Does Jesus or Our Faith Make Us Whole?

She knew that if she could just touch the hem of Jesus' garment...

PART ONE

And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any, Came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched. And Jesus said, Who touched me? When all denied, Peter and they that were with him said, Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me? And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me. And when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling down before him, she declared unto him before all the people for what cause she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately. And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace.  – Luke 8:43-48

The woman with the issue of blood had been desperately searching for twelve years for something, everything, and anything to make her clean and whole. She had been to many physicians near and far for years but to no avail. None of these knowledgeable, experienced docs could help her. Maybe they had helped other women in her same predicament. Maybe she had had other diseases that they healed. But this one disease she could just not shake. This one disease stumped all the doctors. This woman’s search for a cure had robbed her of her money. So now she was discouraged, diseased, and broke. But she heard a word.

She heard about this new man in town named Jesus. He hadn’t been in ministry for long. (Jesus was only in ministry as we know it for about three years even though he was on earth for 33 years of life.) So He was not there for her to touch for at most nine years of her affliction. But then she heard a word about this man in town named Jesus and of all the many, wondrous miracles He had wrought on Earth. She heard the word that He gave sight to the blind. She heard the word that He gave hearing to the deaf. She heard the word that He gave speech to the mute. She heard the word that He gave healing to the sick. She heard the word that He had fixed the limbs of the lame. She heard the word that He gave hope to the hopeless, relief to the desperate, and deliverance to the bound. She heard a word.

And because of these words, her faith was activated. Had she not heard about what this man could do, she would not have developed the faith that He could help her. So she acted out on the heard word and then the faith. She said to herself, “If I can just touch the hem of his garment, I shall be made whole.” She did not say, “If Jesus would just stop in His tracks, turn around, and look at me, I shall be made whole.” Neither did she say to herself, “If he would just send out a word of knowledge saying, ‘All women with issues of blood will be healed on today, I shall be made whole.’” She did not even so much as say, “If Jesus wills that I be whole, I shall be made whole.” ALL SHE SAID WAS, “If I can just touch the hem of his garment, I shall be made whole.”

The story continues. Jesus stops to ask His disciples, “Who touched me?” His disciples were perhaps thinking, “About a hundred people have touched You, Master. What do you mean? We can’t pinpoint the exact person. There’s too many that touched you!” Mind you that Jesus was in a throng of people. He was like Chris Brown at an all-girl middle school in Memphis. People were all over Him! Many were desperate for Him to deliver a word that would set them free. Many were desperate for Him to heal their afflictions. Many were touching Him. But one had a touch that actually caused some of His virtue to leave Him! Someone touched Him and made some of His virtue to leave Him! More specifically, someone touched His clothing and caused some of His virtue to leave Him.

There was nothing supernatural about this woman that would cause her touch to stop Jesus Himself. She was just a sick lady with some faith. She had set out on her faith, and this faith made her whole. How come no one else who was sick that touched Jesus stopped Him and made Him ask that question? Why was just her mentioned? There may have been other people who touched Him in faith and made some of His virtue leave Him, but the Bible only mentions this woman who had an issue of blood for twelve years.

What struck me about this passage is that Jesus did not say, “I have made thee whole.” Nor did He say, “My virtue hath made the whole.” He only said, “Thy faith hath made thee whole.” If Jesus had visited downtown Memphis, I believe many people wouldn’t think of being healed of their afflictions by simply touching Jesus’ clothes. They’d probably be thinking, “I wish Jesus would stand up and give a prophetic word to us. I wish He’d say a rhema word (revelatory word from God) or word of knowledge (when God tells someone that He’s going to heal a particular thing). I wish he’d tell us to come and give an offering to symbolize our healing. I wish He’d anoint my head with oil. I wish he’d at least say, ‘Be ye made whole!’” But how many of them would just run up to Him when He wasn’t even looking or aware of their presence and touch His clothes?

Jesus asked, “Who touched me?” He didn’t even notice the woman! He didn’t even say for her to be healed. He didn’t sit down and ask her the symptoms of her disease. She didn’t consult with Him. She just let the word activate her faith, and she let the faith activate her move. Jesus was not even responsible for calling her towards Himself to activate her move. She acted on a word. I don’t think she even shared with anyone her plan to go to Jesus.

