If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand. —Isaiah 7:9

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. —Hebrews 11:1

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

What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. 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. You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder. You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless ? Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. 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. You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone. In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction? As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead. —James 2:14-26

Faith encourages a person to stand firm (Ephesians 6:14). Faith encourages confident hope and assurance in the unseen. Faith pleases God. Faith believes in God and His Son (John 17:3). Faith is rewarded by those who earnestly seek him. Faith is active in deeds. Faith that is active gives evidence that righteousness has been credited to his account— he is considered righteous by God. Faith without works is a dead faith. We were created in Christ for good works (Ephesians 2:10).

Truly, is there evidence seen in our lives that indicates that we truly have faith in God and in His Son? May it be so.

Dear Father, I am thankful for Your great love and patience, grace and guidance, care and compassion… May I be more like Jesus today than I was yesterday and more like Him tomorrow than I will be today. May this be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the Name that is above all names— that Name of Jesus.

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