Grace June 13
When you feel as if you have not received from God something /- blessings- healings- vision- ministry- words-insight-warnings-material things-/ due to your efforts, obedience, sacrifice, actions…. Or the lack there-of….. You find that you are under works theology of some measure.
The discovery that you have received these teachings, the knowledge of your works theology and these beliefs that they are true biblically, causes you to undermine grace without even knowing it.
Romans 11:6 and if by grace, then it cannot be based on works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace.
The discovery that a person has that they actually live in a works / actions for reward / Christian walk is actually good. Just as in our recovery program, the first step is admission, recognition of a problem. To come to a realization that I have been trained by leaders to live in this rewards kind of relationship with God is good! Even Paul and Peter both had this understanding.
He saw heaven opened and something like a large sheet being let down to earth by its four corners. It contained all kinds of four- footed animals, as well as reptiles and birds. Then a voice told him, “Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.”
“Surely not, Lord!” Peter replied. “I have never eaten anything impure or unclean.”
The voice spoke to him a second time, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.”
This happened three times, and immediately the sheet was taken back to heaven.
This was Paul description of his life under the law as a religious Jew : Romans 7:14-20
We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.
Both came to a place of understanding that works got them no where, except to condemn themselves or question themselves, and even question God. We begin to question even the truth of God when works Christianity does not work. I do this – God does that ….. When God does not do, that is when we question us and question God.
The good news or happy gospel is that it was by His work upon the cross that gave us the ability to understand the simplicity of blessing, receiving, and God’s good nature and ability. Never once thinking, oh I can get away with my actions now ( give license to the flesh) , we are drawn by this goodness and changed by this new creature we have become, with a new righteous nature. Giving our flesh a license to please itself just seems wrong.
For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
We are led by the Spirit, not by the flesh and longer. We must be aware of the desires of he flesh and submit them to the Spirit to overcome the schemes of the enemy. Truthfully this is very easy and not much effort because His love grows in us stronger daily, and from this new found love we are down not holiness, righteousness and our action reflect Him, not us.
Shabba glory – Frank Gresham