Tag: Jeremiah 23:18

True Faith brings works!

Scripture reading for October 6th: Jeremiah 22, 23, 26, Psalm 77, James 2

Key Scriptures: James 2:18-23 “But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that God is One; you do well. Even the demons believe–and shudder! Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up his son Isaac on the altar? You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works; and the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”–and he was called a friend of God.”

James, the pastor of the Jerusalem church and half-brother of Jesus, was writing to help Jewish believers understand the relationship of faith and works. He carefully explained that true faith will show itself by corresponding works. He used Abraham as an example. Abraham believed God’s promise for a son who would become a nation of people. God asked Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac. Abraham believed the promise, and obeyed God by taking Isaac to the mountain to sacrifice him. He showed his trust by obedience! He was called a ‘friend of God’.

Psalm 77:11-12 “I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember Your wonders of old. I will ponder all your work, and meditate on Your mighty deeds.”

Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, I want an active faith that produces good works and pleases You. Thank You for godly examples in Scripture for me to meditate on. Thank You for Your example of perfect obedience, giving Your life for sinners like me!

Jeremiah 23:18 “For who among them (the prophets) has stood in the council of the Lord to see and hear His Word, or who has paid attention to His Word and listened?”

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Strengthened through Grace!

Scripture reading for October 30th:  Jeremiah 23-26, Hebrews 13

Key Scriptures:  Hebrews 13:7-9  “Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the Word of God.  Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.  Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.  Do not be led away by diverse and strange teachings, for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not by foods, which have not benefited those devoted to them.”  

The writer of Hebrews concludes his letter with an encouragement to the believers to remember and obey and imitate their leaders.  Their main Leader, Jesus Christ, was unchangeable!  Godly living was through the grace found in Jesus Christ, not in what a person ate or in strange teachings.

Jeremiah 23:18  “For who among them has stood in the council of the Lord to see and to hear His Word, or who has paid attention to His Word and listened?”  

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for godly leaders who stand in the council of the Lord and teach His Word.  May I pay attention and listen.  Amen.

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