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GO! OUR CALL TO MISSION

MISSION- SPREADING THE GOOD NEWS OF JESUS SALVATION AND GRACE.

As an organization we are committed to go and spread the good news among the poor and needy, especially in the rural areas of South Africa and in the nations where Christians are persecuted. Partner with us. We will go where others will not go.

Based on Luke 10:

*Jesus has appointed us to go as the harvest is plentiful.

*We are appointed to go in teams  – at least two people.

* We teach and demonstrate the good news of Jesus, His grace and His kingdom.

*We will be like lambs among wolves. This means we will confront evil men and demonic power. But our Shepherd Jesus is with us and will overcome. Demons will submit to us (v17) as Satan has fallen! Deliverance is a major part of the harvest stratery.

*We are to take very little with us as we are to rely on the hospitality if the community. This way they will come to own the message they have invested in.

*We are not there to give handouts but the message that will change lives. Help for the community can come later through the church plant, if they receive the good news.

* Initially the focus needs to be on the message of Jesus and power of the Spirit.

* We go to find the God anointed local person of peace within the community and work with them to extend the kingdom and lead a church plant once people come to faith.

* We stay in the local community, in one place, eating and drinking their food, without paying for it. This establishes ownership and investment into the message by the local community and avoids the “handout” missionary mentality.

* Holy Spirit ministry is crucial, the preaching of grace, the kingdom and healing of the sick and demonized must all be offered in faith:

  1. We establish the centrality of Jesus as Lord and Saviour.
  2. We build a clear foundation of the good news of grace and our identity as Gods children.
  3. We teach on the Spirit and demonstrate His power.
  4. People are saved and born again.
  5. We heal and cast out demons.
  6. We establish fellowship.

* If the community rejects the message, go door to door proclaiming the kingdom and then move on, maybe to come back at a later time once the seed of our message has taken root.

JOIN WITH US OR SUPPORT US

* Every mission needs workers to go and people to support it financially. Contact us if you are able to do either.

* A mission taking six people for a long weekend costs us about R1800-00 transport and food.

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There are people everywhere waiting for us to come and share: Zululand, Mozambique, Pakistan, Lesotho, India…. we need to go,go,go!

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MANAGING STRESS

Stress is a normal part of life and a certain amount can actually be beneficial as a motivator. However excessive stress and worry is one of the major causes of ill health and bad relationships. For this reasons learning how to manage stress is vitally important to a stable, healthy, joyful life.
Stress management has a lot to do with self discipline combined with a generally healthy life style, both of which require the implementation of certain planned good practices. The aim is that these good practices become life style habits as through good habits,  the bad “habits” of stress and worry can be managed. Putting good practices in place requires prayer, focus, resolve, self control and above all TIME. This issue of time management is probably one of the most crucial disciplines to living a peaceful, healthy, holistic lifestyle.
As a family man (three grown up children and three foster children), businessman (property developer and administrator), self supporting minister, and trustee of a number of non profit organizations, it has always been a big challenge to manage the stress and worry that a busy life produces. I have learnt, and am still learning, how to do the things I need to do and yet live a healthy, joyful life where my soul is at rest despite the difficult circumstances, trials and tribulations that are a part of  everyday life.
Here are some pointers gleaned through forty years of trial, error and learning from others.

PERSONAL SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINE:
Jesus called us not be worry or be anxious. Therefore dealing with stress is part of our spiritual calling and warfare. From a Christian perspective it goes without saying that each of us need to hear what the Spirit is wanting us to do, as we are all different, however we are all called to learn from others and much of this advice has good historical Church roots. Interestingly recent research has found that most of these spiritual disciplines have proven physical and mental health benefits. Regular peaceful spiritual exercises relieve stress. (the times indicated below are minimum suggestions).
1. Meditation; spend 20 minutes a day in quieting prayer.
2. Pray with your spouse daily (10 minutes).
3. Withdraw to a quite place at the start of the day, hand the day to the Lord and ask the Spirit to show you how to order your day. (15 minutes). Then plan your diary.
4. Systematically read the bible and journal the things that stand out and what you feel the Spirit is saying (daily).
5. Fast for 2-3 days on a regular basis (quarterly).
6. Set aside weekends for retreats (quarterly).
7. Set aside quiet mornings (monthly).
8. The above must be centred around handing burdens over to a loving God and abiding in His grace.
9. Regularly meet with a peer group (of the same sex), pray with them and be accountable to them.
10. Find an elder to be your spiritual director.
11. Attend a graceful church and commit to fellowship.
12. If your church is legalistic, religious and works orientated, move on.
13. Times of solitude and silence are good for the soul.

