Continuing with James 2:14 -26, Pastor noted that some things were made for each other, they just fit or go together. Such ‘matings’ are often deemed to validate our reason to be.
Faith and works are like that. James 2:17 says that ‘faith without works is dead’. If you have faith but have no action, what good is it? if you are not driven to action, your faith is useless.
James discusses the examples of Abraham and Rahab. These are special people mentioned in the old and new testaments. The both showed their faith by their actions in trusting God.
Sermon Point We are shown to be right with God by what we do, not by faith alone.
The accompanying action validates our faith. What does God want you to sacrifice to validate your faith? We have to be ready to follow His plan not our own. Think about things in your life. Can you fill in the blank in this sentence: I trust God with _________ and this is how I show it. We must take action to validate and authenticate our faith. We need power in faith and church. Faith that is powerful can't wait to get out. What action will validate your faith this week?
I set this song aside a couple of weeks ago. I think it fits today.Verses for Today:
James 2: 17-20 (NLT)
17 So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.
18 Now someone may argue, “Some people have faith; others have good deeds.” But I say, “How can you show me your faith if you don’t have good deeds? I will show you my faith by my good deeds.”
19 You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God.[f] Good for you! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror. 20 How foolish! Can’t you see that faith without good deeds is useless?
Lord, I need your power and direction each day so that I may do good deeds to show my faith.