Tenacious Faith

February 7, 2012

One of the synagogue officials named Jairus came up, and on seeing Him [Jesus], fell at His feet and implored Him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter is at the point of death; please come and lay Your hands on her, so that she will get well and live.” And He went off with him; and a large crowd was following Him and pressing in on Him. Mark 5:22-24

In Mark 5, an account is given of two people who were desperate and tenacious enough to seek God’s help. Jairus, a ruler of the synagogue, overcame prestige barriers and fell at Jesus’ feet to ask for healing for his 12-year-old daughter, and a woman with a 12-year hemorrhage overcame social and inferiority barriers to reach out and touch Jesus. Whether you are a big shot or a “nobody,” Jesus’ love and grace know no bounds.

Now a certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years, and had suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment. For she said, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.” Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction. Mark 5:25-29a NKJV

What situation in your life seems desperate? Whatever it is, channel that drive toward God. He is faithful, responsive, and resourceful. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). Jesus is the same consistent savior, healer, and deliverer that He was in the Bible and “no good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly” (Psalm 84:11).

We obtain miracles when our beliefs are based on the amazing Scriptures, on the reality of who Jesus is. When the woman with the hemorrhage heard of Jesus, she thought and said, “If I get in touch with Him I’ll get results.” Hold on to what you’ve been praying for and keep believing God for greater things. Don’t ever let up. Read Mark 5 and other biblical accounts of miracles so that you can develop clear thinking and believing, and then speak what God says about your situation.

God cares about you and knows how to restore things—even if it’s the 12th year of your problem. He knows how to dissolve cancer cells. He knows how to restore marriages. So get tenacious. Press through the crowd and fall at Jesus’ feet.

Keep fighting,
Pastor Jeff

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