James 2:15-17 “Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, ‘Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.”
It sounds so easy to live by faith. You enter the kingdom of God by faith, you walk with Christ by faith, you experience Christ by faith, and then in front of you is something unplanned for - the needs of another, a broken relationship that needs nurturing, or just some homeless person on the corner wanting a spare dime. Will your faith be accompanied by your deeds? Will you be the lord of your life or will Christ? You are pressed for time, your money is limited, and honestly your desires may not match those needs with which you are being confronted. Allowing Jesus to be Lord requires you to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit in order to catch what is happening. Your old man, the culture in which you live, and satan all yearn for your faith to be practical and rational so that you miss where God is leading you. Any time this happens, the result is you being absorbed into the world instead of being used by God for a greater Kingdom purpose. You must position yourself through Bible reading, prayer, and constantly submitting to Christ’s Lordship so that you can be sensitized to the Holy Spirit’s leading. As your relationship with Christ grows, your sensitivity to Him will grow. It is being in touch with God that moves you into the power of His presence and His work in you. Allow Christ to match your faith with action!
Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” (NIV)