Posts Tagged ‘ Works ’

VerseD: 2 Timothy 2:15

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.
2 Timothy 2:15, ESV

Do you know your Bible well enough to explain the Gospel, salvation, or why you believe what you believe?
Ignoring the Bible (or barely reading/studying it) is ignoring God.
Works apart from God’s Word is working in an unapproved manner. We love God through His Word and in deeds.

VerseD: Psalm 139:23-24

Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!
Psalm 139:23‭-‬24, ESV

On our own, we are woefully inadequate to accomplish true good, let alone alone save ourselves from our sin.
Our true peace is found in letting God show us our need for Him and His cleansing, saving work.

VerseD: 1 Peter 3:12

“For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”
1 Peter 3:12, ESV

We can have peace knowing that God hears our prayers, and they will be mixed with incense and God’s wrath against the evil doers at the end. (Revelation 5:8, 8:3-5)

VerseD: 1 Peter 3:13

Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good?
1 Peter 3:13, ESV

Our priorities should be based on God’s goodness and all things good (according to their nature or purpose).
Then we have a defense and clear conscience as we seek to glorify God.

VerseD: 1 Chronicles 16:24

Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!
1 Chronicles 16:24, ESV

Whether Creation, parting seas and rivers, making food last far longer than it should, or – most importantly – saving us from our sins and raising back to life, we should want to tell everyone about our amazing God and the wonders He does!

VerseD: Proverbs 21:2

Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the heart.
Proverbs 21:2, ESV

We may think we are doing good things, but God can see our motivations, our intentions.
Maybe we want to help to because of the obligation, to feel good about ourselves, or even to get revenge!
Or maybe we want to love others. In Christ’s name.

VerseD: John 15:4

“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.”
John 15:4, ESV

Works can never save us, nor can we do truly good works apart from Christ.

VerseD: Matthew 5:14-16

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
Matthew 5:14‭-‬16, ESV

Our works will never save us, but Christ’s work and light shine through us to glorify the Father by leading others to Christ.

VerseD: Philippians 2:12

Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling
Philippians 2:12, ESV

We do not earn our salvation. We show the world we are saved by being obedient to Christ and doing good works to help others, encourage each other, and glorify God.

VerseD: Proverbs 16:3

Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.
Proverbs 16:3, ESV

Do not read this as “Make sure God is invoked in your work so that your plans work out.”

Start your plans by seeking God’s will, work diligently and faithfully with the help of God, and find success on God’s terms, not necessarily your own.