Rest Because Of His Goodness

Good morning everyone, meditate on God’s love for you today, and watch your day flourish, for His grace has positioned you for success today.

It is not what you can ‘make happen’ today, it is because of what Jesus did for you at the cross, and His intense love for you. His finished work at the cross is the reason for your success today. Expect His grace (unearned favor), because when you approach Him, you will only find mercy and grace, you have been accepted by God, fully and completely!

You have been completely forgiven. All your sins were punished on Jesus body at the cross, so rest in Him today and know you will never face any judgement for your sins because He already paid for them. Why, because He loves you!

The goodness of God produces repentance. The bible definition of repentance is; a radical change of mind. When you see His goodness, your mind is radically changed toward and about Him!

Whether you know it or not Gods goodness and grace is all around you. It is behind you, it goes before you, it has removed all your sins, you are in a sea of grace everywhere and it will never run out. Now, today enjoy His peace and enter His rest, and reign in life today as a King knowing that He has abundantly supplied for you.

Purification Of Sins

Good morning, remember today, you are forgiven and He has positioned you for success today!

Heb 1:3 “Having accomplished purification of sins, He sat down… Mirror Translation: … He occupies the highest seat of dominion to endorse man’s innocence.

Heb 7:27 who does not need daily, as those high priest, to offer up sacrifices, first for his own sins and then for the people’s, for this He did once for all when He offered up Himself.

If our sins have been purged, then why can’t Christians let go of them? Why are they still haunted by their sin? Forgiveness of sin is central to the new covenant, and most any Christian will tell you Jesus died on the cross to forgive our sins. Instead of knowing that what Jesus did was forgive all sins once for all, and forever, which is precisely what He did. Jesus is the ‘once for all’ offering for our sin according to Hebrews 10.

Why do most people believe Jesus was able to do all the miracles we read about in the gospels? Because He was without sin.

Why did Jesus say, “these things you have seen me do, greater than this you will do because I go to my father in Heaven”? Because He was ushering in a new covenant of Grace as a result of His death, burial, and resurrection, which provided (purged) forgiveness sins! Now we are righteous! So now that He has gone to our Father in Heaven, we can now do these things because our sins were once for all purged!

This is important that we believe this, what He has done for us, or we will certainly have a sin consciousness and condemn our self, and our self condemnation will produce doubt in our lives, stopping us from receiving from God. (see ‘Doubt Not’ in this blog).

Instead we need to be conscious of the fact that we are the righteousness of God in Christ. To be righteous means right standing with God, but it also means to be innocent, guiltless, and faultless.

Romans 1:7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace… If we don’t believe that the blood of Jesus has cleansed us from all our sins, then the devil will keep us sin conscious, condemned, and afraid that we are in trouble with God, and keeping us in a cycle of failure. Actually understanding our complete forgiveness because of the cross will destroy the power of sin in our lives.

Receive what Jesus has done for you at the cross, and reign as Kings in life today!

Grace-Full Business #6

It’s Monday morning, and a hearty good morning to you all! You are in the beloved, and He loves you, and His grace has already positioned you for success and abundant blessing today!

Let’s pick up where we left off last week.

The church is largely confused trying to live by both the law and grace, (mixture), only grace can clear up the confusion, and expose your innocence and identity. I know we are talking about business here, but this revelation is critical to our success in both our business and personal lives. I can tell you from my own experience, that my business suffered because of my lack of knowledge, just as my personal life. Likewise my business prospered by His grace as well as my personal life because of this revelation.

As I said last week, this is vital to our success in our businesses and occupations. All you have to do is believe what God has done for you through the finished work of the cross, believe who He says you are, your identity. That seems easy enough, unless you condemn yourself. A good example of condemnation; you go to a sales conference, or your monthly sales meeting, where the top salespeople are paraded in front of everyone, (intended to motivate you), and tell you that your not doing a good enough job if you aren’t producing numbers like theirs. Then your told, this is what you must do to be as good as me. Do you see any condemnation there? There intention may be good, but the message is condemning. In a church setting, we would call this mixture, (a toxic mixture of law and grace). You are told here is what is wrong with you,(or there is sin in your life), and you MUST DO this to be pleasing to God. Friend, there is no difference between the two, both produce condemnation, which will cause you to ‘doubt’ what God has already said about you and done for you through the finished work of Jesus. Both tell you that you have fallen short, or missed the mark and Jesus redeemed us from our falling shorts! But Evan I can sift through the mixture and separate the good from the mixture. Maybe so, but it is the subtle mixture like a invisible virus that will get you and produce condemnation and bring you back under the law, voiding your faith. Romans 4:14, for if those who are of the law are heirs, faith is made void and the promise made of NO effect.

