Against All Hope Part 2

28 For she said, “If I touch even his garments, I will be made well.”29 And immediately the flow of blood dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease.” – Mark 5:28-29

You don’t hope for what you see, you hope for what is to come.

It was 12 long years of searching, spending and hoping for a cure. A blood disorder that no doctor could find a remedy for. I wonder if she, this lady who had this issue that we read in Mark 5 ever at times gave up? She did have a good reason to stop searching, to give up hope, but she pressed on even into the crowd.

I believe at times we may have an “incurable” type of issue that we might have. Something so big that it’s not within our power to receive or have the questions answered right then and there. God works in mysterious ways, I’ve known of individuals who have gotten instantly delivered from drugs, and alcohol and others who took many years to receive deliverance. We may have to wait, 1, 5, 10 years or longer until, not our search, but our cure, and our Promise is met, and our deliverance is met. We never stop searching, even though we know the One to search for. We must never stop or lose momentum in the waiting, in the pursuing. But simply come to him with the faith that touches His hem.

2. Will I let anything stop me from believing?

Stop and think, what is your “incurable” issue? What is it that you are needing from the Lord today? Is it healing? restoration? deliverance?

Cultivating A Heart of Thanksgiving

We are reminded in this story that what Jesus has done in our lives should never be forgotten. Past, present and future.

LUKE 17:11-19

11 On the way to Jerusalem he was passing along between Samaria and Galilee. 12 And as he entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance 13 and lifted up their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” 14 When he saw them he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went they were cleansed. 

  • Those who are not thankful are those who conditions never change


“Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went they were cleansed. “

There’s something powerful about taking a step of action. 

I believe sometimes God does this to show our Re Action. 

Remember that action portrays character.
We may say we can believe God in a certain area, but are we acting in faith? 

15 And as they went they were cleansed. 15 Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; 

16 and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. 17 Then Jesus answered, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? 18 Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 And he said to him, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.” 





Take a minute and reflect on what the Lord has done, remember when we weren’t faithful, He was faithful!

Remember that pit that He got you out of!

Remember the sin that He freed you from!


I believe there’s a difference between things that are given to us and things that are available to us in the unseen or the spiritual realm (2 Cor. 4:18). What’s given are the things that are just handed to us and we often become complacent in them.

It’s easy to settle for a simple, yet surface-level life, a job that just provides, the so-called American Dream, or a relationship with Jesus that has no depth. However, things that are available are true satisfaction, healing, miracles, purpose, breakthrough, power, closeness to God, and joy.

Desperation causes us to look beyond what’s given. Desperation takes what’s available. It says, “There has to be more and I need it.”

The woman with the issue of blood that we read in Luke 8:43-48 was to say the least very desperate. She had spent her life savings just to find a cure but nothing helped. She had heard of a man named Jesus who was in town. A man who some claimed was the Messiah, but she was willing to just touch the hem of His garment to be healed.

She didn’t let the crowd that was pressed around Him stop her. She didn’t let the naysayers along the way to doubt her. She didn’t care about her social status, she was desperate.

There are times when we need to get out of our box of what’s “normal.” It might require undignified prayer, praise, fasting, and devotion. If we want to experience a touch from Heaven badly enough, we’ll do whatever it takes. Desperation makes a move.

What is one move you could decide to make today?

When Is It My Turn?

For many it’s called the waiting game. I like to call it the unbelief that has settled in the hearts of many Christians. What do I mean? Many Christians have dis-valued the power of God of His healing power, promises and His authority. How? This generation has become impatient, lazy and expect miracles to happen overnight. God never changes, God doesn’t compete with us, and He never will. For some, many people test the Lord, they do things that so they think “make” Him respond of the situation. This can dangerous, and very stupid. We have to realize the character of God and to know that He sends us what we need, when we need it and the time that He allows it to come into your life. We can’t rush God to do things. God’s delivery system is called faith, and without it, no man can please God. Take a look in the book of John 5. A man who had an infirmity for 38 years, who was bedridden, and not able to walk, until one day.


After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.

Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Aramaic called Bethesda, which has five roofed colonnades. In these lay a multitude of invalids—blind, lame, and paralyzed. One man was there who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be healed?” The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, and while I am going another steps down before me.” Jesus said to him, “Get up, take up your bed, and walk.” And at once the man was healed, and he took up his bed and walked.


