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|Posted on July 16, 2011 at 10:55 PM||comments (163)|
15 Well then, since God’s grace has set us free from the law, does that mean we can go on sinning? Of course not! 16Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living. 17 Thank God! Once you were slaves of sin, but now you wholeheartedly obey this teaching we have given you. 18 Now you are free from your slavery to sin, and you have become slaves to righteous living.
Free from the grips of Sin because of God’s Grace. As a result of Jesus’ death and resurrection, we are free from the law as well.
So are we free to sin? Of course not.
A common question that is asked, how many sins after we’re saved is too many?
There is no blanket answer. But verse 16 lets us know that once we have been born again, we can turn away. After all we are saved from our own free will, so we can turn away under our own free will. Free will is both our gift and our burden.
If we later chose to follow a path of sin, it will lead us into slavery once again. We will not go down easily. The Holy Spirit will do what he can to turn us back around. He doesn’t let us go that easily. But in the end it is up to us to make the choice listen to him. Some times it takes awhile. I have had times where my selfishness has lead me to do less than honorable things. I have hurt people. I have regretted it, but I hurt them just the same. Although my own conscience tells me that I should have listened earlier, I have repented an am trying to move forward with out letting the regret distracting me.
This is hard, because I still think about all my big mistakes, even as far back as running my Uncle Bills snowmobile into his fence when I was about 13. He probably doesn’t even remember it but it still bothers me. I still wish I could undo it.
Point is we can follow pride and selfishness away from God and become a slave again. But God’s grace allows us to keep coming back.
God’s grace is bigger than our stupidity.
Reference for my comment on free will; Gal. 5:13, 1Peter 2:16, Gal 5:1, James 2:12
Hebrews 10:26 Dear friends, if we deliberately continue sinning after we have received knowledge of the truth, there is no longer any sacrifice that will cover these sins. NLT
Free Will offerings are mentions all through out the old testament. Ezra, Psalms, Numbers, Etc.
|Posted on July 14, 2011 at 12:15 AM||comments (0)|
Romans 6: 12 – Watch out for bad habits
12 “Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to sinful desires. “
Again it is hard to add to this one simplified line. We all sin. We all have things that we are weak over. We all have the little things that we just keep falling in to.
We must take action to keep them from taking over our lives. Once we start modeling our lives around a sin or vice, it is taking control.
I will avoid specific examples.
Do you take a different route home from work to intersect with a sin?
Do you do things at work that you would have never thought you would?
Have you made unusual changes in your habits or routine to accommodate a sin?
We have to keep watch and make sure we don’t re-arrange our lives to make the sins easier to do and easier to hide.
This is a subject that can only be reflected upon on your own lives.
Examine yourself on your own.
This is not meant to condemn, it is meant to remind you to keep aware of your habits and to keep watch for your weaknesses
|Posted on July 12, 2011 at 12:07 AM||comments (48)|
To win the victory during a spiritual battle, is mostly keeping your faith.
It is also staying obedient. Doing what God has told you to do. This means staying the course all the way to the end. Putting your faith into action.
When you do there may not be a big miracle at the other end right way but you will know the victory has happened.
For me I knew it was important to stay on track and do my book signing. It was important. I thought it might have to do with an unsaved person coming in and buying the book, etc.
But that didn't happen.
I had only 6 people come and I knew 5 of them. But here's the thing.The weight I felt on my spirit for the last couple weeks was lifted. I saw it through and I had victory. Not in the physical, but it wasn't a physical battle now was it.
I had a spritual victory in a spiritual battle. Isn't that what counts?
God came through for me. He is so good
|Posted on July 10, 2011 at 10:46 PM||comments (0)|
Romans 6:1-6 – Humility is part of repentance.
1 Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of his wonderful grace?
2 Of course not! Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it?
5 Since we have been united with him in his death, we will also be raised to life as he was.
6 We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin.
This is another great verse. Verse 1. It lets us know dead to rights, we don’t live in sin to build a bigger testimony. We don’t sin to give God a reason to forgive us.
We cheapen the blood of Jesus if we try to use it as a paper towel. Just live life as messy as we want, then grab a hand full Jesus off the roll and wipe up the mess we have left.
