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In Touch - Aug. 8, 2007

In Touch Daily Devotional
by Dr. Charles Stanley

August 8, 2007 – The Process of Belief James 2:14-17

            We express faith in all kinds of situations every single day. We believe we’ll get to work safely, or we’d never get in the car. We believe our love will last a lifetime, or we’d never get married. We believe our favorite chair will support our weight, or we’d never sit down. Faith flows out of us all the time, even when it’s unrelated to God.

            There’s a process that shapes our beliefs. It’s a progression that turns the hint of faith into measurable action. First, it begins in the mind. We think about the issue and nurse the thought. We then visualize not only the need but also the solution.

            Second, we begin to discuss the issue with other people and with God. Talking with someone we trust helps us understand what’s happening and to collect fresh insights.

            Thinking about the problem allows us to start formulating a solution. After discussing it, we come away with a better sense of what’s involved. This leads to the third step in which we must do something. If belief doesn’t produce a measurable result, then something has gone wrong. Faith that never gets beyond the mind or our discussion accomplishes nothing. But when our faith results in action, then we truly begin to see the Lord display His power in our lives.

            Are you struggling with a faith issue today? Pray and ask God to show you if you’ve gotten stuck somewhere in the process.


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