They once were the first ones to the altar to have prayer; first to stand and worship after offering was taken; first to shake hands to the people around them. Now they are the first ones out the door. Months, maybe years has passed. The miracles, and healing’s that they had read over and over in the Bible; the countless testimonies that they have heard; The hands that have been laid on them for the miracle and healing and has not yet seen manifested in their own life. They desperitly need a miracle but nothing has happened yet. The lies of the enemy has been planted. Now they begin to have thoughts “Does God love me?” “Does God still perform miracles?” “Is there a God”. Yes! Yes! and Yes! The man who once laid for 38 years at the gate by the pool of Bethesda had the same thoughts. When is it going to be my turn? Why are all these around me have gone before me and received their healing? Think of how many people in his time of laying their being the spectator instead of the participant has seen others be healed. They stepped in as a diseased, lame, blind or paralyzed body but came out healed; a miracle had just happened in their life. 


“Our disability has no excuse for His ability”


From the age of 9 I knew God had big plans for me. The scripture that the Holy Spirit had gave me at that age was the discussion at the burning bush when Moses fights with God as to say he is slow of speech, that he is not able to do what God is calling him to do. I too was a Moses.

I had always dreamed of preaching in front of people. The messages that God would give me before I was even called at the age of 22 was like a fire that was shut up in my bones, but boldness I did not have. I too was frail and paralyzed by fear. The moments that led to where I am at today had to take radical, daring faith outside of my comfort zone.

Maybe this man had given up, maybe at one time he was near the pool, but he had said to his friends “Just put me over there away from the water”, “I’m never going to be healed”, “It’s not my time.”

What’s keeping you from the water?


His ability can overcome our disability, it takes faith, just a little faith.
One day, a man who he had never seen before. Maybe he had heard of Jesus, the news about Him being the Messiah, this so called Son of God according to the Pharisees. He found out that He truly was the Son of God, the prophecy that was spoken by Isaiah ” This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah “He took our illness and bore our diseases.” – Matt 8:11

“Take up your bed and walk”

When we rely on the natural instead of the spiritual, the doctors instead of the Lord, medicine instead of the Holy Spirit. We become less dependent on the Lord. Don’t get me wrong, doctors and medicines are a gift from God but we should never come to a point to where we totally depend on them. This man relied on the waters to heal him, but when he had the personal touch from Jesus his whole life changed.









Opportunities Presented by God

“I believe we are each given an opportunity each day to speak, show and shine the Word of God.
And even more opportunities to pray, pursue and perform the work of God. If only we are willing.”

Going to the dealership for some is a headache, getting ran down by a salesman in the lot as if you were a fugitive that had just escaped prison is a lot for a person who just wants to look around for a car. For me, it’s a different story, I love going. As a car enthusiast  and most of the times stumping the salesman about the cars that they have is so fun! Here is my story of an opportunity that I could have encountered if I was willing.

Opportunity Presented

Meet, Mike, who has been in the car business for a little over 5 years. This guy always has a smile on his face, full of joy and for sure a light of the Gospel for that dealership. He wasn’t my salesman, but we bonded the first time we spoke all the times I would get my vehicle serviced. He had told me about his daughter and had asked me to keep her in prayer the first time we had talked. He had told me she had been battling cancer for six months. After I had told him that I was in the ministry, he was enthused. Exited to hear that. He then asked me if I would be willing to come over to his house and pray for his daughter. As if I had stepped into her room, a vision began to take hold of me after he asked me the question. I responded. “Mike, that sounds great, I would love too.” I seen myself, sitting in a chair by a window with her on the bed next to me. Her face, as she was erupting with hope couldn’t wait to listen. As I began to tell her a story about the woman who had a sickness that no man, no medicine could cure but only one name, Jesus. I was taken back to reality when he asked me again, “Would you mind coming over?” I replied again, ” yes!”

“We have very little time” I thought to myself as I left, after I accepted the opportunity, but when? When will I go and pray with his daughter?

So you say your going to pray for that person, are you really?

Every time I would be there for an oil change or when I was close to the dealership I would stop in and tak to the guys. I would always find Mike and ask him how his daughter was. A cold morning in November I walked into the showroom before any salesman were there. Looking around I thought of Mike and his daughter. Was I too late? It’s been a while since he had asked me to go to his house to pray with his daughter. Did I really mean by what I said? Or was it something that he wanted to hear me say? Is she healed? Surely, someone else prayed and she got healed. Its like the memory of her had vanished.

I had seen this man months before with a smile on his face, greeting everyone as if he had known them for years. I was hoping the situation had not gotten worse. I stopped by Mike’s office. For months his life had been ship wrecked, a test of faith, of the situation that he and his wife were facing. A giant of a disease that had no face, no cure. Had she been healed?


There are so many opportunities, a chance to step into a “realm” of Gods power, of Him using you for a specific purpose so many times throughout your life, that most of the times we are not aware. Why? We doubt God. Making excuses like, “I’m not capable of that” or the famous line, “I can’t do that” we’ll of course you can’t, it’s not YOU, it’s all HIM! So lets put on Christ and put off the doubt. And for most the time.

