Faith Without Works Is Dead

James 2:26

For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

One of the most important aspects of walking by faith is found in this verse from the book of James. Many do not realize that believing and faith are not the same thing. It is like a coin, one side is heads and the other side is tails. There is something different on each side of the coin, but together they make up the same coin. So it is when it comes to walking by faith. Believing is one part, but faith is another. Because many don’t understand this they don’t fully walk by faith.

Mark 9:23 tells us that all things are possible to them who believe. It did not say all things will come into manifestation because you believe, but they are possible. Faith is needed to take what you believe and see it manifested in your life. Believing is what we do with the heart. Romans 10:10 tells us with the heart one believes. You must believe in your heart that what God has said is yours. You cannot doubt in your heart, but once you believe in your heart you must then exercise that belief through faith. Faith is acting as if the Word is true.

The great apostle Smith Wigglesworth used to say, “Faith is an act”. For example if you had a man dying of starvation and you brought him some food and asked him if he believed that food would save him he would say yes. But if he sat there and did not act upon that belief in faith and he did not eat the food he would die. Believing is only one part, you must add faith (actions) to what you believe. If you had faith for healing you would not only believe in your heart you are healed, you would declare you are healed and act upon that Word. Many say they are believing God, but that does not mean they are in faith, for if they were their words and actions would line up with what God’s Word has said, for faith without corresponding action is dead.

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