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Works Don’t Save   Leave a comment

WORKS DON’T SAVE – Andrew Wommack Ministries

Mark 11:16 "And would not suffer that any man should carry any vessel through the temple."

Only Mark points out that Jesus would not suffer anyone to carry any vessel through the temple. No explanation is offered by Mark as to why Jesus would not allow this. It is probable that Jesus wanted His Father’s house to be dedicated completely to prayer and the ministry of God. Also, as with the Sabbath, work symbolizes our own effort, and our own effort will always fall short of what God demands for salvation. Therefore, anything that resembled work was inappropriate in the house of God.

What are "works of the law?" Any rule, command or law that a person observes in an attempt to be accepted in right standing with God is a "work of the law." In other words, "works of the law" are a righteousness produced by one’s self, a righteousness belonging to one’s self, offered to God as a means of meeting God’s standard for acceptance.

It takes a radical revelation of the gospel of grace to abandon faith in the works of the law. God’s standard of righteousness is the RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD alone. God has designed salvation in such a way as to eliminate any boasting from man. If salvation was by works either partially or wholly, then man could boast. But grace and faith eliminate man’s boasting altogether. Faith towards God and what He has done through Christ Jesus is the only means of receiving His free gift of salvation. Salvation by grace brings praise and glory to God. If we could save ourselves, either partially or wholly, we would take the credit for it. But that is not the case. All the glory goes to God.

Posted September 12, 2014 by Free From Burdens in Uncategorized

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God’s Grace Is Unmerited   Leave a comment

Well said…

God’s Grace Is Unmerited – Joseph Prince Ministries

Galatians 5:4; You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace.

What is the grace of God? Simply put, the grace of God is God blessing, healing and delivering you because of Jesus. The grace of God is His unearned, unmerited and undeserved favor toward you simply because of Jesus’ finished work at the cross.

Because God’s grace is based on Jesus’ work and not yours, the only way you fall from this grace is by believing that you can earn, merit and deserve it through your obedience and good works.

For example, you fall from grace when you say, “God has to answer my prayer because I have prayed long enough.” You also fall from grace when you think that because you are serving in church or you have kicked a bad habit, God is pleased with you and He has to bless you.

When you think that it is by your efforts and obedience that you receive God’s blessings, you become like the Pharisees. They believed that their law-keeping justified them and ensured that God would bless them. But the truth is that when you believe like them, “you have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace”. This means that you are cut off from Christ, who is your salvation, Redeemer, healer and provider. Christ has become of no effect to you!

My friend, surely you would want Christ to be of effect to you. People to whom Christ is of effect receive from Him the miracle they need. When He is of effect to them, He is their healer and they get healed. He is their wisdom and they are wise before man. He is their good success and they experience good success in all that they do.

Beloved, for Christ to always be of effect to you and to never nullify the grace of God operating in your life, just remember and believe that it is because of Christ and His finished work—His blood, His stripes, His death, His obedience—that you are justified, healed and blessed!

Posted September 5, 2014 by Free From Burdens in Uncategorized

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The Gift of Salvation   Leave a comment

RECEIVE THE GIFT OF SALVATION – Andrew Wommack Ministries

Mark 10:21 "Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me."

MARK 10:21-27

Notice that the scripture makes special mention of Jesus loving this rich young ruler. This is stated after this young man said he had kept all of God’s commands, which was not the truth. Jesus was showing him that he had broken the very first commandment that states, "Thou shalt have no other gods before me" (Ex. 20:3), and also the tenth commandment that says, "Thou shalt not covet…" (Ex. 20:17). Jesus’ tough answer of "sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor" was not intended to hurt this young man. It was said from a heart of love and intended for his own good. This man’s money had become his god and it had to be dethroned before Jesus could become Lord.

The one thing this young man lacked was faith in Jesus as his Savior. This young ruler was trusting in his goodness and not in the salvation that Jesus offered as a gift. Millions of people are making the same mistake today. They trust in themselves instead of God.

