LESSON 15 - Our Faith & Works: Provision for Holiness
Ben uniquely shares that your FATIH and WORKS, combined together, provides and empowers your #lifestyleofholiness #happyholiness !
Our Faith and Works: Provision for Holiness
“…But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord…God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth” (2 Thess. 2:13)
OUR FAITH/BELIEF: The provision of “Faith/Belief” requires that you believe in God. You have to take a leap and trust (come into agreement) with the Father who has qualified (certified) your life of holiness (Col. 1:12).
Your faith is like an Internet line: slow Internet speed (dial-up) decreases your ability to surf the net. In the same way “your faith” is the avenue for God’s provision to flow into your life; your response to God’s Word and Spirit is your obligation; God will not force you to believe His truth (what about this last sentence).
How do we BELIEVE in Truth: (1) agree that God is RIGHT(eous) (2) seek the truth found in God’s Word and Spirit (3) choose to believe (or have faith): believe in your mind, confess with your mouth (4) obey by expressing your faith in your actions (works that follow truth).
Rewards of our belief in Truth: First, your sins are forgiven allowing you to freely worship the Holy, Almighty God. Second, you are washed in Mercy and empowered by Grace (Heb. 4:16); then you walk in the inheritance of a child of God, who is being sanctified/to be made saint (Col. 1:12).
OUR WORKS: The provision of sanctification through your works is powerful. Faith and Actions: your faith and your actions must go hand in hand together; your faith without works is dead (James 2:22-26). Perfecting Holiness: Paul taught one of the provisions for holiness is found in the promises God has given us…therefore, we cleanse ourselves (2 Cor. 7:1). Also, Paul taught, “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling (Phil. 2:12-13). Our works can also be expressed in 7 practical ways:
RHYTHM OF PRAYER: CONNECTING DAILY WITH GOD WHILE IMPACTING THE WORLD – Daniel prayed 3x a day since his youth. You’re called to find a daily rhythm of prayer, connecting to God & praying His Kingdom come and will being done (Lu. 11:1-13).
FAST WEEKLY: POSITIONING OURSELVES TO FREELY RECEIVE MORE FROM GOD – When you fast, which is abstaining from foods, the Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you richly, and you can see this in 7 unique ways (Matt. 6:17-18).
LIVE HOLY: LIVING EXHILARATED IN THE PLEASURE OF LOVING GOD - Holiness equips you to enjoy life together with God. You must not approach it in a negative way; b/c holiness is a call to the superior pleasures of being exhilarated in Jesus (Ps. 16:11).
LEAD SACRIFICIALLY WITH DILIGENCE: TAKING INITIATIVE TO MINISTER TO OTHERS: can take initiative to diligently serve, support, and/or lead in practical ways in ministries like weekly holy clubs (prayer, outreach, and discipleship) (Rom. 12:6-8).
GIVE EXTRAVAGANTLY: THE JOY OF FINANCIAL POWER ENCOUNTERS – Giving our tithe and also sowing into prayer, giving to acts of justice, and giving to fulfill the great commission both locally and internationally (Mal. 3:10; Matt. 6:3-4).
SPEAK BOLDLY: BEING A FAITHFUL WITNESS - Jesus is the Faithful witness of the truth (Rev. 1:5). He did not hold back from speaking truths that were unpopular. You are called to boldly declare who God is, how to follow His ways, and share what He is doing (Jn. 18:37).
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