Mother said it was a curse,
Father said; “stay home and make certain you aren’t seen by anyone.”
Home was my companion, I knew every stain and crack on those four walls.
I was constantly clothed with thick black garments, it was my yearly vogue.

“Fix me please!” I cried to the millionth physician I had seen since my condition.
“I’m sorry Miss. There’s nothing I can do. He said with a sigh and head bowed. You should have come sooner.”
So I was going to live with this curse all my life? I will never have a normal life or wear normal clothes? You mean I’ll never be seen in public like every other person?
What did I ever do to deserve this wicked burden?

I weighed so little for my age
The hemorrhage had drained my existence
Twelve years of incessant, painful, smelly flow
I wore rags upon rags underneath, to keep me from spilling.
Hahaha! Those days and nights I just sat over a bucket and cried till my tears dried.
Twelve years of giving all I had for a cure, and gaining nothing in return.

I heard of Him and all that He did
I heard He made people well when He touched them.
They gathered daily to hear Him speak
Who He was, I didn’t know.
And how would I find out, when Father had banned me from being seen!

I want to be well!
I want this man to make me well! And if I’m not worthy to be seen by him, then I can at least touch his clothes… he won’t see me, I’ll just steal my way through and no one will ever notice.

I struggled through the crowd that gathered, probably for the same purpose for which I came. I pressed and pushed until I got close to Him.
That had to be Him, He was calm amidst the bustling crowd, and everyone gathered around Him.
I touched the end of His cloth, and I felt an instant halt to the flow of blood within me… it has really stopped!

I was still in my thoughts and about to run home to check for sure, when He called out; “who touched me?”
Oh no! Oh no! He noticed… now everyone will see me!
I was frightened but I owned up. I told Him what I did.

He looked at me with that same calm I saw before I touched his cloth.
He said to me; “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, you are healed of your disease.”

I ran,
I walked briskly…confident for the first time!
I had met the healer, and He healed me.
My name is Daughter, that’s what He called me.

Mark 5:25-34

Paula Young
Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016


November 2018 Edition…

Lecture Topic:

Text: Malachi 2:15-16
“God, not you made marriage. His Spirit inhabits even the smallest details of marriage…So guard the spirit of marriage within you…” (MSG)

“There is a spirit of marriage.!

The spirit of a thing is what makes that thing work or answer to its name. It’s what makes that thing a reality…

For example:
– the spirit of Christ-1Peter 1:11
– the spirit of faith- 2Corinthians 4:13
– the spirit of jealousy- Numbers 5:30
– the spirit of the world- 2Timothy 1:17… etc.

Many are doing marriage with the spirit of the culture and tradition of their country, tribe or colour. Some are doing marriage with the spirit of the age, century or generation they’re born in. No wonder there is so much trouble in marriages!

If the spirit of a thing is not at work in you, you will not be able to function as is required of you to enjoy the blessing that thing offers.

The spirit of faith, for instance, will make you believe, think, talk and act faith, and your life will be full of the proofs of the faith of Jesus that is in you as a believer.

Friends, there is a spirit of marriage. And when you’re conscious of that spirit, and you submit yourself to its power and influence, it will control you, and determine…

* how you see and value marriage

* how you behave

* what you do

* and the choices and decisions you make in and concerning your marriage.

Just like the way a man behaves when he is under the control and influence of the spirit of alcohol, drugs, lust or anger. Yes!

On your wedding day, you received a baptism of the spirit of marriage…

Just like the Apostles were baptized with the Spirit of Christ, and all of the Acts of the Apostles is a record of the influence and power of that Spirit in their lives, as they submitted totally to Him, and continued to do what was required to keep Him at work in them.

(For a deeper understanding of this, get my new book: THE PURPOSE OF PRAYER).

That was why Peter told the others that they have to leave serving of tables to others, so that they can give themselves to prayer and the ministry of the Word.

Because that is what will keep that Spirit activated and powering their lives and assignment (Acts 6:1-7).

When you are aware that the spirit to do marriage came into you when you legally became husband and wife, and you allow that spirit to control you by all means, it will always make you do what is required of you to enjoy the power and blessings of marriage…”

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