PHYSICAL DISCIPLINE
Regular exercise relieves stress and acts as a barrier against the damages of stress.
1. Look after you body, avoid injuries, if you don’t you will suffer as you age.
2. Get a minimum of three 30 minutes sessions of aerobic exercise weekly. Preferably outdoors in fresh air. Walking, swimming and cycling are best as they don’t damage the joints.
3. Use sun screen and wear a hat. Avoid too much sun.
5. Avoid lifts, walk up stairs. Walk or cycle when you can.
6. Find out what your optimum weight is and stick to it – this is one of the most crucial aspects of good health.
7. Be aware of your body and changes in your body, consult a doctor if you are not sure.
8. For those who are married, put aside specific regular time for making love. Good sex is part of a good marriage and good health.

DIET
Stress prevents your body from metabolizing food properly, therefore good eating is part of the war against stress.
1. Eat balanced healthy whole foods. Avoid processed foods. Avoid fast foods & sugary foods. Go organic. Grow some vegetables. Drink raw milk. Use olive oil. Avoid excessive meat consumption.
2. Drink one 750ml water, first thing in the morning and 2 litres a day. Keep hydrated, but don’t over hydrate.
3. Avoid using prescription drugs and antibiotics unless absolutely necessary. The body heals itself with rest and time.
4. Eat probiotics foods; good yoghurt, raw honey, etc.
5. Eat lots of vegetables and fruits, at least six portions daily.
6.  Fresh berries and raw nuts are top anti-aging foods. Eat a handful daily.

SLEEP AND REST
Good sleep us critical to good physical and mental health. Stress often attacks our ability to sleep.
1. Find out how much sleep you need. A young adult normally needs eight hours.
2. Set aside time for adequate, regular sleep.
3. During the week try to set fixed times for sleeping so it becomes a habit. e.g. 10pm-6am.
4. As much as possible make sure your bedroom is dark and sound proof.
5. Don’t use your computer or phone before sleeping as their light will put your body clock out of sync.
6. Switch off your phone at night.
7. Keep a note pad by the bed. If you wake up worrying, write things down, pray silently and go back to sleep.
8. Avoid coffee and too many caffeine drinks. One cup of good coffee a day.
9. Ten minute power naps at lunch time are helpful.
10. Avoid using sleeping tablets. They are addictive.
11. Keep your bedroom for Sleeping, resting and love making only.
12. Take turns in massaging each other at bedtime. It’s good for sleep and good for marriages.
13. If you can, set aside Saturday as a Sabbath (a day of rest).
14. Delve into Gods grace, as it’s a position of inner rest and peace.
15. Make sure you do lots of fun things.

WORK AND FINANCE
For a Christian work must be seen as a great blessing. We work as unto the Lord with thankfulness. However it’s important to put our work in its right place. Our work is there to serve us, we are not called to be slaves to our work or boss.
1. Pray for your work and your boss.
2. In the longer term try to work towards you own business or independence.
3. Work should be enjoyable, if it’s not, you may be in the wrong job.
4. If your work is overwhelmingly stressful it may be time to look for something else.
5. Use a diary to order your day – this is essential.
6. Keep a “to do” and deal with the easy issues first as this gives a sense of achievement.
7. Work out the critical path for the things that are must does.
8. In prayer plan you month, week and day
9. Be pro-active, don’t manage by crisis.
10. Put systems in place. Every mistake should result in an improved system.
11. If you don’t know something, get help and expertise.
12. Think about getting a personal coach.
13. Equip yourself properly for the work you do.
14. Don’t let work encroach on your spiritual and family time, put sensible boundaries in place.
15. Plan and budget financially.
16. Stay out of debt.
17. Live a simple life, avoid materialism. Each possession requires time and attention.
18. Be generous and hospitable.

