“Jesus saw her…and said, ‘Dear woman, you are healed of your sickness!’”
Lk 13:12 NLT
The Bible says: “As Jesus was teaching in a synagogue, he saw a woman who had been …bent double for eighteen years and was unable to stand up straight…he called her over and said, ‘Dear woman, you are healed’…Then he touched her, and instantly she could stand straight. How she praised God! But the leader in charge of the synagogue was indignant that Jesus had healed her on the Sabbath day” (vv. 10-14 NLT). Notice three things about this woman: (1) She had a long-term problem. It was a visible condition everyone could see. But many of the people we meet have problems within: situations they’ve wrestled with for years; issues so painful that it causes them to “act out” what’s going on inside them. They need to be handled with care and compassion. (2) No matter how hard she tried, she couldn’t straighten up. She had a burden that nobody but Jesus could lift, and she would never be free until He did. Can you relate? Are you trying to medicate your pain through tireless work, wrong relationships, or mood-altering substances? Have you gotten so used to your problem that even when you’ve a chance to be delivered, you won’t let it go; it’s like your security blanket? Jesus will set you free if you turn to Him! (3) What she needed was a touch from Jesus. The church she went to couldn’t help her. The pastor actually condemned Jesus for healing her on the Sabbath. Away with powerless religion that has no answers! Today turn to Jesus, by whose stripes we are healed, within and without.
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