The Most Practical Way
When Faith Dies – Part 1
Scripture Reading: James 2:14-19
Key Verse: James 2:17
In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
According to our scripture for today, there is a time when a person’s faith dies. It dies when it fails to be practical. Faith in God by itself, without action, is dead. Faith that something or someone exists is not what the Bible is talking about when it says that it is by faith alone that we are saved (Ephesians 2:8). The key to understanding the salvation that God provided through His son Jesus Christ is found in the word: Father. Bible faith goes beyond a belief to a living conviction that causes action. For example, you have heard someone say: “I always buy this brand name; I believe in it.” That comes close to what the Bible says is saving faith—a faith that causes us to do something; take action.
James points to a dead faith by talking about demons. He writes that they believe in One God. It is interesting that James points to the fact of “one” God. In other words, demons understand theology better than some in our world. Yes, demons get that part right; there is one God. However, that faith doesn’t save them because they don’t believe in Him enough to change their ways; to take action!
Does your faith in God cause you to do life differently? Have you changed some habits because of your faith in God? Don’t let your faith die. Follow it into action!
Father, I believe you not only exist but are worthy to be followed. I will live my life according to your Word. In Jesus’ name, amen.