Mark 5:29 & 34 – And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague. —– And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.
Have you ever prayed for something, knowing what you asked was according to the Scriptures, and have not received it? Be honest with yourself. No one hears you but you and the Lord. If the answer is “yes,” could it be it is because you didn’t follow the prescribed steps in your journey to the point of manifestation? Just a thought.
Had the woman with the issue of blood not followed the steps delineated before her, I don’t believe she would have received either. Was it God’s will to heal her? Absolutely! But what if she had not heard? What if she had not spoken, but just waited for the Lord’s will to be done? What if she had not sought out the Lord’s whereabouts, and when she might be able to encounter Him? What if she had pulled back from her desire because she was afraid of what religious minded people might do to her? But each of these questions is, in fact, a moot point. For she DID hear. She DID say. She DID seek Him. She DID act. And finally, she DID receive that for which she came.
What is it you need from the Lord today? What is it for which you have asked Him, but have not yet seen it manifest? Have you carried out His prescription of steps so each element in the process of receiving your need is in place? No, I’m not saying that there are not times when things happen suddenly, with no apparent steps or process that can be seen. Indeed, there are. But so often in life, outcome is the result of process, and this is true, even in the spiritual realm. When you read words the Lord Himself has spoken, you often see the word “if.” When you see the word “if,” there is almost always process between need and provision. 2 Chronicles 7:14 and John 15:7 are prime examples of this truth.
For the woman in our Text for Today, her entry into this faith process also required following through with the process so she could come to the desired end of the process. For her, the end of the process was the complete manifestation of her healing. And because she carried out that process, she came to her desired conclusion. She was made whole. And it was her faith that made her whole.
Manna for Today – Mark 5:25-34; Romans 10:17; Hebrews 11:1 & 6; Mark 11:22-24; John 14:12-14; John 15:7; Matthew 12:34-37; Romans 3:4; James 2:20-26; 1 John 5:14-15