Faith without works is dead. The Bible tells us that without faith it is impossible to please God. Faith is what enables a believer to take in the Word of God and believe that the Bible is indeed God’s Word, breathed and inspired by Him. Faith is the confidence in what we hope for and the assurance about what we do not see.
Walking by sight is contrary to walking by faith. Walking by sight requires a person to see what they believe in, it is sought of like walking by evidence – you know, if they cannot see it then it must not be real. That is what walking by sight does, it limits a person to only what they can see. Sight does not require faith, you know, why would a person need faith if they can already see what they believe in?
On the contrary, faith requires taking the Word of God as it is and believing that it is indeed true, faith requires us to believe that things we do not yet see will indeed happen, faith enables us to believe in a God we are yet to see with our physical eyes, faith enables us to believe as truth that Jesus Christ did actually come into this earth and was born as Man and that He was crucified, died, and rose again and became a sacrifice for our sins even though He was sinless, so that He could set us free from the bondage of sin and death.
Faith is what enables a believer in Jesus to believe every word from God, knowing as truth that God is a promise keeper and that He is the Creator of the universe and everything in it, and that He is our Heavenly Father, and that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and our Lord and Savior and that the Holy Spirit is our Helper and Comforter and Teacher of Truth and that He lives in everyone who repents and accepts Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savoir.
The Word of God tells us that faith comes by hearing the message and the message is heard through the word about Christ.
We cannot believe in something we have not heard, that is why we have to invest time with the Lord, listening to His Word and studying the Word for ourselves. With time, as we spend time with God, our relationship with Him matures and we start being able to recognize the voice of God when He speaks. With time we realize that God is indeed real and that those who seek Him do indeed find Him, and that those who knock the door is actually opened for them, and that those who ask for anything according to the will of God it is given unto them.
We have to welcome God into our lives because He will not force Himself on us, He will convict us but eventually, we have to have the will to know God in a personal way. When we accept God into our lives, He reveals Himself to us in amazing ways, and as we get to experience Him, our faith in Him grows exponentially.
However, faith without works is dead! We have to put into action the Word of God, we should not just be hearers of the Word but also doers. If we only hear the Word but never do what the Word says, then we can never mature, we will remain spiritual babies, who require to be fed with milk constantly.
Putting into action the Word of God is what grows faith; when God speaks to us, we have to act in accordance with what He has told us. Otherwise, if we usually hear Him speak but we do not apply what He says into our lives, then soon enough we will stop hearing from Him and become desensitized to the voice of God. ‘Works’ does not involve the external deeds and words we do and say in an attempt to be seen as ‘nice’ or to appear as ‘good’. We cannot ‘trick’ God with our good deeds or even good words.
But we are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousness are like filthy rags; we all fade as a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. Isaiah 64:6.
On our own, we are incapable of righteousness, it is only God who justifies us, and we are saved by grace through faith, which is a gift from God.
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9.
We are justified by the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. When we repent and accept Jesus we are clothed with the righteousness of Jesus so that when the Father looks at us, He only sees the righteousness of Jesus Christ. We were bought by the blood of Jesus, and that is what gives us life – the body and blood of Jesus Christ.
Faith without works is dead. Putting faith to work is what makes it grow. We are to speak the Word of God with authority, and anything we bind on earth will be bound in heaven and whatever we loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.
“Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am in the midst of them.” Matthew 18:18-20.
We have to know who we are and whose we are! We are the children of God, adopted into sonship through Jesus Christ. We are God’s children, and knowing that truth enables us to approach God as our Father, knowing that when we talk to Him He hears us and that He speaks to us. We are not orphans, we have God, who will never leave us nor forsake us and He loves us with unconditional and unfailing love.
We are to take the authority given to us through Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit. We have to stop living like slaves, being tossed to and from by the devil, we have to take our stand, and put the devil in his place, beneath our feet.
Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ. But then, indeed, when you did not know God, you served those which by nature are not gods. But now after you have known God, or rather are known by God, how is it that you turn again to the weak and beggarly elements, to which you desire again to be in bondage? Galatians 4:7-9.
Most people live defeated lives because they do not know their identity, they go looking for identity, value, and worth from other people or from worthless things of this world. For most people, their faith has died – they do not know who they are, they do not know where they came from, they do not know where they are headed, they do not know whose they are – they have become like beggars instead of living like the children of the King of all kings. Remember, faith without works is dead.
Most people have allowed the devil to make them his puppets – he does what he wants with them whenever he wants – he encounters no resistance at all. Most people’s lives are an open doorway for the enemy, most people live in deception – they no longer differentiate the truth from lies because the enemy has blinded them.
We have to resist the devil! We have to get over self-pity, we have to get over feelings of rejection, we have to get over the past, we have to get over what people have done and said, we have to get over what has happened in our lives or what has not happened and take up our place and exercise the authority we have been given through Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit.
We have to stop living defeated lives and realize that as children of God, we have a whole heavenly army at our asking.
We have to speak to our circumstances without any doubt in our hearts and command everything to align in accordance with the Word of God. What God says is truth and is accessible to every one of His children. We are accepted in the Beloved. Faith without works is dead and faith does indeed move mountains!
We are the children of the Most High, and we have been given authority through Jesus Christ the Son of God. Let us walk in that authority that is already within us empowered by the Holy Spirit of God.
Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven. Luke 10:19-20.
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