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NOVEMBER 2016 MINISTRY TRIP TO KENYA AND ISRAEL

To my friends in Kenya and Israel.
MINISTRY- I will be ministering the gospel of grace, reconciliation and the power of the Holy Spirit in Kenya and Israel in November. We have a heart especially for leadership training. Please contact me at garry@gracelovetruth.com if we can serve you in this way so we can see how things can fit together.
TEAM- we believe in networking and the unity of the body of Christ. Anyone with the heart and resources who would like to come as part of a team can contact me.

Please check out http://gracelovetruth.com/?page_id=6 to see our values and beliefs to ensure you are on board with our ministry values.

VALUES & BELIEFS OUR VALUES AND BELIEFS These are some of the values and beliefs that we hold dear. They are offered humbly, yet with strong conviction, in the hope that they will reveal our…
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Quieting Prayer

Learn how to use quieting prayer to find rest, peace and to enter into God’s presence. Listen to https://soundcloud.com/gracelovetruth/quieting-prayer-meditation
Follow the step by step notes below or join us Sunday or Wednesday evening 6.30-7.15 pm to enter into quietness together
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TEACHING: OUR CALL TO SILENT, ABIDING, PRAYER

Psa. 46:10  “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

Prayer is an important part of the Christian life. We are called to pray continually as the Spirit leads. Prayer is about us communicating with our loving Father and declaring His will. Prayer is powerful.

1Th 5:16  Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Mat 21:13  “It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’

Mat 6:6  But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.

TYPES OF PRAYER

There are many different types of prayer, most of which are verbal and active. However God is wanting to restore silent, quiet, resting prayer to His busy people. Here are some types of prayer:

1) Thanks giving.

2) Praying in the Spirit (1Co.14:15) – tongues

3) Intercession (1Tim.2:1) – standing in the gap

4) Warfare – a form of intercession

5) Adoration & worship

6) Faith or healing prayer (Jm.5:14)

7) Supplication (Mt.6:11) – asking for self

8) Petition (Eph.6:18) – asking for others

9) Consecration (Acts 13:3)- dedication to God

10) Quieting prayer – silently being in God’s presence

QUIETNESS

The way of the world is busyness, rushing noise and confusion. Quietness is something that has been lost from church life. Yet quietness and rest is the very thing that the Spirit leads us into. Grace is about letting go of our busyness and self-efforts and trusting in the finished work of the cross and our righteousness in Christ.

Isa 30:15  This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says: “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it.

Isa 32:17  The fruit of that righteousness will be peace; its effect will be quietness and confidence forever. My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest.

Job 3:25  What I feared has come upon me; what I dreaded has happened to me. I have no peace, no quietness; I have no rest, but only turmoil.

BE STILL

Quietness, stillness, resting and solitude are all part of trusting the Lord.

Exo.14:14  The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.

Psa.37:7  Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.

Psa. 46:10  He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

SOLITUDE

Likewise the busyness and demands of life have made it very difficult to simply be by ourselves and alone with God. Even Jesus retreated to quiet places of solitude to pray and to simply abide with his Father.  He set a good example for us.

Mat 14:23  After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone.

Luk 9:28  About eight days after Jesus said this, he took Peter, John and James with him and went up onto a mountain to pray.

Mar 1:35  Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.

Mat 14:13  When Jesus heard what had happened to John the Baptist, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns.

Mar 6:30  The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught. Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place.

CHRISTIAN MEDITATION

This teaching is about quieting prayer, not meditation. However we need to clarify that Christian meditation, as mentioned in the scriptures, is completely different to Eastern forms of meditation as found in yoga, Zen or TM. Biblical Christian meditation is active contemplation on a matter concerning God. The Hebrew “to meditate” means to mummer, moan, complain about, analyse, completely focus on something pertaining to God such as a scriptures, or some aspect or deed of God. It is to digest, ask questions about and work over and over, bit by bit, until we gain understanding and revelation.

