Wednesday, August 1, 2007
Tapping into God’s Power
And He said to her, “Daughter, be of good cheer; your faith has made you well. Go in peace.”
As Jesus made His way to the home of Jairus, a ruler of the synagogue whose daughter was ill, there was a woman in the crowd who had been sick for 12 years. It almost appears that Jesus was unaware of her in the crowd. But in reality, He had been waiting for her.
This woman had spent all her money trying to find a cure for her disease. She thought, If I could just touch Him when He passes by, I know I will be healed (see Luke 8:43–48). So as Jesus passed by, she reached out and touched the hem of His garment. And suddenly, instantaneously, right there on the spot, she was healed.
When she touched Him, Jesus stopped and said, “Somebody touched Me, for I perceived power going out from Me” (Luke 8:46). The word “power” that Jesus used speaks of the dynamite power of God. It is the Greek word from which we get the word “dynamite.” So Jesus was essentially saying, “Someone just tapped into my dynamic, explosive power.”
As the crowd parted, the woman fell down before Jesus. He assured her, ”Daughter, be of good cheer; your faith has made you well. Go in peace” (Luke 8:48). In this woman’s moment of need, His power healed her and gave her courage.
The same power that impacted this woman can impact you today. The same power came from the Holy Spirit to the disciples on the Day of Pentecost, and they went out to turn their world upside down. And the same power is available to every Christian, to give us courage to live the Christian life and to share our faith. So let’s reach out for it.
Greg Laurie :: Harvest 07
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