Monday, November 21, 2016

Dead Faith?

Faith… We hear about faith often; It is a crucial word to Christianity we talk about ‘having faith,’ ‘developing faith,’ and ‘growing in our faith.’ Usually when we talk in this way we are referring to our belief system and the way that we have trust or confidence in the Lord Jesus. In other words, we refer to faith as noun, let me remind you back to your school days a noun is a: person, place, or thing.
The problem is that in modern Christianity there are many times that faith is nothing more than a belief system. We have faith, we know the Word of God, we know the Bible stories, we know about ecclesiology and eschatology and all these other big words that make us feel like we are smart. We come to church often, we read books, and we attend conferences; but I want to present to you that if this is all our faith is then it is DEAD. I don’t want a DEAD faith, but what does it mean to have an LIVING faith?

A living faith is one that is proven by works. James 2:17 “So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.” James gives us an example of a DEAD faith: James 2:15:17 “If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? 17 So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.” 

A brother is starving and comes to your door for help; but you go and grab your Bible and offer to lead him in a Bible study.
 • “My Bible tells me that there were 5,000 men plus women and children hungry and Jesus fed them.”
• “My Bible tells me the Lord provided Manna from Heaven for his hungry people.”
• “My Bible tells me that He is the Healer of the Sick, and the Feeder of the Hungry.”

“Let us pray together for your hunger brother.” Then you say; “My brother we have studied, we have prayed, may the Lord be with you. Go in peace!” James says that is USELESS. That man at that time didn’t need a sermon, he needed some food. That man didn’t need a Bible Study; he needed some bread and turkey. To give him a prayer meeting becomes irrelevant. The right information without the right action is a waste for everyone.

 Words—Sermons-Prayers-Confessions of faith-Wise Advice- Encouragement: These are all indispensable to true Christianity. But they are shown to have real meaning, James reminds us, when people can see actions that correspond to those words.

 In my life, I want my faith to be more than a noun; I want my faith to be an action. When I look in the Bible I see great men and women of faith who backed up their belief system with their lives. Let us be a people of action, not just a people who always have the right words to say. I pray that we will be known as people who will get our hands dirty because we love Jesus, We will give money away because we love Jesus, we will feed the hungry because we love Jesus. I pray that our faith will be a verb and not just a noun.

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