A Place of New Beginnings
That word of instruction, from the letter written to Jewish believers through out Asia Minor in the first century, is the memory verse for our month on Faith. Because the author was writing to a Jewish audience, he went on in the rest of chapter 11 to draw examples of faith from the Old Testament. Hero after hero of the Old Testament is brought forward, as examples of those who possess faith and pleased God. In each case, their faith was demonstrated by their acts of obedience. Each Old Testament hero was identified as such because of what they did. They were the original “Action Heroes.” Men and women who understood that faith is not passive, it is active, it requires you to move!
Look forward into the New Testament and the foundation principle of faith being active and not passive continues. Peter exercised his faith when he stepped out of the boat. The centurion demonstrated faith by boldly declaring to Jesus that He did not even need to come to his home, but only speak the word and his servant would be healed. The woman with the issue of blood reasoned that all she had to do was reach out and touch Jesus’ garments and she would be healed – and she was right.
If we desire to be men and women of faith, we will need to leave the comfort of our easy chairs and step out into the unknown. Our first steps may be small and shaky, but that is okay. If we will take that step of faith and trust God for the answer, then we will witness the miracle working hand of God and our faith will grow.
The thing that really matters is that we step out or step up, so that God can step in!
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