Tuesday, March 1, 2016


Do you define Grace as something you have personally known, or in terms of what you have read or been taught by a human? Understanding what grace is requires a listening heart, that has been imploded with the Presence and power of God.  Holding oneself to a standard of GRACE, requires the supernatural GRACE bestowed by the indwelt Holy Spirit. Ask Jesus to reveal who God is and learn GRACE from the Messiah who is full of GRACE. "From the fullness of His grace we have all received one blessing after another."  John 1:16 -- "No one knows the Son except the Father, and NO ONE knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal Him" Matthew 11:27---Paul writes "The GRACE of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with FAITH and love that are IN Christ Jesus." 1Peter 1:14--Therefore it is wise to surrender all we know and allow the GRACE of Jesus to replace what we have previously believed ....with the TRUTH of what GRACE actually is. IF we admit our need of a better way, ....Jesus will give us new life. “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to finish His work." John 4:34 ~ Jesus is the Author and Finisher of our faith.  "The very works that I am doing—testify that the Father has sent Me. And the Father who sent Me has Himself testified concerning Me. You have never heard His voice nor seen His form,  nor does His word dwell in you, for you do not BELIEVE (trust) the One He sent. You study the
Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about Me, yet you refuse to come to Me (the Messiah) to have life." John 5: 36 ~ MORE TRUTH: "His eyes are like blazing fire, and on His head are many crowns.  He has a name WRITTEN on Him that NO ONE knows but He Himself.  He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and His name is the Word of God."  Revelation 19:12-14 NIV -  The eyes of Jesus blaze like fire as He pierces the soul and knows each heart. Jesus wears many crowns, the Father is in Him, and He is in the Father, and He is the promised Holy Spirit whom shall never forsake, mislead, or misinform those who fully submit to His grace, His wisdom, His power, His authority over all knowledge gained aside from His. Jesus issues supernatural GRACE.  Jesus as God does NOT possess love, or have love in His heart, He is Love, He is compassion, He is grace. God loved us first and His
greatest command is for us to love ourselves and one another as our Father, Son, and Holy Spirit loves us ~ full of grace, consistent in compassion, understanding, patience and mercy.  He who knows all, Who knows the hearts of each man, Jesus Christ asks us "Do you love me?" If you love Me, follow Me. Submit to Me alone and be humble and care more for what I say than the scholars.  Feed the hungry hearts the truth as I reveal it to you. Do not hide the Light within you. Be patient, be kind, be merciful.  Jesus asked Peter three times "Do you love Me?"  Do you love Jesus above your academics, accomplishments,  more than your pet, your team, your parents, your work, your friends?  Do you accept that Jesus died so that you could spend eternity in heaven with Him?  Can you love somebody you do not know?  Do you believe and have faith in the unseen  Jesus? Do you believe that the Person of the Holy Spirit is just like Jesus?  Truth is: God in the Person of
Jesus came down to earth to walk and talk to those who had a hard time believing in an unseen God.  Jesus told us the truth, that He had to die, then rise again so that the Holy Spirit could come and be with everyone, everywhere, at the same time. Then Jesus told them, "You are going to have the light just a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, before darkness overtakes you. Whoever walks in the dark does not know where they are going. Then Jesus cried out, "Whoever believes in Me does not believe in Me only, but in the one who sent Me." John 12:44 ~ "Take the (mind of Christ) helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God."  Ephesians 6:17 ~ The Sword of the Spirit is the living Word of God.  The first CHURCH - a group of people who followed Jesus, who watched him perform miracles, a band of twelve disciples walked, talked and lived with Jesus for three years.  The followers of Jesus, those who properly feared and respected the Lord,  these believers were greeted by Him when He suddenly appeared in His glorified, resurrected body ~ saying "Peace be with you", these men gathered along with a group of people that spoke various languages...for His mighty high purpose.
Acts 2:1- "When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.  Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them." " how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? AMAZED and perplexed, they asked one another, "What does this mean?" Some, however, made gun of them and said, 
"They have had too much wine....Peter stood up with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. These people are not drunk, as you suppose. It's only nine in the morning! No, this is what was spoken by the
prophet Joel: ‘In the last days, God says,  I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy,  your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and women,  I will pour out my Spirit in those days ...And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.' Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through Him, as you yourselves know. This man was handed over to you by God's deliberate plan and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross. But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death because it was impossible for death to keep its hold
on Him."  Acts 2:1-17 ~ Jesus our Lord, King of Kings, and blessed Savior, defeated death.  He walked out of the tomb and appeared before eleven disciples.  Peter who had denied Jesus three times was struck speechless and silently left to go fishing and think about what he had just saw!  A risen Christ, the Messiah, his friend for three years, the one Peter remorsefully denied following or ever knowing. A few weeks after Pentecost (the Hebrew translation of Pentecost is a new beginning) a follower of Jesus named Stephen was stoned to death because he would not deny Jesus as Lord.   Acts 7:58-60 Jews who believed in God stoned a man named Stephen. Stephen "calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. And he knelt down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep."  Saul was a
respected student of the Old Testament, the Word of God. By divine design, Saul heard Stephens last words, his cry out for God to forgive the spiritually blind men who were killing him. Stephens faith in Jesus Christ impacted Saul. Soon after Stephens death, Paul had a personal encounter with the living Word of God, Jesus Christ. Acts 9:3  " suddenly there shone from heaven a great light round about me."  The highly respected student of the living Word, Saul was then struck physically blind.   Acts 22:7-9 "I fell to the ground and heard a voice say to me, ‘Saul! Saul! Why do you persecute me?' "‘Who are you, Lord?' I asked. 'I am Jesus of Nazareth, 
whom you are persecuting,' He replied. (keep reading Acts) My companions saw the light, but they did not understand the voice of Him who was speaking to me." ‘What shall I do, Lord?'  "Get up, the Lord said and go to Damascus. There you will be told all that you have been ASSIGNED to do." Paul fasted and prayed. Acts 22:15-16 "You will be His witness to all people of what you have seen and heard.  And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on His name.' Acts 9:18 ~ " Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul's eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized."  Paul, the converted Jewish leader preached in synagogues in Damascus, in Arabia, in Jerusalem, Taurus, and Antioch, that Jesus Christ is the Messiah, that He is God.  "Paul, an apostle—sent not from men nor by a man, but by Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead—  and all the brothers and sisters with me.....I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel—  which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God's curse!  As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God's curse!  Am I now trying to win the approval of humans, or of God? Do I live to obey people or God? Paul said  "I want you to know,

brothers and sisters, that the gospel I preached is NOT of human origin. I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ." Then after 3 years, I went up to Jerusalem to get acquainted with Peter and stayed with him 15 days. I saw none of the other apostles—only James, the Lord's brother.  I assure you before God that what I am writing you is no lie." Galatians 1:1-21 ~ "This is how we know that we live in him and He in us: He has given us of His Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. This is how love is made complete among us so that we
will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. We love because He first loved us. Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister." 1  John 1:13-21 ~ Who do you pray to? Who is this Jesus?   Remember that his name is "the Word of God." And remember that His Beloved Disciple John penned under the inspiration of the HOLY Spirit "In the beginning was the Word, and the was with God, and the Word was God.  He was with God in the beginning.  Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made.  In Him was life, and that life was the Light of men."  John 1:1-5 and then John penned Revelation 19:16 "On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: king of kings and lord of lords." ~ "My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the
mystery of God, namely, Christ" Colossians 2:2   "The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth."  John 1 ~ Jesus said “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life." John 5:24

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