Business The Grace Way #24 (Part 1)

Good morning to everyone, may God richly bless you this week, and His revelation of grace shine in your heart.

Seek First The Kingdom Of God And His Righteousness!

In Matthew 6:25-34, Jesus instructs us not to worry (or be concerned) about the necessities of life, that our Father knows we have need of these things. He has generously supplied everything for the birds, the lilies, and how much more valuable are we to God?

In verse 33 Jesus says, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Jesus spoke these words before His finished work of redemption at the cross. God has such an intense love for us, that He doesn’t want us to worry, be anxious, or fearful at all, about anything, and Jesus redeemed us from these things.

What is troubling you today? Is it your business, or occupation? Is it your spouse or children? It doesn’t really matter because if you seek first the kingdom of God and HIS righteousness, He will make sure you don’t lack anything! The Lord is your Shepard, and you shall not be in lack. (Psalm 23) People find themselves in lack, because their worry drives them to try to do something through fear and self effort to fix things, which God has already provided for. He said He would add all these things, didn’t He?

Let’s take a moment and define the kingdom of God; “For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 14:17 NKJV) Romans 1:16-17, For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is THE power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. 17 For in it THE righteousness of God is revealed… His righteousness is revealed in the (gospel) good news of His grace to mankind. Praise the Lord, the kingdom of God is within us, it is revealed to us through the Gospel! Romans 5 tells us that we have been given the gift of righteousness, we are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. Jesus has made you right with God; He took the punishment for ALL your sins on the cross and gave you His innocence. You were acquitted; you are free. Most Christians would agree that they have been forgiven. If this is so, then why are they still living in guilt and condemnation? Because they don’t really believe they are totally forgiven, they have a compunction to confess all their sins, cause they’re just not quite sure that they are really completely forgiven.

Folks this is what righteousness is about, it is a gift, you can’t earn it by your confession of sin, sackcloth and ashes or anything else; it is what Jesus has done, nothing to do with your efforts. Matter of fact your efforts to try to become righteous will void your faith according to Romans 4:17. That is also called self-righteousness. Understanding your righteousness is vitally important for the other two parts (peace and joy) of the kingdom of God to operate in your lives, as you will soon see.

For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. (2 Corinthians 5:21 NKJV) Jesus did not know sin, and He became sin, in the same way that you knew no righteousness, and you became the righteousness of God in Christ. It was by pure, wonderful and radical grace; you had nothing to do with, it is a gift. Romans 5:17 & 18, Mirror Translation; If death saw the gap in one sin, and grabbed the opportunity to dominate mankind because of one man, how much more may we now seize the advantage to reign in righteousness in this life through that act of Christ, who declared us innocent by His grace. Grace is out of all proportion in superiority to the transgression. 18 The conclusion is clear: it took just one offence to condemn mankind; one act of righteousness declares the same mankind innocent. Again, I ask, if you are innocent (and you are), then why are you living in regret, guilt and condemnation? Do you see here that many times we say we’re innocent but our actions scream, “I don’t believe it though, look at how I’m living, in regret and guilt.” Catching this revelation will change your entire way of thinking! Romans 8:1, There is therefore, now NO condemnation for those who are in Christ. If you’re a Christian, then your in Christ, so there is NO condemnation for you. Jesus was already condemned for your sin, and it was punished on His body, never to be brought up again! Never! Jesus said in John 3:17 that He did not come to condemn the world, but to save the world. Does this make sense? Forgiveness is the centerpiece of our redemption, and until we know this, (even though we are righteous) then righteousness remains another empty religious word. You are righteous by faith, so next time you mess up, thank God that you are righteous and Jesus made you innocent by His blood, that my friend takes faith. No faith is needed to cry big tears, saying, “Oh my God I did it again, please God, oh please please forgive me, I’m so sorry I confess my sin.” Then walking around for weeks full of guilt and self-condemnation. There is no faith in that.

Righteousness, Peace and Joy

Now let’s look at peace, the second of the three (righteousness peace and joy) and how righteousness affects our peace. Hebrews chapter 4 speaks of entering into God’s rest. Without peace, there is no rest, and without knowing your innocent (righteous) there is no peace. Peace comes from knowing the debt was paid, and that God loves you so much that every provision you will ever need in life was richly and abundantly provided for you before you were ever born, by His grace; this includes health and healing, everything provided at the cross. He loves us! Peace doesn’t come from being self-occupied, but from being Christ-occupied. God doesn’t measure or judge you based on your performance today; He looks at Jesus, and as Jesus is, that is how He sees you! (1st John 4:17)

Know today that God loves you! I will pick up from here in part 2 of this teaching. Meditate on these powerful truths, and reign in life today.

