Rest Vs Impatience

Yesterday we spoke about entering His rest. Today let’s talk about impatience, an indicator that you are probably not at rest. We live in a “I want it now” fast food society, where if our meal takes over 5 minutes to get to us, we are ready to give someone a piece of our mind, the piece no one wants by the way. Impatience says it is not possible or its probably not going to happen, rest says all things are possible. The definition of Hope is “a positive expectation of good in your future.” Websters dictionary defines impatience as: “restlessness or the absence of expected good.”

“restlessness” no rest, “absence of expected good” no hope. Jeremiah 29:11 tells us what God’s ongoing thoughts toward us are and He wants to give you a future and a hope.

Jesus came to bring you hope and provide for you true rest. My friend you can have a confident expectation of good in your future because Jesus finished the work of redemption and has made provision for everything you will ever need. Because Jesus took your place at the cross, all of God’s anger was exhausted on the body of Jesus on the cross, so you can rest knowing that you are forgiven, and God will never ever be angry with you. He is not holding out on you.

What is it that has made you restless or impatient? Romans 8:32 (Amplified Bible) “He who did not withhold or spare [even] His own Son but gave Him up for us all, will He not also with Him freely and graciously give us all [other] things?” How could He possibly be holding anything out on you, He gave heavens best. Many times when you feel unloved or distanced you feel anxious and restless. Understand you are the object of His love, you are seated in heavenly place with Christ Jesus. You are in Christ, in the most Holy place! Wow! It doesn’t get any better than this! You might say “Evan, I don’t feel like it though.” your feelings do not change the truth about you, you are righteous, (innocent, guiltless, and faultless) you must see yourself and think of yourself the way God sees and thinks of you. He is not mad at you, He is mad about you!

All the promises of God in Him are yes and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us (1 Corinthians 2:20). You see, He wants you blessed in everything you do, He wants you healed, whole and at rest.

Don’t let the cares of the world choke the word and make it unfruitful in your life. When the word is unfruitful it isn’t working! We want to bear fruit, and Mark 5:20 tells us just exactly how to do it! But these are the ones sown on good ground (gospel of grace), those who hear the word, receive it, and bear fruit: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.

Gods three step success plan, 1 hear the gospel of grace, 2 receive it, 3 and bear fruit. Religion has made it hard when it is so easy. Now go bear fruit today, and reign in life as a King!

Powerful Rest

Good morning everyone! Today rest in what Jesus has done for you.

God has prepared powerful rest for us, Hebrews chapter 4 tells us of the promise of God’s rest. One of the things we have learned in our devotionals, is the vital importance of believing what Jesus has done for us at the cross, and we see that “unbelief” is what hindered Isreal from entering the promised land, which God gave to them. Verse 11 says: “let us be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of unbelief.”

The entire Bible points to Jesus and the finished work of the cross, redeeming us, the object of His intense love. What a loving father we have! Genesis chapter 5 is a chapter on geneology and yet it points to mans redemption through our savior Jesus. Let’s look at this geneology:

Adam, means “man”
Seth means “appointed”
Enosh means “mortal”
Kenan means “sorrow”
Mahalalel means “the blessed God”
Jared means “(desend) shall come down”
Enoch means “teaching”
Methuselah means “his death shall bring”
Lamech means “powerful”
Noah means “rest”

When we put this together we see the picture God painted for us: “Man (is) appointed mortal sorrow, (but) the blessed God shall come down teaching (that) His death shall bring powerful rest.
That was a shadow, now we have the actual finished work! Wow! What an amazing God we serve! Genesis 6:8 says: “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord”. Noah, meaning rest, represents our position of rest in Christ, it says he found grace in the eyes of the Lord. Praise the Lord, we also have found grace in the eyes of our Lord, and rest because Jesus paid the price for our perfect complete redemption. Remember His grace is unearned, undeserved, and unmerited, it is because of what Jesus did, not what you do.

Today, be diligent to enter His rest, believe what He has done for you, the price He paid so you could enjoy His rest! You can have rest in your conscience knowing ALL your debt is paid through His death on the Cross!

Colossians 1:12 “giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.” You are qualified, because your father qualified you! Now receive your inheritance, and enter into the rest he prepared knowing that everything you need has been provided. Today, go and reign as Kings in life!

