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  1. I don't think it is a good idea to focus too much "I, me, myself". Although it will feel good temporary.
  2. By the way, sorry for my comment. Yes the law is still valid and in force. But there is a change. In the old covenant, if you do not obey, God will punish and curse the law breaker. Everyone obeyed God out of fear. (Under old covenant) Matthew 6:15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. Deuteronomy 5:9 the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me In the new covenant, God has forgiven all our sins (past, present and future). Even when we sinned we are still saved (salvation cannot be lost by our actions), God still blesses and love us. It is his love that causes us to love him back and unknowingly keep his law. (We keep the law by not focusing on the do and don't, rather we keep the law by flowing with the Holy Spirit) (In the new covenant) 1 John 4:19 We love him, because he first loved us. Ephesians 4:32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Hebrews 8:12 For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more. There is a great change before and after the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ
  3. I am poor with patience. Sorry for the lack of it
  4. Are you thinking that being under the Holy Spirit no longer need to follow the basic 10 commandments? It is God (Holy Spirit is also God) who gave the 10 commandments. An illustration. In the old, God draw a line on the floor and we have to try our best to walk along the line without stepping out. In the new, the line is remove and Holy Spirit carries us to do the impossible.(Do you think the Holy Spirit will lead us into sin?). To understand this, you will need to have the Holy Spirit and experience life with him.
  5. In the new covenant, it is written that God will put his law in our minds and write it in our hearts. This is only possible with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, the Holy Spirit has replaced the law written on stones. In the new covenant, the Holy Spirit is our law and teacher (No longer will they teach their neighbor). It is either you flow with the Holy Spirit or depend on your flesh. Most of the time when you failed, you are depending on your flesh. Jeremiah 31:33 “The days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and with the people of Judah. 32 It will not be like the covenant I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they broke my covenant, though I was a husband to them,” declares the Lord. 33 “This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel after that time,” declares the Lord. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. 34 No longer will they teach their neighbor, or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest,” declares the Lord. “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” Sad to say, the most of the Israelis rejected Jesus and his free gift of salvation. Hence the blessing of the new covenant is given to the gentiles. However, the Jews can still enter the new covenant if they accept Jesus and become part of the church.
  6. I writing this is because many church teaches partial grace and law. They sent out a mixed message that confuses. Why are they holding onto the law when the bible clear states that we are under grace? That is because the church leaders are afraid that without the law, their church members will go around sinning without restrain. They are essentially using the law like a leash to control the behavior of their church followers (hoping that it will produce good testimonies). This is human effort and from the flesh. The bible clearly states that when we try to follow the law, we activates the flesh (we are using our own effort to obey the law. Anything that has to do with self, is the flesh). Do you know that non-christian are capable of doing good works, charitable and noble acts? Many christian have this wrong thinking that walking in obedience with the effort of the flesh (self-discipline, human endurance, self-determination and will power) equals to walking in the Spirit. Even non-christian who operates only in the flesh can do good works using their human efforts. And if human efforts can please God, we can saved ourselves and Jesus died in vain. When christian tries to follow the law and sometimes they succeed in certain areas, they think that they are closer to God because they are able to obey. This is wrong. They have misunderstood the purpose of the law. It is not meant to bring christian closer to God. What about the other areas which they have failed? James 2:10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. Instead of activating the flesh, the bible tells us to walk with the Holy Spirit. Born again Christian = New Creature/Creation (Your Soul & Holy Spirit) + Flesh We are told by the bible to put down the flesh and follow the Spirit. Putting down the flesh is not walking in obedience with the effort of the flesh. In order to follow the Spirit, we need to be free from the law. If you are not free from the law (the law empowers the flesh), your flesh will be activated all the time. Jesus' death and payment for all our sins has freed us from the law. But our minds are still not free from the law. That is why the bible tells us to have no consciousness of sin. In order to have no consciousness of sin, we must move away from the law.
