Archive | May, 2014

Quote: Beyond Supernatural Provision… Rest

31 May

You can experience God’s supernatural provision and protection and yet remain outside his rest.  The ultimate proof of faith is not experience of the supernatural, but entering into his rest.  His rest celebrates his perfect work; it finds its definition and reference in Genesis 1:31, 1 Kings 6:7 and Colossians 2:9, 10.  He longs for you to discover your own completeness and perfection as seen from his point of view.  His rest is sustained in you by what he sees, knows, and says about you in reference to the finished work of Christ.  Jesus is what God believes about you.

Thoughts For Life – Francois du Toit – ‘God Believes in You’
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Is True Grace Hyper?

27 May

True grace (I Pet 5:12) is so much better than we can comprehend.  In fact, New Testament grace is described as amazing grace, abundant grace, abounding grace, the gift of grace, exceeding grace, exceeding riches of grace, all grace, multiplied grace, grace according the measure of the gift of Christ and the manifold grace of God.  It just doesn’t seem like the Bible has any limits whatsoever on grace.  But could grace legitimately be called hyper?

Some have brandished the term ‘hyper-grace’ around in negative connotation, but exactly what they mean by this misleading label is hard to come by… and who they’re talking about is even harder.  It’s usually just “those people”.  Unfortunately, in some camps, this mislabeling has cast a negative stigma on the whole topic of grace.  The result is that a wet-blanket of confusion and intimidation has fallen over many conversations that mention the word grace.  This is unbelievably sad… even a travesty, because grace is the central and foundational underpinning of our salvation.

“For by grace are you saved through faith….” – Eph 2:8

There is no salvation without grace!  Nothing in all of Christianity makes any sense without the grace of God. 

Actually, we shouldn’t be surprised when accusing mortars sail over the bow of true grace preachers.  Martin Lloyd Jones, a very highly respected writer/elder statesman and main-line evangelical Bible scholar and preacher says this;

“If you are properly preaching the true gospel of salvation by grace alone, you will likely be misunderstood… don’t underestimate how radical God’s grace is.” – Martin Lloyd Jones

The fact is that the Bible itself describes grace as being ‘hyper’.  Consider this:

“But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more.” – Romans 5:20

In the Greek, it reads like this; where sin abounded – pleonazo – grace did much more abound – huper-perisseuo.  The Greek prefix huper is used like our English words ‘super’ or ‘hyper’ which serve to heighten the impact of grace.  Thus, hyper abounding grace!!!

Now with that in mind, how does the aforementioned negative labeling of grace square with Scripture’s actual description of grace?  Inappropriately, to put it mildly.  It seems that it may be necessary to re-label the criticisms of what should really be called “perverted” (Jude :4) grace.

Sadly, in their discovery and exploration of grace, some Christians have perverted the grace of God into a license for sinning.  

They are ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. (Jude :4 NIV)

But if cannon volleys are not defined when fired in a generalized way at some erroneous aspect of perverted grace, they create the distinct likelihood of cutting their own salvation off at the knees.  If the authors of these volleys are going to be respectful of true grace, which is so vital to salvation and Christianity in general, they should take great pains to affirm the solid preeminence of grace… and that “hyper abundant grace” is Biblical… and they should include sincere affirmations to all those who believe in and preach Biblical grace.

FYI – Despite the controversy over grace, did you know that it’s impossible to truly reign in life without an abundance of grace?

“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.” – Rms 5:17

God’s true grace goes way beyond any sin we could ever commit.  For sure, it addresses the sin issue, but it addresses a whole lot more… it’s vital for reigning in life.  You see if we don’t learn to live in hyper grace and the gift of righteousness, there will be no reigning. 

Grace is not a license to sin!  In fact, true grace compels a person into deeper devotion to Jesus.  Apostle Paul was the most prolific writer on grace and the contrast of his life (pre and post conversion) demonstrates the greatest example of this: from serial murderer… to the poster-child of a godly life.  Those who say grace is a license to sin do not understand true Grace… or they are living under some other gospel.  According to Jude this is “perverted” or distorted grace.  “Perverted” grace and ‘hyper-grace’ are not to be misunderstood… they are diametrically opposed to each other.  True grace trains our hearts into godliness.

