207. Faith Looks Like Something
It’s easy to say that we trust God and have faith in Him, but do our actions reflect this belief? According to James 2, faith without works is dead and useless. In this episode, Caroline shares the truth that faith looks like something! Be ready to be challenged on your faith journey as you hear what the scriptures say about partnering your faith with actions.
James 2:14-26 NLT “What good is it, dear brothers, and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone? Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, and you say, “Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well”—but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do? So, you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless. Now someone may argue, “Some people have faith; others have good deeds.” But I say, “How can you show me your faith if you don’t have good deeds? I will show you my faith by my good deeds.” You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God. Good for you! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror. How foolish! Can’t you see that faith without good deeds is useless? Don’t you remember that our ancestor Abraham was shown to be right with God by his actions when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? You see, his faith and his actions worked together. His actions made his faith complete. And so, it happened just as the Scriptures say: “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.” He was even called the friend of God. So, you see, we are shown to be right with God by what we do, not by faith alone. Rahab the prostitute is another example. She was shown to be right with God by her actions when she hid those messengers and sent them safely away by a different road. Just as the body is dead without breath, so also faith is dead without good works.”
Hebrews 11:6-8 “And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him. It was by faith that Noah built a large boat to save his family from the flood. He obeyed God, who warned him about things that had never happened before. By his faith Noah condemned the rest of the world, and he received the righteousness that comes by faith. It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance. He went without knowing where he was going.”
Hebrews 11:30 “It was by faith that the people of Israel marched around Jericho for seven days, and the walls came crashing down.”
Hebrews 11:32-34 “How much more do I need to say? It would take too long to recount the stories of the faith of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, and all the prophets. By faith these people overthrew kingdoms, ruled with justice, and received what God had promised them. They shut the mouths of lions, quenched the flames of fire, and escaped death by the edge of the sword. Their weakness was turned to strength. They became strong in battle and put whole armies to flight.”
Faith Looks Like Something
- Faith without works is dead, useless, and fake.
- You must back up your faith with your actions.
- Your actions are what completes your faith.
- If you want to bring pleasure to the Father, you must have faith.
- Combining action with your faith will lead to the walls coming down in your life.
- Faith looks foolish. It won’t make sense to our natural mind.
- Faith takes risks.
- Faith is FUN!
Examples of Faith in the Bible
- Hebrews 11 has many examples of people in the Bible partnering their faith with their actions.
- Abraham obeyed God and moved to a land that God would show him.
- Noah obeyed God and built an ark.
- Rahab, in faith, hid God’s messengers.
- The Israelites, in faith, marched around the walls of Jericho.
Practical Ways to Live in Faith
- Faith does not wait for everything to align perfectly; faith takes a step forward before everything is aligned because you believe in God to provide.
- Tithing is an action in trusting God with your finances.
- How have you partnered your faith with action?
- This is not a formula that if we do ABC, then God will do XYZ. It’s all about the posture of your heart.
- If you have not been partnering your faith with action, repent to the Father and then ask the Holy Spirit to lead you to start taking action!
“Faith looks like something.” – Caroline Harries
“Faith that is not followed by action is dead and useless.” – Caroline
“Your faith is not complete if your actions are not there to back it up.” – Caroline
“Faith with action will lead to the walls coming down.” – Caroline
“Faith sets you up for success.” – Caroline
“It should be your greatest delight to partner up with the Father.” – Caroline Harries
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