…how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. - Romans 10:14-17

PART 2

For you formed my inmost being. You knit me together in my mother`s womb. I will give thanks to you, For I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Your works are wonderful. My soul knows that very well. My frame wasn’t hidden from you, When I was made in secret, Woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my body. In your book they were all written, The days that were ordained for me, When as yet there were none of them…. – Psalm 139:13-16

Something about God’s creation amazes me. God is so amazing! He makes His creation perpetuate “amazingness”. Not only did He make the gargantuan sun, but He made the sun to revolve on its axis and continue to exist for what is speculated billions of years. Not only did He make wonderful trees, but He makes His wonderful trees produce more tree seeds that make more wonderful trees. His amazing creation continues on its own “amazingness”. Glory be to God! Not only does He make humans, but His humans make baby humans who make more humans. His humans also make computers, cars, and cell phones. His glory is so glorious it makes His bits of glory make glorious things.

Think of the body. The body heals its own self. When you accidentally cut yourself (if you’re not a hemophiliac), your body sends platelets out to the wound site to begin to clot the opening in your skin. You don’t tell the body to do it, it does it on its own. Even when you don’t know that you cut yourself, your body heals the cut. Your body doesn’t even need your permission to heal itself. It does it on its own because God’s so glorious, He makes His creation amazing enough to fix itself. Glory be to God! God puts in your body’s cells the DNA to make your hair grow. Except for people who are getting older who have male-pattern baldness, your hair continues to grow the same way. Did a baby have to remind its hair to continue to sprout? Babies don’t even know to do this. Good thing they don’t have to. God did the work. There’s no way we can tell our cells to do certain things. We also cannot tell our organs to do certain things. You can’t tell your stomach not to churn your breakfast. You can’t tell your heart not to pump your blood. You can’t tell your brain not to keep your other organs in check. You can’t tell a sperm not to go to the egg and ferment and grow. Except for in some cases of hypnosis, you can’t tell your nerves not to feel pain. The body does what it got to do on its own unless you do something to mess up the order God set up.

If you allow an infected hypodermic needle to infect poison and viruses into your body, then it can change the perfect order God set up. If you smoke toxic gases into your lungs, they will not operate as effectively as God originally set it up to operate. If two people with sickle-cell trait have at least four children, one of the four are supposed to get sickle-cell anemia and their body will produce sickle-shaped red blood cells that don’t deliver enough oxygen rich blood to the organs. I’m not sure how sickle-cell anemia works. All I know is that my mother had it when she was ten and was healed and delivered from it after the prayers of a preacher at her church! She has anemia, but no sickle-cell attached. But that testimony is for another time.

I wonder if our thoughts keep us from getting healed. Is that why rest is always suggested when one is recovering from surgery or has the flu or a cold? Is it because when we are asleep our thoughts can’t screw up our body’s natural tendency of healing itself? Our body has a great detoxification system through our liver. But sometimes our lifestyle and eating habits can mess up our God-made detoxification system. If you drink so much that it destroys your liver, you can no longer rely on your liver to detoxify toxins in your body. These bad effects on your liver interfere with your body’s ability to kick the bad stuff out.

I plan on getting certain body cleanses because I know that many symptoms of fatigue and headaches are a result of what’s in my body. I was diagnosed with arthritis in my right knee when I was young (JRA Junior Rheumatoid Arthritis). I heard that symptoms can be aggravated by dental metal in your mouth. I hadn’t had problems for a long time, but then I went to the dentist because I had about 13 cavities. Most of these were filled in with metal. (Sucks for me!) It seems as if my knee is bothering me more since I got them. Sometimes, you have to see what you’re doing to make symptoms appear. If you have a headache because your body is loaded up with aspartame (an artificial sweetener I would suggest no one ever uses), praying is almost unnecessary to stop the headache because cutting out the aspartame is what will stop the headaches. God did not make your body to thrive off of fake sugar substitutes. So your body is telling you, “Stop poisoning me!” You praying for weeks for it stop, when you need to stop eating aspartame. Fasting in this case would help! Sometimes prayer will give you an answer to why your body is suffering in certain ways. I may have to get all my dental metal removed. Or I can pray and believe for a creative miracle (when God reproduced a body part). But until then, I may have to tolerate it.

So to rap this up, I thought of a book I bought some weeks ago called, “The Power of the Subconscious Mind” by Dr. Joseph Murphy. I studied a lot of psychology in college, so I am intrigued by the conscious and subconscious. However, I am much more Christian than anything, so I always see everything as being God-designed and made to bring God glory. (I am not into the New Age type religion, so I hope this doesn’t sound anything like that.) The book also said, “Many believe there is an intelligence that will take care of your body if you let it alone.” I believe that what they call “subconscious” or “intelligence” is really just God’s well-thought out, miraculous design and plan for the body that the body is made to comply with.

Dr. Murphy was saying that the way the body organs function and the way the body heals itself is just the work of the subconscious part of the mind. I say that the “subconscious” the book is talking about is actually my God’s intelligent design for the body. Just like He has an intelligent design for the world to rotate 360 degrees in 24 hours, and the Earth to revolve around the sun in 365 days (except for leap years), and the moon to have phases (quarter moon, full moon, gibbous moon, crescent moon, and new moon), He has an amazing, intelligent design for the body.

