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For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.  Philippians 2:13
The Word tells us that God works out that which He had worked in. If God has saved you, He has saved you by faith—plus nothing. God is not accepting any kind of good works for salvation. But after you are saved, God talks to you about your works. The salvation that He worked in by faith is a salvation He will work out also.
James says, “Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. 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” (James 2:17–18). Only God can see the heart; He knows our true condition. He knows if I have saving faith; He knows if you have saving faith. But your neighbor can’t see your faith. The only thing he can see is the works of faith. True faith will work itself out so that the people around us will be able to tell that we are different, that we are Christians. We don’t need to wear a sign or some sort of symbol to identify ourselves as Christians.  Others will know who we are and whose we are by our works.  All of us may not live in Missouri, but we ought to have the “show me” philosophy—showing our faith by our works.  


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