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Persecution or Reaping What you Sow?

By Steve Peace Harmon

WHAT PERSECUTION DOESN’T LOOK LIKE…

When believers hold up massive signs and use mega phones telling people that they are going to burn in hell and should repent, and then the people with the signs get attacked by people with curse words, rocks and are pushed and shoved. What that is called is, you reap what you sow. You sow anger, hatred, and foolishness, you get that in return. Jesus never modeled that type of ministry and neither did the disciples because it hardly works. And when it occasionally does it produces fear based, judgmental Christians. Jesus showed us a way on how to do it. Why the heck do something different than that, especially when He’s God?

WHAT PERSECUTION IS…

Bill Johnson said of a story from Heidi Baker. She told him that one of their pastors got martyred. “Tongue was cut out so he couldn’t preach the gospel anymore. Hands were cut off so he couldn’t express the love of Christ anymore. His feet were cut off so he couldn’t go and preach and then they cut off his head. Then this man’s cousin drove two hours to get into that village. He came into the village and said, “You can cut out my tongue, you can cut off my hands, you can cut off my feet and a hundred more will follow me, because we are here to tell you that God loves you.” As a result of this moment, he stood their ready to give his life like his cousin did and then that day, 2000 people bent their knee to the name Jesus.”

In that story, it was not the word, but the action that said, “You are more important than me. That’s what love looks like. It’s not some cheap phrase or emotion. Persecution is basically two things. It’s when a person chooses to endure pain, whether emotional or physical, instead of forfeiting their relationship with Jesus. It is also enduring pain to make a statement to the person giving them pain that they are still going to love the person even though the person is hurting them. It’s making the choice to sacrifice your well being so the other person could have it. Love is at the heart of all real persecution.

More about the law that so many Galatians Christians seem to miss

By Mark Rayner

Are we changed by following the law, or by knowing that we are a new creation, saved and reconciled to God? Tell a man he is just a sinner, guess what, that’s what he’ll be. Tell a man he is a new creation, loved of God and saved, guess what, he’ll want to live up to what he is, and it will be that glorious free gift from God that is his motivation.

Galatians 3

GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

God Approves of Those Who Believe

You stupid people of Galatia! Who put you under an evil spell? Wasn’t Christ Jesus’ crucifixion clearly described to you? I want to learn only one thing from you. Did you receive the Spirit by your own efforts to follow the laws in the Scriptures or by believing what you heard? Are you that stupid? Did you begin in a spiritual way only to end up doing things in a human way? Did you suffer so much for nothing? I doubt that it was for nothing! Does God supply you with the Spirit and work miracles among you through your own efforts or through believing what you heard?

Do You Really Have a Sinful Nature?

Why do Christians insist on telling themselves they have a sinful nature? I think it’s so they can excuse their mistakes. I think it’s the easy way out and blocks them from the change they have been promised as a gift. This way of thinking makes Christs sacrifice pointless. Are we still under the law? You can choose to live under the law if you like, as for me I will take the gift that Christ gave me. Thank you Jesus!

2 Corinthians 3:12-18
GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)
12 Since we have confidence in the new promise, we speak very boldly. 13 We are not like Moses. He kept covering his face with a veil. He didn’t want the people of Israel to see the glory fading away. 14 However, their minds became closed. In fact, to this day the same veil is still there when they read the Old Testament. It isn’t removed, because only Christ can remove it. 15 Yet, even today, when they read the books of Moses, a veil covers their minds. 16 But whenever a person turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.

17 This Lord is the Spirit. Wherever the Lord’s Spirit is, there is freedom. 18 As all of us reflect the Lord’s glory with faces that are not covered with veils, we are being changed into his image with ever-increasing glory. This comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

Man’s Way Has Two options, Rebellion or Religion

Man’s way has 2 options, rebellion from God or religion to artificially make us feel worthy to be with Him, but deep inside know we are not. Fig leafing it.

God’s way has 1 option, receive His love. Jesus death took our sin and allowed us to once again be healed in His presence through His love.

Man’s wisdom looks and says what must I do. Even Jesus was asked this. His response was, believe. Believe on the One the Father sent.

If you are in fear, shame and darkness, come into the light. Jesus did not come to condemn, but to save. Do not be wise in your own eyes anymore, let Him transform you and graft you into His family.

