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This one has been in the hopper for quite some time. It holds a timeless truth.
Will I ever learn it?
As many as touched Him were healed. It is recorded in two gospel accounts.
Mark 6:53-56. Matthew 14:34-36
“And when they had passed over, they came into the land of Gennesaret, and drew to the shore.
And when they were come out of the ship, straightway they knew him,
And ran through that whole region round about, and began to carry about in beds those that were sick, where they heard he was.
And whithersoever he entered, into villages, or cities, or country, they laid the sick in the streets, and besought him that they might touch if it were but the border of his garment: and as many as touched him were made whole.”
“And when they were gone over, they came into the land of Gennesaret.
And when the men of that place had knowledge of him, they sent out into all that country round about, and brought unto him all that were diseased;
And besought him that they might only touch the hem of his garment: and as many as touched were made perfectly whole.”
“As many as touched Him, were made whole.”
Why were all healed in this town, and so many in other towns were not. He traveled in many towns, there were many at the pool of Bethesda, He only healed one. There were many crowded about Him, multitudes, according to Matthew, wherever He went. Few were touched and healed.
There are many that need healing in our town, will they, can they be healed?
The people in Gennesaret were different, their Faith was displayed. Like the folks that dropped their friend, through the roof, of the house where Jesus was. Jesus saw their faith. How can we show our Faith?
First step… the people of Gennesaret….
> They knew Him:
So many of us know of Him, we believe in Him, even love Him, yet we haven’t taken the time to know Him.
Do we pray, If it be Your will? We should know His will. We should recognize His ways.
He would have all men be Saved. He knows, a lot will not, accept Him.
He would that all be healed. He knows some will not believe.
He would comfort, love, give peace and joy to all.
Many do not know how to access this. Can it be taught?
We must know Him, we do this by reading His Word, in conjunction with fasting and prayer. By learning to Praise and Worship.
> Faith is Action:
They went out and brought the sick and afflicted into His presence.
Our problem today? Thanks for not coming to church with that cold… you could have spread it to everyone.
Do not share the communion wine, (grape juice), it’s unsanitary. Did you wash your hands?
Could you imagine this taken place with Jesus?
Ahhh, Jesus, did you wash up before your broke the fish and bread? Don’t you care about germs?
Where is our faith? Or is it we don’t really believe, Jesus is in our midst? Is He, in our midst?
> The sick need to take action also:
We can bring them into His Presence, but they need to reach out for Him also.
The real question is, how do we get into His Presence? He is no longer wondering around in human form. Is it possible to experience His Presence in our current life?
The woman with the issue of blood, had to press through the crowd to touch Him. We must do the same today.
Whether in prayer and fasting or through Praise and Worship. He will be found, if our hearts are right. Our Prayers will be answered if our requests are right. Never for our own gain, always for others.
True Praise was the most dependable road to His Presence in my experience. It has always opened the door to His Throne Room. Unfortunately, I do not experience that in my current position.
As a matter of fact… The Church (as a whole), needs to relearn, how to enter into His Presence. How to wait on the Lord, in silent expectation.
How to recognize His voice, in our hearts, minds and ears. To see Him in the Natural World, as well as in the Spiritual Realm.
We can experience His Power and Promise… when we allow His Presence into our Churches. Unfortunately, this is a tall order.
Our Rituals and Ceremonies, Hymns and a Responsive Readings, leave little room for the Lord to enter. (Because of our limitted time).
We must all, learn it individually… alone, at home. Before it becomes a corporate practice. Can we do it?
Lord, help us to grow in You. Amen
Reading a post on FB, about a Lesbian Kindergarten Teacher, in Toronto Canada. I copied and put in Bold Print, their agenda for our children.
It is here for your information. I am sure you could find the whole article on FB, if you so desired.
Christians, this is a scary truth… The left has left any pretence of morality, decently, or of a sound mind, behind.
They have proudly proclaimed their plans. Personally, I do not care what they do, in their own lifes. Let it Be.