How Much Are You Worth

Hello everyone! Rejoice today, for you are priceless to God! Did you know that?

John 6:28 Then they said to Him, “What shall we DO, that we may WORK the works of God?” 29 Jesus answered and said, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.”

Jesus was asked “what must we do to work…” religion is always looking for something to do to validate their value with God. Yet Jesus simply says we are to believe! Too easy? Apparently not Christians are still trying to figure out what they must do, yet Jesus obedience at the cross made it so easy!

John 14:9 Jesus said “…He who has seen Me has seen the Father…” so even as Jesus is full of grace and truth, so is the Father. Let’s look at what Jesus said in Vs 12 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the things that I do he will do also; and greater than these will He do because I go to My Father.” If you believe. The greater things will be done because Jesus went to His Father after He finished our redemption. Now that our redemption is completely complete,and perfectly perfect, we can do the greater things, but you must believe what God says about you after Jesus finished the work.

Christians have trouble receiving from God because their value of themselves is based on how they “feel” about themselves. What they drive, where they live, their job, bank account balance and their past. Please hit the delete button, erase the history on the hard drive of your brain, and re-program it. (Romans 12:2)

The definition of “value” according to is: worth or importance. You must believe Jesus was the ultimate sacrifice, His blood was poured out for you. Past, present, and future, you can not earn your value in this new birth!

God loves you! He has made you a new creature, paid for by the blood of Jesus. You can’t put a monetary price on it, Judas tried and hung himself.

So why is it we keep hanging ourselves by devalueing ourselves? One person looks at a beautiful couch and says “wow its only $900.00,” another person looks at it and says “I wouldn’t pay $200.00 for it.” In a painting one sees a masterpiece , another sees a mess. Are you a masterpiece or a mess?

God looked at us long before we were ever born and He offered up His Son, Jesus, and said “priceless!”. (priceless means: too valuable to set a price on.) He paid for us with the priceless blood of His Son, which makes us a priceless masterpiece to Him, and yet we go about devalueing ourselves, by condemning ourselves, judging ourselves not good enough. We go about trying to be good and earn value with God. A priceless masterpiece doesn’t have to try to earn anything, it is priceless!

Many people base their faith on what they “do” not in what Jesus has already done. Jesus is the author and finisher of your faith, He authored and finished it, you just need to believe. I have taught before that doubt (from the Greek) is actually self condemnation. Think about it when you condemn yourself, you are questioning (doubting) the masterpiece God has made you through Christ. You are questioning the priceless value God has placed on you! Therefore questioning God.

If you don’t think God loves you, then you believe God is angry with you. If you see little or no value, in yourself, then how can you receive all God has for you, let alone do “greater things”.

Recognize today, what Jesus has done for you, and how valuable you are to Him. Believe and do greater things. Now go reign in life today!

Grace-Full Business #2

Good morning everyone, I hope you have had your coffee and are wide awake, because I don’t want you to miss anything as we continue in the Grace-Full Business devotional series.

Most of what we have learned concerning our business or occupation has been based on what the world says you must do to succeed, or what religion has taught us largely through “motivational” instruction, and you need to do more to please God mentality. I have spent a lot of money to attend motivational classes, designed to motivate me to do certain things to achieve. Once you have a revelation of His grace you will see that God is for you because of what Jesus has done, and He wants you to succeed at whatever you set your hand to because of His grace, not your self efforts. Jesus himself was a carpenter and I will assure you He was successful. How do I know? Because He is the one who gives us the power to get wealth (Deuteronomy 8:18). And we are told in John 1:14 He is full of grace and truth.

John 1:14 “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth… 16 And of His fullness we have all received, grace for grace.” (Greek: garin anti garitos, meaning grace undeserved) 17 “For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” Jesus is grace personified.

Yes He was a successful carpenter and totally successful at redeeming mankind, forgiving us our sins and giving us His righteousness, we are innocent because of Jesus sacrifice. You see He thinks about you all the time and His thoughts as Jeremiah 29:11 says “for I know the thoughts I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (See February 22nd’s devotional). Before you were even born God had laid out a plan for your success, and that plan is yours because of the finished work of the cross. That success plan He has given us if fully contained in the revelation of His grace! Effortless success.

