DAY 31: FAITH IS MORE THAN BELIEVING:IT’S TAKING THE NEXT STEP
“And Jesus said to him, “Go, for your faith has healed you.” Instantly the man could see, and he followed Jesus down the road.” MARK 10:52 (NLT)
I don’t know what your next step of faith is, but I do know this: You have one. God will never be finished taking you deeper in faith. There is always a next step.
If you don’t take the next step, you’ll get stuck in a rut. If you don’t move forward in faith, your heart will grow cold, and you will feel distant from God. He isn’t going to help you with step three, four, or five until you take step one. If you’re asking God to help you with something, He’s asking you, “Why haven’t you done what I’ve already told you to do?” Stop aiming, and pull the trigger.
In Mark chapter ten, Jesus healed a blind man name Bartimaeus. Before Bartimaeus met Jesus, he was sitting beside the road. After he received his sight from the Lord, he “began following him on the road” (Mark 10:25 NLT). Which of those two phrases describes your life: sitting beside the road or following Jesus on the road?
There is only one way to follow Jesus on the road: Take the next step.
Faith is more than believing. Faith is more than thinking, talking, or having convictions about Jesus. Faith is action. It is movement. It is activity. Faith is something you do. In fact, the Bible says, “What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone?” (James 2:14 NLT).
What “next step” will you take today to move forward in faith?
WHAT DID YOU HEAR?
What did God say to you as you read today’s Scripture and devotion?
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
How does it apply to your life?
WHAT WILL YOU DO?
Don’t just be a hearer of the word. Be a doer of the word. (James 1:22)
NOW TALK TO GOD
This is where you turn your thoughts into prayer. It could be a prayer of gratitude or praise. It could be a prayer of confession or a request for God’s help. It’s up to you. Take a minute to write a prayer of response to what God said to you.