Friends, Faith, Actions…


WHAT DAY IS IT????!!!!

It is Praise Friday.

Today we set aside this morning to give God an all out crazy praise. Not because we feel obligated to, but because we WANT to praise the Lord.

Why do we praise? We praise because our  beautiful relationship with God. We praise because of the faith we have in God to always come through in his perfect timing, under Grace and perfect conditions.

It would be strange if someone gave us a gift and then we said nothing and just walked away.  We would naturally respond to the gift with a grateful and humbled attitude. So it is when we are in friendship with God. Our friendship leads us to put our faith into action.

Meditate on the scripture passage below, this weekend.

James 2:18-26

Contemporary English Version (CEV)

18 Suppose someone disagrees and says, “It is possible to have faith without doing kind deeds.”

I would answer, “Prove that you have faith without doing kind deeds, and I will prove that I have faith by doing them.” 19 You surely believe there is only one God. That’s fine. Even demons believe this, and it makes them shake with fear.

20 Does some stupid person want proof that faith without deeds is useless? 21 Well, our ancestor Abraham pleased God by putting his son Isaac on the altar to sacrifice him. 22 Now you see how Abraham’s faith and deeds worked together. He proved that his faith was real by what he did. 23 This is what the Scriptures mean by saying, “Abraham had faith in God, and God was pleased with him.” That’s how Abraham became God’s friend.

24 You can now see that we please God by what we do and not only by what we believe. 25 For example, Rahab had been a prostitute. But she pleased God when she welcomed the spies and sent them home by another way.

26 Anyone who doesn’t breathe is dead, and faith that doesn’t do anything is just as dead!

It is so good to know that we are a FRIEND OF GOD. I hope and pray that by now you know that I have a great love for you. Go with God today and be blessed.

Please enjoy today’s worship video performed by Israel and New Breed entitled, “I Am a FRIEND OF God.”  Rev. Marcia Davis