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Job: A Perspective on Suffering - What Are Friends For? (Part 2 - Job 22:5-11) - Corey Cornutt

Posted on June 11, 2017

Word of the Week - June 11, 2017

I have always loved the book of James. The entire epistle is filled with practical, usable lessons from an experienced member of the church. One of the most interesting parts of that book is in James 2:14. James says, “What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone says he has faith but does not have works?” He isn’t saying that we live by works based righteousness, but rather, works that are done in the flesh are inadequate. In the same way, faith that is only intellectual is not enough. But the Spirit brings life. The Spirit brings joy. The Spirit brings truth. The Spirit brings the works of a faith that are moved to action. Abraham did more than explain his faith in God. Rahab did more than intellectually know the promises of God. They acted them out.  Jesus spoke of a similar issue often.  He described it by quoting the prophet Isaiah:  “these people draw near to Me with their mouth and honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me.”  (Isaiah 29:13, Matthew 15:8)

Living a life of faith means walking from deadness to life. It means we must forsake our life of flesh to walk in the Spirit. We must do more than merely believing in God’s work.  We must deny ourselves, take up our cross and follow Him.  What it means to live a life of active obedience is not just intellectually accepting the work of Jesus but to do something.  May we all be moved by our faith into action this week!

Grace and Peace,

Joel