We Are Free

10th & 11th September

Weekend Edition

For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God freely and graciously declared that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when He freed us from the penalty for our sins. For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for our sins…..”

Romans 3:23-25a

Praise the Lord. We are free from the penalty of sin. We are are not condemned but declared righteous by the gift of grace and by the gift of Jesus’ own sacrifice for us. Isn’t that great news to start your weekend with? In fact, isn’t that great news to start the rest of your life with?

The writer of Romans explains, that everyone of us has fallen short of God’s glorious standards. These standards are ‘God’s laws’ or ‘The Ten Commandments’. Although these are guidelines for our living, quite often we fall short of obeying them. Yet God in His grace is like a boxing referee. We may get knocked down (the feeling when we sin) and not be able to get up after the ‘Ten count’, yet God still keeps counting, 11, 12, 13 and so on…. He wills us on. ‘Get up’, ‘Get up’, He shouts to us. ‘My grace is sufficient for you’, ‘You are declared righteous’, ‘Jesus paid for your sins’!!

The enemy’s lie is to beat us down, tell us we are not worthy and declare us ‘sinners’ not fit for the presence of God. BUT God the Judge, God the Righteous, and God our Saviour thinks otherwise and tells us so. We, are declared righteous, free and safe from the penalty of sin. If you don’t believe in Jesus’ saving power, then maybe today is the day to start the beginning of the rest of your life by accepting this great news of grace and love. We are free……!!!!

Power In The Spirit

30th April

Weekend Edition

So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when He adopted you as His own children. Now we call Him, “Abba, Father.””

Romans 8:15

Friends, brothers and sisters. We are no longer slaves to fear. We are longer slaves to sin. We are set free, we have been un-shackled, and we have been equipped to walk in that freedom, through the power of the Holy Spirit, to fully live as God’s own children. Yes, we are adopted into His Kingdom, our filthy rags have been taken off, we are baptised and cleansed in water and through the Spirit, and are clothed with God’s own righteousness. We call the creator of the world, Abba, Father. Dad! That is who you are. That is who all who call upon the name of the Lord are viewed by God Himself. Anything contrary to that is a lie. We are God’s precious children, heirs to His Kingdom and inheritors of His blessings.

We no longer have to give into to fear. We longer have to fear who we are in Christ. We longer have to fear our past. Jesus paid it all. That fear is washed away. We can take full confidence in who we are in Him. We are HIS! Be blessed and enjoy living in the freedom, blessings and identity of who you are in Christ. Live in the freedom of the Spirit and enjoy God’s inheritance.

Growing In Christ

18thFebruary

The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But those who fail to develop in this way are shortsighted or blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their old sins.

2 Peter 1:8-9

Yesterday we looked at the benefits of spiritual discipline and discussed why it is so important in a believers life, to not just ‘know of God’ but truly ‘get to know Him’ by spending time with Him, through prayer, worship and reading His word. Spending time with Jesus, has a two-fold benefit. Firstly, we learn more about God’s characteristics, His love for the world we live in, His goodness and kindness etc., and secondly we learn more about how God see us, His children.

As we grow in our walk with God, we discover that God really really loves us. We discover that His blessings are abundant, His grace is unlimited, and that He only wants the best for us. His desire is to mould and shape us into His own character. The more we grow in the knowledge of Him and in how He sees us, as Peter says, the more ‘productive’ and ‘useful’ we will be in making Jesus known to others.

If you do not view yourself as God sees you, then how can you be excited to tell others about Him. We become ‘shortsighted’ or even ‘blind’ to how God sees us, and live in the guilt and shame of our ‘old sins’ or previous lifestyles. We get so caught up there, that we never move forward as we continually re-live and are bound by past sins.

If we are to grow in Christ, we need to remember that our sins are forgiven once and for all by Jesus’ own sacrifice for us. It as a forgiven and innocent child, that God sees us. If we have confessed our sins, we are free. The more we spend time with Him, the more we realise this truth and the less we allow the enemy’s lies to deceive us and pull us back.

“…..who the Son sets free is free indeed!”

No Longer Slaves To Sin

14th January

We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin. And since we died with Christ, we know we will also live with Him.

Romans 6:6-8

The book of Romans contains such wonderful good news about Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection and His victory over the power of sin and death. It encourages us to know who we are in Christ and how we can know our identity as sons and daughters of the Most High God. It also highlights the extent of Jesus’ love for us and the power of that love, to change us from sinners and enemies of God to children of God, sharing in the inheritance of all God has for us, both here on this earth and in Heavenly places.

Today’s verse highlights the simplicity of the gospel and the power of what Jesus did on the cross. As Jesus hung on the cross to die to pay for our wrong-doings, all of humanities sins were placed on His shoulders, from the beginning of time to the end of time. Everything we have ever done and will ever do was nailed to Jesus at the cross. As Jesus died on the cross, so did the power of sin over our lives. And when He rose victorious on the third day, Jesus defeated the enemy, and made a way that we can boldly approach the throne of God, without the label of sinner over us. We now can come as children approaching their Father.

Moreover, because of Jesus’ victory, we too can share in that inheritance and walk in victory in our lives too. We are no longer slaves to sin because Jesus defeated the power of sin’s hold in our lives. We are free from the power of sin. All we need to do is walk in the victory of Christ. We are no longer dead in our sins but alive in Christ Jesus.

The Stingless Enemy

13th April

For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power. But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

1 Corinthians 15:56-57

Sin and death have no power over us anymore because we have the victory in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. What a wonderful verse to start the week with. We can know for sure that when Jesus laid down His life for us, He took the sting out of sin and death, and instead gives us life and life in its fullness.

When Moses gave the law to the people of Israel, it bound them to the consequences of their actions. They could no longer say “I didn’t know this or that was wrong” because the law clearly stated what was permissible and what was a sin. That in turn pronounced judgement on those living under the law. If you stole, you are guilty according to the law. If you lied then according to the law, you are guilty. And so on and so forth. The consequence of disobeying the law was ultimately Spiritual and sometimes physical death.

It all started when Adam disobeyed God in the garden of Eden, sin entered the world, resulting in death and eternal separation from God. Yes sin has consequences here on earth but the ultimate price of sin was death. However it doesn’t end there!!

Paul finishes in verse 57 with the good news of Jesus Christ. We now have the victory in Jesus’ death and resurrection and in His conquering of sin and death on the cross. Jesus had to die a sinners death (even though He was completely innocent), paying the debt and consequences of our sin, and by doing so, when He resurrected, rendered the power of death and sin defeated. He paid our price (the consequence of our sins) so we would no longer have to.

So now when we do make bad choices, we can come before the throne of God, confidently and without condemnation because there is no sting in our sin.