For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people.  It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age. (Titus 2:11–12 NIV)

The two main enemies of the gospel of grace are; legalism (keep the Law) and libertinism (license to sin).  They have always been present since the Covenant of Grace began.  The book of Galatians was written to legalists—thus the strong emphasis on liberty, freedom, and grace.  James was written to libertines, those who presumed on the grace of God and turned it into a license to sin.  Thus the book of James is strong on obedience, faith that expresses itself in works, repentance (for the believer), and false faith (or presumption).  Legalism and libertinism are the two ditches on either side of true grace… and are always at war with grace.

So, according to Martin Lloyd Jones, if we’re preaching true grace and getting mislabeled and misunderstood… not to worry… that’s to be expected.  There’s a good likelihood that we’re onto something good.  Here’s a simple litmus test: if we think we’re preaching grace and immorality breaks out everywhere, then we’re not preaching grace… we’re preaching something else.  But if we and our listeners are discovering liberty and falling more in love with the Man who is grace (Jn 1:17), then it’s likely that we’re preaching true grace.

Take home points:               

~ We must better define the dialog of grace… and remedy the negative stigmatizing of true grace.
~ Those who use grace as a license to sin are perverting grace

~ True grace teaches us to not sin… and how to live godly lives.

~ Grace is central and foundational to salvation.  It’s so amazing… it’s even, HYPER. 

~ If you’re preaching true grace and you’re labeled ‘hyper’… wear the label confidently.

— MLH

Quote: Jesus Wore The Crown Of Thorns For You

23 May

(A magnanimous offer is available to all.  The ‘lower law’ curse of working by the sweat of your brow has been abolished and the higher law of Father’s blessing is waiting to be enjoyed.  It’s really true!  To read my book Supernatural Provision, see below. – MLH)

“And the soldiers twisted a crown of thorns and put it on His head…”  – John 19:2

If hard work is the formula for prosperity, then everyone who works hard should be prosperous.  But this is certainly not the case.  Many people who work very hard are still in lack!

I am not advocating laziness.  What I am saying is that working hard by the sweat of your brow is not how God’s provision comes.  In fact, if you have to work overtime all the time and are stressed out, you are probably operating under the curse.

What curse is that?  It is this curse: “In the sweat of your face, you shall eat bread…” (Gen 3:19).  And it refers to the stress, struggle and anxieties that come with working hard and yet producing little.  Now, work itself is not a curse since God gave Adam work before the fall—Adam was to tend the garden of Eden.  It was only after he sinned that the land was cursed and it brought forth thorns, and man had to toil to eat of it. (Genesis 3:17–18)

But praise God, Jesus wore the thorns on His head to show you that He has borne this curse for you and redeemed you from it.  He wore the crown of thorns so that you can work stress-free and yet have the results.  You don’t have to be worried and stressed out day and night like the people of the world just to get ahead in life.  Your heavenly Father can get you there without the worries and stress. (Matt 6:31–33)

Beloved, every curse that was supposed to fall on your head fell on Jesus’ head, typified by the crown of thorns.  He wore the crown of thorns for you so that you can have peace of mind.  He wore the crown of thorns for you and took your curse so that you can wear the crown of glory and take His righteousness, and all the benefits of that righteousness!

Today, don’t labor and toil like the people of the world.  Instead, expect to see the blessings of God come into your life without blood, sweat and tears because Jesus wore the crown of thorns for you!

From Joseph Prince Daily Grace Inspirations – 5/23/2014

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For more inspiration on this subject, I believe your paradigm of acquiring all types of provision will be challenged as you read my book, Supernatural Provision.  You’ll be surprised at the largeness of our Father’s heart as you comprehend the rest (freedom from toil and anxiety) that we’re invited to live in.  Question: Was Jesus’ sacrificial atonement on the cross strong enough and all encompassing enough to lift off ALL of the Curse, or just the ‘guilt-of-sin’ part?  Captivating reading… with lots of testimonies… and soul searching questions.

