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Belief vs. Obedience


Daily Bible Reading – Isaiah 32-35; James 2

Today’s Key Passage – James 2:14-26

 

How many Christians do you know?  It seems like an easy question to answer, but for most of us, it is not.  In our society today, the line of who is and who is not a Christian has become a bit blurred.   From pop stars wearing crosses to people marking “Christian” in their religious views on Facebook, there are many people today claiming to be followers of Christ.  The problem is that in many cases, people are calling themselves Christians without really understanding what that word means.  It has become somewhat diluted over time.  For the first 30 years or so of my life, I claimed to be a Christian.  When anyone asked me about my religious beliefs, I always said I was a Christian, but my behavior did not match up to my claims.  I believed in God.  I even believed in Jesus.  What I did not understand, however, is that there is a big difference between belief and obedience.

In today’s key passage, James talks about empty faith.  He talks about people claiming to have faith in God whose actions do not match their words.  Apparently, this has been an issue since the beginning of Christianity.  There have always been people who have claimed to be Christians without following through on their claims, and the line has always been blurred in the difference between belief and obedience.  James said, “You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.” (Vs. 19)  The bottom line is that belief in God is simply not enough.  Knowing about God or knowing the story of Jesus does not make a person a Christian.  Going to church on Sunday or reading the Bible does not make a person a Christian.  Believing in God does not make a person a Christian, because even the demons believe in God.  While we are all initially saved by God’s grace alone, what makes a person a true follower of Christ is obedience.  Jesus never said, “You are my friends if you believe in me”.  He never said, “You are my friends if you go to church on Sunday or get a cross tattoo”.  What Jesus actually said was, “You are my friends if you do what I command.” (John 15:14)  The mark of a Christian does not lie in belief.  The mark of a true follower of Christ lies in obedience.   Make sure your words are matching up to your actions.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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Taming the Tongue


Daily Bible Reading – James 1-5

Today’s Key Passage – James 3:3-12

 

Our words are powerful.  What we say (or sometimes what we choose not to say) can make a huge impact on those around us.  In Proverbs 18:21 we learn that, “the tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit“.  If you really think about this passage, you will find it to be absolutely true (just like everything else in the Bible).  Every argument we have is due (at least in part) to words.  Every time we have consoled another person, we have done it (at least in part) with words.  Every time we have shown love towards another person, we have done it (at least in part) with words.

We can all probably improve our ability to tame our tongues.  James compares the damage the tongue can do with a fire.  Our words can lash out at others and rage uncontrollably, and just like the damage done by a fire, the damage done by our words is often difficult if not impossible to repair.  Long-term relationships can end by the power of the tongue.  Churches can experience disunity by the power of the tongue.  People can become distracted from their faith and lose sight of God by the power of the tongue.  Conversely, God can be praised by the power of the tongue.  New friendships can be formed by the power of the tongue.  People can start down a path that leads them into the arms of Jesus Christ by the power of the tongue.

How are you at taming your tongue?  How often do you allow your tongue to become untamed?  Do you gossip, put others down, brag, manipulate, exaggerate, complain, flatter, or lie?  All of these are examples of an untamed tongue.  Do you ever turn your back on someone who is sinning without correcting them in love?  This is also an example of an untamed tongue.  Think about your words today.  What do you need to say to others to show the love of Christ?  What do you need to leave unsaid today to communicate your witness for Him?  What can you say today to build someone up instead of tearing him or her down?  Fight some fires today that were started by the power of the tongue, and avoid starting any new ones.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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Belief vs. Obedience


Daily Bible Reading – Isaiah 32-35; James 2

Today’s Key Passage – James 2:14-26

 

How many Christians do you know?  It seems like an easy question to answer, but for most of us, it is not.  In our society today, the line of who is and who is not a Christian has become a bit blurred.   From pop stars wearing crosses to people marking “Christian” in their religious views on Facebook, there are many people today claiming to be followers of Christ.  The problem is that in many cases, people are calling themselves Christians without really understanding what that word means.  It has become somewhat diluted over time.  For the first 30 years or so of my life, I claimed to be a Christian.  When anyone asked me about my religious beliefs, I always said I was a Christian, but my behavior did not match up to my claims.  I believed in God.  I even believed in Jesus.  What I did not understand, however, is that there is a big difference between belief and obedience.

