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SIH’s Think On These Things: Ephesians 6:16


“Reflections Of His Grace”

SIH TOTT ICON“That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”

 

 

The Grace Of Preparedness (6:10-20)

 

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.  

Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

This devotional, continues to look at the second main division of the book of Ephesians. Previously, we have looked at “Reflections Of His Grace Revealed” (chaps 1-3). It that section, Paul revealed to us the gracious works of the Lord in the lives of His chosen people.

In this new section “Reflections Of His Grace Applied” (chaps 4-6) Paul will be explaining to us the practical effects of God’s grace in the lives of His people.

  1. The Grace Of Unity (4:1-6)
  2. The Grace Of Maturity (4:7-16)
  3. The Grace Of Renewal (4:17-32)
  4. The Grace Of Imitation (5:1-14)
  5. The Grace Of Wisdom (5:15-21)
  6. The Grace Of Relationships (5:22-33)
  7. The Grace Of Authority/Submission (6:1-9)
  8. The Grace Of Preparedness (6:10-20)

 

The next effect of God’s grace we will be looking at is the grace of PREPAREDNESS (6:1-10-20)…

One of the greatest needs for Christians is to prepare beforehand for the spiritual warfare in which they face. The Bible clearly speaks of the need to recognize our enemy, the devil, and properly prepare for his attacks upon us …

1Pe 5:8-9 KJV – “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:   Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.”

Keeping all this in mind, let’s turn our attention to this is a very basic outline of this section of Scripture:
I.        The Need For The Armour Of God (vs 10-13)
II.        The Identity Of The Armour Of God (vs 14-17)
III.        The Empowerment Of The Armour Of God (vs 18)
IV.        The Ministry Enabled By The Armour Of God (vs 19-20)

 

 

EXPOSITION:

Previously, we have seen 3 pieces of God’s armour: the Girdle of Truth, the Breastplate of Righteousness, The Shoes Of The Gospel Of Peace. Now, Paul continues to give us a description of this armour. In this devotional we will be looking at …

 (Eph 6:16) Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

  

Above all, taking the shield of faith,

 

The Shield Of Faith:

1. It is called the “Shield Of Faith” – What is “faith”? This idea is expressed Biblically with several different terms: belief, trust, assurance and fidelity. Put very simply faith describes reliance, conviction or trust.

Biblically, faith is to be exercised in Christ in several aspects. Four of the main areas of faith in Christ for the spiritual warrior are….

a. We are to have faith in Christ as our Savior – relying upon Him to pay our sin debt and grant us deliverance from our sin through His work on the cross.
b. We are to have faith in Christ as our Leader/Lord – willfully following His teachings and example without hesitation.
c. We are to have faith in Christ as our Protector – trusting in Him to only allow what is beneficial into our lives, while keeping away from us all that is detrimental.
d. We are to have faith in Christ as our Enabler – trusting Him to supply all that is necessary to serve Him in any ministry to which we are called.

All of these aspects of faith in Him are necessary as we enter spiritual warfare for Him.

 

During times of warfare,…
a. we can find encouragement and peace knowing our sins have been paid for and forgiven through Christ.
b. we can look to Him for leadership and guidance
c. we can know that He will be our protector during this war, controlling all aspects of it and using it for His glory
d. we can rely upon Him to supply our every need and enable us to fight “the good fight” and be victorious.

For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.(1 Timothy 4:10)

 But the salvation of the righteous [is] of the LORD: [he is] their strength in the time of trouble.And the LORD shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him. (Psalms 37:39-40)

 

 

2. It covers all areas of the body – the shield was a door sized shield that allowed the warrior to hide his entire body behind it. This helps us to understand that our reliance upon the Lord should be exercised in EVERY area of our life.  Every area is touched by sin, unable to serve the Lord, and rendered useless in this battle. Apart from the enabling grace of the Lord, we would be totally open to attack and destined for great defeat.

