|Ilagan Baptist Church|
Touch Of Faith
Text: Luke 8:43-48 IBCWPM September 13, 2006
Preacher: Pastor Jose B. Cabajar
Touching is a communicative way of expressing one's desire, though oftentimes, it is just an instinctive act of a curious person. In the case of the woman in Luke 8:43-48, who had an issue of blood, it was obvious that she premeditated to touch the Lord's garment for a purpose. In Matthew 9:20-21, it is written, And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment: For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole. (KJV) Through these Bible passages, we realize the woman's hidden desire being manifested through her meaningful and self-fulfilling touch.
It was obvious, no one ever noticed the woman giving that meaningful touch on Jesus' garment except the Lord himself. In Luke 8:45-46, it is written, 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 Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me. (KJV) Beyond doubt, the Lord knew who touched Him, but it seemed that the Lord wanted the healed woman not to hide what happened to her, but to declare what the Lord has done for her.
In Luke 8:47, it is written, 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. (KJV) Surely, we cannot hide anything from the Lord. The above verse reminds us not to hide our blessings from above, but to be glad to tell others the wonderful things God has done for our lives.
A careful study on how the Lord noticed the sick woman's faith and how He publicly revealed her miraculous healing for the glory of God will surely widen our understanding concerning the touching-power of one's faith in times of need. Beyond the touching of Jesus' garment, the woman's faith undeniably touched the Savior's heart.
(I) Faith-triggered Touch
Luke 8:42-44 Matthew 9:20-21 Mark 5:27
-Act of faith
True faith is expressive and undeniable. We could not imagine how powerful our lives and ministries would be today if we possess faith-triggered giving, faith-triggered praying, faith-triggered soul winning, faith-triggered commitment and involvement. Experience an exciting Christian walk! Have a faith-triggered walk and you'll be showered with surprising blessings from above.
(II) Attention-catching Touch
What we are doing for the Lord today may seem unimportant before the eyes of men, but be assured that every faith-related activity we are involved in is noteworthy and commendable in the sight of God. In Matthew 9:20-22, it is written, And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment: For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole. But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour. (KJV) We must keep in mind that the Lord have our attention and His heart is being touched by our faith in Him.
(III) Power-unleashing Touch
Luke 8:46 Luke 6:19
-Unleash the healing-power of the Lord
In Luke 8:46, It is written, And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me. (KJV) This verse tells us that when the woman touched His garment, power was unleashed from the Lord. Beyond the shadows of doubt, the faith of the woman made it possible. What a wonderful insight God wants us to learn! Truly, by our faith and prayers, we could experience the amazing power of God in our daily lives.
(IV) Rewarding Touch
Luke 8:47-48 Mark 5:32-34
-Amazing healing, good comfort and peace
Instant and amazing healing, good comfort, and peace surely come from the Lord. Such things are the needs of millions, but without faith in God, they are unachievable.
Faith in God is miracle-producing. Through the testimonies of those who put their trust in the Lord, who can deny it? Not even the woman who had an issue of blood. In Luke 8:47, it is written, 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. (KJV) We should keep on telling to others the undeniable working of God through people of great faith.
Today, we cannot physically touch the border of the Lord's garment like what the woman did in her days, but one thing is sure: through our unquestionable faith in Him, we could still touch the heart of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and truly enjoy great peace which the world cannot afford to give. Keep in touch with Jesus today and be blessed.
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