1-25-2013-FAITH DESCRIBED BEAUTIFULLY


JAMES 2:17 = EVEN SO, FAITH, IF IT HAS NOT WORKS, IS DEAD, BEING ALONE.


"REMARKS"

THE FOLLOWING WORDS COME FROM AN INTRODUCTION OF JAMES LETTER ABOUT FAITH. I WILL PASS IT ON, AS IT HAS BEAUTIFUL DESCRIPTION OF FAITH.


"FAITH" WITHOUT WORKS, CANNOT BE CALLED "FAITH". "FAITH" WITHOUT WORKS IS DEAD AND A DEAD "FAITH", IS WORSE THAN NO "FAITH" AT ALL.

"FAITH" MUST WORK; IT MUST PRODUCE; IT MUST BE VISIBLE.

VERBAL "FAITH", IS NOT ENOUGH; MENTAL "FAITH" IS INSUFFICIENT. "FAITH" MUST BE THERE, BUT IT MUST BE MORE. IT MUST INSPIRE ACTION. TRUE "FAITH" MUST MANIFEST ITSELF, IN WORKS OF "FAITH".

"FAITH" ENDURES TRIALS. TRIALS COME AND GO, BUT A STRONG "FAITH" WILL FACE THEM HEAD ON AND DEVELOP ENDURANCE.

"FAITH" UNDERSTANDS TEMPTATIONS. IT WILL NOT ALLOW US TO CONSENT TO OUR LUST, AND SLIDE INTO SIN.

"FAITH" OBEYS THE WORD! IT WILL NOT MERELY HEAR, AND NOT DO. "FAITH" PRODUCES DOERS.

"FAITH" HARBORS NO PREJUDICE. "FAITH" AND FAVORITISM CANNOT COEXIST. 

"FAITH" DISPLAYS ITSELF IN WORKS. 

"FAITH" IS MORE THAN MERE WORDS. IT IS MORE THAN KNOWLEDGE; IT IS DEMONSTRATED BY OBEDIENCE; AND IT OVERTLY RESPONDS TO THE PROMISES OF GOD.

"FAITH" CONTROLS THE TONGUE. THIS SMALL BUT IMMENSELY POWERFUL PART OF THE BODY, MUST BE HELD IN CHECK. "FAITH" CAN DO IT. "FAITH" ACTS WISELY. IT GIVES US THE ABILITY TO CHOOSE WISDOM THAT IS HEAVENLY AND TO SHUN WISDOM THAT IS EARTHLY. "FAITH" PRODUCES SEPARATION FROM THE WORLD AND SUBMISSION TO GOD. IT GIVES US THE ABILITY TO RESIST AND TO HUMBLY DRAW NEAR TO GOD.

FINALLY, "FAITH" WAITS PATIENTLY FOR THE COMING OF THE LORD. THROUGH TROUBLE AND TRIAL, IT STIFLES COMPLAINING.