Only God Can See The Heart
Only God can see the heart, so only God can see the root of salvation (faith), but when a Christian is walking in spirit and truth, they will produce the fruit of salvation (good works which God has prepared for us to do). But both the root and the fruit of salvation are only manifested in a man or woman that is a born-again believer, and not in an unsaved person who is professing to believe in Jesus or pretending to be a Christian.
Many Christians take this verse and use it to accuse their brothers or sisters in Christ of not being saved because they can see no outward sign of good works, but that is distorting the gospel and twisting what James is saying into a form of accusatory legalism. Although the genuine faith of a spiritual believer will indeed be accompanied by good works as James indicates here, a believer may have a genuine saving faith and yet be walking in the flesh and not showing forth any good works in their lives - similar to the Christians that Paul described in 1 Corinthians 3
What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them?
Our United Prayer:
Heavenly Father, thank You that You sent the Lord Jesus Christ to be the conciliation for our sins and that our salvation is through trusting in the Person and works of the Lord Jesus Christ and does not depend on our good works. But as we walk in spirit and truth, we pray that Christ would be seen in us and that we may bring forth the fruit of good works in our lives, to Your praise and glory. This we ask in Jesus' name, AMEN.
We are a growing group of people praying daily for and with others. We were led to start an online ministry to deliver what is needed more now than ever, a place where you can go to easily to submit a prayer request or requests involving others to pray for your needs. The Power of Prayer. Matthew 18:20- For where two or more come together in my name, there I am among them. You are never alone in prayer. The Power Of Numbers Praying.
We ask you to pray for this ministry, for its success in helping others in need of prayer.
2 Corinthians 2:17
"Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit. On the contrary, in Christ we speak before God with sincerity, as those sent from God."