Faith is essential. It is substance. It is belief. It is knowing. It is so much more. It is the end of a journey before you have taken the first step. To define it is complicated, yet, to know it, is easy.
Even the world declares you must have faith. You must believe in something. Believing in nothing is also faith, it is faith that you’re right and religion is wrong. Jesus said there are two paths, the straight and narrow that leads to salvation and the broad way that leads to destruction. Either way, you are walking one of those paths. Religion or nothing. If you believe the bible, and I do, you must also accept that Jesus is the only way to salvation, nullifying all other religions, making the way quite narrow, and the choices are either Christianity or destruction.
Do you have faith? Do you believe? In what do you believe?
Do you think “I believe and that is enough”? If you do, you are not alone, many people do. Have you considered that the devil believes also? If belief defines faith for you, what separates you from the devil? Not only does the devil believe, he has seen and knows beyond a doubt. Is that stepping on your faith? Does this bother you?
James:2:19: Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
Faith, much like love, is action. It is not a state of mind, a state of heart, an intent, or emotion. Faith moves mountains. Faith changes things. Faith conquers. Faith gives life. Faith does the impossible. Faith, however, without works, is dead.
James:2:20: But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
Faith, and I mean true faith, moves you. It moves you to take steps toward a kingdom you have yet to see. Faith takes you from your comfort and presents you victorious on the battlefield. It speaks to more than who you are. It is the very present action of what you believe, what you know.
This passage of scripture is so often taken out of context and used as a works driven way to salvation. Let me encourage you to see that isn’t true. Let me ask this question: If you truly believe in Jesus, yet have nothing to show for your belief, have you really accepted Him and the Holy Spirit into your life? Have you been baptized? Have you served in a local church? Have you witnessed to someone? Have you taken a step beyond just believing? That step, that is faith. It is action toward that which you have not yet inherited. It is that action which separates a person with true faith from the devil, from sin.
James:2:21: Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?
James:2:22: Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?
James:2:23: And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.
James:2:24: Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.
James:2:25: Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way?
James:2:26: For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
I write this to encourage everyone to keep taking steps. We must continue to be up and about His business. We need to be good stewards of our time in hopes that we are pleasing to Him. His love for me moved Him to the cross. My faith in Him allows me opportunities to please Him, to continue those things He set in order, and to glorify Him. Yes, faith is the substance of things hoped for, evidence of things not yet seen. With every word, with every deed I am taking steps that strengthen my faith and hopefully lighting the way for someone else. I do these things to honor God. Will you also take these steps with me? Will you take the encouragement and step out in faith? I do this that maybe someone else will see these things and glorify my King, Jesus, for He is worthy of all praise! You can do the same, will you?