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Pressed All Around

Pressed all around, looking for the place where the miraculous power of God (virtue) is wanted.


In Mark chapter 5 we see the story of the woman who pressed in and grabbed hold of the hem of Jesus's garment. We learn that garment was the Tallit, and the tassels where she would have grabbed represent the promises of God. Immediately she was made whole and Jesus recognized that the miraculous power of God had left and gone to help someone.

I am very thankful that a way has been made. We can come to the Father and are able to reach Him. Jesus went on to say in John that those who believe shall “do greater works than these” (John 14:12). He promised that because he went to the Father he would send the Helper.

In Acts chapter 3 we see the story of Peter and John giving the man not what he expected but what he needed. It changed his life; he no longer could live the same way because walking and leaping disqualified him from begging at the entrance to the temple.

There were “immediately’s” that took place in the Bible. Our challenge is that we have to believe. When we truly believe we will not “extend” the time for God to move. Which is the result of diluted faith. When we expect that He will move immediately; this allows God to work in our life.

In Matthew 6 as he taught us to pray. He said “Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven”. When the light is turned on the darkness immediately flees. Just as the authority of God immediately dispels darkness and evil, so will the presence of God in our life displace evil and cause it to leave.

I pray that we all step into this function of a believer where we can press in and grab hold of the promises of God. Then we can be someone for those who are weak in faith. We can help them by giving them something to grab onto so that they too may believe that the promises of God are available for them today.


  1. How did the story of the woman pressing in stir your faith?


  1. Can you see yourself the way Jesus sees you? One who believes, doing works like him with the Father?


  1. What did the expectation versus what Peter and John gave the man at the gate revealed to you?


  1. What was the moment where the word came alive and you heard and saw something new?

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Amanda Evans
Amanda Evans
Apr 08, 2023

How did the story of the woman pressing in stir your faith?

What always strikes me about the women who pressed in, is that she had already exhausted her options. She had no other option but to believe. I suppose we could see this as either good or bad but I see it as good for a couple reasons: 1-she had come to the end of self. It’s very much a “I guess it’s come to this” sort of thing. Do we want the miraculous of God or do we simply have nothing else (or both)? I say this as a good thing because it’s what we’ve been talking about for weeks; either we choose to die to self or…


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1. How did the story of the woman pressing in stir your faith?

-I can press in at any moment to grab hold of the promises of God. There will always be a crowd coming from the enemy from all directions to stir up fear or get in the way, whether it is from unbelieving doubters or those pushing religious law as Sue said in her post. I can just imagine some in the crowd pointing and saying "unclean, unclean" and then others just not even aware that she's there pushing through, she probably even got stepped on a few times by people in the crowd who were just simply walking closely with Jesus focused on the ministering He is…


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Pastor Aaron Riley
Pastor Aaron Riley
Apr 06, 2023

  1. How did the story of the woman pressing in stir your faith?

This story stirred my faith, because she had knowledge of the promises, but she chose to press past her knowledge and actually grab a hold of the power of those promises. I like how Sue put it, she didn't let anything stop her, she knew what she needed and wanted and nothing was going to stop her. How does this apply to my life, no matter what my thoughts are, I need to grab a hold of the promises God spoke over my life. The same goes for this city, we can stand steadfastly for the promises God spoke over this city. This city is a beacon…


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Rev. Ryan Welker
Rev. Ryan Welker
Apr 07, 2023
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Pastor Riley.. Immediately, James and John dropped their nets from the "family" business and followed Jesus when He called them. There was no hesitation or discussion with their dad of how the business would like when they left. They just left and then changed from fishermen of fish to fishers of men. It is easy to just be our vocation in the natural but it takes Him and us to answer His call to be changed and transformed to fishers of men within the natural vocation and ALL areas of our life He equipped us to do on earth. Businessman, husband, dad, Pastor, ALL require Him and our belief in His Word to do what He called you t…

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How did the story of the woman pressing in stir your faith? The story of the woman pressing in stirred me by helping me realize that no one can stop you from receiving what you need from God if you press in. If you grab on the the promises of God and don’t let go. The woman didn’t let the religious law or other people stop her from getting what she needed. What she knew only God and His promises could provide.


Can you see yourself the way Jesus sees you? One who believes, doing works like him with the Father? I would like to say a resounding YES to being able to see myself as Jesus does. Doing the…


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Elder Christy
Elder Christy
Apr 07, 2023
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Sue, I so appreciate the statement you made in your response to the first question, "The story of the woman pressing in stirred me by helping me realize that no one can stop you from receiving what you need from God if you press in." I wonder how many times we try and blame someone or something else for why we don't have the promises alive in us? So many times we hear blaming the devil for everything--uggghhh--as you said NO ONE can stop us, not even the devil, IF we will press in. We all need to grab a hold of this truth for ourselves and take ownership because it is necessary. Thanks for bringing it out!

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Elder Christy
Elder Christy
Apr 04, 2023

Excellent message Ps Aaron!


How did the story of the woman pressing in stir your faith?

It stirred me to not settle for "well someday God will..." It stirred in me to press in more and more often and really grab a hold of God's promises. So often in the past I had the mindset that I'm not worthy of the promises so I can't have them--even though I knew the right answer I believed something else. That is a self mindset and it is totally wrong!! Jesus paid with His blood for us to have the promises of God and I refuse to believe for one moment longer that I am excluded from that. If I am excluded then…


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