Written by Emmie Stanley
But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? (James 2:20 NKJV)
Jesus declared from the cross, “It is finished!” 2 Peter 1:3 describes it this way: “His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness.” Everything, everything for vibrant spiritual and physical life was established for us through Christ’s sacrifice. Whatever we need is now available through faith in Him and His finished work on the cross. So what is the key to seeing it manifest in our lives?
The word of God is filled with “you” messages – statements such as “give and it will be given to you,” “seek and you will find,” and “you reap what you sow.” There is this ongoing narrative that calls us to take the next step toward meeting our need, and it is that expression of faith that opens the way to our answered prayer. Our intentional move demonstrates that we have faith in what God has done and we are willing to take risks, step out, and trust Him to fulfill the many promises that were established through the sacrifice of Jesus.
Faith without works is dead. If we believe what God has said in His word, we will demonstrate our faith by our actions. Jesus says that He always leads us in triumph (2 Cor. 2:14). Leading requires following. We need to find out what the word says about our specific situation, take that word for ourselves and speak it out through prayer, and then actively take the steps that the Holy Spirit shows us. This, along with patience, will lead to the fulfillment of the promises of God for our lives.
In the coming season of prayer, we trust that you will be encouraged and enlivened by the many scriptures that admonish us to be active participants in the work that God is doing in us, as you “make the next move” to receive that which was made available through His sacrifice for you.