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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, that as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (author unknown)
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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word that as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)
Today’s scripture reading:
When someone claims to have faith, what he or she may have is intellectual assent—agreement with a set of Christian teachings—and as such it would be incomplete faith. True faith transforms our conduct as well as our thoughts. If our life remains unchanged, we don’t’ truly believe the truths we claim to believe.
We cannot earn our salvation by serving and obeying God. But such actions show that our commitment to God is real. Deeds of loving service are not a substitute for, but rather a verification of, our faith in Christ. (NLT)
James 2:14-17 – Dear brothers and sisters, what’s the use of saying you have faith if you don’t prove it by your actions? That kind of faith can’t save anyone. Suppose you see a brother or sister who needs food or clothing, and you say, “Well, good-bye and God bless you; stay warm and eat well”—but then you don’t give the person any food or clothing. What good does that do?
So you see, it isn’t enough just to have faith. Faith that doesn’t show itself by good deeds is no faith at all—it is dead and useless.
Faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead. –James 2:17 (NRSV)
Tatyana Azyavina’s (Krasnodar, Russia) story is titled “GOD CARES FOR US;” here is a portion of Tatyana’s story:
“During perestroika, a time of political and economic instability in the Soviet Union, many Russian people, fearing for their lives, left their birthplaces, their property, and their homes and ran to other places where they could live in safety. . . . We lived in a tent in extreme poverty and need. Our situation felt hopeless. God seemed to have abandoned us.
“One day, the Methodist pastor visited us. He saw how hard our life was. We talked with him for a long time. I told him about our lack of money and food. I told him we were cold. At the end of our conversation, I sked the pastor to pray with me for my family and our future; but the pastor refused. ‘I haven’t got time to pray now,’ he said and left quickly.
“The pastor hurriedly went to a shop, bought some essential provisions, sorted out some warm winter children’s clothes and brought them all to us. When the children had been fed and were feeling warm again, the pastor said, ‘Now I am ready to pray with you and to thank God for God’s generosity. You see, God cares about you and provides for your needs.’”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Sometimes God answers prayers through our actions.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for remembering poor, needy, and hungry people. Help us to remember them too and to show them care and generosity. Amen.
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/