Putting faith into action

Matthew 9:18-26

 As he finished saying this, a local official appeared, bowed politely, and said, “My daughter has just now died. If you come and touch her, she will live.” 19 Jesus got up and went with him, his disciples following along. 20 Just then a woman who had hemorrhaged for twelve years slipped in from behind and lightly touched his robe. 21 She was thinking to herself, “If I can just put a finger on his robe, I’ll get well.” Jesus turned – caught her at it. Then he reassured her: “Courage, daughter. You took a risk of faith, and now you’re well.” 22 The woman was well from then on. 23 By now they had arrived at the house of the town official, and pushed their way through the gossips looking for a story and the neighbors bringing in casseroles. 24 Jesus was abrupt: “Clear out! This girl isn’t dead. She’s sleeping.” They told him he didn’t know what he was talking about. 25 But when Jesus had gotten rid of the crowd, he went in, took the girl’s hand, and pulled her to her feet – alive. 26 The news was soon out, and traveled throughout the region.

Your faith has healed you…

Go away, the girl is not dead but asleep…

Perspective influences our ability to put faith into action – she is not dead but asleep.  If I can touch his cloak, I will be healed then reach out and touch.

The woman was one considered unclean but came into the crowd and touched Him, broke the rules; Jesus reached out and touched the girl, a dead body, considered unclean, broke the rules.

Faith overruled the religious law.  Faith, being sure of what we hope for, certain of what we do not see. Faith placed in the power made available to us if we reach out and touch it needs to be exercised/practiced.

The woman exercised her faith, she reached out an touched.  Jesus honored the faith of the father, reached out and touched.  Both went against the societal laws, religious laws and God’s power was released because the perspective was on God not on the law.

We do not have the law hindering us and yet we have difficulty accessing that power.  We hesitate to take a stand of faith and reach out to touch Him.  Breath prayer for ourselves and others – He is the Lord who heals

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