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Sunshine’s Reflections

Happy Friday to you all!  I pray that you had a productive and blessed week and I pray that you have a blessed weekend.

TFTD: Faith without works is dead-So get to work!

James 2:17 (NIV)

17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

James 2:26 (NKJV)

26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

All my life I have heard the scripture, “faith without works is dead.”  I didn’t necessarily know what it meant while I was younger, but I heard it.  No matter if you are saved or unsaved, someone has said this to you or around you.  So what does this mean, “faith without works is dead.” 

First let’s define faith and works.  Faith is having confidence or trust in a person’s or thing or a person’s ability; a belief that is not based on proof.  Works is defined as the exertion or effort directed to produce or accomplish something; labor.   

When we have faith in God we are saying that we have confidence that He is able to do all things that we hope for and ask for without any physical proof that it will happen and we will demonstrate our faith by putting action to our belief.  If I believe that God will give me a new job, I will begin preparing my resume, actually looking for jobs, taking necessary courses that will increase my qualifications, etc.  If I am praying for a new house, I will begin getting my debt in order, I will begin taking classes on homeownership, I will seek guidance on the right lender to use and so forth.  When I prayed for God to send me a husband, I began diving in His word on my role as a wife, reading and studying on marriage, surrendering myself to the will of God in preparation for what I prayed for.  You see when you have faith you must back it up with the work.   

Allow me to make it extra plain.  You can’t say you have faith that you will eat a good meal tonight,  but go home and sit in the kitchen looking at the stove.  You have to prepare the meal.  You can’t say you have faith that you will get an “A” on your test and not study for the test.  You have to prepare to succeed.  At the end of the day you must put your faith into action.  God wants to see what you will do.  God wants to see how much you believe that He will manifest the miracles in your life by the action that you put into life. 

Faith without works is dead, so get to work!  Stop crying and praying and praying and crying for God to move in your life if you are not going to get off of your rear-end and go to work!  Nothing in life comes easy and if you want to see God move in your life, take the first step and go to work!  I dare you to begin walking in your destiny by planning and preparing for the harvest.  God is not one who can lie and if He gave you the vision and the desire than He is faithful to deliver.   It’s time for us to do our part and get to work!

Have a blessed day!  God bless you all!

Mrs. Nicole “Sunshine” Ellis

Can’t breathe: Try Spiritual CPR: Consistent in praying, Persistent in pursuing the knowledge of God, and Resistant to temptation.

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