Faith vs. Works — wow what a topic

Work, work, work what an easy mindset to slip in to. I have time and time again, and Jesus is always so good to bring me back to the basics, the main thing, only by His blood, only.

I’ve been asking and allowing the Holy Spirit to direct my devotional time each day, it’s actually taken a deeper leap of faith than I’d like to admit. I am a structured person, I have a routine when it comes to my mornings with Jesus. Pray, read, journal, pray again. Now this was not bad, but the part I was still being very “works” in was my own bible reading plan I’d thought up – I’d read two books of the Old Testament then One book of the New Testament, and work my way through the bible that way. Jesus shook me upside down with this the last few weeks, and it’s been amazing, so freeing, and full of revelation!

As I felt the Holy Spirit nudge me to get out of “my” bible reading plan and ask Him every morning where He wanted me that day, He’s been speaking some pretty profound revelation to me through different chapters and books.

{Disclaimer: I am NOT saying this is the only way, the right way, or the way for everyone to do devotions. I also truly believe a good biblical backing, historical context and understanding are 100% vital. Often heresy in theology, or someone creating their own ‘way’ comes from not studying the bible in it’s entirety and in context.}

So to my revelation — I’m super excited about, actually re-revelation, because in my heart and soul I knew this, I had just laid it down, forgotten – started working.

Acts 4:12 says this about Jesus:

“And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

And Galatians 4:4-7 says:

“But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.”

At this point I’m high on life remembering that there is absolutely NOTHING in this world I could do to save me, or to “adopt myself” into the family of God.

The next morning was….. James 2 – “Faith without works is dead” and I sunk. Lord please give me some good revelation here, I’m starting to over think this, I’m starting to let my self get confused here, help, help Holy Spirit.

James 2:14 says:

“What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him?”

Great question I thought to myself, especially after my amazing time in Galatians 4 the days before, and coming back to my ‘adopted, heir of the kingdom position’.

So I kept reading, why, because if I know anything it’s that my God is faithful, and He will speak and reveal the mysteries to me. He will give me revelation if I lean in and listen, my go to scripture Jeremiah 29:13 tells me so, and wouldn’t you know it, He did it again. What a faithful Father we have!

Versus 15-24 in James cover faith without works being dead, using examples of Abraham sacrificing Issac, and others — hitting the point home. I mean this is the brother of Jesus we’re talking about here, can’t just throw these out and ignore them.

But it hit me when I read v. 25 “And in the same way was not also Rahab the prostitute justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way”

As simple as it sounds, it hit me as I read that scripture, that Rahab was doing exactly what she was told to do, not by humans, not by her government, but by the Living God Himself, and that’s what justified her. I thought (I actually believe the Holy Spirit revealed to me) ‘what if works really = obedience?’ hmmm there’s a thought — lets check this out.

Wouldn’t you know, I cross referenced a few other translations and the Amplified says this in James 2:26 “For as the human body apart from the spirit is lifeless, so faith apart from [it’s] works of obedience is also dead.”

Did you see that?!?!?!?!

It all hit home, faith alone in Jesus, His blood shed for me is what saves me, once I accept that free (amazing) gift, it will die if I am not obedient to what He calls me to next, and after that and after that, and in the next season, and in ten years, and for the rest of my life. I’m actually in disobedience if I’m following someone else’s calling that He hasn’t told me to take on, or do.

Which is when I had my re-revelation – He has something specific for me to do, my biggest part is to TRUST Him, listen to Him and obey Him – no matter what. This is why leaning in and hearing the voice of the Lord is absolutely vital, it’s a must have.

Apart from operating in the gift of prophecy, I can’t hear the voice of the Lord for other people, anymore than they can hear it for me. (that’s why I love that gift though, so fun, so encouraging! ) The thing with prophecy is, even if I do hear a clear word for you – I cannot obey for you, nor can you for me. I cannot do the work He’s called you to, if I did I would be in disobedience (unless of course He had us on similar tasks, which does happen, which He would reveal to me if so) and if you took on my calling, dreams and ‘works’ and it wasn’t from the Lord – you’d be in disobedience too.

Faith without works is dead (James 2:17). What are works – it’s what the Lord has called you to, what He’s spoken clearly to you on, anything else is likely disobedience.

Sadly in the American church we have this habit of pushing our agenda on others, which ultimately at the root of it all leads to misdirected works and disobedience, which makes us tired and weary, and that, by the way — does not give God a good wrap, no wonder why non Christians think we’re all hypocrites.

So I challenge and encourage you to get on your face with Jesus, no one else’s agenda, and ask Him what your works are, what He has in store for you in this life. He’s the only one who knows the end from the beginning, and every single breath you will take, ask Him what’s next. Be prepared when you do, because it won’t always (many times not) line up with what we “want to do” or think we “should do”, but it will be the best adventure there ever was.

{I am also 100% for sound biblically rooted counsel, do not forsake that. I’m talking about blindly following others without even a second thought to ask Jesus if this is the direction He wants you to go. Also what you hear will NEVER EVER contradict The Word, the Holy Spirit can’t contradict Himself, but that’s an entirely different topic for a different day.}

So in summation, your God thing might just be a good thing for me, and my God thing might just be a good thing to you, that’s where the body of Christ comes into play, that’s when we get to cheer each other on in all that Jesus has for each of us! That’s when we’re all ‘working’ in the ways He created us for and He is able to work through us and we get to see Kingdom come to earth!
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1 thought on “Faith vs. Works — wow what a topic”

  1. Ha….I now have group with you anyways!!! Lol…
    GOOD word sister…
    Praying I will complete the works He has for me…

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