Breaking Protocols in our journey of faith presupposes that we often encounter moments that challenge societal norms and religious traditions. In some cultures, you might be branded disrespectful.
Although, in the Bible, there are many stories of people who broke protocols, today, we’ll look into the profound account of a woman who dared to break protocols to seek healing from Jesus, which I believe would change her destiny and that of her family.
What I see is a daring spirit, deep spontaneous faith, indescribable courage, and the power of reaching out to Jesus the healer, when the opportunity reared its head.
Key Takeaway on Breaking Protocols
- Embracing Courage: An encouragement to embrace courage and faith, even when it means breaking societal norms to draw closer to Jesus.
Anchor Bible Verse of the Day
Now when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling, and falling down before Him, she declared to Him in the presence of all the people the reason she had touched Him and how she was healed immediately. And He said to her, ‘Daughter, be of good cheer; your faith has made you well. Go in peace.’Luke 8:47-48 (NKJV)
Our anchor Bible verse of Luke 8:47-48 is a remarkable moment where a woman, despite societal restrictions, approached Jesus for healing. Her boldness and faith led to a miraculous transformation and a compassionate response from Jesus.
It challenges us to consider the transformative power of reaching out to Jesus, even when it means breaking protocols.
- Trembling: Her awe and reverence for Jesus.
- Healed immediately: The instant and complete healing she experienced through her faith.
Reflection on Breaking Protocols
In our lives, and especially our faith journey, we sometimes encounter barriers set by government, family, tribe, society, religion, or tradition.
Here was a woman who had been having an issue of blood for so many years, known in the community to be unclean, which was purely dictated by tradition and religion, and who was probably forbidden to get near Jesus.
Instantly, she decided to break all protocols, and firmly decided, if only I could touch the hem of His garment. – there and then, she envisaged the move and dreamt the outcome – healing.
This story of the woman breaking protocols teaches me that genuine faith may require stepping beyond the unexpected – at times, even, beyond our comfort zones, and doing the unimaginable.
Some will even try to stop us, but “no try, no gain”.
My question today is “Are there protocols in your life hindering your closeness to Jesus?”
Well, reflect on the courageous steps you can take to overcome these barriers and draw nearer to Him.
In Luke 17:6 Jesus says:
If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.
Meaning, that even a small, daring faith can lead to extraordinary outcomes.
Consider Galatians 3:29, which states:
And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
This supports the idea that our spiritual inheritance transcends earthly protocols when we align ourselves with Christ.
So, beloved, as you navigate the protocols in your life, remember the woman’s audacious faith.
Today, begin to break through barriers, challenge norms, and trust that human conventions do not bind God’s promises.
Call to Action:
Identify a protocol or barrier hindering your spiritual growth. Take a courageous step today to break through it, trusting that your faith, no matter how small, can lead to transformative results.
Prayer Points for Today:
- Courageous Faith: Pray for the courage to break through barriers in your faith journey.
- Spiritual Growth: Ask God to reveal and remove any hindrances to your spiritual growth.
- Compassionate Outreach: Pray for opportunities to show compassion and understanding to those breaking through their barriers.
Our Father, we pray that, like the woman who broke protocols, our courageous faith may lead to transformative encounters with Jesus.
Help us find peace and healing as we deepen our connection with You.
In Jesus’ precious and mighty name, we pray. Amen.
My prayer for you today: I pray that your courageous faith breaks through barriers, bringing you peace and transformative encounters with Jesus Christ. Amen.