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God has positive answers to our self negativity

You say: “It’s impossible.”  God says: All things are possible. (Luke 18:27)

You say: “I’m too tired.”  God says: I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28-30)

You say: “Nobody really loves me.”  God says: I love you. (John 3:16 & John 13:34)

You say: “I can’t go on.” God says: My grace is sufficient. (II Corinthians 12:9 & Psalm 91:15)

You say: “I can’t figure things out.”  God says: I will direct your steps. (Proverbs 3:5-6)

You say: “I can’t do it.”  God says: You can do all things. (Philippians 4:13)

You say: “I’m not able.”   God says: I am able. (II Corinthians 9:8)

You say: “It’s not worth it.”  God says: It will be worth it. (Roman 8:28)

You say: “I can’t forgive myself.” God says: I forgave you. (I John 1:9 & Romans 8:1)

You say: “I can’t manage.”  God says: I will supply all your needs. (Philippians 4:19)

You say: “I’m afraid.”  God says: I have not given you a spirit of fear. (II Timothy 1:7)

You say: “I’m always worried and frustrated.”  God says: Cast all your cares on me (I Peter 5:7)

You say: “I don’t have enough faith.”  God says: I’ve given everyone a measure of faith. (Romans12:3)

You say: “I’m not smart enough.”  God says: I give you wisdom. (I Corinthians 1:30)

You say: “I feel all alone.”  God says: I will never leave you or forsake you. (Hebrews13:5)

You say”” I feel unworthy.”  God says: I have made you righteous (2Co.5:21)

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Intimate with Jesus

bride1Are you ready for even more intimacy with Jesus?

The cross has removed every obstacle and clothed us in white – we are the bride of Christ. We have oneness with him by the Spirit. That’s grace . (And…this is not just for the ladies – it’s OK guys you can handle this imagery too.)
Song of Songs 1:2-4 Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth– for your love is more delightful than wine. Pleasing is the fragrance of your perfumes; your name is like perfume poured out. No wonder the young women love you! Take me away with you–let us hurry! bride5Let the king bring me into his chambers. We rejoice and delight in you; we will praise your love more than wine. How right they are to adore you! 
Rev 19:7-8 The marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.

 

Jesus is not just looking for us to know about him or just to have faith in him. He wants us to know that we are one with him, like a husband and wife. Intimate intertwined lives full of love, grace and safety as Jesus, our husband cares for us.

This is not talked about much, I think because men find the bride type imagery hard to relate to. But in fact it’s very similar to the picture the Scripture use of us, both men and women being son of God (Ro.8:17), something for the ladies to get their heads around.

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Abba is faithful

Abba is faithful. No matter how hard our circumstances,we hope and trust in him. His love and grace are sufficient, so we hang in there, we are not alone, we are one with Jesus and one with his Body, the Church, signed sealed and guaranteed by the Spirit and the blood of the New Covenant. Praise him today for we are his beloved. Let joy and hope raise up within:  Psalm 108:1-4  My heart, O God, is steadfast; I will sing and make music with all my soul. Awake, harp and lyre! I will awaken the dawn. I will praise you, LORD, among the nations; I will sing of you among the peoples. For great is your love, higher than the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let your glory be over all the earth.
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FINDING JESUS IN THE OLD TESTAMENT

FINDING JESUS IN THE OLD TESTAMENT:
When reading the Old Testament we should be looking for shadows and types (Heb.10:1) of Jesus: His Cross, His Kingdom, His Church, His New Covenant, His Gospel of Grace.

The Old Testament is not a book of laws and principles to live by, but actually an Exposer of mankind’s need to be saved and Gods plan for salvation through Jesus Christ.
If you read with Spiritual eyes you will see prophetic symbols and types of Jesus everywhere in the Old Testament.

Jesus said “The scriptures are about me”. They always point to Jesus in someway (Jn5:39), this should be the way we use them. You will find that if you read the scriptures in this way and in this spirit , to seek Jesus and His grace, they will come alive and make so much more sense.
Jesus is the key to unlocking the Bible – by the revelation of the Spirit.
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We should value the whole of the scriptures, but interpret the Old by the New Testament, not the other way around. Be prepared to spend time to look and see, you will be greatly blessed.

