Let’s continue building on our foundation from yesterday that our trust/faith must be in what Jesus has done for us. As I mentioned yesterday, Christianity is not about we do, but what He’s done. This is vital, not only to our authority as believers, but for our whole life in Christ. Why is it so vital you ask? Excellent question, and here’s why. If we continue to try and qualify ourselves for God’s blessings, including authority to reign in life, our Christian walk will become a continual struggle and an up and down existence. It will be one of constant doubting and questioning whether we did enough to qualify ourselves. Thus, our qualifying could only be measured by whether something “happens” that shows we qualified ourselves, or nothing “happens” meaning we haven’t done enough and there is more work to do. This also brings the idea of always wondering if something we did wrong yesterday will still be on our account the next day, or week, “working” against us. Beloved, this is all the deception of trusting in self-effort and our own works, which is contrary to our salvation and how we reign in life. Think of this, this deception makes us focus on us, and not on what Jesus has done, thus making His cross to have no effect in our lives. The devil wants to keep this veil over our eyes, but, no more!
We know the Word tells us about salvation…
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast” (Ephesians 2: 8-9).
This is exactly the same for reigning in life.
“For if by the one man's offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:17).
You see, it is not about achieving “for” Him, it is about receiving “from” Him. Paul dealt with this in Galatia. He said “Let me put this question to you: How did your new life begin? Was it by working your heads off to please God? Or was it by responding to God's Message to you? Are you going to continue this craziness? For only crazy people would think they could complete by their own efforts what was begun by God. If you weren't smart enough or strong enough to begin it how do you suppose you could perfect it?” (Galatians 3:2-3).
Now, let me ask this question of you, beloved. Have you ever behaved badly, even very badly, said or did wrong, even nasty things, to others, and then have God bless you? Even the very same day? I’m sure you have. Well, what was that? You see, you just experienced the Amazing Grace of God. And oh how sweet the sound!!. And, if you asked yourself how that could happen, it may you asked because you believe more in your self effort and works to be blessed than in the unmerited, unearned, undeserved favor/grace of God. And if you find that it is true that you do, DO NOT condemn yourself. You are right where God wants you to be. Learning truth and growing in the Light! God is so Good! And, we are all overcoming this deception by renewing our minds to what the written Word says about Jesus’ (the Living Word) finished work on the cross for us. Hallelujah!
Beloved, this is the simplicity that is in Christ. Beloved this is the Gospel, which is the power of God unto salvation. Beloved, this is the goodness of God which leads people to repentance, Beloved, this is our Jesus.
“No other love, No other love,No other love Is like Your love.
Your love has saved me,Your love redeemed me,Your love… unconditionally,Is your love to me.”
We love You Jesus.
©Rev. Michael Morimando 2012.