Sunday Morning Podcast April 11, 2021. Bro. Danny Sanders.
TEXT: MATTHEW 9: 20-22
20 And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment:
21 For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole.
22 But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort, thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour.
Now when the 20th verse starts out, it says, “And behold a woman,” A lot of times that’s how we might describe something, as an example, “the man that lives up the street, or the lady that drives the red jeep” to describe a person in that respect. In this scripture this woman could possibly have been married; of course we don’t know that nor does the scripture elaborate on it. If she had been married, she potentially could’ve had children. Possible, right? Certainly this woman was somebody’s daughter. She had to be somebody’s daughter. She likely had friends. We don’t know since the scripture doesn’t say. But what we do know is, that she meant something to someone! And she was looking to be made whole. She needed help! And depending on an individual’s circumstances, that word “whole” could be described in many different ways. Depending on the individual’s circumstances. One way to describe whole might be as entire. Another could be complete. Before I got saved, I was at a gathering, where the saints were testifying about how they got saved. Then I was compelled to humble myself, kneel, and I got saved also. Afterwards I remember my wife testifying, and one of the things she said to me, the next day was, “now I feel complete.” So depending on one’s circumstances, that thought of being made whole, could be defined much differently, couldn’t it? Another word that came to me, regarding whole, was “restored.” When an individual leaves Christ and comes back, we look at that as being restored. Up to that point that person might be called a “backslider,” but once they become whole, they’re restored. Another one is “sound.” Sometimes we can look at a person, and say, “they’re of a sound mind,” or they’re emotionally whole. Healthy, which might be defined as being healed, or intact. Mended, or quite frankly being put back together in many cases. Today we might say they’re just looking to get back on their feet, looking for change. Looking to turn their life around. Does that sound familiar? It does to me! It perhaps has not been that long ago, when many, when given the opportunity, would say we were looking to get our lives back together, to turn things around. Wanting desperately to be fixed because we were hurting inside, because we’d messed things up!
Thank God this morning, that is no longer our story! If you will stick to the end of this message, and listen to God, it will no longer have to be your story either. Because God is in the business of changing stories! He’s changed my story, and from listening to many of your testimonies, has changed yours also. He can change our story so that no longer does it have to read as a horror novel. It can be a much different one! It can be a story of one that warms your heart Like happiness! Since I’ve been saved, I’ve had those moments of extreme happiness, and contentment! And there are those times when it’s filled with surprise. My story has surprises of, “I wasn’t expecting that, but here it is!” There are surprises in our life; we don’t read that we skip out on life, because we give our heart to God. Other stories in our life also; there’s grief, sorrow, and pain. But this is the part that I like. Our story can end in tears of joy! And a sense of knowing! We can know! There’s a song in the Hymnal, that I think is called, “I Know In Whom I Believe!” We can leave this place and know! God can give us that kind of a story! Prior to finding Christ, I was desiring to find answers. Were you? Deep inside I knew there had to be a better way then how things were going at that time. I just knew, I don’t know how I knew, but I did know! In fact there’s probably one, maybe more, listening to the broadcast who can resonate with what I’m saying this morning. I was at a place where I was desiring to resolve conflict. Looking to get out from a way for what I call a “roller coaster.” I was on a quest to find answers. To bring some sense of order to what otherwise would be categorized as chaotic. And it left me feeling empty. Do you remember feeling that way? Feeling empty? When you desperately wanted to be put back together again? In Jeremiah, the Lord says, For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Jeremiah 29:11 “To give us an expected end.” Does that leave any doubt in your mind that the devil is a liar? The devil wants us to believe that there is no hope!
But there is hope! God is not willing that any should perish, which is why He is so longsuffering with us! Again, 21 For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole. The thought I want to pick up on is this, “where she said, within herself,” And I can imagine her desire to be made whole was ever present in her mind, her heart, and occupied her full attention. I and many of you, know this to be true; something happens when God’s spirit starts dealing with us, doesn’t it? Something starts taking place. When God’s Spirit starts drawing on us, our focus begins to change! A ray of hope begins to surface as you start to imagine the possibilities! Our focus then changes. Something happens then on the inside! A glimmer of hope enters in! And you start to imagine the possibilities! What it would be like to have a good marriage, healthy relationships. These things go through our hearts and minds when the Holy Spirit’s dealing with us prior to us getting saved! You start to imagine what it would be like to have a stable home. When the Spirit of God moves in on us, all these things are within reach! Just right there! For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be… (you fill in the blank!).
Have You Been Made Whole?