Faith & Works

In the same way faith, if it doesn’t have works is dead by itself
— James 2:17

The spirit of procrastination is real. You can't pray away something that you aren't putting action behind.  And you can’t just believe that God is going to do something in your life if you haven’t put to use the tools He has already given you. Now for me this applied to the work I needed to do for my blog; I kept pushing back my relaunch date, making excuses about why I wasn’t sticking to my writing schedule, and just all around slacking as if my blog was going to grow by osmosis.

*That's Tweetable* You can't pray away something that you aren't putting action behind

Although this scripture may have resonated with me in the area of my blog, for you it might be something else: a relationship concern, a task you know you need to complete, or maybe something with your job. Whatever it may be, understand that having faith is great, but when we fail to put the God inspired action behind our faith, we may as well not have faith at all.

God has equipped us for every task, battle, or situation we will encounter (2 Peter 1:3). Once we pray or receive a word from God concerning a particular issue, at that moment He gives us instruction and ability to take action. However, since we’re human we say things like “God, idk what you want me to do” translated: “God I think I know what you want me to do but I’m scared because idk how it will turn out so I’m just going to keep asking you until you show me an easier way”. Maybe I’m just speaking for myself, and that’s okay. But the point I’m trying to make is that the faith is there clearly because we prayed, however our faith is then reduced because we don’t take action.

The scripture goes on to say in verse 22 that “faith is active together with works, and by works faith is perfected”. Note, it does not say that God expect us to be perfect; often times we get caught up in “doing it right/perfect” but God is saying “just do what you can, and trust Me with what you can’t”. 

*That's Tweetable* Do what you can, and trust God to do what you can't

This is something I struggle with OFTEN, because I’m a recovering perfectionist and I often believe that all the pieces have to be there before I make a move; that’s a lie and a post for another time. But I have to constantly remind myself that my prayers alone won’t make anything happen especially when God already equipped me. Get moving.

Are you faithing but not working?