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Daily Reading: 20th August 2016

Matthew 5.6 cont.

O the cheerfulness of those who are hungry and thirsty for righteousness, because they will be fully satisfied.

We live among people whose culture is to do their own thing, with little or no regard for Jesus or for society.

We live in days where there is very little hunger for the things of God.

The Church of Jesus is getting sidelined more and more by the governments anti Christian legislation.

Our government may say that it supports the church, but its actions speak differently.

It has failed to support those Christians who have gone to the European courts for justice.

In society in general there appears to be a concerted effort to remove God from the life of the nation.

Sadly we know that there are those within the church who have no hunger for God, and who disregard the words of Jesus as being irrelevant and out of date.

There are those within the church whose hunger for the life of Jesus is sadly lacking.

James spoke about this when he wrote:

[14] Dear brothers and sisters, what’s the use of saying you have faith if you don’t prove it by your actions? That kind of faith can’t save anyone.

[15] Suppose you see a brother or sister who needs food or clothing,

[16] and you say, “Well, good-bye and God bless you; stay warm and eat well”—but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do?

[17] So you see, it isn’t enough just to have faith. Faith that doesn’t show itself by good deeds is no faith at all—it is dead and useless.

[18] Now someone may argue, “Some people have faith; others have good deeds.” I say, “I can’t see your faith if you don’t have good deeds, but I will show you my faith through my good deeds.”

[19] Do you still think it’s enough just to believe that there is one God? Well, even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror! – James 2.14-19 (NLT).

It is a very sad fact that amongst many Christian publications there is often very little mention of the name of Jesus, and some even fail to mention God.

Why should this be so, since the name of Jesus is the most powerful name?


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