For years I played by all the rules in business and ministry and I was left with discouragement and disappointment laboring until stress took its toll, never entering His rest for me, because I had to do do do, and under the law you can never do enough. Then I met grace, I cherish that day and what it has done for me both personally and professionally, that I guard it with all diligence. I now have zero tolerance for mixture because of the danger it poses.

Can you believe that God loves you so much that He has laid out a plan for your life, and by His grace He has prepared for you overwhelming success? Can you believe that He prepared a “rest” and wants you to enter His rest, resting in the fact that the cross of Calvary was so amazingly successful that He took the toil out of your business/career? Jesus said all things are possible to them who believe. Believe what Jesus did for you at the cross to give you peace and rest. Jeremiah says He wants you to have hope and a future, Jesus is your hope and your future! Ephesians the second chapter tells you of His intense love with which he loved you. Verse 7 (amplified) says: He did this that He might clearly demonstrate through the ages to come the immeasurable (limitless, surpassing) riches of His free grace (His unmerited favor) in [His] kindness and goodness of heart toward us in Christ Jesus. It goes on to say that He has prepared ahead of time paths to walk in so we could live the good life! Yes! We can reign in life as Kings!

Simon Peter was a business man a fisherman and before He met grace, He toiled all night long and caught nothing. The word toil here means painful labor, trouble and weariness. Jesus came by that day and taught from Simon’s boat and when He finished He told Simon to launch out into the deep for a catch. Simon met grace that day, the fish were out there all night long, but when grace arrived at Simon Peter’s business something happened, just like it will for you. He threw out the net and they caught so many fish that their net was breaking so he signaled to their partners and they brought their boat and filled them both until the boats started to sink! Oh how He loves you and me! Let Jesus by His grace come into your business/occupation today He attracted the fish to the net just like He will attract the business and bring favor and wisdom to you. Begin to reign in life through Christ!

Understanding Your Righteousness; This Stuff Matters

This righteousness, the gift given to us in Romans 5:17 is very very important to your success as a believer. Righteousness from the Greek means to be made innocent, guiltless, faultless, and holy. This is the free gift of righteousness given to us. Jesus paid the price for all our sin, and gave us His righteousness. His innocence.

Today we want to look at how vitally important righteousness is to us, and how religion has twisted the scripture to get us to devalue the precious gift of rightousness given to us through the cross.

Romans 3:28 tells us: “Therefore we conclude that a man is justified (declared righteous) by faith apart from the deeds (works) of the law.” No works righteousness here only righteousness by faith.

Religion has taught most of us that the Holy Spirit was sent to convict us of our sin, or point out our sins to us. That statement alone contradicts what Jesus finished at the cross. If He forever forgave us all our sins, and Hebrews tells us that our sins and iniquities He remembers no more, then How could the Holy Spirit remind us of What God has forgiven and forgotten?

Let’s look at what that verse actually says in John 16:8 “And when He (the Holy Spirit) has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgement: of sin because THEY do not believe in me; (THEY is referring to the world or non-believer) of righteousness because I go to my father and YOU see me no more; (YOU is referencing the disciple or the believer) of judgement because the ruler of this world is judged.” Did you see that? The Holy Spirit convinces you of righteousness not sin. That makes all the difference between you being sin consciousness or righteousness consciousness. The sacrifices of the old testament, Hebrews 10 tells us, could not make us perfect vs 2 “For then would they not have ceased to be offered? For the worshippers, once purified would have had no more consciousness of sins.” The only way our conscious could be clear from sin according to Hebrews is if there were a perfect once for all sacrifice for all of mans sin. Jesus is that perfect sacrifice.

Notice the Holy Spirit doesn’t convince you of healing, He doesn’t convince you of prosperity, and those are good things but unless you are convinced of righteousness you will struggle with the rest. Your righteousness describes your new identity with Christ, what He has done for you. Can you see just how important this is to you?

So instead of trying to have faith for everything, understand and have faith for your righteousness and He will add all things to you (Mat 6:33). Your righteousness will cause you to reign in life through Christ (Rom 5:17).

The notes from “Why The Mirror Translation Bible” states it beautifully this way: “Your belief in God does not define him; His faith in what He knows to be true about you defines you. In Mark 11:22. Jesus says, ‘have the faith of God’. Unfortunately most translations say, ‘have faith in God’; there is a vast difference. God’s belief in you gives substance to your faith. Jesus is what God believes about you!”

