In the book of James, believers are reminded that good works ought to accompany genuine faith. We can rest in absolute assurance, that our salvation is by grace through faith in Christ alone and not by works. But, too, genuine faith in Christ will absolutely not let us rest from serving others for their betterment and Jesus’ glory.
As a Christian, we should desire crowns of reward; although, our desire should not stem out of selfish motives. The reason we should desire any of the five crowns is so we can return these and lay them at the feet of Jesus. That’s where our motivation should be, to have treasure of true worth so we can lay at the feet of Jesus.
“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have” (Heb 13:5). Live in contentment and humility in whatever your situation. Regardless of where you are economically, the answer to true wealth and prosperity come back to your personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
God desires for all His children to increase in wisdom. That being so, God won’t withhold wisdom from anyone who asks in faith. Why would He? God wants us to draw nearer to Him and wisdom brings us closer into His presence, because wisdom is grounded in faith and reverence of God. But we must trust Him and believe that He grants good things to those who ask.
When a local church ministers to all three aspects within an individual (their spirit, soul, and body), it can make the difference between a relatively stagnant church and one that is making a fruitful impact for Christ in their community. The results can be seen in people being saved, growth of the church body, and spiritual growth in its individual members.
Matthew records that Jesus “took the bread and gave thanks” at the last supper (Matt. 26:26). To a gentile reader, this probably wouldn’t suggest any particular words that Jesus spoke. But to a Jew who is familiar with the Seder blessings it would imply Jesus speaking a specific Passover prayer of thanksgiving.
What is known as Palm Sunday, the day when Jesus rode into Jerusalem while the crowd praised His worthiness, occurred on Israel’s “lamb selection day.” God was working His plan for the salvation of man, even though the crowd was oblivious to what was right in front of them. That is, the true fulfillment of the Passover Lamb was in Jesus of Nazareth.
In Acts 4:23-31, the account is recorded of a church praying together and, after they prayed, “the place where they were meeting was shaken.” God visually showed His approval of their prayer. In this study, powerful prayer principles are extracted from their example that can more attune your heart with God and, consequently, enhance your prayer life.