Have you ever had a long year? I think I know the answer. Can you imagine having 12 of them in a row?
There’s a woman in the Bible who had a disease for 12 years. One translation says “LONG years”. When we’re in a fight of faith, time can really seem to crawl.
She had SUFFERED a great deal from many doctors and over the years spent everything she had to pay them.
We can all relate to that. I especially hate going to the doctor for a 3 o’clock appointment and then being kept waiting in a COLD room (why do they keep them 60 degrees?) until 4:00. (Sorry doctors…I had to say it.)
She finally reached the point in her life where she was ready to do WHATEVER necessary to get her miracle.
The throngs of people crowded around Jesus that day must have seemed completely OVERWHELMING to her. But she had a plan!
She had tenacity that said, “No matter what… I’m NOT leaving today without my miracle!!!
“…having done all, stand.” Ephesians 6:13 (NKJV)
When physically and mentally we’ve exhausted every ounce of energy we have, God says to KEEP standing!!
This woman had a holy determination that fueled her past weakness and physical pain, until she finally got her audience with Jesus and was made WHOLE.
She wasn’t JUST healed. All the years of her life that she’d lost through misery and financial setbacks were RESTORED to her. How cool is that?
The Big Turnaround
If we stand STRONG we won’t be standing long!
She had been down for 12 years, but her FAITH freed her in less than 12 seconds!
When our checkbook reports a negative balance, we STAND. When the joy is gone from our marriage, we STAND. When the report from the doctor seems hopeless, we STAND and STAND FIRM!
When we make that conscious decision to STAND, our problems will begin to CRUMBLE from the inside out.
We just have to make sure that we don’t break DOWN before we break THROUGH!