Message for May 15, 2011

Tell me, you who desire to be under the law, do you not
hear the law?” Gal. 4:21
There is a real issue in Christianity about our relationship with the law. The idea of works or faith must be correctly related or our concept of receiving from God can be incorrect. Do I receive the promises of God because I believe or because I perform correctly? If I receive from God because of my performance am I not earning my blessings?
“For by grace are you saved through faith, not of works…” Eph 2:8,9 Be aware that the word “saved” is an all inclusive word. It is used in Scripture to mean born again, healed, delivered, made whole, prosper. It encompasses all of the promises and blessings God has bestowed upon those who believe (not those who earn it by their works).
It is important that we live according to the Scripture because it affects our quality of life. Instead of seeing something as “sin” we should be concerned about how it will influence our lives. It is not enough to say, for instance, that getting drunk is a sin. The real question is how will it affect my life? There is NO positive result from getting drunk. It is not a matter of whether something is a sin or not but how it is affecting your life. Apart from the law there is no sin but there are things that affect our lives in a negative way. God dealt with sin through Jesus Christ but we must deal with the “issues of life.”

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