Time is a huge factor, so precious to use every minute wisely, I’ve found that out very quickly when I got called into the ministry. When the opportunity is available, take it and don’t let go. Prioritizing is key, not just in the ministry but for everyone else. I guess you could say I took the opportunity but I would find out that it was taken from me. A single man, most would assume I can find time. working close to 45 hours at my job, plus my small business Nitty Gritty Auto Detailing was too much for me to handle. And I had forgotten more important duties. I was letting the opportunity slip out of my hands without even realizing it.

As I was talking to another salesman asking how their quarter for sales were, Mike steps in, with of course, a smile on his face, said “hey, how you doing?” I said  “I’m fine, and you?” “Doing good!”

As I looked at Mike I could tell his life had taken a different turn. You knew he would have to answer to my question about his daughter, the intense look that he had I knew it wouldn’t be good news. As I had got done paying for the oil change I was motioned to go talk to Mike. I walked over to his desk, took a hold of his hand to shake, I asked him “Mike, your daughter, how is she?” She passed a little over a month ago,” with my hands grasping his, I didn’t let go, his eyes began to form tears. As I looked into his eyes all I could think to say was  ” I’m so sorry, she was ready to go” embracing him and instilling the faith that one day he would see her again. That’s all I could think of to say, I turned around and began to walk away. I paused for a moment.

I knew that my opportunity had been taken away, I didn’t cherish it, because I didn’t cherish the time that I had in order to take action. I let it go, and now it was gone, no second chance.

I think sometimes, God could have used me to heal this girl, of course her church, the pastor prayed with her  for the healing. But what if I had prayed? I’m no one special I know that, but what if God used this situation to use me and to open my eyes to the raw power of His Glory that is unlocked by stepping into faith?


 “And when Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered about him, and he was beside the sea. Then came one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name, and seeing him, he fell at his feet and implored him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well and live.” And he went with him.
And a great crowd followed him and thronged about him. And there was a woman who had a discharge of blood for twelve years, and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse. She had heard the reports about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment. For she said, “If I touch even his garments, I will be made well.” And immediately the flow of blood dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. And Jesus, perceiving in himself that power had gone out from him, immediately turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my garments?” And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing around you, and yet you say, ‘Who touched me?’” And he looked around to see who had done it. But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling and fell down before him and told him the whole truth. And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”
While he was still speaking, there came from the ruler’s house some who said, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?” But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.” And he allowed no one to follow him except Peter and James and John the brother of James. They came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and Jesus saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. And when he had entered, he said to them, “Why are you making a commotion and weeping? The child is not dead but sleeping.” And they laughed at him. But he put them all outside and took the child’s father and mother and those who were with him and went in where the child was. Taking her by the hand he said to her, “Talitha cumi,” which means, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.” And immediately the girl got up and began walking (for she was twelve years of age), and they were immediately overcome with amazement. And he strictly charged them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat.”

(Mark 5:21-43 ESV)

The crowds, the distractions, the religious rulers watching every move of Jesus would be enough for anyone to hide and give up for the day. But he pursued and carried on. Jairus came along, fell at His feet, pleading that He might come and and lay hands so that she may live again. As Jesus was on the way to Jairus’ house, a woman who had endured for 12 years of a blood disorder had a chance to be healed by this man whom they call Jesus. The crowds by now were pressing in even more closer to Jesus as they were anticipating of what was to happen at Jairus’ house.

Reality: We began to push things to the side whenever we have too much going on at once, at least I know I do. The pressure, the stress of today’s society is easy for anyone to say, “I don’t have the time.” We put the work of God on the back-burner and do the more “important” things first.

Q: Are we completing the opportunities that we receive?


The Willingness

def. – Acting or ready to act gladly; eagerly compliant

We speak before we really think about the situation that we are about to embark on. Whether it is a prayer request, a promise to another, or a situation that I had. Intentions are different from willingness. The willingness to do something is stepping into faith. Intentions are thoughts, no motivation.


Are you willing to open the door?

 “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.” – Revelation 3:20

Never, does anyone have a second chance to change a circumstance in their life, even an opportunity that I could have acted on; she is gone. But that does not mean that God will not use me in another opportunity that He may bring my way, we must learn from our mistakes and keep our eyes open to those opportunities. The second our last breath is breathed here on Earth, we stand before a Holy God who is just. There will be no second chance to make things right, we must make that decision here on Earth. Are you willing to open that door of Salvation for Him to be Lord over your life?