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In the steps of faith - (5) he is able
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"..faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness..so that he might be the father of all those believing through uncircumcision, for righteousness to be imputed to them also;..to those walking by the steps of the faith. For the promise that he should be the heir of the world was not to Abraham or to his seed through the Law, but through the righteousness of faith...it is of faith so that it might be according to grace; for the promise to be made sure to all the seed, not only to that which is of the Law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all" (Romans 4:9-16 MKJV) In part 4(Click here to read part 4) we established that it was impossible for God to lie, His integrity is beyond question. Here we look at His ability. [1]. The following text......
In the steps of faith - (4) the guarantor of faith
published . 4 min read
"..faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness..so that he might be the father of all those believing through uncircumcision, for righteousness to be imputed to them also;..to those walking by the steps of the faith. For the promise that he should be the heir of the world was not to Abraham or to his seed through the Law, but through the righteousness of faith...it is of faith so that it might be according to grace; for the promise to be made sure to all the seed, not only to that which is of the Law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all" (Romans 4:9-16 MKJV) In part 3(Click here to read part 3) we saw that faith gives us an advance preview into all that God has provided for us. Here we explore why we can be so sure that His promises......
In the steps of faith - (3) faith : the advance preview
published . 5 min read
"..faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness..so that he might be the father of all those believing through uncircumcision, for righteousness to be imputed to them also;..to those walking by the steps of the faith. For the promise that he should be the heir of the world was not to Abraham or to his seed through the Law, but through the righteousness of faith...it is of faith so that it might be according to grace; for the promise to be made sure to all the seed, not only to that which is of the Law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all" (Romans 4:9-16 MKJV) In part 2(Click here to read part 2), we discovered that faith manifests the reality of what God has already promised. Here we explore this further {words in bracket are......
In the steps of faith - (2) the foundation of faith
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"..faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness..so that he might be the father of all those believing through uncircumcision, for righteousness to be imputed to them also;..to those walking by the steps of the faith. For the promise that he should be the heir of the world was not to Abraham or to his seed through the Law, but through the righteousness of faith...it is of faith so that it might be according to grace; for the promise to be made sure to all the seed, not only to that which is of the Law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all" (Romans 4:9-16 MKJV) In part 1(Click here to read part 1) we saw that faith was essential to enjoying the finished work of Christ. Here we look at the relationship between faith and God's word.......
In the steps of faith - (1) doors of faith
published . 3 min read
"..faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness...so that he might be the father of all those believing through uncircumcision, for righteousness to be imputed to them also;...to those walking by the steps of the faith. For the promise that he should be the heir of the world was not to Abraham or to his seed through the Law, but through the righteousness of faith...it is of faith so that it might be according to grace; for the promise to be made sure to all the seed, not only to that which is of the Law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all" (Romans 4:9-16 MKJV) A lot has been said about faith. The bible says "For it is by God's grace that you have been saved through faith..." (Ephesians 2:8 GNB). The text above......
The mystery revealed - (15) christ in you as you
published . 7 min read
This is why I, Paul, am in jail for Christ, having taken up the cause of you outsiders, so-called. I take it that you're familiar with the part I was given in God's plan for including everybody. I got the inside story on this from God himself, as I just wrote you in brief. As you read over what I have written to you, you'll be able to see for yourselves into the mystery of Christ. None of our ancestors understood this. Only in our time has it been made clear by God's Spirit through his holy apostles and prophets of this new order. The mystery is that people who have never heard of God and those who have heard of him all their lives (what I've been calling outsiders and insiders) stand on the same ground before God. They get the same offer, same help, same promises in......
A covenant paradigm shift - (12) shift
published . 8 min read
"..Jesus has been given priestly work which is superior to theirs,..the covenant which he arranged between God and his people is a better one, because it is based on promises of better things. If there had been nothing wrong with the first covenant, there would have been no need for a second one..By speaking of a new covenant, God has made the first one old; and anything that becomes old and worn out will soon disappear." (Hebrews 8:6-13 GNB) paradigm, paradigm shift - From the Greek word paradhma (paradigma),... a paradigm is simply the predominant worldview in the realm of human thought..A paradigm shift occurs when cultures transform their way of thinking from one thought system to another. For instance, prior to Copernicus and Galileo (ca. 1600), most people believed that......
- a covenant paradigm shift - (11) the new old covenant
published . 11 min read
In this series, we have explored the old and new covenant and the need to start living in the new and not go back to the old(Click here to read part 10). In practical terms, there is a large number of Christians who have woken up to the fact that we are no longer to follow the old covenant literally, and would consider they live under the new covenant. The reality is that they still live under the paradigm of the old, merely replacing the old covenant with a new variant of it. Here we explore this phenomenon. . Majority of Christians see salvation as God forgiving their sins up to the point of conversion and then giving them the Holy spirit to help them lead a better life. This mindset leads to an unending campaign of self-improvement, which is fraught with a succession of highs and lows.......
The mystery revealed - (14) key to the mystery
published . 8 min read
This is why I, Paul, am in jail for Christ, having taken up the cause of you outsiders, so-called. I take it that you're familiar with the part I was given in God's plan for including everybody. I got the inside story on this from God himself, as I just wrote you in brief. As you read over what I have written to you, you'll be able to see for yourselves into the mystery of Christ. None of our ancestors understood this. Only in our time has it been made clear by God's Spirit through his holy apostles and prophets of this new order. The mystery is that people who have never heard of God and those who have heard of him all their lives (what I've been calling outsiders and insiders) stand on the same ground before God. They get the same offer, same help, same promises in......
The mystery revealed - (13) preparing the messenger
published . 8 min read
This is why I, Paul, am in jail for Christ, having taken up the cause of you outsiders, so-called. I take it that you're familiar with the part I was given in God's plan for including everybody. I got the inside story on this from God himself, as I just wrote you in brief. As you read over what I have written to you, you'll be able to see for yourselves into the mystery of Christ. None of our ancestors understood this. Only in our time has it been made clear by God's Spirit through his holy apostles and prophets of this new order. The mystery is that people who have never heard of God and those who have heard of him all their lives (what I've been calling outsiders and insiders) stand on the same ground before God. They get the same offer, same help, same promises in......
The mystery revealed - (12) setting the stage
published . 8 min read
This is why I, Paul, am in jail for Christ, having taken up the cause of you outsiders, so-called. I take it that you're familiar with the part I was given in God's plan for including everybody. I got the inside story on this from God himself, as I just wrote you in brief. As you read over what I have written to you, you'll be able to see for yourselves into the mystery of Christ. None of our ancestors understood this. Only in our time has it been made clear by God's Spirit through his holy apostles and prophets of this new order. The mystery is that people who have never heard of God and those who have heard of him all their lives (what I've been calling outsiders and insiders) stand on the same ground before God. They get the same offer, same help, same promises in......
