In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 1:1 (KJV)
God and His Word are one. We have deep and intimate fellowship with God by coming to know Him and by communing with Him through His Word. Everything God does He does through His Word, and our hearts filled with His Word will lead to our lives being transformed.
By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name:
Romans 1:5 (KJV)
Obedience in the new covenant is obedience to the faith. Rather than trying to live by the law, our obedience is our commitment to right believing. We are obedient when we believe what God says about us which enables the Holy Spirit to work on the inside of us, shaping us more fully into who God has called us to be.
Communion is a powerful way for us to release our faith to receive what Jesus has already made available to us. I invite you to join me and to participate in this brief communion video.
Many people think of the Blessing as being circumstantial. In other words, that we are blessed when things are going well; and when things are not going well, we are not blessed. However, the biblical definition of the Blessing is to be empowered to prosper. To be blessed means to be set up for victory and success in every area of life!
The truth is that as born again Believers we are blessed. We are blessed on the mountaintop and we are blessed in the valley. We are blessed when things are going well and we are blessed when things are not going well. The reason is that—no matter the situation—victory has already been made available! Jesus has won us the victory two thousand years ago. And as a result of the finished works of Jesus, you and I are blessed!
The opposite of being blessed is to be cursed. And the definition of being cursed is to be empowered to fail. A person operating under the curse is a person who can never quite get ahead. No matter how hard they struggle and strive, it seems that things are always set up to their disadvantage. Friend, regardless of what your past experiences may have been, do you know the Bible says that Jesus has redeemed us from the curse of the law? As a result of the finished works of Jesus, you and I have been redeemed from the empowerment to fail.
Notice what we have been redeemed from is “the curse of the law.” This means that we have been redeemed from sweating and struggling and performing to try to get into right standing with God or to try to get God to bless us. Because of what Jesus has done for us, you and I now have free access to the boundless blessings of God by faith. As a result of the finished works of Jesus, God no longer deals with us based on our performance. And so we need not to work hard to try to get God to move in our lives; all we need to do is put our faith in Jesus. We are called to trust in the sufficiency of the finished works of Jesus rather than in our own performance.
God deals with us purely through the lens of the finished works of His Son. When God looks at you and me, He sees us in Christ. What He sees when He looks at you and me is Jesus in us. And this means that He sees us perfect. Yes, even at those times when we miss it and come up short, the boundless grace and mercy of our Heavenly Father are always there rushing toward us.
Understanding the goodness of God does not give us license to live in sin. The contrary—understanding the goodness of God actually brings about the very change of heart that causes us to no longer want to live in sin. Truly, it is the goodness of God that leadeth people to repentance. It is the goodness of God that turns us from failure and disappointment to living a live of victory and peace.
Heavenly Father, I thank You that You are not holding my sins and my failures against me. Thank You for sending Jesus to deliver me from the bondage of past mistakes and from the guilt and shame of performance-based living, and for bringing me into a place of victory and peace. Teach me how to live as who You have created me to be. In Jesus’ name, amen.
2 Corinthians 5:21
Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?
Romans 2:4 (KJV)
Understanding the goodness of God does not give us license to live in sin. The contrary—understanding the goodness of God brings about the very change of heart that causes us to no longer want to live in sin. It is the goodness of God that turns us from failure and disappointment to a living a life of victory and peace.
Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
Galatians 3:13 (KJV)
We have been redeemed from the curse of the law, meaning that we have been redeemed from sweating, struggling and performing to try to get into right standing with God or to try to get God to bless us. Because of what Jesus has done, you and I now have free access to the boundless blessings of God by faith.
Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.
Acts 3:26 (KJV)
God has sent Jesus into the world to bless us. To be blessed means to be empowered to prosper. And so all of us who have received Jesus have received the blessing, and as a result of being in Christ we are now set up to overcome and have victory in every arena of life. The blessing is a gift of God’s grace, and it starts working in our life as we receive it and walk in it by faith.