Touch Jesus Today

Please read this story again, I'm sure you've read it many times, but read it again.

"And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any, Came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched. And Jesus said, Who touched me? When all denied, Peter and they that were with him said, Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me? And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me. And when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling down before him, she declared unto him before all the people for what cause she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately. And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace." (Luke 8:43-48)

There were many people in the crowd that day, and many people came into contact with Jesus physically, but only one woman actually touched him. Don't you see? Many people around the world are making contact with Jesus. They have heard the Gospel, they have been to church, maybe they have even watched a preacher on TV. But how many people have reached with faith and purposefully made contact with Jesus Christ?

When you, in faith, purposefully reach out and touch Jesus, you're going to receive from Him. He doesn't even need to think about it, it's just who He is. And He's the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). Jesus is still among us. He's in His churches, He's on TV, He is the Bible, and He's in people all around us. But we, even those of us who are Christians, must continually reach out and touch Him.

The fact that millions of people around the world have such contact with Jesus and yet never receive from Him is one of the great tragedies of reality. It's not His fault; He doesn't even have to think to bless people. Blessing and power are always in Him, ready to come to you. It's up to us to touch Him with faith.

How many times have you touched Jesus the way the woman did? Do you just read God's Word, or do you mix your faith with every letter that it is your reality? Do you just hear your preacher, or do you receive the sermon as God's Word directly for your life? Do you just pretend to pay attention to your Christian friends who exhort you, or do you accept them as God's appointed messengers to bless you? What are you doing to touch Jesus? What are you doing to place a demand on all that He is and all that He has available for you? Touch Jesus today!

If you are just going through the motions of Christianity, you are nothing more than the others in the crowd who only made contact with Jesus. There were many people in His presence that day, but very few of them felt His power. How many people will be in His presence in church today that don't receive anything from Him? What a tragedy.

This story shows two kinds of people who come into God's presence. There are those who just show up and sit there, but there are those who will not be denied an intimate experience with the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. This woman, unclean because of her issue, fought through a crowd and risked certain punishment. She knew that only Jesus could heal her. The world had nothing to offer her. She was going to touch Jesus. She would not be denied.

This isn't just about how you go to church, this is about how you approach Jesus in every aspect of your existence. He is in you and you are in Him. You are united with Him, but you can still go through life without continually receiving from Him and His power. The choice is yours. You must have faith. You must approach Him with faith that He is ready, willing and able to bless you.

There is not one person in the Bible that Jesus denied. There is not one person that approached Jesus with faith who was turned away unfulfilled. This is such a powerful reality, every single person the Bible shows approaching Jesus with faith received exactly what they believed for. Even some people who were expecting nothing (like Peter in the fishing boat) still received. Some wanted healing, some wanted wisdom, and some even wanted wine. All touched Jesus with their faith, and according to their faith they all received.

So change your attitude today. Forever stop simply being in Jesus' presence physically. It's time that we press forward to make contact with Him in every way we can. It's time we approach Him with unyielding tenacity and touch Him with our faith, knowing that He doesn't change, that He will do what He's promised in His Word, and that He stands constantly ready and open to give to us of Himself.


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