James 2:14 ¶What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say
he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?
a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,
Don't make the mistake of SEEING
this only in terms of the flesh.
This particularly applies to spiritual
nakedness and spiritual starvation of our brothers and sisters today who
are STARVING TO DEATH spiritually.
We are in the famine of the end
time spoken of by Christ and that famine is not for sandwich bread.
It is for the "daily bread" which
comes from the table of the Lord, which is the true Word of God.
the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land,
not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words
of the LORD:
What our brothers and sisters hear
today from the pulpits of the land are mostly traditions of men, not the
line by line teaching from the Word of God.
they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east,
they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find
And they do wander from "sea to
shining sea", and waver to and fro in the religious confusion while they
try to find the truth of God's Word.
Again, all they find taught in
the churches are the traditions of men.
16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed
and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful
to the body; what doth it profit?
17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew
me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.
highlighted verses:James 2:19 Thou believest that there is one God;
thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. 20
But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? 
believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe,
We can tell that a person is
wicked by the evil deeds he does, can't we?
Again, the analogy is that a good
tree brings forth good fruit, but a bad tree brings forth evil fruit, or
perhaps no fruit at all.
wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
So listen up, O vain man (as
if to say airhead)!
It is real plain and simple.
If you say you have faith yet you've
got no works showing that you do, then you are all talk and your faith
is dead, spelled D-E-A-D!
Is there anything you don't understand
about the word "dead", that is, in light of your difficulty with knowing
what having "faith" means?
Here are just two examples of faith
bringing forth good works.
Many more examples can be found
summarized in Hebrews chapter 11, which is often called the faith chapter.
You see, we KNOW all these servants
of God had faith because of what they did!
That's the whole point!
It is not complicated at all!
21 Was not Abraham our father justified
by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? 22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works
was faith made perfect?
23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed
God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the
Friend of God.
24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not
by faith only.
25 Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works,
when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way?
For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead
It is not even matter of being
successful in your works.
Abraham never actually went through
with the sacrifice of Isaac, i.e. the knife never pierced his son, but
because of his faith, which was demonstrated in his willingness to "do
it", he was justified by God.
Wow, where does that kind of faith
then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
First you must continue to
look into the perfect law of liberty, the Word of God, and daily absorb
the nourishment from the true vine that you may be able to bear fruit.
James 1:22 But
be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
Then you must be a doer, because
if you say you have faith and are not a doer, you are just plain kidding
If you want the blessings of God,
continue to study His Word to show yourself approved, which will greatly
increase your faith, and then be a doer according to the gifts and talents
He has given you.
You will be blessed for the deeds
(works) that you do.
Our brother James and fellow servant
of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, says it best:
whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth
therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work,
this man shall be blessed in his
To study the Bible is the noblest of all pursuits;
to understand it, the highest of all goals. We pray that with the guidance of the Holy
Spirit, you accomplish both.