31 Days of Biblical Truths, Devotionals

Don’t Allow Others to Hinder Your Mission

You’ve been praying for a long time.

Hoping for answers, you beg, plead, listen, doubt, and settle. Grander things are out there. There’s work to be done. Something is bigger than yourself and you know you have a role to play. Things you hope for are often needed, and others are some things you want.

You’re at a stand still. You feel useless and unwanted. Opportunities are fleeting and money is scarce. And the worst part, your very best loved ones don’t get it nor do they support it. The calling you thought God whispered to you seems nil in comparison to the human constraints you fight against.

Now age is knocking at your door. You feel that you have missed your time and helplessness ensues. All you are encountered with is scoffing when you plead your case to the human hearts of others. Fear that you will pass without making a legacy, a mark, or a difference, you teeter in the edge of just sucking up the partial emptiness of life’s dealings.

God has opened doors. He has called to you to move. Your heart breaks for the mission impressed upon your being. Why must you stand still? When will others’ hearts and minds be open to the Lord’s calling on your life? Why must you play the woe-is-me pity-party game to get attention to the matter?

James 2:14-26 ESV

Faith Without Works Is Dead

What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder! Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up his son Isaac on the altar? You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works; and the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”—and he was called a friend of God. You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. And in the same way was not also Rahab the prostitute justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way? For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.

Heroes of the faith moved. They never stood still waiting on others to help them or support them. They got up and fulfilled their calling. Why must we wait on others to stir up a backing? Why are our hearts for the Lord scorned when we are searching for purpose?

Romans 11:29

For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.

We need to rise up and make it known that we are servants of the Lord. We cannot fear what others may think when we have truth on our side. God will make a way to soften hearts. Press forward and don’t be afraid to move. Keep on praying for the Lord’s guidance and provision.

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