Thursday, July 9, 2009

Week Three: Day 3 - Speaking Truth to Your Issues

- Mark 5:24-34 - So Jesus went with him. A large crowd followed and pressed around him. And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. When she hear about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, "If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed." Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering. At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, "Who touched my clothes?" "You see the people crowding against you," his disciples answered, "and yet you can ask, 'Who touched me?'" But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. He said to her, "Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering."
- We often face one defining circumstance that becomes the headwater from which other issues flow.
- You must speak a word to your sould that prompts action resulting in healing.
- It's what she told herself that matters. She spoke words of wisdom and truth to her soul.
- Counseling ourselves to act on truth and coaching ourselves on to make good choices are healthy and wise. Wise soul talk helps us overcome our issues.
- Jesus never said her soul talk made her wel. He said it was her faith. Her faith invited healing. Her soul talk contributed to her faith, but it didn't replace her faith. She spoke truth to her soul in the same way you and I need to speak truth to our souls. By faith we receive truth. By faith we believe truth. And by faith we act on truth.
- Soul talk can never substitute for faith. She couldn't have talked herself into healing. But she did talk herself into seeking Jesus, and that was what she needed. Soul talk is faith's companion, not its replacement.
- Our issues can dictate our beliefs, color our actions, and affect our attitudes, but so can our faith.

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