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In James, He's the One Who Heals the Sick

Updated on March 12, 2016

1 Corinthians 13:13

"And now these three remain:  faith, hope and love.  But the greatest of these is love."
"And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love."

A few bits of wisdom and knowledge for faith.

The book of James, only five chapters long, is full of practical wisdom for the every day to day practical living journey of life that all of us are on together. On this journey we must each be doers of the Word. He hear the Word, we act on the Word, we trust the Word for each new day that is given to us. Such genuine faith will manifest itself in righteous acts from a pure heart. In other words, real faith results in real actions. No phoniness. No fakeness. No hypocrisy. We will truly talk the talk and walk the walk.

In the days of old, as James was writing the book of James, life was hard for Christians. It is so today as well. The culture now, as then, challenges us [Christians] greatly in matters concerning our faith. In life, storms arise, the same in the spiritual realm as in the physical realm. These storms can oftentimes be hard to bear up under. If we turn to God, instead of self, the storms will calm and the peace of God will take us above the storms (Philippians 4:7). God, God alone, gives wisdom to walk through every trial and temptation. God, God alone, will produce within us an endurance and a patience and a character that will shine through the storms of life, making us pleasing to Him in our faith and obedience.

Such faith and obedience comes from our love of God. We love God because, when we had no one and nothing, God loved us. John 3:16--" 'For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings, to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.' " {the Amplified Bible} To have such an unconditional love is to love equally and without showing favoritism...to love others more than self. John 15:13--" 'Greater love has no One than this, that He lay down His life for His friends.' " And, so, we follow the example Jesus gave us, the example to show ultimate love. He showed such love in His death and resurrection; we show such love in our death to self to rise others above us. We can, realistically, never show such an ultimate as did Jesus, because He had no sin. I can't die for your sins because I am a sinner myself. You can't die for my sins because you are a sinner yourself. The blood of Jesus ran the most crimson red to make the blackest heart purest white. Such should be our faith, which produces fruit that shows true and genuine love when we strive to follow the beautiful example of our Lord.

We cannot see into each other hearts; I cannot see into yours, and you cannot see into mine, but I am willing to make sure that my faith is the genuine article as I talk my faith talk and walk my faith walk. I am obediently willing to let God work such a work in my life that His glory will shine forth for all men, women, and children to see. There just isn't any room for anything else, including any breakdowns between my talk and my walk. Inconsistently leads to hypocrisy. I may fall and stumble along the way; but, the Lord is always faithful to provide for me when I seek Him. Matthew 6:33--" 'But seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.' "

**Unless otherwise stated, all Scripture verses are typed from the words in the New International Version Bible.**

Transitioning from Talk to Walk

How do I make the transition from talk to walk, where the walk matches the talk? First, I talk the talk...I know that I know that I know. I know Whom I have believed because I know what I have believed and I know why I have believed. I have believed in my heart that I am a sinner who needs saving, and the only One to do so for me is Jesus.

I once was lost but now I'm found. I once was blink but now I see. I once was lying in sickness on death's door step but now I am made whole again by the blood of the Lamb that was shed for me.

And, then, I start my Faith Walk, making sure that every step I take matches with every word I speak!

Amazing Grace, My Chains Are Gone

James 1:22

"But be doers of the Word [obey the message], and not merely listeners to it, betraying yourselves [into deception by reasoning contrary to the Truth]."  {the Amplified Bible}
"But be doers of the Word [obey the message], and not merely listeners to it, betraying yourselves [into deception by reasoning contrary to the Truth]." {the Amplified Bible}

What does a Faith Walk look like?

You have to be in a habit of being one minded with God. This habit puts you in agreement with God's judgment...hating what God hates, loving what God loves, measuring all thing by God's standards.

You must seek to leave behind every sin. You have to have a heart desire to know God's will and to surrender your life to God's will in obedience. You should have within you a greater fear of displeasing God than you have of displeasing the world. You must keep the Ten Commandments, for they are God's perfect moral law, loving all of God's ways.

  • Romans 7:22--"For in my inner being I delight in God's law."
  • Psalms 119:128--"Because I consider all your precepts right, I hate every wrong path."

You must strive to be like the Lord, Jesus Christ, following in His foot steps as He proves time and again that He is our ultimate example. We live our life of faith in Jesus Christ, drawing daily from Him a perfect peace as He becomes our joy and our strength. We want to conform ourselves into the image of Jesus Christ. We bear with and forgive others who have done us wrong in the same manner that we, who have so offended God, have been forgiven. We become faithful witnesses of the truth and Truth (Jesus). We are bold and uncompromising in calling sin what it is...sin...and we separate ourselves from the world, walking in faith, continuing on in prayer.

  • Romans 8:29--"For those God foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of His Son."
  • 1 John 2:6--"Whoever claims to live in Him must walk as Jesus did."
  • 1 Peter 2:21--"To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in His steps."

We must follow and seek after meekness (humble patience), long suffering (patient endurance), and gentleness (honorable kindness). We bear much, forbear even more, and forgive always.

We must follow and seek after temperance (self restraint in action) and self denial. We must die to self to be of service to others through talk and deeds, words and actions.

We must follow and seek after charity and brotherly kindness. This is done in observance of what we often call "The Golden Rule". We show abhorrence to lying, slandering of others' characters, backbiting or gossiping, cheating, dishonesty, and all other forms of unfair dealings in our every day to day business and busyness.

  • Romans 13:8--"Keep out of debt and owe no man anything, except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor [who practices loving others] has fulfilled the Law [relating to one's fellowmen, meeting all its requirements]." {the Amplified Bible}

We must follow and seek after a spirit of mercy and a heart to good unto others. There is no harm to doing for others what you can help them do. The flip side of this coin is that there is no shame is asking for help if you need it.

