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But he who practices truth [who does what is right] comes out into the Light; so that his works may be plainly shown to be what they are—wrought with God [divinely prompted, done with God’s help, in dependence upon Him]. John 3:21 AMPC
Most of us don’t set out to do the wrong thing. We hope to do good. But sometimes we miss the mark. We try to do good, but the results of our good intentions end up twisted. Because we based our good works on our own standards instead of on God’s. Instead of beginning with truth. When we practice truth, we allow our actions to be guided by the Word of God. Then our actions become aligned with God’s standards.
The scripture gives us three points we can use to measure anything we’re about to do. To see if it’s something that’s good based on our limited human understanding, or based on God’s perfect, eternal wisdom.
Is it divinely prompted?
Simply put, was the thing you’re about to do God’s idea or yours? It’s easy to decide to do something we think is good without ever checking with God. We need to know if what we’re about to do is guided by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will never lead you to do anything that’s contrary to God’s Word. So it’s important for us to read the Word regularly, depending on the Holy Spirit to teach us – to lead us into the full and complete truth. That’s how our minds become renewed. Then our discernment will be sharpened to be able to tell good from evil.
Is it done with God’s help?
We choose to do something we think is good, without consulting God first. Then we expect Him to bless it. But the truth is God’s blessing – His divine enablement – follows when we do His will, not our own. It’s important for us to step off the throne of our lives and allow God to be King. To allow Him to direct our steps. To send us where He would have us go. God never takes us anywhere that His presence and grace won’t be with us. He will help us to do His will.
Is it being done in dependence on God?
Even as we do the things that are led by God, we can begin to act in our own strength. We can begin to lean on the arm of flesh instead of depending on God’s strength. We can become deluded that the good works we do are borne of our own righteousness rather than God’s Spirit at work in us. Everything we do must be done giving glory to God. Our weakness is a highlighter for His strength. So even as we do God’s will, we must acknowledge that it is only possible in His strength. We won’t be perfect as we seek to do good. Because only the Father is perfect. But as we lean on Him every step of the way, He will be faithful to help us and His grace will be sufficient.
Love & Blessings,