Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world. — James 1:27 (KJV)
We are on the book of James today. The letter of James underlines that a person whose faith is ‘ALIVE’ will bear fruits (do good works) for God. In today’s verse, we learn about the kind of religion the Father accepts as pure and undefiled: Those who care for orphans and widows in their affliction.
Why does God have special compassion for these two groups of people? As we known, orphans and widows had very little means of economic support or emotional care. Unless a family member is willing to care for them, they are reduced to begging, selling themselves, starving, homeless, crime and worse. By caring for these powerless people, we are putting God’s teaching into practice. The Father honours it! God says, remain in his Love so that we are able to Love others as ourselves!
Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. — Hebrews 11:1
Interestingly, I was watching videos about ‘WHAT IS FAITH’ earlier before I was aware that this is the topic of today’s 100 verse bible.
What is Faith?
Bible teaches us ‘Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.’ The great evangelist Billy Graham interprets it as: Faith is believing and receiving what God has revealed (in bible, in nature, in conscience …) and it can be defined as Trust in God of the scriptures and in Jesus Christ whom he has sent. Also he emphasises that Faith without work is dead.
Faith is not only about being confident in God and his words but also about a total dependence on Christ for our forgiveness and our fulfilment in our life.
Why Faith is so important?
Hebrew 11:6 tells us WITHOUT FAITH IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO PLEASE GOD. In Romans 5 says: Through Faith, we receive peace and grace of God. Faith is the only path that not only allows us to “see” God, but also to draw near to His presence and fellowship with our heavenly Father…
Could I share with you this incredible video: “Three things we can not do without” by Billy Graham. This is the second part of it (about Faith). However I would definitely encourage you to watch all four parts if you can. He is amazing! God bless you!
Put on the full armour of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. — Ephesians 6:11
In today’s verse, Paul has revealed two important things. First of all, we have a battle to fight that is not against the physical powers but spiritual forces of evil.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. — Ephesians 6:12
Secondly, we are not fighting the battle on our own but God has given us the mighty power of the Holy Spirit and equipped us with spiritual armours.
Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. — Ephesians 6:13-17
What are the items of spiritual armour according to above verses?
1. The breastplate of Righteousness
2. The belt of truth
3. The Shoes of Gospel
4. The helmet of salvation
5. The shield of faith
6. The sword of the Spirit.
With these resources we become part of the Father’s army alongside Jesus. We will overcome the world of evil with the power of love!
For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
— Ephesians 2:10
Do you ever wish you could be a bit prettier, smarter, smaller, taller, stronger, slimmer … I often wish my teeth could be nicer so I can have a better smile, and I would like to be a touch smaller, and have bigger eyes, and so on … sad I know … I guess most of us, no matter how wonderful we might be, we still can not stop criticizing ourselves… why?
In today’s verse, Paul teaches us that we are God’s workmanship and are created to do his good works. On this subject, I would like to share with you Joel Osteen’s video ‘ you are God’s masterpiece.’ I hope you will be benefited from his teaching as I have been.
Instead of criticizing ourselves, we should celebrate who God made us to be. We are all God’s masterpiece!
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. — Psalm 139:14
In love, he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will. — Ephesians 1:5
I love today’s verse, it is powerful and marvellous. It somehow reminds me of my childhood dreams. When I was little, I had many dreams. For example, I dreamt to be a successful woman who have my own brand and company, I also dreamt to be a wonderful teacher for thousands of poor students, and more, I dreamt to be an eagle flying high and freely in the sky… I don’t know what I will become when I grow up, but I never stop wondering about it.
Having read Ephesians 1:5, I know something FOR SURE, that is: I AM PREDESTINED TO BE GOD’S DAUGHTER, A PRINCESS IN HIS KINGDOM. God planned this adoption in LOVE with PLEASURE and JOY before I was even born JUST THE WAY I AM. So are you! It is breathtaking when I think about this fact. What an amazing father God is!
How I feel now just as the great evangelist Billy Graham has once described “I DON’T KNOW WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS, BUT I KNOW WHO HOLDS THE FUTURE!
Just want to share with you a beautiful song by Brian Doerksen called: “Just as I am”
God loves who you are not what you are!
“I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.” — 2 Corinthians 6:18
Looking at today’s verse, I don’t how much this promise means to you, but I know how deeply it means to me – a girl who hardly experienced a father’s love.
We all have earthly parents, I believe our parents’ love for us is always there and true though they may not be perfect. Today, I would like to show you two videos, one is about our earthly parents’ love, the other is about the heavenly father’s love for us. Both of them are amazing. Compare and find the differences, and you will know how perfect is the love our father in heaven have for us.
The earthly parents’ Love:
The heavenly father’s love:
God longs to be a perfect father for us, he wants an affectionate relationship with us. God loves us!
If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. — 1 Corinthians 13 :1
Today we are on one of the most famous chapters in the entire bible – 1 Corinthians 13. These fine verses are often read at weddings. They define what true love is! Amazing and powerful words, please read it with me here:
I think there is nothing more I can add on or explain about today’s verse, it speaks for itself. One of my favourite quote is this: “LOVE IS NOT LOVE UNTIL IT COSTS YOU SOMETHING TO GIVE IT AWAY!” Jesus demonstrates that true well, doesn’t he? For he loves us so much that it costs his life to give it to us! Through his love, we are saved from eternal sufferings and restored to be sons of God. How marvellous! Indeed, love never fails!