It is God who works in you to will and act according to his good purpose part 2

Good Morning Friends

Today we will continue with our lesson in our series of "Forgetting What Is Behind". Today we will conclude  Chapter 4 titled "It is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose" and continue on beginning with Chapter 5 titled living the Christian Life…Is It My strength or His?

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Then what is “works” all  about?”

For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength. I Corinthians 1:25

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen”  Ephesians 3:20-21

The book of James addresses this issue in detail. In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. James 2:17

*       The Bible teaches that “good works” emerge after we are Christians.

We do good works because we are Christians, not to become Christians. It is not something we can earn by working for it.

*          Christian good works is a natural result, or outcome, of being born again in Christ.

 That is what James meant when he wrote, “Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself” (James 2:17).

 

How do ‘good works’ relate to our life?

*   Paul said, in Ephesians 2:10…, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them”.

*   We are redeemed from all wickedness to do “good works”….Jesus Christ who gave himself  for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good. Titus 2:14

God saved you and me for many reasons, but certainly to do good works in this world we live in. When we engage in effective good works, we are fulfilling our destiny, for which God created us and saved us. We are designed to do good works.

*   Good works are connected to reward…Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 2 Corinthians 9:6

*   We are to be the “salt of the earth,” or the “light of the world”…..Light gives guidance, and salt delays corruption. You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men. Matthew 5:13

*   We are destined to give, serve, and minister to others in the name of Christ….Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.  Luke 6:38

*   Good works gets us out of ourselves and into helping others. …Unfortunately, we can focus to much on ourselves. What I want! This attitude of self-pity will stop us from being and doing what Christ designed and had in mind for us.

To Summarize

Works are only good when:

1.   They spring from the moral principle of Faith and Love that comes from our heart toward God. These are the essential elements needed that prompt true obedience. Good works can only spring from a believing heart that has been reconciled to God. Ephesians 2:10; James 2:18-22

2.   Good works have the glory of God in mind....it is not about us rather, it is for the purpose that God will be revealed in the hearts and minds of others.

3.   They reveal the will of God…See that you do all I command you; do not add to it or take away from it. Deut. 12:3

Things to Ponder

1  Do you “work” hard to please God?      YES     NO

2.  Do you believe that your ‘works’ are “good works”?   YES     NO

3.   Is your heart set on following and obeying What God tells you to do?  YES   NO

 

Chapter 5.... living the Christian Life…Is It My strength or His?

For it is we who are the circumcision, we who worship by the Spirit of God, who glory in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh. Philippians 3:3-4

For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength. I Corinthians 1:25

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen”  Ephesians 3:20-21

 Any topic that relates to “Living the Christian Life” is a big topic to tackle. So our focus with this is not going to take in all aspects of the topic, but we will hopefully try and bring some insight into the humanly efforts that we as Christians struggle with from time to time in trying to “live the Christian life in our own strength”.

The Sinful Nature

Paul teaches that the fallen human nature is rebellious against God. We inherited this rebellious nature from Adam and, unfortunately, the root of it was not thoroughly destroyed when we became Christians. It is still within us, but even though it is still there, that does not mean we are forced to do what it says.

The flesh, that is (our human nature) is the motivator behind the selfishness we sometimes feel and act on. Even though we have a strong “will power” it is still not strong enough to keep us from sin and we only end up being frustrated in our attempts to not sin.

 Even if we totally understand the difference between right and wrong, even that does not give us the power to keep us from sinning.

This is just a taste of next week. please join me in this series and let me know if you are following. it would be good to hear from you. pass it on if you like it.

See you next week...Blessings Dee