A covenant paradigm shift - (10) how big is your salvation?
published . 4 min read
In part 9 (click here to read it), we looked at the fact that trying to live under the old covenant was a backward step. Unfortunately, there is a tendency to want to do so. . There is a tendency for Gentiles to vie towards the law that the Jews could not fulfill. When it was never meant for them and fell short of the superior results achieved through the spirit. 1. "I marvel that you so soon are being moved away from Him who called you into the grace of Christ, to another gospel, which is not another, but some are troubling you, and desiring to pervert the gospel of Christ." (Galatians 1:6-7 MKJV) 2. "O foolish Galatians, who bewitched you not to obey the truth, to whom before your eyes Jesus Christ was written among you crucified? This only I would learn from you: Did you......
A covenant paradigm shift - (9) don't backslide
published . 6 min read
In part 8 (click here to read it), we discovered that the old covenant was never given to the Gentiles and that the new covenant was the one that brought everyone together into covenant with God. Here we look at this further and explore the consequences of a gentile trying to live under the outdated old covenant. . The new covenant is the ultimate, all-inclusive upgrade to the old covenant. 1. "But now, Jesus has been given priestly work which is superior to theirs, just as the covenant which he arranged between God and his people is a better one, because it is based on promises of better things. If there had been nothing wrong with the first covenant, there would have been no need for a second one." (Hebrews 8:6-7 GNB) 2. "The Law was carved in letters on stone tablets,......
A covenant paradigm shift - (8) whose covenant is it anyway?
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So far we have looked at the differences between the new and old testament and established that the new has superseded the old and we should live in the power of the new by God's spirit(click here to read part 7). . Strictly speaking, what we have covered so far, should only have relevance in the context of a Jewish believer, as the old testament was never given to the gentiles (all non-Jews). 1. "You Gentiles by birthcalled "the uncircumcised" by the Jews, who call themselves the circumcised (which refers to what men do to their bodies)remember what you were in the past. At that time you were apart from Christ. You were foreigners and did not belong to God's chosen people. You had no part in the covenants, which were based on God's promises to his people, and......
Pride, the king and the beast
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"Your Majesty, God Most High has sent you this message, and it means that you will be forced to live with the wild animals, far away from humans. You will eat grass like a wild animal and live outdoors for seven years, until you learn that God Most High controls all earthly kingdoms and chooses their rulers. But he gave orders not to disturb the stump and roots. This is to show that you will be king once again, after you learn that the God who rules from heaven is in control. Your Majesty, please be willing to do what I say. Turn from your sins and start living right; have mercy on those who are mistreated. Then all will go well with you for a long time. About twelve months later, I was walking on the flat roof of my royal palace and admiring the beautiful city of Babylon, when these......
The mystery revealed - (11) hidden wisdom
published . 8 min read
This is why I, Paul, am in jail for Christ, having taken up the cause of you outsiders, so-called. I take it that you're familiar with the part I was given in God's plan for including everybody. I got the inside story on this from God himself, as I just wrote you in brief. As you read over what I have written to you, you'll be able to see for yourselves into the mystery of Christ. None of our ancestors understood this. Only in our time has it been made clear by God's Spirit through his holy apostles and prophets of this new order. The mystery is that people who have never heard of God and those who have heard of him all their lives (what I've been calling outsiders and insiders) stand on the same ground before God. They get the same offer, same help, same promises in......
The mystery revealed - (10) the son knows
published . 7 min read
This is why I, Paul, am in jail for Christ, having taken up the cause of you outsiders, so-called. I take it that you're familiar with the part I was given in God's plan for including everybody. I got the inside story on this from God himself, as I just wrote you in brief. As you read over what I have written to you, you'll be able to see for yourselves into the mystery of Christ. None of our ancestors understood this. Only in our time has it been made clear by God's Spirit through his holy apostles and prophets of this new order. The mystery is that people who have never heard of God and those who have heard of him all their lives (what I've been calling outsiders and insiders) stand on the same ground before God. They get the same offer, same help, same promises in......
The mystery revealed - (9) unmatched wisdom
published . 6 min read
This is why I, Paul, am in jail for Christ, having taken up the cause of you outsiders, so-called. I take it that you're familiar with the part I was given in God's plan for including everybody. I got the inside story on this from God himself, as I just wrote you in brief. As you read over what I have written to you, you'll be able to see for yourselves into the mystery of Christ. None of our ancestors understood this. Only in our time has it been made clear by God's Spirit through his holy apostles and prophets of this new order. The mystery is that people who have never heard of God and those who have heard of him all their lives (what I've been calling outsiders and insiders) stand on the same ground before God. They get the same offer, same help, same promises in......
Salvation unraveled - (18) salvation is his life
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"We were God's enemies, but he made us his friends through the death of his Son. Now that we are God's friends, how much more will we be saved by Christ's life!" (Romans 5:10 GNB) (Click here to read part 17) In this series we have established the following: . God's eternal purpose is to live with us forever. 1. "How blessed is God! And what a blessing he is! He's the Father of our Master, Jesus Christ...Long before he laid down earth's foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love. Long, long ago he decided to adopt us into his family through Jesus Christ. (What pleasure he took in planning this!) He wanted us to enter into the celebration of his lavish gift-giving by the hand of......
The mystery revealed - (8) it's plain to the simple
published . 9 min read
This is why I, Paul, am in jail for Christ, having taken up the cause of you outsiders, so-called. I take it that you're familiar with the part I was given in God's plan for including everybody. I got the inside story on this from God himself, as I just wrote you in brief. As you read over what I have written to you, you'll be able to see for yourselves into the mystery of Christ. None of our ancestors understood this. Only in our time has it been made clear by God's Spirit through his holy apostles and prophets of this new order. The mystery is that people who have never heard of God and those who have heard of him all their lives (what I've been calling outsiders and insiders) stand on the same ground before God. They get the same offer, same help, same promises in......
The mystery revealed - (7) they are not ignorant
published . 8 min read
This is why I, Paul, am in jail for Christ, having taken up the cause of you outsiders, so-called. I take it that you're familiar with the part I was given in God's plan for including everybody. I got the inside story on this from God himself, as I just wrote you in brief. As you read over what I have written to you, you'll be able to see for yourselves into the mystery of Christ. None of our ancestors understood this. Only in our time has it been made clear by God's Spirit through his holy apostles and prophets of this new order. The mystery is that people who have never heard of God and those who have heard of him all their lives (what I've been calling outsiders and insiders) stand on the same ground before God. They get the same offer, same help, same promises in......
