The woman with the issue of blood is one my very favorite narratives because it’s what I call the cliff notes on how to receive divine healing. There’s a lot more to this narrative than I’m going to talk about but I do want to highlight some basic truths about healing.
Mark 5:25-34 (KJV) 25 And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years,
26 And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse,
27 When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment.
28 For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.
29 And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague.
30 And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes?
31 And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?
32 And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing.
33 But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth.
34 And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.
As we watch this woman with the issue of blood we notice several things. She had this issue for twelve years and had spent all she had on doctors who could do nothing for her but in fact, she got worse.
We also see that she heard of Jesus—what did she hear? Probably:
1 – … that people were getting healed of all kinds of sicknesses and diseases.
2 – … that Jesus never turned anyone away.
3 – … that if she could just get to Jesus she could get her healing.
Having heard all kinds of good things, guess what she probably thought – I could be healed too!
So she said, “If I may but touch the hem of His garment, I shall be made whole!” In fact, she kept saying that – over and over and over ’til she got to Jesus and actually touched His clothes.
When she finally made her way through the crowd and touched the hem of Jesus’ garment, she knew immediately that she was healed. And then, just as quickly, Jesus noticed that power had gone out of Him – someone had activated the power in Him!
He then turned to the crowd that was thronging Him and asked who it was that touched Him. Everybody was pushing and shoving Him, but nobody except this woman touched Jesus with the touch of faith and drew on His power to heal. And – she received her healing. Not only that, Jesus said it was her faith that made her whole.
Yes, it was Jesus’ power that actually made the woman whole but without her activating that power with her faith, she never would have received. This clearly shows that God has His part to do, which He has already done. And we have our part, which is to receive what has already been given by God!
So, dear brothers and sisters, what have you been saying? Have you been saying that no plague shall come near you or that you walk in divine health because you’ve already been healed by the stripes of Jesus? Or have you been saying that every time flu season comes around, you get the flu or that in spring YOUR allergies act up? [Why would you want to claim allergies as your very own?]
Do you say that your God supplies everything you need according to His riches in Christ Jesus and that no weapon [lack] formed against you shall prosper? Or do you say that you never have enough money or just when you seem to get ahead, something goes wrong?
As you can see, the common denominator is what you’ve been saying for all these years and you’ve been reaping what you’ve been sowing! If you want what God has promised, you have to make some changes and do what He says to do, namely, speak what you want, not what you have. Speak your goal, not your struggles along the way.
Galatians 6:7 (KJV) 7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
Mark 11:23-24 (KJV) 23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
Matthew 12:34b (KJV) 34 … for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.
As you can see, what’s in your heart in abundance will eventually come out. Get God’s Word in your heart and watch the supernatural take place in your life!