Jesus only came to save sinners. Unless an individual acknowledges that he is a sinner, he cannot be saved. Because the whole world is guilty before God, He has provided one way of salvation for everyone. In the same way that everyone is guilty, everyone also has been justified freely by God’s grace.

That does not mean everyone is saved. Everyone has had the sacrificial offering of Jesus made for their sins by grace but grace alone doesn’t save.

We have to put faith in what God has provided for us by grace. Although the price has been paid for the sins of the whole world, only those who receive it by faith will benefit from the salvation that Jesus offers.

‘Lord, I Cannot, But You Can!’   Leave a comment

‘Lord, I Cannot, But You Can!’ – Joseph Prince Ministries

Philippians 2:13; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.

Have you ever tried to break a bad habit on your own? You probably found that when you tried to stop it by sheer willpower, you saw improvement for a while, and then bounced back to square one. Worse, you found yourself binging on the very thing that you were trying not to do. And your condition is worse than before you started your “I’m going to quit” program!

The changes were temporary because it was you doing it.

A church member who had been a chain-smoker used to believe that with willpower, he could quit smoking. He would tell himself, “If there is a will, there is a way!” But he discovered that with willpower, he could stop smoking for a week or two, and then he would succumb to the pull of nicotine again.

When he turned his life over to God and learnt about God’s grace, he told God, “I realize that I cannot stop smoking. I cannot, but You can break my habit, Lord.” And every time he lit up, he would say, “Lord, I am trying to stop smoking, but I cannot. I am trusting You.” He would even say, “I am still righteous because of Jesus’ blood.”

Well, in the very same year, all his cravings to smoke vanished! When asked how he succeeded, he would say, “It is entirely God and none of me! It is all by His grace.” This man lost all the desire to smoke. That is true transformation.

When you receive the grace of God to do for you what you cannot do, you will experience effortless and permanent change on the inside, which in turn changes your actions on the outside. The Bible tells us that God works in us to give us both the will and ability to perform what He desires. It is God who removes the old want to’s and gives us new ones. And He even gives us the power to carry them out!

Beloved, look to His grace to do what you cannot do. Say, “Lord, I cannot, but You can!” Then, what you experience will not merely be behavior modification, but true and lasting inward transformation!

