If we look at the woman with the issue of blood, it gives us revelation about how the power of God works. When the woman touched Jesus, the Lord instantly knew that power had went out of Him. The Bible says that He looked around to see who had touched him. I believe that Jesus had a word of knowledge, because the Bible says that He looked around to see her (Mark 5:32). He knew that somebody had touched Him, He knew it was a woman, but He didn’t know who it was specifically.
The Bible says that the woman, in fear and trembling, fell down before Him. Why is she fearing and trembling? Because she shouldn’t be out in public in her condition. According to the law, she was unclean and was not allowed to be out in public.
Look at what Jesus said to the woman. “And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague (Mark 5:34).” He didn’t say my faith has made you whole; He didn’t say God‘s faith has made you whole; He didn’t say the neighbor’s faith has made you whole; He didn’t say the preacher’s faith had made you whole. He said your faith has made you whole.
From this we can see that Jesus did not initiate the activation of God‘s power. We can see that this woman initiated the activation of God‘s power. How do we know this? Because Jesus said so.
If God didn’t want to heal her, she couldn’t have gotten healed. She could not have made God heal her. She couldn’t have made Jesus heal her, because Jesus was God manifested in the flesh. But He already wanted to heal her.
“That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.” – Matthew 8:17
The Father God sent Jesus to heal the diseases of humanity and meet our needs. Here we have what we would call physical miraculous healing. We could all agree that this was a miracle. But noticed how the miracle power of God was initiated. It was initiated by the woman touching the hem of Jesus’ garment – where the power dwelt. She’s the one that initiated the healing of God, not Jesus.
Even though God desires to do something in our life, including healing, that doesn’t mean it’s automatically going to happen. We have to do something. It was the woman that initiated her own healing, even though God was already willing to heal her. For us to initiate the activation of God’s power – whether it’s for healing, provision, answered prayer – whatever, we need to do the same thing as she did.
So what did she do? First, she heard. You have to hear the Word. You can’t have faith for something you don’t know anything about. So you have to hear the Word – fill yourself up with the Word. Second, she said (v.28). Without a declaration, there will be no manifestation. You have to say what you’re believing for. If you’re believing for healing, make the declaration that you are healed according to the Word. But you have to know the Word on the subject.
Continually declare your faith. It’s not just a one time event. Continue to thank God for what He has done and declare the Word over your life. As you do, your faith is going to grow because faith comes by hearing. The third thing she did was act on what she believed (v.27-28). She did what she said. Faith is an act. If we have faith, we will act. The woman said that she would be healed if she touched Jesus’ clothes, but nothing would have happened if she didn’t touch His clothes. She had to act and you do too.
The fourth thing she did was to receive it. She didn’t feel healed and then was healed. She was healed and then she felt healed. You have to receive it by faith and then the manifestation will come. The last thing she did is tell Jesus. We have to tell others. We have to give the testimony of God’s goodness so others can hear and receive the same blessings that we have.
I know these things may seem like a broken record. Many of us have heard these things over and over. But are we doing them? It does us no good if we’re not doing what we know. There is power in your house that is laying dormant until you flip the light switch. Then the power is activated to cause a change in that room – driving out the darkness with the light. You do the same thing – activate God’s power. God is with us!