Business The Grace Way #23

Good morning everyone, see yourself through God’s perfect redemption this week.

In all the years that I have been in ministry, I have never seen anything like the impact that the good news of God’s grace has in people’s lives! I have seen more lives radically transformed in the last almost five years, than all the previous years. This is something to get excited about; Jesus did everything for us, and left us this instruction, believe. Believe that you are righteous, holy, forgiven, innocent, and healed because of what Jesus did for us at the cross.

A simple instruction, yet the enemy’s goal is to accuse and condemn you, and make you feel like God is mad at you, or that something happened to you as retribution for missing it somehow. This is impossible! All our sins were punished on the body of Jesus at the cross! There is no retribution from God when Jesus already paid the price.

Why do we so easily fall back into this same trap over and over? 2nd Peter 1:9 says it is because we have forgotten that we were cleansed from all our sins. You are forever clean, holy and righteous (innocent). God wants us more aware of our righteousness, (being established in righteousness), who we are in Christ. This is made crystal clear on Hebrews 10:

Hebrews 10:17-20
18 Sins were dealt with in such a thorough manner that no further offerings would ever again be required. Nothing that we can personally sacrifice could add further virtue to our innocence. [including your sacrifice of confession of your sins in order to be forgiven]. If you feel guilty about something, then your questioning the innocence, you have in Christ. The same goes for when you condemn yourself. Whenever you feel troubled, worried, or anxious about anything you will find somewhere the door was opened to receive accusation, which then begins to trouble you. Of course as Christians we don’t use the word ‘worried’ we say we’re just ‘concerned’.

Jesus bequeathed His peace to us when He said, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid”. (John 14:27 NKJV) The debt between God and man has been forever settled in Christ, knowing this, will open the door to His peace and rest in your life. “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you.” The world’s peace is for everyone to try to get along, no more wars or rumors of wars; it is all based on circumstances. His peace calms the storms in a man’s heart, and this peace is based entirely on what God has done for us in Christ. This peace is assured by God’s Word concerning our redemption. When we know we have been forgiven, made innocent, and there is no sin debt between man and God, then it is clear that God is for us, not against us; His provision for everything in life is yours. That kind of peace in every mans heart would do far more for the peace (circumstances) in the world.

Jesus also said, “let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” Your peace is disrupted by letting your heart be troubled. The only thing we do, is believe what God has done for us and let not our heart be troubled. Don’t let your peace get disturbed by things around you, behold Jesus, He bequeathed His peace to you. Don’t worry about your business, finances or anything because worry only chokes the word making it unfruitful; instead meditate on the promises of the Word, what was fully provided to you through the finished work of the cross, and available to you richly by His grace! This will cause you to bear fruit, some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred fold. (Mark 4:20)

Your identity is in Christ now, not your business or occupation, but in who you are in Christ! He has made you righteous (innocent) and holy, don’t forget your peace (shalom) is based on the finished work of the cross, your identity also. When you believe correctly you will live correctly. Meditate on these things, not what is troubling you, and you will find His rest. Enter into His rest, there is nothing in the world like it! Now reign in life today!

God wants you to Reign as a King in Life!

For those who know my writing style, I like to close most of what I write with something like, “now reign in life as a King this week.” I do this because it is God’s desire that you reign in life as a King, and I like to constantly remind you, the reader of this! (Romans 5:17) The Amplified Bible uses the word ‘King’; however, the very word ‘reign’ implies King. In Romans 5:17 & 21 the word reign in the Greek is basileuo, which is to rule as a King, to reign.

 

When our minds are set on our redemption realities, and we understand that our redemption is complete and perfect, everything we lost was restored at the cross, including our innocence, then we can reign in life. We are seated in Heavenly places with Christ Jesus. When? Right now! Knowing this, (and that it is by His grace), how can you not reign in life? And your business or occupation not be blessed. I believe most Christians live substandard to what has been paid for at
the cross. Why is that? Simply put, religion has introduced a form of godliness, which denies the power of God. (2 Timothy 3:5) Romans 1:17 tells us that the gospel of Christ (finished work) is THE power of God to salvation… For in it the righteousness of God is revealed! The revelation of the righteousness of God in your life is THE power of God, which causes you to REIGN in life! Being established in this new identity, His righteousness is vital in understanding who you
are, and what your redemption has given you! (Isaiah 54:13) This is not who you are trying to become. We have been declared ‘innocent’ by His grace!

