When We Touch Jesus’ Hem

sky-2667455_960_720-2“A woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind Him and touched the edge of His cloak.  She said to herself, “If I only touch His cloak, I will be healed.” Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” He said, “your faith has healed you.” Matthew 9:20-22

Jesus was moved by her thoughts of Him. Her thoughts drew power from Him. Another translation testifies that virtue and had gone out from Him. Her faith in Him caught Jesus’ attention. Jesus sought out the one who touched Him and when He looked at her He called her “Daughter”. Faith brought this Social Outcast into Sonship. It took her from Sickness to Sonship in mere seconds. Jesus also points out that it was her faith in Him, not His robe that made her well.  Scripture says that those who are of faith are sons of Abraham. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. Her faith made her a beneficiary of God’s Promise.

Who do you say Jesus is? What are your thoughts about Him? This woman once thought that her healing was in the hands of physicians and for 12 years she bore the consequences of her thoughts, she didn’t get better she got worse.  Then one day she heard about JESUS and it changed the way she thought.

Her thoughts drove her to go to places she wouldn’t have dared to go, it took her where the world said she didn’t belong. She dared to seek out and reach for what she heard and believed and that faith transformed her life. In a crowd of many only one touched Jesus. Are you that one? Is your faith driving you to pursue the plans God has for you. To be a Light in the World for Him.  In His eyes …YOU ARE.

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A Man Named Jesus

person at crossI was walking down a road called self-destruction, when I encountered a Man who was and is like no other. His name was Jesus Christ. He is a gentleman in every sense of the word. He knew everything there was to know about me; He knew me better than I knew myself. He knew the good; the bad and the ugly yet He never condemned me or made me feel ashamed of the bad choices I made. He Loved me…anyway.

The more time I spent with Him, the more I saw how deep and wide His love was for me. A Love unfailing, unwavering and everlasting. I’ve never felt this loved before. There was so much He wanted to give me, so much He had planned for me. Salvation, healing, peace, joy through His righteousness. He offered me freedom from my past and my pain. Forgiveness and the courage to forgive.

This Jesus took my heavy luggage, that contained all of my burdens and hurts and He handed me His. Surprisingly it was so light and easy. This was just a fraction of the gifts He offered me. There was so much more, more than my heart and mind can contain. I had nothing to offer Him except for a believing heart and a mouth that confesses and shares with others that He is who He says He is! Savior and Lover of our souls. This was more than enough for Him.

A Man named Jesus. A Man without spot or wrinkle who shed His righteous blood for the redemption of all of our sins, sickness and diseases. The only One who was willing and worthy to fulfill the will of the Almighty God. A Man like no other. He met me in my fallen state; touched me and transformed me into His image from glory to glory…to glory. Would you like to meet this Man named Jesus?

A Salvation Prayer


Then pray with me. Father God in Heaven, thank you for loving me so much that you willingly gave up your Beloved Son Jesus Christ to die for my sins. He took all of my sins, death and punishment into His own body and nailed it all to the cross. Better yet, He rose conquering death and the grave with salvation and complete healing in His wings. He did this so that I may become a son/daughter of the Almighty God, the righteousness of God in Christ. Today I receive Your Son Jesus Christ as my Savior and Lord and I receive You as my Father and my God. Come into my heart; fill me with your Holy Spirit. I say goodbye to the old me and embrace the new creation that I am in Jesus. In Jesus name. Amen.

Welcome child of God, to Jesus’ Beloved Family 🙂

When You Don’t Know What To Pray

I was pulling into my driveway the other day when my son ran toward me and said, “Mom, Nana is in the emergency room they think she had a heart attack!” Immediately I backed up and hurried to the hospital. If you’ve read some of my earlier post you’d know that I have seen my mom through breast cancer, chemo and radiation and it was prayer that got us through. On my way to the hospital I found that I could not pray. I didn’t know what to say or how to express what was on my heart… I was in shock. So I began to speak in tongues and I repeated the words that came out of my mouth over and over again until I pulled into the hospital parking lot. I have to admit I don’t speak in tongues often and  I do not have the gift of interpreting tongues so I have no idea what I said but afterwards what I felt was like a heavy rainfall of peace that covered me from head to toe. I walked into the emergency room feeling confident that everything will be alright, and it was. Thank God my mom didn’t have a heart attack it was an anxiety attack. She’s doing much better now and is recovering at home, glory to God!

