Good Works, Dead Works, What Do You Choose?

Heb 6:1  Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,

Heb 9:14  How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

A dead work is any work that we perform which has not been called for and begun by the Holy Spirit.

Mt 5:16  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Eph 2:10  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

A good work is a “Spirit led and initiated” work.

2Co 3:7  But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of  Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away:  

“Was to be done away” to render useless, and inoperative, just as an old car engine that breaks down.

There is a glory which is energized within dead works.

But it is a glory that is being rendered useless, and inoperative, just as an old car engine that finally breaks down.

Any activity, which is performed outside of the voice of God, will manifest the blessings and the glory of God temporarily.

The ministry of death must be done away.

Many of these works are accomplished out of our logic and intellect, fleshly compassion, earthly or soulish what appears to be right, noble, and charitable, instead upon strict reliance to the voice of God.

To walk in the Spirit entails complete adherence and reliance upon the still, small voice.

8  How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious?

Much more abounds the office of the ministry of the Spirit in glory.

10  For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth.

All dead works, programs, plans, and schemes, that have been glorified by the church, indeed are not glorified because much greater is the glory when done through the ministry of the Spirit.

11  For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious.

(Dead works) contain God’s glory because they still retain a measure of God’s blessings upon it.

The things of the Spirit abide however permanently in the world of God’s glory. They don’t retain, they abide.

The rhema word are instances of the voice of the Holy Spirit speaking to us.

They are the beginning point of any good, or Holy Spirit led work!

God speaks to us in order to meet our need in a certain situation, and through that accomplishes His good work

The following scriptures show us the importance of functioning by the rhema word.

 John 15:7  If ye abide in me, and my RHEMAS abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.  

Many times we take the name of Jesus as a “magic wand” and have believed that asking in that Name will get us anything we want.

Our  asking and receiving must always be in accordance to the rhema of God.  God will always honor his rhema word since it comes from Him.

According to His rhema, our prayers will always be answered, and we will get anything that we ask for!

John 17:8  For I have given unto them the RHEMAS which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.

This scripture supports the vital importance of spiritual gifts.

The revelatory words of God make manifest the invisible Christ to the world

Christ today dwells in glory.

Glory is what makes the invisible Christ visible!

How we need the full manifestation of spiritual gifts in our churches for the full manifestation of Christ.

What a ploy of the enemy it is to shut them out, or to tell us that they are not needed today.

Romans 10:17  So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the RHEMA of God.

God wants us all to move in faith, and will take us from faith to more faith, until it becomes totally naturally to live in it.

Everything must start with the voice of God revealed within our hearts.

Obedience acts upon the rhema, and faith is developed through our obedience.

I heard a true story of some kids who attempted to walk on the ocean or maybe a lake like Jesus and Peter. They drowned, because they had attempted this miracle without the rhema.

Stepping out into ministry without having heard the voice of God is presumption, and you and I will really get burned.

Ephesians 5:25  Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

 Ephesians 5:26  That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the RHEMA.  

These scriptures “hit home” at one of the very major problems within our churches today.  The church will only be purified and made holy by the revelatory word of God.  The rhema is what washes the bride of Christ and heals and restores her.  Let me ask you a question.  If the flow of spiritual gifts is curtailed in our congregations, and the rhema is quenched, how will the church ever be washed and made holy?  Pretty serious stuff!

 Ephesians 6:17  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the RHEMA of God:  

The only offensive weapon that we have against Satan and his schemes such as sickness, bondage, and sin is the rhema word of God.

If we don’t know how to operate in the revelatory word of God, we will never attain a complete victory against the devil, the world, and the flesh!

Peter 1:25  But the RHEMA of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the RHEMA which by the gospel is preached unto you.  

Our evangelism must be always done in the power of God through the rhema, if it is it to be truly effective.

Evangelism programs are good yes, but without the living word spoken into the lives of every lost soul that we encounter, the effectiveness of every program will be limited.

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