The Gift Of No Condemnation   Leave a comment

Good morning. I want to share something I just experienced about the importance of God’s grace. We know that God’s grace is His unmerited favor toward us all. It was His grace (love) that brought His Son, Jesus to die for our sins. He took our sins on the cross and He took our sickness and diseases on His body for us to be healed. He took our sufferings, so we don’t have to suffer. He did all that for us. That’s His grace. When we read and study His word, it’s important we read it in the right mindset; which is knowing it’s written out of love. Not only that, whatever that word says, there is a road map to get us there. Well, I was reading a scripture that talked about sin. Of course it wasn’t condemning, but I began to see it as that. I began to look at my abilities to stop sinning and it all became too stressful and overwhelming. I began to cry and tell the Lord I just want to stop sinning. I told Him I don’t want me nor my family to go to hell. Then I prayed for Him to help me. In my mind I couldn’t grasp grace and I forgot what He taught me on grace. But the Lord help me realize something. He said when we focus on grace we become more like Him. When we focus on grace we have patient while we are changing. Then He reminded me of the scripture in 1 John 1:9; "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness". While getting our minds renewed, we are going to sin. But we look to His grace and have faith in 1 John 1:9. Then we WILL get to the point there’s no sin in our lives. I know it was the enemy that caused me to have that heaviness. I thank God for my Helper, the Holy Spirit for being there for me. While we are learning and renewing our minds, we have to love ourselves and remind ourselves of His grace. Focusing on His grace will cause us to be more and more like Him. I also want to mention while I was having that moment, I said in my heart "I want to please You". But He said, "without faith it’s impossible to please Him". It wasn’t the desire to stop sinning that pleased God; it’s faith in Him that pleases Him. Faith in what our Lord says in 1 John 1:9. Faith in what Jesus already done for us. Focusing on our new creation will cause us to believe we are that and walk in it. While I was having those thoughts of sin, I felt death and saw darkness. I became afraid of death. But as soon as He came and reminded me of His grace, life came on me and I instantly saw light. The Bible says the law brings death, but grace brings life (Romans 8). So if you or anyone else is focusing on sin, you are only focusing on death. When we focus on grace, we focus on life and we submit to that life. And we become free from sin. His loving kindness draws us to Him. His goodness leads us to repentances. If He don’t want us to focus on our sins, He isn’t focusing. The Bible tells us God is not imputing (keeping record) of our sins (Romans 4:8). The scripture I was reading is right (by the way it was 1 John 5:16-18), but I was reading it in the wrong mindset. We need wisdom on what to study and when to study it. I felt the Holy Spirit telling me to only study verses 14 and 15. There are some things we are not going to understand at that moment. And with that being stated, there are some things we need to hold off on studying because it’s not our time to study it. It’s like being a baby; you cannot give a baby meat when they haven’t been trained to chew. If you attend a church that teaches legalism (only the law and not grace), the Bible says we can leave (2 Corinthians 6). Allow the Holy Spirit to direct you to a place where God’s grace, the true gospel is being taught. I need just as much grace teaching to get rid of all that ungodly teaching on legalism. I haven’t felt that burdened in a while that’s why I know it was an attack from the enemy. I’ve been rebuking him more lately and having results. I was up early this morning casting his demons from my home. So, I’m not surprised of the attack. Next time the attack come, I pray I’m ready and don’t give him a moment of my life again. But I thank God for His Holy Spirit being here with me to help me out. So, please focus on His grace. Focus on what He did for us. Focus on Him. Finally, something the Holy Spirit has been telling me; to follow Him in everything. That also means my studying. Instead of trying to do what’s right, follow Him and He’ll tell me and lead me to what’s right. Now, that’s rest. I don’t have to lead my life no more. I’m also posting an email I received this morning which confirms it was the Lord showing me His grace yesterday.Peace and blessings. Veronica

The Gift Of No Condemnation – From Joseph Prince Ministries

John 8:11; … “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”

When Jesus was on earth, a woman caught in the act of adultery was brought before Him by the scribes and Pharisees, the religious mafia of His day. They tried to trap Him by posing a question that was difficult to answer: “Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?” (John 8:5)

Jesus answered, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” (John 8:7) The scribes and Pharisees began to leave one by one till none of them were left.

The people in the crowd who wanted to condemn the woman could not. But Jesus, the only one in the crowd who truly had the power to condemn her, would not. He then asked her, “Woman…Has no one condemned you?” (John 8:10)

He spoke such words of grace to her because He loved her. Also, by asking her the question, He was giving her a chance to speak words of no condemnation to herself—“No one [condemns me], Lord.” (John 8:11)

Jesus not only spoke words of grace to her, He also gave her the gift of no condemnation—“Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more”. It was when she received the gift of no condemnation that she had the power to “go and sin no more”.

Today, you have the gift of no condemnation because the Son of God was condemned for all your sins. (Romans 8:1) Today, God cannot condemn you when you sin because He is faithful and just to what His Son has done.

So if the devil tries to convince you that God is angry with you when you blow it, just say, “God does not condemn me today because He has already condemned Jesus at the cross 2,000 years ago!”

Unfortunately, we still hear people saying, “Go and sin no more first, then I won’t condemn you.” Maybe you have been saying this to yourself too. But God says, “I don’t condemn you. Go and sin no more.” He gives you the gift of no condemnation, so that you have the strength to go and sin no more!

Posted February 20, 2014 by Free From Burdens in Uncategorized

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When You See God’s Grace, He Sees Your Faith   Leave a comment

When You See God’s Grace, He Sees Your Faith – From Joseph Prince

Ephesians 2:8; For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,

Many a time, people ask me, “Pastor Prince, I know that God’s promises are true, but how can I be sure that His promises will come true in my life?”

