Don’t Disqualify Yourself From the Favour of God. (plus) Answer to Sin Issue

Don’t Disqualify Yourself From the Favour of God.

Because of the strong focus on preaching works of the Law we have been made to believe that we do not deserve the favour of God until we have done what the Law demands.

This is clearly seen when we believe that we do not deserve what we need from God because we have not met a certain standard. The standard could be prayer, going to church, fasting, giving, walking in love, etc.

We live our lives as if we need God’s grace plus our works of the Law to receive from God. For an example, we believe that God will not protect us or provide for us because we did not pray enough in the morning, we were angry when someone did something we do not approve, we missed a church service, we did not give enough money at church, etc.

The question to ask ourselves now that we live under the new covenant is: since when did God’s promises become conditional to our performance against a standard of the Law and not only believing the promises because Jesus has made us qualify for them (Romans 8:32, Galatians 3:13-14)? Have we gone back to the old covenant where God was bound by the agreement He made with Israel such that He could not bless them until they carefully followed His commandments (Deuteronomy 28:1-2)?

God promised to “make a new covenant with the house of Israel and Judah, and to never remember their sins” (Jeremiah 31:31-34 and Hebrews 10:14-18). God can treat us better than we deserve because Jesus fulfilled the Law by keeping it perfectly on our behalf. If you are a believer in Jesus Christ He has made you qualify for all God’s favour because He paid the prize for your sins, (past, present, and future) – Hebrews 10:10&14.

Therefore, do not disqualify yourself from receiving the grace of God because you think that you have to do something to qualify for it. We start our relationship with God by faith and continue living in it by faith in what Jesus accomplished for us; not by doing works of the Law (Romans 1:17).

Don’t approach God expecting to get what you deserve, approach Him expecting to get what Jesus provided for you through His finished work.

RECEIVE GOD’S UNEARNED FAVOUR FOR YOU BECAUSE JESUS PAID FOR IT!

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Answer to Sin Issue: Shall we continue to sin?

We have received questions about our post for the 20th of November. The people who have a question about the post are concerned because it seems like we are saying people can continue sinning because Jesus paid the penalty for our sins. Our brief response to the question around that concern is as follows:

We should not confuse consequences for sin with the punishment from God. If I am caught stealing I will go to jail. If I am caught cheating I will deal with the consequences for doing wrong. When I have to answer for my wrong I should not think that God is punishing me for my sin. 1 Corinthians 5:1-5 give us an example of a man that was living in sin and Apostle Paul ordered that this man be handed over to Satan to destroy his flesh to save his spirit. Sin will eventually kill you but your spirit will be saved if you believe that Jesus paid the penalty for your sin. The Law does not differentiate between significant and insignificant sin, when you break one part of the Law you have broken the whole Law (James 2:10); everybody should get the same punishment; lake of fire. This means that according to the Law you will go to the lake of fire for lying, being fearful, doubting, murder, adultery, etc (Revelation 21:8). The Bible says if we claim to have no sin we are liars. So we all deserve to go to the lake of fire. This is where Jesus came in and rescued us if we believe in Him. He then empowers us through the Holy Spirit to overcome sin (for more info on this subject visit our website to listen to a teaching entitled “your victory is in living in the Spirit”. God doesn’t use fear but kindness to turn us from our wicked ways (Romans 2:4). As the Church we need to teach the truth and not use fear to get people to do right (John 8:31-32). Keep on visiting our website for more info as we are slowly uploading sermons preached at our church which give more info on this subject. God bless.

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Please note that in part 1 of this message we have given a direct quote from the Bible (New Living Translation)

of Galatians 3:19 that mentions the statement in question. Verses 21-25 of the same chapter indicate that the law could not give us life, God used it to guide Israel until Christ arrives to make them acceptable before Him and empower them to live right. Christ gives life, which the law could not give. The law tells you that you are wrong and leaves you to fix yourself, which is impossible to do as shown in Galatians 3:10-11 and James 2:10-11. When Jesus came He empowered us to be righteous before God, and when we behold His glory the Holy Spirit changes us to be like Christ (2 Corinthians 3:18). Our transformation no longer happens as we strive to live according to the standard of the law, it happens as we behold Christ because the Holy Spirit goes to work in us to change us to be like Christ. Since Christ, has come to live within us we no longer need external guidance, the Holy Spirit has taken over the role of the Guide (Romans 7:6 Amplified Bible). We know that this is not how these verses are normally taught, see if you read them in context if you will not come to the same conclusion as we have. We hope this helps, God bless!