Are you tired of doing things that might be pleasing to God? Or have you given up trying to please God and have turned your life into one big pleasure seeking experience? Hopefully, you will find peace of mind and heart with the following words.
The Bible says, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." (John 3:16-18) Again the Bible says, "Jesus answered and said to them, 'This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent. And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life.' " (John 6:29&40) Obviously, the will of God is that everyone believe or in essence place their trust in Jesus. In the same way, placing your total trust in Jesus for eternal life with God is the work of God.
So what about religion and doing good things? The Bible says, "for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure." (Philippians 2:13) "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." (Philippians 4:13) "For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them." (Ephesians 2:10) After placing your total trust in Jesus, God will do good works through you. However, the Bible does warn us about religion. "Therefore, if you died with Christ from the basic principles of the world, why, as though living in the world, do you subject yourselves to regulations; do not touch, do not taste, do not handle, which all concern things which perish with the using according to the commandments and doctrines of men? These things indeed have an appearance of wisdom in self-imposed religion, false humility, and neglect of the body, but are of no value against the indulgence of human desires." (Colossians 2:20-23)
What promises does God give us? The Bible says, "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:6-7) Jesus said, "Come to Me, all you who labor (works) and are heavy laden (wrongdoing), and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28) "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." (John 14:27) "And lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." (Matthew 28:20) The apostle Paul ends several of his letters in the following manner. "Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ." (1 Thessalonians 5:23) "Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with you all." (2 Thessalonians 3:16) "Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery which was kept secret since the world began but now has been made manifest, and by the prophetic Scriptures has been made known to all nations, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, for obedience to the faith; to God, alone wise, be glory through Jesus Christ forever. Amen." (Romans 16:25-27) These and many other promises are given to people who place their total trust in Jesus Christ.
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