Today I want to meditate with you on the words from James 2:17 (NIV):
17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
To use a modern business term, this is actually a call-to-action. It is not only in your job or at school that this applies. No, even more important it applies to your faith. Yes, it is very good first step to have faith, but as long as there are no action based on your faith, then actually your faith is dead and a waste of time. God tells us that we need to also show in our actions that we have faith. That we actually follow all that God has told us in the Bible.
Today I want to meditate with you on the words from John 8:12 (NIV):
12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
Here, Jesus himselfs, confirms again how important it is to follow Him. This was not to boast about himself, but to tell us how the way is to God. It is only through Jesus. Jesus, as the Son of God, was destined by His Father (God) to be between God and us (so not the Pope). Also when we want to stop living in sin,then it is only by Jesus that we will be able. He is the light and will show us what is right and wrong. If we follow Jesus than we will always be in he light.
Today I want to meditate with you on the words from Revelation 3:21 (NIV):
21 To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne.
I believe the discussion that the disciples of Jesus was very wrong and disrepectful. First of all it was very disrespectful to me, because they were following Jesus to spread His gospel and what were they occupying themselves with? What position they would have in Heaven. I believe that any place in Heaven is an honor in itself. But also the whole term ‘position’ is something very worldly. IN this world we are always busy to get a better position (e.g in work). And itself it is not wrong. You want to have a promotion, because you want to develop yourself, or the higher pay will make sure that you can provide better for your family. But when it is only to have that position for other people than it is wrong.
However, it can hear you thinking. Alex, but you are now talking about a verse that states that we have a right to sit on His throne. Very true, but see that God tells us that we can all sit with Him on His throne. Why? Because we are His children and we share in all His victories. Because He fights for us and therefore we have part in his victory.
Today we will meditate on the words from Romans 1:17 (NIV):
17 For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”
There is a direct link between righteousness and faith. They cannot be separatred from each other. We need faith to be righteous and we need to be righteous to have faith. If we want to be righteous, then we need to have faith all that God has told us in the Bible is true. If you want to have faith, then first you also need to be righteous. If you are not righteous, how can you have true faith?
Today we will meditate on the words from James 1:27 (NIV):
27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
This verse to me shows that God has a very different understanding of the concept of religion. We see it mainly as the rules that apply to our chosen faith system. However, if we read this verse then we see that God only accepts one sort of religion as pure and faultless. God asks from us to look after orphans and widows. This means that we actually have an obligation to also look out for our brothers and sisters that are in any kind of distress. We cannot (especially as Christians) think that we are good Christians when we obey all our own created set of rules that we have made our religion and on the other hand don’t do anything to help others that are in need. That we now live in a time where it is forced to accept it, doesn’t mean that we can accept it. Being a Christian means that we should not conform to this world even if it will lead to us being outcast or worse.
Today I want to meditate on the words from 1 Corinthians 13:12 (NIV):
12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
This verse also deals with persevering. See how many times God tells us about how we need to learn to grow in persevering. This means that God does not promise anywhere that we will have it easy just because we are Christians. No, as long as we are on this earth we also need to learn how to withstand trials. My personal belief is that God put us on earth to see if we are truly willing to serve Him and are also worthy to go to Heaven.
Today I want to meditate with you on the words from James 1:2-4 (NIV):
2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
Personally, I find this quite a hard and confronting two verses. God actually expects us to enjoy it, when we are going through trials. To me there is not really anything I like about trials. But when we read the full two verses, then we see the reason why we have to be happy about it … and reading the full two verses I actually can say, looking back to prior trials, that afterwards I experienced joy. Not only I noticed how my faith became stronger, but also how, with God, I was able to persevere during that trial. God does everything for a reason and it will always be reasons to make you stronger and better.
Today we will meditate on the words from Mark 11:25 (NIV):
25 And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”
While meditating over this verse, two things come to me. The first is that if we want to be forgiven for our sins, then we need to forgive everyone in our lives. But the second thing that comes to mind is that if we want our prayer to have any effect before God, then we need to forgive others. If we don’t then it can even hinder our prayers.
Today I will meditate with you on the words from Genesis 4:7 (NIV):
7 If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.”
Sometimes we can ask ourselves how on earth we could have fallen into a particular sin. IN this verse God makes it very clear that although the devil is very eager to let you sin, we can maybe even complain to God why He did not make us stronger not to sin. But the major cause of us sinning, is actually us! We always have two options: to do what is right, or to do what is wrong. If we choose to do wrong, then we allow sin to come into our lives, because we have opened that door. God has brought the Holy Spirit in our lives to protect us from all sin, but as soon as we decide to make a crack in the defenisive wall that the Holy Spirit has put around us, then the devil can us that to present sins in our lives that we might actuall give into. The best remedy for not sinning is therefore to do right!