The Bible says, “Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead”(James 2:17,20).
We read in James 2:21,22: “Was not our ancestor 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.”
Today, when problems, sicknesses and difficulties come in our life, it is indeed hard for us to bear them. When we hold on to the promises of God, we can experience the faith working in us.
Once, as a family, we had been to Hyderabad to hold the Jesus Calls Prayer Festival. On the first day of the meeting, we went and sat on the dais. The meeting started. When they announced that my husband Dr. Paul Dhinakaran would be speaking, there was a heavy downpour of rain.
Nobody on the stage could get up and leave. All the people who had thronged there sat still in that heavy rain along with their little children with strong faith and hope. That very first day, the Holy Spirit worked mightily. Through His servant, He called out many by name and revealed their problems. When those people received wonderful blessings as per their faith and came to the stage to testify, we were wonder-struck.
Yes, dearly beloved, faith without works is dead. But when we show it in action, the Lord who promised, “I will make you see wonders” will make us see wonders.
Today, the Lord is going to meet whatever need you have for celebrating the birth of Christ. There may be many needs in your family. The Lord will meet all your needs. Are you living without a job or a house? Are you troubled by your family problems or sicknesses? Today, the Lord is going to heal you. He will deliver you from all your problems. He will provide you a job. He will bless you with a house of your own. Let us firmly believe that.
The Bible positively says, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him” (Hebrews 11:6). When we have faith, we can enjoy the reward that comes from God. What is faith? The scripture says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11;1). When we have faith and when we cling on to the Lord firmly with the assurance, “I am blessed,” the Lord will surely do the miracle.
Dearly beloved, let us humble before Lord Jesus and tell Him, “Lord, you have all the authority.” When we thus live with faith, He will work mightily in us, bless us and make us the most privileged people. The Bible states, “You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone” (James 2:24). One who has faith and shows it in action through good deeds is declared righteous before God.
Loving Lord Jesus,
You have created us to do good works. I choose to listen to You Word and live according to your commands. Give me the grace to live by faith and do good deeds. Let my life be pleasing to You. Let my light shine before others that they may see my good works and glorify You.
In Your matchless name I pray.