This is an excerpt from an article written by Bob Jones which appeared on Elijah List today that I wanted to pass along. This article is spot on with what motivates us to do what we do as the Holy Spirit is leading us back to the Father’s heart. Mel
Presently most churches are teaching works and not faith. Works without faith is suicide. By only doing works you keep working to please the Father, but you’ll never get there with a works approach. When you try to do works only to please, that will leave you miserable, discontent and unhappy, and you’ll end up “committing spiritual suicide” or literally dying in faith.
What is works? Works is a religious spirit and it’s not of the Father. A religious spirit is legalism, opinion, debate, judgment and criticism. Legalism will keep you bound from all pleasures that are permissible. Legalism is the law trying to earn by works what can only be obtained by faith and belief.
However, the Father wants us to be happy and that’s why He’s given us all good things. Therefore we must receive everything He gives us with joy and gladness (Deuteronomy 28:47).
When we believe and receive these blessings of the Father, it honors Him and we remain free from the yoke of bondage. The Father is saying, “Let your days be consumed with joy and gladness” – where you remain in the Father’s eyes.
When you are motivated by works instead of faith you’ll never get the job done… You’re never going to succeed that way or you’ll eventually backslide and quit trying. To be bound up in works is spiritual suicide because faith is what pleases God. We are saved by faith and it’s actually what you believe in. If you believe in the Father, Son and Holy Spirit then you’re a free person and you’ll have so much going for you – especially joy, gladness and the blessings.
I believe there’s a lot of sickness in the Body of Christ because so few are praying for the sick. Many times I’ve seen those who were just saved and immediately enter into healings and do the works of the Holy Spirit. This is what I believe He’s saying, “Let your faith go forth into good works that will touch people who have a need and you’ll be blessed in joy and gladness. Everything you sow into those who have a need will return to you many times.”
Now is the time that faith and good works come together in the equipping and preparation of the saints. These are the greater works of John 14:12. By faith we can call those things that are not as if they were because we have the faith to do it. There’s a remnant of Christians that’s getting ready to step out and do the greater works.
“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.” John 14:12-14
The Father will be glorified through signs and wonders. These are the greater works working through a Body of Believers activated by faith and motivated by love.
Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works. Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves. John 14:8-11
We received the revelation of the Son of Heaven 2000 years ago and the revelation of the Holy Spirit over 100 years ago – as the Pentecost movement began.
Now the last revelation is of our Daddy. Who is the greater works going to honor? They will honor the Father. I don’t think people have seen this before but there’s no greater way you can honor the Father than by your faith touching His Body.
James 2:14-26 and 1 Peter 4:10 (above) justify the message of John 14:13 showing who gets the praise for the greater works.
“And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” John 14:13
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