Flexing Faith

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Are you ready for a morning workout? Let’s grab our bibles and go to James 2:26; “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” Do you feel the burn?

I pulled it up in every translation & as I read the amplified, it resonated in my spirit. It goes like this; “For as the human body apart from the spirit is lifeless, so faith apart from [its] works of obedience is also dead.” Obedience to what? To the Word of God as God speaks to us.

I’m reminded of a story in the old testament of a man named Naaman who was a leper. You can find the story in 2 Kings 5, take a few minutes to read it this morning. I want to pick up at verse 10;  Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, “Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh will be restored to you and you will be clean.”

That was NOT the expected word for Naaman! He was so angry that he almost missed his miracle. He got his panties twisted big time! Then look at what happened and how God used a couple of servants to change his thinking in verses 13-14; Then his servants came near and spoke to him and said, “My father, had the prophet told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more then, when he says to you, ‘Wash, and be clean’?”  So he went down and dipped himself seven times in the Jordan, according to the word of the man of God; and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child and he was clean.

How many times does God have to tell you to do something before you do it? ONCE! He won’t keep repeating himself. You have a choice to make. You can either take a step of faith, obey and receive your miracle, or you can continue to sit in the mess you’re in, waiting for your miracle to just suddenly show up.

Perhaps you’ve done what you were asked and now you’re waiting. Ok, so be active in your waiting. Ask God to direct you to someone who needs a miracle and pray for them. Be instrumental in helping someone else while you’re in the ‘waiting room’. If you’ll stop focusing on you for a moment, your eyes will be open to so many who need what’s in you.

Father, I’m going back to the point you asked me to do that one thing that didn’t make sense and I’m believing that my act of obedience will put feet to my faith today. I will do what you ask, one ask at a time. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

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