6/26/16 - The Gospel, Salvation, and Sanctification - Part 97

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Read Your Bibles!!!
Read for context. Observe the people. Accept clearly stated theology as "gold refined by fire" (Rev 3:18) and keep away from hyper-doctrinalization. Pray for faith, for God "gives grace to the humble" (Jas 4:6).
Perspective
God Is Light (1Jo 1:5). God is Unity (One - Jas 2:19). We often learn about God by beginning with His attributes and then pointing back to "Him". However, in the end, what He wants us to realize is that these attributes are the results of the eternal God being who He is, intrinsically Light. We do not "construct" God out of a list of attributes (ala existentialism) any more than the human eye can construct white light out of a rainbow.
Light and Synchronicity
Mercy is one facet of God's Light. If we apply the "prism" of systematic theology, we might "see" mercy as a particular "wavelength/color" of light, which is fine for study purposes, but we ought never divorce it from the Unity of the Light, Himself, or His other, infinite attributes.
Making Room For Darkness
If we put God in a box, we have made those areas in our lives where God has been "boxed out" areas of darkness. It is then that we begin wrestling with darkness out of perceived human necessity. Contrarily, if we have the fullness of Light, we do not wrestle with darkness.
"Knowing" is not "living" (eg. Jas 2:19)
Arrogant people lack faith in God.
"Seeing It All As Truth In the Light
Throwing all our anxieties on Him "works" because by faith we say, "Well, we've given it over to Him, and He'll take it from here!" If we wrestle with it with our own flesh (because we are arrogant), we don't have the promises of deliverance; rather, we have darkness to strive against (something we cannot overcome on our own).
God Demands Our Humility
Arrogance cannot deliver you, only God can, leaving you with a single option - humility. A saved/delivered person is an obedient one. An obedient person enjoys God's peace in time, a disobedient one doesn't.
Sanctification
Living the spiritual life, in Christ, in the new creature, is more like avoiding being dragged off of the victor's stand than trying to climb up.
 

6/23/16 - The Gospel, Salvation, and Sanctification - Part 96

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Our Father Is Sovereign
How great to have the promises of a compassionate Father who has the perfect power to pull it all off.
Perspective
God Is Light (1Jo 1:5). God is Unity (One - Jas 2:19). We often learn about God by beginning with His attributes and then pointing back to "Him". However, in the end, what He wants us to realize is that these attributes are the results of the eternal God being who He is, intrinsically Light. We do not "construct" God out of a list of attributes (ala existentialism) any more than the human eye can construct white light out of a rainbow.
Light and Synchronicity
Mercy is one facet of God's Light. If we apply the "prism" of systematic theology, we might "see" mercy as a particular "wavelength/color" of light, which is fine for study purposes, but we ought never divorce it from the Unity of the Light, Himself, or His other, infinite attributes.
Making Room For Darkness
If we put God in a box, we have made those areas in our lives where God has been "boxed out" areas of darkness. It is then that we begin wrestling with darkness out of perceived human necessity. Contrarily, if we have the fullness of Light, we do not wrestle with darkness.
Read Your Bibles!!!
Read for context. Observe the people. Accept clearly stated theology as "gold refined by fire" (Rev 3:18) and keep away from hyper-doctrinalization. Pray for faith, for God "gives grace to the humble" (Jas 4:6).
"Seeing It All As Truth In the Light
Throwing all our anxieties on Him "works" because by faith we say, "Well, we've given it over to Him, and He'll take it from here!" If we wrestle with it with our own flesh (because we are arrogant), we don't have the promises of deliverance; rather, we have darkness to strive against (something we cannot overcome on our own).
Jn 10:37-38
"If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me; but if I do them, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, so that you may know and understand that the Father is in Me, and I in the Father."
God Demands Our Humility
Arrogance cannot deliver you, only God can, leaving you with a single option - humility. A saved/delivered person is an obedient one. An obedient person enjoys God's peace in time, a disobedient one doesn't.
Our Father Blesses Us
Remember, the flesh doubts the goodness of God. But call it out for what it is; a liar. "Stand firm in the faith" (1Co 16:13).
Our Fathers Attacked
The flesh hates any form of godly fatherhood because it implies humility, respect, and obedience. In fact, fatherhood, in general, is offensive to the flesh.
Fathers
• Our Father in Heaven
• Spiritual "fathers" (Apostles, shepherds, etc.)
• Fathers in earthly families
• Father figures (mentors, etc.)
Fathers
The issue with fathers isn't whether or not they are worthy of your respect, it's whether or not YOU are worthy to submit to their authority.
What About Imperfect, Earthly Fathers?
• We can focus on their imperfections, resulting in misery, or;
• We can focus on how God uses them to our benefit and His glory, resulting in blessing.
What About Imperfect, Earthly Fathers?
If you can say in your heart that you trust God the Father in Heaven, then why would you distrust His choice of authority in your life? If the perfect Father placed you in submission to an imperfect father on earth, then the situation is perfect for you.
What About Imperfect, Earthly Fathers?
God never says that a father's failures disqualify him from leading his subordinates under the auspices of authority-orientation. If this were the case, every father in the Bible, besides God, would stand disqualified (in stark contradiction to scripture on obedience to authority).
A Father's Heart
Carrying the responsibility of being a father is difficult enough without the added pressure of being cross-examined by your subordinates. Those who perpetrate this heinous act are actually foremost revealing a distrust towards God (in Heaven), not their fathers (all earthly types).
What About Imperfect, Earthly Fathers?
• We can focus on their imperfections, resulting in misery, or;
• We can focus on how God uses them to our benefit and His glory, resulting in blessing.
Sanctification
Living the spiritual life, in Christ, in the new creature, is more like avoiding being dragged off of the victor's stand than trying to climb up.

