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The Law of the Lord is Perfect

July 23rd, 2014 No comments

“The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple” (Psalm 19:7).

Moses with the Law“The Law of the Lord is perfect,” Moses began, “but it was put into the hands of imperfect men — beginning with me.”

He paused for a moment of personal reflection, unable to mask the pain in his heart as he recalled that unforgettable moment.

“When I came down from the Mountain and saw the people worshipping a Golden Calf, I threw the Tablets in anger and they broke. I didn’t realize at the time how profoundly symbolic that moment was for us all. Even before we actually received The Law — we broke it. We were guilty…and doomed.

“But God was merciful and gave us a second set of Tablets. Yet, the more we tried to obey The Law – the more we realized how powerless we were to do so. At length, that which was pure and perfect became a thing that condemned us in our fallen state. We knew all too well that we were wicked; but our anguish was multiplied by the deeper knowledge that we were also powerless to change ourselves!

Can a leopard change his spots? How then can we do good, who are accustomed to doing evil? And what is  worse, even when we do a good thing, it becomes defiled by pride in our own our self-righteousness.

We were a stubborn and stiff-necked people; resisting God every step of the way. At one point He offered to send us on ahead without Him. He said an angel would go with us, but not Him. “NO!” I cried out. “For if Your presence not go with us how shall it be known that we have found grace in your sight? What else will distinguish us from all other peoples on the face of the earth?” (Ex.33:1-16)

He did go with us! And over time we began to see that, like a School Master – true and unyielding in the administering of truth and wisdom – The Law was actually moving us forward to a time when the Law Giver would actually come and live inside each one of us as The Law Keeper!

“And thus when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem us!”(Gal 4:4) Christ in you is the hope of glory! For this reason we affirm boldly that sin shall not have dominion over you: for you are not under the law, but under grace!” (Rom 6:14) 

Yes, “the power of Christ to do God’s will is with us – right where we are. And it is far greater than the power of sin! For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. (Rom 8:3-4).

“And the fruit which The Spirit produces in our lives is love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, faithfulness, meekness, and self-control. Against such things there is no Law!

“Yes, God gave me the tablets written on Stone. But when One came who is far greater than me, Jesus the Son of God — God wrote His Law on the tablets of our hearts. And now Christ lives in us, empowering us to live out in our daily lives the righteousness of the Law by His Grace!! And this is what now distinguishes you from all the peoples on the face of the earth. It is His grace – the power of His presence in you!

“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. (Rom 8:1-2)

“The question then is this. Will we continue to live in the power of the flesh, or by the power of the Spirit? With carnal minds, or with spiritual minds? For to be carnal-minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

“And I am persuaded of better things concerning you my friends. For I can see that you have journeyed to this place called Grace on purpose.

“I can see in you what is true of all who love the Lord – you have embraced The Cross as your own! You have been raised from the dead to walk in newness of life! You are being filled with the Spirit that raised Christ from the dead, and He is quickening you to walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power – His Amazing Grace!!!” (see Col 1:10-11). 

Moses’ face began to sine with such glory that we almost had to avert our eyes. It was beautiful beyond description.

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Monumental Park

July 22nd, 2014 2 comments

“Thy name, O LORD, endureth for ever; and thy memorial, O LORD, throughout all generations(Psalm 135:13).

gift of lightIn this place called Grace there is a City Park; Eden-like in it’s beauty, and magnificent in its significance. It is called Monumental Park. And in the center of this Park stands a large marble replica of The Tablets, upon which God wrote the Ten Commandments.

The park architect designed the topographical layout in such a way that from one unique vantage on a high mound called Faith Point one can actually look down The Corridor of Time and see, in perfect alignment with The Law, an Old Rugged Cross on a Hill Far Away. And just beyond the Cross, an Empty Tomb. And off in the far distance beyond the Tomb, a Great White Throne. It is a breathtaking view.

Throughout the Park is an variety of other notable sculptures, each marking some epic moment in the unfolding story of Redemption. There is The Lamb of the Garden, whose skin was used to cover the Guilty Pair. There is a replica of Noah’s Ark, celebrating God’s power to save in a time of great judgment. And there is also a Burning Bush; actually burning in the Park, yet not being consumed. You have to see it to believe it.

And there is a brilliant sculpture of The Ark of the Covenant, and though carved in stone it still seems to pulsate with a Holy Presence that silences all who stand near it.