This book has always been FREE if you see me personally… or if we have to mail it, please help with $5 to cover shipping and handling.  If your church or study group would like to obtain larger quantities of Supernatural Provision, please inquire about super low bulk shipping costs.  (click here)

— MLH

Abundance of Grace to Reign in Life

22 May

“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.” – Rms 5:17

The only way to reign in life, is to receive ABUNDANCE of grace and Jesus’ righteousness.  We must have more than just a little grace… more than just a religious amount of grace… we must receive an over-the-top amount of grace.  And we must see ourselves as the righteousness of God in Christ – II Cor 5:21.  This is God’s recipe for successful reigning in life!  Anything less sets us up for failure.

Abundance of grace + Jesus’ righteousness = Successful reigning in life

— MLH

Quotes: Making Decisions With Our Mind?… Think Again

12 May

ChoicesThe mind is the best thing on the planet to gather and process facts… but is poorly equipped to make decisions, “for from the heart flow all the issues of life.” Prov 4:23 – Bill Johnson

Reason makes decisions based in data… while the heart makes decisions based on Dada. – Harvey Matson

‘Warm fuzzies’ make us feel good when making decisions… but they are powerless to help us when our decision is being tested. – MLH

When we must make decisions, our mind has a major flaw… it can’t know the unknown.  Thus it is very limited in it’s ability to make decisions.  After our minds have gathered the facts, we must learn to make decisions from our heart/spirit man.  Our spirit is always communicating with God’s Spirit and, of course, He knows the unknown.  But in order to make a decision ‘in faith’, my heart must know that I’ve heard God’s voice on the matter.  Read ‘Fleece Template’ for more on my way to hear God’s voice and how to make decisions.

My Yoke Is Easy, My Burden Light

4 May

Have you ever wondered why burnout is such a common ailment in society today… even among the clergy?  If this verse is true: “My food is to do the will of the Father” (Jn 4:34), then why do people experience burnout?  This verse even seems to say that as we do the will of the Father that it will provide Life to us… it will be “food” to us.  And I’m sure that “food” is much more than just experiencing some ‘warm fuzzies’ once in a while… and a few crowns on that Great Day.  There is a practical factor here… in this life!  I believe JMatthew 11_28esus is saying that when He did the will of the Father, Father provided everything for Him. 

So here’s Jesus’ invitation to us: “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” – Matt 11:28.  Jesus wants to give us rest.  He says that the way you receive rest is to be yoked with Him.  It is not hard to flow with Jesus because He will not lay anything heavy on you—“For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matt 11:30)

“Rhythms of grace are God’s divine tempo for your life. It’s not about what we do or don’t do. It’s about Who is setting our pace.” – Kerri Weems – from Burned Out On Religion

Here’s a picture of being yoked with Jesus?  Imagine a pair of oxen yoked together.  The younger ox sees what the lead ox does and follows.  If the lead ox turns left, the younger ox turns left.  If the lead ox stops, the younger ox stops.  When the lead ox starts moving again, the younger ox follows.  Likewise, Jesus wants us to follow His leading and flow with Him.

“Are you tired?  Worn out?  Burned out on religion?  Come to me.  Get away with me and you’ll recover your life.  I’ll show you how to take a real rest.  Walk with me and work with me — watch how I do it.  Learn the unforced rhythms of grace.  I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you.  Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” – Matt 11:28-30 (MSG) 

So where do we get the idea that God has given me a heavy burden?  Where did that thought come from?  If the burden is heavy… if it’s sucking life out of you, then check to see if it is from God, because Jesus said that His burden is light.  If it doesn’t give you life, reconsider where your burden came from.  Is it religious obligation… or self ambition… or self preservation… or ??  Ask God how to you can exchange your heavy burden for His easy and light burden.  As we learn to flow with Him, we will find rest for our souls!

In a related post I give some prompters to check to see if your ‘yoke’ is giving you life… or taking life from you.   And I share my two word life motto: Follow Life… A Little Child Can Do It!

— MLH