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May Devotions
  1. Faith, not Sight
  2. Definition of Faith
  3. Faith is Unseen
  4. Faith of Abel
  5. Faith Pleases God
  6. Faith of Noah
  7. Faith of Abraham
  8. Faith Credited as Righteousness
  9. Power of Faith
  10. Blessings through Faith
  11. Faith Leads to Salvation
  12. Family of Faith
  13. Faith Excludes Boasting
  14. Justification by Faith
  15. The Shield of Faith
  16. Stand Firm in Faith
  17. Righteous Live by Faith
  18. Faith of the Centurion
  19. Little Faith
  20. Faith of a Mustard Seed
  21. Righteousness through Faith
  22. Weak Faith
  23. Faith isn't Blind
  24. Abandoning the Faith
  25. Worthless without Faith
  26. Worth More than Gold
  27. Faith is Resistance
  28. Faith Develops Perseverance
  29. Rich in Faith
  30. Faith and Deeds
  31. Our Deeds, Love, & Faith
James 2:17-18

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 what I do.

May 30

Faith and Deeds

"I can fly by flapping my arms really fast.  I've never tried it and I have no desire to prove it, but I'm sure of this."  Just as this statement is ridiculous, so is faith without evidence to back it up.

Many people get confused about faith and deeds but it is really simple.  Deeds are of no value themselves.  We can't follow the law perfectly and that is the end of our deeds.  But deeds are evidence of our faith.

A person can say that they have faith all they want.  When a situation comes where faith is requires, that is the true test of whether they have faith.  This is where deeds come in.  Will their deeds back up their faith or will their deeds show that their faith is in their own ability and that of other people.

When it comes to finances, do we give to God first and then trust Him to supply our needs, or do we make sure our needs are met before giving?  These deeds are evidence of our faith.  We can talk all that we want, but do our deeds reflect where our faith lies?

Essentially, James is saying, "Sure, you talk the talk, but do you also walk the walk?"  True faith is lived, not just talked about.  It is expressed in deeds, not words.

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