“14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? 15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
18 But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.”
Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. 19 You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.
20 You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless? 21 Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. 23 And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend. 24 You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone.
25 In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction? 26 As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.” James 2:14-26 NIV
Dear Heavenly Father – Thank you for you continued grace and lessons on how to better serve you. Help us to be obedient in sharing what you are doing. Let my testimony strengthen, encourage, and heal others; and most importantly, let it glorify you. In the name of Jesus – Amen
Well, Glory to God, here we are again reading and studying the Word of the Lord. (In John chapter 1 Jesus is the Word – so we are spending our time together in Christ, for the glory of God. Amen?
As I have been sharing the process I traversed last week to bring about deliverance and healing – and as my pastor told us to read the book of James (because sometimes he gives us homework) – and as I thought about how the above passage can and probably should be applied in a few ways – and as all this thing accumulate I feel I should share.
“5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.” Titus 3:5-7 NIV
First we know it is not by works we are saved – in fact Ephesians 2:8 says it is by faith. (But don’t you just love the washing, the renewal by the Holy Spirit and the justification by grace!) So, most people read James 2 (above) and apply this: it’s not by works we are saved, but faith compels us to do good words.
But is something here that I notice besides the obvious: Faith is an action, obedience and sacrifice.
When I was praying for my deliverance from wounds and strongholds – I was reminded of this. The example of Abraham and Rehab. Where faith required an action. And in both cases, faith also required a sacrifice. That is right. Faith to be effective does require action and sacrifice. In an earlier blog we studied that faith requires obedience – which is also true. Active obedience with sacrifice. Abraham was obedient, (almost) sacrificed his son, and took action which resulted in blessings for Abraham and glory to God. Rehab was obedient, sacrificed her safety and future in her land, and took action which resulted in salvation for Rehab and glory to God. And the blessings flowed through their line for many generations.
Let us look at another example – The story of Naaman found in 2 Kings. He was a great military commander who ended up with leprosy. That alone was probably pretty humbling. He could no longer do his job effectively and was to be cast out, away from his friends and family so they wouldn’t catch it. But he knew if he went to the prophet Elisha, God could heal him. Elisha sent his messenger to tell him that if he jumped in the Jordan river seven times, Naaman would be healed. Naaman had to grow a little faith because at first he would not do it. But eventually Naaman humbled himself more, became obedient, sacrificed his stature, and took action and the result was healing and restoration for Naaman and Glory to God.
So when asking God for release from the barriers in my life, including demonic strongholds and generational curses, I ask God – what action must I be obedient to in order to be faithful (knowing it would probably be a sacrifice).
I’ll use the bathing example – Taking showers has always been a struggle as it is a vulnerable act wherein I was made a victim. I was clean. I washed up and occasionally took baths. It wasn’t being clean that I had the blockage in – it was the shower. So God told me to take a shower – but when I did, to pray for complete healing and worship him. Clearly, as the pipe broke in my house, this was effective. (Yes, I am saying that a demon broke my pipe.)
I was obedient, the sacrifice was my self-made safety, and I took action. The result was my healing and glory to God – and the outcome of the mini flood in my home shall be more glory to God!
I have a friend who is struggling with an illness and addiction to sugar. God showed me and I shared with her that like Naaman, she is healed she must first eliminate sugars from her diet. I watch her day by day struggle with pain from her illness – yet she refuses to cut processed sugars from her life. She pleads with God for healing yet there isn’t obedience, sacrifice or action and the result is continued pain and no glory to God. She might be reading this and again, like every time we talk, I want to encourage you to be healed. Take the action! Jump in the Jordan River where there is no sweet treat – but total healing. I love you girl, but I cannot do it for you. (Could all of my readers please pray for her? God has great things in store for her on the other side. Her inheritance from her family, situation and God is not pain and illness! It is blessings and power!)
Healing and deliverance is for NOW – so we can testify for God’s glory. TODAY – God loves you so much he wants to deliver you, heal you, and bring you in for a closer walk with Him and it will prepare you for what tomorrow holds.
Dear Lord, show us the areas in our life where you want to bless us but we need to demonstrate faith. You said if we had a small mustard seed size faith we could say to a mountain move, so Lord, as we look at our mountains that need moving and we muster up that small faith show us what we must do to obey, to sacrifice and help us to take action so that you shall be gloried in our lives because of our faith.
Faith in the small things have the same principle – just a smaller scale. There is always and action (obedience and sacrifice) whenever faith is required. God will not ask a huge sacrifice for a small thing and He will not require a small sacrifice for a huge thing. Most small prayers of faith that get you through the day require nothing more than you asking. The prayer is the obedience and the sacrifice.
Sometimes we have to ask forgiveness for not following through with the action immediately when told. And that is ok – He will forgive you.
Whatever it is that God is revealing to you that you must take action on – the other side of taking the action is better than the side of not taking the action. Besides glorifying God which is our testimony (the things we share that God has done) – you will have a closer relationship with Him and grow your faith.
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