Thursday January 20, 2011

The Word for today is found in James 2:14, 17-20.

14What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? Can faith save him?
17Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. 18Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: show me thy faith without thy works, and I will show thee my faith by my works. 19Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. 20But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
Faith is of the spirit, but the outward expression of it is what you do in the natural realm. The world cannot see what is in your spirit, but it can see what you do in the flesh.

I used to go to the gym a lot and I found out a few things. One, just going and holding the weight will not build muscle. I had to do something with that weight to bring about a result.

At first I started out light and even that seemed hard. As I continued to go on a regular basis I started to see results. Over a period of time I would increase the amount of weight I could lift.

To build muscle meant that I had to do something that my muscle resisted. The results were nice but there was also some pain involved at times as my muscles reacted to the stress. It also demanded commitment on my part to go regularly in spite of the pain.

Faith is like a spiritual muscle. It needs to be used in a way that will cause it to grow. Left unused it will never develop to help you out in the long haul.

I also realized something else as I was building muscle. I had to eat right. Muscle needs protean to grow. When you start out in the Word you start on the milk of the Word, but eventually you need to progress to where you are eating real meat.

Find a promise in the Word that pertains to your need now, and put you faith to work.

Don’t give up and in time you will see results of standing on the Word.

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