crowd behind Jesus and touched the edge of his cloak, and her bleeding stopped at once. 45Jesus asked, “Who touched me?”Everyone denied it, and Peter said, “Master, the people are all around you and crowding in on you.” 46But Jesus said, “Someone touched me, for I knew it when power went out of me.” 47The woman saw that she had been found out, so she came trembling and threw herself at Jesus’ feet. There in front of everybody, she told him why she had touched him and how she had been healed at once. 48Jesus said to her, “My daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace.” 49While Jesus was saying this, a messenger came from the official’s house. “Your daughter has died,” he told Jairus; “don’t bother the Teacher any longer.” 50But Jesus heard it and said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid; only believe, and she will be well.” 51When he arrived at the house, he would not let anyone go in with him except Peter, John, and James, and the child’s father and mother. 52Everyone there was crying and mourning for the child. Jesus said, “Don’t cry; the child is not dead—she is only sleeping!” 53They all made fun of him, because they knew that she was dead. 54But Jesus took her by the hand and called out, “Get up, child!” 55Her life returned, and she got up at once, and Jesus ordered them to give her something to eat. 56Her parents were astounded, but Jesus commanded them not to tell anyone what had happened. –from Luke 8

Imagine being the lady who every doctor couldn’t help and hearing about the miraculous power of Jesus. Imagine the great crowd that surrounded him and the courage she had to get close enough to touch the hem of his robe. Imagine the incredible feeling when the power healed her in the midst of the crowd and in the midst of nobody else seemingly aware of what she was doing and had happened. Imagine being called out, not directly but Jesus knew what happened and He wanted to call attention to the miraculous and be able to celebrate with her. Imagine the courage to step up and say “it was me”, I believe that if I could just touch the hem of you robe I would be healed. What a testimony to her faith! What a testimony to Jesus’ power!

Imagine going out of your way to find Jesus in hopes that He could heal your sick daughter. Imagine getting the news that she was dead. Imagine having the faith to believe and trust Jesus. Will your faith be greater than their doubt and mockery? Will your hope in Jesus be so big that You will trust Him at His word no matter what? Imagine the relief and the joy when she was alive and well.

Where are you at? What are you facing? Where will you turn? Do you have to hit rock bottom before you will turn to God? What will it take for you to have the courage and faith in Jesus to turn to Him and ask for Help?

Will you allow that peace that goes beyond all understanding engulf you? Will you allow that peace surround you? Will you put your trust in Jesus? Today’s reading continues in Colossians…When we receive and accept Jesus into our hearts and lives, we are transformed. Do you know what that will look like? Do you know the evidence that will be shown?Let’s take a look…

15The peace that Christ gives is to guide you in the decisions you make; for it is to this peace that God has called you together in the one body. And be thankful. 16Christ’s message in all its richness must live in your hearts. Teach and instruct one another with all wisdom. Sing psalms, hymns, and sacred songs; sing to God with thanksgiving in your hearts. 17Everything you do or say, then, should be done in the name of the Lord Jesus, as you give thanks through him to God the Father.

Personal Relations in the New Life

18Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands, for that is what you should do as Christians. 19Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them. 20Children, it is your Christian duty to obey your parents always, for that is what pleases God. 21Parents, do not irritate your children, or they will become discouraged. 22Slaves, obey your human masters in all things, not only when they are watching you because you want to gain their approval; but do it with a sincere heart because of your reverence for the Lord. 23Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as though you were working for the Lord and not for people. 24Remember that the Lord will give you as a reward what he has kept for his people. For Christ is the real Master you serve. 25And all wrongdoers will be repaid for the wrong things they do, because God judges everyone by the same standard. –from Colossians 3

Do you realize the opportunity we have by living God’s way? The way we treat our spouses, our children, our parents! Imagine if everyone did everything with all their hearts as though they were doing it for God rather than just for the people. What we sow is directly proportional to what we will reap! It’s Jesus that we are doing everything for! So do everything today in order to bring Him praise, honor, and glory!

So you need help? Then turn to God and ask Him for help!

1From the depths of my despair I call to you, Lord. 2Hear my cry, O Lord; listen to my call for help! 3If you kept a record of our sins, who could escape being condemned? 4But you forgive us, so that we should stand in awe of you. 5I wait eagerly for the Lord’s help, and in his word I trust. 6I wait for the Lord more eagerly than sentries wait for the dawn—than sentries wait for the dawn. 7Israel, trust in the Lord, because his love is constant and he is always willing to save. 8He will save his people Israel from all their sins. –from Psalm 130

Let’s trust God for the little and the big things. If we can’t trust Him for the little things, how are we going to trust Him for the big ones? Nothing, no care, no worry, nothing is too small of a worry to lift up to God! Let’s give up all our cares to Him, because He cares for us! He cares so much that He sent Jesus , His one and only Son, to make things right in our place because we could never do it in our own strength or power. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life! God did and is doing everything in His power to try and get people to realize His love and to choose heaven! But everyone has free will and as such everyone gets to choose how they will spend eternity!

So let’s humble ourselves and put our hope and trust in Jesus so that God will receive all the praise, the honor, and the glory in His name!

1Lord, I have given up my pride and turned away from my arrogance. I am not concerned with great matters or with subjects too difficult for me. 2Instead, I am content and at peace. As a child lies quietly in its mother’s arms, so my heart is quiet within me. 3Israel, trust in the Lord now and forever! –from Psalm 131


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