The God who sees ME

The God who sees ME

El Roi is my favorite name of God because it means the God who sees. He sees me. He wants to have a relationship with me and wants to know every detail of me life even though He is KING of the Universe. He is so good to me. He is my Lord and Savior. Nothing shall separate me from His love. He is All that I need and MORE!


Sunday, December 29, 2013

Faith that Works


Faith that Works

     “For by grace are you save through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast.” 
Ephesians 2:8-9
What do it profit, my brethen, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? Can faith save him?... Even so faith, if it have not works, is dead, being alone, yea, a man may say, Thou has faith, and I have works: show me thy faith without thy works, and I will show thee my faith by my works... But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?... Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?... Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only... For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. James 2:14, 17-18, 20, 22, 24, 26

     In Ephesians 2 it says people are saved by grace through faith and it’s not through works. Then in James it says that it’s not just faith, but works also. Faith that does not do the works of faith is not true faith. People are supposed to work, but a different type of works. Grace is the power of God to accomplish only what God can do. When people are born they are in Adam and dead in sin. They can know about Jesus but still be dead. It’s only when grace works in the heart and they reckoning Jesus’ salvation then they become alive. Reckoning is claiming by faith what He said He has given them. But it even starts back with the work of Grace. After becoming alive it is a reasonable service to give their body to Jesus who gave His for them. Then exerting their faith they become even more alive. Then full of abundant life is when they obey His Word. That’s the life of Jesus can be lived out through them. Faith produces more faith that’s why as Christians believe more in Him and obey Him, they have more faith. 

     This is illustrated well with a person who has his eyes fixed on unhealthy food and doesn’t know that fruits and veggies bring life. He does not know so does not eat it and therefore becomes fat and ultimately dies prematurely. This is ignorant unbelief. Then The another is still fat and eating unhealthy food, but yet knows about the good food. They’ve heard about the fruits and veggies but he’s still dying because he’s not eating it. Believing is not just knowing about something. In the Christian life, we’re living starting over at the cross but not living it or believing it. The final person found true life because they not only looked over to the good fruit, but they repented and left behind the junk and started to eat the healthy food. They are a picture of true Christianity, that works. 

    The soul will either be ignorant of truth, know the truth but without proper soul response (non-functional faith), or a knowledge of the truth with reckoning and responding to it. When faith functions and goes to work, it believes. That sounds overly simplistic, but is the action of faith. It’s an acknowledgement that we can not do it, He can, and fixing our eyes on Him. The best way to illustrate this is by having a car and not using it, or having clothes and not wearing them. We have faith there, but without the work of faith which is belief, then it will not be used. Faith is a gift from God, and we should use it! 

     Believing can be broken down to five things. The knowing is the first step (Romans 6:3,6,8,16). Then the next is the Reckoning (Romans 6:11, explained above). Presenting or yielding our bodies to God; He alone can keep them (Romans 6:12-14,19). Then Exerting His power to do the thing. Only He can do it. Romans 6:12 tell us not to let sin reign, and that only can not happen by Him! The last one is to Obey. He’s given us the power, now obey (Romans 6:17-18). We don’t have the strength to do it, but we do have His grace and He can do it. Our own strength is like fighting with a feather duster. His strength is the sword of the Spirit. He has given us His sword of the Spirit. Knowing is hearing about the sword. Reckoning is calling upon the sword of the Spirit and believing that the sword will save. Presenting is gripping the sword. Exerting is swinging the sword, and obeying is learning to swing the sword as the Master Swordsmen would swing it. 

     Defining faith even further into the action of believing has really helped me understand this concept. Since I’ve lived looking over at the fruit, but not actually eating it, this messaged was so enlightening. It’s given me hope, because I can not do it, but I know Who can. He’s teaching me to swing that sword and each time, I gain more confidence in the One who gave it to me. He is ever-faithful not to let me continue on in the flesh, but to instead show me how to live in Him and He in me. It’s a beautiful picture of dependency on Him. He does it all, I just believe He can.