Thursday, May 4, 2017

The Marital Bliss of Faith & Action

Certain things in life go great together: peanut butter and chocolate, shorts and flip-flops, Halo Top ice cream and Netflix, and milk and cookies. Such delightful pairings have compelled the world's most reserved people to break out in song; milk and cookies sitting in a tree, k-i-s-s-i-n-g.

Sadly, life's perfect duos don't last. Peanut butter runs out. Flip-flops break. Netflix gets old. Cookies crumble. But there's a marriage of spiritual proportions that has staying power - faith and action. Since faith without action is useless, and action without faith is powerless, they're a match made in heaven!

But according to author Priscilla Shirer, we must be "willing to marry faith with our actions" in order to reap the benefits of our relationship with God, for "the act of faith is what becomes a shield of protection [that] guards against the enemy's attacks."

Take Peter, who struggled with linking faith to action when he denied Jesus three times, among other crazy and reckless, eye-rolling mishaps. But does his story end there? Thankfully, no. By the grace of God, who remains faithful when we are unfaithful (2 Timothy 2:13), Peter went on to train and encourage others in Jesus.

So to effectively put off our enemy, we must actively put on our shield of faith by joining together our faith and action in holy matrimony, so to speak. After all, as with milk and cookies, our snickerdoodles aren't going to dunk themselves.

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