Morning. I am starting a fresh devotional called UP-WORDS AND ON-WORDS. I am doing this because of trying circumstances at the moment which is mainly lack of work which always leads [for me personally] to feeling a lack of ‘some sense of purpose for my life!’
So, for myself the best way to overcome this hurdle is to meditate upon Bible words or phrases [that’s the up-word/s] which I look up in the Bible, then they in turn cause me to look up at God, the one who knows me and my life and He has the wisdom and the answers to help me. This takes me to the [on-words]! The up-words stir my faith and the on-words should stir me in to action which is what James teaches, ‘faith with out actions is dead’. So, I think I’ll start with those words today.
James 2:18 So too, faith, if it does not have works [to back it up], is by itself dead [inoperative and ineffective]. Amplified Bible (AMP)
So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless. New Living Translation
In the same way, faith by itself, if it does not prove itself with actions, is dead. International Standard Version (ISV)
When I buy a packet of flower or vegetable seeds I have enough faith to know that in planting them I’ll get a crop of veg or a display of flowers! However, if I don’t take the seed out of the packet and sow it, I’ll get zip, nada, zilch! So FAITH causes me to purchase the seed, and ACTION is what I do with that seed. I can boast about my faith in the seed and the name of the seed merchant and the virtues of that particular plant. But they’re dead words, fruitless and empty if I do nothing with the seed.
So, today, I’m going to take the WORD [faith] and SOW IT in prayer and practice [action], I’ll chew over it during the day and act upon it accordingly as I go about my daily business, and hopefully tomorrow I’ll be able to report on any resulting consequences or opportunities from sowing faith! That in turn will encourage and hopefully increase my faith and actions.
[PRAYER] HEAVENLY FATHER GOD. I THANK YOU FOR THE SEED OF YOUR WORD. IT IS FULL OF LIFE, POTENTIAL AND PROMISES! I CHOOSE TO TAKE IT AND SOW IT THIS DAY. GIVE ME WISDOM AS TO WHO TO TALK TO TODAY, AND WHAT TO SAY. I PRAY FOR DIVINE APPOINTMENTS AND DOORS OF OPPORTUNITY TO BE OPENED TODAY. HELP ME TO ACT AND NOT JUST SPEAK TODAY. GIVE MY LIFE DIRECTION AND PURPOSE I PRAY AND MAY I FIND YOUR WORD AND WILL [FAITH] AND DO IT [ACTION] FOR JESUS SAKE. AMEN