A Little Leaven

A Little Leaven!

What area of your life are you the hardest on yourself, or put it this way, what are you condemning yourself about today?

Who do we think we are? This is an important question for us to ponder. When we miss the mark, are we constantly telling ourselves things like, “how could I be so stupid?” Or “I never get it right,” “it just doesn’t work for me.” These are all self-accusing, or self-condemning comments. Comments that add leaven in the dough. A little leaven (a slight inclination to error, or a few false teachers) leavens the whole lump [it perverts the whole conception of faith or misleads the whole church]. (Galatians 5:9 AMP) Ultimately, we end up believing a LIE about ourselves! A lie that will keep us bound. A lie that sounds humble to the religious, but is actually pride, leading to a performance-based Christianity, trying to please God by our performance, if I do this for Him, then God will do this for me. All of our so-called blessings and our trying to please God by our efforts are just works based righteousness, which voids our faith. (Romans 4:14) We must quit trying to earn by our self efforts what God has freely given us in Christ.

When we condemn ourselves, we are wrestling with God’s word concerning who He says we are vs. who we ‘think we are’. We may think we are filthy, unworthy, unholy, and somehow we, through leaven, even convince ourselves that this is humble, completely missing, or ignoring Jesus finished work of the cross. Friends, this may be shocking news for some, but that is not at all how God sees us! Jesus made us clean, worthy, holy, and righteous by his blood! Don’t call ‘unclean’ what Jesus has made clean. (Acts 10:28) Every time we condemn our-self; we are calling unclean what God calls clean, meaning that we are doubting God’s very word that He has spoken concerning us. Think about this for a moment, when we believe something about ourselves, which is contrary to what God believes about us, then we are doubting God.

Wow, let that sink in for a moment. Self condemnation causes us to doubt what God has said about us. When we condemn ourselves, we are now at odds with what God says about us, that my friend is doubting God. Romans 8:1 There is therefore, now NO condemnation for those who are in Christ. Are you a Christian? Then you’re forever in Christ!

Leaven (yeast) is mixing a little law with grace. If we’re condemning ourselves or feeling guilty in some area of our life, then that little bit of leaven will leaven the whole lump causing unrest in our lives. (…Jesus commenced by saying primarily to His disciples, Be on your guard against the leaven (ferment) of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy [producing unrest and violent agitation]. (Luke 12:1 AMP)) In other words, that area of condemnation and guilt will work its way throughout the dough, and bring us back to a works based Christianity relying on our self efforts to try to offer a sacrifice to God for that which we feel guilty about. We will look for something to do for God to appease Him and our conscience. That is where many people frustrate the grace of God in their lives, putting themselves back under the law, voiding their faith. (Galatians 2:21) The law is do, do more; you haven’t done enough. Under the law, there is no rest because we are driven to do more, implying that the “finished work” is neither perfect, nor complete. The law is about “I” and our efforts, vain as they are. Grace is done. Grace is about Jesus and His finished work. Leaven produces fermentation, which according to the dictionary states; a state of agitation, or turbulent change, unrest. Notice that when you are at rest, in the perfection of redemption through the finished work of the cross, this leaven begins to agitate you and cause unrest in your life. The leaven is mixing law with grace to bring you back under the law, making you think that you have to do something in order to receive what God has freely given you.

Jesus’ obedience made us righteous (innocent, guilt free) not our efforts. Romans 5:18 Mirror; The conclusion is clear: it took just one offense to condemn mankind; one act of righteousness declares the same mankind innocent. (Phillips translation: 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!)

Lets don’t disagree with what Jesus has done for us, He made us righteous, innocent, fully acquitted, no need for guilt. We need to only believe what He has done for us. What an awesome loving God, leading us to His rest by His love! There is no rest or peace in guilt and condemnation. In His acquittal of all charges against us, we’re innocent, wow now we can really rest!

Whatever it is that you feel guilty about, and are condemning yourself over, (it could be in your marriage, something you have done in the past; it doesn’t matter.) is the little leaven, and it will affect (agitate) your grace walk, producing unrest, instead of enjoying the rest and peace we have in Christ. We know the debt was fully paid by Jesus, there is nothing for you to do, just receive His superabundance of grace and gift of righteousness, and reign in life. God loves us, and He removed the condemnation. He was condemned so we could be acquitted. He took our guilt, so we could be innocent.

Galatians 5:9 & 10 Mirror Translation: 9 It is impossible to hide the effect of the smallest amount of yeast; the process of fermentation is immediately triggered. (A little bit of legalism corrupts a person’s whole life.) 10 In spite of the interference of those “law-church” people, I remain convinced about our like-mindedness in the Lord. It does not matter what high profile position anyone may occupy, do not let their title disturb you! The very law they promote will be their judgment! (The fermentation process is unavoidable when you host a legalistic mind-set.)

God sent Jesus to the cross because He loves us, unconditionally and with great intensity. Receive His love today, and agree with what God has said about you, your innocent! Don’t put yourself in a place where mixture is being taught, feed on pure grace of the finished work. In this grace, you will find true rest!

