We are expected to attempt something large enough that failure is guaranteed_unless God steps in. Bruce Wilkinson
One of my favorite stores in the bible is found in Mark 5:25-34. It's the story of the woman with the issue of blood. I like this story because it's a great example of humility and faith. This woman suffered with a hemorrhage for twelve years of her life, and depleted all of her resources in her quest to be healed. Unfortunately, no one could help. As a matter of fact, the scriptures state that her situation continued to worsen. I can only imagine the embarrassment and aggravation she experienced dealing with this chronic situation.
She was probably on the brink of losing hope when she heard of Jesus and His miracles. When she obtained information that Jesus would be in her area, she decided to make sure to get in contact with Him. There were no telephones, no emails, and no seminars in auditoriums. Crowds just followed Jesus wherever He showed up. This sick woman, who probably didn't have the strength to keep up with the crowd, was determined to take advantage of this opportunity. She didn't think she had to speak to Him or touch His body. She didn't even think He had to touch her. She earnestly believed that if she could just touch the hem of His clothing, she would be healed.
The day Jesus was in town she got up, pressed through the crowd, touched His hem, and she was healed. She was healed not because there were magical powers in the garment of Christ, but because of her great faith. She wasn't afraid or ashamed to take the steps required to get to her desired end and obtain her miracle in healing.
There is a difference between believing in God and believing God. Many of us believe God exists, but to take Him at face value, trust in His word, and truly trust that He will deliver is a challenge. To be skeptical is to be human. However, when we believe God we're not afraid to take great leaps of faith. Great faith doesn't make provision for failure because we're fixed on the solution. Our only focus is accomplishing the goal, and exhausting all options. Actually, when we operation in great faith, the goal is to exhaust all options.
In order to exhaust all options, we need to act. Faith doesn't wait. Faith acts. How many times have we watched our blessings pass us by because we were afraid to take action? Perhaps we need a healing. Maybe like this woman, some of us need a physical healing. On the other hand, maybe some of us need a motivational healing, a healing in perspective that will launch us onto the path of execution. Perhaps we need a healing of the mind that will allow us to execute our dreams and our desires.
Going forward, propose to position yourself to grab your blessings as they pass by. You might not grab all, but that's not important. What's important is that you pressed pass the obstacles and tried. Forget about circumstances and situations; forget about being prideful and failing; forget about what others might say; forget about being humiliated, and step into a new life with new promises. When we know what we want and take action, we set our destiny in motion. Pretty soon, instead of us chasing our blessings, our blessings will chase us down because God is just good like that.
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