Because of this inherent disability, we must be constantly trusting in Christ for every spiritual battle that we face. It is only through the eyes of faith and the enabling of Christ given to us through the Holy Spirit, that we can find strength, ability and peace as we war against Satan and the darkness of this world.

Blessed [be] the LORD, because he hath heard the voice of my supplications.   The LORD [is] my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.The LORD [is] their strength, and he [is] the saving strength of his anointed. (Psalms 28:6-8)

 

 

3. It is a defensive piece of spiritual armour – When we fight in this battle, we are to trust in Christ alone as our enabler and defender. We are not to trust in other men, for they will fail; nor are we to trust in ourselves for we are impotent and defenseless apart from Him.

If this man were not of God, he could do nothing.”   (John 9:33)

 I am the vine, ye [are] the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”   (John 15:5)

 

wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

How is this shield to be used? It is designed to “quench all the fiery darts” that proceed from Satan and his minions. The idea of “quenching” involves extinguishing, or putting out a fire.

“Fiery darts” back then were used as weapons of warfare to send flames into combustible areas of the opposing army.  Satan does the same in our lives. He sees openings and vulnerabilities and aims directly at those areas of our lives that are the weakest and most susceptible to temptation.

However, through Christ’s intervention in our lives, as we place our faith in Him, He will supply all the protection that we need. He does this by “putting out” the fiery darts that are being sent to harm and destroy us. This protection can only be had by placing our reliance upon Him to deliver us.

Divine intervention in spiritual battle based upon the faith of His people is perfectly pictured in the physical war of the Israelites as they defeated of the Hagarites…

 The sons of Reuben, and the Gadites, and half the tribe of Manasseh, of valiant men, men able to bear buckler and sword, and to shoot with bow, and skilful in war, [were] four and forty thousand seven hundred and threescore, that went out to the war.And they made war with the Hagarites, with Jetur, and Nephish, and Nodab.
And they were helped against them, and the Hagarites were delivered into their hand, and all that [were] with them: for they cried to God in the battle, and he was intreated of them; because they put their trust in him.And they took away their cattle; of their camels fifty thousand, and of sheep two hundred and fifty thousand, and of asses two thousand, and of men an hundred thousand.
For there fell down many slain, because the war [was] of God. And they dwelt in their steads until the captivity.”   (1 Chronicles 5:18-22)

 

 

APPLICATION:

May we always enter into spiritual battle placing our trust in Christ as our Savior, Lord, Protector and Enabler. It is just as Paul told the church at Corinth….

“…for by faith ye stand”.(2 Corinthians 1:24)

May we all get a clearer picture of our Lord and Savior, and the great grace He has shown to us. Let us be always watchful to keep His great acts of grace on our behalf in the center of our attention… In doing so, may we be motivated to LOVE Him more, APPRECIATE Him more and SERVE Him more! 

 

SIH Homepage: http://www.settledinheaven.org

Can You Imagine?


photo_manipulation_Regresa_A_Mi_V2Can you imagine having a peaceful life?
Can you imagine being a cherished wife?
Can you imagine being treated like a queen?
Can you imagine never being treated mean?
Can you imagine feeling safe and secure?
Can you imagine never feeling hurt before?
Can you imagine a love so grand?
Can you imagine God’s loving hand?
Can you imagine a life so blessed?
Can you imagine? Just pass the test!
Hold onto God with all your might.
Turn to Him for He is the Light.
Let Him guide you through all your pain.
Let Him heal you of guilt and shame.
Let Him wipe out all your past,
and propel you like a rocket blast.
He’s wanting us to believe…
and hold onto Him to receive.
Yes, I can imagine a life so grand,
for I walk with Him hand in hand.
In Him, my new life began…
So, yes, I can really imagine!

