Taking Action – Walk like you talk.

Taking Action – Walk like you talk.

1 Peter 1:13

So think clearly and exercise self-control. Look forward to the gracious salvation that
will come to you when Jesus Christ is revealed to the world.

James 2:17

In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

1 Corinthians 4:20

For the Kingdom of God is not just a lot of talk; it is living by God’s power.

Galatians 5:16-26

Life by the Spirit

16So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.
17For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is
contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do
not do what you want.

18But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law. 19The acts of the sinful nature
are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20idolatry and witchcraft;
atred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21and envy;
drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this
will not inherit the kingdom of God.

22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
23gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24Those who belong to
Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. 25Since we live
by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26Let us not become conceited,
provoking and envying each other.

Ephesians 5:1-22

1Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children 2and live a life of love, just as
Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
3But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind
of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people.
4Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place,
but rather thanksgiving. 5For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy
person—such a man is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
a 6Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes
on those who are disobedient. 7Therefore do not be partners with them.

8For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light
9(for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) 10and find
out what pleases the Lord. 11Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness,
ut rather expose them. 12For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do
in secret. 13But everything exposed by the light becomes visible, 14for it
is light that makes everything visible. This is why it is said:

“Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”
15Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16making the most of
every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17Therefore do not be foolish, but
nderstand what the Lord’s will is. 18Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery.
Instead, be filled with the Spirit. 19Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs.

Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, 20always giving thanks to God the Father for
verything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.  21Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.

Wives and Husbands

22Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. 23For the husband is the head of the wife as
Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. 24Now as the church submits
to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.

25Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26to make
her holy, cleansingb her by the washing with water through the word, 27and to present her to himself
as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.
28In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves
imself. 29After all, no one ever hated his own body, but he feeds and cares for it, just as Christ does the church—
30for we are members of his body. 31“For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united
to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.”c 32This is a profound mystery—but I
am talking about Christ and the church. 33However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself,
and the wife must respect her husband.

Romans 6:1-23

Dead to Sin, Alive in Christ

1What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? 2By no means!
We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?  3Or don’t you know that all of us who were
baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4We were therefore buried with him
through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the
glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

5If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with
him in his resurrection.  6For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body
of sin might be done away with,a that we should no longer be slaves to sin— 7because anyone
who has died has been freed from sin.

8Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9For we know that since
Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him.
10The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.

11In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12Therefore do
not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. 13Do not offer the parts of
your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who
have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of
righteousness. 14For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.

Slaves to Righteousness

15What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! 16Don’t you
know that when you offer yourselves to someone to obey him as slaves, you are slaves to the one
whom you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads
to righteousness? 17But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you wholeheartedly
obeyed the form of teaching to which you were entrusted. 18You have been set free from sin and have
become slaves to righteousness.

19I put this in human terms because you are weak in your natural selves. Just as you used to offer the
parts of your body in slavery to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer them in
slavery to righteousness leading to holiness. 20When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the
control of righteousness. 21What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed
of?  Those things result in death! 22But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves
to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. 23For the wages of sin is death,
but the gift of God is eternal life inb Christ Jesus our Lord.

Psalms 119:1-16

Alepha

1Blessed are they whose ways are blameless,
who walk according to the law of the Lord.
2Blessed are they who keep his statutes
and seek him with all their heart.
3They do nothing wrong;
they walk in his ways.
4You have laid down precepts
that are to be fully obeyed.
5Oh, that my ways were steadfast
in obeying your decrees!
6Then I would not be put to shame
when I consider all your commands.
7I will praise you with an upright heart
as I learn your righteous laws.
8I will obey your decrees;
do not utterly forsake me.

Beth

9How can a young man keep his way pure?
By living according to your word.
10I seek you with all my heart;
do not let me stray from your commands.
11I have hidden your word in my heart
that I might not sin against you.
12Praise be to you, O Lord;
teach me your decrees.
13With my lips I recount
all the laws that come from your mouth.
14I rejoice in following your statutes
as one rejoices in great riches.
15I meditate on your precepts
and consider your ways.
16I delight in your decrees;
I will not neglect your word.

Ephisans 4:1-23

1Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To the saints in Ephesus, a the faithful
b in Christ Jesus:  2Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Spiritual Blessings in Christ

3Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms
with every spiritual blessing in Christ. 4For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to
be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5hec predestined us to be adopted as his sons through
Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— 6to the praise of his glorious grace, which
he has freely given us in the One he loves. 7In him we have redemption through his blood, the
forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace 8that he lavished on us with all
wisdom and understanding. 9And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good
pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10to be put into effect when the times will have reached their
fulfillment—to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ.

11In him we were also chosen,e having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out
everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, 12in order that we, who were the first to hope in
Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. 13And you also were included in Christ when you heard the
word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal,
the promised Holy Spirit, 14who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of
those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.

Thanksgiving and Prayer

15For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints,
16I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. 17I keep asking that the
God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spiritf of wisdom and revelation,
so that you may know him better. 18I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order
that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints,
19and his incomparably great power for us who believe.  That power is like the working of his mighty
strength, 20which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right
hand in the heavenly realms, 21far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that
can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22And God placed all things under
his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23which is his body, the fullness
of him who fills everything in every way.

Isaiah 30:21

Blessings for the Lord’s People
18So the Lord must wait for you to come to him
so he can show you his love and compassion.

For the Lord is a faithful God.
Blessed are those who wait for his help.

19O people of Zion, who live in Jerusalem,
you will weep no more.

He will be gracious if you ask for help.
He will surely respond to the sound of your cries.

20Though the Lord gave you adversity for food
and suffering for drink,

he will still be with you to teach you.
You will see your teacher with your own eyes.

21Your own ears will hear him.
Right behind you a voice will say,

“This is the way you should go,”
whether to the right or to the left.

22Then you will destroy all your silver idols
and your precious gold images.

You will throw them out like filthy rags,
saying to them, “Good riddance!”

James 1:26

Listening and Doing

19My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow
to become angry, 20for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.
21Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word
planted in you, which can save you.

22Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23Anyone who
listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror 24and,
after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25But the man who
looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting
what he has heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does.

26If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he
deceives himself and his religion is worthless.  27Religion 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.

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One Response to Taking Action – Walk like you talk.

  1. rv warranty says:

    You could definitely see your enthusiasm within the work you write. The world hopes for more passionate writers like you who are not afraid to mention how they believe. All the time follow your heart.

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