Jesus did not come to condemn the world but to free the world. Religion has majored on guilt and will-power driven sentiment which engaged man in futile efforts to save and improve himself. Jesus gives you His free gift of righteousness (innocence) and there is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ. That stain of guilt you’ve carried has been removed by His gift of righteousness, now you can be more conscience of your right standing with God in Christ, than your sin. Because Jesus has removed the guilty stain! Now go reign in life!

Yes And Amen

Is there anything you need from God today, do you need a favor?

Back in August 2011 just before our grandson was born my wife attended a baby shower for him. The hostess of the baby shower offered up a prayer for our grandson and while she was praying, the Lord spoke to my wife saying “do you know why I always say yes? Because Jesus paid it all!”

2 Cor 1:20 “For ALL the promises of God in Him are yes, and in Him amen, to the glory of God through us.” Does that sound too good to be true? Well it is too good, and it is true! He paid for whatever you need. When that verse says “in Him” it is referencing what Jesus paid for at the cross. The amazing thing is, Jesus took care of everything at the cross, complete redemption. He overpaid the full price with His blood, completely and perfectly finished restoring our innocence. It is His desire that you live the abundant life. Health, provision, safety, peace, happiness, favor and His rest. That is the abundant life He paid for! Believe it, receive it, rest in His finished work for you!

Jesus said “all things are possible to him who believes.” Do you believe? What is it that you believe? Do you believe that if you try really really hard God will recognize your efforts and help, save you? Do you believe if you pray long enough, hard enough, study the bible enough that that is the answer to get God to do something for you? Do you believe that if you’ve done something bad, God will punish you? Jesus took all your punishment for you, He loves you. My friends that describes a lot of self effort, which actually produces self righteousness. Romans 3:21 & 22 “But the righteousness of God APART from the law is revealed… Even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ to all and on all who believe…” His righteousness doesn’t consist of your self efforts, as we just read it is “to all and on all who believe!” Romans 4 tells us in verse 5 “But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness…” All you have to do is believe what Jesus finished for you at Calvary! Believing what He has done is all that is required, your self efforts will only void your faith. “For if those who are of the law (works righteousness) are heirs, faith is made VOID and the promise made of NO effect.” Romans 4:14.

Today just believe and receive what Jesus has done for you, and begin to rejoice in the yes and amen’s for you concerning all the promises of God. He loves you, Jesus paid for everything, so don’t try to repay by your self efforts, that will only void your faith, enjoy what was done for you. He loves you and His answer is: “in Him yes, and in Him amen.” Reign in life today!

Good News: The Righteousness Of God Is Revealed

Blessed day to everyone today! Remember today how much God loves you, with a love that is only good for you not harmful, He loves you with no strings attached and wants to bless you today! You are righteous today (innocent, guiltless, faultless, and have right standing with God) because of what Jesus has done for you.

Romans 1:16 “For I am not ashamed of THE gospel of Christ, for it is THE power of God to salvation for everyone who believes…” NKJV vs 17 Herein lies the secret of the gospel; there is no good news 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 or must not 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.” (Mirror Translation)

Notice that the gospel (good news) of Christ is THE power of God! This statement from verse 17 tells us where the power of God is; …the righteousness of God is revealed… The power of God comes from His revealing His righteousness in our lives! The good news is that through the cross, Jesus cleared you of all charges, declared you innocent by His blood, and gave you the gift of righteousness! This is awesome! You are free! On top of that He has given you His grace, endless supply of whatever you need. All you have to do is believe, believe what He has done for you, believe that you are righteous! It is His gift to you, receive it and enjoy effortless success today!

Romans 5:17 For if by one man’s offense death reigned through the one, MUCH more those who receive abundance of grace (unearned, undeserved, unmerited favor) and the gift of righteousness will REIGN IN LIFE through the one Jesus Christ. Now go reign in life!

His Countless Thoughts For You

Good morning, you are God’s beloved. Remember today that God thinks about you ALL the time. How precious also are your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand…Psalm 139:17-18. He loves you so much He is thinking about you all the time, yes YOU!

Have you ever tried to count the sand? You don’t have to, just know He is thinking about you all the time. You want to know what He is thinking, that would be kinda cool to know. Let’s look at Jeremiah 29:11 and see: “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not evil, to give you a future and hope.” Now that’s a lot of positive thinking about you by the one who loves you, created you, and redeemed you! Meditate on that today, it will empower you to effortless success.

