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Summary: Although we may have tasted failure--physical, emotional, even spiritual---in our life, there comes a momentary lapse when Failure forgets that it has ruled our lives. It is When Failure Forgets that GOD is able to change everything.

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When Failure Forgets

Mark 5:25-34

I. Introduction

A. Everyone of us has, at one time or another in our life, faced the harsh reality of failure.

1. Whether it’s your first step as a child, your first attempt to drive a vehicle, or something that you continually have problems with—such as balancing a checkbook!—everyone of us has faced FAILURE.

2. An old quote says, “If you’ve never stubbed your toe, you’re probably standing still.”

B. Spiritually speaking, however, perhaps you struggle with failing on a consistent basis; maybe you’ve failed so many times that you’ve lost count.

C. I realize there are a multitude of books and quotations that I could draw from this morning about overcoming adversity and failure, but let our story this morning—drawn from the very pages of GOD’s Word—show you what can happen in your life When Failure Forgets.

II. Background

A. Jesus was on his way to heal the daughter of Jairus.

1. This woman had the odds stacked against her to begin with:

a. She was NOT the object of Jesus’ attention.

(1) Jesus was not on His way to take care of her problem; He was on His way to take care of Jairus’ daughter!

(a) Sometimes, however, it’s necessary for us to get Jesus’ attention when it seems like He’s busy with everyone else.

(2) In Matt. 8:1-2, we read where one leper came and worshipped him, while the mutlitude simply followed Him.

b. “Much people followed [Jesus] and thronged Him”

(1) This woman faced the battle of fighting a crowd who undoubtedly knew about her and her affliction.

(a) One of the most difficult battles to do is to face down those who know how often we’ve failed.

(b) But when failure forgets the multitude, we can reach out and touch Jesus!

III. The Woman

A. This woman definitely had “issues”

1. This seems to be one of the “catch-words” of the day.

2. It doesn’t matter what you call it, however;

a. Problems are still problems, and failure is still failure!

B. She was, by law, unclean.

1. If you study the Law in Leviticus, this woman was considered unclean (impure, unholy) “all the days of the issue”.

2. For 12 long years, this woman had been separated from her everything close to her, trying desperately to find a cure.

3. She was unable to come in contact with anything or anyone, for anything that she touched, sat on, or laid on, became polluted because of her issue of blood.

a. By its very nature, sin does us the same way, spiritually. It leaves us unclean, impure, unable to be cleansed by anything that we come in contact with. We are alienated from those around us, and from the very Presence of GOD because of the uncleanness of our spirit.

4. What a societal FAILURE this woman had become!

C. She had “suffered many things of many physicians”

1. Undoubtedly, by traveling from one doctor to another, this woman’s story became widely known; hence, her “issue” was known to all those around her.

2. Nothing could help her! Her only recourse after “spending all that she had” was to simply accept the fact that she was doomed to die in a state of uncleanness. What a physical FAILURE this lady was!


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