 

I know this sounds simple, and it is simple and extremely important to your reigning. Forgiveness of sin is central to the finished work, understanding these simple yet powerful redemptive realities are important to the Christian reigning in life. Romans 5:18 (Mirror Translation) The conclusion is clear; it took just one offense to condemn mankind; one act of righteousness declares the same mankind innocent. The controversy surrounding forgiveness is amazing. You
know many Christians believe that all sin must be confessed before one can be forgiven, this controversy was started based on one verse of scripture in 1st John 1:9. It makes sense that the enemy would want Christians to always question their forgiveness, then they will live in perpetual guilt and fear thinking maybe they missed confessing a sin, and now have broken fellowship with God. Then they will fear constantly that maybe they missed the will of God. This will hinder their reigning in life; I assure you of that. This is that form of godliness I spoke of, they look pious and godly, yet there is no power. It is called self-effort or self-righteousness. The
Pharisees practiced self-righteousness; can you find one single account of a miracle done by a Pharisee? They tried to become through their self-efforts what grace had already done. That’s why Jesus told us that our righteousness must exceed the righteousness of the Pharisee’s. (Matthew 5:20) The Pharisee’s righteousness was a self-effort, works based righteousness, trying to ‘do’ to become what God has already made us. Our righteousness in Christ is a free gift by His unmerited favor (grace); you already are. You don’t have to do anything to become.

 

Are you living under condemnation? A result of condemnation is guilt. Do you feel guilty about anything? Yes, I said anything! If you feel guilty about anything, then that is where your ‘unrest’ your troubled heart will come from.  If so, then check what you believe, because someone who was made innocent through the cross is not guilty. Guilt and condemnation produces worry, anxiety and fear, and this chokes the word making it unfruitful. The solution is to hear the gospel of grace, believe it and embrace it, and bear fruit. (Mark 4:19-20) Martyn Lloyd Jones said about Romans 8:1 concerning no condemnation, that in the Greek it means it is utterly impossible. Condemnation is utterly impossible in Christ! Jesus took ALL your condemnation upon His body at the cross, thus making it utterly impossible for you to ever be condemned again. Guilt and condemnation go hand in hand, once you are condemned, then you feel guilty, and that condemnation came as a result of the law. 2 Corinthians 3:7 & 9 the law is referred to as “the ministry of death” and “the ministry of condemnation.” The ultimate goal of guilt and condemnation in your life is to produce death. Be mindful of your redemption realities; there is therefore, now no condemnation for those who are in Christ. (Romans 8:1)

 

Colossians 1:12-14 NKJV; 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. 13 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His Love, 14 in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins. And Colossians 2:13 NKJV; And you being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having
forgiven you ALL trespasses.

 

If He has forgiven you of all trespasses (and He has), then you are NOT guilty, your innocent praise the Lord! You will enter into His rest based on you believing you’re innocent. You will find unrest in you believing you’re guilty. This is your righteousness being revealed, which is THE power of God! What God says about you is far more important than what you think about yourself. Unbelief really is believing a lie about yourself. God has declared who you are, what your new identity is in Christ and that is all that matters. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. (Colossians 3:3) Israel believed a lie about themselves (Numbers 13:33) and the result was, they did not enter the Promised Land (rest). Colossians 2:9 & 10 Mirror Translation; 9 Christ reveals that there is no place on the universe where God would rather be; the fullness of Deity physically resides in Him! Jesus proves that human life is tailor-made for God!
10 Jesus mirrors our completeness and endorses our true identity. He is “I am” in us.

 

John 6:28 & 29 NKJV; 28 “Then they said to Him, what shall we do, that we may work the works of God? 29 Jesus answered and said to them, this is the work of God that you believe in Him whom He sent”. People are always looking for something to do, when Jesus said to believe. Believe what? Believe in Him whom He sent; Jesus and the finished work of the cross. Do you believe that it is truly finished? Or do you believe that there is something you can do to help with the completion? Many Christians do believe there is work to be done to complete their righteousness, or forgiveness, among other things. There is really nothing for you to do but believe; it is all yours by His grace.

 

The Bible is all about JESUS, and JESUS is all about YOU! What an awesome God we serve! Hebrews 10:7 Then I said, “Behold, I have come in the volume of the book it is written of Me to do Your will, O God…” 9 then He said, “Behold I have come to do your will, O God.” He takes away the first so that He may establish the second. 10 By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

Luke 24:27 And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded (explained) to them in ALL the scripture the things concerning Himself.

