6/18/2017 ~ Faith Includes Works
FaithIncludesWorks.mp3 (35m 03s)
Darkness has no glow.
The belief in once saved always saved has
no merit as scripture refutes this misnomer.
"Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of
heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven." ~ Matthew 7:21
Without submitting to Godís will,
salvation is not an option for those choosing not to.
... since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own
steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked; ... ~ 2nd Peter 3:17
Once saved always saved has in it a green light to act in any manner.
Clearly Godís word proclaims one can fall away if choices
are made to pursue wicked behavior.
... impossible for those who were once enlightened, ... if they fall away,
to renew them again to repentance, ... ~ Hebrews 6:4-6
In truth one can fall away from His grace and mercy if choices are made
to turn back to a habitual sinful life. This would be those who fall upon the
stony ground and turn back to old desires, not in accordance with His will
of declared goodness. Delusional creations of man such as once saved
always saved are not supported in the truth He gives. Humble hearts do
not argue with what has been delivered, and why argue to excuse sin?
It is common for man to excuse himself with false principles, and by
collecting the largest possible crowd, the made-up
perception becomes foolishly accepted.
... But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
~ James 1:21-22
And it is His good word that expresses salvation
through His sacrifice to set us free.
Do you have faith? Have it to yourself before God. Happy is he who
does not condemn himself in what he approves. ~ Romans 14:22
Each of us is a seed waiting to either blossom or wither as eternity unveils
itself. Confidence in faith comes through a pure uncondemning heart.
What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith
but does not have works? Can faith save him? ~ James 2:14
Faith alone does not have the depth of a mature spiritual life.
Even the demons believe and tremble. By works character of commitment
to goodness is exposed. Yes, we can not be saved by works as salvation
is a gift of His grace, however, ungodly works will most definitely deny
access to His grace without a sincere repenting heart intimately searching
out for His will; while obediently striving for love of in Him. Faith alone
leans to an edge of nowhere. Boldly, it takes a lot of illusionary faith to
have brazen faith without good works. The daredevil believes he will
survive without all the precautions to ensure safety. He goes over
Niagara falls and wonders why he left the oxygen tank and fins
behind as the swirling currents consumes him. Death not only
comes by ignorance, but by lack of action, and faith only.
Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. ... ~ James 2:17-18
I am defines the soul and by itsí works comes either brilliance or
dimness of character. Walk the talk is a spiritual must if salvation is
to be had. The biggest regret when we meet God is that we did not do
enough to honor Him. Faith is not an act of isolation. Many intellectuals
delve into the intellectualism of argument and in their self-absorption,
they miss the act of simply doing for others.
You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only.
~ James 2:24
Contrary to popular belief, faith alone will not justify one
in the face of His coming judgment. Each of us needs justification
through the sacrifice of the cross. We each need to diligently
carry that cross to the doorstep of eternity.
(for not the hearers of the law are just in the sight of God,
but the doers of the law will be justified; ... ~ Romans 2:13-15
Truth of heart has weight.
Conscience is vital in developing spiritual strength.
... my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others,
I myself should become disqualified. ~ 1st Corinthians 9:27
Godís will for each of us is to have control over impulsive desires
that oppress others. He has no desire for hypocrites and only
considers sincere hearts. Not just does He ask that we bring
our bodies into subjection to His ways, but to remain overall
in subjection to Him seeking Him diligently.
Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves.
Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you? - unless indeed
you are disqualified. ~ 2nd Corinthians 13:5
Either one hits the mark or not. To miss this spiritual bullseye is to
throw out the entire game. Christianity is all about soul searching.
Again, faith is not an act of isolation. Faith is not a casual event.
They profess to know God, but in works they deny Him, being abominable,
disobedient, and disqualified for every good work. ~ Titus 1:16
So many claim faith but fail to live in the good works He demands.
... "What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?"
Jesus answered and said to them, "This is the work of God,
that you believe in Him whom He sent." ~ John 6:28-29
His word clearly states that belief itself is a work not to be ignore as
casual. Faith can only be established in knowing Him and applying His
will. To deny works are required is the lunacy of those that would remain
arrogant disapproving in submitting to His declarations of truth.
"... I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me,
to give every one according to his work." ~ Revelation 22:12
Without doubt, we will be judged according to our works in life.
For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision
avails anything, but faith working through love. ~ Galatians 5:6
And it will be love that lifts us to the gates of bliss.
... let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth. And by this
we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him. ...
~ 1st John 3:18-21
Words can be shallow without the depth of action. As we search to
know our hearts, guilt can be condemning in the face of His forgiveness.
In deed and truth we must humbly travel this journey into His Kingdom
climbing out from our sinful past.
And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God the Father through Him. ~ Colossians 3:17
Thankfulness is the measure of peace oneís heart holds.
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, ...
~ Ephesians 2:10
God Established Order before Creation
How can anyone think God will not judge us in the light of His goodness?
Jesus Christ is the standard by which we were all created through,
whether we admit it or not. God originally created goodness for us
to walk (live) in, and yet, it is a choice pursued, or not, by free spirits.
Fading darkness is not hidden in our eventual return to His pure light,
as His love has freely released us to ourselves. Will we rise
to His light or fall into the darkness?
So then each of us shall give account of himself to God. ~ Romans 14:12
Each of us shall face God alone as it is His gift to us, ourselves.
... who "will render to each one according to his deeds": ... ~ Romans 2:6-8
Sermons never end, they only take pause. One man departs while
another arrives. Generous spirits endure the test of time
while self-seeking achievers are quickly forgotten.
Without works in Him Faith has no worth
A working faith inherits His promise.
Darkness endlessly falls into nowhere.
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