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Faith With Works

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Hebrews 11:1
Hebrews 11:1 AV
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
James 2:14-26
James 2:14–26 AV
What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way? For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
Faith is the SUBSTANCE of things hoped for
The difficulty here is that with our Pentecostal enthusiasm, we synonymize Faith with Hope, instead of making faith the actions of our hope
The EVIDENCE of the things not seen OR the PROOF of our Hope
James 2:26
James 2:26 AV
For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
So our spirit (soul) is to our body, as our works are to our faith.
These resources are the basis of our social interaction
Time
Talent
Treasure
How we use these resources defines our character
Time
Talent
Treasure
Where we use these resources define our priorities / desires
Inter-familial
Extended family, friends, community
Work or Education related
God’s Kingdom
What is Your WHY?
WHY can be broken into these motivations
Survival
Integrity
Approval
Recognition
When Your desire requires Faith
Hebrews 11:6
Hebrews 11:6 AV
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
What area do I need to take action in to bring God into my circumstances?
Time
Talent
Treasure
Which of these areas am I primarily supposed to TRUST God for and which areas am I supposed to primarily demonstrate FAITH?
Inter-familial
Extended family, friends, community
Work or Education related
God’s Kingdom
Matthew 6:24-34
Matthew 6:24–34 AV
No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
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