James 2:26 Dead Or Alive?

As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead. James 2:26

It is very easy for a person to claim something, but it is more difficult to prove it. People will watch movies and wonder why a person does or does not do some action a certain way. They claim that if they were in that position, they would do it differently.

People will claim that they believe a certain thing, but their actions or words will often show something much different. Actions do not always follow what one is saying.

James talked about having faith and doing something with that faith. Now he says that just as a body is dead without the spirit, so faith is dead without actual deeds done in faith.

In the same way that many in the world claim something, but live differently, many in the church act the same way. Every one in the church claims to believe and trust in Jesus and follow God. However, very few actually do actions that show that they believe in or trust in God.

When trials come their way, many suddenly get scared that God will not provide. When God asks them to step out in faith, many will back down.

Claiming to trust or have faith in God is easy. No one can directly prove differently. Actions are what proves that one has faith in God. A person is considered dead if he does not have a spirit in his body. In the same way a person does not have faith or it is a dead faith, if there are not actions to back up the faith.

Having true faith will cause one to step out and act upon that faith, knowing that God will provide and protect, regardless of the outcome. Anything less is not true faith.

You may claim to have faith in God. While that is a step in the right direction, there must be more. As you claim to have trust in God, you must now take a step of faith doing what God calls you to do or acting upon that faith.

If you do not choose to step out in faith, you must ask yourself if you really do believe God and His word. You must ask yourself if your faith is alive or dead, active or dead.

Is your faith alive or is it dead?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will trust God in every area of your life; that you will act in faith what God calls you to do; that you will step out in action, trusting God’s word; and that your life will show a live faith in God.

Titus 1:16 What Do Your Actions Show?

They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good. Titus 1:16

People will often claim many different things. They will have claims on what they believe or don’t believe. However, actions often show what they truly believe.

It is easy for a person to claim to believe something, but it is much more difficult to prove that believe by actions. Actions will always expose what is in the heart of a person. It often overrides what is being claimed.

As Paul talks to Timothy, he points out a group of people that claim to know God, but really deny Him by their actions. Everything they do is wrong.

In every church the majority of people will openly proclaim that they believe in God. At the same time, many of those same people will live sinful lives just as openly as they claim in church to believe in God.

They will disobey God’s commands without regret. They will participate in sinful activities of the world without repentance. They refuse to repent and live holy lives unto God and before the world.

It is common to hear of unbelievers refusing to go to church because of the hypocrisy in the the church. While it is true that every believer still sins, one should be repentant and strive to change, not purposefully continue to live in a sinful way.

When one chooses to purposefully live in sin, they are unfit for doing anything good and are detestable in the eyes of God.

God has called every believer to live a holy, pure life before Him and the world. Living the life God has called one to live will show up in his actions that everyone can see. Holy actions will show that one actually does know who God is.

If someone was to watch your life and see your actions, what will those actions tell about your knowledge of God? Every action that you do reveals what is in your heart and who you know and are following.

Actions that are pure and holy reveal that you do actually know and follow God. Actions that are sinful and of this world, reveal that you really don’t know God and are not actually following God.

Each day your actions should match what you believe and who you know and follow. What are they saying today?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will live the holy life God has called you to live; that you will obey God’s commands for your life; and that the world will know by your actions that you know God.

Ephesians 4:17 A Way Not To Live

So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. Ephesians 4:17

The majority of the world lives in a way that is to please themselves in the moment. People have the mindset that if if feels good, looks good, or tastes good, then do it. It is all about in the moment of personal pleasure, regardless of the long-term outcome.

The world believes in a freedom that is actually a bondage. They are unable to think in any other way, other than of self.

Paul gets demanding in that he demands that the people no longer live like the Gentiles.

Although on the surface the thinking and ways of the world seem like freedom and good, they are in reality actions leading towards death and destruction. It denies the truth and authority of God.

With this mindset, there is no solid foundation of rules. The rules of the world change according to the feeling in the moment. What was wrong a while back, is now considered good.

There have been many in the church who have chosen to continue to live in this way, while claiming to believe in Jesus. They have chosen to continue to hold onto sinful acts and habits to please themselves.

