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Pressing in to receive!

Scripture reading for January 11th: Genesis 19-20, Psalm 1, Mark 7

Mark 7:31-36 “Then He returned from the region of Tyre and went through Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis. And they brought to Him a man who was deaf and had a speech impediment, and they begged Him to lay His hand on him. And taking him aside from the crowd privately, He put His fingers into his ears, and after spitting touched his tongue. And looking up to heaven, He sighed and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.” And his ears were opened, his tongue released, and he spoke plainly. And Jesus charged them to tell no one. But the more he charged them, the more zealously they proclaimed it.”

Jesus had gone into the region of the Gentiles around the Sea of Galilee. In spite of His desire to remain out of sight, He had healed the daughter of a Syrophoenician woman who had pressed in to lay hold of a better life for her demon-possessed daughter. Jesus was next sought out by friends of a man who was deaf and had a speech impediment. They approached Jesus and begged Him to lay his hands on their friend. Jesus took him aside and ministered personally to the man by placing fingers in his deaf ears and spitting on His own finger and touching the man’s mute tongue. At the simple command of Jesus, the ears were opened, his tongue was loosed, and he was made whole! Again Jesus wanted to remain anonymous and told him not to tell anyone. But who can remain silent when they can now hear and speak! Praise Jesus for bringing abundant life, even to the Gentiles!

Genesis 20:17 “Then Abraham prayed to God, and God healed Abimelech, and also healed his wife and female slaves so that they bore children.”

Faith confession and prayer: Father God, thank You for these examples of Abraham and Jesus Christ reflecting Your heart of love and mercy to all people of all races and backgrounds. Help me by the Holy Spirit to press into You in prayer for those with needs and believe and received the abundant life! Let the abundant waters of Your love and grace flow through Your Word producing eternal fruit!

Psalm 1:1-3 “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on His law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.”

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Pressing in!

Scripture reading for January 7th: Genesis 12-15, Psalm 148, Mark 5

Mark 5:24-29 “And a great crowd followed Him and thronged about Him. And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse. She had heard the reports about Jesus and came up behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment. For she said, “If I touch even His garments, I will be made well.” And immediately the flow of blood dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease.”

When a person has suffered under a disease or physical infirmity for many years, it is often hard to believe that things can change. In the natural world, things always seem to get worse and conditions deteriorate. This woman in Mark’s Gospel had experienced twelve years of suffering. She had tried all the recommended remedies and spent her money but was worse off than before. But word of Jesus’ healing signs had reached her ears. Faith arose in her heart and she spoke a ‘faith word’ to her own spirit: “If I touch even His garments, I will be made well.” She heard that Jesus was in her area and made haste to do what she believed would bring healing to her suffering body. Pressing in, one touch of Jesus’ robe brought an end to her blood flow and a new sense of health and well-being. If you have a long-term problem like this dear woman, why not take this Word today and reach out in faith to Jesus believing.

Genesis 15:1, 6 “After these things the Word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: “Fear not, Abram, I am your shield; and your reward shall be very great.” . . .”And he believed the Lord, and He counted it to him as righteousness.”

Prayer: Father God, I want to hear Your Word in each minute and hour of my day that I might walk in faith and press in to lay hold of all that You have for me. Forgive me when I speak out of fear and unbelief. I want to serve You and others by living a life of faith. I invite the Holy Spirit to give me healthy, ‘Word of God’ inspired self-talk. Bring to my remembrance Your promises and use me to facilitate healing and forgiveness through Your unchanging Word.

Psalm 148:11-13 “Kings of the earth and all peoples, princes and all rulers of the earth! Young men and maidens together, old men and children! Let them praise the Name of the Lord, for His Name alone is exalted; His majesty is above earth and heaven.”

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