Good Morning!

James 2:18-24
18 Now someone may argue, “Some people have faith; others have good deeds.” I say, “I can’t see your faith if you don’t have good deeds, but I will show you my faith through my good deeds.” 19 Do you still think it’s enough just to believe that there is one God? Well, even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror! 20 Fool! When will you ever learn that faith that does not result in good deeds is useless? 21 Don’t you remember that our ancestor Abraham was declared right with God because of what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see, he was trusting God so much that he was willing to do whatever God told him to do. His faith was made complete by what he did-by his actions. 23 And so it happened just as the Scriptures say: “Abraham believed God, so God declared him to be righteous.” He was even called “the friend of God.” 24 So you see, we are made right with God by what we do, not by faith alone.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

There are three principles of faith. 1. Commitment.  It is an essential part of faith.  You cannot be a Christian simply by affirming right doctrine or agreeing with Bible truths. You must commit your mind and heart to Christ.  Just knowing the Word will not save you. You must believe it.  2. Right actions. They are the natural by-product of a heart that is changed by faith. 3. Faith without good deeds is useless. It doesn’t do anyone any good.  Paul taught us that the purpose of faith is to bring salvation, but James taught us the results of faith are a changed life.  We cannot earn our salvation by works, but such actions show that our commitment to God is real. Faith always results in a changed life and moving forward in the work of Christ.  Active obedience demonstrates that our faith is genuine.  Where do you fit in?  Does your faith show through your works.  What are you doing for Christ that would show your faith in Him?  Take time to ask yourself these questions and then go before Him and seek His direction to move into action.

Have a God Day!