Faith is Obedience

III. A Dissertation of faith

James 2:14-20 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?

1.Faith is obedience – In the previous passage you can replace the word “works” with “obedience” and get a good idea of what is being taught because the works are works of obedience to the One that you have faith in.

Now when you talk of divine faith, those without it often think you are saying that Christians must live perfect and sinless, and of course that’s not possible. But those with divine faith know that they can’t live the Christian life, but believe that God can live it through them!

I don’t say, “Look at me, I’m perfect.”  No, I say, “I’m saved.  I’m the polar opposite of perfect.”

Remember, it’s faith in God, not self. I don’t live a life of faith and brag or marvel at myself. I watch the miracle of God living that life through me and am humbled; not proud.

I’m humbled that God would use me; that God would take a dope smoker in the 82nd Airborne and enter his life and pour out His love and His Spirit and His faith in him and live through him to preach of the unsearchable riches of Christ Jesus.  I know that’s not me.  The me is what happened before I was saved; and that was a mess.

I observe these traits of divine faith in my life, not with pride, but humility. I don’t deserve nor do I earn this faith. It is given by God’s grace alone.

I am simply filled with thanksgiving and assurance that I’m His child as I see His faith work this way in my life.

Do you see faith working that way in your life?  I’m not saying, are you as good as me?  If we played that game, I would say, are you as bad as me?  I’m saying, do you have assurance you’re God’s child because you see God working through you?

Non Sibi