Gen 24:63  Isaac went out to the field one evening to meditate

Psa 48:9  Within your temple, O God, we meditate on your unfailing love.

Psa 77:12  I will consider all your works and meditate on all your mighty deeds.

Psa 119:148  My eyes stay open through the watches of the night, that I may meditate on your promises.

QUIETING PRAYER AND UNION

Quieting prayer, or prayers of silence, have great traditional and biblical roots. Jesus and the prophets retreated for long periods into the desert and places of solitude to simply be with God. Paul went into the dessert for fourteen years. The early church of the 2nd and 3rd centuries followed their example. These hermit saints of the early church became known as the ” dessert fathers”. Later, in the middle ages, these practices lead to monasticism were monks and nuns retreated into place of solitude to spend their entire life in prayer. Most of their time was spent in silence seeking mystical and ecstatic union with God.

Today we know that as we are the ” bride of Christ”, we have union with Christ by grace and through faith. However, because of the busyness of life and a lack of teaching we have sadly lost the  ability to spend time in silence simply being aware of our union with God.

The following spiritual discipline is a tool that can help you quiet your body and your mind so that you can simply abide in God’s presence, spirit to Spirit, without having to “do”.

Use the attached step by step notes to learn the discipline of “quieting prayer”.

Enjoy!

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AN EXERCISE IN QUIETING PRAYER
(PRACTICING THE PRESENCE OF GOD THROUGH SILENCE)
Please note that these are purely guide lines which each person needs to refine as led by the Hold Spirit. The essence of this form of prayer is to spend time in silence completely focussed within on the quiet presence of God by being still, without allowing our thoughts or the noise around us to take over. This type of prayer is a spiritual discipline that requires daily time, patience and practice, but it results in a sense of well being and peace, which is what we all need in our busy lives. The more you do it the better it gets. Ideally two twenty minute sessions a day would be great.
Preparation:
Find a quiet, private spot where you won’t be disturbed for about 30 minutes.
Sit in a firm chair with an upright back with both feet on the ground and your hands in your lap (this is too keep your back straight so you don’t fall to sleep). Put your phone on silence and set the timer to 20 minutes.
A holy word:
Now ask God to show you a holy word that represents your desire to come into his presence, such as; Jesus, Spirit, Father, God, Immanuel, peace, rest, joy, love, etc. Keep this word for future sessions as this is the word that you will gently, silently repeat over and over within yourself so as to stop your thoughts from taking over. The purpose is not to meditate on this word, dissect it or analyse it, but to simply use it to quiet your soul (i.e. our body and mind).
Minute 1:
Start the twenty minute timer. Close your eyes and relax. Silently give thanks to God for your blessings, His goodness and His grace to you.
Minute 2:
Silently hand over to God any burdens that you are feeling – trust Him and let them all go.
Minute 3:
With a sense of gratitude become aware of your lovely, God given, body. Then let your head relax, let your facial muscles sag and work down your body, feeling each piece relax, piece by piece. Feel the Holy Spirit letting all the stress, worry and negativity drain out of you as through a hole in the bottom of your feet.
(If during your quiet time if a body itch or pain distracts you, deal with it and then come back to your quietness and the exercise below. Always be gentle with yourself and don’t judge yourself if you get distracted).
Minute 4:
God is the God of today, the God of creation and He wants us to live in the “now” not in all our future fantasies that are often fearful and anxious, nor in our past, which can be condemning or falsely nostalgic. So become aware of the “now presence of God” and of the sounds of life around you. Listen to the close and then distant sounds of creation and life, appreciate them and then gently let them all go and fade. Now move into the next step……
(If during your quiet time an outside noise distracts you, it’s Ok, just gently come back to your quietness and the exercise below).
Minute 4-20
Jesus said the that the kingdom of God is within us and God is concerned with our “hearts” which in Hebrew understanding is our inner being where God dwells. This is where our focus is now going.
Breath in Old Testament Hebrew= rauch, in New Testament Greek = phuma; the same word for “Spirit”. We are going to allow “breath” and the word to take us deeper….
Quieting prayer
Gently and slowly take two or three deep breaths in and out. Feel God’s breath fill you when you breath in and all the rubbish leaving when you breath out. Now allow yourself breath in a natural gentle rhythm. Focus gently on your breath going in and out, in and out, in and out….. As is best for you gently repeat your Holy word as you breath in and out, over and over and over…. Gently and quietly breath in and out, repeat over and over…..focus your mind on your breathing and on your word. Do this until your twenty minutes is up.
(It is normal for your mind will try to take over by bombarding you and distracting you with thoughts. Be firm but gentle and every time you find you have drifted off gently come back to the breath and the word. By the way it is not our intention to pray in words, to hear God or to get revelation while doing this, so lay this aside for some other time and focus on just being, abiding and resting in God’s presence as you keep focused on your breath and word. This will unconsciously take your into a deep, relaxed, quiet, state where God’s presence will touch you, even if you are not aware of it happening. This discipline will help free you from the tyranny of the mind and busyness of thoughts and allow your spirit to meet with the Spirit of God deep within).
After this, if you have time for more you can just remain in God’s presence or actively pray as the Spirit leads. 

