Posted by: missionventureministries | November 11, 2013

FAITH WITHOUT WORKS IS DEAD – James 2:26

James 2 vs 26

Is a person saved by faith alone? Yes, Faith in Jesus Christ alone will save you. You are saved by faith and receive salvation and a place in heaven when you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior. And, when you have this kind of faith, you are a changed person; therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! (2 Corinthians 5:17). Therefore, a saving faith that is from God will bear fruit and will be evidenced in works. Works follow faith, but faith always produces works. If we are true born again believers our faith will be put to work. 

You cannot add deeds to your faith if you have never surrendered your life to Jesus Christ. Salvation is a transaction that occurs in heaven when the ownership of life is transferred from self to God through Jesus Christ. God adopts you as His precious child and pours the riches of His Glory into you. 

Are you trying to rule your life and those around you? Are you restless and empty? Are you struggling with fear that will not go away? Are you angry? All of these are signs that you have not surrendered to Jesus. When we let God RUN our life we are saved, purified, strong, joyful and victorious; but when we RUN our life we RUIN our life because; the big “I” is at the controlling center of our life.  

Stop right now and pray to God. Confess your need for Him and ask Him to save you from your sins. He already loves you with an unfailing love and is waiting for you to let go, and turn the control of your life over to Him. 

We need to carefully examine our actions and reactions. What do they prove about us? Do they prove our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and in what He has done for us? Or do they point out selfishness, pride, rebellion and a lack of surrender? 

God instills faith into us as we take His Word and put it to work. Faith is not stagnant. Life is always presenting new challenges that need a new word from the Lord, a new understanding of who God is and what He requires of us. 

When James wrote his letter, he raised a great question: What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? (James 2:14) and he gives the answers in vs. 15-26. 

God gave him insight through those who were faithful in the Old Testament to show us what faith and works represented. God tells us that our faith must produce and must be visible. Verbal faith is not enough, because true faith must inspire action. 

For faith to work, we must let God work His truth into us! It is not enough to know what the Lord says and agree with it. An uncultivated field is one where there is no tilling, no planting, or harvesting, and God does not let his fields remain empty. 

Working faith is like the ground that is being tilled, planted and harvested by the Word and the Spirit of God. For faith to work, we must be willing to get into action. God has a great harvest, but few workers. The Lord of the harvest is looking for people who are willing to test their faith by getting out into the field and working with Him. 

For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead. (James 2:26) 

May you hear God’s word and put it into action.

 

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