In the account of Mark 5:25-34, the woman with an issue of blood had never allowed herself to give up hope. She believed and she thought and she spoke and she did and she received and she published.
Mark 5:25 And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years, 26 And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse,
As the Bible explains, this woman had spent all the money that she had and had been through a lot of turmoil going to different physicians to get a healing. It is safe to think that she had been visiting the doctors for a few years in hopes of getting better. She believed that healing was something that she could have. Who would spend all their money if they did not believe? She never gave up. She never gave into the idea that this was just going to be a part of her life. She believed in her healing.
Mark 5:27 When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment. 28 For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.
Here we see that she had heard about Jesus and His healing ministry. She must have thought to herself, I can receive my healing from Him. And what she thought came out of her mouth. Notice .. For she said. This woman spoke aloud what she believed and had thought. She put her faith into action when she spoke these words.
Mark 5:29 And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague.
She believed it, then she thought on it, then she spoke it and then she did it! She actually reached forward with her faith and touched His garment. And what happened? Immediately she felt the healing take place in her body. She received it!
Mark 5:33 But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth.
She had believed she could be healed. She had thought and spoken aloud that she was going to be healed. She had reached out and done what she had thought and spoken on. She had received her healing. And now, she was publishing what had happened. She told what had happened. She gave a testimony. She published her healing.
And what had Jesus told this woman? Mark 5:34 And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague. Thy faith. Yes, Jesus is the healer but it is our faith that receives. Yes, Jesus is the Savior but it is our faith that receives the salvation. It is the faith that God has dealt to every man. It is the faith He has given us so that we may reach out and touch and receive His goodness. His grace. His favor. The exercising of this faith is to believe, to think, to speak, to do, to receive and then to publish. To spread the good news.