I can't thank you enough LORD for waking me up, allowing me to have another day to breathe your breath.....before ma feet hit the floor, ma soul was Praisin You!! Glory Hallelujah, Hallowed Be Thy Name.....The Greatest Blessing In Ma Life!! Jesus I just can't help myself when it comes to you, I just wanna SHOUT!!
THANK YOU JESUS FOR BEING YOU!! You Rock Ma World Beautifully, I just Love YOU soooooooo much!!
C'mon ya'll, He Is Worthy Of ALL PRAISE with Thanksgiving Upon Our Lips......like a little child all excited because He Is Such An Awesome Father!! Graditude makes a heart smile for JESUS...... I feel like i'm gonna bust inside, welling up sweetly because we have another Day to draw Close to Jesus....
Pslams 27 An Exurberant Declaration Of Faith, Ephesians 6 Is The Suit Of Armor!! I had to come to the End of my self to be Blessed With This Truth......First Step Is Declaring The Goodness Of The LORD, preparing myself for the next Step, Step Two Spiritual War.....I stand on this with every ounce of Truth that Jesus Is!! I can't tell folks enough just how VITAL this is in our Spiritual Warfare, one cannot afford to back down, one must Remain Standing, no matter what! I trust God with all that I am for it is not my goodness that brings the victory, it is HIS..... we, as children of the Most High must TRUST HIM, No Matter What!! To Fear Him is a Literal Blessing Of Vital Importance, It's POWERFUL!!
February 6,2020 will be 3 years that a diagnosis of Stage 4 NSCLC Metastatic, I was not to have survived the month, my SECRET started 18 months before the diagnosis, got laid off and lost my home and became homeless, 9 days later the left side of my brain paralized and my speech, then the diagnosis....I was in a homeless shelter and was coughing up blood, so I said to the LORD, if I am still doing this come morning I will go to the homeless clinic.... morning came as did the blood, kept my word and went to the clinic, an X-Ray was ordered, while I was waiting for the results I went to the smoking area and sat down at the pinic table facing the East.... it was crazy, NO ONE CAME OUT FOR A SOLID 45 Minutes, it was God and me.....dude, the ground didn't shake, no fire works went off, no bells were ringing, BUT He Showed UP!!
This is the talk we had on that day: Abba this just can't be turburculousis, I can't bare that, all these ladies and their babies getting sick because of me, Please don't let it be that....response, Warmth Came Across My Face and I continued.... we's about to find out what it is, well LORD I should say, I'm fixin to find out what You already know, I think its cancer Abba, this is bigger than me, but it ain't Bigger Than You...I ain't askin You to heal me or deliver me, no Sir, I ask for Peace...I will walk through anything You want me too, BUT, I ain't goin through it Without You.....Jesus, don't let it take over my Brain, I couldn't bare not being able to say Your Name or Speak Your Word, I don't care if I don't remember my childrens names or anybody eleses, Your Name, Your Word I must have....response, His was Standing Right Beside me, His Hand on my shoulder.....He Granted me my Request.....
Many things have happened over these 3 years, MANY....I AM STANDING IN JESUS AS HE STANDS IN THE FATHER, AS KING DAVID IS A MAN AFTER GOD'S OWN HEART!!! Ya'll Jesus told us, it's Gonna Be HARD, BUT, He Paid The Price IN FULL For ALL OF US....Question is, do you believe Him? This diagnosis has been a BLESSING, tears are rolling down my face as I type this, lessons, beauty, grace, WOW, it ALL SAYS " I'm alive IN JESUS ", truth somebody has it worse than me, I count this As Joy, for my LORD calls me His Friend and will take care of me, I'M STILL ALIVE and you can not tell at all that cancer is Present.....I trusted Him as a child and Bless His Sweetness Towards me He kept His Promise.......
I love ya'll with The Father's Love and am confident that the Race Set Before U, U Already Have The Victory, Just Read These Two Chapters and Allow The Grace To Take Place, it's Beautiful, it's Jesus.......
>Blood Bought<........ recently posted a valuable comment on "The Real Ministry" Thread that dealt with some important issues related to someone's eternal walk with the Lord and what this all means.
Especially noteworthy was the verse posted, written in the NT by the Apostle John, .... explaining our Born again "pedigree", as the performance of the holy seed within us., as the reason we don't "sin".