 


6/21/16 - Our Good, Merciful Father

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Mt 5:7
"Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy."
Remember the Victory
Overcoming darkness was already done for us by Christ, so when we struggle with certain things, we need to stop wrestling with those things and just turn to the Light. By turning to the Light, which is the Love of Christ, we defeat the darkness lurking in our lives.
Fathers
• Our Father in Heaven
• Spiritual "fathers" (Apostles, shepherds, etc.)
• Fathers in earthly families
• Father figures (mentors, etc.)
"Father"
Jesus' favorite term for addressing God was "Father" (165 times in the Gospels, 100 times in the Gospel of John alone vs. only 15 times in OT). (e.g., Jn 5:17-18; 6:29-40; 8:18-19, 54-58; 10:14-18, 25-30, 38; 14:6-7, 23-24; 15; 20:17; Mk 14:36; Ro 8:15; Gal 4:6)
Our Good, Merciful Father
Our Heavenly Father provides; that's one thing a good Father does.
Our Good, Merciful Father
When a legitimate, sovereign authority allows Himself to be called by a 'vulnerable' name, such as "Abba", that's special, and it shows the mercy and humility of the authority.
Mk 14:36
And He was saying, "Abba! Father! All things are possible for You; remove this cup from Me; yet not what I will, but what You will."
"Abba" - Baker's Dictionary
The rarity of this designation [Abba] for God is striking. There is no evidence in pre-Christian Jewish literature that Jews addressed God as "Abba. " A second unique feature about Jesus' use of Abba as a designation for God involves the intimacy of the term. Abba was a term little children used when they addressed their fathers.
"Abba"
But ask yourself, do you honestly look at God the Father as "Dad"?
Are you comfortable calling Him that? If not, why not?
Jesus Taught His Disciples
"Father" was not just one way Jesus taught his disciples to address God; it was THE way. They were to pray, "Father, hallowed be your name" (Lk 11:2).
Our Father Adopted Us
Jesus is the Son of God, we are adopted sons. This is why He never used the term "our Father"; rather, He used the term "your Father" (in reference to us) versus "My Father" (in reference to Himself). He wasn't slighting us, He was merely saying that intrinsically, He was the Son, whereas we are adopted (Jn 20:17; Mt 5:16, 45, 48; 6:1, 4, 6; 7:21; 10:32-33; Ro 8:12-16).
Our Good, Merciful Father
We must remember, all good things come from our Father above, Jam 1:17. Anything bad in our lives comes from our three enemies; the world, the flesh, and the devil. Free will is used to perform evil, even twisting the good things of God in the process. Our Father may allow certain things, but He is not the author of such things.
Our Father Blesses Us
God's grace is abundantly supplied to all of His children, beyond all that we ask or think (Eph 3:20). His blessings are never-ending, His compassion new every morning (Lam 3:22-23). We find peace in our faith that His grace is sufficient for each of us, regardless of circumstance (2Co 12:9; Php 4:11). (Ro 1:7; 1Co 1:3)
Our Father Blesses Us
Remember, the flesh doubts the goodness of God. But call it out for what it is; a liar.
Stand firm in the faith.
We Thank Our Father
We simply have so very much to be thankful for when it comes to God the Father. First, and foremost, of course, is that He chose to elect us on the premise of His Son's good work on the Cross, whom He sent out of love (Jn 3:16). In proper form, we say, "Thank You!" to the One who gives. (Eph 5:20; Col 1:12; 1Th 1:2-3)
We Thank Our Father
Eph 5:20 -  always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father;
Col 1:12
giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light.
Our Father Is Sovereign
Our Father's immensity ought never be misrepresented in our souls. He is sovereign Lord over all things, even His Son. As such, we ought to fear God and keep His commandments. (1Co 8:6, 15:28; Eph 4:6; Ecc 12:13-14)
Our Father Is Sovereign
How great to have the promises of a compassionate Father who has the perfect power to pull it all off.
Eph 4:6
one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.
Our Father Comforts Us
There is no real comfort, at least not of the eternal sort, in anything or anyone other than God. In any and every circumstance in life, when all else fails, we always have a special place with our Father in Heaven - a place of peace and comfort. (2Co 1:3)
Mic 7:18 NIV
Who is a God like you,
who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance?
You do not stay angry forever
but delight to show mercy.
We Receive Inheritance From Our Father
An inheritance implies that something of value preexists. God is love. God is peace. God is eternal life. Our Father gives us these things as an inheritance, among many other things that will never fade away. (1Pe 1:3-4; 1Jn 3:1)
We Receive Inheritance From Our Father
With God our Father, adoption means we are true sons, and nothing less, because our God is not one to show favoritism.
1Jn 3:1
See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.
We Praise Our Father
Our response in time, in humility, is the same response we will live in for all of eternity - worship God. This is His plan and His ultimate will, for He is worthy of our praise. (Ro 15:5-6; Rev 4:11)

