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Continue in God’s Grace

All of us at some point as Christians were impacted by Christ in a powerful way.  I would argue that at no point were any of us impacted by the law, I would argue that the impact was purely based on His love and grace.  You were blown away by His mercy, you were blown away by His love.  My friends at the point of accepting Christ you are imparted with a tremendous amount of His grace and love and everything turns into sunshine and rainbows at the hour that you call his name.  Do you realize that it does not have to change?  Better question is do you know why it changes?

When people turn to the law instead of His grace the sunshine and rainbows go away and duty, guilt and condemnation come into the picture.  Paul in Galatians warned about following a different gospel instead of the one that they were called in the grace of Christ.  Paul even goes as far to tell us that when we follow a different gospel than the one of the grace of Christ that we pervert the gospel of Christ.  Let me make this very clear; attempting to be justified by the works of the Ten Commandments is a perversion of the gospel of Christ.

Paul asked the Galatians whether they received the Spirit by their works of the law or by hearing of faith?  He goes on to ask if people are so foolish to begin hearing by faith and now trying to be perfect by the flesh (self-effort).  Do not start with grace and end with the law.  Our world is filled with worldly thinking by Christians.  My challenge to you is simple; start with grace and end with grace, don’t start with the new covenant yet turn back to the old covenant.  There are even those who believe they are not justified by the law but believe they should keep the law for sanctification.  My friends let me be crystal crystal clear; both justification and sanctification come by our faith in Jesus’ finished work alone.

My friends start to realize how God sees you.  Too many of us base our worth on our evaluation on how we perform and how they feel about themselves; this never is how God feels about us.  When you realize how loved you are by God and how he sees you, it cannot help but change you and how you look at yourself.  Beloved, we have access all the time to His full blessings simply based on Jesus finished work.  TODAY, think, talk and act knowing that it is not about you or your works — it is about Jesus and Him alone, and step out into His blessings for you!

…Having began in the Spirit, and you now being made perfect by the flesh?   —   Galatians 3:3

Don’t start with grace and end up with the law.  Don’t start with the new covenant, only to turn back to the old covenant.

Won Over By God’s Grace

We all know that living right is living clean, we know that it is good to be addiction free and sin free.  We know it is good to act good and to be good but being good and acting good will never make us holy.  We continually strive to be good and act good because we believe it is how we live, and although I obviously agree that acting good is good for us, it will never make us holy.

So the question today is how do we act good?  If acting and being good is good but not holy how do we turn from bad to good?  Does hearing the law being preached and right from wrong the motivator to change or is there greater motivation in knowing that there is zero condemnation when you are in Christ?

The law never has and never will be able to free any of us from or give us the ability to overcome weaknesses, destructive habits and addictions.  There is no liberation in being told what to do or believing that God condemns you for your failures.  If you believe that God condemns you for your wrong doing then how likely are you to run to Him?

The realization of no-condemnation is one of the most important revelations that you can have.  When you realize that God does not condemn you then you are willing and wanting to run to Him with open arms.  Jesus looked tenderly at the woman caught in adultery and said, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours?  Has no one condemned you?”  She said, “No one, Lord.”  And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”

The Ten Commandments in all their holiness cannot make you holy and cannot put an end to sin.  The power to stop sin from destroying your life comes from receiving the gift of no condemnation from Jesus.  Your Savior, who has fulfilled the law on your behalf, says to you, “Where are those who condemn you?  NEITHER DO I CONDEMN YOU.  Now, go and sin no more.”  This is grace, my friend.  When you know that Christ has made you righteous apart from your works, and that He has perfected you by His unmerited favor, that will give you the ability to overcome ever sinful temptation, habit and addiction in your life!

For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.   —   Romans 6:14

It is vital for you to receive the gift of no condemnation because that is what will give you the power to overcome your weaknesses, destructive habits and addictions.

Come As You Are To Jesus

As I have stated several times you are accepted by God because of His grace and NEVER because of your works.  Even if your life is a mess, He can take your mess and make it into something beautiful.  Come as you are to Jesus.

Many times people will think they have to get in their life in order before coming to Jesus.  They will say, “I need to get my life in order before coming to church.”  Sound ridiculous? It happens quite a bit in churches all around the world.  I heard a terrific response from someone, the response is so simple even our children can understand.

“Do you clean yourself before you take a bath?”  Of course not.  When you come to God He and not you is your bath.  When you are dirty he cleanses you and washes you.  In the natural when you are dirty you cannot clean yourself without water, the bathtub is useless without the water pouring into it.  In the same way you cannot clean yourself and you never will be able to.  God is the water and is the only solution to cleansing and cleaning a dirty person such as yourself and myself.

