Life from the rear-view mirror

I’m almost to the …th! March 9th Vol. no 6

March 10, 2013 | Comment

What do you listen to?

Who do you believe?

What do you read?

What filter(s) do you use to determine if something you heard or read gets to find it’s way from sight and sound into your belief system…and to what degree do you believe it? Would you stake your life on it?

What would make you act on what you believe to be true?

These can be pretty convicting questions.

My grandaughter is 5 years old and very bright. She already reads at a 4th grade level now and her vocabulary is startling. But she’s still 5…and the way she reasons out difficult things for herself is really quite facinating.

She has been learning about the Bible at church…and all the amazing stories it contains  including Adam and Eve, Daniel and the lion’s den and of course how Jesus came to die on the cross for our sins. Her teachers have been talking about Faith and how we believe things in the Bible by Faith because we weren’t there to see them for ourselves.  Her mom was telling Kathy and I how she was working through the things she wasn’t sure about. The way she explained it was that if she had Faith that meant that she believed something all the way…but if she didn’t quite believe it yet…well than she only had a part of faith like a  “Fa”…or maybe “Fai” …not all of “Faith” yet. I wish I was that self-aware! She is working through her belief system!

We all believe that Annabelle is going to arrive at the “th” of her Faith very soon…and we’re all praying for her… helping her on her journey.

Sadly there are some believers who have already arrived at the “th” of faith. They understand the concept of faith but lack the courage to step out and live a life of faith that counts for God. Their lives are no richer in grace or mercy than before they came to know the Lord. There are no more folks Kingdom bound because they had faith to believe that God would save them…. and “in faith” ….share the gospel with them.

Maybe you’re like Annabelle…still struggling to understand it all and haven’t quite gotten to the “th” of your faith yet. Or maybe you have, and are trying to figure out what God wants from you. Perhaps you are out there in the trenches, confidently putting your faith to work.

Check out the passage below to see how you are doing. May we all excersise our faith in a way that pleases God this coming week.

 

James 2:14-26

New International Version (NIV)

Faith and Deeds

14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? 15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

18 But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.”

Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.19 You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.

20 You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless[a]? 21 Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. 23 And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,”[b] and he was called God’s friend. 24 You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone.

25 In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction? 26 As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.

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