In today’s key passage, James talks about empty faith.  He talks about people claiming to have faith in God whose actions do not match their words.  Apparently, this has been an issue since the beginning of Christianity.  There have always been people who have claimed to be Christians without following through on their claims, and the line has always been blurred in the difference between belief and obedience.  James said, “You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.” (Vs. 19)  The bottom line is that belief in God is simply not enough.  Knowing about God or knowing the story of Jesus does not make a person a Christian.  Going to church on Sunday or reading the Bible does not make a person a Christian.  Believing in God does not make a person a Christian, because even the demons believe in God.  While we are all initially saved by God’s grace alone, what makes a person a true follower of Christ is obedience.  Jesus never said, “You are my friends if you believe in me”.  He never said, “You are my friends if you go to church on Sunday or get a cross tattoo”.  What Jesus actually said was, “You are my friends if you do what I command.” (John 15:14)  The mark of a Christian does not lie in belief.  The mark of a true follower of Christ lies in obedience.   Make sure your words are matching up to your actions.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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Taming the Tongue


Daily Bible Reading – James 1-5

Today’s Key Passage – James 3:3-12

 

Our words are powerful.  What we say (or sometimes what we choose not to say) can make a huge impact on those around us.  In Proverbs 18:21 we learn that, “the tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit“.  If you really think about this passage, you will find it to be absolutely true (just like everything else in the Bible).  Every argument we have is due (at least in part) to words.  Every time we have consoled another person, we have done it (at least in part) with words.  Every time we have shown love towards another person, we have done it (at least in part) with words.

We can all probably improve our ability to tame our tongues.  James compares the damage the tongue can do with a fire.  Our words can lash out at others and rage uncontrollably, and just like the damage done by a fire, the damage done by our words is often difficult if not impossible to repair.  Long-term relationships can end by the power of the tongue.  Churches can experience disunity by the power of the tongue.  People can become distracted from their faith and lose sight of God by the power of the tongue.  Conversely, God can be praised by the power of the tongue.  New friendships can be formed by the power of the tongue.  People can start down a path that leads them into the arms of Jesus Christ by the power of the tongue.

How are you at taming your tongue?  How often do you allow your tongue to become untamed?  Do you gossip, put others down, brag, manipulate, exaggerate, complain, flatter, or lie?  All of these are examples of an untamed tongue.  Do you ever turn your back on someone who is sinning without correcting them in love?  This is also an example of an untamed tongue.  Think about your words today.  What do you need to say to others to show the love of Christ?  What do you need to leave unsaid today to communicate your witness for Him?  What can you say today to build someone up instead of tearing him or her down?  Fight some fires today that were started by the power of the tongue, and avoid starting any new ones.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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Belief vs. Obedience


Daily Bible Reading – Isaiah 32-35; James 2

Today’s Key Passage – James 2:14-26

 

How many Christians do you know?  It seems like an easy question to answer, but for most of us, it is not.  In our society today, the line of who is and who is not a Christian has become a bit blurred.   From pop stars wearing crosses to people marking “Christian” in their religious views on Facebook, there are many people today claiming to be followers of Christ.  The problem is that in many cases, people are calling themselves Christians without really understanding what that word means.  It has become somewhat diluted over time.  For the first 30 years or so of my life, I claimed to be a Christian.  When anyone asked me about my religious beliefs, I always said I was a Christian, but my behavior did not match up to my claims.  I believed in God.  I even believed in Jesus.  What I did not understand, however, is that there is a big difference between belief and obedience.

In today’s key passage, James talks about empty faith.  He talks about people claiming to have faith in God whose actions do not match their words.  Apparently, this has been an issue since the beginning of Christianity.  There have always been people who have claimed to be Christians without following through on their claims, and the line has always been blurred in the difference between belief and obedience.  James said, “You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.” (Vs. 19)  The bottom line is that belief in God is simply not enough.  Knowing about God or knowing the story of Jesus does not make a person a Christian.  Going to church on Sunday or reading the Bible does not make a person a Christian.  Believing in God does not make a person a Christian, because even the demons believe in God.  While we are all initially saved by God’s grace alone, what makes a person a true follower of Christ is obedience.  Jesus never said, “You are my friends if you believe in me”.  He never said, “You are my friends if you go to church on Sunday or get a cross tattoo”.  What Jesus actually said was, “You are my friends if you do what I command.” (John 15:14)  The mark of a Christian does not lie in belief.  The mark of a true follower of Christ lies in obedience.   Make sure your words are matching up to your actions.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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Taming the Tongue


Daily Bible Reading – James 1-5

Today’s Key Passage – James 3:3-12

 

Our words are powerful.  What we say (or sometimes what we choose not to say) can make a huge impact on those around us.  In Proverbs 18:21 we learn that, “the tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit“.  If you really think about this passage, you will find it to be absolutely true (just like everything else in the Bible).  Every argument we have is due (at least in part) to words.  Every time we have consoled another person, we have done it (at least in part) with words.  Every time we have shown love towards another person, we have done it (at least in part) with words.

