Monday, May 4, 2009

WE EXALT THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD!

Somebody reading this needs a touch from Jesus.  When the Lord ministered here on earth, he went about healing and restoring the afflicted by simply touching them.  When Jesus touched Peter’s mother, “the fever left her.”  He touched the box casket of a dead child, and the boy came to life.  He touched the eyes of blind people, and they could see.  He touched the ear of a deaf man, who could suddenly hear.  Parents brought their children to Jesus “that he should touch them.”  His gentle touch changed everything.  Multitudes brought their sick and infirm, and Jesus took the time to reach out and touch them all, healing them.

 

If you truly know the Lord intimately, you have known and felt the touch of the hand of Jesus.  In times of loneliness, times of discouragement, times of confusion, times so painful and uncertain, you cried out from the depth of your soul: “Lord Jesus, I need your touch.  I need to feel your presence.  Come, Jesus, and touch my thirsting soul.”

 

Some need a touch of Jesus upon their mind.  Satan has come with his wicked principalities to harass and overburden the mind with thoughts that are hellish – unbelieving thoughts, unChristlike thoughts, fearful thoughts, thoughts of unworthiness, thoughts of God’s displeasure.  Honest believers will tell you they have experienced these attacks on their mind.  Satan is determined to destroy our faith and dependence on the Lord.

 

In Scripture, the touch of Jesus came in answer to a cry.  There is no evidence he ever ignored or rejected such a cry.  And he will not turn away from your cry, but will mercifully respond to your need.  In Matthew 8 we read of a leper coming to him, saying, “Lord, if thou will, thou canst make me clean.”  Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I will; be thou clean.  And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.”

 

Find a place alone with Jesus today, and say to him what the leper said: “Lord, you are able.  Make me clean.”  Then expect that he who is no respecter of persons will touch and heal you, in mind, body, soul and spirit.  The arm of the Lord is outstretched to you, but he waits for that cry of need, the cry for help that is also a cry of expectancy.

 

“And the Egyptians evil entreated us, and afflicted us, and laid upon us hard bondage; and when we cried unto the Lord God of our father, the Lord heard our voice, and looked on our affliction, and our labour, and our oppression: and the Lord brought us forth out of Egypt with a mighty hand, and with an outstretched arm, and with great terribleness, and with signs, and with wonders: and he that brought us into this place, and hath given us this land, even a land that floweth with milk and honey” (Deuteronomy 26:6-9).