Message of the Week with Pastor Wale

The Communication of Your Faith - Part II

”That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.”
Philemon 1:6

James 2:14 says: “What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?”

Abraham was justified not only by his faith alone but in combination with his work according to the scriptures. You may be wondering what that means. Work? In what way? Work - according to the action he (Abraham) took, his obedience to God, his resolve to obey God's command and instructions. For example, when Abraham stretched forth his hands in Genesis chapter 22, he actually wanted to slaughter his son, Isaac for a sacrifice to God in obedience to His instructions, in spite of the fact that Isaac was the promised child! He didn't try to plead his case, argue, or reason with God; he just went ahead to do as commanded.

God saw one of the greatest acts of faith in human history - Abraham's action (complete and unquestionable obedience) did something. It gave life to the promises of God for him! Obedience brings life - obedience to God's Word, because God's word is life! Jesus said in John 6:63, ”It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.”

Abraham's faith only came alive when he courageously obeyed God. Faith must go hand in hand with work, because faith without works is useless. What then is work? Your obedience to God's word which propels you to act on His instructions. You can't receive the blessings without the activities of both. Faith without works is dead. Works without faith is equally dead!

It is the combination of your faith and your decision to obey God's command irrespective of contrary circumstances and situations that brings your confessions to reality. You must make up your mind to begin to obey God's word from now on. Come against the spirit of fear in your life. Fear is what makes you to disobey the Lord. If you have faith, you will obey God's word!

God bless you!