Faith And Corresponding
“Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?…” (James 2:19-21).
Many people mistake believing for faith; but believing is not faith, and faith is not believing. When you receive God’s Word into your heart and believe what it says, that’s just the first step in the equation; there must be corresponding action to your believing.
For example, the Bible says, “…With the heart man believeth unto righteousness and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Romans 10:10). So, when you heard the Gospel and were convicted in your heart to believe Jesus died for you, you were made right with God. But that didn’t suffice for your salvation; there had to be the corresponding action of confessing the Lordship of Jesus over your life! It was that confession that catapulted you into salvation.
No matter how a man may cry and be grateful to God for sending Jesus to die for him, if he doesn’t confess the Lordship of Jesus over his life, the salvation that Jesus brought wouldn’t be a vital experience in his life. This principle is the same for every other aspect of your life as a Christian. You must not stop at merely believing what the Word says; you also must act on the Word.
Faith leaps on the Word; it believes the Word and acts accordingly:“Isn’t it obvious that faith and works are yoked partners, that faith expresses itself in works? That the works are “works of faith”? The full meaning of “believe” in the Scripture sentence, “Abraham believed God and was set right with God,” includes his action. It’s that mesh of believing and acting that got Abraham named “God’s friend…” (James 2:21-23 MSG).
Not only do I believe what the Word says about me, I endorse and establish it to be real in my life through my confessions of faith! The word of God produces in me today a harvest of what it says as I put it to work and act my faith in every situation and circumstance of life, irrespective of any adversity,
in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
James 2:21-23 (WNT)
DAILY SCRIPTURE READING
1 Year Bible reading plan: John 3:1-21; 2 Samuel 22
2 Year Bible reading plan: Mark 8:22-33; Numbers 9