 

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Jesus shared in our humanity

HAPPY CHRISTMAS!
Hear the good news: https://soundcloud.com/gracelovetruth/jesus-understands-our-humanity
Jesus; God with us (Emmanuel), God incarnate, God who took on human flesh. God choose to be carried in the womb of a young women who came from a very humble and poor family, who lived in an obscure land occupied by brutal Roman tyrants. Jesus was born in a stable, his family was then hunted down by a power hungry murderous king and forced flee to Egypt as a refugee. He was raised by a earthly father who was a humble carpenter and who probably died while Jesus was a teenager.
Jesus took on our humanity, God came and lived as one of us, he understands our pain, our sorrows, our hardships, our joys and our lives; He lived as one of us. What amazing grace this is!

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The Spirit is confirming our identity in Christ

Listen to good news: https://soundcloud.com/gracelovetruth/jesus-our-identity
There is a move of the Spirit that is re-establishing us in our identity in Christ; we have grace, favor, blessing, abundance, life etc. because we are children of Abba Father. We are not sinners, but saints. We are nor servants but sons who’s nature is righteousness not sin. Hear the good news of what Jesus has done for us and who we are as part of him.

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Grace based true prosperity

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One of the keys to abundant life is to understand that through grace we are called to prosper in all areas of our life; health, wholeness, financial freedom, great family relationship, longevity, etc etc. All earned for the children of God by Jesus on the cross.

It’s good news as God’s blessings are not based on your works or your doings, but on Jesus.

 

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WHY ASK WHY? WHEN GOD PROMISES ARE GOOD!

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WHY ASK WHY?  WHEN GOD HAS DONE GREAT THINGS FOR US & JESUS’ GRACE IS THE GUARANTEE OF FAVOUR.

Most warfare is in the mind (2Co.10:5). So we use God’s promises to change our thinking (Ro.12:2) by replacing lies with truth, and renewing our worldview so we see things by the Spirit the way God see them.

