I Persist Because I Choose To

Failed in business at age 22, defeated in a run for legislature at 23, at 24 he failed in business, was elected to the legislature at age 25, his sweetheart died when he was 26, he had a nervous breakdown at 27, was defeated for speaker at 29 then at age 31 he was defeated for elector, at 34 he was defeated for congress then elected to congress at 37, again defeated for congress at 39, was defeated in a senate run at 46 and defeated for vice president at 47, defeated again in a senate run at 49. At age 51 Abraham Lincoln was elected president of the United States.

Unclean according to Jewish customs she should have been home. But she came. Even though she was hemorrhaging, she found her way through the crowd of people. This unnamed woman was determined that all she had to do was to touch only the hem of Jesus’ garment and she would be healed. She had been suffering for twelve years with no one to heal her. She did not let her situation hinder her. Listen to her statement; “If I can only touch the hem of his garment I will be made whole.” It was not “maybe” or ”sometime.” She touched the hem of His garment. Jesus responded, “Who touched me?” He knew, but he wanted the woman to come forward and publicly express her faith. She expressed her faith by falling down at his feet. Many times we are afraid to publicly testify about what Jesus has done for us. It took courage to come behind Jesus with that huge crowd and an even greater courage to admit her seemingly silly belief that only touching His garment would heal her. Her persistent faith healed her.

I readily identify with Abraham Lincoln. His persistent faith was a faith born in the flesh. I can not remember a time when my own faith was slack in fleshly things. I want to experience the kind of faith that healed the woman in the crowd. I want my faith in God to be known by all who see me.

With all my heart I want to give over _all_ control to You, Jesus. I want You to be Lord of my life. I choose to follow You, Lord.

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