I will be sending out some examples from time to time which I hope will excite you and provoke you to spend more time finding Jesus in the Bible and seeing the link between the Old and New…

Be blessed.
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Here’s an example : (Numbers 2:1-34)

The Cross found in Israel’s camp.

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Map out the way Israel was called to set up camp around the Tabernacle and you will see hat from above they would have looked like a cross. A constant reminder to God of His Son and His grace towards this sinful people. See the symbolism?

Coming Next: Ezekiel 1 reveals the glorified Jesus??

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A LIST OF THE THINGS GOD SAYS I AM

BY JESUS’ GRACE I AM……

Matt. 5: 13.       I am the salt of the earth.

Matt.5: 14.        I am the light of the world.

John 1: 12.         I am a child of God and part of His family. (Rom.8: 16).

John 15: 1-5.     I am part of the true vine, a channel of Christ’s life.

John 15: 15.      I am Christ’s friend.

John 15: 16.      I am chosen and appointed by Christ to bear His fruit.

Rom.6: 18.         I am a slave of righteousness.

Rom.8:14-15.    I am a son of God and God is my Father. (Gal.3: 26 and 4: 6).

Romans 8: 17.   I am a joint heir with Christ, sharing His inheritance with Him.

1 Cor.3: 16       I am a temple (home) of God. His Spirit (His life) dwells in me. (1Co.6:19)

1 Cor.6: 17.        I am joined to the Lord and am one spirit with Him.

1 Cor.12: 27.      I am a member of Christ’s body. (Eph.5: 30).

2Cor.5: 17.         I am a new creation and a new person.

2Cor.5: 18-19.   I am reconciled to God and am a minister of reconciliation.

Gal.3: 26-28.      I am a son of God and one in Christ.

Gal.4:  6-7.         I am an heir of God since I am a son of God.

Eph.1: 1.             I am a saint (1 Cor.1: 2)(Phil.1: 1)(Col. 1: 2).

Eph.2: 10.           I am God’s workmanship handiwork created anew in Christ to do His work

Eph.2: 19.           I am a fellow citizen with the rest of God’s people in His family.

Eph.3: 1             I am a prisoner of Christ (Eph.4:1).

Eph.4: 24.           I am righteous and holy.

Phil.3: 20.           I am a citizen of heaven right now. (Eph.2: 6).

Col.3: 3.              I am Hidden with Christ in God.

Col.3: 4.              I am an expression of the life of Christ because He is my life.

Col.3: 12.            I am chosen of God, holy, and dearly beloved.

1Thes.1: 4.         I am chosen and dearly loved of God.

1Thes.5: 5.        I am a son of light and not of darkness.

Heb.3: 1.            I am a holy brother, partaker of a heavenly calling.

Heb.3: 14.          I am a partaker of Christ….I share in His life.

1Pet.2: 5.           I am one of God’s living stones and being built up, in Christ, as a spiritual house.

1Pet.2: 9-10.    I am a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession

1Pet.2: 11.        I am an alien and stranger to this world I temporarily live in.

1Pet.5: 8.          I am an enemy of the devil.

1John3: 1-2.     I am now a child of God and will resemble Christ when He returns.

1John5: 18.       I am born of God and the evil one cannot touch me.

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WHY ASK WHY- WHEN GOD HAS DONE SUCH GREAT THINGS

WHY ASK WHY? – WHEN GOD HAS DONE GREAT THINGS FOR US.
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)
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)
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).
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).
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).
Why should I doubt or lack faith knowing that “God has allotted to each a measure of faith?” (Romans 12: 3).
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).
Why should I focus on my sins when God says “Heb 10:17 Then he adds: “Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.” (Heb.10:17)
Why should I focus on The Law when the Bible says Rom 6:15 ..we are not under law but under grace? (Ro.6:15)
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).
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).
Why should I lack wisdom when “Christ became to us wisdom from God” and “God gives wisdom to all men generously and without reproach who asks Him for it?” (James 1: 5).
Why should I be depressed when I can recall to my mind and therefore have hope that “the Lord’s loving-kindnesses indeed never fail, for his compassions never ever fail. They are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness?” (Lam.3: 21-23).
Why should I worry and fret when I can “Cast all my anxiety on Christ, because He cares for me?” (1Peter 5: 7).
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).
Why should I feel condemned when the Bible says “There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8: 1)
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).
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).
Why should I be discontented when, like Paul, I can ”Learn to be content in whatever circumstances I am?” (Phil.4: 11).
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).
Why should I ever have a persecution complex, for “If God be for me, who can be against me? (Rom8: 31).
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).
Why should I feel a failure when, “In all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us?” (Romans8: 37).
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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GRACE – A LICENCE TO SIN?

Question: Why, O why, do you who oppose Jesus’ grace claim that preaching grace is a license to sin when the scriptures teach the exact opposite?
Rom 6:14  Sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace. What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means!

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CARNAL LOGIC

1Co 2:14  The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.
It’s because Jesus’ grace is offensive to carnal, soulish, thinking (1Co.1:12-16) and can only be accepted in one’s spirit by the Spirit. God’s grace always offends and confuses all who ultimately exalt carnal knowledge and logic above Spirit revealed, scriptural, truth. There is no worldly logic in God’s grace. No logic in the fact that God himself died for Sin and freely pardons ALL our sins.  This is because it’s God’s heavenly wisdom, thinking and His ways are simply not man’s ways. God’s way of Grace offends the flesh and fleshy thinking but exalts the Spirit within that reveals the deep truths found in Christ alone and confirmed by the scriptures.

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SIN IS BAD AND DESTRUCTIVE

Rom 6:1 What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase?  By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?
Please hear me everyone… Sin is evil, destructive and harms us all. No one is sayings sin is good and no one is handing out licenses to sin. Anyone claiming that teachers of Jesus’ Grace are saying sin is OK and sin doesn’t matter, are simply confused or at worst, lying. What we are saying that sin isn’t our focus and obsession anymore -Jesus is.

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ANTI-LAW? – NO!

Rom 3:20 No one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin….. Rom 5:20  The law was brought in so that sin might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more.
Are we anti the law. In no way! We are not anti the Law, we uphold the Law as the Law is good and powerful when used for its correct purpose. i.e. To emphasis and expose sin, especially the sin of self righteousness, and lead Sinners and Pharisees to Jesus and His Grace. We are anti the misuse of the Law which harms and condemns believers. At the moment the Law is being misused by many, as a means of bulling and controlling believers, as a tool for maintaining justification and sanctification and for instilling fear into believer’s lives – all of which is error.

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GRACE IS GOD’S SOLUTION FOR SIN

Tit 2:12 Grace teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age…. Rom 6:14  Sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.
In some Christian circles, grace has become a swear word. But despite all this opposition to grace, let’s be clear – whether you like it or not, the Bible teaches that God’s solution for sin is His Grace released through the cross. Not our moralizing, not our ranting again sin, not our legalizing, not self righteousness, not our own logic and strength and not our denial of God’s grace – its Jesus’ grace alone that has dealt with Sin and empowers us to live righteous lives.

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WORKS RELIGION

Heb 9:14  How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
It may be that those who won’t fully accept the gospel of God’s Grace needs go elsewhere with their law gospel. There’s a Mosque or an Orthodox Synagogue near you and the self righteous feel very comfortable there –  living by laws, rules and regulations. I believe they are looking for good law preachers….but seriously brothers, don’t abandoned the Gospel of Grace, God needs us to share the Good News, not the bad news of Law, works and condemnation.

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A LICENSE OF FREEDOM

2Co 3:15  Even to this day when Moses is read (i.e. The Law), a veil covers their hearts.  But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.  Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
I know freedom scares law preachers, because at the end of the day they don’t believe the Word in the New Testament scriptures or the Holy Spirit’s ability within believers to do the work of holiness. They believe more in the power of sin than the power of the Cross. But where the Spirit of The Lord is there is freedom. In Christ, we preach HIS gospel of Grace and Kingdom (Acts 20:24) and we handout licenses of freedom from sin. The bold print is clear: We are forgiven and have freedom from the slavery to both sin and death. We are now citizens of a new Kingdom, with a new King – and by His Spirit we live.

