God came to reveal His opinion of man, in the person of Jesus Christ.
God came to reveal His opinion of man, in the person of Jesus Christ.
If you would need to repent in any area of your life, it does not mean you should ‘stop sinning’, try harder and put in more effort. It means to change your thinking; to return back to receiving and trusting on His Grace and rest from your futile efforts of self-improvement, which have a predictable outcome.
To preach: Christians are too obsessed with serving God and their-fellow man. Jesus didn’t come to be served, but to serve (mat20:28). The focus should not be on us serving Him, but Him serving us. And we are to serve from the overflow of His grace. The focus should be on receiving from Him. The goal in life is not to serve Him, but to know Him (phil3:8-14).
Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom! Freedom from what? Religious self-righteousness. Freedom from the guilt of self-righteousness. Freedom from unbelief in grace. Freedom from the lies of the devil.
Under the new covenant we are not called to confess our sins, we are called to confess our righteousness in Jesus Christ!
Take your eyes off your sin and get your eyes onto Christ. The more you do that, the more you will overcome sin in your life!
rom8:15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
We’re not meant to live as fearful slaves, but as sons of liberty and grace! Christ came to give us freedom, not another way of serving God under a set of rules and regulations. He came to birth freedom into our hearts and minds with the truth of His love. He came to shine the light of His glory into our hearts, by revealing to us who the Father is.
heb1:3 .. being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person ..
He came to show us His glory and to feast of His love. So many children of God are still serving Him in the old way. They don’t see God as their loving Father, but as an angry master that they have to appease. This is the old way of the letter. Jesus did not come to give us an improved version of the old way (‘Moses 2.0’ - Andrew Farley). He came to give us something completely new and different.
The old way didn’t work for us, we needed something completely new. The old way only showed us we weren’t able to keep up God’s standards. We were never meant to - it’s only thought man’s corrupted thinking which started at the fall of Adam that brought us into a mindset of earn and deserve. It showed us our lack and our need for a change. Christ brought that change. To bring us out of the system of moral behaviour modification and into the liberty of Spirit breathed life. The old way was dead, dry and religious. The new way is full of life, abundance and liberty. He came to give us abundant life! A life satisfied and saturated with fullness and secure of the Father’s love.
Still so many people serve God in the old way of the written letter;
rom7:6 NLT But now we have been released from the law, for we died to it and are no longer captive to its power. Now we can serve God, not in the old way of obeying the letter of the law, but in the new way of living in the Spirit.
- when His heart for us is that we live as sons. Secured and assured of His love for us. Not having to please or appease Him in any way. We don’t live as mere servants, but as free sons! We don’t live a life to be beaten up by the law once more, we live a life of freedom and security, worthy of His love and affection, not because of our works, but because of what Christ has done for us. We live a life secured of His love, favour and blessing because of His love for us. We don’t have to keep up standards to achieve holiness or earn God’s favour. We have started on the finish line, and that is where we end. Forever basking in His favour and love. Forever secured of His salvation and our son-ship in Christ.
The old way was a way of achieving holiness and working towards God’s love. The new way is living from a place of identity - being loved, have been made holy and complete in Him. The old way was working toward favour and blessing. The new way is living from a place of being blessed, favoured and deeply loved. The old way is having to perform for God, the new way is resting in His performance - for, in and through you.
Your life is no longer your life, it’s His’!
gal2:20 NASB I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.
Your life’s path is no longer your work, it’s His work!
phil1:6 ESV And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
It has been Him who gave it and it will be Him who keeps it. It has been Him who started it and He will finish it.
heb12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith [..]
He will finish what He has started and He is faithful to perform it!
1 tes 5:24 NASB He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.
Will He not perform what He has promised? Will He not finish what He started? He will!
You can rest assured that He will do as He has promised and He will work out everything in your life for your good, because He loves you and cares for you. He will make your life of good success.
It’s Him that performs every good work. It’s Him that brings it to pass. We can rest in His performance. Because He does it we can rest in His work and His provision. Our efforts to help Him out only hinder what He’s trying to work out in us.
This is the liberty that we have:
1 joh 4:17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.
We’re no longer living as slaves, beat around by an angry master. We’re no longer under a schoolmaster that tells us what is wrong and right and how we should behave.
gal3:24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
The old way was living under a schoolmaster that told you what to do and what not and punished you when you failed. The new way is a way of freedom! It’s a way of being. We have been changed form the inside out. We have a brand new core that breathes righteousness. And because we have died to sin we no longer have to be under a system of rules and regulations to try to measure and improve our performance. We have been set free from that. Because we have a new life we can trust Grace to keep us.
