Grace, The Best News Ever

We want to go deeper, we want to feel more, see more and understand from His perspective. But we choose to do nothing about it. We listen to same people, we listen to the same teachings and we change nothing. Why? It’s because we find comfort in that which is familiar. We get complacent and we block out those things that we say we desire. It’s not that we don’t desire them, it’s not that we truly don’t want to know more, but this could require change. Our human self fears change, it fears what we already know being challenged. The biggest of them all is, what if what I believed all this time isn’t true? What if what I spoke out about, told others about isn’t exactly the truth? So what? You would join the millions of others who have done this with minor things to greater things. Here is a fact, just because it has been taught for ten, a hundred or a thousand years doesn’t make it true. What it does make it is ingrained in society, ingrained in those teaching and ingrained in you. 

   Here is something for you. If you decide to look outside your box of understanding. If you decide to listen or read something new or different. If you feel something different from your Spirit, it doesn’t make you a heretic or blasphemous. It makes you a disciple. Think about those twelve, what they endured. They followed and listened to a man speaking and teaching something totally different then what they knew. Jesus was teaching the Jewish people about Grace. He was releasing them from the law of man and attempting to lead them to a fearless relationship with the Father, our Father. He was trying to reconcile them with the unconditional love they always had, He was teaching the disciples the same thing. Think about how lost they were at first, how it challenged what they knew and their belief system. It was what they had been taught for years, but yet something inside them said, wait… there is something to this man, something to what He is saying. Grace wins every time, Jesus is Grace. 

   Paul wrote about two thirds of the New Testament, but are we truly listening to what he is saying? He wrote to the gentiles of his day, but it still is speaking to us today. He taught Grace, nothing more. He didn’t go back into the old news, he didn’t go back and teach law, he taught only the good news of Jesus Christ. He taught redemption, with out works. He taught complete forgiveness, with striving. He taught unconditional love from our Father, without us loving Him first. But yet, we go back, read those things taught in bondage mindset and make them our truth today. We proclaim Grace abound, but keep one foot placed firmly in the law. We listen to law, we teach law and we view it as Grace, tell everyone that this is Grace. The truth is we have to choose, Grace or law. If you go back and do one law, you have to do all six hundred and thirteen of them. You cannot be free unless you do one or the other. Jesus came to walk out the law of man for you, with you. He did it so you don’t have to, but yet we still go back, we still keep trying to do the work. 

   There is so much to learn from the old covenant, from that which happened before the cross. But it was not written to you, it was written for you to learn about. The truth (Jesus was the truth and the way), happened on the cross and went on after the cross. This was written to you. Paul’s revelations of Grace, the recognition of the finished work, is what we are supposed to be following. We have to get out of that box, that mindset of doing to be accepted by God’s love, His Grace. These things taught and ingrained in us, this is the bondage of self, our fear holds us back from wholeness and completeness through the very Grace we seek. 

   The things I am writing about aren’t really so far out there, they are in The Book. We have been blinded by the veil that we chose to put over own faces. We chose to listen and accept that which we believe today. We are chained to these beliefs and wonder why we are not truly happy. Pure Grace is the best news ever! Why is then we continue to drag those chains behind us? I leave you with these verses, this is who you are…

“Therefore, brethren, we are debtors—not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.”

‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:12-17‬ ‭NKJV

Our Choice of Truth

Why is it that someone can feed us a false truth, maybe even lie to us and we believe every word. Then someone else can tell us the truth and we see it as a lie? Even deeper, someone else can tell us that same truth and we believe them over the other person?
Think about those you give power over you. Those who you allow to speak into your life. Do we seek those who fill our needs even if it is not true? Do we seek those who fill our views and do not challenge us or challenge our doctrines? Do our wounds effect how we see others and what they say? What we believe, how we believe and who we believe. Is a direct result of how we view ourselves.?
A person who can step outside of their own belief system is one who will truly grow. An open mind and a soft heart will gain more knowledge, will gain more understanding and will grow faster than one who does not. The Vail that you are looking through was put there by you. No one else can hide the truth from you, except you.

Perspective, Open Your Mind.

