Feb 19 2013

How To Get What You Want

 

If you want something bad enough, they say you need to work hard, sacrifice, and strive to get it.  But, what if you just had to believe?  

Maybe you’ve spent years being good enough.  Trying to do everything you can to earn God’s love, His favor and a spot in heaven by obeying all the rules.  How’s that working for you?  Have you been perfect yet?  

Are you still wallowing in disappointment because you still don’t have the marriage you want, the spouse you’ve been praying for, the healing you need, the financial freedom that you desire, or the family that you dream about? Maybe it’s time to try something different.  Stop.

There’s a short story about a woman in the Bible, that has the answer of how to get what you want from God.  I wish it had her name.  On second thought, maybe it’s better that way - we can all put our own name in her story. 

Jesus was again in a crowd of people.  Everyone wanted something from him.  Word had gotten out that Jesus could heal people, so whenever He was in town, people sought him out.  They had heard the stories, seen the proof, and they wanted some too. 

It must have been a huge crowd.  Imagine if Justin Bieber was in town and signing autographs; there would be lines for hours! There would be throngs of young girls, giddy at the chance to just touch him or the ultimate - take their picture with him for their Facebook profile.  Now, I’m not comparing Justin Bieber to Jesus, I’m comparing the crowd size and reaction.  That’s what I imagine it would be like.

Back to our “woman”. She’s in the crowd and needs Jesus.  She’s heard that He can heal people, and this is her last chance.  She has spent every penny she has going to doctors to figure out what’s wrong with her and no one has been able to help her. The Bible says that she had a blood disorder, and for twelve years had been afflicted with hemorrhages. I imagine she was desperate for it to stop. 

So, she sneaks up behind him and touches the edge of his robe.  At that very moment her hemorrhaging stopped.  Jesus said, “Who touched me?”

I imagine it was as if someone tapped his shoulder, and he turned around and didn’t see anyone there.  He looked back and forth and must have had that kind of look that said, “I’m not crazy, someone just touched me guys!”   Peter told Jesus that in this huge crowd, dozens of people have touched him.  But Jesus insisted and said, “someone touched me.  I felt that healing power has gone from me!” 

So “our woman” finally fessed up. She came up to him trembling and fell down at his feet, saying, “it was me.  I touched you, and was healed immediately!” 

Did you catch that? Jesus didn’t even know she was there or what was wrong with her.  He didn’t even know he was healing her at that moment.  She didn’t beg him to touch her or to heal her.  She didn’t have to present to Him a long list of all the good things that she had been doing to get his favor. So why did she get what she wanted?

Jesus said, “Daughter, your faith has made you well, go in peace!”  Luke 8:48 AMP

You mean all she had to do was believe? She could have been the worst sinner on the face of the planet. She could have been an adulterous, a liar, a cheater. It didn’t matter. She believed. She was convinced that Jesus could heal her. That’s all it took.

I don’t know about you, but this story is earth shattering for me.  I sit in tears thinking of the love of God and the things in life that are possible if I just believed that God would bring them to me. 

This story also makes me devastated about all those times I strive to be the perfect Christian woman to earn a blessing from God, and I realize that it’s worthless.  That I should instead just seek out Jesus more. 

Finally, this story, this “woman” is one I strive to be like.  I want her level of faith.  I want to believe so deeply that Jesus can do the things the Bible says he can do in my life too. 

I believe that even though we can’t reach out and physically touch Jesus’ robes, that level of healing is still possible.   We can reach out to Jesus in so many ways. like just reading his words in the Bible, and talking to Him in our prayers. 

My prayer now will be to have “that woman’s” level of faith. If you want that level of faith too, please join me in praying this prayer: 

“God, help me to believe.  Help me to have the level of faith, confidence, and trust in You like that woman did when she touched your robes and was healed.  Help me believe that you will do in my life, the things you promise you can do in the Bible. God, I believe that you can  (insert needs here), in Jesus name, Amen."

 

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Feb 16 2013

Beauty in Imperfection

Apparently everyone wants an Affenpinscher!

It won’t hurt you, well unless you get one that bites. It’s a cute little dog. In fact, it's the breed that won Best in Show this week at the Westminster Dog Show.

Everyone wants a little dog like "Banana Joe". He is pretty cute. He’s perfect little nose and with a perfect curved tail. If I didn’t have 3 kids to run after, I might want to add him to the mix too. Although, I don’t think I’d want a Banana Joe. I think I'd want one that is not perfect. Maybe I'd want one with a crooked tail, maybe one that was discarded, that needs love. 

There's beauty in imperfection. When we expose our own imperfections, and stop trying to be perfect, that's when we allow others around out to see what real GRACE is all about. 


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