  7. Written through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Alot of bible verse does not make sense to me when I am a new believer. As the Holy Spirit reveal more Revelations to me, I started to understand and all bible verse does not contradict God's intentions
  8. How to identify a confused Christian who is mixing grace with law? When you hear a Christian say “Grace is good but too much is not good, we need to balance grace with the law”. What does the bible says about mixing grace with law? Galatians 3:3 Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh? Galatians 5:4 You who are trying to be justified by the law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace. Romans 11:6 And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work. It is clear that God does not want us to mix grace with the law. Why are they confused? 1) They do not understand the true purpose of the law 2) They do not know what is sin 3) They do not know their identity in Christ 4) They are not rightly dividing the word of God What is the purpose of the law? Romans 3:20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. The more we try to keep the law, the more you will see your inability to keep it. The law is like a mirror to show us about our true nature. Our true nature is a sinner. What is sin? Romans 14:23 But whoever has doubts is condemned if they eat, because their eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin. Sin covers more than just breaking the law (10 commandments). Everything that does not come from faith is sin. Even simple thought of worrying and complaining is sin because you doubted that God is able to provide the best for you. In fact, a Christian is sinning without realizing. Revelation 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. The first sinners that God put into hell are fearful and unbelieving but not the ones who committed horrendous outward sins. What is a Christian identity in Christ? 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. What is an unsaved sinner? Sinner + Flesh What is a born again Christian? New creature(Soul & Holy Spirit) + Flesh Why does a Christian still sin after salvation? It is because of the flesh. What is the difference between a sinner and a new creature? The new creature do not want to sin and feel dirty doing so. On the other hand, a sinner enjoys sinning. Romans 7:18-19 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. The law only empowers the flesh to act which will lead to more sin. 1 Corinthians 15:56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. How does a Christian sin lesser? By flowing with the Holy Spirit without the consciousness of sin. For a Christian to be unconscious of sin, he/she has to truly believe that Jesus Christ has paid for their past, present and future sins. What is rightly dividing the word of God? 2 Timothy 2:15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. It is not mixing both old covenant (Law) with the new (Grace). It is not taking what is written for the Jews into the Church. It is not fearing and worrying that Christians will suffer the same punishment as non-Christians.
  9. You still don't get what I am saying. You remind me of myself when I am a baby christian. Anyway, no point arguing as long as you are saved. God bless you
  10. Wow this is good. I agreed with you. But in between step 8 and 9, there are a few more steps which I am trying to bring across with this posting. Stage 8.......Jesus saves you and puts His Holy Spirit in you Stage 8.1....Thought that I need to follow the law to please God (Jesus done his part, I also must do my part by pleasing him) stage 8.2....The more I follow the law, the more I understood how hopeless I am and God is never please with him if he assess me based on my human works stage 8.3....Stop trying and understood that God see me as Jesus and nothing pleases God more than Jesus. God is already pleased with me the moment I accepted Jesus, Jesus has done it all. (1 John 4:17 This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus.) Stage 9.......God uses a combination of Grace and Chastisement to mold you into the image of His Son Stage 10......You “ find yourself” living a life that pleases God, without having to work at it (This is the part where I sleep soundly while Jesus drive my car)
  11. There is a difference between "Let God" and "Let Go".
  12. Salvation is guaranteed the moment we accept Jesus. But christian maturity is a process.
  13. Hi Betha, Peace to you. Many christian have this wrong thinking that walking in obedience with the effort of the flesh (self-discipline, human endurance, self-determination and will power) equals to walking in the Spirit. Even non-christian who operates only in the flesh can do good works using their human efforts. And if human efforts can please God, we can saved ourselves and Jesus died in vain. If you have sin consciousness or law consciousness, you are still operating under the flesh and your own human effort. Not many christian understood this. The true walk in the Spirit is not being bounded by the law and sin, it is a easy walk by yielding to the desire of the Spirit. When you give yourself to the desires of the Spirit, you will be able to follow all of God's law effortlessly (without human efforts).
  14. I can identify with you because I used to think like you. You will understand when get into adulthood.
  15. It takes true humility to understand that even with our best foot forward, we are still unable to please God. God considers our righteousness as filthy rags.
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