Once you have freely received then you shall freely release. But until we are in His family we can not invite anyone else nor can we give what we have not received. Bless you!

by Christopher Lee Dittemore

The Law V’s Grace

by Nor’west Prophetic.

In our ongoing conversation about the value of the Law in the life of the Believer, someone has pointed out that the apostle Paul declares that “The Law is Holy,” in Romans 7:12.

Let’s look at that.

First, yes, Paul says that. In fact, the whole verse reads, “Therefore the law is holy, and the commandment [of the Law] holy and just and good.”

Context, of course, is everything, when interpreting scripture. This is in the middle of Romans 7, one of the greatest dissertations on how the Law has failed us in the entire Bible.

The verse immediately before, says, “For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it killed me.” So the Law is not the thing that kills us (it’s sin that kills us), but law is the weapon that our murderer wields. Not so sure I want to be under that law.

And the verse immediately after clarifies it: “Has then what is good become death to me? Certainly not! But sin, that it might appear sin, was producing death in me through what is good, so that sin through the commandment might become exceedingly sinful.” The product of the Law in my life is death, death “through what is good,” yes, but death nonetheless.

This is not the influence I yearn to have in my life.

And it seems that it was for this reason that the law was replaced in our lives:

“The former regulation [the Law] is set aside because it was weak and useless (for the law made nothing perfect), and a better hope is introduced, by which we draw near to God.” – Hebrews 7:18-19

So while the Law is indeed “holy” (Rom 7:12), it is also “weak and useless,” and as far as allowing us to draw near to God, it has been replaced by a “better hope.”

The law has been replaced in the lives of the New Testament Believer. Don’t look to the Law to give you direction for what to do. Do not look to the Law to find favor with God.

The Apostle Paul made this rather forcefully clear:

“Let me ask you this one question: Did you receive the Holy Spirit by obeying the law of Moses? Of course not! You received the Spirit because you believed the message you heard about Christ.

How foolish can you be? After starting your Christian lives in the Spirit, why are you now trying to become perfect by your own human effort? Have you experienced so much for nothing? Surely it was not in vain, was it?

I ask you again, does God give you the Holy Spirit and work miracles among you because you obey the law? Of course not! It is because you believe the message you heard about Christ.”
Galatians 3:2-5

You have left behind the death and barrenness of obeying the Law, and found life instead. Don’t leave the place of life in order to live in death again. Life is a good thing.

Romans 8

GWT.

1 So those who are believers in Christ Jesus can no longer be condemned. 2 The standards of the Spirit, who gives life through Christ Jesus, have set you free from the standards of sin and death. 3 It is impossible to do what God’s standards demand because of the weakness our human nature has. But God sent his Son to have a human nature as sinners have and to pay for sin. That way God condemned sin in our corrupt nature. 4 Therefore, we, who do not live by our corrupt nature but by our spiritual nature, are able to meet God’s standards. 5 Those who live by the corrupt nature have the corrupt nature’s attitude. But those who live by the spiritual nature have the spiritual nature’s attitude. 6 The corrupt nature’s attitude leads to death. But the spiritual nature’s attitude leads to life and peace. 7 This is so because the corrupt nature has a hostile attitude toward God. It refuses to place itself under the authority of God’s standards because it can’t. 8 Those who are under the control of the corrupt nature can’t please God.

9 But if God’s Spirit lives in you, you are under the control of your spiritual nature, not your corrupt nature. Whoever doesn’t have the Spirit of Christ doesn’t belong to him. 10 However, if Christ lives in you, your bodies are dead because of sin, but your spirits are alive because you have God’s approval. 11 Does the Spirit of the one who brought Jesus back to life live in you? Then the one who brought Christ back to life will also make your mortal bodies alive by his Spirit who lives in you.

12 So, brothers and sisters, we have no obligation to live the way our corrupt nature wants us to live. 13 If you live by your corrupt nature, you are going to die. But if you use your spiritual nature to put to death the evil activities of the body, you will live. 14 Certainly, all who are guided by God’s Spirit are God’s children. 15 You haven’t received the spirit of slaves that leads you into fear again. Instead, you have received the spirit of God’s adopted children by which we call out, “Abba! Father!” 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17 If we are his children, we are also God’s heirs. If we share in Christ’s suffering in order to share his glory, we are heirs together with him.