Good morning! Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Today we are testing ourselves with God's definition of religion.
James 1v27 Religion 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.
When we look at all the different kinds of "religion' we have today do we go by God's definition? James says first we have to be a servant of God's, meaning for God to be able to serve people through us we have to give ourselves to Him. (James 1v1) When we first give ourselves to Him and let Him use us the way He wants to we will be caring out our religion through His purpose and we will be keeping the world out of it. Our religion is to help people in need. To help the fatherless means to help the people that do not have a family, children and adults and to help those they do not know God has their Father. To help the widows means to help those that are left alone when a husband or wife dies or, anyone that is left alone when someone dies. We are all orphans and widows when we do not have our Savior as our Father or as our husband when we are speaking through the Spirit. God often uses our relationship connection to meaning the same thing as the church is His bride, and being an orphan is the same thing as not having Him as our Father. When we do not think of Him with a love that surpasses all others, then the world will get in. We have to focus on things above by pleasing our Holy Spirit our new man and be dead to our old man and His desires. ( Colossians 3v2 Set you minds on things above, not on earthly things. v 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.)The Holy Spirit will help us with this by the peace and love we receive when we do please Him. If we are not receiving, then we are not pleasing. It is His love that keeps us from all godlessness and His love compels us to always do the right thing, this is how we know we are children of God by loving Him in faith above all things and pleasing the Holy Spirit and His desires. To keep the world out means we need to keep the "worldly" man with its rules and regulations out. When we let the world in we create activities that entertain us, we create work in the church that goes before helping others, we create "social clubs" to hang out in. We neglect the purpose of always caring and loving others in His name, before the building, business and social living of the church. We live to go on missions away from where God is needed most, in our selves, families and close communities. We are always looking for a bigger picture when He is the BIG PICTURE! All we need is faith in Him to glorify who He is within each one of us. It is Him creating in us the image of Him, and then we will be practicing His true religion and glorifying Him and His power in it, our religion will be His and the body of Christ will grow beyond ourselves. Where ever He takes us, across the street or around the world we will be proclaiming His love. He will be helping all people through us and their lives will be changed! This is His religion, saving peoples lives through changing them in needing Him above all things, and He gets all the glory and the praise! I love you with the Love God gives me for you! (Read James 1)