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Leadership starts with you. Leading your own thoughts captive to Christ. God’s word is filled with guidelines for leaders and their families.

Isn’t it time you…

It’s been awhile since I posted last and I’m happy to say, I haven’t been gone forever, just busy. Today, I’d like to invite you to join us. We’ll be doing our first 8 week Bible study/workshop on the “5 Basics for Growth” Book. As I’ve been preparing for this workshop setting, I realised that each chapter touches on a subject in a very simple way that could be studied in far more depth. We are going to have so much fun, and don’t worry there’s not a ton of homework, just a ton of learning. Here is a video commercial that I hope you’ll all share on your social media pages.

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“Commit thy Works Unto the Lord and Thy Thoughts Will Be Established.” Proverbs 16:3

Let’s break that down. 

The first word “Commit” is very interesting because it is the Hebrew word “galal” and is translated into several different words. Most commonly it’s translated, “roll” or “roll down”. When the Jacob found or dug a well of water his people would cover it by rolling a large stone over the mouth of the hole. When they wanted their sheep or cattle to drink, the men would then push the stone out-of-the-way. It protected the water, but it also took some work to get it moved. The stone protected their most valuable asset, water. They lived in a very dry area. That water was life-giving.

“And they said, We cannot, until all the flocks be gathered together, and till they roll H1556 the stone from the well’s mouth; then we water the sheep.” Genesis 29:8

They had to put their backs into it and push with all the power and force of their bodily strength. When we commit to something, we have to put our backs into it too.

“Thy Works,” is the next phrase. Those words are translated from “ma`aseh”

Here’s the list of the meanings.

Deed, work,  thing done, act, work, labor, business, pursuit, undertaking, enterprise, achievement, deeds, works (of deliverance and judgment), work, thing made. Work (of God)

Here’s some examples of how it’s used;

“And he called his name Noah, saying, This same shall comfort us concerning our work H4639 and toil of our hands, because of the ground which the LORD hath cursed.” Genesis 5:29

What do you DO for God. IF you are are minister, get out and minister, if you are a helper, get out and help, if you are a prophet get out and DO the work with all the strength you can muster.

“Unto God,” is translated from, unto Yĕhovah, or Jehovah. There are seven names of God, this is the one that means Supreme God, or One true God.

“These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD H3068 God made the earth and the heavens,” Genesis 2:4

This is the most supreme commander, all-powerful, all-knowing all loving God. SO He’s the guy we obey. Is Jesus Christ that Guy? Simply put. No. He’s Jesus Christ, God’s son. God is God. He’s who we get our orders from. Even Jesus didn’t claim to be “God”. He knew that would be blaspheming his Father and the Ruler of all things.

“And thy thoughts” , is all one phrase in Proverbs 16:3 and translated from one word, machashabah.  Machashabah means literally thought, device, plan or purpose.

Here’s a usage of the verse;

“Behold, I know your thoughts, and the devices (machashabah) which ye wrongfully imagine against me.” Job 21:27

These are your inner desires, plans and motives or they could be someone else’s. The word is neither positive nor negative.

Wow are you getting excited? I am.

“Shall be established” is one little Hebrew word, kuwn. It means, to be established, be stable, be secure, be enduring. To be fixed, be securely determined. To be directed aright, be fixed aright, be steadfast (moral sense). To prepare, be ready,  and to be prepared, be arranged, be settled.

Here’s one way it is used;

“And for that the dream was doubled unto Pharaoh twice; it is because the thing is established by God, and God will shortly bring it to pass.” Genesis 41:32

That verse in Proverbs is an amazing reminder to have your feet firmly planted, rooted and established on the One True God. It also tells me that your thoughts, perceptions, and understanding of why God had you do something will come after you obey. So many of us get that confused. Commit thy works, just do what He asked. Don’t question, don’t argue. God knows what His plan is. He sees all things.

Listen to the verse right before this one. “All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the Lord weigheth the spirits.” Proverbs 16:2.

We think we know what is going on, when God sees every aspect including spiritual influences.

Someone told me a phrase once; When things come up this should be your instinctual reaction.

  1. Stay Calm. Having emotional knee jerk reactions is our choice. Everytime. WE choose how to react.
  2. Take out the Spirits, God has given us great power to affect change right here on earth. Use it in the name of Jesus Christ our power of attorney.
  3. Walk in Love. This is our only way of knowing we’re doing things right. God is love, when we ask Him what to do next, we walk in love.

God knows this situation inside and out and He asks you to walk in Love through it all. How can you do that when you are emotionally tangled up in the situation? Beats me. Emotions are there for a reason, but we have to make sure they are under our control.

