In Spite of My Issues

by Joanna Pierce on July 25, 2019

And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years, And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse, When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment. For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole (Mark 5:25–28, KJV).

The Woman with an Issue

The was a woman in Scripture who had a blood condition, and therefore, was isolated. She was viewed as unclean by the priests and family members; she was alone and cut off. This woman had invested the little money she had in one false hope after another, but her issue became worse instead of better. Realizing she could not live with the issue, she determined it was time to get radical. She set out, crawled through the crowd, and made every attempt to touch the hem of Jesus’ garment. Once she touched Him, her issue dried up and she was whole.

Our Issues

We all have issues in our life that come in many forms. An issue is a condition, attitude, or circumstance that can hinder our walk with God. They can be from our past or present, and can keep us from living for God the way we want to. Just like the woman with the issue of blood, there is only one solution to our issues: Jesus Christ. If we give our issues to Jesus, He can make us effective in His kingdom.

Elements of Issues

Our issues are a secret. We try to keep them hidden and pray no one will discover them. They become our vulnerabilities in our walk with God. But, in spite of our issues, God will still love us, but we must reveal our true selves to Him (Luke 12:2). Issues, left untreated, can cause separation from God and other people. The issues (sins) in our life become a roadblock from allowing our prayers being heard by God (Isaiah 59:2). We need to repent for these issues and give them to God.

Issues will always flow from a source. Until we deal with the source, the issue will continue to grow in our life (Romans 7:21). The ongoing growth of issues can result in character traits that wind up limiting the way we live our lives for God. They’ll become so prominent, that we stop allowing God’s Spirit to have dominion in our life. Don’t live a life that contradicts what the Word tells us (Romans 14:23).

Issues will trigger strong emotions within us as well as other people, making relationships difficult. We cannot listen to the issues of others, but instead to God  in all things (Proverbs 29:25). Failure to listen to the voice of the Lord can lead us to bondage. Leaving (and abiding) issue in our life will cause us to adapt to them and work our lives around them. We see an example of this in Scripture: the woman with the issue of blood created a life around her issue. We must break out of the issue and turn to God (I John 4:18). Our life is only as effective as our ability to work around our issues.

Often enough, our issues can become excuses. If we allow them to remain unchecked, they will push us farther away from what God wants us to become. We need to remove our issues, everything connected with our old life, and allow God to move in and through us (Ephesians 4:22). If we leave issues in our lives, they will become a part of the enemy’s strategy. We cannot let Satan get an advantage of us; we must be aware of his devices (II Corinthians 2:11).

How to Heal Our Issue

We need to allow Jesus to become our Great Physician. We need to bring our issues to the Lord and ask Him to heal it. As we come before the throne of grace, we need to expect that God is going to be able to do something with our issue. Faith is needed for restoration in our life. Remember, even with our issues, the Kingdom of God will continue to go on. God’s grace is sufficient for us; our strength will be made perfect in weakness (II Corinthians 12:9).

Adapted from Wednesday Night Bible Study on July 24, 2019 with Guest Speaker, Brother Koonce