No Wonder


Shared by Apostle James R Winfree Sr,/ I Owe you GOD'S Truth!


No Wonder Most Christians Just Keep the pew's warm and try to allow the Preachers and Ministries and Others do, what they should be doing. You will have to answer to GOD The Judge yourselves what you have done here on earth with the time, blessings and life He gave you. Get Busy Obeying GOD In Christ Jesus, Period


It is really quite easy to express a belief in something or a love for somebody but as the saying goes ‘actions speak louder than words’. I recall once having an old dear minister friend who described her husband as saying that he cared about and loved her, but she was upset and depressed because the care and love were never shown by actions. As she once said, it’s easy to say ‘I love you, but his actions show that he really doesn’t care about me.’


Our behavior and deeds will show our true attitudes and feelings. We can often deceive ourselves and for a while, we can deceive others, but GOD knows the heart, we Cannot deceive Him! Try to honestly answer these questions all of you who are going to heaven:


Would you say that you believe, trust and love JESUS?

Would you say that you strive to obey His Word?

Would you say that you put all your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ?

Would you say that you desire the Kingdom of GOD above All things and Everybody?

I am sure most of us would answer ‘yes’ to the above questions. Words may very well express that JESUS Word is the most valuable thing in our lives, that we long for His Kingdom, that we love the Lord our GOD above All else. But what do your actions say my spiritual family and Christians, friends?


Now Apostle James writes these well-known words, “What does it profit, my brethren if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him?” James 2:14


The implied answer is no, it cannot save him or her. You see, faith must be something living and active in our lives. It is not something expressed merely by words, but our true inner feelings and the truth of our words will be demonstrated by actions or deeds. But one may argue ‘I do believe’, ‘I do have faith’; indeed Apostle Paul writes that one is saved by faith (Eph 2:8), ‘How then can it be suggested that my faith will not save me?’ Well, James writes that faith without works is dead! Thus the reality and depth of faith is proved by its works as Apostle James continues:


“ by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, "You have faith, and I have worked." Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” James 2:17-18


Faith is indeed an essential ingredient of salvation, but faith in itself is a somewhat abstract concept, in that it is not tangible. Faith cannot be measured and although a person can demonstrate a knowledge of a subject and express a belief in that knowledge, its value to a person cannot be measured by a mere expression of belief. For example, one may know the law of the land which sets a certain speed limit on roads and may believe that the law states if a driver is caught breaking the speed limit they will pay a fine, or in the worst case, a persistent offender will lose their license. Does this stop everybody speeding, in short no! Why? Well simply because that particular law is not considered to have any great value and people generally are more concerned about getting from A to B as fast as possible.


In a similar manner the Scriptures may be learned and believed, but if it does not have a value higher than all else in one's life, then our deeds will surely reflect the little value we place upon GOD'S Word. On the other hand, if the Word is our greatest treasure, then we will believe and then act upon that belief. Thus faith will influence and modify our way of life; however producing the works of faith takes a lifetime of sustained effort.


A time is soon coming when All will BOW the knee before the Lord Jesus and render an account of their lives. The deeds of faith will be scrutinized and the record of life review. By our works, we will stand or fall! We read:


“And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before GOD, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books.” Rev 20:12


However, if we truly value GOD'S Holy Word and if we have a genuine sincere faith, then the thought of judgment and giving an account of our lives will be tempered by the knowledge that Christ Jesus is very merciful towards those who love Him. With this in mind, the trials faced in life that He sends to refine and purify faith will not be overly burdensome, for our eye will look to the future, not focus the present. Indeed, even though we may face death, we have the reassurance that those works of faith will not be forgotten, for John records:


“Then I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, "Write: ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.'" Yes," says the Spirit, "that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them.” Rev 14:13, Are you trying to Pay Preachers and Ministries for what GOD commanded of you?


So, Apostle James sums it up by saying: “You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only.” James 2:24 You see, our works or fruits as Scripture also terms them, will arise from what is in the heart. Just consider these words of Jesus Christ:


"You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.”...”Therefore by their fruits, you will know them.” Matt 7:16-20, You Better Get Busy and do what ask of you, Yes, you!!!


As Jesus also said, “a bad tree cannot bear good fruit, nor will a good tree bear bad fruit”. Any gardener will know that a well watered, a well-nourished tree will produce an abundance of fruit and careful pruning will help increase and maintain the yield. So, if an individual's life is nourished and watered by the Word of life and if they respond to the pruning action of life’s trails, then they will yield the good fruit of faith. If you were asked the question, ‘what works of faith are you displaying in your daily life? What would you say? Would it be the attendance at meetings, the preaching of the Word, the knowledge of the Word and the study efforts made to give exhortations or Bible class subjects that would be cited? Are these the works of faith by which a person may be justified? Well, Jesus said:


"Not everyone who says to me, LORD, LORD,’ shall enter the Kingdom of Heaven, But he or she who does the will of My Father in Heaven. "Many will say to me in that Day, ‘LORD, LORD, have we not prophesied in Your Name Jesus, cast out demons in Your Name Jesus, and done many wonders in Your Name?’ "And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you who practice lawlessness!’ Matt 7:21-23, Stop being LAZY and Get off your BUTS and Obey GOD'S Holy Word. Period.


So Jesus is clearly saying that it is not merely acknowledging Him as LORD and Savior that justifies a man or woman or boy or girl. It is not performing great acts of service in the sense of preaching in His Name; these more public works are but an outward show. Thus in the context of our day and age, one may say ‘did I not give exhortations?’ or ‘Did I not study and learn much in the Bible?’ or ‘Did I not travel extensively preaching the Truth?’ These things are in some ways the works of faith, but it is the attitude of heart and the motives behind the works that are really crucial. What has driven us to do these things, for it is possible to preach and speak for selfish motives rather than the one desire of honoring GOD our Spiritual Heavenly Father! Thus Apostle Paul notes: “Some indeed preach Christ even from envy and strife, and some also from good will” Phil 1:15 and warns “Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit”. Phil 2:3


Only living our lives in accordance with The Word of Truth will provide a solid underpinning for the works of faith. There is no place for self-seeking and pride, for the work of faith will be born out of a deep desire to know The Lord Jesus Christ and follow the example of His Words “I do not seek My own will but the will of The Father who sent Me.” John 5:30, Jesus Himself had to obey GOD and so do you, Stop trying to Pay others for what you should be Doing.


Trying to amalgamate the shifting sands of human wisdom with the principles of Scripture will only make a shipwreck of faith. The only way that faith can be developed is by wholeheartedly learning and then applying the Word to all aspects of our daily lives. The only way that faith will grow is by walking according to the Light of the Word, trusting Yahweh and shunning any who turn away from the Word of Truth. The only way that faith will be refined is by learning from the trials of life and humbly submitting to the overruling hand of Christ Jesus.


The works of faith will only come from striving to obey the commandments of Christ and striving to “be diligent to present yourself approved to GOD, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2Tim 2:15 Now Jesus spoke a parable to illustrate this principle:


"Therefore whoever hears these sayings of mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on The Rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on The Rock Christ Jesus. But everyone who hears these sayings of mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: "and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, and it fell. And great was its fall." Matt 7:24-27


So then, in summary, faith and works go together, they are utterly inseparable. Works cannot save for we cannot earn favor, faith must come first. Non-the-less the value of faith is then in turn proved by its works, We must allow Christ Jesus Life and Light to shine in our lives and in everything we say and do. Amen.


We Are Leading All Souls To The LORD GOD Our Savior JESUS CHRIST!


Apostle James R Winfree Sr Online Love Fellowship Nations Media Church Ministries