• James 2 vs. 18 But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.”Show me your faith without deeds,and I will show you my faith by my deeds.
    • I went over many documentaries on this and I find it odd that some want to try to go into all kinds of things about what James means here. I believe if you look previous few verses you see in whatever version of the Bible you are reading that works or deeds has to do with helping others.
      • It is not acting religious. It is not being meek. It is not acting humble. It is not those kinds of outer expressions of your religion. It is doing! And it is doing for others who need some help!
    • I believe if you are a saved child of God, and the Holy Spirit is living in you, there will be evidence of that Spirit. Remember weeks ago we talked about the wind moving and you cannot see the wind, but you can see the effects of the wind? Well if the Holy Spirit moves we will see the effects.
    • I can only speak for me, and I know everyone is different, but it is, now, hard for me not to work. I feel it is who I am now. Because of the Holy Spirit in me, I am much more able than I use to be to see needs and find ways to help.
      • But this was not always the case. I, even though saved, use to not do this. When I first was saved, I was just joyous! God loved me! Jesus died for me! I am saved! I was not at all concerned about others. It was just me and God having a good time! I am not even saying that is wrong. It might very well be needed. It was for me. I finally felt loved! True love!
      • Then I began to study. Studying God’s Word changed my life here on earth. I learn more and more as I study Who God Is! I see more of His love for us. I see more of His will for us! I see more! And seeing more is what produces more from me. “We love because He first loved us!” That is it. And the more you get that love, the more you want to love back. And evidence of that loving Him back is loving His people, His creation and taking some love action.
    • James, I think, is saying anyone can say anything. But actions are what prove if it is true or not. We never want to just be the saying type. We want to be witnesses that are believable!
  • vs. 19 You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.
    • I LOVE this verse! I use it a lot when teaching, or witnessing.
    • For years and years and years, I believe, there was kind of wave of believe that believing there is one God was enough. Today if you ask someone about their faith or what they believe, many many many will say they believe there is a God.
      • Some will even say I believe in God and that He has all the power and control.
      • Some say there is a God out there somewhere in the distance.
      • Some say there is a greater power.
      • Some say and some believe and some have a bit of realization that He has power over all of us.
    • And yet even the demons believe that! They believe enough to shudder! To be afraid! They KNOW His power. I think they KNOW God is not pleased with them and that is why they shudder!
    • So What do we need to get from this? Believing there is a God is not enough! Knowing there is a God who is powerful is not enough.
    • So what is enough?
      • Believing God’s word to the point of doing it.
        • Example: For God so love the world that He gave His only Son that whoever believes in Him will not perish but will have eternal life. John 3:16
          • That is more than believing that there is a God. It is believing that He knows what is best for us and has made a Way. And then going that Way. The Way is Jesus Christ.
          • Now if you truly believe that Christ is the way to salvation, then Christ becomes your salvation. And you look to your Savior for everything. He died for you! But before and after He died for you, He gave us instructions on how to live while we are here. And He sent His Holy Spirit to live in us. And that Holy Spirit shows us ALL things that Christ wants us to know.
            • It is very simple now. Almost too simple. We have a struggle with it.
              • We are saved. We are saved We are saved. How, by grace! One simple moment in time you actually get it and see that you have nothing to offer. God, and that Christ, did it all! And at that moment when you realize that you do not deserve it, you cannot earn it, but that it is a gift that you can accept, and you do, that salvation is done. Glory!
                • So how do works come in? Why are we talking about works or deeds? Because of that Holy Spirit in you!
                • Can anyone deny that if God Almighty is living in you that you will be changed? Will God come to live in you to do nothing?
                • What would God do in you? Think about it! What would God do with you while here on earth?
                  • I believe He will do the same things with you on earth as Jesus did on earth!
                  • Witness
                  • Feed the hungry
                  • Teach and preach.
                  • Heal the ones have problems.
                  • Love the children.
                  • Cook for someone.
                  • Pray for others.
                  • Comfort people who were hurting.
                  • Give praise and glory to God.
                  • Listened to and followed the Will of God.
                  • Took care of His family.
                  • Rebuked evil.
                  • He taught others to do what He did and more. (For example: I cannot find that He visited someone in prison, but He wants us to!) Matthew 25:43-45 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’44“They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’45He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’
        • There is not denying, we are to do works. We have God in us pushing us to do works. It is almost impossible to not, if you have the kind of faith that James is talking about in this chapter.
  • James 2:20 You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless? 21 Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. 23 And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend. 24 You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone.
    • One more time I want to clarify the difference between Paul saying we are saved by faith alone and not of works compared to James saying we must have works to prove our faith.
      • Paul is saying we cannot work our way into heaven. We are saved by grace alone. We are never and never will be good enough.
      • James is saying, once you have received that grace and you profess Jesus Christ as Lord of your life, then you will have works that follow. God does not give us faith alone, He gives us faith and the Holy Spirit to move us to action.
    • So in Gen. 15:6;22:1-14 we are told that Abraham was justified by faith. In Romans 4:3 Paul tells us that Abraham was justified by faith. And here we are being told that it was faith in action.
      • So what was the action? Believing God enough to do what He says.
        • Now we know that Abraham did not end up having to literally kill his son but he did have to by faith, mentally and spiritually have to kill him. He raised the knife and would have done it. He was believing God and trusting God through action.
        • That is what we are to do. Believe God and trust Him, through action. What are the things that God is asking you to do?
          • Well I can tell you that Jesus Christ told us all to love God with all our heart, mind, soul and strength and to love others as ourselves. So lets just start there. Are we? Are we even trying?
          • Abraham BELIEVED God all the way to action. We need to believe God all the way to action too.
        • I seriously fail everyday to love God with all my heart and all my soul and all my mind and all my strength. I cannot do it. But I believe God that I should do this, so I try and I try to do whatever I can with whatever I have whenever I can. I pray to Him, I study His word, I listen to others teaching and preaching.
        • And that love others as yourself, I fail on that, too. I want to though! Why? Because I BELIEVE God and want to do His will. So I try to love others as myself, but now in all truth myself wins out most of the time. But that does not mean don’t try. I really want to love others as myself. The more I practice it, the easier it is getting. I figure by the time I get to heaven I will be half way there! Then, praise God, I am going to be changed!
        • So you know Abraham was not perfect. And yet, that one act (action) of faith was accredited to him as righteousness! We don’t have to be perfect! We just have to believe God enough to act.
        • I believe God calls us to specific things besides the broader statement of love God with all of your heart, mind, soul and strength and to love others as yourself. So ask yourselves, what is He calling you to have enough faith to do? Have you stepped out in action?
          • Sometimes we think we have faith, we tell others we have faith, but we never find the time to take that first step.
          • I urge you to take the step! God will not let you down. He will not abandon you when you are stepping out for Him.
          • And every once in a while, when we actually step out and trust Him enough to do it, we get a glimpse of what it feels like to be in the perfect will of God! And that is a glorious feeling!