Tuesday, January 8, 2019

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, if she had,
she never would have received her healing.

Peter believed
he could walk on water,
but it took stepping out of 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
building 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.



~Stacy

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