James 2:17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
Faith is not just abstract thinking. Something is believed so much that it is acted on, it is lived out. We can talk about faith all day long, but what do we really live out? That is what we really believe! James goes on to say, But someone will say, "You have faith; I have deeds."
Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do. You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that--and shudder.
You foolish man, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless (dead)? Was not out ancestor Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. And the scripture was fulfilled that says, "Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness," and he was called God's friend. You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone.
In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction? As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.
Faith without feet is faulty; faith with feet produces feats. They might not be extravagant or earth-shattering feats. They are made each day by the little choices we make, the little steps, the consistent steps we take, one at a time, living out the life to which we lay claim. They might be made with "fear and trembling" at times, but they are made nonetheless. They may be made with feelings of pain or struggle, but they are made nonetheless. I will borrow the Nike motto: "Just do it!"