We can all probably improve our ability to tame our tongues.  James compares the damage the tongue can do with a fire.  Our words can lash out at others and rage uncontrollably, and just like the damage done by a fire, the damage done by our words is often difficult if not impossible to repair.  Long-term relationships can end by the power of the tongue.  Churches can experience disunity by the power of the tongue.  People can become distracted from their faith and lose sight of God by the power of the tongue.  Conversely, God can be praised by the power of the tongue.  New friendships can be formed by the power of the tongue.  People can start down a path that leads them into the arms of Jesus Christ by the power of the tongue.

How are you at taming your tongue?  How often do you allow your tongue to become untamed?  Do you gossip, put others down, brag, manipulate, exaggerate, complain, flatter, or lie?  All of these are examples of an untamed tongue.  Do you ever turn your back on someone who is sinning without correcting them in love?  This is also an example of an untamed tongue.  Think about your words today.  What do you need to say to others to show the love of Christ?  What do you need to leave unsaid today to communicate your witness for Him?  What can you say today to build someone up instead of tearing him or her down?  Fight some fires today that were started by the power of the tongue, and avoid starting any new ones.

 

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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Belief vs. Obedience


Daily Bible Reading – Isaiah 32-35; James 2

Today’s Key Passage – James 2:14-26

 

How many Christians do you know?  It seems like an easy question to answer, but for most of us, it is not.  In our society today, the line of who is and who is not a Christian has become a bit blurred.   From pop stars wearing crosses to people marking “Christian” in their religious views on Facebook, there are many people today claiming to be followers of Christ.  The problem is that in many cases, people are calling themselves Christians without really understanding what that word means.  It has become somewhat diluted over time.  For the first 30 years or so of my life, I claimed to be a Christian.  When anyone asked me about my religious beliefs, I always said I was a Christian, but my behavior did not match up to my claims.  I believed in God.  I even believed in Jesus.  What I did not understand, however, is that there is a big difference between belief and obedience.

In today’s key passage, James talks about empty faith.  He talks about people claiming to have faith in God whose actions do not match their words.  Apparently, this has been an issue since the beginning of Christianity.  There have always been people who have claimed to be Christians without following through on their claims, and the line has always been blurred in the difference between belief and obedience.  James said, “You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.” (Vs. 19)  The bottom line is that belief in God is simply not enough.  Knowing about God or knowing the story of Jesus does not make a person a Christian.  Going to church on Sunday or reading the Bible does not make a person a Christian.  Believing in God does not make a person a Christian, because even the demons believe in God.  While we are all initially saved by God’s grace alone, what makes a person a true follower of Christ is obedience.  Jesus never said, “You are my friends if you believe in me”.  He never said, “You are my friends if you go to church on Sunday or get a cross tattoo”.  What Jesus actually said was, “You are my friends if you do what I command.” (John 15:14)  The mark of a Christian does not lie in belief.  The mark of a true follower of Christ lies in obedience.   Make sure your words are matching up to your actions.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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Taming the Tongue


Daily Bible Reading – James 1-5

Today’s Key Passage – James 3:3-12

 

Our words are powerful.  What we say (or sometimes what we choose not to say) can make a huge impact on those around us.  In Proverbs 18:21 we learn that, “the tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit“.  If you really think about this passage, you will find it to be absolutely true (just like everything else in the Bible).  Every argument we have is due (at least in part) to words.  Every time we have consoled another person, we have done it (at least in part) with words.  Every time we have shown love towards another person, we have done it (at least in part) with words.

We can all probably improve our ability to tame our tongues.  James compares the damage the tongue can do with a fire.  Our words can lash out at others and rage uncontrollably, and just like the damage done by a fire, the damage done by our words is often difficult if not impossible to repair.  Long-term relationships can end by the power of the tongue.  Churches can experience disunity by the power of the tongue.  People can become distracted from their faith and lose sight of God by the power of the tongue.  Conversely, God can be praised by the power of the tongue.  New friendships can be formed by the power of the tongue.  People can start down a path that leads them into the arms of Jesus Christ by the power of the tongue.

