Wednesday, August 07, 2013

August 7, 2013 … A touch for those in need

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2013 - Day 219

  Devotional Song: Go to this link  … A classic song, performed by The Gaither Vocal Band, singing He Touched Me, reminding us God heals the soul when He touches those who come to Him in faith. …  And at this link  there is the wonderful, poignant song by Nicole C. Mullen, One Touch,” helping us see that we can be the “one touch” which helps another to be healed from their shame or protected in their storm.

Highlight Passage of the Day: Isaiah 32: 2 [In the context of verses 1-3.] … [NLT] …  
1 Look, a righteous King is coming! And honest princes will rule under him. 2 He will shelter Israel from the storm and the wind. He will refresh her as a river in the desert and as the cool shadow of a large rock in a hot and weary land. 3Then everyone who can see will be looking for God, and those who can hear will listen to His voice. 
Contextual Study involving today’s passage found in Isaiah, Chapter 32 Go to this link … 

Reference Passage #1 found in Luke 8: 43-48 Go to this link

Reference Passage #2 found in Luke 8: 22-25 Go to this link

My Journal for Today: Seven hundred plus years before Jesus came to earth, ministered to the people of Galilee for three years, died on a cross, and was raised to life again to save mankind, the Prophet Isaiah prophesied (see Isaiah 32: 1-3 above) that one day there would come a “righteous King” to rule and those who followed His voice would rule under this King.

And then we read of that ONE, … Jesus, … who came to earth as a babe, grew to manhood as a carpenter, and then He set about walking the countryside of Galilee, showing the people, with His miracles of healing and grace, that He was that One about Whom Isaiah had prophesied. And don’t you just love the true encounters, documented by Luke and others, of Jesus as he walked among the Galileans. For example the two linked above in Luke, Chapter 8 are great examples, … where Jesus healed the bleeding woman when she touched His garment in faith; … and one of my favorites, where Jesus was wakened with His disciples in a small boat in the midst of a storm which He calmed by merely waving His hand, showing His command over even the winds.

As the Gaither Band sings about above, Jesus is one who transforms lives when they are surrendered to His touch in faith; and He is One Who can heals lives with just “one touch” from those who seek His life-giving power in faith. And yes, my dear one, following our King Jesus, we, as His princes, can be agents of healing and protection, just as Nicole C. Mullen sings, when we reach out to provide His touch of healing or power in His Name. I hope you’ve heard the songs to which I’ve linked you above as you meditate on the power Jesus had and the power He passed on to you and me as His disciples.

As we go about our day, to whom might we reach out to be Jesus, helping one to receive the power Jesus provides to bring them out of their storm or to be healed from their shame or guilt? Yes, today we could be THE ONE who brings the healing, protecting, revealing, or storm-calming touch of Jesus to someone out there who’s bleeding or caught in a life-threatening storm. But to do that we’ve got to be willing to reach out and be that servant of the King, touching the lives of others in His Name.

So, my friend, let’s go out there and be Jesus for someone today.

My Prayer for Today … Lord, put me into the life of someone who needs Your touch today. … Amen

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