Business The Grace Way #28

Good afternoon to everyone, be aware of how right you are with God this week, and you will soar in your businesses and occupations.

Super Abounding Grace

The gospel is the revelation of God’s righteousness, that we are clothed with. (Romans 1:17) It is not about what you have done wrong, but about what Jesus did right for us at Calvary.
For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. (2 Corinthians 5:21 KJV)

Don’t focus on where you missed it, rather focus on what Jesus did for you at the cross, see who you are in Christ, and the truth that you are innocent! If you keep looking back in your past with regret, and look to your future with fear, you will just continue to condemn yourself, and live in guilt. This will cause you to question God’s love, and bring you under a law mentality, instead of a righteousness mentality.

God loves you so much that in Christ He has set you up for eternal success and victory, and He has completely defeated our enemy and brought him to nothing. I want to share this quote from Francois du Toit;

“We have in our ignorance given far too much credit to the devil. He is defeated and disarmed. In the revelation of the gospel, he is brought to nought and rendered completely powerless. (1 Corinthians 2:6-8; Colossians 2:14-15). His sole aim has always been to keep mankind as ignorant as he himself was concerning their (mankind’s) inclusion in Christ. It was our ignorance and unbelief that empowered him to do so.”

Know that in Christ there is no condemnation, (divine sentence) and you are free now to succeed at whatever you set your hand to do. If you miss it, remember that where sin abounds, grace does super abound. (Romans 5:20)

The enemy has been defeated, and the gospel, good news announcing Jesus complete victory, is that you have been made righteous, you can rest in the finished work of the cross, the sin debt was paid, there is no more debt between you and God! If you do mess up, then thank God for His super-abounding grace, because in your weakness, God by His grace gives you strength. Reign in life through Christ this week!

Business The Grace Way #27 (Part 4)

Hello everyone! Let’s begin Part 4 of Seek First The Kingdom Of God And His Righteousness!

Up to this point we have looked at righteousness, peace and joy. Today we will look at a very important part of His kingdom.

Understanding God’s love for you, and your value to God. Matthew 6:25-34, which makes it clear that God doesn’t want us to worry about anything, also makes clear His love for us, and our value to Him.

Different translations say it a little differently, such as ‘take no thought’, ‘do not worry’ and ‘don’t be anxious’. In any event, God doesn’t want us to worry about anything at all, because you are so highly valued and greatly loved by God. He’s not just saying to don’t worry, it’ll be alright, He is saying we don’t have to worry because He loves us so much that He has prepared the good life for you, and you won’t fall short in any area of your life. He has abundantly prepared everything you would ever need, before you were even born. Worry and anxiety are really fear and doubt. Many times this comes from what religion has erroneously taught us about God. Things like God is angry because of what we have done, or God is trying to teach us something by putting us in hardship. Friends, this is not how God operates. He loves us!

Also we should note that in Mark 4:19, we’re told that worry, cares, and anxiety chokes the word making it unfruitful. God wants you fruitful, in everything you do, including your occupation and business. Because of what Jesus has done at the cross, we know that all our sin has been forever forgiven, and we have His abundance of unearned favor, so God has ‘set us up’ to succeed!

Back to Matthew 6, Jesus tells us not to worry, He points out that the birds of the air don’t sow, nor reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Who feeds the birds? Our heavenly Father! Jesus is making a very vivid point here, if the birds are important to God, and He feeds and takes care of them, then because you are of MUCH higher value to God, then He will never let you down.

Your value to God is what Jesus is showing us, and God values us with such intensity, that He came down from heaven manifest in the flesh just to redeem us! We are so important to Him, that He entrusted this to no one, but He did it himself! Wow, what a loving Father.

He didn’t stop there; He placed His kingdom within us, and He gave us HIS righteousness, HIS peace, and HIS joy! After this great act of love, Jesus tells us to don’t seek after these things that the world seeks after, but seek first the kingdom of God (within you) and His righteousness (innocence, all sin debt was paid, you have right standing with God). The good news of the gospel spoken of in Romans 1:17 is the revelation of His righteousness. If you know your identity in Christ, you will never again lack. We’re told in Romans 2:4 that the goodness of God produces repentance. Repentance is actually a radical change of mind. Not groveling crying and confession of sins. Even as we read of the love and goodness of God, our minds begin to see just how loving and wonderful He is, and that is repentance, we change our minds to God’s way of thinking, and how He sees us. Now we become more righteousness conscious vs sin conscious.

In order to fully grasp His righteousness, peace, and joy, which is the kingdom of God, we need to know how valuable we are to Him. We are so amazingly valuable to Him, that we are actually priceless!

Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and He will add all those things that the world seeks, to you! God wants you to reign; He has equipped you through the finished work of the cross to reign, so reign in life today!

Business The Grace Way #26 (Part 3)

It’s Monday, and God has a blessed week in store for you!

Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. Part 3

Romans 14:17 “For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink, but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.”

Legalism has hindered many Christians, keeping them from enjoying everything God has for them. The kingdom of God is within us. Our redemption includes resting in Him. In order for us to rest in the finished work of the cross, we must know that we are righteous, (innocent and in right standing with God), we have been given His peace, the sin debt was paid on the body of Jesus, and God has also given us His joy.

