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Touch Of The Garment

Daily Devotions: by Christina Farris

Matthew 9:20-22 KJV
(20) And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment:
(21) For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole.
(22) 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.

It is said the anointing power of the Holy Spirit of some minister has the ability to be only touched and the sick are made whole. Whether this is true or not I know not, but what I do know is that Jesus power to heal was so real the crowd just desired to touch Jesus even if it was only the hem of the garment. To touch Jesus was not impossible because the crowd was thick around him. Yet it was by faith that the touch because evidence of faith. Peter after Christ resurrection and the day of Pentecost shadow could cover a person and they would be made well. When minister start taking about this kind of ability I become a skeptic and so do many more. I then have to ask where is faith if even ministers lack in the faith to see healing in such a manner. If God did it after the resurrection and in the early church why not in the latter rain churches of our time. It takes faith to believe it is possible to see this type of healing. Perhaps it has to do with the wilderness time period after the revival of the Holy Spirit in the church. The churchís wilderness is a time of rest where prayers are answered but may be not quite the every day Holy Ghost revival experience.

Only those who experienced a true Holy Spirit revival can one understand the power of God in the way Jesus was healing individual. If a minister refuses to pray for those in wheel chairs do they lack faith? If a minister refuses to pray for the blind and deaf do they lack faith. Only if healing coming is put in perspective. First of all a minister is not God, only been granted by God to be used as an extended part of Godís beautiful ministry of healing. Jesus was God but called the Son of God because of the human flesh. Yet His resurrection gave back His incorruptible body. To Jesus power to heal was because of who He was. I cannot even image before his three-year ministry of people not gathering around him. Evidence of who Jesus had to been their, or his mother never would of asked for Jesus to do something about the wine at the wedding feast. Yet even whether there proof or not Jesus ability was so prevalent for his three-year ministry that people just touched the hem of the garment and would be healed. Two ministers seldom teach on healing because people want to claim healing in hopes of it happening, where minister rather focus on spiritual faith and spiritual healing through teaching and preaching. Yet a faith healing ministry and minister might be focused on healing there needs to be evidence and the fakery and doubters will come to try and destroy the work of God. To be touched by a person strongly anointed by God only means the Holy Spirit use them to be a vessel to convey his power to a person. Even Jesus dealt with doubters knowing healing and miracles would not come to those people.

The hem was touch by the woman with issue of blood that had lasted over twelve years. It was her faith that made her whole. She had believed touching Jesus would heal her. That she not speak to him but only touch him. Ministers like Peter even anointed aprons and handkerchief because of the power of God had come upon Him mightily. Paulís ministry is another example of evidence of healing beyond the resurrection. It does happen today, but not it the same way. One must find that the anointed is not charlatan act or psychological experience that upon waking find themselves no longer healed. If you ever see old person march around a church only to then go out the door with a cane and barely able to walk you know either it is fake or power of God happened. Better to be a little skeptical when it comes to other peopleís experiences then to be a skeptic of the ability to be healed yourself by the hand extended or just a simple prayer to God in your close closet. God wants to use his church family so they reminded of their part to be that hand extended for God in the work of the spiritual church. There is to many people that need prayer that it takes the whole body praying not just in private groups of people but across the neighborhoods people live in.

Where is the praying for our neighbors that we use to see, it is the lack of faith of the believer and refusal of helping God in the work on earth that people are not experiencing the hope that comes through faith and experiences of faith. Your willing to touch the hem of Jesus garment if He appears to you, but people are not willing to trust God for healing before the garment visibility. Where is the faith of this generation, it is lacking because those with faith are failing at obedience to God. Healing is for today and for the time only of Christ return. Consider laying hold with faith, for your miracle. If it should not come immediately do not doubt, but seek God for the reason, whether be not His timing, sin and even lack of faith. It could be that one doing the praying as god image complex of himself, and has nothing to do with your faith. Use spiritual discernment.

Dear Heavenly Father help us to be spiritual minded of your power today to still heal, but that your healing does not always come when we desire it, but it must come with faith or desire to have faith. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

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