6/19/16 - Father's Day Special

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Mt 5:7
"Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy."
Fathers
• Our Father in Heaven
• Spiritual "fathers" (Apostles, shepherds, etc.)
• Fathers in earthly families
• Father figures (mentors, etc.)
"Father"
Jesus' favorite term for addressing God was "Father" (165 times in the Gospels, 100 times in the Gospel of John alone vs. only 15 times in OT). (e.g., Jn 5:17-18; 6:29-40; 8:18-19, 54-58; 10:14-18, 25-30, 38; 14:6-7, 23-24; 15; 20:17; Mk 14:36; Ro 8:15; Gal 4:6)
"Abba" - Baker's Dictionary
The rarity of this designation [Abba] for God is striking. There is no evidence in pre-Christian Jewish literature that Jews addressed God as "Abba. " A second unique feature about Jesus' use of Abba as a designation for God involves the intimacy of the term. Abba was a term little children used when they addressed their fathers.
"Father"
Jesus' favorite term for addressing God was "Father" (165 times in the Gospels (100 times in the Gospel of John alone) vs. only 15 times in OT). (e.g., Jn 5:17-18; 6:29-40; 8:18-19, 54-58; 10:14-18, 25-30, 38; 14:6-7, 23-24; 15; 20:17; Mk 14:36; Ro 8:15; Gal 4:6)
Jesus Taught His Disciples
"Father" was not just one way Jesus taught his disciples to address God; it was THE way. They were to pray, "Father, hallowed be your name" (Lk 11:2).
Our Father Adopted Us
Jesus is the Son of God, we are adopted sons. This is why He never used the term "our Father"; rather, He used the term "your Father" (in reference to us) versus "My Father" (in reference to Himself). He wasn't slighting us, He was merely saying that intrinsically, He was the Son, whereas we are adopted (Jn 20:17; Mt 5:16, 45, 48; 6:1, 4, 6; 7:21; 10:32-33; Ro 8:12-16).
Our Father Blesses Us
God's grace is abundantly supplied to all of His children, beyond all that we ask or think (Eph 3:20). His blessings are never-ending, His compassion new every morning (Lam 3:22-23). We find peace in our faith that His grace is sufficient for each of us, regardless of circumstance (2Co 12:9; Php 4:11). (Ro 1:7; 1Co 1:3)
We Thank Our Father
We simply have so very much to be thankful for when it comes to God the Father. First, and foremost, of course, is that He chose to elect us on the premise of His Son's good work on the Cross, whom He sent out of love (Jn 3:16). In proper form, we say, "Thank You!" to the One who gives. (Eph 5:20; Col 1:12; Th 1:2-3)
Our Father Is Sovereign
Our Father's immensity ought never be misrepresented in our souls. He is sovereign Lord over all things, even His Son. As such, we ought to fear God and keep His commandments. (1Co 8:6, 15:28; Eph 4:6; Ecc 12:13-14)
Our Father Comforts Us
There is no real comfort, at least not of the eternal sort, in anything or anyone other than God. In any and every circumstance in life, when all else fails, we always have a special place with our Father in Heaven - a place of peace and comfort. (2Co 1:3)
We Receive Inheritance From Our Father
An inheritance implies that something of value preexists. God is love. God is peace. God is eternal life. Our Father gives us these things as an inheritance, among many other things that will never fade away. (1Pe 1:3-4; 1Jn 3:1)
We Praise Our Father
Our response in time, in humility, is the same response we will live in for all of eternity - worship God. This is His plan and His ultimate will, for He is worthy of our praise. (Ro 15:5-6; Rev 4:11)
Fathers
• Our Father in Heaven
• Spiritual "fathers" (Apostles, shepherds, etc.)
• Fathers in earthly families
• Father figures (mentors, etc.)
What About Imperfect, Earthly Fathers?
• We can focus on their imperfections, resulting in misery, or;
• We can focus on how God uses them to our benefit and His glory, resulting in blessing.
Php 4:8 [Message]
Summing it all up, friends, I'd say you'll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious-the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.
What About Imperfect, Earthly Fathers?
If you can say in your heart that you trust God the Father in Heaven, then why would you distrust His choice of authority in your life? If the perfect Father placed you in submission to an imperfect father on earth, then the situation is perfect for you.
What About Imperfect, Earthly Fathers?
God never says that a father's failures disqualify him from leading his subordinates under the auspices of authority-orientation. If this were the case, every father in the Bible, besides God, would stand disqualified (in stark contradiction to scripture on obedience to authority).
Eph 4:26
BE ANGRY, AND yet DO NOT SIN; do not let the sun go down on your anger,
What About Imperfect, Earthly Fathers?
• We can focus on their imperfections, resulting in misery, or;
• We can focus on how God uses them to our benefit and His glory, resulting in blessing.
A Father's Heart
Carrying the responsibility of being a father is difficult enough without the added pressure of being cross-examined by your subordinates. Those who perpetrate this heinous act are actually foremost revealing a distrust towards God (in Heaven), not their fathers (all earthly types).
What About Imperfect, Earthly Fathers?
If you can say in your heart that you trust God the Father in Heaven, then why would you distrust His choice of authority in your life? If the perfect Father placed you in submission to an imperfect father on earth, then the situation is perfect for you.
What About Imperfect, Earthly Fathers?
God never says that a father's failures disqualify him from leading his subordinates under the auspices of authority-orientation. If this were the case, every father in the Bible, besides God, would stand disqualified (in stark contradiction to scripture on obedience to authority).
Fathers
• Our Father in Heaven
• Spiritual "fathers" (Apostles, shepherds, etc.)
• Fathers in earthly families
• Father figures (mentors, etc.)
What About Imperfect, Earthly Fathers?
• We can focus on their imperfections, resulting in misery, or;
• We can focus on how God uses them to our benefit and His glory, resulting in blessing.