Salvation unraveled - (17) his name and authority
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In part 16 (click here to read it) we discovered that in union with Christ we inherited the universe and should enjoy all He has provided at His pleasure. Here we look at the legal implications of union with regards to His authority and the right to use His name. . God has invested His power and authority in Christ. 1. "See to it, then, that no one enslaves you by means of the worthless deceit of human wisdom, which comes from the teachings handed down by human beings and from the ruling spirits of the universe, and not from Christ. For the full content of divine nature lives in Christ, in his humanity, and you have been given full life in union with him. He is supreme over every spiritual ruler and authority. In union with Christ you were circumcised, not with the circumcision that......
The mystery revealed - (6) they still don't get it
published . 5 min read
This is why I, Paul, am in jail for Christ, having taken up the cause of you outsiders, so-called. I take it that you're familiar with the part I was given in God's plan for including everybody. I got the inside story on this from God himself, as I just wrote you in brief. As you read over what I have written to you, you'll be able to see for yourselves into the mystery of Christ. None of our ancestors understood this. Only in our time has it been made clear by God's Spirit through his holy apostles and prophets of this new order. The mystery is that people who have never heard of God and those who have heard of him all their lives (what I've been calling outsiders and insiders) stand on the same ground before God. They get the same offer, same help, same promises in......
The mystery revealed - (5) missing the messiah
published . 6 min read
This is why I, Paul, am in jail for Christ, having taken up the cause of you outsiders, so-called. I take it that you're familiar with the part I was given in God's plan for including everybody. I got the inside story on this from God himself, as I just wrote you in brief. As you read over what I have written to you, you'll be able to see for yourselves into the mystery of Christ. None of our ancestors understood this. Only in our time has it been made clear by God's Spirit through his holy apostles and prophets of this new order. The mystery is that people who have never heard of God and those who have heard of him all their lives (what I've been calling outsiders and insiders) stand on the same ground before God. They get the same offer, same help, same promises in......
The mystery revealed - (4) perverting truth
published . 3 min read
This is why I, Paul, am in jail for Christ, having taken up the cause of you outsiders, so-called. I take it that you're familiar with the part I was given in God's plan for including everybody. I got the inside story on this from God himself, as I just wrote you in brief. As you read over what I have written to you, you'll be able to see for yourselves into the mystery of Christ. None of our ancestors understood this. Only in our time has it been made clear by God's Spirit through his holy apostles and prophets of this new order. The mystery is that people who have never heard of God and those who have heard of him all their lives (what I've been calling outsiders and insiders) stand on the same ground before God. They get the same offer, same help, same promises in......
The mystery revealed - (3) the blindness of personal agenda
published . 5 min read
This is why I, Paul, am in jail for Christ, having taken up the cause of you outsiders, so-called. I take it that you're familiar with the part I was given in God's plan for including everybody. I got the inside story on this from God himself, as I just wrote you in brief. As you read over what I have written to you, you'll be able to see for yourselves into the mystery of Christ. None of our ancestors understood this. Only in our time has it been made clear by God's Spirit through his holy apostles and prophets of this new order. The mystery is that people who have never heard of God and those who have heard of him all their lives (what I've been calling outsiders and insiders) stand on the same ground before God. They get the same offer, same help, same promises in......
The mystery revealed - (2) the consequences of biblical dyslexia
published . 4 min read
This is why I, Paul, am in jail for Christ, having taken up the cause of you outsiders, so-called. I take it that you're familiar with the part I was given in God's plan for including everybody. I got the inside story on this from God himself, as I just wrote you in brief. As you read over what I have written to you, you'll be able to see for yourselves into the mystery of Christ. None of our ancestors understood this. Only in our time has it been made clear by God's Spirit through his holy apostles and prophets of this new order. The mystery is that people who have never heard of God and those who have heard of him all their lives (what I've been calling outsiders and insiders) stand on the same ground before God. They get the same offer, same help, same promises in......
The mystery revealed - (1) spiritual learning difficulty
published . 3 min read
This is why I, Paul, am in jail for Christ, having taken up the cause of you outsiders, so-called. I take it that you're familiar with the part I was given in God's plan for including everybody. I got the inside story on this from God himself, as I just wrote you in brief. As you read over what I have written to you, you'll be able to see for yourselves into the mystery of Christ. None of our ancestors understood this. Only in our time has it been made clear by God's Spirit through his holy apostles and prophets of this new order. The mystery is that people who have never heard of God and those who have heard of him all their lives (what I've been calling outsiders and insiders) stand on the same ground before God. They get the same offer, same help, same promises in......
Salvation unraveled - (16) joint hiers
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In part 15 (click here to read it), we explored the legal implication of sharing Christ's identity. Here we take it further to see what becomes ours in Him as a result. [Text in square brackets are mine] As we have established, we are one in union with Christ sharing the same legal identity. It therefore follows that what ever He owns; we own and whatever He is due to inherit, we inherit too. 1. "See to it, then, that no one enslaves you by means of the worthless deceit of human wisdom, which comes from the teachings handed down by human beings and from the ruling spirits of the universe, and not from Christ. For the full content of divine nature lives in Christ, in his humanity, and you have been given full life in union with him. He is supreme over every spiritual ruler and......
Salvation unraveled - (15) as he is
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In part 14 (click here to read it), we established that we as part of His body of which He is the head, share His legal identity. Here we look at the implications of this. We are one with Christ through union. We share in His legal identity as Christ. If you were to receive a heart transplant, that new heart is now part of you and could not be legally separated from you and when people speak of you past or present that heart is now part of it even though it was not physically there in your past. We have been made one with Christ and therefore cannot be separated from His past or present. We can therefore make the following assertions: (I). What He went through we did (retrospectively) 1. "...We go through exactly what Christ goes through. If we go through the hard times with him,......
Divine comedy - (10) the laughs never stop...
published . 2 min read
This series has been dedicated to transforming your perspective on life's inevitable trials, tests and adversities. In the introduction (click here to read it), we established that such adversities were a fact of life but we have God's assurance that everything we face will workout eventually for our own benefit. More to the point God delights in turning the table on the devil and having the last laugh. To verify this, we have been going through the bible to highlight examples of God's people who have come through negative circumstances and in hindsight turned out to be better off (click here to read part 9). The bible assures us that "...God treats all people alike."(Acts 10:34 CEV) and since "Jesus Christ never changes! He is the same yesterday, today, and......
Divine comedy - (9) framed!
published . 3 min read
This series is dedicated to transforming your perspective on life's inevitable trials, tests and adversities. In the introduction (click here to read it), we established that such adversities were a fact of life but we have God's assurance that everything we face will workout eventually for our own benefit. More to the point God delights in turning the table on the devil and having the last laugh. To verify this, we have been going through the bible to highlight examples of God's people who have come through negative circumstances and in hindsight turned out to be better off (click here to read part 8). The bible assures us that "...God treats all people alike."(Acts 10:34 CEV) and since "Jesus Christ never changes! He is the same yesterday, today, and......
