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.

Romans 13:12 Put Aside And Put On

The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. Romans 13:12

Night is always known for darkness. Not only the darkness of the absence of light, but also darkness of deeds and actions.

The majority of robberies, violence and other crimes occur in the darkness of night. Those who do those things, do them in the night, because they do not want to be exposed or seen in the light of day. When day begins to approach, many will stop doing the crimes.

Paul just pointed out that salvation is nearer than ever before. Salvation comes in the morning, so one is to stop doing evil deeds and put on God’s armor of light.

Just as the world lives in sinful ways, there are many believers who continue to purposefully live in sinful ways in the same way. They continue to sin, thinking that no one, nor God can see them or cares. Some of this is done behind closed doors or in the mind, while some is done openly.

Many believe that they have time to repent and change later, rather than right away. Others feel that it is acceptable to stay in sin, because of God’s great mercy and grace upon them.

In both cases, people are not realizing that day is approaching where God’s light will reveal their sinful acts. It is also difficult to turn from sin when one does not realize that salvation is right around the corner and all temptation will be done away with.

Every believer must realize that Jesus died to take away their sin, not so they can sin more, but that they may sin less and remain sinless. They must be ready to wake up, by getting rid of sinful acts, for their salvation is near.

Examine your life and see if you are allowing any sinful habits in your life. Know that Jesus is returning soon or God may require your life soon. Your salvation is coming.

Turn away from all sin. Stop doing what is against God and His word. Put on the armor of light, God’s armor. Live as God has called you to live your life, not as the world lives, but holy and righteous.

Time to change is running out. The day is almost here when you time is up.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will turn away from all sinful ways of living; that you will live in the light of God’s word; that you will know your salvation is coming; and that God will strengthen you to live for Him.

Hosea 5:4 The Wrong Spirit

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Their deeds do not permit them to return to their God. A spirit of prostitution is in their heart; they do not acknowledge the Lord. Hosea 5:4 

The spirit of a person is what can drive him to do or not do something. It will often reveal what is in his heart or what his motive is in what he does or does not do.

When in a group setting, the spirit of the group can move many individuals to do things that they would not normally do. It will cause many people to go with the flow. Once in the flow, they are unable to back out and do something different.

God had revealed that Israel had a spirit of prostitution. They were giving themselves up to false idols. As a group they were moving together away from God. They were caught up in the flow to the point that they were unable to return to God.

Even today it is very easy for people to get caught up in the flow of some spirit that is moving a group of people. People do not take the time to realize what is actually happening, what the flow is about. They just get caught up in the excitement of the moment.

Often that excitement is in doing things that are against God. On the surface it looks and sounds good, but the spirit underneath is one of prostitution, following after the idols of this world–pride, selfishness, sin.

As long as one is running after false idols he cannot return to God. He has to stop chasing the false idols and turn towards God in order to return to God. It has to be a conscience effort, not just a crowd following hype that will bring a person to God in heart and soul.

You may find yourself being caught up in the flow of thinking of this world, a chasing after some false idol. It may seem innocent, such as seeking a higher position in a job for better pay, or it may be steeped in sin.

The heart or spirit of why you are doing what you are doing must be determined. As a believer your heart should always to be one of running after God’s Spirit, wanting to do what He is wanting to do.

Do not allow yourself to be caught up in the spirit of this world, chasing after false idols. Chase after the heart of God and live for Him.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that your heart will chase after God’s heart; that God will keep you from being caught up in the false spirits of this world; and that you will acknowledge God in every area of your life.