“They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” – (Mark 16:18).[su_spacer size=”30″]
READ: Luke 13:10-13 (KJV)
10. And he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath.
11. And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself.
12. And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity.
13. And he laid his hands on her; and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.
Several times in the Bible, virtue or power is transferred from a source to a recipient through a touch. We also see through the Bible that there are different kinds of touches. There is the touch of life, and there is the touch of sin and death. We also find the touch of healing and the touch of sickness. For example, When God’s breath of life touched the lifeless body of the man whom He formed out of the dust of the earth, he became a living soul (Genesis 2:7).[su_spacer size=”30″]
In like manner, when the devil was permitted by God to touch Job with the touch of sickness, Job became grievously sick to the point of death. Thank God that the touch of healing was given to override the touch of sickness. Are you sick in your body? [su_spacer size=”30″]The Lord will touch you with His healing touch today in Jesus’ Name. The Lord Jesus in John 10:10 said:
“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”
In other words, the devil came to touch humanity with all kinds of sicknesses, but Jesus came with His healing touch to rescue us from them all. Praise God! However, it is amazing that some children of God do not know their Father the way they ought to know Him.
They trust Him for all manner of things, including the most costly of them all, which is the salvation of their souls, yet they find it difficult to trust Him for the healing of their bodies.
With the prevalence of several incurable diseases, children of God need to begin to trust God for His healing touch. This is necessary because from time immemorial, man’s best efforts to cure diseases and sicknesses have always been limited in impact, and millions are still suffering incurably today.
The woman with the issue of blood is an example of someone who suffered a great deal from an incurable disease. Mark 5:25-26 says this about her:
“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”
She remained in this condition until her touch of faith drew the healing touch of the Master into her life. Today’s Bible reading tells of another woman who was sick for eighteen years. She encountered the healing touch of the Master and was made whole. [su_spacer size=”30″]Beyond this, today’s memory verse assures us that if only we believe, we can even graduate from being healed to becoming agents of healing. I pray that this will be your testimony in Jesus’ Name.
Father, touch and heal me today, and make me an agent of healing to others in Jesus’ Name.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
Acts 21-22, Isaiah 51:17-52:12
OPEN HEAVENS HYMN FOR TODAY
Hymn 9 – In Christ alone
1. In Christ alone my hope is found,
He is my light, my strength, my song,
This Cornerstone, this solid Ground
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm
What heights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease
My Comforter, my All in All
Here in the love of Christ I stand.[su_spacer size=”30″]
2. In Christ alone! Who took on flesh
Fullness of God in helpless babe
This gift of love and righteousness
Scorned by the ones He came to save
Till on the cross as Jesus died
The wrath of God was satisfied
For every sin on Him was laid
Here in the death of Christ I live.[su_spacer size=”30″]
3. There in the ground His body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain
Then bursting forth in glorious Day
Up from the grave He rose again
And as He stands in victory
Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me
For I am His and He is mine
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.[su_spacer size=”30″]
4. No guilt in life, no fear in death
This is the power of Christ in me
From life’s first cry to final breath
Jesus commands my destiny
No power of hell, no scheme of man
Can ever pluck me from His hand
Till He returns or calls me home
Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand.[su_spacer size=”30″]
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