My friend, if you want God’s promises to be sure in your life, you cannot depend on yourself. If you depend on yourself—your obedience, goodness, service and even faith—you will not be able to receive God’s promises. But when you depend on God’s grace—His unmerited, unearned, undeserved favor toward you—that is when His promises become sure in your life.

This was true of the woman with the issue of blood. (Matthew 9:20–22) She didn’t go around saying, “I must have faith…I hope that I have enough faith…I will have faith…I will not lose faith.” No, she was only conscious of the grace of Jesus—how He always healed the sick, how powerful He was in raising the dead and how willing He was to use that power for her healing.

She just saw His grace abounding toward her, so much so that she said, “If only I may touch His garment, I shall be made well.” And when she came behind Jesus and touched the very hem of His garment, she was healed. At that same moment, Jesus stopped, turned around and said to her, “Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well.”

When the woman saw His grace, God saw her faith! And so it was by grace, through faith, that God’s promise became sure in her life.

God wants you to see His grace. And when you see His grace, He sees your faith. God says, “For by grace are you saved through faith.” The Greek word for “saved”, sozo, doesn’t just mean to save from hell, but also to heal, preserve and make whole. So it is by grace that you are made whole, kept healthy, preserved and blessed. It is by grace through faith that God’s promises become sure in your life.

My friend, don’t worry if you feel that you lack faith. Begin to see God’s grace in your situation and He will see that as faith. And because He sees your faith, you will receive the breakthrough you need!

Posted January 12, 2014 by Free From Burdens in Uncategorized

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God’s Grace   Leave a comment

Yesterday I posted a email I received from Andrew Wommack concerning forgiveness. Forgiveness is His Grace. Since I’ve been learning more and more about His Grace, I’ve been less and less burdened. I’m not afraid to come to Him with my faults any more. I’m not afraid to be honest and confess my faults as much as before because I know He Loves me and isn’t out to get me. That’s what religion under the old covenant teaches you. But even how people teach the old covenant, some teach that wrong. They teach this unmerciful God that’s angry with us and out to get us. Look at how God showed His Grace toward the children of Israel, time and time again after they messed up, time and time again. One of the most wicked woman we say that’s in the Bible, Jezebel, God was willing to help her if she only repented. Since His teachings of Grace I don’t make excuses for me sinning, I don’t want to sin. I want my heart changed because I want to be like Him. I don’t feel I have to be anymore, it’s a free choice. I’s a free obligation I’m learning to have toward Him, our Lord Jesus, more than an obligation to follow Him because it’s a rule. God doesn’t want robots, He wants His living creation to freely follow Him. And when we really know His Grace, we freely follow Him. In me there is still some resistant because of the old teachings. But the more I’m receiving His teachings, the more free I feel. Concerning yesterday’s article on receiving forgiveness; I have to admit that was hard for me to receive when the Lord was speaking to me directly about it prior to the email. But I looked up some stuff in the Bible and the things I was taught before was not in there. One of the things I looked up is "asking for forgiveness". The Lord told me I don’t have to ask for forgiveness because He has already forgiven me of my sins. I just need to confess my sins and He will cleanse me, but I have to believe He will. Nothing is based on my performance or works, but on what He already has done. Lately, I’ve been thanking Him for His forgiveness and expecting deliverance from sin. The teachings I’ve been getting from Him, He shows me in His Word. Most of the time it’s not something I need revelation for. It’s plain and simple and can see it in black and white. Focusing too much on sin was causing me to believe in me and my abilities. But focusing on Jesus Christ, my Redeemer, my Healer, my Bridegroom is causing me to be free from all the burdens of the old teachings. It’s freedom thanking Him for what He already provided for us; and one of that is forgiveness of sins. To ask means to want something. To confess is to admit faults. Pride keeps so many from admitting their faults; so pride keeps many from receiving God’s Grace. I used to think this is too good to be true. Now I just say, this is You, God. I don’t feel condemned because I don’t get it right. I made a mistake the other day and satan tried to burden me with it and the Holy Spirit of our God came and told me to accept His forgiveness and forgive myself. I tried to beat myself up, but I began to feel burdened. The Holy Spirit guided me and helped me accept forgiveness. I was fine after that and it just caused me to want to follow Him. Because of Grace sin is not having dominion over me. For the record, reminding a person of their faults and always talking about sin is not the key to stop them from sinning. Scaring them isn’t the answer. Not one time has the Lord scared me with His Word. Sorry for the long post, but maybe someone in this group is burdened like I was and need freedom. Grace isn’t freedom to sin, it moves you from sinning. Grace also helps me to believe more about things that are impossible. I don’t have to perform for God to move for me. There are many factors that causes unbelief, but the problem is still unbelief. Well, Grace has helped me to believe and I believe Grace will keep me steadfast in faith. Lately when I pray, I’m accepting more and more it is truly done because of His Grace. It’s not based on a feeling I’m feeling; for that moment. But it’s from knowledge about Him and who God really is. I’m learning to pray from Grace, which causes me to believe in what I ask.

