April 13th, 2018 — IGNITE

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Have you ever stopped to think about what it would be like to have Jesus in your life just one day. I mean to be able to have Him show up just when you needed Him. Have Him step into your life when your most wanting. Have him walk into your situation, the one you can't handle anymore, the one that's been nagging you and hounding you.

Sometimes I think of how Jesus changed the life of so many people in just one moment. How Jesus affected people’s outlook and uplook after the moment they were with Him.

I thought of that today as I was reading Mark chapter 5. Jesus has just stepped out of the boat, onto dryland, and the multitudes of people surrounded Him once again. One man stepped in front of Jesus, asking Jesus to go with him, to his house, to heal his ailing daughter, who was dying. Jesus agreed to go.

On their way to this man's house, Jesus was met by another person, a lady with a bleeding disorder. The Bible tells us she had this bleeding disorder for 12 years. For 12 long years she would suffer alone in silence. For 12 long years she would be considered unclean by everybody and would have to announce herself so no one would touch her and also be considered unclean. For 12 long years she spent all of her time, money, and energy trying to find a cure, but none was available. As a matter fact the Bible tells us she only got worse.

But then she met Jesus. Here’s what the Bible says…
“After hearing about Jesus, (she) came up in the crowd behind Him, and touched His cloak… And immediately the flow of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her affliction.” Mark 5:27, 29

Now I'm not sure what this woman heard about Jesus, but whatever it was inspired her enough to step forward and to try something different than what she'd tried in the past. This was not a last-chance effort to try the new thing, but whatever she heard convinced her, made her bold enough, to go for it and to get her healing.

She knew the ramifications of being found out. She knew she had to keep a distance between her and the general populace because she was unclean. But she wasn’t going to have any of it anymore. She was fed up with the false hopes and promises, the experimental drugs, the long lines and the expense of it all. What did she have to lose? What do you have to lose?

Here's my word of encouragement for you today: You don't have to wonder if Jesus will ever show up in your life. He's already there. Be bold! Be courageous! Have faith!

Father,
I’ve tried it my way in so many areas of my life and I have come up short every time. Jesus, step into my life today and help me live. It's in your name I ask this, Amen.

Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen