Certainly not, faith alone is dead, but only useful when working together with works.
The apostle said, "faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead,"James 2:17. One should be able to show he/she has faith through his/her own works.
"For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also." James 2:26.
My friend, these things ought not to be so, that one should boast about his/her faith. James 2:19 says, "You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe-and tremble!"
Sometimes all that believing is foolishness, or mere arrogance, and such boasting evil, and proof of an overflow of wickedness (the working of Satan) if one can’t demonstrate own works through their faith.
This wisdom does not descend from above, that faith alone can save you, but is earthly, sensual, demonic, James 3:15.
"You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only." James 2:24.
The elders in Hebrews 11 when they believed, they mingled faith with their works; and offered sacrifices, pleased God, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark, condemned sin, obeyed the calling and went out to obtain the promises, etc.
The faith of Jesus
The faith of us saints is in the faith of Jesus; familiarise yourself with what that is my friend.
Know what that most holy faith is, one that overcomes/resists the world. You should never contest that faith my friend, nor shoot holes in it.
Faith that makes you one with the world isn’t genuine faith, but "is earthly, sensual, demonic,"James 3:15. Living in pleasure and luxury is not a sign that one has faith. That kind of believing is foolishness, arrogant, and such boasting evil, and proof of an overflow of wickedness (the working of Satan). But true faith keeps you under the power or influence of God, there you’re made perfect. Some people, even though they preach to you, but know this, some have no genuine faith.
Faith does not operate in a vacuum, but it works together with that you are able to do (works). Beware of an untamed kind of faith, a bottled one which can’t bridle even your own body to the obedience of faith. Faith that is of a lip service nature is dead.
The faith of Jesus, which you should follow my friend, and acknowledge, is to follow his doctrine (the truth which accords with godliness) and do it.
Paul says to Timothy, "If you instruct the brethren in these things, you will be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished in the words of faith and of the good doctrine which you have carefully followed." 1 Timothy 4:6.
My friend, be rich in this kind of faith, the faith of Jesus, and be sound also.
The works of faith!
It is befitting, that as your faith grows; your obedience to the gospel, your labour of love and patience of hope, should grow also, and you shouldn’t shy away from persecutions and tribulations, but endure them too.
God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth, to "comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work." 2 Thessalonians 2:17.
Please note: He’ll establish you in every good word and work.
"Now may the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the patience of Christ." 2 Thessalonians 3:5.
Faith that establishes you in good works, love and patience of Christ is indeed true or genuine faith. It is possible to know if one has faith or not. Paul says, "I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter had tempted you, and our labor might be in vain" 1 Thessalonians 3:5.
Probably you’ll not know yourself that you no longer have faith, or that it has drifted, but others will know of course, that you are lacking it, or you have lost it or not.
We need other believers in our lives, for we receive from them the perfection of our faith, how we ought to walk and to please God - that’s the anointing we believers carry for each other, to sharpen one another, whether is edification, exhortation or comforting others in the faith.
Remember, Paul said, "our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit and in much assurance..." 1 Thessalonians 1:5.
It was not just a lip service, empty promises or vain glory, but was "in power, and in the Holy Spirit and in much assurance." Any faith that is less is therefore dead.
Paul said, "Your faith toward God has gone out, so that we do not need to say anything." 1 Thessalonians 1:8.
Their faith was real, he saw them turning to God from idols to serve the living and true God.
What have you yourself turned from my friend? What is it you no longer do because you’re now serving the true God? What have you to show for your faith? Is your life a living testimony of what Christ came here both to do and to serve? Remember faith without works is dead.
The works of faith
Paul says, "as you know, we were bold in our God to speak to you the gospel of God in much conflict" 1 Thessalonians 2:2. He said, we preached to you the gospel of God, devoutly, justly, and blamelessly we behaved ourselves among you who believe, and exhorted, and comforted, and charged everyone of you, as a father does his own children, "that you would walk worthy of God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory." 1 Thessalonians 2:12.
Do not grow weary in doing good, but beware of those who do not please God.
The Lord be with you all,
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God bless you,
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