6/16/16 - The Gospel, Salvation, and Sanctification - Part 95

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Living In Pretense?
You can't pretend to forgive your brother, and harbor bitterness without God knowing it.
The Heaviness of Unforgiveness
If you're struggling with forgiveness, then ASK God for it! (e.g., ask and you shall receive!) - CONFESS your weaknesses!!! If you don't, you'll be stuck holding something quite heavy over the heads of all the people you've refused to forgive, and you will grow weary.
The Heaviness of Unforgiveness
It takes a concentrated effort to oppose God on the subject of forgiveness.
The Lightness of Forgiveness
The wise believer goes out of their way to make peace. (Jam 3:13-18)
For-GIVE-ness
Love cannot help but express itself - love gives, even when the flesh is repulsed by even the thought of it. "For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same" (Mt 5:46)?
Being Washed Clean of Sin
True confession towards a repentant sinner is forgiveness. We are cleansed from the power of sin (experiential sanctification) when we confess that we've harbored unforgiveness against those who've sinned against us.
Mt 5:44
"But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you"
Loving Our Enemies
It's not about us, and it's not even about them! It's about the Lord, and the immeasurable amount of forgiveness He has given us. And there is the miracle; the power of God in man!
Perspective
Ultimately, regardless of who we might be sinning against, EVERY sin is an offense to God! (2Sa 12:13, Psa 51)
For-GIVE-ness
Love cannot help but express itself - love gives, even when the flesh is repulsed by even the thought of it. "For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same" (Mt 5:46)?
Living In For-GIVE-ness
We've got to go back to the Cross every day of our lives. Forgiveness is an attitude that becomes us. (ala Ps 51:12a "Restore to me the joy of Your salvation...")
"Be" a Vessel of His Love
Receive His love, and forgive your brother with it.
Receive His love, and love your enemies with it.
You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. (Php 4:13)
God Will Humiliate You
God will change our volition, by grace, as it is given to the humble. As necessary, He will humiliate you in order to bring this about. He will hit you where it hurts the most - maybe it's your pride, or your reputation, or your <fill-in-the-blank>. Whatever the case, He will provide you with humility (remember Is 55:8).
God Will Humiliate You
You may have a certain liberty, and God knows that you don't stumble as a result of it. You are free. However, others that you come into contact with may not share in that liberty due to immaturity. God will humiliate you (in a good way, to His glory) so that you don't make others stumble. (e.g., 1Co 8:9-13)
To Whom Much Is Given, Much Is Required
Lk 12:48b .. .From everyone who has been given much, much will be required; and to whom they entrusted much, of him they will ask all the more.

6/14/16 - Guest Speaker: Evangelist Scott Grande - Hindering God's Love Means Hindering Your Sanctification - Part 5

