Today’s Readings:  click here  –  Psalm 119:41-48; Exodus 34:29-35; James 2:14-26 (to open the scripture links – hover over, right click, open hyperlink)

Like many Psalms, they are reminders of God’s love, grace, mercy, salvation, and strength in keeping the ways of the Lord at hand, that leads to a life that glorifies Him and brings us peace.  As I read today’s verses,  it brings to mind, the many times I have felt tongue tied when I give power to those who seek to taunt, harm or distract me, causing me to stumble and spew words that make no sense or I later regret.   What I have learned to do, is pray for God’s protection in those situations. Praying for His strength and  words to encompass and prepare me to step aside and allow Him to take the wheel and see me through with honorable responses to unwarranted attacks and conditions. It’s just how it is.

Living a life of faith regards the laws and yet being free.  (2 Corinthians 3:7-18 ).  God’s laws do not inhibit or restrain us, which is sometimes what people fear when shifting toward a life of faith, when really they free us to be what God designed us to be. It is a choice we make, an oath to live according to God’s plan and laws to the best of our ability.  Seeking God’s  mercy, grace, salvation and forgiveness, harnessed with the freedom from sin and the repulsive and oppressive guilt that sin weighs on us. By living according to God’s laws and direction, we have freedom to fulfill His plan for our lives. It’s just how it is.

We should not be  ashamed of our life as Christians and how we live according to God’s will and ways. Together as Christians, we are accountable to each other to live a life of example that exhibits God’s light through us. We are called to be valiant warriors who speak Gospel truth to those who otherwise are blind to it, that they would see something good in us, and soon they too would seek and acquire that same light of peace, calmness and understanding that only comes from a deep and personal relationship with Jesus, who is the truth and the way to God our Father, in heaven.  It’s just how it is.

When we live a life of faith according to God’s written word in the scriptures, we seek His forgiveness when we mess up, AND WE WILL, sometimes more often than not.  But, thank goodness that  His unconditional and unending love covers us, making it so we can get back up and start again. (2 Corinthians 4:7-18 ).   His mercies are new each day!  (Lamentations 3:22-23).  When we are living a life of faith, trusting in Jesus, making time to be alone with God in prayer, reading the bible, and meditating, we too bear resemblance to the same holy radiant glow that Moses revealed when he came down Mt. Sanai with the 2 stone tablets after being in the presence of God.  We need to seize our strong and wholesome faith and raise it to a soaring standard of confidence that we too glow with God’s awesome power within us. When we look around with eyes wide open, we do see God in the big and little things of life. That alone bears the mark of God’s glow upon us, having such an effect on our life and who we are in Christ Jesus, that people will know we have been with God. It’s just how it is.

This amazing walk with our Lord Jesus instructs us that not only do we need to be faithful, prayerful, filled with God’s word, and to be still to hear and feel Him move within us, but we are called to good works and deeds, just the same.  It’s like talking the talk but NOT walking the walk.  What good is it if you’re just talking and not doing?  True faith transforms our conduct as well as our thoughts. If our life remains unchanged, then the faith we claim is in vain.  As faithful believers, we are called to a higher standard to work God’s field, caring for and feeding His people (John 21:15-19) with the good news of the Gospel, and setting examples of a life that is rich in relationship with Jesus, and glorifying God.  The way I see it, is this:  I am prayerful to be still to hear God’s instruction to fill my days with things that are holy and pleasing to God according to His will and plans for me.    I try to find the good and glory in everything, thus bringing me closer in relationship with Jesus, and my heart is full, and glowing!

True faith warrants a choice to cultivate a concrete  commitment of our whole self to God, with certainty and obedience. In turn, this results in a changed life, good and loving deeds, confirms our devoted life to God is genuine and validates our rooted faith in Christ Jesus.   It is not these good deeds that bring forth our salvation, but our true and contrite heart eager to love and serve our Lord.  When we are full and overflowing with love for our Lord, it becomes impossible to not act on good deeds and service. It’s just how it is.

Here are a few songs that relate to todays post for your spiritual listening and development!

 ‘Freedom Reigns’ by Jason Upton

‘Let Our Faith Be Not Alone’ by Robbie Seay Band

 ‘Live Like That’ by Sidewalk Prophets

‘I Have Decided’ by 7eventh Time Down

‘Do Something’ by Matthew West

Prayer:  Lord, thank you for always having my back, protecting and preparing me for situations and conditions I cannot handle alone. Let my thoughts, words and actions be driven by your will, not mine.  for you are my living God who reigns within me. I am confident and faithful all my days and I praise your name, Jesus.  Here me now, this prayer I raise. Amen.

Kris