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  The Chrome Horn - Racing With Jesus Ministries

   02/01/2013


WHAT ARE YOU DOING?
by Rev. Don Rivers
 

   A day at the racetrack is full of action. At times is seems there is more to do than time to do it. We see activity all around us competing for our attention. With so much going on and so much good stuff to choose from, what do you do? Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

   What do you watch, where do you go, who do you focus on? We have so many things going on in our lives that we are torn about which way to turn. What is the best thing to do? What we choose to do determines who we have put our trust and faith in.

   I remember something I was taught when I was in second grade ďActions speak louder than words.Ē You know the type, they shoot their mouth off, talk the big talk, they try to win the race before they get out on the track. But you know as well as I do, it is what you do on the track that matters. It is not where you start, but where you finish that counts. How have we been finishing lately?

   Before we get started there are a couple of things we need to learn about how we live; first, it doesnít matter where we come from we can act in a way that honors God. Second, all the talk in the world doesnít mean anything until you get up and do something. People donít care how much you know until they know how much you care. We show people we care by what we do. What are you doing?

   Every one of us knows both types of people, some are all talk and some donít talk they help. Who do you call when you need help? Do you call the talker or do you call the doer? You call the doer because they will help not lecture you. Listen to what James says.

James 2:14-26, What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him?
Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, "Go, I wish you well;
keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way,
faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

But someone will say, "You have faith; I have deeds." Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith
by what I do. You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that--and shudder.

You foolish man, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless? Was not our ancestor Abraham
considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? You see that his faith and
his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. And the scripture was
fulfilled that says, "Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness," and he was called God's friend.
You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone.

In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging
to the spies and sent them off in a different direction? As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.

   It is not enough to claim to have faith we have to live it. We need to act in such a way that shows others that we depend on God. When we are faced with a situation that challenges us beyond our abilities, who do we turn to? We should turn to God. James speaks of Abraham and his willingness to trust God. He did what God commanded him to do; even when it didnít make sense.

   How about us? When we need to make decisions or choices whose advice do we follow? Do we try to figure it out for ourselves? Do we trust someone else? Who do we seek out for guidance and direction?

   We should turn to God and ask for His direction? God has the right direction for us, but it will require two things. Following God requires that we rely on His power and not ours. It also requires that we do something that only God can enable us to do.

   James talks about what others see in us by the way we live our life. The things we do indicate who we place our faith in. He reminds us that just saying we have faith is not enough, we have to do something. What are we doing?

   There are many who have the right words to say, but it is those who show up to help at 2:00 in the morning that are real friends. Jesus taught us that we need to lay down our life for our friends. Are we willing to step up to the plate and demonstrate how much we care for others?

   On a race team we need everyone to pitch in and help. We count on team members being willing to sacrifice their time for the good of the team. The success of the team is dependent on the number of team members willing to give their time and talents for the good of the team.

   Now what about life? Are we willing to reach out and help others? Are we willing to set our wants and desires aside and put others first? The next characteristic of faith is action. When we believe that God will provide what we need we are free to give what we have to others. We show the faith we have by living without the fear of losing what we really do not possess. We have confidence that whatever we give God will replace. We act with a trust and faith that God is able to provide for us no matter what we give away.

   The next step in our walk of faith is learning how to give beyond what we think we can. We demonstrate our faith by our actions. Only then do we begin to see God provide for us. We cannot out give God. Try to practice a faith that acts like God can and will provide for your needs.

   Faith proves itself by action.
 

   THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD

    ON THE BOARDWALK - After a brief lull in the action we get back at it this weekend in Atlantic City . Lynda and I will be headed down to take in some of the racing action. It will be exciting to be back at this historic venue, it has been a few years since I have been there and many have requested I make the trip.

   FROM ONE BEACH TO ANOTHER - After some indoor action weíll head to the beach, Daytona Beach. I have a full schedule for Speedweeks and am looking forward to reconnecting with many from the racing community as we get our mid winter racing fix in.

   The green flag fell on the new racing season with the twenty four hours of Daytona. I find it amazing that you can race for 24 hours and the winner is determined by a pit stop in the last few minutes for a splash of gas. Imagine running nonstop for 2,500+ miles and have the margin of victory be less than a minute, wow!

   One of these days Iíll have a chance to be there in the pits and watch it close up. I am not sure I can stay awake the full twenty four but Iíll give it a try.

   When things get going in Florida the Dirt Late models will be on their third event of the season. I am thankful and pleased to announce the Steve Fowler, a dirt late model driver from Montana will be leading our effort to the World of Outlaws Dirt Late Model Tour. Steve is a pastor, church planter, tech official, and racer, all the qualifications needed to be a chaplain to the racing community. Steve will be with the tour in Georgia and Florida .

   Florida will also see new activity on the schedule, The UNOH Battle at the Beach for the NASCAR K&N and Modified tours. They will also be joined by the Whelen All American Series Late Models. This should be a great gathering of the best short track asphalt races in the country. Hope to see you there.

   Until next time, be a witness for our Lord with the ministry decals and apparel. See them at the Show Your Faith Apparel Store at http://www.rwjm.com/store. Send us your prayer and counseling needs no matter what part of our racing family you are in, or give us a call. Remember that God loves you, we love you and

Jesus is Lord over Auto Racing. GOD BLESS.
 

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Numbers 6:24-26 "The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace."

   May God always Bless you, everyday in everyway. Rev. Don
 


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SourceRev Don Rivers / Racing With Jesus Ministries
Posted: February 1, 2013

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