Tag Archive | faith in action

Mark 4:18-19 ” Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the Word; but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the Word, making it unfruitful.”

In the Parable of the Sower, the seed (the Word of God) is sown among the thorns…obstructing its growth.  When as a Believer, we don’t see fruit in our lives, we need to be asking ourselves – “What’s distracting me from God’s plan and purpose in my life?”   The world’s frenzy is enough to distract us from what really matters, so we need to prioritize everything by these categories:  God first, family next, world last.   Distracted faith is as bad a luke-warm faith…it’s a unfruitful faith that God can’t use.

Romans 10:4 ” Christ is the end of the Law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.”

Jesus Christ came to earth and died on the Cross to fulfill the demands of the Law.  He freed us from the impossible observances of those Laws…giving us instead His perfect Law that offers freedom from sin and guilt.  For anyone who puts their faith and trust in Jesus…the old Law-keeping vanishes, as the new covenant is activated in their heart.

I Kings 8:23 ” O Lord, God of Israel, there is no God like You in heaven above or on earth below – You Who keep Your covenant of love with Your servants who continue wholeheartedly in Your way.”

He’s a promise keeping God.  If He’s said it…He’ll do it.  He’s also a faithful and trustworthy God…He will never go back on His promises.  Have you trusted Him for something lately?  Not just saying it,  but really standing on His Word and believing?  That kind of faith building strengthens our walk and allows us to rely on Him more.  And as we come to rely on Him more, our love for Him grows, and so does our trust.

We’ve got to live: Faithfully in His Word

In James it says to not merely listen to the Word…but do It.   In order to put your trust in the Lord,  you must take what you hear and apply it to your life.  You need to take that head knowledge and internalize it into heart knowledge.  The Word of God is powerful and alive, but if it goes in one ear and out the other, it’s of no use to you.  For just hearing God’s voice will never cause change within… unless you do something with it.

Hebrews 10: 39 ” But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved.”

The scripture today is a continuation of the thought from yesterday…a encouraging thought for all of us… that we are stronger than we think, braver than we can ever imagine, and only need to trust the Lord in order  to succeed.  We are exhorted here  that we are not of those who shrink back, but rather have faith.   For what hangs in the balance is simple…eternal life, or eternal damnation.

Hebrews 10:36 ” You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised.”

I’ll be the first to admit…I’m not a patient person.  But patience is exactly what God wants from me.  He asks that I steadfastly pray for unsaved loved ones…even if I don’t see change.  He asks that I not give up on dreams He’s given me…even if it’s been years.  God only asks that I be patient in my faith…unwavering in my trust of Him, as He works towards His divine purpose in my life.  For if you think about it, it’s very little He’s asking.

James 2:17 ” In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. “

Prayer is good…action is good, but the Lord wants us to do both together in wisdom.  In Nehemiah 4: 8-9 it says, “They all plotted together to come and fight against Jerusalem and stir up trouble against it.  But we prayed to our God and posted a guard day and night to met this threat.”  Prayer will give you God’s vision.  It will give you courage and resolve to move out in discernment and a clearer understanding of the problem you face.  Prayer is good…action is good, but they need to go hand in hand to be the most effective.