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NO SMALL PRINT

On a Grace License, signed with the blood of Jesus, there’s no hidden, horrible, legal conditions written in small print, so we are not afraid of being deceived or dragged off to court again. The conditions are clear, we are free, forgiven and now under Jesus’ grace and beloved children of the Father.

Finally, let’s proclaim the good news; “Sin is no longer my master, because I’m under Jesus’ grace”. The question is for all of us: “Is sin still my master?” If so turn away from your dead works and unbelief, be humble, repent and accept Jesus’ free gift of Grace and forgiveness today.

Be blessed and loved.
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THE BOOK OF HEBREWS – CORRECTLY USED

The book of Hebrews is a wonderful letter written to the Jewish believers, probably living in Jerusalem. It declares the glorious divinity of Jesus, His eternal heavenly priesthood on our behalf, the finished work of the Cross, the sufficiency and uniqueness of His blood and the Grace of a new and better Covenant. It is an important letter for us all, in that establishes the replacing of the Old Mosaic Law Covenant by a New Covenant of Jesus’ Grace along with the foundational truth that no other sacrifice except that of Jesus, is effective in dealing with sin.

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Heb 1:3 “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven”.

 

THE MISUNDERSTANDING OF KEY SCRIPTURES IN HEBREWS

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Sadly, some parts of the book of Hebrews have been badly misunderstood and are being widely misused and quoted out of context by those who oppose The Gospel of Grace (Acts.20:24). Therefore, we need to be clear on how to rebuff these arguments that undermine the sufficiency and the finished work of the cross and rob Jesus of His glory. Certain scriptures from Hebrews, quoted in isolation can lead to condemnation, a lack of confidence and a waning assurance in the enduring sufficiency of the Cross. These scriptures need clarification in light of our foundational New Covenant beliefs that we are saved only by grace through faith and not by works (i), that we  proclaim the Gospel of Grace (ii), the Spirit of Grace (Heb.10:29) and Jesus’ New Covenant (Heb:10:16-17).

THE BATTLE BETWEEN GRACE AND LAW

Firstly, we must again reiterate that one of the major issues addressed by all the letters of the New Testament was the division in the Early Church between those who believed Jesus’ work on the cross to be sufficient for all sin and those that wanted to add Mosaic Law and religious rules to the Cross. Basically the fight was between two opposing camps….
1) Salvation and living by Jesus’ Grace alone.
2) A mixing of Grace and Laws.

This battle arose because the Early Church was made up of two distinct groups, Jews and Gentiles, both of whom had strong but opposing cultures. For more detail on these divisions see the teaching The context of Pauls letters. By the way the battle between Law and Grace still continues today.

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THE CONTEXT OF HEBREWS

The first thing that maybe a revelation to many modern Christians is that the letter of Hebrews was written to Jews and not to Gentile  – I’m stating the obvious, that’s why it’s called Hebrews. Unlike most of the letters (except James) it was not addressed to a specific church, to an individual believer or to the saints (meaning born again believers) but to Jews of various beliefs with regard to Jesus who were influencing the church in Jerusalem. This is a crucial point to understand as it was written to a specific people, the Jews interested in,  or  to committed to Jesus, for a specific purpose of bringing them free from the Law, their traditions and the Temple sacrifices. However as I said before it is also an important book for everyone, especially in the African context where many false teachers are mixing Christianity with ancestor veneration and animal sacrifices, just like the Jews of Paul time.

TO JEWS WITH CHRISTIAN LEANINGS

The tone of the book of Hebrews indicates that it is addressed to a mixed bunch who were either Christian or dappling in Christianity. Today there are many Jews who identify themselves as Christians, or with Jesus teachings, and still maintain their Jewish cultural identity. These Jewish background believers as well as Messianic congregations can be found throughout the world. Praise God! The common thread is that they all recognize Jesus as the Jewish Messiah. However as in Paul’s day, within the modern Jewish Christian / Messianic camp there are many different beliefs with regard to what it means to follow Jesus, who Jesus is, what He did on the cross and how this affects a Jews obligation to both Jewish cultural traditions and the Law of Moses.

In Paul’s day, we have shown in the link above, that there was a huge debate going on over these very issues. Even Peter, James and Barnabas, who like Paul all grew up as Jews, fell into error and sometimes even came out against Paul’s “grace only” teaching.

MIXED BELIEFS ABOUT JESUS

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Like today, the Jewish “Christians” of Paul’s time had a mixed bag of beliefs about Jesus. Many knew about Jesus, but did not know Jesus as Lord and Savior – they were not “Born Again” (Jn.3:3) and not all were saved despite their interest in Jesus. Even some of his closest disciples did not fully understand who Jesus was and eventually fell away. Here are some of the beliefs the Jews had about Jesus, some of which The Book of Hebrews was correcting.

  1. Like Moses, Jesus was a powerful and good Jewish Rabbi (teacher) – but nothing more (iii).
  2. He was the Messiah /Savior that would save Israel from Rome’s occupation and establish the final Messianic Jewish Kingdom (iv).
  3. He was the prophet Moses had spoken of – but not the Son of God (v).
  4. He was the Son of God to be worshipped (vi).
  5. He was the Lamb of God that would take away the sin of the world (vii).
  6. He was a God given sacrifice to unite Israel (viii)
  7. A blasphemer and false prophet (ix).

The Jews in Jerusalem were struggling and many had their feet in both camps, Christianity and Legalistic Judaism. Hebrews tries to draw them fully into Christ.

(To give you a taste of what some Messianic Jews believe here is a link to a Messianic fellowship in Israel Shema- what is Messianic Judaism?)

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THE JEWISH ISSUES ADDRESSED IN HEBREWS

The general themes of the book of Hebrews are:-

Chapter 1: Jesus was divine and provided a finished atonement for sin (1:3)

Chapter 2:  A call for the Jews to pay attention and receive Jesus’ salvation (2:3).

Chapter 3: Jesus is greater than Moses, but the Jews had hardened their heart to the gospel and were still in the sin of unbelief (3:12).

Chapter 4: Like their forefathers were still trying to obtain their righteousness by works (4:10) instead of accepting and resting in the finished work of the cross (Ro.9:31-10:4).

Chapter 5: They were spiritual infants, they did not understand that true righteousness is a gift received by faith (5:13).

Chapter 6:  Many of these Jews had heard the gospel and knew the doctrines of Christ and they had seen the Holy Spirit’s miracles. Sadly they still chose Moses Law and the Temple’s animal sacrifices over Jesus’ sacrifice. Having known what Jesus had done on the Cross and then rejecting it for another sacrifice, they could not have their minds changed (6:4). To repentant actually means to change one’s mind and actions and this they refused to do, they would not give up their animal sacrifices. They may have followed Jesus as a Rabbi but they would not accept his sacrifice for their sins and therefore were lost – and in fact were never saved in the first place.

Chapter 7: They were still following the Levitical Priests in the Temple and seeking perfection through the Law instead of righteousness though Jesus, our Eternal High Priest in heaven.

Chapter 8: These Jews were being called to let go of the Old Mosaic Covenant and fully embrace Jesus’ New Covenant in which their sins are totally forgiven (8:12).

Chapter 9: These Jews were rejecting Jesus’ blood sacrifice and still attending the Temple sacrifices (9:12). They were basically claiming that the blood of Jesus was not good enough and they could not enter into Jesus’ salvation because they could not let go of the Laws animal sin sacrifices that were so much part of their traditional culture.

Chapter 10: Here the Law is declared as set aside by the New Covenant (10:9). Those Jews who kept sinning through unbelief, despite knowing the good news of Jesus’ gospel – cannot be saved (10:26). Anyone rejecting grace and Jesus’ blood as sufficient is eternally condemned (10:26-29).

Chapter 11: These Jews are reminded that the father of the Jewish people was Abraham who received righteousness by faith (11:6). Their father was not Moses who taught righteousness by Law – which always failed to produce righteousness.

Chapter 12: The Jews are reminded that the sin of unbelief had always hindered Israel and the Lord had often disciplined and punished them for it (12:5) and yet they still rejected Him (12:14). They were now called to leave the Law given on Mount Sinai and come into the New Covenant through Jesus blood (12:24).

