Faith Will Produce Good Works

In Ephesians 2: 8-10 Paul wrote,  “For by grace are you saved through faith, and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God has before foreordained that we should walk in them “

I remember after my salvation, though unlearned concerning most of the Bible, there was a desire in my heart to begin serving God.  I believe this should be the desire of every true believer. Though I was not employed and had no income, when I read about tithing, I believed we should tithe my husband’s meager income. While learning the true meaning of tithing, we made many mistakes, but as God gave light we tried to act on his light.

At almost 100 years of age I continue to make mistakes, but hopefully am learning through my mistakes. I might use the current manuscript which I am endeavoring to write is an example.

For those who don’t know, I use my right forefinger for typing and after writing a manuscript of over 130 pages I encountered so many problems the decision was made not to have the manuscript printed and bound. I chose a new title and wrote a shorter manuscript, but am having so many computer problems have decided the manuscript has a virus and have been advised to take a new template and start from scratch. Ouch!

Fortunately I did print out a copy of the manuscript, and am taking a rest while deciding whether to pursue my work.  I have wondered if God does not want me to write this book, but believe it’s one that can honor Him.

I realize lack of patience and discouragement are some of my weak areas; the devil knows that, too. But when I feel deeply about something, I do have determination and persistence.

It is interesting that some of the most successful people achieved their success after many failures.  And many of our greatest writers and inventors became renown after their deaths. Though not the greatest writer, I am confident God has given me the gift of writing and I will not give up as long as He gives me the mental and physical abilities to sit at my desk and write!

History reveals that we don’t learn from our achievements, but our failures.  During most of my life I have heard these words: If at first you don’t succeed try, try again.  And we do learn by doing!  So as Paul said, Forgetting the past, I shall press toward the future.

Father, You created me and know my weaknesses, but thanks for continuing to refine the vessel You created. Bless all who are weak and need Your blessings today. I ask these blessings in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Doris Lisemby