There is a story that involved an area that was in need of rain.  The crops were dying, wells were drying up and things were coming to the point of desperation.  The local church decided that a prayer meeting which concentrated its focus on their need for rain was in order.  As the members filed into the building for the prayer meeting, one little girl was noted carrying an umbrella.  She was the only one!

Walking by faith is not a passive process!  Walking by faith is active and involves effort on the part of individual’s claiming to have it.  In a recent morning lesson we looked at the fact that saying we have faith but not doing anything to demonstrate it makes it a dead faith (James 2: 17). 

We also looked at what the driving force is behind our faith.  Paul says “…if I have faith to move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.”  (1 Corinthians 13:2) 

My friend, God’s love is demonstrated toward us in many ways and when we respond to that love with our own love, it will drive our faith in Him.  Our love and faith combine and will naturally result in works that “perfect” or “complete” our faith. 

If you find yourselves claiming to have a saving faith in God, but aren’t doing your part to feed and clothe your brothers and sisters (James 2:15-16) or obeying the direction of God (James 2:21-23) you are only fooling yourselves. 

I encourage you to “activate your faith” if you haven’t done so already.  Give God the glory by truly loving one another as He has loved us.  May God bless you in your “walk of faith!”

Copyright © 2002, Nolan P. Rutter

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