Remember this: “The thief comes with only one agenda, to steal, kill and destroy”(What is he after? Your identity of who you are in Christ, causing you to question what Jesus has done for you at Calvary. The accuser, using condemnation, is trying to get you to think you have to earn through the merit system, what is already yours. (Luke 15:31…all that I have is yours) he is trying to get you to receive the law-grace mixture questioning the pure grace and goodness of God.) His redemption is perfect and complete, believe it, receive it and bear fruit. (Mark 4:20) Reign in life today!

Breaking News Alert!

Everyday we hear “breaking news alerts.” I am not talking about the media, this time, but the Holy Spirit inside you. Here is today’s breaking news; the Holy Spirit reminds you how much God loves you. If you are only hearing the loud voice that condemns you, then do what I do, push the mute button on that voice. On your TV remote control, there is a mute button for a reason. The reason, so you don’t have to listen. Listen to the breaking good news, about what God thinks of you!

For far too long we have turned up the volume on the condemning voice, only to hear that we’re not pleasing to God. That we are not praying, studying, or going to church enough. Religion has told us more lies than we could ever think of. All in the name of the Holy Spirit. We have been told the Holy Spirit’s job is to convict the believer of sin. So all you hear is you’re “displeasing to God,” you’re “out of of fellowship,” you’re a “sinner,” and you’re “out of God’s will,” blah blah blah, the list goes on. These thoughts are not God’s thoughts for you.

The more we hear it, the worse we feel, so we have this idea, “ok I need to change my evil way baby.” “I am going to perform; I’m going to show God, I mean it.” Then a couple of days go by, and you’re reminded you haven’t prayed enough, studied up, given enough, and the chain reaction of the blahs comes back. Can anyone tell where the good news is in all of that? Where’s the peace in the storm your having? Years ago, I would have said, “God just tell me what to do, and I will do it.” Breaking news; For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV)

When I had a revelation of the gospel of grace, everything started to change for me. Now each day, Jesus and what He did for me, becomes a clearer picture, with a louder voice. A voice that says, God so loved me; He gave His only-begotten Son for me! The Father, Son and Holy Spirit loves me! The triune God lives in me! I can totally depend on Him. God is not the punisher; God is the justifier. Jesus has made me right with God at all times. Did you know that you have been made right with God at ALL times? Repeat “all times,” not just when you do something right. It’s all about Jesus, and He’s already done it all. He cried out on the cross, it is finished. What we need to do, is simply believe it is finished!

Look at the TV remote control, you could say the mute button is the silencer of condemnation. So when you start to hear that, push the mute button and mute the religious garbage, and turn up the volume of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will convince you that everything Jesus did for you is complete. You are now His beloved, totally accepted by God at all times. Not because of what you have done, but because of what Jesus did.

Google the lyrics of “Oh How He Loves You And Me,” if you don’t know the words. What a great song to remind you of His love for YOU. Now beloved of God, go reign in life today as a king. ~Sue~

King Size Grace!

Good morning, let God’s king-size grace cause you to reign in life today!

When I think about God, the first thing that comes to mind for me these days is “love.” After all, 1st John tells us that God is love, so that makes perfect sense.

That thought, however, is not everyone’s first thought when they think of God. Many think of “judge,” “angry,” “displeased with them.” A wrong perception of God comes from a wrong belief, which stems from a lack of knowledge of what Jesus has done for us at the cross. Because of the finished work of the cross, we have been judged righteous; He will never be angry with us again, and we are His son (or daughter) in whom He is well pleased.

Have you noticed, when your shopping at the super market, all the king-sized items? They are usually twice as large as the normal size. God’s grace is super abundant, above and beyond all that we ask or think (or super mega king sized).

Romans 5:17, For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man; how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and the gift of righteousness reign (as kings) in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.

Have you received God’s abundant provision of His grace today? According to the Strongs Concordance, the word “abundance” in that verse means super-abundance. Now to me that is super king sized! That grace (unearned, unmerited favor) of God in your life is available to everyone who will receive it. It is super-king sized, and it will cause you to reign in life.

Let’s not stop there with receiving His abundance of grace, and continue to; “and gift of righteousness.” This gift identifies who you are in Christ. Another king-sized gift!

When you receive the gift of righteousness, you are receiving your forever innocence, and right standing with God, not based on your good conduct or behavior, but entirely based on what Jesus has done for you at the cross. If it were based on your “good works” or behavior, then it would no longer be a gift, and you would have earned it, which is impossible. It is by His grace, “unearned” favor of God. Jesus bore all the punishments we deserved on His body at the cross so that we could have these wonderful gifts; therefore, positioning us to reign in life as kings. He has completely redeemed us! 1st John 4:17 …as He is, so are we in this world.

The gospel (good news) is the power of God to salvation (salvation is soteria in the Greek, which means; rescue, safety, deliver, health, salvation and to save) for everyone who believes…for in it the righteousness of God is revealed…

This power of God is available to everyone who “believes,” not earns, or is good enough, but believes. In this gospel, the righteousness of God is revealed (which reveals your innocence, and how right you are with God through the finished work of the cross)!

Receiving this super abundance of grace and gift of righteousness will cause you to reign in life as kings, through Christ! Now you can reign as kings in life today with king-sized grace, which of course is fitting for a king!