I received several emails from blog readers on yesterday's post "God's Lipstick". Just as we can say the wrong thing and cause hurt to ourselves and others, there is something to be said for saying the right thing with our mouth.
There are many illustrations in the Bible of people who said the right thing. One of those is the woman with the issue of blood. Mark 5:25-27 says, "And there was a woman who had had a flow of blood for twelve years. And who had endured much suffering under many physicians and had spent all that she had, and was no better but instead grew worse. She had heard the reports concerning Jesus, and she came up behind Him in the throng and touched His garment."
This poor woman had suffered greatly; and no one had been able to help her. Surely this woman was being attacked with thoughts of hopelessness! When she thought about going to Jesus, she must have heard, "What's the use?" But she pressed on past the crowd that was so thick on all sides that it was suffocating. She touched the hem of Jesus' garment, and healing virtue flowed to her, and she was made well. But there is a part we don't want to miss in Marck 5:28, "If I only touch His garment, I shall be restored to health." Notice she kept saying, she kept saying; do you get it? She kept saying!
No matter what she felt like, no matter how much others tried to discourage her, even though the problem was twelve years old, and the crowd looked impossible to get through, this woman got her miracle. Jesus told her that it was her faith that had made her whole. Her faith was released through her words.
Faith has to be activated if it is to work, and one of the ways we activate it is through our words. Keep saying----and don't give up hope!