Timeless truths about faith. Maybe you struggle with reconciling how someone who professes faith in Christ does not flesh out that faith. James settles that matter. Faith is not an announcement but an action. Faith is more than a profession; it is a practice. Faith is far more than words, it is works.
Again let me reiterate the Bible teaches us that we are saved by grace through faith – not of works! Ephesians 2:8-9. But living faith is seen in works. Many misunderstand the very nature of faith. Faith is not a feeling. It is a solid belief that commands action. Faith is a response to God that changes our behavior. Faith that does not change our behavior is dead faith. Dead faith is useless faith. Those who have dead faith do not demonstrate that faith by obeying God.
We cannot redefine faith. Hebrews 11 is known as “faith’s hall of fame.” It defines faith. When you read it, note the verbs associated with the great people of faith. Their trust in God moved them to action.
Prayer for today: Lord, your word says that I am to examine my faith. May I be honest by using the biblical definition of faith. Can my faith be seen by a response of obedience to you? Does my talk match my walk? Lord, may I demonstrate real, living faith!
“What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,” and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that? Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself.” James 2:14-17 NASB