Top 40 Faith Actions for Every Believer - 4
“But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” James 2:18
Fret not thyself; take no thought for your life
The walk of faith in Jesus Christ from first step to last is about following in His footsteps, going where he leads, imitating what He does and saying what He says, learning to love what He loves, to despise what He despises and showing to all the same love, compassion, grace and mercy He shows to us.
If we would make it our aim to be as fully committed to the pursuit of Him as He is to our transformation we would be such a compelling force it would be virtually impossible to resist us.
“For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.” Luke 21:15
And that is yet another promise of God. He will give us an irresistible means of communicating His message to whomever He places before us to be a messenger of His love and grace, but even more so the enemy will not be able to overcome us or outwit us because of the strength of the Word in our mouths and in our hearts. So we don’t need to worry about, become agitated or be threaten by those whom the Bible calls workers of iniquity and those who traffic in evil when they seem to prosper in their way.
“Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.” Psalm 37:1-2
“Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. Psalm 37:7
“Fret not thyself because of evil men, neither be thou envious at the wicked; for there shall be no reward to the evil man; the candle of the wicked shall be put out.” Proverbs 24:19-20
It would be false to say that the Christian life is all about living above it all. We know better than that. This life is fraught with temptations and evil, with suffering pain and death, and the evidence is ever before us. By grace and the favor of God most of us do not live in the midst of the worst of it. But even in this country where for so many years we have enjoyed an overwhelming status of peace and prosperity there are those who seek only to bring harm through anarchy and destruction. Others defraud and take advantage of the poor and the week for selfish gain.
Still others exploit and extort their victims with recklessness and indifference and all the while they seem to go on unscathed or held accountable for their deeds. They seem to prosper the more despicably they act. What’s wrong with this picture? Didn’t Jesus come to save the world to turn men’s hearts back to the God? Isn’t the power of God and His righteousness greater than the power of the devil? Aren’t there more Christians in the world now than ever before?
Yet, we can still be mentally, physically and emotionally put upon by the ways evil so often seems to have the upper hand. But in this we can find solace and a sense of hope. Evil will not win. Righteousness shall prevail. The sons of perdition will be judged, evil doers will receive their just rewards and the righteous will be remembered by God our Father.
So God tells us to take no thought for our lives, not for the necessities, nor for the joys, not for food, clothing or shelter and not for the ways of this world. Our peace is to be found in Him alone.
“You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” Isaiah 26:3
“You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind [both its inclination and its character] is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You.” Isaiah 26:3 AMP