We have received a Spirit of sonship:
rom8:15 NIV 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.”
We no longer call upon God as a distant stranger, but as our Abba Father who longs to hold us in His arms and spend time with us, His beloved children. His heart for us is love. And He desires to have fellowship with us.
1 joh 1:3 NASB what we have seen and heard we proclaim to you also, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ.
His heart for us is to enjoy His love and live from the abundance of His supply instead of living from a sense of demand.
His heart for us is to supply our every need.
phil4:19 But my God shall supply ALL your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
A life of son ship, safety and soundness. A life of friendship with God the Father. Jesus came to reveal the Father heart. His offer was a revelation of the Father’s love for us.
joh3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
With the sacrifice of Christ’s life for us, God showed His love and Father heart for us. He showed that He was willing to give up anything for us, even His son, just so we could enjoy the security of His presence and His love.
The grace of God liberates us to become fully and uniquely what God destined us to be.
—Rob & Glenda Rufus
rom8:32 AMP He who did not withhold or spare [even] His own Son but gave Him up for us all, will He not also with Him freely and graciously give us all [other] things?
Are you struggling to rest in God’s grace? Are you struggling to receive from God? You don’t need to work to receive. God gives and supplies freely. The flesh says: work, work, work. The Spirit says: rest, rest, rest.
rom8:6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
Love supplies freely. By faith we rest in love and allow love to supply for us. Faith takes what love gives. By trusting in Christ we receive from God’s abundant supply. We enter into rest through faith. We cease from our works and enter into His rest by putting our complete trust in Jesus Christ and His finished work.
gal5:16 NASB But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.
heb4:3 For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.
Just as we enter into rest, so do we stay in His rest; through faith in Jesus Christ. We enter into rest by faith and we stay in rest by faith. We go from rest to rest by living from faith to faith.
rom1:17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
eph2:8 NASB For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God
col2:6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:
And even our faith is His work. Our faith is authored and maintained by Jesus Christ. He is the source and finisher, the author and perfecter of our faith. By beholding Him we enter into rest and stay in rest.
heb12:2 AMP Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection]. He, for the joy [of obtaining the prize] that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising and ignoring the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
The just shall live by keeping his eyes on Jesus from first to last, beginning to end.
isa33:17 ESV Your eyes will behold the king in his beauty; they will see a land that stretches afar.
isa26:3 ESV You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.
joh14:9 NASB Jesus said to him, “Have I been so long with you, and yet you have not come to know Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how can you say, ‘Show us the Father ‘?
heb1:3 AMP He [Jesus] is the sole expression of the glory of God [the Light-being, the out-raying or radiance of the divine], and He is the perfect imprint and very image of [God’s] nature, upholding and maintaining and guiding and propelling the universe by His mighty word of power.
2 cor 3:18 AMP And all of us, as with unveiled face, [because we] continued to behold [in the Word of God] as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are constantly being transfigured into His very own image in ever increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to another; [for this comes] from the Lord [Who is] the Spirit.
My child why do you worry?
Everything will be alright
I will take care of you tonight
The righteous will flourish like a green leaf
You are righteous in my sight
I made you holy and complete
My grace is all you need
My grace is all you need
Grace is like a spontaneous dance. You’re not bound anymore by the law, agitated and crippled by the enforced rhythms of behavior; but activated, energized and motivated from your innermost being by the unforced rhythms of grace. The song of your new heart sings of Christ. He’s the beat you’re dancing on. You are a light to this world, to shine forth your colors and display the diversity of His being. You are His glorious creation!
rom7:6 But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter
gal5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
mat11:28-30 “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
ez36:26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.
heb10:16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;
Law makes you self-conscious, it’s the wisdom of this world.
But Grace makes you Christ-conscious, because you’re no longer alienated from Him (gal5:4) and you’re thinking Christ thoughts (rom8:6), and you’re living the Christ life (joh10:10) and you’re manifesting grace, radiating from you.
It’s being established in the gift of righteousness that will make you reign in life (rom5:17), bold as a lion (prov28:1), fearless (1 joh 4:18) and far from oppression and terror (isa54:14). Free from fear of punishment and a yoke of slavery. Resting in the loving arms of Grace (eph3:19). Reigning in life is experiencing abundant zoe life (joh10:10), living through Him, the life we have in Christ! This free gift of life and righteousness is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Who died for us so that we might live through Him (1 joh 4:9). The spotless and perfect One who knew no sin, God has made to be sin for us that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him (2 cor 5:21).