New Living Translation (NLT)
25 A woman in the crowd had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding. 26 She had suffered a great deal from many doctors, and over the years she had spent everything she had to pay them, but she had gotten no better. In fact, she had gotten worse. 27 She had heard about Jesus, so she came up behind him through the crowd and touched his robe. 28 For she thought to herself, “If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed.” 29 Immediately the bleeding stopped, and she could feel in her body that she had been healed of her terrible condition.
30 Jesus realized at once that healing power had gone out from him, so he turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my robe?”
31 His disciples said to him, “Look at this crowd pressing around you. How can you ask, ‘Who touched me?’”
32 But he kept on looking around to see who had done it. 33 Then the frightened woman, trembling at the realization of what had happened to her, came and fell to her knees in front of him and told him what she had done. 34 And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace. Your suffering is over.”
We have been discussing honor and worship at revival these past few weeks and I have just been asking God to show me some things. Last night we learned about going to church with an expectancy that God will do something, so this morning I went expecting. I was not feeling well, my voice was sketchy and I asked God to heal my body before we even got to church…posted it on Facebook and everything. As I stepped into worship this is what happened:
Firstly, I was able to sing…first sign that God was already at work. Secondly when I worship I get this sensation at first that I am pouring into God and honoring Him. While this is happening there is a light which emanates from me and extends toward heaven. Then as I choose to receive from God, the light reverses and I am just covered by His glory. Today it was different. As I was pouring in so was He and the light met in the middle. I was confused for a moment as I had not encountered this before, then I heard a voice say walk toward the throne.
As I walked in obedience I was brought back to a book I had read by Rick Joyner, The Call, which is about a vision of heaven he had. I remember seeing all of these people surrounding the throne of God, important people from history and I could not help but think that I was somehow not worthy to be walking to the front, yet I continued to walk. The closer I got, the more the light met and became circles and they radiated out in all directions connecting the worship and bringing it to a new higher level. God was truly revealing Himself to me in that moment.
So, needless to say, worship was off the hook and wonderful and it brought revelation to me in another area of my understanding. I sat down after worship and God showed me a hand reaching out from a crowd of people. In my spirit I knew right away it was the woman with the issue of blood. As I drew closer to see what God wanted to show me, He showed me there was a hand helping this woman touch Jesus and the following is what God spoke to me:
Like the woman who pushes through the crowds just to get to Jesus to touch the hem of His garment to receive by faith her healing–we should be pressing continually forward, He HAS prepared a table for us AMONGST our enemies and He gives us the strength daily to overcome and push through anything the enemy has set out for us that day. So, being set apart by grace, let the words of our testimonies help those hurting around us push through the crowd and touch the hem of Jesus’ garment. We as a body of Christ are to show the way to Jesus. Let us love one another aside from our differences and begin to help others to reach out and touch Jesus for their healing.
Wow! God was really speaking that we need to step out and step in to help others seek Jesus. We need to realize that their issues are just as important as the one that brought us to God. We need to have compassion for those who are searching for hope in this fallen world. Are we willing to set aside our issues to help someone else reach out and touch Jesus?