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TODAY’S MEDITATION – Faith’s actions are not optional for a Christian! (2 Peter 1:5-9)

Faith and belief are two common words for Christians. Yet, many people seem to put the stress on their belief more than faith. My brother, my sister, your faith must be more than your belief, because it is your faith that triggers actions, your growth in Christian character, your practice of moral discipline. Have you never heard people saying ‘I believe there is a God, but I don’t believe He can do anything?’ Yes, even an unbeliever can believe without having faith! Yes, the Bible is asking you to believe… BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST! And the day you accepted Christ as your Lord and saviour, you expressed your BELIEF… So, you need to move on from that day and start exercising your FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST! My friend, if your faith is not alive, activated or used, it will die: “What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead” (James 2:14-17).

Yes, my friend when your faith develops, it results in actions: your faith will guide you to get to know God better; it will develop perseverance in you; it teach you to do God’s will and love the others, because such actions don’t come automatically and require hard work if you were to try and do them yourself. Now, know that, these faith’s actions are not optional: all of them must be a continual part of your Christian life. Besides, don’t expect to finish one action and start on the next… but you have to work on all of them all together as God empowers and enables us with His Spirit dwelling in us, while at the same time giving us the responsibility to learn and grow. Sometimes, it looks like nothing is moving on in our walk with Christ… then, turn and check your spiritual evolution… Did you stop on believing and have never switch on the faith button? You see, believing will lead you to want to see things before believing they are happening, while as Christians, we should rather “fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:18)… Faith “is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see” (Hebrews 11:1)… Stay blessed in Jesus’ name.

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