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Luke 8:48 NKJV

The Bible says: 'Now a woman, having a flow of blood for twelve years... touched the border of His garment. And immediately her flow of blood stopped... Jesus said, "Somebody touched Me, for I perceived power going out from Me." Now when the woman saw that she was not hidden... she declared... she had touched Him and how she was healed immediately' (v.43-44, 46-47 NKJV).

There are three important lessons for us in this story: 1) Recognise and then seize your moment of opportunity. This woman realised that Jesus was visiting her town and was determined not to miss the chance she had. There are 'God moments' in life when we have to rearrange our priorities, overcome fear, and rely on our faith to ensure we don't miss God's best.

2) Be willing to try a different approach. Because of the large crowd, the woman couldn't get Jesus' attention, so instead she touched the hem of His garment, and was healed. Many times, faith calls for stepping into the unknown, doing something we've never tried before, and discovering God's grace at work in ways we never expected.

3) Set an example for others to follow. Until this time, no one in Scripture had been healed by touching Jesus' garment, and this woman's faith opened a door for others to follow her example. 'People brought all their sick to him and begged him to let the sick just touch the edge of his cloak, and all who touched it were healed' (Matthew 14:35-36 NIV).

God looks for people who are willing to break with tradition, or the 'normal' way of doing things. And when He finds them, He uses them to unlock new dimensions of His power so others can be blessed and made whole.

Heb 9:1-11:16; Matt 12:15-21; Ps 97; Pro 12:1-3

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