SEVENTH SEAL LIBRARY

God's Truth Not Smooth Words

SHOW Your Faith

©copyright 2007 Bonita M Quesinberry, R.C.

 

Back in 2003 a short essay spoke of true love between two people; alas, it did not include anything about loving God. A short response stated, “more importantly, however, is to love God and Christ.” This resulted in a 2003 lesson entitled “Don’t Tell, SHOW!”

Once a college instructor, now an author and former editor for a publisher, one writing technique stands out among others to indicate the quality of the writing: don’t TELL a reader what’s going on, SHOW it. Today, we embark on disciple James’ lesson about speaking faith as well as demonstrating, showing as it were, one’s faith.

People often are heard saying, “I tell God every day that I love Him and have faith in Him; and, I thank Him for all my blessings.” Sadly, those words are often hollow or, as Jesus described it, “You flatter me with your lips but your heart is far from me.” James 2:14,17-18,20,24,26 brought to mind the above writing instruction as applicable also to our Lord: don’t tell, SHOW!

 

God is concerned about the things we say; that our words be absolute truth, never slaying another with our words, and never speaking blasphemy against the Holy Ghost: for He will judge us in the end based on whether or not our behaviour reflected love for and faith in God and Christ as well as mankind, love and faith of which people continually speak. Words are nothing more than a series of letters combined to form specific sounds: only action gives them absolute meaning; revealing truth or lie, sincerity or insincerity. Action is to show, to display words spoken.

 

James states that faith alone cannot save a person, if they do not perform works reflecting their professed faith: “It does not profit you to say you have faith but not works; for faith alone cannot save you. Faith is dead without works, faith being alone. So, if a man says, ‘I have faith and you have works;” then I say to that man, ‘SHOW me your faith without works, and I will show you my faith by my works. Don’t you know, foolish man, that faith is dead without works? Understand: a man is justified by his works, not by faith only; for, as the body without a spirit is dead, likewise faith without works is dead.”

 

James went on to cite examples of works by Abraham and Rahab the harlot: because Abraham believed God, he laid upon the altar of sacrifice his only son Isaac, for which obedience God deemed Abraham righteous and replaced Isaac with a goat; and Rahab aided God’s messengers, believing their words, and this was counted toward her righteousness thus she was saved when the city’s wicked inhabitants were destroyed.

James gives further example in 2:25, “Whoever obeys and continues in the perfect Law of Liberty, he being not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deeds.” Deeds require action and action equates to works. The “Law of Liberty” spoken of here is yet another title for God’s “Ten Commandments:” also known as the “Law of Righteousness” and “Statutes of Life.” Jesus lived and taught these Laws, therefore fulfilling prophecy that He would “magnify and make honourable God’s Law.”

Isaiah 58:6-11, which references God’s fourth Law as cited in Exodus 20:8-11 and Deuteronomy 5:12-15, also describes works of faith: “To reject wickedness, remove your servant’s burdens and yokes upon beasts of labor, free the oppressed and break every yoke. Feed the hungry, bring the poor and homeless into your home and clothe the naked, as well as spend time with your family. Then, the glory of the Lord will be your reward and He will guide you continually and satisfy your soul when the world twists His Word.” Jesus confirmed these actions, as did His Apostles, Ministers and disciples.

Jesus described another kind of faith work in Luke 18:9-14: a Pharisee and a tax collector having entered the temple to pray. The Pharisee thanked God he was not like extortioners, the unjust, adulterers, or even that tax collector. The tax collector bowed his head and, beating upon his chest, begged, “God be merciful to me a sinner!” Jesus declared that tax collector as the only one to return home that day justified by God.

Minister Paul also referred to works of faith in II Timothy 2:15, “Study to show yourself approved by God, as a WORKMAN that need not be ashamed . . .” How is it, then, that all Christian denominations teach that all we need is faith? Is that not to condemn their flocks to everlasting damnation? As James pointed out, without works faith is dead, just as works without faith is dead: dead faith or dead works or both condemned us to Revelation’s second resurrection thus second death; utter destruction as it were.

How does our Lord determine a sincere SHOW of love and faith in Him? Better still, how do we prove to self that we are “showing” love and faith? In these few following ways, yet more; each way scripturally sound: 3 times God’s perfect number SEVEN~~

1) Obey God’s Doctrine: all Ten from a heart of love and utter humility, making Twelve;

2) Accept Christ as God’s son;

3) Give up all that we have and follow Jesus;

4) Feed the hungry;

5) Clothe the naked;

6) House the homeless;

7) Confess our faults one to another;

8) Plant seeds by living, speaking and teaching Yeshua’s truths at all times;

9) Overcome this world: being in but not of it, in but not of the flesh body;

10) Pray unceasing;

11) Continually forgive in order to be forgiven;

12) Give good for evil, not evil for evil;

13) Give to all who ask of us;

