Faith is Action

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James 2:26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. kj

img_20190913_070931_4591028142304.jpg There he goes again, James, a very Jewish man, a son of David. If he was Mary and Joseph’s 1st child together, he would have qualified as the King of Israel if not for that pesky curse on the line of David. (Jeremiah 22) Here he is, a believer, telling believers that religion without action is dead. The Church seems to struggle with this statement.

Yeshua’s Example After Y’shua-Jesus’ baptism, he did not quickly run to enroll in Bible collage (yeshiva). He was filled with the Spirit and had the Almighty’s blessing (Matthew 3:16-41). Then the Spirit impelled Him into the wilderness.

James 2:24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only

We are justified by action (works) not by being born-again. Don’t get me wrong, You MUST be born again (John 3:3). Salvation (born-again) is where your story begins, not where it ends. Let me say it again. You MUST be born again!

Justified G1344 dikaioo to render just or innocent (strongs) to put into a right relationship.

Before I give the impression that this is a Jewish idea, or that because Y’shua was sinless, perfect, and in fact, He IS the Word of God made flesh, let me show you who James uses to make his point about works.

James 2:25 Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way?

To our shock, James uses a prostitute to make his point that we are justified by action (works) and not by faith alone. James knew all kinds of religious people, men who spent their life learning the Word of God, men who would never admit to keeping company with a woman outside of their marriage, never mind a gentile (not a Jewish person) or a prostitute of any race (a harlot is a prostitute). But Rahab of James 2:25 is a gentile prostitute (her story is found in Joshua chapter 2). Religion has tried to clean up her story but she was an immoral woman, a destroyer of marriage, possibly even a spreader of disease, maybe even a self-medicater (no scripture for the last two, just knowledge of what happens to a woman who becomes a prostitute). All of that was before she believed in the God of Israel, YHVH. She was not “justified” by her lie (Joshua 2:4-6) or by hiding the two spies from her government, but by her faith in the Almighty’s ability to save her. She brought her family to Salvation and displayed the scarlet cord. She saved the life of the spies as well as her family. It was her action (works) that justified her in faith. Faith in YHVH (God Almighty) gave her a love for the people of God (the two spies) and for her own family. She trusted God to save her and her family instead of trusting the mighty army of Jericho. Did she gain anything for her faith? She was saved from the fate of Jericho (burnt to the ground and the residents killed). She is mentioned here in the book of James as an example of faith. And something only God could accomplish, she is included in the family line of Y’shua-Jesus! (Matthew 1:5)

Hebrews 11:31 By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.

Personal and group Bible study is precious to me, so is prayer but action is the reason God gave me this new life, His word and why He listens to my prayer. Justified! Glory!

Debs in Everett, Washington
September 13, 2019

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Show me what faith is

In my opinion, a good education leaves a person empty. Fill your head with knowledge and the best you can be is judgmental.

For he (those who judge by Torah) shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment. James 2:13

20190911_1642392026516672.jpg I have been doing a devotional study of the book of James during the last days of summer, 2019. The bulk of the second half of chapter 2 seems to be an illustration of mercy’s triumph (rejoiceth) over judgment. This day, I was doing my devotional reading (praying back the word I am studying, listening for YHVH’s instruction, warning or encouragement) from James 1:18.

Yea, a man may say, Thou has faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. James 1:18 

I remember this being a bothersome passage in the churches I attended, that proclaim Salvation to be of faith, not works. Perhaps I need to tread carefully. Since becoming Hebraic in my religion, I have a different understanding of Torah (the Law) then what I was instructed about Torah in church. The church is right about not being able to find salvation by attempting to keep Torah. Salvation is not by works that we do. Salvation is 100% by faith in Y’shua-Jesus. Torah is for the One who is “Saved.” Faith is standing firm on the Word of YHVH. I believe that Y’shua is the Word of God, which is primarily the first five books of our English Bible. The 61 other books of Scripture have Torah as their foundation.

What does it mean to “stand firm on God’s Word?” First I need to know the Word. That is where education comes in. Having knowledge allows me to judge between what is true and what is of the evil one. But knowledge, as important as it is, is not enough. Here is where so many stumble (in my opinion). We see the word “works” and conclude that works are a means to earning Salvation, which we cannot do. This judgement about works caused me to stumble over James 2:18 for way too long. I am fairly sure that these works James speaks of are actions we do because we believe… show me your faith without action and I will show you my faith by my action. 

