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Do you just talk the talk, or do you walk the walk as well?

Saturday, May 12, 2012

For us who are Christians... Do you just talk the talk, or do you walk the walk as well? Often we feel that we can get by with just faith alone, and forget that in order to practice our "faith", we need to do the actions that we are called in faith to do.

Consider these examples, given in Hebrews 11...

Hebrews 11
New International Version (NIV)
Faith in Action

1 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

2 This is what the ancients were commended for.

3 By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.

4 By faith Abel brought God a better offering than Cain did. By faith he was commended as righteous, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith Abel still speaks, even though he is dead.

5 By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death: “He could not be found, because God had taken him away.”For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God.

6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

7 By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith.

8 By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.

9 By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise.

10 For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.

11 And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she considered him faithful who had made the promise.

12 And so from this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore.

13 All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth.

14 People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own.

15 If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return.

16 Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.

17 By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son,

18 even though God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.”

19 Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead, and so in a manner of speaking he did receive Isaac back from death.

20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau in regard to their future.

21 By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of Joseph’s sons, and worshiped as he leaned on the top of his staff.

22 By faith Joseph, when his end was near, spoke about the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt and gave instructions concerning the burial of his bones.

23 By faith Moses’ parents hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict.

24 By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter.

25 He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin.

26 He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward.

27 By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible.

28 By faith he kept the Passover and the application of blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn of Israel.

29 By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as on dry land; but when the Egyptians tried to do so, they were drowned.

30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell, after the army had marched around them for seven days.

31 By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient.

32 And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson and Jephthah, about David and Samuel and the prophets,

33 who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions,

34 quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies.

35 Women received back their dead, raised to life again. There were others who were tortured, refusing to be released so that they might gain an even better resurrection.

36 Some faced jeers and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment.

37 They were put to death by stoning; they were sawed in two; they were killed by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated—

38 the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, living in caves and in holes in the ground.

39 These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised,

40 since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.

So... Considering what these verses say... Will you just say that you have faith and consider that to be enough, or will you live your faith, and do the actions that are called for, to be children of God?

Also... are you willing to put your faith into action... even if it means you may suffer or do without, as those in the past did?

Think about it.

God bless you, and HUGS
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    My favourite story is Matthew 8

    A Roman army captain comes to Jesus and pleads with him to heal his servant. Jesus says he will come... but the captain says "I am not worthy to have you in my home and it is not necesary for you to come. If you say "be healed" then he will be healed. I am under the authority of my superior over my soldiers and when I say "Go" he goes, and to another "Come" and he comes, and to my servant boy "Do this or that" and does. I know that you have the authority to tell his sickness to go - and it will go." And Jesus is AMAZED at this man, a gentile, at his faith. He says that people like him, (not Christians) will sit down in the Kingston of Heaven with Abraham while many an Isrealite for whom the Kingdom was prepared what be cast into outer darkness into the place of weeping and torment.

    This story humbles me. I think I have a relationship with God and I can spend time and energy focusing on that. Envision me sitting in my pew with beams of light vertically between me and God. I think God gets angry when that is all I do. God says to me, OK, so you get the message, now do something about it. And God spreads his arms and sends the beams of light out horizontally. Faith is that up and down, the comfortable and cherishing and reassuring that I have in a personal relationship with Jesus. Works is the horizontal. It's not easy and it is not comfortable and it is WORK. Every time I look at the cross I think of the vertical which I desire, and the horizontal which I believe God desires of me.

    3286 days ago
    James 2:17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

    That pretty well explains it!

    Thanks for sharing with us!

    3287 days ago
    REDSHOES2011... That is what walking the walk is about... Honouring God, with our lives, and actions...
    3287 days ago
    This is great! I just attended a Bible Study recently on this subject. In answer to your challenge, All too often, we (including myself) find ourselves not walking the walk. When our faith is challenged, we fail to get up and do the work that is needed to fullfill his promise to his people....thanks for the blog...it has been inspiring! emoticon
    3287 days ago
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    This is the little one with "huge meaning" I follow in life.. God gave his son, he wants us to respect what we still have.. Great summon but- if you want walk the walk- we have to really respect what he gave up..

    "Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body," (1 Cor. 6:19-20).
    3287 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/12/2012 11:56:08 AM
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