Opportunities to repent of dead works and replace them with living works.
What are dead works?
From our Foundation Couse for Kids by Teacher Chantal Pelser:
“So we first have to humble ourselves and give over to Jesus confessing that without Jesus, we are not good in ourselves. That is called repentance. When we repent it when we stop and make a bout turn and go the opposite way. In the Bible the word repentance links up with the process a butterfly goes through from egg to adult. The process is called Metamorphosis. That is what happens to our lives when we give up trying to be a beautiful butterfly and let Jesus change us!”
From our Grown up Foundation Course:
“Repent from dead works
We need to repent from self-effort and works.
Stop trying to please God by seeking His favour through good works and self-effort.
Cain tried to earn God’s favour through his own efforts.
Saul tried to earn God’s favour through his own efforts. We must repent from things not done. “Dead Works” are all human efforts to atone for our sins.”
Here are some opportunities for us to repent of dead works:
Here’s a warm up list:
- New year’s resolutions…
- Unrealistic fitness plans…
- Getting into old clothes!
- Trusting in Banks and uncertain riches…
- Hanging out with bad friends…
- Feeling guilty about your old church…
- Judging others while forgetting your own log in the eye!
From the Bible here are some opportunities men had to change.
Some used it and others didn’t and the results were significant and affected future generations…
Those guys who vowed not to eat until they killed Paul – I think they eventually had to break their vows! Act 23:12 And when it was day, some of the Jews banded together and bound themselves under an oath, saying that they would neither eat nor drink till they had killed Paul.
That Sorcerer, called Simon who wanted to buy the power to lay hands on people to receive the Holy Spirit! Act 8:18 And when Simon saw that through the laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Spirit was given, he offered them money,
Act 8:19 saying, “Give me this power also, that anyone on whom I lay hands may receive the Holy Spirit.”
Act 8:20 But Peter said to him, “Your money perish with you, because you thought that the gift of God could be purchased with money!
King Saul who wanted to please people and not fulfil God’s plan. He ended up losing the ability to hear God for himself and went to witch to get guidance calling up spirits to get direction.
He lost his kingdom to a worshipping shepherd boy called David.
1Sa 15:18 Now the LORD sent you on a mission, and said, ‘Go, and utterly destroy the sinners, the Amalekites, and fight against them until they are consumed.’
1Sa 15:19 Why then did you not obey the voice of the LORD? Why did you swoop down on the spoil, and do evil in the sight of the LORD?”
1Sa 15:20 And Saul said to Samuel, “But I have obeyed the voice of the LORD, and gone on the mission on which the LORD sent me, and brought back Agag king of Amalek; I have utterly destroyed the Amalekites.
1Sa 15:21 But the people took of the plunder, sheep and oxen, the best of the things which should have been utterly destroyed, to sacrifice to the LORD your God in Gilgal.”
1Sa 15:22 So Samuel said: “Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, As in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, And to heed than the fat of rams.
1Sa 15:23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, And stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, He also has rejected you from being king.”
1Sa 15:24 Then Saul said to Samuel, “I have sinned, for I have transgressed the commandment of the LORD and your words, because I feared the people and obeyed their voice.
Opportunities to Repent of Dead Works
- Quit trying to earn your salvation – Jesus did it already. Eph. 2:8,9
- Stop remembering your old sins. 2 Pet. 1:9
- Realize that you can’t change people, only God can!
- Stop telling people what to do and show them Christ within…
- Free yourself from your own laws – break the legalism cycle. Heb. 8:10
- Don’t wait till you are perfect to come to church.
- Identify works of the flesh that produce nothing.
- Stop worrying about your life.
- Don’t take communion when you have unforgiveness, not discerning the Body of Christ.1 Cor. 11:27
- Clean your heart out before you worship.
- Stop looking for signs and let them follow you as a believer. Mark 16:17,18
- All the works of the flesh are dead works. Galatians 5:19
- Worship without spirit. John 4:24
- Faith without works. James 2:17
- Hearing the word and not doing it. James 1:22
- Loving God but not your brother. 1 John 4:20
- Making vows and not fulfilling them.
- Having pity without compassion.
- Judging without mercy. Matt. 12:7
Q & A about Dead Works
What are the works of the flesh?
Gal_5:19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness,
So what is the opposite of Dead works? Living Works?
Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil.
1Jn_3:8 He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.
How do we do the work of the Father.
Joh_9:4 I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work.
Joh_14:10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works.
What good works can we perform for God?
Act_9:36 At Joppa there was a certain disciple named Tabitha, which is translated Dorcas. This woman was full of good works and charitable deeds which she did.
1Ti 5:17 Let the elders who rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in the word and doctrine.
How do we work righteousness?
Act_10:35 But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him.
Gen_15:6 And he believed in the LORD, and He accounted it to him for righteousness.
What are works that fit our repentance?
Act_26:20 but declared first to those in Damascus and in Jerusalem, and throughout all the region of Judea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent, turn to God, and do works befitting repentance.
Act 15:28 For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things:
Act 15:29 that you abstain from things offered to idols, from blood, from things strangled, and from sexual immorality. If you keep yourselves from these, you will do well. Farewell.
How was Abraham was justified before God?
Rom_4:2 For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God.
Rom_9:32 Why? Because they did not seek it by faith, but as it were, by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumbling stone.
Gal_2:16 knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.
How do we access spiritual work?
1Co_12:6 And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all.
How do we know what works God has for us?
Eph_2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
Php_2:13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.
What should be the focus and outcome of our spiritual works?
Col 1:27 To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
Col 1:28 Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus.
Col 1:29 To this end I also labor, striving according to His working which works in me mightily.
So how do we cooperate with a living God?
Living works are what we need to do to cooperate with God
Faith; Obedience; Mercy; Submission; Not my will but Your will be done
How will the world see we are children of God?
Being led by God’s Spirit versus our own opinions and desires
Rom 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.
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