Faith in Action
In material things the way we act is obvious. We take with our hands, eat with our mouths, walk with our feet. But in immaterial things our first form of taking or acting by faith cannot be these. But God has laid down one form of action by faith which we can take. We are to speak (the word of faith" (Rom. 10:8-10). Having believed with the heart we are to "confess with the mouth." We want to know that we are crucified with Christ and that He lives in us. We want it to be no longer we that are living our own lives in our own way, but He living His own life in us and doing His will through us. We have our title to this in His written Word: we have our facts plain before us. We are thus in a condition to act in faith.
Then let us act. First, with heart and mind we believe that we are in this relationship with Christ which the Scriptures have revealed to us. We definitely believe in our crucifixion with Him, and our resurrection with Him, although in believe it we feel not one whit different and have no particular assurance in our hearts. It may appear to us just as a cold and quite nominal affirmation of certain facts given us in the Bible. But we believe them because we want to and are commanded to. We have taken the first step of faith-in-action.
Now we move forward again. Inner belief must be translated into outer action by "the word of faith." We confess with our mouth the Lord Jesus. We plainly and publicly state, as God leads on the suitable occasions, what is our new relationship in Christ. We give Him the glory by "the sacrifice of praise," that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to His name. It is a sacrifice of self to praise and testify to our death and resurrection with Him, when we may not feel any different!
–The Liberating Secret
More Articles from The Intercessor, Vol 24 No 2
- God’s Twofold Restoration
- The Editor’s Note
- The Necessity of Doubt
- Death to Sin: The Radical Solution of the Cross
- Romans Tells Us How
- Two Problems Solved
- Our Total Salvation: The Two Works of Jesus on the Cross and in the Resurrection
- Book Review: Paul’s Key to the Liberated Life: Romans Six to Eight
- How Acquire Faith?
- Faith in Action
- Rees Howells and the New Birth
- Free From the Law of Sin and Death
- Words to Live By
- What Really Happens at Regeneration?
- The Total Remedy