Persevere in Faith to Touch Him
- Date: May 31, 2017
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “And, behold, men brought in a bed a man which was taken with a palsy: and they sought means to bring him in, and to lay him before him. And when they could not find by what way they might bring him in because of the multitude, they went upon the housetop, and let him down through the tiling with his couch into the midst before Jesus.” (Luke 5:18-19)
- From Faith That Prevails
We want to continue with our study on faith that prevails. I want to point out a couple of things in Luke, Chapter 5. In Luke, Chapter 5, we get a little insight into an encounter that He had with people that had genuine faith, a people who diligently sought Him in the midst of their need. Verse 17 says, "And it came to pass on a certain day, as he was teaching, that there were Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by, which were come out of every town of Galilee, and Judaea, and Jerusalem: and the power of the Lord was present to [iaomai] them." "The power was present to heal them." "Do you believe that I'm able to do this?" "Yes, Lord." "Then according to your faith it will be unto you." I want to remind us this morning that the power of God is always present to heal us. It is God's will. Isaiah 53 makes it very clear that He was wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities. The chastisement of our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. That healing is not only a physical healing, but it's a true wholeness. If you are here and are weighted down emotionally, if there are fears that are trying to come in and capture your heart and your mind, I want you to know that this provision that has been given to us in Jesus provides for spirit, soul, and body to be made whole, to come into that peace that passes understanding, to be able to cast our care upon Him because He cares for us. Jesus is present here this moment to make us whole. When we walk out of here, we walk out of here in a dynamic relationship with Him, a sonship that has absolute trust in a loving Father, one that we can come and just cry, "Abba" and get up on His lap like those little children, to know that the hairs of our head are numbered. He can call us by name, and we have been given bold access by the precious blood of Jesus.
"And, behold, men brought in a bed a man which was taken with a palsy: and they sought means to bring him in, and to lay him before him. And when they could not find by what way they might bring him in because of the multitude, they went upon the housetop, and let him down through the tiling with his couch into the midst before Jesus" (verses 18-19). I just always try to imagine this. Don't you? It's kind of cool. A meeting going on, the place is packed out, and all of a sudden these guys are ripping the tiling off the house, and here comes this guy being lowered down. Now they had to be pretty proficient, because it's not easy with four ropes to lower somebody level. This guy has the palsy. Jesus may have had to be praying for concussion too before it was all over.
"And they lowered him down into the midst." Now remember, the power of God was present there to heal. Not to heal him. Look at it. What does it say? To heal "them"-all of them, not just him. God doesn't come just to pick and choose a few of us. The power was present to heal "them", everyone who was there, including the doctors and the Pharisees who were sitting back observing and waiting to criticize.
Seeking every means possible, they couldn't find a natural way to access Jesus. Sometimes we need to get creative. What am I saying? Don't just keep doing the same thing over and over and over again. Do whatever you have to do to access Him like the woman with the issue of blood. She went against all of the natural cultural standards of that day. This woman had no right to be in there laying hands on all of these men to work her way to Jesus, to put herself forth in this crowd. But she said within herself, "If I can touch the hem of His garment, I will be whole." When you have spent time with Father and when you have spent time in the Word of God, and the Word of God becomes a reality to you, don't let anybody stop you from doing what God has called you to do. He may call you to spend extra time in prayer and fasting. When God calls you to spend a week locked up in your room fasting, don't let anybody get you out. I'm just putting out hypotheticals. You don't have to do that. But if God speaks to you, then do it.