Paul talks about this also, stating "how can we who are dead to sin"....
And he says our old man, the dead one, is risen with Christ., and Paul tells us to esteem or "reckon ourselves dead".....
But then the reality check of life hits and believers are found stumbling around in a maze of confusion about all of THAT, because they find they still commit "works of the flesh"..., often want to, and generally have to RESIST IT Daily.
Then Paul states we are to put on the "whole armor" and stand against the wiles or plans or attacks of the devil, and of our own flesh....ect.
So, SAINT..... If we are dead to sin, and if John says the holy seed remains in us and whosoever is born again, "doth not sin" KJV......... then Paul says, "i am Chief of SINNERS".....
And then in comes Romans 4:8 that says if you sin, God does not charge you with it (in eternity) if you are born again. .
Seems like a lot of contradicting going on , doesn't it.
How is is that We are dead to sin, yet we want to sin ?. We are told that if we are really born again, we don't sin., yet we all have since we are saved....
So what is the ANSWER ?
Its simple, Reader/ Saint
Its the spiritual/theological understanding between "Standing" vs "State" that is missing , which is causing so much confusion.
Its the total lack of understanding regarding the difference between being a born again Spirit who is "in Christ" , yet and while, being trapped in a body of death, and corruption.
Saint..... its this......Its the reality that the born again part of you is in the Kingdom of God right now "seated in heavenly places" "in Christ" ..... and one part of you is your body, its desires, stuck down here in a filthy world that is nothing but a sinner's delight., and what this all means in GOD's Perspective.
Reader/Saint Here is how to SEE it, so that you can understand the one main thing...
= What you think about it all, does not matter. Its only what GOD SAYS and THINKS about it, that matters. So, when you are not lined up mentally and theologically with GOD's PERSPECTIVE, then you will be confused about almost everything that has to do with faith, salvation, the gospel, eternal life, sin, the law..commandment keeping...everything. And the reason for the confusion in so many... is that you are trying to see it from your viewpoint, and you are not understanding How God sees it, from His perspective.
Saint, ... If you will replace your point of view and your opinion with His Perspective, (The Mind of Christ).... then you will have arrived into a "spiritual eyes" place in your understanding of your Salvation, that will protect you and will open more doors of Light for you.
Most Christians live in a dark self righteous fog. And some of them try to TEACH that dark self righteous fog., here, and everywhere.
Ok, here we go... to see you have to know where and how to LOOK.
So....Lets get this one thing realized in your head Saint, and then your heart will follow...
"Standing", vs "State". =
Standing = How God sees you regarding HIS perspective, which is your STANDING.
State = how you behave and you see yourself, which is your STATE.
Standing........vs..........State ARE.... Not......the.......same...........at ...........all = SPIRITUALLY
Your Standing : is Born Again, Redeemed, and you have Eternal Life, (Jesus who is eternal life is IN YOU) so = you are going to heaven, and God only sees you as "the Righteousness of Christ." He only sees you as washed in the Blood of the Lamb. This is GOD's Eternal Perspective of all the born again = "Standing" So, when God looks at your behavior, bad or good, He is looking THRU The Blood of Jesus and the Cross. He sees you THRU THIS, and never sees you any other way after you are born again. ON your worst sinning day since you were born again, God only saw the blood of Jesus that has made you sinless, already. This is your ETERNAL STANDING... That is God's eternal perspective of you..... Its your eternal sonship position in God, in Christ. That is your STANDING. = That is God's perspective of you, today, tomorrow, and forever. He only sees you THRU your Redemption thru Christ, no matter what you are doing. And that is how John is describing how we dont sin, and that we are as Paul says, dead to sin. They are speaking of our STANDING, our eternally PURE Born Again literal position in God's Kingdom and inside God's family. We the born again are ONE with God and Christ. Joined Spiritually to them, for all eternity. That is your STANDING. That is God's perspective of YOU< if you born again. This can't change, as its the Cross and Christ who have made you this, by Blood and Birth.
Now your "State"........is how you are behaving at any given time as you realize yourself. You can be mad, or glad, or full of hate, or full of joy, or fearful, or loving, or preaching, or backslidden....that is your STATE. That is your moment by moment existence down here, VS.... your STANDING, (God's Perspective).....as He sees you all the time.... which is "sinless perfection", "redeemed", "born again", In the Kingdom of God, "in Christ", and "eternally secure".