Divine comedy - (8) a taint of irony
published . 2 min read
This series is dedicated to transforming your perspective on life's inevitable trials, tests and adversities. In the introduction (click here to read it), we established that such adversities were a fact of life but we have God's assurance that everything we face will workout eventually for our own benefit. More to the point God delights in turning the table on the devil and having the last laugh. To verify this, we have been going through the bible to highlight examples of God's people who have come through negative circumstances and in hindsight turned out to be better off (click here to read part 7). The bible assures us that "...God treats all people alike."(Acts 10:34 CEV) and since "Jesus Christ never changes! He is the same yesterday, today, and......
Divine comedy - (7) lion feed
published . 2 min read
This series is dedicated to transforming your perspective on life's inevitable trials, tests and adversities. In the introduction (click here to read it), we established that such adversities were a fact of life but we have God's assurance that everything we face will workout eventually for our own benefit. More to the point God delights in turning the table on the devil and having the last laugh. To verify this, we have been going through the bible to highlight examples of God's people who have come through negative circumstances and in hindsight turned out to be better off (click here to read part 6). The bible assures us that "...God treats all people alike."(Acts 10:34 CEV) and since "Jesus Christ never changes! He is the same yesterday, today, and......
Divine comedy - (6) the diy gallows
published . 2 min read
This series is dedicated to transforming your perspective on life's inevitable trials, tests and adversities. In the introduction (click here to read it), we established that such adversities were a fact of life but we have God's assurance that everything we face will workout eventually for our own benefit. More to the point God delights in turning the table on the devil and having the last laugh. To verify this, we have been going through the bible to highlight examples of God's people who have come through negative circumstances and in hindsight turned out to be better off (click here to read part 5). The bible assures us that "...God treats all people alike."(Acts 10:34 CEV) and since "Jesus Christ never changes! He is the same yesterday, today, and......
Divine comedy - (5) songs for victory
published . 2 min read
This series is dedicated to transforming your perspective on life's inevitable trials, tests and adversities. In the introduction (click here to read it), we established that such adversities were a fact of life but we have God's assurance that everything we face will workout eventually for our own benefit. More to the point God delights in turning the table on the devil and having the last laugh. To verify this, we have been going through the bible to highlight examples of God's people who have come through negative circumstances and in hindsight turned out to be better off (click here to read part 4). The bible assures us that "...God treats all people alike."(Acts 10:34 CEV) and since "Jesus Christ never changes! He is the same yesterday, today, and......
Divine comedy - (4) expense paid training
published . 2 min read
This series is dedicated to transforming your perspective on life's inevitable trials, tests and adversities. In the introduction (click here to read it), we established that such adversities were a fact of life but we have God's assurance that everything we face will workout eventually for our own benefit. More to the point God delights in turning the table on the devil and having the last laugh. To verify this, we have been going through the bible to highlight examples of God's people who have come through negative circumstances and in hindsight turned out to be better off (click here to read part 3). The bible assures us that "...God treats all people alike."(Acts 10:34 CEV) and since "Jesus Christ never changes! He is the same yesterday, today, and......
Divine comedy - (3) expense paid blessings
published . 2 min read
This series is dedicated to transforming your perspective on life's inevitable trials, tests and adversities. In the introduction (click here to read it), we established that such adversities were a fact of life but we have God's assurance that everything we face will workout eventually for our own benefit. More to the point God delights in turning the table on the devil and having the last laugh. To verify this, we have been going through the bible to highlight examples of God's people who have come through negative circumstances and in hindsight turned out to be better off (click here to read part 2). The bible assures us that "...God treats all people alike."(Acts 10:34 CEV) and since "Jesus Christ never changes! He is the same yesterday, today, and......
Divine comedy - (2) the deceiver, deceived
published . 2 min read
This series is dedicated to transforming your perspective on life's inevitable trials, tests and adversities. In the introduction (please click here to read it), we established that such adversities were a fact of life but we have God's assurance that everything we face will workout eventually for our own benefit. More to the point God delights in turning the table on the devil and having the last laugh. To verify this, we will be going through the bible to highlight examples of God's people who have come through negative circumstances and in hindsight turned out to be better off. The bible assures us that "...God treats all people alike."(Acts 10:34 CEV) and since "Jesus Christ never changes! He is the same yesterday, today, and forever." (Hebrews 13:8......
Divine comedy - (1) he laughs
published . 4 min read
Very often we face circumstances that appear to be less than perfect and we are subjected to inconveniences in our lives. Our first instinct is to react negatively and begin self-examination to find out what we have done wrong to occasion such adversity or trials. The scriptures make it clear that adversity is a fact of life. 1. "I, James, am a slave of God and the Master Jesus, writing to the twelve tribes scattered to Kingdom Come: Hello! Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don't try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way." (James 1:1-4 MSG)......
Salvation unraveled - (14) legally inseparable
published . 4 min read
In part 13 (click here to read it), we saw that Jesus was the complete package and we have been made complete through union with Him. Here we will look at the legal implications of that union. We are His body, of which He is the head. You cannot legally separate the head from it's body. 1. "Christ is the visible likeness of the invisible God. He is the first-born Son, superior to all created things. For through him God created everything in heaven and on earth, the seen and the unseen things, including spiritual powers, lords, rulers, and authorities. God created the whole universe through him and for him. Christ existed before all things, and in union with him all things have their proper place. He is the head of his body, the church; he is the source of the body's life. He......
The love puzzle - (7) the full picture
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In parts 6 (click here to read it), we established that our love is a response to His amazing love and when it is perfected in us, it casts out fear. Here we look at how all that we have considered so far about His love, fits together into the manifestation of a stress-free love walk. To unlock the puzzle of love, let us re-arrange the text in the 1 John 4 love puzzle within the new covenant context. (I). God is love; He can do nothing but love. "God is love, and anyone who doesn't love others has never known him." (1 John 4:8) (II). God loves us with His kind of love not ours. "God showed his love for us when he sent his only Son into the world to give us life. Real love isn't our love for God, but his love for us. God sent his Son to be the sacrifice by which our......
The love puzzle - (6) the love response
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In part 5 (click here to read it), we discovered that we already had God's love deposited in us through spiritual rebirth, but we needed to renew our minds with this knowledge to manifest it. Here we look at our response to the revelation of God's love for us. (V). "And we ourselves know and believe the love which God has for us. God is love, and those who live in love live in union with God and God lives in union with them." (1 John 4:16 GNB) We cannot operate in what we do not know that we have. We need a revelation of God's love for us. We need to know the intensity and full extent of God's love for us. We must understand its nature and eternal endurance. We must explore its lavish length, width, height and depth. The kind of knowledge referred to here is not......
