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Monday, January 23, 2012

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO: staying connected

When someone is born again God is the craftsman of their recreated spirit... One is not made better than another... Both are born again perfect in spirit by the hands of the master... Then why are some Christians bringing forth more fruit than others? Why do some lights shine brighter than others? Has God made one better and one worse?  The issue isn't that one Christian was better made than another... The issue isn't that one is stronger... The issue isn't that one is trying harder...
Does the fruit on a branch labor to grow or does it just draw strength from the vine...  Listen to the message "STAYING CONNECTED"

Friday, January 6, 2012

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO: All God's blessings come through his righteousness that he has given to us as a gift through Jesus and his work on the cross

Romans 4:13 For the promise that he would be the heir of the world was not to Abraham or to his seed through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.

It's an elusive concept to wrap your mind around but it's actually the core concept of Christianity... Even though it is shared very little... The old covenant was based on us earning our own righteousness before God... All failed... The new covenant is Jesus giving us his righteousness as a gift through faith in him and his work on the cross... It free's us to enjoy and unconditional love and an unconditional blessing... It's really good news... So good it's hard for folks to believe and therein is the challenge :)

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Righteousness Is Not Right Doing But Right Being

Romans 4:5
5But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness

What do you think righteousness is about? Something you do or something you are? Right doing or right being?

The Bible tells us that after Jesus’ sacrifice at the cross, God imputes righteousness not to those who strive to obey the law (Galatians 2:16), but to anyone who believes in His Son. Because Christ took our sins and gave us His righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:21), the moment we believe in Him, God treats us as righteous apart from our works or obedience. (Romans 4:5–8) This is new covenant righteousness — a righteousness that comes by faith and not works.

You are not righteous because of how morally upright you are. You are not righteous because you exercise self-control. You are not righteous because you read 10 chapters of the Bible daily. You are not righteous because you feel righteous. But you are the very righteousness of God in Christ solely because the sacrifice of Jesus made you so. When you believe this, your faith is accounted for righteousness.

And this is what God wants you to use your faith for. If you are righteous by your deeds, you don’t need faith. You also don’t need faith to know that you are sinful. But you need faith to believe and declare that you are the righteousness of God in Christ, in the midst of your struggles with temptation and sin.

For example, when you feel lousy because you have just shouted at your wife, God wants you to exercise your faith to see yourself as still righteous in the midst of that failure. This living revelation that you are still righteous will give you the strength to love your wife and reconcile things with her.

The devil may remind you of your foul temper and question your integrity: “How dare you call yourself righteous when you just did that!” Just ignore his lies and boldly declare, “I am not righteous because of what I have done or not done. I am righteous only because of the blood and finished work of Jesus at the cross!”