Someone might say; “well now, that doesn’t apply in your career or occupation, you have to ‘do’ to achieve”. Oh really, is that the reason many times Christians draw a line between their personal lives and career; thinking sometimes in our career, we have to do things a little bit different than what we learned about His grace? Galatians 5:4 still applies whether we are at home, church, or business, it says; Law righteousness has nothing in common with grace righteousness; they are opposites. As impossible it is for anyone to travel in two opposite directions at the same time, equally irrelevant does Christ become to anyone who continues to pursue righteousness under the law. (Mirror Translation). The KJV says; Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.

Could it be that Christians get frustrated trying to live two lives for God, one personally, one professionally? One by grace, one by self efforts? Galatians 2:21 KJV, I do not ‘frustrate’ the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law (or self effort), then Christ is dead in vain. If we will learn to apply the grace (unearned, undeserved, unmerited favor of God) to our professions, then our profession will truly become ‘a profession of faith’. Abraham flowed seamlessly between personal and professional by the grace of God, the same as we should.

Abraham, was a successful business man, and he was righteous by faith just as we are. Abraham lived under a covenant of grace before the law. Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him as righteousness. His son Isaac carried on the family business, yet Isaac made some of the same mistakes that his father made, yet it did not even cause a ripple in their success! Matter of fact when they both lied about their wives being their sisters because of fear, God protected them, and rebuked the Kings, not Abraham and Isaac. (Where sin abounds, grace much more abounds). Then the Kings blessed them exceedingly after being rebuked by God. Why? Because they (Abraham and Isaac) believed God and were righteous (innocent). Galatians 3:13-14 says; Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”), 14 that the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the spirit through faith.

Genesis 3:17-19 17 Then to Adam He said, because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, you shall not eat of it: Cursed is the ground for your sake; In toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life. 18 Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, and you shall eat the herb of the field. 19 In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground, For out of it you were taken; for dust you are, and to dust you shall return. When God said “in ‘toil’ you shall eat of it” it is referencing what you do for a living to provide bread for your family, notice under the curse pronounced it would be done under toil, which means; worrisomeness, labor or pain, and sorrow. Good news, Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law! All you have to do is ‘rest’ in the finished work of the cross, knowing that God loves you so much that HE will make things happen by His grace in your profession!

One more exciting thing I want to show you, then I will close for today, let’s look at Genesis 5:29 And He called his name Noah, saying, this same shall comfort us concerning our work and toil of our hands, because of the ground which the Lord hath cursed. Friends, this is an awesome verse, Noah was a type of Christ and his name means ‘rest’. Notice the verse talks about our work, labor, toil, occupation, profession, or business, however you want to put it. Simply put this verse points to Jesus who redeemed us from the curse of the law, and gives us ‘rest’ in our profession! Praise the Lord! Need I say more, go out and reign as Kings in life today!

Peace vs Striving

Good morning everyone!

Everywhere you look these days you see peace signs,and ‘pray for world peace’ bumper stickers, and the more peace stickers we see the less peace there is it seems.

Peace from God is a free gift, and you can enjoy the peace of God even in the midst of a storm. Jesus bequeathed His peace to us in John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you: not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid”. The peace Jesus left with us is not like the world gives, as in “can’t we all just get along”. The world is ‘striving’ to attempt to find peace, and sadly many Christians are also striving to try to find peace, and to no avail. Striving for peace is to try to make peace happen with your own self efforts and works righteousness. According to Websters dictionary strive means; to make efforts; to labor hard. Or to rely on our own efforts to try to make peace. The law always says do more, grace always says done. When you are striving to make peace in your life, you are laboring under the law.

