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I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. Psalm 119:11

Faith is Action

February 29th, 2012 | admin | Tags:
James 2:14-17
14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? 15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
 

Trying to win their case some lawyers have been known to ask some incredibly unbelievable questions.
The Massachusetts Bar Association Lawyer’s Journal gave the following example
Question: Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you check for a pulse? No
Did you check for blood pressure? No
Did you check for breathing? No
Then is it possible that the patient was alive when you began the autopsy? No
How can you be sure doctor?
Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar.
But couldn’t the patient been alive nevertheless?
It is possible that the patient could still be alive and practicing law somewhere.
A body without a brain is dead.
Likewise, faith without works is dead.
Dead faith does nothing.

How do I know you have faith?  I know you have faith when I see it lived out in your life.  When I see the action of your faith, I will see your faith.  The point that James is making is that you cannot demonstrate to another person your faith without works (James 2:18).  This would be similar to a plane that does not fly or a car that does not drive.  A plane was meant to fly and a car was meant to drive.  A Christian was meant for faith.  Faith is what brings us into a closer relationship with God.  Faith is what makes the impossible possible.  Faith is what carries us across the sea or across the road to share Christ with others.  Are you getting the point here?

Remember that works do not save us (Ephesians 2:8-9).  This verse is written to the believer, so we may know that faith and works must go together.  Don’t be like a plane that merely sits on the ground.  It is time to start doing what you were meant to do as a Christian.  Fly with your faith and stop talking and start doing.  Remember that dead faith does nothing.

 


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