Thursday, September 15, 2016

Grace & Truth

 “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth” (Jn. 1:14).

Grace without Truth is perverted into a license to sin.

 “Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt compelled to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to God’s holy people. 4 For certain individuals whose condemnation was written about[b] long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord” (Jude Vs. 3-4).

Truth without Grace is a brutal taskmaster that no one can please.

 “God’s law was given so that all people could see how sinful they were” (Rm. 5:20).

Jesus came filled with BOTH Grace & Truth.

 Truth reveals God’s nature and what He expects from us; a righteous lifestyle and a Christ like attitude and character.  Grace empowers us to obey.

 Godliness is impossible without grace. The Christian life is fundamentally a supernatural life. This is why Jesus said, “…no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again” (Jn. 3:3).

Consider the “attitudes” Jesus said are part of Kingdom Life:

 “Blessed (happy) are the poor in spirit (those who know they are spiritually bankrupt) for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed (happy) are those who mourn (those who grieve over the brokenness that fills this world because of sin) for they will be comforted.

Blessed (happy) are the meek (those who know it not about them) for they will inherit the earth.

Blessed (happy) are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness (those who have died to self—and long only to honor and please God) for they will be filled.

Blessed (happy) are the merciful (those who never seek vengeance—but instead always offer forgiveness) for they will be shown mercy.

Blessed (happy) are the pure in heart (those whose ONLY desire is to please God) for they will see God.

Blessed (happy) are the peacemakers (those who build bridges of reconciliation) for they will be called children of God.

Blessed (happy) are those who are persecuted because of righteousness (those who are belittled, marginalized, disrespected and even tortured because of Jesus) for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”
(Mt. 5:3-10).

 NO ONE can live like this on their own steam. This is NOT a NATURAL life.

ONLY those who have been BORN AGAIN (born from above, or reborn spiritually--via repentance and faith) have the GRACE-POWER living within them  to live this kind of life.

EVERY time we approach Christianity as a self-help philosophy; a set of teachings that we should try to live by in order to make our lives better---we will fail miserably. You don’t NATURALLY rejoice when you are tortured of treated cruelly because of your profession of faith in Jesus. ONLY those who have laid their lives aside and fully embraced Christ as Lord and DEPEND on HIS Grace-Power have the POWER to live like this.  This is what Jesus can FULL of---GRACE (power to live by God's TRUTH.

This is why the FIRST step to LIVING for Jesus is DYING to SELF. Flesh (our self-centered-sin-nature) cannot live for God. Adding religion to your life without dying to self and embracing Jesus as King is a recipe for a luke-warm mess of a life. But when you die to self—then you are truly set free in Christ—this world has no more hold on you.

Here are a few verses that reflect this truth:

“For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it” (Mt. 16:25).

“What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? 2 By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? 3 Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life” (Rm. 6:1-4).

“…consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus” (Rm. 6:11).

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Gal. 2:20).

God NEVER intended for you to live a supernatural Christ-honoring life in NATURAL strength… so if you’ve been trying to---QUIT… die to that… freshly surrender the steering wheel of your life back to Christ today and ask Him to fill you up afresh with His Holy Spirit-GRACE-power for living!

Have an awesome and totally victorious day in Jesus!

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