James 2:17 NIV “ In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead”
In simple terms, faith is a strong conviction about something you believe in. Bible faith has its roots in God’s Word. Hence faith is having a conviction and surety of something based on the word of God. Hebrews 11:1 describes it beautifully, “Now faith is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses]”.
Now we must understand that our actions are a pointer to our convictions. If we truly believe something, we will act in a corresponding manner to what we believe. This is what the apostle James in his writing points out to the church. Faith is not just believing, but it is believing to the point that moves you to action. If I have found what God’s word has said, I fix my eyes, mind, and heart on the Word, and the more I do so, the more I believe it (Rom.10:17). At some point my actions have to demonstrate my confidence in what it is that I believe.
Always asses your actions in light of what God’s word says. Talk is cheap. It’s very easy to talk about your belief and convictions, but if you notice that you are struggling in lining up your actions with what you claim you believe, then you need to continually meditating on the Word of God and take increasing steps to ensure that your actions line up, then your faith is complete.