I have been feeling this for a while lately, and just wait for the feeling to go away. But the Holy Spirit just keeps bringing it back to me. The way He did today was confirmation of my feelings. GOD IS AWESOME!!!! For those that think that God doesn't talk to us anymore, maybe you should try listening for him. he is real and he still speaks to us today!!!!
James 2:14-19 (New Living Translation)
Faith without Good Deeds Is Dead
14 What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone? 15 Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, 16 and you say, “Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well”—but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do?
17 So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.
18 Now someone may argue, “Some people have faith; others have good deeds.” But I say, “How can you show me your faith if you don’t have good deeds? I will show you my faith by my good deeds.”
19 You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God. Good for you! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror.
Something that bothers me is that some refuse to believe in our Creator. He lovingly created us and everything around us. He put so much detail into us. Just look at how complex the human body is. WOW. That couldn't have just come from nothing. No way!! Nothing anyone told me, or showed me could convince me otherwise.
That is not what has been on my mind so much though. It bothers me that people choose to not believe in our creator. What makes me angry, I mean really gets my blood boiling, is people who believe in God, believe he created us, believes in Heaven and Hell, knows that our Heavenly Father calls us to a greater purpose in life, to truly live lives of righteousness don't live their lives in any way, shape or form that show they believe these things.
Now, I am not talking about Christians that just sin...sinless people just do not exist. Not the Christians that sin, and acknowlege their sin and truly try to break free from them. We all have weaknesses. If we didn't we wouldn't need Christ.
Romans 3:22-24 (New Living Translation)
22 We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.
23 For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. 24 Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.
I am talking about the ones that say they believe in God, yet turn around that reject him with their actions and the way they really live their lives. The ones that just blend in with the world. The ones who do not live their lives in awe and respect of him and his power. Oh sure, they want all of his blessings, but they don't want to give him their life. THIS IS ETERNITY WE ARE TALKING ABOUT!!!!!!! This is important stuff people. Tomorrow is not promised to any of us. That doesn't mean that we have to live in fear. If you are truly living your life for God, you wouldn't have to live in fear.
Be different. Quit trying to impress your friends with your actions, or your lifestyle. God is the one whose approval we should be seeking. When the time comes, he will make the decision, not your friends. Who are you choosing everyday to live for? Yourself, or the loving God who created you?
This is the chorus to a song by one of my favorite singers, Beckah Shae. Her lyrics are very deep. The song is "Almost Over" It has been on my heart for a very long time.
Here’s a song to let everyone know,
It’s almost over.
Think again before you run your own show,
It’s getting closer.
How well do you know where your gonna go?
Cause it’s forever.
The time is now to think about not now,
But your future in heaven.
But the day of the Lord,
will come unexpectedly as a thief,
Do you think that you’ll be ready?
But in keeping with His promises,
We are looking forward to a New Heaven,
A New Earth, the Home of Righteousness!!!
A world where everything is right with Him.
Do you know the truth?
Make sure you do,
Cause time is of the essence
1 Peter 1:17
17 And remember that the heavenly Father to whom you pray has no favorites. He will judge or reward you according to what you do. So you must live in reverent fear of him during your time as “foreigners in the land.”
11 This is all the more urgent, for you know how late it is; time is running out. Wake up, for our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. 12 The night is almost gone; the day of salvation will soon be here. So remove your dark deeds like dirty clothes, and put on the shining armor of right living.
2 Corinthians 4:18
18 So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.