Jesus made peace with God by going to the cross for us, He reconciled us back to God. In other words Jesus did all the work then bequeathed His peace to us. All you have to do is receive what He gave you. Here is the peace Jesus gave you; the sin debt between man and God has been paid, you have been made righteous and innocent, your salvation includes His peace, you don’t have to strive for it. Learning who you are in Christ, your identity in Him is important in receiving His peace. If you think God is mad at you, or upset with you because you forgot to confess a sin, then you won’t experience His peace the way He wants you to. Isaiah 54:9 “For this is like the waters of Noah to me; for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah would no longer cover the earth, so have I sworn that I would not be angry with you, nor rebuke you, 10 For the mountains shall depart and the hills be removed, but My kindness shall not depart from you, nor shall My covenant of peace (shalom) be removed,” says the Lord, who has mercy on you.

This verse was given in Isaiah 54, showing that after Jesus went to the cross for us (Isaiah 53) that He would never again be angry with you! Praise the Lord!

Isaiah 53:5 …The chastisement for our peace was upon Him… Or the punishment for (or so that we could have His peace) was upon Him, He paid for our peace. This is what shalom means; safe (safety) well (wellness) happy, health, prosperity, peace, favor, (good health)+ perfect as in health, prosper (prosperity prosperous) Rest safe (all is well). That is the Strongs definition of shalom. Wow that pretty much says it all, that is your inheritance, receive it, you don’t have to strive for it! Reign as a king in life today!

Neglect Not Such A Great Salvation

God’s plan of salvation, carried out by Jesus, included everything necessary to restore man to the original design God had in mind for us. He also gave us His unearned and unlimited favor. Hebrews 2:3 tells us not to neglect such a great salvation.

A salvation that made us righteous and innocent! A salvation that gives us life. John 3:15 & 16, …that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal ‘life’. 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting ‘life’. The word ‘life’ in this verse is Zoe which means: life in the absolute sense, life as God has it, or the God kind of life.

Wow if we ‘believe’ on Him, we have Zoe life! Think about that salvation plan for just a minute. Not only do we have Zoe life but it last forever! Now if you have ‘life as God has it’ then your not lacking for anything! That my friend is why He highly favors you, because you are His and He has given you His life.

One way we neglect this great salvation is by not knowing what He has provided for us, or another very popular way is to put everything off until you get to heaven. Simply believe and receive the fact that Jesus did it all for you, no work is required on your part, only believe and walk in Zoe life! God has prepared the good life for you, here and now with every detail of good things planned for you, don’t miss it by neglecting it, or letting the cares of the world choke the Word making it unfruitful in your life. Believe it, receive it and Reign in life today as a king!

Grace-Full Business #5

The worlds way to success, or God’s way? My desire is to help make clear to you, your identity in Christ, thus (by His grace) giving you a unfair advantage over the world in your business or occupation. If you don’t know with certainty who you are, your identity in Christ, then you are suffering from identity theft and will live a life of toil and disappointment! The thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy. (John 10:10) The very first thing he stole was mans identity! He told Eve she would be like God if she ate of the fruit. (Genesis 3:5). The truth is, she was already like God. Genesis 1:26 Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our ‘likeness’…

Jesus restored mans identity thru His finished work at the cross, problem is, many don’t believe what He did for them, so they live their lives in aimless struggles, trying to achieve, and earn recognition from God. As for us, we don’t have to live that way, the work has already been done for us.

Man will always ‘strive’ until he knows his identity, then he can rest; In the finished work of Christ that is. Romans 5:18. (Mirror Translation) The conclusion is clear: it took just one offense to condemn mankind; one act of righteousness declares the same mankind innocent. The Phillips Translation says; We see then, that as one act of sin exposed the whole race of men to condemnation, so one act of perfect righteousness presents all men freely acquitted in the sight of God.

Not knowing your identity in Christ will ultimately lead to condemnation. Condemning yourself because you either don’t know who you really are, or refuse to believe who He says you are. Condemnation will ultimately produce death.

Take Romans 5:18 we just read, “it took just one offense to condemn mankind…” compare that to 1 Cor 3:7&9 which says the law is the ministry of death and condemnation.

