Tuesday, February 11, 2014
The truth of God's amazing grace is sweeping lands. A true grace revolution has begun. We are No longer subject to fear based or performance based faith. Many are hearing this exciting message of God's great love for His Family and are being set free! It is truly a time of celebration!
When I first heard about this message of God's grace it took some time to fully understand it. It took a little bit of study and more insight to allow it to take root within my heart. I had questions. I was skeptical to be honest. I had much doubt. Of course I attribute this to much tradition I had been subjected to over the years. I had a challenge overcoming some of these hurdles. Thank God I kept hearing the truth from a great man of God Pastor Joseph Prince. I learned how to apply these truths of grace to every area of my life. Through great Holy Ghost inspired teaching my heart finally accepted this radical grace message! The Word proved so true for me:
because there was a time when we, too, were foolish, rebellious, and deceived—we were slaves to sensual cravings and pleasures; and we spent our lives being spiteful, envious, hated by many, and hating one another. But then something happened: God our Savior and His overpowering love and kindness for humankind entered our world; He came to save us. It’s not that we earned it by doing good works or righteous deeds; He came because He is merciful. He brought us out of our old ways of living to a new beginning through the washing of regeneration; and He made us completely new through the Holy Spirit, who was poured out in abundance through Jesus the Anointed, our Savior. All of this happened so that through His grace we would be accepted into God’s covenant family and appointed to be His heirs, full of the hope that comes from knowing you have eternal life. This is a faithful statement of what we believe. Titus 3:3-8
This revelation of His grace set me totally free. It sent me in pursuit of my Heavenly Father in such a fresh and exciting way! No longer was I looking at how much time I spent in the Word. I didn't need to check my watch when in prayer. Today I pray to my Father in loving fellowship and get up from prayer when I am done. The great truth is though I don't ever have to leave His presence. I am accepted in Him and He loves to be around me. Even in my most despicable moments! He still loves me! Of course in those times at my worst His still small voice reminds me in loving terms
"Hey, I've got better for you."
Sure enough He always does! I rejoice in this truth of His eternal acceptance. Knowing just how much I'm forgiven has radically changed my heart. It is true what Jesus has said
Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same liveth little. Luke 7:47
When we realize how much we are forgiven we love much not little! Having received this truth of grace my view of God has been altered for the better! Upon receiving the revelation from Heaven and seeing it in the Word my heart rejoiced! Knowing that all my past, present and future sins were laid on Jesus account no longer mine made my heart spin in thankfulness. I'm glad that my sins won't ever be charged to my account again because I have no way of paying for them! The only accepted currency is Christ blood.
Knowing I am totally forgiven, completely loved and accepted by Him is freeing! I stand rejoicing knowing I am forever forgiven and sanctified through His blood! These truths have stirred me on the inside to love Him and pursue Him more. It is not out of legal obligation or fear that I seek Him more. Its born out of a changed heart of love!
Now this truth of grace has never made me desire to go backwards! What is appealing about living the way we used to live? What is "hip" about living like the World system? I don't see the profit in returning to the licentious way of living! Being set free from Worldly lusts, like pornography, sleeping around, profanity laced speech, being unforgiving, resentful and strife ruled, I know the pain and shallow level of living these behaviors offer!
Paul the chief grace teacher expounded on what grace produces in the life of the believer. You see grace is defined properly as the unmerited and unearned favor and love of God. That is the pure, true definition of grace. Now this grace produces an empowerment to overcome the old way we use to live. It starts with us believing right and maturing into what we have already become on the inside!
Look at what Paul taught in Ephesians 4 and the first part of Chapter 5. Read it in full context.
This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, Ephesians 4:17
Notice if you read the whole chapter and first portion of Chapter 5 in context you see what Paul is saying. The Word in context is showing us in full maturity in Christ we don't desire to walk like as we used to. If you have received the message of grace within your heart you will sense the desire to mature into what you have been made inside! I like how Paul addressed the mind of the unsaved. He is referencing the wrong believing many hold to. If you believe right you will live right!
In context what is Paul addressing as maturity? Walking in love. Walking in integrity with our fellow man. It's not holding people's wrongs against them, walking in forgiveness. It is not walking in carnal Worldly lusts.
Paul "balanced" his own revelation of grace and Christian liberty with truth. He never balanced grace with mixture of Law. Note what Paul expressly stated in Galatians
As for you, my friends, you were called to be free. But do not let this freedom become an excuse for letting your physical desires control you. Instead, let love make you serve one another. Galatians 5:13 GNT
This is a true statement. This was not a law based Scripture. So grace is not saying conforming to the World system is OK and good. Grace is not redefining what is clearly unprofitable behavior or plain sin! We become foolish when we take what the Lord is saying and add our own view or ideology.
So to be clear grace is NOT teaching now that you are forgiven forever go ahead pursue your every crazy, unrestrained, lustful desire until you feel satisfied. What it is saying is, God has removed all the barriers and hurdles and weights of sins, habits and fear and performance obligations so you can freely pursue Him! You are now able to pursue Him more freely! Lets relinquish foolish thinking and any desire to return to our old ways! Lets get to know our Father through Jesus more and more. Lets really live the abundant life He died to give us!
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