Say this with me: “I got issues. You got issues. All God’s children got issues!”
A few years back, I went to my first football game live and it reminded me of one of my favorite Bible stories about a woman with issues.
But more about that in a moment.
Now, 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 takes you longer than you thought, your desire will drive you on.
You will not stop pursuing until you get what you want.
The woman with the issue of blood in the Bible had serious issues. But she pursued her healing.
Because she did not give up, she got 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 and how she got the healing that she was pursuing:
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 getting 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.
As I said, she had some issues!
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 received 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 touched Him, 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 to get a prize, you appreciate it more. You will then cherish it enough to hold on to it.
What are you waiting for? Gear up and get going.
Be Blessed with Health, Healing, and Wholeness,
Author of the Take Back Your Temple program
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Well said! Thank you for blessing me with EXACTLY what I needed to hear today! I absolutely love your “Living Fit, Healthy, and Empowered in Christ” which positively says it all. Thank you for always sharing God’s message in the way you live, teach, mentor, and love us all.
It is my privilege and honor Mary – I pray the Lord continue to bless you on this wellness journey 🙂
The confidence and beauty of it all is that once we have yielded to our Lord, His resurrection power can become our resurrection power, not just for heaven, but to persevere here, now, to accomplish the works He ordained before the world began! Can you believe that? How great is His love that He would gift us, His beloved, with the grace of our salvation. “What? know ye not that you are the Temple of the Holy Spirit which is IN YOU, which you have of God, and you are not your own, you are bought with a price therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit which are God’s”. We don’t have to conjure up perseverance, we can’t if we wanted to to, but we can learn to walk in what the Father has given us…see I Peter 1:5-7. It’s promised! And, God does not lie. This is the day that the Lord has made…
Beautifully said, Debra – this blessed me!
This is exactly what o.j ve been needing to hear!! Thank you Kimberly! I know you hear the voice of the Lord!! And I am so thankful for that!! I’ve been struggling for quite some time with feelings of hopelessness and helplessness. I’ve been feeling like my weight and my heart about the “issue” will never change, that I’m so what doomed in a way to stay this weight and size the rest of my life. Thank you, this gives me hope. I will be studying this scripture today!
What an encouraging post this morning…this quote nailed it for me. “Pursuit is proof of desire.” We go after what we want hard, and really don’t give a thought about what others may say or think. Absolutely, appreciate the spiritual connection to the woman with the issue of blood. She pressed in hard and really didn’t give a thought about what others said or thought. Her pursuit, was touching the hem of Jesus’ garmet; therefore getting what she desired most, her healing , which was the proof of her pursuit!
Please keep writing and encouraging our hearts. “…I got issues, I can’t even lie” song lyrics from “Alone” by Hollyn
WOW! If I were at a football game I would be shouting ‘touchdown’! And screaming YES!!!
Once again, you just nailed it. Your ability to take a situation and turn it into a Jesus moment that makes an eternal difference is unbelievable. To say it inspired me would be an understatement. It touched my heart and my soul.
My t shirt would read: Wake up and pray to wake up for God’s day. Thank you, Kimberly for allowing God to speak through you. These messages give me direction to surrender to God and allow healing to begin.
I’m thankful I found you, your wisdom, and your program. I have a weight problem, yes. That is what motivated me to join. But, I also had a spirit problem. Your words shine a light on my soul and bring a warming spirit I’ve sought for a long time. Thank you for your ministry!
I really needed to see this tonight. Especially where you said “ when you overcome challenges you appreciate the prize more. You will then cherish it enough to hold on to it.” God requires many of us to take an active role in our healing. I just needed to see this again. Thank you and God bless you.
I love your quote “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.” and wonder if I may quote you on social media? Please let me know and I will be sure to give full credit to you and the TBYT website/program!
I’d be honored – you have my permission. God bless you!
Thank you for your godly knowledge, wisdom and understanding.
Priceless message. There is only one option ” not giving up”
WOW!!! WHAT A WONDERFUL STORY!! It really hits home for me and also serves as a reminder to NEVER EVER GIVE UP!! Thanks Kimberly for such am powerful post!,,
I will get this or I wont but one thing is for sure, I will NEVER give up!
Love your posts. <3