The truth of the matter is if you try and use your own efforts to clean yourself you become dirtier.  The ability to make you righteous, new and whole is only from God.  It NEVER and I mean NEVER is about your works, good deeds, loyalty, persistence or dedication.  It always is about Him and if you allow Him to love you then you will become whole.  You never ever will be able to ever qualify yourself for God’s blessings.  You are made holy, righteous and clean by the blood of Jesus Christ, and it is His righteous standing that qualifies you — nothing more and nothing less.

Go to Jesus with all your mess, all your addictions, all your weaknesses and all your failures.  God loves you just as you are.  However, He also loves you too much to let you stay the same.

You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness,   —   Psalm 30:11

You are made holy, righteous and clean by the blood of Jesus Christ, and it is His righteous standing that qualifies you — nothing more and nothing less.

Medical Facts About Speaking In Tongues – Carl R. Peterson, M.D

Dear Friends,

First a caveat, I am not a Charismatic but I am fortunate to recieve the gift of tongues even without anyone laying his or her hands on me.

Secondly, this note is not only for people who do not believe in the gift of tongues but those who don’t understand why God would give such a gift as his first gift to the church and whether is it relevant today.

I ask that you read it with an open mind. My intention is to bring praise to God for such a gift and pray that those of you who have recieve such a gift use it for His glory. To those who do not think it is relevant- think again. To those who has it but do not use it – Use it. To those who abuse it – Speak with understanding. Grace and peace to you.

“The Physical Benefit of Speaking in Tongues

God has made provision for you and I to be whole, to be well and to have access to His healing process. There is a study that has been done by Dr. Carl Peterson, M.D. (the husband of author and evangelist Vickie Jamison Peterson). This Study revealed that there is an available healing power that can be released from our own bodies for our own benefit. Dr. Carl Peterson, M.D. worked on this study at ORU in Tulsa, Oklahoma a few years ago. Being a brain specialist he was doing research on what the relationship was between the brain and praying or speaking in tongues. Some amazing things were discovered.

Through research and testing he found out that as we pray in the Spirit, or worship in the Spirit, (our heavenly language) there is activity that begins to take place in our brain. As we engage in our heavenly language the brain releases 2 chemical secretions that are directed into our immune systems giving a 35 to 40 percent boost to the immune system. This promotes healing within our bodies. Amazingly this secretion is triggered from a part of the brain that has no other apparent activity in humans and is only activated by our Spirit led prayer and worship.

Before the fall of man did God in His perfect creation provide for the total healing of mankind in this manner? As Adam walked and communicated with the Father in the Garden was this close and intimate fellowship and communication causing divine health to flow in his body? Just something for us to think about. God is the restorer of all things. As we exercise our life in the “Spirit” by speaking in our heavenly language that He has put within us, we are touching the supernatural power of God and we are letting Him restore part of what was lost.

Now science has proved the process and you and I can turn this healing process on by our relationship with our Heavenly Father. Just one more great reason to be filled with the Holy Spirit and commune with the Father in your “Heavenly Language.” According to the Holy Spirit, speaking through the apostle Paul: “He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself” (1 Corinthians 14:4). We always thought of the edification as only spiritual edification, which is great and always needed, but Christian psychiatrist Carl R. Peterson, M.D. describes physical edification also! Isn’t God amazing?

We have found on the Internet documentation from Dr. Peterson’s office, which is below. As a matter of reference, Dr. Peterson is highly respected, as a psychiatrist and as a Christian.

PLEASE NOTE: Dr. Peterson begins his attachment by specifically referring to praying in the spirit (speaking in tongues), then begins to just use the words prayer or praying. Throughout his paper he is referring to speaking in tongues, as that is the context of the whole paper, and is as introduced by his letter.

From
CHRISTIAN-PSYCHIATRY SERVICES, INC.

Dear friend,
Thank you for your inquiry regarding the relationship of extended periods of praying in tongues and joyful laughter to brain activity. As you will read in the enclosed explanation, I shared some information concerning this with several ministers at a gathering some time ago. I pray this information will be helpful to you.

Respectfully,
Carl R. Peterson, M.D.”

This excerpt is extracted in verbatim.