I recently read this quote; “Adam’s transgression opened our eyes to a dimension of separation, dragged us from resting in all-sufficiency to the anxiety of perpetual lack.” Jesus came to redeem us with His blood, and restore our rest to us, so that we could again rest in God’s all-sufficiency.

Many Christians labor at their occupations with anxiety of perpetual lack driving them to work day and night, usually just to make ends meet. Some are driven endless hours to try to get rich. Many spend the first half of their lives building their wealth, just to spend wealth to restore their failing health in the second half. Friends there is something drastically wrong with that picture. Those folks I described are not at rest, and are in unbelief! Come to the table of grace, stop the toiling, and find His rest! Many have missed out on the precious moments of their children growing up. To them, I say there is no condemnation, and it’s never to late, wake up and quit doubting your redemption. He has prepared a rest in ‘His’ all sufficiency for you! Enter into the joy of the Lord.

And he called his name Noah, saying; This one will comfort us concerning our work and the toil of our hands… (Genesis 5:29 NKJV) This is a reference to Jesus, and the rest we have in our redemption. The name Noah means “rest.”

Within every Christian is the kingdom of God, and part of that kingdom is joy. The word joy means to be happy, calm delight, glad and joyful. Joy also means to be content. Wherever you are, God wants you to be at peace, and full of joy (be content) because He has made it clear to us through Paul that “my God shall supply ALL your needs according to His riches on glory by Christ Jesus “(Philippians 4:19).

We can be content and at rest in the finished work of Jesus, knowing that He will never let us down. Let’s don’t refer to contentment as some do by saying, “well this is my lot in life; God is teaching me something.” No a thousand times no, that isn’t your loving father who finds GREAT worth in you and has richly supplied for you in Christ. When you are fully persuaded of this, you can have exceeding joy, and you will be content.

Matthew 6:25; “Therefore I say to you, do not worry…”

To worry is to be anxious, fearful, and also doubtful. Webster’s dictionary says that worry also means to ‘strangle’. Where have we heard that before? Mark 4:19; worry and anxiety entering in and ‘choke’ the word making it unfruitful.

God doesn’t want us seeking after things, for He knows we have need of these things. He is showing us in Matthew 6 just how valuable we are to Him, and how much He loves us.

There was a saying in my business that said; “Nobody cares how much you know, until the know how much you care.” God is love, and He is showing us His love for us. We are more valuable to Him than anything. Rest and take great joy in His love and provision, seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and He will add all those things to you.

When you seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, you will find His love and your redeemed innocence, which will persuade you that God will richly care for every detail of your life. Joyfully reign in life as kings today!

Business The Grace Way #25 (Part 2)

Good Monday morning to everyone! Last week we started a series titled: “Seek First The Kingdom Of God And His Righteousness!” (Part 2)

If we want to experience success in our lives, or businesses and occupation, we need to know what God has done for us through Christ, and discover our identity in Him! John G. Lake said; “The only difference between Christ and us was His understanding of who He was”. This is a profound statement, and important to grasp. God left nothing out of our redemption, and He brought us up into the Trinity, He set us at one with Him. 1 John 4:17 As He is, so are we in this world.

Last week we looked at righteousness, this week we will look at Peace. Peace in Romans 15:17means; prosperity-one, peace, quietness, rest, + set at one again.

The second of the three (righteousness peace and joy) is peace. Knowing you are righteous affects your peace. Hebrews chapter 4 speaks of entering into God’s rest. Without peace, there is no rest, and without knowing your innocent (righteous) there is no peace. Peace comes from knowing the debt was paid, and that God loves you so much that every provision you will ever need in life was richly and abundantly provided for you before you were ever born, by His grace; this includes health and healing, everything provided at the cross. He has set us at one again with Him, Praise the Lord! He loves us! Peace doesn’t come from being self-occupied, but from being Christ-occupied. God doesn’t measure or judge you based on your performance today; He looks at Jesus, and as Jesus is, that is how He sees you! (1st John 4:17)

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. The world thinks if we can just get everything calmed down around us, then we will have peace. That kind of peace comes from external circumstances, and is not really lasting peace; whereas God’s peace comes from the inside, knowing who you are in Christ. This peace cannot be taken from you.

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’ and attempting to find peace, and sadly many Christians are also striving to try to find peace, to no avail. Striving for peace is to try to make peace happen with your own self efforts and works righteousness, and usually externally. According to Webster’s 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, youhave 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. This is an internal peace (let not your heart be troubled). 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 shalldepart 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! Why? All of God’s anger was exhausted on the body of Jesus on the cross. 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 Strong’s definition of shalom.

Righteousness, peace and joy is the Kingdom ofGod. When you have turmoil or anxiety in your heart, you are no longer in the peace that Jesus bequeathed to you. Both definitions of peace I gave you contain ‘rest’ as part of peace. God wants us to enter into His rest, our Promised Land of Hebrews chapter 4. When we face a challenge in life, it is imperative that we know who we are in Him. The challenge you face, no matter what it is, did not take God by surprise. He prepared your victory and provision for you before you were ever born, so rest in the finished work of the cross, and let God take care of it. Rest is the Promised Land; nothing is sweeter than being forever in peaceful rest, knowing that God has taken care of everything for you.

Righteousness, peace, and next week joy. Righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost, that’s the Kingdom of God, and it is in you! Reign as a King in life today!