I would venture to say that the majority of Christians fear God in such a way that it does not help make them certain – i.e. certain of His love, certain of His goodness, certain that He really cares for them, certain they are totally accepted by Him, let along certain of His love for ALL mankind.
Do you know the Old Testament Hebrew meaning of the word ‘fear’, when it comes to God, has to do with wonder, awe, amazement, reverence? It has nothing to do with wincing, trembling, or being afraid of Him. Brennan Manning states, the Biblical meaning of ‘fear of the Lord’ is “silent wonder, radical amazement, affectionate awe at the infinite goodness of God”. Please pause to ponder this deep insight. Oh to absorb that reality!
Hey, let’s consider 1Jn 4:18 – “There is no fear in love; but perfect love cast out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love.” Looks like God is not into punishment. In fact it says He wants to free us from fear! To be free of fear we need to grow in revelation of how much He loves us.
Have you ever considered how many times in scriptures when God shows up He says – “Do not be afraid.”
“I have loved you with an everlasting love, therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness.” (Jer 31:3) If you are not drawn towards God, then figure fear is lurking somewhere. Allow Him to show you His unconditional love for you and fear will flee!
Do not fear, for I am with you’ do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you. Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” (Is 41:10) That is Good News! There is no false fear in HIS Good News! Hey, what is the Good News you believe?
How is your relationship with your Daddy God? Can you crawl up on His lap, tell him your problems without trembling? Can you call to him for help?, or are you hiding from Him..as Adam did in the garden?
When we see the "finished work of the cross" , we see access to the throne...without fear...without torment...for His wrath was already poured out on His son, Jesus Christ... We no longer need to run or hide from Him...We have been set free from our adamic nature ...recreated IN Christ Jesus. we are sons and daughters now...Praise Jesus!!
We do not have a dual nature!..See yourself inside Christ...and approach your Daddy with confidence. His arms are open wide...not folded in judgment!
We have put ourselves back into bondage if we are believing, receiving and living with a law-based mentality. This mindset will keep us from seeing the Simplicity of the Cross and the Finished Work of Christ.
Paul was an apostle, not sent from men, or an agency of man, but through Jesus Christ, and God the Father.
Paul said the gospel he preached was not according to man but through a revelation of Jesus Christ. Keep this in mind as you read how he was coming against the Galatians for quickly deserting Him who had called them to a different gospel other then the Grace of Christ. Have we made it something it's not? For many, many years?...Are we trying to please man.. Have we had a revelation of Jesus Christ?..or is it in law-keeping(churchly ways) that we justify ourselves?..Have we done what the Galatia Church did? Food for Thought ~selah
Galatians 3, 4, and 5 says it all. Give it a Look-see.
Galatians 3: 2 Paul asks... This is the only thing I want to find out from you; did you receive the Spirit by the works of the Law, or by the hearing with faith? 3: Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh?
Galatians 3:23 but before faith came we were kept in custody under the law, being shut up to the faith which was
later to be revealed. 24: Therefore, the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith. 25: But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor,(law) for you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.
Galatians 4:4 But when the fullness of God came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law,
5: so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we may receive the adoption as sons 6: Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of his Son into our hearts crying Abba! Father! 7: Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God. 9: But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how is it that you turn back again to the weak and worthless elemetal things, to which you desire to be enslaved all over again. 10: You observe days and months and seasons and years...And in 11: Paul says He fears he has labored over them in vain!
The two women spoken of in Chapter 4:21-31 are representing two covenants. Abraham had two sons, one by the bondwoman, and one by the free woman. The son by the bondwoman was born according to the flesh, the son by the free woman, through the promise. Which we now are. (New Covenant). Paul quotes in verse 28"And you brethren, like Issac, are children of promise. Verse 29 states that he who was born according to the flesh persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, so it is now also"... Verse 30 says we are to cast out the bondwoman and her son. For the son of the bondwoman shall not be an heir with the son of the free woman.
The bondwoman represents living under the law in slavery(bound by laws)...This is Old Covenant, where sacrifices
continually had to be made. We now have a once and for all time offering..JESUS...Hebrews 10:10. Hebrews 8:13 says "When He said new covenant, He has made the first obsolete."
In Chapter 5 Verse 1, Paul says "It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery." Verse 4 says "You have been severed from Christ, you who are seeking to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace."
So ..kick out Hagar...we are no longer a slave..but a son...be free IN Christ. No longer under Law (tryin to make yourself good enough by works of flesh)... but by the Spirit of Grace.....Christ Alone.
My friends, it is critical for us to remember that we are all on a journey of discovery. We are all at different places in our understanding of scripture, and that is never a license to be condescending, condemning, or downright rude to one another.
If I feel that I have an understanding that you lack, it's my responsibility to share the truth with you in love, not to beat you over the head and pretend that I was born believing the way I do now. I've learned like everyone else-that is, through prayer, and study. I've had my paradigms shifted, and my programming challenged. I have not resisted those who've disagreed, and who've called me out, but have embraced their criticisms as the Lord's way of perfecting my understanding. Sometimes it works to perfect it in that it solidifies my resolve, and other times it shatters my theology to bits, forcing me to rethink all that I thought I knew.
Had I done the 'knee jerk' thing, and labeled all who thought differently from me as being heretics heralding dangerous doctrines, I would still be sucking my thumb in the spiritual nursery.
It's time that we embraced one another despite doctrinal disagreements, knowing that none of us have it all figured out, and that we are fully dependent upon one another.
Let us shed our defensive attitudes, and holster our spiritual side arms, realizing that we are not at war with one another, but in school with one another. :) > Jeff Turner
Altho I did not write this.... I do DITTO it!!...Great Word!
