April 16, 2021 Memory Verse

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.

2 Corinthians 7:1 The Real Reason Why

Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God. 2 Corinthians 7:1

People try to cleanse their body of physical contaminates for many different reasons. Some are just trying to make themselves look better. Others do it to lose weight. Some will do it for more energy.

Each person is different in what motivates them to do what they do, especially when it is something difficult to do. This works in both physical and spiritual cleansing that people attempt. Most often the reason is for selfish, personal reasons.

After telling the Corinthian church about the promises of reconciliation and a new body, Paul tells them to purify themselves of anything that contaminates the body and spirit. The reason is because of the promises of God and out of reverence for God.

It is very common for believers to flee from certain sins or bad foods to keep themselves clean. However, many will do it in order to look good to others or to make God happy with them. When it is done for these reasons, it is done for the wrong purpose.

Jesus had already paid the price for the believer to be holy before God. What one does cannot add to it any more. But it is for this very reason that the believer should strive to flee sin and anything that contaminates his body or soul. It completely for the reason that God promised forgiveness and salvation in Jesus, that one will purify himself.

Acting in this way is what shows gratefulness to Jesus for what He did and gratefulness to God for His promises. It is not about self, but about what God has done and has promised.

As a believer, think about all the promises God has promised you. Every one of those promises are for you to hold on to. Also think about what Jesus has done for you with paying the price for your sins.

Now ask yourself how you will show your gratitude for what God has done and has promised. The best way to show your gratitude is to keep yourself pure from all sin and contamination of body and soul.

Purification from these things for any other reason will be selfish and legalistic. Make your whole purpose of living a holy life because of what God has promised you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will live a holy life as God has called you to live; that you will be grateful for what God has done for you; that you will live in holy reverence for God; and that God will strengthen you to flee all sin.