Journey Through James – Day 6

“So speak and so act as those who are to be judged under the law of liberty.” (James 2:12)

James reminds us of the faithful truth that orthodoxy (right belief) leads to orthopraxy (right action). Those who have come to faith in Christ and have been renewed by the transformation of their worldview should see and distinct difference in the way that act and relate to the world around them. God has an establish standard by which we should live as outlined in His word. Thus those who claim to be His followers should live in light of the fact that they are to be judged by that standard of living.

Granted. Our actions or the way we live does not merit favor with God toward salvation. Salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, for the glory of God alone, as set forth by scripture alone. However, the grace of God manifested in our lives should produce in us a desire to live in accordance to His commandments because those who love Him will keep His commandments. Therefore, it is conceivable to think that those who live constantly in rebellion to the commandments of God do not truly love Him because their actions betray their words. Let us find ourselves demonstrating our love for our Lord by heading to His word which says, “So speak and so act as those who are to be judged under the law of liberty.”

Grace to all,

Ronnie

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Journey Through James – Day 4

“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” (James 1.22)

James reminds us very clearly, in our text today, that true faith impacts our life in such away as to spur us to action. It is a good discipline to study and internalize the scripture. Frankly we need more believers to be diligent in the study of God’s word. However, if our study ends with merely a head full of biblical knowledge and does not spur us to actions of obedience to the precepts therein we are deceiving ourselves as James writes.

Jesus reminded us that those who love Him demonstrate that love by being obedient to His commandments. The true follower of Christ will be driven to obedience to the precepts of God’s word because of his love for Christ. The true follower will hear the word, internalize the word, and flesh out the word daily. The true follower will be so impacted by the sanctifying nature of the word of God that he will be changed in his way of thinking which will in turn change his way of acting. So, let us be reminded today to be doers of the word and not just hearers only.

Grace to all,

Ronnie

Fear Not

“… ‘Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife …’”
(Matthew 1.20)

God often calls us to walk in circumstances which seem contrary to social norms. He often
chooses to work out His will in ways that seem inconsistent with the common views of  power and success. When God works in these unlikely circumstances He expects His  children to walk in obedience after Him.  

Yet, many times we become more concerned with the uncertainty we see in the circumstance rather
than the consistency we have always seen in the Creator. We often become more concerned about the opinion of those on the outside looking in rather than focusing on the one who is the Sovereign  ruler of the universe. How often have we missed the front line blessings of serving God because we were afraid of the uncommon circumstances in which He has chosen to work? His plea to His child  is simply, “do not be afraid,” trust Me and experience the joy of life that follows obedience to My will.

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