Faith Without Works Is Useless

Grace and peace be unto you.

What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? (James 2:14).

Are you believing God for a miracle or a special blessing? Is your faith sufficient to motivate God to release the blessing? Scripture says, “So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead” (James 2:17). The story is told that Gideon was hiding from the Midianites when the angel of the Lord appeared unto him. The angel told him to go in the strength he had and save Israel out of Midian’s hand because the Lord is sending him. Gideon obeyed and went with three hundred men, which was far less in number than the Midianites. As promised, God gave him the victory (Judges 6:11-40 & Ch. 7).

Gideon had faith in God but he did not rely on his faith alone to defeat the Midianites. He showed his works by going to the Midianites camp with his army prepared for war. The Bible says, “For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead” (James 2:26). Sometimes, we do not receive our “breakthrough” or blessings because we are exercising faith without works. Abraham was declared righteous after he obeyed God and prepared to sacrifice his son, Isaac (Genesis 22:1-18). He demonstrated both faith and works.  

The Lord is watching to see that his word is fulfilled (Jeremiah 1:12). What instruction has he given you in regards to the blessings for which you are waiting? For example, the Bible says that if we harbor unforgiveness or iniquity, God will not hear our prayers (Matthew 6:14-15; Psalm 66:18). Have you confessed your sins and forgiven everyone who has offended you?

Published by Nadine

I am a disciple of Christ and He is the center of my joy. I was created to accomplish his purpose. I am a writer and author of three books; The 9 Unhealthy Desires of the Mind: How to defeat the enemy and fulfill your purpose, The Heart of God: Follow His Plan Keep Moving Forward: Empowered by God's Love. Grace and peace be unto you.

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