Living Faith

James 2:26

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

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What is faith?

Faith is obedient action with trustful confidence in God’s character. It is the confident assurance that God is always working out the best solution for you and others.

Any problem with Faith is typically tied to our ignorance of God. We believe what others have told us about God rather than discovering Him ourselves. We typically project our dysfunctional souls toward God, rather than believe Him and His Word.

We don’t realize where we actually stand in His eyes. If we did, we would humbly and respectfully place all our being onto Him without concern with the outcome.

What is not faith?

Faith is not the inner belief of an outward expectation. Rather it is knowing Him with no concern with the results.

Faith is not the cause of your salvation; rather it is the umbilical cord which connects you with the living Source of Life.

Faith is also not the anecdote of your situation. God is. Faith is simply your worldview of God’s presence in the world and your role in His kingdom.

A living Faith is not necessary about moving mountains but more about healing your soul while serving others.

Through this graceful act of redemption and sanctification, you are being morphed into the image of Jesus Christ. A byproduct of this living faith is a more active and expressive fire within the deepest, inner workings of your soul toward others. It is a life not of empty motions but actions covered with inner joy. This outer behavior is a byproduct of the inner construct of a new creation. The work is being conducted by the Holy Spirit with your yielding cooperation.

This living faith is active, confident, and obedient to the Word and Spirit of God.  It is built on God’s viewpoint and not ours. The faith we trust in is not from us but is Christ’s own faith. Since God’s purpose for your life is a new creation according to His design, it involves His Spirit developing His character, eternal values, and divine love in you with all you speak, think, and do.

If this faith is not alive in you yet, pray and ask your heavenly Father to open your eyes to know Him better.  Pursue Him with all your heart. In the process, over time, Christ’s faith will become more perceptive and active in your assigned world. You will come to know Him and the workings of real, living faith. His faith will become your faith.

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

Encourager & Founder of
Vocational Leadership 360
Author of e-Books:

Dancing With God: Life-Giving Theology Explained
Great Business Emulates a Good God
Be Radical…Follow Christ!
Simply The Messenger
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Faith of Christ

“Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.” Galatians 2:16 KJV

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So many translations; so many different opinions. What is a person suppose to believe?

There is debate among Biblical scholars that the verse in Galatians 2:16 is correctly written in the King James Version. Newer Bible versions have altered the meaning by using the word “in” versus “of.” (I have underline the two places above). The problem is the meaning. When we use the word “of” we are placing the emphasis on Jesus’ faith. When the word “in” is used, we are placing the emphasis on our faith.

I will leave the scholarly details for those who are better trained to educate. Instead, I will simply say that I lean toward the KJV interpretation because it makes more sense from a holistic basis.

If I am justified based on my faith, than what is the difference between human works of law and human works of faith? Both employ an emphasis on saving oneself by oneself.

On the other hand, if I am justified by the faith of Christ, than it is not my work, but Christ’s work. He made it all happen and grants us the grace to accept it.

My part is to believe in Him. He lived, died, and was resurrected on our behalf. He is the cornerstone. The faith or trust that I have in Jesus is because He did it, is doing it, and will accomplish it. He made it all possible.

Even the faith that I have in him is a gift from him. Through the Holy Spirit, he has empowered us to believe. Yes, I had to acknowledge that Jesus is who he claims to be. Yes, I had to ask for the Holy Spirit. And yes, I submit to the authority of the Father/Son/Spirit.

It is a relief that my tiny belief is being upheld by the faithfulness of Jesus Christ. Isn’t that simply a breath-taking, grace-filled, and life-giving fact that makes one more thankful and grateful for our Triune God sharing His life with us without heaping religious burdens on us? I for one am more at peace for placing trust in Jesus’ faith than in my own. How about you?

 

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

Executive Chair, Consultant, Encourager
Marketplace Bible Institute
& Resource Center, Inc
Author of e-Books:
* Great Business Emulates a Good God
* Be Radical…Follow Christ!
* Simply The Messenger
* Unequally Married