Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Faith Works by Love!

"But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?" James 2:20

This scripture is NOT saying we are saved by works? Quite the contrary it is actually saying that if we are saved by faith....we will perform works. Our faith will bear spiritual fruit!

In Romans 4 it clearly states that Abraham was NOT justified by works but was justified only by his faith. His faith was accounted for righteousness.
"Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith apart from the deeds of the law." Romans 3:28
Also "That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Christ Jesus: that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith." Galatians 3:14

It all about faith! It's all about what we choose to put our belief in. However there are two types of faith... a dead faith (without works) and a LIVING Faith!

It isn't enough to just say "I believe...I believe... For James 2:19 says, "the devils also believe and tremble."

How does faith work? Galatians 5:6 "...faith works by Love"

Without Love faith is dead!

According to scripture, Jesus is the way the truth and the life!
(John 14:6)
When we accept Jesus Christ as our personal Savior we become a new creation, old things are passed and behold All things become new.
(2 Corinthians 5:17) We become one with Christ! There is no greater love than the Love of Christ! Plain and simply put... Living Faith bears Christ like fruit. (Love, obedience, selflessness, etc.)

For God is Love
(1 John 4:8) Therefore Living Faith works by Love!

The Kingdom of God also works in the field (pun intended) of sowing and reaping.
(Galatians 6:7)
We can take a step of faith by sowing seeds toward a blessing of God.

We were faithful in sowing seeds for Serenity's healing. During our prayer time we would ask God to reveal the seed we needed to sow, " Lord, I know according to your word that you suffered for Reni's healing. We stand firm on your promise that she WAS healed on Calvary! Now what seed do I need to sow in order for it to manifest?" Once God revealed our seed then we were obedient to His words. We also named our seed! "Lord, your word says that when we are obedient to sow, we will reap a bountiful harvest. Right now, Lord I am bringing forth this seed in faith to receive Your promise."

Every seed may be different! God instructed my parents to fast. However, for Tom and myself our hearts revealed something different. We began sowing seeds for Serenity's healing by witnessing, blessing and praying for other families in similar situations. You see, usually the seed that you will need to sow, will be the toughest thing for your flesh to let go of. God uses trials to help us become more Christ like, to strengthen us spiritually (James 1). In order to do this, we must rid ourselves of the flesh.
Everyone has problems in different areas of their flesh.

As parents, it's our responsibility to ensure the health and safety of our children. When your child is fighting for their life, it is so easy to become engulfed in your own burden. It's instinct to the flesh to become wrapped up in our own selfish pleas. You become consumed with the thought, I must help my baby, Lord save MY baby!

All the while, a mom is sitting on the other side of a paper thin wall crying over her dying child because she doesn't even know HOW to call out to God. No matter how difficult your situation is, there is always someone whose situation is MORE difficult. For, there is always someone who doesn't have the comfort of believing in the healing power of our Lord and Savior.

In order to become more Christ like we MUST become selfless! We must TRUST God enough to lay aside our own problems! For this kind of trust truly is LIVING faith! (If we are totally consumed with our issues are we really walking in faith? Remember faith is EXPECTING something WILL be obtained! )

God opened our hearts and our eyes to see the suffering of others. We used this insight as an opportunity to witness! We placed Serenity into the hands of our Heavenly Father, and focused our compassion on other patients and their families. Even though, Tom had been without work for weeks, we blessed several families financially. We gave out of our need! (Yet God always sustained us. The more we gave to others, the more God gave back to us! It's impossible to out give God!) We spent time spreading the gospel to those needing Hope. We prayed fervently for the children of others. We made the decision to step outside of our pity bubble and allow God to direct our steps. We tried to seize every opportunity. We tried to become true servants of Christ. We did all of this, while speaking healing scriptures and proclaiming health over Serenity. We never let go of the promise God had given our daughter, we just reached out to help others hold on to theirs as well.

We must allow our flesh to die out, place our situations entirely into God's hands and embrace others with His love. Faith without works is dead! However, when we choose to combine our belief with sowing selfless seeds toward healing and prosperity, God ALWAYS brings forth life!