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New Feelings, New Actions

“But someone will say, ‘You have faith; I have deeds.’ Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.”

– James 2:18

Today, I will continue to highlight faith seeds. Another good seed I believe is Biblical: New feelings come with new actions! Would you like to get rid of those negative feelings? Make a connection between the negative feelings and a positive action. This is what a lack of faith looks like: Moses parting the Red Sea as he led God’s people out of slavery in Egypt. It is God who parts it first, and they must cross it. Everything was taken care of by God. Their lack of faith contributed to their being stuck in the wilderness for 40 years.  

Here’s what big faith people do: They step into the water first! That’s what happened at the Jordan River, where Joshua was instructed to lead God’s people into the Promised Land. Joshua instructed the priests to “set foot in the Jordan, its waters flowing downstream will be cut off and stand up in a heap.” The waters parted after they stepped in, this is an example of faith being associated with action. If the feeling of love has waned in your marriage, write a love letter or give a hug; the feeling will revive! Throughout Jesus’ ministry, we see this type of faith in action! 

Friend, after Jesus healed someone, He told them to do something: Grab your mat, stand up and walk, or wash mud out of your eyes, right? It was Peter who stepped out of the boat. If you want to walk on water, you must take that first step. If you want new feelings, pair them with an action! In the end, it’s more important to demonstrate your actions than your thoughts. Let the Holy Spirit show you how to engage in the right actions. He won’t let you down!

Prayer


Father, help me to pair any negative feelings I have with the right positive actions.

Reflection


How can you create positive feelings with your actions?

If you’re unable to attend your local church or need some additional weekly inspiration, be sure to tune into Hour of Power online at hourofpower.org/episode.  

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