While quiet and reflective, the Park is always filled with people walking about. On this particular day, word has spread quite rapidly that Moses himself is strolling the grounds. Someone said he was seen walking toward the Pavilion of Praise, near the Waters of Life.

Let’s go there and see if we can speak with him.

His eyes were bright and almost piercing as he smiled at us and said, “If any man be in Christ he is a new creation; old things have passed away, and behold, all things are become new.”

I said, “Amen.” The tattooed guy in our tour group said, “Rock on, Dude!” Both remarks made perfect sense to Moses.

“Mr. Moses, May I please ask a question?” a young southern girl inquired, in that genteel manner most common among those from the South.

“You may indeed,” Moses replied.

“Can you help us understand what it means for us to no longer be under the Law, but under Grace? There seems to be real confusion over this.”

“It will be my pleasure,” Moses said.

And we all drew in close to hear what he had to say.

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The Shout of Grace!

July 21st, 2014 2 comments

“The glory of the latter house shall be greater than that of the former.” (Haggai 2:9).

Apollos had captured our imaginations as he described the Rubble of Zerubbabel in great eloquence. And he stirred our hearts with faith and hope when he then made application of his message to our lives.

“In the old days great stories were written about the lives and lore of an ancient people who were chosen by God to bear His presence and message to the whole world,” Apollos said. “We see and learn in them many great truths for ourselves.

“They were not chosen because they were worthy; neither are we. They had no merits that qualified them to serve and represent God to the world; neither do we. They were stubborn and stiff-necked, disobedient and slow to understand; and so are we.

“But God loved them; and He loves us. He blessed them, and redeemed them. At times He humbled them, and then heard their cries and turned again to save them.

“The one epic story that illustrates this perhaps better than any other is The Return From Captivity, and the Rebuilding of the Temple.

man in praise“Seventy long years had passed slowly as the children of the Lord languished in Babylonian Captivity. The last sight they had of the City of the Great King was a fading memory of horror and shame. The armies of Nebuchadnezzar had invaded, ravaged, desecrated, destroyed, and burned much of the Holy City. Billowing plumes of blacken smoke rose high into the hot sky as the oil-coated rocks burned until nothing was left but charred stones covered in greasy dirt.

“The Temple of the Lord had now become the habitation of jackals, snakes, and assorted desert wildlife. And when things looked the most hopeless, God stepped in and wrought a miracle of resurrection.

“The king of the pagan nation in which God’s people were held captive had a change of heart toward God and let His people go. Moreover, he charged them in the name of the Lord to rebuild the Temple and the Holy City, raising it up out of the burnt ruins. And, get this – he provided them all the resources they would need out of his own royal treasury! It was miraculous indeed.

“The people rallied with a renewed faith and set out for the Holy City. They talked excitedly all along the way of their return; each day growing more and more enthusiastic about the job that lay before them.

“But then they saw The City. It was worse than they had imagined; far worse. In fact, it no longer even looked like a city at all. Rather, its appearance was that of a huge pile of disjointed rocks; burnt and covered with years of untouched dirt. The only signs of life were peasants who had established makeshift tent cities, strewn about the colossal debris. And there were the wild animals roaming freely amid the ruins.

The challenge they faced in rebuilding a holy temple from the ruins of toppled debris is not at all different from what we face in seeing our own ruined and ravaged lives redeemed and set right before the Lord today.

Have we not lived in a long captivity to Confusion? Has not the Temple of the Lord been desecrated in our hearts and lives. Haven’t fires burned, and windstorms blown, and dust accumulated on the altars of our devotions to God? And does not a dark and intimidating presence taunt us with our powerlessness to do anything about it?

The word which God gave to Zerubbabel is now given to us. “It’s not by might, it’s not by power; but it is by My Spirit,” says the Lord.

And like those faithful rebuilders of old, we too will lift The Shout of Grace up to heaven. Yes, we will boldly bear witness to the power of Christ at work in our lives, enabling us to be who God created us to be and to do what He has called us to do – right where we are.

“So, my dear friends and fellow-builders, take heart. Whatever obstacle it is that you face, stare it down and shout, “Grace! Grace!” For when you do so, you are actually releasing God’s empowering presence into the circumstance and He will work His wonders of love – redeeming your lives from the rubble of Zerubbabel!”

Then Apollos lifted his hand and spoke this blessing over us, “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen. (2 Corinthians 13:14).

When Apollos concluded he was joined on stage by all the other speakers. And we all stood and honored them for their faithful service and inspiring words.

