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satan believes! they know Christ is God, the messiah, the ONLY way man can be saved...they are for sure not saved! You must receive the gift of Christ and salvation. Be born again of the spirit! Mere belief is nothing....we must surrender our wills and lives and allow Christ to dwell within us!

So true, one of the things you learn in life, every person will let you down...we arent perfect. We will let others down too. Of course this isnt the end all, just know this and know Christ never ever lets us down. He is our hope. Sometimes He is all we have and then we realize, He is all we need! The two people I loved the most in the world, i needed the most, died within two yrs of each other (the second was my mom). Christ delivered me through that.....of course i miss them terribly (i will see my mom in heaven!! =) ..but ppl die, friends leave, nothing in life is certain, nothing! EXCEPT Christ Jesus, the same today, yesterday, and forever. He will never leave, never die, never fail! Mark my words! =)

James speaks of the tongue being so small, yet so wicked. So true! We've been talking about this at church this past week....the tongue is the most destructive thing!! With the same moutth comes out blessings and cursings...i wont lie, i'm guilty! Father, forgive for this! May only words of good and blessing proceed from my mouth. I need your help every day in this. .

God is jealous of His holy name! I can understand this maybe like the way you feel inside when you hear peopele take the Lord's name in vain...use it as a curse word! is it just me or does it make your ears burn, your heart tear, makes me feel sick!? Jesus is my heart, my best friend, my Father, its hurts to hear His name blasphemed...just as if someone were to curse my mom's name...how much more my precious Jesus!

I love Psalms

"The Lord is for me, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me? Yes, the Lord is for me; he will help me....It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in people".

What a wonderful maker...what a wonderful Father!

19 You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.
24 You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone.

The differentiation between a demons' belief and a righteous person's belief is that the righteous person shows their faith through their good deeds and actions. This week I will try to be more conscious of the things that I do and say.

The temple described today is something new to me. God indeed is worthy of praise. May we also not be ignorant about His imminent return and be watchful of what is happening around us. "But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere." How much of this godly wisdom is lacking in this world today from country leaders to ordinary citizens. May the Lord have mercy and help us to fear Him in order to gain such wisdom.

James 3 is a good reminder for our Awana leaders and LITs: controlling the things we say; show our wisdom by living right, no bragging, present ourselves before students as peaceful, gentle, and easy to please; always ready to help those who are troubled; do good for others; always fair and honest; serve in a peaceful way; peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere...Let's encourage each other.

The "faith without works" idea is mentioned pretty often in the Bible. We sometimes think that just believing in God is enough, and maybe add a little bit of prayer and reading the Bible. But the passage from James teaches us that if you have strong faith in God but do not do any good works to prove it and live it out, then your faith is worth nothing. Abraham believed in God, and he lived out his faith by proving to God that he was willing to sacrifice his son Isaac. If we don't have this same kind of willingness, then our faith is basically worthless.

Our actions that result from our faith are different from others.

Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.

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