Not on Prayer Alone

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“You must remember not to build on prayer and contemplation alone.

Unless you strive to live the virtues, you will never grow beyond the stature of spiritual dwarves.”

Saint Teresa of Avila.

St. Teresa (not Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta) was always a straight shooter, always telling it like it was, or at least the way she saw it.

Basically she was saying here, that we need to live the life we profess, not just talk about it, or pray about it.

This reminds me so much of the book of James, where we are told to be doers of the word, not listeners only.

It makes no sense to act all religious and pious, and not at least attempting to live the life of faith that we should.

Heavenly Father, thank You that we can pray and talk with You, but help us also to be good examples, living for You! Amen.

    

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Whoever Claims to Love God

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“Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar.

For whoever does not love their brother or sister,

whom they have seen, cannot love God,

whom they have not seen.”

I John 4:20

   

Strong words indeed! Yet it is clear that with this illustration God is telling us that loving each other is an essential part of our faith. If we do not love our brother or sister, then we are not following the faith, because we can’t possibly be loving God.

However, I have seen folks debate though, who is actually our brother or sister. Are they only people we know, that go to our church? Or do they have to belong to the same type of church?

I don’t think so, in fact when I read this I think of the Good Samaritan. Do you remember how he helped a man by the side of the road, that had been beaten and robbed? It is true he was called the good neighbor, not a brother, but the spirit of these Scriptures is the same.

And remember we are all descended from Adam and Eve. So, in that sense, we are all related! One things for sure, hate is never an option.

Heavenly Father, please help us to love people, and truly reflect Your love here in the earth, even when the other person is much different than we are. In Christ’s name, amen.

     

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God is Light

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“…..God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth.”

I John 1: 5b, 6

Have you ever met someone that talked a great deal about faith, and never really lived it? What a mess that can be!

We know that God is perfect and yet we are not. So, some may look at this verse and ones like it, and say that if there is any sin in our hearts at all, we are doomed!

And yet this is more of a warning to all of us, not to lie to ourselves. It does not speak to our occasional mess ups, it does speak though to being phony, or not living out our faith, not living for Him. That really is walking in darkness.

Fortunately there is forgiveness, and we have an advocate with the Father!

Heavenly Father help us to live for You and rely on Your grace working in our lives. Forgive us when we do mess up, and help us to live for You! In Christ’s name, amen.

    

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Loving with Actions and in Truth

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“If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need

but has no pity on them, how can the love of God

be in that person? Dear children, let us not love

with words or speech

but with actions and in truth.”

I John 3: 17, 18

There are times where the things we say, are not nearly as important as what we do. And there are so many needs in our world, in the U.S. and overseas.

Heavenly Father, please help us to know how and when to help people, including with our time and money. We need the wisdom, and the heart to make a positive impact Lord God. Guide us, amen.

    

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Out of the Same Mouth

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“All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and creatures of the sea

are being tamed and have been tamed by man,

but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil,

full of deadly poison. With the tongue we praise

our Lord and Father, and with it we curse

men, who have been made in God’s likeness.

Out of the same mouth come praise

and cursing. My brothers,

this should not be.”

 

James 3: 7-10

     

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What Good Is It?

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“Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food.

If one of you says to him, ‘Go I wish you well; keep warm

and well fed,’ but does nothing about his physical needs,

what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself

if it is not accompanied by action,

is dead.”

 

James 2: 15-17

    

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God’s Love

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“Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another,

God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.”

I John 4: 11,12

   

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Matthew 6: 9-13

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“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come, your will be done

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our debts,

as we have also forgiven

our debtors.

And lead us not

into temptation

but deliver us

from the evil one.”

       

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John 11:35

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“Jesus wept.”

   Much has been written about this verse, one of the most profound in the entire Bible.

Many believe He was weeping for all of humanity, and for the way we have rejected God’s ways.

Did He see us, down the corridors of time, as He wept? I believe He did.

Heavenly Father, as we remember Easter and the amazing resurrection, may celebrate new life, and how You care, so deeply for us. Amen.

    

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