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Sunday, September 3, 2017

Ephesians 5:26-27 tells us we need to be washed by the water of the word.

As we look into James chapter 2 may the words spoken cleanse us and redirect our actions, attitudes, thoughts and bring us more into alignment with Christ.

The last verse of James (26) says our body without the spirit is dead!  Our faith without action is also dead!

When say we believe something, but do not put into action then we don’t really believe it.  It is something we know, can quote, but it’s not real until we do it.

James 1:22 tells us to do what we hear from the scriptures not just listen to them – do them.

James 2:19 even demons believe and tremble in the One God!  They believe, they just don’t put any action to what they believe and yet they fear God!

James 2:15-16  Our words cannot feed someone – we must physically give them food.   Our words can’t make someone warm – we must physically give them clothes to wear.

James 1-13  Don’t show favoritism.  Or get caught up in offenses.  It doesn’t matter if one is poor and another is rich, treat them the same.

V4 if you show partiality you become a judge with evil thoughts!   Scary!

V8  Love your neighbor as yourself!

v9  Show partiality and you commit sin.  Interesting!

v13  Judgment without mercy is what we will receive when we show no mercy.  Mercy will win over judgement!

Don’t allow yourself to get caught up in offenses.   Jesus didn’t.   Matthew 16:21-23, Jesus talks about His death and resurrection.  Peter’s response is; “no way is this going to happen to you Lord”.   Jesus response to Peter is – “Get behind me Satan – I’m not accepting your offer!  You are in my way (an offense and a hindrance and a snare to Me)”.

If Jesus would have listened to those words and said your right I don’t have to die this is crazy a crazy idea!  He would have separated Himself from the Father.  Instead He chose to listen to the voice of His Father.  You have been sent to die for the sins of this world.

Jesus was not allowing the words that Satan used to get Him to stop the Fathers plan.  He cast down the thoughts that were exalting themselves over His purpose (2 Cor. 10:5).  He did not pick up the offense that was offered!

We should not pick up offenses either.  They will separate us from the plans the Father has for us.  Like loving others.  Helping when they need help.  Not judging between rich or wealthy.  Honoring people no matter their status.  Showing mercy instead of judging others.

As we continue to fast negativity!  Let us also be aware of the subtle attacks to pick up offenses, stop loving, being  judgment instead of merciful.

Father, wash us with Your words today and allow us by the power of Your Spirit to live without offense, to love, and be merciful just as You are to us.

 

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