When Your Issues Have Issues.

There was a woman an issue of blood for twelve years.

Mark 5:25-32 New King James Version25 Now a certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years, 26 and had suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse. 27 When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment. 28 For she said, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.29 Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the [f]affliction. 30 And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him, turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched My clothes?” 31 But His disciples said to Him, “You see the multitude thronging You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’ ” 32 And He looked around to see her who had done this thing. 33 But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth. 34 And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction.”

Like this woman, everybody has an issue–a problem they can’t fix. For instance an anger issue, an unforgiveness issue or an alcohol issue can lead to other issues like broken relationships, finance problems, and health problems or even emotional problems like bitterness. These problems are difficult to fix. Medical doctors can’t fix bitterness. Hurt over a period of times leads to weightiness. You can’t be healed of an issue you don’t deal with. The big lie is–I am fine.

You are okay if you are trusting in the Lord. But you’re not okay if you are depending on your own will or resources to solve the problem. Also being impatient is an issue. Not being willing to wait, and especially not being willing to wait on God will lead to bigger issues. Consider Abraham and Sarah. They wanted a child but Sarah was barren. Sarah suggested Abraham have a child by her maid Hagar and they could adopt the child. Hagar had a

But people with issues can flip the page of negativity to a positive outcome through Jesus Christ.

“With God all things are possible.”

Matthew 19:26

If you don’t guard your heart you will make foolish decisions for “now” without considering the consequences.

  • Proverbs 4:23-24 New Living Translation – Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.

The woman with the issue got sick and tired of being sick and tired. She changed her thinking when she heard about Jesus.

  • Matthew 9:21-22 New King James Version21 For she said to herself, “If only I may touch His garment, I shall be made well.” 22 But Jesus turned around, and when He saw her He said, “Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And the woman was made well from that hour.

Three things to do when your problem is causing problems…

  1. Love God and love people. (When you learn to love people, you won’t have room for unforgiveness. The enemy will try to make you have a problem with God, thinking: “Why did God let me go through this?” Consider the faith of Job. Even when Job lost everything, Job refused to blame God. Job said “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him.” (Job 13:15) When people don’t understand what’s happening in your life, they will make up a reason and spread lies. Keep trusting God even when others don’t understand your issue. Don’t try to fix your issues in your flesh. Let the Lord handle it. Pray for your enemies with a pure heart of love for them. Don’t let the attitudes of other people change you.
  2. Test positive for faith. The Lord is looking for faith. Will He find faithfulness in you? Everyone will be tested for faith. Be determined to demonstrate faith in Jesus and faithfulness to Jesus. Faith can be contagious too.
  3. Develop a desire to pray. Your prayer life must be exercised to grow. It’s important to just start. Don’t focus on a length of time. Focus on the Lord and being sincere as you pray. Pray for the desire to pray and the Lord will help you.

“The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”

James 5:16

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