I'm No Longer Known By My Issues

A Certain Woman

Mark 5: 25-34,

Now a certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years, and had suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came behind him in the crowd and touched His garment; for she said, " If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well." Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction. And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him, turned around in the crowd and said, " Who touched my clothes?" But his disciples said to him, " You see the multitude thronging you, and you say, " Who touched me?" And He looked around to see her who had done this thing. But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth. And He said to her, "DAUGHTER, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction."

It is not often that we come to grips with the reality that we are known by our issues. People oftentimes refer to us by our issues. Some of us are saved now, but people that knew you when, still remember your issues. Sometimes people may not even know your name, but they may know what you're going through, or what you're dealing with in your life, and when they speak, they speak about your issues.

Recently I watched an old episode of the comedy sitcom, Good Times. All was going well with the family for a change, every one was happy. Then in the background, you could heard the sirens from an ambulance, and about that time Jay Jay burst into the room and began telling the family that an ambulance had come for Ned. There was something going on with Ned. Thelma and Florida both looked at Jay Jay with a sort of confused expression on their faces, and Florida asked, Who is Ned? And to explain to his mother who Ned was, Jay Jay didn't say that he was a neighbor who lived on the third floor. Or he didn't say that Ned was the man who worked as a mechanic down the street. What he said was, Oh, ya'll know Ned, "Ned the Wino", who always hangs out on the stoop.

The writers of the bible are known in some instances and stories to give precise and informative detail. There are some people mentioned in the scriptures, where the writers give us all of the pertinent information about that person's life and family background. Not so with this woman. The writer Mark, only calls her a certain woman.

This woman's life story is not revealed to us in intimate detail. The writer never tells us whether or not she has a husband or children. He doesn't tell us if she was a working woman, and if so, what her trade was. He does not go into her affiliations, her social standings, or tell us about her friends and relations. He only identifies her as " A Certain Woman."

The details that Mark gives us is about this woman's issue. He goes into full detail, and gives us a full account about her issue. This woman had probably became known in the town by her issue. Mark tells us that she had a flow of blood that had gone on for twelve long years. Mark tells us that she had gone, presumably from town to town, and acquired the services of many physicians, and had suffered much. Mark lets us know that in all of her trying, that she had spent all that she had, to get well, but she was getting no better, rather she grew worse.

But when she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment; for she said within herself, " If I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well."  We could speak here of her uncleanness from her issue of blood. We all know that because of her uncleanness, and the ceremonial laws, that this certain woman was an outcast from society. All of her privileges had been stripped from her. She could no longer worship in the temple. She could not go into the markets to buy the necessities for her life. She could not even live in the house with her husband and children, if she had them.

Yet, the need to be healed super-ceded everything else, and this certain woman pressed her way through the crowd, just to touch the hem of His garment, knowing that she would be made whole.



He Calls Us Sons and Daughters

What the Holy Spirit allowed me to see is that when this certain woman had Pressed. When she had pressed her way through the crowd. When she had pressed her way through the doubters, and those who didn't believe. When she had pressed her way through the religious order of the day, and the disciples of Christ. When she had pressed her way through those who only recognized her by her issue. This certain woman, touched Jesus. She touched His clothes, in faith, and she was made whole.

Jesus said, " If you draw nigh unto me, I'll draw nigh unto you." And he also said, " If any man would come after me, I shall in no wise cast him aside."

The writer of the Book of Hebrews puts it this way, " Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful."

After this certain woman, who had before only been known by her issue, touched the Master, He called her Daughter. She was made whole of her flow of blood, and she was brought into relationship with Jesus. She would no longer be known for her issue. When we as Saints and Sinners, come to Jesus, He forgives all of our sins and transgressions, and casts them away, as far as the East is from the West. Jesus doesn't see us the way the world sees us, nor does He judge and condemn us after the ways of the world. He sees us as Sons and Daughters. He sees us healed and delivered. He sees us restored.

Isaiah tells us, " He was wounded for our transgressions, The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed."

As the curtains close on this year, and we hope for a brighter tomorrow, let us also Press our way through every hindrance, obstacle, and stumbling block, and make our way to Jesus. Let us come in full assurance that we are healed, and knowing that we will no longer be known by our issues.

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Putz Ballard 6 years ago

Preach It Rev, The old old story that never grows old. Thanks for sharing this great Bible message. Wishing you a Happy New Year


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RevLady 6 years ago from Lantana, Florida

A beautiful exposition on a well beloved story. I particularly appreciated your accentuating how Jesus referred to her as daughter.