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WE CANNOT LOOSE OUR SALVATION IF TRULY SAVED

Hebrews 6:6 and 10:26 are often misquoted to teach that if a Christian backslides or deliberately sins, they lose their salvation. It can be seen that when they are taken in their correct context these scriptures mean neither of these things. Using these scriptures in this incorrect way shows a complete misunderstanding of God’s Grace, righteousness, the work of the cross and how we are saved in the first place. Our salvation is not and never was, conditional on our performance (i) or our self righteousness. Salvation has and will always be God unearned and undeserved gift of God’s love to all who would take hold of it in faith. If salvation is based on our performance then we are all lost (x) because at some point in our lives, if we are honest, we may either backslide or may intentionally sin – without grace, no one is righteous, so if we say we haven’t or won’t then we are deceived and are self righteous.

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The parable of the Prodigal son (Luke 15:22) clearly teaches that the Father never lets His sons go, once a son always a son, even if you reject being a son. We may be unfaithful to God but he will never be unfaithful to us. He will never let’s those who are truly saved walk away, it’s no longer our choice. We no longer live but Christ lives in us (xi), we are now an inseparable part of Him. We are sealed eternally by the Holy Spirit (xii).

RESCUED BUT THEN THROWN TO THE SHARKS

Teaching that we can lose our salvation is like a Coast Guard who rescues his own son from drowning only later to throw him back in the sea because he behaves badly or is not grateful enough. Come on, God’s not like that.

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So brothers and sisters, be of good cheer and get rid of any doubt that you can lose your salvation, it’s a lie that denies the effectiveness of the Cross and God’s unconditional love. If you are a “back slider” or have deliberately sinned and allowed that to separate you from God, call out to the Father and receive His forgiveness and love once again. He will empower you in grace to hold the course and say no to sin.

Be loved and blessed, Jesus is Lord!

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THE SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES

(i)                  Eph 2:8  For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—Eph 2:9  not by works, so that no one can boast.

(ii)                Act 20:24  However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace. Act 20:25  “Now I know that none of you among whom I have gone about preaching the kingdom will ever see me again.

(iii)               Joh.3:2  He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the miraculous signs you are doing if God were not with him.”

(iv)              Act 1:6  So when they met together, they asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”

(v)                Joh 6:66  From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.

(vi)              Mat 14:33  Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

(vii)             Joh 1:29  The next day John the Baptist saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!

(viii)           Joh 11:49  Then one of them, named Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, spoke up, “You know nothing at all! Joh 11:50  You do not realize that it is better for you that one man die for the people than that the whole nation perish.” Joh 11:51  He did not say this on his own, but as high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the Jewish nation, Joh 11:52  and not only for that nation but also for the scattered children of God, to bring them together and make them one.

(ix)              Mat 26:63  Tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God.” Mat 26:64  “Yes, it is as you say,” Jesus replied. “But I say to all of you: In the future you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.”Mat 26:65  Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, “He has spoken blasphemy! Why do we need any more witnesses? Look, now you have heard the blasphemy.

(x)                Rom 3:9  What shall we conclude then? Are we any better? Not at all! We have already made the charge that Jews and Gentiles alike are all under sin. Rom 3:10  As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one.

(xi)              Gal 2:20  I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

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

 

 

 

 

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NINE PRACTICAL STEPS TO LIVING IN VICTORY

NINE PRACTICAL STEPS TO LIVING IN VICTORY

As a born again, Spirit filled Believer, establish yourself by renewing the way you think. Believe the following truths and you will find that Satan will just fade away and try elsewhere.

1) BE MATURE AND ACCEPT THAT YOU ARE PERFECTLY RIGHTEOUS

Rom.4:6-8  David says the same thing when he speaks of the blessedness of the man to whom God credits righteousness apart from works: 
Heb 5:13  Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. 

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Understanding what true  Righteousness is – the key to Grace and Kingdom living.
Be mature. Immature infants cannot overcome but adults can fight.
Believe you are Right with God in every way.
Believe that you are free from all religious laws, are Righteous and this gives you a Right to peace and joy Rom.14:17 .
Believe your Righteousness is not based on your actions but on the faith of Jesus.
When attacked always declare the truth “I am Righteous in Christ”!

2) STOP LIVING UNDER LAW

1Co. 15:55-58  ”Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.  But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. 