While God’s Grace through Jesus can wipe out every sin, we are not forgiven if we do not repent. Repenting is more than a few words. We can just wave a magic wand and make it all go away. There must be a humble heart and speaking out your faith.
While the faith in Jesus’ ability to forgive may be real, there is no humility if the intent is only to clear the slate so we can start sinning again.
Even though we do sin, we should never have the thoughts of living in it with a grace card in our pocket. We should truly try to live like Jesus.
Verse 1 tells us to stop being selfish and grow up in our relationship with Christ.
Verse 6: We are no longer slaves to sin, so start acting like we have been forgiven and are now living under Grace.
|Posted on July 7, 2011 at 10:51 PM||comments (0)|
12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
I am in the middle of a big battle. The battle rages on even more when we are moving in a new way or about to be apart of something great. That is where I am today. We have started a new phase in our Sunday Morning Ministry. Couple that with the launch of my devotional, and the devil is a bit up set.
The thing to remember is when we are following God and we have a clear grip of his vision for our lives, we can not be stopped. The Devil and all his demons can not stop what God has started. This is important to remember when a Spiritual Battle comes on strong. The devil CAN NOT stop you.
What he can do is get you to give up. Giving up automatically gives the Devil the win. The battle is set up to cause us to give up, loose focus, loose effectiveness, or just slow us down.
The battle can bring up very strong feelings. Just ask Lisa and myself, if we are emotional this week. Trust me when I say, YES. The distraction can take our eyes off the work, and on, things of the past or the changes that are taking place. It is not uncommon for what would normally be a small deal, to turn into a big deal. These can lead to arguments, stress, depression, and many more emotions. The feelings are normal and not a problem until we act on these feelings.
I don’t know why the Devil fights me. It only leads to me praying more, and I mean a lot more. It never leads to me quiting, so why? He knows he can win, so he is going to at least pester me.
What actions can give the devil a win?
Quitting the ministry God called you to.
Getting into a fight and grabbing hold of hate.
Saying things that will hurt others.
Quitting a job.
Work is rough for me. I have to remember it’s not just work. The devil is the enemy. If I quit this job because of the stress, the devil will still be fighting me when and if I get another job. Spiritual battles can not be won by running from the stress or the pain.
We must stand strong like Elijah. Keep praying and keep moving forward.
So here I am praying and moving forward. I am stressed a bit, and a little worried, but I have no doubt, great things lie ahead.
|Posted on July 5, 2011 at 11:08 PM||comments (0)|
20 God’s law was given so that all people could see how sinful they were. But as people sinned more and more, God’s wonderful grace became more abundant.
21 So just as sin ruled over all people and brought them to death, now God’s wonderful grace rules instead, giving us right standing with God and resulting in eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
I have written about this before. The Law was given to Moses as a measuring tool. Not for us to obtain a ticket to heaven, but to show us the total need to Jesus. The bar was set very high, so high it demanded perfection. Perfection we can not obtain. Righteousness we can, but not on our own. We can only obtain righteousness through forgiveness. The forgiveness that wipes out all of our sins. This only happens through the blood of Jesus.
No matter how hard we work or what we sacrifice or even give up, we can not do enough. The law is just too much. It is too hard for any of us. Even if could erase sins on a daily basis, we will add more sins to the count tomorrow. There is no way to get ahead.
But with Jesus, there is no need to get to get ahead.
Jesus’ blood wipes the sin out of our lives once and for all. This means tomorrows sins as well. See we can never forget, that when we repent the count stops. God isn’t adding up our mistakes. We are righteous in his eyes. He sees us through Jesus, so Jesus is our righteousness. God’s Grace is bigger than our sin.
It takes Repentance, Humility, and Jesus.
Why is this important. Sins piling up is an excuse for many to give up on serving Christ. The feeling of being unworthy of service. It’s not true. Jesus is enough for us to serve. If we have Jesus than we have all we need to serve.
Sin is also used to hold people down. Don’t let anyone tell you that you aren’t good enough for Jesus. Jesus died for you just as he died for them. Other people can not unforgive you. Although I know many who think they can, or at least would love to be able to.
|Posted on June 27, 2011 at 11:03 PM||comments (0)|
“1 Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. 2 Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.” NLT
A future with God.
All this because of Faith. Not just faith in church or ourselves, but faith in Jesus.
