Deuteronomy 4:9, Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them. 10 Remember the day you stood before the Lord your God at Horeb, when He said to me, “Assemble the people before Me to hear My words so that they may learn to revere Me as long as they live in the land and may teach them to their children.”
James 2:17, In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. 18 But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.
At Cottonwood Creek, I’ve been teaching a series entitled, “Building A Great Life God’s Way!” This week’s thought on building a great life is that we need to Build a Life of Remembrance. That word remember means “to recall to mind, think of again, or be aware of.” Genuine faith requires you to remember to act. James, the brother of Jesus said, “…faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.”
Genuine faith is not something we just say or feel or even discuss from time to time. The best example in all of Scripture is of the Children of Israel going from bondage in Egypt to the Promised land. They could have had all the faith in the world that God could give them the Promised land, but they still had to ACT. They had to leave Egypt; they had to cross through the Red Sea, and they still had to fight the battles at Jericho and many other town after that once they were in the Promised land. All of those examples of faith required action.
So remember, “Genuine faith always requires action!!!” What action do you need to take this week to demonstrate your genuine faith?
Take care and have a blessed day!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D