Faith That Compels A Move

Today I’m just going to collect some thoughts that I got from reading through James about really going on in God and some about faith. Again I will be using The New Century Version. Cause it’s so straight forward and I like that.

James 1:19-25(NCV)

19 My dear brothers and sisters, always be willing to listen and slow to speak. Do not become angry easily,20 because anger will not help you live the right kind of life God wants.21 So put out of your life every evil thing and every kind of wrong. Then in gentleness accept God’s teaching that is planted in your hearts, which can save you.

22 Do what God’s teaching says; when you only listen and do nothing, you are fooling yourselves.23 Those who hear God’s teaching and do nothing are like people who look at themselves in a mirror.24 They see their faces and then go away and quickly forget what they looked like.25 But the truly happy people are those who carefully study God’s perfect law that makes people free, and they continue to study it. They do not forget what they heard, but they obey what God’s teaching says. Those who do this will be made happy.

I love from verse 22 down. It goes into how to live a happy life, And it really is quite simple but I think we to often a times we try to make everything we do with God complicated but it’s not. It says James 1:5 “But if any of you needs wisdom,you should ask God for it. He is generous to everyone and will give you wisdom with criticizing you”. It clearly says right here that its not complicated ask and it will be given unto you =)

James 2:14-24(NCV)

14 My brothers and sisters, if people say they have faith, but do nothing, their faith is worth nothing. Can faith like that save them?15 A brother or sister in Christ might need clothes or food.16 If you say to that person, “God be with you! I hope you stay warm and get plenty to eat,” but you do not give what that person needs, your words are worth nothing. 17 In the same way, faith by itself—that does nothing—is dead.

18 Someone might say, “You have faith, but I have deeds.” Show me your faith without doing anything, and I will show you my faith by what I do.19 You believe there is one God. Good! But the demons believe that, too, and they tremble with fear.

20 You foolish person! Must you be shown that faith that does nothing is worth nothing?21 Abraham, our ancestor, was made right with God by what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar.22 So you see that Abraham’s faith and the things he did worked together. His faith was made perfect by what he did.23 This shows the full meaning of the Scripture that says: “Abraham believed God, and God accepted Abraham’s faith, and that faith made him right with God.”[a] And Abraham was called God’s friend.[b]24 So you see that people are made right with God by what they do, not by faith only.

“Must you be shown that faith that does nothing is worth nothing?”. Let that sink in for a second its amazing. We can have all the faith in the world but it’s worth nothing tell we put it to action. So we can talk about all the good things God’s going to do and what he’s doing but until that faith compels us to action its nothing. It’s awesome to talk about what God does cause then it stirs everyone up around us but talk is talk. Faith should compel us to action. If we are not doing what God says thru faith we really aren’t doing a good job at all about doing what he says or speaks to us. I never really realized this point I’m bringing across here tell the other night when I first read it and it struck me hard.

James 2:26

26 Just as a person’s body that does not have a spirit is dead, so faith that does nothing is dead!

We can have all the faith we want but again if it doesn’t compel us to action its useless. If we let our faith we have right now do nothing then its just going to die and when it dies guess what its gone. Now God can give you that faith again but why ask for faith again when we can ask for more faith so we can do the greater things thru him.

James 3:4-5(NCV)

4 Also a ship is very big, and it is pushed by strong winds. But a very small rudder controls that big ship, making it go wherever the pilot wants.5 It is the same with the tongue. It is a small part of the body, but it brags about great things.

A big forest fire can be started with only a little flame.

Ok now we kinda change pace here a little bit, But after this is talking about the tongue and everything above it goes on to tell how we praise God with our tongue and we put faith to action with our tongue and speak things to life with our tongue, But then we turn around and speak curses, death, bring people down, talk about what non believers do in private and and make sexual innuendoes. I think we take our tongue for granite. Our words have more power than we think. I hear it all the time but when I read this verse and what it went on to say it really came alive to me and I really understood it.

James 4:1-7(NCV)

1 Do you know where your fights and arguments come from? They come from the selfish desires that war within you.2 You want things, but you do not have them. So you are ready to kill and are jealous of other people, but you still cannot get what you want. So you argue and fight. You do not get what you want, because you do not ask God.3 Or when you ask, you do not receive because the reason you ask is wrong. You want things so you can use them for your own pleasures.

4 So, you are not loyal to God! You should know that loving the world is the same as hating God. Anyone who wants to be a friend of the world becomes God’s enemy.5 Do you think the Scripture means nothing that says, “The Spirit that God made to live in us wants us for himself alone”?[a] 6 But God gives us even more grace, as the Scripture says,
“God is against the proud,
but he gives grace to the humble.” — Proverbs 3:34

7 So give yourselves completely to God. Stand against the devil, and the devil will run from you.

Ok I love the first paragraph tell bout verse three. It’s like ok we’re going to slap reality into you here lol. The biggest reason we are tempted is cause of a trouble of our own making, fueled by our wrong desires. I don’t think it gets anymore clear than that. We are tempted cause of our own sin. So when we say oh the devil is tempting me with this and I don’t know why. He’s not dumb come one he’s tempting you with your own wrong desires. Temptation isn’t temptation unless its going to be hard on you. It’s like trying to get someone that hates alcohol to drink tell there drunk, But that’s not a temptation cause they hate it. Then it goes on to say “give yourselves completely to God. Stand against the devil, and the devil will run from you”. So if you do that your inner desires are going to change. Your not going to be tempted by the devil to read your word, to pray or do anything that someone would do that is after the desires of the Lords Heart.

James 5:13-18(NCV)

13 Anyone who is having troubles should pray. Anyone who is happy should sing praises.14 Anyone who is sick should call the church’s elders. They should pray for and pour oil on the person[a] in the name of the Lord.15 And the prayer that is said with faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will heal that person. And if the person has sinned, the sins will be forgiven.16 Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so God can heal you. When a believing person prays, great things happen.17 Elijah was a human being just like us. He prayed that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years!18 Then Elijah prayed again, and the rain came down from the sky, and the land produced crops again.

Ok the power of prayer is amazing! We can do anything with prayer and faith. It reminds me of the quote I used from lou engall “people with jobs move people, People who pray move God”. Then there’s that faith thing again prayer with faith. See faith requires that we move.

Well I hope you got as much as I got thru reading thru James in a sitting.

Much Love ~ Jeremy

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