Prayer: Lord, I pray that you will touch hearts all over this world, drawing them near to You so that they will not only have to imagine but they will have an intimate relationship with You, knowing your voice, your touch, your heartbeat… in Jesus Name. Amen.

by Secret Angel of Secret Angel Ministry and The Abuse Expose’ with Secret Angel

http://www.secretangelministry.org and http://www.secretangelps911.wordpress.com

An Undivided Heart


I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh. Then they will follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. They will be my people, and I will be their God. – (Ezekiel 11:19-20)

 

Though the Israelites had been sent away and scattered, and had become divided from God and each other, the Lord was making a promise to His people. God gave word that He would restore them back to their land once again. Verses nineteen and twenty were further promises to His people that He is faithful.

 

The promises spoken for the Israelites, are still available for us today. When we seek Christ, He will give us an undivided heart and place His spirit within us. He takes our hardened, calloused heart, and exchanges it for one that is soft, tender and vulnerable. His Spirit directs our path as to what we should and should not do, and He calls us His own, and He is our God.

 

A heart undivided,Renewing Our Minds

once as hard as stone;

transformed by Jesus Christ,

through whom love is shown.

He grants us His Spirit,

to dwell in our heart;

so each of us will know,

His path from the start.

He makes us His people,

and He is our God;

He transforms and grows us,

let the earth applaud.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You grant us an undivided heart and a new spirit within us. Thank You that when we seek to find You, You are ready and waiting for us. Thank You that You exchange our hard hearts for ones of flesh that are soft and open to all that You ask. Thank You that Your Spirit within us makes known the paths we’re meant to take, and helps lead us and guide us in the ways we are meant to go. Thank You that we are Your people and that You are our God. Forgive us for our words and deeds that do not reflect that relationship. Help us to be a rightful representation of You before the world, as we go forth in love, just as You love us. May many come to know You as their Savior and King, as they too, grant You full access to their hearts and lives. Be glorified, Lord God, in all that we say and do. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.

But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ. – Ephesians 2:4-5

SIH’s Think On These Things: Ephesians 6:15


SIH TOTT ICONReflections Of His Grace”

“That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”

 

 

The Grace Of Preparedness (6:10-20)

 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.   

Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

 

This devotional, continues to look at the second main division of the book of Ephesians. Previously, we have looked at “Reflections Of His Grace Revealed” (chaps 1-3). It that section, Paul revealed to us the gracious works of the Lord in the lives of His chosen people.

In this new section “Reflections Of His Grace Applied” (chaps 4-6) Paul will be explaining to us the practical effects of God’s grace in the lives of His people.

  1. The Grace Of Unity (4:1-6)
  2. The Grace Of Maturity (4:7-16)
  3. The Grace Of Renewal (4:17-32)
  4. The Grace Of Imitation (5:1-14)
  5. The Grace Of Wisdom (5:15-21)
  6. The Grace Of Relationships (5:22-33)
  7. The Grace Of Authority/Submission (6:1-9)
  8. The Grace Of Preparedness (6:10-20)

 

The next effect of God’s grace we will be looking at is the grace of PREPAREDNESS (6:1-10-20)…

One of the greatest needs for Christians is to prepare beforehand for the spiritual warfare in which they face. The Bible clearly speaks of the need to recognize our enemy, the devil, and properly prepare for his attacks upon us …

1Pe 5:8-9 KJV – “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:   Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.”

Keeping all this in mind, let’s turn our attention to this is a very basic outline of this section of Scripture:
I.        The Need For The Armour Of God (vs 10-13)
II.        The Identity Of The Armour Of God (vs 14-17)
III.        The Empowerment Of The Armour Of God (vs 18)
IV.        The Ministry Enabled By The Armour Of God (vs 19-20)

 

EXPOSITION:

Previously, we have seen 2 pieces of God’s armour: the Girdle of Truth and the Breastplate of Righteousness. Now, Paul continues to give us a description of this armour. In this devotional we will be looking at …

(Eph 6:15) And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

 

The Shoes Of The Gospel Of Peace:

1. It is called the “Shoes of the Gospel of Peace” – What is the “gospel of peace”? It is the good news of Christ and His work for us that brings temporal, and eternal, peace to all mankind (Isa 9:6-7).

