Ps Clark Magele- Sunday - 15th August 2021
|1 Corinthians 15:58|
“Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”
This is such an important message in the midst of such turbulent times. When we are surrounded by uncertainty and every kind of theory and opinion, the question remains, in what, or in whom, do we put our trust?
Ps Clark drew our attention to the woman of faith in Mark 5, though she wasn't always known as a woman of faith. For many, she is simply known as "the woman with the issue of blood". Here is a woman who, for 12 years, had suffered greatly at the hands of doctors, had been rejected and isolated, disregarded as a woman deserving of God's judgement. And yet, she is a woman of faith for when she hears the stories about Jesus, she lays all else aside and reaches out with the faith to believe that Jesus had the power to heal her.
Mark 5:27-28, 34
When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, "If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed."... Jesus said to her, "Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering."
What lessons can we learn from this woman of faith?
1. What are we hearing and listening to?
This woman could have listened to the voices that told her she was unworthy. But instead, he listened and responded to the stories that she heard about Jesus.
2. Meditate on God's Word
This woman had such confidence in what Jesus had the power to do. These weren't stories that she had simply heard, they are stories she had meditated on until they became her utmost conviction.
3. Learn to action the Word of God
This woman responded in faith to what she had heard and believed. She courageously entered the crowd and reached out to touch the garment of Jesus and through her faith which was put into action, she was healed.