And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years, And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse, When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment. For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole. And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague. And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes? And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me? And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing. But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth. And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.
Mark 5:25-34 KJV
Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means “son of Timaeus”), was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus. “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.” “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.
1. Hunger and Thirst…
Jesus told us that if we “hunger and thirst” then we shall be filled. The Bible also says that ALL the promises of God are a resounded “Yes” and through Christ “Amen”. You must engage God to receive what He said that you can have! You receiving from God is a matter of desire.
2. The woman with the issue of blood expected something to happen
Many want to sit in a pew on a Sunday morning, and expect nothing. Many come looking to a man, normally the Pastor, for their miracle or breakthrough. They hope he can wave his hand and end their struggles. God certainly uses man to touch and move through. However, the woman with the issue of blood knew that Jesus was her answer. She expected that when she touched the garment of Jesus, SOMETHING would happen! After she was healed Jesus didn’t say “Because you touched my garment, you were healed”, Jesus said “Your FAITH has made you whole!”
Bartimaeus, who was blind, also expected something to happen. When he heard Jesus was there, he couldn’t touch the hem of His garment, but he could shout. He shouted so loud that people told him to stop. That only made him louder! That man got Jesus’ attention, and got his miracle! When Jesus is in the room, don’t let that opportunity pass you by. Don’t worry about what people think, or what people say, get desperate and expect a touch from Heaven!
3. Press In
Pressing in means going beyond your point of comfort. Lawfully, the woman with the issue of blood could have been stoned for having an issue of blood in public. She didn’t care what people would do if they found out. She didn’t just think “Well, if it’s Gods will, Jesus will just come to me and heal me”. She engaged God for her miracle. The definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over and expect different results. Many Christians drive themselves to the point of insanity trying to get a miracle. It’s time to break out of the religious box. It’s time to get desperate and press in!