Faith or Works?
This morning I was fighting doubt; a disastrous and dangerous feeling to a Believer. The project before me seems insurmountable, in fact it would be in my own strength. But God has consistently been doing what only He can do, reminding me that He is in charge.
But for the last few days, there has been some disappointments from unexpected places. Faith and excitement were soon overwhelmed by doubt and fear.
Yet as I remembered what God has been doing, I instinctively knew that I had to keep going. I made a choice:
- Remember who God is and what He did yesterday,
- Rest in what He will do today,
- Rejoice in the certainty that He will be the same tomorrow.
Then I read James 2:18-26
But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble! But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” And he was called the friend of God. You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only.
Likewise, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way?
For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
As a Jewish follower of Yeshua (Jesus) it would be easy to confuse “works of the law” versus “works of faith.” One is trying to achieve righteousness before God while the other is the manifestation our faith and righteousness.
Once again God spoke to me as He offered encouragement and consolation. My faith in His immutability (unchangingness) was all that I needed to continue on this wonderful journey He has put before me. Doubt and fear have no place in my soul when my spirit is transformed by the reading of His word.
Whatever you are facing today,
- Remember God’s faithfulness and mighty acts in your past
- Rest knowing He will continue to do what He started in your present
- Rejoicing in the hope of His promises for your future.
So keep on keeping on!
With love, j