The Bible is all about our beautiful Savior and His finished work, His awesome demonstration of His love! In the Old Testament we see types and shadows of the things to come through Christ at the cross, and in the New, His finished work. Hebrews 10 reveals that the redemption plan was completed by Jesus sacrifice on the cross, and that He took away the first (the law, which was works righteousness) to establish the second (the gift of righteousness, by faith not works). Friends, this is His unconditional love and undeserving favor.

Just think about how much you are loved! We have to recognize that Jesus is always the solution and never the cause of our problems.

The Bible is all about JESUS, and JESUS is all about YOU!

Yes about YOU! Isn’t that amazing! Everything Jesus did at the cross was done for you. All He requires is that we believe what He has done for us at the cross. Yet many times we still want to go back to trying to earn or merit our righteousness from Him. Galatians tells us; that is to fall from grace, if you try to deserve it, then it is no longer undeserved favor.

Luke 24:25 describes the main indictment of the church …slow of heart to believe… Sometimes we are very slow to believe everything Jesus did for us at Calvary and just how perfectly redeemed we are. Believe, and receive His abundance of grace and free gift of righteousness and reign in life as Kings today!

Business The Grace Way #22

Good morning! I hope it has become clear in the last 22 weeks; that God wants you blessed and prosperous in everything you do! So be blessed this week!

As you know, I like to conclude most of what I write with something like, “now reign in life as a King this week.” The reason I do that, is because it is God’s desire that you reign in life as a King, and I like to constantly remind you of this! (Romans 5:17) The Amplified Bible uses the word ‘King’; however, the very word ‘reign’ implies King. In Romans 5:17 & 21 the word reign in the Greek is basileuo, which is to rule as a King, to reign. Reign is royal rule or authority.

When our minds are set on our redemption realities, and we understand that our redemption was complete and perfect, everything we lost was restored at the cross, including our innocence, then we can reign in life. We are seated in Heavenly places with Christ Jesus, right now! Knowing this, and that it is by His grace, how can you not reign in life? And your business or occupation not be blessed. I believe most Christians live substandard to what has been paid for at the cross. Why is that? Simply put, religion has introduced a form of godliness, which denies the power of God. (2 Timothy 3:5) Romans 1:17 tells us that the gospel of Christ (finished work) is THE power of God to salvation… For in it the righteousness of God is revealed! The revelation of the righteousness of God in your life is THE power of God, which causes you to REIGN in life! We have been declared ‘innocent’ by His grace!

I know this sounds simple, but it is simple and extremely important to your reigning. Forgiveness of sin is central to the finished work, understanding these simple yet powerful redemptive realities are important to the Christian reigning in life. Romans 5:18 (Mirror Translation) The conclusion is clear; it took just one offense to condemn mankind; one act of righteousness declares the same mankind innocent. The controversy surrounding forgiveness, is amazing. You know many Christians believe that all sin must be confessed before one can be forgiven, this controversy was started based on one verse of scripture in 1st John 1:9. It makes sense that the enemy would want Christians to always question their forgiveness, then they will live in perpetual guilt and fear thinking maybe they missed confessing a sin, and now have broken fellowship with God. Then they will fear constantly that maybe they missed the will of God. This will hinder their reigning in life; I assure you of that. This is that form of godliness I spoke of. It is called self-effort or self-righteousness. The Pharisees practiced self-righteousness, can you find one single account of a miracle done by a Pharisee? They tried to become through their self-efforts what grace had already done. That’s why Jesus told us that our righteousness must exceed the righteousness of the Pharisee’s. (Matthew 5:20) The Pharisee’s righteousness was a self-effort, works based righteousness, trying to ‘do’ to become what God has already made us. Our righteousness in Christ is a free gift by His unmerited favor (grace); you already are. You don’t have to do anything to become.

Are you living under condemnation? A result of condemnation is guilt. Do you feel guilty about anything? Yes, I said anything! If you feel guilty about anything, then that is where your ‘unrest’ your troubled heart will come from. If so, then check what you believe, because someone who was made innocent through the cross, is not guilty. Martyn Lloyd Jones said about Romans 8:1 concerning no condemnation, that in the Greek it means it is utterly impossible. Condemnation is utterly impossible in Christ! Jesus took ALL your condemnation upon His body at the cross, thus making it utterly impossible for you to ever be condemned again. Guilt and condemnation go hand in hand, once you are condemned, then you feel guilty, and that condemnation came as a result of the law. 2 Corinthians 3:7 & 9 the law is referred to as “the ministry of death” and “the ministry of condemnation.” The ultimate goal of guilt and condemnation in your life, is to produce death. Be mindful of your redemption realities; there is therefore, now no condemnation for those who are in Christ. (Romans 8:1)

Colossians 1:12-14 NKJV; 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. 13 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His Love, 14 in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins. And Colossians 2:13 NKJV; And you being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you ALL trespasses.

