Today: Stop the bleeding!
Passage: Mark 5, Luke 8
22 Then one of the synagogue rulers, named Jairus, came there. Seeing Jesus, he fell at his feet 23 and pleaded earnestly with him, “My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.” 24 So Jesus went with him.
30 At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?” (Mark 5, NIV)-emphasis added
The two incidents above are sandwitched: the incident of Jairus’ daughter and the healing of the woman with the issue of blood
Both the child and the lady were loosing life. Life is in the blood
The child was 12 yrs old (Luke 8:42) while the lady was struggling with the issue for 12 yrs. The child’s situation was instantaneous while the lady’s was as ongoing problem. Jesus had solution for both
Wether we are facing an issue that came all of a sudden from “nowhere”, or if we are going through something for the past several weeks/months, we need to bring it to Jesus ASAP. Jesus has the answer for all kinds of problems
Many of us have been loosing our spiritual energy/life, but we didn’t know/care what was going on. We better get a health check-up from the Lord!
Anybody who ever sees this woman will not know there was an ongoing issue with her. It was not something visible on the outside. But if she failed to deal with it, one day the news will spread: “So and so is dead”
Our spiritual decay will “show up” through some action/response from us some day; our “weakness” will be revealed!
We need to STOP the spiritual bleeding! Families are dying spiritually-parents as well as children. Churches are dying-Pastors as well as the pew/people!
Ministers need to cater to the spiritual needs instead of focussing on the cosmetic/external things. Things like better buildings and facilities have their place, but the Church is built from within to without, by the power of the Holy Spirit. We don’t build from outside in. We cannot build from the top floor down. We need to build from the foundation up!
God bless us as we focus on that which is important-the inner life (Mt 6:33)
Once we focus on the inner stuff, God will provide all the outer stuff we need
God bless your day!
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for reminding me about the spiritual bleeding. I admit that as
Individual/family/church we have been spiritually and emotionally bleeding. We need your help. Thank you Lord. Amen
“If we don’t (re)turn to Jesus quick, He will return without us”