Also Galatians 3:19-25; 19 So what is the use of the law then? It was an intermediary arrangement to make people aware of the extent of their wrong doings and at the same time point them to the promise of a Redeemer, the Messianic seed! It was given by angelic beings to Moses as the middleman. 20 With Abraham there was no middleman; it was just God! (That already places the promise in a different class to the law; the promise is superior to the law.)21 No, the law does not oppose God’s promise; it emphasizes the desperate need for a Redeemer to release righteousness in man as his life; something the law would certainly not be capable of! Had it been possible for man to be justified by the law, the promise would be unnecessary. (Note The Message Translation, “For if any kind of rule-keeping had power to create life in us, we would certainly have gotten it by this time.” See Mirror Translation of Romans 5:6, “God’s timing was absolutely perfect; humanity was at their weakest when Christ died their death – we were bankrupt in our efforts to save ourselves.”) 22 Scripture concludes that all men without exception are in the same predicament, they are imprisoned to sin; now faith brings the promise of immediate release within everyone’s reach! Jesus Christ makes it possible for all to believe what God believes concerning their righteousness and restored innocence. (See Rom. 3:22 Jesus is the embodiment of God’s faith in man. The righteousness of God is now on display in such a way that all may believe, regardless of who they are, there is no distinction. Rom. 3:23 The same mass of mankind that was once reduced to an inferior identity through their sin, Rom. 3:24 is now gifted with acquittal on the basis of the ransom paid by Jesus Christ for their liberation.) 23 We were confined to the law, kept in custody to its constraining influence until the revelation of faith would come to our rescue! 24 The law was acting just like a slave appointed to be the guardian of his master’s children, until they would be of age to go to the proper school of Christ to find in faith their righteousness revealed and endorsed. 25 Now that we have arrived at our destination, the prophetic road signs and pointers are of no further use. Faith replaced the Custodian. Now that faith has come the law is no longer relevant.

Since Jesus went to Calvary’s cross for us, we are no longer under a custodian (law). In order to enjoy all our benefits of our identity in Christ, we must know that we are forever forgiven, made innocent and have the free gift of righteousness. Romans 5:17 Mirror; “… How much more may we now seize the advantage to reign in righteousness in this life through that one act of Christ, who declared us innocent by His grace. Grace is all out of proportion in superiority to the transgression.”

The church is largely confused trying to live by both the law and grace, (mixture), only grace can clear up the confusion, and expose your innocence and identity. I know we are talking about business here, but this revelation is critical to our success in both our business and personal lives. I can tell you from my own experience, that my business suffered because of my lack of knowledge, just as my personal life. Likewise my business prospered by His grace as well as my personal life because of this revelation.

I will have to continue this teaching next Monday. Reign in life as a King today!

Grace vs Reward

Good morning everyone! God loves you and wants to continually reveal Himself and His love to you today!

Romans 4:3-7 Scripture is clear, “Abraham believed what God believed about him and that concluded his righteousness.” 4 There is a large difference between a reward and a gift: if you have earned something through hard work; what you receive in return is your due and certainly not a gift. 5 It is clear then that someone who believes that God justified the ungodly understands that it is faith and not our toil that accounts for righteousness. 6 David confirms this principle when he speaks of the blessedness of the one who discovers God’s approval without any reference to something specific that he had done to qualify himself. 7 Oh what happy progress one makes with the weight of sin and guilt removed and one’s slate wiped clean! (Mirror Bible).
God’s grace is unearned, undeserved, unmerited favor of God, the only thing you can do to get God’s grace, is to believe what Jesus did for you at the cross. He finished the work, so that you could rest in His finished work.

A reward on the other hand is something you earn. For example the ‘gift’ of righteousness (to have right standing with God because He made you innocent, guiltless, and faultless) is a gift, you can not do anything to earn it. You simply receive that free gift along with His abundance of grace and you WILL reign in life!

However when you try to earn your righteousness with God you fall from grace back under the law, because you are trying to be rewarded for your good works. The terrible thing here is that Romans 4:14 says you void your faith. “…faith is made void and the promise made of no effect.” That is amazing, our faith is VOIDED not by sin, but by self effort, or “works righteousness”.

The solution is simple, we receive His abundance of Grace and ‘free gift’ of righteousness and reign as Kings in life through one man, Jesus. Receive what Jesus has done for you, it is so much better than performance based attempts to be accepted by God and be rewarded with righteousness. That is a sure way to void faith.

