We have been taught (not wrongly) that faith comes from believing and confessing and that whatever our hearts desire we can claim and have, by faith. This is true, very true!
But there is a faith that GOD requires from everyone who is born of the Spirit and Water and desires to be born of GOD. This is a faith that requires work for without doing; faith cannot be substantial or evidential. Without doing according to the faith in the Spirit, our faith cannot become a substance; it cannot become evidence that truly we are of GOD.
“For as many as are led by the spirit of GOD, they are the sons of GOD.” Romans 8: 14
You cannot be led unless you have faith and you cannot be led to nothing: leading always comes with doing something; accomplishing a task. It means that as many as are led by the Spirit of GOD to do something and obeyed, they are the sons of GOD because they have faith in the Words of GOD which is WHO HE is.
“For by it the elders obtained a good testimony (report).” Hebrews 11: 2
Elders would not have obtained good reports if they did not do according to GOD’s Words; Abraham would not have been called father of faith if he had not been doing according to GOD’s Commands; Joseph would have been forgotten if he had not yielded to GOD’s command instead of submitting to the allures of Potiphar’s wife; Daniel would not have obtained good report if he was always caught up with the enjoyment in Babylon instead of believing that men should only live by the Words that come out from the LORD; JESUS would have been a failure if HE had not agreed as it is written concerning HIM that HE should drink the cup of suffering in faith that all that believe shall be saved through HIS obedience. It is evident that good report can only be obtained by doing according to the Words of GOD which are SPIRIT and LIFE. A many are led by the WORD of GOD, they are HIS sons because HIS WORD is WHO HE is for children simply obey.
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” Hebrew 11: 1
“Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, man may say, thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.” James 2: 17-18
When someone claims to have faith, there must be a substance that will evidently show the essence of his faith. The substance is not what is hoped for but it is what will be checked before the actual thing surfaces. You want a visa, get yourself a passport; you want distinction in your studies, start reading prudently. Faith by works is the preparation to wait in hope for. Faith that produces evidence is what GOD will see before rewarding a man; it is the good report that makes a man finds more measures of grace in HIM. Without believing and doing according to the WORD of GOD, it is impossible to see HIM or please HIM. The two actions must go together.
Believing and doing are what make faith substantial and evidential and one must not be done while the other is undone. Believing and doing HIS WORD increases the level of communion the HOLY SPIRIT. It is only substantial and evidential faith that can make one walk with GOD and be clean. . .
“For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Romans 10: 10
“Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is GOD which worketh in you both to will and to do of HIS good pleasure. Do all things without murmuring and disputings: that ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of GOD, without rebuke; in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as light in the world; holding forth the WORD of LIFE; that I may rejoice in the day of CHRIST, that I have not run in vain, neither labour in vain.” Philippians 2: 12-15
Though believing and confessing initiate salvation in CHRIST without working from the inside out, it cannot be genuine and evidential. This calls for willingness to yield to what GOD wants to do through us. Though faith is substantial by doing, it must not come with murmuring and disputing; we must accept the WORD of GOD with the whole of our hearts. There is no room for doubts for a two minded person is not worthy of the KINGDOM of GOD.
We must work out the salvation we confess by doing as the SPIRIT leads at any point in time; we must study the Word of GOD to know the dealings of GOD in order to be able to DO HIS will. It is the doing of HIS Word that will differentiate us from this crooked and perverse world; it is the doing of HIS Word that shows the evidence that though we are in this world, we are of our FATHER in Heaven (unseen physically but most real).
*It is only by doing HIS Word that embodying HIS Light (Glory) can be possible. We do not hold forth the WORD of LIFE by verbal claim but by actions as directed by the SPIRIT of GOD. It is by doing HIS WORD that we will be free from coming short of HIS Glory (sinning). By doing, we will meet up to the STATURE of the Words HE had written and spoken concerning us before the beginning was. The Word will not stand against us because we would have embodied it so that as we stand before HIM, HIS Words are what HE sees. . .
Peace To The Wise!