Faith & Love & Works

I spent some time with the Lord the other day, and He sure had a lot to say! This is some of what I recorded as I spent time in His presence. It’s amazing how He speaks when we listen.  I would love to hear your thoughts. What is in bold is what I heard Him speak. Some of this might be a little…haphazard, but I hope you can understand it! 🙂
I want you to give of yourself and give of yourself. Don’t let up. Keep giving, keep giving. That’s love. Love never fails.”
1 Corinthians 13:7, 8
Love “bears all things.” “Love never fails.”
You keep at it!
Prophecy fails (ends)
Tongues will have an end.
Knowledge will also have an end.
But LOVE….love goes on and on and on! It never fails! It never doesn’t come through!
Heard: “the unceasing love of the Lord.”
Your loving-kindness reaches to the heavens.
Thought of song lyrics: “Your love, it never fails, it never gives up. It never lets go of me.”
“Consider the interests of others as more important than yourselves.” (from Phil 2)
You have so much more of yourself to give. Your giving muscles are weak, I will help you strengthen them. You have more to give than you know.
Remember that I know the hearts of all men.”
“But Jesus, knowing their hearts…”
1 John 3:20
“God is greater than our hearts and knows all things.”
Heard: “Don’t be exhausted. Cast all your cares on Me. Cease from dead works. You can do all things through Me because I strengthen you.”
[Quickened eye glance] (this is when I see something out of the corner of my eye and the Lord says something along the lines of, “This is important! Pay attention” before I actually read it.)
1 John 3:16-18
“We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay our lives down for the brethren. Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed & truth.”
But whoever has the world’s gods, and sees his brother in need, and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him?”
[heard:] “faith working itself through love.” (Galatians 5:6)
I think of all the Compassion children and World Vision requests for money. My heart is toward toward them—I am not closed toward them.
[Quickened eye glance]
James 2:14-17
“What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or a sister in without clothing and in need of daily food and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,’ and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what good is that? Even so, faith, if it has works, is dead, being by itself.”
works are proof of faith. Faith is the proof of the unseen and what’s to come. (see Hebrews 11:1)
So, works, prove faith and faith proves the unseen.
But works do not prove the unseen or what’s to come.
Lol! I heard the Lord say : “The proof is in the pudding.
The proof of your faith is your works—

  • Meeting others’ needs
  • Persistently asking God until He gives
  • Obedience to the Lord and His word
  • Giving of yourself and giving of yourself to others
  • Giving of money

Works are the only part of your faith that can be seen by men—
HEARD: “Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)
[Another quickened eye glance] Whoa, I never understood this before:
James 5:1-3
Come now, you rich, weep and howl for your miseries which are coming upon you. Your riches have rotted and your garments have become moth-eaten. Your gold and your silver have rusted; and their rust will be a witness against you and will consume your flesh like fire. It is in the last days that you have stored up your treasure!
But now I get it, totally.
Their clothes, and money that might have been given to the poor…they are WASTED! Their clothes and money –stored up treasures—now just wasted, destoryed, worthless, when many might have been helped, none were.
How terribly sad!
[And how many of us are living like this? Buying things just to buy them, but storing them…doing nothing with them, not using them? Give what you have that you do not use before it becomes unusable! ]
Oh Lord I pray that we will not waste our money on needless things when children are starving or when they need clothing! Father, help us all give away our extra clothes and money for the hungry!!

So in summary, You’ve said that my ‘work’ (good deeds) that is the proof of my faith (faith that You will provide for us no matter what jobs we have or don’t have) is to not stockpile treasure (money, stuff) here on earth, but giving away our extra, having proof (our faith) that You will absolutely provide for whatever need comes up!
I will not worry about tomorrow!
Wow! What a word from Your throne!
Heard: “Now share it.”
Matthew 5:42 “Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you.”
Matthew 6:24 “(you cannot serve God and wealth”)
Matthew 6:24b- 34
(I’m seeing this in light of giving what you have today, and God will provide for tomorrow!)
v.30-31 “But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! Do not worry, then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’
So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will take care of itself.”
That is quite the “risk”–living by faith, giving up what you have today when you are asked to, trusting that God will give you what you will need for tomorrow!
Now those works are definitely proof of your faith in God!
I think of this, when Jesus sent the disciples out to preach: “He instructed them that they should take nothing for their journey, except a mere staff—no bread, no bag, no money…” (Mark 6:8)
All by faith, risking having no food! Instead trusting God to provide for them through whatever means were available.

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