Daily Devotion

FAITH ACTIONS WORK

Many times we claim to be believing God and have faith for God to work in our lives. I have talked to many Christians and all they have to say about their situation is that they believe God to turn it around. While I want to agree with that thought, let us put it into perspective. Faith is not just a mental belief. Faith is action that connects to what we believe. Faith without actions is dead. You can’t just claim to believe and leave it at that. You must put corresponding actions to whatever it is you claim to believe. Yes you have the right idea of believing God to do something but now you must start working with Him to bring that work to pass by acting according to your belief.

Working with God means getting off your sick bed as you pray for healing. It means working hard and smart as you believe for prosperity. It means starting to learn how to drive as you believe for a vehicle. It means giving your Tithe and Offerings as you believe God to abundantly provide for you. It means downsizing your rental apartment as you believe God to provide your own house. As you can see, your action reveals what you believe as it empowers your situation to change for the glory of God. Working with God means acting by faith.

SCRIPTURE READING: James 2:14-26 What [does it] profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what [does it] profit? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble! But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, [ “Abraham believed God, and it was] [ accounted to him for righteousness.”]And he was called the friend of God. You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only. Likewise, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent [them] out another way? For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

DEVOTION PRAYER: Dear God, teach me to bring my faith into action. May I put corresponding action to whatever I claim to believe. Amen

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