Sunday, October 25, 2020
I took a couple of days to once again read the Book of James and I was reminded of those powerful words that ends the five chapters and I want to remind us what promises the Lord has for us in this book.
“Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Confess our trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much, Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit.” (James 5:13-18)
Faith is to be expressed through good works. Faith is not simply an idea separate from real life. Rather, faith is to produce in us right living, right motives, right thinking, and right relationships. Our good works confirm that faith is alive and active in us. Seek to live your faith daily in practical ways.
Faith is also to be exercised in producing miracles in our lives and in the needs of other people. I believe we need to believe God can perform miracles in our lives in order to build enough faith to reach into the lives of others. In short … work the faith!
Your are Loved, Pastor Don