Faith or Mental Assent?

MANY GREAT people became successful in Biblical days *after they heard and acted on what God told them*. For instance, God had told Abraham to leave his country, kindred and father’s house to a land where God would show him (Genesis 12:1&2).
*”so Abraham departed”*.
He didn’t stay there to pray for confirmation or a convenient day. Chapter thirteen records the outcome of his obedience or action of God’s word. It reads

And Abram was very rich in cattle in silver and gold”.

It’s good to hear and build up knowledge of God’s word. Its power is always tremendous. However, the proof that you believe something is that you act on it.

It’s like salvation, if you truly believe with your heart, then you have to also confess with your mouth in order to be totally saved (Romans 10:9,10).

Only believing in something is not enough.

” *You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God. Good for you! Even demons believe this, and they tremble in terror”* (Jam 2:19).

That’s one up on the Christian. Note, that even demons share our faith in God and in the power of His word. They shudder and tremble as a result of that faith, but what do you and l do? Mostly indifferent! We need to *act out* our faith, brethren! The demons seem to outdo us on faith!

Demons have faith in our prayers and so they act to prevent us from praying. They have faith in the power of a holy life, and they fight us to keep from purity and holiness. You name it. *Satan and his cohorts are working tirelessly 24/7 to prevent believers from destroying their agendas because they have faith in our position as children of God to destroy them through prayer, the word, and acting our faith out*. How powerful will we be if only we will wholeheartedly also act out our faith relentlessly!

When you say you believe and refuse to act on it, your knowledge becomes ” *A MENTAL ASSENT* “, but when put to work, it BECOMES FAITH. Act or put what you believe to work. Do you have real faith, or merely a mental assent to the word and workings of God?

James spells this out vividly in his epistle: “What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions?” (Jam 2:14).

*That’s lazy faith versus active faith!* Even demons practice active faith, yet most believers indulge in and pride themselves on lazy faith. How pathetic!

Look out for what it takes to get it real in your life. This may be a desired good lifestyle. This may mean finding work (get a job or create one (1 Thess 4:11,12);
giving offerings and paying your tithes faithfully to God and towards His work (Mal 3:10; Matt 6:33).

*If you believe in the existence of a heavenly kingdom, God’s kingdom, then act out that faith; invest in that kingdom!*
Invest into God’s kingdom with your finances, time, energy; invest in your life and business and in other people’s lives such as the poor and the needy (Eph 4:28).
By so doing we will be blessed. All successful people did something about an idea no matter how small, and eventually came up with a great service or invention.

*If you have faith in an imminent Rapture, the harvest of godly souls, then act that faith out by living in anticipation of it! Live it! Live it out!*

*You don’t really believe until you act on it*. ACT NOW on God’s word, don’t just believe it, that isn’t enough! Lazy faith never moves any mountain, and it certainly won’t move God. So, move it, act out your *big faith*.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you always.

Tancy, 10/2018

2 thoughts on “Faith or Mental Assent?

  1. It is written in the book of Jeremiah, “but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the LORD.” Jeremiah 9:24 (ESV)

    We are called to practice the same. James goes further to say, “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” James 1:27 (ESV).

    We are called to action, not just ‘intellectual assent’ as you so well point out. Actions as described in above two verses are the core to a living faith.

    It is also interesting to note that the ‘faith (intellectual assent version) versus works’ debate doesn’t exist in the Hebrew language. In the Hebrew language, action is understood. You haven’t understood or accepted something unless you act on it. Mental assent as being something valid comes from a Greco-Roman world view.

    Great post! – Yosef

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    1. Thanks, Yosef, for the education about the nonexistence of intellectual assent in the Hebrew language. Which goes to show that James saw it as a paradox for one to declare faith that’s devoid of action.
      Thanks always for your insightful comments and for reading and liking my posts. Very much appreciated.

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