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil. Proverbs 3:5-7

Or how about this one in the new testament?

“For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.” Romans 8:6

“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they ARE the sons of God. 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. Romans 8:14-15

When we commit our works we get rid of fear. We get rid of worry and pride too. We have life and peace. Get your feet moving my friend.

What’s Next God? What’s NEXT? There are billions of people, millions of choices for your life and even more importantly one great big God who loves you and saved you. YOU ARE POWERFUL! Each choice to be led by God is crippling to the enemy and his arsenal of fear. Choose to believe that your very intimate and loving Father will guide you and protect you in every circumstance. You are an heir to His Spiritual Fortune. Claim your right and place. You deserve it!

And I love you dearly.

God bless you today!

How to Make this Your Summer of Prosperity

Have you been feeling down? Have you wondered if God really loves you because circumstances have left you wanting? I’ve had several friends get hit pretty hard this last year with situations that left them breathless. Did you know that even when hit the hardest you can still have peace with God? You can still have prosperity. In fact, let’s take back your life!. Let’s make such a turn around that you call this your summer of prosperity!

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There 3 Key Ingredients to Life-Morphing Change with God.

First

We must LEARN the right perspective. The right perspective is that God is still teaching you. Be open to that. When WE think WE know it all, we tie God’s hands to teach us something new. Learning is a key ingredient. Hunger is always the best seasoning in any meal. It’s also the best seasoning in any lesson. We have to want change. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve talked to people who want to simply hang on to their mind-set. Let’s see, the one True God, Maker of the Universe has something to teach you and show you. But, how can He when you have crossed your mental arms at Him? How would you teach someone like that?

No, we have to stay hungry and stay open to hearing God’s thoughts on any matter.

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” Jeremiah 29:11

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8-9

Second

And this is really important, we must BELIEVE FOR the change that we want to happen. So many times we get caught up in the doubts and worries of situations. They only get worse when we let our minds do that. Our mind is a weapon in our fight. We can use it to focus our believing or we can let it wander and destroy all the good that has been wrought in our lives. God gave us freewill so He could have fellowship with us one-on-one. So we have to get our minds behind in the fight for our own peace.

The devil doesn’t want us renewing our minds. He wants us distracted and flustered with drama. He wants us all upset. But if we visualize our own success like an athlete visualizing a home run hit, we too can start seeing the momentum. God wants a relationship with you. God wants you to prosper abundantly as it says in John 10:10b, “I am come that they might have life and have it more than abundant,”. Take back your believing and start believing for success. Every time a negative situation comes up, make your mind track with the truth of God’s Word.

There is a part (B) to this ingredient, we not only must believe in our own success, but we must believe God is willing and able to give it to us. He is equally willing and equally able to pour it on in our lives. God is faithful to supply all our needs just like He promised AND He is able to supply all our needs. If this is difficult for you then you need to do the extra hard work to convince yourself of that. GO to God’s Word. Find the abundance verses then say them over and over and use them to train your brain.

Third

And finally, you must DO what God says to bring about that prosperity. So many people hear or see things come to pass that don’t seem right and they just take it on the chin. They let the situation go on and on never stand up for themselves or their abundant life. We can’t do that here, not on this earth, where it says in 2 Cor. 4:4 that Satan, the god of this world has blinded the minds of men. We have to be the ones with the light. We can’t go the same direction as the wandering blind masses go. We have to stand up to all that. We have to DO things differently. In addition, if we hear all this great stuff, but never do anything we’ll never see the change we so desperately need. Do is the biggest little word in the whole Bible. “Be ye doers of the Word, not hearers only.”

Success and prosperity are well within your reach now.

God bless you today!

 

 

 

025: Is God Rich Enough to Supply All My Need?

Is God rich enough to really do that? Rich is probably the wrong word to use. Yes, He does own the world. Yes, He did promise that the meek would inherit it. And yes, He has provided for those who believe. But does He really have what I need at any given moment in my life?

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YES!

But this is promise comes with a condition. The condition is….you have to believe it.

You have to put it into your mind, heart and life like someone who is learning a new language. Let’s use that analogy. Let’s say you take an online course to learn French. Can you really trust that the people teaching you are right? Maybe they are teaching with such a thick accent no French man or woman could tolerate listening to you. You’d find out soon enough wouldn’t you. What if they were teaching you correctly, but you didn’t learn any words, log in to the system or practice? Then what? You wouldn’t know the language. Nor could you say you did! The same is true from God. If you don’t actually speak His language and do what He’s asking you’ll never get results. Then…and please don’t do this…don’t come back to me and get mad because it didn’t work. Don’t get mad at God either. Whose fault is it if you don’t actually do what you’re asked to do?

“Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.” Malachi 3:10

This is the first lesson in abundance and having your need supplied. If you just think about tithing, or daydream about doing it, you’ll never have the windows of heaven opened. You’ll never get that blessing poured out so that you don’t have room enough to receive it. You have to actually do it.

These days we don’t have a “storehouse”. What we have is ministers doing God’s work twenty-four seven. They are not always well-known. Sometimes they are an individual. Sometimes they are a group of people, sometimes they are a church. Whoever they are, God knows who that minister is. He knows who will benefit the most from your giving. These men and women have real ministry needs and real physical needs. ASK God who to tithe and abundantly share to. You send the check, supplies, extra-stuff to someone in need with a thankful heart for all they are doing and then God thanks you back.

How?

You do (A) “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house,…”

GOD does (B) “…and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts.”

Let’s find out the four things God promises in this one verse:

  1. Pours out a blessing so that you don’t have room enough to receive it. Wow, that is huge. And that’s only the first one. What do you need? More business, more money, more clients? How about having so many that you don’t have room enough to receive it?
  2. God rebukes the devourer (Satan) out of your life. He puts a restraining order on him. He’s not allowed near you, your work, your loved ones, your life. Simple huh.
  3. Keeps Satan from destroying the fruit of your labor. Are you working hard towards something? Don’t you want it protected? Do you have goals? How about just getting your need supplied. How about that?
  4. God keeps your work from developing at the wrong time. Timing is EVERYTHING with God. Timing is precision. Certain miracles occur in a certain order. Like, you need to get the client, but the client needs to see the house you have listed, so a selling client needs to list with you. In real estate, we work on referrals. So timing is crucial!

Do you want your finances to turn around? We live in the greatest country for earning potential in the world. Why not capitalize on that by doing this one thing. You could have God on your side making every penny count and stretch and roll towards its highest and best use. WHY NOT do what it says? God just knows stuff! He knows what you need, what you don’t need. He knows what will bless you, who will bless you. He knows who won’t.

Here are some more verses on the subject.

“I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.” Psalms 37:25

“It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.” Psalms 118:8

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33

“Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord.” Romans 12:11

“But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:” 2 Corinthians 9:6-8

“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. 10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all [men], especially unto them who are of the household of faith.” Galatians 6:9-10

There are many more where that came from. You have the right to all the abundance God is able and willing to supply. Now it’s your time to seize it.

God bless you abundantly today!

 

021: I’m Not Just Any Old Jerk…

“I’m a jerk with a Bible.” Shannon thought about the man, as she drove by his booming mega-phone of doom on the corner of the busiest street in town. He patted the air with gruesome pictures celebrating the death of Jesus Christ as he spoke. She shrugged down in her seat and tried to avoid his eyes. “Now, I’m the jerk…” she realized.

Christianity is our can of worms, we’re allowed to kick it once and awhile right? 

How many times between Romans and Thessalonians did you find a single random guy out on a street shouting at bystanders? No! They held their meetings in an orderly fashion in a synagogue or school or home fellowship, even sometimes by a park, or by the river. There are always people around, why not learn how to be in the people business? Why not help them where and when they are in their life. Shout at someone once and see just how defensive they get. Do they come closer or do they run away? So if you are trying to push people away…hey…wait a second. That’s probably what these street preachers want. They want to push people away and around.

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They also give Christians a bad rap. This almost sounds like a war tactic. If I were the adversary, I think I’d use this kind of media delivery system to offend people. Make them feel guilty and horrible about their walk. What’s the profit? What are people going to take away from that action? If they end up feeling sad, depressed, lonely and rotten. Which is nothing like the take-away from the one true God.

“This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.”1 John 1:5

Why not take that light around and let it shine on its own.

“For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure.” Philippians 2:13

God works in us, not through us. He never possess us or takes over our freewill. He gave us freewill, why would He then take it back? No, that’s the devil, he possess people. Never God. So if God works in us, then we have to make the conscious decision to commit to Him. We’re not on a ride along. We have to be in control of our own mind, life and heart.

“And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.” Ephesians 4:23-24

So how should we speak the Word to people?

Take God with you! Go to work, school and dinner. Let the joy of God show on your face then stick out your hand and say, “Hi.” God is in the people business! He loves people!  Let God work within you in situations you face. God is a big boy, He knows how to get a hold of you. All you have to do is put on your listening ears and have a heart to bless people where ever you go. We walk in the light, so walk in it. Be positive. Be bold and outgoing but also kind and loving.

