Tag Archives: Good works

Verse of the Day – January 7th


http://bible.com/59/mat5.16.esv
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 5:16 (esv)

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Shine Your Light by Billy Graham


MATTHEW 5:16 NKJV – Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
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Shine Your Light

One faithful witness is worth a thousand mute professors of religion. Tom Allan, Scotland’s famous young preacher, was brought to Christ while a black soldier was singing, “Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?” He said it was neither the song nor the voice, but the spirit in which that soldier sang —something about his manner, something about his sincerity of expression—that convicted him of his wicked life and turned him to the Savior. Our faith grows by expression. If we want to keep our faith, we must share it—we must witness.

Daily Prayer

May others be drawn to You, Lord Jesus, as I tell them of Your love.

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Needing a Breakthrough? …by Billy Graham


HEBREWS 13:20-21 NKJV

Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.

Needing a Breakthrough?

When I was a boy, radio was just coming of age. We would gather around a crude homemade set and twist the three tuning dials in an effort to establish contact with the transmitter. Often, all the sound that came out of the amplifier was the squawk of static; but we knew that somewhere out there was the unseen transmitter, and if contact was established and the dials were in adjustment, we could hear a voice loud and clear. After a long time of laborious tuning, the far distant voice would suddenly break through and a smile of triumph would illuminate the faces of all in the room. At last we were tuned in!

In the revelation that God established between Himself and us, we can find a new life and a new dimension of living, but we must “tune in.” There are higher levels of living to which we have never attained. There is peace, satisfaction, and joy that we have never experienced. God is trying to break through to us. The heavens are calling. God is speaking! Let man hear.

Daily Prayer

Lord, help me to be so attuned to Your will that I will experience all that You so lovingly wish to bestow.

Paul Instructs Titus on Good Works


TITUS 3:1-15 (NKJV)

Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men. For we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another. But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. This is a faithful saying, and these things I want you to affirm constantly, that those who have believed in God should be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable to men. But avoid foolish disputes, genealogies, contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and useless. Reject a divisive man after the first and second admonition, knowing that such a person is warped and sinning, being self-condemned. When I send Artemas to you, or Tychicus, be diligent to come to me at Nicopolis, for I have decided to spend the winter there. Send Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their journey with haste, that they may lack nothing. And let our people also learn to maintain good works, to meet urgent needs, that they may not be unfruitful. All who are with me greet you. Greet those who love us in the faith. Grace be with you all. Amen.

First Reading: Enter
As you read this passage of scripture for the first time you are simply “entering in” or familiarizing yourself with what God is saying here. Notice the circumstances, people, places, etc.

Second Reading: Impress
As you read the same passage of scripture for the second time, notice what word, phrase, sentence or verse makes an “impression” upon you.

Third Reading: Pray
As you read this passage of scripture for the third time through, begin by spending a few moments in prayer thanking and praising God for His Holy Word. As you read, be prayerfully interacting with God about the text.

Fourth Reading: Live
In this final reading of the passage ask God to show you how He wants you to live based on this scripture. Is there something He would have you start doing, stop doing or continue doing?

Why I Try To Be Kind To Atheists, Agnostics, etc.


I am not by nature a kind person.  I am sarcastic and often caustic to those around me, friend or foe.  There are many reasons for me to be more kind, partly because we are commanded to “love our enemies”, “do good to them who despitefully use you” and to “pay back evil with good.”  But if I try to do this in my own strength, I will fail, because I am weak.  I can do nothing without Christ (John 15:5).

I am now in a situation where I must trust Christ to work through me to do good to others, and that takes cooperation from me, because the Holy Spirit will not force these good acts upon me.  That brings me to my unbelieving friends, because I have to trust that God will be faithful to deliver these good works to them, despite the fact that they do not believe in Him.

Is it possible for the Holy Spirit to perform in this manner?  Yes, He is God.  Who could stop Him?  Does He want to deliver blessings for curses, through my cooperation?  Yes, He commanded us to bless them that curse us, etc.  Is the agnostic or atheist able to hedge against the kindness delivered by God or prevent reception of the blessing in any way?  No!  They do not acknowledge the existence of God, so how can they resist the actions of one who does not exist?  In order to do so, they would have to admit that there is a God and protest, “God is trying to make me look bad by giving me blessings I do not deserve!”  Don’t hold your breath for that to happen.

I think that many atheists/agnostics are not inclined to truly disbelieve in God as much as they really are “disappointed” by God or angry with God about something that has happened in their life, or they have other “God” issues.  It becomes a convenient mechanism to deny what they do not understand.  Well, I do not always understand God or his workings either.  I can light a match or curse the darkness.  I have decided to light the match of “God Enlightenment” to try to understand these mysteries of life, because “cursing the darkness” leaves me no viable or productive recourse.  And that brings me to the subject at hand….

Why should I hate someone who examines the same evidence and comes to a different conclusion?  Why heap another layer of grief on someone when they are suffering already?  I do not achieve any glory by doing evil to unbelievers, but I do please God by blessing them.  What to do?  Let me take a nanosecond to decide…I choose Christ’s way, again!  I know the history of religious people is littered with those who would kill others with opposing views, but isn’t hate and murder part of the province of The Evil One?  Why cater to him?  How would history be different if all religious people were more tolerant?

Kindness is a learned behavior, not innate at all.  We all must seek a higher power to be a consistently kind person.  This is where John 15:5 comes in again, for truly, we cannot practice consistently kind behavior without the power of the Holy Spirit.  Kindness will win the day for our Lord, not hate or retaliation.  Believer or not, the world will be a much better place if we all were more Christ-like in our actions.  And that is why I am kind to atheists and agnostics.

My prayer for all of us today is that we might know Christ better than to think that He wants us to hurt others!