Actions speak louder than words! I’m sure you’ve heard that saying before.
James 2:14 says, “What good is it, my brother, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him?”
If you see your brother in need but don’t lift a finger to help; your faith is dead!
“In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” (James 2:17, NIV)
I know that we can’t afford to help everyone in need but if we ALL choose one thing, one person, one action; what a leap of faith that would be. Acknowledge that we are different than the rest of the world.
“But someone will say, ‘You have faith; I have deeds.’ Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do.” (James 2:18, NIV).
Love Heart, not everything in this ole world is going to work in our favor. It’s how we walk through that time that will let our light shine before others.
Abraham was considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac as a sacrifice. His faith and his actions worked together. Rehab the prostitute was considered righteous for hiding the spies and sending them off in the opposite direction.
“As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.” (James 2:26, NIV)
Father God, anoint me with Holy Fire that I may apply action to my walk! Deb
When I was a little girl, my mother, sister and I had gone on a trip from California to Texas for a visit with family. I remember coming home to a beautifully redone bedroom.
Remember…I said my mom was with us. My father did all the remodeling. I’m talking down to the last detail. Painted the walls, made us each a new twin bed, painted white with cubicle headboards, to put our books, dolls, just…whatever we wanted to put up there! New mattresses and bedding for each of us, it was amazing!
Last but not least…a lamp on top of each headboard. You know, one of those white pretty bubbly ones with the pretty lamp shade. It screamed beauty to me.
Why had my dad gone to all of this trouble to make us feel special? It was as plain as the nose on your face to this little girl.
He wanted to let us know that he was thinking about us. That he loved and missed us.
You know, our heavenly Father is the same way! He misses us when we are away and seeks to reignite our relationship with him.
“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in our inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray the you , being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ. (Ephesians 3:16-18 NIV)
My family has instilled in me strength, faith, prayer and knowing that thankfulness is everything!
Love Heart, I know that this isn’t true for everyone. Why don’t you start with prayer, “But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you look for him with all your heart and with all your soul.” (Deuteronomy 4:29,NIV)
Seek him, he’s waiting…just for you!
Talk with God…let Him know your fears, troubles, and doubts. He knows already, but He wants for you to seek and trust him with everything. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer an petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7, NIV)
Have Faith that God will never leave you… “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6, NIV)
Read your bible. “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” (Psalms 119:11, NIV) “You word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” (Psalms 119:105, NIV)
We must never forget to be thankful. “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16, NIV)
You have a heavenly Father that loves you like no other! ~Deb