Desperate for Help

When Jesus had again crossed over by boat to the other side of the lake, a large crowd gathered around him while he was by the lake. Then one of the synagogue leaders, named Jairus, came, and when he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet. He pleaded earnestly with him, “My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.” So Jesus went with him. A large crowd followed and pressed around him.” Mark 5:21-24 NIV

As they are on their way, they are stopped by our friend from last week, who was bleeding and was in desperate need of a miracle herself, and in an instant, the miracle Jarius thought would happen quickly has come to a screeching halt. I can only imagine what Jarius was thinking, “Come on, come on. We don’t have time for this. My baby is dying. You can come back for her, but I need you right now! She doesn’t; her issue isn’t as important as mine. If we stay here any longer, all hope will be lost and my child will be gone.” I can think of many times when I thought my issues, my circumstances, my hurts, my financial struggles, were more important than other people’s needs and struggles. Like theirs could wait, but mine couldn’t. Like if Jesus didn’t show up when I thought the right time was, all would be lost.  Kind of a selfish mentality to have, but I’ve had it and I know I’m not alone in this. Desperation can bring this to the surface, and when things don’t pan out the way we feel they should, we lose hope. We lose faith that Jesus is able to do the things He says He can. Our doubts can try and send Jesus away. We think He is too late. That the things in our lives have gotten too bad, and not even He can fix them.

While Jesus was still speaking, some people came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” they said. “Why bother the teacher anymore?” Mark 5:35 NIV

But I am learning each day, that Jesus doesn’t work in the ways we do. He doesn’t think like we do, and He doesn’t see situations or issues we have the way we do. In Isaiah 55:8-9 it says, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts”. You see, Jesus handles crisis completely different than we do, and we have to be open to the ways He does what He does.

Who are we to ever say that He cannot turn something around? Who are we give up on ourselves, when God hasn’t? I believe, that sometimes things have to get really bad in our lives before Jesus can do anything. This way, when all the pieces finally settle in place, there will be a great and powerful impression of who Jesus really is and what He is able to do pressed into our lives.

“Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.” He did not let anyone follow him except Peter, James and John the brother of James. When they came to the home of the synagogue leader, Jesus saw a commotion, with people crying and wailing loudly. He went in and said to them, “Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep.” But they laughed at him. After he put them all out, he took the child’s father and mother and the disciples who were with him, and went in where the child was. He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum!” (which means “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”). Immediately the girl stood up and began to walk around (she was twelve years old). At this they were completely astonished.” Mark 5:36-42 NIV

Because of a desperate situation, a man and his family were able to experience the grace, mercy, and love of Jesus in a miraculous and precious way. Jarius was a Pharisee, a religious Jewish leader. He had prominence. He had the glory and praise of men. He had wealth. Given things by many people. Yet the one thing he was in desperate need of, only God could fix. Not people, not their things, not their money, only God.

Are you in a place where it seems like God isn’t hearing you, or that your situation doesn’t seem like it matters to Him? Well, the truth is: He knows, He sees, and He will be there on time, and when the time is right. He hasn’t forgotten about you. Are you at the point of realizing you can’t fix it by yourself? Jesus is the only One who holds the solution you really need. God is not absent from your struggle. Nothing you’re facing or battling is too much for Him. You matter to Him. Your stuff matters. He has not forgotten about you, and He never will. Re-adjust your focus, and be reminded of who He is.

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God Bless you guys! Thank you so much for stopping by! Psalm 121 is always one of my favorite go-to passages when things get rough. It’s one of the greatest reminders of God’s promise that He will never leave me; I just have to remember to look to Him.

-Arnita Faith

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Desperate and Unwilling to Wait

“Now a certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years, and had suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment. For she said, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.””  Mark 5:25-28 NKJV

Sometimes waiting in line for what you need from God just won’t work. Jesus was on the way to heal the daughter of a Pharisee (a religious Jewish leader), who was sick and near death, and her touch interrupted Him.

When I read this passage, I am amazed by this woman. She was so desperate that she was willing to get in trouble, according to Jewish Law, for coming close to people while having this blood flow; because with it, she was deemed ceremonially unclean and had to be away from the people. She was willing to crawl on her hands and knees just to get to the One (Jesus) who she heard could make her better. She wasn’t looking for Him to speak to her; she just wanted to touch His clothes!

Have you ever wanted or needed God so bad that you didn’t even care about Him speaking to you, but you knew that if you could just get in His presence that everything would change? So desperate that you were willing to do whatever it took to receive what He had? This was that woman. She wasn’t looking to be seen, she wasn’t looking to be heard, she was just looking to get what she needed. She didn’t mean to interrupt Him. “Just one touch,” she thought “and I’ll finally be better”.  But her desperate touch caused a halt in Jesus’ steps and gained His attention.

“Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction. And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him, turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched My clothes?”  But His disciples said to Him, “You see the multitude thronging You, and You say, Who touched Me?’ “And He looked around to see her who had done this thing. But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came 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 affliction.” Mark 5:29-34 NKJV

How breathtaking…He wasn’t ashamed or bothered by the fact that someone who was seen as “unclean” touched Him. In fact, He embraced her when He should have, according to Jewish customs, rejected her. Instead, Jesus loved her. He called her daughter. Society had discarded her because of her affliction, but He showed her love and compassion. He didn’t reject her, He embraced her with loving arms. Did you know that regardless of your afflictions and issues, you are accepted and loved by God? That there is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING that can take His love from you when you seek after Him? He called her daughter when everyone else abandoned her, and turned their backs on her. He saw beyond her shame.