Alternate lifestyles, abortions, drugs, abuse, sexual immorality and other actions are sadly common among believers as acceptable. Many have been deceived into thinking that living this way is really loving and accepted by God.

Every believer in Jesus is supposed to become a new creation. This means that his ways of thinking and acting are different. He is to longer think and live like the world. One is either living for God or he is living for self, there is no middle ground.

If you consider yourself a believer and follower of Jesus, you must leave the ways of the world behind you. Give up thinking and acting like the world.

Change your thoughts and actions to become like those of Jesus in everything you say and do. Live your life to please God for what He has done for you, not to please self or others.

Living as the world does will only bring God’s judgement of wrath upon you and death.

How are you thinking and living your life today?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will think and act like Jesus; that God will give you strength to reject the ways of the world; and that you will know how God wants you to live your life.

Romans 8:14 Be A Child Of God

For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. Romans 8:14

Identification is very important among most people. People want others to be able to identify who they are.

It is common for people to identify others by what they do for work. Along with identifying others by their work, they will also be identified by their character and family relations. Their character shows up in how they act, think, speak and react to others and to situations in their lives.

Every person has some type of identity as to who he is and every person is different from others.

Paul points out that those who want to be children are led by God’s Spirit. Only those led by the Spirit of God are actually children of God.

Many people like to consider themselves a child of God, because confess that they believe in God. While confession is good, it is not the end-all to salvation and being a child of God.

If one truly believes in God’s word and then claims to believe in God and be His child, he will also choose to be led by God. Being led by God is more than just a confession, but it is following up with thoughts, words and actions that are God centered and controlled by Him.

While many people claim to believe in God and be a child of God, very few are actually being led by God. They allow themselves to purposefully participate in sinful activities, ignoring God’s word to their lives. They allow their short-term feelings and emotions to guide them in all of their words and actions.

Instead of allowing personal feelings to guide a believer, one must allow God’s Holy Spirit to guide him. The Holy Spirit will always lead a person to be a true child of God, not one of this world.

Jesus knew you would have struggles as to how to live for Him. He sent His Holy Spirit to guide and lead you in becoming more like Him. Jesus is God’s Son and you can be His son also.

All it takes is allowing the Holy Spirit to lead you in how to be His son. Live a life that is led by the Holy Spirit and you will live a life that is different from most people. Your identity will change from one of this world, to that of God’s kingdom–His child.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will hear God’s Holy Spirit in your life; that you will allow the Holy Spirit to lead you; that you will be seen as a child of God; and that you will live as a child of God.

Acts 24:16 A Clear Conscience

So I strive always to keep my conscience clear before God and man. Acts 24:16

Conscience is the inner part of a person that knows whether a person is doing the right thing or the wrong thing. The conscience has a major part in a person’s life when things are said, done, or thought that no one else can see or hear.

People often have thoughts about others or do actions behind closed doors, thinking no one see or cares. However, their conscience will bother them, because they know themselves what they did. Some will ignore their conscience to the point of being able to do wrong with no sorrow.

Paul was being tried for stirring up trouble. As he begins his argument, he tells the leaders that he strives to keep a clear conscience before both God and man.

Those in the world strive only to please themselves. They want to make themselves happy no matter what, not always caring about other people.

Believers are different in that they are out to please God and in the process build others up. In pleasing God, they will do what it takes to build others up. This includes in both in their thoughts and their actions, both in person and away from others.

The believer also knows in his spirit or conscience when he is doing the right thing or the wrong thing. His goal is to keep that conscience clear before God and man, always doing the right thing, whether in thought, words or actions. His goal is to please God, which also means he will always do right to every person.

The only way for a person to do this is to strive to flee all sin and to do what God has called him to do at all times. He knows that God knows what he has done and what is in his heart. When God is pleased, his heart will have a clear conscience.

God sees and knows all of your thoughts and actions. As He sees these things, what will He see? Will it be a person who is striving to live like Jesus? Or will it be one who is living like the world?

As you seek yourself, your spirit or conscience knows the truth to those questions. Do you have a clear conscience before God and man that you are always striving to do what is right?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will do what is right before God; that you will live and speak as Jesus lived and spoke; that you will repent of all sin before God; and that you will obey God in every area of your life.