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I Suppose it's True?

Can I really trust Jesus?

"I will prove I have faith by doing good deeds" (James 2:18b).

Kinds of Faith:
We all know that are supposed to have faith.  But, did you know that there is more than one kind of faith?  One kind of faith says "I believe", and means, "I suppose it's true?"

The real kind of faith says, "I believe", and that means, "I commit myself heart and soul to God".  The devil would have you believe in the first kind, but real Christians believe in the second.

It's easy to get confused in today's world, about which kind of faith is meant when someone says, "I believe".  The Apostle James showed the way to tell the difference.  Faith that says, "I suppose" has no transforming power in your life.  This kind of faith produces no good works.

Faith Changes Things:
Faith that says, "I commit myself heart, mind and soul" is transforming faith.  This kind of faith will allow God to change your life into one like Jesus' and one that will please God in all you do, think and say.  This kind of faith always produce good works in the life of the teen who believes.

What kind of faith do you have in Christ?  A look at your life will tell you.  The Apostle James in chapter 2:24 brings out the real meaning of faith.  A person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone.   We are justified by faith, and God declares us innocent of sins on the basis of our faith.  The word "justified" is a legal term that means, "To be declared innocent", or "Proven innocent".

True Faith Acts:
It is not just by saying "I believe", but by acting on your faith, you take into your life what God has promised us in Christ Jesus.  Our sins cleansed and forgiven; our life changed by the power of God; our heart yearning to please God and the love of Jesus moving us to do good to others.

We are also justified by works, as what we do and say show that God's power has transformed us into brand new Christians.  An old saying is "The proof of the pudding is in the eating".  This means that the proof of our Salvation is a changed life.

Faith Produces Good Works:
Our words, thoughts and actions change and we become caring, kind and respectful to others.  Reading our Bibles, praying, going to church, worshipping and serving God whole heartedly, are some of the good works that Jesus produces in our lives.

That's why James concluded, "Faith without deeds is dead" (chapter 2:17).  If your faith in Christ has made no difference in your way of life, then you don't have a living faith in our Lord.

What kind of faith do you have?  I hope it is not the kind that says, "I suppose it's true?"

God Bless!
 

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