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The Truth About Grace And Law

 

 

 

 

 

Jeremiah 31:33-34 says, “But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord; I will put my law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God and they shall be My people. No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.” Aren’t you glad that God doesn’t remember your sins anymore? God doesn’t remember the sin you committed yesterday and He is not holding it against you. God is not “out to get you,” God has cleansed you of sin; He has made you righteous by the blood of Jesus and God will not impute your sin to you. However, I don’t want anyone to misunderstand, the law has not been done away with. God just took it off the stones and put it on the inside of us. Let me show you what I’m talking about: The 1st Commandment says, “You shall have no other gods before Me.” Do you think now, just because you’re a Christian, that you should no longer have to do that? How about the 7th Commandment, which says, “you shall not commit adultery?” Do you think just because you are saved, and under grace, that you can commit adultery? No! God is not telling us to go out and see how many sins we can commit before the sun goes down. What He is saying is, “He won’t remember our sins any more.” However, I can promise you this, that Satan will not forget them and he will use them against you!

Romans 6:14-16 says, “For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace. What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not! Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slave whom you obey,  whether of sin leading to death or of obedience leading to righteousness?” I have known a lot of people who think they are living under grace, but actually they are not because if they were under grace then sin wouldn’t have dominion over them. Whoever you yield your members (or your five senses) to you are that one’s servant; whether it’s God or Satan. Many times we yield our members to Satan by watching things we shouldn’t watch, we talk trash we shouldn’t talk, and we listen to trash that we shouldn’t listen to. By doing so,  we give Satan permission into every area of our life; including our family and our health. Right now you are yielding your eyes to the gospel. The question is not what your members are yielded to right now; the question is what are your members yielded to on a daily basis? We are called to be different; we are called to “come out.” God clothed us in His anointing, He clothed us in His glory, He made us new creations, He made us righteous, and then He put all of this stuff on the inside of us. Then, He told us not to yield our members unto darkness; but be the light in the midst of it. That is what He is saying to all of us.

The Bible tells us to work out our own salvation, that doesn’t mean work to get saved. If you will study your Bible out in the Greek, what it actually means is to bring to the outside what is on the inside. Our salvation is on the inside, so bring it to the outside. Then, the next verse tells us, “because it is God who’s in us willing and working for His good pleasure.” He lives in us, He’s working in us, and He’s doing His will in us. That’s why the Bible tells us the spirit and the flesh are always at war. There is not an old man and a new man on the inside of you battling against each other; the old man is gone and all things are new and all things are of God; you have been made a totally new creation. Satan does not want you to have an understanding of this; he would like nothing more than to keep you pressed down, by making you think you are somehow inferior or inadequate. The battle that is actually going on is between the Spirit on the inside of you, and the old un-renewed mind that hasn’t been renewed to the fact of who you really are, what God has made you, and the power and the authority He has put in you.

 

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