Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Faith works!

Faith is:

  • believing Jesus is who He says He is
  • surrendering the control of your life to the One who is in control
  • following Jesus' leadership in your life
  • developing a real relationship with him by learning to hear His voice; John 10:4 My sheep hear My voice and know Me
  • is an action word. It is not just a mental agreement but change happens in your life as a result of your faith.

Works are:

  • the fruit of your faith
  • Real faith produces good works: Ephesians 2:10 For we are His workmanship/masterpiece, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them. 
  • Good works are those things God has uniquely made you to do coming from who He has originally designed you to be.
  • Our doing (works) comes from our being (true self).
  • We find out who our being is by being in relationship with Jesus. Psalm 46:10 Be still and know that I am God.

Psalm 1:1-3
How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor stand in the path of sinners,
Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water,
Which yields its fruit in its season
And its leaf does not wither;
And in whatever he does, he prospers.

Each of us who believes in Jesus is a tree that has been uprooted and replanted in Eden, in the soil of God's love. Our sin took us out of Paradise, but because of Jesus' great love for us, He willingly died in our place so we could be reunited with Him and bring us home.

Now we can flourish because our roots go down into the soil of His love for us. We can experience oneness with Jesus because He lives inside us through His Spirit. We will never be alone. We are one with Him and that oneness fulfills a deep desire to be loved and cherished, known and accepted. Out of that met desire we can then bear the fruit that our "tree" was made to produce. Each tee is made to produce a certain kind of fruit. We are created uniquely to produce unique fruit that fits our essence. This fruit is for your good and God's glory and to minister to others.

Jesus says:
I created you for intimacy with Me. The Enemy tried to stop that but I AM greater than all and wouldn't allow him to have the victory. It cost Me My life bu tyou are so worth it. I love you and have shown you My love in action not only on the Cross but every moment of everyday of your life.

My response is:
Jesus, my heart is ravished by Your extravagant love. You have my heart and I pray my life and love will be love in action back to You every day of my life. May I say "as You wish" to every thing You ask of me. Thank You for the privilege to live One with You, Jesus. 

Ephesians 3:17-21  Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. 18 And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is.19 May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.

20 Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.21 Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.

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