Works Are Good and Profitable

Works Are Good and Profitable by Kirk Hunt

This is a faithful saying, and these things I want you to affirm constantly, that those who have believed in God should be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable to men.

Titus 3:8 NKJV

Scripture is clear that faith is an internal matter and salvation is not a matter of doing enough good deeds.  Scripture is just as clear that men and women of faith should perform good works on an ongoing basis.  God’s people are good and profitable to others in the here and now.

The phrase “thoughts and prayers” has become a symbol of lip-service and inaction.  The best demonstration of what you feel or think are concrete actions that help.  What you do with your time, talent and treasure are the game-changers that matter.  Everything else is platitudes. 

Just to be clear:  No one cares about what your heart feels or your head thinks; until the acts of your hands are visible.  A man and woman may be skeptical of your motivations, but they will believe the nutritious food you feed them.  Folks may disagree with your morality but they will approve of the warm shelter you place around them.

Good works open a path for unbelievers to understand.  Your good works give your presentation of the Gospel weight and substance.  It is difficult to ignore the folk who feed, clothe and shelter others.

We all know that words can come easy.  We all know that actions are the best proof of your thoughts and feelings.  Obey Scripture and get to work.

Think:      My works demonstrate my faith in God to hard hearts and skeptical minds.

Pray:         “Lord, help me to demonstrate my faith in You at every opportunity.”

 

Copyright © March 2019, Kirk Hunt

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You Shall Lend

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You Shall Lend By Kirk Hunt

 

The Lord will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow.

Deuteronomy 28:12 NKJV

 

The promise of God (see verse 1) in this Scripture was originally for the people of Israel. They had not yet arrived in the Promised Land, but God was letting them know. Obey me and you shall always lend and never borrow.

 

I can tell you that if you fulfill the condition, God will fulfill the promise. Not just money, though that is an obvious possibility. There are a lot of things God’s people can “lend” to the “nations” around us.

 

The treasures of heaven are not just material things, like adequate food and shelter. Good physical and mental health is a treasure, straight from His throne. Peace of mind and spirit comes from God’s heaven, and cannot be purchased with mere money.

 

Obey God and follow his commandments. Before you know it, others will ask where you got all of your blessings. Lend those who ask the good things of God. The gratitude of those you bless is interest enough for the generous of heart.

 

Think:            His blessings are for me, and can be loaned to those around me.

 

Pray:               “Lord, thank You for Your blessings, especially the ability to bless others in turn.

 

 

Copyright © January 2015, Kirk Hunt

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