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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.
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.
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.
(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!by