Make a Move

And suddenly, a woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years came from behind and touched the hem of His garment. For she said to herself, “If only I may touch His garment, I shall be made well.” But Jesus turned around, and when He saw her He said, “Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And the woman was made well from that hour. –Matthew 9:20-22

She had every right to give up—but she didn’t. The woman with the issue of blood in the bible truly shows us how faith and healing work hand-in-hand. In order to receive healing, you must release your faith first. She went to Jesus—He didn’t come to her. God is waiting on you to make a move of faith.

Faith is the first step to wholeness. But sometimes, as broken people, we hesitate to take this step because we allow our emotions to rule over us. So we say with our lips, “God, I believe You can heal me.” However, our feet remain motionless. You see, many times we get in the way of our own healing. Never allow your emotions to block your breakthrough. The woman with the issue had plenty of opportunities to back out of this whole thing.

“Should I go?” What if the woman with the issue stayed home that day? Comfort zones are a place where we feel secure. However, she didn’t allow the fear of being judged or condemned to block her opportunity to get to Jesus. When will you leave your comfort zone? Doubt, fear, and insecurity could have stopped her—but she didn’t allow it. She didn’t stay at home in her comfort zone.

The crowd. What if the woman with the issue let the crowd get in her way? She could have seen the crowd and went back home. Even as she pressed through the crowd, the negative words from the crowd could have even discouraged her to turn around. When will you get over people? Stop letting negative people around you cause you to turn away from Jesus.

No matter what the situation looked like, she continued to press through her emotions to get to Jesus. You see, she knew that no one could make her whole like Jesus. Oftentimes, we do the opposite. Instead of running to Jesus for healing, we run to everything and everyone else.

Are you releasing faith or emotions?

The differences between the two are pretty simple. When you release emotions, it usually stems from your mind. Releasing faith flows from both your heart and mind. However, the thread between the two is your actions. For example, you want God to heal you from your past broken relationships. But instead of truly turning to Jesus, you turn to that man you know is not good for you. Or perhaps, you turn to porn. So in actuality, you released an emotion of loneliness, instead of faith that God has a husband for you.

You know that you’ve released faith when your actions reflect the Word of God. Like the woman with the issue, our actions must line up with our faith.

Stop releasing emotions to God and release your faith. The woman with the issue could have seen Jesus and immediately released her emotions. “Hey Jesus, why did this have to happen to me?” “I thought you were God?” “Why am I being punished?” But instead she released her faith by taking a step closer to Jesus. “If I may but touch His garment, I shall be whole” (Matthew 9:21), she said. Take that first step of faith toward Him. He’s waiting for you to move.

It takes our radical movements of faith to receive radical healing from God.

Today, release your faith and receive the healing God has for you. Releasing emotions only lead to more brokenness. God wants to make you whole. All He desires from you is your faith. Run to Him. Crawl. Do whatever you need to do to get to Jesus. Every day, let your actions of faith reflect the Word of God. Ask the Holy Spirit daily, to give you strength to conquer your emotions.

Identify the emotions that block your healing. Is it fear? Loneliness? Insecurity? Doubt? Right now, wherever you are, release your faith.

Instead of… “I can’t do this because I’m afraid.” Move… “I can do all things with Christ” (Philippians 4:13).

Instead of… “I doubt that will work out for me.” Move… “God, You make all things work together for my good” (Romans 8:28).

Get the idea?

Beloved, Jesus is the ONLY one who can make you whole. All you need is one touch from Him. Jesus is waiting to say to you, “Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole” (Matthew 9:22 KJV).

Will you move?

by Kieya Hudson