Health Food – August 22

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Faith Has Corresponding Actions

What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? — JAMES 2:14

Real believing is acting on God’s Word. I’ve used that phrase for many, many years, because it’s very simple to understand. So act on the Word. That’s what believing the Bible is. It’s acting on the Word.

In Mark chapter 2, a man is brought into the presence of Jesus by four of his friends. Because of the crowd, they couldn’t get into the house where Jesus was teaching. So they let the man down through the roof! This account illustrates some important things about faith that I want you to notice.

Mark 2:5 says, “When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.” Well, can you see faith with your physical eyes? No, because it’s of the spirit. You can’t see spiritual things with the physical eye. Think about this in the natural for a moment. For example, can you see the wind? No, but you can see the results of the wind. So what did Jesus see when He saw their faith? He saw their actions.

James 2:20 says, “But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?” The New Testament in Modern Speech says, “Faith without corresponding actions is dead.”

In other words, you show me your faith without your actions, and I’ll show you my faith by my actions. Jesus saw the actions of the four men and their lame friend. They were determined. They believed.

Confession: My faith must have corresponding actions. Otherwise, it is dead faith. I believe the Word, and I act on the Word.

Source: Health Food Devotions by Kenneth E. Hagin. Excerpt permission granted by Faith Library Publications. Copyright © 2002, 2007 Rhema Bible Church aka Kenneth Hagin Ministries, Inc. All rights reserved.

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