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 disease does not bring about the cure. The medicine must be administered for the benefit to occur. Believing that a certain type of weapon will win a war does not bring about the victory. The weapon must be acquired and utilized for the victory to be realized. The belief that God desires for His children to prosper and win souls does not fill the bank accounts or the altars. Actions are required and the implementation of His principles for those things to become a reality. Faith with works – works!
The biblical account of Caleb in Joshua 14 is a beautiful illustration of faith with works that worked. There was something he wanted, and he declared, “therefore, give me this mountain.” He had worked to reach the place of the promise. He had waited for the day of the fulfillment. Now, he was ready to possess the promise of God made years earlier.
He had the promise in his heart and believed the promise. Now he was ready to act upon his faith. “And Moses swore on that day, saying…” Caleb was declaring that as far as he was concerned the promise was the assurance of reality. He considered this a promise of God, not just a declaration of Moses the man of God.
He had determination and confidence. He wanted what had been promised and he believed was rightfully his. He was confident that having followed God fully and walked in obedience that God would keep His promise. He believed that although the promise had been made 45 years earlier and now, he was 85 years old, he could still do what was needed to see the fulfillment in his life.
The powerful declaration in 2 Chronicles 20:20 is relevant and applicable. “Believe in the Lord your God, so shall you be established; believe His prophets, so shall you prosper.” The writer of Hebrews reminds us in Hebrews 11:6 that, “without faith it is impossible to please God: for he that comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”
If we expect to accomplish anything for God and through God, it is mandatory that we not only believe what He has said, but that we do what He has instructed. Caleb’s actions provide an excellent pattern to follow. There must be an objective. We must have a promise and provision for that object from the Lord and confirmed in the Word. We must have determination and confidence. Then we must act upon the Promise and allow our Faith to Work through Works!
Someone said, “God’s Promise plus man’s actions equals God’s miraculous supply.” The question is, what do you want to accomplish for the Lord? What is the scriptural basis and validation of that desire? Do you believe it? Now, go for it and put your faith into action through application. Faith with Works – Works!
God bless you as you enjoy the day He has prepared!