This morning I was watching one of my favorite TV ministers and he was teaching out of Romans 8:26-27 which reads, “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And He who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.” Hearing this word just reminded me that our God is a loving provider , He is so awesome and so faithful. God knows what we need even before we have a need. When we’re feeling  weak and lost we can depend on His strength and guidance. God loves us with an everlasting love and He will faithfully provide you with all that you need and more including the “right” words when you don’t know what to pray.

A Strange Request

It was late in the afternoon when I received an urgent phone call a  friend of mine was admitted to the ICU and his family who was at least 6 hours out asked if my mother and I would please go to the hospital for them. I’ve known this person since we were kids, I just ran into him at the food store just a few weeks earlier.  We laughed about some of the silly things we did growing up and promised that we would catch up sometime soon so  I was shocked when I heard that someone as young as him was fighting for his life.  On my way to the hospital I found myself asking the Lord what would you have me to do and I got my answer: pray for his salvation.

I got to his room thinking that he would be awake so I could share with him the goodness of our God but to my surprise his nurse said that he was in a coma and that he probably won’t make it. So I sat at his bedside and talked to him about our childhood, the joys of parenting and playfully told him to wake up and get out of the bed or else. There he laid lifeless, hooked up to life support, breath being forced into his body. I wanted to pray for his healing but then the nurse came in and said that he had a couple of visitors, his coworkers who wanted to see him, so I only had a few minutes. So I leaned over and whispered in his ear and said, “You may not know God but He knows you and He loves you so much that He sent His beloved Son Jesus to die for you so that you may be free in Him. When you see Him be like the thief at the cross and just say, ‘Lord, remember me!’ and He will.” Then I left.

The next morning I got a phone call… he died earlier that morning. I was devastated. I asked God, why didn’t You ask me to pray for his healing, at least then he would be alive to share his testimony with others and now it’s too late. His response was, “Salvation is Healing.” Later that day I got a phone call from my Mom she just left the hospital to see his family who had arrived just before he passed. While she was there the hospital’s Chaplin showed up to pray for his departed soul and his family vehemently declined saying that they don’t believe in God and neither did he so they turned the Chaplin away and that is when the purpose of my visit was revealed. Had I been there while they were there they would have stopped me from praying for him so God sent me ahead of them to speak God’s salvation into his hearing. Then the Holy Spirit brought to my remembrance all of the many times God spoke to the dead and brought life to their mortal bodies.  In the book of Mathew Jesus returns life to a dead girl simply by taking her hands in His. (Matthew 9:18-26)  In the town of Nain Jesus raised a widow’s son Luke 7:11-16 with a simple command to get up and the young man did. We all know the story of Lazarus after being dead in the tomb for 4 days . Jesus, the word of God made flesh, told the people, “that if you believe you will see the glory of God.”-John11:40, This Jesus said in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” and he did.  I heard the Lord ask me, “Is it that hard for you to believe that I, creator of your spirit and your mortal body, can save a person who is brain-dead. ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’Matt 19:26  

Jesus commended the centurion man in Matthew 8 with being a man of great faith because he understood that all it took was a word from the Throne of Grace and his servant will be healed. I believe that my Lord and Savior  sent me ahead to speak God’s healing salvation into my childhood friend’s hearing and I believe that my Lord met with my friend in that space between life and death and there my friend received Salvation and True Healing Himself…Jesus Christ.

The Promise, The Stand: A Mother’s Day Story

It was the week before Christmas when I got the call from my Mom, her doctor just called with her results, she has breast cancer. The words were like a knife to my heart. I had so many questions. “Where are you?” I said. “On my way to your house.” She said. I only had a few minutes to get some answers. As soon as I hung up I cried out to God I could barely get the words out, all I could say was, “Father God, what’s going on with my mom.” And He said, “This is not unto death but to draw her.” There was a knock at my door, it was my mom. As I walked to the door I went over in my mind what God said to me and when I opened the door only one thought filled my heart…I will not cry, I will not doubt.. I will stand on His promise.

