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Living faith is the only faith that works.
That play on words is true no matter how you cut it; living faith is “the implanted word” taking root in our hearts and producing fruit through our lives; it is a faith that produces results and the only kind of faith which pleases God – it is the fruit of belief demonstrated in everything one does for a life time. It is a faith which pleases God because those who express it are leaning totally on God, doing what He leads them to do and leaving (as Charles Stanley would say) all the consequences to God.
Living faith produces clear and evident results in a person’s life – they become a new creature (2 Cor. 5:17), they are in the process of being transformed by the renewing of their minds (Romans 12:2), they are being conformed to the image of God’s Son (Rom.8:29). To show this, James uses two examples: Abraham the righteous and Rahab the harlot.
Abraham was a Jew; Rahab was a gentile.
Abraham was a friend of God; Rahab was among those who were the enemies of God and His people – but both of these demonstrated true saving faith: Abraham left his family and home at God’s command (Gen 12:1-4); he risked his son Isaac by presenting him as a sacrifice to God on an altar at God’s command (Gen 22:1-14) – both times trusting God. Rahab, knowing that the fall of Jericho was at hand, hid the spies of Israel (Josh.2:1-6), and did not give their whereabouts or plans away trusting in the promises made to spare her and her family for doing so (Josh 2:14-16).
Both of the people which James used as examples for us put feet to their faith and were blessed for having done so.
Has your faith led to a departure from your comfort zone like it did for Abraham and Rahab?
Does your faith work?
Click to listen to last Sunday's message titled "Living Faith."