What an absolutely wonderful hub closing:

"As the curtains close on this year, and we hope for a brighter tomorrow, let us also Press our way through every hindrance, obstacle, and stumbling block, and make our way to Jesus. Let us come in full assurance that we are healed, and knowing that we will no longer be known by our issues."

Thank you godpreacher,

Forever His,


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Presigo 6 years ago from Spokane, Wa

Yes Godpreacher you have written yet another heart stirring hub that builds our faith. Yes we must overcome all obstacles between us and Jesus for the prize of knowing Him is the greatest gift on Earth and beyond. As this year approaches I pray that many read this Hub and bring them to an understanding of the power of Christ. God bless you mt brother and I pray that you have a blessed new year, I am glad to know you here and look forward to learning more from you in the future !


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago

godpreacher, Wonderful "Message"! Thank you for showcasing the AWESOME POWER of the LORD! The presence of God in one's life is so under estimated! His WORD is so powerful! The illustrations and actual events are there to encourage and strenghten our FAITH & TRUST in HIM!

As you stated: "Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful."

"Man looks on the outside, but GOD looks at the heart" Tis so SWEET to TRUST in JESUS! In Him we are more than conquerors... Thank you for sharing, Love & Blessings!


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A M Werner 6 years ago from West Allis

Yes godpreacher, when I started reading this I thought of Paul who was Saul, and how many remembered him as the one who once led Christians up to the courts. And even Yahshua himself, how he could not heal in some places because people remembered Him simply as the son of the carpenter Joseph. We die daily, so we forget and leave the past behind - but that doesn't mean the world will. We try every day to show the world that we are changed - new people in Christ. May your New Year be blessed, Peace.


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PastorAndrew 6 years ago from Detroit

I Corinthians 6:11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

If we are in Christ, we are not drunkards, fornicators, idolaters or any of those things. We are Sons and Daughters of the Most High.


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godpreacher 6 years ago from Atlanta,Ga. Author

Putz,

This one is one of those old stories that never grow old. There is still much we can learn from this woman's experience with Jesus.

Happy New year


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godpreacher 6 years ago from Atlanta,Ga. Author

RevLady,

Isn't it grand that when we come to him, even with our issues, that he still receives us, just as we are, and brings us into his family as sons and daughters. Can't nobody love us like the Lord.

Happy New Year


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godpreacher 6 years ago from Atlanta,Ga. Author

Presigo,

It is also my prayer that lives are changed and souls are saved, all for the Glory of God, who loves us all unconditionally.

Happy New Year


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godpreacher 6 years ago from Atlanta,Ga. Author

Sis. DeBorrah,

One thing I can testify to through personal experience, and that is the word works, when we work the word. God is Awesome.

Happy New Year


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godpreacher 6 years ago from Atlanta,Ga. Author

AM,

Thanks for taking me deeper. I didn't think about Saul and even Christ himself, for truly they too had become known for their issues.

Happy New Year


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godpreacher 6 years ago from Atlanta,Ga. Author

Pastor,

I hear you preaching, as I sit here in this Amen corner. It is so true, when we are in Christ, we are no longer known by our issues, we are Sons and Daughters of the Most High God.

Happy New Year


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Unchained Grace 6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

Some time ago, I was the "Homeless Vet." That's how people referred to me. The Homeless Vet. Even after I was no longer homeless. I used this as a unique opportunity to praise God for allowing my homelessness as it gave me the chance to give my testimony. I pretty much aligned myself with Blind Bartimaeus (Mk. 10:46-52). I used the fact that people knew me by my issue to show how God had moved in my life and how He gives you a vision and then the ability to carry it out.

Society loves to pin labels on people. They'll speak of your issue and not your name even if they know it, sometimes. Our church has a heavy homeless ministry. Oftentimes, just a cup of hot coffee on a cold day like this one gives one a chance to sit down and meet "that homeless guy who's always in front of the market begging."


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godpreacher 6 years ago from Atlanta,Ga. Author

Unchained,

God Bless you.

This story kind of pulls all of us into the loop. For none of us were born Holy, and we all had our sins and shortcomings. I thank you for allowing God to use your trails as a testimony, so that others may be encouraged, and lead to Christ. Your comment is more than that, it is a collaboration. Thanks for sharing.

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