“So also faith, if it does not have works (deeds and actions of obedience to back it up),
by itself is destitute of power (inoperative, dead).
But someone will say [to you then], you [say you] have faith, and I have [good] works.
Now show me your [alleged] faith apart from any [good] works [if you can],
and I by [good] works [of obedience] will show you my faith.”
James 2:17, 18
The book of James was part of my daily reading this week.
I am always so challenged when I read the scripture I just shared.
But something happened this week that brought it to life for me.
I was at training this week and after we were done we prayed.
The guy praying thanked God for divine healing.
He thanked God for keeping us healthy and he also prayed that
God would keep us in good health!
We always pray but this week the prayer struck something in me.
I realized I was looking at faith and action working hand in hand.
We have a desire to be healthy and fit so we train but our faith is
in God to grant us a healthy life!
That got me thinking about faith and action.
James 2:18 is not suggesting faith works if there is action. It’s telling
us that faith only works when there is action!
Faith without works is dead!
One person acting out of his or her faith can do more than 100 people
professing their faith without action!
It’s so true friends. I want to be that person who shows they have faith by
I really needed to be reminded of this truth!
Now, it’s not my place to tell you what action you need to take.
That’s between you and God. You are the one who knows what steps
God wants you to take.
As I read this verse I knew almost instantly the things I needed to be doing
right now that I was not doing.
Now remember, you can’t just act for the sake of doing
something. God will ask you to do something specific for the thing you having
faith for. Allow Him to show what that thing is.
He may want you to be patient and wait,
He may want you to give into something,
He may want you to befriend someone,
He may want you to start writing that first chapter of that book,
He may want you to serve in a specific area at your church,
and the list goes on and on……
You need to be sensitive to His leading.
Remember, don’t act for the sake of acting.
That could do more harm than good.
God is surgical in the way He works.
What action is it that God wants you to be doing right now?
One thing is crystal clear though,
“For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.”
We have work to do friends……
It feels like it’s been ages since my last post. I have been
incredibly busy but it goes much deeper than that. The
drive to write left. I am serious. I woke up one day and
nothing! Conpletely nothing! It wasn’t because of a lack of
The stuff I had didn’t feel relevant so I trashed it.
Maybe I was just being lazy, I don’t know.
Anyway I am back and ready…..(anyone else feel the same?)
There is a scripture that spoke to me this past weekend,
[What, what would have become of me] had I not believed
that I would see the Lord’s goodness in the land of the living!
Wait and hope for and expect the Lord;
be brave and of good courage and let your heart be stout and
Yes, wait for and hope for and expect the Lord.
Psalm 27:13, 14
As we go through life we need to believe. We need to believe
things will change, we need to believe the winters will end, we
need to believe God will deliver us from our fiery storms!
Without a belief in God’s goodness, our lives will be miserable.
It’s not wrong to believe in the goodness of the Lord. It’s
not wrong to believe God will breakthrough for you. It’s
not wrong to believe in God period!
So if it’s not wrong, believe!
No matter how dark things are, believe.
No matter how impossible a situation seems, believe.
No matter the years you have spent waiting on God,
He will come through for you!
“Wait and hope for and expect the Lord”
I love these words. Wait, hope for and expect the Lord!
Wait on the Lord. It’s because He loves you that He makes
Hope for the Lord. Put your hope in Him! Like I heard
someone once say, be a prisoner of hope. Never stop
hoping! The Lord is faithful and He sees your hope in
Expect the Lord to move on your behalf.
Expect the Lord to answer your prayers.
As I have spoken on those three amazing words we must not
ignore the next part of that verse,
“be brave and of good courage and let your heart be stout
It’s not easy to wait, hope for, and expect the Lord.
It’s a battle to wait
It’s hard to keep hoping
It’s a fight to be expectant
The word says as you do those things (wait, hope for, expect),
your heart must be stout and enduring, you must have courage and
Waiting on the Lord, putting your hope in the Lord, being
expectant will stretch you to the limit. Even when you feel
like giving up hope, keep hoping, be expectant, wait!
