Devotion for May 31, 2021

“For he had healed many, so that those with diseases were pushing forward to touch him.” (Mark 3:10)

Jesus healed a woman who had suffered twelve years from a condition society discreetly referred to as “an issue of blood”. And medical science had no cure. Observe how her miracle took place. She pressed through the crowd, “touched the hem of His garment” (Matthew 9:20), and immediately she was healed. As a result, people started talking about it and a trend began. Four chapters later we read that they “brought to Him all who were sick … that they might only touch the hem of His garment. And as many as touched it were made perfectly well” (Matthew 14:35-36). If you are battling affliction or addiction today, press through and touch Jesus.

Keep praying and believing His Word. Be tenacious! There’s a difference between the facts and the truth. The fact may be that your prognosis is not good. But the truth is, “the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise [them] up” (James 5:15). You say, “I know people who prayed for healing and didn’t get it.” Yes, and if they were trusting Christ as their Savior, then they received the ultimate healing: “to depart and be with Christ, which is far better” (Philippians 1:23). When it’s our time to go, we all die of something.

But until then, God’s Word tells us that the same back that carried the cross to take away our sins, bore stripes that take away our sickness. “He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, that it might be fulfilled, which was spoken by … the prophet, saying: ‘He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses’” (Matthew 8:16-17).

Heavenly Father, it is in Your Presence and Your work that I am healed — and with You for eternity — the greatest place to be. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Stay encouraged!
Pastor Mike

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