Week twelve: Living by faith

Preparation

  • Recite or sing/chant Psalms 130 and 131 (I suggest you memorize these two Psalms)
  • Moment of Silence

Presence (through the Scripture)

  • Psalm reading (select from below):
    • Morning: Psalm 14
    • Noon: Psalm 66
    • Vespers: Psalm 109:16-31
    • Night: Psalm 133
  • Moment of silence
  • Scripture readings:
    • Monday: James 1:1-18
    • Tuesday: James 1:19-27
    • Wednesday: James 2:1-13
    • Thursday: James 2:14-26
    • Friday: James 3:1-12
  • Moment of silence

Prayers

  • Prayers of thanksgiving and petition
  • Journaling and silent reflection
  • Close with the “Lord’s Prayer”

Practice

What does it mean that faith without works is dead? Is this a book suggesting one must earn his or her way to heaven? Or are works the sign of faith? Does saying “I love you” all of the time actually show love? If I tell my spouse I love her all of the time but never back those words up with actions—do I really love her? Or is it all talk?

For James, the royal law is “love your neighbor as yourself.” It is this law to which we are called. James indicates that anger, indifference, and self-centeredness are demonstrations that love is not present. Building peace, caring for those hurting (the dispossessed and helpless as represented by “widow and orphan”), pursuing purity are not ways to earn one’s standing but are demonstrations of one’s standing.

So, how is your faith? After reading James 1-3 this week—are there some areas where you need to walk out your faith? What are these areas? Is God giving you opportunities this week to walk your talk? What are they?

What will you do this week?

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About Darryl Willis

Darryl has been working for non-profits for over 36 years. His current work takes him to Ukraine several times a year. He has fallen in love with the country and the people. Darryl writes poetry and his work has appeared in several online and print journals.
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