  1. Why should I feel unloved when “neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord”. (Ro.8:39)
  2. Why do I doubt God’s goodness when it says “For out of His abundance we have all received one grace after another and spiritual blessing upon spiritual blessing and even favour upon favour and gift heaped upon gift. (Jn.1:17 Amp)
  3. Why should my needs not be met knowing that “My God shall supply all my needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus?” (Phil.4: 19).
  4. Why should I say “I can’t” when the Bible says “I can do all things through Him Christ who strengthens me”? (Phil. 4: 13).
  5. Why should I fear when the Bible says ”God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and a sound mind?” (2Tim.1: 7).
  6. Why should I doubt or lack faith knowing that “God has allotted to each a measure of faith?” (Romans 12: 3).
  7. Why am I weak when the Bible says “The Lord is the strength of my life “(Psalm27: 1) and “People who know their God will display strength?” (Dan.11: 32).
  8. Why should I feel condemned when the Bible says “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Ro.8:1)
  9. Why should I focus on my sins when God says “Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.” (Heb.10:17)
  10. Why should I focus on The Law when it says “We are not under law but under grace?”(Ro.6:15)
  11. Why should I allow Satan to have supremacy over my life, for “Greater is He that is within me than he who is within the world?” (1John4: 4) and Jesus and the cross has “disarmed the powers and authorities”(Col.2:15).
  12. Why should I accept defeat when the Bible says “Thanks be to God who always leads us in His triumph in Christ?” (2Cor.2: 14).
  13. Why should I lack wisdom when “Christ became to us wisdom from God” (1Co.1:30) and “God gives wisdom to all men generously and without reproach who asks Him for it?” (James 1: 5).
  14. Why should fear tomorrow when I can recall to my mind and therefore have hope that “the Lord’s loving-kindnesses indeed never fails, for his compassions never ever fail. They are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness?” (Lam.3: 21-23).
  15. Why should I be depressed when “The joy of the Lord is my strength (Neh.8:10) and Jesus said “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete”. (Jn.15:11).
  16. Why should I worry and fret when I can “Cast all my anxiety on Christ, because He cares for me?” (1Peter 5: 7).
  1. Why should I ever be in bondage, for “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”(2Cor:3:17) and “It was for freedom that Christ set me free.”(Gal.5: 1).
  2. Why should I ever feel alone when Jesus said ”I am with you always, even to the end of the age.(Matt.28: 20). And I will never leave you nor forsake you?”(Heb.13: 5).
  3. Why should I be discontented when, like Paul, I can ”Learn to be content in whatever circumstances I am?” (Phil.4: 11).
  4. Why should I feel worthless when “God made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him?” (2Cor.5: 21).
  5. Why should I feel accursed or the victim of bad luck when the bible says, “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us in order that in Christ we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith?” (Gal.3:13-14).
  6. Why should I ever have a persecution complex, for “If God be for me, who can be against me? (Rom8: 31).
  7. Why should I be confused? “God is not the author of confusion, but of peace” (1Cor.14: 33) And, “Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things freely given to us by God.”(1Cor.2: 12).
  8. Why should I feel a failure when, “In all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us?” (Romans 8: 37).
  9. Why should I let the world bother me when Jesus said, “In the world you have tribulation, but take courage, I have overcome the world?” (John16: 33).
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BELIEF AND GRACE GO TOGETHER

THOSE WHO ARE SAVED BELIEVE THE GOOD NEWS OF GOD’S GRACE

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

Eph 2:8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God

BELIEF IS OUR RESPONSE TO THE GOSPEL OF GRACE

Believe: (Greek pisteuo) The word believe is found 140 times in the New Testament.  Thayer Definition: 1) to think to be true, to be persuaded of, to credit, place confidence in 1a) of the thing believed 1a1) to credit, have confidence 1b) in a moral or religious reference 1b1) used in the NT of the conviction and trust to which a man is impelled by a certain inner and higher prerogative and law of soul 1b2) to trust in Jesus or God as able to aid either in obtaining or in doing something: saving faith

Rom 1:16  For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile…. For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed–a righteousness that is by faith

Belief is our response to God’s sovereign initiative of love and grace. Belief is evidence that the good news (gospel) has been received, accepted as true and effective in bringing about repentance and transformation.

 

BELIEF (FAITH AND TRUST IN GOD) IS THE PERSONAL CATALYST OF SALVATION

Act 16:30  He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” Act 16:31  They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved–you and your household.”

Rom 10:9  If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

Luk 8:12  Those along the path are the ones who hear, and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved.

Joh 8:24  I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am he, you will indeed die in your sins.”

Heb 11:6  And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

Belief, and confession of what we believe, are products and part of the evidence of God’s loving and graceful outreach to us. Belief and confession are a product of the good news of salvation (It is God’s grace alone that is the root of salvation). In a sense  the grace that was released through Jesus’ finished work on the cross is the foundation stone on which belief, repentance and the wholeness and eternal life of salvation (Greek:sozo) rests. It is Jesus’ grace that is the carrier of salvation and it is the response of personal belief that activates personal salvation for each individual. We are saved by grace through faith (trust and belief in God) and not by our own effort or works (Eph.2:8-9).