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EFFECTS OF EXTENDED VERBAL PRAYER
I have had a number of inquiries concerning the efficacy of praying in the spirit (speaking in tongues) and its benefit to the human immune system, i.e., immunity enhanced by chemicals released from a part of the brain. I am attempting to clarify some information I have shared with a number of ministers. This is information that may be deduced from what we know about the way the brain functions. We do know the part of the brain affected most noticeably by extended prayer represents a significant portion of the brain and its metabolic activity. Therefore, voluntary speech during extended vocal prayer causes a major stimulation in these parts of the brain (mainly the hypothalamus).

The hypothalamus has direct regulation of four major systems of the body, mainly: a) the pituitary gland and all target endocrine glands;
b) the total immune system;
c) the entire autonomic system; and
d) the production of brain hormones called endorphins and enkephalons, which are chemicals the body produces and are 100-200 times more powerful than morphine.

In summary, a very significant percentage of the central nervous system is directly and indirectly activated in the process of extended verbal and musical prayer over a period of time. This results in a significant release of brain hormones which, in turn, increases the body’s general immunity. It is further enhanced through joyful laughter with increased respirations and oxygen intake to the brain, diaphragm and other muscles. This same phenomenon is seen in physical activity in general, i.e., running, etc.

We know from the Word of God that there is a true joy that builds and sustains. Nehemiah tells us the joy of the Lord is our strength. There is joy in the presence of Jehovah. We, as believers having entered into that wonderful presence of our Lord, know this to be true. What we must continue to remember is that the joy of the Lord spoken of in the Word is so much more than any manifestation. We can truly have that unspeakable joy in the face of any trials we may encounter, if our joy is grounded in a knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.

I hope the above information helps to clarify the report you received regarding my statement in the area of the physical effects of speaking in tongues and joyful laughter for extended periods of time. Truly, we all benefit — body, soul, and spirit — from obedience and yielding to the Spirit of God in every area of our lives.

Carl R. Peterson, M.D.”

This excerpt is extracted in verbatim.

Freedom From Destructive Habits

I cannot even begin to comprehend how many organizations, groups and things that are devoted to reduce or help cope with destructive habits.  Many of these organizations and groups are wonderful things that provide a great service to many people who are hurting very badly.  However I believe there is one thing many of these groups lack when it comes to coping with destructive habits.  The belief that knowing they are completely spotless in Christ is the secret and key to overcoming addictions and destructive habits.  I can speak on this because I have been in many destructive habits and the thing that liberated me the most when I finally realized that I was completely righteous and blameless in God’s sight because of Christ.

Many times when you focus on destructive habits you focus on the habits that you were once in.  Part of your recovery is to be continually conscious of the behavior you are trying to escape, while I think many groups are successful in their treatment of addictions I believe too much focus on the bad habit itself can lead to sin consciousness.  However, if you are focused on who you are in Christ and focused that you are completely righteous and blameless before God, the focus is then on His goodness and your goodness through Him, not what you lack.

Johnny Mercer once sung, “You’ve got to accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative.”  Now I may not be a doctor or be a trained psychologist but I am proficient in God’s favor and I can tell you that from my experience that the key to overcoming bad habits it to focus on who I am because of God’s goodness and less focus on who I was when I was not walking as closely in the presence of God.  The more and more God is in your life (completely by your choice) the more sin and addictions have no place in your life.

When you realize that God loves you unconditionally despite your failures the more and more you will realize there is no condemnation for you.  And no matter what your failures are, in Christ you are still not condemned.  You are once and always washed perfectly by His blood.  This gift happens the second you accept Him and from there on forward.

..And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”   —   John 8:11

As Jesus is spotless and without blame, so are you in Christ.

We are not priests. We are royal high priests!

Believers Worship at David’s Tabernacle
Many Christians are ignorant of one fact. They are royal preists. They are not just normal preists. The difference is significant and important. We are not from the line of Aaron. We are from the line of David. Like Melchizedek, David was both king and preist. What is the big deal you say? Well it has to do with the tabernacles Aaron and David. Aaron was a preist in the tabernacle of Moses. David built his own tabernacle. I am reproducing an article from Paul White to show you why to me it is a HUGE DEAL. It is as huge as LAW AND GRACE.

Amos 9:11-12

11 “In that day  “I will restore David’s fallen shelter— I will repair its broken walls and restore its ruins— and will rebuild it as it used to be,

12 so that they may possess the remnant of Edom and all the nations that bear my name,” declares the LORD, who will do these things.

In Acts 15, the Apostle James speaks to the assembled apostles and preachers at the council in Jerusalem. The council was held so that the Jewish apostles could determine what they should say and preach to the new Gentile converts regarding the observance of Jewish law. In his speech, James quotes our text from the book of Amos, placing Amos’ prophecy in New Testament times, not far off in some future millennium.

