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Saving Faith – Part 5

Do You Believe?

Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life. John 6:47 (NKJV)

We are going through a devotional series titled, Saving Faith. We have discussed the fact that we cannot be saved by our works (Eph. 2:8-9), but works should be evident in every life of those who are truly saved in Christ (James 14-20). We have been looking at three characteristics of what James teaches to be dead faith. They were, 

· A dead faith is marked by an empty confession (James 2:14).

· A dead faith is marked by a false compassion (James 2:15-17).

· A dead faith is marked by a shallow conviction to obey God (Jas. 2:18-20).

We have looked at Jesus’ stern warning against those who have professed to be His disciple but have never really walked after His ways — people who have an empty confession, false compassions and shallow convictions — people who have a dead faith. 

What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. James 2:14, 17 (NKJV)

Legend has it that a man was lost in the desert, just dying for a drink of water.  He stumbled upon an old shack — a ramshackeld, windowless, roofless, weather-beaten old shack.  He looked about this place and found a little shade from the heat of the desert sun.  As he glanced around he saw a pump about fifteen feet away – an old rusty water pump.  He stumbled over to it, grabbed the handle, and began to pump up and down, up and down. Nothing came out!

Disappointed, he staggered back.  He noticed off to the side an old jug. He looked at it, wiped away the dirt and dust, and read a message that said, You have to prime the pump with all the water in this jug, my friend.  P.S. Be sure you fill the jug again before you leave.

The man popped the cork out of the jug and sure enough, it was almost full of water! Suddenly, he was faced with a decision.  If he drank the water, he could live.  Ah, but if he poured all the water in the old rusty pump, maybe it would yield fresh, cool water from down in the well, and he could have all the water he wanted.

He studied the possibility of both options.  What should he do, pour it into the old pump and take a chance on fresh, cool water, or drink what was in the old jug and ignore its message?  Should he waste all the water in the hope of those flimsy instructions written from no telling how long ago?

Reluctantly he poured all the water into the pump.  Then he grabbed the handle and began to pump, squeak, squeak, squeak. Still nothing came out!  Squeak, squeak, squeak.  A little bit began to dribble out, then a small stream, and finally it gushed!  To his relief fresh cool water poured out of the rusty pump.  Eagerly, he filled the jug and drank from it. He filled it another time and once again drank its refreshing contents.  

Then he filled the jug for the next traveler.  He filled it to the top, popped the cork back on, and added this little note: Believe me, it really works. You have to give it all away before you can get anything back.

To believe, to trust, and to accept Jesus as our Lord, is saving faith. And just like the man who had to give back what little water he had been given to receive what he hoped for, we too, must utilize the faith God has given to us.  When we exercise this faith, then, and only then, will we be able to walk in freedom and power.  

· We will begin to believe and to act upon God’s promises and truths. 

· We will believe His plan is the best way for us to live.

· We will trust He will do everything He said He would do.

· We will accept what He did on the cross on our behalf, and accept His Word as the absolute authority in our life. 

And best of all, our actions based on these beliefs will produce the fruit of good works (Gal. 5:22), affirming our true faith. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to James 2:14, 17, what kind of faith is it when there are no works?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Can you see God’s love flowing through your life to others?  

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Allow God to transform you today by His power.  Ask Him to show you any area where He would like to change you.

FINAL CONCLUSION: Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6), and “He who believes in Me has everlasting life” (John 6:47).  There is no other step to take.  To believe is to trust — it is to have faith in — it is to accept as true. Jesus is the way. 

Q: Do you believe this to be true?

Q: Will you exercise your faith in this promise by Christ?

Q: Do you trust Jesus will do what He said He would do?

I would like to lead you in a prayer rededicating your life to Jesus – making Him Lord of your life.

Heavenly Father, I acknowledge that I am a sinner, and I’m sorry for my sin. Forgive me Lord.  I turn from it now.  I believe Jesus died on the cross, shedding His blood as full payment for my sins—past present and future—and by rising from the dead He demonstrated that He is God.  

As best as I know how, I am putting my faith and trust in Jesus as my personal Savior and as my ONLY hope for salvation and eternal life.

Jesus, I ask you to come into my heart and my life right now.  Wash me—cleanse me and make me whole. Come be my Lord, my Savior, and my friend.  Empower me and fill me with Your Holy Spirit and make me new.  Help me as I choose to follow you all the days of my life.  Give me increasing faith and wisdom and joy as I study and believe Your Word.  In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen…


May the Lord bless your day abundantly, Scott



Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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