10.16.2011

A lesson learned.

Before I start on what I feel will become a rant I want to tell you that I am typing on my computer!! It's a netbook and its pink and I know I that I will grow to love it. It's baby and cute and I pray that no one wants to take it this time around.

We are studying the book of James at church in a six week series called "I am decided." (decided to live  for Christ) My notebook gets fuller every Sunday because I try to write down everything because the Spirit is teaching me so very much.

Here's what tonights sermon was on:

James 2:14

"What use is it my brethen, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that faith save him?"

James 2:26

"For just as the body without the Spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead."

James 2:24

"You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone."

Wow

maybe you're like me and need to take a second to read over those verses again... I sure had too.

If you're reading my blog and have no idea who God is and if God has no revelance in your life at present than this part is for you- I am sorry. I am personally sorry and I am also sorry for people who call themselves Christians and represent Christ so poorly. These verses above talk about how if we are to talk about our faith and about Christ we need to show deeds that go along with it. We need to talk about our relationship with God but also show that. I am sorry if you haven't seen me "show my works" and instead just listen to me talk about my faith. Let me tell you that I have been so challenged and convicted tonight with these verses that I hope you see in my life that I am "working" and "living out" my faith rather than just talking about it. My prayer is that you'll see those works in my life and because of that see that their is a God crazy in love with you.

If you're a believer, re read those verses once more. What exactly did James mean when he wrote that our faith was dead? Works don't get us into heaven, thats grace. James is writing this to believers though- believers that need to get back on track. It is possible to receive God's word, be saved and become a believer and than walk away from the word. James is urging us to get back to looking at Christ and his example of how we are to live.

James 2:15-16

"If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, and one of you says to them "Go in peace be warmed and be filled," and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use it that?

Are you living a faith that is dead? Are the things you do each and every a reflection of Christ? These are tough questions that we looked at and studied tonight. It has really made me think about the importance of living like Christ.

Casting Crowns came to my mind:

"If we are the body, why are his arms reaching? Why aren't his hands healing? Why aren't his words teaching? If we are the body, why aren't feet going, why is his love not showing them their is a way, Jesus is the way."

We need to have faith and we must live it out each and every day. We need to be sensitive to every opportunity to witness by works- its the only way to make our faith useful.

Thanks for letting me rant!
Here's to week 9 of being on this journey...can you believe that? 9 weeks already... just crazy.

much much love

mads

I promise pictures will be coming soon... it must be boring just reading all the time!

2 comments:

  1. Hey Baby Girl,

    Thank you for those wise words and a wonderful reminder to be each day asking ourselves are we living for Christ. Keep loving Him.
    Love you more.
    MOM

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  2. Thanks Momma! I love you more though ;)

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