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For-GIVE-ness
With ALL of us being sinners, and ALL of us needing God's mercy, we are motivated by His love to give freedom to others who have sinned against us.
Applying Forgiveness
Forgiveness is a must, if and when someone repents. Luk 17:3-4
Repentance for Forgiveness
Repentance is such an important process in the soul, not for the one doing the forgiving, but in the soul of the guilty party. Their soul must "turn around" to be healed.
Applying Forgiveness
Even though He died for the sins of the whole world, 1Jo 2:2, the Lord said unless people believe in Him, they will "die in their sins", John 8:21,24.
Applying Forgiveness
If people refuse God's offer, their free will is honored by God, and forgiveness will not be applied to them, even though their sins were paid for at the Cross.
The Attitude of Forgiveness
We have no right to hold back the limitless love of God, as He forgave us without limits.
Applying Forgiveness
First of all, forgiveness should always be given in one's own heart. There's never a time that God doesn't want us to give it all over to Him, forgiving those who sin against us, no matter what.
William MacDonald
"The answer is that there are stages in the administration of forgiveness, as follows:
1. When a brother wrongs me or sins against me, I should forgive him immediately IN MY HEART (Eph 4:32). That frees me from a bitter, unforgiving spirit, and leaves the matter on HIS shoulders.
William MacDonald
2. While I have forgiven him in my heart, I do not yet tell him that he is forgiven. It would not be righteous to administer forgiveness publicly until he has repented. So I am obligated to go to him and rebuke him in love, hoping to lead him to confession (Luke 17:3).
William MacDonald
3. A s soon as he apologizes and confesses his sin, I tell him that he is forgiven (Luke 17:4).
For-GIVE-ness
Willingly grant forgiveness and mercy, from the heart, to allow God's love to flow through us fully, unhindered.
The Evil of the Flesh
When our brother comes up to us, asking for forgiveness, with a repentant heart, it is evil in God's eyes to reject him. That is when our own hearts need repentance, and God will see to it that we see our error. Mat 18:35
Prov 19:11
A man's discretion makes him slow to anger,
And it is his glory to overlook a transgression.
Humility is the Key
These are issues of humility folks, on both sides of the aisle. By the guilty party in repentance, and by the innocent party in offering true forgiveness. Without humility, and realizing our place before THE Judge, none of this beauty and healing takes place, and the flow of God's love is hindered.
Mark 11:25
Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you your transgressions.
Passing on Forgiveness
This is so important to the heart of God, that even though He has already forgiven our sins positionally, at the Cross, He will not forgive our sins experientially, in terms of sanctifying us, if we don't forgive others.
Passing on Forgiveness
Experiential sanctification is hindered by our lack of faith, and lack of love. And this is seen in lack of forgiveness, and so God must hold us accountable. Though it will pain us, it's part of His grace plan to complete the good work in us.
William MacDonald on Mat 5:44
"But now Jesus announces that we are to love our enemies and to pray for those who... persecute us. The fact that love is commanded shows that it is a matter of the will and not primarily of the emotions. It is not the same as natural affection because it is not natural to love those who hate and harm you. It is a supernatural grace and can be manifested only by those who have divine life."
Remember the Victory
Overcoming darkness was already done for us by Christ, so when we struggle with certain things, we need to stop wrestling with those things and just turn to the Light. By turning to the Light, which is the Love of Christ, we defeat the darkness lurking in our lives.
Loving Our Enemies
It's not about us, and it's not even about them! It's about the Lord, and the immeasurable amount of forgiveness He has given us. And there is the miracle; the power of God in man!
"Pretend You're a Lightbulb"
"Pretend YOU'RE the light bulb. God's love desires to push grace through you so that you'll light up nice and bright. That brings glory to Him. To whatever degree you tap into His love, to that same degree you shall light up. As you grow spiritually, your light will shine brighter and brighter!"
"Pretend You're a Lightbulb"
"One of the great mysteries in the Word is that in order for you to fully experience God's grace (and therefore His love), you must allow it to pass THROUGH you."
Clinging to the wrong things:
Our looks, our hair, our skin, our bodies. Our reputation, our success, or standing in our families or communities. Our possessions, our money, our comforts in life that we think we "need". Our covert arrogance, so we don't have to be judged or called out for what's wrong in our lives.
"Be" a Vessel of His Love
Receive His love, and forgive your brother with it.
Receive His love, and love your enemies with it.
You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.

 


6/12/16 - Guest Speaker: Evangelist Scott Grande - Hindering God's Love Means Hindering Your Sanctification - Part 4

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Matt 18:21-35
Forgiveness and mercy allows God's love to flow through us, and when we bottle it up, it is evil in God's sight.
Living in pretense?
You can't pretend to forgive your brother, and harbor bitterness without God knowing it.
A truly urgent matter
After all, it's HIS love we are stopping the flow of! How can we be possessive with HIS love? And that after He freely poured it out on us in mercy! May it never be!
Forgiveness and the Heart
God knows the heart, and whether we are surrendering, or pretending.
Applying Forgiveness
Forgiveness is a must, if and when someone repents. Luk 17:3-4
Repentance for Forgiveness
Repentance is such an important process in the soul, not for the one doing the forgiving, but in the soul of the guilty party. Their soul must "turn around" to be healed.
Applying Forgiveness
Even though He died for the sins of the whole world, 1Jo 2:2, the Lord said unless people believe in Him, they will "die in their sins", John 8:21,24.
Repentance for Forgiveness
This is why the Lord said in the beginning of His ministry "repent, and believe the gospel", Mar 1:15. And Paul followed suit in his pattern of giving the gospel, Act 20:21. He preached "repentance towards God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ".
The heart of God is to restore the broken, and so long as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.
The Attitude of Forgiveness
We have no right to hold back the limitless love of God, as He forgave us without limits.
Applying Forgiveness
Repentance is what triggers the act of forgiveness by the one who loves God.
William MacDonald
" The answer is that there are stages in the administration of forgiveness, as follows:
1. When a brother wrongs me or sins against me, I should forgive him immediately IN MY HEART (Eph 4:32). That frees me from a bitter, unforgiving spirit, and leaves the matter on HIS shoulders.
William MacDonald
2. While I have forgiven him in my heart, I do not yet tell him that he is forgiven. It would not be righteous to administer forgiveness publicly until he has repented. So I am obligated to go to him and rebuke him in love, hoping to lead him to confession (Luke 17:3).
William MacDonald
3. As soon as he apologizes and confesses his sin, I tell him that he is forgiven (Luke 17:4).
The Evil of the Flesh
When our brother comes up to us, asking for forgiveness, with a repentant heart, it is evil in God's eyes to reject him. That is when our own hearts need repentance, and God will see to it that we see our error. Mat 18:35
Humility is the Key
These are issues of humility folks, on both sides of the aisle. By the guilty party in repentance, and by the innocent party in offering true forgiveness. Without humility, and realizing our place before THE Judge, none of this beauty and healing takes place, and the flow of God's love is hindered.
Passing on Forgiveness
This is so important to the heart of God, that even though He has already forgiven our sins positionally, at the Cross, He will not forgive our sins experientially, in terms of sanctifying us, if we don't forgive others.
Passing on Forgiveness
Experiential sanctification is hindered by our lack of faith, and lack of love. And this is seen in lack of forgiveness, and so God must hold us accountable. Though it will pain us, it's part of His grace plan to complete the good work in us.

