Good Morning Joes and Janes;
Are you an action hero? Now right off you will probably say no, but that is the title for today’s devotional that popped into my head.
Today’s text is found in James 2:24-26
24 You see that a person is justified by what he does 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?
Works alone can not save us, but on the other hand what kind of faith do we have if it is not evidenced by works? Rahab, in Joshua chapter 2, recognized that the Israelites were blessed by God because of the miracles that God performed in their lives. This convinced her that she needed to protect the spies that entered her home even though they had come to survey the city for it’s destruction. For the faith of Rahab in protecting the spies she and her family were spared and later became part of the nation of Israel.
When we accept Jesus as Lord of our lives then a difference in what we do, (works) should follow. Not to receive the gift of salvation but rather to show thank’s to our king and savior. The book of James is full of examples of living the Christian life and encouragement in the blessings of doing so.
Deeds can take many forms from helping the less fortunate to changing personal habits that do not glorify the Lord. When we see people in trouble around us we need to be willing to be “an action hero”, and jump into the situation and do what we can to help out. If Christians were true action heroes we could put the government welfare system out of business. Imagine the difference in our nation if people looked to God and Christians for the answers to their needs rather than government.
So go out today and look for opportunities to be an ACTION HERO!
- Rahab the Prostitute: Trophy of Grace (christianreformedink.wordpress.com)
Good Morning from the Bitterroot;
When talking about preparedness and potential social and political events that I see coming, I sometimes get the response; “that couldn’t happen here”. There can be a variety of reasons for this response:
- The person wishes to ignore any problems so they don’t have to change their actions
- The person has a very poor understanding of history
- The person is ignorant of human behavior
- The person believes that God will always bless this nation because we are somehow ‘special’.
It reminds me of the Old Testament Book of Hosea. For those unfamiliar with this book it is about the last 25 years of the Northern Kingdom of Israel. The Lord told Hosea to marry an adulterous wife and have children. The Lord uses this set of circumstances to educate the people of the Northern Kingdom about their lives and coming judgment.
Remember, this is the Israelites, God’s chosen people who he set apart from the other nations, brought out of Egypt, and gave the Promised Land. He protected them, against all odds, showing great miracles, spectacular riches, great leaders and decades of peace.
America is not God’s chosen people, though it can hardly be argued that at least in the past America has been greatly blessed by God. Let’s compare the Israel of Hosea’s day to America today. Today I am going to begin looking at some text from Hosea. I say begin because I am sure that this will take more than one day. Read the rest of this entry
Good Morning from a Regular Joe;
News on the television is troubling, what I read on the internet shows an even darker road ahead. These days’ events are moving so rapidly that spending a week working in the field leaves a stack of unread stories that I don’t have time to catch up on because of all the breaking news.
In times like this it is easy to become depressed or to want to ignore what is going on. But that is not a responsible direction to take. I came across some verses written by David in the book of Psalms that motivate me. Read the rest of this entry
Good Morning Regular Joe or Jane
I have a short devotional this morning before I take off to finish my fence job. In Jeremiah chapter 9, God speaks to the nation of Israel through the prophet.
11 “I will make Jerusalem a heap of ruins, a haunt of jackals; and I will make the cities of Judah desolation, without inhabitant.” 12Who is the wise man that may understand this? And who is he to whom the mouth of the LORD has spoken, that he may declare it? Why is the land ruined, laid waste like a desert, so that no one passes through? 13 The LORD said, “Because they have forsaken My law which I set before them, and have not obeyed My voice nor walked according to it, 14 but have walked after the stubbornness of their heart and after the Baals, as their fathers taught them,” 15therefore thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, “behold, I will feed them, this people, with wormwood and give them poisoned water to drink. 16 “I will scatter them among the nations, whom neither they nor their fathers have known; and I will send the sword after them until I have annihilated them.”
The Jews are God’s chosen people and yet He condemns them for their actions:
- They have forsaken my law
- Not obeying His voice
- Stubbornly following their heart
- Following the Baals, (local fertility and nature gods)
God says that He will scatter them among the nations and send the sword to destroy them. If God will carry out this judgment on His chosen people, how much more will He do so for other nations who turn from Him and worship false gods? God judges individuals on their actions, but He also judges nations as a whole on their actions.
As America has turned from one of the Godliest nations in the world to one who ignores and even deny the existence of God, I fear for it and the people who inhabit her. As a republic, truly we as a people are responsible for the direction our government takes. Have we as a people chosen to follow ‘the Baals’ rather than the God of the Bible and our fathers?
Is there no chance to turn back to God and avert destruction? Yes, there is a chance! In the past people of nations have turned back to God in a revival of their faith! And God is faithful in His actions. In 2 Chronicles 7:14 God promises
and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
This was written to the Jews, but has proven true over time and history of other nations who will turn their hearts towards God.
Go forth and be a light to those around you today!
- The Temple cult and the den of thieves (lildov.wordpress.com)