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Walk the Talk

I’m so glad, Father, for the stillness of this early morning hour. The only sounds I hear are an occasional vehicle zooming by and a lonely jet high above the house. These are the external things I hear but most importantly is that I hear Your voice within. It calls out for me to join You. I sense Your pleasure that I am here. Bless me my Father. May I clearly hear what you have for this day. Amen.

1 Peter 2:12 (<<click here)

Lord, we often hear the phrase “walk the tall.” Nothing communicates more loudly the condition of our relationship with You than the way we live out our lives in the world. I can think and write down all kinds of things in our times together – challenging things that require action! – but if I don’t “walk my talk” what good is it?

The thirteenth chapter of 1 Corinthians is well read (especially at weddings) but the first couple of verse of this “love” chapter fits well with what Peter is saying here.

“If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing.” vs 1,2

May my actions, Lord, speak more loudly and clearly than my words. May the life I lead before the world be a reflection of Whom I belong to and Whom I serve.

Dec 6th, Tue, 5:14 am

Faith in Action

For the rest of my days may my trust in You, Father, be as it is the first of every morning. I plead that this will always be the case. No matter what day it is or what time You wake me, my first thoughts are of You, “My Father is calling me to join Him.” There is no better way to begin my day.

James 2:14-17 (<<click here)

No matter how many times I read this passage, Lord, it makes me stop and think. As we follow You, truly faith and acting on that faith go hand in hand – one is incomplete without the other.

We can have faith – believing in You as our Savior – but if it doesn’t affect the way we live, if it doesn’t cause us to do certain things and to stop us from doing other things, is it real? Faith must be more than an “intellectual assent” as my study Bible* notes. It has to be more than “agreement with a set of Christian teachings.” Faith must impact how we think about things. Faith kindles a fire in us that causes us to move and do. It is not a stationary thing. We must be about our “Father’s business.” Luke 2:49

We have a problem, too, working solely from the other end. Following You, Lord, is way more than good works, even if they are “spiritual” in nature. If there is no faith in the equation it is just going through the motions. Church attendance, teaching Sunday school, volunteering at a soup kitchen, working at an orphanage, even preaching from a pulpit – these things have minimal impact if not driven by faith.

Help me, Lord, to be faithful to the utmost in all I do for You and the kingdom. Fill my life, fill my actions. Amen.

Aug 27th, Sat, 5:27 am

*Life Application Study Bible New Living Translation

Pass It On!

Father, Your are so faithful and I praise Your holy name! I am so undeserving but You love me despite my failings. Thank You for waking me this morning – You help me in so many ways – You deserve all of my love!

Philippians 2:19-24 (<<click here)

Where I am at at this time this passage is difficult to workout. Lord, it seems that it is dealing with a mindset of passing on the mantel of responsibility at church, at work and for the most part at home. I really don’t have anyone to pass on to. Help me to see if there is and if not bring individuals into my life that I can mentor.

To some degree, there may be some at work, not so much to pass along skills of the trade but otherwise – a couple names come to mind and possibly others. Lord, please help me to take advantage of “teachable” moments – even with other people with which I interact. Guide my thoughts and motives and actions by Your directions. Use me as would benefit Your kingdom and Your agenda.

May 24th, Sun, 6:13 am