“You believe that God is one; well and good. Even the demons believe that – and tremble with fear.”
This is one of the most sarcastic verses of the bible. James uses this sarcasm to bring across a very important point. His point was this: just believing isn’t enough; your belief must move you to action.
This is very simple to understand, but there are a lot of people who separate religion and real life. They ‘believe’ in God, but then there is ‘reality.’ The truth is that if what you believe doesn’t line up with what you are doing, then you really haven’t believed – or at least you haven’t fully believed.
The word believe means to accept something as truth. If I believe your name is Sam then I accept that as truth and I act accordingly. I show that I believe that by calling you Sam and introducing you as Sam to all of my friends. That’s faith with works. What I believed became a part of my life.
The same should be true in our Christian lives. When we believe something the bible says we should (and will if it is true faith) act accordingly. For example, the bible says to give and it shall be given unto you. You can say that you believe that, but if you never give and wonder why you are always poor and complain that you don’t have enough money to give then you’ve shown me that you really don’t believe the bible.
It astounds me when I meet people like this. Actually it drives me crazy. They come to you for help over and over, they say they believe the bible, but they never go and do what it says, so they end up in the same mess over and over again.
So what do you do? Some people might say that they just don’t have the faith to do this or that. Well, the reason for that is that you are not going to trust someone that you don’t know very well. How can you trust God when you don’t know Him? How can you trust Him when you never take the time to get to know Him. Out of all the people of great faith that I have heard or read about, they all took time to seek God through prayer and through His Word.
Its that simple. Get to know God through prayer and through the Word. In my life is has been easy for me to see that during the times that I have set aside quality time to fellowship with God that my faith level was much higher then at other times. And that makes sense, because ‘faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.”