Many Christian believers put their hope for salvation in the WORKS that they do, for the CHURCH and as they call it, for the “Kingdom of God.” Many give vast sums of money to the church and they support the CHURCH, they support EVANGELISM, they support PREACHERS. Many are preachers themselves that are building vast MINISTRIES but they are busy with DEAD WORKS because they are not LED by the Holy Spirit, they are not IN CHRIST, they are not living in holiness and righteousness in obedience to Jesus Christ.
We can only bear FRUIT and do GOOD WORKS if we are IN CHRIST and we are LED BY the Holy Spirit. We read the words of Jesus in John 15:1 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vine dresser. 2“Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit. 3“You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 4“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it ABIDES IN THE VINE, so neither can you UNLESS YOU ABIDE IN ME. 5“I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for APART FROM ME YOU CAN DO NOTHING. 6“If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned.”
Many people do marvelous works FOR GOD but they are not IN CHRIST, they are not being LED by the Holy Spirit. That which is of the flesh is flesh as Jesus also said and I read from John 3:6 “That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.”
If our inspiration and our GUIDANCE does not come from the Holy Spirit, if we are not led by the Holy Spirit then we are performing DEAD WORKS that are not pleasing to God, they are worthless to the kingdom of God.
We read the words of Paul in Romans 8:13,14 “for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.” Many preachers, many churches, many people have great initiatives but they are of the flesh, they are of their OWN MIND, they are not LED by the Spirit of God. They build GREAT CHURCHES and they have GREAT MINISTRIES but they are not part of the kingdom of God because they do not have the Holy Spirit and they are not LED by the Holy Spirit, they are performing DEAD WORKS.
All our works are tested by the FIRE OF GOD. If our works are unfruitful DEAD WORKS then we will get CUT OFF and BURNED as Jesus said. Every branch in Him that does not bear fruit
Many people put their hope in the words of Paul as written in 1 Corinthians 3:14 “If any man’s work which he has built on it remains, he will receive a reward. 15 If any man’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.” That is not what Jesus said, that is what Paul said. Jesus said that if we do not bear GOOD FRUIT we will get CUT OFF and BURNED.
Many believers have received Gifts of the Holy Spirit and they think that the gifts that they received from God are a GUARANTEE OF SALVATION. It is NOT. God never takes back His gifts. There are many people who speak in tongues and they live in sin. There are many who perform miracles in the Name of Jesus, they preach and they have great ministries but they are living in unrighteousness and in wickedness. They are building their own empires and they are committing DEAD WORKS because they are not following Jesus Christ. They are using the gifts of Christ to benefit and enrich themselves and that is why many big preachers will be terribly disappointed when they stand before Jesus Christ.
I read from Matthew 7:22. Jesus said:21″Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. 22″Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ 23″And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’
They were GREAT PREACHERS, they were regarded as men and women of God and Jesus says to them:”Go away I never knew you.” Why is that? They were using God’s gifts and the gospel of Jesus Christ to enrich themselves, they were performing DEAD WORKS. They were not leading souls to Christ, they were performing DEAD WORKS that lead to DEATH.
If we are not LED by the Holy Spirit. if we do not STAY WITH Jesus Christ and live closely to Him in RIGHTEOUSNESS, Holiness and in OBEDIENCE and if we do not do the works that He GUIDES us into, that He TELLS us to do we cannot serve the kingdom of God and we will perish, WE will BURN together with our DEAD WORKS.
Are we being led by the Holy Spirit, doing the WILL of GOD or are we performing DEAD WORKS because the works that we do are of our own flesh, of our own initiative, MY IDEA, MY PLAN that I am doing for God? If we do not SUBMIT ourselves to Jesus Christ and follow Him as DISCIPLES to do what He guides and commands us to do then we are performing DEAD WORKS that will PERISH and we ourselves will also perish.
We have to FOLLOW Jesus Christ, STEP BY STEP and DO the WORKS that He has prepared for us to do.
May Jesus bless you.