holiness

Romans 9 – The Sovereign Grace of God in Christ

Grace isn’t just forgiveness and forbearance, it is the divine influence which is intended to bring the Lordship of God into our life. You don’t have to live in defeat, because Christ provided not only forgiveness, but the power to become the sons of God. Let’s talk.

 

Romans 8 – Free from the Law of Sin and Death!

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. (Romans 8:1-2)

What does it really mean to have been made free from the Law of sin and death? What does this imply for us as believers? Should our life consist of continual defeat and sin, or continual victory? Let’s discuss how Jesus Christ made victory possible, probably, even inevitable to those who surrender their life to God through Him.

Hebrews 4: Enter into HIS Rest!


Just as God rested from His works on the sabbath, we have been given rest from the works of sin, self-will, and all of the damage and drama life has thrown at us. It’s time to really lay it all down at the cross.

Why God REFUSES to bless you


Sometimes people aren’t as blessed as they want to be because it’s just not their season, but sometimes there are other reasons, including God’s refusal to bless us because we won’t steward his blessing well.

Let’s talk.

1 Corinthians 5 – Practical Sanctification: Dealing with Immorality IN the Church


Whenever I hear a Christian say ‘Only God can judge me,’ I’m pretty sure they didn’t read 1 Corinthians 5 closely or even at all. Why? Because in this chapter Paul addresses the fact that the church MUST judge those who claim to be brethren but who refuse to depart from sin. Let’s talk.

1 Corinthians 2 – Practical Sanctifciation


Sanctification is a practical part of the genuine Christian life, and it was never meant to be rocket science. In this lesson, we continue our journey into paul’s ‘first’ letter to the Corinthians and what it means for us in the church today.

What to do with a real prophetic word

For the vision is yet for an appointed time;
But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie.
Though it tarries, wait for it;
Because it will surely come,
It will not tarry. (Habakkuk 2:3)
What to do with a prophetic word:

God never intended for us to chase after prophecies, and no, you don’t ‘need’ a word for every situation you’re in. The Bible says that the just shall live by FAITH, not by prophecy. I’ve got some heavy situations going on right now, and I DON’T want a word about it. I’ve decided I’m going to trust that God didn’t lie to me, that he hasn’t forgotten me, and that my appointed time will come. There’s a time and place for a word, and there’s a time for FAITH which produces works (see James 2).
What then, should you do with a prophetic word? Assuming you’ve tested it and it really was a word from God…
1. Wait for it to come to pass (Hab. 2:3)
2. Speak it back to God
3. Pray concerning it
4. Take action in accordance with the word
5. Ask yourself, ‘What do I need to be doing to position myself to receive what God promised?’ This is NOT in the sense of earning it, but rather in the sense of being ready to handle the responsibility of stewarding the blessing.
6. Ask God the same question.
7. Do what is necessary from #5 and 6.
8. Study scripture related to what God told you.
9. Keep your life CLEAN. The angels don’t cry ‘love, love, love.’ They cry ‘holy, holy, holy.’

God does NOT clear the guilty

And the LORD descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD. 6 And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, 7 Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty ; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’ children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.

–Exodus 34: 5-7

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Integrity doesn’t just slip…

Integrity is more than just avoiding the various pitfalls of obvious sin, though it is difficult to overstate the need for a holy life. Some of us are good at avoiding the more flagrant kinds of sin, but still allow room for seemingly minor (and yet often no less problematic) lapses of conduct, conscience and composure to occur. In Solomon’s case, the slide into flagrant disobedience began immediately after he used deception to take revenge on Shimei in 1 Kings 2. David had promised not to kill Shimei for cursing him years ago, and he instructed Solomon:

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The new depravity…

“And constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain. Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.”
-1 Timothy 6:5-8

God can and does bless people, but we are not to see a relationship with him as a means of acquiring wealth. In this passage we are told that those who do so are _depraved_ and deprived of truth. Once our perspective is skewed to believe that the gospel is about ‘prosperity’ or ‘power to get wealth,’ we have twisted our very perception of God. Our thoughts determine who we are (Proverbs 23:7), and so, a corrupted perception of God will inevitably contaminate everything that we do. Consider that much of church leadership today preaches endlessly about prosperity but remains entirely silent on some of the glaring signs of the times. The pursuit of financial status has become the main focus of the gospel, with some self-help philosophy thrown in, making for a gospel which is self-serving and self-centered, one that does not resemble the gospel of self-denial that Christ Himself preached…

This in turn has led to an exodus of the truth from the ministry of the Word. It is now standard practice in mainstream ministry to avoid expository preaching and teaching in favor of topical preaching, so that subjects which may offend people can be sidestepped. Sin, morality, a deeper work of the cross in the life of the believer, holiness, consecration, and the relational protocols of scripture which require us to never condone or tolerate habitual sin among the saints are truths of which congregations are now largely deprived. thus sin rus rampant in the churches, and the emerging generations are rising without an absolute sense of ethics, morality, or of separation from the world and its carnality.

Even on the subject of prosperity very little is said that is not entirely defined and pursued in the world’s terms and exclusively within its system. God’s people are told to go after wealth and buy the poorly-built stick frame houses that have a useful lifespan of 40 years and will require extensive maintenance, instead of seeking out, or even creating alternative housing which is much more durable, sustainable, and affordable. Alternatives is exist in abundance, and in many cases these alternative are so much more affordable that families could own their home outright with no debt within a few years, or even build them with no debt at all. Consider this, and then take some time to think of every mode of ‘prosperity’ of which we commonly speak, and examine these ‘blessings’ in terms of whether they are conducive to a dependency on the world system. If there is a good deal of that dependency, then we must consider the possibility that these may not be the avenues we are to pursue if we are to be as free from the world’s systems as much as is possible.

The challenge: recommit to Biblical perspectives, pursue godliness, and think outside the box of how the world defines prosperity and how we ought to embrace it.