The love puzzle - (5) love manifestation
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In part 4 (click here to read it), we discovered that we cannot of ourselves, love with God's kind of love, but He can through us. This is the new covenant way of walking in love. Here we look at how to walk in the certainty of His love that is in us. (IV). "My beloved friends, let us continue to love each other since love comes from God. Everyone who loves is born of God and experiences a relationship with God." (1 John 4:7 MSG) This ties nicely into what we looked at in part 3. God is love, His love is unique to Him. He is the only source of this "God kind" of love and therefore anyone who has this kind of love must have got it from Him. If love is the essence of God's DNA, then anyone born of Him will have the same love nature , subsequently relationship......
The love puzzle - (4) love, the new way
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In part 3 (click here to read it), we looked at God's love in contrast to our love. Here we look at walking in God's love within the context of the new covenant. The key lies in the way things work in the new covenant 1. "Now Christ has been appointed to serve as a priest in a much better way, and he has given us much assurance of a better agreement. If the first agreement with God had been all right, there would not have been any need for another one. But the Lord found fault with it and said, "I tell you the time will come, when I will make a new agreement with the people of Israel and the people of Judah. It won't be like the agreement that I made with their ancestors, when I took them by the hand and led them out of Egypt. They broke their agreement with me, and......
The love puzzle - (3) his love, not ours
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In part 2 (click here to read it), we looked at the text in 1 John 4 through the eyes of the new and old testaments. Here we seek to establish God's kind of love and how it differs from ours. (I). "God is love, and anyone who doesn't love others has never known him." (1 John 4:8 CEV) This is a crucial starting point for understanding God. It does not suggest that God considers love very important, it states that Love is the essence of who God is. It is what motivates Him in all interactions with us. He created us as the object of His love. (II). "Real love isn't our love for God, but his love for us. God sent his Son to be the sacrifice by which our sins are forgiven." (1 John 4:10 CEV) We tend to evaluate God's love by our perception of the predominant......
The love puzzle - (2) old or new love?
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In part 1(click here to read it) we looked at the call to love and the challenges it presents. We also established the difference between the old and the new testament approach to our christian walk. With that background in place, let us now look at the text in 1 John 4. 1 John 4:7-21 CEV (7) My dear friends, we must love each other. Love comes from God, and when we love each other, it shows that we have been given new life. We are now God's children, and we know him. (8) God is love, and anyone who doesn't love others has never known him. (9) God showed his love for us when he sent his only Son into the world to give us life. (10) Real love isn't our love for God, but his love for us. God sent his Son to be the sacrifice by which our sins are forgiven. (11) Dear friends,......
The love puzzle - (1) making hard work of love
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Growing up as a Christian, I always knew I was commanded by the Lord to walk in love towards others. In fact the scripture says everything hangs on this. 1. "One of the religion scholars came up. Hearing the lively exchanges of question and answer and seeing how sharp Jesus was in his answers, he put in his question: "Which is most important of all the commandments?" Jesus said, "The first in importance is, 'Listen, Israel: The Lord your God is one; so love the Lord God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence and energy.' And here is the second: 'Love others as well as you love yourself.' There is no other commandment that ranks with these." The religion scholar said, "A wonderful answer, Teacher! So lucid and accurate--that God is......
A covenant paradigm shift - (7) living in the power of the new
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In part 6 (click here to read it), we established that the new covenant was the preferred and ultimate covenant. God's original intent. In the new covenant, Christ gave His life to us, to live through us. Led by His spirit, we can live a standard of life that surpasses that of the old covenant. 1. "There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. But the Law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh; so that the righteousness of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according......
A covenant paradigm shift - (6) the new (eternal) covenant
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In part 5 (click here to read it), we looked at the wonderful benefits of the new covenant. Here we explore how the new covenant was always God's ultimate objective; the one to end all covenants. The old covenant was always a placeholder for the new. A shadow of the new(ultimate) covenant to come. 1. "Only the high priest entered the smaller, inside tent, and then only once a year, offering a blood sacrifice for his own sins and the people's accumulated sins. This was the Holy Spirit's way of showing with a visible parable that as long as the large tent stands, people can't just walk in on God. Under this system, the gifts and sacrifices can't really get to the heart of the matter, can't assuage the conscience of the people, but are limited to matters of......
A covenant paradigm shift - (5) the new paradigm
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In part 4(click here to read it), we looked at the defeciencies of the old covenant. Here we look at the wonderful benefits of the new. 1. "..Jesus has been given priestly..as the covenant which he arranged between God and his people is a better one, because it is based on promises of better things..Now, this is the covenant that I will make with the people of Israel in the days to come, says the Lord: I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. None of them will have to teach their friends or tell their neighbors, 'Know the Lord.' For they will all know me, from the least to the greatest. I will forgive their sins and will no longer remember their wrongs."" (Hebrews 8:6-12 GNB) 2. "Now we......
A covenant paradigm shift - (4) the old paradigm
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In part 3 (click here to read part 3) we looked at why we need to know the covenant under which we live. God introduced the new to replace the old, we can only relate with Him on the basis of the covenant that is in place. The old covenant demanded that dead fallen man should live according to the standards of a divine life without providing the means by which to do it. Here is why the old has been replaced. 1. "Moses wrote God's Law in a book, taking care not to leave out anything. When he finished, he said to the levitical priests, who were in charge of the LORD's Covenant Box, "Take this book of God's Law and place it beside the Covenant Box of the LORD your God, so that it will remain there as a witness against his people. I know how stubborn and rebellious they......
A covenant paradigm shift - (3) why shift?
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In part 2 (click here to read it), we looked at the part our thoughts play in determining the quality of our lives and why we had to renew our minds to start living in the new covenant of grace. Approaching the new covenant while holding the paradigm of the old is a prevalent problem in the body of Christ today. This situation is not incidental neither is it a new one. It is exactly what Christ and later Paul, dealth with during their time on earth. This state of affairs suites the devil to the ground, as it offers him the opportunity to steal from us the benefits of the new by filtering them out through the old. 1. "Jesus also told them this parable: "You don't tear a piece off a new coat to patch up an old coat. If you do, you will have torn the new coat, and the piece of......
A covenant paradigm shift - (2) thoughts and paradigms
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paradigm, paradigm shift - From the Greek word paradhma (paradigma),... a paradigm is simply the predominant worldview in the realm of human thought..A paradigm shift occurs when cultures transform their way of thinking from one thought system to another. For instance, prior to Copernicus and Galileo (ca. 1600), most people believed that astral bodies revolved around the earth (geocentrism); but after the Copernican Revolution (ca. 1600), it became obvious that the earth revolved around the sun (heliocentrism) -- thus, a major paradigm shift occurred from geocentrism to heliocentrism..Simply put, then, a paradigm shift is a pivotal change in humanity's way of thinking regarding a particular worldview. In part 1 (click here to read it), we discovered that God deals with His people......