 


6/9/16 - Guest Speaker: Evangelist Scott Grande - Hindering God's Love Means Hindering Your Sanctification - Part 3

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What motivates faith?
The greater a person's love for God, the more "willingly humble" he will walk by faith. 2Co 5:14
When we get in the way...
We get selfish with God's grace (it's for me and my benefit alone), and we slow down the powerful flow of His love through us. And we therefore slow down experiencing (and enjoying) our sanctification.
The faith of a child
"I trust you Lord, and I'm not going to question you anymore. That's how much I trust you."
The Power of God's Love
It's love that changes people, and it's lack of love that makes ourselves and others suffer needlessly.
Loving your neighbor...
BE a neighbor, don't ask who your neighbor is. That's the wrong question.
BE a neighbor. Luk 10:36
Luk 10:36-37
"Which of these three do you think proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell into the robbers' hands?" And he said, "The one who showed mercy toward him." Then Jesus said to him, "Go and do the same."
Living the Spiritual Life
Living the spiritual life is an attitude, not a regiment. It's being "in Christ", in the moment, not just knowing it (although that precedes being). We sense His presence in everything.
Flowing Freely
God's love is a passionate river, and we are to stand in its path with open arms, to receive it and to let it flow through us to others. (uninterrupted, unhindered)
Forgiving our brother
• If our attitude is "Lord, do I have to forgive THIS person?", you're asking the wrong question in your soul.
• Maybe it should be "Lord, I want to obey You, how do I forgive this person?"
Hindering Sanctification
Do YOU want the benefits of His love, but then want to hold back those same benefits from others in your life?
Matt 18:21-35
Forgiveness and mercy allows God's love to flow through us, and when we bottle it up, it is evil in God's sight.
Accountable to the Father
This is so serious to God the Father, that Jesus says whoever does not forgive his brother from the heart, will be disciplined so severely by The Father that it is like be handed over to the torturers. Mat 18:34-35
Living in pretense?
You can't pretend to forgive your brother, and harbor bitterness without God knowing it.
Go to your Father!
And this is why we must go straight to Him, when we lack the proper attitude on any issue. We must go ask Him for more faith, because that is the issue when we resist His instructions (i.e. when we don't forgive someone). We must get on our knees and ask Him for help, right then, for supernatural help forgiving our brother from the heart.
A truly urgent matter
After all, it's HIS love we are stopping the flow of! How can we be possessive with HIS love? And that after He freely poured it out on us in mercy! May it never be!
Prov 21:1-2
The king's heart is like channels of water in the hand of the Lord;
He turns it wherever He wishes.
Every man's way is right in his own eyes,
But the Lord weighs the hearts.
Jer 3:10 NIV
In spite of all this, her unfaithful sister Judah did not return to me with all her heart, but only in pretense," declares the Lord.
Forgive your brother from your heart!
Forgiveness and the Heart
God knows the heart, and whether we are surrendering, or pretending.
Applying Forgiveness
Even though He died for the sins of the whole world, 1Jo 2:2, the Lord said unless people believe in Him, they will "die in their sins", John 8:21,24.
Matt 18:15
"If your brother sins, go and show him his fault in private; if he listens to you, you have won your brother.
The Attitude of Forgiveness
We have no right to hold back the limitless love of God, as He forgave us without limits.
Applying Forgiveness
Repentance is what triggers the act of forgiveness by the one who loves God.
William MacDonald
"The answer is that there are stages in the administration of forgiveness, as follows:
1. When a brother wrongs me or sins against me, I should forgive him immediately IN MY HEART (Eph 4:32). That frees me from a bitter, unforgiving spirit, and leaves the matter on HIS shoulders.
William MacDonald
2. While I have forgiven him in my heart, I do not yet tell him that he is forgiven. It would not be righteous to administer forgiveness publicly until he has repented. So I am obligated to go to him and rebuke him in love, hoping to lead him to confession (Luke 17:3).
William MacDonald
3. As soon as he apologizes and confesses his sin, I tell him that he is forgiven (Luke 17:4).
The Evil of the Flesh
When our brother comes up to us, asking for forgiveness, with a repentant heart, it is evil in God's eyes to reject him. That is when our own hearts need repentance, and God will see to it that we see our error. Mat 18:35

