“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10 NKJV
Let us continue where we left off – I prayed for God to move and he showed me clearly that he has made a way and he is doing a new thing. God moves through us. As we see in the verse above – he created us to do His will and His work. As I stated in that last post – God is saying back at us – move! God prepared it beforehand, so we should walk in them.
What then shall we do? Join the protests? Avoid them because of the riots? As so many of my friends are asking – what do we do now? And what do we do about Covid-19? What is next?! Let’s see what the Bible says we should do.
”Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.” Matthew 28:19-20 NKJV
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies. Test all things; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-22 NKJV
Well, that is a pretty busy schedule if I am to do those verses effectively. But this is His will and His command. Are we not already doing it?
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who doesthe will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’” Matthew 7:21-23 NKJV
Ooof that is hard. But the Bible says we can busy ourselves with doing what WE think is the work of the Lord, deceiving ourselves. Take note of the key here: “he who does the will of My Father in heaven”. We read above what His will is. It is time to ask Him what the specifics are for your life.
Be very clear – you and I aren’t saved by our works. But true faith in our Almighty Father and Christ Jesus produces works – or better said, it causes us to do the will of the Father.
“What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe – and tremble! But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” And he was called the friend of God. You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only. Likewise, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way? For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” James 2:14-26 NKJV
Read it again slowly if you must – there is a lot there and I am not going to dig through it line by line. But if we apply my blog post called “Grace and Obedience to Faith” (February 25, 2020) and “Work Produced by Faith” part 1 and 2 on the following days, we then see that it is not really the “work” that any of this is referring to but rather the obedience to the will of our Father. So many times in our lives we need to be obedient in order to have faith – the two acts become one and cannot be separated.
Are we currently obeying the will of the Father? Are we an example of who He is and harvesting souls? Are we making the best use of our time?
“redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit” Ephesians 5:16-18 NKJV
God himself, even knowing our most private thoughts, is going to hold us accountable for our actions and thoughts (and our obedience).
“For God will bring every work into judgment, Including every secret thing, Whether good or evil.” Ecclesiastes 12:14 NKJV
Praise the Lord that there is such grace and mercy as repentance! Glory!!!
“And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work.” Revelations 22:12 NKJV
Our time is short – today is the day of salvation! I pray that today we move where the Lord wants us to move – we take the opportunity to obey. He has made a way and is doing a new thing. Either get on board or get out of the way!
Maranatha ~ Come Lord Jesus!
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~Grace be with you ~
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