Once the series of stimulating Lectures concluded and we all tarried in the lobby, interacting with the speakers and other groups who had also journeyed to this place called Grace. There was a deep sense of privilege in all our hearts for being in this place of Grace together.

“Across the Way from the Great Hall of Truth is Monumental Park,” Paul said. “Let’s all meet there tomorrow. There is going to be a concert you will not want to miss!”

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The Rubble of Zerubbabel

July 20th, 2014 No comments

“Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.” (Zec 4:6)

Thank you, Timothy, for your kind words. Thank you all for your warm reception. And I thank God for this opportunity to speak about the glories of His grace! I hope to show you the extraordinary power of Grace by looking at a historic moment in the Old Testament, and then making prophetic application for our lives today.

Jerusalem DestroyedThere once was a beautiful City. It was the joy of the whole Earth; beautiful for situation – the City of the Great King. Its people were blessed and highly favored by God, and covered by His mercy and grace.

But they were strangely stubborn and self-willed. They despised the King’s grace and labored long in obstinate disobedience.  It made no sense to anyone. Even Heaven itself was astonished at their glaring defiance and hardened indifference to the King’s great love.

Even the Great King Himself cried out, “Be appalled at this, O heavens, and shudder with great horror! My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken Me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.” (Jeremiah 2:12-13)

After some time an enemy arose and was permitted by the King to invade and destroy the City, leading the people away with shame to live a long captivity in a City called Confusion. There they languished under the bitter oppression of harsh task masters until, after decades of defeat and sorrow – they cried out to their King for deliverance.

In His great mercy the King answered and delivered them with a strong hand. They returned to the ruins of their once beautiful City, empowered with the faith and the resources to rebuild it. Their leader, Zerubbabel, inspired them with vision and passion for the great work ahead.

But their high hopes were shattered when they saw just how vast the devastation was, and how humanly impossible the task of rebuilding would be. For, rising before them where there once was a Great Temple and a Beautiful City, there now stood a mountainous pile of rocks; which seemed to be quite immovable.

At that moment the King sent a prophet, saying, “It is not by might, nor by power; but by My Spirit, says the Lord.”

The prophet then turned and faced the massive pile of rocks and said, with a tone of holy sarcasm in his voice, “And what are you, O Great Mountain? This man Zerubbabel shall turn you into a mole hill! Yes! He will clear away the stones and fit each one in its place, rebuilding this Temple and this City. And he will bring forth the finishing Capstone, placing it firmly where it belongs.

And in that crowning moment all the people will shout, “Grace! Grace!” For they will know that the Lord’s hand empowered them to do this impossible thing. 

(to be continued)

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The Good News of God’s Empowering Presence

July 19th, 2014 No comments

“How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, ‘Your God reigns!’” (Isa 52:7)

Thank you, Paul.

And thank you all for you enthusiastic applause. We always open with Brother James, because if you can endure his message then you are ready for anything else the Lord will have the rest of us say!”

The crowd roared with self-depreciating laughter. And James himself gave a smile backstage.

“Indeed, Paul has been a father to me,” Timothy began. “He has taught me both in word and in example that the grace of God is sufficient for us in all things, at all times. One of my favorite lines from his letters reads, ‘That in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.’ (Eph 2:7)

good news from the mountainI pray that my feet may be beautiful and swift in the bringing of good news today, for I will speak of the exceeding greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power when He raised our Lord Jesus from the grave. (Eph 1:19)

God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, love, and a sound mind. These are the fruit of His grace at work in our lives. Power that is greater than sin and death; Love that is greater than darkness and hatred; and soundness of mind that is greater than deception and confusion.

Our God reigns! Go tell it on the mountain, over the hill, and everywhere!

He reigns over us in His mercy and goodness; He reigns in us by His grace and righteousness; He reigns through us by His love and kindness.

Therefore, my dear friends, stay the course. God is at work in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him. For your part, let this salvation work its way out in your attitudes and actions toward others.

Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life! (Philippians 2:12-16)

“And know this — God is able to make all grace abound to you so that in all things, at all times, having all that you need; you will abound to every good work. Yes, God is able to supply you with the full measure of His empowering presence, thereby securing your ability to be who He created you to be and to do what He has called you to do – wherever you go.

“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us; unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.” (Eph 3:20-21).

“May the power of God’s Grace work in you in such measure every day that your life and service to our Lord brings Him great honor throughout all ages!”