God said in Jeremiah “to give you a future and hope.” The bible definition of hope: To give you a confident expectation of good in your future. There is nothing more exciting than knowing that your Father in heaven is on your side, and because of the finished work of the cross, your beautiful savior has secured your blessed and successful future for you! All you have to do is believe.

Now enter His rest which He spoke of in Hebrews. God did the planning for your future, Jesus paid the price for you at the cross, and all you have to do is rest in the finished work, by beholding Jesus and be more conscience of what He has done than your shortcomings today. He did it all, now enjoy the good life.

Forever Forgiven

Good morning everyone. Monday night service was exciting, our lives are being forever changed by the Good News.

We have journeyed deeper into the fact that we are completely forgiven of all sins. Now with the problem of sin dealt with, we are now positioned to receive every blessing.

Some of the promises given to us in Isaiah 54 where He tells us: “… So I have sworn that I will not be angry with you.” God will never be angry with you, because Jesus absorbed all Gods anger in His body at the cross for us. He continues: “…And my covenant of peace shall not be removed.” And “in righteousness you shall be established.” God promised to establish us in righteousness, which means He establishes us in an eternal right standing with Him. Under the Old Covenant, one had to establish one’s own righteousness through obedience to the law. Under the New Covenant, we are established in righteousness through Jesus’ perfect obedience on our behalf. Wow, that is breathtaking! These three promises from Isaiah 54 show us just how complete the plan of salvation through Jesus is at restoring our innocence. And if you are forever innocent/forgiven then that makes you innocent before God! He has made ALL things new in Him! In Hebrews 8:12 He says “For I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins NO MORE.”

Let us not forget Romans 8:1 “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.” When you accepted the Lord, you were were placed in Christ, so this is for you! Don’t condemn yourself for you are in Christ and innocent because of Jesus your beautiful savior. Do not call unclean, what God has called clean (Acts 10).

Because of the cross, God is for you. Not against you. Romans 8:32 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son but gave Him for us all, how will He not also with Him graciously give us all things. This is amazing!

God can never be angry with you, condemn you, or count you sins against you in any way, because He is a faithful God, faithful to His Covenant in Christ!

Now, receive His super abundance of Grace, and free gift of righteousness, and go reign in life today!

Grace-Full Business #1

This is the beginning of a devotional teaching on what I have called “Grace Business Practice”. I will probably start it on Monday’s to start the week.

First let’s look at the definition of Business: according to Websters 1828 Dictionary, Business is, employment, business or trade; that which occupies the time, attention and labor of men, or women, for the purpose of profit or improvement.

Starting from this premise, we will explore how the finished work of Jesus, will, once believed, cause your business (based on the above definition) to excel beyond your imagination. It is so simple, yet profound because of what Jesus has done for you. It is by grace that you are saved through faith, that not of your own self efforts, but entirely based on what He has done, it is a gift of God! Eph 2:8. Now what would make you think in your business or occupation it would be any different? You cannot separate your business (or your assignment), from your personal life. The simplicity of this is going to require a paradigm shift, and much repentance (which the bible definition means to change your mind) from how you have thought and done business to His Grace model.

You will also note that everything taught here will apply to your personal life. I have never heard anyone teach this, therefore I am very excited to get started. You will see in both your business and personal life just how amazing His grace really is! I have been involved in ministry in some capacity for around 30 years, and business for 20 years as well as professional occupation for 11 years. When I caught the revelation of His grace around 5 years ago, the Lord began to teach me in the business arena just how His grace will change everything. And all I can say is wow! It has changed my life. I have struggled most my life in my profession, ministry and business, although by the worlds standards I had a lot of success, but it was a struggle. Until I met Grace!

Are you ready to get started, you will never have to worry about provision again. We will be talking about effortless success throughout this teaching, that is because the “self” has been removed from effort through the finished work of the Cross. He has prepared the good life for you, now let’s walk in it. I use to say “if you can ‘sell’ you can do anything”, now I accurately say “if you can ‘believe’, you can do ANYTHING!” This has been the introduction, next Monday we will dive in. I will continue the other devotionals, I just wanted to add this series in.