Do you Stretch out in His Word ? 12-8-14

 So Jesus arose and followed him, and so did His disciples.  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.”
Matthew 9:19-21

She reached out and barely grabbed the hem, she did not wish to bother him as she knew he was a busy man healing and teaching, yet she knew it was what she needed in order to be healed. Her faith was so great that she knew, without a doubt, that God would heal her if she just touched a portion of Him.

The effort she put forth after twelve years bleeding, her body weak with jaundice and yet she did it. She stretched out her hand as he walked by on the roadway.
What great faith she had, to trust God to heal her. She was healed, no doubt she spoke of how God healed her, the disciples and those who saw spoke of her and today many speak of this woman’s healing in order to encourage others to reach out to God for healing and hope.
…and when the men of that place recognized Him, they sent out into all that surrounding region, brought to Him all who were sick,  and begged Him that they might only touch the hem of His garment. And as many as touched it were made perfectly well. Matthew 14:35-36
As many as touched His hem of the Lord’s garment were healed as well! What an amazing thing, today we think we have to go through hoops and rituals in order to be healed, they only had faith.
Jesus spoke in Parables to share with people the mysteries of heaven, they were told to instruct those who had been, or have been, given the insight to understand them. Not everyone was given ears to hear or eyes to see as the Bible calls it; there were some whom the blessing of hearing the Word with the heart was not given. Today even some do not hear and see what He has for us.

 And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?”  He answered and said to them, “Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.  For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. Matthew 13:10-12
We read over the Word daily, sure, but do we ingest it? Do we glean from it? Do we take what we learned, or read today and plant it that it may grow in someone else’s life?
 And He said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground, and should sleep by night and rise by day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he himself does not know how.
Mark 4:26-27

How can I plant a seed of faith, of hope or of peace in someone?
By walking, living, loving in His Word!

Walk by faith, showing others by your life style how God has helped you when the roof crashes in on you.  Do not go around complaining that people are not doing what you want, trust God to find the way through to the answer and do not allow yourself to ‘stress out’ over it but instead truly walk in Him. 

Live by faith- more of the above plus, read the Word with a vengeance, as thy say. Dig in and really study it out, find out what was going on in the time period and who were the people involved, write yourself a book report on each days read! Then you will know the Word, then you will be able to live it. The seeds you plant when you have the Word of God in your heart and mind will amaze even you!  When other people hear what you have been doing they will do it too! They will become the seed you planted! Its not money you need, it is God to grow your seeds of faith to help others to trust Him to provide too by you trusting God in the first place!
I speak to myself here too! I write books each year, I trust that God will sell them. I have them in book stores, name brand ones and mom and pop styles; I trust God to sell them.  I do not go into peoples faces very often and say ‘buy my books’ but occasionally I do water my seeds! I trust that my books are ‘drought tolerant’ and that they will continue to feed people and cause them to grow in Him.
Love in Him, Through us God can love those who would not hear his voice because they have not yet accepted that He is. We can love those whom we know, and those whom He has put in our path that may not be easy to love. The girl wandering through the parking lot with one baby in a stroller and another in  her belly begging for food. The young man wasted on whatever he has been taking, or drinking, and yet begging for money for his next fix.  God wants us to plant seeds there, not just money, but words of hope that will be implanted in their hearts and minds until the time for the harvest comes!
Someone did that with me, they spoke of God, the Bible stories in it etc., when I was a child. It took until I was 18 years old for me to ‘get it’ and God harvested me. Some plants grow up quickly, some take a long time. The important thing is that we sow seeds of hope and love; this time of year is easier than others to say, God bless someone while you shop.
Watch their face when you say it, pray as you walk away for them to have a super day.
Plant the seeds, trust and have faith that the hem of the garment will be enough to heal and trust God to bring about the harvest of both!
Dear Heavenly Father, help us to walk out the faith you have taught us about. Show us the daily things that You do for us that will build our faith and cause it to grow, so that we may feed others with the seeds you give us. In Jesus name, amen.
Suggested Reading: Mark 4: 1-41, Matthew 12:1-36, 1 John 3:1-24 and 1 John 4:1-21.