Key Passage: James 2: 14-26
Key Word: James 2:20 – “Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless?”
People say ignorance is bliss. That what you don’t know can’t hurt you. If you’ve been around for more than a few years, you would certainly know the error of such thought. God Himself lamented that His people are destroyed because of lack of knowledge. So what you don’t know has even greater power to hurt you. Have you ever been into an ultra-modern hotel room with the latest gadgets, and after getting into your room, you look for the switch to turn on the lights and can’t find any? What should be the switch just looks like a flat panel. So you give up and call the front desk to come and sort you out. The bellboy comes back in and gives you that look of “ignoramus”, and goes and waves his hand over the place the switch is supposed to be and the light comes on, voila! You look impressed, but actually you feel stupid and thank the bellboy, who leaves the room shaking his head at your ignorance.
That is exactly what God is saying today in His word to us. You cannot claim to have faith and not show it by the corresponding actions. Faith has corresponding actions and without these corresponding actions, there is no living faith, actually the bible calls it dead faith. It will not produce anything. Faith without works is dead. Take the example of your room, with the conventional switch to put on the lights. If you sit in you chair and don’t go and press the switch, the lights will never come on. Or consider an even more absurd situation. You travel many miles to see a friend, then you get to his house and just stand outside the door, without pressing the bell or knocking on the door, then after waiting for some minutes you walk away, concluding that your friend is not at home. I know these examples may sound so stupid, but this is how it looks in the faith realm, when the corresponding actions are not done.
Abram believed God and left his homeland to go to the land of promise, even though he did not know where. The point is he left and went. The woman with the issue of blood believed that if she could touch the hem of Jesus’ garment she would be made whole. She got up and pushed her way through a hostile crowd and touched the hem of Jesus’ garment and was healed instantly. She moved. Blind Bartimaeus cried out to Jesus the son of David to have mercy on him. When Jesus asked him to come, he threw away his beggars cloak and went and received his sight. He threw away his beggars cloak and that was the corresponding action of his faith.
Whatever you believe God for, once faith has entered your heart, you would find yourself doing something that proves you have that faith and that action, will cause your miracle to manifest.
Today you can turn your dead faith to living faith, by just carrying out the corresponding action your faith demands. If you want to prosper, work and sow seeds and increase will come. If you want to be healed, you must confess the scripture and then once faith enters in, you would start doing something you could not do before.
Do the corresponding actions of faith today and watch you miracles pop up like popcorns.
Let’s pray: Father God, I thank you for opening my eyes today to this simple truth of the actions that accompany faith. I ask you to help me to recognise what actions I need to take to make my faith come alive. I ask this in Jesus name. Amen.