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On Faith
by Victor Johnson

 

May 2010

Faith without works cannot be called faith.  “Faith without works is dead.” (James 2: 26), and a dead faith is worse than no faith at all.  Faith must work; It must produce; It must be visible.  Verbal faith IS NOT ENOUGH; mental faith IS INSUFFICIENT.  Faith must be there, but it must be more.  It must be INSPIREACTION.

Throughout his epistle to Jewish believers, James integrates true faith and everyday practical experience by stressing that true faith must manifest itself in works of faith.  Faith endures trials.  Trials come and go, but a strong faith will face them head on and develop endurance.  Faith understands temptations.  It will not allow us to consent to our lust and slide into sin.  Faith obeys the WORD.  It will not merely hear and not do.

Faith produces doers.  Faith harbors no prejudice.  For James, faith and favoritism cannot coexist.  Faith displays itself in works.  Faith is more than mere words; It is more than knowledge; It is demonstrated by obedience; and it overtly responds to the promises of God. 

Faith controls the tongue.  This small but immensely powerful part of the body must be held in check.  Faith can do it.  Faith acts wisely.  It gives us the ability to choose wisdom that is heavenly and to shun wisdom that is earthly. 

Faith produces separation from the world and submission to God.  It provides us with the ability to resist the devil and humbly draw near to God.  Finally, faith waits patiently for the coming of the Lord.  Through trouble and trial it stifles complaining.

I hope that the Holy Spirit works on your hearts as strong as it does mine.  My family and friends always commend me on my strong faith, but to be truthful, I couldn’t in any way do it without the Holy Spirit.

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