Bible Study for September 2002:
WEEK 3: TRIUMPHING IN LIFEíS ADVERSITIES
Life is never a bed of roses and all men do experience times of adversity. Life has its perplexities and even its tragedies. There are times that our dreams are shattered, our plans thwarted and the crushing hands of disappointment seek to emotionally handicap us for life. Personal tragedy takes way our appetite for living, physical pain and a recurring or an incurable sickness add yet another bitter dose to life thereby poisoning lifeís stream. We do not need to faint in the day of adversity (Proverbs 24:10) for we have a sustaining grace from the Lord. Are you facing adversity, disappointment or experiencing pain?
You can rise above your broken dreams and live in victory. Upon the ugly wreckages of yesterday you can construct the beautiful structures of tomorrow.
WASTING SITUATIONS IN COMMUNITIES (Mark 5:25, 26)
Matthew 9:20; Luke 8:43; 13:11-16; Mark 5:1-20, 35-43; Luke 7:11-15; John 5:5-9; 9:1-11; Matthew 17:14-18; 15:21-28; 12:22.
This woman suffered from chronic haemorrhage which made her ceremonially unclean at that time (Leviticus 15:25; Colossians 2:14) thereby excluding her from public worship. The disease made her a social outcast, she was physically weak in body, languishing under a wasting and weakening disease. It also drained her of all her financial resources and left her a pauper.
Are things different in our communities today? Many are languishing in pains, others are held captive by demonic forces, many lives hanging in the balance and a lot of money going down the drain. Tragedy and adversity are written all over the lives of many people.
WORTHLESS SEARCH FOR CURE (Mark 5:25, 26)
Matthew 9:20; Luke 8:43; Psalm 127:1; Haggai 1:1-11; Jeremiah 2:13; Isaiah 55:2; 2 Kings 1:1-4, 15-18
This woman spent twelve fruitless years searching for medical cure but got no cure nor relief from medical doctors, in fact her case deteriorated. The side effects of prescribed drugs and the wasting effects of repeated surgical operations might have made things to be worse. She looked to man for help but was disappointed on every count. It was only as the last resort that she sought Christ.
Many still behave this way today. They only look to God for help when every human avenue has failed. This however is a wrong approach. We ought to cast our cares upon Him knowing that He cares for us.
WORTHWHILE SEEKING OF CHRIST (Mark 5:27-34.)
Matthew 9:20-22; Luke 8:44-48; Hosea 6:1-3; Jeremiah 29:13; Matthew 7:7-11; 6:33; 1 John 5:14, 15; 3:22; John 14:13, 14; Hebrews 11:1, 6; Mark 10:27; Matthew 17:20.
Manís extremity and impossibility is Godís opportunity and possibility. This woman sought Christ, touched Him and got healed. Multitudes thronged Christ but only the woman touched Him with a touch of faith. Christ is sufficient for every curse and this woman got healed without money. The best things in life sometimes are free. Think of the free grace that the saviour bestows upon us! Think of the free protection by the angels that we enjoy as christians! Think of the free access we have into Godís presence!
The womanís touch of faith was different, decisive and daring. Faith made effectual and peculiar her touch of the Healer. There is only one way into the treasures of Christ Ė the way of faith.
With a faith as small as a mustard seed, we can triumph in every of lifeís baffling circumstances.
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