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Faith Without Action

"Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead."1

Napoleon Hill said, "Whatever the mind can conceive and believe can be achieved." While this statement sounds rather grandiose, there is certainly a measure of truth in it. It's somewhat similar to what Jesus said two thousand years earlier: "According to your faith be it unto you."2 But as James, the brother of Jesus, explained, without action faith is useless.

As the old saying goes, you can't steer a ship or a bicycle to go anywhere until they're moving. Zig Ziglar in his book, See You at the Top, put it this way: "The largest locomotive in the world can be held in its tracks while standing still simply by placing a single one-inch block of wood in front of each of the eight drive wheels. The same locomotive moving at 100 miles per hour can crash through a wall of steel reinforced concrete five feet thick."

The important thing is that we get moving! As James said, "Faith without works is dead."

Some people are sitting around waiting for some kind of special call or revelation from God before they get involved in his work. It's not likely to happen because God has already given us lots of instructions in his Word regarding what to do. All we need to do is read these instructions and start moving into action!

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to be a doer of your Word and not just a hearer. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."

1. James 2:17 (NIV).
2. Matthew 9:29.


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