If He has forgiven you of all trespasses (and He has), then you are NOT guilty, your innocent praise the Lord! You will enter into His rest based on your believing your innocent. You will find unrest in your believing your guilty. This is your righteousness being revealed, which is THE power of God! Receive it, believe it and reign in life as a King today!

Remove the Guilt and Just Rest-In Him

Greetings to you in the name of our Lord, may His effortless success and powerful rest be experienced in your life, by His grace.

God’s word gives us great hope for our future. Circumstance doesn’t define who you are; God has defined who you are in Christ. As a result of the finished work of the cross, God has equipped you with the most powerful blessing known to man, which will cause you to reign in life. Romans 1:17 (Mirror Translation) “Herein lies THE secret of the power of the gospel; there in no good news in it until the righteousness of God is revealed! (The good news is the fact that the cross of Christ was a success. God rescued the life of our design; He redeemed our innocence. Man would never again be judged righteous or unrighteous by his own ability to obey moral laws! It is not about what man must do but about what Jesus has done!) God now persuades everyone to believe what He knows to be true about them. (It is from faith to faith) The prophets wrote in advance about the fact that God believes that righteousness defines the life that He always had in mind for us. “Righteousness by His (God’s) faith gives meaning to life.””

That most powerful blessing known to man is His righteousness. Receive His abundance of grace and gift of righteousness, and reign in life. (Romans 5:17) Righteousness is a gift; you cannot become righteous by your works, or self-efforts, that would be works-righteousness, or self-righteousness.

I was recently asked what I meant when I said I came to the end of myself. Before I caught the revelation of God’s grace, I would try to plan my success, and then in my own self-effort, I would try to execute my plan, make it work. I tried to earn favor with God by my works, giving, praying, church attendance. (although these things can be good, but not if done out of guilt) I was doing things that I thought would get God’s attention and get Him to see my efforts and give (earn) me favor. Whenever I would mess up, I thought I was out of fellowship with God, so I had to work harder to get back to where I was. This I thought would bring blessing to my business and ministry. I would attend sales conferences where the top salespeople would tell those in attendance that we needed to do more, we could never quite do enough, always thinking I was almost there then falling short again. Many Christians feel this way; they may experience a degree of success, but then somehow they are back to square one, starting over. There is no rest in this constant vacillation. Then the self-effort based questions start; where did I miss it, what did I do wrong, God why aren’t you blessing me, haven’t you seen what I have done for you? I was living a life of constant striving. After decades of this, one day about 6 years ago, I read Hebrews 4, about entering the rest of God, and I became obsessed with this rest, and desperate to get it. I also realized that I could not continue to strive any longer, so I began my quest. You could say that this was where I came to the end of myself; I realized self was the problem, myself, and as I grew in the revelation of grace, I could clearly see I had been full of self-effort.

When I awoke to this revelation, I discovered this gospel of grace to be the most liberating message I had ever heard! Jesus forgave me, made me FOREVER innocent; he qualified me, at the cross, He became me, so I could become Him WOW! I began to see who I really was in Christ. It was everything Jesus did, and ALL I had to do was believe it, and receive His grace and gift of righteousness. I didn’t have to try anymore, for the first time in my life; I could rest in Christ Jesus and what He had done for me! I woke up in a different world, effortless success was mine, because Jesus paid the price, His favor was upon me in my business, and ministry. Does this sound too good to be true? Well, it is too good, and it is true praise the Lord! God loves you so much that when your cup is full He just keeps pouring, and your cup of blessing is running over; He is far too good to me, and His goodness produced a radical change of mind (which is what repentance really is) in my life. I am hidden in Christ in God, what a wonderful place to be; I am loved, accepted, righteous, and innocent. He qualified me to receive my inheritance. Yea He is too good, and I love it, and all I had to do was quit striving, believe what Jesus did for me, receive it, and enter His rest for me.

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, (Romans 5:1 NKJV) Peace is a place of unhindered enjoyment of friendship beyond guilt, suspicion, blame or inferiority. His rest celebrates unhindered enjoyment of man and our unhindered enjoyment of Him! I began to see just how much God really loved me. Romans 5:8-9 (Mirror Translation) 8 Herein is the extremity of God’s love gift: mankind was rotten to the core when Christ died their (our) death. 9 If God could love us that much when we were ungodly and guilty, how much more are we free to realize His love now that we are declared innocent by His blood?