“And now it is my great honor to introduce our final speaker. He is one of the most celebrated evangelists of the New Testament. Loved far and wide, and renowned as an eloquent man, and one mighty in the Scriptures – please join me in welcoming to the stage, Apollos of Alexandria!”

We did so with great enthusiasm, and when all was said and done we discovered that the glowing accolades given to Apollos were well deserved.

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Embracing God’s Best

July 18th, 2014 1 comment

“Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him.” (Romans 12:1 The Message)

Before the applause faded Paul the Apostle walked to the podium. Of course, the place went nuts. He raised his hands, gesturing for us to quite down.

sleeping during sermon“I am not here to speak today, but to introduce our next speaker. Before I do, I would like to make a few comments. And would somebody please keep an eye on that young man in the balcony; I don’t want him falling asleep and dropping to his death while I’m talking!”

The place roared with laughter.

“It is good to be with you, and to see so many dear friends together again.”  And seeing us in the audience, Paul said, “I am especially delighted to have our guest who have traveled far to come to this place called Grace. I so enjoyed our visit together back at the Tavern, and we all welcome you here today!”

The great crowd applauded in agreement.

“My friend Philemon is correct. God has indeed promised each of us that He will fill us with His Spirit, empowering us the be who He created us to be and to do what He has called us to do.

But, the fulfillment of God’s promise “depends entirely on us trusting God and His way, and then simply embracing Him and what He does” (Romans 4:16 The Message).

Indeed, “all that is required is that we submit our lives to His Lordship in Jesus – fully embracing God’s work of doing in us what he did in raising Jesus from the dead. That’s it. So, you’re not actually doing anything; you’re simply calling out to God, trusting Him to do it for you. That’s salvation. With your whole being you embrace God setting things right, and then you say it, right out loud: ‘God has set everything right between Him and me!’” (Rom 10:8-10 The Message)

“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him.

“Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. (Rom 12:1-2 The Message).

Friends, you have a decision to make; and no one but you can make it. Embrace God’s best – it’s the best decision you will ever make.

And now, I invite to the stage a dear friend who is like a son to me. Would you please extend a warm welcome to Timothy, a true and tested champion of Grace.

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The Greatest Mystery Ever Uncovered

July 17th, 2014 2 comments

“To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”(Colossians 1:27).

By now the Great Hall of Truth had filled with several other groups who had also journeyed to this place called Grace; a great host from every tribe and nation, eager to hear the truth about God’s Grace.

“Our next speaker is a man from the great city of Colossae,” the Moderator said. “He is a widely traveled and very successful businessman. He also has the distinction of having started a church in his home, which grew into a thriving community of believers who are known and loved around the world.

“Please join me in welcoming Philemon of Colossae, follower of Jesus and friend of Paul.”

Respectful applause filled the auditorium.

“Thank you; thank you so very much,” Philemon started. “It is my great honor to be one of the invited speakers for today’s forum, and I would like to use my time to openly tell you a great secret – one that has now been made known far and wide.

I learned about this from my dear friend, Paul, while I was on a business trip to the port city of Ephesus. It was there that I became a follower of our Lord Jesus, and a lifelong friend to Paul.

He wrote me a letter, and also one to the church that met in my home. I would like to read a brief passage from that letter.

‘God has given me the responsibility of serving His church by proclaiming the word of God in its fullness.’ Paul wrote. ‘This message was kept secret for centuries and generations past, but now it has been revealed to God’s people. And the secret is this — Christ in you is the hope of glory!’”(Colossians 1:25-27)

“The hope of glory?” I asked Paul when I read this.

“Yes!” he eagerly replied, “Christ in you — His presence and power in your life — is the only way you will ever become all that God has created you to be. That is the great secret that is now made known to all!

“And this is why we proclaim Him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully grown, mature and complete in Christ. It is to this end I labor, struggling with all His energy, which so powerfully works in me.” (Colossians 1:28-29).

“My friends,” Philemon said to all of us in the Hall, “This is the great Life Lesson I learned from Paul; and it has made all the difference for me in everything I do.”

Perhaps this illustration will help you see it clearly for yourself.

hand in a gloveI am holding a glove in my hand. It is made of the finest Corinthian leather, and stitched together with hand-woven silk thread from the Orient. The attention to detail is impeccable in every way.

But this glove was made for a purpose; it was made to be worn on my hand. Apart from me this glove can do nothing. Despite its high quality of design and materials, its fashion and its form – it is nothing until I place my hand inside of it. Once that occurs, then and only then does the glove fulfill its purpose. And with my hand placed securely inside the glove, the glove can now do whatever my hand can do while wearing it.

