Monthly Archives: December 2013

2014 A YEAR OF FAVOR NOT LAWS

Most of Paul’s letters were addressed to two distinct camps that divided the churches. Jewish background Christians who  mixed grace with Law. And Gentile believers with a Pagan background who accepted grace without the need for the Jewish Law.

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Paul never taught that those in Christ should come under the Law, he taught that we can live moral and righteous lives by the Spirit and in by loving.
We all desire right actions. Amen to that. But the scriptures make it perfectly clear that keeping rules and laws can never be the root of righteous living and actions -as Israel discovered over and over (Rom.9).

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The Law (the 10 commandments etc.) does have value – in exposing self righteousness and religious hypocrisy i.e. it reminds us ALL that we sin and in our self effort we all fall short of God Holiness and therefore continually need God’s grace and love. Those who think they can mix grace and Law are mistaken , just like Israel was.
Thank God, Jesus opened up a new way of living:- Rom.6:14 “For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace”.
It is only His grace, empowering us by the Spirit to love, that can fulfill the law. (Rom.13:10) and God’s Holy standards. We don’t need religious rules and laws in the New Covenant – we have the Spirit and grace. Both of which we have in overflowing abundance through Jesus whose Spirit lives in us.
Be confident that you are a blessed child of God and let 2014 be the year of grace and the Spirit. And see the abundant LIFE flow.

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CONFESSION

John 2:12.  I write to you, dear children, because your sins have been forgiven on account of his name.
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Confession of the sins that burden us is helpful and needful as it can help us off load our burdens of guilt and condemnation, heal relationships with others, and share with God the issues we need help with.  However, we need to be clear in our understanding of confession: For a believer confession is no longer a prerequisite for God’s on going forgiveness.

When we came to Christ we repented of our old life style and confessed our sin. We recognized our need to be saved from Sin and death. Now that we are in Christ  ALL our sins are dealt with, past, present and future. The salvation and blood of Jesus is totally and permanently effective: we are forgiven, righteous and have eternal life. God no longer see us in Sin, He no longer calls us sinners, but sons. This is the offense the cross and His grace.

Sadly there is a false teaching which says that sin separates believers  from God. It goes even further and says that if a believer dies without having confessed their current sins, they lose their salvation. Think about it, not only is this absurd but it totally denies the finished work of the cross, God’s sovereignity and God’s grace. It would mean that our sinful actions are more powerful than Jesus’ atonement and righteousness which was imputed to us by faith when we chose to repent and believe.

The above cartoon shows in real and practical terms the absurdity of  wrong thinking  that makes our salvation conditional on our ongoing confession of  sins. This wrong thinking causes believers to feel unworthy, condemned, unqualified to be intimate with God, and unable to receive any thing from God except His judgement and wrath. An unhealthy obsession with sin and confession actually leads to condemnation, insecurity and strangely enough, in the long run, to more sin.

On the other hand, putting our focus on Jesus and the finished work of the cross, brings true life and real change!  So try confessing what Jesus has earned for you on the cross:  “I am righteous, I am forgiven, I am loved, I am blessed, I am a child of God, I am Holy, I have eternal life, sin has no power over me”. This will build you up, set you free from accusation and glorify Jesus and His death. He died on the cross for ALL our sins. We now have the ability to say no to sin and to live in holiness.

PS. The movie “Joan of Arc” is a good illustration of the bad fruit and instability which comes with the false doctrine that unconfessed sins separate us from God of condemn us to Hell.

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CHRISTMAS GOOD NEWS

The good news of Christmas is that God delivered His peace and goodwill (grace) to ALL people.
To Muslims, Jews, Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, Atheists….all mankind, regardless. Through Jesus God has made peace with us ALL. He’s not angry with us, He’s not out to punish us and He not out to reject us or find fault with us.
The good news for every person is that God’s Grace; His unearned, undeserved favor, salvation, forgiveness and blessing is a free gift for all who would receive it, regardless of religious upbringing, culture or background. God is interested in YOU personally, He wants intimacy with YOU and Jesus qualifies YOU for that relationship. No other person made such a claim, not Mohammed, Buddha nor Krishna, only Jesus!
HAPPY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE, BE BLESSED, BE LOVED, DON’T FEAR, GOD IS WITH US!
“EMMANUEL!”
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Luke 2:10-14 The angel said to them, Fear not: for, I bring you good news of great joy to all people…..on earth peace, good will toward men.

