Turning Point

1 Peter 2:12 (nkjv)

12 having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation.

It’s probably the most-frequently used reference in modern American politics—the reference to America as a “city upon a hill.” Presidents Kennedy, Reagan, and Obama all quoted it, as well as many other leaders. It’s a reference to the words of the Puritan John Winthrop based on Jesus’ words in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:14-16).

The core of Jesus’ words on this subject are found in verse 14: “You are the light of the world.” The paradox of these words is that He later says that He is the “light of the world” (John 8:12). What He meant was that when His light is in us, we too become the light of the world. He lightens the world through us! We become like a brightly lit city on top of a hill, a guide and source for others. In the streets, our light is revealed by our good works which causes others to offer praise directed to God.

Do you want to be a light to the world? Make sure there is no cloud of sin or darkness blocking the light of Jesus Christ in you. 

Light reveals righteousness, and it also reveals sin. 

~ Theodore Epp

Fools Spend …

The wise have wealth and luxury, but fools spend whatever they get.
~ Proverbs 21:20 [NLT]

Have you taken a look closely at your money, where it goes, and what percentage of it you spend?  In this scripture, a fool is considered to not have self-control.  Often there are ways of setting ourselves up for success so we don’t spend all that we get.  Try setting money aside right when you get your paycheck for saving and tithing.  Then, live off of the rest.  Over time, habits and routine can build our self-control muscle. 

Daily Light on the Daily Path

Enter not into judgment with thy servant: for in thy sight shall no man living be justified.
~ Ps 143:2

Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

Let him take hold of my strength that he may make peace with me; and he shall make peace with me. Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace.

Being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. A man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ. By the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight.

By him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.

Thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Isa 1:18, Isa 27:5, Job 22:21, Rom 5:1, Gal 2:16, Rom 3:20, Acts 13:39, 1 Cor 15:57

Good Shepherd

“I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me,”
~ John 10:14 [NLT]

These words came straight from Jesus’ mouth.  If you ever wonder whether Jesus cares for you or loves you, this is your verse.  He knows you so well, even the cry of your heart.  He is a good shepherd who has sacrificed Himself for you.  If you are wondering where God is in your life or if He cares for you, this is your message.  These are His words speaking directly to you. 

Our Daily Walk

Practical Christianity

For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is. dead also.

~ Jas 2:26

James is described as “the Lord’s brother” in Gal 1:19. He was surnamed “the Just,” and was much respected beyond the limits of the Christian Church for his saintly life. While St. Paul deals specially with doctrine, James is concerned with practice; Paul expounds the wonderful significance of Christ’s death and resurrection; James expounds the teaching of our Lord, especially in the Sermon on the Mount. Paul insists on faith as the means of justification before God; James lays stress on the works to which faith must lead.

It seems likely that James had seen Paul’s Epistles, for he uses so many of the same phrases and examples, and probably set himself to combat those who abused the teaching of the great Apostle. There were plenty in his time who believed about Christ, and prided themselves in the orthodoxy and accuracy of their creed; and James maintains that this is not sufficient to save the soul.

As far as orthodoxy goes, no creed can be more absolutely orthodox than that held by evil spirits. Repeatedly, during our Lord’s life, they acknowledged that He was the Holy One of God, but their belief had no effect on their character; it only filled them with fear and dread Jam 2:19).

“Faith without works is dead.” It is good to test ourselves. We must see to it that our heart is pure and our way absolutely transparent. In our dealings with those around us, we must always seek to realize our highest conceptions of love and duty. Even when our efforts of goodwill and affection are not reciprocated, we must never lower the high standard of our action, but always keep before us the conception of our Saviour’s life in the Home at Nazareth. Be merciless to yourself, but always merciful to others, always bearing the burdens of those around you, always moderating your pace to the weak and weary, as Greatheart did for the pilgrims. Even Rahab was justified by a faith which wrought itself out in beautiful and unselfish action (Jam 2:25; Heb 11:31). Remember our Lord’s words in Mat 7:20-21.

Prayer

Help us, we beseech Thee, O Lord, to add to our faith, brotherly kindness, and pardon the unkind word or impatient gesture; the hard and selfish deed, the failure to give kindly help where we had the opportunity. Enable us so to live that we may daily do something to lessen the tide of human sorrow and need, and add to the sum of human happiness. Amen.