A covenant paradigm shift - (1) a tale of two covenants
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"..Jesus has been given priestly work which is superior to theirs,..the covenant which he arranged between God and his people is a better one, because it is based on promises of better things. If there had been nothing wrong with the first covenant, there would have been no need for a second one..By speaking of a new covenant, God has made the first one old; and anything that becomes old and worn out will soon disappear." (Hebrews 8:6-13 GNB) paradigm, paradigm shift - From the Greek word paradhma (paradigma),... a paradigm is simply the predominant worldview in the realm of human thought..A paradigm shift occurs when cultures transform their way of thinking from one thought system to another. For instance, prior to Copernicus and Galileo (ca. 1600), most people believed that......
Under my nose
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I'm reminded of an incidence in my early childhood. I had my school bag on my shoulders, yet I went looking all over for it. I guess, it must have been rather light for me not to feel it. I was put out of my toil, when someone inquired if the bag I sought was like the one I was carrying. I dare say, I felt a bit foolish. Looking back at the incident, a few observations came to mind. 1. I already had what I was looking for right under my nose 2. Because I had it, I could not find it else where 3. I could not find it because I was looking for it in the wrong places 4. Because I had excluded my person from the list of possible locations, it never occurred to me to look there 5. It was an endless quest 6. It took an external observer to free me from my futile toil God placed everything we......
Salvation unraveled - (13) the complete package
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In part 12(click here to read it) we covered the fact that at the new birth, we were united with Christ as one spirit so that through union with His life we become alive. Here we look at how great a salvation it is. All that God is and has, was invested in Christ and then we were made one with Christ, so that we are complete in Him. Nothing missing. 1. "For all things were created by him, and all things exist through him and for him. To God be the glory forever! Amen." (Romans 11:36 GNB) 2. "and how very great is his power at work in us who believe. This power working in us is the same as the mighty strength which he used when he raised Christ from death and seated him at his right side in the heavenly world. Christ rules there above all heavenly rulers, authorities,......
Salvation unraveled - (12) his life
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In part 11 (click here to read it), we discovered that we receive life through union with the life of Christ. Here we take a closer look at the life we have received in union with Him. As Christians we no longer have our own life, it was crucified to make way for His life. We only have one life, His life. 1. "For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. Your real life is Christ and when he appears, then you too will appear with him and share his glory!" (Colossians 3:3-4 GNB) The old sin nature died and a new nature with the complete imprint of Christ now lives in us. 1. "I have died, but Christ lives in me. And I now live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave his life for me." (Galatians 2:20 CEV) 2. "Love is made perfect in us in......
Salvation unraveled - (11) the union of life
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In part 10(Click here to read part 10), we saw that when we believe in and call on Jesus to save us, our spirit is recreated in the image o Christ. We receive the life of Christ through death (separation) to the sin-nature and union with Christ. Reversing what happened to Adam and Eve, they were separated from God's life and received the corrupted sin-nature through union with the devil. We receive His life through union of our spirit with His. 1. "But he being joined to the Lord is one spirit. " (1 Corinthians 6:17 MKJV) 2. "Now we look inside, and what we see is that anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new. The old life is gone; a new life burgeons! Look at it!" (2 Corinthians 5:17 MSG) 3. "(None of us ever hate our own bodies.......
Salvation unraveled - (10) receiving the life
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In the last installment (click here to read part 9), we established that we need His life as the antidote to our state of death. The blood of Christ qualifies us to receive His life. Here we look at how we receive it. 1. "But even as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but so that the world might be saved through Him. He who believes on Him is not condemned, but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the......
Salvation unraveled - (9) ready for life
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In the last few installments we have been looking at what Christ's blood achieved (click here to read part 8). The price was now paid and we now belonged to God. His blood cleansed us, so that we can be filled with His life. Christ could now replace our dead sin-corrupted nature with the life giving righteous nature of God. His life, the only antidote for our death. 1. "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." (Romans 6:23 MKJV) 2. "Everybody dies in Adam; everybody comes alive in Christ." (1 Corinthians 15:22 MSG) 3. "The thief comes only in order to steal, kill, and destroy. I have come in order that you might have lifelife in all its fullness." (John 10:10 GNB) 4. "Jesus answered him,......
Journey into rest - (15) the place called "home"
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Starting from part 2 through to 14(click here to read part 14), we established that we ought to trust God with our life and not worry about our upkeep but see that as God's responsibility. We also saw how the devil seeks to ensnare us through lust, when we seek to meet our own needs by any means necessary. This was the strength of all his temptations. If we give our entire lives to God and trust Him completely to look after it. We will not be easy targets for the devil and we will enjoy a better quality of life. A worry free and carefree life; kept by His perfect circumstance-proof kind of peace. The text below sums it up nicely. Someone out of the crowd said, "Teacher, order my brother to give me a fair share of the family inheritance." He replied, "Mister, what makes......
Journey into rest - (14) humbly his
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In part 13 (click here to read it), we looked at the need to renew our minds to the end that we start looking to God to meet our every need. When we establish this truth in our live, we enter His rest with out guilt. Here we will explore this further. The bible makes it clear contrary to popular belief that it is not our responsibility to provide our needs. 1. "Let us give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! For in our union with Christ he has blessed us by giving us every spiritual blessing in the heavenly world. Even before the world was made, God had already chosen us to be his through our union with Christ, so that we would be holy and without fault before him. Because of his love" (Ephesians 1:3-4 GNB) Our responsibility is to look to God for inspiration,......
Journey into rest - (13) resting in him
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In part 12 (click here to read it), we looked at how to walk in God's peace by refusing to worry but trusting Him instead. It takes retraining of the mind to cast all your cares to God. It is not the norm as the world system does not operate like that. 1. "Do not conform yourselves to the standards of this world, but let God transform you inwardly by a complete change of your mind. Then you will be able to know the will of Godwhat is good and is pleasing to him and is perfect." (Romans 12:2 GNB) 2. "Since, then, we do not have the excuse of ignorance, everything--and I do mean everything--connected with that old way of life has to go. It's rotten through and through. Get rid of it! And then take on an entirely new way of life--a God-fashioned life, a life renewed......
Journey into rest - (12) let peace reign
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In part 11 (click here to read it), we looked at how worry tempts us to take matters into our own hands and since we were not created to do so, we miss out on God' best. Here we look at how to walk in His peace and not worry. God's peace does not come on you and overpower you, you have to choose to refuse to worry and let the peace of God reign in your heart. This you do by keeping your mind stayed on Him 1. "Let not your heart be troubled. You believe in God, believe also in Me." (John 14:1 MKJV) 2. "And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which you also are called in one body, and be thankful. Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your......
Journey into rest - (11) he can handle it
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In part 10 (click here to read it), we found that worry was a luxury we could not afford. It degrades our quality of life, the abundant life that Christ came to give. We have to trust God to take care of us. When we accept that God is responsible for every aspect of life, we can cast all our cares on Him. This is when we experience His peace, the antidote to worry. 1. "I've told you all this so that trusting me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I've conquered the world." (John 16:33 MSG) Worry disconnects us from God's best, when as a result of worrying, we take matters into our own hands and start scheming in our own limited resources, we miss out on God's......