So, you are BOTH. And where the confusion come in, theologically and literally, is when a person thinks that their State is what controls their Standing. They do not understand that your State is Not your Eternal Standing, Your State is not God's Eternal perspective of you that He sees as the REAL YOU< everytime He looks at you. He ONLY sees your STANDING as "the righteousness of Christ", for eternity....... while your STATE, can be anything but that type of behavior.
Christ's eternally redeeming Blood was shed, and thru your faith in this, in Jesus, God has spiritually recreated you by being born again by the Holy Spirit,<> THIS has created your Standing. And That is How God SEES YOU at all times.
Your State, is how you are behaving, at any given time.
Let me simplify it.
Standing is Salvation
State is daily living // discipleship
Jesus your redeemer IS your Standing
Your behavior, IS your state
Those 2, are not the same.
Standing = God's perspective of you, as He sees you THRU the Blood Atonement, at all times = born again, which is your Standing.
State - Is how you see you, that is based on your behavior, at all times.
Your state, does not affect your Standing, because your Standing is created by Jesus, and maintained by God. THEY caused you to be in the STANDING of being born again.
Your state, your behavior, has nothing to do with this, and cannot effect your STANDING......not ever.
We, as the born again...are all as one body = ministers of the reconciliation. We are all called to set the table with the Goodness of God's Gift of Righteousness, and invite the entire world to come to God's table and be filled with the goodness of God's mercy and forgiveness. Salvation is a spiritual family reunion where we are all rejoined into the Spirit of God as we gather around the Cross, in celebration of Christ's Blood, which alone has made us acceptable to God as '"the righteousness of Christ." This is the Grace of God. This is the "Gift of Righteousness". Paul teaches... "be followers of Me, as I follow Christ". Jesus literally gave Paul most of the "church doctrine", that we understand as a "new Testament Church". Its Paul who first delivered, to the body of Christ, the exact truth/doctrine regarding exactly how God saves you. "Justification by Faith". This is not "repent and be baptized". This is JUSTIFICATION BY FAITH. Notice the different words, the different meaning, between the two? So, when you preach and teach "Justification by FAITH"..., you are teaching.. "faith"....as ONLY what God accepts to then SAVE YOU and Keep you saved....., as Jesus taught Paul. What is so unusual about this situation with Paul... is that Paul was called later......after Jesus went back to heaven. Jesus took this "apostle to the gentiles", and taught him basically all that believers understand regarding almost every church doctrine, but most specifically the doctrine of "Justification by Faith", = without your self effort being involved. (no works, no commandment keeping, to BE saved or STAY saved). Salvation is all of Grace. Logically this is easy to understand, because..... unless you are on the Cross bleeding and dying, you are not the savior of yourself. A lot of people are trying to keep themselves saved, but you can no more do that then you can save yourself to begin with.... as it takes a sacrifical redeemer on a Cross, shedding blood, to save you and keep you saved. The bumper sticker says.....>"The ONE who saved you, keeps you saved." Philippians 1:6 Salvation is not a commandment keeping performance to be accepted by God, situation. Pride, self righteousness..... is the carnal idea of being good enough, based on commandment keeping, or lifestyle...that says to God..."see ME, im doing all this STUFF, im keeping the commandments, im living holy. so you HAVE TO TAKE ME NOW". "YOU HAVE TO KEEP ME NOW".. No He doesn't, and no He won't. ! As compared to Jesus, all your and my good works and commandment keeping and your idea of holy lifestyle that you are doing after you are saved, all this is just as dirty and useless to save US, as ALL that was before you were Saved. Get this !! What could not save you before the Cross, can't keep you saved after the Cross. Understand that, and you have seen yourself as God sees you, and once that happens, you will understand just how wonderful the Mercy of the Grace of God, really is.... and what its done and keeps doing for you. as "The Gift of Salvation".. "The Gift of righteousness". This is your Salvation. Redemption, is a GRACE via MERCY situation, where the goodness of God has been slain on a Cross, so that by Jesus's BLOOD bought redemption, you are accepted by God, once you Give God your Faith. "faith is accepted (by God) as your righteousness". Giving God