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What Have You Done

What have you done for Jesus today? and what has Jesus done for you today?

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 ---Eloy on 10/11/08
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Frances ... Yes, without works, faith is dead.

There is something in the Bible (I wish I could find it & remember the passage!) which says that those who have not heard, will be judged according to the light that they have received.
---alan_of_UK on 10/20/08

All throughout history, humanity has chosen to simply BELIEVE in God, and have no concept of LOVING Him AND their fellow human being.

Even those who imagine themselves sincere rather only have a PERSONALITY of being a loving person instead of having a true NATURE of being a loving person (God is no respecter of personalities, He only has regard for a person's true nature).

Humanity has chosen to disregard all that God has meant to humanity. They spurn The Lord of Hosts by choosing to worship the creation and treat the scriptures as a 'roadmap to heaven' instead of a stepping stone to a true reciprocal relationship with the creator. "THEY" are truly deserving of a strong delusion.

Don't be a "THEY".
---more_excellent_way on 10/20/08

When Jesus said 'Depart from me, you evildoers,' was He talking to people who did His will or those who did their own will. I am talking about doing God's will.

Thanks, AlanofUk. Works might be the only way some people get to Heaven due to the way they are deceived. Works are a necessity to show the world who we are. If the gospel is taken as a whole, it is clear that it is by our works that we are judged. Reading Paul's letters alone - you will come to another conclusion. Paul would expect people to already know what Jesus had said. The editors of the Bible therefore put the gospels in a place of honour, not as an appendix. This was so that we could not go wrong.
---frances008 on 10/18/08

Tommy ... Sad also will be those to whom He says "Depart from me I never knew you", because they did not feed Him when He was hungry, See Matthew 25 verse 41 et seq
---alan_of_UK on 10/17/08

frances008 Sadder still will be all those who find themselves standing before the Great White throne, having lived their lives "working for God" and hearing the judgement, "Depart from me I never knew you." We all need to stand back and let God do His work through us, not try so hard to do His work for Him.
---tommy3007 on 10/17/08

The so called "works" (helping others) that we might decide to do have NOTHING to do with salvation. Our goodness should come from our own freewill (this is a Godly spirit). We must be "wise as serpents" and make the responsible decision if our time would be better given to our household and family (which is our FIRST ministry).

The works that JESUS wants us to do are the "works of God" (resting in The Lord being confident that HE did everything necessary).
---more_excellent_way on 10/14/08

Today the Lord has given me great encouragement. Doing my normal visit to the doctor's office the doctor, who I had witnessed too 4-5 years ago at which time the doctor said a sinner's prayer with me said let me tell you what happened. The doctor said I got called in the middle of the night, and I needed to come and see my father is for one to see him alive again he has been battling cancer in many years. After a seven-hour drive I arrived there and had a visit with him for two days. Today I returned home I got another call in my father begged me to come back. And although it was a seven-hour trip I went back.
---mima on 10/14/08

part 2 As I made this long trip back I constantly haD you on my mind and I could not understand why. On my arrival I began to talk to my father about salvation and then I remembered what you had told me. We found a Bible and looked up Romans 10:13, I then ask my father did he want to pray and call on the name of the Lord, he said yes he did. As I held my father in my arms I led him in the sinner's prayer. Within two hours my father died. And I wanted to tell you how much I appreciate the Lord moving you to witness to me. The doctor then began to cry and retired to his inner office to compose himself.
This whole episode gives me great encouragement as I deliver the message to others.
---mima on 10/14/08

I agree with what Eloy and Frances say ...

Jesus commanded to love others as ourselves, and to feed the hungry etc.

Who are we to disobey that?

