Yesterday, I went to my first football game live. This game reminded me of one of my favorite Bible stories.
I’m not a football fan and barely understand it. However, a friend of ours gave us free tickets. Plus, one of the college players attends our church. So Mike and I decided to go to cheer him on.
This young man is a linebacker on his team. His job is to pursue the man with the ball on the other team. Although the opponent would try to outmaneuver him, our young man did not stop pursuing until he got his prey.
His pursuit illustrated an important point for me: “Pursuit is proof of desire.”
If you want something badly enough, you will pursue it. Even if your pursuit is a “slow-speed chase,” and it takes you longer than you thought, your desire will drive you on. You will not stop pursing until you get what you want.
One woman in the Bible pursued something she wanted. Because she did not give up, she received it. She knew about the power of pursuit.
Her story is told in Matthew 9:20-22 and Luke 8:43-28. This woman experienced bleeding for 12 years. Here are some things we can learn from her story:
1. She recognized that she had issues. The woman accepted that a continuous blood flow from her body was not normal. She faced the reality of her losses, not downplaying them. She not only had health issues, but financial issues. Luke’s gospel says that the woman had spent all of her money on physicians to heal her. But instead of better, her problem got worse.
Lastly, the woman had relationship issues. Because of her bloody discharge, she was considered unclean according to Levitical law, which meant isolation from others.
2. She was ready and willing to change. This woman was unwilling to stay a bloody mess. Other women in that time may have had the same issues. However, they had gotten comfortable in their bloody mess.
But not this woman. She decided that she did not want her life to be about her bloody mess. She wanted to clean it up – enough to take action.
3. She believed that change was possible for her. Rather than self-pity and saying, “I guess I am just meant to be this way,” the woman saw a better future for herself. She saw herself healthy, healed, and whole.
4. She recognized her solution. The woman had heard about Jesus’ ability to heal. Because she believed that Jesus had what she needed, she decided to pursue Him.
5. She had to overcome obstacles to her solution. Luke says that the woman had to press through a crowd to get to Jesus. That was not easy. However, rather than letting the crowd discourage her and deciding to go back home in defeat, the woman decided to stay in the pursuit.
I once saw a bicyclist saying on a T-shirt that I love. To me, it illustrates what must have been this woman’s mindset:
“It is a hill. Get over it.”
6. She spoke to herself to encourage herself. No one else was there to cheer this woman on. But she did not use that as an excuse to give up: “For she said to herself, ‘If only I may touch His garment, I shall be made well.’”
7. She receive her healing in faith. The woman could have gotten close to Jesus, but that would not have mattered unless she reached out and touched Him. When she did, the power and healing virtue within Him flowed to her. She received from Him.
In order to touch Jesus and receive His power and virtue to help you overcome the challenges of your life, you cannot have a long-distance or superficial relationship with Him; you have to expose your heart to Him, getting intimate enough to touch Him. But you can’t touch Him unless you pursue Him first.
What do you desire in life? It is not enough to talk about it, dream about it, wish about it, hope about it, or even plan it.
For that desire to be yours, you must pursue it:
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you (Matthew 7:7).”
Asking, seeking, knocking, and prayer are all forms of pursuit. Know this: Your better future wants you to catch it.
But it is not going to be caught easily. Even the Promised Land that God promised His people had enemies to overcome and wild beasts to deal with. After overcoming, the people could then occupy.
When you overcome challenges, you appreciate the prize more. You will then cherish it enough to hold on to it.
What are you waiting for? Gear up and get going.
Be blessed in health, healing, and wholeness,
Creator of the ‘Take Back Your Temple’ program
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