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And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years…Mark 5:25
Let’s take a quick walk into the life of the woman with hemorrhage for twelve years
She was a high profile career woman who had everything at her beck and call. In her garage were fleet of posh cars; her mansion is such an architectural masterpiece that the Society of Engineers had to use it to grace their annual Engineering Innovations’ magazine cover; the exquisite furniture in her living room is second to none. The clothes and jewelries in her wardrobe were always having a ‘confab’ fighting for her attention to be picked. She is well respected by all and sundry. Her husband walks in the streets with his shoulders high for being the hubby of such a successful woman. Her children are known all over the city because of their mother’s profile of upper-class elite. She has so much reserve in foreign bank accounts and every indigenous bank have been looking for that rare privilege to have her bank with them. She seems to have everything all together.
Like every other woman, she had her monthly menstrual cycle which normally lasts for three days. But this particular one had stayed on through the fifth day. She was scared. She immediately picked her phone to call a female family doctor who told her there is no ‘biggie’ about the unusual variation, as hers lasts for seven days. Waoh! What a soothing comfort to her misery! The Doctor convinced her that it must just be one of those unusual variations. But alas! The story is still unfolding. The flow of blood didn’t stop on the seventh day; it became a fountain pumping out ceaseless flow of blood.
Let me take you back to the Law of Moses because that was their operating rule as Christ had not yet died and the law held sway.

The Law of Moses states that, “If a woman has a discharge of blood for many days, but not at the time of her monthly period, or has a discharge that continues beyond the time of her period, she is unclean the same as during the time of her period. Every bed on which she lies during the time of the discharge and everything on which she sits becomes unclean the same as in her monthly period. Anyone who touches these things becomes unclean and must wash his clothes and bathe in water; he remains unclean until evening (Lev.15:25-27 MSG).

Since the flow of blood remained continuous, it means she can never be clean. She remains ceremonially unclean. If you touch the same door knob she has touched you become unclean too. You must not have any contact with whatever she has come in contact with lest you become unclean. What a dilemma!

She had to resign from her workplace as the Chairman, Board of Directors left her with no choice because nobody wants to relate with an unclean woman. The company was losing clients solely because of her. Her husband can no longer share the same bed with her let alone allow her prepare dinner for the kids. She was in isolation. Her very own immediate family was avoiding having contact with her. The husband could no longer bear it as its obvious she may never be out of the dilemma. The husband vacated the house for her, and took the kids to Granny’s house. The mansion that was the cynosure of all eyes had become the island of desolation. The cooks, cleaners, housemaid and everyone else working in the house had to leave.

She had not been negligent of herself; she had tried every means she had to get her wholeness but, all to no avail. She had sold the posh cars, mansions, jewelries, furniture, clothes and every other valuable she had left to service the best medical attention to herself but all was an effort in futility. She became a laboratory specimen. Respectable Doctors, Consultants and Specialists took all her money leaving her worse. She had exhausted the queue of long succession of Physicians waiting to treat her.

A woman that once had everything all together is now an object of public ridicule and shame. No taxi driver wanted to render their service to her because that’s bad business for them as their taxi becomes unclean till evening. She had to fall in love with a new means of transportation called ‘foot-wagen’. She was dejected, rejected and isolated. She had nothing left on her. She had lost all including relationships.

Then, she overheard neighbours relaying the track record of a new Physician who heals every diseased person that comes to him. But that news didn’t really excite her because of her past dealings with Physicians. Every Physician that had treated her had left an indelible memory on her mind as they caused her enough psychological traumas from the numerous haemostatis and Kleihauer test, the piercing surgical knives, infringements of the syringe and needles, and the uncountable pills consumed but, without a cure. However, she was snapped out of her thinking state when she heard from the ongoing discussions among her neighbours that this new Physician makes people whole without collecting a dime and since she had nothing to lose but everything to gain if the reports were true, she decided to harness this opportunity with every energy she’s got.

I’m sure you know the end of the story.

For she said, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.” Mark 5:28

Whatever you are going through, you will see God happening at the same time. At the same time, the dead son of the widow of Nain was being carried out through the city gates; a Jesus that could raise the dead was also passing. When a terrific storm came up suddenly on the lake and the ship was about to capsize, a Jesus that could rebuke the wind and raging waters was also present with the terrified disciples in the boat. While the first wine was running out at the wedding at Cana of Galilee, a Jesus that could produce the best wine was also present at the wedding. When Peter looked at the boisterous wind beneath his feet and started sinking, we saw a Jesus that can help Peter up available too. All you need is to make a choice of what gets your attention. If you look at your circumstances, you will be shut down, if you look at Jesus, you will have a reason to hope. As long as Peter kept his gaze on Jesus, he was walking on water; as soon as the boisterous wind got his attention, he started sinking. When we fix our eyes on Jesus and make him the center of our lives, we will definitely walk above the churning waters of our situations and circumstances. Fixing our gaze on the boisterous waves of our challenges can only make us to begin to sink into the raging tempest of despair.

