³ºAnd Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes? (Mark 5:25-34)


Was it possible that Jesus really didn’t know who touched Him? Certainly it was! Jesus was God manifest in the flesh, but His physical mind had to grow in wisdom. (Luke 2:52.) This means Jesus had limitations to His physical mind just as we do. It was through His Spirit that He was able to draw on the mind of God just as we do. When the woman didn’t come forward on her own, Jesus perceived who she was (Luke 8:47), but this happened after she was healed.

The significance of this is that Jesus didn’t size this woman up before virtue went out of Him to heal her. That’s the way most people feel God does things. They bring their requests before Him and believe He then evaluates whether or not they have enough faith or are holy enough to receive His blessing. If they pass the test, God blesses them. If they don’t, their requests are denied. That’s not scriptural.

God’s power is governed by laws. He doesn’t make a case-by-case determination of who receives what. He’s provided all we need, and if we put His laws in motion, His power flows. That’s what the woman with the issue of blood did. She was determined (Luke 11:5-13; 18:1-8) and spoke in faith saying, “If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole” (Mark 5:28; 11:23-24). She acted on her faith, and the power of God healed her. (James 2:17.)

If you grab a live electrical wire, the electric company doesn’t send a special jolt of electricity out to shock you. The electricity was already there, and you just operated in natural laws that caused you to be shocked. It’s not personal. Likewise, there are laws that govern the flow of God’s power. Today, make a determination that you are going to learn from His Word what they are, and then start receiving all you need and all He wants to give you.