And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, [I say], whether [they be] things in earth, or things in heaven.And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in [your] mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciledIn the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: (Colossians 1:20-22)

 

2. It covers the feet – the feet are used by messengers to take their message to the recipient. So much more the feet of God’s people should be used to deliver the gospel message to those around us. We are to take the gospel into a lost and dying world and share with them the message of peace that can be had through Christ…

For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!(Isaiah 52:7, Romans 10:12-15)

 

3. It is a defensive piece of spiritual armour – When we minister to the Lord, we are to proclaim Christ and His work alone. Our message is not to include man’s wisdom, psychology or motivational methods…. It is to simply reveal Christ and His work to those who face such great need in their lives.

By limiting our message to Christ and His work, we are being defensive against the many false gospels, teachings and carnal methods that Satan desires to be included in our ministry. Satan may try as hard as he can to corrupt the truth of the Word, but by keeping our eyes on Christ and His work alone, we will find defense against that temptation that Satan will bring before us.

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:(For the weapons of our warfare [are] not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; (2 Corinthians 10:3-5)

For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.  
Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward.Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.
If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into [your] house, neither bid him God speed:For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.(2 John 1:7-11)

 

 

 

APPLICATION:

 

May we all be equipped with the genuine, scriptural “gospel of peace” as we enter into spiritual warfare.

May we NEVER take our eyes off Christ and His work and begin replacing His message with the message that centers on sinful man and the false gods of this world

May we NEVER forget the instructions the Lord has given to us and begin ministering using the carnal methods of this fallen world in the hopes of manipulation the lost to make a false profession in Christ.

 

May we all get a clearer picture of our Lord and Savior, and the great grace He has shown to us. Let us be always watchful to keep His great acts of grace on our behalf in the center of our attention… In doing so, may we be motivated to LOVE Him more, APPRECIATE Him more and SERVE Him more!

 

SIH Homepage: http://www.settledinheaven.org

From DISASTROUS to MIRACULOUS!


Broken to the depths of devastation…
Healed to the levels of transformation …
Blessed to the heights of expectation…
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Overcoming from the DISASTROUS…
TO walk in the MIRACULOUS!
A possibility for all of us!

I feel that we are living “ON THE EDGE” of a big movement of God. There are so many who have been broken and feel so hopeless. However,  I know that from the depths of the  devastation in our lives, it is inversely proportional to the heights of the  transformation of our lives. This is the possibility for all victims and wounded from the many abuses of this world. You see, the more broken you are when you turn to God, the more that He will transform you as you seek Him and His will for your life. Amazingly, many who feel that everything is great in their lives don’t have the desperation that it takes to hold onto God for each breath. This is a key for the more that you develop intimacy with Him, holding onto Him, and walking in obedience, the higher you may advance in the kingdom for He will use you to help others.

There is nothing impossible with God and only He knows the blessings He has planned for those who have overcome this world and “walk in the Spirit” with Him.

Prayer: LORD, I thank you that you have raised me from the ashes of my past and called me to reach out to other victims. I pray for the wounded around the world that You will touch their hearts and raise them from the depths of their devastation to new heights into the Kingdom with You, Father… that You will give them eyes to see and ears to hear and show them Your Miraculous Hand upon their lives. Deliver them Lord with healing, restoration, and transformation to the miraculous future that You have in-store for them that overcome this world as we follow Christ who showed us the way, in Jesus’ name. .. Amen.

For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith.”  1 John 5:4

“Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls” Psalm 42:7

by Secret Angel of Secret Angel Ministry and The Abuse Expose’ with Secret Angel

http://www.secretangelministry.org and http://www.secretangelps911.wordpress.com

The FUTURE…


“FUTURE” was the topic one day, and as I was writing a poem about the future, these words came to me…

You may not know what the future holds…

but you know Who holds the future!

