A Touch of Faith

Message from Woodbrook, WA in celebration of Chapel remodel and reopening.

TEXT: “… 46 And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me.”

BR: Luke 8

…But as he went the people thronged him. 43 And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any, 44 Came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched. 45 And Jesus said, Who touched me? When all denied, Peter and they that were with him said, Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me? 46 And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me. 47 And when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling down before him, she declared unto him before all the people for what cause she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately. 48 And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace.

INTRO: ILL: Cooking by a recipe.

Most people have taken a shot a cooking.
From canned lasagna and boiling over a pot of water, to Iron Chef in 30 days!
But how many actually use recipes?
Some are almost scientific in their approach to cooking.
Others use a dash of this and a dash of that, and they can’t even remember how to make it again.

The food seldom comes out right, as there is no consistent approach; just ‘winging it.’

So too, people go through life with no thought of God’s recipe for being a successful human being.
They try to make life come out right, but it can’t. At best, they escape disaster while they’re alive, only to die lost, and descend into a flaming pit that they didn’t want to believe existed.

If you want your life to come out RIGHT, the way God intended it to be, I’ll tell you what God’s recipe says; there are 66 books in His cookbook, but in short, you need what I’m preaching about today…

…a touch of faith.

I) Who Touched Who?
This woman’s physical need was written about in Mark 5 and in Luke 8.

In Christian circles she is known as “The Woman with the Issue of Blood.”
She SHOULD be known as “The Woman with no Issues.” Hahah!
Because God healed her.
A) The Faith of the Woman Mark 5

28 For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole. 29 And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague.
B) God touched her FIRST

When she heard of Jesus, she came in the press behind.

Faith came alive in her heart; God touched her.
C) You are no doubt here today because you touched God in some way!

All things converge to one point; events lead us to Christ before we actually come to Him and reach out.
II) Not every touch is the same

In the multitude of people who were all thronging him, Jesus knew that someone had touched him in a different way. And that without even interacting with him.

We have all his promises!
We interact with him by prayer and worship, and yet doubts arise and we are sometimes unsure if God has done what we’ve asked.

A) God Touched the Woman

She didn’t interrupt Jesus, didn’t ask him to do anything, but she still received the healing that she needed.

Jesus plainly told her that it was her faith that made her whole. A desperate woman with just a touch of faith; a healed woman.

Before she came to Christ, another came and asked…

A Ruler of the Synagogue humbles himself (Mark 5)

Who Rulers of the Synagogues were.
22 And, behold, there cometh one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name; and when he saw him, he fell at his feet, 23 And besought him greatly, saying, My little daughter lieth at the point of death: I pray thee, come and lay thy hands on her, that she may be healed; and she shall live. 24 And Jesus went with him; and much people followed him, and thronged him.

But Luke said:

“…and he fell down at Jesus’ feet, and besought him that he would come into his house: 42 For he had one only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she lay a dying.”

That little girl had 12 years of good health; the woman had 12 years of misery.

“throng” means to press together, press on all sides.
Jesus didn’t go to Jairus’ house and lay hands on the little girl, he

B) The touch of God on Daniel the Prophet

Raised him up and strengthened him.

 

C) The touch of God on the Prophet Jeremiah

Chapter One: “4 Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 5 Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. 6 Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child. 7 But the LORD said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak. 8 Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the LORD. 9 Then the LORD put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth. 10 See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant. “

God encouraged him and enabled him to preach.

Conclusion: Whatever your need might be, God’s touch can meet it.

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