James states that the advent of Jesus and His death on the cross has brought back the tabernacle of David. Even the least experienced Bible student knows that the tabernacle was built by Moses, many years before David came along, and that David’s son Solomon constructed the temple. So when and where was there ever a tabernacle of David?

David decided that the Ark of the Covenant had been missing from Jerusalem for too long. Moses’ tabernacle was set up in Gibeon, but David wanted to bring the presence of the Lord to the capital of Israel and Judah, so he had a cart constructed so that the Ark could be rolled in. On the way, one of David’s men touched the Ark as it was shaking on the cart and he fell over dead. David was frightened of the Ark’s power so he took it to the nearest house, the home of a Gentile named Obed-edom.

Obed-edom means, “Servant of Edom”. Edom is another name for Esau, showing us that this man was actually a descendent of Jacob’s brother Esau. For the next 3 months, blessings are poured on the house of Obed-edom, and as David hears of this, he becomes a bit envious in his spirit, desiring that God would bless him with such goodness. This prompts David to take the Ark out of Obed-edom’s house and bring it up to Jerusalem, this time with priests carrying it, as Moses had been instructed.

David places the Ark in a tabernacle that he pitches for it (2 Samuel 6:17). 1 Chronicles 15:1 tells us that this “tabernacle” is a tent. David seems unconcerned with placing the Ark in the Holy of Holies, in the tabernacle at Gibeon, for he makes no effort to do so. Instead, he leaves it in Jerusalem, basking off of the same blessings that were on it while in the house of Obed-edom. Through all of this he had learned that God’s blessings were not on the tabernacle, but on the Ark, and that God would bless all who approached it, even an unworthy Gentile.

James references this prophecy because of what Christ’s finished work has accomplished. Under the Old Covenant, God was to be feared and placed at a distance. Only the high priest ever saw the ark while it was in the tabernacle, and that only once per year. David is hearkening forward to a better covenant built upon better promises, when all of God’s people can go boldly into the presence of the Lord and have their moment at the mercy seat of heaven, covered by the blood of the precious, spotless Lamb.

Believers no longer worship a distant entity, but a living God. Because Christ lives in us, we worship at David’s tabernacle, where God’s presence is always right where we are. We are the temple of the Holy Spirit, and God dwells in us (1 Corinthians 6:19). Just as in David’s tabernacle, the blessings are not on the tent, but on the Ark in the tent. The blessings that we experience are not because of us but because of our Jesus in us! Therefore, His blessings are not dependent on how good we are or how consecrated we may be, but rather they are dependent on how good Jesus is. As Amos said, even the remnant of Edom and all of the heathen are called by the name of the Lord (Amos 9:12).

The Power to Sin No More

Today we are going to talk about having a victorious thought life.  The solution to temptations, sinful desires and thoughts is found in the very first verse of Romans 8;  “Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”  When you look at the Word through the eye glasses of no condemnation your thoughts change.  Anyone knows that if you think positive and your perspective is good then your life is good no matter what your surroundings are.  If you truly understand that God never condemns you when you are in Christ then all and I mean all of the pressure is off.  You no longer are striving to succeed you simply are resting in God and allowing His blessings to flow through your life.

The verse today is in the present tense, it does not talk about the past.  Today, no matter what your actions or surroundings are, there is no condemnation.  In the world perhaps but not in the eyes of God, isn’t what God thinks after all the important stuff?

So should we do evil and sit still in evil thoughts and desires?  Absolutely not!  Sin cannot take root in those who are full of the consciousness that he or she is righteous in Christ.  Not partially righteous in God’s sight; fully righteous in God’s sight!  You cannot stop thoughts from entering your head but based on your decision on what you believe you can prevent those thoughts from taking root in your soul.  You cannot stop the birds from flying above your head but you can stop them from making a nest on your head.

The key to stopping temptations is at that very moment of the temptation to proclaim your righteousness in Christ.  Satan will have no place in your life when you proclaim that!  The devil has no comeback to the name of Jesus.

As I have stated before; right believing always leads to right living.  When you are conscious of your righteousness in Christ and you live it out and sin will not have room in your life.  Continue to evolve your believes and your conscious and see what happens to sin in your life.  Being conscious of sin leads to more sin.  Being conscious of your righteousness leads to a life you always wanted.

Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.   —   Romans 8:1

You now have the power of Christ to rise above your temptation and to rest in your righteous identity in Christ apart from your works.

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