   When we read something, we must be cautious of how we read it. It doesn’t matter if it’s a self help book, an inspired reading, a Facebook post or the Bible. If we read it looking for authors heart in it, it will carry one perspective. If we look at it from a defensive mindset, will we see it as offensive. If we read it to rebuke it, we will see only see what “we” feel is wrong in it. Our mindset, where our hearts are is where we will read it from. If we are truly open minded, if we can look upon it with a joyous heart, we may find wisdom in it. We may find a view that we had not seen before. 

   What happens in most cases is we believe what we have been taught before or what we are being taught right now and can’t see past it. We lock in to what we believe with the inability to see anything else, we have closed our minds. We look at every word with this mindset, we look at what we believe about that person and think nothing good can from what they have to say. We don’t research it, we don’t look for wisdom in it, we instantly dismiss it. We remain stuck, stagnant and lack growth in who we can be, who we are supposed to be. 

   I could write about this for days. I have been that lock down person, that close minded person. I had a hardened heart and rebuked things based on the person. 

   Here are a couple of things I made a conscious decision to do. If I feel convicted by something, I search inside myself for the reason, because they cannot convict me. If they quote something or someone and it doesn’t settle in my Spirit, I research it. I always read the whole thing, I do my best to see where their heart is in the subject, it can change my perspective. This one to me is the most important, (which I have struggled with) I don’t argue with them. This does not mean we cannot have a conversation about it. What it does mean is, I ask questions, I don’t try to prove them wrong and I try to see where they are coming from, their heart and belief.

   You cannot force anyone to believe what you believe. You cannot force anything down anyone’s throat. You cannot over power someone in conversation and force them to receive your message or understanding. If you truly approach everything and everyone with a heart of love, you may find yourself in a totally different mindset and a peace that you have never known.

Hebrews 10 TPT…

   I would like you to read this. Read it two times if you like. I used TPT because it says it so clear, but it doesn’t matter which one you use. Soak it in. 

“For if animal sacrifices could once and for all eliminate sin, they would have ceased to be offered and the worshipers would have clean consciences. Instead, once was not enough so by the repetitive sacrifices year after year, the worshipers were continually reminded of their sins, with their hearts still impure. The old system of living under the law presented us with only a faint shadow, a crude outline of the reality of the wonderful blessings to come. Even with its steady stream of sacrifices offered year after year, there still was nothing that could make our hearts perfect before God.

For what power does the blood of bulls and goats have to remove sin’s guilt? So when Jesus the Messiah came into the world he said, “Since your ultimate desire was not another animal sacrifice, you have clothed me with a body that I might offer myself instead! Multiple burnt offerings and sin-offerings cannot satisfy your justice. So I said to you, ‘God— I will be the One to go and do your will, to fulfill all that is written of me in your Word!’ ” First he said, “Multiple burnt-offerings and sin-offerings cannot satisfy your justice” (even though the law required them to be offered). And then he said, “God, I will be the One to go and do your will.” So by being the sacrifice that removes sin, he abolishes animal sacrifices and replaces that entire system with the new covenant. By God’s will we have been purified and made holy once and for all through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus, the Messiah! Yet every day priests still serve, ritually offering the same sacrifices again and again—sacrifices that can never take away sin’s guilt. But when this Priest had offered the one supreme sacrifice for sin for all time he sat down on a throne at the right hand of God, waiting until all his whispering enemies are subdued and turn into his footstool. And by his one perfect sacrifice he made us perfectly holy and complete for all time! The Holy Spirit confirms this to us by this Scripture, for the Lord says, “Afterwards, I will give them this covenant: I will embed my laws into their hearts and fasten my Word to their thoughts.” And then he says, “I will not ever again remember their sins and lawless deeds!” So if our sins have been forgiven and forgotten, why would we ever need to offer another sacrifice for sin?”

‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭10:1-18‬ ‭TPT‬‬

   Now that you have read it, I have a question… Why are you working so hard? We have been taught to “do”. Do this, do more of this, it will get you right with God. That is old covenant teaching, law! Repent, ask for forgiveness, pray to be blessed, give more money, serve to be favored. Do, do, and do some more! You don’t have to do anything. It says right there in scripture, He did it for us, for all of us. When we finally wrap our minds around what our Spirit knows, we will be free, free indeed. 

   Jesus came to do for you, from what Adam did to you. He came to wash you clean. He came to release you. What more do you think you can do to make it better? God already sees you pure and clean. It says so in scripture, no more needs to be done. You are righteous, whole and complete. One sacrifice for all! Once again scripture says so. Then why are we being taught that we must do more? 