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JESUS THE HIGH-WAY: YOUTUBE

Jesus is the focus of grace and all the scriptures. When we understand that grace is all about Jesus it takes the pressure off of us to perform. Trusting and focusing on Jesus and what he has done for us takes us into a higher state of being and living which works it’s way out in our daily lives and relationships.
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GRACE IS A HIGHWAY: YOUTUBE

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In life, you can travel the rough and bumpy road of self effort and independence, or get onto the high-way of God’s grace, and cruise along, depending on His goodness and guidance. It’s a higher way of living and it’s good news.
Here is some of my personal testimony of how after burning out and then falling into depression, the Holy Spirit reveal to me that there is a higher way of living in Jesus, a way called Grace.

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SIN IS NOT OUR MASTER

Our sinful actions can no longer ruin our right standing (righteousness) with God, but they can ruin our life and our witness to others.  
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Our actions no longer determine our right standing with God. New Covenant righteousness is founded on Jesus (i) and not on our works. Now some may say “That is a licence to sin” (ii), WRONG!! It is in fact a licence and empowerment to do what is good, holy and right!

YEAH, yeah,  we all know that sin is harmful and sin is bad. It harms us and harms others, but the good news is that  those who are  in Christ are no longer enslaved by Sin (iii). It no longer controls us but we control it. WE CAN SAY NO, we can choose to do things differently. The the grace of God and the empowering (iv) of the Holy Spirit living in us, enables us to think, live and do, in a right way – a way that honors our Holy Father and blesses others. And, when we get it wrong, which we all do at some stage, God’s grace and forgiveness covers us (v).

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Our loving heavenly Father knows that sinful actions harm and rob us of the abundant life (vi) and blessings He has provide for us. That is why Jesus has set us free from the power and domination of sin and made us slaves to righteousness (vii), and what we are slaves to, we listen to, and obey….. it used to be sin, but now through Jesus’ grace, its righteousness.

Hum, let me think about that, righteousness is now my master and I belong to Him, wow, now that’s good news that will change my life as I choose to accept and believe it?!

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(i)  Rom 3:22 This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.
(ii) Rom 6:1 What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase?  By no means!
(iii)  Rom 6:6 For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin….
(iv) 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,
(v) Rom.4:7 “Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.
(vi) John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
(vii) Rom 6:18 You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.

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Mr. Fix it?

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2Co 5:16-17 From now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!

God’s not like Bob the Builder – “Mr Fix It”. He’s not out to find the faults we have and then fix them. You cannot be initimate with someone who is always pointing out your faults. Many marriages fail precisely because of this attitude – one partner trying to fix the other. In the end it just becomes too much. Sadly many believer have grown up thinking that this  is exactly the kind of relationship God wants with us,- “Mr.Fix It”.
The Holy Spirit says that we have already been made you totally anew. We are a new creature, a new species, a new beings, as we have been included in, and joined with, Christ.
God saw the brokeness of mankind and His permanent and complete fix was the cross. The issue is no longer about us getting fixed but about us believing – renewing our thinking as to who we now are in Christ. As we realize our new identity; that we are new creations and our old self has passed away, so change takes place because as we believe so then we become. We will find that our circumstances, our emotions and our behavior gradually start to come into line with God’s truth and promises to us. Holy and righteous living comes about as we fix our eyes on Jesus and believe in what he has done for us on the cross.

 

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WE ARE BLESSED: YOUTUBE

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God wants us to know and live in the truth that we are doubly blessed & in a place of amazing favor & abundance because of Jesus’ finished work on the cross (John 1:16-17). God’s free gift to us is love, joy & peace and blessings as we believe in His good will to all mankind. We live in the time of His Grace. This is the good news that changes minds, changes hearts and changes lives.
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ROMANS- THE LETTER OF RIGHTEOUSNESS & GRACE

Paul’s letter addressed to the early believers living in Rome is probably the most important book in the Bible. It sums up the very essence of the whole Bible message, the good news, which is God’s love and acceptance of us as His children in Christ.  We are beloved children of grace who are forgiven, blessed, righteous and victorious. It is good to meditate on these key scriptures that reveal Jesus’ righteousness, the finished work of the cross and what it means for all who would believe.