Thus it could be said that my hand in the glove is the glove’s hope of glory; that is, the glove’s only opportunity of fully becoming what it was made to be.

The same is true and you and me. We were made for a purpose; one that will never be realized apart from our Lord Jesus Christ. Once Christ puts His presence and power into our lives – then we can do whatever Christ can do through us! Paul’s timeless words become our very own, ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!’

This is our hope of glory!

In Christ – the defeated become victorious; the weak become strong; the poor become rich! In Christ – the lame are made to leap and dance; the blind are made to see; the enslaved are set free and rejoice!

In Christ – the lowly are raised up; the brokenhearted are healed; sinners are forgiven, and backsliders are restored! In Christ –dreamers are envisioned; builders are empowered; and all are strengthened with might in their inner man!

In Christ – in Christ alone! By Grace – by Grace alone!!

The Great Hall of Truth erupted into a thunderous ovation, and great grace was upon us all.

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Brother James in The Great Hall of Truth

July 16th, 2014 No comments

“God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:6-7)

“What is that large building on the right?” a man in the group asked.

“That is The Great Hall of Truth,” I answered. “It is where the Champions of Grace lecture in an open forum. The sign out front says that today James, the Lord’s Brother, will be speaking to an assembly of Statesmen and Politicians on the subject of War. You guys want to stop and listen to him?

Heart BuildingA unanimous yes! 

The Great Hall of Truth had a unique architectural design; it actually looked like a human heart. And the acoustics inside the place were simply astounding. No matter where you were seated, you could see and hear everything that was being said and done.

The place was packed with heads of state, and dignitaries of all ranks. There was order in the house, though there was no apparent security visible anywhere. No badges, no guns, no “men in black” scanning the place against any potential threat. In fact, there wasn’t a sense that there was even any threat at all.

How strange to see so many prominent men and women in such an unguarded moment, I thought. Just then a hush fell upon the vast crowd as a solitary man approached the podium.

“Good afternoon, Ladies and Gentlemen. I am James, the Lord’s brother. I want to speak to you today on the subject of WAR.

“Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.”

It had become so quiet and still, you could hear a pin drop.

And just like in nature where a flash of lightning is always followed by a peal of thunder, James raised his voice and lowered the boom –

“Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God!”

James wasn’t angry; he was just right; passionately right.

“The Scripture says, ‘The Spirit who dwell is us yearns jealously.’ Do you think that is spoken in vain?

“God has placed His Spirit within us, and He yearns with a jealous love for His Spirit to be welcomed. And the Spirit also yearns over us with the same love. He wants us to be His very own. And so, in the face of all these inner conflicts which lead to open war, He gives more grace.

“He gives more grace!” James emphatically said once more, as if to underscore his point.

“In other words, the power of Christ to do God’s will is greater than your own desires to do otherwise. By humbling yourselves in agreement with God, you can overcome anything that is contrary to His will in your lives. Therefore He says: ‘God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.’

“So I urge you one and all — submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” (James 4:1-8)

“And don’t even think for a moment that your wealth and power can stay His hand. You may defeat your foes on the battlefield, but you cannot win in a war against the Almighty!”

After looking us over in a long moment of suspended silence, James quietly exited the stage — and nobody moved.

The silence in The Great Hall of Truth was penetrating. God was dong a deep and lasting work in all our hearts. Grace was present, and it was prevailing over all other powers!

After an appropriate length of silence a lady approached the podium to introduce our next speaker. It was then we realized we had walked in to a Conference on the Grace of God.

And the next speaker delivered the goods!

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Right Where You Are

July 15th, 2014 3 comments

“In Him we live and move and have our being.” (Acts 17:28)

niagara-falls“Oh, I so want to live in this place called Grace!” a young lady cried out. “Or, rather, I so want this Grace to live in me!!”

Several others expressed themselves with equal passion, and we all felt God’s Spirit moving upon us in a tangible way that caused us to tremble.

“Can you now see how this Journey has served in preparing us, changing us, and opening us for the entrance of God’s Grace into our inner-being?” I asked.

Let me tell you a strange dream I had last night.

I was an adventurous explorer in a tunnel looking for The Presence, a very rare artifact from the days of Jesus; which was reported to have miraculous powers that would heal and deliver all who were over-powered by the devil.

I had long searched for this holy treasure and was assured by trusted friends that I would find it in these tunnels. After scrunching my way through a tight stretch I entered into a large chamber, that seemed to pulsate with a deep, resonating beat – like a heart. I stood very still; not knowing what to do next.

