January 2018 has been reported to be one of the worst flu seasons in recent years. Even patients that dutifully received a flu shot in 2017 have gotten sick this year which is a bummer. A cold could leave, return with a higher fever and in some cases, patients have been hospitalized and even passed away. This is a scary way to kick-off 2018. Forget about new year’s resolutions, we just wanna survive and be healthy.I ran across a scripture earlier this week that leapt out at me:
And when the men of that place recognized Jesus, they sent word to all the surrounding country. People brought all their sick to him and begged him to let the sick just touch the edge of his cloak, and all who touched it were healed. Matthew 14:35-36 (NIV)
I felt the power in this scripture! I’d heard the sermon preached about the woman with an issue of blood found in Luke 8:43-48. She was sick, saw Jesus coming and in a crowd “touched the hem of his garment” and was miraculously healed. Jesus stopped because He felt the power released and told the woman that it was her faith that healed her. But I’d never read this other scripture in Matthew before and it blew my mind and became very visual. Here’s my takeaway:
- Recognize Jesus
- We often get caught up as prisoners of the moment but must remember to yield control to God. It’s important to recognize Jesus for who He is, what He has done, and what He will do. God is a healer; He’s healed me before and will heal me again.
- Say something
- The enemy wishes to keep us mute and isolated but there’s power in our voice. When we speak up and ask others for prayer, give our testimony and offer to pray for someone else, God’s miraculous power thrives in the midst of our connected agreement. I believe that in this state, His blessings will manifest at a rate ten-times higher than if we were alone or silent.
- Go to Him
- There are times when you have to power the secular world OFF and focus on God. Whether it’s listening to a gospel song, reading scripture, praying, meditating or having a simple conversation, God first loved us and wants us to always choose Him in mind, body and spirit.
- Rick Warren says that faith is believing that what hasn’t happened, will happen, in order for it to happen. I think I got that right [?] Live your life empowered and void of any doubt. I take my vitamins and medicine and pray to God believing for a successful outcome. Things don’t always go my way but I’ve learned to trust His timing and process, even when it’s difficult to understand because I believe above all else that He is best.
Brandon Edwards- Contributing Blogger