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God Convicts – satan condemns   Leave a comment

TURN FROM SIN – Andrew Wommack Ministries

John 11:5 "Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus."

It is interesting to note that special mention is made of Jesus loving Martha. This is after the incident recorded in Luke 10:38-42 where Martha is caught up with serving instead of worshipping Jesus and her priorities are still not in order. Jesus was not rebuking Martha but rather exhorting her for her own profit. When the Lord deals with problem areas in our lives, it is always for our profit – not punishment and we should not take it as rejection. This is one way to discern God’s correction from the devil’s condemnation.

God convicts us of sin but He doesn’t condemn us. Conviction is solely for our profit with no malice while condemnation includes punishment. Satan is the one who condemns the Christian, but the Holy Spirit has given us the power to escape that condemnation. The way the Lord convicts a believer is through the inner ministry of the Holy Spirit. This is always done in a positive manner that encourages us to turn from sin rather than the negative way of condemning us for having committed the sin.

A Christian who still walks in condemnation is being condemned by the devil or is condemning himself. Only those who are living in the power of the Holy Spirit escape condemnation. Compare this to the law of gravity. Gravity is a law that never quits exerting its power, but it can be overcome. Through the laws of aerodynamics man can actually fly and send space ships beyond Earth’s gravity. But it takes power to do this. If the power is shut off, the law of gravity is still at work and will cause the vehicle to fall.

Likewise, the law of sin and death still exists. If a Christian shuts off the power of the Spirit of life and begins to walk in the power of his own flesh, Satan will use this law of sin and death to condemn him and ensure he crashes. It’s not God who condemns us.

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Grow In Grace   Leave a comment

GROW IN GRACE – Andrew Wommack Ministries

Luke 9:55 "But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of."

LUKE 9:54-56

Jesus was constantly being accused of breaking the law of Moses. He taught differently than the law of Moses (Mt. 5:21-48), and now He rebukes His disciples for desiring to do what an Old Testament prophet did with God’s blessing and power. However, Jesus didn’t come to destroy the law but to fulfill it.

Jesus came not to destroy men’s lives but to save them (Jn. 3:16; 10:10).

"God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them" (2 Cor. 5:19). Jesus was just in doing this because He bore our sins (Isa. 53:4-6) and the accompanying wrath of God (Mt. 27:46; Heb. 2:9). Jesus didn’t reject God’s judgment against sin; He bore it (2 Cor. 5:21). Therefore, He was able to extend the grace and mercy of God to those who would have been doomed under the law of Moses (Acts 13:38-39).

The Old Testament law was like a judge passing sentence upon sin. Jesus became our advocate (or lawyer). Even more than that, He became our substitute, bearing "our sins in his own body on the tree" (1 Pet. 2:24).

He didn’t destroy God’s judgment; He fulfilled it in Himself, so that we could go free. This forever changed God’s dealings with sinful man. In light of what Jesus has done in the New Covenant, we would be rebuked for trying to release God’s wrath upon others as was done in the Old Covenant. Likewise, if Jesus would have been on the earth in His physical body, reconciling the world unto Himself in the days of Elijah, then Elijah would have been rebuked for his actions, as recorded in 2 Kings 1:9-15. There is a difference between Old Testament law and New Testament grace. "For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ" (Jn. 1:17). Grow in grace.

God Is Not Punishing You For Some Sin   Leave a comment

God Is Not Punishing You For Some Sin – Joseph Prince Ministries

Ephesians 1:7; In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace

Some Christians believe that although you have forgiveness of sins, you are not free from the penalties of your sins. In other words, you can still expect punishment from God. For example, some married Christian couples have been told that they are childless because God is punishing them for having had pre-marital sex. So although God has forgiven them of that sin, He still has to punish them for it.

I am certainly not for pre-marital sex, but I want you to know that God, who is the only one who can fully appreciate the full value of His Son’s blood and who is completely satisfied by His Son’s sacrifice, is at rest in His heart today concerning your sins! That is why He is not against you even when you fail. Neither is He out to punish you when you sin. No, He still loves you, is for you and wants to help you overcome that sin.

