“Jesus said unto him, I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life: no man comes unto the Father, but by Me.” John 14:6
The Way to God the Father does not change after our Salvation. Religion attempts to turn our faith away from the Finished Work of Christ Jesus after Salvation unto other religious activities and ceremonies. Church attendance, small groups, charitable works all become the ‘proof’ if you will of your Salvation in the eyes of the religious elite. Sunday morning church service is gives the motivational speech for the week, small groups is nothing more than a social event and the charitable works plastered all over social media glorifies the church and not the Lord.
No one is growing in the grace and the knowledge of the Lord even though they are becoming quite puffed up in their religiosity and recognized among their peers. Spiritually defeated, they are faking it until they make it as they refuse to confess that ‘bad confession’ and are lying to themselves and more importantly lying to the Lord about their condition.
“17 Even so faith, if it has not works, is dead, being alone.
18 Yea, a man may say, you have faith, and I have works: show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” James 2:17-18
Dead faith will produce dead works…even many wonderful works in the Name of Jesus yet the Lord knows them not. They are workers of iniquity; unprofitable servants.
“21 Not every one that says unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the Kingdom of Heaven; but he that does the Will of My Father which is in Heaven.
22 Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your Name? and in Your Name have cast out devils? and in Your Name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity.” Matthew 7:21-23
Faith that is alive works patience in the Believer because it requires our daily denial of self; denial of our abilities and intellect to overcome the wiles of the devil and trust in the Lord. Picking up all that Jesus Christ afforded us on Calvary’s Cross TODAY, we choose to follow Him and HE orders our footsteps…not our new found religion. We do not assume the ministry of the Holy Spirit to circumcise our hearts and remove those things which are not pleasing to God through our own abilities but we humbly look to the Cross of Christ and say ‘I can’t but You can…You did, HELP!”
Precept upon precept and line upon line, old things DO fall away and all things become new. We are a new creature in Christ Jesus and the Spirit of God is doing a mighty work on the inside which is producing a change on the outside. The good works ordered by the Lord are birthed of His Spirit and produce fruit unto God which glorifies HIM and not an organization.
“17 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing you know these things before, beware lest you also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.
18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To Him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.” 2 Peter 3:17-18
Jesus Christ and Him Crucified is the Way, the Truth and the Life for our Salvation AND our daily living for God…be determined to know nothing else among you.
-Donna Clark Warren