3.24.2010

True Faith

A faith that does not change the way I act in my life and towards others is not worth having.  A faith that has no power is not worth living.  A faith that keeps me bound by rules and expectations is not faith at all it is a prison cell.  I want to have a TRUE FAITH.  A faith that makes a difference in my daily life.  A faith that will be there for me when I can  not be there for myself.  A faith in something that is greater than myself.  A faith that helps others.  I faith I am burning to share with others. A faith that will be rewarded.  A faith I will die for. I want to have a TRUE Faith.

James 2:14-26 (New Living Translation)
14 What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone? 15 Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, 16 and you say, “Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well”—but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do? 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.[a] 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?
 21 Don’t you remember that our ancestor Abraham was shown to be right with God by his actions when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see, his faith and his actions worked together. His actions made his faith complete. 23 And so it happened just as the Scriptures say: “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.”[b] He was even called the friend of God.[c] 24 So you see, we are shown to be right with God by what we do, not by faith alone.
 25 Rahab the prostitute is another example. She was shown to be right with God by her actions when she hid those messengers and sent them safely away by a different road. 26 Just as the body is dead without breath,[d] so also faith is dead without good works.

Footnotes:
  1. James 2:19 Some manuscripts read that God is one; see Deut 6:4.
  2. James 2:23 Gen 15:6.
  3. James 2:23 See Isa 41:8.
  4. James 2:26 Or without spirit.