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ACTIVE FAITH

Mark 5:27-28 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." Caught in 'the tide of ineffective medical intervention', the woman with the issue of blood, eventually heard of Jesus. She received knowledge of the various miracles that He had performed. She was also aware that multitudes always gathered to hear Him and to receive healing. Verse 27 states that she acted on the knowledge that she had received and of course, the faith that she had in the healing power of Jesus. Although, she had not yet met Jesus, what she had heard, buoyed her faith and hope in Him. She strongly believed that He held the keys to her new lease on life. With resolute, persistent faith, she joined the crowd and she reached out and touched the hem of His garment. The desperate, yet persistent woman said, as is written in verse 28, "If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole." We cannot afford to shelve or even worse, to try to dismiss the knowledge that we have of Jesus. The dismissal of such knowledge is ruinous, injurious to our present living and by extension our eternal life. There is an urgent need for us to use the said knowledge to get closer to Jesus. Hebrews 11:6 reminds us that without faith it is impossible to please Him: for He that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. Active knowledge changes behaviour and subsequently our worldview. We, like the woman in our verses of focus, have issues of varying descriptions, which can only be solved by Divine intervention. May we, as she did, diligently seek  Jesus.  He never fails to reward those who do.

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