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Understand that we are in a New Covenant of Grace and not the Old Covenant of Law.
Stop mixing the two, believe you are free from the Law.
Understand that Believers who live by rules, regulations and the Law give sin, death and Satan rights.
Ask the Holy Spirit to show you where you are living legalistically and trying to earn God’s favour or prove yourself.

3) ESTABLISH YOURSELF IN GRACE

Rom 5:17 ….to those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness …. 
Believe you are God’s favourite!
Know that Grace is the place of God’s favour and blessing.
Establish yourself in the free gifts of Christ’s Grace and Righteousness.
Study the scriptures and seek revelation about Grace and Righteousness.
Today grace and righteousness is the KEY REVELATION that the Holy Spirit is teaching the Church.
Choose to live in Grace and reject any teaching or thought that opposes Grace and the finished work of the cross.
Reject and teaching and belief that God is out to punish you, inflict sickness or bad circumstances on you to teach you a lesson. Loving Fathers simply don’t do this to their beloved children, it’s a lie and denies the Cross where Jesus took our punishment, curse, sin and sickness.

4) RENEW YOUR THINKING

 Rom.7:23 I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members.

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2Co. 10:3-5  For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does.4  The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5  We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 
Believe don’t doubt.
Understand that most spiritual warfare is in the mind.
It’s all about repentance – which means a change of mind.
Allow the truths and promises found in the scriptures to change your thinking and renew your minds. (Rom.12:2).
Replace lies from Satan that have taken hold in your thinking with truths from the scriptures.
Reject any thinking or teaching that says Satan, death and sickness ect. have a right to afflict you, is not from God.

5) SEE THAT YOU ARE SINLESS

Rom 4:6  David says the same thing when he speaks of the blessedness of the man to whom God credits righteousness apart from works  ”Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. 

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Believe that ALL your sins are forgiven, past, present and future – without condition – you don’t to do anything further.
Understand the difference between a Sinner and a Saint. A Sinner is and unsaved person. In God’s eyes a Sinner is an un-Righteous person who is enslaved by sin. Those who are Righteous in Christ are Saints and this identity no longer dependent on your actions, either good or bad. Talk about yourself as a Saint (Heb.10:10) not a Sinner (that’s what you used to be). You may be a Saint that sometimes sins but that is different from being a Sinner who cannot help but sin. You are not sinless because you never sin,  you are sinless because God has chosen to do away with the system of keeping records of peoples sins – that is Grace.
Believe that under the New Covenant sin DOES NOT give Satan access or a rights into a born again believers life – he has been completely disarmed and his rights through sin cancelled through the cross. Under the New Covenant God’s only issue with your sinful actions is that they hurt and rob His children and others of His blessings and well being.
See that under the New Covenant God does not relate to us anymore on the basis of our sin or lack thereof, God now relates to us as sinless children who are Right with Him through Jesus.
God remember your sins no more so why should you?

6) BE CLEAR ON YOUR NEW IDENTITY

2Co 5:17  Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 
See yourself as God see you. You are now a new creation in Christ.

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See yourself as the beloved, precious child of a loving, good, generous heavenly Father who wishes you no harm and is not angry with you any longer. You have a new identity and a new Father.
Accept your inheritance as a Righteous, born again, child of God and receive God given rights. You have rights to access every good promise of the Kingdom – it is your inheritance, right now!
Don’t let Satan undermine your identity by getting you to focus on your faults, sins and actions. Remember who you are in Christ, a child of a Holy and Awesome God.

7) REJECT ALL ANXIETY AND FEAR

1Pe 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings. 
Understand that there is a strong link between anxiety, the attacks of Satan and suffering. If you are anxious and fearful, you suffer! These emotions and thoughts are all based on unbelief in God’s goodness and His free gift of Righteousness (Mat.6:32-34)
See that fear and anxiety is rooted in the sin of “Unbelief” – repent and be set free.
Allow Grace in Christ to overcome your fear and worry – it’s the key to victory over Satan.
Understand that sickness, death and poverty is rooted in unbelief and are manifestation of anxiety, fear, stress and legalistic living.
Choose to believe that we are blessed, and blessed, and blessed, in Grace through Christ (Joh1:16).

