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“You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone” (James 2:24).

Isn’t it like the Hebrew he is to argue the point?  But what is the point?  Is it to negate what Christ has done?  No!  It is to say that if you sit by and do nothing, then nothing will happen.  If you walk in the faith you have been given, then in that walking comes justification.  Look, when it happens is God’s business.  That it happens is Christ’s business.  What then?  Join in and make it your business.

Lord, the final place for pride is in thinking that I have something to do with what You are creating.  And yet, I can resist what You are doing.  Help me, Lord, to live into the life You give by grace.  Guide me in Your goodness to see that You have given me the gift of life through faith.  Help me now and always to co-operate with You in what You are doing so that I may be one who lives by faith.

Thank You, Jesus, for opening the way to the new life You give by faith.  Guide me, dear Lord, in the way of truth that You have revealed.  Lead me, Holy Spirit, in order that I would now and forever be led by You.  Father, may I continue willingly to be shaped according to Your will.  In all things, Lord Jesus, You must be the author and finisher of my faith.  Guide me by faith toward the completion You will accomplish.  Amen.