“What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? If a brother or a sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,’ but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also faith by itself , if it does not have works, is dead…..for as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. James 2:14-17, 26.
It is one thing to know the word and another thing to do it. Many know the scriptures well enough to quote it but few are there who can be consistent in obeying it. “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves, James 1:22. Many, indeed, are deceived because they confuse knowing the word and even having faith in it but fail to perform and to do it.
True, we must absolutely have faith, but it must have a framework to hang on. Just as ‘works’ by itself is most often not enough as it too must be joined by faith to produce the promises of God. It’s God’s formula that will always produce the desired effects. As it says in a popular song, “You can’t have one without the other”.
A young person who dreams of being a great sports star must put forth the discipline, effort and hard work it takes to achieve excellence. It is just as true for a young person who desires to be a great academic in any special field of study to also put forth the necessary work ethic and work as studiously as possible in order to achieve his or her dream. All dreaming and no work discipline is all to no avail. It won’t work and remains just a dream.
Mankind has developed a fierce hunger for the things of this world and not for the things of God. It has chosen, and desires, the easy way to acquire the things it wants.
“Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life. And there are few who find it. Matthew 7:14.
I remember an acquaintance I once knew who was in ‘sales’. He gave his staff the following piece of advice. ‘Plan your work and work your plan”. It is all too apparent that most young people of this generation expect life to just give them the things they want without having to work for them. Is this from too permissive and overindulgent parents who unwittingly contribute to this attitude of…”give me, give me, give me, I deserve it”?
This current age has brought with it the specter of horrors never experienced by the world before. The young people today, and many people of middle age are ill prepared to provide for themselves in the terrifying world to come.
When their cell phones, Ipods and laptops no longer work because the electrical grids across the nation may no longer work, what will they do? How will they live? Preparation is everything. Whether it is for normal day to day living or for human survival during times of chaos and world disruption one must be prepared. The only way you can properly prepare for local or national calamities is to recognize the danger before it happens and be prepared. If you live in a tornado or hurricane prone zone you prepare with shelter and having as much of the necessary supplies as you can acquire.
Living in the world we have today with wars, rumors of wars and with earthquakes and all kinds of illness and disease rampant everywhere you need to have a different kind of survival manual. You need to be informed of what is coming and prepare for it. Your life and the life of your loved ones will depend on it. This book is the true survival manual with all the information you need for you and your family to survive. Strange that you have almost certainly heard of it but may not have given it a second thought.
Now more than ever, you need to read it, study it and know it. Time is running out.
This book is The Holy Bible. Don’t wait. Read it now, while you still can.
I have faith in it. My works? I wrote this article to warn you. Carpe Diem.
And that is,
As I See It