I’ve often been asked how can someone know the difference between works of the Holy Spirit and works of the law? Simply put, anything you do because you ” FEEL ” like it because you were told it’s the right thing to do, then it’s not done by faith. In, sometimes, desperation, we start out doing things thinking this will be looked upon by God to count towards our salvation. We are deceiving ourselves when we think and do things with that mindset. It’s like having a co-pilot of an airliner trying desperately to fly the plane, but despite his efforts, he can’t successfully maneuver it unless he listens to the pilot.
How then is faith taught by the Word? Those that minister the Word, by the commission by God, directs the Word to the ears of those looking for God’s mercy, or of man’s duty to God, ( II Timothy 4:2 ) The hearer receives the words and transfers the information to our understanding. But, we can’t understand what we hear, I Corinthians 2: 14) The natural man does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God. For they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned: therefore the Holy Spirit goes along with the Word to allow us to understand what we hear.
The Holy Spirit inclines us, through our will, to welcome the Word, ( Phil. 2:13, Romans 7:14, Heb. 4:12 ). When we hear the Word we need to consider what we are doing. The thoughts that we have concerning the world must be dismissed, Neh. 13:19-20; also forget about our sins, James 1:21. If you would want God to pour you His blessing, pour out your spirit to God a blessing in prayer, Psa. 10:17; and 65:2. Pray for your ministers of the Word, Rom. 15:30, and also for yourselves, for God to reveal to you what He is saying, Isaiah 8:11. We need to have a raging desire to hear the Word with an immeasurable anticipation, and a strong desire to have the determination to practice what the Holy Spirit is speaking to us.
Let us be diligent, and meek, ( James 1:21 ), full of faith, ( Heb. 4:2 ), and apply the Word to our life, ( Job 5:27 ), continuing to lift your heart up to God in prayer. We should meditate on God’s Word, ( I Tim. 4:15 ), talk to others with like-minded hearts and minds, and live your life in a way that your life is a living testament of the Word of God, ( James 1:22, Matt. 7:24-25 ). But if we fail to try to cheat our entry into heaven the outcome is total destruction; Matthew 7:26
But everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.
Many do works what they deem to be moral, and in the moral direction they deem right for their lives, but all their work will be in vain and fail because they didn’t hear God’s voice, and obey His directions giving to Him all respect for the Divine Gift of the Holy Spirit, ” If you are evil and know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more more shall your Heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them who ask for Him?” ( Matt. 7:11 ). The Holy Spirit comes through the belief of what is heard of in the Holy Scriptures, and your works will prevent the Holy Spirit, but belief in what the Scriptures say, having faith that they are true, will open the door to the Holy Ghost.
FAITH AND WORKS:-
Someone might complain that they do not want this doctrine. They claim to want more morality and honesty. It brings to mind the little children. The child’s father planted bulbs to come up in the Spring. The child forgot that flowers don’t grow without roots. Flowers that are stuck into the ground without roots are babes, foolishness, and good works without faith are childish vanities. Faith is preached in order that good works may follow, and they do follow
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