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Living out my faith…..Part 1

November 9, 2010

I’ve been a believer for years now and in the past few years, God has used many trials and struggles to grow my faith.  As a result of walking through the trials, my image of God has changed, causing me to see him as the All  Loving, Sovereign, and Faithful God that he is. 

Friends have told me that they have seen my faith grow tremendously over the past few years, and it feels good to know that others can see the changes God has made in me.

However, God’s not finished with me yet.  He has been teaching me a lot lately about what faith really is, and what it should look like practically in my everyday life.  Just the other day, God brought me across a passage of Scripture that I had read many times before.  but this time, it jumped off the page and hit me….hard.

James 2:14-26 (English Standard Version)

Faith Without Works Is Dead

 14What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith(A) but does not have works? Can that faith save him? 15(B) If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, 16(C) and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good[a] is that? 17So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. 18But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith(D) apart from your works, and I will show you my faith(E) by my works. 19(F) You believe that God is one; you do well. Even(G) the demons believe—and shudder! 20Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless? 21(H) Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up his son Isaac on the altar? 22You see that(I) faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed(J) by his works; 23and the Scripture was fulfilled that says,(K) “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”—and he was called a(L) friend of God. 24You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. 25And in the same way was not also(M) Rahab the prostitute justified by works(N) when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way? 26For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.

After reading this passage over a few times and researching it’s meaning in my study Bible, I was blown away by my new understanding of this passage.  God showed me that though I love him and trust him, i am not characterized by my faith being evident by my works.  that even though i have faith in his love and care over my life, i don’t always live my life in a way that shows my faith in him.

Practically speaking, what this means for me, is that when i’m going through my day am i living out my faith in the way i respond to the circumstances around me?  am i  praying through the struggles in my day, actively living out my faith or am i grumbling and complaining about all i have to do and “How on earth am I going to get it all done?”

When i’m telling my kids about this awesome God we serve and how much he desires to help us through each moment of our day, are they seeing mommy actively praying and asking God for help when i’m tempted to scream at my kids or when i’m hit with the news that my plans are not going to go the way I intended them to?

Sadly enough, i’m quite sure that my kids don’t always see my faith lived out as often as i’d like them too.  However, i am encouraged by the truth that God can and will help me grow in this area.  I am encouraged that he chose to bring this to my attention and that he gives me the desire to grow and change.   

And i’m thankful that i have this  opportunity to live out my faith before my kids by telling them my desire to grow in this area.  they know i’m not perfect and the best way i can live out my faith before them is by being real and honest and showing them my desperate need for my Savior.

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  1. November 9, 2010 4:29 pm

    Thanks for sharing what the Lord is showing you. It is an excellent reminder to me as well. Our actions reflect our hearts, and so often my actions reflect that I am not trusting the Lord. I will be praying for you even as I pray for myself, that the Lord will increase our trust in Him and that this will be reflected in our actions.

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