The Power of Desperation

The Power of Desperation

by Lebohang Mabula

Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction. And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him, turned around in the crowd and said, ‘Who touched My clothes?’.

Mark 5: 29-30

At some stage in life, we have all heard or even used the famous catchy phrase “Desperate times call for desperate measures”. Just like the woman with the issue of blood, we all have been desperate for God to come through for us in some way or other way; whether we were desperate for healing, financial breakthrough or just for God to restore joy back in our lives.

I’ve always marveled at the reaction of this woman to her situation when she finally realises that her encounter with Jesus, after twelve years of trying various means of medication, might be her last opportunity at receiving healing. She immediately and completely puts aside the shame of her illness and presses in, through her desperation, to touch a piece of his garment.  For 12 years this woman’s identity was that of “the woman with the issue of blood”, she was identified by the thing that grieved her the most, her illness. 

Many of us have not reached the goals we have set out for ourselves, or broken certain habits in our lives, mainly because we simply are not yet desperate enough! We are sometimes so comfortable with the false identity of our circumstances that we are stuck and unwilling to push through to “touch the garment of Jesus” so that our true identity may be restored to us. We have all heard friends or family members (or we are the friend or family member) who have said something similar to these statements: “I’m such a procrastinator”, “I will never graduate, it’s too late for me” or “Entrepreneurship is just not for people like me”. These are statements we make when we have accepted what we see in the physical and we have not yet made the conscious decision to be desperate enough to do whatever it takes to push through our past and the false identities that came with it, and to do the work to get our breakthrough.

There is power in desperation (when the woman touched Jesus, power left Him); it causes you to not only look at what is in the natural but to trust and believe for the supernatural to take place. Desperation kills all self-consciousness and forces you to make the goal you want to achieve the sole focus of all you do. The desperation to not live forever in the poverty she grew up in, pushed someone like Oprah to strive for greatness, desperation took people like the Wright brothers to push through so many failed attempts before successfully flying the world’s first airplane. Sun Tzu said it best that “In desperate position, you must fight”;

When asked where his favourite place to preach was, Pastor Robert Madu said; “Anywhere where there is a crowd of desperate people”. I want to urge you today, become desperate for a change in your circumstances. Wherever there has been stagnation or death in any area of your life, make the decision to get desperate enough to fight and by any means necessary push through the crowd of doubt, disappointment and shame and get to God’s presence to claim your healing.


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