Thursday, February 25, 2010

You are a new CREATION, not a new discovery!

Revelation [of the TRUTH] is a powerful thing - when we realize that abundance, growth and fullness of Joy is ACCESSIBLE and not ACHIEVABLE, a supernatural peace will rest over us, and our journey into increasing Glory will begin to accelerate.

Just read through some of these truths until your spiritual tongue begins to salivate for more:

We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. (Romans 6:4)
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
…and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds… (Ephesians 4:23)
…and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. (Ephesians 4:24)
…and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. (Colossians 3:10)
But now we are released from the law, having died to that which held us captive, so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit and not in the old way of the written code. (Romans 7:6)

Since God created the world and the universe, can we “un-create” it?
We can certainly neglect and abuse (AB-normal USE) it, but when God said, “let there be light”, no matter what you do, light exists.

In the same way, as a born again believer, we are not a “New Discovery” to God, we are a “New CREATION”. No matter what you do as a child of God, it’s He who has eliminated the “old” and made us into a brand new “creature” - a “creature” who is created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness (Ephesians 4:24).

God has done all the work to enable us to walk in newness of life – as effortless as it was for Christ to rise from the dead (He was just lying there), we too might walk in newness of life – it was the glory of the Father that rose Christ from the dead, and just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. (Romans 6:4). The “effort” required on our part, is to constantly renew our minds regarding the truth about the grace of God, and His love for us.

We all know someone who has "left church" and distanced themselves from fellowship, and this dawned on me recently: The term "backslidden" is a legalistic, man-made term to traditionally label an "inactive" Christian based on their fruitfulness and attendance to meetings.If a person is saved they cannot "backslide", where would they backslide to?
Back into an unsaved state?
Or maybe into a lower level/category of righteousness?
No, that's ridiculous!
All that's happened is they've forgotten who they truly are in Christ.
In God's eyes...they've never "left church"...because they are the church. This emphasizes the need and importance for a constant revelation of God's love and goodness.The consequences of forgetting who we are in Christ and what He has accomplished for us by His grace, is very real and tragic at times (ranging from not experiencing His tangible presence, to Christian suicides). And the reason is not “backsliding” into carnality (that’s merely the effect), it’s simply forgetting the truth about who we are in Christ, and how He truly feels about us – He is constantly burning with passion to shower us with His Glory and abundance, as He sees only the righteousness of Jesus in us.

Friday, February 19, 2010

"It is Finished"!

The degree to which we walk in freedom, is directly proportional to the revelation we have of these words that Jesus spoke shortly before He "breathed His last".

His declaration of "It is Finished" can only mean one of two things when reading this verse.
Since Jesus had just taken a drink of water mixed with wine seconds before making this statement, He was either talking about the drink He just had, or the purpose of His life...I like to cling to the latter.

God has ONE agenda - for us to discover AND walk in what He has already "FINISHED". This is the Grace of God; that we Know the truth...and simply receive it! Awesome!!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Grace is the doorway to MORE!

Many people forget or mis-interperate God's grace.
They have reached the point of realising that grace is God's unconditional and abundant goodness and favour towards us, regardless of our behaviour. But grace is not magic - it doesn't nullify free-will - we still need to consciously allow God's grace to impact, empower and improve us into ever increasing glory.

There is an "effort" on our part in order for us to actually encounter and taste ABUNDANT goodness, and the "effort" is this:
To personally KEEP KNOWING (on a daily basis) - To constantly soak and saturate our thinking/minds with God's grace (i.e His desire and plan to bless, prosper, heal restore and increase us from glory to glory).

I feel that many have sunk into a deceptive comfort zone regarding the message of God's grace - they think that just because they are exposed to a grace message or go to a "grace-embracing" church, that God's grace will automatically manifest in its fullness (in many ways it does to be honest - God is good to us constantly without us even realising it...but there is MORE to receive!)

People who have become bored and frustrated with the grace message are feeling that way only because they are hearing it preached at/to them. The power and restorative effect of God's grace becomes such an exciting and life-changing revelation when we actually press into it and grab ahold of it, with the knowledge that indeed it is the "missing link" to an inexplicably abundant life!