OPEN HEAVENS FOR TEENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL FOR JULY 14, 2022 (FAITH AND WORKS)
TOPIC : FAITH AND WORKS
Read: JAMES 2:26
For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
Memorise: James 2:17
Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
Hebrews 11:1 says: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
Many people don’t know that faith has a partner known as works. One cannot exist without the other. In fact, when a believer takes a leap of faith, God looks out for the matching works, so that He can bless the fellow.
For instance, the woman with the issue of blood suffered for twelve years until she heard that Jesus was in her neighbourhood. She did not stay at home waiting for a miracle but went to the place of the meeting, forced her way through the crowd until she got really close and touched the hem of His garment.
Many Christians get it wrong by not creating a balance. A student who goes on a 14-day prayer and fasting spree just to pass an examination but doesn’t put much time into studying and attending lectures may end up failing.
Similarly, an employee who is praying to be promoted at work but resumes late and performs poorly at his/her duties will most likely be demoted or even sacked.
God wants us to have absolute faith in Him but there is also the place of work and expertise in all that we do. As much as possible, be sure to balance faith with works.
Take steps to balance faith with works henceforth.
‘TIS SO SWEET TO TRUST IN JESUS
1. ‘Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just to take him at his word;
Just to rest upon His promise,
Just to know, “Thus saith the Lord.
Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him!
How I’ve proved him o’er and o’er!
Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!
O for grace to trust him more!
2. O how sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just to trust His cleansing blood;
Just in simple faith to plunge me
’Neath the healing, cleansing flood!
3. Yes, ’tis sweet to trust in Jesus,
just from sin and self to cease;
just from Jesus simply taking
life and rest, and joy and peace.
4. I’m so glad I learn’d to trust Thee,
Precious Jesus, Saviour, Friend,
And I know that Thou art with me,
Wilt be with me to the end.
BIBLE READING IN ONE YEAR: ACTS 18:1-28, PSALMS 13-16
Teens Open Heavens is written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye and Pastor (Mrs.) Folu Adeboye., the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, one of the largest evangelical Churches in the world, and also the President of Christ the Redeemer’s Ministries