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Independence Day

“For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ” (Philippians 3:20).
 
July Fourth is day of the independence of the United States from British rule. Some citizens forget that with independence, there isn’t just blessings, but also responsibility. Jesus freed those who have chosen to accept Him as Lord. Faith and obedience are required. The Spirit, speaking through James in chapter 2:1-26, clearly tells us that faith requires outward demonstration to be real.

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Is your faith genuine or counterfeit?

Once after delivering God’s message, Jesus challenged his audience, “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord’ and do not do what I say?” (Luke 6:46).
 
This double appeal to Jesus as Lord was enthusiastic but superficial because they were only hearers, not doers, of his words. The real test of genuine discipleship is doing what Jesus says. It is not enough to recognize Jesus, call him Lord, claim to be a disciple, or appreciate his good sermons, but one must do what he says.

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Abide In The Truth

“Whosoever trangresseth and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. . .” (2 John 9).
 
Make no mistake about this, anyone who will not cling to and walk according to the divinely inspired word of God (2 Tim. 3:16-17) will be in transgression of that law. God’s word, the Bible, is the rule of law that guides us and when rejected in whole or in part, John tells us that we forfeit our relationship with God and he is not with us. At this momen,t I can think of nothing that would make this life more miserable than to be walking this pathway without hope and without God (Heb. 6:18-19, Eph. 2:12).

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