DEFINITIONS: Righteousness : Our right standing and relationship with God. We are justified – just as if we had never sinned. We have been found to be not guilty.

Our sin is no longer an issue in God’s eyes and as we trust in Him for our righteousness so we will find purity, holiness and all the fruits of the Spirit effortlessly manifesting in our daily living.

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Rom 1:16-17 I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”

 Rom 2:4 Do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, tolerance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness leads you toward repentance?

Rom 3:20-24 No one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin. But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.

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: “Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.  Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will never count against him.”

Rom 5:1-2 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.

Rom 5:15  But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many!

Rom 5:17  For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.

 Rom 6:1-2  What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?

 Rom 6:14-15  For 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!

 Rom 7:7  What shall we say, then? Is the law sin? Certainly not! Indeed I would not have known what sin was except through the law. For I would not have known what coveting really was if the law had not said, “Do not covet.”

Rom 8:1-2 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.

Rom 8:14-17  because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”  The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ…

Rom 8:28  And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Rom 8:37-39  No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 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.

Rom 9:30-32  What then shall we say? That the Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have obtained it, a righteousness that is by faith; but Israel, who pursued a law of righteousness, has not attained it. Why not? Because they pursued it not by faith but as if it were by works.

Rom 10:3-4 Since Israel did not know the righteousness that comes from God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness.  Christ is the end of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.

Rom 13:8-10  Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law. The commandments, “Do not commit adultery,” “Do not murder,” “Do not steal,” “Do not covet,” and whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up in this one rule: “Love your neighbour as yourself.”  Love does no harm to its neighbour. Therefore love is the fulfilment of the law.

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

 

 

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JESUS HAS QUALIFIED YOU

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GRACE ALWAYS EMPOWERS

Through Jesus’ work on the cross YOU have been qualified by the Father to inherit all the blessings and power of the Kingdom, not at some distant far off future event, but right here and right now.
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Col.1:12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.

In the world and religious systems you have to work and sweat to qualify for anything. But under the New Covenant of the Grace your qualification was imputed (transferred) to you by Jesus – the great exchange of the cross: Your sin (i), that disqualified you for any blessing and life >>>>> transferred to Jesus (sin kills so that’s why he actually died on the cross) – while His righteousness (right standing with God) was >>>>>> transferred to you (ii).

Unbelievable but true!
You are probably sitting there thinking  “There must be something I need to do to get God’s blessings and favor, otherwise it’s unfair.”  Really!  Think about it in real life. If your father leaves you something in a will; Did you work for it? Did you ask for it? Did you qualify yourself for it? Nope! You qualified for the inheritance simply because you were your father’s child. And so it is in the Kingdom, you are a beloved child of God (iii) and a co-heir with Jesus .

BUUUT…..there actually is something you have to do…… accept the gift, draw on the riches in your heavenly account, accept the good news and learn to receive. Put your focus on Jesus and what he has cone for you on the cross. Christian life is about being totally dependent on Him and being lead by the Spirit within us.

Stop allowing the Law to condemn you. The Law is good for what it was intended, to expose everyone’s sin and drive us into the arms of the Savior, Jesus, but it stops there, so come free of the false teachings of Law that condemn us and fill us with guilt. Stop disqualifying yourself by focusing on you sin (iv), your shortcomings, your circumstances and your feelings. Stop doubting God’s goodness, stop doubting the effectiveness of the cross, stop feeling unworthy.

The truth is that  YOU are righteous (v), you are worthy and you are beloved, because you are in Christ and He is in you (vi). God has qualified you… Jesus is good news. Enjoy and live in the power of the Holy Spirit within you.

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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 because the Bible teaches that the Law brings condemnation and death – these manifest in passivity, depression and sickness (vii). 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’ obidience – 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.

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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(i) Rom 6:23  For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. 
(ii) Rom 5: 17 …those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.
(iii) John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the children of God, even to them that believe on his name
(iv) 2Co.5:19  God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them.
(v) Rom 6:18 You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.
(vi)  Col 1:27 To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.  Col 3:3 ….your life is now hidden with Christ in God.

(vii) 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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