Yes, none of us truly know what our futures hold. We may make plans, but we never know what will really happen. I can tell you that all of my plans for my future had been destroyed by various abuses in this world. But in my brokenness, I held onto the only One that I knew would never fail me. So many of us around the world have been broken by abuses and injustices in this world, but God will never abuse us. He will never fail us. He has made plans for us that are exceedingly and abundantly more than we can even imagine. You see, when we make plans, most of us plan within our own personal sphere… whether of knowledge or location. What we fail to realize is that God has already started making the arrangements… if we just wait on Him. He is already orchestrating our paths to our futures. But His plans are bigger and grander than we can imagine. We forget that the earth is His Footstool. The entire world is His Playground. His plans go beyond what we could have planned or even imagined. And another amazing thing is that He will go before you to lay the groundwork. He will equip you with whatever you need to do what He has planned for you. You just have to trust God and follow Him into your future. It is a total walk in Faith… and I invite you to join me. Hold onto God in your brokenness and let Him orchestrate your future.

Isaiah 66:1-2 (NIV)

“Heaven is my throne,   and the earth is my footstool.
Where is the house you will build for me? Where will my resting place be?
Has not my hand made all these things,   and so they came into being?”
declares the Lord….“These are the ones I look on with favor:  those who are humble and contrite in spirit,  and who tremble at my word.

Jeremiah 29:11

 “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”

Dear Lord, help us to realize that You hold our futures in Your Hands and to wait patiently for You. We thank You that You have plans that are exceedingly more than we can imagine and ask you to bless our steps as You gently guide us down the path to our futures… in Jesus’ Name. Amen

by Secret Angel of Secret Angel Ministry and The Abuse Expose’ with Secret Angel

http://www.secretangelministry.org and http://www.secretangelps911.wordpress.com

No Longer Look to the Past—Look Towards Your Future


Looking in the past,
like a rear view mirror.
Surrounded by darkness,
with my wounded exterior.
Hollowed by words,
to my deepest interior.
A mire shell of myself,
with feelings so inferior.

windshield

But the daylight has come,
to brighten my day.
To give me a hope,
for my future I say.
No longer a victim!
The abuse stops today!
For I’ve seen the Light,
and He guides my way.

rear-view-mirror1

So now looking forward,
towards the future to come.
A new creation in God,
as I accepted His son.
Victory is evident,
for the battle is won.
For I am a child of God,
and heir to His Kingdom.

believe

So what do I expect,
as I look to the Light.
I expect the unexpected!
Miraculous is His Might
For now I walk by faith,
and not by sight.
Being led by His Spirit,
as my Guiding Light.

“Now if we are children, then we are heirs–heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.” Romans 8:17

Lord, I pray for healing and deliverance of all the victims of the abuses of this world, that their hearts will open to receive You and the message that Your Son has given us… to follow Him as He shows us how to overcome this world  and walk as children of God…        In Jesus’ name… Amen

by Secret Angel of Secret Angel Ministry and The Abuse Expose’ with Secret Angel

http://www.secretangelministry.org and http://www.secretangelps911.wordpress.com

Let the Morning Bring Word


Let the morning bring me word of Your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in You. Show me the way I should go, for to You I lift up my soul. – (Psalm 143:8)

 

Each new day, we have a choice to trust anew. What I have found, is that as I am intentional with my time each morning with the Lord, He is faithful to show me His unfailing love, and guide me in the ways in which I am meant to go. My mere offering of self, is met by our loving Lord, who is faithful to answer, and worthy of all of our trust. May this new morning bring word unto you of His unfailing, unrelenting love for you too.

 

Early each morning,IMG_0070

as I choose to rise;

my Savior meets me,

with His loving eyes.