The woman with the issue of blood was resolute on seeing Jesus. She was so sure that all she needed was to touch Jesus. For the first time, she silenced the voice of her circumstances. She didn’t care about what people would say. She didn’t even bother if her touching of Jesus would make him ‘unclean’. All she wanted was just to touch Jesus. The circumstances had been her master for twelve years, but at the instant she determined to see Jesus, she was full of hope again.

For whatever was thus written in former days was written for our instruction, that by [our steadfast and patient] endurance and the encouragement [drawn] from the Scriptures we might hold fast to and cherish hop Rom.15:4(AMP).

Friends! I know your situation and circumstances are very real. In fact as you are reading this, the thought of some of them is flashing across your mind. Storms are good at doing that. They overwhelm you. Wave after waves of relentless battering that knocks you off your feet till every ounce of energy is used up and you feel so weak, abandoned, lonely and dejected. But don’t go by those negative feelings and emotions. Feelings, circumstances and human conjectures can’t be compared to the Father’s goodness. Live by the truth of God’s word, which encourages you to be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid and do not panic.

Live life with confidence and assurance because the one who created the Universe is the shepherd of your life. He is not the Father that goes ahead of you in a separate boat and leaves you in your own sinking boat. He is the Father that comes to you in the midst of the storm and leads you to victory every time.

Things are getting better for you. If it is not good and perfect, then God is not through yet. He that created time isn’t bound by it. Anchor your thoughts and emotions on the unshakable word of God. Let the word of God have your focus and not your problems.

We win always!

@simokool

THE DOOR OF HOPE IN THE VALLEY OF TROUBLE

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Posted by on June 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Whether or not it admits it, the world is looking for God. The natural man is God hungry. He is Eternal Life hungry. He may not know it, he may not understand himself, but when he hears the gospel, it stirs him to the very depths of his being. Revealing God is an answer to the heart cry of man. The world is looking for God.
The wise men from the east of Jerusalem sought for Jesus [Mat.2:1-11]. They have access to Herod. They have treasures (wealth). They have a name that is recognized throughout the nations – wise men from the East. They are close friends of the President of the United States of America. These guys are billionaires in dollars. They have connections in the White House and United Nations. They have a name the world respects; their name opens doors, associating with them alone is a plus to your Curriculum Vitae. Presidents of nations are competing to have these guys visit them. Any multinational that sees their name as one of your referees automatically gives you the job. They have strings of companies that contribute to world economic growth. You can’t have a world economic forum without inviting them. The high and mighty in the society wants to ‘famz’ them. Getting their business card is like getting a green card in America. Their pictures have been the cover picture of Forbes’ magazine on numerous occasions and they are always on TIME’s list of influential people in the world. These men have everything.
Theologians have proven that when they came to Jesus, they came with truck load of gold. They have everything, yet they sought Jesus to worship him. It means that the best the world can offer [riches, wealth, possessions, societal status…] can’t be compared to seeking and finding Jesus. Jesus had not done any miracle then, he was just a little boy of about 2years old. He had not raised the dead or cleansed the lepers. A voice had not yet come from Heaven saying “this is my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased”. John the Baptist had not proclaimed him as the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world. He had not yet turned water into wine or made five loaves of bread and two fishes feed a population of 5,000, yet they sought the baby Jesus. It means that God at his weakest [just a baby then] is more powerful, potent and able than the best the world can offer.
Don’t be deceived by the fleet of plush cars, luxury of the buildings, the fat bank account or the reserves in the Swiss bank. There is a longing in the heart of man that can’t be met by all these things. There is a void in the heart of man that shaking hands with the President of World Powers can’t solve. Don’t be carried away by the poise of the blazers, the eloquence, or the awesome display of the sensual wisdom. Beyond all these, the world is asking, where can we find Jesus? Would you take me to Jesus? They may wear a straight face and seem to play an ‘i-don’t-care’ attitude but deep down in them, they are yearning for God.
When I arrived here the other day, I was fascinated with all the shrines I came across. And then I found one inscribed, TO THE GOD NOBODY KNOWS. I’m here to introduce you to this God so you can worship intelligently, know who you’re dealing with. Acts 17:23(MSG)
We are here on earth to draw the world to Jesus. We are here to reveal the answers about the ‘unknown God’ in the heart of men, making the ‘unknown’ in their heart become ‘known’. Man knows that God exists but all the expressions and presentations of Him that he has seen does not corroborate with his ‘knowing’. Then he turns to other sources of seeking out this ‘unknown God’, he turns to science and nature to seek this.
The Body of Christ (the true church of God) remains the only station with the perfect expression of God. The Body of Christ is the loudest voice of Divinity on earth. God is in his church. God is in the body of believers.
I remember ‘New General Mathematics’ was the recommended textbook for Mathematics during my high school days. What strikes me most about the textbook are some of the exercises that comes under the heading ‘Finding the Unknown’. Most of the time, the unknown we are always finding are ‘x, y, or z’ and till today, our younger brothers and sisters are still looking for ‘x’.
There was a man there, his name Zacchaeus, THE HEAD TAX MAN AND QUITE RICH. He wanted DESPERATELY TO SEE JESUS, BUT THE CROWD WAS IN HIS WAY–he was a short man and couldn’t see over the crowd. Luke 19:2-3

