Sunday, February 19, 2012

The Next Step~

She knew it in her heart. More than that, she believed it. Yet, her knowing and even her believing were not enough.

She had to reach out.  She had to touch.  She had to take her faith one step further and take a step.

We find her story in Mark 5:25-29; the woman with the issue of blood. 

No doubt she had heard about Jesus' healing touch.  And, no doubt, she believed His touch could heal her.

She thought, "If I can just touch his clothes, I will be healed." ~ Mark 5:28, NCV

Faith is more than just believing, though.  Faith is action.

She could have spent the rest of her life knowing Jesus was a healer.  She could have tarried away the remaining years of her days on this earth believing He could heal her.  But, sadly, she never would have received her healing.

Peter believed he could walk on water, but it took stepping out the boat to do it. (Matthew 14)

Shadrach, Meshach and Abnego believed God could save them from the fiery furnace, but it took their obedience to God, refusal to bow down to the golden image and a trip into the fiery furnace to experience God's deliverance. (Daniel 3)

Abraham believed God would provide a sacrifice in place of his precious son Isaac, but it took buiding an altar adorned with his son and a knife-clad hand held high to the sky to reveal the ram hiding in the thicket. (Genesis 22)

It is faith that propels our knowledge and our belief into action.

It is faith that

reaches out,

steps out,

stands tall,

and sacrifices all.


Our righteousness is found in our faith in God. Period.  (Romans 3:22)  There is no doubt about that.

But, faith in action opens the floodgates of Heaven.


Faith in action reveals the active presence of our God.



She knew it in her heart.

More than that, she believed it.

Yet, her knowing and even her believing were not enough.  She had to reach out and touch.

She had to take her faith

                one                step                  further



One Step at a Time
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     and
                  take

                             a

                                      step


                                                of


                                                        faith~



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2 comments:

  1. Amazing words to end a day and start a week. I've honestly wondered about this faith/actions thing, and the cool thing is that no one was completely fearless. The woman panicked as soon as Jesus turned around and Peter almost drowned, but in both circumstances, all that mattered was that Jesus was there.
    :) Love this post

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  2. Hi Stacy - Taking a step of faith, acting in faith, all so important for our belief and for our relationship with God. Great post Stacy
    God bless
    Tracy

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