Have you ever set your face like flint? Let me explain what it means first:
For those UK readers, if you as old as me you’ll remember the Hillsborough tragedy. 96 people killed during the FA Cup semi-final in 1998.
For 20 years following the incident, parents and families of the victims continued relentlessly in search for truth and justice.
To set your face like flint means to be sold out to your cause. To have pure whole hearted persistence, just like these families and parents.
Why? Because their loved one was completely worth it.
The Bible describes Jesus in this way when he persevered through the horror of the crucifixion. He set his face like flint because you are worth it.
For the Lord God will help Me; Therefore I will not be disgraced; Therefore I have set My face like a flint, And I know that I will not be ashamed.
Heb 12:2 tells us that Jesus “for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross…” (He’s talking about us!) He knew that the joy of having relationship with us far outweighs his suffering.
How inspirational is this for anyone who is journeying through a difficult time?
Living with a chronic illness is tiring and often emotional but if you set your face like flint you’ll journey through it victoriously.
I’m talking about an attitude of resolve, single-mindedness and commitment. The woman with the issue of blood had an attitude that said ‘My health means everything to me and I will do whatever it takes to get well, for as long as it takes’.
This is how we position ourselves for a miracle healing.
DESPERATION BREEDS DETERMINATION
I have heard people criticize others for being desperate and how that’s not the right posture for healing. I completely disagree.
Let’s face it, how desperate do you need to be to risk a prison sentence?.
How eager were the paralysed man and his friends when they made a hole in someone’s roof or the leper who risked stoning?
I think God gives us permission to crave for the breakthrough. Desperation breeds determination which creates the foundation for you to set your face like flint.
I think this story proves its ok to be desperate, it causes us to draw close to Jesus.
This is a woman who risked serious consequences for being out in public with her condition. I don’t know the punishment, possibly stoning or imprisonment.
But her healing meant that much to her she risked her life. Let’s face it, she was already in prison.
If you’re living with a chronic condition, perhaps that’s how you feel; please know you’re not alone.
The good thing about her suffering (if I can say that), is that it caused her to press into God. She didn’t accept defeat when the months turned into years because she had a relentless spirit that persevered and kept on going.
She was willing to risk everything. I think that her suffering was so terrible that even death was attractive.
HOW DO YOU SET YOUR FACE LIKE FLINT?
1. TAKE A RISK
You may not risk death for your healing, but you do need to set your face like flint. This means taking a different type of risk.
We need to risk the pain of disappointment by raising our expectations.
God invites us to take the limits off him again and believe for something beyond our wildest dreams. This is a risk.
I know I speak to myself here. After all these years, raising my hopes AGAIN. I hope you’ll join me in this challenge?
2. YOU RISE ABOVE FEELINGS
As a chronically ill person, perhaps you would rather stay in bed on a Sunday rather than go to church? Maybe you don’t feel like serving because you’re in too much pain?
Let’s face it, being surrounded by people is the last thing you feel like when you’re suffering. I understand, I’ve been there too. Sometimes I feel like I’m spectating and watching others live.
But in order to set your face like flint for your miracle healing, it involves being planted in the church. See IS THE MEANING OF BETHESDA THE KEY TO YOUR BREAKTHROUGH?
Try living life despite your body and the pain you’re in. Your healing is in the church.
3. ELEVATE GOD ABOVE PEOPLE
Have you ever been on the receiving end of someone’s anger? It’s not nice is it?
But this incredible woman didn’t care about what people thought of her. She was unclean, a bit like a leper who risked ‘infecting’ someone else if they touched her.
She risked anger, judgement and hatred from others. but, nothing was going to stop her from reaching Jesus.
This reminds me of Bartimaeus who also was undeterred by the crowds around him demanding he shut up and leave Jesus alone.
When you set your face like flint you put Jesus and His sacrifice above anyone else’s opinion.
WHAT’S YOUR HEART SAYING?
The Bible tells us “the LORD looks at the heart.” 1 sam 16:7. The woman with the issue of blood had a heart that that prioritised Jesus
Her horrific situation caused her to have a desperate need to see change causing her to pursue Jesus despite taking a massive risk.
Can you imagine your healing journey if you adopted the same heart-felt determined attitude where nothing or no-one will deter you from seeking the Healer?
This is what it means to set your face like flint.
How much does your healing mean to you?
Jesus went to hell literally for you and I to receive healing. See IS IT ALWAYS GOD’S WILL TO HEAL?
How can this not encourage us to press in and believe Him for breakthrough?
Thanks for reading Church. I hope this helps you today.
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