He shows me His love,

as I read His word;

He speaks to my heart,

true tenderness heard.

As I choose to trust,

He shows me the way;

that I’m meant to go,

in His will, I’ll stay.

He lifts up my soul,

when life brings me down;

and calls me His child,

for in Him, I’m found.

Such a tiny gift,

whatever we bring;

yet He welcomes us,

as true offerings.

And in His great love,

He grants us much more;

He cleanses, renews,

His Spirit – outpours.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that the morning does bring word of Your unfailing love, and that Your mercies are new every morning. Thank You that we can place our trust in You, and You are faithful to show us the way we should go. Thank You that as we lift our hearts to You, You meet us where we are, and grow us to so much more in You. Forgive us for our fears and doubts, and help us to trust You in all things and at all times. Teach us to hear You clearly, and to then walk in obedience to the words You whisper to our hearts. May many come to know You as we love You and love others, as You have called us to do. Be exalted, O God, as we trust You anew this morning. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.

He will fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy. – Job 8:21

The Most Dangerous Word


Diana Rasmussen:

One of the best articles I’ve read about Grace and Legalism.
“Pastor Tullian Tchividjian writes “Legalism says God will love us if we change. Grace says God will change us because He loves us.””

Originally posted on kenburkey :

Nicodemus

Many times to better understand something, it is helpful to learn what the opposite of that something is.

I’m a student and proponent of Grace. But Grace can be a squishy word. So I would like to talk about the opposite of Grace, which is LEGALISM.

Pastor Tullian Tchividjian writes “Legalism says God will love us if we change. Grace says God will change us because He loves us.”

Nicodemus was a legalist. He was a Pharisee.

Max Lucado writes “It’s a fact of the farm. The most fertile ground remains barren if no seed is sown.”

This defines legalism. Legalism is obsessed about soil preparation but totally misses the point of the seed. This is how legalism thinks. Faith is an outside work. How you speak, act, pray, the image you portray.

If Nicodemus would have been a farmer, he would of had a degree from the University…

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To Walk in Obedience


And this is love: that we walk in obedience to His commands. As you have heard from the beginning, His command is that you walk in love. – (2 John 1:6, NIV)

 

And loving means living the way He commanded us to live. And God’s command is this: that you live a life of love. You heard this command from the beginning. – (2 John 1:6, ERV)

 

To truly love, is to live in the love that the Lord gives unto us. He commands us to love Him and love each other. Though seemingly simple, it is not always the easiest task, as we live in a world full of broken people that do not always seek the good in one another. However, while we were still steeped in our own sin, Jesus chose to love us with His very life. The love He gave, made way for us to come to Him and be made new. It is in this space of new, that we are then able to extend His love to others, despite whether or not they are deserving. When we are in Christ, He equips and empowers us to extend love in spaces where love has never been. May we go forth this day, walking securely in His love.

 

Obedience,Show Me Your Ways

to all Christ commands;

is truly love,

and life in His hands.

To walk in love,

even when opposed;

extending grace,

that hearts long to know.

For just as Christ,

loved with His last breath;

how great that love,

that defeated death.

The same power,

that raised Christ again;

dwells in our hearts,

to overcome sin.

May we go forth,

and love as He will;

pointing people,

to seek and be still.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are Love. Thank You that You sent Your Son to demonstrate what it means to love with one’s entire being. Jesus, thank You for laying down Your life so that I can truly live. Thank You that the very same love that lives in You, dwells in the hearts of all whom believe. Forgive us for not loving You or loving people as You call us to. Teach us to continually walk in love, even when people are difficult to love. Grant us wisdom to know what our responsibilities are, and what are not. Give us ears to hear You clearly and Your eyes to see as we walk in faith. Let Your love be evident in us, and may many come to know You as we walk faithfully in love. Be glorified, O God, by our obedient walking in love. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.

When times are good, be happy. – Ecclesiastes 7:14

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