8) GET HELP FROM GRACE

Heb4:16 Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. 
Tit.2:11-12 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men.  It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.

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When we need help we can come to God without fear because we are now in a system of Grace through Jesus.
Understand that it is only Grace that enable us to live in a right way (Righteously).
See that right living is the fruit of Grace not the product of keeping laws.
When Satan attacks come to the throne where Jesus reigns and He gives us the help we need.

9) FINALLY -PUT YOUR EYES ON JESUS

Heb 12:2  Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 

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Christian living is all about Jesus so take your eyes off Satan and his evil works and fix your gaze on Jesus. The work of the cross is a finished and complete work which gives us victory – if we believe. Jesus is seated at rest in the place of favour and authority at God’s right hand, He defends us. He is beautiful, pure, loving and kind, look on Him and find peace, joy and the help you need. Apply these good news truths and see the fruit just grow naturally and without effort.
Be victorious and blessed, Garry.      www.gracelovetruth.com

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TEST FOR GRACE

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HOW DO YOU KNOW IF SOMETHING IS GRACE OR LAW?

We need to live in Jesus’ grace by the leading of the Holy Spirit. It’s important that we, God’s people, free ourselves from the ministry of the Law (i) because the Bible teaches that the Law brings condemnation and death (ii) – these manifest in passivity, depression and sickness (iii). Sadly brothers and sisters many believes are experiencing this horrible fruit of the Law, often convinced that it’s God punishing them or training them.

Because most of us have grown up with a mixture of grace and religious law, many find it hard to distinguish whether what they are hearing or thinking is rooted in grace or Law. One can’t generalize but over the years I have found  that Believers can test by asking the following questions. This simple test that will normally expose if the root is Law or Grace.

1. If it points to Jesus and what He has done for us on the cross – it’s normally grace.
If it points to you and what you should be doing for God – its normally Law.

2. If the fruit in you is condemnation or guilt – it’s Law.
If the fruit in you is freedom – it’s grace

3. If it’s about God’s judgment and punishment – it’s Law.
If it’s about God’ love and forgiveness – it’s grace.

4. If it harps on about your sinfulness – it’s Law.
If it focuses on your Christ given righteousness – it’s grace.

5. If it’s about, techniques, methods and principles – it’s Law.
If it’s about hearing and being lead by the Holy Spirit – it’s grace.

6. If it restricts or discourages you form sharing and ministering – it’s Law.
If it encourages and releases you to share and minister – it’s grace.

7. If it causes you to judge others – it’s Law.
If it causes you to see the God given potential in others – it’s grace.

8. If it from the Old Testament without pointing to Jesus or the New Covenant – it’s Law
If it reveals Jesus and the good news of His New Covenant – it’s grace.

9. If it accuses you, like Satan the accuser,- it’s Law
If it affirms you – it’s grace

10. If it’s focus is on you being God’s servant or slave – it’s Law
If it  declares you to be a beloved child of The Father, who is about the Fathers work – it’s grace.

11. If it’s about your performance  – it’s Law.
If it’s about resting in Christ – it’s grace

12. If it’s focus is you obeying – it’s Law.
If it’s about Jesus’ obedience – it’s grace.

13. If it declares you cursed – it’s Law.
If it declares you blessed – it’s grace.

14. If the focus on what you sow – it’s Law.
If the focus is on what Jesus has sown on the cross – it’s grace.

15. If it causes to to fear and run away from God – it’s Law.
If it stirs up faith and intimacy with God – it’s grace.

There are many more that I’m sure you can think of, let me know. Be wise and be discerning, test all things, including this.

Blessing and love to you in Christ.

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THE SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES

(i) Gal 3:1 You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified.  I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by observing the law, or by believing what you heard?  Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort?
(ii)Deu 28:15 However, if you do not obey the LORD your God and do not carefully follow all his commands and decrees (The Law) that I, Moses, am giving you today, all these curses will come upon you and overtake you……..
(iii) 2Co 3:7 Now if the ministry that brought death, which was engraved in letters on stone, came with glory, so that the Israelites could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of its glory, fading though it was,  will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious?  If the ministry that condemns men is glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness!

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