Barrier · Disease · Faith · Healing · Pressed

our part in pressing…

And Jesus said, “Who was it that touched me?” When all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the crowds surround you and are pressing in on you! But Jesus said, “Someone touched me, for I perceive that power has gone out from me.”

Luke 8:45-46 ESV

Pressing… our pressing in toward Jesus… is the pressing we must do… to move toward communion…

Luke 8:40-48 is where you’ll find the full story of the one who pressed through the pressing crowd to get to Jesus…

You may be familiar with the story… the woman who suffered with menstrual bleeding that wouldn’t stop…

Twelve years she suffered with the dis-ease… spent all she had seeking help from doctors… but none could do one… darn… thing…

The nature of her dis-ease… designated her unclean… according to the Mosaic law… unfit for family… community… worship…

Desperate… she put her faith in Jesus… what she had heard about Him… perhaps even seen Him do… as she hid herself on the outskirts of life…

She didn’t even ask to be healed… she didn’t concern herself with the crowd she pushed through… or what the law said she was doing to them as she touched them in her uncleanness…

She came up behind him and touched the fringe of his garment, and immediately her discharge of blood ceased.

Luke 8:44 ESV

Here is where Jesus felt her touch… despite the pressing crowd…

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He felt her faith… draw forth healing… without His being aware… until it was done…

We must press into Jesus… in spite of all the obstacles… those put up by the reason and philosophy of man… those barriers erected by the legalistically religious… or our own fleshly sensibilities…

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When we come to the point of desperation… the end of all our own means… faith has a way of kicking in… and kicking down… barriers…

Our faith heals… when we press against the crowding world… trying to keep Him out of reach…

Press into Jesus… to receive His power…!

Where have you let reason…? religion…? reputation…? keep you from reaching out…? pressing into…? Jesus…?

Where has the world pressed you to abandon faith…?

Our job… our role… our part to play… is to press against what the world says is right… and press into His promises… by faith…

Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits — who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

Psalm 103:1-5 NIV84

Let your dis-ease… press you to faith…

Praise His name… forget not all His benefits…

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