 


6/7/16 - Guest Speaker: Evangelist Scott Grande - Hindering God's Love Means Hindering Your Sanctification - Part 2

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What motivates faith?
The greater a person's love for God, the more "willingly humble" he will walk by faith.
Faith without Love means Nothing
Everyone has faith in something, but unless love binds that faith to serving others, it is worthless. 1Co 13
Why does Faith Move?
The reason faith moves in our lives is because of love. Paul was a doer, because love was his motivation. 2Cor 5:14-15
Paul's humility lead to a forgiving attitude towards others. Because of that, he regularly got out of the way and rarely hindered God's love from flowing through him; at least from what we know in the scriptures.
Our Father's Desire
God, the One who sanctifies, desires that we allow His love to flow through us, unhindered and uninterrupted.
Let's be honest...
In what ways are you using your own methods in dealing with others, maybe something instilled in you since childhood, and in the process you're hindering God's love from flowing freely?
Freely-flowing Love
Love is grace in action. And what's our part in this? To let it flow through us freely, both by receiving it from Him, and passing it on to others. And it should all be one fluid motion.
Luke 6:32
"If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them."
Only when we get in the way, when we get selfish with God's grace (it's for me and my benefit alone), do we slow down the powerful flow of His love through us. And we therefore slow down experiencing (and enjoying) our sanctification.
The faith of a child
"I trust you Lord, and I'm not going to question you anymore. That's how much I trust you."
The Power of God's Love
It's love that changes people, and it's lack of love that makes ourselves and others suffer needlessly.
Loving yourself...
Doesn't your life include caring for yourself, making your life easier when possible, and giving yourself the best of things, like good food and clothing, for example? Relief from pain, for example? If that's how you treat yourself, that's how you should treat your neighbors.
Phil 2:3-5
Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus...
Phil 2:1-5
If you honestly realize and admit you are NOTHING without Christ (and I mean NOTHING! Joh 15:5), then you are ready to move forward and enjoy this freedom, which comes from regarding others as a higher priority than yourself. But until you humble yourself, you will continue to suffer in your soul.
Loving your neighbor...
And who is your neighbor??
Loving your neighbor...
BE a neighbor, don't ask who your neighbor is. That's the wrong question.
BE a neighbor. Luk 10:36
Living the Spiritual Life
Living the spiritual life is an attitude, not a regiment. It's being "in Christ", in the moment, not just knowing it (although that precedes being). We sense His presence in everything.
Flowing Freely
God's love is a passionate river, and we are to stand in its path with open arms, to receive it and to let it flow through us to others. (uninterrupted, unhindered)
Forgiving our brother
• If our attitude is "Lord, do I have to forgive THIS person?", you're asking the wrong question in your soul.
• Maybe it should be "Lord, I want to obey You, how do I forgive this person?"
Hindering Sanctification
Do YOU want the benefits of His love, but then want to hold back those same benefits from others in your life?
Hindering Sanctification
If we choose NOT to love our enemies, we hurt ourselves, stunting our own sanctification, and stopping the flow of God's love to those who really need it (those who are sick, lost without Christ).
Accountable to the Father
This is so serious to God the Father, that Jesus says whoever does not forgive his brother from the heart, will be disciplined so severely by The Father that it is like be handed over to the torturers. Mat 18:34-35
Go to your Father!
And this is why we must go straight to Him, when we lack the proper attitude on any issue. We must go ask Him for more faith, because that is the issue when we resist His instructions (i.e. when we don't forgive someone). We must get on our knees and ask Him for help, right then, for supernatural help forgiving our brother from the heart.
Jer 3:10 NIV
In spite of all this, her unfaithful sister Judah did not return to me with all her heart, but only in pretense," declares the Lord.
Forgive your brother from your heart!

6/5/16 - Guest Speaker: Evangelist Scott Grande - Hindering God's Love Means Hindering Your Sanctification

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Love is Unique Between 2 Parties
Think about how your love for others is different, from and towards each person. (not better, but just different, with each person in your life) And so, each believer's love is unique to God, and personal.
Faith without Love means Nothing
Everyone has faith in something, but unless love binds that faith to serving others, it is worthless. 1Co 13
Why does Faith Move?
The reason faith moves in our lives is because of love. Paul was a doer, because love was his motivation. 2Cor 5:14-15
Let's be honest...
In what ways are you using your own methods in dealing with others, maybe something instilled in you since childhood, and in the process you're hindering God's love from flowing freely?
The Power of God's Love
It's love that changes people, and it's lack of love that makes ourselves and others suffer needlessly.
Phil 2:1-5
If you honestly realize and admit you are NOTHING without Christ (and I mean NOTHING! Joh 15:5), then you are ready to move forward and enjoy this freedom, which comes from regarding others as a higher priority than yourself. But until you humble yourself, you will continue to suffer in your soul.
Flowing Freely
God's love is a passionate river, and we are to stand in its path with open arms, to receive it and to let it flow through us to others.
Hindering Sanctification
If we choose NOT to love our enemies, we hurt ourselves, stunting our own sanctification, and stopping the flow of God's love to those who really need it (those who are sick, lost without Christ).
Accountable to the Father
This is so serious to God the Father, that Jesus says whoever does not forgive his brother from the heart, will be disciplined so severely by The Father that it is like be handed over to the torturers. Mat 18:34-35
Go to your Father!
And this is why we must go straight to Him, when we lack the proper attitude on any issue. We must go ask Him for more faith, because that is the issue when we resist His instructions (i.e. when we don't forgive someone). We must get on our knees and ask Him for help, right then, for supernatural help forgiving our brother from the heart.

