Faith In Action!

There is nothing that we can do to earn salvation because a) it s a gift and b) we are saved by the blood that was poured out on Calvary’s hill. (Ephesians 2:8-9) However, James 2:14-26 reminds us that faith without works is dead! In other words we have to put our feet on the same frequency with the words that we speak! Now don’t get it twisted; James is not saying that our works make us righteous before God but that real saving faith is demonstrated by good works. Works are not the cause of salvation; works are the evidence of salvation. Faith in Christ always results in good works. The person who claims to be a Christian but lives in willful disobedience to Christ has a false or dead faith and is not saved. Paul basically says the same thing in 1 Corinthians 6:9–10. James contrasts two different types of faith—true faith that saves and false faith that is dead.

Faith without works is dead because it reveals a heart that has not been transformed by God. When we have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit, our lives will demonstrate that new life. Our works will be characterized by obedience to God. Unseen faith will become seen by the production of the fruit of the Spirit in our lives (Galatians 5:22). Christians belong to Christ, the Good Shepherd. As His sheep we hear His voice and follow Him (John 10:26–30).

Lastly, faith without works is dead because it comes from a heart that has not been regenerated by God. Empty professions of faith have no power to change lives. Those who pay lip service to faith but who do not possess the Spirit will hear Christ Himself say to them, “I never knew you. Depart from me, you evildoers” (Matthew 7:23). I can assure you that these are not the words I want to hear when I stand before God. So I am going to do my best to let my light shine before men, so that they may see my good works, and glorify our Father which is in heaven (Matthew 5:16).

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Pray with me!

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All Things…

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
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The Mind Of Christ!

Declare this over your life today!
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Patience Deepens Trust!

“Dear brothers and sisters, be patient as you wait for the Lord’s return. Consider the farmers who patiently wait for the rains in the fall and in the spring. They eagerly look for the valuable harvest to ripen. You, too, must be patient. Take courage, for the coming of the Lord is near. Don’t grumble about each other, brothers and sisters, or you will be judged. For look—the Judge is standing at the door! For examples of patience in suffering, dear brothers and sisters, look at the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. We give great honor to those who endure under suffering. For instance, you know about Job, a man of great endurance. You can see how the Lord was kind to him at the end, for the Lord is full of tenderness and mercy. But most of all, my brothers and sisters, never take an oath, by heaven or earth or anything else. Just say a simple yes or no, so that you will not sin and be condemned.”
‭‭James‬ ‭5:7-12‬ ‭NLT‬‬

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Being Kind Cost You Nothing!

“And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’ Matthew 25:40

It cost you absolutely nothing to be kind and trust me when I tell you that you never know when you’re standing by someone who is trying their dead level best not to fall apart. Being kind, “expressing kindness, are actions that should not feel like a cost or a chore, but to many, it is a significant effort outside of its euphoric chemical reaction.

I’ve read that research studies compound the idea that kindness is a chemical reaction. Linking ‘random acts of kindness’ to releasing dopamine, a chemical messenger in the brain that can give us a feeling of euphoria. This feel-good brain chemical is credited with what’s known as helper’s high— positive emotions following selfless service to others. In addition to boosting oxytocin and dopamine, being kind can also increase serotonin, a neurotransmitter that helps regulate mood. Why then aren’t we all striving to be more kind? Actively seeking out ways to make kindness a core and manifesting art to our lives? The benefits clearly indicate happier, healthier communities, yet it remains a distant reality.

The late american author Augustine “Og” Mandino once said, ”Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness, and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.”

The science of kindness tells us that it is just about the only thing in the world that doubles when you share it, from the random act of helping an elderly person across the street, a warm hug, to an anonymous donation for a worthy cause. In which case—kindness is at best, unattached, unflattering and unrewarding of self, unbiased of personal gain and can grow into infinite potential when we become aware.

Kindness is an international currency that’s transcends langauage barriers and will always double in value. Therefore, I encourage everyone reading this message to spend it well, non prejudicially, and thoroughly because what you do for the least of them….you do it unto Christ!

