Devotionals by Bayless Conley

True Faith

James 2:14-20 tells us the substance of true faith,

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 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.  But someone will say, "You have faith, and I have works."  Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.  You believe that there is one God.  You do well.  Even the demons believe—and tremble!  But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?

My favorite translation of this last verse is, "Faith without actions that correspond is dead."  Faith must have actions that correspond with it.

You can talk about catching fish, about what lures you are going to use, and how you are going to cook them after you catch them, but if you never throw a line in the water, you are not going to catch a fish.

Or it's like the golfer who comes to a 3-par hole with a lake right in front of the green and says, "No problem, I can hit that green with my six iron."  Then he digs out an old ratty golf ball.  If he truly believes he can hit the green, he will hit his brand new $3 golf ball!

For faith to be genuine, it has to have corresponding actions.


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"For years I struggled while searching for answers,” says Bayless. “I never forget where I came from, nor how broken and hurting I was before a simple, clear Gospel message changed my life. That’s why I strive to make the message of Christ understandable and relevant to the everyday lives of people. Even as a young Christian, I was still so filled with questions. I saw a guy in the park one day, and he had a sticker on his guitar case. It said ‘Answers—they are in the Bible.' I was so struck by that. It’s where the name for our broadcast came from, because the answers to life will only be found in the Bible."

 

About Bayless Conley

Bayless Conley is a church leader and speaker known for his clear presentation of the Bible message and the way he applies it to everyday life.

Bayless grew up in Southern California where, during his teenage years, he became involved in a lifestyle of drug and alcohol abuse.  After years of searching for truth, and a number of near-death experiences, he found answers and freedom in Jesus when a 12-year-old boy shared God's message of hope with him in a park one day.

Bayless' unique background and remarkable story have enabled him to reach a diverse audience globally.

Bayless and his wife, Janet, are the parents of three grown children, and enthusiastic grandparents of three. Together they lead Cottonwood Church in Orange County, California, and passionately pursue life, God, and family.

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