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Led by the Spirit
"Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself [or herself] unspotted from the world".
Religion consists in doing the words of Christ; not doing to earn God's favor, but because, all undeserving, we have received the gift of His love.
Jesus spoke about doing,
"If any man will do His will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself".
Christ here places the salvation of man, not upon profession merely, but upon faith that is made manifest in works of righteousness. Doing, not saying merely, is expected of the followers of Christ. It is through action that character is built. "As many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God." Romans 8:14.
Not those whose hearts are touched by the Spirit,
not those who now and then yield to its power,
but they that are led by the Spirit, are the sons of God.
Do you desire to become a follower of Christ, yet know not how to begin?
Are you in darkness and know not how to find the light?
Follow the light you have.
Set your heart to obey what you do know of the word of God.
His power, His very life, dwells in His word.
As you receive the word in faith, it will give you power to obey. As you give heed to the light you have, greater light will come. You are building on God's word, and your character will be built after the likeness of the character of Christ.
Christ, the true foundation, is a living stone; His life is imparted to all that are built upon Him. "You also, as living stones, are built up a spiritual house." 1 Peter 2:5, R.V.
"Each several building, fitly framed together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord." Ephesians 2:21, R.V.
The stones became one with the foundation; for a common life dwells in all. That building no tempest can overthrow; for--
shares the life of God,
With Him surviveth all."
But every building erected on any other foundation than God's word will fall.
He or she who, like the Jews in Christ's day, builds on the foundation of human ideas and opinions, of forms and ceremonies of man's invention, or on any works that he or she can do independently of the grace of Christ, is erecting his or her structure of character upon the shifting sand. The fierce tempests of temptation will sweep away the sandy foundation and leave their house a wreck on the shores of time.
"I am the vine, you are the branches: He that abides in Me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: for without Me you can do nothing".
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