Saturday, September 9, 2017

ORDAINED UNTO GOOD WORKS

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1 Pet 1:17(NLT)
17 And remember that the heavenly Father to whom you pray has no favorites. He will judge or reward you according to what you do. So you must live in reverent fear of him during your time here as “temporary residents.” (Read 1 Pet 1:15-19)

Ekele believed that God does not justify him by his works but by his faith in Christ Jesus. He also believed that no matter what he did right or wrong, all his righteous acts only amounted to filthy rags before the Lord. He, therefore, didn’t bother much about his conduct anymore since he was taught that his works were not judged but his faith. He was sorely wrong and it didn’t take him time to realize this.

His first premise was absolutely correct. No one is justified before God by his works. We are all justified before God by our faith. Now this faith produces works of righteousness. Any faith that does not produce any work is dead faith (see James 2:17, Heb 11:17, Tit 1:6, 3:8).

The first and most important work of God is to believe in the LORD Jesus (John 6:28). This brings you under the Lordship, authority, and control of Christ Jesus. This Lordship is administered by the Holy Spirit within you 'For anyone who does not have the Spirit does not belong to Him' (Rom 8:9). Believers who live under the authority of Christ by letting the Holy Spirit control them are walking in the Spirit. But believers who do not do this are still walking in the flesh, even if they chose to outwardly live by the written code of God's law. (Read Romans 8:13, Gal 6:8, Gal 5:19-21)

Go into today remembering that the Holy Spirit within you makes you produce the fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22-23). This is God's expectation from every believer living on earth (See John 15:4, 8, 16).
Ask the Lord to make you even more fruitful (Phil 1:11).
-Pst. SD Abraham

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