Journey into rest - (10) a case against worrying
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In part 9 (click here to read it), We discovered that worry needed to be nipped in the bud, or else we take matters into our own hands. Here we look at the case Christ made against worrying. These following verses put God's ability into context and reveal the root of worry and give us everyday reminders that would help us snap out of it. Every time you are tempted to worry, just observe the nearest bird and flowers and let it remind you that you are of much more value than them and if God looks after them He will do no less for you. 1. Look at the birds: they do not plant seeds, gather a harvest and put it in barns; yet your Father in heaven takes care of them! Aren't you worth much more than birds?" (Matthew 6:26 GNB) 2. "And why worry about clothes? Look how the wild......
Journey into rest - (9) the worry bug
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In part 8 (click here to read it), we looked at why Jesus was able to overcome the pull of the lusts of this world and live in God's will. I would like to turn our attention to another one of the devil's tools to erode our quality of life. 1. "You can't worship two gods at once. Loving one god, you'll end up hating the other. Adoration of one feeds contempt for the other. You can't worship God and Money both." (Matthew 6:24 MSG) "This is why I tell you: do not be worried about the food and drink you need in order to stay alive, or about clothes for your body. After all, isn't life worth more than food? And isn't the body worth more than clothes?" (Matthew 6:25 GNB) When we look at the two verses above. Christ makes what seems like a drastic......
Journey into rest - (8) the answer to temptation
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In part 7 of this series(click here to read it), we contrasted how Jesus dealt with the devils temptation in comparison to Adam and Eve. We discovered that Jesus was fulfilled in God and therefore did not need what the devil had to offer. I would like to explore the aspects of Jesus's life that resulted in His stance when facing temptation. 1. "He who speaks of himself seeks his own glory, but he who seeks the glory of Him who sent Him is true, and no unrighteousness is in Him." (John 7:18 MKJV) 2. "I cannot do anything on my own. The Father sent me, and he is the one who told me how to judge. I judge with fairness, because I obey him, and I don't just try to please myself. If I speak for myself, there is no way to prove I am telling the truth. But there is someone......
Salvation unraveled - (8) sealing the new covenant
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In part 7(click here to read it), we looked at what our response should be to what Christ's blood achieved. Christ's blood sealed (ratified and brought into effect) the new covenant (agreement) that God was making with mankind. Under this new agreement He was going to live in His people and do away with their sins forever, leading and guiding them from within. 1. "Now Christ has been appointed to serve as a priest in a much better way, and he has given us much assurance of a better agreement. If the first agreement with God had been all right, there would not have been any need for another one. But the Lord found fault with it and said, "I tell you the time will come, when I will make a new agreement with the people of Israel and the people of Judah. It won't be like......
Journey into rest - (7) the lust repellant
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In part 7(click here to read it), I showed how the devil used the urgency of my needs to draw me into His web of deception, to trust in the uncertainty of earthly riches. Just as the devil deceived the first Adam, he sought to do the same to Jesus (the last Adam), I would like to contrast how they dealt with this trick of the devil as a learning point for us. 1. "because all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world." (1 John 2:16 MKJV) 2. "The first man was named Adam, and the Scriptures tell us that he was a living person. But Jesus, who may be called the last Adam, is a life-giving spirit." (1 Corinthians 15:45 CEV) As usual, the devil approached Jesus at the point of......
Salvation unraveled - (7) the faith response
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In part 6(click here to read it), we established that the blood of Christ was the final and complete payment for sin. Sin was longer to be an issue separating us from God. If we believe this then we can live free from the conscience of sin. We can then approach God with the spirit of "abba father". 1. "This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It's adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike "What's next, Papa?" (Romans 8:15 MSG) 2. "But Christ was sinless, and he offered himself as an eternal and spiritual sacrifice to God. That's why his blood is much more powerful and makes our consciences clear. Now we can serve the living God and no longer do things that lead to death. " (Hebrews 9:14......
Journey into rest - (5) the deception of earthly riches
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In part 4, I shared that self-dependence finds it's root in the devil and He co-opted Adam and Eve through deception, thereby creating through them a self-dependent world system. Click here to read part 4. The devil usurped my focus and energy in the enterprise of meeting my temporal needs while missing out on all the true riches of God that meet both my current and eternal needs. He offered poor substitutes for the life of God that truly fulfils. He did this to lull me into a false sense of security, thereby de-motivating me from making the most of my relationship with God, being so pre-occupied by self. 1. "If you are thirsty, come and drink water! If you don't have any money, come, eat what you want! Drink wine and milk without paying a cent. Why waste your money on what......
Journey into rest - (4) trusting in earthly riches
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In part 3, I shared how the desire for financial security competed for my attention and focus, which was meant for God and my loved ones. If you missed part 3, click here to read it. It's not that the desire for financial security was wrong, but it is to be achieved through trusting God to meet our needs and direct us. 1. "Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don't worry about missing out. You'll find all your everyday human concerns will be met." (Matthew 6:33 MSG) In this installment I would like to share why this competition exist between wealth and God. The reason lies in the very beginning. When God made Adam and Eve, He made full provision for them; God was their source and met every need. That is the joy of a father; to look after......
Salvation unraveled - (6) the final payment
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In part 5 we established that the blood of Christ was the price paid to make peace with God and buy us out of the bondage to sin that Adams actions consigned humanity to. Click here if you missed part 5. Here we will continue to consider the part that Christ's blood played in God's plan of salvation. It is important to understand the scope of what the blood of Christ accomplished. His blood took care of sin forever. All sin, for all men, for all time. Past, present and future. 1. "Because of the sacrifice of the Messiah, his blood poured out on the altar of the Cross, we're a free people--free of penalties and punishments chalked up by all our misdeeds. And not just barely free, either. Abundantly free!" (Ephesians 1:7 MSG) 2. "He also bypassed the sacrifices......
Journey into rest - (3) whom will you serve?
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In the previous installment in this series, I showed how God began to teach me to trust Him with every part of my life. This came on the back of the revelation that I was never equipped to direct my own life outside of God(click here to read part 2). Having made the decision to trust God with every area of my life, He began to show me the wisdom behind doing so. He took me to Matthew chapter 6. 1. "You can't worship two gods at once. Loving one god, you'll end up hating the other. Adoration of one feeds contempt for the other. You can't worship God and Money both." (Matthew 6:24 MSG) 2. "So then, my friends, because of God's great mercy to us I appeal to you: Offer yourselves as a living sacrifice to God, dedicated to his service and pleasing to him. This is......
