Revelation of the Word:
Revelation of the Word 27/02/2023 Admin
THEME: FRIENDSHIP WITH GOD
James 2:19-23 NKJV
“You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble! But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” And he was called the friend of God.”
-Friend in Hebrew is written as chaver or chaber and in Greek filia or philoi which means companion, ally, confidant and associate. Abraham the father of faith was a friend of God. He believed God and it was accounted to him for righteousness. It is by faith that we please God, and He rewards those who earnestly seek Him (Hebrew 11:6). When Abraham was instructed to go and sacrifice his son, he did not hesitate nor delay but trusted in the Lord, the giver of all things and all life. It is by faith that we are justified and have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 5:1). Since faith without work is dead, we are called to apply faith and obedience to God, and He will perfect us in every good work. We find from the life of Abraham that it is by faith and obedience to God’s word that we become His friends.
Almighty God our heavenly Father, You declare Your glory and show forth Your handiwork in the heavens and on earth. You are the great I AM, the great Priest and our Sure Foundation. You declare the beginning from the end and the end from the beginning, You are the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last. We thank You for making us Your children and Your friends. We thank You for dying on the cross for our sins and redeeming us with Your precious blood. May You forgive us all our trespasses and wash us with Your precious blood. Thank You for Your most precious gift of salvation, may Your revival come to our family members and all the nations of the world. Thank You for the rains that You have have brought us. We pray for continued rain and healing of our land. We pray for fruitfulness and productivity of our land. Thank You Jesus for Your love and mercy upon us. We pray for peace and prosperity in all parts of our nation and the world. We pray for wisdom in our hearts, families, churches, judiciary, executive and legislative arms of our government. We ask for Your direction as we begin this week, that You may guide us with Your righteous right hand. We thank You for You are good and Your mercies endures forever. We pray this believing and trusting in Jesus mighty name. Amen
Further reading: Romans 4:5-8, Isaiah 41:8