Don’t let the darkness around you quench your faith.
As I close remember to wait on the Lord, put your hope
in the Lord and expect the Lord!
God bless you….
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“But to Hannah he gave a double portion, for he loved Hannah,
but the Lord had given her no children.
[This embarrased and grieved Hannah] and her rival provoked
her greatly to vex her, because the Lord had left her childless.”
1 Samuel 1:5, 6
There are times I feel like Hannah. It seems like people
are getting on with life and here I am still waiting…….
They look and wonder then ask, dude???
What’s going on? Why haven’t you got that, why aren’t you where
we at? Is everthing okay? What’s wrong with you?
What about you? Do you ever feel like Hannah?
I wish I had the answer but I didn’t and that is what Hannah
felt like. She was embarrased and grieved. There was nothing
she could say…..the Lord had left her childless!
Off course there was a reason she was barren. God had a plan
for Hannah but it was hard for her to understand. Peninnah was her
oppressor. It’s hard to understand for all of us I guess. We need to
know that God is good! His plan for us is good no matter how hard
We hear a lot of Peninnah in the first chapter. She is in Hannah’s
face and in life we will have Peninnah’s. Peninnah was provoking
her out of jealousy. The people who are ridiculing you have their
reasons but don’t worry about them. There will always be
Peninnah’s in your life!
But then at the right time God came to her rescue.
“The family rose early the next morning, worshiped before
the Lord, and returned to their home in Ramah.
Elkanah knew Hannah his wife, and the Lord remembered her. “
1 Samuel 1:19
The Lord remembered Hannah!
Hannah may of thought God had forgotten her but it wasn’t
true. God was up to something. He had a plan for her life.
He remembered her and gave her her heart’s deepest desire!
God has not forgotten you friends. You are on His mind.
He will silence the Peninnah’s in your life by giving you
what you have asked for! No matter how long you have waited,
He remembers you.
We don’t hear of Peninnah after the Lord remembered Hannah.
We don’t hear her provokings, her ridicules, her words of hate.
God silenced her voice completely and that is His plan for you too.
It grieves Him when people speak against you.
His plan is to silence her voice in your life completely!
“Hannah prayed, and said, My heart exults and triumphs in
the Lord; my horn (my strength) is lifted up in the Lord.
My mouth is no longer silent, for it is opened wide over my
enemies, because I rejoice in Your salvation.”
1 Samuel 2:2
Peninnah had managed to silence Hannah’s voice. Hannah
had believed what Peninnah was saying. So she remained
silent BUT God made it possible for her to open her mouth!
The enemy’s goal is to shut you up always. He doesn’t want you
praising the Lord and giving Him the glory. Don’t let the
negative voices in your life silence you. Don’t believe what
they are saying becasue it’s just not true!
We will not deny Hannah was barren but it was never
meant to last. Peninnah underestimated the power of God
in Hannah’s life. Remember, the situation you are in will not
last forever. God will open your mouth again! You will praise Him,
you exult Him because of His salvation in your life…..
“Those who were full have hired themselves out for bread,
but those who were hungry have ceased to hunger. The barren
has borne seven, but she who has many children languishes
and is forlorn. “
1 Samuel 2:5
I believe this is a warning for all those who are proud and a
promise for those who will trust Him wholeheartedly.
Peninnah had children but that didn’t give her the right to
speak to Hannah like that. She got proud and in God’s eyes
that’s was unexceptable. God hates pride.
Pride affects us all but we must fight it. Even if I become a
preisdent, that should never be a reason to look down on anyone!
Humility says, ” I am not better than anyone, no matter
what position I hold, no matter what I own, no matter where
I come from.
“Those who were full have hired themselves out for bread,
but those who were hungry have ceased to hunger.”
Pride makes the full go out hiring themsleves out for bread.
There is no blessing found in pride.
