Friday, July 04, 2008

Daily Digest #92

Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free. —Galatians 5:1

I would like to share another article from the Purpose Driven Life online (please read below). May we be enlightened by God's words today. May we develop a closer relationship with God through His son, Jesus Christ. May our lives be a reflection of God's love every day. Pray always.

Faith the Facts!

When will you ever learn that "believing" is useless without doing what God wants you to? Faith that does not result in good deeds is not real faith. James 2:20 (LB)

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Is faith simply a frame of mind? A passive attribute of a Christian waiting to see what God has in store for you: a promotion, cancer, depression, betrayal, blessing, wealth, and injustice . . . some see it that way. They might say, "I'll just wait to see what God is going to do for me and go with the flow." That's crazy talk.

Faith is active. It's not passive. It's a commitment. Look at your lifestyle and see what kind of actions follow as a result of it. If you've got the real stuff, faith can be demonstrated.

When you were baptized you made a statement to God and the people around you. You said, "I'm in!" But it doesn't stop at baptism – not by a long shot! What else do you do? You start following the pattern of Jesus. Faith is proven by how we live. Don't misinterpret this. What you do – your walking around, everyday life – doesn't get you into heaven. It doesn't make you saved. It doesn't mean you're a Christian; it shows you are a Christian.

The next steps:

· Celebrate the lavish gift of grace. You were saved because Jesus is crazy about you and wants you to be with him in heaven. Revel in it!

· Show your faith. Wedding rings don't make you married, but they say "Yes" in a visible way. In the same way, baptism isn't the thing that will get you into heaven but it's an act of obedience. (Jesus commanded us to baptize and be baptized.)

· Share your faith with the people around you. If you are excited about what God has done in your life, then why not share it? There are lots of ways to do that. Get plugged into serving God. There are literally millions of possibilities. Point people to Jesus and love them like Jesus did. It'll be something you will relish for eternity.

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