In the Old Testament anything sin touched was made unclean. If a man with leprosy touched you, you became unclean and some type of sacrifice would have to take place. In the New Testament when a man with leprosy comes to touch Jesus the consequence of sin is destroyed and everything Christ touches becomes clean. Where Christ is exalted sin can not have dominion. He makes all thing new! Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom. Our battle is not over flesh and blood but over our hearts. So whatever a man thinks in his heart so is he. We often times complicate our situation by trying methods to relationship instead of looking to Jesus. All those who had a touch from Jesus had one thing in common. They saw him as their savior. We want to think we know all the answers but the truth is it is all about him and his blood, his cross and his love. Its that simple. Our theology tells us there has to be more. But Paul told the church in Galatians to not be so quickly removed from the simplicity of the gospel Christ crucified. One truth that remains is this, knowledge will make you proud but love edifies our relationship with him. We need him every moment of our day. Jesus even said Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven. We must know where our hope comes from and that attitude will take you from glory to glory as you look into the eyes of a loving savior. Never stop asking, seeking or knocking. Let us start the day with a radical pursuit of Jesus.
As crowd grew on the way to Jairus’s house. The disciples pushed their way through the crowds so that Jesus could pray for Jairus daughter, something happened. Jesus suddenly realizes that someone has touched him. As he screams out who touched me Peter responds many people have touched you. Many people were there to be spectators and others had needs. But there was one who had come with the expectation to receive healing through touching him. There are many of you that need your healing, but how many our going to push through the opposition and allow your faith to touch Jesus? This woman had come to her breaking. For 12 years this sickness had been her identity. But that was about to change. She conceived with in her heart a hope that if she just touched the fringe of his robe she would be healed. See the healing started the moment she conceived hope with in her heart. As so a man thinks in his heart so is he. Faith is the substance of things hoped for. The substance of her faith was the pushing through the crowd and the touching of his robe. Her hope was the expectation that the moment she touched him she would be healed. See many times we conceive a hope with in our heart but never release the action of faith “the substance” needed to birth the promise. Our deferred hope will make our heart grow sick. We all have needs and promises that we have not been fulfilled. But I will leave you with the words of Christ. Ask and you will receive, seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened unto you! Let your pursuit be relentless!
Those who hunger and thirst shall be filled. Only Believe!!!
Peace… How do we get it? How do we maintain it? First how do we get it. Obedience to the Spirit! It is hard to have faith in a life of disobedience. Peace comes from Christ. Christ even said I give you my peace. Think about that! The very peace that Christ had as he took our sins upon himself and hung himself on that cross is ours. It is a supernatural peace. A peace that can not come from focusing on the flesh. In the middle of a fierce storm we see the disciples cowering in a boat with fear praying that they would not die. And their answer comes as Jesus their savior walks on their fear. As soon as they recognize him Peter ask if he too can walk on the thing he feared which was not the water but death. Christ said come. Now this is important, he did not say Peter come but all Twelve to come. As Peter steps out of the boat his feet do not touch the water but the words of his Savior. He walks on th C the O and the M. And as he takes his last step his reality of God in the moment shrinks as his fear of death magnifies with the storm. Now we know that Jesus picks him up and comments on his unbelief. But this story reveals our own realities.
Here are a couple of points.
1. We fear death over his promise. This means the disciples hated it anytime Christ talked about death, even Peter rebuked him. They even thought it was over the moment he died on that Cross. Before that time no man had came back from death to life. They feared death. Once Christ resurrected we see these same men run toward death knowing that life existed beyond the grave. Your peace is often dependent upon your circumstances and not the finished work of the cross.
2. I give you my peace- Jesus. His peace is the forfeiting of your right to understand your situation but the gazing of your heart into the eyes of Christ. Just like when Peter was walking on the water, as long as his eyes rested on Jesus nothing else mattered. We at times will start out walking on the storms in our lives but we soon realize that we are doing the impossible and we begin to sink in our fear. That is why intimacy realigns spirit and soul and we begin to see his face as seeing it in a mirror and transformed by his peace and he takes us from Glory to Glory.
3. Never give up. His grace is more than enough and his strength is made perfect in your weakness. Even when Peter was sinking Christ grace covered his unbelief and pulled him out of his fear back into Christ peace. I can hear Peter screaming Jesus help me. I don’t believe that Christ pulled Peter to the boat. I see his peace being restored as the hand of Christ reaches to pull him out of the darkness into his glorious light and them walking on the water back to the boat. In the same way when we lose our peace in the storm it is his grace the moment we cry out that releases the grace that restores it all. In the middle of your fear today call out and say King Jesus and watch him take authority in your life. Only believe!!! – Brent Kelley