Obedience: taking your stand on the Word of God. It is not a head thing, it is how we live. Without action there is no obedience. I am not even sure there is a philosophy of living without action. The well educated priest and the Levite in the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37) took no action when they came across the wounded man. Their great education in God’s word was useless to them. The rich man in the parable of The Rich Man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19-31) had plenty of money and time to study Torah, but when it came to taking action to help a poverty stricken man living in his driveway, he had no action to back up his study. Without taking action (the so called, works of the law) all we have is judgement. Being judgmental means the judgement we will recieve is going to be harsh. James 2:13)

Debs in Everett, Washington… wondering what I will do today when my mind runs to make a snap judgement about someone else. Help me see with your eyes Ab’ba! September 11, 2019

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Last Days?

As I sit here today and listen to news my heart is filled with anticipation and yet I am a bit sad. What is happening in our world, what is becoming of my country?

What is it I am anticipating? To me it is obvious we are in the last days, the return of the King. If we watch the news, listen to the teachers of prophecy this is quite evident. They may not all agree on the particulars but all say we are in the last days. How do we know this? One event seems to speak to our generation the clearest, yet many will argue, how long a generation is.

So what event signals where we are at in God’s timeline?  Israel became a nation in 1948, it is now prospering as prophesied in:

Deuteronomy 30:1-6

“Now it shall come to pass, when all these things come upon you, the blessing and the curse which I have set before you, and you call them to mind among all the nations where the LORD your God drives you, and you return to the LORD your God and obey His voice, according to all that I command you today, you and your children, with all your heart and with all your soul, that the LORD your God will bring you back from captivity, and have compassion on you, and gather you again from all the nations where the LORD your God has scattered you. If any of you are driven out to the farthest parts under heaven, from there the LORD your God will gather you, and from there He will bring you. Then the LORD your God will bring you to the land which your fathers possessed, and you shall possess it. He will prosper you and multiply you more than your fathers. And the LORD your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your descendants, to love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live.

Are we the generation spoken of?

Matthew 24:34-35

Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.

If these are the last days, what am I anticipating that will bring me Joy in these last days?

Revelation 16:15 “Behold, I am coming as a thief. Blessed is he who watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked and they see his shame.”

Christ’s soon return is clearly now imminent, are you prepared?

This also makes me sad. We are unprepared for the return of the King. As I look about my nation I see great depravity, perversion and lawlessness. With such a massive turning away from God, how will our nation fare in these last days? Can we return to God?

2 Chronicles 7:14  if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land

“My people”, we who believe are His people but He is calling to each and every one of us.

2 Thessalonians 2:14 |

He called you to this through our gospel, that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Timothy 1:9

He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time.

What shall we do then, how do we prepare for the return of the King

Acts 2:38

Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

 

I pray that you hear the call of the King!

Ray

 

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Because darkness can’t extinguish Light

20190910_072412823843650.jpgIt was a passage in “Edges of His Ways” by Amy Carmichael that had me sitting up and singing Hallelujah this morning (September 10). You will need to read it yourself to get the original, this is my take.

“Failure comes from continuous weakening.”

Wake Up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have found your deeds unfinished in the sight of my God. Revelation 3:2

Never once in the gospels, Acts, the Epistles, or the book of Revelation is the Christian life regarded as something in any way naturally easy. The cross is stern, it is not a pretty play thing.

Looking away from all on earth unto Jesus. Hebrews 12:2

If the leader takes the brunt of the battle, the soldier can follow.

Amy Carmichael

Debs in Everett, Washington.

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Fragrant Love

Amy Carmichael, Edges of His Ways, for August 25th

20190824_202120322622949.jpgMary therefore took a pound of ointment of pure nard, very precious, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odor of the ointment. John 12:3 asv

The story of Mary breaking her pot of ointment made me think of some among us who love their Savior and yet have not broken theirs. Something is held back, and so there is no out-pouring of that love, no fragrance in the house. It is shut up, not given.

The days are passing so quickly. Soon it will be too late to pour all we have on His feet. How sorry Mary would have been if she had missed her opportunity that evening — an opportunity that would never come again: “Me ye have not always.” (vs 8) Soon He was among His foes. She could not have reached Him then.

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of the Tree of Knowledge

A Brief History as told by Amir Tsarfati

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When feeling a bit low

Amy Carmichael

Edges of His Ways, August 15

When I am in heaviness, I will think upon God.   Psalm 77:3 P. B. V.

20190815_050511775965780.jpg Have you noticed how, when you are in heaviness, you are always tempted to think about yourself? –your uselessness, your failures, your nothingness — yourself in one way or another?

I have known this temptation and constantly found it tormenting others. To draw on’s thoughts to oneself is a long-tried and most successful wile of the devil. Straight against this is the word we have in this Psalm, “When I am in heaviness I will think upon God.” I will turn my thoughts from myself to my Father who loves me and does not stop loving me, though I am useless and a failure and less than nothing at all.

Debs… Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God….  in Everett, WA

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