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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Act according to your faith...

It's interesting how we sometimes take the scriptures out of context. A number of people believe that (and behave as if) having faith means we should be passive i.e. have faith and do nothing.
Pastor EA Adeboye said: "Anyone faith that leaves everything to God is and irresponsible faith."
I also like how Joel Osteen points out the importance (& impact) of our faith in this piece:

According to Your Faith
“...According to your faith be it done to you.”
(Matthew 9:29, ESV)
TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria
A lot of times when people have a need, they think that if God wanted to, He would just automatically meet it. But Jesus didn’t say, according to your need be it unto you; He said, according to your faith. That’s why it’s so important to have an attitude of expectancy every single day. If we want God to move in our lives, we have to approach every day filled with faith and hope.
Scripture tells us in Romans that “faith comes by hearing the Word of God.” The more you meditate on the Word of God, the more your faith will grow and the more you will see Him working in your life.
Remember, God longs to bless you, and He’s given you everything you need to be successful in life. All things are possible to those who believe! Believe in His goodness today, believe His Word, and according to your faith, be it done for you!
Father, thank You for Your hand of blessing in my life today. I open my heart to You and trust that You have a good plan for me. Give me a heart filled with faith and hope to believe for every promise You have for me in Jesus’ name. Amen.
— Joel & Victoria Osteen
Indeed God can meet ALL our needs.* He desires to - but needs our faith to precede that. He also needs us to show, by what we do** (daily), that we believe He can and will meet our needs.**

We must "Act according to our faith" - don't be like this frog.

*Phil 4:19 - And my God will liberally supply (fill to the full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. (Amplified)
**James 2:17 -  So also faith, if it does not have works (deeds and actions of obedience to back it up), by itself is destitute of power (inoperative, dead). (Amplified)
*** Heb 11:6 - Without faith no one can please God. Whoever comes to God must believe that he is real and that he rewards those who sincerely try to find him. (Easy-to-Read Version)

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