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Organizing the Inside – Day 340 Consider Your Actions

21Was not our ancestor Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. 23And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,”and he was called God’s friend. 24You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone. James 2:21-24 (NIV)

Prayer requires faith, but not always in the way you may think. Perhaps you have prayed for God to do something in your life and you have waited and waited, and in fact you are still waiting, but it seems your prayers are not being answered. There is one question you may want to consider asking yourself. Have I added the correct action to my faith? …Faith without works is dead. James 2:26b (KJV) Working on the wrong action is just a mess. It is imperative to find out what action is required for what you have waited for. This is by no means meant to be a solution for all the unanswered prayers.  There are many reasons why prayers are not answered; to compile such a list would likely require a very large book and many reasons would still not be addressed. This is only one I want you to consider.

Have you obeyed or are you too busy, waiting and crying out? (Exodus 14:15) There must be a point of specific action. This is action beyond prayer and preparation. Be bold; discover where your faith is and act upon it.

Receive direction. (Proverbs 2:6-11)
Prepare to do.
(Luke 12:47)
Follow through and do. (James 2:18)

Keep your focus and don’t get off track. Watch out for things that are by no means related to what God originally told you to do or what you are praying and believing Him for. Some things are common sense, but in this busy world we live in there are many distractions. Be aware; the enemy is crafty when it comes to deception. You may end up planting Christmas trees instead of vegetables when what you need is food to eat. KEEP focused and ACT according to your faith.  If your family needs food, do you just pray and wait at home for the food to come? (If that’s where your faith is… go ahead open the door and wait) Most of us aren’t there and that course of action may not be God’s will. Actions must be according to God’s will and according to faith. And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord. Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you. Matthew 9:28, 29 (KJV)

If you don’t know, ASK for definite direction.  God will not hide the answers you need. If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. James 1:5 (NIV) One may plant a vegetable garden, another may ask the church for help, another may go to the local food pantry, and another may stay home and keep crying out to God about how hungry they are. If you are like the one who has cried out to God for something and you can’t understand why your prayers have not been answered, (when you know your prayers are according to His will) consider your actions. Do your actions line up with your faith? Does your faith line up with His will?

Organizing the Inside – Day 286 Keeping Cool in the Pressure Cooker

16So the king gave the order, and they brought Daniel and threw him into the lions’ den. 19At the first light of dawn, the king got up and hurried to the lions’ den. 21Daniel answered, “O king, live forever! 22My God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in his sight. Nor have I ever done any wrong before you, O king.” 23The king was overjoyed and gave orders to lift Daniel out of the den. And when Daniel was lifted from the den, no wound was found on him, because he had trusted in his God. Daniel 6:16a, 19, 21-23 (NIV)
Read Daniel 6

Daniel stood firm in his convictions. He trusted God and found strength through his relationship with God. Daniel’s heart was settled; serving God was the only option for him. When the time came and Daniel’s faith was tested he remained cool and was not afraid. His trust in God made all the difference in his choices. Daniel did not cave in to the pressure to stop serving God and bow to the king instead. God rewarded Daniel and punished his enemies. Daniel’s faith even provoked a change in King Darius and inspired change throughout the land. The story of Daniel is an encouraging reminder for us. Our faith will prevail if we put our trust in God.

7 Non-negotiable actions we can extract from the life of Daniel.
When our faith is tested we must:

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Keep trusting God and don’t give in to the pressure of the circumstances. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:2 (NIV)
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Keep serving God no matter what jealous people might think, say or do. When a man’s ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him. Proverbs 16:7 (KJV)
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Keep praying as you always have. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before. Daniel 6:10b (NIV) Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak.” Mark 14:38 (NLT)
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Remember when you are at your weakest then you are strong. Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NLT)
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Remember your position may make you a target for the enemy. But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world. 1 John 4:4 (NLT)
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Remember God will use your faith to show Himself mighty through. For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. 2 Chronicles 16:9 (KJV)
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Stand firm, and don’t be afraid to face the impossible.  For with God nothing shall be impossible. Luke 1:37 (KJV)

Daniel was a man of great faith. We are made right with God through our faith in Jesus Christ. Yet we know that a person is made right with God by faith in Jesus Christ, not by obeying the law. And we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we might be made right with God because of our faith in Christ, not because we have obeyed the law. For no one will ever be made right with God by obeying the law.” Galatians 2:16 (NLT) God has given us all the faith we need to stand firm in the face of adversity. Victory is based upon faith, not what we do. We must however, act upon our faith to experience victory. Resist the temptation to give in when times are tough. God will reward your decision to stand up for your convictions and not bow down under pressure. Your faith can have a huge impact on others. Your life is a living testimony to the sustaining power of God.