your faith, activates God to impute to you (eternally gift you with) the " righteousness of Christ". How long does the Blood of Jesus effect last (the forgiveness of God) if you have it as your blood atonement? It will last as long as Jesus Lives. If you are saved, born again, (SAVED) then you will remain so for exactly as long as the One who saved you, Lives. This is because you have literally become "the Righteousness of Christ". The NT explains this as being "IN CHRIST"....as in ...you are now become "the righteousness of Christ". You are a "New Creation". You have become a Blood bought, Saint. Did you do for yourself? So, if you didnt cause yourself to be saved, then how can you cause yourself to stay saved by your self effort? If you think you can lose what only God caused, then you are pretending that you can control what God has given as a Gift. And that is pride. Listen, Salvation is ALL OF JESUS. The beginning and the end of it. And notice you didnt have to keep any commandments or be water baptized to BECOME born again. After this, sure, you are to live holy, etc, etc, etc.. Discipleship follows salvation...but this is NOT Your Salvation. Jesus is your salvation. You get your righteousness as "the gift of Righteousness" from Him. Live holy, do right, pay attention to the commandments, while understanding that none of these can save you or keep you saved. Salvation is ALL of Jesus. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- How to teach : "Justification by Faith", and the "Gift of Righteousness". And the reason im teaching (some of you this) , is because over the years ive discovered that many fine Christians, good hearted, sincere, are horribly taught in their Christian beginnings regarding the New Testament, and suffer the consequences of this until they are helped. So, i just try to resolve this, i just try to be that help.... so that anyone and everyone who didnt have the benefit early on, regarding a good NT Teacher or good solid "Grace Foundation" doctrinal teaching, Hebrews 13:9 = can have it if they want it. So, This is how you understand HOW God saves you so that you can see why and how. And in this way, when you have the opportunity to "contend for the Faith", as Jude explains, you'll be able to argue the True faith from the point of view of the Cross, and the Grace of God. And you'll be able to teach a new believer how to understand what i call : "From Adam to Adam to Righteousness". Here we go.. God understood that Adam lost "righteousness" when tempted to eat the apple and did. Eve was tempted, Adam saw it coming, both sinned, and here we are in a mess, till God rescues us. So, the "fall of Adam", is the sin of Adam that LOST Adam's righteousness. It was this righteousness, this sinless perfection, that made Adam "in the image of God". God is HOLY. Holy is a specific spiritual term for the Righteousness of God, that ADAM HAD, before He sinned. Once Adam sinned, then his God-like .."state of sinless perfection" was LOST, = "adamic nature" ensued, and this is the eventual spiritual state of all people born since then. "sinners". Notice that you dont have to be taught how to lie, cheat, steal, or just do bad stuff. You are born this way.. "born into Sin". So, that is simply that you have no righteousness, same as Adam LOST. Answer ? Cure ?? = SALVATION. Salvation is God restoring this RIGHTEOUSNESS to anyone who will "call on the name of Jesus, and you shall be saved". This is "justification by faith", and "THE GIFT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS". THIS IS "REDEMPTION". REDEMPTION IS CHRIST DYING FOR YOU SIN, AND GOD GIVING YOU JESUS'S RIGHTEOUSNESS = IN PLACE OF YOUR SIN. GOD CAME HERE, as Jesus, to give it back. To restore the original righteousness that Adam had, into and unto all who are BORN AGAIN. Jesus is the "2nd Adam". He's the same righteousness as the 1st, but He's also GOD in the Flesh, and when He sacrificed Himself for the "sin of the world", He is offering His very Righteousness to anyone and everyone who will go to the Cross, kneel, accept Christ as their Savior, BY FAITH, as explained by THE Gospel., that came thru Jesus thru Paul to you and me and everyone. = "justification by faith"". = God accepts your FAITH, to give you the eternal righteousness that JESUS died to offer. John 3:16 All Salvation actually is, is the lost righteousness of Adam, given back thru the Cross (Jesus Sacrifice) to anyone who will "believe on the Lord Jesus and you shall be saved". Its a Gift. "The Gift of Righteousness". This is called the "ministry of reconciliation"...were we are reconciled back into God's family and into God Himself.....by receiving the righteousness of CHRIST as "the gift of Righteousness". This is your Salvation.