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6. Manipur—That I May Know Him

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Sermon notes on the woman with the flow of blood. Coming to Jesus in faith is a requirement for all believers.

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6. Manipur—That I May Know Him

  1. 1. That I may know Him
  2. 2. Mark 5: 25-34 A large crowd followed and pressed around him. 25 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. 26 She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. Talmud (legal / civil explanation of OT laws)- 12 different treatments for this condition
  3. 3. 27 When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28 because she thought (ESV said - confession of faith), “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” 29 Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.
  4. 4. 30 At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked,“Who touched my clothes?” 31 “You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered,“and yet you can ask,‘Who touched me?’ ”
  5. 5. 32 But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. 33 Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. 34 He said to her,“Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”
  6. 6. Luke 18:35ff 35 As he drew near to Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. 36 And hearing a crowd going by, he inquired what this meant. 37 They told him,“Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” 38 And he cried out,“Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
  7. 7. 39 And those who were in front rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he cried out all the more,“Son of David, have mercy on me!” 40 And Jesus stopped and commanded him to be brought to him.And when he came near, he asked him,
  8. 8. 41 “What do you want me to do for you?” He said,“Lord, let me recover my sight.” 42 And Jesus said to him,“Recover your sight; your faith has made you well.” 43 And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him, glorifying God.And all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.
  9. 9. 1. Faith takes time 2. Faith looks to Jesus 3. Faith acts 4. Faith expects God 5. Faith declares God did it
  10. 10. Knowing Him requires us to move… - hearing to touching - hearing to desperate passion
  11. 11. Nameless - Woman Alone Impure - Weak No money, nothing Desperate
  12. 12. • She did not bring anything(other than faith) to Jesus • She refused to accept the situation
  13. 13. • These are not a barrier to receiving help from God
  14. 14. • These are not a barrier to receiving help from God • God loves those denied rights, loves the oppressed and poor.
  15. 15. • These are not a barrier to receiving help from God • God loves those denied rights, loves the oppressed and poor. • In God’s kingdom the nobodies become a somebody.
  16. 16. 1. Faith takes time - bleeding for twelve years.  - She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors - spent all she had, - she grew worse. Desperation drives us towards God
  17. 17. Zechariah & Elizabeth: Luke 1 ...they were both righteous before God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and statutes of the Lord. But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and both were advanced in years. And there appeared to him an angel of the Lord...And Zechariah was troubled when he saw him, and fear fell upon him.13 But the angel said to him,“Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son…
  18. 18. Do you give up too easily? What are you pregnant with?
  19. 19. 2. Faith looks to Jesus She had heard the reports about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment. Heb 12 ...since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles.And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.
  20. 20. John Paton and his wife Mary arrived in the New Hebrides on November 5th 1858. The people were as fierce as he had been told. Cannibal celebrations took place in sight of the Patons' home and human blood fouled the drinking water.The natives frightened Joseph Copeland so much that he lost his wits and died; they continually threatened John.Time and again they lifted their guns to shoot him, or raised their axes to bash him in the head, but always they held back as if restrained by a greater power.
  21. 21. Early the next year, Mary bore a son. Both mother and child came down with fevers and died.With a breaking heart, John dug their grave and laid them in it. Later he said, "But for Jesus, and the fellowship He vouchsafed me there, I must have gone mad and died beside that lonely grave!"
  22. 22. ...faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
  23. 23. She knew what she wanted - do you? Are you looking in the right place?
  24. 24. 3. Faith acts When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28 because she thought,“If I just touch his clothes,I will be healed.” • Noah built an ark • Abraham saddled his donkey • Peter “left everything” • Paul & Barnabas left Antioch
  25. 25. This anecdote is found in Phil Pringles book, Faith. A man accidentally fell over the edge of a cliff.As he fell through the air he managed to grab on to a protruding tree branch.  He was still hundreds of feet above the ground and was unable to pull himself back up to safety.  He thought, I guess this is a good time to talk to God.
  26. 26. So he called out in desperation:“Is there anyone up there?”  A voice answered,“Yes” The man said,“Are you God?”  The voice replied,“Yes” “Can you help me” asked the man The voice replied,“Yes”
  27. 27. “Well what happens now?” asked the desperate man “First, do you trust me?” God asked “Yes, sure” said the man. God answered,“Let go of the branch”  The man thought for a moment, looked up to the heavens and then said: “Is there anyone else up there?”
  28. 28. “If we don’t exercise our faith in God we will exercise it in something else. People have to believe. It’s in our nature to believe.When faith is stolen from our lives we fall apart.” Phil Pringle
  29. 29. Faith: Passive: God CAN do it Active: God WILL do it Activated: God HAS done it - the substantiating of your faith
  30. 30. What has God told you to do? What was the last act of faith you took?
  31. 31. 4. Faith expects God Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering. 30 At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. Hebrew 11:1, 2 - JN Darby translation Now faith is the substantiating of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. 2 For in the power of this the elders have obtained testimony.
  32. 32. Mary,“Nothing is impossible for God” Elijah on Mount Carmel Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him,“King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know,Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”
  33. 33. 5. Faith declares God did it Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. 34 He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.” Peace = Shalom Well being, Prosperity, Security, Friendship, Salvation
  34. 34. What is your faith declaration? Do you believe you are important to Jesus? Are you thankful for all that God has done?

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