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I went to every appointment, saw the x-rays, heard the horror stories and saw the fear on my mother’s face, yet I did not cry… I did not doubt… I stood on God’s promise. Her surgery was 2 days before Christmas and as she laid in that hospital bed tears rolling down her face my heart wanted to break but I did not cry, I did not doubt I placed my hands on her chest and quietly prayed over her. At this point in our journey I was living off of a little sleep, take-out and hospital food but I didn’t feel weary. There was a strength in me that wasn’t my own. A strength that kept me strong, kept me sharp and confident that God will do what He said He would do. In the weeks to come I saw God’s hand all around us. He gave us favor with the doctor’s, the nurses, the staff, strangers went out of their way to welcome us, help us, make us laugh and even find treats for us.

The recovery and the treatments were pretty rough but I wasn’t moved by what I saw. The chemo tearing away at her, changing her, ripping what I know to be my mom, a vibrant, independent woman, away from us. What moved me was the greater Spirit that was in me, a Spirit that embraced us, went ahead of us and perfectly orchestrated every appointment and every procedure.  That’s what encouraged me and gave me hope. God’s promise was all I chose to see.

It’s been 4 ½ years, since that life-changing call. After the surgery, the chemo and the radiation my mom emerged healthy, strong, vibrant, cancer free and saved (Hallelujah!)For my birthday my mother wrote me a very beautiful letter. In it she thanked me for being there, for never complaining, for never allowing her to feel sorry for herself or fall apart. She confessed her belief in God to me and said that it was all because she saw God in me, she felt His strength and His presence in me and around me and for the first time during our breast cancer journey …I cried.

I learned something about God’s grace that day; that if you take yourself out of the way God will take you all of the way. I thank God for saving, healing and drawing my mom. I thank Him for using me and for giving me the courage and the strength to stand. Thanks to God I can spend another Mother’s day with my mom. I want to encourage you in this season of your life by letting you know that there is no disease, no addiction, no pain or heartbreak in your life that is too big for our God to handle. He will help you, He will heal you and He will give you the courage and the strength to stand. In Jesus name I pray that God’s grace and peace be multiplied to you today, Amen.

IF YOU TAKE YOURSELF OUT OF THE WAY GOD WILL TAKE YOU ALL THE WAY!

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A Faith That Pleases God

“Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who come to Him must believe that He exists and the He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6) NIV

 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1)

Abraham Faith

God made Abraham a promise, that Sarah, who was past childbearing age, would give birth to his child and that Abraham will be a “father of nations.” The word of God says, “Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead-since he was about a hundred years old and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. Ye he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.” (Romans 4:19-21)

Issue of Blood Faith

While Jesus was on His way to the house of Jairus, one of the synagogue leaders, the word of God says, “A woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years…she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.”  When Jesus realized that power had gone out from Him, He asked who touched Him and when He spoke with the woman who had touched Him He said to her, “Daughter your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from you suffering.” (Mark 5: 25-34)

The Centurion Faith

While Jesus was in Capernaum a centurion came to Him on behalf of his ill servant. Jesus asked the centurion, “Shall I come and heal him?” The Centurion replied, “Lord I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed.”

The word of God says, “When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following Him, ‘Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.” To the centurion He said, “Go! Let it be done just as you believed it would.” The servant was healed at that moment.  (Matthew 8: 5-13)

The common thread these three people share is their belief in the power of God. Believe and hold on to God’s promise despite what things look like or what you may lack. Believe and be willing to press forward no matter how long it’s been. Believe that God’s word is greater than any obstacle; greater than any problem in your life. Believe that God is able to do exceedingly and abundantly above all things in your life. That is the type of faith God is looking for, a faith that trusts Him to do what He said He will do.

“When the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8 NIV) Will He find faith?