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Do You Really Believe? Faith With Fruit?

Posted by Tkulp , 11 June 2018 · 227 views

Do You Really Believe? Like James?


All a person’s ways seem right in his own opinion, but the LORD evaluates the motives. Proverbs 16:2


There is a way that seems right to a person, but its end is the way that leads to death. Proverbs 16:25


"If you love me, you will obey my commandments." Then I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to be with you forever — the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot accept, because it does not see him or know him. But you know him, because he resides with you and will be in you. John 14:15-17
Whoever has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me. The one who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and reveal Myself to him." John 14:21


Jesus replied, "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make Our home with him. John 14:23


If you keep My commandments, you will remain in My love, just as I have kept My Father's commandments and remain in His love. John 15:10


If you do not believe the Spirit of the Word of God you will follow man's reasoning or your own idea of what is important; what is right and wrong.


The wages of sin is death.


Now by this we know that we have come to know God: if we keep his commandments.
The one who says "I have come to know God" and yet does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in such a person.
But whoever obeys his word, truly in this person the love of God has been perfected. By this we know that we are in him.
The one who says he resides in God ought himself to walk just as Jesus walked. 1John 2:3-6


The gift of God (Grace, the Spirit of His Son living in you so that you see the impact of His presence on your thoughts, speech and actions), is life. Christ in you the hope of glory. Colossians 1:27



If you really believe the Spirit of the Word of God, then you will follow, obey, its directions.


- Turn away from sin...


- Keep (obey) and teach others to keep (obey) Jesus' commands...


- See that your righteousness exceeds the outward appearance of good. Your righteousness will be a result of the Spirit of Jesus living within you, directing and influencing all your thoughts, words and actions...


- Pursue His Kingdom and His Righteousness more than anything else...


Matthew 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach this message: "Repent (Greek - to think differently) (Definition - Turn away from sin), for the kingdom of heaven is near." Matthew 4:17
So anyone who breaks one of the least of these commands and teaches others to do so will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever obeys them and teaches others to do so will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you, unless your righteousness goes beyond that of the experts in the law and the Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:19-20


"The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure, hidden in a field, that a person found and hid. Then because of joy he went and sold all that he had and bought that field. Matthew 13:44
But above all pursue his kingdom and righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33
When anyone hears the word about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches what was sown in his heart; this is the seed sown along the path. Matthew 13:19


Therefore I exhort you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a sacrifice — alive, holy, and pleasing to God — which is your reasonable service.
Do not be conformed to this present world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may test and approve what is the will of God — what is good and well-pleasing and perfect. Romans 12:1-2


"Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter into the kingdom of heaven — only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. Matthew 7:21


The field is the world and the good seed are the people of the kingdom. The weeds are the people of the evil one, and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are angels.
The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will gather from his kingdom everything that causes sin as well as all lawbreakers.
Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. The one who has ears had better listen! Matthew 13: 38-43


"I tell you the truth, unless you turn around and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven! Whoever then humbles himself like this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18:3-4


Then Jesus said to his disciples, "I tell you the truth, it will be hard for a rich person to enter the kingdom of heaven! Matthew 19:23


"What do you think? A man had two sons. He went to the first and said, 'Son, go and work in the vineyard today.'
The boy answered, 'I will not.' But later he had a change of heart and went.
The father went to the other son and said the same thing. This boy answered, 'I will, sir,' but did not go.
Which of the two did his father's will?" They said, "The first." Jesus said to them, "I tell you the truth, tax collectors and prostitutes will go ahead of you into the kingdom of God! Matthew 21:28-31


"At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Matthew 25:1-13


....the mystery that has been kept hidden from ages and generations, but has now been revealed to his saints. God wanted to make known to them the glorious riches of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. We proclaim him by instructing and teaching all people with all wisdom so that we may present every person mature in Christ. Colossians 1:26-28


I in them and you in me — that they may be completely one, so that the world will know that you sent me, and you have loved them just as you have loved me. John 17:23


Do You Really Believe? ...or are you an actor, or maybe one who presumes all of the promises to be theirs, without meeting any of the conditions written along with the promise?


Your thoughts (meditation), words and actions (the fruit of your life), what you spend the most time with, these will tell you clearly, if you look honestly in God's spiritual mirror, who is in control of your life; the self-life or the Holy Spirit!


All a person’s ways seem right in his own opinion, but the LORD evaluates the motives. Proverbs 16:2


There is a way that seems right to a person, but its end is the way that leads to death. Proverbs 16:25


If you still have known sin operating in your life, there is a serious problem. Jesus died to forgive the past and remove all future sin from your life by living within you.


To be living in known sin and not experiencing punishment or discipline is a very serious place to be in, according to the Word of God. Holiness is not an option but a command.


...I am the LORD your God; consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy, because I am holy. Leviticus 11:44


Like obedient children, do not comply with the evil urges you used to follow in your ignorance, but, like the Holy One who called you, become holy yourselves in all of your conduct, for it is written, "You shall be holy, because I am holy." and if you address as Father the one who impartially judges according to each one's work, live out the time of your temporary residence here in reverence.
You know that from your empty way of life inherited from your ancestors you were ransomed — not by perishable things like silver or gold, but by precious blood like that of an unblemished and spotless lamb, namely Christ. 1Peter 1:14-19


Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, we must get rid of every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and run with endurance the race set out for us, keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith. For the joy set out for him he endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.
Think of him who endured such opposition against himself by sinners, so that you may not grow weary in your souls and give up.
You have not yet resisted to the point of bloodshed in your struggle against sin.
And have you forgotten the exhortation addressed to you as sons? "My son, do not scorn the Lord's discipline or give up when he corrects you. "For the Lord disciplines the one he loves and chastises every son he accepts."
Endure your suffering as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is there that a father does not discipline?
But if you do not experience discipline, something all sons have shared in, then you are illegitimate and are not sons.
Besides, we have experienced discipline from our earthly fathers and we respected them; shall we not submit ourselves all the more to the Father of spirits and receive life? For they disciplined us for a little while as seemed good to them, but he does so for our benefit, that we may share his holiness.
Now all discipline seems painful at the time, not joyful. But later it produces the fruit of peace and righteousness for those trained by it.
Therefore, strengthen your listless hands and your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but be healed.
Pursue peace with everyone, and holiness, for without it no one will see the Lord. Hebrews 12:1-14


My child, do not despise discipline from the LORD, and do not loathe his rebuke. For the LORD disciplines those he loves, just as a father disciplines the son in whom he delights. Proverbs 3:11-12


Jesus replied, "If anyone loves me, he will obey my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and take up residence with him.
The person who does not love me does not obey my words. And the word you hear is not mine, but the Father's who sent me.


"I have spoken these things while staying with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and will cause you to remember everything I said to you. John 14:23-26


Put yourselves to the test to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize regarding yourselves that Jesus Christ is in you — unless, indeed, you fail the test!


And I hope that you will realize that we have not failed the test!
Now we pray to God that you may not do anything wrong, not so that we may appear to have passed the test, but so that you may do what is right even if we may appear to have failed the test. For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the sake of the truth. 2 Corinthians 13:5-8


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