Work It Wednesday

Repent: Work It Wednesday

Works alone will NOT get us into heaven! Ephesians 2:8-9 (New King James Version) tells us, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.”  We can work day and night for the Lord but still turn around and sin and essentially “undo” all the good works we’ve done for him. However, when we HUMBLY seek God’s GRACE through REPENTANCE we are able to keep our right standing with God. Now we sin daily because NONE of us are perfect.  So just imagine what it would be like if we really tried to justify ourselves by our works. We would literally be working NONSTOP!

Every time we sinned, big or small, we’d have to run and do a good work to make up for it. Yeah, the curse words we let slip out while driving in traffic would equal up to several good works. Or that “little white lie” we told to keep from hurting someone’s feelings would add just another good work to our list. And don’t get me started on all the bad thoughts we think throughout the day, the IDLE words we speak, or the grudges we may be holding on to that would run our “good works tally” right up. We’d literally be working all day long trying to justify ourselves; but THANK GOD FOR HIS SAVING GRACE!

While there is much work in the Lord to be done it is important for us to never feel like we have to work ourselves senseless to make up for our wrong doings! Yes, it is a MUST that we put in some work as being members of the Body of Christ. However, sometimes all the work we need to do is get on our knees and humbly ask God for forgiveness and then ACTIVELY try to resist falling into that same temptation again.

Now there SO much work in the Lord to be done. Whether your work on today is visiting the sick, feeding the hungry, or simply getting on your knees to REPENT; I’m still encouraging you as always to get up…and WORK IT!

-To God be the Glory

AdriannaJ

*Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

 

Work It Wednesday

Work, Don’t Boast: Work It Wednesday

When we are truly working to please God and not man, we have NO need to boast about what we’ve done! People may not be right there over our shoulders to see all the wonderful works we do; but God is always there-He sees EVERYTHING. So even when we don’t get praise from men, we should rest assured that God sees our good works and will indeed reward us in due season. James 4:16 (New King James Version) tells us that boasting is evil; whether it’s boasting about our good works, our wisdom, or even what we THINK we will be able to do tomorrow which is a day that is not promised.

Then Matthew 6:1 (NKJV) instructs us saying, “Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your father in heaven.” If we want a reward from our Father in Heaven it is a must that we remain HUMBLE. Now consider this, how can we give to the poor if God has not first given us an abundance to share? How can we share a word of wisdom and understanding if God has not first revealed truth to us? Or how can we minister to another through a gift if God didn’t first give the gift?

My point in all these questions is to show that we can do NOTHING without God. In order for us to bless others though our good works we have to first be touched, blessed, and empowered by God. Now I say if you must boast about anything, boast not of yourself but of God and 2 Corinthians 10:17-18(NKJV) tells us just that!  So let me boast about God for a minute! God has indeed given me much knowledge, wisdom, and understanding concerning His Word; and He has given me a SOUND mind. And it is only by this, by God’s divine touch that I am able to share these uplifting messages with you all!

Now I’ve still got A LOT to learn and there’s still so much MORE that I can do; but I’m excited about everything that lies ahead of me and I encourage you to be excited about what God has for you too! But remember: no matter how high God takes you, continue to humbly do your work and boast not of yourself. Now there’s much work in the Lord to be done…So let’s WORK IT!

-To God be the Glory

AdriannaJ

*Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Work It Wednesday

Work AND Play: Work It Wednesday

Yes, doing good works for God is one of our duties as being a part of the body of Christ. However, God does not want us to work ourselves senseless! He wants us to also PLAY, LET LOOSE and ENJOY ourselves. King Solomon was the wisest King to ever live; he was indeed given much wisdom by God and he even found this concept of “play” to be true. King Solomon said in Ecclesiastes 5:18-19 (New King James Version), “Here is what I have seen: It is good and fitting for one to eat and drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labor in which he toils under the sun all the days of his life which God gives him, for it is his heritage. As for every man to whom God has given riches and wealth, and given him power to eat of it, to receive his heritage and rejoice in his labor-this is the gift of God.”

Consider this. Who builds a house and then doesn’t live in it? Or who prepares a meal and then doesn’t sit down to eat? …..No one does! If we put in the work we want to REAP the benefits from it. Likewise with all the work we put into the Body of Christ, God wants us to receive a reward of relaxation and enjoyment, not only in heaven but while here on earth as well. And just think about it, when we take time out for ourselves to enjoy the fruit of our labor, it RECHARGES us to go back and complete the work of God. Now I hope you guys know that I DO take my own advice. The last thing I want to be guilty of is speaking a word that I don’t even practice myself. So I play and enjoy the fruit of my labor by doing small and big things.

I enjoy weekend getaway trips with my older sister; we do all types of things like go get professional massages and visit hilarious comedy clubs. I also enjoy going out to eat with my whole family, shopping, getting my hair done, and trying new and exciting things. Taking a fun dance class (because I’m a horrible dancer, haha) is still on my list of new things to try! Also, one day I am very hopeful that I will be able to travel the world! And because of my faith in God, I believe He will make a way for that to happen! So in all I encourage all of you to of course, put in the work! But PLAY as well-enjoy life!

Now don’t forget to keep your play GODLY and don’t forget to RETURN back to God’s work once you have been recharged! As always, there’s much work in the Lord to be done…So let’s WORK IT!

-To God be the Glory

AdriannaJ

*Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Work It Wednesday

Work Never Done: Work It Wednesday

I say it all the time, even though God has delivered me from so many things, there are STILL things I need Him to deliver me from. With all the knowledge, wisdom, and understanding God has blessed me with; there are still things that cause me to stumble. Then with all the good works I do for the Lord, I know there’s still MORE I could be doing. I must admit sometimes it is a bit frustrating to continue to stumble, especially when I know what’s right. However, when I fall short it is only a reminder that I’m NOT perfect and that I need God to help me daily-I will NEVER be bigger than God.

