Faith that Produces ...Peace
And He said to her, ‘Daughter, be of good cheer; your faith has made you well. Go in peace.’ The text of our observation shows an immediate response of Jesus, once the woman with the issue of blood came to the altar. Though in Luke 8:46-48 there’s no mention of a physical altar, the woman with the issue of blood presented herself before the altar of Christ. This resulted in her complete and total healing. If we continue to examine this situation, we would see how the exposure of this women resulted in her faith-based peace.
Have you ever had a physical condition or an internal conflict that needed healing or addressing? Often, those areas of our lives can produce tons of shame and feelings of inadequacy. At times, this level of vulnerability can cause us to hide. It also causes us to question God with thoughts like: “Lord, why me?” “how long will this infirmity last” “will I ever get relief” “will I ever make
ends meet?” and thoughts like such. The beauty of these thoughts is that it shows evidence of being unsettled. Well, not that being unsettled is ‘beauty.'
Naturally, when we're unsettled, it causes us to reach for a cure, reach for relief, and reach for a solution to our problem. It causes us to fight through desperation as we discussed in our previous blogs (find it HERE) just to receive our relief. However, this desperation also tends to produce exposure. The very thing that we try to hide due to shame, becomes exposed. When exposure comes, it confronts every aspect of our life. Just look at the woman with the issue with blood.
Quietly, she tried to receive her healing, she snuck past the crowds and touched the hem of His garment. As a result, she was healed instantly. At no point did this woman think she was going to be exposed. She figured, "if only I could touch Jesus with no one noticing me, then I could be healed and go my way" – This was not so. Yes, the woman was healed instantly; however, Jesus recognized and exposed her. Though the woman was healed, she was placed in the predicament where she had to confront what tormented her for twelve longs years…
Before I go any further, ask yourself, if the woman received instant healing, why did Jesus decide to call her out? Why did He choose to expose her and place her in the position of identifying herself? There were tons of people pulling and tugging at him, what was different about this situation that caused Jesus to react to her desperate faith? There was no reason to bring attention to this woman because she was healed instantly; therefore, exposure was not required for her physical healing. However, exposure was needed for her internal healing.
As we mentioned earlier in this blog, this woman was struggling with her infirmity for twelve long years. I know from experience that having an infirmity for years can play a toll on you. You become restless, doubtful, insecure, hopeless and unsure all while trying to muster up the faith to trust in God for healing and restoration. To sum it all up, your mind is not at peace.
Because your mind is not at ease when you do receive your healing you must also receive internal healing of the mind. Having a renewed mind that's based off God-given peace is a crucial aspect of wholeness. Without it, though you're healed, thoughts and trauma from your prior state can affect the healing you now received. Your mind must be renewed to match the person you've now transformed into.
We learned in our previous blog that the woman with an issue to blood suffered from isolation and rejection due to her problem. If Jesus did not call the woman to the forefront, chances are she would have been freed from her infirmity but trapped in her mind. She would have gone back to the old mind frame that rejection and isolation brought about.
However, because God cares about your complete and total healing and restoration which includes peace, Jesus made her declare. This woman declared in front of all, all who knew she suffered and all who most likely cast her out and contributed to her state of isolation. She declared her truth of where she was and how God saved her. She testified.
This woman came out trembling, in fear when God called her to attention. She was nervous and afraid, why would she be frightened if she was healed? She was scared because of the unsettled peace that her infirmity produced. However, through her fear she declared. God will place you in situations where He will force you to confront your issue. Though you may be put in those situations, God does not leave you there. When the woman presented herself, He instructed her to be of ‘good cheer' before ‘going in peace.'
God wants to ensure that you that it’s okay to live freely-at-peace, although, you’ve dealt with your infirmity, issues or what-have-you for eons. Because of your faith to dear touch and reach for Christ, you are made whole. You are restored and free to live in Him, no longer are you bound by the infirmity nor are you tied to the trauma or effects of such. Child of God be of good cheer because your faith has made you well… therefore, go in peace.
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