But we know there is a blessing in being humble. So take
this warning seriously friends. Never get to a point where
you are too important for anyone. Never get to a place where
you are looking down on another person!
That’s a word for you and for me.
So after all is said and done remember,
God remembers you! He loves you and has a plan for you
no matter how hard things seem at the moment!
Blessings to you friends!
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Why are you cast down, O my inner self?
And why should you moan over me and be
disquieted within me?
Hope in God and wait expectantly for Him,
for I shall yet praise Him, Who is the help
of my [sad] countenance, and my God.
I can’t help but be encouraged as I read this
Psalm. It is clear the author is going through
stuff. But even as he goes through the “stuff”
he does something interesting. He begins to
talk to himself…..I think that is very interesting.
He doesn’t tear himself down, curse himself,
focus on how miserable and pathetic he is…No!
He encourages himself!!!!
He talks to his soul – “Put your hope in God!
There is a lesson to learn here. How do we speak
to ourselves? Especially when things are going bad?
It’s so easy to encourage yourself, and speak good
when everything is going well but what happens
when things get crazy??
It is said that the average human has 50 000 thoughts
running through his mind on a daily basis…..that is a huge
amount of thoughts right. How much of those thoughts
are positive, encouraging and uplifting???
Look at another verse with me:
Yes, my soul, find rest in God;
my hope comes from Him.
What you say to yourself is very important.
Teach yourself to build yourself up.
Teach yourself to encourage yourself in the
When everyone abandoned David, he encouraged
himself in the Lord! He didn’t beat himself up, or
tell himself how much of an idiot he was. He spoke
life over himself.
We need to speak to ourselves more often. We
need to speak more life. We need to speak the word
over ourselves. We need to encourage ourselves
to seek the Lord. We need to encourage ourselves
in the Lord.
Tearing yourself down doesn’t do you any good.
It actually makes things worse.
Think about something with me for a bit.
People trash talk themselves and tear themselves
down because they think they know who they are
right? There is no one who knows you better than
you. “I always forget things”, you say.
“That is exactly like me”
“I am so clumsy”
“I am horrible with faces”
But let me ask you something. Did you create
yourself? The answer would be no.
God is the One who created you and He is the
only One who knows who you really are. So why
do you speak to and about yourself like
you are the one who created yourself??? You
cannot trust your judgement about yourself.
We think we know ourselves but that is not true.
We may be way ahead than the closest people
in our lives but we still are not qualified to make
a final assessment about ourselves. We didn’t create
ourselves, God did. So before you tear yourself down
think about that. You don’t have all the information on
yourself so don’t be so quick to tell yourself who you
are. You are wonderfully and fearfully made….
Don’t forget that….
What a day it has been. One of our pastors got married at church today. It was a really big event. He was so happy. He had been waiting for this day a really long time. They were all happy! This just got me thinking.
Is it really worth it to wait for the one God has for me?
Is it worth the wait to abstain from sex before marriage?
Is it worth the wait to not play with someone elses feelings just for the sake it?
Is it worth the wait as I have made a decision to not kiss any girl before my wedding day?
Is it worth the wait as I fight the passions and desires that war within me?
Is it worth the wait as I decide to live a life of chastity?
After what I seen today, it is worth the wait. God is delighted when we wait on Him. The bride was crying as the groom read his vows. The groom was in another world and he did not need to use words to express it. I couldn’t help but see God’s goodness, and mercy, and love and favour as all of this was taking place. I could easily imagine Him jumping for joy because two people decided to trust in Him and do it the right way!
As I end I would like to say that the enemy has tried to destroy the institution of family for a long time. Has he won? It is up to us to make sure he doesn’t win. As we go about marriage the right way we gain ground. If you are dating, do it in a way that honours God. Men, only get into a relationship if you are serious about marrying her. It does not honour God when you play with someone elses feelings. If you don’t want to marry her then don’t lead her on.
Is it worth the wait? The answer is a big resounding YES!!!