“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” 1 John 1:7

Own it baby!

A business acquaintance of mine asked me how life was going yesterday. I told him, as usual, things are going awesome and I’m excited about life. His comment back was,

“Ya know, you are scary sometimes Terri. Or you just have a really great attitude.” he chuckled and I smiled and cocked an eyebrow then replied.

“God gave us a great life. I’m just real thankful for it.”

It was a great opportunity to speak the Word. Maybe he’ll think about that, maybe not but we were given the light and love of God. Why not walk around in it?

“Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:

Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:” Colossians 1:12-13

“Hath translated,” is past tense.

We live here and now. Why not live and walk and talk in the light!? Why not edify people? Why not help them walk in it too, one by one?

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Philippians 4:8

God bless you today!

 

 

 

019: Do You Need Some Koinōnia?

Brittney kept her head on a swivel as she rushed down the rainy, dark alley behind the restaurant her dad owned. No one would be looking for her for at least an hour. Long enough to get two streets over to the meeting room. She pulled her hood up, shrank fully into her  blue jacket and moved quickly. She was well-known and easily recognized. She prayed she could just disappear for a night. A night of hopeful abandon. A noise behind her triggered her adrenaline and she whipped around. A rangly tom-cat hissed and jumped to the ground from a dumpster. “Ah!” She covered her mouth with a wide-eyed grip looking everywhere at once. Her Dad might have her followed if he suspected what she was up to. She turned, “Gotta keep moving,” she whispered. She just needed to get one more street over.

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When she arrived at the low-lit entry, she stepped to the wall and glanced back down the city street. A hooded and hunching figure leaned on a power pole outside, smoke flooded the space around his head. He was one of them. One who would give her more koinōnia. She waited for him as he put out his smoke and opened the door.

“Brittney, I’m so glad you could make it.” He smiled and leaned in for a hug. She squeezed his neck as the smell of nicotine and a spring rain washed over her.

“Yeah, I only have an hour. Are they here?”

“Yes. Waiting for you and I.”

“Did you bring it this time?” He asked her

“Yeah,” she lifted her shoulder bag tapped on the heavy bulge inside.

“Good.” He grunted and stepped ahead of her.

He opened the door at the back of long hallway and waved her in. Aromas, light, color and music flooded her senses.  A cheer went up from the tables as she walked in and found her seat next to her new friend Becky, a rail-thin, alto-saxophone player with a high-pitched giggle and a habit of sucking on her teeth. “Brit-n-Beck” they had already started to call them together. She smiled and pulled her bag up as she sat down and then yanked out an over-large Bible. It was the one from the display case at home. It was big, dusty and hard to carry, but for the first time Brittney’s family lineage wouldn’t be the only page she looked at. The potluck at her new church felt like her new home. And it was time to get what she needed, some more koinōnia.

What is koinōnia? 

It’s like a drug. It’s biological, it’s spiritual, and it is emotional. It touches every area of life and once you’ve had a taste, you can’t quit trying to get more of it. I should know. I do it all the time. I thought at first, that I was crazy, but the cravings don’t just quit. They get stronger and stronger. You think about it all the time. You wonder who else knows. You’ll do outrageous things to get more.

“And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.” Acts 2:42

“Fellowship” is the Greek word  koinōnia, pronounced like this; coin-ō-nē’-ä.  But this isn’t just any kind of fellowship. It’s fellowship with like-minded believers. This is not some estranged emotional awkwardness like you’d find at an adult family dinner. This is true friendship. People sitting together who have a like-minded cause and mutual understanding. Of course, koinōnia is just a word like a bat, or a bank or money it is neither bad nor good. Hitler also sought koinōnia. 

What can  koinōnia do to you?

It is addicting, God-designed and a natural need of all humans. It has been twisted by the devil and it holds qualities that few outside the fellowship will understand. But when mixed with the right ingredients, koinōnia is incredible powerful. It literally means; full-sharing, intimacy, like-minded believing, and sharing fully without holding back. Counselors use it, AA uses it and churches use it in Sunday school. Here’s the drawback. You can’t just have koinōnia with anyoneChurch is not a guaranteed safe place for it. The stone walls don’t hold out the manipulative element. You have to earn trust. You have to build believing. All parties must be fully invested. That isn’t built in one Sunday.

There are two major ingredients most Christians leave out keep the koinōnia, from fully manifesting. Tomorrow we’ll go over all the ingredients in koinōnia, and the two missing from most Christian relationships. Then, I’ll also show you how to get some of your own and why you shouldn’t try to live without it. In the mean time…

God bless you today!