 

JESUS DIED TO SAVE US (Greek: sozo) 

Joh 3:16  For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life. Joh 3:17  For God did not send the Son into the world in order to judge (to reject, to condemn, to pass sentence on) the world, but that the world might find salvation and be made safe and sound through Him.

Jesus died to save us from  the wages of sin; a cursed life, destruction and eternal death. Having said that, there are actually two aspects of what it means to be saved (Greek: sozo);

1) the present “now” component which brings us spiritual life (Greek: zoe), wholeness, well being, healing, forgiveness and  deliverance from evil. etc.

2) the “future” component of being saved from eternal separation from God (eternal death / hell) and the receiving of eternal life with God.

Rom 6:22  But now since you have been set free from sin and have become the slaves of God, you have your present reward in holiness and its end is eternal life. Rom 6:23  For the wages which sin pays is death, but the [bountiful] free gift of God is eternal life through (in union with) Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

 THOSE WHO DON’T BELIEVE ARE CONDEMNED AND LOST

The scriptures are clear; no belief, no salvation. Those who do not believe do not belong to Jesus Christ.

Joh 10:26  but you do not believe because you are not my sheep. Joh 10:27  My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. Joh 10:28  I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.

Joh 3:36  Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.

Joh 3:18  Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.

Mar 16:16  Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.

2Th 2:12  and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.

Jud 1:5  Though you already know all this, I want to remind you that the Lord at one time delivered his people out of Egypt, but later destroyed those who did not believe.

A loving and sovereign God takes the initiative of reaching out to people in love and grace. No one can come to know God unless the Spirit of God initiates. Those who reject the message of God’s grace and choose to continue in unrepentant in sin, unrighteousness and unbelief are sadly destined for eternal condemnation. They have rejected the gospel of Jesus Christ which is God’s cure for eternal death, they have chosen not to be rescued by God.

 

ETERNAL LIFE IS BELIEVING JESUS

Joh 20:31  But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

Joh 11:25  Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; Joh 11:26  and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

Act 13:48  When the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and honored the word of the Lord; and all who were appointed for eternal life believed.

Joh 5:24  “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.

Joh 6:40  For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.”

Joh 6:47  Very truly I tell you, the one who believes has eternal life.

1Ti 1:16  But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.

1Jn 5:13  I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.

Again it can be seen from the above scriptures that the evidence that someone has eternal life is that they believe in Jesus Christ. Salvation is not just about being whole and blessed in this lifetime. The greatest gift of salvation is eternal life.

 

JESUS HAD ISSUE WITH THE SIN OF UNBELIEF.

Joh 16:8 When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: Joh 16:9 about sin, because people do not believe in me; Joh 16:10 about righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; Joh 16:11 and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.

Joh 6:29  Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”

Rom 10:11  As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.”

Joh 6:36  But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe.

Joh 8:45  Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe me!

Act 13:40  Take care that what the prophets have said does not happen to you Act 13:41  “‘Look, you scoffers, wonder and perish, for I am going to do something in your days that you would never believe, even if someone told you.’

In terms of John 16:8 the sin that the Holy Spirit convicts humankind of is the sin of unbelief. The original sin of the fall was rooted in unbelief in God’s goodness and goodwill.  The sin of unbelief is the root sin of all moral sin. The sin of unbelief is the sin that condemns people to eternal death. Many place a great emphasis on moral sin. Bad as it is moral sin is not the central sin issue. The central issue and root of all sin is the sin of unbelief; unbelief in a good, kind and loving God who is “Abba” Father to His children.

 

THOSE WHO BELIEVE ARE FORGIVEN

Act 10:43  All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”

Act 13:39  Through him everyone who believes is set free from every sin, a justification you were not able to obtain under the law of Moses.

Act 13:39  Through him everyone who believes is set free from every sin, a justification you were not able to obtain under the law of Moses.

There is a direct link between belief and the forgiveness of sins.

 

RIGTHEOUNESS IS FOR THOSE WHO BELIEVE

Rom 3:22  This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.

