Good morning! Happy “Hump Day”! I’m so glad it’s Wednesday. It’s been a busy week, but Christmas break is almost in sight!
TFTD: Walk it out
James 2:14-18 (NKJV)
14 What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, 16 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? 17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
New King James Version (NKJV)
26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
I’ve been thinking about this thing called faith lately. So many believers claim to have it but they live a stagnant life. Their lack of mobility in their thoughts and actions makes it hard to believe what they say. There is a saying, “Actions speak louder than words.”, this simple phrase really speaks volumes about a person’s faith walk, in my opinion. The scripture says, faith without works is dead. So really, faith without works is equivalent to someone talking about stuff more than they apply action to it. How can someone believe in the God you serve if you are always talking about how great He is, but they don’t see the evidence of a great God in your life?
Faith without works is dead and it’s time to get moving!
I want to encourage someone to “walk it out”. The word walk is a verb, which means it’s an action word. Walk means to advance or travel by foot at a moderate speed or pace; to proceed by steps; or to move by advancing. Whenever you hear the phrase, “walk by faith” you should remember that having faith requires an action. You have to take the necessary steps to showing God that you trust Him. For example, if you are praying for a new job, you can’t just say “God I declare and decree a new job in Jesus name” and then sit by staring at the wall. You have to pray for a new job and then begin cleaning up your resume, applying to jobs, and then completing projects at your current job. It’s not enough to say, I believe I am healed and then walk around defeated and ill, you still must go to the doctor’s and get checked out, eat properly and exercise in order to demonstrate that you have faith that God will heal you.
What you do for Christ is the key to increasing your faith. Children have faith that on Christmas day they will receive gifts. They write a list of the things they want, they may even pray over the items they want and then on Christmas Eve they go to sleep expecting gifts on Christmas morning. I love the faith children have. My son has been praying for snow. He is 4 years old, but he has faith that it will snow in our area, one where it barely snows. But guess what, he wanted to know how he could get snow and then began praying for it. I believe in God so much and the faith of my son that I will be purchasing him some little boots. Why? Because I’m moved by the faith of a child.
This faith thing requires action. You have to walk it out! Stop sitting by praying all of the time and begin putting action to your prayers. Ask God to reveal to you what you can do to increase your faith. If you have faith that God will send you back to school, start applying to school. If you have faith that God will bless you with a new car, start saving your money for the car payment and researching car prices. If you have faith that God will mend broken relationships then start by apologizing first! You have to walk this thing out!
Faith without works is dead. If you never said a word, could people tell that you have faith?
Have a blessed day!
Mrs. Nicole “Sunshine” Ellis, MBA
Can’t breathe: Try Spiritual CPR: Consistent in praying, Persistent in pursuing the knowledge of God, and Resistant to temptation.
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