The Outward Expression of Faith

A man walks face first into a sliding glass door. He thought it was open. He couldn’t see that the glass door was actually closed. After experiencing this just one time, most people affix some sort of vinyl sticker or stained glass decoration to the sliding glass door so that next time, it’s easy to see when the door is closed. This is a great example of our beliefs in action. It was because the man believed the door was open that he walked into the glass. His action was the outward expression of his inner belief.

I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do what I have been doing. (John 14:12) “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. (Matthew 7:24) We know that salvation is through faith and that the evidence of that faith is our actions aligning with what the Bible tells us. So we must first consider how much time we invest in reading the Bible. If we never read it, we’ll never know what it says. Read from the Bible a little bit every day.

But…Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. (James 1:22) It’s one thing to casually read the Bible as though it’s just a nice story. It’s another thing entirely to read the Bible with the intent of seeking the Lord. The best way for us to become a persons of action, doers of the Word, is to let God speak to us through the Bible and then to put His Word into action. D. L. Moody said “The Bible was not given to increase our knowledge but to change our lives.” By doing what the Word of God says we demonstrate that we are developing faith in Him. And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. (Hebrews 11:6)

Read: James 1:25
(Gary Howell)
Scripture references from NIV unless otherwise noted.

Based on Because God Says So, I will Listen, Obey, and ENJOY His Blessings on January 21st, 2017 - Watch Sermon

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