Then when I learn of a new need and feel compelled to do MORE, it keeps me in remembrance that my sole purpose here on earth is to not just do what pleases me but to GLORIFY the Lord. God said it Himself in Isaiah 43:7 (New King James Version), “Everyone who is called by My name, whom I have created for My Glory, I have formed him, yes, I have made Him. When we help and fill the needs of others we allow God’s glory to shine through us; and there will always be a need of sort present in our homes, churches, and communities.

You see, no matter how much knowledge we obtain or how many good works we do, as long as we are here on earth the work of a TRUE follower of Christ is never done. There’s always room for improvement, always room for elevation-there’s always more. Philippians 1:6 (NKJV) even assures us that God will complete every good work in us until the return of Jesus Christ. This means each day, if we walk with God, He will improve us and make us better, until Christ comes back for the saints. So in the midst of all your imperfections and room for improvement I encourage you, DON’T get frustrated and ultimately give up. Just continue to put in the WORK, allowing God to move you closer and closer toward perfection each day. And remember, our work will not be complete until Christ comes back!

Now there’s much work in the Lord to be done….So let’s WORK IT!

-To God be the Glory

AdriannaJ

*Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

 

Work It Wednesday

Work AND Rest: Work It Wednesday

Diligently doing the work of God does not mean you can’t rest! There are several scriptures in the Bible that talk about the REST we have in God.  In Matthew 11:28-29 (New King James Version) Jesus said, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Yes, we have to take up the “yoke” or the responsibility of ministering to people and doing the work of God just as Jesus did. However, Jesus even said it Himself that we also have rest in Him. Just think about it, with all the afflicted people in the world we would burn ourselves out if we tried to help EVERY single person we saw in need.

Let me give you an example: I often visit my local nursing homes and while there I enjoy having one on one conversations with the elderly. We talk about God, things they’ve experienced in their lives, and so many other wonderful things. Any given nursing home may have at least 100 plus patients. Now it would be nearly impossible for me to sit with every elderly person there and give them the same one on one attention and company. So I simply do what I can-I bless the ones that I am able to bless and I pray that God will send MORE people like me to minister to the elderly. This is why the WHOLE Body of Christ is so important because ONE member or believer can’t possibly do all the work that needs to be done-it takes a team!

So whatever you’re calling may be, whether it’s ministering to the sick, pastoring, or seeing about fatherless children; know that you don’t have to OVERWORK yourself. God knows we are only human and that our fleshly bodies, which are only made from dirt, get weak sometimes and REQUIRE rest (Psalm 103:14, NKJV). He knows exactly how much money, time, and other resources we have available to help others. And He even understands the other responsibilities we may have, such as our jobs or taking care of our own families. So I encourage you my friends, put in the WORK, but don’t exhaust yourself. Do what you CAN, while you can, with what you’ve got. And during those times that you need rest or your resources prevent you from being able to do the work of God as you desire, pray that God will raise up another BELIEVER to fill in the gap.

Now there’s much work in the Lord to be done. So enough said…let’s WORK IT!
-To God be the Glory

AdriannaJ

*Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Work It Wednesday

Secret Deeds: Work It Wednesday

So I’m always talking about doing GOOD works for the Lord. However, let me remind you, we should not go around boasting or bragging about all the good things we do. Jesus even said in Matthew 6:3-4 (New King James Version), “But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.” The only reason for us to even boast in front of other people is to get praise or some type of reward from them. However, the reward that we REALLY want is that which the Lord gives; but Matthew 6:1 (NKJV) warns us that if we receive our reward from men, then we have no reward in Heaven.

Sure men can give us wooden plaques, trophies, and praise from their lips; but these rewards are all EARTHLY and they will surely pass away! However, the rewards that God can give such as ETERNAL LIFE, love, joy, and peace last FOREVER! So today I encourage you; do what you do to please God, not men. Firstly take joy and reward in just knowing that whatever you’ve done, you’ve helped someone. Then wait patiently for that ultimate reward which comes from your Father in Heaven.

Now there’s much work to be done. So let’s stop talking…let’s WORK IT!

-To God be the Glory

AdriannaJ

*Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Work It Wednesday

Don’t Be Lazy: Work It Wednesday

Unless you were born into wealth, you can expect to have absolutely NOTHING if you are not willing to get up and work for it! And likewise, we can’t expect to partake of the wealth of the Lord if we are not willing to do our share of GOOD WORKS for Him. Now Romans 8:16-17 (New King James Version) tells us we are “joint heirs” with Jesus Christ; meaning the same riches, honor, and glory that God has given Him, we also have access to it too! However, these scriptures also tell us that we MUST SUFFER with Christ if we want to be GLORIFIED with Him.

Now your SUFFERING may be putting in some hard work and having sleepless nights; or your SUFFERING may be showing love to others who don’t love you back. Then it could be getting lied on or talked about even as you continue to do what’s right. However, either way you will be putting in some type of WORK-you’ll be doing SOMETHING!

Whether its EARTHLY riches or ETERNAL riches, we’ve got to put in some WORK to get it! Proverbs 19:15 even tells us, “Laziness casts one into a deep sleep, And an idle person will suffer hunger.” Now I believe this could be physical hunger or even SPIRITUAL hunger. So don’t be lazy. Things don’t just fall out of the sky-you’ve got to DO something to GET something!

Now there’s much work in the Lord to be done. So get up; DO something!…Let’s WORK IT!

-To God be the Glory

AdriannaJ

*Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.