by Gail M. Hayes, Pd.D
Now, a woman, having a flow of blood for twelve years,
who had spent all her livelihood on physicians and could
not be healed by any, came from behind and touched the border
of His garment. And immediately the flow of blood stopped.
--- Luke 8:43-44
Can you imagine not having the power of His resurrection
in your life? Can you imagine not even understanding the
significance of His resurrection power? I believe we find
the perfect example of someone who understood the Lord's
resurrection in our sister, the woman with the issue of
She was near death. Doctors did all they could do for her.
She sold all she had for treatments. She cried many tears
and tried every available remedy but nothing worked. Nothing
stopped the disgusting flow of her blood. Every morning,
she awoke, hoping to avoid the stench of her existence.
She wanted to be whole. Death beckoned her to give up the
fight and welcome his foul embrace. She ran from her unyielding
suitor, dodging his attempts at courtship. She felt like
a mouse caught in a maze, running but finding no visible
means of escape.
With her strength nearly gone, she could barely resist
the onslaught of death's serenade. Sinking fast into his
dark trap, she wept bitterly. Where else could she turn
for help? What could she do? Then one day, while walking
through the streets, she heard, above the harsh whispers,
about a Man. She heard that this Man possessed resurrection
power. She heard that He was coming to her town and would
arrive sometime during the next day. Our sister knew that
she had to not only see Him, but she had to touch Him. She
heard that He performed miracles of healing and deliverance
and she needed both. That evening, she made a fateful decision.
In the morning, she would not only see but also touch Jesus,
Son of the true and living God.
We can imagine on that fateful day, she crawled out of
bed and dressed herself. She ate what little breakfast she
had and readied herself for the crowd. You see, everyone
knew about her condition. Everyone knew she had the flow
of blood. You know how it is. When you have an extreme problem,
it seems that everyone
knows your business. In your desperate state, you somehow
become transparent to the world around you.
You care nothing for stares; nothing for whispers; nothing
for the silent wall of opposition that stands, trying to
keep you from walking in your destiny. Well, everyone knew
about her and her condition and they talked about her. She
was unclean. She did not have the right to be out among
the people. The air reeked with the foulness of her decaying
flesh. Some quickly moved aside, while others, like towers
of anger and resistance, held their hands over their noses
and barred her way. She knew about their traditions. She
knew that her presence made them uncomfortable, but she
was a woman on a mission. Like a heat seeking missile, her
target was resurrection power.
She pressed through the hostile crowd; The crowd who knew
her business; The crowd who talked about her. The crowd
who watched her transform from a beautiful, healthy woman
to a walking carcass of fast approaching death. She fought
her way through barbs of anger and opposition, because these
things did not hinder her movement. She fought against tradition,
religion, hatred and discrimination. She felt her body weaken
and almost give in to the pressure.
Suddenly, she remembered that she was in a battle for her
life and this was only chance to live again.. She moved
forward with all her remaining strength. As she moved, she
fell into the dust of freedom, broke free from human chains
and touched the hem of His garment. She experienced the
mighty flow of His resurrection power and the Bible tells
us that she was made whole. We do not read any other scripture
on this woman, but I believe she served as a living witness
to the power of resurrection. She was now free to fulfill
her true purpose on earth. One cannot walk in purpose until
one experiences the resurrection power of our Lord.
The Lord has a magnificent purpose for each of us. When
He whispers purpose to our hearts, many times, we allow
those sweet whispers to melt in the heat of opposition and
discouragement. We know what He spoke but, we still allow
others to discourage us. We embrace shame, oppression and
unbelief and allow perversion to lead us down the path of
ungodliness. We joyfully sit and joyfully feast while others
serve us spiritual garbage served on depression's china.
This is not what the Father wants for us. When we sit down
to this disgusting feast, we minimize our Lord's sacrifice
on Calvarys tree. He lived and died for our freedom.
Our Lord wants us free to accomplish our purpose here on
I pray, in this new year, that like the woman with the
issue of blood, you will fight against the things that hold
you captive and fulfill your purpose. As you walk out your
purpose, go into the royal court, touch His garment's hem
and be made whole in the name that is above every name...Jesus
Christ, Son of the true and living God!
Copyright 2002 -- Gail M. Hayes, Ph.D. - All rights
reserved under international copyright laws.
About the Author
Gail M. Hayes, Ph.D is the Executive Director and founder
of Daughters of the King Ministries, Inc. and the
Alliance of Women Leaders. She is also the host of
Write It! Speak It! Live It! Writers Workshop and
Proclaim! Christian Communicators Gathering.
When looking for a writer or speaker who ignites your spirit
and creates an atmosphere of inspiration, motivation and
contagious enthusiasm, you have but to look directly at
Dr. Gail Hayes or Dr. Gail as others affectionately call
her. Dr. Gail works tirelessly to help women discover, accept,
embrace and walk in their God given purpose and identity.Contact
her via email
or visit our Web site at Daughters
of the King.