Week Six – Day 4
TODAY’S FAST – Disciple’s or Jewish Fast (Consume only liquid or broth between 8 am – 6 pm)
Scripture reminds us that God cares about a life surrendered and obedient to Him. Words of praise on Sunday morning that are not followed up by a life of surrender on Monday through Saturday are not impressive to God. God’s desire is that our faith would impact our actions every moment of our lives. He desires that our relationship with Him would change the way we speak, the way we act, and the way in which we pour our lives out in service to others for God’s glory. That is what God accepts as pure and faultless religion. To speak words of praise in one breath and coarse or foul words in the next causes our religion to be counted as worthless. There is a dual call in James 1:27 to look after those in need and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. That is the calling of every believer: to serve others and care for others in distress, all the while guarding our own hearts and minds from the pollution of the world. This glorifies God and He sees that kind of disciple as pure and faultless—not sinless, mind you, but faultless! Today and every day may we seek to love and serve others in His Name for the glory of God.
God, give me your heart. Help me not to be focused on impressing man through religious activities rather than pleasing You. May my life be used to make a difference in others. May I be instrumental in seeing the chains of injustice loosened and the cords of the oppressed set free.
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” James 1:27 NIV