14) Study His Word for knowledge, wisdom, reproof, correction and good doctrine: to learn to be quiet and mind our own business;

15) Be kind to the wicked and filthy: for even God is kind to them while they are here;

16) Be satisfied with what we have, however little it might be;

17) Give to all who ask of us, expecting nothing in return: not even love returned

18) Spend quality, loving time with our families

19) Worry over nothing, for God IS in control

20) Fear nothing and no man

21) Do all that God asks of us, for it IS in our best interest

Faith and belief go hand in hand: one cannot lack faith yet believe and neither does one disbelieve yet have faith; one without the other is dead, just as works without faith is dead and faith without works is dead. To reject Jesus is a lack of faith, to disobey God’s Law is to lack faith, to worry about anything is to be faithless, to fear anything is to lack faith, and to say we cannot do something we should do is to lack faith: for God says all things are possible with Him.

By faith, a believer understands obedience to be in his or her best interest, and God has all events and concerns and needs under control; that all things will be achieved unseen in God’s perfect timing and perfect way: not as we might think those events should be, based on a worldly perception, but as God knows they ought to be; all outcomes always in our best interest.

BELIEVE, OBEY, AND HAVE FAITH; FOR THEN WE SHALL BE KNOWN AS THE CHILDREN OF GOD AND OUR REWARDS WILL BE GREAT IN HEAVEN.

~~ end Sabbath Lesson 05/05/07

see also “Faith Times Seven” and “Grace: Times Seven” or “Seven Steps of Grace”

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15 Comments »

  1. God bless you all.

    Comment by Bible Study Online | 3 December 2010 | Reply

  2. The bible seems harsh to many because it speaks of suffering in the flesh in order to cease from sin. However, the suffering of this present world is not worthy to be compared to the glory that shall be revealed in us, who are saved.

    Comment by Bible Study | 7 October 2010 | Reply

    • Amen, dear brethren! It also is sad that so many do not realize that we merely wear these flesh garments, they are not who and what we are: spirit beings here to find our way back to our Father in heaven.
      Much love in Christ,
      Sister BonnieQ

      Comment by bonnieq | 8 October 2010 | Reply

  3. Bonnie, where are you???

    shari

    Comment by prayindancinshari | 30 September 2007 | Reply

  4. Hi Bonnieq, miss reading your blog!!!!!!

    Comment by Addie | 8 August 2007 | Reply

  5. Just checkin’ in and wondering how your angiogram went? I’ve also reread the post~sooo good!~ and find that I struggle with #13. Can one do this to a fault? As in, meeting the needs of others at the expense of one’s family? (((((HUGS))))) and thinkin’ of ya! ~sandi

    Comment by titus2woman | 11 July 2007 | Reply

  6. He doesn’t break His own rules

    Comment by Steve | 10 July 2007 | Reply

  7. Hey Dale, great to see that you’re doing this type of personal research. Keep it up.

    God’s anger is not an imperfection. For God who is perfect, His anger signals a rightful call for discipline. If a parent never got angry, they would never feel the call to discipline their child, for the good of the child.

    God’s anger is justified. If God is angry, it indicates that His perfect universal laws have been broken. God is Judge and perfectly upholds justice.
    When things move toward injustice and lawbreaking, God’s anger perfectly and justly deals with the offenders.

    The anger we see in the world is most often out of control anger that is not dealt with properly, because the ones getting angry in the world are people, who are imperfect. Until they learn how to properly deal with anger, it will tend to shift toward violence and hate. I don’t think we should see God’s anger as an out-of-control anger, but one that brings well-earned punishment to offenders of the Law.

    I will look into more of the supposed “contradictions” you posted. I’ll post replies to them on a blog as I go. Check back here soon and I’ll give you the link.

    Comment by Steve | 30 June 2007 | Reply

  8. Hmmm…ok what use is anger if god is perfect? If I were perfect I would most like never get angry, but please, keep going. This is for my own personal research.

    Comment by Dale | 28 June 2007 | Reply

  9. This seems to be a big list you copy-pasted from another website onto hear. Answering it is going to take some time. But please, to start off, allow me to help clarify question #1 for you.

    –> God good to all, or just a few?

    In JER 13:10, God says: ‘This wicked people, who refuse to listen to My words, who walk in the stubbornness of their hearts and have gone after other gods to serve them and to bow down to them, let them be just like this waistband which is totally worthless.’

    Now we have a clue why the LORD said what He did in JER 13:14. He was saying it to wicked people, who refused to listen to Him. They’re hearts had become stubborn. They had gone to serve other gods rather than the LORD their God.

    Also, at the end of verse 11, the LORD says that He wanted Israel and Judah (His people) to cling to Him, that they might be a people who would give praise and glory to the LORD. However, the Lord then proceeds to say ‘but they did not listen’.

