In someone’s smile, they hide something; what people see is the other side. People had no idea that fear lurked behind a happy face. Fear of loss, fear of the disease they are currently suffering from—if we cannot overcome this fear, we will lose our faith and the battle. According to Andy Mitten, “Half the battle is won in the mind.”
In the holy bible, there is a story of a woman who had a discharge of blood for twelve years and who had suffered much under many physicians, spent all that she had, and was no better but instead grew worse.
She had heard the reports about Jesus. She found out that many were healed, and she said, “He did it for others; he can do it for me.” For she said, “If I touch even his garments, I will be made well.” The problem was that there was a large crowd surrounding Jesus. However, even though she’s weak, she didn’t give up; instead, she started making her way to the masses. She keeps going, and her mind keeps saying, “I will be healed; healing is coming.” She’s exhausted and finally fell to the ground; I’m tired and weak, but I know I am close to my breakthrough.
The reason she keeps going is because she has the right thoughts playing in her mind. She crawls in a few more feet, and just in time, she reaches out and touches Jesus’ garments. And immediately the flow of blood dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease.
All of a sudden, Jesus stopped and said, “Who touched my garments?” Moreover, his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing around you, and yet you say, “Who touched me?” He said, “No, maybe somebody bumped into me, but I know somebody just touched me.” Somebody drew miracle-working power out of me; they believed healing was coming, they believed new doors were going to open, and somebody touched me with expectancy. About that time, Jesus looked at this woman; their eyes met, and she was afraid, thinking she had done something wrong, but Jesus smiled, and he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace and be healed of your disease.”
To God be the glory