Thursday, August 29, 2013
Working Your Faith
Work Your Faith - Exercise The Truth
Acts 24:16 KJV
"And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void to offence toward God, and toward men.."
It is two very different things to know the truth and to exercise - to put into motion - what you know to be the truth. We need to start exercising those truths.
We can know that physical exercise is good for our body and that would be "true". However, just to know it's true isn't enough. If you want to see results, then you must put that truth into motion. As one exercises their body, there will be a change.
If you are looking for change in your life or looking to see a change in someone else - peace, joy, blessings, etc. - it's time to start exercising the truths that you know.
Let's read what James has to say about it:
James 2:14 - 26 NIV
Faith Without Works (Deeds) Is Dead
14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them?
15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food.
16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?
17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
18 But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.
19 You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.
20 You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless?
21 Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar?
22 You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did.
23 And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend.
24 You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone.
25 In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction?
26 As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.
Focus on consistently exercising Scripture in your life every day - day after day. It's one thing to know a truth, but another thing (and an essential thing) to put it into practice through exercise - through "works".
So, what do you say we put on our work clothes! It's time to be moving and be putting feet on our faith and prayer life. Amen?