M E W says "We might feel like doing something to help someone who is working hard to help their family (and are not simply USING us), in that case, the WORK that we do is for ourself (self satisfaction)"

That is a a very harsh and unjust judgment. Who are you to say what the motives are of those who do as Jesus commanded?
---alan_of_UK on 10/14/08

Every day I spend 3 hours at our church's coffee house ministry. The doors are opened and there is good music, some people to pray and talk with anyone who has a need, and a coffee or drink and food for anyone who is hungry. It's a blessing to spend time with these people who need so much help. We win many to the Lord this way and help many out of their addictions.
---john on 10/14/08

For some reason rebeccad is still unsaved. Many read the scriptures daily and still are no part of Christ yet, until the reader repents and totally surrenders they are mere readers only. The Lord has shown me people who read the Bible, and yes from the pulpit while simultaneously having a lit cigarette in their hand, and some also have a glass of alcohol with the Bible. People must choose which they will serve: holiness or sin, Christ or cigarettes, you cannot have both. As I said before, the unsaved sinner can diss and blaspheme me all they desire right up to their own destruction, and their disobedience and hard-heartedness becomes their own judgment against them.
---Eloy on 10/14/08

For some reason I find that this question is another way for Eloy to pick arguments with people.
Anyhow, every morning my husband and I read two scriptures from the bible, we started in Psalms. There has been a few times we didn't have time to read them together. But after I dropped the kids to catch the bus for school, I came back home and read the scriptures. I have noticed that when I read God's word in the mornings, my day goes alot smoother. God has done alot for me in this day alone. I don't know how many times he has kept me safe from harm without me even knowing. I am surely blessed by God. My husband and I are doing more for God. But that is because our desire is great.
---Rebecca_D on 10/13/08

Thank you Eloy :) I appreciate the kind words of encouragement. :) Bless you too and you made a great point about asking what more we can do for our Lord. :)
---Mary on 10/13/08

We must take care not to imagine ourselves as 'becoming worthy' by what we do. We might feel like doing something to help someone who is working hard to help their family (and are not simply USING us), in that case, the WORK that we do is for ourself (self satisfaction).

Very often, people will simply want us to be 'convenient' and use us to improve their present situation but they will never be the kind of person that will do anything to improve their family's future.

Our "works"/behavior must be for SELF satisfaction or for the betterment of those who are sincere about helping others. This is a GODLY SPIRIT.

Philemon verse 14
"that your goodness not be by compulsion, but of YOUR OWN freewill".
---more_excellent_way on 10/13/08

Realization of "SELF" is not an evil concept. The traditional teaching that "self" is bad is the most damaging lie against humanity that the god of confusion ever encouraged.

The Lord wants us to be 'wise as serpents' so that we don't allow ourselves to be used. There should be NO "self abasement" (Colossians 2:18).

God can only have a personal relationship with a "SELF". Do not deprive God of the opportunity to have a personal relationship with YOU ("He yearns jealously", James 4:5).

If God's spirit really does indwell, any "works" that you do (IF you decide to do them), they must be of YOUR Godly spirit (your own freewill).
---more_excellent_way on 10/13/08

Jesus is capable of making people choose the right or wrong thing to do but he won't do it for you. If you want to risk being an unproductive tree that is chopped off and burnt in John 15, or produces bad fruit in Matthew 7, please realize that you are doing it through your own choice. Jesus needs people through whom to work out his Plans. While He was on earth he could not do everything, he could not heal some people in towns where they had no faith. ETC. How sad it would be to see people who thought they were Christians being sent to Hell for not working for the Lord, and see nonChristians get there ahead of them for acting righteously.
---frances008 on 10/13/08

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It's the Holy Spirit that works through me. I pray and I obey MOST of the Just kidding.

I actually got up extra early today and worshipped Father God, the Lord Jesus and the Holy Spirit chimed in with me. So that's what I've done for him today.

Oh and I told someone at work about the Healing Power of Jesus. You know, advertisement for Jesus. I'm God's agent, right?

What has Jesus done for me today? Sustained me throughout this work-day. Today He told me He loves me and has chosen and ordained me. I was reading that in John Chapter 15.
---donna8365 on 10/13/08

"To one that knows to do good, and does not, to that one it is sin. And these will go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal." James 4:5+ Mat.25:46. The No Works trees and fruitless trees are condemned to damnation, but Jesus says: "Blessed that servant, whom his Lord when he comes will find so DOING." Matthew 24:46. Doing what? Namely, the works of Christ: "Share your faith, feed the hungry, quench the thirsty, be a friend to the friendless, a father to the fatherless, a helper to the helpless, clothe the naked, visit the infirmed and imprisoned, heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Love the stranger and love your enemies." Mat.5:43,44, John 13:34,35.
---Eloy on 10/13/08

