camouflage-warrior-semmick-photoStop Camouflaging Your Pain! Despite all the colors, distractions and beating around the bush, when you look into the eye you see that pain is still present with you. Pain has a name too.  It is called physical suffering or distress, as due to injury, illness; a distressing sensation in a particular part of the body; mental or emotional suffering or torment.  As Christians we cannot ever really confess that we are in pain.  We have to hide it.  We must declare “All is well” when it is not really well. We can speak, yell and cry out but what is happening on the inside of us really?  Does that even count?  Why doesn’t anyone ever talk about it?  Where is my real story in the bible?  I don’t see it.  The story where hope dies, faith dies, love dies, dreams die, plans die and your heart is not really healed at all because of the frequency.  

There was a woman in the bible that is still nameless til this day.  She is known as the woman with the “issue” of blood in Matthew Chapter 9.  This woman lived in frequent pain for 12 years.  She was hemorrhaging badly…and daily!  She was a rich woman that lost it all.  Very little details are given about her except that ONE DAY she heard that Jesus was coming through.  She said to HERSELF because usually when you’re in pain you are alone, “IF I can ONLY …. TOUCH… THE HEM OF HIS GARMENT…. I WILL BE MADE WHOLE!!!”

I took the time to drag upon that sentence because it is so powerful!  She said… I will touch the hem and I am going to be healed PRIOR TO THE TOUCH! How do we know it was prior because the word states “SHE SAID” in verse 21.  Then when He arrives in the town she reaches out and WHAM!!! Virtue left the body of Jesus and onto her to bring upon the healing.  For Jesus said, “WHO TOUCHED ME?”  The disciples looked at Him like He had 3 heads (even though He does) and said “Master, are you kidding, we are in a crowd… EVERYONE IS TOUCHING YOU!!!”

Jesus replies, “oh no no no…through all the crowd of busybodies and wannabees there is one among the crowd that believes in Me and touched Me!” Lo & behold there was the woman nearby…crouched down low, humbled and healed!  Jesus says to her, “Be of good cheer, daughter; your FAITH has made you well.”  So then this question was brought to me, “If you haven’t touched the hem of His garment for immediate healing then what are you touching?”

It was not the hem that made her well.  It was not the body of Jesus that made her well. It was not even HIS PRESENCE that made her well.  Jesus wanted to assure her, the people in the crowd and all those that would read this history that it was her FAITH that made her well.  She believed she was going to be made well with this action.  What are we putting our faith into? Another book? Another teaching? Another friend? Another marriage? Another relationship? Another Church?  Another Job? Another child?

We can go from one to one and to the next but if we never use the one tool that will truly make us well then we shall never obtain it no matter how many other therapeutic tools we use! The tool we need is FAITH! Once we really have that…then certainly, we have touched the hem!!!!

Stop camouflaging your pain. Come out, expose the wound and get the healing that you need to be free. Stop acting like you’re okay when you are not.  I don’t know about you but I want to be made whole. Say this as a prayer, “Dear Jesus, help me build that faith prior to the touch that I need right now.  Make me whole for I can no longer live in this condition any longer.  I need healing in my relationships, healing in my body, soul and mind. I need restoration. I need you in my life to get me through the trauma. I am tired of living with the pain caused from the hemorrhaging.  I am hurt, I am in pain and I WANT TO BE MADE WHOLE!”  

About Christina

Blessings to all that are viewing this. My name is Christina Cruz-Mendez. I am a Senior Pastor at Mission United International Church in Yonkers, NY working along side my husband Juan A. Mendez Jr. Senior Pastor, currently residing in Canton, Georgia. We have been together for 29 years with 2 children that God has blessed us with. Makes us the family of four - "JusChrist4". I have been a Christian and active in ministry for about 22 years now. Through all the rocky and smooth roads in life I am eternally grateful that God has brought me this far in life to share with the world what He is doing in me, through me and for me. View all posts by Christina

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