We humans “love” a lot, and express our love in many ways. What or who we love make up the treasures stored down inside our heart. We might love our regular quiet time in the early morning and jealously guard that time, so much so that others in our family would say, "Mom loves her morning 'alone time'.
We love our spouse and our children, and we say so often by our words, but also by our body language. A warm smile brimming with love toward the little one. A long embrace of our spouse. Holding a hand during a stroll along the path. Our lips speak often to others about our wonderful spouse, and the achievements of our little ones, again our words and body language expressing our affections for them.
Jesus observed that we really do tell on ourselves about the treasures in our heart all the time, mostly by the words that bubble out from our lips. That which we treasure most we speak of often. So according to the Lord's words, the abundance in our heart flows out of our lips. It leads us to ask ourselves this question, "In conversations, what do we really want to speak about? What really gets us excited and talking? What do we want everyone else to know?" This indicates the abundance of our hearts.
“A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” Luke 6:43-45
We are not the evil man...we are IN Christ..Amen?
I feel when one speaks on this site...we speak what our Lord has bubbled up inside of us...We are passionate about what we are sharing....wanting others to know....One should never feel they have "THE" answer...as to putting themselves above another...but a part ...a revelation per-say that would encourage and stir another to search it out...we are all a part of HIS body...when we judge or condemn another body part... we are only hurting ourselves and Our Head.......Lets be True2ourselves...As HE rebuilds His Temple...
Our Mind is the battleground, the conflict of the 2 natures, Spirit verses the Flesh.
1st John 3:9 No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
Does this mean we won't ever screw up, have a wrong thought, make a wrong choice? no.. it means we don't want to (why would we?.....we now have a new nature....and when we do , not "if"we do, cause we all fall short...we have an advocate...and we quickly look to Him as our help in time of need... before Christ we didnt even care if we screwed up.... now..our minds are pricked the moment we go against our new nature.... because all things have been made new!!! Praise God!!
In Romans 7 and 8 - First of all, we were made to die to the law through the body of Christ, to be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, in order that we would bear fruit for God. v. 5 For while we were in the flesh, the sinful passions, which were aroused by the law, were at work with the members of our body to bear fruit for death. v.6 BUT NOW we have been released from the law, having died to that by which we were bound, so that we serve in the newness of the Spirit, and not in oldness of the letter. Now, v. 8 goes on to say..Is the law sin? of course not... We would not have come to know sin if not for the law.. Without the law, we would never have known how bad we were..or our need of a Saviour. So the law is holy, and the commandment is holy, righteous and good.
Paul talks to us about the conflict of two natures. We were sold into bondage to sin. Nothing good dwells in our flesh. for the willing is present, but the doing of good is not. (this is why Christ came) For he cries out in v.22 I joyfully concur with the law of God in the inner man, v.23 but i see a different law in the members of my body,waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is in my members, v.24 Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death? v.25 Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then, I myself with my mind am serving the law of God, but on the other, with my flesh, the law of sin. Chapter 8 Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are IN Christ Jesus, v.2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death. v.3 For what the law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh as an offering of sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, v.4 so the requirement of the law might be fullfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit....NOW to me..this is not a condition, saying IF we walk in the Spirit and not the flesh thingy. "If" is not in that verse....(man has made that so).....I believe Paul is speaking to those who are now "IN" CHRIST. For v:9 says.. However, you are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ (unbeliever)...he does not belong to Him
We have been raised to sit with Him in heavenly places! Have we really been born again?..created in His image or not? Are we still trying to perfect that which He has done for us, by our stinkin fleshly works (filthy rags)? Are we to walk in fear of judgment? When 1st John 4:17 tells us.. love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgement, because As He is, so are we in this world. In fact..backing up a little bit in v.15 we are told that whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. v.16 We have come to know,and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.
We are to know and walk in this Identity, as the Righteousness of God by faith IN Christ Jesus... I have been crucified with Christ, therefore I no longer live, but Christ IN me...my hope of glory...our sins, past present and future are under the blood (one offering, once and for all time, Heb10:9)....So again.....1st John 3:9
Thinking on/out of our fleshly nature/mindset is an insult to what Christ has done for us as his sons and daughters. It puts us back under condemnation(under law) and not the finished work of Christ. It places our mind on self/failure/defeat...Who does Christ say we are? I think of Christ saying.."Who do they say I am?"... Well...We have that victory now.. because He has won...and He abides in us... Who are we? better yet, Who's are Daddy??...
Its not what we do..but what He has done..We will only be able to enter Heaven, because His seed abides in us. All our "Good Works"..mean nothing..The scripture in James, Faith without works is dead...im sure is coming to mind right now to some....so, let me say.... in my mind...The "finished work" of Christ, in us..by faith.. is what this is all about. Could Abraham have layed his son on the alter without believing first that God had a plan. That God was going to complete what He started here..Could we today trust/believe our Lord with something such as this?...(God help us) believing by faith, its gonna be alright?...Abraham acted out..because He believed the Lord was perfecting that which concerned Him... and we act out as well when we KNOW who we are IN Him... Its only His nature IN us that makes us really want to love others and do righteous acts...Many try to have faith and perform acts without the finished work concept...which keeps them coming back into an Old Covenant mindset...of what they have to "DO" to in order to be saved from the fear of judgement... Do good, get good, do bad, get bit....This mentality will always keep one from overcoming in this life. How many times does the Lord tell us "Only Believe?"
Anyways....Works are just that.. dead works..if not interlocked with knowing His grace, through faith..Eph 2:8,9.
Our sin nature will always try to dominate our spirit...in the battlefield of the mind...but.... if you are walking in the knowledge of the finished work, you know who wins...and your mind is at rest...He will be your peace..
Are we so foolish, having begun by the Spirit, are we now being perfected by the flesh? Does he who provides us with His Spirit, do it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?. Galatians 3