Cease from you efforts, quit striving and toiling today, rest in what Jesus has done for you atCalvary, He has prepared the good life for you; He has prepared abundant provision for you, so enter His rest! The only thing you have to do is believe.
Believing what God has said about you, as a result of the finished work of the cross will forever change your life. As I previously mentioned, God has prepared the good life for you, Ephesians 2:4-10 from the Amplified Bible describes God’s wonderful and intense love with which He loved us, and that we are seated with Christ Jesus in heavenly places. He did this so that He might demonstrate through the ages His immeasurable grace and kindness towards us. In verse 10 He sums it up by saying that He wants us to live the good life which He arranged and made ready for us to live. That good life, full of His abundance is available to us because of the finished work of the cross, and to enter into this good life we simply enter His rest.

What are you facing today? Enter into His rest; don’t miss out on it because of unbelief. God prepared a rest for us, a rest that as you learn and believe who you are in Christ; having your mind established in redemption realities, will cause you to enjoy the profusely abounding favors of God.

This victorious living is intended for every area of your life, your ministry as well as your occupation. Many Christians separate their occupations and careers from their personal lives; they refer to their work (if not in a ministry) as secular, so they exclude it from any blessings because we have been erroneously taught that God will only bless what ‘you do for Him’. The word secular – Has a root meaning of “temporal”—opposed to the eternity of the church—and means “not connected to a religion.” You are not connected to a ‘religion’ you are connected to Jesus, who loves you with great intensity, and cares for everything you do. He took time to count the hairs on your head, why did He do that? Because He loves you, that’s why!

Jesus came to redeem us and reintroduce us to ourselves; He redeemed our innocence, made us righteous. In Hebrews 4, we see that Israel did not enter into His rest because they believed a lie about themselves. In verse 11, we are warned not to fall according to the same example of unbelief.

When Christians try to live by the law, they are trying to (by their self-efforts) become what they already are. They try to become righteous, and holy, when we have been made righteous and holy in Christ. They try to continually confess forgiveness, so they can be forgiven. You already are forgiven and innocent, because Jesus took your punishment once and for all on the cross. So don’t try to become who God has already made you to be, you’ll only frustrate the grace of God in your life.

You cannot do anything special to deserve His rest; Jesus already paid for it. In Numbers 33:11, we see where the report of 10 spies, produced unbelief, and it stopped them from entering the rest. (Promised Land) They believed they were nothing, a nobody, and that the enemy was far too big to overcome. They did not believe what God told them.

We have been redeemed through Jesus; He is the propitiation (satisfying sacrifice) that redeemed our innocence. God’s plan of redemption is perfect and complete. Do you believe that? If you do, then you won’t have any problem believing that through Christ, you have been made righteous, innocent, fully acquitted, forever forgiven, holy, and you are intensely loved by your Father, and He will never be angry with you again. (Is 54:9) You would also believe, as He IS so are you in this world. All of this is because of His grace, not your ‘trying to become.’ So simply rest in what Christ has done for you, and cease from your efforts of trying to become what he has already done. Whenever you try to become, and you don’t quite measure up, (nobody can) then guilt will flood in every time you fall short. You cannot have a quality relationship with anybody in an atmosphere of guilt! Once guilt sets in, then you have believed a lie about yourself, and it will affect your rest. Live guilt free, Jesus made you innocent! Don’t try to earn what He has given to you.

This is the super abundant life Jesus came to give you! (John 10:10) When you catch this revelation, it will turn your life, career, business and everything else upside down! Why do I say upside down? Because this is completely backwards to the worlds way of thinking, in Acts 17:6, the disciples were accused of turning the world upside down with this gospel of grace. What an awesome loving wonderful Father we have! Now can you see how you can reign in life today as a King, through what He has done for you. His abundant supply and effortless success will flow in your life when you are at rest.

Business The Grace Way #21

Greetings to everyone, believe what God has said about you, and walk in victory.

What are you facing today? Enter into His rest, don’t miss out on it because of unbelief. God prepared a rest for us through the finished work of the cross, a rest that as you learn and believe who you are in Christ; having your mind established in redemption realities, will cause you to enjoy a profuse victory.

