Faith without works is dead. Faith without any action behind it means absolutely nothing. In the book of James1:22 KJV. But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. I want to examine two actions that are desirable to the Lord, there are others but I will review these two, wisdom and speech.
First, we must ask God for wisdom and I’m talking specifically about Godly wisdom. Let’s not confuse earthly wisdom with Godly wisdom. The type of wisdom we have can only take us so far and the results that we expect from our wisdom is or probably will be a big disappointment. God’s word states in 1Cor. 3:19 KJV, For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.
James 1:5 KJV If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and unbraideth not; and it shall be given him. And Solomon, the third king of Israel and David’s son, followed the instructions his father David gave him to follow the ways of the Lord, 1King 2:1-4 KJV. In 2Chronicles 1:7-13 KJV Solomon asked for wisdom and because of his obedience (at least in the beginning of his reign) and faithfulness, God gave him more than he asked for.
Proverbs 2:6 KJV For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.
Proverbs 23:12 KJV Apply thine heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the words of knowledge.
Proverbs 2:10-11 KJV When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee….
Proverbs 4:23 KJV Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
Proverbs 8:11KJV For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared.
James 3:17 KJV But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
With having Godly wisdom our lives and our individual character should reflect the God we serve.
Lastly our speech, James 3:7-10 KJV For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind: But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.
Colossians 4:6 KJV Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.
Proverbs 18:21 KJV Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
Ephesians 4:29 KJV Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
Ephesians 4:31:32 KJV Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
Proverbs 15:1 KJV A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.
James 1:19-20 KJV Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.
Ecclesiastes 10:12 KJV The words of a wise man’s mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself.
Proverbs 21:23 KJV Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.
Proverbs 17:27 KJV He that hath knowledge spareth his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit.
Proverbs 16:3 Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established.
For example, Abigail took action after her husband Nabal rejected David’s request for food for his army. She offered David her best in 1Sam. 25:18 KJV. Remember Proverbs 21:14, A gift in secret pacifieth anger: and a reward in the bosom strong wrath. Look at the reply of Nabal to David’s men in 1Sam. 10-11, Nabal maybe could have thought things through for just a few minutes and then his words may not have been so cold and harsh. Abigail’s heart was in the right place and her actions proved it.
In conclusion, James was a chief leader of the church and had written to the Jewish Christians struggling with their Christian walk and leaning more towards worldly ways. James did not sugar coat what the evidence of faith should look like, his message was about demonstrating your faith by your actions. The Book of James basically is the dos and don’ts and the evidence of your faith should be actionable and authentic. If our thoughts are established by the Lord then how can anything that proceeds out of our mouth be anything less than righteous? So, saints let’s do better and try harder to get it right in our speech and actions. Our works should always include Godly wisdom in all things and when faced with trials and tribulations our faith helps us navigate through the things of this world. Our faith activates Godly wisdom and Godly wisdom inspires us to conduct our speech and actions accordingly. We can’t be hearers and doers of the word in the flesh, because Jesus speaks to us on a spiritual level. We need to not only listen with our ears, but with our heart and mind, then will we be doing God’s will and God’s plan for our life. James 2:18 KJV 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.