Everything here is designed to make you feel good.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Christian Faith Without Works?

When others around you look at your life, do they know that God loves you? Can people tell by your actions that you belong to God? Do they know you are a follower of His? Remember, the evidence is in your words, actions and deeds. The most important thing you could ever know and show is that God loves you. His love truly changes us. His love empowers us. His love takes us to new levels. His love gives us eternal life.

When you make a wrong choice or do something that displeases Him, most times, you know it immediately. There is uneasiness that you feel inside of you. The Bible tells us that Christian faith without works is dead. That means if you do not put your faith into action, it is not really faith, it’s just nice ideas. But when God truly does work in our lives, it affects everything about us - our words, our thoughts, and our actions. How do you know someone is kind, how do you know someone is gentle, how do you know someone is generous? How do you know someone is a follower of Christ? By their Christ-like actions!

"You are generous because of your faith. And I am praying that you will put into action the generosity that comes from your faith as you understand and experience all the good things we have in Christ." Philemon 1:6, (NLT).

Paul says in his letter to the Thessalonians with a compliment and exhortation about how well they were living. He could truly see God’s love in them. He told them that the way they responded to the Gospel, and the way the Holy Spirit confirmed their faith was evidence that God was holding them in high esteem. In other words, by their daily actions, they were letting God’s love truly show through them.

Open your heart fully and receive His love today. Then turn around and love Him in return by truly following His commands. We all have areas that we can come up higher in, but the Good News is that God is always at work in our lives to mold us and make us more like Him. Ask Him to search your heart and mind today. Surrender any area of your life that is not pleasing to Him. As a Christian, invite Him to have His way in your life, and allow Him to finish His perfect work in you!

“For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.” Philippians 2:13, (NLT).

Always know that He didn’t just give you the desire to please Him; He gave you the power to please Him, too! He did not just call you; He equipped you! Follow that inner prompting so that your actions will line up with what God puts in your heart. He wants you to continue growing spiritually. His plans and purposes for your life are always good. And when you are submitted to Him, nothing can stop the Almighty God from accomplishing great things in and through you!

By: Steven E Coffman

Family-eStore will try to provide you with articles of interest to a Christian and patriotic way of life. The articles are written by Steven E Coffman (Owner) of Family-eStore.com (National Essay Contest) winner 1969.

The Christian articles are intended to bring you closer in your relationship to our Father in heaven.

No comments: