RCCG Open Heavens Devotional Tuesday 12 February 2013
By Pastor E. A. Adeboye
Memorise: "what does it profit, my brethren, though a man says he has faith and has no works. can works save him? James 2:14
Read: James 2: 14-20 Bible in one year: Thessalonians 1-3
Prayer point: "Father, thank you for past Special Holy Ghost Services and your son Pastor E. A. Adeboye you have been using in them. Let this year's Special Holy Ghost Service witness Your unprecedented move, power and testimonies.
Faith is a very unique and indispensable subject that every believer in Christ must operate in because of the peculiarity of the Christian life. We are called to a life of faith. Hebrews 11 :1 says,
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
Normally, there is no substance in something you are hoping to receive because it is still futuristic, but in the Christian life, faith is the substance in our hope. In the same vein, it is impossible to have evidence among things that are unseen, yet in our peculiar lifestyle, faith is the evidence that can be seen in unseen circumstances. Do you have faith? Is your faith tangible? Is it enough evidence in the world of the unseen? Broadly speaking, faith can be categorized into two types – living faith and dead faith. In most cases, faith has a partner it can hardly do without and that partner is “Works. Faith partners works just as the body partners the spirit They are inseparable hence, James 2:20 says any faith that has no works to back it up is as good as dead. Works partly gives life to faith. If you have faith but lack works, that faith is dead faith. Today, many people who have faith are yet unsaved because they have not taken the necessary steps to receive salvation - God’s free gift to mankind. If you are offered a gift you will be unable to enjoy it until you move to where it is and claim it. Are you yet to be born again but you have faith in Jesus Christ that He is the Saviour of the world? You cannot be saved from your sins until you take some definite steps: you must realise you are a sinner and that you cannot save yourself from your sins. You must believe that Jesus died for the whole world but particularly for you to be saved from eternal hell. You must confess your sins before God in church, at home or anywhere, promising not to return to them. You must invite Jesus Christ into your heart and ask Him to take over the control of your life. Also confess Him as your Lord from that moment. Thereafter, you must destroy everything ¡n your custody that reminds you of your past evil lifestyle evil books, worldly music, videos and VCDs: you must separate from bad influences – sin partners, bad gangs, occultic friends and materials. Cut off visits to reveling spots and disco halls. Start to read the Bible, pray regularly and fellowship with God’s children. These re works backing your faith for salvation. Is our faith backed by works?