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James 2:14-16 ” What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, ‘Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? “

All of us have been guilty of this.  We encounter someone with a urgent physical need…we can’t help but see it and understand the gravity.  But what do we do?  We walk away, but not before sanctimoniously announcing, “I’ll pray for you.”  I can almost see Jesus shaking His head in disappointment.  We have blown a chance to show His love through our good deeds.  For our faith manifests itself in these good works…demonstrating to the person we’re helping in very tangible ways that God loves them.  We are called to be the hands and feet of Jesus…and by our actions His caring is shown to others.

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.

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.

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.