In the last article we discovered that faith and works are really two sides of the same coin. We can now understand why James can say in his own book that “faith without works is dead.” We conceded that understanding “works” for God is not that difficult. It’s simply doing what He said because we love Him and want to please Him…no different than the reason a husband does something to please his wife. He doesn’t do it to be married (saved), he does it BECAUSE he is married. So the question becomes, “How do we add the faith side of the coin into the mix?” How do we live by faith? What does that look like? Is that the same as believing? What about trust? In this post, we’re gonna nail all this down once and for all and, hopefully, some of you will have the same breakthrough, “light bulb” moment that I did.
I have been fasting for days, truly trying to understand the depth of the submarine vision. I have been asking the Father what I need to do to get the door open and let the water flow into the cabin and flood me completely. Upon hearing my question, the Father laughed and said, “You’re doing it again, Jim! You’re looking for something to DO!” I’m a doer, so concepts are something that I struggle with when there isn’t an action attached to them. So for me, operating in “faith” is in oxymoron. “Faith” and “operating” are words from two different worlds. How do you actually live by faith? How do faith and works actually coexist? What does it mean to actually walk in the Spirit and not in the flesh?