Faith without works is dead…
The passage above, from the Book of James, is pretty standard fare heard around any house of recovery. Praying and believing is one thing, living in the ways of the Lord is whole other thing. Being the only copy of the Good Book that some people will ever see carries a fair amount weight. If one goes around saying they are this or that, but their actions don’t line up with what they say, well, who are they…what are they?
Remember that we deal with
alcohol[sin], cunning, baffling, powerful! Without help it is too much for us. But there is One who has all power that One is God. May you find Him now!
Half measures availed us nothing. We stood at the turning point. we asked His protection and care with complete abandon. Source
If one is living according to their beliefs the above is the last “fox hole prayer” that will ever be uttered. If “His protection and care” are what is sought, then a person must act. This doesn’t mean we are to go all Mother Teresa but it does mean we are to LIVE in a way that honors God. Live purposefully and in a way the Bible can be seen with each step taken. It’s a tall order that most, if not all, will fall short.
Something else that can heard regularly when someone is attempting to be introduced to God…..you can start your day over anytime you would like. When we hit a bump and something happens that takes our heart, mind and soul off God’s path, we can simply stop, breathe for a moment and restart. It really is that simple. This is not to imply that it’s easy, because it most certainly is anything but. This is why, as an undisciplined people, we must have direction, everyday / all day, in order to be re-minded (resetting our mind) in the ways of the Lord.
Book of James NKJV
21 Therefore, lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word,
which is able to save your souls
22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror;
24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.
25 But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer
of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.
26 If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not
bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless.