Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Isaiah 32 - 35; James 2

In talking to my husband last nite the air was thin…so thin neither one of us knew what to do….so thin to think of God in the conversation with us, with us in every way was almost too much, so thin as to not be able to think clearly….are we supposed to think clearly? In thinking clearly what is there? Movement? In the desire to think clearly with the air so thin is there …a desire to move so prominent that we freeze?? I don’t know as per usual, but I do know that the more and more we move towards discovering what a life lived ‘in faith’ is about….the more I want it.

Isaiah 32: 1 See, a king will reign in righteousness
and rulers will rule with justice.
2 Each man will be like a shelter from the wind
and a refuge from the storm,
like streams of water in the desert
and the shadow of a great rock in a thirsty land.
3 Then the eyes of those who see will no longer be closed,
and the ears of those who hear will listen.
4 The mind of the rash will know and understand,
and the stammering tongue will be fluent and clear.

17 The fruit of righteousness will be peace;
the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever

Isaiah 33: 6 He will be the sure foundation for your times,
a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge;
the fear of the LORD is the key to this treasure.

James 2: 12 Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, 13 because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment!
Faith and Deeds
14 What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? 15 Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. 16If one of you says to him, "Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
18 But someone will say, "You have faith; I have deeds."
Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do.
19 You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.
20 You foolish man, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless? 21 Was not our ancestor Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. 23 And the scripture was fulfilled that says, "Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness," and he was called God's friend. 24 You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone.
25 In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction? 26 As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.

The gap is real….in faith I can see it and in faith….You are closing it, calling me to close it?? To do something not to gain any kind of favor but because You say so…not to be thought well of...…You don’t promise success, You just prompt us to do……something???
I don’t know and in the overthinking is the being FROZE….but….but how to DO something when your whole life you thought you were or were too fearful to try, to prideful to fail? How to DO something because You prompt us in that direction …… in faith’ just move. photo:goodsearchimages

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