Frankly Speaking ........Now!
First "Frankly" devotion

My first "Frankly" series devotions started way back in 1988, over 20 years ago.  It was fun to go back and look at the things that were discussed.

In the very first issue, I talked about a man named Charles Blondin and faith!  Continue reading to see what I wrote then....and what I have added now!

We have been discussing faith during the month of June.  The Lord has demonstrated to many of us what faith in Him will accomplish.  There have been so many answers  to specific prayers, bringing healing and words of encouragement to all  who will "only believe"!  God has the answer for any need that you may have right now.  May we continue trusting Him for answers.

Remember, faith is a verb.   It is something we do.  Faith by itself, unless it is accompanied by action, is dead (James 2:17)

I  remember reading about Charles Blondin, a famous French tightrope walker who crossed the Niagara Falls several times on a 1,100 ft tightrope, 160 ft above the thundering, deadly water.  People observed him as he tried different stunts.  Many times he would walk across on stilts or pushing a wheelbarrow.  He would even pause to stand on his head, turn a backward somersault, balance on top of a chair, or pause to cook breakfast.

One day in 1860,  preparing to cross the falls again, Charles turned to the huge crowd to ask them if they believed he could cross without falling.  "Yes, of course", they shouted.  He then asked them if they believed he could make the walk while carrying another person on his back.  Again, the crowd roared with their assent.  When he turned to the audience to find a volunteer, there was none to be found.

If they had really believed, every-one in the audience would have had faith to climb on top of Blondin's back. True faith is dead if it is not accompanied by action.  Without action, there are just a lot of useless words. We are just "mouthers"!

We need to put our faith to the test by putting actions behind what we say and believe. Eventually his manager, Harry Colcord, did ride on Mr. Blondin's back across the falls. 

Maybe it is time that we "roll up our sleeves" and get to work doing the things we say we need to do, or the things that we say God has told us to do.  There is nothing too difficult or impossible for Him.  Let's ride!

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