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Look What This Pain Activated!!!
Written by Ron Haggerty Jr.

Mark 5:25-28 
25 And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years,
26 And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse,
27 When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment.
28 For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.


The definition of pain is physical suffering or discomfort caused by illness or injury.

This pain or issue activated a response from the woman.  Pain allows us to see individually that we need help outside ourselves.  This pain started physical but I’m sure this pain also affected her mental and emotional state.  A characteristic of pain is also sometimes you can’t see it but an individual can feel it and know it’s there.  And sometimes pain is noticeable on the outside appearance and you can see the results by physical appearance and facial expression.

Can you imagine having a pain or issue and doing all you can do to help yourself but the pain won’t away?  Then can you imagine going to a specialist and doctors and you still go away with this pain.  Now you’re broke because you spent all your money going to the doctors.  The doctors go about their business leaving you still with this pain.  Now look at the problem!  Your broke and can’t see any more doctors.  To top that off this pain did not get better but got worse!

And the question still remains how can I push through this pain!  Have you ever said in life I am going to turn around everything and start doing things right.  You may have said that I am going to get my life together but still remains this pain.  You ever been so low that down was up and it seemed life would not get better no matter how hard you tried.  I have been there and done that! 

This pain or issues in life can make us even question the God that created us.  Here we see this woman dealing with this pain or issue for 12 years.  C’mon Jesus now I know you could have come to this woman’s rescue earlier than that.  Also, we question God.  Why did you let this happen to me?  Why didn’t I get that?  Why do feel so alone?  Why won’t you take this pain away?    Isaiah 55-8-9 reads “My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither my ways your ways.  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

I know pain can be unbearable, undesirable and sometimes unmovable but will you let it break you or make you stronger.  Have you ever heard the saying, “No pain, no gain”?  It sounds good when you hear it but when your in pain the saying really sucks.

When I played football it was mandatory that you lift weights to get you stronger and ready for game day.  In the process of lifting you felt pain but the pain was only because you were becoming stronger than you were before.  I remember doing sets of ten(lifting a certain amount of weight so many times) and getting to the last three reps and wanted to put the weight back on the rack because I felt I had nothing left in me to finish.  But then I knew that doing those last three would get me strong even if it hurt and I had pain.

The pain that pushes you!  Instead of this pain causing the woman to give up or give in.  In the text it reads when the woman heard of Jesus came in the press behind and touched his garment.  The text also reads in Mark 5:24 that a great crowd kept following Him and pressed Him from all sides (So almost to suffocate Him).  Look what this pain activated.  It activated this woman to walk by faith and not by sight.  This pain activated the woman to take here burdens to the Lord and leave them there.  This pain activated a die-hard faith in Jesus alone and she was doing whatever it took to get to Him.  I know just like the woman we have all dealt with or we are dealing with pain or issues.  If I was to give the microphone to the woman I know her testimony would be there is power in the name of Jesus to break every chain!

I know just like the woman you may have wanted to give up in the process but this pain has made you stronger and this pain or issue led you right to Jesus.  Did you know that God already knew about this pain?  God is omniscient which means He knows it all.  He was waiting for you to come by faith in Jesus.  Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.  Without faith it is impossible to please God.  The pain didn’t feel good but there was purpose in the pain.  Even Jesus learned obedience through the things he suffered.  Look what this pain activated!

Let this pain activate your faith in Jesus continually.

Let this pain activate your trust in God totally.

Let this pain activate you to be a witness for God.

Let this pain produce fruit in your life through the Holy Spirit!