September 13, 2020 (Post #49)
(From Journal #5: March 28, 2006)
A few days ago on a Christian TV show, a couple of teachers said we should be seeing more of the miraculous today. I agree with them because You said in John 14:12-14: “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.”
This hit home because recently I’ve been attacked by frightening symptoms again regarding my heart. I am standing on Your Word that I am healed of non-Hodgkins Lymphoma and my heart is fine. But I confess I questioned if my faith is weak or hindered by unbelief as the reason I’ve not seen the miraculous full manifestation of healing? You’ve been taking me on this study of “Seeing is Believing” so why wasn’t I “seeing” the results? A couple of days later, You gave me some insight on another Christian TV show. This pastor’s sermon was “Power follows Passion.”
He taught about how those who had a passion for You and pursued You no matter what, received power in their lives. This bore witness with my spirit on what you showed me before about “forceful men lay hold of it.” He said that when we’re down to nothing, You’re up to something! He gave examples of people with passion who had seasons of nothing before their breakthroughs (like Joseph). But they kept their passion for the Lord, and the power came. This really blessed me.
Another good point he made jumped out at me. The woman with the issue of blood was the first to receive healing by touching Jesus’ garment. Everyone else either had hands laid on them, or Jesus spoke a word. She, because of her passion, kept pursuing Jesus and when she touched him, He felt the power go out of Him to heal her. I’d never really thought about it, but women were the ones who often had the passion to pursue Jesus. This woman did; there was the woman who was willing to eat crumbs off the floor, and of course Mary Magdeline.
I never want to lose passion for You, Lord. I’ve seen the difference in my life and I don’t want to go back. No matter how long it takes, I’m not letting go of Your garment.
Luke 8:43-48: Now a woman, having a flow of blood for twelve years, who had spent all her livelihood on physicians and could not be healed by any, came from behind and touched the border of His garment. And immediately her flow of blood stopped. And Jesus said, “Who touched Me?” When all denied it, Peter and those with him said, “Master, the multitudes throng and press You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’ ”But Jesus said, “Somebody touched Me, for I perceived power going out from Me.” Now when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling; and falling down before Him, she declared to Him in the presence of all the people the reason she had touched Him and how she was healed immediately. And He said to her, “Daughter, be of good cheer; your faith has made you well. Go in peace.”
Matthew 11:12: “From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it.”