FAITH AND WORKS
Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. (James 2:18 KJV)
I have been particularly encouraged by testimonies received since starting this weekly blog on divine healing, especially with this faith series. As previously stated somewhere else that the focus of God's pill might be divine healing but the application of the principles and doctrines is universal. So far I have tried to keep it simple, restricting the write ups to the meat of the matter. I appreciate the fact that some of the things being taught are counterculture and counter intuitive, to help those who really want to give further consideration or ask questions to clarify I would like to invite you to use the comments section or write me using my email below.
This week we would be looking at the interplay between FAITH and WORKS. What I have noticed is that those who are strong in their belief and understanding of the GRACE of God have difficulty in appreciating the place of works. What this does is that it breeds sloppiness and laziness. To be clear works as referred to in James chapter two is not referring to the works of the Law, but action based on your faith. This is what James 2:18 is referring to. In modern parlance we would say 'talk is cheap'. The way to show that you believe what you say you believe is to put 'motion to your notion'! Your action exposes what is in your heart.
We are saved by Grace through faith , but saving faith is never alone! Two things happen to your faith when it is followed by appropriate corresponding action
1. It makes your faith come alive.Your faith becomes vibrant and living (James 2:20,26).
2. It perfects or makes your faith complete (James 2:22).
I really would have loved to explore and explain why this is so to help your understanding, however time and space would now allow in this forum
I have identified 3 types of actions from the scriptures (This is actually a Femiology or Femism). The first type of action that must always be present is what I call an Attitudinal Change. For your faith to be operative it demands that something should change in your attitude. You are not looking for anything or anybody to validate what you believe, it's like a quiet stubbornness, you just know in your knower. A good example is the Centurion in Luke 7:6-10. He was certain that the healing of his servant was a done deal so much so that the contrary did not cross his mind. This attitude made Christ marvel so much so that He commended it. This shows that the greatest action or work is not necessarily visible.
The second type of action suggest you do something. Exodus 14:13-16 is a good example, Moses assured the children of Israel that God was going to deliver them, but instead of moving forward he started crying to God. The response of God in verses 14-16 is interesting. What God expected him to do was to backup that confession with the corresponding action. Most of the time we say we are waiting on God, whereas the opposite is true. In John 5:8, Christ told a man that has been crippled for 38years to 'rise, take up your bed and walk'. Why? because 'Faith without work is dead!'
The third type of action is to 'stand' or resist. At times you've done all you know to do all that is left is to maintain your stance or resist the temptation to give up (James 4:7, Ephesians 6:13-14). The word resist means to actively fight against, to maintain your stance , refuse to give up or maintain gained ground..
None of these three form of action or work is passive. Some of the greatest healing or victory I have ever experienced came with just a change in attitude based on a firm conviction in my heart. Virtually all the Healing that happened with Christ demanded one or more of these three actions from the recipient, It might be subtle but if you look closely the action will be there, it's a Law of faith.
FAITH ALWAYS DEMAND A CORRESPONDING ACTION TO MAKE IT COMPLETE AND ALIVE
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