Indoctrination of young minds to an acceptance of and encouragement to this lifestyle, IS JUST WRONG.
Please read these excerpts from the article.
How I convince kids to accept gay ‘marriage’, starting at 4 years old“
With [the principal’s] encouragement, we decided that I would go from class to class and talk about what ‘gay’ means, what does ‘LGBTQ’ mean, what do ‘I’ mean,” she told about 40 attendees, all educators, at her workshop.
Strong related how she began with the junior kindergarten class.”
“It’s normal in my classroom’
“All my class is very used to who I am. My family picture is very proudly in my room now.
On Mondays they quite often will say, ‘What did you do with your wife?’ It’s normal in my classroom.”
And I started in Kindergarten. What a great place to start. It was where I was teaching. So, I was the most comfortable there,” Pam Strong said at the conference, attended by LifeSiteNews.
‘It’s normal in my classroom’
In 2011 U.S. gay activist Daniel Villarreal penned a column for Queerty.com stating that the time had come for the homosexual lobby to admit to “indoctrinating” schoolchildren to accept homosexuality.
“Why would we push anti-bullying programs or social studies classes that teach kids about the historical contributions of famous queers unless we wanted to deliberately educate children to accept queer sexuality as normal?”
“We want educators to teach future generations of children to accept queer sexuality. In fact, our very future depends on it.
Recruiting children? You bet we are,” he added.
Homosexual activist Michael Swift wrote in 1987 in the Gay Community News that school children would become explicit targets for homosexual indoctrination.
“We shall seduce them in your schools…They will be recast in our image. They will come to crave and adore us,” he wrote at the time. Recruiting children? You bet we are’
Though homosexual activists claim their efforts in the schools are a way of combatting bullying, a number of homosexual activists have highlighted that the movement’s goal is in fact to “indoctrinate” children into accepting the normalcy of the homosexual lifestyle.“I am here to tell you:
All that time I said I wasn’t indoctrinating anyone with my beliefs about gay and lesbian and bi and trans and queer people?
That was a lie,” wrote Canadian gay activist Sason Bear Bergman, a woman who identifies as a transgender man, in a March 2015 piece titled “I Have Come to Indoctrinate Your Children Into My LGBTQ Agenda (And I’m Not a Bit Sorry).”
Bergman holds nothing back, stating she wants to make children “like us” even if that “goes against the way you have interpreted the teachings of your religion.”
And my class all of a sudden popped up. ‘LGBTQ’ was on the board, ‘lesbian,’ and all the different words coming out there. And I sat back and said, ‘Let’s review.’ So, the last year and a half of ‘inclusive’ education came alive in my classroom.”
Strong called it “key” to develop a “positive classroom culture” — and she mentioned it often takes months — before getting into what she called “difficult conversations” with students about convincing students of the normality of her sexual preference for women.
She mentioned how she spends time “building a common vocabulary” in her classroom of words like “stereotype, prejudice, discrimination” so her students will be able to more readily conform to her pro-LGBTQ message.
Strong called it a “fantastic lesson for kids of all ages.”
Let me be clear. I am a sinner, saved by the Grace of God. I hate sin, but love the sinner.
If the LGBTQ, community wishes to live in that world, I do not condemn them.
When they tell my child, or any child, it is Normal, or perfectly acceptable behavior. They have crossed a line.
Children are born male or female. They may go through phases where they play with the other genders, toys. This is NORMAL.
We should never allow them to be bullied, nor should we encourage them to become something other then what they were born as, a boy or girl.
It is child abuse, to encourage a young boy, to think, act and pretend, he is a girl, or for a young girl a boy.
Parents and Teachers who prey on children like this, should be locked up. A child is a precious gift from God.
Those who harm them, in any way….
Lord, please protect our children. Please keep them safe from these deceptive teachings.
Draw our children to You.
Please forgive us our sins, our stupidity, our malicious actions. Our not standing up and saying: NO MORE, STOP, TURN BACK TO GOD.
Only You, Oh Lord, can turn us back to Loving and Serving You. Please Lord, soon.