Monday, March 14, 2016

March 14, 2016: Just One Touch

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2016 - Day 74

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a video of Nichole C Mullen singing her song, One Touch,… declaring, in song, the reality of God’s desire to let His power cover our weakness … as happened with the woman who pressed her way through the people for a healing touch from Jesus.

Highlight Passage:  Luke 8:45 [NKJV] …    
45 And Jesus said, “Who touched Me?” … When all denied it, Peter and those with him said, “Master, the multitudes throng and press You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’” 
… Listen to the counsel of wisdom to avoid getting burned out for the future.
Highlight Context – Luke 8:40-48 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
… Our desire to be touched by The Lord brings His healing, empowering grace. [See also Mark 5:25-34]

Reference Passage #1 - 2nd Corinthians 12: 9-10 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK
 … Just as with Paul, Jesus desires to pour His enabling and empowering grace into the lives of those who desire His touch.

Reference Passage #2 - Hebrews 4: 15 [NKJV] …
15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. 
… We have a Savior who knows our pains and temptations and desires to touch us with His healing grace.

My Journal for Today:  Today’s Our Daily Bread author, C.P. Hia, uses an interesting word picture to illustrate how the multitudes sought after closeness with Jesus. He wrote … An industrial design graduate from a Singapore university was challenged in a workshop to come up with a novel solution to a common problem using only ordinary objects. She created a vest [see attached image] to protect one’s personal space from being invaded while traveling in the crush of crowded public trains and buses. The vest was covered with long, flexible plastic spikes normally used to keep birds and cats away from plants. 

Often during Jesus’ ministry walk on earth, He was crowded by throngs of people, … some just curious to see His miracles; … but others, as the woman in Luke 8 and Mark 5, who pressed hard through the throngs of people for just one touch of Christ’s garment for His healing grace. Jesus very often let down His “personal space” to be able to let His hearing and empowering grace to flow to those who so needed a touch from Him.

 That was me in the early 1980s, when I recognized just how spiritually bankrupt and weak I was, … so needing someone, … something, … to give me the strength to go on. And then one morning in 1983, God’s Spirit broke me to the place of being able to understand and receive His free offer of grace and strength. And like that desperate woman, who reached out through the throng, Jesus touched me on that April 13th, 1983, and my bleeding stopped. Oh, it wasn’t physical bleeding, … more emotional and spiritual; but from that point forward, as I imagine it was for that woman who was healed, I went forward as a healing child of God, … saved by His grace and desiring to grow as His disciple.

 I pray that anyone reading here has had that touch of saving grace; and now is growing and thriving in His amazing, and freely-offered, sanctifying grace. If not, reach out through the press of the world, and let God’s Spirit give You His strength to cover your weakness [see 2nd Cor. 12: 9].

My Prayer Today:  Heavenly Father, … Thank You, Lord, for your mercy and grace, which saved me and is sanctifying me every today. … Amen

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