In the Old Testament, the blood of bulls and goats could only “cover” sins and not take them away. (Hebrews 10:4) But the blood of Jesus is not like the blood of animals! For by one sacrifice, the eternal blood of the Son of God has forever removed your sins (Psalm 103:12) and cleansed you of all unrighteousness! (1 John 1:9) In fact, God is so satisfied with His Son’s perfect work that He says to you today, “Your sins and lawless deeds I will by no means remember!” (Hebrews 10:17) And if God does not remember them, why would He punish you for them?

Beloved, you have “redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace”. Because Jesus’ work is complete, all your sins have been completely forgiven. And complete forgiveness means that the penalties for your sins can no longer fall on you because they had already fallen on Jesus at the cross. (Isaiah 53:5)

So don’t think for one moment that God is punishing you for some sin just because something bad happened to you. Look to the cross and know that all your sins have already been punished fully in the body of Christ. Believe that God is for you and expect victory!

Naturally Holy   Leave a comment

NATURALLY HOLY – From Andrew Wommack Ministries

John 5:14, "Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee."

JOHN 5:1-15

In saying this, Jesus shows that sin causes the tragedies that come into our lives. The reason for holiness in the life of the believer is that when we obey sin, we yield ourselves to Satan, the author of that sin. Yielding to sin is yielding to a person – Satan. God doesn’t impute the sin to us but the devil does. Our actions either release the power of Satan or the power of God in us.

Although God is not imputing our sins unto us, we cannot afford the luxury of sin because it allows Satan to have access to us. When a Christian sins and allows the devil opportunity to produce his death in their life, the way to stop it is to confess the sin, and God who is faithful and just, will take the forgiveness that is already present in our born again spirit and release it in our flesh. This removes Satan and his strongholds.

The sins of a Christian don’t make him a sinner any more than the righteous acts of a sinner make him righteous. Sin is a very deadly thing that even Christians should avoid at all costs, but it does not determine our standing with the Lord. A person who is born again is not "in" the flesh even though he may walk "after" the flesh.

What is the motive for living a separated life? We live a separated life because our nature has been changed. We were darkness, now we are light (Eph. 5:8). Many people argue for holiness in order to obtain relationship with God. We need to live holy lives because of the relationship that we already have. It’s the nature of a Christian to walk in the light and not in darkness. If Christians were rightly informed of who they are and what they have in Christ, holiness would just naturally flow out of them. It’s their nature. It’s our nature.

The “old man” is dead   Leave a comment

THE "OLD MAN" IS DEAD – From Andrew Wommack Ministries

Mark 14:41 "And he cometh the third time, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: it is enough, the hour is come; behold, the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners."

It is not our individual acts of sin that make us a sinner. It is our sin nature that makes us commit individual acts of sin. Adam’s one sin produced a sin nature in all men that in turn, caused each person to commit individual acts of sin. Jesus not only dealt with the original sin that contaminated the human race, but He also dealt with each individual act of sin.

Anyone who is trying to obtain righteousness through their actions is totally missing the point. Believers are made righteous through faith in Christ, independent of their actions. It’s the same way that everyone was made a sinner: through Adam’s one sin, not through our individual sins.

At salvation, our old man (Rom. 6:6) or sin nature died, but the tendency to sin remains in the thoughts and emotions that the old man left behind. No longer does the Christian have a sin nature that compels him to sin, but he must simply deal with renewing his mind.

Sin ruled like a king through condemnation to bring death upon everyone.

Condemnation is like the general of sin that enforces its power. Likewise, God’s grace now rules like a king through righteousness to bring all who are in Christ into eternal life. Righteousness is the general of grace who defends us against all the wiles of the devil.

Remove guilt or condemnation and sin loses its strength to rule (1 Cor. 15:56). Remove the knowledge of righteousness by faith, and grace loses its power to release eternal life into our daily lives.

