GROW

 
Get a Grip on Your Spiritual Growth
 
There is no way that you can possibly develop spiritually without faith. Every action that you take determines what you really believe about God and His promises spoken to you. Either you believe or you don’t. By God’s grace he has allotted you the measure of faith the moment you got born again. And because each believer receives their measure of faith by God’s allotment, we are prevented from thinking of ourselves “more highly” than we ought. This faith is a gift that brings other gifts of the Spirit into each of our lives. God deals to everyone their portion. Not everyone receives all the gifts, nor is the same gift given to everyone in the same measure.
 
Talking about faith doesn’t indicate at all that you accessing the measure that you have been given by God. It is time to get a grip on your spiritual growth and develop your faith by deciding to diligently hear the word of God as this is how your faith comes, decreeing what God has said about every area of your life as this is how God moves upon every word that goes out from his mouth; it shall not return to back to him empty, but it shall accomplish that which he purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which he sent it, do something in response to what you believe, heard and seen from the word of God and take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Faith in Action
 
James wants to speak clearly to you as he has to many others from the The Message Bible in James 2:14-26 about putting your faith in action today. 
 
Dear friends, do you think you’ll get anywhere in this if you learn all the right words but never do anything? Does merely talking about faith indicate that a person really has it? For instance, you come upon an old friend dressed in rags and half-starved and say, “Good morning, friend! Be clothed in Christ! Be filled with the Holy Spirit!” and walk off without providing so much as a coat or a cup of soup—where does that get you? Isn’t it obvious that God-talk without God-acts is outrageous nonsense?
 
I can already hear one of you agreeing by saying, “Sounds good. You take care of the faith department, I’ll handle the works department.”
 
Not so fast. You can no more show me your works apart from your faith than I can show you my faith apart from my works. Faith and works, works and faith, fit together hand in glove.
 
Do I hear you professing to believe in the one and only God, but then observe you complacently sitting back as if you had done something wonderful? That’s just great. Demons do that, but what good does it do them? Use your heads! Do you suppose for a minute that you can cut faith and works in two and not end up with a corpse on your hands?
 
Wasn’t our ancestor Abraham “made right with God by works” when he placed his son Isaac on the sacrificial altar? Isn’t it obvious that faith and works are yoked partners, that faith expresses itself in works? That the works are “works of faith”? The full meaning of “believe” in the Scripture sentence, “Abraham believed God and was set right with God,” includes his action. It’s that mesh of believing and acting that got Abraham named “God’s friend.” Is it not evident that a person is made right with God not by a barren faith but by faith fruitful in works?
 
The same with Rahab, the Jericho harlot. Wasn’t her action in hiding God’s spies and helping them escape—that seamless unity of believing and doing—what counted with God? The very moment you separate body and spirit, you end up with a corpse. Separate faith and works and you get the same thing: a corpse.
 
Wait no longer! It is time to access the God kind of faith.