Faith Pleases God
To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. (Revelation 1:6 NKJV)
Jesus Christ saved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood. He also made us kings and priests to God. This is the Holy foundation that we stand on and must never loose sight of.
We are cleansed from past sins and redeemed. This is our faith and our covenant with God. This good news is worth rejoicing in and celebrating. Our deliverance and healing is tied to how we accept this glorious message and good news and rejoice in it. This good news is our foundation for prayer and good works. It is the solid rock on which we must stand on.
We need faith and we need works. Without faith it is impossible to please God and faith without works is dead. So faith and works are crucial and essential. They are vital and interwoven. We must resist the urge to choose only faith or only works. They work together. Our faith works by love and good works and where there is no faith, prayer and works stand weakly and helplessly alone without a foundation. A house built on a weak or faulty foundation must collapse.
Have a healthy faith and have healthy love and works. Prayer without faith yields little or no result. Build up yourselves in the most holy faith. That faith which is that God sacrificed Jesus for us and redeemed us is worth our focus and attention. Do not focus on your troubles but on the glorious good news and salvation of God. Rejoice in what God has done and celebrate it because it is holier and more perfect than your works. At the same time, do not insult God by thinking that His kindness and grace is a license for not bearing fruits or having works.
If you become like the man in the parable of the ungrateful servant who received mercy but refused to forgive and show mercy to the man who offended him, you nullify your salvation. God handed that man over to the tormentors to pay to the last cent.
It is known as the parable of the unforgiving, unmerciful or ungrateful servant. Lack of mercy and love towards other men is an act of ingratitude to God. Gratitude goes hand in hand with faith. A grateful man who is thankful that Jesus redeemed Him and set him free will always thank God and show love towards others. Any believer who does not show love is a faithless believer.
He does not truly believe in the blood of Jesus and His redemption. The more you understand and appreciate your salvation and the redemption, the more it will show in your walk with God and your works. You will bear fruit, be grateful and full of worship and praise. You will rejoice in God and celebrate Christ. If you do not do these things, your faith is weak. If you are always complaining and murmuring against God, your faith is very weak and the devil will use that to a His advantage. Do not give the devil a foot hold or open door.
We have been commanded to have faith in God and His salvation. Lack of faith is disobedience and ingratitude and sooner or later it will reflect in your life and bear bad fruits. You will find it impossible to bear Holy fruits without faith and the good news of salvation. The good news is simply the foundation of everything we do as Christians.
Our works are a reflection of our love and gratitude to God for his mercy, forgiveness, love and salvation. A truly grateful man will go about loving others as an act of thanksgiving and gratitude to God.
May we always be grateful and rejoice in our salvation. May great grace be upon us in Jesus name.