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Galatians 3:22 ” But the Scripture declares that the whole world is a prisoner of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe.”

We are all sinners.  We are all caught up like fish in the net called evil.  There is not one among us that is righteous…for we are all bound over to disobedience.  But we have a Savior…His name is Jesus, who came to save us from our sinful life and give us hope.  For when we put our trust in Jesus and the Good News of the Gospel…that promise spoken about in this Scripture is made alive in us…the wonderful promise of eternal life in heaven through His Son, Jesus.

Galatians 6:2 ” Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the Law of Christ.”

Last Sunday during a meeting I had wanted to say, “Practical Christianity”…but what came out was, “Practical Christianality.”  No, it’s not in the Dictionary, and Yes, I felt pretty silly.  But this slip of the tongue non-word has been in my mind all week.  As Followers of Jesus, we are in many ways a nationality that has much in common.  We share common allegiances,(our faith and trust in Jesus Christ) traditions, laws,( the Gospel-the Law of Faith) and characteristics (becoming more like Jesus every day.)  Even our citizenship is not of this earth but of heaven. (Philippians 3:20)  So what does Christianality look like?  It’s loving each other, caring for needs of others as we see them, and sharing our commonality, not the things that make us different.

Luke 17: 5-6 ” The apostles said to the Lord, ‘Increase our faith!’ He replied, ‘If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, Be uprooted and planted in the sea, and it will obey you.’ “

How do we go about increasing our faith?  First, it’s about believing and accepting the Gospel Message…that Jesus came to save and redeem us from eternal punishment by His life, death and resurrection.  Secondly, our faith is built up every time we trust and obey God and then see Him working in our life.  Thus, over time, our faith increases, like layers of bricks being built up to form a strong wall.  Finally, with that increasing faith comes a confidence that there’s nothing impossible for God.

I Corinthians 13:1 ” And now I will show you the most excellent way. If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have no love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.”

You’ve been around them too…people who are all talk and no action.  They may speak eloquently and have great ideas…but they lack followup and dedication to actually get the work done.  They make a lot of noise, but that’s all.  Paul is showing us here that it’s the love of Christ in our hearts that make the difference between just making noise and changing the world for Him.

Ephesians 3:12 ” In Him and through faith in Him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.”

It’s only by our belief and trust in Jesus Christ that we have access to God the Father.  For the chasm between us and God is too deep…the sin-created abyss too wide for us by ourselves to reach Him.  But Jesus came to save us from our sins, and remove the guilt and shame by His blood.  So now we can stand and pray with confidence before our Heavenly Father…knowing He hears us.

Acts 9:40 ” Peter sent them all out of the room; then he got down on his knees and prayed. Turning towards the dead woman, he said, ‘Tabitha, get up.’ She opened her eyes, and seeing Peter she sat up.”

Peter sent the mourners and doubters out of the room much like Jesus did when He brought the dead little girl back to life in Matthew 9:25.  Both didn’t allow negativity and unbelief to remain in the room.  Nor did either permit skepticism and scoffing to change their confidence in what God could do.  So what can we take from this when praying for someone seriously ill?  First is to get rid of all distractions and those who can’t believe for a miracle.  Instead, gather around those who have faith for a healing, (remember, it can be as small as a mustard seed).  Next speak life and not death into the person and ask God to heal them.  Finally, continue to speak life into the person and watch God work.

James 2:14 ” What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? “

Throughout the Book of James we see him arguing the difference between faith and active faith.  Just believing in God, he says, isn’t enough…for even the demons believe in God. (James 2:19)  What the Lord demands from us is to demonstrate our inward trust in Him by outward actions.  In other words, to not only hear His Word, but put it into practice.  For faith without works is considered dead and accomplishes nothing for the Kingdom of God.