This victorious living is intended for every area of your life. Many Christians separate their occupations and careers from their personal lives; they refer to their work (if not in a ministry) as secular, so they exclude it from any blessings because we have been erroneously taught that God will only bless what ‘you do for Him’. The word secular – Has a root meaning of “temporal”—opposed to the eternity of the church—and means “not connected to a religion.” We are not connected to a ‘religion’ we are connected to Jesus, who loves you with great intensity, and cares for everything you do. He took time to count the hairs on your head, why did He do that? Because He loves you, that’s why!

Jesus came to redeem us and reintroduce us to ourselves; He redeemed our innocence, made us righteous. In Hebrews 4, we see that Israel did not enter into His rest because they believed a lie about themselves. In verse 11, we are warned not to fall according to the same example of unbelief.

When Christians try to live by the law, they are trying to (by their self-efforts) become what they already are. They try to become righteous, and holy, when we have been made righteous and holy in Christ. They try to continually confess forgiveness, so they can be forgiven. You already are forgiven and innocent, because Jesus took your punishment once and for all on the cross. So don’t try to become who God has already made you to be, you’ll only frustrate the grace of God in your life.

You cannot do anything special to deserve His rest; Jesus already paid for it. In Numbers 33:11, we see where the report of 10 spies, produced unbelief, and it stopped them from entering the rest, (promised land.) They believed they were nothing, a nobody, and that the enemy was far too big to overcome. They did not believe what God told them.

We have been redeemed through Jesus, He is the satisfying sacrifice that redeemed our innocence. God’s plan of redemption is perfect and complete. Do you believe that? If you do, then you won’t have any problem believing that through Christ, you have been made righteous, innocent, fully acquitted, forever forgiven, holy, and intensely loved by your Father, and He will never be angry with you again. You would also believe, as He IS so are you in this world. All of this is because of His grace, not your “trying to become.” So simply rest in what Christ has done for you, and cease from your efforts of trying to become what he has already done. Whenever you try to become, and you don’t quite measure up, (nobody can) then guilt will flood in every time you fall short. You cannot have a quality relationship with anybody in an atmosphere of guilt! Live guilt free, Jesus made you innocent! Don’t try to earn what He has given to you.

This is the super abundant life Jesus came to give you! When you catch this revelation, it will turn your life, career, business and everything else upside down! What an awesome loving wonderful Father we have! Now can you see how you can reign in life today as a King, through what He has done for you?

Be Encouraged, Your Sins Are Forgiven!

Good morning on this beautiful day. Doesn’t it feel good to have a ‘forever’ fresh start? Today is another fresh start, your slate is clean.

Jesus said, “I have come to give you life, and life more abundantly”(John 10:10) He didn’t come to just give you life, but super abundant life. In order for us to enjoy this super abundant life Jesus came to give us, we must know what Jesus has done for us. Our sins forgiven and penalties remitted, are central to the finished work of the cross. The disobedience of the one man exhibit’s humanity as sinners; the obedience of another man exhibits humanity as righteous. (Romans 5:19 The Mirror) The whole problem started with the disobedience of one man, Adam, the sin he committed affected all of mankind. Jesus came to pay the price for our sin, caused by Adam, and give us His righteousness. It is so important that you see that your sin have once for all been forgiven. In Matthew chapter 9, we see a picture of a paralyzed man, who Jesus heals by forgiving his sin; Some people brought to Him a paralyzed man on a mat. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “Be encouraged, my child! Your sins are forgiven.” (Matthew 9:2 NLT) The Amplified Bible says it this way; And behold, they brought to Him a man paralyzed and prostrated by illness, lying on a sleeping pad; and when Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralyzed man, Take courage, son; your sins are forgiven and the penalty remitted. (Matthew 9:2 AMP)

Jesus took the punishment for our sin, and He bore our sickness (result of sin), upon Himself at the cross. What a demonstration of His love, (Romans 5:8) and exhibition of His grace (Ephesians 2:5)! It is by grace that we are saved, through faith, not by our own works or efforts, it is a gift of God. (Ephesians 2:8).

Jesus declared the paralyzed man forgiven, and this man was healed, this also caused quite a stir among the scribes (religious folks). I think sometimes we miss the power of forgiveness of sin, and the truth of the matter, that all of our sins, past, present and future, are forever forgiven. The obedience of one-man Jesus made us righteous. It was His obedience, not yours that made you righteous. So don’t try to achieve your righteousness by your obedience, it just voids your faith, (Romans 4:14) just receive His GIFT of righteousness. Your innocence has been restored in Christ! I believe when folks realize that they ARE forgiven, and quit condemning themselves, start seeing themselves in their identity and innocence in Christ, healing will spring forth. It is really very simple; it is by His grace (unearned, undeserved, unmerited favor) not our efforts or obedience, but His obedience at the cross. 2nd Peter 1:9; For he who lacks these things is shortsighted even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his sins.

