Just A Touch

Mark 5:28 New International Version (NIV)

28 because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.”

Have you ever wished or thought, ‘If I could only touch the hem of Jesus’ garment?’ I have talked with a lot of people recently who have been hit in their lives with some sort of health issue. We all have had something happen in our lives with family members or friends.

I had coffee with a friend who is a cancer survivor. It was very serious, but the Lord touched his life is such a way that he is cancer free. He praises and rejoices that Jesus healed him.

Not every story has that kind of an ending. I have a friend who needs healing in his body so that he can receive an organ transplant. There is another friend who received news that his son has an illness. I have another friend who will be taking cancer treatment.

All of these men are asking just a touch would be enough. The woman who was in the crowd surrounding Jesus thought this. She had a bleeding problem for 12 years. The Bible says that she gave all she had and received no comfort or cure.

In the story in Mark 5, she touches Jesus’ robe and is instantly healed. It says that Jesus stopped and wanted to know who had touched him. The woman knew what had happened to her, and she went to her knees trembling with fear. She told the truth.

I love this next part. Jesus with his compassion for our everyday lives and our pains tells the woman, ‘Your faith has healed you, go in peace.’ She is now freed from her suffering.

Maybe this is you today. 

Jesus, I just need a touch.

Men, keep believing, pursuing, and reaching for Jesus.

Jesus knows what you are suffering, and he has compassion.

Keep the faith and stay the course.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

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Strength and Courage

Michael

 

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Overcome

John 16:33 (NASB) ‘These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.’

I see, over and over, people trying to manufacture their own peace and security.  We do it in virtually every aspect of our lives.  What ALWAYS ends up happening is an erosion and crumbling of that creation. 

We work on building safety nets for the future, prepare for the storms of life, guard against difficulty and struggle.  That is all well and good.  We need to make plans for contingencies and potential difficulties.  We need to be responsible stewards and manage what the Lord has blessed us with, not only for our sake, but for the sake of others.  The problem is not the act of doing these things, creating these safety nets and safe harbors.  The issue is placing our trust, faith and allowing our sense of peace to hinge on them.  

There is only one place for a true sense of peace and security.  Ask anyone who has faced a life threatening situation, one that no amount of money can affect.  Ask a parent who lost a child if the luxuriousness of their house comforted them through their pain.  The answer over and over will be a resounding and emphatic NO!  

Rich or poor, have or have not, with or without, peace and security, our ability to stand in the face of our hardest assaults, comes from one place and one place only, Jessus Christ our Lord.  To lean on anything else is merely waiting for crushing defeat.  Lean on Jesus, and overcome the world.  Have a blessed weekend.

Romans 15:13 (NASB) ‘Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. ‘ 

In full pursuit of the greatest Trophy,

Scott Pace

Not into Temptation

I have struggled lately when reminding a 3 year old about the things he should and should not do, and then watching him do exactly what I just warned him about 10 seconds earlier.  He gets it for a short while afterward, when he discovers the consequence of his actions, e.g. ‘sit in your chair so you don’t get hurt’, and after he falls, he cries and looks for sympathy.  I get it too, a 3 year old is still learning to control his body, remember what you tell him, and testing boundaries, so hopefully will show some improvement over time.  But should a 30 year old man know better when he does the same things?  After suffering the same negative consequence multiple times, how long does it take to behave better and ‘act your age’?  What things have you been repeatedly tempted by, with some successes and failures on your scorecard?  What has worked?

When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed.  Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.  James 1:13-15

Just this past week, a kitchen cupboard door was broken and I warned my wife to be careful if she opened it.  Then without thinking, one morning I yanked it open and ended up with a gouge on my lower eyelid, not far from losing an eye.  Good and bad habits start at a young age, and we can change, but old habits die hard when you depend on your own self will and environment to facilitate those changes.  Each day we can be tempted to make poor choices with what we eat, what we watch, what we say, how we react, or with just about anything we do.  What do you struggle with the most and what have you done to try to change your behavior and how you react?  Has it worked?

Who would want to, but if we made a list of all the bad choices we have made in our lives, and the consequences of those actions, could we look at our lives now and say we have learned a thing or two and don’t make the same mistakes we once did?  When we boil it down, most poor choices are made out of selfish motives.  We put ourselves and our needs ahead of whoever is in front of us, or suffers the consequences with us, whether a spouse, a child, or the stranger that happened to encounter us at that moment.  Whether it is the result of greed, lust, impatience, or hate, the results can be equally devastating.  How often do we turn to God in those moments and ask for forgiveness, and for help not to do the same again?  What does it take to turn to put down our pride and turn to others for help when we have made the same mistake for the 70th time?  Let us give others the same amount of grace that our Lord offers to us, but forgives when we turn back to Him.  Let Him empower you with the Spirit that brings life and not the spirit of selfishness that brings you back down the same worn paths of failure. 

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.   James 1:17

Yours in Christ,
Clark

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