Faith is a key doctrine in the Christian life. The sinner is saved by faith (Eph. 2:8–9), and the believer must walk by faith (2 Cor. 5:7). Without faith it is impossible to please God (Heb. 11:6), and whatever we do apart from faith is sin (Rom. 14:23).
When you read Hebrews 11, you meet men and women who acted on God’s Word, no matter what price they had to pay. Faith is not some kind of vague feeling that we work up; faith is confidence that God’s Word is true and conviction that acting on that Word will bring His blessing. It will involve sacrifice!
James discussed the relationship between faith and works. This is an important discussion, for if we are wrong in this matter, we jeopardize our eternal salvation. What kind of faith really saves a person? Is it necessary to perform good works in order to be saved? How can a person tell whether or not he is exercising true saving faith?
James in Chapter 2 answered these questions by explaining to us firstly what faith is not:
Genuine Faith is not Discriminatory by showing favouritism to people.
Genuine Faith is not Dead in our actions and love for others.
Genuine Faith is not Data based that only involves our intellect.
Genuine Faith involves sacrificial action in obedience to God’s Word. It’s not always playing it safe in the eyes of the world. It’s stepping out from our comfort zone to do what God wants us to do!
It will result in a changed life that will bring much blessing, contentment and joy!
James 2:14 “What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them…17.. faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.”