LIFe with God: January 27

Posted on January 27, 2011

Scripture

James 2:14-26

James 2:14-26  What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but does not have works? Can this kind of faith save him?  (15)  If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacks daily food,  (16)  and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, keep warm and eat well,” but you do not give them what the body needs, what good is it?  (17)  So also faith, if it does not have works, is dead being by itself.  (18)  But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith without works and I will show you faith by my works.  (19)  You believe that God is one; well and good. Even the demons believe that — and tremble with fear.  (20)  But would you like evidence, you empty fellow, that faith without works is useless?  (21)  Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar?  (22)  You see that his faith was working together with his works and his faith was perfected by works.  (23)  And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Now Abraham believed God and it was counted to him for righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend.  (24)  You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone.  (25)  And similarly, was not Rahab the prostitute also justified by works when she welcomed the messengers and sent them out by another way?  (26)  For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.

Observation

Why is faith dead without works?

Application

Do I live out my faith in good works for the glory of God?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Lord God, give me the kind of faith that pleases and glorifies you by evidencing itself in good works and helping to meet the needs of others. I ask this in the name of Jesus, Amen.

Pray to BLESS!
One good way to pray for people is to use the acronym BLESS to pray for God’s blessing on every area of their lives:

  • B – BODY (physical health)
  • L – Labor (their job or school)
  • E – Emotions (emotional health as well as guarding against letting emotions rule)
  • S – Social (relationships with family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, church, etc)
  • S – Spiritual (remaining true to God and growing in Him)

Spend some time praying for the following people and ministries:

  • Pat & Hannah Kelley
  • Fred & Shirley Leonard
  • Mark & Michelle Morgan (Cody, Kyle)
  • Michael Morgan

Ministries:

  • Provenance
  • Genesis World Mission

CLF:

  • That we will devote ourselves to prayer, individually, in small groups, and as a church.

Community: Pray for Outreach Ministries

  • God’s creative provision
  • For sound financial management and strategies
  • Salvation and spiritual growth for those to whom they minister
  • God’s anointing and leading for projects and programs
  • Volunteers and workers

    MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK:

    The one who says he resides in God ought himself to walk just as Jesus walked. – 1 John 2:6 (NET)

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