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Faith Vs Action

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Scripture: James 2:14 & 20.

 KJV: “What doth it profits, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?”

 GNT: “My friends, what good is it for one of you to say that you have faith if your actions do not prove it? Can that faith save you?”

 James 2:20

 KJV: “But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?”

 GNT: “You fool! Do you want to be shown that faith without actions is useless?”

 Reflection.

Hello friend, this is what I believe should be done regardless of the situation you may find yourself in. If you don’t have any money, you should get out and look for a job or something to do rather than just praying. If you are unhappy in your position and want to change it, you should start applying rather than venting about it in front of everyone in the office. These examples all now point to what I refer to as “Faith and Action.”

 You would benefit from these wise words I discovered on dailyverse.knowing-Jesus.com. Although the Bible is clear that there are no contradictions, many Christians believe that James’ letter conflicts with the apostle Paul’s teachings because it seems to base salvation on works while Paul explicitly states, “Having been justified by faith we have peace with God.”

Paul teaches that genuine salvation is based on sincere, heart-faith which can only be seen by God, whereas James emphasizes that genuine salvation is based on works which can be observed by man. James discusses the FRUIT of justification, which is by works, while Paul discusses the ROOT of justification, which is by faith.

Observe that James says in verse 20 that a life of faith devoid of good deeds is “useless.” Then he uses Abraham as an illustration. Genesis 15:15 declares Abraham to be righteous by faith, but until chapter 22 when he attempted to sacrifice his son Isaac as God required, Abraham did not demonstrate his righteousness by works.

As a result, the adage “faith without works is dead” describes a believer who does not actively seek to carry out good deeds for God. Similar to Abraham, such a person is still saved by their faith, but their faith is fruitless to God in that it does not bring Him glory. Because it is inactive and without a goal, the faith is considered to be “dead” in that sense.

Having said that, here is another idea you might think about. Faith is like the sun, and good deeds are like the rays. Therefore, salvation depends on both faith and works. On the other hand, only through their faith are believers declared righteous in God’s eyes. Only God’s grace and trust can save Christians. Hence, the evidence of real redemption on the other hand, is works.

However, I think the Bible’s verses for today say it all. I’ll leave you with this thought though: “FAITH AND ACTION are required for anything you may need to accomplish in this life, not even the hope of making heaven at the end. As a result, FAITH IS DEAD WITHOUT ACTION (WORKS).

 Prayer.

Heavenly Father, thank You that You sent the Lord Jesus Christ to be the propitiation for my sins and that my salvation is through trusting in the Person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ and does not depend on my good works. But as I walk in spirit and truth, I pray that Christ would be seen in me and that I may bring forth the fruit of good works in my life, to Your praise and glory. This I ask in Jesus’ name, AMEN.

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Pastor Bob (Idamiebi Benson Bob-Manuel) is a husband and father of three. Born and raised in Nigeria he moved to Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada in 2019 to pursue a calling from the Lord to build an in-person and online ministry. After serving in various ministerial capacities for 18 years, Bob was ordained as a Pastor in January 2018. Since coming to Canada he has served at The Bridge Church, a ministry under the covering of the Foursquare Church of Canada and currently serves as an associate pastor with Wellsprings Victory Church in Regina, Saskatchewan. Bob has a passion for sharing the word of God through preaching, teaching, and worship. He believes in the power and righteousness of servant leadership and has devoted his life to walking the path that God has placed before him. Bob is also pursuing a Master’s degree in Christian Leadership through distance learning with Trinity Western University British Columbia, Canada.

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