   As you believe this, really believe this, you will find a freedom like you have never known. You will draw closer to God, the God that is already in you. As you see you as He sees you, the righteousness that He knows will manifest naturally out of you. You will do out of want instead of out of have to. You are already favored, already Holy and already forgiven.

   Read it again, now believe it!

Did He Die in Vein

You will hear many things about those who choose to not do business as usual. You may yourself look down on them, speak ill of them and call them blasphemers. Why is this? Is it because of right and wrong? Who determines this? 

   That day, on the cross, Jesus said “it is finished”. Some of us believe that. We saw and see the end of the old covenant. We see that the law was broken, it is done. But for some it is ingrained in you, that you must still follow the law, it was for me too. The working and the striving. One foot in the law, the old covenant teachings and the other in Grace. We say that Jesus came to reconcile us from the works of the law, we say He came for us all to be free, but yet we stay in that bondage. We follow this law and not that one, we say we have to do this for God’s acceptance, but can disregard that one. This is a mixed message. We read a verse out of the old covenant, that is teachings before the cross and tell each other this is the way to God. If we are still having to do those things, Jesus died for nothing! 

   What if I told you that you were born free of the law, of bondage to the law of the old covenant, until someone taught it to you. Someone told you that faith without works is dead, not that His Grace is enough, that Jesus plus nothing is enough. Someone taught you that tithing ten percent is what God wants you to do, not that you should give from your heart, that serving is showing God you love Him, not serve because you love your brothers and sisters. Someone taught you that you have to show God your faithfulness for Him to give you favor, not that truth is God is faithful even when we are faithless. Old covenant, new covenant, you don’t have to believe me, but look this up for yourself. These examples are in your Bible too, one is on one side of the cross, the other is on the other side. 

   It is not anyone faults, it was taught to them too. Years of religiosity has got them all tied up also. Religion is powerful, even those who speak out against it can’t see their own bondage to it. This included me! I had to rest in Him to see this. I had to be still, open my heart, which opened my mind to see the truth. It has been right in front of us all along. We must die to our flesh to truly see God’s Grace. As long as we stay busy, as long as we continue to servants to the law, we will not see the true meaning of what Jesus did for us all. Just take ten minutes each day, rest in Him, don’t read, don’t pray for anything, just rest in Him. Listen, hear Him, see what He is really been telling you all along. Grace was freely given, you are in the new covenant and He loves you unconditionally!

“I do not make void the grace of God, for if righteousness [be] through law — then Christ died in vain.”

‭‭Galatians‬ ‭2:21‬ ‭YLT1898

Where the new begins…

This may be out there for some, it may twist your mind. It will get you thinking.

“and lo, a woman, a Canaanitess, from those borders having come forth, did call to him, saying, ‘Deal kindly with me, Sir — Son of David; my daughter is miserably demonized.’ And he did not answer her a word; and his disciples having come to him, were asking him, saying — ‘Let her away, because she crieth after us;’ and he answering said, ‘I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.’”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭15:22-24‬ ‭YLT1898‬‬

I researched and found that the Canaanitess people were not Israelites. They were a mix of all different nationalities. Jesus did not acknowledge her right away because she was not “ the lost sheep of the house of Israel.’”. Think about that for a second. Jesus was sent to the Israelites. Those who had been under the law. It does not mean that Jesus’s teachings are not useful or can’t teach us and influence us. What it does mean is that He is still old covenant teaching. The new did not come in until the cross! 

   As I learn and dive deeper into this, as the teaching on pure Grace flows through me, different revelations have started coming to me. I would like to share as I seek these out. I look for others to listen to, have their own and have conversations to help keep the flow going. 

  God has reveled to me that shame is one of our biggest adversaries and it keeps us distant from the fullness and wholeness He desires for us. He said to me, there are many scriptures that show this, from the Old to the New, it releases unworthiness over those whom I call. It is not God who sees us as unworthy, but our own lost identity of how we see ourselves. He would not call on you if you are unworthy! The fact that you are awakened makes you worthy! There is nothing more you need to prove, it is time to release that thorn in your side and die to your flesh, let the death of your mindset be the awakening of your true identity! Let us all feast at the table, pass on what we are hearing and seeing! We are a gift to one another, let’s start believing it and acting that way