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Faith That Sustains

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James was a leader in the Church in Jerusalem, which at the time consisted almost entirely of converted Jews. Paul’s ministry (mostly to Gentiles) placed an emphasis on justification by faith and not by works. James’s teaching, while acknowledging the absolute legitimacy of what Paul taught, was to a very different audience. So, James writes this letter to explain why it’s essential both to worship and serve the Lord while experiencing the joy of freedom in Christ.


“What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him?  If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my 

works.”

—James 2:14-18


If you are laboring to serve the Lord because you feel like you HAVE to… don’t. He was doing fine before you came along. The point here is obedience (works) cannot save you. However… how in the world can someone know and place their faith in Jesus without producing fruit? How can you spend any time at all with someone who loves you so much… and then ignore Him? He left paradise to be hung naked on cross beams at the town trash heap, and He died for no other reason than that He loves you and wants to save you from the most horrible fate… separation from your Creator. Let the weight of that sink in.

 

DAILY BATTLE ORDER 

 

I’m with Paul on this one… Oh, and I’m with James, too. Don’t confuse works with faith. It’s easy to do and nothing makes the Enemy happier. It makes us do things out of guilt instead of love. It makes us want to quit. It saps the joy from the relationship. Change that perspective by getting to know who Jesus really is. Read James 2 today. Talk to Him. Let Him love you. King David put it this way:

 

“Serve the LORD with gladness!

       Come into his presence with singing!

Know that the LORD, he is God!

       It is he who made us, and we are his;

       We are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving,

       and his courts with praise!

       Give thanks to him; bless his name!

For the LORD is good;

       his steadfast love endures forever,

       and his faithfulness to all generations.”

 —Psalm 100:2-5


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Our TJC creed is not perfect but it’s essence is faith and action - the words “I will” are words of deeds and impact

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