From the Kitchen Table
Victorious Living Day 46
But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder! Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up his son Isaac on the altar? You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works; and the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”—and he was called a friend of God. You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. And in the same way was not also Rahab the prostitute justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way? For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead. James 2:18-26
We obey what we believe. We can’t help it. Faith without works is dead because faith produces what faith possesses. We live out what we believe in. Just as our body without our spirit is dead, so is a life for God without a faith in God. That’s why we can’t change out what we’re not convinced in. Our body will follow our spirit. God made us that way. This life is lived from within, from faith with hope in love. Our faith lies in what we are convinced is true and convicted is right. If we have faith in God, not just that He exists but that He is who He is and what He says is good and right and true, we will have feet that follow God. We will obey what we believe. We will have feet that match our faith. When our feet don’t match our faith, we don’t need to clean our feet, we need to correct our faith.