FIRST LOVE RECOVERY MINISTRIES WORKS 4 U Eph.4:20(KJV) "For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them." Eph.4:20(The Message) "No, we neither make nor save ourselves. God does both the making and saving. He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join him in the work he does, the good work he has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing." No member of God's kingdom is destined to be 'unemployed' in his glorious service. All members of God's kingdom are God's workmanship. God's workmanship are those that are created by God in Christ Jesus for the sole purpose of joining him in the works that he does. To be part of this workmanship,one needs to sincerely repent of one's sins and humbly accept Jesus Christ as one's personal Lord and Saviour(John 1:12;2 Cor.5:17). Titus 3:5(KJV) "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;" Outside Christ,one's 'good works' are actually 'dead' in God's sight! Such 'good works' are not good enough to save one from one's sins! James 2:18(KJV) "Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works." Good works are an evidence and a clear demonstration of one's faith in Christ even when one encounters one's 'enemies'. Matt.7:21-23(KJV) "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven." "Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?" "And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." Good works are not works that seem good in one's sight but they are works that are commanded by God as one is led and empowered by the Holy Spirit. Acts 10:38(KJV) "How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him." John 9:4(KJV) "I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work." As a disciple of Christ,God expects one to be an imitator of Christ in doing good works. Luke 19:12-13(KJV) "He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return." "And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come." The Lord is likened to 'a certain nobleman',his workmanship are likened to 'his ten servants',and his resources given to each of his workmanship are likened to 'ten pounds'. His resources generally include time,the bible,the fellowship of other believers in Christ,and the Holy Spirit;and specifically each Christian's unique talents,spiritual gifts,and skills. Spiritual gifts include the gifts of the Spirit listed in 1 Cor.12:8-10;and the ministry gifts listed in Rom.12:6-8,1 Cor.12:28,and Eph.4:11. In conclusion,if you are part of God's workmanship,then these good works are the 'works 4 u'! And when you 'occupy till the Lord comes' by faithfully doing these works,you are fulfilled;others are edified;and God is glorified! This is your destiny in Christ Jesus in this present life! Titus 2:14(KJV) "Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works."