Power of the Gospel (3)
And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him, turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched My clothes?” But His disciples said to Him, “You see the multitude thronging You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’ ”And He looked around to see her who had done this thing. But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth. And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction.- Mark 5:30-34
In this scripture, it is worthy of note that the healing power went out of Jesus. There is no anointed man of God with healing anointing that does not know when the power flows out of him. Jesus felt the anointing was drawn out of Him. Jesus was not even praying or laying hands on people when He felt the anointing flow out of Him. So, when a measure of power left Him, He knew something beyond the ordinary had happened; He knew that somebody had tapped the power, albeit without His permission. He had to ask who touched Him. His disciples even questioned Him why He would ask for who touched Him in the midst of such great crowd. I also believe some must have even touched Jesus out of curiosity, but they didn't receive any specific miracle because they had no desire for such.
Though the question of Jesus sounded unreasonable to the disciples, but Jesus knew what He was saying; He knew He must give an account of the anointing. The Bible says the woman was afraid and she trembled and when she could no longer hide herself, she revealed herself and told Jesus all that happened. However, Jesus never gave credit to the power but to her faith. The anointing is present everywhere with all its attributes but until faith draws it, it remains inactive.
In verse 34, Jesus did not say my power has made you whole, but He said, "thy faith has made you whole". Although, it was God that provided the power, but if she had no faith in operation to activate the power, even though the power was available, it would have done her no good as it did no good to several others who were also there thronging Jesus.
Many times, in our lives, we love to put the responsibility solely on God, hoping God will do everything. People usually prefer a church where the sermon will only last for five minutes; they do not seem to know the importance of the Word; they do not think they need the word of God. This woman with the issue of blood could have died, but she lived. However, she lived, not because the power was available, but because her faith ignited the power to work for her.
Do not wait for the devil to torment you or oppress you before you believe God. Start now to develop your faith; start nurturing your faith in the word of God so it can grow because it takes both our faith and God's power for deliverance to be wrought in our lives. Whatever you are asking God for does not depend on God alone; the onus equally lies on you to activate your faith. God's power is present all the time, it is available everywhere; however, it takes our faith to activate that power before it can work in our circumstances; just like this woman's case.
You are not to wait for calamities and troubles before you develop your spirit man; now is the time to start developing yourself and to take the word of God serious in your life; that is your personal responsibility. You can start developing your faith by using your faith on little things.
Prayer: Father, I take responsibility of feeding my spirit with your word and exercising my faith in your willingness and ability to put me over the circumstances of life in Jesus Name.
Further Reading: Mark 5:25-34
One-year Bible Reading Plan: Daniel 7:1-28; 1 John 1:1-10; Psalm 119:153-176; Proverbs 28:23-24