"Developing a Faith That Touches God"
By Kim Potter
Touching Jesus with Faith
I have been meditating on a particular Scripture passage for a few weeks. It is found in Luke 8:44-46:
"She came up behind Jesus and touched the fringe of His cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped.
'Who touched Me?' Jesus asked. But they all denied it. 'Master,' said Peter, 'the people are crowding and pressing against You.' But Jesus declared, 'Someone touched Me, for I know that power has gone out from Me.’"
Jesus was surrounded
by a multitude of people – literally thousands of people – yet the moment someone touched Him with their faith, He knew it.
As you can imagine, there must have been people pushing against each other and pressing in to see Jesus.
I can imagine there were people pushing other people out of the way to get a look at the Master, the Healer. Surely there were thousands who needed and wanted a touch from Jesus. What could have been so different about this woman that He felt her touch?
The disciples even asked Jesus how He could possibly have known someone touched Him with so many people surrounding Him and pressing in to touch Him.
This was a different kind of touch. This was not a simple 'bumping into'
in a crowd. This touch caused the miracle-working power of God to flow out of Jesus. He knew it the moment it happened.
Possessing the Faith That Touches God
How, then, does one possess a faith that will touch God
to the point that power will flow out of Him and into you? Let's look at some biblical examples of this kind of faith – a faith that touches God.
Think about King David. The Bible calls him a man after God's heart. Yet, as we read,
we see that David made many mistakes. He killed a man so that he could have that man's wife. This was a man after God's heart? Yes! He had such a faith in God that no matter what he did, he continued to cling to God.
The word touched
in this passage means "to fasten oneself to" or "adhere to.”
That's what the woman with the issue of blood did when she touched Him. She clung to Him in such a way that virtue or the miraculous power of God flowed out of Him.
That is exactly what David did. No matter what mistake he made, he ran to God. He did not run from God when he messed up, as many of us do; he ran to Him. Even when he knew he was under the judgment of God for his sin, he still clung to God.
When he was afraid, it was God whom he ran to. When he was rejoicing in victory, it was God whom he sang to. And in doing so, he touched God with his faith.
What about Abraham? Abraham obeyed God and left his home. He traveled to a land
that God would show him. He did something many of us would not be willing to do. He packed up and left everything behind and followed God. And if that wasn't enough, God blessed him with a son of promise, and then asked him to give him up. Abraham was willing
to do just as God asked. He touched God with his faith and a ram in the thicket was released on his behalf.
What about Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego? Their faith in God brought them before a king who threw them in the fiery furnace. In
anger, that king turned the furnace up seven times hotter. Yet, they stood firm in their faith and walked into that fire. Their faith touched God, and He sent a fourth man to walk through the fire with them. They, as we know, walked out unharmed. Their faith
touched the heart of God, and the smoke didn't even touch them.
Each time someone's faith touches God, power is released on their behalf.
Touching God with YOUR Faith
Luke 8:45 said multitudes
were thronging Jesus. This means that there were many people all around Him. Let me ask you a question today: Are you one of the 'throngers' or do you desire to be one of those who touch Him with your faith? There are many people who say they are following
God, but few ever touch Him with their faith.
How do you become a person who not only follows God but touches Him with your faith? Simple, you believe that He is who He said He is. Just as the woman with the issue of blood did.
Abraham so believed that God was who He said He was, that he knew if his son Isaac died, God would raise him up. That's how Abraham could confidently say, "...'We will worship and then we will come back...'" (Genesis 22:5).
Meshach, and Abednego knew that God was the only God that could be worshiped. They were willing to die for that truth. They were not willing to bow to any other god. Even though they knew God could deliver them, they declared that even if He didn't, they would
not bow to another.
This instance alone is a good test for your faith in God. If God doesn't deliver you, will you still worship Him? If you can say "YES," then you will touch God with your faith, just as they did. He will be with you
in the fire. He will not allow you to be burned; He will bring you out without experiencing harm.
Standing Against All Odds
There are many people alive today who touch God with their faith. I think about Oral Roberts,
who believed God when everything was stacked against him. He stood in faith, even though most of the world thought he was crazy. But you can look and see what happened when his faith touched Jesus: Oral Roberts University was birthed. Today, they are still
equipping students to preach the Gospel with power.
Think about it for a moment. I am sure you know someone who has stood against all odds; perhaps it was against cancer or divorce, or financial devastation. They stood in faith, no matter
what. Even though it may have looked like they were going down – or had already gone down – their faith touched God. He moved every obstacle out of their way and sent His miracle-working power to work on their behalf.
can be a person whose faith touches God. It's not difficult; just believe that He is who He says He is. If you are facing illness, simply believe that He is the God who heals you. If you are facing financial problems, simply believe that He is Jehovah Jireh,
your provider. If you are walking through a dark season in your life, just believe that He will never leave you nor forsake you. God is your light, He is with you, He has your back, He will not drop you, and He will bring you through this unharmed –
just as He promised. We serve a God who never, ever breaks a promise.
Press in and Be Determined
How can your faith touch God? The same way the woman with the issue of blood did. She pressed in. She was determined
to touch Him, even a small part of Him.
She was determined to touch the Healer, even though every doctor had told her that her situation was hopeless; even though she had spent every penny she had trying to get healed. Even though her
mind was reminding her of all this, she pressed on. She determined that no matter how many obstacles stood in her way, she would touch the Healer! As she did, she was not only healed but made whole that very hour.
You see, if you are battling
illness, and you continue to confess what the Bible says about you (no matter what you see or feel), your faith is touching God. If you are facing financial hardships and you continue to pay your tithe, giving as God directs, trusting Him and confessing that
He will meet your needs, your faith is touching God. If you are facing a crisis of your faith that you don't understand, yet you continue to cling to God, your faith is touching God.
When all Hell comes against you, and you stand in the
face of it and declare, "Devil, I don't care what you throw at me; I am going to trust my God, and I am going to worship Him no matter what," your faith is touching God.
As your faith touches God, He will release His awesome miracle-working
power on your behalf, moving Heaven and Earth to get to you. He loves you that much! He wants to bless you that much! You mean that much to Him.
Don't give up, my friend. Press on in. Push your way in if you must, but press in and touch
Him. Touch Him with your faith; you will be forever changed.
By Kim Potter
A New Thing Ministries
528 Ellsworth St. SW
Albany, OR 97321