009: What Are the Two Greatest Contrasts Ever?

In one new moment, one new beginning, one new chapter, one new era two great contrasts changed the world forever. The universe hinged on that moment and all of time and the world’s course were changed on the day of Pentecost. Something far more cataclysmic in size and scope than we have ever explored changed it. But what? What changed everything? The day of Pentecost issued in a new administration. Like when a new president arrives into office at the White House we also live in a new administration.

 

We all know by now that the incredible gift of holy spirit was poured out as an earnest or down payment on what we will receive when we get to heaven. We’ve been exploring that for the last seven posts during this amazing series. But did you know that something else happened too.

The Age of Grace.

Every believer prior to the Age of Grace was judged, justified and sanctified based on The Law of the Prophets. This was the ten commandments and the sacrificing of the lamb and so on and so forth.

“For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.” John 1:17

 This doesn’t mean that because we live in the Age of Grace there is no law, or vice versa; because the Age of Grace had not yet come before Jesus Christ there was no grace. Quite on the contrary! The law was still the revelation of God’s will. When He asked the Jews to obey the commandments and they sinned anyway, He showed them grace. When we who live in grace are required to fulfill the conditions of a promise in order to abundantly reap the rewards of the blessing, that is law. God has never been without grace, nor without law. He is both just, and benevolent.

But, where in the Word of God there is a dispensation of Grace it never mingle these two principles.

Law always has a place and work distinct and wholly different from that of grace.

Law is God prohibiting and requiring; grace is God beseeching and bestowing. Law is a ministry of condemnation; grace of forgiveness. Law curses; grace redeems from that curse. Law kills; grace makes alive. Law shuts every mouth before God; grace opens every mouth to praise Him. Law puts a great and guilty distance between God and man; grace makes the guilty man nigh to God. Law says, “an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth”; grace says, “love your enemies, bless them that despite-fully use you.

Law utterly condemns the best man; grace freely justifies the worst.

There are so many sharp contrasts between the two principles. Out of necessity God gave the Law. Man was without redemption, tricked out of fellowship and their standing with God was in constant flux. How God got anything done back in the old testament is beyond me. They had so many requirements in order to hear from God that few accomplished it. By the time Jesus Christ was born it had been four-hundred years since anyone had been able to fellowship with God and fulfill the requirements. Think of the dark and sad time that must have been for God. After -all, didn’t He create Adam and Eve so He could fellowship with them? Only to have it stolen by the devil.

There are three errors that have crept into the Church concerning the Law. Yes, we are beyond the days of rigid requirements. Jesus Christ set two laws above all else.

“Master, which [is] the great commandment in the law? 37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second [is] like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” Matthew 22;36-40

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But we still have those two laws ruled by the law of love. So what goes wrong when it comes to the law? How do believers today error when it comes to law versus grace?

  1. Antinomianism– or the denial of all rule over the lives of believers; the affirmation that, because saved by God’s free grace, wholly without merit, men are not required to live holy lives and walk in love.  They profess that they know God but their works deny Him. “They profess that they know God; but in works they denyhim, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.” Titus 1:16
  2. Ceremonialism– In its first form, the demand that believers should observe the Levitical ordinances. “And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brethren, and said, Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved.” Acts 15:1
  3. Galatianism, or the mingling of law and grace –the teaching that justification is partly by grace, partly by law,; or, that grace is given to enable an otherwise helpless sinner to keep the law. This error was warned about most of all. “This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?” Galatians 3:2-3

What I have found, and these tell us, is a born-again believer will learn of grace and do one of two things; run back to the rule of law or run the opposite direction. God’s goodness and forgiveness saves us. It is also by His goodness and grace that He continues to teach us. Understanding the depth of that goodness takes a huge growth step for the young believer. All their lives they have been told to, “Do this and God will love you or bless you!”, or, “Don’t do that or God will withhold His love and blessing from you”.

Here’s the truth, God will love and bless you anyway! That’s Grace!

What does a believer do, in this contrasting Age of Grace, when they want to live in the center of God’s Will?

That’s where the Law of Love comes in. It is still a requirement of the believer to walk in love.

“For I delight in the law of God afterward the inward man.” Romans 7:22

Embrace the grace and walk in His love! Love/agape is a spiritual love. We must make a conscious decision to walk in it. Just as it was a conscious decision to walk by the law. Following Christ’s example we enjoy the fullness of the abundant life in the perfect “age” of life.

“But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)  And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:5-10

Perhaps one day, we will see the greatness of the moment we are in.

God bless you Today!