Daily Archives: May 4, 2019

May 4 – Embracing Grace

This month we are seeking a deeper understanding of grace — the undeserved favor given to us by God. We are following a study by Kristy at the Organic Christian Living blog. Click HERE to go to her website for this study and dig a little deeper, with a playlist and devotions for each week of the study. You can join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!

Embracing Grace that Comes from God —

James 2:14-26

Faith and Deeds

14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? 15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
18 But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.”
Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. 19 You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.
20 You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless? 21 Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. 23 And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend. 24 You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do 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? 26 As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.

SOAP Note

Faith vs. Works | Kathy Page

Scripture

James 2:18-20

Observation

Faith is not just belief as James tell us, even the demons believe in God.  Belief does not save.  Faith has a deeper aspect, rooted in our trust and obedience and planted in us by Jesus’ work on the cross.  It will have involvement, partnership and heart.  If we think that all we need is to believe in God and take comfort that our salvation is assured, we need to think again because our assurance is not then in Christ, but our own feeble thinking.

James says “show me” .  He challenges those with faith to show their faith with fruit.  If your faith is real in you, then it will be shown in you.  Some choose to only proclaim their faith and do nothing with it.  God reads ours hearts, others our deeds.  Those deeds may be the only Bible others will read.

Application

Works are to faith what the body is to the spirit.  My body displays the life of the spirit.  Works displays faith.  The only way I can display that I am alive in my body is by movement.  The only way that I can display that I have faith is by my works.  Charles Spurgeon sums it up beautifully, “The child of God works not FOR life, but FROM life.  He does not work to be saved, he works because he is saved.”

Prayer

My Lord, I pray that I may grow in grace and increase in Christlikeness every day.  I pray that in every area of my life, You would examine my inner heart to discover any area of my life that needs to be hammered out by Your corrective love.  Help me to depend upon You, without reservation, so that my life may become increasingly fruitful in each area that is lacking.  Help me to remember that whatever I do, I do because of the joy of being Your child and to bring You glory – forever.  In Jesus’ Name.

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