I then looked about and saw, directly above my head, a placard embedded into the ceiling of the chamber. On it were written strange words: “Iti Swhe Reyo Uare.” I phonetically pronounced the words, but could make no sense of them at all.

And suddenly I saw what it was saying – “It is Where You Are!”

I excitedly reached upward to remove the placard, knowing that The Presence was directly above me. As soon as I did so a great gush of liquid poured forth all over me, as though I were under a water fall. I was filled with the Holy Spirit and began praising God as I had never done before. I actually woke myself up from the dream by singing out loud.

I lay in my bed trembling for sometime. I looked at the clock and it read 10:38pm. Oddly enough my senses were heightened to such a point I felt strongly impressed that I should read from The Book of the Acts of the Apostles, chapter ten, verse thirty-eight.

Call me crazy, but here is what I read:

“How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.” (Act 10:38)

I heard a voice then say, “Christ in you is the hope of glory.”

My dream brought me to realize that the Presence is not some religious artifact to be seized upon and welded as a source of power. Rather, it is the Lord Jesus Himself, being Himself in me, and through me — right where I am.

And the same is true for you.

God’s will for each one of us is that we be “anointed with the Holy Spirit and power, going about doing good, and healing all who are under the power of the devil” – because Christ is in us, with us, and will make His Presence known through us!

Yes, Grace is the power of Christ to do God’s will; and Christ in you is the hope of glory; glory all around you….right where you are!

“Let’s walk on a little bit farther,” I said. ”We have a real treat waiting for us just around the corner.”  

Having made this journey before, I knew what was coming. And I could hardly wait for the others to see it.

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Entering Into This Place Called Grace

July 14th, 2014 2 comments

“Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33)

christ on cross“Surely we should be getting close to the place called Grace,” someone said. “I mean, we’ve been traveling for sometime now and you told us at the start that it really wasn’t very far.”

“You’re right,” I replied. “I told you we would be taking a long journey to a place nearby. And that is exactly what we have done.”

First, you should know that there is a Great Kingdom which knows no boundaries; which is, in fact, ever-increasing simultaneously in all directions. One sacred poet described it as though a great vat of honey had been poured from above upon a vast flat surface, and now was spreading from the center ever outward in a slow and steady motion, enveloping all within it’s sweet presence.

It is The Kingdom of God.

And you should also know that within this Great Kingdom there is a Garden State – it is called the State of Mind, and it was miraculously renewed after the Lord’s victory in the Great War at Calvary. There He fought against the hordes of Hell and drew their Dark Prince, Lucifer, in the open field of battle where He crushed his head and brought his kingdom to naught. Now the Kingdom of God flourishes, and the renewed State of Mind thrives with godly commerce.

Before the renewal and the coming of the Kingdom, The State of Mind was a most corrupt place. Filled with filth and over-run with demons. A notorious gang called the Vain Imaginations roamed the streets, scratching vile graffiti on every wall and wrecking havoc in every place. The Courts made mockery of the Law, the Churches blasphemed the Lord, the Schools taught nonsense and called it Wisdom, and the People were like sloths hanging upside down in leafless trees.

Of the many historic revivals that have been told in stories from of old, none were so great as the mighty revival that transformed the State of Mind. After the Lord Christ rose victorious from the grave, a blast of glory ripped through the darkest corridors of Hell itself and severed in one mighty blow all the forged chains that enslaved Adam’s children to Sin and Death.

Then God Almighty unleashed His Spirit and His Word, both working together like a mighty rushing wind and a swift, roaring fire. All the filth and disease was in one day purged by the white hot flames of holiness. And when the smoke cleared — the State of Mind was gloriously renewed!

And then God set a Capitol City in the center of this renewed State; a City from which the rule of God’s love and mercy, goodness and faithfulness, favor and blessing extend to all throughout the ever-expanding Kingdom.

This Capitol City is the place called Grace.

We speak of entering it as though it were like any other city. But here’s where things are different. The truth is – we do not enter into Grace at all; rather, Grace enters into us!

Thus, wherever we may be – there Grace is also. Whatever we may encounter in our travels, Grace is there with us. In every situation and circumstance; in joy and in sorrow, in plenty and in want, in strength and in weakness; and, yes, in life or in death – Grace is there!

Grace is the empowering presence of God enabling you to be who God created you to be, and to do what He has called you to do – right where you are.

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