It’s dead

What if a man told you that is was going to rain very hard, but left his umbrella home. What if someone told you they knew of a stock that would quadruple in value in the next 4 months, but they weren’t investing any money. What if they told you that they really loved a sports team, but were never going to watch a game.

It would be kind hard to believe any one of these people right? There’s an old saying, “Actions speak louder than words.” When a person truly believes or cares it shows in how they act. If they “believe” something, but never act on their belief they probably don’t believe it.

It’s the same in the Christian life, God spoke through James, “Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.” God says that if you believe something, but never act on it, your belief is dead. I challenge you to examine yourself, what does your belief in God motivate you to? What is your action as a result of believing in God?

If your belief in God does not motivate you to any action other than a non-believer, then your faith is dead. If you worry and stress, just like a non-believer- then your faith is dead in that area. If you put entertainment and people before the Almighty God- then your faith is dead in that area. As Christians, we must strive to harbor a heavenly mindset. If we say we believe in God, yet don’t act on it, how can we expect anyone to believe us?

I’m sure that if we just took a glance around, we could find people who say they believe God, but never act like it. The important thing is whether or not we see that kind of person in the mirror. And if we do, what we will do about it.

Think about it. If someone told you they believed in God, but acted like He didn’t exist and His promises weren’t real- Would you believe them?

The source of confusion

Have you ever been in the complete center of God’s will and you knew that you were right with Him- and nothing made sense? You were confused, you didn’t what was going on, you were unsure about many things? Well, you probably can’t relate to such a situation because confusion and God’s will don’t really go hand in hand.

1 Corinthians 14:33 spells it out very clearly for us when it says, “For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.” Confusion is not something we are given from God as a reward for faithful service. Confusion is usually a result of sin.

Proverbs 4:19 says, “The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.” This “confusion” is contrasted with: “But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.” The idea of “perfect” here means established. So the wicked stumble and fall at unknown things, but the righteous or just, continually become more and more established.

My question for you today is simple. Is there confusion in your life?

If you are finding yourself repeatedly confused about issues in your life, or you’ve been having problems and you’re not really sure why, you may have been inviting confusion into your life by unholy living. Life isn’t difficult to understand. Life is simple. Honor God and serve Him. Cast your cares upon Him. Trust Him to handle everything.

If you find yourself in a pattern of confusion, unsure feelings, and doubt you may have some unconfessed sin in your life. Ask God to reveal what you must turn from in order to walk in the light again. God knows just what you need and knows just how to help you. You never need to live in any manner of confusion or doubt.

God doesn’t want you to liveĀ in any form of confusion or darkness. Don’t ever settle with that sort of condition! Live in the light as God intended you to!

Better than the fat of rams . . .

In the Old testament, God gave a command to Saul. He told Him to destroy a certain group of wicked people. God also wanted their animals destroyed also. When Saul went up to battle, he did not obey what God had commanded. Saul saved the king and some of the animals. When Samuel challenged king Saul, Saul said that he had saved the animals for sacrifices.

"And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams." 1 Samuel 15:22. Saul was in the wrong, because he had disobeyed.

We may look at Saul and be like, well obviously you shouldn’t have done that. I mean, how would Saul think that God would be happy with his disobedience, but sometimes in our Christian life, many of us do the same thing.

You see, God has given very specific commands. He wants us to do certain things. But sometimes, we think, "Well, if I told the truth, then something bad would happen." So we tell a lie, in order to do "right." Or, we may intentionally do something wrong, so something "good" can com out of it. God isn’t interested in his children offering Him things out of disobedience. God wants our love, respect, and obedience.

I would challenge you, obey God no matter what. Don’t try to serve God by disobeying Him. God isn’t interested in disobedience. God wants His servants obey. Have faith that God had some wisdom when He gave His commands, and obey them. When you do, you will please God.

"Obey my voice, and do them, according to all which I command you: so shall ye be my people, and I will be your God: " – Jeremiah 11:4b