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TAKING ACTION

January 9, 2017

Monday

 

James 2:18

 

Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.

 

 

LESSON

 

The basis of our assurance that we are saved is primarily the promise of God in Scripture. It is not the presence of good works (fruit) in our lives. Jesus taught that some branches of the vine “do not bear fruit”. Nevertheless they still share in the life of the vine. It seems clear that every true believer experiences a radical transformation in his life when he trusts Jesus Christ as his Savior. However, the Scriptures do not say that every true believer’s lifestyle will inevitably experience external transformation. The outward manifestation depends on the believer’s response to God’s will. Carnal Christians, are those who choose to indulge the flesh, rather than submitting to the Spirit’s control. Fruit is the outward evidence of inner life. Just as some fruit trees bear little or no fruit, it is possible for some genuine Christians to bear little or no external evidence of their eternal life. The Holy Spirit effects inner transformation in every believer. Normally He will produce outer transformation as well, unless the believer quenches and grieves Him while He seeks to manifest the life of Christ through him or her to others.

 

A story is told of a town where all the residents are ducks. Every Sunday the ducks waddle out of their houses and waddle down Main Street to their church. They waddle into the sanctuary and squat in their proper pews. The duck choir waddles in and takes its place, and then the duck minister comes forward and opens the duck Bible. He reads to them: “Ducks! God has given you wings! With wings you can fly! With wings you can mount up and soar like eagles. No walls can confine you! No fences can hold you! You have wings. God has given you wings, and you can fly like birds!” All the ducks shout, “Amen!” And then they all waddle home. There’s no more time for waddling. Put your faith to work, and find a faith that works.

 

Memory Verse: 2 Timothy 1:7

“An intelligent person aims at wise action, but a fool starts off in many directions”

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