James 1:17-26

Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble! But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” And he was called the friend of God. You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only. Likewise, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way? For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

You have five senses that enable you to relate to the world around you: taste, feel, smell, hearing and sight. These are the ways that you communicate with your surroundings. Your spirit is what quickens these senses to life (John 6:63). Your spirit is the dynamic that makes the mechanics of your five senses work. Without the five senses, our nature, and our spirit we would live pretty boring lives.

All of those senses and how they work are amazing. Nothing can match the complexity of the inner workings of the human body, but to me the most wonderful thing I know of is the sixth sense. The sixth sense is a gift from God; faith. Faith doesn’t work like the rest of the senses, it operates on a different basis and that basis and foundation is the Word of God.

There is one thing that has to happen to make your faith a reality and that is having your faith accompanied by action. Without works faith is dead. What good is it saying I have faith if it doesn’t do anything for you? Faith must be accompanied by works to be alive. Your faith is made alive by the Holy Spirit. Thus, it is the working of the Holy Spirit in your life, leading you, guiding you, healing you, and watching over you that is the reality of your faith.

It isn’t that you say, “I believe it, I believe it”, while clenching your fists and scrunching your eyebrows together. That is not how faith works. Demons believe and understand a lot more about the Bible than many people who study it do. To say you believe and have faith must be accompanied by an action in your life. It must be the Holy Spirit visibly working in your life to see the reality of your faith.

Your faith will vindicate what God intended for you to accomplish. Your faith goes to the Father and accepts what He has already done for you. Faith is the literal substance of the things you hope for. Faith is the evidence of things that are unseen as of yet.

Your five senses can be fooled, but faith can never be fooled. The five senses can comprehend what they are smelling, touching, seeing, or feeling, but your faith is the reality of that which is unseen and hoped for.

You will be in the rapture because your faith vindicates to you it will happen. Faith operates on the basis of the Word. Are you living by faith? Is the working of the Holy Spirit being vindicated in your life? All you need to do is let go of the reins and let God take control. Keep walking by faith.

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Oh, Christians, pinch the inside man now and wake up to the reality, that Jesus Christ is here to manifest Hisself to you. And His present attitude now is just the same to you as it—as it was to them back there. But He could only do as your faith will vindicate, or your faith will go to the Father and accept what He has already done for you.

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