Good Morning Precious and Dearly Loved Child of God!
“And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus; in order that in the coming ages He might show the incomparable riches of His Grace, expressed in His kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by Grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship…” Ephesians 2:6-10. Everything about your salvation is a gift of pure grace!!! You haven’t earned a single thing from God! Everything has been already given to you in the new covenant God has made with His people through Jesus’ sacrifice.
In the old covenant, you earned blessings in God’s kingdom if you obeyed and you earned curses if you disobeyed. So many people are still living in the old covenant of the law or they mix the two covenants constantly, but even in this mixing, they put themselves and others under the law. It sounds very religious when they say, “We are under the whole Bible, brother.” The problem with this is that it is simply not true!!! We are no longer under the OLD covenant which is written in the Bible! “By calling the covenant ‘new’, He has made the first one obsolete.” Hebrews 8:13. “Now that faith has come, we are no longer under the supervision of the law.” Galatians 3:25. “But now, by dying to what bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, NOT in the old way of the written code.” Romans 7:6.
You are under a new covenant where the kingdom of God has already given to you in full measure!!! “Praise be to God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who HAS BLESSED us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.” Ephesians 1:3. You have already been blessed with every blessing in the kingdom of heaven!!! Some people might say, “Well the blessings are in heaven and you don’t get them until you died and go to heaven.” Well, this is true, but the truth is that you have already died and gone to heaven, already!!! So many people have missed this critical and crucial truth!
So many people who really don’t believe that they have already died are still trying to fix the old man, not realizing that he WAS CRUCIFIED with Christ on the Cross already, Galatians 2:20. “For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.” Colossians 3:3. You have already died with Christ, you have already been raised with Christ, and you have already been seated and already live in heaven with Christ!!! “Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household.” Ephesians 2:19.
Each person must learn to become an excellent receiver of God’s infinite gifts to mankind! Our society is based on a whole different set of values, laws, and regulations. The Spiritual kingdom of God is accessed by faith to receive all this Grace already given. Faith involves trusting God from the heart. This is where the problem lies. It is hard to trust God and His Word when circumstances of life are screaming contrary to the Word of God. We are always faced with decisions, are we going to trust God’s Love and His Word or are we going to let the screaming circumstances control us! We are faced with these kinds of decisions all the time.
To trust God’s Word, it takes reliance on the Holy Spirit for personal, heart-felt revelation; a knowing at your heart level that God is totally for you and never against you, that He will never leave or forsake you, and that He will never withhold a blessing from you! You have to get the revelation from the Spirit that God never withholds blessings in this new covenant, He did withhold in the old covenant, but never in the new, because He has already given us all things in Christ Jesus already! So each of us is learning to stand in the full glory of is Grace, perfected and as Jesus is, believing that our old wounded self of the past is dead and gone!
“It is good for our hearts to be established in Grace.” Hebrews 13:9. Are you ready to go deep into the Spirit and get your heart established in the Father’s Love and Grace? So many people have studied Grace with their mind, but their heart has not yet established. While no one is completely established at the heart in this Grace, are you ready to press into the Holy Spirit and ask Him to totally establish your heart in His infinite, gracious Love?
Jerry Brown 2-21-2013