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An Undiscerning Spirit (4)

An Undiscerning Spirit (4)

‘…And You say, “Who touched Me?”’ Luke 8:45 NKJV

One day a chronically ill woman who had been bleeding for 12 years pushed her way through the crowd and touched the hem of Jesus’ garment. And immediately she was healed. ‘“Who touched me?” Jesus asked.When they all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you.” 46 But Jesus said, “Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me.”

47 Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed.

48 Then he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.” ”’ (vv. 45-48 NIV).What’s at work in this story? An undiscerning spirit. Look at Peter’s words: ‘Master, the multitudes throng and press You, and You say, “Who touched Me?”’ (v. 46 NKJV)

Understand this:

Jesus can tell the difference between the indiscriminate touch of the crowd, and a touch of faith.

Faith draws on His power and brings results! Notice, this woman touched the ‘hem’ of Jesus’ garment. The last thing a dressmaker does when she makes a garment is to sew up the hem. So the hem represents ‘the finished work’.

The same back that bore the cross which takes away your sins, also bore the stripes which take away your sickness. ‘…And by His stripes we are healed’ (Isaiah 53:5 NKJV). What do you need today? Forgiveness of sins? Healing? Reach out in faith and touch Jesus, and you too will be made whole.
What now?
The next decision that you have to make… ask your you-focused rationalising to pipe down for
five minutes (we know, that can be haaaarddd). Then, ask God for a hand with that in-tune-with-Him discerning ability. See what He says and work from there.

Joy Ferdiz

November 6th, 2013

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