the Seventimes Journal

Great Works In His Name

by on Feb.07, 2015, under Uncategorized

I am NOT a politician!! However, when I see a politician doing, or
attempting to do, something that is intended to worship or honor Christ,
its difficult not to notice!

Mike Huckabbe, former Arkansas Governor, has come up with an idea to do
just that. He recently announced that He was partnering with ALL IN .
ALL IN Founder, Michael Phillips, said, “We want to engage and mobilize the
people of God, to remind our country what authentic Christianity looks
like.”

The goal of Mr. Huckabee, and ALL IN, is to get Christians, nationwide, to
take part in a National Day of Service on Good Friday, 2015. Sounds like a
concerted effort to DO LOTS OF GOOD! And, doing good is definitely a ‘good
thing’.

This service effort is called, DO GOOD ON GOOD FRIDAY… and, if you are of a
mind to get involved, you can access their website,

http://www.livingwithpower.com/dogoodfriday  …

Mr. Huckabee is committed, and he is striving to stir up millions of others who are committed and willing to donate their time (and money) to also DO GOOD on Good Friday…

Yes, their website has a form where you can sign up and pledge to do an
act of service, as well as DONATE to the cause… As of this morning, Feb 7,
2015, they have ONE DOLLAR pledged…

Jas 2:18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.

Mr. Huckabee is eager to show his faith… Quoting James 2:18, He said..”I’ve
always been inspired by this Scripture,… when it comes to being people of
faith, we must be fully committed.” And, I’m sure he is.

Helping and doing good to others is a “GOOD THING”… Serving and giving
truly are pleasing to God.. But, I wonder… Examining the idea, and
considering the impact this effort might achieve, it seems like there
should be some sort of REWARD for those who get involved… no, not a
monetary reward, but, some sort of REWARD from God…

I mean, this is not just about ‘service’, right? It’s about
FAITH. Remember, Mr. Huckabee quoted James, 2:18, and then said…”…our
faith must be alive.. when it comes to being people of faith, we must be
fully committed…”

Mr. Huckabee wants to demonstrate his faith, and he
wants to get millions of others to demonstrate their faith as well… He
wants it to be such a huge demonstraton of faith that this whole country
will sit up and take notice… “..to remind our country what authentic
Christianity looks like…

Heb_11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he
is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

The above Scripture shows clearly that it takes FAITH to please God, and
please notice, HE is a REWARDER of them that diligently seek Him.. So,
shouldn’t there be a REWARD for people who do all these good things?? DO
GOOD FRIDAY is about demonstrating FAITH.. and surely, demonstrating our
Faith will please God. What do you suppose the REWARD will be?

Here is my greatest fear… Millions and millions of dedicated people,
getting involved and giving their all…being ALL IN, … doing millions of
acts of SERVICE to others… working, helping, giving… DOING IT ALL IN
CHRIST’S NAME… yet, in the end…. BEING LOST!

You see, this ‘good idea’, of giving and serving… doing acts of kindness
and helping others, isn’t a new idea… there have always been those who
believe that these things demonstrate “..what authentic Christianity looks
like

People who do these things BELIEVE that they are Christians, and they put
forth the effort to exercise THEIR FAITH by doing these Great Works in
Christ’s Name… These ARE ‘good things’… but, are they CHRISTIAN ACTS?….
are they actually serving Christ?

Yes, God said we would know them by their fruits!

Mat 7:20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

Matthew Chapter 7 speaks of that, but it also speaks of this:

Mat 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Mat 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
Mat 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never
knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

Wow! Here are people who believed they belonged to Christ… they believed
they were doing things that pleased Him… they believed that they were
headed for the Kingdom.. More than likely, they had spent more than just
one day a year, DOING GOOD….

They Preached and ‘prophesised’ in His name… they went about ‘telling that
old, old story’… sharing their Gospel Message, some even believed they had
the gift of healing… they ‘cast of devils’ in His Name… AND, in His Name,
(as Christians) they did many wonderful ‘works’! They expected to be with
Christ when He returns… but, Christ didn’t Know them!

More than that, no, WORSE than that, He said, “ I NEVER knew you”…

But WHY? What happened?? They had spent their lives serving and giving…
DOING MANY WONDERFUL WORKS… striving to “demonstrate what authentic
Christianity looks like”…. And, yet, for some reason, they were not His!

Rom_8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if
so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

These people, mentioned in Matt 7:22, were BELIEVERS!! They BELIEVED they
were His, and they wanted to be His, but they were not… For some reason
they did NOT have His Spirit… How could that be?

In the Book of Acts, Chapter 5, God gives us the answer:

Act_5:32 And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.

A person can be totally convinced in their own mind, that they are
Christians… they can be totally committed and excited about serving, and
giving, and doing great works of service to others, and they can believe
with all their heart that doing these things is “what authentic
Christianity looks like”… yet still, be totally DECEIVED. If they reject
the RULE of God in their lives, they can’t have that HOLY SPIRIT that sets
them apart from this evil world! And, without that Spirit, they are none
of His!

If you aren’t willing to OBEY HIM, then He is NOT ‘your LORD’!

Rev_12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

That is the goal of the devil, after all, to DECEIVE everyone and to cause
everyone to be lost! He HAS accomplished that deception!! This whole
world lies in a sea of deception! It is inundated with lies and falsehoods…
covered and buried with the total opposite of the TRUTH. And, without the
Truth, no one can be set free!!

Good News!!!! God has determined to open the minds of a FEW… He is
working with a FEW now, to share the precious Truth and to have them SHARE
that Truth with others… That Truth involves His LORDSHIP and His Coming
Kingdom!! That is the Good News of the True Gospel… He is busy revealing
what True and ‘authentic’ Christianity looks like

If God is calling you, if you are willing to lay your preconceived
ideas aside and take the time to open and read you Bibles!! If you are
willing to SUBMIT to His Way and forsake your way… then, maybe you can
begin to actually SERVE and DO the GREAT WORKS that Please Him… maybe, you
can begin to fully demonstrate your FAITH…

But, what kind of FAITH should we have? If you’d like to begin to understand about the “FAITH THAT WAS ONCE DELIVERED”… we recommend this article from our Archives…

The Faith Which Was Once Delivered
http://7times.org/newsletter/faithdelivered.shtml

If the ALL IN effort succeeds, then many will benefit ‘physically’, and
that will be ‘a good thing’… But, will those who DO these GREAT WORKS… be saved????

Doing good works IS a ‘good thing’, but, it isn’t ‘everything’!

-Admin


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