•     What kind of faith do you have?  Notice I didn’t say, “Do you have faith?”  Because everybody has faith in something.  We all believe something.  James 1:19 says even demons believe in one God. 

        A person’s faith is only as good as the faith object – what they place their faith in.  There is an old country saying, “Don’t go to the goat house for wool.”  In other words your faith object needs to be able to deliver.

        In the New Testament book of James chapter two, the writer distinguishes between faith and saving faith.  Natural faith can be described as “head knowledge.”  Intellectually understanding and agreeing with the facts.  You can acknowledge that something is accurate or true, yet it not influence how you live.

        Saving Faith (faith in Jesus Christ that leads to salvation) can be described as “heart knowledge.”  It is more than intellectual agreement.  Saving faith is an act of the will that moves from just acknowledging God to trusting and relying
    on His ability to provide for us.

        The book of James goes on to say saving faith produces good works/deeds.  James 2:14 says, “What good is it if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds?  Can such faith save him?”  James 2:18b says, “…I will show you my faith by what I do.”  And James 2:26 says, “As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead.”  Also, Ephesians 2:10 states, “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

        Works do not produce saving faith (salvation), but saving faith produces good works!  So do you having saving faith?  Is your faith producing good deeds that honor God and bless others?  If not, convert your faith into saving faith by trusting in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and living your life for Him!

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    by Tony Cooper, Executive Director 
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