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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Stand Your Ground - Part II

In this post, I focus on another woman in the Bible who stood her ground when the odds 
were against her. She is the woman with the issue of blood. If you are a Christian, you would have heard this story many times. Matthew recounts it in this way:

"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" (9 : 20 - 22).

This incident only takes up three verses, but every time I hear it, it makes an impact on me. This woman had no business being in that crowd. According to the law in those days, she was unclean and should have stayed at home. But she heard that Jesus was coming to town, and she knew if she could only "touch the hem of his garment", she would be healed. And that's exactly what happened.

When we have a problem that seems unending, the easiest thing to do is give up. It takes a lot of faith and perseverance to "press" through the crowd of doubt and despair when you keep praying and hoping and nothing seems to be changing. But the Bible says in 1 Thessalonians 5 : 17, we are to "Pray without ceasing." Paul, wrote to the Colossians, "For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you ..." 1 : 9). 

Friends, God is looking for people who will "stand their ground" against the onslaught of the enemy and show him we will not give up, we will not give in, but we will keep on trusting God.

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