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“A Sinner Saved By Grace.” Well, which one are you ? Repost#2

I have decided to repost this with the link to the original post. For some reason it never would post out into the varied areas it was sent.

This is an important message and has already received many views and post.

https://lbolm.wordpress.com/2008/03/21/a-sinner-saved-by-grace-well-which-one-are-you-2/

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“A Sinner Saved By Grace.” Well, which one are you ?

A few years ago I was in a Southern Gospel singing group. One evening we were singing a song we had sang several times before, but as I was standing there waiting to come in on my part, I felt the Spirit of God The Father speaking to me and HE asked me that question. We were singing a song titled ” A Sinner Saved By Grace”, and He said to me, “Well, which one are you?” I had been brought up in a denomination that taught we are all sinners, and as I reminded God of that HE said this to me “Is not what My Son did on the Cross good enough for you?” I got a sinking feeling deep inside as He continued to say “Every-time you say you are a sinner, you may as well walk up to Jesus on the Cross and slap Him in the face and say to Him, it’s not enough!”Over the course of the next couple of years, Holy Spirit began to show me the error in this teaching of those who have come to Christ and to the Kingdom of God, that they are sinners. Let me make this clear from the very beginning, ”I ain’t all that”, and I still slip up from time to time, BUT, I am not a sinner anymore.

I know all the teaching that goes with the  mind set of “we are all sinners”.

Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God”

This is probably the most quoted verse that is used for that purpose. Another is ;

 1 John 1:10
If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

There are a few problems that are overlooked just in the wording of these two verses. Both use the “past tense” “have sinned or have not sinned”, which doesn’t fit into the “present tense” of a person who has accepted Christ into their life. This is further backed up with “and his word is not in us”. For those of us who have accepted Christ, His Word in now in us. Let’s look further at what The Word says about those who have come to the saving Grace of God.

2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
Romans 5:19
For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
Romans 6:18
Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
2 Corinthians 5:21
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.

We are “new creatures” [ 2Cor.5:17] “made free from sin” [Romans6:18] and “made righteousness of God” [Romans 5:19 and 2 Cor. 5:21 ] through Him, Jesus Christ, “who knew no sin”. Christ completed role of the “perfect Lamb of God” on the Cross at Calvary has washed our sins away as “far as the East is from the West” [ Psalms 103].

Let me put it to you where even a child can learn it.

A doctor practices medicine and has a continuing role in that. That is what a doctor does!

A lawyer practices law and has a continuing role in that. That is what a lawyer does!

A sinner practices sin and has a continuing role in that. That is what a sinner does!

BUT, those who confess Christ Jesus with their mouth, repent of the evil sin nature, they are set free from the old and are to NOT “practice sin”. They are NOT sinners  any longer, but Saved by the Grace of God and the Perfect Redemption of His Son Jesus upon that Cross.

Romans 6 : 1

What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?

 2God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?  3Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?  4Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. 5For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: 6Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.  7For he that is dead is freed from sin. 8Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:  9Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.  10For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. 11Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.  12Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.

As we reflect on the work of the Cross and the Perfect Lamb of God, during this season we celebrate not just the Cross, but the Resurrection as well, for without the Resurrection, our Faith would be in vain.

As Christ died and was Resurrected, so are we, who have partaken of His Grace. We are dead to the old man, and resurrected as a new man.

I find it easier, nowadays for me NOT to sin, then it is for me TO sin. Why? Because I have found out who I am. I am Not a “sinner” any more, and I have found out who I am, “saved by Grace”.

I know who I am, and Whose I am!

My question for you today is this, ” Is not what the Son of God did on the Cross enough for you ? How long will you slap Him in the face and send Him back to the Cross ?” [Hebrews 6:6]

Who are you ? “A Sinner” or are you ” Saved By Grace”?

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Faithfull or Faithfilled ?

I got a wake up call the other morning about 5 AM. You know the kind! The one where Holy Spirit is talking and you can’t go back to sleep until He is finished.

I heard this resounding thought over and over, “Faithfull or Faithfilled ?”

I listened as Holy Spirit began to reveal the difference and then show me that most of todays churches are at a “Faithfull” position, but God the Father wants us to be in a “Faithfilled” place.

A “faithfull place” will get us to respond to the direction of the Word. Jesus told the disciples to get in the boat and go to the other side. They were “faithfull” to respond to Him. When the seas got rough and they saw Jesus walking by them on water, Peter responded by getting out of the boat, on the Word of Jesus. He was being “faithfull”. The difference is this, had Peter been “Faithfilled” he would have kept walking on water and not gotten off focus of Jesus.

 We are told to ” Keep our eyes on the things of Heaven” and to “press on through”, to “finish the race”. That can only be accomplished by those who are “Faithfilled” not just “Faithfull”. Don’t get me wrong being “Faithfull” is a great thing, but it will never get us to the place of a “Faithfilled” life.

Being “Faithfull” will get us to church on Sunday morning, BUT being “Faithfilled” will get us to BE the church 24/7, 365 days a year. It is BEing what God has called us to BE.

Being “Faithfull” has a many of people in the Body in a place of “waiting on The Lord”, when being “Faithfilled” gets them to step out of the boat and do the “vision” or “thing” God has called us to.

Being “Faithfull” kept the woman with the issue of blood, faithfull to the doctors and to give all she had to them, BUT being “Faithfilled” got her to press through the crowd and to the feet of the “Great Physician”, Jesus Christ.

When we are “Faithfilled” we walk not by sight or sound, not by hype or emotion, but by the “Confidence” of a “Faithfull” God ! He is able to “perform and perfect” for He is the “Author and Finisher” of our Faith.

There truly is a difference between a person who is “Faithfull” and one who is “Faithfilled”. The “Faithfull” person is always trying to obtain what the “Faithfilled” person already has obtained, for the “Faithfilled” person already “sees” what God “sees” for them. They not only “see” it in the Spirit, but begin to act on it in the natural. The only way to really walk in “true faith” is to walk in The Spirit.

“Faithfull” people send “Faithfilled” out into the jungles of Africa or wherever God has told them to go. A “Faithfilled” person doesn’t mind walking up to a complete stranger and sharing the Gospel, while a “Faithfull” person thinks it is for someone else like a pastor or evangelist to do that sort of thing.

The church is full of “Faithfull” people, some of who claim to be “Born Again”, but they are still just like the “old man” who hasn’t died of his self yet. A true “Faithfilled” “Born Again” believer will push on in spite of and despite of the circumstances or events that they are currently in or have gone through. They will “keep their eyes on the prize” and not lose focus on the Promise of God, Jesus Christ!    

My prayer for all of us is that we will become more “Faithfilled” in our journey with The Lord Jesus Christ !

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