In the gospel of Mark 1:38-45 we read the account of a leper who approached Jesus and fell on his knees to worship Him. He made a statement in the form of a request, ” If you are willing you can make me clean.” Jesus said I am willing, “be clean!” immediately his lepersy left him.  This man was identified as a leper because of a skin condition. So often our identity is derived from some event or condition we have experienced. We should receive our identity for scripture. Remember you are not what you did, or what happened to you, or what others say you are. You are what God says you are, bought, righteous, redeemed and a child of God Himself. This man was given the name leper, however he approached the man with the name that is above every name. At the Name of Jesus even the name lepersy must bow to Jesus. Jesus reached out and touched this man.

Both, Jesus and the leper broke every religious rule of the Day. Sometimes desperation will drive you beyond your fears, your shame, your smell, your external condition. Sometimes faith looks like desperation. Sometimes Grace will reach beyond the limitations of the mind, caution of the flesh. In that day it was thought that when the Unclean touched something clean the clean became unclean. Praise God when Grace touches the unclean, the unclean becomes clean.  Grace is contagious.

Regardless of when you are, what you have done, what condition you are in, come face to face with Jesus who is full of Grace and receive your touch of grace today.

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Remember it is the truth you know and walk in that sets you free.

Pastor Carl Benton