Faith by Words or Actions?

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Commentary By:  Gordon King

Who do you trust more, a man who says he is going to do something, or a man who does it?

And if we as believers merely believe the truth of the word of God, yet do not follow it in deeds, then what good does it do us?  This is how I see it.

James 2:14-17

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.

We cannot live by faith alone if our faith is not backed up by our works!  I’m not saying that we can never pray to God and wait for an answer to prayer, of course we can.  But, as believers in Jesus Christ we must act upon our faith by our works.  Of course we are saved by our faith in Jesus Christ, nothing more, nothing less, that no man should boast.

If a person needs work, then prays for God to give him a job and sits back and does nothing, then he may be sitting back doing nothing for a very long time.  Yet, if that same person prays to God for a job, then actively goes out looking, God will open doors!  This is acting in faith, by our works.

If we need food and pray to God for it, then sit back and wait for Him to deliver, we may just starve to death!  God wants us to be actively pursing what we need while trusting in Him to provide (of course there are situations in which a person cannot physically or mentally act).  This is true faith, trusting in God while acting in that faith.  Just as Abraham listened to God and followed His commands, he was found righteous in God’s eyes, we too are found righteous in the eyes of God when we seek Him for our needs and act upon them.

We can talk and talk, we can say that we believe, yet if we do nothing then where is our faith?  Even demons believe!

The good Lord put us here for a reason, not to just sit back and wait for Him to do everything, why else would we even be here?  No, He wants us to act, act in faith, and perform His will on earth.  We are His children, but we are also His servants! 

Hebrews 11:1

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony.

Our faith is the evidence of things not seen, and by our faith we have the testimony of Jesus Christ.  It is by our faith that we can do all things, and we act in the promises of God.  Our actions by our faith brings us closer to God.  It is through this faith by our actions which testifies to our loyalty to God Almighty.

Faith shown by good works strengthens our relationship with God and makes us more Christ like.  Everyone at times sins, we all do, yet it is through the blood of Jesus that we are cleansed and made new each day.  In performing God’s will by faith, we are being cleansed by the blood of Jesus, a continual renewing of our spirit, sanctifying us towards the final goal of being perfected in Christ!

Action by faith is what we should be doing in order to perform God’s will on earth.  Action towards helping others, towards meeting our needs, towards answering of prayer, and action in making us more righteous.  It’s nothing that we do which accomplishes these things it is Christ alone, yet by our actions God works through us.

God told Abram to leave his country to a land that He would give him, and Abram went, he did what God told him to do.  Moses went to the Pharaoh and demanded that he release the Hebrews as God told him to do.  Noah built an Ark as God told him to do.  All of these men did something in faith, according to God’s will, and they were all rewarded for it.

Have faith and do nothing, or have faith and act in God’s will.  Your choice, your decision.

God bless my friend!  Maranatha!


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