Girls who live long enough realize that their body is God-designed to have a menstrual cycle once every 28 days. Babies double in size the first three months of life. Pregnant women realize that the sperm takes 10 months (not 9) before the baby is ready. Men have to reach a certain age before they can create sperm. Women have to reach a certain age until they have menopause. None of these things are things that we can control. You can sometimes prevent getting pregnant, but after the sperm is released inside, the baby will come (unless abortion is had or miscarriage occurs).

PART 3

Dr. Murphy made some interesting statements that attempted to explain the way that healing works. It’s kind of confusing, but tell me if it makes sense to you.

And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord. Then touched he their eyes, saying, according to your faith be it unto you. And their eyes were opened…. – Matthew 9:28-30

“When the sick came to Jesus to be healed, they were healed by their own faith, together with his faith and understanding of the healing power of the subconscious mind [God's original plan for the body]. Whatever he decreed, he felt inwardly to be true. He and the people needing help were in the one universal subjective mind [?], and his silent inner knowing and conviction of the healing power changed the negative destructive patterns in the patients’ subconscious [negative thoughts/misbeliefs/lies that said and reminded them that they were "not well"]. The resultant healings were the automatic response to the internal mental change [the subconscious mind agreeing with God's original plan for bodies]. His command was his appeal to the subconscious mind [God's original body plan] of the patients plus his awareness, feeling, and absolute trust in the response of the subconscious mind [God's body plan] to the words that he spoke with authority [God in the flesh telling His own body plan to quit playing and get it right!].”

And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace. – Luke 8:48

Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed. – Isaiah 53:4-5

Approximately 2,000 years ago, Jesus died on the cross for our sins and by the stripes He was given with whips, we are healed. He has already extended the healing. We just have to touch Him. Many had groped at, reached for, and bumped into Him, but she had TOUCHED Him. We pray and pray and pray that God will offer healing to us for to cure our diseases. He gave the free gift of healing before we were even born just as He extended the free gift of salvation before we were even born. There’s no obstruction coming from His end. It’s from our end. It’s our lack of faith. According to our faith we are healed because He’s already given it and has faith for our healing. There’s no doubt in His mind that we can get healed because He designed our bodies. If a car could live, it should know that the manufacturer knows exactly how the car should work. If the manufacturer wanted the car fixed, it would be considered done unless the car doesn’t want it done and drives off.

And a certain man was there, who had been thirty and eight years in his infirmity. When Jesus saw him lying, and knew that he had been now a long time [in that case], he saith unto him, Wouldest thou be made whole? The sick man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me. Jesus saith unto him, Arise, take up thy bed, and walk. And straightway the man was made whole, and took up his bed and walked. Now it was the sabbath on that day. – John 5:5-9

From the looks of it, Jesus had been wanted dude to get healed. In other bible versions Jesus is like, “Do you want to be made well?” He’s been sitting her for 38 years, and He could have been healed sooner! The man tried to make an excuse when Jesus wanted to heal him! Jesus wasn’t trying to hear all that, He said, “Get up, get the bed, and walk.”

And a certain man was there, who had been thirty and eight years in his infirmity. When Jesus saw him lying, and knew that he had been now a long time [in that case], he saith unto him, Wouldest thou be made whole? The sick man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me. Jesus saith unto him, Arise, take up thy bed, and walk. And straightway the man was made whole, and took up his bed and walked. Now it was the sabbath on that day.John 5:5-9

From the looks of it, Jesus had been wanted dude to get healed. In other bible versions Jesus is like, “Do you want to be made well?” He’s been sitting her for 38 years, and He could have been healed sooner! The man tried to make an excuse when Jesus wanted to heal him! Jesus wasn’t trying to hear all that, He said, “Get up, get the bed, and walk.”

This man did not have faith like the woman with the issue of blood; she was going to receive the healing for herself. This man wanted for Jesus to talk to him first in order for him to get healing. But the point of this passage in this note is to show you that Jesus was trying to tell the man something to the effect of, “Do you even want to get better?”

It’s already been provided for and delivered to you. It’s just like how a family member sends a package in the mail and you have to pick it up from the post office. The receiving (or lack their of) is a result of what’s going on at your end. Once you ask for the gift and Aunt Millicent hands it over to the FedEx people, you just have to open your mind to receive it. Stop obstructing it with lack of faith. Stop perpetuating the sickness with unhealthy habits. Take care of your body and open up your mind to receive what God has already extended. And always remember never to forget that God and Jesus love you very much. And so do I!

Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. – 1 Peter 2:24

When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses. – Matthew 8:16-17

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