 


6/2/16 - The Gospel, Salvation, and Sanctification - Part 94

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Salvation Perspectives
God's Perspective
   • Salvation from sin
Man's Perspective ("tenses")
   • Positional (from penalty of sin)
   • Experiential (from power of sin)
   • Ultimate (from presence of sin)
Sanctification Perspectives
God's Perspective
   • Sanctified (set apart for Him)
Man's Perspective ("phases")
   • Positional (imputed R+ / judicially)
   • Experiential (imparted R+ / daily)
   • Ultimate (completed R+ / eternally)
Your Experiential Sanctification
God looks forward to sanctifying YOU! He's going to put YOU in unique situations where only YOU can bring glory to Him!
Sanctification Perspectives
When love is spurned, it gives even more (e.g., 2Co 12:15). Is there anything more persistent than God's love??? "But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love" (1 Co 13:13). if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing" (1Co 13:2b).
Binding Faith
Everyone has faith in something, but unless love binds that faith to serving others, it is worthless.
"may it not be counted against them"
This is a type of Jesus' words on the Cross, as He bore the ultimate suffering for others and they scorned Him for it. But Jesus was saying, "Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing" (Lk 23:34).
"the Lord stood with me"
Paul's ultimate security was in Christ. He was matured to the point of peace in simply knowing that he had fulfilled his mission, and that the Lord never forsook him (Heb 13:5).
"all things to all men"
Paul endured whatever he needed to so that the Gospel might be preached. God used a multifaceted individual to reveal to His children what grace-orientation and humility looked like. He wasn't perfect (Php 3:12), but he was effective.
A Time For Everything
Each and every circumstance requires a unique evaluation. Discernment is a function of wisdom given by God.
A Time For Everything
Sometimes a teacher must use fleshly arguments in order to contend with opposing, fleshly thinking, since in order to "pluck" a person from ungodliness, the teacher must "reach into the fire". As much as it may be distasteful to the teacher and offensive to the student, he realizes that he must do that thing to deliver (Gal 4:19) his disciple. (e.g., 2Co 11)
A Time For Everything
There comes a time that a person must completely bind themselves to the Lord; and in doing so, in humility, they are binding themselves to the authority in their lives.
Authority-Orientation Over Self
God has given authority to each of us to govern our own souls. The new creature is divinely oriented, seeking to obey God's commands; whereas the flesh is antagonistic. The godly chain-of-command is through the new creature and upwards (submission to others with delegated authority).
Authority-Orientation
One of the most difficult things to do in the spiritual life is to persist "despite" your own failures/weaknesses. The world will try to undermine the authority-orientation of the first divinely ordained institution (authority over one's own soul). Satan wants you to quit, to breech God's authority when He says, "press on!"
Breeching Authority-Orientation
If you dismiss God's command to persevere, then you are challenging the divinely delegated chain-of-command in your own soul. "Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love" (1Co 16:13-14).
Eph 6:1
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.
• Col 3:18 Wives, be subject to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.
• 1Pe 3:1 In the same way, you wives, be submissive to your own husbands so that even if any of them are disobedient to the word, they may be won without a word by the behavior of their wives,
Heb 13:17
Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with grief, for this would be unprofitable for you.
Col 3:22
Slaves, in all things obey those who are your masters on earth, not with external service, as those who merely please men, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord.
The Serpent's Tongue
Satan, the serpent of old, and his agents, always attack the authority that God has delegated. They do so like lawyers do - quoting scripture, asking bad questions, and using misdirection. Even believers can speak like the serpent, against authority (Gen 3:1-7; Mt 4:1-11; 9:10-13; 12:9-14; 13:53-58; 16:1-4, 17-23, etc...)
"Get behind Me, Satan!"
After posturing Peter as a "chip off the old block (Rock)", Jesus harshly chastised him for challenging His words, calling him a "stumbling block". Anyone looking to thwart His work is acting as Satan's mouthpiece, even someone as earnest as Peter.
The Serpent's Tongue
Satan, the serpent of old, and his agents, always attack the authority that God has delegated. They do so like lawyers do - quoting scripture, asking bad questions, and using misdirection. Even believers can speak like the serpent, against authority (Gen 3:1-7; Mt 4:1-11; 9:10-13; 12:9-14; 13:53-58; 16:1-4, 17-23, etc...)

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