The "DO" Kind of Faith

What is your faith doing?

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

I used to think my faith would culminate in some major thing, like I'd have an ark to show for my faith. 

It's easy to breeze through this story and forget what a big deal building an ark would've been, quite literally.

Genesis 6:22 tells us, "[Noah] did everything that God had commanded him." At least 100 years of obedience are summarized in this single verse.

Noah would've been following God's instructions, day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year, and decade after decade, waiting for it to take shape, and for God's promise to be fulfilled. 

Since the testing of our faith is continual, perhaps so is the call of faith to action. Faith is simply a series of yeses. Acting on what we believe to be true about God day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year and decade after decade. 

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 this reflection question:

{ Insert trial } is tempting me to think { insert lie } rather than to trust that { insert truth }.

That was a crisis of belief in which He was and still is inviting you to work with Him and see your situation through His lens. 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 does your crisis of belief invite?

How would you respond in your situation if you were 100% convinced of God's faithfulness?

What would you do?

Replace complaining, worrying, grumbling and arguing with thoughts sand words that reflect that you trust He is in control. 

Bring all you have to the same God who fed 5000 with 5 loaves and 2 fish because you trust Him to provide for your every need. Give rather than trying to fill every gap.

Choose words that reflect that you know He's going to come through. Live each day and speak about each day like it's exactly what He has planned for you at this time. He's not surprised.

Separate yourself from the temptation. Make it hard to get to instead of keeping it close at hand. Call and He will answer. Trust God to deliver you in your time of temptation. 

Whatever your trial or testing entails, ask God to show you the "do" part that comes next. It's a step of faith my friend. The kind of step that may take your faith from theory to experience. 

Simply hammer in the next piece of wood. Faith always does. 

This is an excerpt from Journey Through James: A Roadmap for Trials. For more info or to access FREE study materials, CLICK HERE.