Rom 4:11  Abraham received circumcision as a sign, a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised. So then, he is the father of all who believe but have not been circumcised, in order that righteousness might be credited to them.

Rom 4:3  What does Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”

Rom 4:24  but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness–for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead.

Rom 10:4  Christ is the culmination of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.

Righteousness; our right standing with God, cannot be obtained through our works or self effort. Right standing with God comes about though belief in the gospel in which the righteousness of God is revealed (Ro.1:17). God’s righteousness is by His grace and is received by faith and belief in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour.

 

THERE THOSE WHO ARE SAVED, AND, UNBELIEVERS WHO ARE PERISHING

2Co 4:3  And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. 2Co 4:4  The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

2Co 6:14  Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? 2Co 6:15  What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever?

Rev 21:8  But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars–they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”

New Testament scriptures clearly distinguishes between “believers” who are saved and who have received eternal life, and “unbelievers” who are lost and condemned to eternal death. The call on every believer is to reach out to unbelievers with the good news of God’s love, grace and the wonderful gift of salvation.

 

THERE ARE CHILDREN OF EVIL

Joh 10:26  you do not believe because you are not my sheep.

Mat 23:15  Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, pretenders (hypocrites)! For you travel over sea and land to make a single proselyte, and when he becomes one [a proselyte], you make him doubly as much a child of hell (Gehenna) as you are.

Mat 23:33  You serpents! You spawn (offspring) of vipers! How can you escape the penalty to be suffered in hell (Gehenna)?

Joh 8:44  You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires.

Mat 13:38  The field is the world, and the good seed means the children of the kingdom; the darnel is the children of the evil one,

Act 13:10  And said, You master in every form of deception and recklessness, unscrupulousness, and wickedness, you son of the devil

All of humankind are created in God’s likeness (Gen.1:26) but not all are “children of God” (Joh.1:12). All people have prophetic potential through Jesus Christ to become children of God, as God’s desire is to adopt all those who respond to His grace into His eternal family (Rom 8:9 &15). A defining characteristic of the “children of God” is that they believe and trust in God. Those who do not believe are not God’s children and yet with repentance (a change of mind and heart). In a sense God is out to plunder the “family” (followers) of the evil one and his kingdom of darkness and adopt them into His family.

1Ti 2:3  For such is good and right, and pleasing and acceptable to God our Savior, 1Ti 2:4  Who wishes all men to be saved and to perceive and recognize and discern and know precisely and correctly the Truth.

GRACE AND BELIEF GO TOGETHER

Act 18:27  When Apollos wanted to go to Achaia, the brothers and sisters encouraged him and wrote to the disciples there to welcome him. When he arrived, he was a great help to those who by grace had believed.

 

THE HOLY SPIRIT AND POWER COMES ONLY TO THOSE WHO BELIEVE

Eph 1:13  And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit,

Joh 7:38  Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”

Joh 7:39  By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Joh 11:25  Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die.

Eph 1:19  his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength

Those who believe in the good news of the gospel of grace are sealed with the Holy Spirit who comes to live within them. The Holy Spirit can touch unbelievers but He only indwells those who believe and are “born again” (regenerated) by the Spirit of God (1Pet.1:23). It is through the indwelling presence of the Spirit that believers receive the power for ministry to reach out in love to the lost.

 

OUR MISSION IS TO PREACH TO GET PEOPLE TO BELIEVE AND RECEIVE LIFE NOW AND ETERNALLY

Rom 10:10  For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved….Rom 10:14  How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?

1Co 1:21  For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.

Act 18:8  Crispus, the synagogue leader, and his entire household believed in the Lord; and many of the Corinthians who heard Paul believed and were baptized.

People cannot be saved unless they hear the good news and believe. We are all called to mission. We who are saved, are saved only by grace and it is a grace that needs to be shared. When we see someone lost and in sin our attitude needs to be one of love and compassion and  “there but for the grace of God goes me!”  Our mission is to preach the good news of “Abba Fathers” love and grace and call all people to be saved and “born again”. Any doctrine that opposes this call plays into the hands of the evil one who would keep humankind in blindness (2Co.4:4) and darkness.

Eph 5:8  For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord.

 

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