Rejoice today, be encouraged, your sins are forgiven; you are innocent and the righteousness of God in Christ. Be encouraged, my child! Your sins are forgiven, now reign in life as a King today!

Business The Grace Way #20

Greetings to you in the name of our Lord, may His effortless success be experienced in your life this week, by His grace.

God’s word gives us great hope for our future, and that includes your business and occupation. Circumstance doesn’t define who you are; God has defined who you are in Christ. As a result of the finished work of the cross, God has equipped you with the most powerful blessing known to man, which will cause you to reign in life. Romans 1:17 (Mirror Translation) Herein lies THE secret of the power of the gospel; there in no good news in it until the righteousness of God is revealed! (The good news is the fact that the cross of Christ was a success. God rescued the life of our design; He redeemed our innocence. Man would never again be judged righteous or unrighteous by his own ability to obey moral laws! It is not about what man must do but about what Jesus has done!) God now persuades everyone to believe what He knows to be true about them. (It is from faith to faith) The prophets wrote in advance about the fact that God believes that righteousness defines the life that He always had in mind for us. “Righteousness by His (God’s) faith gives meaning to life.”

That most powerful blessing known to man is His righteousness. Receive His abundance of grace and gift of righteousness, and reign in life. Righteousness is a gift, you cannot become righteous by your works, or self-efforts, that is works righteousness.

I was recently asked what I meant when I said I came to the end of myself.

Before I caught the revelation of God’s grace, I would try to plan my success, and then in my own self-effort, I would try to execute my plan, make it work. I tried to earn favor with God by my works, giving, praying, church attendance, doing things that I thought would get God’s attention and get Him to see my efforts and give (earn) me favor. (Whenever I would mess up, I thought I was out of fellowship with God, so I had to work harder to get back to where I was). This I thought would bring blessing to my business and ministry. I would attend sales conferences where the top salespeople would tell those in attendance that we needed to do more, we could never quite do enough, always thinking I was almost there then falling short again. Many Christians feel this way; they may experience a degree of success, but then somehow they are back to square one, starting over. Then the self-effort based questions start; where did I miss it, What did I do wrong, God why aren’t you blessing me, haven’t you seen what I have been doing for you? I was living a life of constant striving. After decades of this, one day about 6 years ago, I read Hebrews 4, about entering the rest of God, and I became obsessed with this rest, and desperate to get it. I also realized that I could not continue to strive any longer, so I began my quest. You could say that this was where I came to the end of myself, I realized self was the problem, myself, and as I came to the revelation of grace, I could clearly see I was full of self-effort.

This gospel of grace was the most liberating message I had ever heard! Jesus forgave me, made me FOREVER innocent; he qualified me, at the cross, He became me, so I could become Him WOW! I began to see who I really was in Christ. It was everything Jesus did, and ALL I had to do was believe it and receive His grace and gift of righteousness. I didn’t have to try anymore, for the first time in my life, I could rest in Christ Jesus and what He had done for me! I woke up in a different world, effortless success was mine, because Jesus paid the price, His favor was upon me in my business, and ministry. Does this sound too good to be true? Well, it is too good, and it is true praise the Lord! God loves you so much that when your cup is full He just keeps pouring, and your cup of blessing is running over; He is way too good to me, and His goodness produced a radical change of mind (repentance) in my life. I am hidden in Christ in God, what a wonderful place to be; I am loved, accepted, righteous, innocent and qualified to receive my inheritance. Yea He is too good, and I love it, and all I had to do was quit striving, believe what Jesus did for me, receive it, and I’m at rest, His rest.

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, (Romans 5:1 NKJV) Peace is a place of unhindered enjoyment of friendship beyond guilt, suspicion, blame or inferiority. His rest celebrates unhindered enjoyment of man and our unhindered enjoyment of Him! I began to see just how much God really loved me. Romans 5:8-9 (Mirror Translation) 8 Herein is the extremity of God’s love gift: mankind was rotten to the core when Christ died their (our) death. 9 If God could love us that much when we were ungodly and guilty, how much more are we free to realize His love now that we are declared innocent by His blood?

Cease from you efforts, quit striving and toiling today, rest in what Jesus has done for you at Calvary, He has prepared the good life for you; He has prepared abundant provision for you, so enter His rest! The only thing you have to do is believe. Reign in life today!