Did you know that I briefly considered pursuing a medical profession like nursing? In high school, I had a wide variety of interests … and ultimately decided to go into Elementary Education because I could teach a bunch of subjects.

But the remnants of curiosity remain. So, when I started reading Breathing Grace, by Dr. Harry Kraus, my overactive imagination easily pictured the emergency scene when a patient experiences a spinal cord injury severe enough to paralyze the diaphragm. Under normal conditions, this muscle pushes down on the stomach and other guts, lowering the pressure in the chest region and causing air to rush into the lungs. If the diaphragm is paralyzed, air isn’t pushed in and out and the patient needs an external machine to help.

The airway may be free of obstructions, but the patient must be able to move the air in and out. Hence, the second letter of the ER priorities – B is for breathing.

Last week, we looked at the importance of keeping the grace-way open by acknowledging our need. Today, we move on the next step in restoring the flow of God’s grace into our lives.

B is for Believing the Gospel.

The Scriptures clearly teach that we are saved by believing. By faith. Period. (See John 3:16 and Ephesians 2:8-9) However, we also continue to walk the walk … by faith. By putting our beliefs into action. Or, as James wrote, “I will show you my faith by my works.” (James 2:18b) Faith in action yields fruit.

So, while I have to put aside my pride and acknowledge that I can’t do life by myself, I also have to look outside myself for the solution. I must believe. I choose to believe the promises and the good news found in the Bible. I look to Christ … and then act on it.

What about you? Is there a difference between believing and acting on it? What does belief in action look like?

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B is For Breathing
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