Faith

Many people believe faith is invisible and can’t be seen with the natural eye, but I don’t believe that. My thoughts are that if my faith can’t be seen, I don’t have any. If I believe something to be true, my faith will reveal what I believe through my actions. Therefore, I believe faith is a tangible asset of the Christian walk. If faith is present in our belief toward God, it will be seen by others. If we say we are a Christian but there is no corresponding action, we are either not a Christian, or we are a liar. Mark a disciple of Jesus wrote in Mark chapter two, “Jesus entered Capernaum after some days, and it was heard that He (Jesus) was in the house. Immediately many gathered together, so that there was no longer room to receive them, (the ‘them’ in this sentence is referring to a group of people who had come to hear Jesus speak, but are distinct from the other people present.) not even near the door. And Jesus preached the word to them. Then they came to Him, bringing a paralytic who was carried by four men. And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was. So when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son your sins are forgiven you.”

What did these men do that told Jesus this group of men were serious in their quest to reach Him? They carried this paralyzed man for who knows how far, and when they came to the house where Jesus was preaching there was no way for them to get into the house because of the number of people present, so they climbed up onto the roof of the house and tore away the roof layer by layer until they created a hole big enough to let the man down through so Jesus could minister to him. It was the actions of the four men who brought the paralyzed man to the house where Jesus was that told Him these were men of faith who would not give up in their efforts to reach Him until their reason for coming had been fulfilled. Hence, we see in this story that it is the actions of the Christian, or their lack thereof, that defines their level of faith in God. 

If a person says to you, “I am a Christian”, but you do not see any corresponding actions to verify their words, they are pulling your leg. If there is no action, there is no faith, and if there is no faith, that person is lying to you and they are not pleasing to God. [Hebrews 11:6] James, the half brother of Jesus, and pastor of the Jerusalem Church, verified the above when he wrote in [James 2:18], “Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” As an added note; let me ask this question, “If our faith in God is seen through our actions, how is the work of Satan revealed? Ah, you are right. His work is revealed through the actions of his followers the same as the faith of a Christian is seen in his works. DThrash

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