You Are Not Guilty   Leave a comment

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWoXgjTglHA

    Hey,

    Please watch this broadcast. Please just watch and let the Lord guide your heart. Also, I’m attaching the study notes from this message from their website. It’s titled "Not Guilty". When we REALLY accept what Jesus did for us and accept Him as our Savior, we accept we are not guilty through Him. There’s something Creflo said in this message I was telling my husband last night about God’s grace. Really accepting what Jesus did for us and accepting we are not guilty no more (which is His grace) is not an invitation to commit sin and using grace as a way to sin. 1st of all, we don’t need an invitation to sin. We were born into sin. But Grace is the opposite. When you realize what He did for you, you don’t want to sin. The truth is accepting God’s grace is the way to not sin. Why do you think the Bible says "where sin abound, grace much more abound". Also, there is a scripture that tells us it’s God’s goodness that leads us to repentance. What Creflo said that I said to my husband last night was, when someone is good to you that makes you want to do right, even though you know you were wrong. That’s what God does for us. He’s good to us, even when we don’t deserve it. That’s what He did for us when Jesus died for our sins. He took our punishment. When we get that truth it draws us to Him. So many are turning away from God because they think He’s out to get them. That is a lie. The Lord Jesus said He did not come to destroy men, but to save them. He said He does not want men to perish. If He don’t want us to perish, then He isn’t out to kill you like so many say. Just like Jesus was lied about in the Bible by those who taught under false religion, He is being lied about today. Know the truth. If you accepted Jesus as your Savior, the truth is you are not guilty. Stop focusing on your sins and errors. Ask yourself "has that changed me". Focusing on your sins hasn’t changed or will ever change you. Only Jesus Christ can change you. If you sin He tells us to confess our sins to Him and He will cleanse us from our sins (1 John 1:9). There is nothing that you’ve done that He can’t cleanse. All things are possible with Him. Just take a chance and believe. It’s not going to hurt anything. Actually, it’ll help. If you already know the truth, then share this good news (the gospel) to others. Be blessed in Him.

    Veronica

    Not Guilty – Author: Creflo Dollar

    Summary – When some Christians hear anything about Judgment Day, they become fearful, believing that this day represents the day they will be punished for all their sins. People have mistakenly believed many myths about the day Jesus returns; however, it will not be the day in which God exposes every bad thing we’ve done. For Christians, this will be a glorious day in which we finally meet our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

    1. Although many people have predicted the return of Christ, no person knows the day or hour of His return (Matthew 24:36, 1 Thessalonians 5:2, 3).

        1. Many Christians fear the day of Jesus’ return.

          1. Fear brings with it the thought of punishment. We shouldn’t fear the return of Jesus but have confidence in the fact that we are new creations because of Him (1 John 4:17, 18, AMP).  

          2. We have been made right with God.

        1. Even so it is that Christ, having been offered to take upon Himself and bear as a burden the sins of many once and for all, will appear a second time, not to carry any burden of sin nor to deal with sin, but to bring to full salvation those who are [eagerly, constantly, and patiently] waiting for and expecting Him (Hebrews 9:28, AMP). 

            1. We no longer have to fear; Jesus has already dealt with our sins.

              1. We have God’s unconditional love, forgiveness, and cleansing. Why would He betray us and bring up the very sins that He chose to forget?

            2. We have to understand the subject of judgment in order to grasp the meaning of certain scriptures about the second coming of Christ.

              1. If we don’t understand the subject, we will misinterpret the Scriptures.      

                1. There are certain scriptures that seem to contradict Hebrews 9:28 by saying all will be judged at the second coming of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:10; Revelation 20:13-15).

                2. However, these scriptures are not referring to those who have been made righteous. The Church has a different fate; it is not hell-bound (Revelation 21:1-3).  

              1. “And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God” (Revelation 21:3).

                  1. This is true for Christians. Those who believe in Jesus are not condemned (John 3:18, AMP).

                    1. Those who don’t believe in Jesus are already judged.

                    2. Jesus drew all judgment to Himself when He died on the cross. Therefore, when we accept Him as our Lord, we will are exempted from the punishment (for sin) we deserve (John 12:30-32). 

                  Scripture References

                • Matthew 24:36

                • 1 Thessalonians 5:2, 3

                • 1 John 4:17, 18, AMP

                • Hebrews 9:28, AMP

                • 2 Corinthians 5:10

                • Revelation 20:13-15

                • Revelation 21:1-3

                • John 3:18, AMP

                • John 12:30-32

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