I have issues, okay? And if we’re all going to be totally honest, every person reading this could testify to personal issues as well.
Sometimes they lie buried, unnoticed for years and years. We may feel a slight inkling of them from time to time, but we become very adept at pushing our issues down until we forget about them temporarily. They are still there, though.
The reality is that my “issues” make me feel bad. They remind me that I’m not perfect–far from it. They highlight my shame, my iniquities.
We are all born with issues, whether they are easily seen by others or not. The question is, how do we deal with these unwanted companions?
There is only One who can take away the issues that threaten to break us, and He’s been doing it since He came to dwell among us.
“And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any,
Came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched.
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?
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.
And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace.” Luke 8:43-48 (KJV)
Friends, you know He loves you just as much as He loved this woman. If you have an issue that is draining the life from you, fall at His feet and clutch His garment. Don’t think that He’s too busy, that there are too many others who need Him. Just as He felt the woman in the crowd of people pushing in on Him, He knows you. He sees you. Don’t let Him pass you by! Feel the very life and healing of Jesus flow from His form to yours.
One time, I had a particulary troubling issue that absolutely plagued me for weeks. The Lord led me to this scripture and it seemed like He put my name on the page.
And Paige, having the issue of ___________ for some time, which had spent all of her living/energy/emotion/time upon solutions, neither could be healed of any, came behind him and clutched the hem of his garment, and immediately her issue stopped.
Try it. Put your name there. Make it even more personal, and put your issue there, however messy and ugly it may be. Don’t let this problem continue to drain the life from you.
Your Savior is passing by! He is always near! Grab hold of His garment, and feel His power today! Take a listen, sing along, and reach out.
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