How are you at taming your tongue?  How often do you allow your tongue to become untamed?  Do you gossip, put others down, brag, manipulate, exaggerate, complain, flatter, or lie?  All of these are examples of an untamed tongue.  Do you ever turn your back on someone who is sinning without correcting them in love?  This is also an example of an untamed tongue.  Think about your words today.  What do you need to say to others to show the love of Christ?  What do you need to leave unsaid today to communicate your witness for Him?  What can you say today to build someone up instead of tearing him or her down?  Fight some fires today that were started by the power of the tongue, and avoid starting any new ones.

 

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

 

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Belief vs. Obedience


Daily Bible Reading – Isaiah 32-35; James 2

Today’s Key Passage – James 2:14-26 – CLICK HERE to read the key passage

 

How many Christians do you know?  It seems like an easy question to answer, but for most of us, it is not.  In our society today, the line of who is and who is not a Christian has become a bit blurred.   From pop stars wearing crosses to people marking “Christian” in their religious views on Facebook, there are many people today claiming to be followers of Christ.  The problem is that in many cases, people are calling themselves Christians without really understanding what that word means.  It has become somewhat diluted over time.  For those of you who know my story, I was guilty of doing this.  For the first 30 years or so of my life, I claimed to be a Christian.  When anyone asked me about my religious beliefs, I always said I was a Christian, but my behavior did not match up to my claims.  I believed in God.  I even believed in Jesus.  What I did not understand, however, is that there is a big difference between belief and obedience.

In today’s key passage, James talks about empty faith.  He talks about people claiming to have faith in God whose actions do not match their words.  Apparently, this has been an issue since the beginning of Christianity.  There have always been people who have claimed to be Christians without following through on their claims, and the line has always been blurred in the difference between belief and obedience.  James said, “You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.” (Vs. 19)  The bottom line is that belief in God is simply not enough.  Knowing about God or knowing the story of Jesus does not make a person a Christian.  Going to church on Sunday or reading the Bible does not make a person a Christian.  Believing in God does not make a person a Christian, because even the demons believe in God.  What makes a person a true follower of Christ is obedience.  Jesus never said, “You are my friends if you believe in me”.  He never said, “You are my friends if you go to church on Sunday or get a cross tattoo”.  What Jesus actually said was, “You are my friends if you do what I command.” (John 15:14)  The mark of a Christian does not lie in belief.  The mark of a true follower of Christ lies in obedience.  Make sure your words are matching up to your actions.

 

Can you think of any other lessons we can learn from today’s key passage?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

 

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Taming the Tongue


Daily Bible Reading – James 1-5

When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell. All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water. (James 3:3-12)

Our words are powerful.  What we say (or sometimes what we choose not to say) can make a huge impact on those around us.  In Proverbs 18:21 we learn that “the tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit”.  If you really think about this passage, you will find it to be absolutely true (just like everything else in the Bible).  Every argument we have is due (at least in part) to words.  Every time we have consoled another person, we have done it (at least in part) with words.  Every time we have shown love towards another person, we have done it (at least in part) with words.

We can all probably improve our ability to tame our tongues.  James compares the damage the tongue can do with a fire.  Our words can lash out at others and rage uncontrollably, and just like the damage done by a fire, the damage done by our words is often difficult if not impossible to repair.  Long term relationships can end by the power of the tongue.  Churches can experience disunity by the power of the tongue.  People can become distracted from their faith and lose sight of God by the power of the tongue.  Conversely, God can be praised by the power of the tongue.  New friendships can be formed by the power of the tongue.  People can start down a path that leads them into the arms of Jesus Christ by the power of the tongue.

How are you at taming your tongue?  How often do you allow your tongue to become untamed?  Do you gossip, put others down, brag, manipulate, exaggerate, complain, flatter, or lie?  All of these are examples of an untamed tongue.  Do you ever turn your back on someone who is sinning without correcting them in love?  This is also an example of an untamed tongue.  Think about your words today.  What do you need to say to others to show the love of Christ?  What do you need to not say today to communicate your witness for Him?  What can you say today to build someone up instead of tearing them down?  Fight some fires today that were started by the power of the tongue, and avoid starting any new ones.

 

While researching today’s topic, I stumbled across a very good post about taming the tongue from Wes Woodell on his blog West Coast Witness.  Wes is the founder of Campus Ministry United, and after reading much of his blog I found it to be filled with a ton of great Biblical teaching – check it out by CLICKING HERE.

 

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