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Press In Mark 5:25-34 Pastor Jonathan Hemphill January 19, 2014

What seemingly to be a simple text provides one of the most powerful examples in scripture of what could happen in a person’s life if they learn to just press in. This woman has live with this bleeding condition for twelve long years. Could you imagine living with something that was so depleting of your energy that you could not have a normalized life? Your mood was always down, could not have relations due to the situation, and probably no man would ever be interested in her. Cut off from society, cut off from family, cut off from friends… she was even cut off from going to worship because she was considered to be unclean. Twelve years a slave to her condition. She was unwanted, untouched, unloved, uncared for, and just plain UN.

All too often if truth were to be told a lot of people live in a less than condition too. Their condition might not be her condition, but yet there is something that crippling them, an addiction that is holding them, a sickness that is marginalizing them, a relationship that is draining them, a habit that is depleting them, or a stronghold that encapsulates them. They have been living in something that is uncomfortable, unpredictable, uncaring, unloving, unwanted, and they are finding themselves often by themselves. I come to learn that people can be around people and still feel alone.

We learned how to mask ourselves and never get down to the root of the problem.
Some people are bleeding out and don’t even know they bleeding. We are bleeding from past hurts, broken promises, failed attempts, hurtful words, pride, bad attitudes, childhood stuff, family secrets, bad relationships, addictions, and then some.

What do you do when you’re sick and tired of being sick and tired? May I suggest to you that this lady was at her wits end, gone the distance, tried everything she knew, spent all of her money and now she was sick and tired and the only thing left to do was to get into the presence of the Lord .

Here are a few things I think is important about learning how to press into the Lord:

1.) Hearing produces Hope
All the text says she did was hear about Jesus. She did not know Jesus and the text does not say she was a follower of Jesus all it says was she heard. We teach our children to listen to our voice. When mommy or daddy says something I need you to respond. We expect that in a moment of crisis if we just speak to our children they would respond just by hearing our voice.

The lady in our text heard something about Him that produces hope within her. Maybe she heard that he was on his way to heal Jairus’ daughter and she thought I could get mines in too. Maybe she heard about blind Bartemeaus or maybe she hear about the boy that lay by the Pool of Shalom, Perhaps she heard about the fellow that was lowered through the roof. At any rate it doesn’t matter, she heard what she needed to hear to get what she needed to get.

If we are going to press in we have to be the place to hear what we need to hear and we cannot hear God if we are not plugged into the place God is.

2.) Actively Reach Up
We need to learn how to touch God. Everybody is looking for a hand out, but never a hand up. What am I saying? I need you notice that this lady in our text belief was not in him touching her, but in her touching him. Are you suggesting that we touch God? Yes I am suggesting that if you are going to press in, you are going to have to see things different. It’s not always about God changing us, but sometimes about us changing for God. I’m suggesting here that this broken lady, twelve years a slave, her deliverance was in touch. Her touch was her surrender. She reached up.

3.) Surrender Your Life
People don’t always want to give up their lives, but they want the benefit of following God.
You can’t get the benefit if you are not willing to do whatever it is you got to do to get to Jesus. The cost being a disciple is costly. Several passages in the bible that is clear if you want to find your life, you got to lose it for my sake and take up your cross and follow me.

This lady was demoralized yet she was determined, she was ostracized yet she was steadfast, she was broken, yet she had hope, she was tired, yet she found strength, she was bleeding, yet she found comfort and surrender her everything to the one who gave her everything.

4.) Press in
Don’t allow anything to stop you from getting to Jesus. Jump over the hurdles, find a way, go around if you have too, crawl if you must, scoot if that works, roll if you can, but whatever you do press until you can’t press no more. To press means to push against something with significant force. It means to put weight on something. This lady relented to leave the same way she came. She fought to get into the presence of the Lord… and she did.

At the end of the text Jesus asked a question, “who touched me?” Some looked at him crazy, like for real? But, his question was about relationship. Who touched me, not why did you touch me but who? The reason I believe he asked question is not just because power left him, but because he wanted to identify the pain of this woman with the peace of her Savior. I want you to identify yourself because you no longer have to be marginalized by what was holding you hostage. You are free. You only get free after you are pressed in……Amen!

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