Just like Zacchaeus, the world is desperately seeking Jesus but the crowd of religion, man-made ideas, traditions, pseudo ambassadors of Christ, pseudo ministers of the Gospel, false doctrines are in their way. They can’t see over the crowd of people misrepresenting Jesus – making Jesus impossible to see. The Pharisees and teachers of religious law are teaching as doctrines the commandment of men and making the good news look like Gospel of Bondage and Slavery and making light of the finished work of Christ [propagating the good news as though Christ never died, buried and resurrected]. But I see the true body of Christ standing tall and firmly fixed as the Sycamore tree which when Zacchaeus climbed saw Jesus.

In like manner as the Ethiopian Eunuch who was a minister in charge of all the finances of Candace; Queen of Ethiopia reading the book of Isaiah but couldn’t understand until Philip joined his chariot and explained what it meant [Acts 8:30-38]. The world is faced with so many mysteries that can’t be fathomed and they are asking, ‘Where is God’? They need someone to explain the mysteries to them. I see the Body of Christ displaying the multifarious wisdom of God, demystifying mysteries and making light of the sensual wisdom. I see the body of Christ taking its proper place as the most important force in the world.

There are unknowns in the equations of life. There are ‘x,y,z’ in our day to day activities. There are a lot of happenings and the world does not seem to understand. The scenarios simply opt not to respect the wisdom of man. When they see acts beyond what their five senses could fathom or what their imaginations simply has no room for, they tag them ‘acts of God’. But are they really acts of God? The world is seeking answers; there are a lot of questions begging for answers that religion and traditions does not seem to have a grip on. But in the midst of all these, I see the body of Christ towering above surrounding hills (ideologies, concepts, philosophies of men, man-made ideas), revealing Jesus in his true form and pure expression.
Man cannot discover God, He reveals himself. God is not bitumen or coal that can be discovered by Geoscientists. We are Christ’s representatives – revealing him and drawing the world to him.
There is a desperate yearning in the hearts of men for God. My heart cry is that the body of Christ be properly positioned for what is coming next. I see many ‘impossible’ people drawn to the faith. There is a hunger in the heart of our young men. They don’t want to play games or do tradition anymore. They have had enough of religion and want something real. So where traditional church and religion expected them to stay religious, they could not take it. They didn’t want a fake life devoid of power. God is empowering his church all over the world with the reality of God encounters, the power like never before and the altar of religion being shattered.
We are set for a mighty move of God in our generation. When the earth is giving away, it is the birthing of a new plant. When nations are groaning, there is about to be a revealing of the sons.
I will end on this prophecy for our generation as seen by a man that dwelt in the past.
Now it shall come to pass in the latter days That the mountain of the Lord’s house Shall be established on the top of the mountains, And shall be exalted above the hills; And peoples shall flow to it.
Many nations shall come and say, “Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, To the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, And we shall walk in His paths.” For out of Zion the law shall go forth, And the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. Micah 4:1-2

I love that!
The church of God will be the most important place on earth. It will reach above the hills and every nation will rush to it. And nations will come in haste to Zion to learn how to live God’s way. True teaching and God’s revelation will issue from Zion.

My prayer is that we will see beyond the smallness of our minds and walk in the reality that we are fellow labourers with God. God has given us the task of representing him well and telling everyone of what He is doing. We are channels of Grace and God’s Love.

Out Of Zion, The Perfection Of Beauty, God Shines Forth.Ps.50:2 (Amp)

@simokool

REVEALING THE UNKNOWN GOD

 
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Posted by on June 7, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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