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The Spirit is confirming our identity in Christ

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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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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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Joy

JESUS & THE ANOINTING OF JOY

JESUS CAME TO ANOINT WITH JOY

Heb 1:9  You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy.”

Isa 61:2  to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, 3  and provide for those who grieve in Zion– to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.

(Joh 15:11) Jesus said I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12  My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.

(Joh 17:13)  “I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them.

Today, the time of God’s favour (2Co.6:2), jubilee, is the time of grace

Unmerited favour & empowerment. Grace & blessing came in Jesus (Jn.1:16-17)

I believe Jesus was the most joyful person who ever lived….full of the Spirits joy (Lk.10:21)

Jesus had fun: e.g. Wedding feast. A boat load of fish. Multiplying food. Walking on water. Reading people thoughts etc.

 

JESUS GREAT EXCHANGE OF THE NEW COVENANT

(Jer.31:13)  Then young women will dance and be glad, young men and old as well. I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow…. (v33) the New Covenant

Joh 16:20  Very truly I tell you, you will weep and mourn (have sorrow (KJV)) while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy.

Part of the great exchange of the cross. He became a man of sorrow so we can have joy.

Sorrow was part of the fall – women give birth in sorrow.

 

PERSONAL JOY IS A GREAT BLESSING

Neh 8:10  Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”

The anointing is one of joy. Joy is a great blessing. Being joyful is a strength. A manifestation of presence.

We have a lot to be joyful about: forgiven, immortal, union, blessed….. all the promises.

 

HOLY SPIRIT PRODUCES JESUS JOY AS A CHARACTER

Act 13:52  And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.

(Gal.5:18) Led by the Spirit…..  (v22) the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace…….

1Th 1:6  You became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you welcomed the message in the midst of severe suffering with the joy given by the Holy Spirit.

1Pe 1:8  Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy.

It’s all about presence, God in us, God upon us, hidden in Christ, abiding in Him, alive in Christ (Gal.2:20)….

There is an emotion of joy, but also a fruit – joy becomes part of the Christian character, and it’s wonderful and attractive!

The Spirit in us produces a joyful character within, the Spirit on us imparts joy without.

 

THE COURT FOOL

(1CO.4:9) We have been made a spectacle to the whole universe, to angels as well as to men. 10 We are fools for Christ, but you are so wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are honored, we are dishonored!

(1CO.1:26) Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.

One day the Lord asked me “Garry will you be a fool for Christ? Because people will mock & laugh at your childlikeness, your laughter, your simplicity- especially fellow (wise) Christians“.

It’s interesting that in the old days the king would have a Court Fool (a Jester) who was there to bring joy to the king and comfort him when things were getting the king down. The interesting thing is that because the Court Fool was normally looked down upon and scorned  by the court nobles, he was the “kings man” because he did not side with one faction or another (as he was not considered insignificant by those who plotted intrigue and formed factions) and because he was devoted to the king. Because of this the “Fool” was trusted by the king and knew the kings inner most secrets and struggles. He was often sent as a neutral ambassador for the king when messages needed to be passed discretely to visiting people of power or to help defuse a dangerous situation. A Fool was one that had overcome his pride and self consciousness, one who was prepared to do anything to bring the king joy. He laid down his own agenda and ambitions to serve the king at all times, he dwelt in the house of the king and was on call all hours. The Fool was looked down upon, mocked and scorned by the “wise” for his simple childlike devotion to the king, some may have even considered him mad or simple. But the Fool who laid down his pride, enjoy a relationship of intimacy with the king that few others ever knew.

 

THE LINK BETWEEN JESUS, GRACE, RIGTEOUSNESS AND JOY

Rom 5:21  so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness

1Co 1:30  It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God–that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.

