The "Do" Kind of Faith

I apologize for my tardiness... My faith lead me to fence-building this week but I'll tell you more about later that if I can tie it in somewhere later in this study! Now, onto related things... :) Last week, I asked you to think about what aspect your faith was being tested in your current trial. We learned that our faith is always being tested and we now know that's God's purpose is to bring us to maturity. He wants to shake us free from earthly shackles and wants us to experience His faithfulness! In James 2 this week, you have seen this word appear again: faith. Our memory verse, James 2:26b  tells us, "As the body without the Spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is also dead."

Faith and action. James seems to think they are inseparable. I think I agree.

I used to think my faith would  one day lead up to some major action at a single point in time. You know, like building an ark in the middle of a desert. This may be true. But I would like you to consider that as the test-ing of our faith is continual, so is the call of faith to action. Perhaps even in the form of a whole bunch of daily mini-actions.

In Experiencing God, Henry Blackaby writes, "God's invitation for you to work with Him always leads you to a crisis of belief that requires faith and action."  Think about how you answered last week's reflection question: {Insert trial} is tempting me to think that { insert lie} rather than trust that {insert truth}. That was a crisis of belief. He was inviting you to work with Him and see your situation from his lens. You had to decide (and probably still have to) what you would choose to believe. This invitation to faith is a fork in the road and a potential turning point.

"How you respond at this turning point will determine whether you will continue to go on your own way and miss what God has purposed for your life. This is not a one-time experience. It is a daily experience. How you live your life is a testimony of what you believe about God." (Henry Blackaby, Experiencing God)

What call to action is following your crisis of belief? Think about it. How would you act in your situation if you were 100% convinced of God's faithfulness? What would you say? How would you act? What do you need to DO?

What we say about our circumstance and the people in it shape how we experience it. Maybe God is calling to change the way you speak about what you're going through and who you're going through it with. Instead of complaining, worrying, grumbling or arguing, He is asking you to take a step of faith and choose words that reflect that you trust He is in control.

Perhaps a financial struggle is causing you to doubt His faithfulness and ability to provide for your every need.  Maybe he's asking you to bring all you have to the same God who turned 5 loaves and 2 fish into more than enough to feed more than 5000 people. Maybe he's asking you to give  to Him rather than try to fill in your own gaps. Maybe He's also asking you to choose words that reflect that you know He's going to come through.

Maybe you're in a time of transition or uncertainty where you don't know what will be next. Maybe He is asking to to live on purpose. Live each day like and talk about each day like it's exactly what He has planned for you at this time. Realize that what you say about your season determines how you experience it.

If you're struggling with some "drug of choice," maybe you're being asked to step away and cut yourself off from the choice. Make it hard to get to instead of keeping it  in your back pocket, in case God doesn't show up. Trust that He will. When we call, He answers. Let your words reflect faith in Him.

Whatever your trial, whatever part of your faith is being tested, ask God to show you the "do" part that comes next. And keep asking Him to make you quick to listen to Him, and ask Him to slowly and carefully help you to choose what you will say about your season. It's a step of faith my friend. The kind of step that may take your faith from theory to experience.

"As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is also dead." (James 2:26b) 

We would LOVE to hear from you in the comment section. What would you DO if you were fully persuaded of His presence in your circumstance? (I'm excited to see lots of verbs.) Connect today.

Blessings,