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FROM FRINGE TO FULLNESS

Coming up behind Jesus, she touched the fringe of His robe. (Luke 8:44 NLT)

Have you been, or are you now desperate? The woman with the issue of blood was desperate! She had planned and rehearsed finding a way to just touch the fringe of Jesus garment, because she was sure that was all it would take. Well, at least it was worth a try! The rest of the story, of course, was that her bleeding immediately stopped. She felt the fullness of God come and the sickness go!

For Jesus part, he felt her faith draw power out of Him. He liked that! It was what He longed for then and still longs for today. When the Lord returns, will He find faith in the world. It is good to be desperate for God. It is best to remain desperate for God. I think that we may all experience times when we are hanging on to the fringes of what God really desires.

What I mean, is that we fail to stay close, so when we are desperate, and we want something to happen, we feel like we are fighting through a crowd. The crowd is made up of our own doubts. We reason why nothing should happen. Why should God do anything when we have not been doing as much as we should. We are crowded out by thoughts of others needing more. We have our own basket of what we see as unanswered prayers. We measure our need and actually think it is beyond what God can do!

Then of course, there are other spiritual battles. We should not need big things to convince us or keep us in the love of God. Well, you may think you don’t need it, but someone else might! Someone needs a testimony! The woman was so impressed with the stories of what Jesus had done that she was sure the fringe would be enough.

If God is God, and He is; why would we want Him to stop being and doing what He has promised. In case you have not noticed, we are in desperate times. The devil is doing his best to squeeze faith in God out of the picture. Little does he know that he is creating the perfect atmosphere to draw people from the fringe to the fullness of God. Be ready to reveal the fullness.

When we cry out to God, He hears us! If you didn’t know that, now you do! If your first thought when you read or hear that is less than enthusiastic, then you probably don’t know that for sure. Trust me, I know that there are times when we don’t take the time to appreciate what is ours in the fullness of God. We are busy people in a busy world.

So if we are honest, we will acknowledge that when we are desperate we move close and if we are not desperate we are comfortable on the fringe. I see the fringes as thinking we are close enough to dive in if necessary. God does not want to be lost in the crowd of our lives!

Have you ever been cruising down the road and come up behind someone that you wish would keep their cruise set? They go slow and then when you are about to pass, they speed up!  When you finally get a place to go around them you discover what you suspected; they are on their phone! They are distracted! As for you. Stay in the fullness of God. Now that you have found Him, never let Him go. Pull yourself from the fringe to the fullness. Stand in that large place of God!

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