Rom 1:17  For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed–a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”

Isa 61:3 We are Oaks of righteousness

Knowing we are right with God through Jesus is the foundation of joy – it’s all a gift of grace

 

JESUS’ KINGDOM, RIGHTEOUSNESS & JOY

Mat 6:33  But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

Rom 14:17  For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit,  18  because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God.

The missing link: Spirit righteousness that produces joy and carefree attitude.

Kingdom living is joyful living.

The kingdom came by the Spirit and people thought they were drunk (Acts 2:15)

Be filled with the Spirit and sing heart songs (Eph5: 10) ….. sounds like a spiritual drunkeness –  not wine drunkeness

Psa 23:5  You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

Joy is spiritual warfare – we laugh at the enemies schemes

 

LAUGHTER AND JOY IN THE CHURCH

Psa 126:2  (Zion) Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, “The LORD has done great things for them.” 3  The LORD has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.

Luk 6:21  Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh.

Laughter is the most common and natural expression of joy

It’s real medicine – we all need to smile and laugh a lot – it has physiological and phycological affect

Laughing people are healthier people, attractive people.

Abraham our spiritual father was righteous by faith…. he knew the gospel from the king of righteousness.

His son, his only son, his son of the promise; Isaac = He who laughs

 

LAUGHTER & MANIFESTAIONS

There are many examples of physical signs or manifestations throughout the bible. In fact the bible teaches that we can expect signs to accompany the preaching of the Gospel and the presence of God among us. Sometimes these signs may appear strange to people watching.

(Gen.15:12) Abraham fell into a deep sleep…. and the Lord spoke to him

(Ezek.3:23) God’s glory came and Ezekiel fell down… and the Lord spoke to him.

(1Sam19:24) King Saul lays down and prophesies non-stop for 24 hours.

(Daniel 10: 8-17) In the presence of a visitation Daniel lost his strength, fell down, trembled all over, experienced fear, was unable to speak, and was unable to breath properly.

(John 18:6) When Jesus spoke, people involuntarily fell to the ground.

(Acts 9:4) When Paul heard Jesus’ voice he involuntarily fell down.

(Rev. 1:17) John fell down when Jesus appeared to him.

(Jeremiah 5:22) Says that we can expect to tremble in God’s presence.

(Jeremiah 23:9) When God’s word is preached Jeremiah trembled and appeared to be drunk.

(Habakkuk 3:16) He heard God’s word, his heart pounded, his legs trembled and he got weak.

(Acts 2:15) When the Holy Spirit came at Pentecost the disciples appeared to be drunk.

(Eph. 5:18) Paul equates the experience of being filled with the Spirit to that of being drunk.

(Neh. 8:9) People wept as scripture was read.

(Psalm 126:2) People who have been set free laugh and sing for joy.

(Mat. 3:11) Jesus baptizes us with the Holy Spirit and fire, where there is spiritual fire, we can expect to get hot.

 

MANIFESTATIONS ARE HISTORICAL

The personal diaries and journals of great men and women of the Church record such signs.

Jonathan Edwards the main leader of the Great Awakening in America (1725-1760) in The Distinguishing Marks of a Work of the Spirit of God records in detail such physical signs coming upon people as he preached.

John Wesley (founder of the Methodists) and his close friend George Whitefield were both amazed at such things happening as they preached. Whitefield noted people having a type of “harmless convulsion” and other strange physical manifestations.

Charles Finney (1792-1875) one of the greatest 19th century evangelists also recalls such physical signs coming upon people as he evangelized.

George Fox (1624-1691) founded the Quakers – why do you think they were called Quakers? His journals are full of amazing physical signs as God’s power was released.

Charles H. Spurgeon says in his Autobiography p124 that “there is as much holiness in a laugh as in a cry…. I may laugh the laugh of sarcasm against sin”

  1. Martyn Llyod-Jones states in Revival p134-136 that in the presence of God people may fall, faint, go into trances, become unconscious.

Quakers and Shakers (org.17thcentuary) were called by this name because of their shaking and trembling.

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