Work In Progress Continues July 18 2016

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Mix the paint

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The brush strokes against the wood

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The work continues.

Each day is an opportunity to make progress in accomplishing a task. It takes effort and work. It won’t happen if you do nothing. Now think about faith. If you do not nurture your faith and put it into action it will produce nothing.

James 2:14-26 (NKJV)

Faith Without Works Is Dead

14 What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? 17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

18 But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your[a] works, and I will show you my faith by my[b]works. 19 You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble! 20 But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?[c] 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? 22 Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? 23 And the Scripture was fulfilled which says,“Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.”[d] And he was called the friend of God. 24 You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only.

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

26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

Footnotes:

  1. James 2:18 NU-Text omits your.
  2. James 2:18 NU-Text omits my.
  3. James 2:20 NU-Text reads useless.
  4. James 2:23 Genesis 15:6
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