FAITH IN ACTION!January 17, 2019
Daily Prayer for January 17th, 2019 ¬†
Good morning, God‚ÄĒthank You! :o)
By grace, I have been saved through faith, as by works of the law no one will be justified. I believe in Jesus, and I keep my trust in You!! Thank You, Father. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
James 2:26¬†English Standard Version (ESV)
26¬†For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.
Ephesians 2:8-9¬†English Standard Version (ESV)
8¬†For¬†by grace you have been saved¬†through faith. And this is¬†not your own doing;¬†it is the gift of God,¬†9¬†not a result of works,¬†so that no one may boast.
Galatians 2:16¬†English Standard Version (ESV)
16¬†yet we know that¬†a person is not justified¬†by works of the law¬†but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law,¬†because by works of the law no one will be justified.
Hebrews 11¬†New International Version (NIV)
Faith in Action
11¬†Now faith is confidence in what we hope for¬†and assurance about what we do not see.¬†2¬†This is what the ancients were commended for.
3¬†By faith, we understand that the universe was formed at God‚Äôs command¬†so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.
4¬†By faith, Abel brought God a better offering than Cain did. By faith, he was commended¬†as righteous, when God spoke well of his offerings.¬†And by faith Abel still speaks, even though he is dead.
5¬†By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death: ‚ÄúHe could not be found, because God had taken him away.‚ÄĚ¬†For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God.¬†6¬†And without faith, it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him¬†must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
7¬†By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen,¬†in holy fear built an ark¬†to save his family.¬†By his faith, he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith.
8¬†By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance,¬†obeyed and went,¬†even though he did not know where he was going.¬†9¬†By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents,¬†as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise.¬†10¬†For he was looking forward to the city¬†with foundations,¬†whose architect and builder is God.¬†11¬†And by faith, even Sarah, who was past childbearing age,¬†was enabled to bear children¬†because she¬†considered him faithful¬†who had made the promise.¬†12¬†And so from this one man, and he as good as dead,¬†came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore.
13¬†All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised;¬†they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance,¬†admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth.¬†14¬†People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own.¬†15¬†If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return.¬†16¬†Instead, they were longing for a better country‚ÄĒa heavenly one.¬†Therefore God is not ashamed¬†to be called their God,¬†for he has prepared a city¬†for them.
17¬†By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son,¬†18¬†even though God had said to him, ‚ÄúIt is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.‚ÄĚ 19¬†Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead,¬†and so in a manner of speaking he did receive Isaac back from death.
20¬†By faith, Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau in regard to their future.
21¬†By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of Joseph‚Äôs sons,¬†and worshiped as he leaned on the top of his staff.
22¬†By faith Joseph, when his end was near, spoke about the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt and gave instructions concerning the burial of his bones.
23¬†By faith, Moses‚Äô parents hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king‚Äôs edict.
24¬†By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh‚Äôs daughter.¬†25¬†He chose to be mistreated¬†along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin.¬†26¬†He regarded disgrace¬†for the sake of Christ¬†as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward.¬†27¬†By faith he left Egypt,¬†not fearing the king‚Äôs anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible.¬†28¬†By faith, he kept the Passover and the application of blood, so that the destroyer¬†of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn of Israel.
29¬†By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as on dry land; but when the Egyptians tried to do so, they were drowned.
30¬†By faith, the walls of Jericho fell, after the army had marched around them for seven days.
31¬†By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient.
32¬†And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak,¬†Samson¬†and Jephthah,¬†about David¬†and Samuel¬†and the prophets,¬†33¬†who through faith conquered kingdoms,¬†administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions,34¬†quenched the fury of the flames,¬†and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength;¬†and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies.¬†35¬†Women received back their dead, raised to life again.¬†There were others who were tortured, refusing to be released so that they might gain an even better resurrection.¬†36¬†Some faced jeers and flogging,¬†and even chains and imprisonment.¬†37¬†They were put to death by stoning;¬†they were sawed in two; they were killed by the sword.¬†They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated‚ÄĒ¬†38¬†the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, living in caves¬†and in holes in the ground.
39¬†These were all commended¬†for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised,¬†40¬†since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us¬†would they be made perfect.
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