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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Sunday Words of Encouragement November 15, 2014

It was wonderful to be back at our home church this morning. We had great praise and worship time and then a lovely communion celebration.

Our Sunday School teacher is still in Revelations 20 (v11-15) which speaks of the Great White Throne Judgment that all men will face. Today however was about the Bema judgment ( 2 Corinthians 5:12) when Believers stand before God and give an accounting for our actions, our works. We will not be judged for sin as there is no condemnation for those who have believed and received salvation.

What we will be judged on and rewarded for is the good deeds we have done with right motive (1 Corinthians 3:12-15).  Lives here are fleeting and it is inappropriate to just bide our time and get through this life. Faith provides salvation but works follow and should produce fruit. After sharing a long list of scriptures describing, affirming and evoking “good works” our teacher noted: we should be laying up treasures in heaven not on earth. What we do for Christ is really all that matters. He wants our obedience to be shown by sharing his love, blessings and abundance, not hoarding them to ourselves.

Interestingly, our Pastor’s sermon was that Grace is the True Gospel. He is technically totally correct that we are saved by grace and grace alone. It is our believe and trust in God that saves us and that is a free gift. There is nothing we can do to save ourselves except to accept by faith the freely offered gift of salvation: payment for sin, redemption, by Christ’s death.

The two messages might seem at odds until we recognize and understand that they blend. Once we believe and have accepted the free gift of salvation by grace, our growing knowledge of God and His love should bring us to want to do His work where and when He directs in our lives.

As I looked for a video to go with this message I did find Bema Seat by Petra
That is very lively and fitting although you have to listen closely as the lyrics are not included.
However then I came upon this video and I really liked it's screen messages
as well as the well-known worship song.
Verses for today:
Romans 14:10-12
10 Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God;
11 for it is written, “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.”
12 So then each of us will give an account of himself to God.

Lord, I do feel that time is drawing short. And even if the time of your return is not as imminent as I might believe, my time on earth is limited. Therefore, I seek Your daily guidance as to where and when I might share share Your love and the abundance you have graciously bestowed upon me.

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