  • Acts 9:36--"In Joppa, there was a disciple name Tabitha (which, when translated, is Dorcas), who was always doing good and helping the poor."

We must follow and seek after a pure heart. We should hate the filthiness of sin and cling to the crimson of the blood of the Lamb that was shed to turn the blackest of black into the whitest of white. This means that if you know you are crossing a drawn line of temptation, you are to hit your knees in prayer rather than hit the path that leads to destruction.

We must follow and seek after the fear of God. This is a good fear. It's the awe and wonder we feel when in the presence of God. It is not a fear of punishment; rather, it is knowing His love and forgiveness and mercy and grace. Knowing that whenever for whatever we need, we have such a confidence to approach God. Oh, to have such a fear of the Lord manifest in our lives!

  • Luke 5:26--"Everyone was amazed and gave praise to God. They were filled with awe and said, 'We have seen remarkable things today.'" Hebrews 4:16--"Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need."

We must follow and seek after humility. We are to esteem others before ourselves. We become the least allowing others to be greater. We serve, we are not served.

  • Matthew 20:26-28--" 'Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave-just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.' "

We must follow and seek after faithfulness in all of our duties and in all of our relationships in life. We are to set the higher standards for ourselves, and do everything well, even to the best of the best of our abilities. When we so let our Light (Jesus) shine unto this world, others will turn to us and seek to know how they, too, can show forth such a faithfulness of their own.

  • Colossians 3:23--"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men."
  • Romans 12:11--"Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord."

We are to follow and seek after a spiritual mindedness. This is our mindset. We pursue the treasures of Heaven, not the treasures of the world. We seek to set our minds on God, praying always, reading and studying the Bible, and going to church to meet with other like spiritually minded members of the Church of God (not the denomination).

  • Psalms 63:8--"My soul clings to You; Your right hand upholds me."

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Our faith is our action of believing that God will declare us righteous once we have turned to Him and accepted the sweet salvation that only comes in believing and confessing that Jesus Christ is the Lord of lords and the King of kings.

F.I.G.H.T. or F.L.I.G.H.T.

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Attaining Salvation

I have authored a book, F.I.G.H.T. or F.L.I.G.H.T., in which you will find in the chapter titled, "F.I.G.H.T. or F.--Do not Feed from the plate of lies that the enemy places in front of you.", which details out the Roman Road to Salvation from start to finish.

  1. Acknowledge that God is God. Romans 1:20-21
  2. Realize that you are a sinner who needs forgiveness. Romans 3:23
  3. Take the path that God gives as the Way to a restored relationship with Him. Romans 5:8
  4. Accept the gift of salvation that Jesus gave to us in His death and resurrection. Romans 6:23
  5. Confess openly that Jesus is your Lord and Savior. Romans 10:9-10
  6. Call upon the Name of Jesus. Romans 10:13
  7. Confess daily that Jesus is the Lord of your life, and live as such. Romans 11:36

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**You can click on the link that is the book title above to get a copy of the book at Amazon. It is a Kindle eReader download. If you do not have a Kindle eReader, Amazon offers a free Kindle reading app that you can download to your computer, tablet, or phone.**

In the Crucible: From Healing to Hurting

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For further study...

There are three aspects, or characteristics, among countless others, that stick out more prominently in the life of a Christian.

HUMILITY. Disagreements are a near give me when people (community) come together, each person bearing different personalities, character traits, and opinions. Somebody wants this, somebody wants that, and somebody wants something else entirely. Bingo! Conflict! The problem, as it continues to grow and get out of hand, we use words such as, "Well, God told me ..." or "Well, God revealed to me ...". Well, no! The problem goes deeper than words, really. The problem is one of our own selfish desires welling up from deep within us. When we are contending with each other, we are not acting as the unified body of Christ. What have we forgotten to do that places us at the table before a feast of dissension and discord? We have forgotten to pray to God for wisdom. And, lest we also forget, even if we do happen to have prayed, perhaps we are praying in improper motives. What are the proper motives of proper prayers? A pure heart. A humble heart.

  • James 1:2-10--"Consider it pure joy, my brothers whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance . Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord. He is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does. The brother in humble circumstances ought to take pride in his high position. But the one who is rich should take pride in his low position, because he ill pass away like a wild flower."

PATIENCE. We are to patiently endure the testing of our faith, much like the silver smith who refines his silver to remove the dross. Time and time again, the silver smith must put the silver into the fire, only to pull it out later and remove the dross before putting the silver back into the fire for more refining.

  • James 5:7-11--"Be patient, then, brothers, until the Lord's coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord's coming is near. Don't grumble against each other, brothers or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door! Brothers, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. As you know, we consider blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job's perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy."

PRAYER. James 5:13-16--"Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise. Is any of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective."

In conclusion...

No one is perfect. This could be defined as rhetorical statement, a "Duh!" statement. In the book of James, we do not see ourselves without times of trouble; we do, however, discover how to live when the troubled times are upon us, knocking us to and fro as do the winds of the seas shake a boat. How will handle the storms of life? "Oh, woe is me!" or will you rejoice, even in adversity? Will you forfeit your life to the enemy of your soul or will you surrender your heart to the Lord?

We can complain about this, that, or the other, or we can rejoice in spite of this, that, or the other. Both are physical and spiritual actions. The first is regression, the later progression. The first is a backwards movement, the later forward movement. The first is negative, the later positive. The first will produce death, the later life.

Philippians 3:14--"I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me Heavenward in Christ Jesus."

Stay Tuned...

In 1 & 2 Peter, we see a time of suffering and trial for Peter, in fact, for Christians in general. Christians, through such persecutions, are to live a life of purity, of Godly living, of steadfastness in truth and Truth (Jesus), and in faithfulness to the testimony of their words and the Word.

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