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February 26, 2017

Reservoirs of Virtue

Sunday Morning Podcast February 26, 2017. Bro. Dave Goble.

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TEXT:MARK 5:25-34

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.
29 And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague.
30 And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes?
31 And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?
32 And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing.
33 But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth.
34 And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.

Reservoirs are valuable and useful.  They hold and release water that sustains us, and all temporal life.  We depend on it.  Sometimes when a reservoir is abundantly filled with water, it spills outside, over on all that can absorb it.

Spiritually, God’s children depend on the reservoirs of virtue.  Some meanings relating to virtue, are strength, ability, and a dynamic sense of power.  In the above scripture, an afflicted and suffering woman tapped into Jesus’s supply of virtue.  And by her unwavering faith, she was healed. The power of Jesus’s virtue is still the same, yesterday, today, tomorrow, and is there for all to access!  If you have found yourself “downstream” away from God’s overflowing virtue and the reservoir of His power, God invites you to receive it of Him.  He then wants in turn to enable you to reach souls with what He has given you.  There are people all around us seeking an oasis of spiritual water. Is our faith lively, and full of virtue so that they can access it?

When was the last time you recognized virtue going out of you to help another soul?  When was the last time, you possessed a virtue that would convict a soul of their need of God? Sometimes “our reservoir” can’t hold the virtue God would fill us with.  Because pride, unkindness, loving the things of this world, etc., hinders God’s virtue from filling and helping us, to also help others.  This woman, (Mark 5:25) represents everyone.  Since she does, who are you?  Are you the one before (verse 25), or after, (verse 34)?  It will depend on your choices.  Are you a sinner, or a saint?  Some will always be afflicted with sin, because they are not willing to die to it (or forsake it).

God is asking us to let the reservoir of virtue flow in our heart to help someone else.

Reservoirs of Virtue….