In the Press

Mark 5: 25-27

And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years, and had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse, when she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind and touched his garment.

–What is a press? It is a device used for applying pressure to something in order to flatten or shape it or to extract something from it. Literally, pushing until something happens.

–What does it mean to press? It means to move or cause to move into a position of contact with something by exerting continuous physical force.

We’ll apply both definitions here.

The device applying pressure? The “issues.”

First issue: the hemorrhage. This thing was ongoing–12 years and counting. She’d done everything…seen doctors, invested finances. Without a solution, she only got worse. The issue was applying pressure. Can’t you relate? Think about the issues in your life–the things that you’re spending resources and energy on because they need to be regulated or rectified. How have you been shaped because of your issues? And more importantly, what has been drawn out of you as a direct result of dealing with your issues? What are the fruits of the press? This woman had a hemorrhage. It wouldn’t stop, but caused her to constantly be moving until she was finally in perfect position for healing. Because of the press, she had to press. Take note! If you’re feeling a little pressure in life right now, you may need to move into a new position. It’s going to take fortitude, but it’s necessary. Move until you reach your purposed point of contact.

Second issue: the crowd. “I know Jesus is coming through. Oh my goodness, He’s right there, but how am I going to get through all of these people?” She had to get through the pressing crowd. They all wanted to see Jesus, but she had a need to see Jesus. Man, can’t you see yourself? You know what you need. It’s in sight but out of reach. You could get right up on it, but you’ve got a lot of other things to work through first–opinions, fear, doubt. You’ve got to muster up the strength to press through those things and make contact with destiny. This woman moved into a position that allowed her to make contact with Jesus and thus gain her healing. Another note: Don’t let the obstacles discourage you. Understand that the issues are static. They won’t do the moving. They will only obstruct until you decide to face and maneuver through them.

Sometimes, you have to come in the press behind. You wish you had seen it early before you’d spent valuable time and resources–when you could have made appropriate moves to get where you need to be sooner. Instead, the solution manifests later and you decide to press toward it as a last resort. There are no other options. Go on and press! And while doing so, remember:  You have to let pressure produce its fruit. Allow it to draw faith out of you and courageously move into a position by which you can receive what God has for you. See your strengths in the press and gather them up. See the fruits of the press, count them all joy, and be blessed!





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