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His Love Never Fails!

“Not one word of all the good promises that the LORD had made to the house of Israel had failed; all came to pass.” (ESV) Joshua 21:45

All throughout the Bible scripture affirms time and time again that God never fails. It really behooves us to remember in times of desperation and grief that we may not be seeing God’s good and gracious purpose from our current vantage point.

Undoubtedly, the Lord uses difficult seasons as stepping stones in our spiritual growth. In trying times we have to believe that God knows what’s best for us and trust in His faithful promises.

As God’s children, we can stand firm in our faith. God’s covenant with us is not going to fail. His Word is flawless, right, and true. His promises can be fully trusted, no matter what our circumstances may be.

That being said, if this message hits home I am
encouraging you not to give up hope. Face each day confidently with an awareness that the victorious Lord is on your side. Know with all assurance that God never fails. His good promises to you will come to pass. Yes indeed, we can all brag about God’s love because it never fails, it never gives up, and it will never run out on us!

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God Carried Me!

If you are anything like me and you are going through a valley of trials and tribulations, I wanted to remind you (including myself) the Lord is still carrying you. There is a confirming promise found in Isaiah 46:4 and it reads, “God throughout your lifetime— until your hair is white with age. I made you, and I will care for you. I will carry you along and save you.”

If this promise is true; which we know it is, we haven’t made it this far to be let down. God can’t fail because it’s not in His nature to fail. God will always give us the means to make it through the worst of times. He is so powerful that nothing can get in His way and nothing is too difficult for Him. We can take comfort in His unwavering love! In fact, we are protected by the very same love that redeemed us.

The good news is that God promises that we will make it to our destinations (Phil 1:6). I know it may take a little longer than expected, but it will happen. Therefore, be strong in His might. Stay faithful and hold on to the truth. The truth is that we are surrounded by the Lord and He is with us at all times (Heb 13:8). Don’t look left and right. Look at the Lord straight ahead of you. He is taking care of what’s on our left and what’s on our right.

Think about how a little baby girl child is carried around by her father. She has no fear. She feels secure. She knows she is in good hands. She recognizes that she is in a safe zone in her father’s arms. Beloved, we are in a safe zone in our Father’s arms. We must remember that we are supernaturally shielded. We must declare God’s power and protection over our lives. We are in the best hands there is. God carries us all the time despite our awareness of His goodness.

So, no matter what you and I are going through right now, God is still effortlessly carrying us and undoubtedly, we are going to make it.

May God’s unyielding grace bless you, keep you, protect you, empower you, encourage you, inspire you, and remember that He will always love you!

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Hope Has A Name!

Hallelujah and thank You Jesus because even in a declining world, there is always hope because God is the God of hope.

That being said, despite the current state of affairs there is hope in the world. All hope is not lost. As I stated above and according to the Bible, God is the God of hope. The word hope in the Bible is from the Greek word “Elpis” and this term is used over 48 times throughout the NT. It means a desire of some good with an expectation of obtaining it.

Unfortunately, our world constantly mistakes hope for wishful thinking and we toss around “hope” with little catchphrases or polite conversational buzz phrases:

I hope you get that job.

I hope you have a good day.

I hope it all works out for ya.

I hope you get better soon.

As Christians, we don’t have wishful-thinking-hope. We don’t have positive-thoughts-hope. HOPE HAS A NAME AND THAT NAME IS JESUS!

The Bible says in Matthew 12:15-21 that after Jesus perceived the Pharisee’s malicious plot to take Him out, He fled the scene and the people that followed Him who was sick were healed. But Jesus warned them not to reveal who He was thus fulfilling the prophecy of Isaiah. In verse 21, Isaiah’s prophecy declared, “And His name [Jesus] will be the hope
of all the world!”

Jesus gives us confident-assurance-hope. Because of Him, we have rock-solid-hope that God is with us and that God will save us and that God won’t abandon us. Okay, now that you know biblical hope is more than just wishful thinking, I would like to encourage you with the words spoken by in Romans 15:13, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

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