Grabbing the Hem of the Almighty!

Do you need to reach Jesus today? Is there something you’ve been struggling with for years? Have you given up hope?

I love the story in Matthew 9 of the woman who suffered twelve long years until she intersected with Deity. I love the fact that she pressed in until she reached Jesus. She didn’t give up. She was one beautiful fierce woman!

I can’t imagine how physically depleted she was as a result of her illness. For years she had a continual blood flow. Not to mention her emotional trauma, caused by the humiliation and isolation of living as an outcast for more than a decade. Normally, she would slink away from a crowd in shame. But her intense need to reach Jesus propelled her forward—pressing through her fear.

She wasn’t planning to be noticed by Him, she just wanted to finger the fringe of His cloak, and perhaps briefly clutch the tassels hanging from His prayer shawl. Her faith in this One, who rebuked storms and caressed children, removed her impulse to retreat in fear.

The Healer rewarded her faith with intimate words tenderly blanketing her weary soul:

[box]”Daughter, take courage; your faith has made you well.”[/box]

The word He uses here transliterated: “sózó” primarily refers to soul healing; to God rescuing from the penalty and power of sin. Her healing extended beyond what she could have imagined. It went beyond physical. Jesus gave her spiritual life. She would never be the same.

She tugged on the hem of the Almighty and received more than she asked for.

Her grasping for His help, reminds me of a phrase from one of my favorite verses:

[box]“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think . . .” (Eph. 3:20)[/box]

I love the fact that He is the God that is beyond . . . beyond what we ask, beyond what we can imagine or dream . . . He is beyond all that. He is the God of the impossible and He invites us to grab onto the hem of His will.

He invites us to press into Him, leaving our fear and shame behind.

He is the God that is beyond our wildest dreams—but He is close enough to reach out and touch.

How can I pray for you today?

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  • Jill

    Please pray for my marriage that is struggling. Pray for strength for both of us to continue the fight and to always keep God #1 in our hearts! I love your messages and daily words of encouragement! Thank you!

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Pausing to pray for you now. Praying that God will use you to ignite a passion for Him and His Word!

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Hello, Jill ~

    I am so sorry to hear that you’re in that painful place of struggle with your marriage. So, so hard, but not beyond the scope of God’s grace and ability to transform! I don’t know the details of your situation, but many wives have found this resource helpful from Revive Our Hearts Ministires: The 30 Day Husband Encouragement Challenge.

    If you go to the link below, you will find several helpful resources like that:

    And thank you so much for your kind words of encouragement! I’m so thankful the blog posts are helpful, that is my prayer.

    Pausing to pray for you and your marriage now, dear one ~

  • mayra

    Thank you because I don’t know you, but you have been a blessing in my life.I give GOD thanks for your ministry. I still have a long journey with my marriage and my husband recuperating from his addiction.but with GOD all.Is possible. Only with Him we have peace in our tribulation a. May GOD continue blessing your every day!!!

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Thank you, dear Mayra ~

    So thankful to hear you are blessed by what you are reading. God is so good to encourage us when we seek Him. I’m so sorry for the challenging season you are walking through, but pray God will use this time to conform you more to His image, to draw you to a place of deeper dependency on Him, and to give you greater joy in His presence.

    Blessings dear one ~