The Distances between the Lips and the Heart

Trials and Temptations

When times are good and life seems to agree with us. When the world and its ruler seem to stay far away; life is wonderful. We feel that God is with us and we can do no wrong. We become complacent and our guard is lowered. We become content with our worldly status and proclaim boldly that we are blessed and highly favored. We slip into thinking highly of ourselves, we become prideful and look down on the lowly. And then the trials come and our faith is shaken. With a loud voice we cry out to the Lord, “Why!” We fail to realized that our “faith” is placed in the assurance of the blessings of God and not God himself. When our faith is properly focused on Jesus Christ, our testing serves us and develops us as it matures us. Thus we become more that conquerors but masters over our tribulations(Romans 8:36-39).

James 1:2-8

2Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. 6But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; 8he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.

Listening and Doing

With a faith established in Christ it calls us to give up ourselves to Him and act on our new life in Christ(Luke 9:23). As we die to self and as Christ lives through us; we are to be salt and light in a world of darkness. We can’t listen to the commands of Christ and not do them. Luke 6: 46″Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? If we do this; we are the foolish builder who doesn’t build upon a solid foundation.

James 1:22-27

22Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror 24and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does.

26If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless. 27Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

Lips that don’t submit themselves to a heart that is rooted in Christ, established through faith in Him for salvation will not speak life. Nor will these lips work in love for its Christian brothers and sisters.

Faith and Deeds

When we find our brothers and sisters in need, we are called to help them. We should help them in bearing their burdens, in meeting their needs without judgment and with wise council. We do this out of love for a God who loved us first; in whom our faith is established and which manifest itself in deeds. Not that we work  for salvation but that we work because we are saved. Shouldn’t a person who was lost then found by God have a heart for those who are still lost? Tithes and Offerings as well as all of the festivals of the Old Covenant was about never forgetting where God had brought Israel.

James 2:14-21

14What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? 15Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. 16If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? 17In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

18But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.”

Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do.

19You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.

20You foolish man, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless[d]? 21Was not our ancestor Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did.

Submit Yourselves to God

So if we hope to ever serve our brothers and sisters in Christ with a heart of love and with lips that speak the grace of God; we must submit. We must be willing to deny our selfishness and give it all over to God. We can’t hope to give generously with a heart not fixed on Him. We can’t hope to be that candle on a hill without a faith properly established in Christ. Our old man must be crucified with Christ. As a sinner we walked with Satan and his demons, we were the children of wrath. We are now slaves to righteousness. We can say it all day but if we don’t act on it; it makes us a lair and the truth is not in us. And we all know that Satan is the father of lies(John 8:44-45).

James 4:7-10

7Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

James 4:4-6
4You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. 5Or do you think Scripture says without reason that the spirit he caused to live in us envies intensely?[a] 6But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:

“God opposes the proud
but gives grace to the humble.”[b]

God bless you & may the Holy Spirit lead you

Rev. W. R. Martin Jr.

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One Response to “The Distances between the Lips and the Heart”
  1. Mick Turner says:

    A highly readable and very relevant article. Indeed, we must be doers of the Word but many of us, myself among that number, all too often fail in this regard. I pray that the Master, through the Holy Spirit’s power, will help make me and many others “living epistles,” that we may be better witnesses to His power and presence.

    Mick Turner
    http://lifebrook.wordpress.com

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