Faith receives what Jesus has done for us at the cross, and we accept the truth, that because of Jesus we are accepted by God, because of His blood we are sinless! Nothing you can do, but everything He has done! Receive His free gift and reign as Kings in life today!

The Object Of His Love

Good morning to you today! Oh how God loves you and wants His best for you. Believe what He says and thinks about you today, and soar to new heights!

He does not see you as a failure, He sees you as a success.

He did not see you as without value, but he saw you as “to die for”, which makes you priceless!

He doesn’t see you as broke, but He sees you loaded with all of His blessings, fully supplied in abundance to meet every need and yes even your desires.

He doesn’t see you as sick and broken down, but as vibrant and full of life, His life!

He doesn’t see you as a nobody, He sees you as somebody very special to Him with unlimited potential!

He was so excited about you that He threw a party when you invited Him to live in you!

For you see YOU are the object of His love, a love that has no conditions, a love that is so intense that He gave His very best just to be with you, a love that would stop at nothing to restore your innocence, make you righteous, never ever hold your sin or shortcomings against you! A love that completely destroyed and disarmed your enemy. Why did He do all this for you, because He LOVES YOU!

He loves everything about you, your personality, your hair, your smile, your sense of humor, He goes to work with you, He has given you His grace, you are highly favored and have been greatly advantaged because of Him! Because of His love for you, you have an unfair advantage over the world, in all that you do!

The beauty of His love is that you don’t have to earn it, you don’t have to deserve it, you are always loved by Him, you are always highly favored by Him not because of anything you have done, but because of what He has done! You are completely innocent and you are His!

You know Him as Abba, your exceedingly loving Father in Heaven! You are His beloved, He will never let go of you nor loosen His grip on you! All He wants you to do is believe, so believe that Jesus paid the price to give this to you; now go and reign as Kings in life today!

Grace-Full Business #4

Good morning everyone, Gods grace is already supplying the contacts and abundance of provision for you today, so don’t worry, or be anxious about anything, just enter His rest, because He loves you and has prepared for you the good life!

The blessing of the Lord it makes [truly] rich, and He adds no sorrow with it, neither does toiling increase it. Proverbs 10:22 Amplified Bible.

When we look at what the Lord has for us in our business and occupation, we need to recognize that it is all by His grace, because of what Jesus has done for us at the cross. Romans 5:16, 17, & 18 Mirror Translation: 16 The difference between the two men is further emphasized in that judgement and condemnation followed a single offense, whereas the free gift of acquittal and righteousness follows innumerable sins. 17 If (spiritual) death saw the gap in one sin, and grabbed the opportunity to dominate mankind because of one man, how much more may we now seize the advantage to reign in righteousness in this life through that one act of Christ, who declared us innocent by His grace. Grace is out of all proportion in superiority to the transgression. 18 The conclusion is clear: it took just one offense to condemn mankind; one act of righteousness declares the same mankind innocent.

Your success at your calling is not based on your performance, it is based on believing what Jesus has done for you at Calvary. Do you believe that you have been made innocent? Are you righteous? This is your new identity in Christ. Because of your identity you have been made overcomers, this has nothing to do with self efforts or your obedience, but it has everything to do with Jesus obedience on your behalf.

Realize that when you feel like you are a failure in business, or your personal life it is because you have forgotten that you have been forgiven of all your sin. (2nd Peter 1:9). When you condemn yourself, somewhere you have forgotten that you have been forgiven. All your sin was punished on the body of Jesus at the cross, so that you could be the righteousness of God in Christ. You are forgiven, innocent and righteous! That my friend is good news.

This is very important to grasp because when you condemn yourself, you put yourself back under the law-trying to earn righteousness, which is a gift by His grace, it is unearned. Let this revelation settle in and begin to expect and watch for His favor on your behalf where you work. Don’t ever think, “my boss is to difficult, this won’t work”. All things are possible for them who BELIEVE.

Let’s look back at the word “blessing” in Proverbs 10:22, it means: provide for, advantaged, or divine grace. It is His unearned, undeserved, unmerited favor that makes one rich. Expect His grace in your business today! Expect His grace with your employer today! He wants to bless you, rest in His finished work and don’t be concerned about anything, His thoughts are to bless you, not harm you, to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11. Reign in life through Christ today!