    Now we have another clue why the LORD said what He did in JER 13:14, because those whom He made His people were no longer listening to the LORD their God.

    Now, looking at JER 13:14, it is evident that the LORD is upset with Israel and Judah, but is still being merciful with them. He’s giving them one final warning, that it would serve as a wake up call for them to turn back from
    their own pride and to the LORD their God.

    JER 13:14 which you cited, pertains to the LORD’s speech to Israel and Judah. The LORD is angry with them because they are His people (the flock of the LORD in verse 17), and they have been taken captive by this prideful corruption that has entered their hearts. As a result, they’ve turned away from the LORD their God. This angered the LORD because, as you cited in PSALM 145:9, “The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.”

    The LORD has proven His mercy and goodness to Israel and Judah in all His dealings with them throughout history. Yet, even after knowing the LORD’s mercy and goodness, they have turned against the LORD, bringing Him to anger
    in JER 13:14.

    Here’s an example to put this into clearer context:
    If you love a girl, and you show her how good of a guy you are, and she sees it and knows it, but yet after a while ends up breaking up with you and going for another guy who you know isn’t as good as you, won’t you be angry with her because of her foolish decision?

    Yes the LORD is merciful and good to all. However, if some abuse of this priviledge by turning elsewhere rather than turning to love the LORD, our loving Creator, He will get angry.

    The LORD created us and He wants to provide for us. He knows that we need Him more than anything. So, as a loving parent, He gets angry when we turn away from Him who we truly need, to what we think we need or would like instead. And we turn away from the LORD in pride, thinking we know better about what we need than our own Creator who made us.

    Much like you knew you were the best guy for the girl, you got angry that she turned to another guy who will just end up hurting her in the end. The girl turned away from you in pride, thinking she knew better and thinking that she could find better. So too the LORD gets angry when we turn away from Him who loves us so much, toward things that can never save us and never truly satisfy us.

    In conclusion, this is what it comes down to:

    God is good and merciful to all. But when people do not turn to praise and love and draw near to God, they show no appreciation for God, even after all His love and mercy toward them (as was the case in with Israel and Judah).
    Therefore, God gets angry.

    Thanks for this question. I hope this reply helped.

    Comment by Steve | 28 June 2007 | Reply

  10. About 3 years ago I dropped into a black hole – four months of absolute terror. I wanted to end my life, but somehow [Holy Spirit], I reached out to a friend who took me to hospital. I had three visits [hospital] in four months – I actually thought I was in hell. I imagine I was going through some sort of metamorphosis [mental, physical & spiritual]. I had been seeing a therapist [1994] on a regular basis, up until this point in time. I actually thought I would be locked away – but the hospital staff was very supportive [I had no control over my process]. I was released from hospital 16th September 1994, but my fear, pain & shame had only subsided a little. I remember this particular morning waking up [home] & my process would start up again [fear, pain, & shame]. No one could help me, not even my therapist [I was terrified]. I asked Jesus Christ to have mercy on me & forgive me my sins. Slowly, all my fear has dissipated & I believe Jesus delivered me from my “psychological prison.” I am a practicing Catholic & the Holy Spirit is my friend & strength; every day since then has been a joy & blessing. I deserve to go to hell for the life I have led, but Jesus through His sacrifice on the cross, delivered me from my inequities. John 3: 8, John 15: 26, are verses I can relate to, organically. He’s a real person who is with me all the time. I have so much joy & peace in my life, today, after a childhood spent in orphanages [England & Australia]. God LOVES me so much. Fear, pain, & shame, are no longer my constant companions. I just wanted to share my experience with you [Luke 8: 16 – 17].

    Peace be With You
    Micky

    Comment by Micky | 15 June 2007 | Reply

  11. Yes, Bonnie dear, my prayers are for you always.

    Much love and many hugs,

    Joanne

    Comment by Joanne | 2 June 2007 | Reply

  12. Thank you so much, Sis Joanne and Sandi, for reading and commenting on this treatise about Faith. I am sooo sorry it has taken me so long to respond! But, as both of you have likely experienced, moving is not an easy task. LOL! Then, of course, I had to go in for the brain angiogram; alas, I won’t know the results of that until 06 June, when I see my neurosurgeon: so, please pray in agreement with me that the small aneurysm they had seen 2 years ago, when I had surgery for the massive one, has just flat disappeared! 🙂

    Much love and prayers,
    BonnieQ

    Comment by bonnieq | 1 June 2007 | Reply

  13. I needed this today~thank you! (((((HUGS))))) sandi

    Comment by titus2woman | 22 May 2007 | Reply

  14. It is all about faith – that which we believe without seeing the evidence of its existence. God loves to see His children full of faith. As Hebrews 11:6 tells us – “Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”

    This is another wonderful teaching dear Bonnie.

    Love and hugs – joanne

    Comment by Joanne | 5 May 2007 | Reply


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