By Works one is justified. Jesus the King sits upon the throne, "Then will the King say to them on his right hand, Come, all you blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the4 world: For I was hungry, and you all gave me meat: I was thirsty, and you all gave me drink: I was a stranger, and you all took me in: naked, and you all clothed me: I was sick, and you all visited me: I was in prison, and you all came to me. Truly I say to you, Inasmuch as you all have done for one of the least of these my brothers, you all have done for me. And these righteous will enter into life eternal: but the disobeying will go away into everlasting punishment." Matthew 25:34-40,46. Please Read- John 14:15+ 15:5,6.
---Eloy on 10/13/08

cliff, Christ "needs" nothing because he is Almighty God. However Jesus created you to serve him, he did not create you to not serve him. You doing nothing for Christ makes you worthless for Christ. He Commands you to Do his works, else you have no life. You are Commanded to serve him, you are not Commanded to not serve him.
---Eloy on 10/13/08

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Mary, True, we do not dwell on our ministering to God, however we are to consider our service to inquire whether or not we should be doing more or else doing some other services for him. He is our head, and it is right to ask our Lord, "Lord, how am I doing? should I do more, or should I do something else? what do you desire from me?" Then he, being our all-knowing Father, will direct us into the specific things and places and people that we are to minister too. Mary, you are doing well. I pray that your life becomes even more richer and blessed as your heart is warm for the Lord, blessings to you as you actively share your faith and love to others whom need the Lord.
---Eloy on 10/13/08

Faith without Works is dead. Those not obeying Christ, are the fruitless trees condemned by Christ. Jesus the King sits upon the throne, "Then will he say to them on the left hand, Depart from me, all you cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: For I was hungry, and you all gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and you all gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and you all took me not in: naked, and you all clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and you all visited me not. Truly I say to you, Inasmuch as you all did nothing for one of the least of these, you all did nothing for me. And these will go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal." Matthew 25:41-46. Please Read- John 15:5,6.
---Eloy on 10/13/08

Jesus is our ONLY foundation. We should not set a foundation of our own (Hebrews chapter 6) with self-works/deeds, scholarship/academia, interpretations, gestures/rituals, protocol, and man's approval (we should not be "man pleasers").

If we set a foundation of our own, repentance in Jesus will become IMPOSSIBLE. Jesus's judgements are always just, He makes it very clear that He has no intention of being unjust by overlooking the apostasy of a person's choice to have another foundation.

Humanity (and Christianity) has always chosen to set another foundation so as to imagine our 'worthiness' of all that God has done (very egotistical).
---more_excellent_way on 10/12/08

Eloy, I have done nothing FOR Him today,you see, He doesn't need my "help",He's quite capeable of doing everything in His role as King! And not what He did for me today ,it's what He did for me 2,000yrs. ago! Jesus said what we should be doing every day..."seeking 1st the Kingdom" Do you know what that means??? really! (it's actually not for Him)
---1st_cliff on 10/12/08

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The works that WE should do are that we should LET the works that God has done...

1) the purification of the flesh (the crucifixion).

2) the purification of the conscience (infilling of the spirit by learning His "sword", Hebrews 9:14 and Ephesians 6:17). "made manifest" (show yourself as RESTING in Jesus, John 7:4).

John 9:4
WE must WORK THE WORKS 'of' Him who sent me.

We must be confident that the works done by GOD are completely sufficient for us to return to Him in the afterlife. The only thing WE can do is let His spirit determine our behavior. We should not be so condescending and conceited as to believe that we can do anything to assist the creator or improve His well being.
---more_excellent_way on 10/12/08

Hi Eloy, well, according to the Word, we're not supposed to really dwell on what we've done for God but I can tell you He's done soooo much for me. :) He blessed me tremendously at church today and almost made me cry with compassion He gave me for my minister--but that too, was a blessing. It was love and it was from God. His daughter is deathly ill, it's a horrible disease--pancreatitis. :*( But I digress: He gave me a beautiful cool day and lots and LOTS of energy to get stuff done lol! :D
---Mary on 10/11/08

"What have you done for Jesus today"

Nothing, It is He who works through me.

"what has Jesus done for you today?"

Everything, In Him I live, move and have my being.
---Josef on 10/12/08

I love and obey Him. He loves me unconditionally.
---Trish9863 on 10/11/08

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