In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. James 2:17
Faith alone is not enough in this journey with God. You can believe in God all day long, even the demons believe and tremble. (James 2:19) You must do more than believe, you must take action and obey God.
It is a two-part practice: first, you must believe and second, you must act. Practical ways to do this in a mom’s world:
- Children obey their parents (Ephesians 6:1) – You must act on that command and discipline your child in love and teach them the importance of this verse.
- Wives submit to your husband. (Colossians 3:18) – I must submit to my husband, which is ultimately submitting to God, and trust in God that He will work on my husband and not take that burden upon myself. I can work on my heart toward my husband and be a loving wife and trust the outcome with my Heavenly Father.
- Love one another (John 13:33) – To “say” I love others is one thing, but to actually love them is another thing altogether. To love others is to put them before myself, to sacrifice, to not “push” for my way, to not have to be heard all the time, to give grace.
- Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. (Proverbs 3:5) – This verse means not to get caught up in my circumstances in life, but trust in God that He will work things out according to His plan, not mine. Keep my eyes focused on God.
Father, I believe in You with all my heart, but when it comes to the action step, I falter. I want to take a step toward action, but doubt enters my mind. God, help me push past my doubt and fears and just take one step toward You. Thank You for endless patience with me. In the midst of the doubt and fear I hear only my feelings and often heed those. Teach me to push my feelings aside and to boldly trust in You...and act!
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