Ya Got to' Have F-a-i-t-h! In His Word 2-5-2024


Ya Got to' Have F-a-i-t-h! In His Word 2-5-2024

You think you are saved because you have faith? Sometimes faith is not enough. Well it gets you to the I believe part but unless  we continue to step out in faith, or live our lives as someone who believes by doing as Christ has shown us to do then we are actually faith weak.

By the way, we are saved by grace, but we accept that by believing in the Lord Jesus Christ to be saved.  Don’t get that wrong, many do. We believe in His grace to save us. We believe that He exists. But then we want to walk in faith.

So what does that mean?  I have said before when teaching children or new believers, faith is kind of like getting up in the morning and believing that there will be a floor to stand on. You don’t need to tell yourself “I believe there will be a floor,” you just do because when you moved into that house there was a floor. When you went to bed there was a floor, and so you blindly trust there will be a floor.

Faith is something  like that. We believe, and we trust that God exists and died for us and rose again,  and by His grace we are saved. We need to then live it out.

We prove there is a floor when we walk on it. We use it for its purpose.

So when we walk in faith, doing things accordingly proves that we have faith. We use it! We do things in our day that show other people and us that we have faith in God. Instead of a person who is selfish and all about ourselves we walk according the Word of God and produce good things. These can be helping someone in need or encouraging a person in line by telling them to go before you.  It could be giving up your place in line when you know you need to get back to work in time, trusting that God will provide the minutes you need to get there is actualy walking in faith! Though it sounds hard sometimes, walking in faith is easy!

So, you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless. Now someone may argue, “Some people have faith; others have good deeds.” But I say, “How can you show me your faith if you don’t have good deeds? I will show you my faith by my good deeds.”                        You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God. Good for you! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror. How foolish! Can’t you see that faith without good deeds is useless?

Don’t you remember that our ancestor Abraham was shown to be right with God by his actions when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? You see, his faith and his actions worked together. His actions made his faith complete. And so it happened just as the Scriptures say: “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.” 

He was even called the friend of God. So, you see, we are shown to be right with God by what we do, not by faith alone. James 2:17-24

Let’s make it a challenge to show our faith, not just speak of it but do something today that shows you trust God. Now don’t go out and stand in line just to prove the point but give someone a bit of encouragement as you feel led by the Holy Spirit to do so!

Let’s make it extra fun and share some ideas you have that would help someone else share their faith without saying “I have faith” but by actions. Remember the saying ‘actions speak louder than words? Do that!  Trust In His Love, believe then walk in that belief! Don’t walk in fear of what bad thing will happen, but instead remind yourself that God’s Word says.

·        He will never leave you or forsake you. Hebrews 13:5-6

·        He will keep in perfect peace whose mind is kept on Him. Isaiah 26:3

·        He works all things together to the good of the kingdom. Romans 8:28

·        His Word will not come back void but will accomplish what He sent it to do! Isaiah 55:11

·        Faith is the substance of things hoped for and evidence of things not yet seen.  Hebrews 11:1

Faith, hope, and love, In Jesus’ name