Wednesday October 26, 2011
Hartsville News Journal
Page 2C
"Your works make you accountable . "

Proverbs 24:12 (KJV), where God is telling you that you know your own heart, gives reason for Him to hold you accountable for any and all your works:

If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works?

Your works show that you follow either the call of God or the call of Satan and when judged on Judgment Day, God renders back to you according to your works.

Ephesians 2:10 (KJV) shows being created in God's workmanship or image as a reason for Him to be expecting you to follow Him:

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

When seeking something, God is always fair, Psalm 33:15 (KJV) shows Him giving hearts alike to you and all His children, hearts that equally allow each of you to follow His lead or Satan's:

He fashioneth their hearts alike; he considereth all their works.

God's fairness of giving Heart's alike is fairness to you and the reason that He considereth all your works.

Fairness also includes God eliminating all sin and wrong doings that have previously been forgiven; sin forgiven is sin forgotten. None of them are included when He judges your works on Judgment Day.

Understanding that your works make you accountable requires that you understand how they relate to your faith and in James 2:14 (KJV) you begin learning about works and the effect it has on your faith:

What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?

Your works, according to James, have quite a bit to say about your faith; James 2:17 (KJV) continues explaining:

Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.

Faith is in you and yours is not dead. In addition to making you accountable, your works represent the fact that you have faith in God; James 2:18 (KJV) continues to show this:

Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.

Faith without works is impossible as your works show that you have it; James 2:20 (KJV) summarizes works






connection to faith by reminding you your works show you with faith that is alive and real:

But wilt thou now, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?

James is making His point! It is your works that show you following God and prove you to be a person of faith.

Moving to the last book of the bible, Revelation 14:13 (KJV) shows God instructing Paul to write and remind you that the works of your labours is what directs Him to bless you:

And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.

The fact that your works follow you to Judgment Day illustrates how importance it is to have them as well as how important it is that they are the right kind. All of them follow you to that day as Revelation 20:12 (KJV) takes you there:

And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

Another book was opened because God maintains two sets of them. "Dead" used in this verse is referring to the ones that are spiritually dead and it is your works that will determine whether or not your name is included in the Book of Life or the other one.

The reason that your works make you accountable is that they represent and stand for all the stuff you do; they are you.

The one thing remaining is to ask yourself:

Do my works potentially reflect me being included in the Book of Life?

Am I soliciting God's help for getting there?





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