Because of His Grace we should not have any doubt in Him. Because of His Grace we and our family are covered and protected. Because of His Grace we have all the things we need because He has provided all for us. He already provided healing, deliverance, finances. The fact He provided His Son for us is proof of His Love, Grace and Faithfulness toward us. Please check out this article from Creflo Dollar concerning God’s Grace. Peace and blessing truly belong to us. Veronica

Too Much Grace! – From Creflo Dollar

I remember my wife giving me a certificate to go skydiving on my 40th birthday. I thought, that’s going to be pretty neat, jumping out of a perfectly good airplane. Included in a skydiver’s equipment is one main parachute and one reserve parachute. I had the thought, what if I only had that one main chute? I began to think about how dependent I was on the second chute. Would I be able to put my full trust in just one chute? It’s a lot easier to go skydiving knowing that you have that backup chute.

Well, living the life of grace is almost like that scenario. God wants us to depend on one “chute”—grace—but we keep depending on the backup “chute”—self-effort, or self-reliance. Today, the Spirit of God is saying, “When will you get to the point in your life where you’re going to be totally dependent on that one chute, God’s grace, and everything that Jesus has already done for you?”

We are surrounded by too much grace to ever be defeated in any area of our lives. There’s just too much grace that’s been made available to us to be troubled about anything. But in order to avail ourselves to God’s grace and lay hold of what we need by faith, we have to maintain the balance of the presence of God in our lives. You have to practice the presence of God in order to tap into His wisdom concerning the circumstances of your everyday life.

One of the ways we engage His presence is by engaging in His Word. The devil’s task is to distract you out of, and away from, the presence of God. But you have to train your mind to focus on the Word because there are many distractions in life. This can be as simple as taking a scripture and meditating on that scripture every day; or before going to bed, reading a paragraph from the Word and meditating on that. When you get in the Word, you get in the presence of God. The Bible says in the God’s presence is fullness of joy and at His right hand are pleasures forevermore (Psalm 16:11). When you get in God’s presence, He can begin to show you some things and reveal things to you that you need to know.

You have a choice; you can focus on your problems, or you can focus on Jesus. His grace is available for you, no matter what you’re going through. There’s no circumstance you’ll ever come up against in life that can prevail against God. He knows the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10). He is already in your future, rooting for you at the finish line!

Make it a point from this day forward to expose yourself to God’s presence by exposing yourself to His Word. Trials and challenges that seem larger than life melt when we’re in the presence of the Lord. His presence eliminates worry, fear, doubt, and frustration. That’s where His grace comes in! There’s too much grace available for you, so don’t you dare give up, cave in, or quit on God, because He will never quit on you!

But He said to me, My grace (My favor and loving-kindness and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully]; for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in [your] weakness. Therefore, I will all the more gladly glory in my weaknesses and infirmities, that the strength and power of Christ (the Messiah) may rest (yes, may pitch a tent over and dwell) upon me!” (2 Corinthians 12:9, AMP).

When you continually practice the presence of God, you can learn how to rejoice even in the midst of trouble! Why? Because your hope is in Christ, and He never disappoints!

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