James 2:17-26 – “Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself. 18 But someone may well say, “You have faith, and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” 19 You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder. 20 But are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow, that faith without works is useless? 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he offered up Isaac his son on the altar? 22 You see that faith was working with his works, and as a result of the works, faith was perfected; 23 and the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “And Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness,” and he was called the friend of God. 24 You see that a man is justified by works, and not by faith alone. 25 And in the same way was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works, when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way? 26 For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.” NASB
The belief that a certain type of medicine will cure a disease does not bring about the cure. The medicine must be acquired and administered to have the desired effect. Believing a certain weapon will bring about a win in a war will not bring about the victory. The weapon must be acquired and used to bring about the desired result. Likewise, the belief that God desires for His people to prosper and win souls dos not fill the alters or the purses. Actions are required. Therefore, I declare that “Faith with Works, Works!”
Caleb from the Old Testament is a wonderful example and illustration of faith with works that worked. Consider his situation and the results and I believe you will agree with my assessment.
First, there was something that he wanted. He said, in Joshua 14:12, “Now, therefore, give me this mountain…” He had worked for this promise. He had waited for this promise. Now, he was ready to receive it.
Second, he had a promise and acted upon that promise as seen in 14:9, “and Moses swore on that day, saying…” As far as Caleb was concerned, God has promised him an inheritance and he believed God’s promise.
Third, Caleb demonstrated both determination and confidence. He wanted what had been promised 45 years earlier believing it was rightfully his. He knew that he had followed the LORD fully and that God was on his side, therefore he could not fail. He believed that he could accomplish the task of dispossessing those now occupying his promise. He was confident that if God said it, God would do it and that he could do anything through God.
In 2 Chronicles 20:20 we read, “Believe in the LORD your God, so shall you be established; believe in His prophets, so shall you prosper.” In Hebrews 11:6, we find, “But without faith, it is impossible to please Him: for he that comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.”
If we expect to accomplish anything for God, we must not only believe it possible but DO IT! Caleb’s actions are an ideal pattern for us to follow. There must be an Object or Objective. There must be a Promise and a Provision for that Object or Objective from the LORD. We must have both Determination and Confidence.
I don’t do formulas, spiritually, but let me suggest that it is God’s Word plus Man’s Action upon God’s Word that results in the Miraculous Fulfillment. So, I ask you, “What do you want to accomplish for Jesus?” First, seek His face and His will. Next, find the scriptural basis for that objective. Finally, believe!
God bless you as you embark on today’s leg of your life’s journey!