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Today's Devotional Reading
Taking Those First Steps

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Then he touched their eyes and said, "According to your faith will it be done to you"; and their sight was restored. Jesus warned them sternly. "See that no one knows about this." But they went out and spread the news about him all over the region (Mt.9:29-31).

Once we have taken our stand, the next thing we must do is begin to walk. Very few of us while learning to walk stop with merely standing up. Standing up is just the first part of the process. In Christ we first stand because we have believed, and in that belief we have trusted. And in the moment we first come to our feet, we realize that it is because the Hand of our loving Lord has lifted us to our feet.
But for some reason, many of us have become content to stand and do nothing more. We become excited within the moment we stand and we are satisfied with that moment. So much so that many of us grow contented to remain there because we like it there, or because we are afraid to take a step in any direction.
But Jesus did not call us to stand only, but also to walk. That is because He wants to give us a life more abundant. He is the God who will take us places, should we decide to listen to Him and take that first step once we have stood up.
The salvation Jesus brings us is born from unconditional love. However, for us to truly benefit from what He has to offer us, we must also learn to walk. What that means is that we not only trust, but we also obey. Jesus brought healing to souls and bodies of people who needed Him. But He often said something afterwards to them--a kind of verbal instruction or commandment. He told the woman caught in adultery, "Go and sin no more." He told many whom He had healed not to tell anybody but to go and do this or that. Each case was specific to the individuals involved, and each command well intended. Yet so many times, the commandment of Christ was broken almost immediately. The people had taken a stand to trust Jesus in some fashion, yet they did not take the first step of obedience after standing.
Each call of Christ upon each life is one of trust. We must come to a point wherein we take a stand. That is not a stand against, as in, against wrong or against sin or against abortion etc.. But it is a stand taken for: for Christ, and for personal holiness, and for a personal forsaking of self and the pleasures of this age. For as we have purpose in our stand that goes beyond what we shall receive--it is then that our stand becomes a walk. And it is then that we do more than just trust Christ for our salvation, we obey Him by taking those first steps--learning to walk in the Spirit, and no longer after the desires of this life.

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