Salvation unraveled - (5) he made peace
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In part 4, we saw that God had pre-empted the fact that Adam & Eve would need a savior and provided His solution to sin and death in the person of Christ. He was the perfect Lamb of God with neither spot nor blemish, filled with God's very own life, offered up to save mankind. Click here to read part 4. The wages of Adam's sin was death, which was passed on to all His seed, unless another could pay it. By His blood, Christ paid the debt of sin, on behalf of all mankind. 1. "For He has delivered us from the power of darkness and has translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son; in whom we have redemption through His blood, the remission of sins. ..And through Him having made peace through the blood of His cross, it pleased the Father to reconcile all things to Himself......
Salvation unraveled - (4) behold a savior is born
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So far in this series, we have discovered God's eternal purpose to have us as children of His love. We have also looked at how, through deception, the devil appeared to have derailed God's plan, when Adam and Eve suffered spiritual death. They entered into union with the devil's sin nature thereby becoming His bond slaves. The human race was in need of salvation from ultimate death. As mentioned in part 3(click here to read part 3, if you missed it), God was not without the proverbial "Ace" up his sleeves. Just as soon as Adam and Eve sinned, He made the following announcement; 1. "I'm declaring war between you and the Woman, between your offspring and hers. He'll wound your head, you'll wound his heel." (Genesis 3:15 MSG) The offspring to which......
Salvation unraveled - (3) the great derailment
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In part 2 we witnessed the introduction of Adam and Eve to the experience of death, having been deceived by the devil to pursue their own agenda, just like he had his. Having died a spiritual death and become corrupted by the devil's sin nature(dead in sin). Click here to read part 2, if you missed it. God had to keep Adam and Eve away from the tree that would give them eternal life, to prevent them from living eternally, in a fallen corrupted state, while He implemented His solution to the sin and death problem once and for all. 1. "GOD said, "The Man has become like one of us, capable of knowing everything, ranging from good to evil. What if he now should reach out and take fruit from the Tree-of-Life and eat, and live forever? Never--this cannot happen!" So GOD......
Salvation unraveled - (2) the onset of death
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In part 1 of this series, we discovered that it was God's eternal purpose to have us as His children and the focus of His love. To this end, He created Adam and Eve to rule the earth and subdue it. He told Adam not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil or he would die. Satan came armed with his own agenda of world domination to contradict God and deceive them into rebellion(If you missed part 1, click here to read it). 1. "What a comedown this, O Babylon! Daystar! Son of Dawn! Flat on your face in the underworld mud, you, famous for flattening nations! You said to yourself, "I'll climb to heaven. I'll set my throne over the stars of God. I'll run the assembly of angels that meets on sacred Mount Zaphon. I'll climb to the top of the clouds.......
Salvation unraveled - (1) god's eternal purpose
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In Christian circles we speak a special language called "Christianese", where words like Salvation has it's meaning within that context and everyone assumes that every other Christian knows what it means. It was therefore a great shock to me over a year ago, when I came across messages by Paul Anderson Walsh, where His definition of Salvation was different from what I had believed for nearly 20 years(click here for the free the audio messages I listened to) . The clarity and liberty I received from this revelation has become the bedrock of my rejuvenated Christian experience. I would like to share what I learned with you in a series titled "Salvation Unraveled". Before we can truly understand salvation we need to go back to the very beginning. By this I mean, even......
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The gospel according to rahab - part 2 - woman transformed
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In Part 1 of this blog we looked at Rahab's faith in the ability of the God of the Jews to overthrow Jericho and her response of submission. If you missed it click here to read it. Here we will look at the invasion and the resulting transformation of Rahab's destiny from prostitute to a part in the lineage of Jesus. "Then the priests blew the trumpets, and Joshua yelled: Get ready to shout! The LORD will let you capture this town. But you must destroy it and everything in it, to show that it now belongs to the LORD. The woman Rahab helped the spies we sent, so protect her and the others who are inside her house. But kill everyone else in the town." (Joshua 6:16-17 CEV) The long awaited invasion was here. The impending destruction of Jericho was at hand and Joshua has......
The gospel according to rahab - part 1 - woman of faith
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Mention "Rahab" and many would remember her as the prostitute who helped the Jewish delegates that came to spy out Jericho. It is so easy to be transfixed on her illicit profession that we miss the fact that She did become king David's great, great grandmother by marriage to Salmon and therefore in the lineage of our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ. "..Nahshon had Salmon, Salmon had Boaz (his mother was Rahab), Boaz had Obed (Ruth was the mother), Obed had Jesse, Jesse had David, and David became king.." (Matthew 1:4-6 MSG) There is more to this woman than meets the eye. I suppose we see too much of the acts of "sinners" that we fail to realize that they are all prodigal children, whose return; the Father of all creation, lovingly awaits. The story in Luke......
Self righteousness ("elder brother syndrome")
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(This is a long one(lots of bible text), so get yourself something to drink and relax) In a previous blog titled "Repentance" (please click here to read it, if you missed it). We looked at the story of the prodigal son in Luke 15 and established that true repentance is coming back to your real self, which can only be found in God. When we submit all that we are, to Him, we come home and enjoy all that He has prepared for us. In this blog the focus is going to be on the elder brother, whose behavior typifies that of a self-assessed, self-professed, righteous person. Who believes that they deserve all they get from God by merit of their conduct or abilities and do not understand why others can't shape up and be as good as they are. They also believe that God's love is......
Journey into rest - (2) lock, stock and barrel
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Hi there As I stated in my first blog (click here if you missed it). I will be sharing my journey to the end of myself and into God's amazing rest. As the scripture says ".. there remains a rest to the people of God. For he who has entered into his rest, he also has ceased from his own works, as God did from His." (Hebrews 4:9-10 MKJV). God had gotten my attention when He pointed out that pride was a root cause of my problem. This I found hard to accept, as I did not consider myself a proud person. I however conceded and asked God to show me in what ways, I was proud. Rather than give me a direct answer, He began to show me certain truths from the bible that revealed an underlying philosophy by which I ran my life. It centered around the concept that I was in charge of my......
Repentance
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(This is a long one(mostly bible text), so get yourself something to drink and relax) Hi There In this blog, I would like to share a revelation I had on repentance. He showed it to me from the story of the Prodigal Son. "And he said, A certain man had two sons: And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living. And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want. And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would fain have filled his......
The journey into rest - (1) introduction
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Hi all It's Breadoflife here, I became a Christian in 1985 and have lived through many highs and lows during that time. I have learnt and grown a lot since that time. I have been involved in different facets of Church life from music, youth work, bible studies etc. Even though I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that being a Christian was the greatest thing I had going for me, I still struggled with sin. I would have seasons of life where I would have the upper hand and then all it took was a sequence of unfortunate events/errors in judgement and I would be back in the dumps again. This went on for almost 19 years. Then in 2004 as I was going through a down time, I stumbled upon a website that suggested that pride was the root to my problem. This took me by surprise as I always......