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9 Faith without Works is Dead

James 2:14-26, New King James Version
14 What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? 17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
18 But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your[a]works, and I will show you my faith by my works. 19 
Did you ever have a week, even two, maybe a lifetime that seemed to have a running theme? A period of time where the Universe appeared to throw caution to the wind, breaking its own rule of impartiality, providing blatant experience after experience to provide and perfect a certain set of lessons? Understanding faith and the works that go with it? Let’s just say this theme and I are up close and personal.
I’m a big supporter of elbow grease, putting your money where your mouth is, walking the walk and

talking the talk. I’m equally a fan of trusting that timing is everything and that patience is, in fact, a virtue. Eager as we are sometimes to prove through our actions that we are on ‘the path to enlightenment’, I have come to realise that more often than not, the ‘works’ required for faith might be of the mind rather than physical in nature.
My Dad once said, “There are two kinds of courage. Many a man is capable of the heroic action on the spur of the moment, but it takes a man of supreme courage to go on to face something which may haunt him for days ahead and which by turning back, he could escape.”
Faith without works is dead…. Works may just mean the courage required to trust that all is unfolding as planned, even if it hurts a little. Allowing oneself to trust that a divine plan is at hand may just be more difficult than the action one presumes is necessary to carry out the deed. Work on the physical plain is only one leg of the tripod. It is, after all, faith without work(s) that is dead. Without the emotional and spiritual investment in a plan, the plan doesn’t stand a chance.
The fear of failure or appearing foolish has prevented more great acts from coming to fruition than any lack of physical prowess ever did. Faith without works…
Until next time... Shine on.

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