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Faith is More Than Believing: Take the Next Step

“And Jesus said to him, ‘Go; your faith has made you well.’ Immediately he regained his sight and began following him on the road.” (Mark 10:52 NASB)

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 will get stuck in a rut— and the only difference between a grave and a rut is the length. If you don't move forward in faith, your heart will grow cold, and you will feel more distant from God. He isn't going to help you with the step three, four, and 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?” You may have “been aiming to do” something. Stop aiming and pull the trigger.

In Mark chapter ten, Jesus healed the blind man named 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: 52b NASB). 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, "If people say they have faith, but do nothing, their faith is worth nothing.” (James 2:14 NCV).

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. _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________

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