My Tutor, My Gift- Part 1 Sunday, Nov 4 2018 

The scriptures for today may be found in the book of Galatians chapter 3 verses 24 and 25: 24 Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith. 25 But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a [ai]tutor.

And also John 1:17 For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth [a]were realized through Jesus Christ.

Do we rejoice in grace as we ought? is our joy full?

Hebrews 8:6  But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, by as much as He is also the mediator of a better covenant, which has been enacted on better promises.

What is this new covenant?

It is the grace of God. Let me show you the attributes of God’s grace. Grace gives. The law, the old covenant, demands. We see it in John 3:16  16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His [a]only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. There are two words in this verse that I do not want you to overlook. It says “He gave”.  There is nothing legislative about grace.

Romans 6:23 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Under the law it talks about “wages” but under grace it talks about “the free gift of God”. Do you see the difference?

Romans 3:21-26  But now apart [k]from the Law the righteousness of God has been manifested, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, 22 even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all those [l]who believe; for there is no distinction; 23 for all [m]have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus; 25 whom God displayed publicly as a [n]propitiation [o]in His blood through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness, [p]because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed; 26 for the demonstration, I say, of His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be just and the justifier of the one who [q]has faith in Jesus.

Grace gives richly. John 1:16 For of His fullness [a]we have all received, and [b]grace upon grace. John 4:14 “but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.” John 6:35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.” Romans 5:15-17, 20 But [j]the free gift is not like the transgression. For if by the transgression of the one the many died, much more did the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abound to the many. 16 The gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned; for on the one hand the judgment arose from one transgression [k]resulting in condemnation, but on the other hand the free gift arose from many transgressions [l]resulting in justification. 17 For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ. 20 The Law came in so that the transgression would increase; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more. 2 Corinthians 8:9  For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich. 

To be continued….

 

 

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My Time Wednesday, Jan 24 2018 

The verses to which I would like to draw your attention today can be found in the book of Ecclesiastes chapter 9 verses 10-11:

10 Whatsoever thy hand finds to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goes.

11 I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happens to them all.

Most of the bible scholars out there will be saying, “But what about Ecclesiastes 3?” I wanted to use those verses but it is not possible to rescind God’s plan.

It dawned on me this morning that I have spent over 20 years of my life sleeping. So one- third of my time is spent sleeping. But believe me this time has not been wasted. Dreams are incredible tools that God uses to change us. Maybe, I’ll do a blog post on “My Dreams”.

I used to spend one-third of my life working or going to school. That pretty much covers the activities listed in verse 10.

Moving on to verse 11 the first question is where did Solomon return from? It is as if he has risen above time and looked down over the earth and saw these points of wisdom. If time and chance happens to them all, then that means it happens to me. So we all have a chance, an opportunity if you will, to use our time wisely; to be swift, strong, wise, rich, skillful, but that is no guarantee of success. God places great value on us pursuing Him.

Without God’s help we will not be able to understand the meaning of our time here.

I remember when I was a young adult and my hard work studying and earning my degree finally started to return the benefits. It was time well spent. My mother said to me, “You are so lucky.”

At the time, I was so insulted! “It was hard work, not luck!,” I told my mother. But as it turns out, my mother was wiser than I and knew what Solomon knew that “time and chance” happens to us all.

Awakening the Heart (Tithing) Friday, Jan 24 2014 

 

 

So did you count your debt to God? Do you even know the amount you owe? In this chapter, “Awakening the Heart” the emphasis is on tithing. Tithing is sowing to the Spirit. Leviticus 27:30-34, “And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land or the fruit of the tree is the Lord’s: it is holy unto the Lord. And if a man will at all redeem ought of his tithes, he shall add thereto the fifth part thereof. And concerning the tithe of the herd, or of the flock, even of whatsoever passes under the rod, the tenth shall be holy unto the Lord. He shall not search whether it be good or bad, neither shall he change it: and if he change it at all, then both it and the change thereof shall be holy; it shall not be redeemed. These are the commandments, which the Lord commanded Moses for the children of Israel in Mount Sinai.”

Genesis 28:20-22, “And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on, So that I come again to my father’s house in peace, then shall the Lord be my God; And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God’s house; and of all that thou shall give me I will surely give a tenth unto thee.” Jacob was terrified after a dream when he made this vow. Have you ever been terrified after a dream? Have you ever gotten into trouble and said to God, “Oh, God, I’ll do anything, just get me out of here?” Maybe you are saying that right now.

So, how many sheep in your flock? None? How many fruit bearing trees do you have in your grove? None?

Remember, that from that time until now there have been two major types of people on earth. The first are the nomads. They are the people who move from place to place so that their flocks can graze. The second are the farmers or the people who stay in one place year after year and sow and reap according to the laws of nature. It is not to say that some nomads didn’t plant for a time when they would return to a location or that farmers didn’t have herds. They often had both. So, what are you? Farmer? Nomad? It doesn’t really matter because both were a part of the “estimation of the tithes”.

The important aspect of the tithe was that, “all that any man gives of such unto the Lord shall be holy.” Leviticus 27:9

Leviticus 27:14, “And when a man shall sanctify his house to be holy unto the Lord, then the priest shall estimate it, whether it be good or bad: as the priest shall estimate it, so shall it stand.” So in the Old Testament, the priests were the accountants. They did all of the estimating.

So what is all of this mumbo jumbo about sanctifying his house? To sanctify is to make holy, to consecrate, to purify or free from sin, to impart spiritual blessing to or to make productive or conducive to spiritual blessing.

Awakening the heart means knowing what you know. You actually begin to live what you know in your heart is true. Your life is a living legacy to those who see your fruit. Tithing begins in the heart. It is an awakening. You give your very best to God. Live richly.