Pastors Stephen
& Carolyn Prescod

 

PUT ACTION TO YOUR FAITH!

 

Even faith the size of a mustard seed has the potential to move mountains. But not one rock will be removed until you do something. 

If you want to experience the blessing of Abraham on your life, you must PUT ACTION TO YOUR FAITH! 

Praise the Lord, precious Saints of God.  Please join me in thanking God for this marvelous day.  This is a good day to get into the Word of God and allow Him to reveal His truths to us.  Then demonstrate your faith in His Word by acting on it, and you would receive what He promised you. 

Some people always talk about what they believe in, yet they never do anything about it.  For the Bible says “Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.  Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works” (James 2: 17-18). 

Verse 17 could be translated this way:  “Faith without corresponding action is dead.”  Corresponding action refers to behavior that correlates or corresponds with what a person says or believes. 

Have you ever noticed that a train always have to travel on two rails in order for it to reach its destination?  If you remove one of those rails from the track, the train wouldn’t go anywhere.  In fact there is a great possibility that the train will crash when it reaches the place where there is only one rail. 

Well, spiritually speaking, we have to operate on “two” rails so to speak in order to receive anything from God:  the rail of belief or of faith in God and His Word:  and second, the rail of action or doing what the words says. 

Too many Christians want to just sit around and say, “Lord I believe, please bless me,” while doing absolutely nothing.  They don’t want to put action to their faith.  For instance, some people may say, “Lord, you know I need a job. Please give me a good job.”  But they sit around in their houses instead of going to job interviews.  I guess they expect the job to come to them! 

Let me ask you a question, how many employers you know will actually go around knocking on doors, looking for potential employees?  Yes, God could supernaturally send an employer to knock on someone’s door and say “Do you need a job, and I’ve come to give you one!”  Nothing is impossible with God; that could happen. But it usually doesn’t. 

However, if those same people said, “Lord, I need a job.  I’m going out to get my job,” and then get up early in the morning to hunt for a job, God would provide one for them.  You see God promised to bless whatever His children put their hands to (Deut. 28:8).  He didn’t say He will bless people that just sit around the house believing Him.  According to this Scripture, they must get up and begin to act on their faith! 

Think back to the account of the twelve spies in the Book of Numbers.  All twelve of those spies knew what God had promised them.  I imagine they were all present when God delivered His people from Egypt’s bondage and rolled back the waters of the Red Sea.  They all knew what God had done to deliver and sustain them. 

But, as the saying goes, when push comes to shove, ten of the spies wouldn’t shove!  They backed off; they refuse to act on God’s Word.  As a result, neither they nor the people who sided with them ever received the fulfillment of the promise. I have to close, but I will continue this message next week.

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Word for Today: " Good Judgement" 

In the Book of Proverbs 3:21,22 (NIV), King Solomon writes: "My son, preserve sound judgment and discernment, do not let them out of your sight; they will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck." As we look at the greatest and best leaders you will find the trait of "Good Judgment!" I would like to encourage you today to let the trait of the Bible improve your judgment.