Jesus was after something much bigger than her bodily healing. She was too important to Him. He wasn’t just willing to pass over her touch. No! What He had for her was greater than her natural healing.

And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction.” Mark 5:34 NKJV

The word well in this passage of scripture comes from the Greek word sozo which simply means to save. This woman was not only given the gift of healing in her body but in an instant, her soul was saved and her relationship with God restored.

She mattered to God; so much so, He was willing to stop what He was doing to pull her from the pits of her misery. Her desperation got her to her salvation. Desperate faith is a powerful thing. There are no limits to what can be done with it. She was hungry for change, and not willing to wait in line for her chance at a miracle. She was willing to crawl in the dirt, possibly getting stepped on, all in hopes of being made whole. And because of her desperate seeking to be healed, she was made completely whole in Christ Jesus.

Are you desperate yet? Desperate enough to do whatever it takes to be made completely whole, in mind, body, and spirit? Are you hungry for change, for what God has for you, for newness and transformation? Running ahead of others with an unrelenting seek after God is sometimes the only answer to get the revival we need in our lives. Desperation is not always a bad thing, as long as, we use it the right way.

Prayer: Father, we are broken, wounded, and in desperate need of You. You are the only One who truly has what we need. Please help us press pass the crowds in our lives to get to You. We need to touch the hem of Your garment, or we will be stuck in this state forever. In Jesus Name, Amen.

God Bless,

Arnita Faith

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Blind and Desperate

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It’s easy to assume that when it’s time for things to change in our lives, they’ll just happen when “they’re supposed to”. It is so easy to sit and watch life go by and happen for others and feel like, “eventually my time will come too”. But what if that’s not how it’s supposed to be all the time? In some situations, we are simply told to wait patiently,

 “Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!” Psalm 27:14 NKJV

But what if every promise of God we’re waiting to see manifest in our lives, doesn’t work that way? What if, it takes a desperate seeking after God to see the change we need? What if, we decided to step out of line and go straight to the front to get what we really need from God?

Often, we can get stuck, confused, and even delirious with worry because we don’t know what else to do. We become weak, ashamed, and buried under the rubble of burdens and stresses caused by life. When we find ourselves in these places of depression and despair, instead of  taking a seat in it, we have to become desperate and unrelenting in our seek for Christ. In these times, we can’t just idly wait in line for “our turn” to come around. We must go after God in ways that may seem crazy to everyone else, but that will catch the eye of the only One who can really make a difference.

A Tale of Two Men (Matthew 20:29-34 NKJV)

“Now as they went out of Jericho, a great multitude followed Him (Jesus Christ). And behold, two blind men sitting by the road, when they heard that Jesus was passing by, cried out, saying, “Have mercy on us, O Lord, Son of David!” Then the multitude warned them that they should be quiet; but they cried out all the more, saying, “Have mercy on us, O Lord, Son of David!” So Jesus stood still and called them, and said, “What do you want Me to do for you?” They said to Him, “Lord, that our eyes may be opened.” So Jesus had compassion and touched their eyes. And immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed Him.”

It was their desperate seeking for Jesus’ attention that brought about their healing. They went after Jesus with all their might. They seemed so obnoxious to the crowd that at one point people were basically telling them to “shut up” because they didn’t see the need of what they were doing. They had no idea what these men were going through in their lives, and to them it didn’t matter. But for these men, getting the attention of Jesus was everything because they didn’t just need healing in their natural body, but for their souls.

“And immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed Him.” Matthew 20:34 NKJV

 Their healing was much deeper than their outward situation; it hit places in their souls they probably didn’t even realize His touch would reach. Just from one encounter with Christ, their entire world changed; their way of living, their quality of life, and even their relationship with God. They immediately began to follow after Jesus because they knew He was everything they needed. It was their desperation that caused the compassion of Christ to show up on the scene, and give them a new way to see things.

See, hard times in life should always draw us closer to God, but most times we get blinded from seeing who He really is. Trials can draw our focus onto ourselves and our issues. With each passing thought we sink deeper and deeper into what we’re up against, drowning into the sea of sorrow and misery. We tend to go to places, people, and things to make it all better, when Christ is the only One that can make the difference. He is the only One that can deal with the voids in our lives properly, and bring us to a place of wholeness.

We have to be desperate in our seek after Christ, and immerse ourselves in Him. Worship Him until something happens. Pray until He speaks. Study the Bible; don’t just read it, but dig deep to get understand of what God’s word is saying. Turn down your plate (fast), and seek God to fill you instead. Be honest, and get help with a struggle. Whatever it is, go after God with all you’ve got, even if it looks crazy to others. This isn’t about what they think, but about what you need. Stop giving up when things get hard, but seek after God.

 “I sought the LORD, and He answered me and delivered me from all my fears.”  Psalm 34:4 ESV

This is for us too! God will answer our prayers too! We just have to be willing to seek Him. Don’t give up until you get God’s attention.

Prayer: Father, we desperately need You. Help us get passed the opinions of others, and our own turmoil as we seek after You. Show us Your compassion. Without Your touch, we will continue to live blind and unchanged. In Jesus Name, Amen.

God Bless,

Arnita Faith