Because of what Jesus has done. Therefore, we need to lighten up, God’s Got this. Relax and enjoy the peace that comes from Jesus. The Holy Spirit is standing by to shower you with love, peace, and joy.
Live in the confidence of knowing Jesus and knowing what he has and will do for you.
You are privileged to be called into God’s family and you will join him in Heaven. When we know we will go to be with Jesus, what is there to be worried about.
|Posted on June 26, 2011 at 11:10 PM||comments (0)|
Romans 4:18-25 – Faith and Timing
18 Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping—believing that he would become the father of many nations. For God had said to him, “That’s how many descendants you will have!”
19 And Abraham’s faith did not weaken, even though, at about 100 years of age, he figured his body was as good as dead—and so was Sarah’s womb.
20 Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God. 21 He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever he promises. 22 And because of Abraham’s faith, God counted him as righteous. 23 And when God counted him as righteous, it wasn’t just for Abraham’s benefit. It was recorded 24 for our benefit, too, assuring us that God will also count us as righteous if we believe in him, the one who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. 25 He was handed over to die because of our sins, and he was raised to life to make us right with God.
Abraham, has one of the oldest stories in the Bible and in History. And yet it is still the best example of true faith. Romans is written so well and plain, that it is hard to add to perfection. I will just agree with Paul and say Ditto.
I love verse 19 His faith did not weaken. Abraham left home to fulfill the vision God had given him. He waited around a hundred years before it started to be fulfilled. How many hours or days before we give up or resort to complaining? Remaining faithful after a short wait let alone a long pause in the visible evidence that God is still with you.
The waiting is so important to the best miracles. A Miracle must have perfect timing. To get that perfect timing, we must wait for that time to come. We can not rush it or change it. If we try, the miracle will most likely be lost or delayed again.
|Posted on June 23, 2011 at 11:11 PM||comments (0)|
Romans 4:1-5 - Faith
1 Abraham was, humanly speaking, the founder of our Jewish nation. What did he discover about being made right with God? 2 If his good deeds had made him acceptable to God, he would have had something to boast about. But that was not God’s way. 3 For the Scriptures tell us, “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.”
4 When people work, their wages are not a gift, but something they have earned. 5 But people are counted as righteous, not because of their work, but because of their faith in God who forgives sinners.
Abraham is also called the father of our faith. As it says here, he was called righteous. I have spent the last few days explaining that righteousness only comes from Jesus. Abraham lived 2000 years before Jesus was born, so how could this be. If you go on to read verse 6 through 8 you will see that God looked ahead and counted the blood of Christ for those who showed their faith.
Jesus isn’t tied to a time line. He was around long before the earth was even made. His death was for all of us, those of us that came long after and the ones that believed in him before Jesus came to earth.
Time doesn’t matter. Faith is what matters. Faith is where Abraham found his righteousness. He had faith the God would be his righteousness. Then he showed his faith by following God’s leading. You can read more about Abraham in Genesis, and again in Hebrews.
Never worry about what you have and what you don’t, Jesus is all you need and you find him through Faith. Have faith , show your faith, live your faith.
|Posted on June 22, 2011 at 11:44 PM||comments (0)|
Accident or purposeful?
Here’s what happened.
Father’s day after Lisa and I got home from a quick trip to the store. We found out we were out of milk. It is one of those Really! Really! moments. I went and laid down, but the kids needed milk in the morning. I thought LeAndrea was going to work well after breakfast. My first error. So about 9:30pm I snuck out to our Red Neck market around the corner, and got a gallon of milk. Did I tell Lisa, of course not. She remembered and bought another gallon the following morning.
When she went to place it in the frig. there was no place to put it, because of the gallon i bought.
Her first reaction was annoyance. But then it inspired her. She really knows how to follow the Lord’s leading. There was a neighbor who has been going through a very rough time. She has wanted to help, but life gets in the way, until you just take a stand and do it. The Milk was the kick start she needed. So the milk was given along with some other food items.
Buying the extra Gallon by accident was exactly what we needed to get us into action.
So was it an accident or was it the Holy Spirit, giving us the trigger we needed?
I have no doubt, it was the Holy Spirit.
So next time you think you’ve done a silly mistake, take a minute and see if you are about to be part of something special.