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Freedom from the Law

Galatians 3:10-14
But those who depend on the law to make them right with God are under his curse. As the scriptures say in Deut. 27:26 “cursed is everyone who does not observe and obey these commands that are written in God’s Book of Law.”

I can’t tell you how many times I have read the book of Galatians throughout my Christian walk. Each page is covered with highlights and notes. But this little section in the middle of Galatians 3 leaped off the pages this week. For the first time I realized that not only does the law condemn us- but we are cursed because we are unable to obey the Book of the Law. That word Cursed is a strong word. Breaking even one of the commandments brings a person under condemnation and a curse from the Lord. For me, this cemented in my brain the fact that in no way, shape, or form could I ever earn the Lord’s approval. And when you dwell on that concept…you kind of feel worthless, helpless and depressed knowing that the Law can do nothing to reverse the condemnation and curse that we fall under for sinning. As sinners who fall under the Curse we deserve to die the humiliating death of crucifixion on a tree. Read what it says in the book of Deuteronomy 21:22-23: …”anyone hanging on a tree is cursed of God.”
But Praise be to God for sending his son Jesus to rescue us from our sin and condemnation!!!
Jesus, out of his perfect humility and outrageous love for us his children, lived the perfect life that we could not live and died the cursed sinners death that we should have died, taking our burdens, pain, and sickness, and FREED us from the bondage of sin. The only condition is that we accept Christ’s death on our behalf as the only way to salvation. There is nothing we can do to make God love us more, and there’s nothing we can do to make God love us any less…He loves us because He loves us, because He loves us, Because He loves us….
Stop trying to earn God’s love by following the Law and trying your best to be a good person. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith. It is a gift from God, not by works or following the law. It’s based on the merit of Jesus’ finished work on the cross. Reach out to Jesus…let Him ravish your heart with his unconditional love!!

Blessings
(If you’re still struggling with this concept of getting out of the curse of the Law and being free in Christ, read the entire book of Galatians…ask Him to reveal kingdom Truths to your soul!)

Chaos 09

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Priorities

Haggai 1:1-2:23

Pressures, demands, expectations, and tasks push in from all sides and assault our schedule. Sometimes it feels as though we don’t have time to eat breakfast in the morning. Do this! Be there! Call them! Finish this! It seems as though everyone wants a piece of our time – family, friends, employer, school, church. Soon there is little left to give as we run out of energy and time. We find ourselves rushing through life, attending to the necessary, the imidiate, and the urgent. The important is all too often left in the dust. So many times I find myself dozing off during my quiet time with the Lord, not giving much care to whether or not I give Him my best. Our problem is not the volume of demands or lack of scheduling skills, but values -what is truly important to us.
Our values and priorities are reflected in how we use our resources – time, money, strength, talent. Often our actions don’t match our words. We say God is number one, but then relegate him to a lesser number on our “to do” lists.
Twenty-five centuries ago, a voice was heard, calling men and women to the rigth priorities. Haggai was a prophet of the Lord who knew what needed to be done, and challenged God’s people to respond.
The armies of babylon had destroyed the Temple in Jerusalem- God’s house and symbol of His presence. About 50 years after the Temple was destroyed the Jews returned to jerusalem and began rebuilding the Temple. But soon they forgot their purpose and lost their priorities, as opposition and apathy brought the work to a standstill. The people were more concerned with their own needs than with doing God’s will, and, as a result, they suffered. Haggai delivered a message, calling them back to God’s values. His message became a catalyst for finishing the work on the Temple.
Read the book of Haggai and listen to the Lord urging you to reorder your priorities in accordance with His will. What has God told you to do?? Put all else aside and obey Him!!

Random

The past few weeks at the River we’ve been experiencing some spiritual attacks – The worship leader went home sick before the night of worship even began, the powerpoint screen didn’t work right, the pastor couldn’t find his notes – the whole thing was a disaster! The Lord spoke to me and said due to the lack of prayer cover over the River, the enemy was able to infiltrate and manipulate our worship service. This really awakened my spirit about the importance of diligently and faithfully seeking the Lord in prayer before leading people into an atmosphere of worship. If a service is not blanketed in fervent prayer, the power immediately shifts to the enemy.
This week we made it our goal to get into the prayer room a half hour early and soak up the presence of the Lord, begging Him to show up and transform hearts. Because if Jesus is not in atmosphere of the worship and the teaching and the fellowship and small groups, then there is really no point in showing up ourselves.
God is so amazing!! This week we had an awesome time in worship. There was a deep, rich aroma of the presence of the Lord. Jared decided to skip out on the message he had planned for the night and just listen to the Lord speak to our hearts. Again, Jesus spoke these words to me from Zephaniah 3:11-12

11 I will remove all proud and arrogant people from among you.
There will be no more haughtiness on my holy mountain.
12 Those who are left will be the lowly and humble,
for it is they who trust in the name of the Lord.

At Church at the gate, our pastor has spent the past few weeks pounding the fact that the United States of America has quickly shifted to the United States of Accumulation. Everywhere you look you see selfish, greedy, proud, ego-centric Americans falling for the lie that accumulation & consumerism will bring them true joy. The stuff that was going on in Zephaniah’s day is the same thing we see today in the U.S. We’ve been living in a delusional lie that we are untouchable & indestructible. Zephaniah’s prophetic word to the people of Jerusalem reminded me to check myself. To get rid of all moral filth, PRIDE, LUST, INSECURITIES, FEAR, and SELFISHNESS. We’ve gone too long simply ignoring the Lord! We get so caught up in our “stuff” that we no longer care about spending time with the One who created us.
I know this posting is probably ADD-like, I’m kinda all over the place. But the point I want to make clear is that God loves us and he desires to be in relationship with us. When we choose to put other things before God we will continue to see struggles and hardships come our way. Just like Zephaniah saw in his day, and just like we have seen here at the River.

God’s Outrageous Love for you!!!

II Corinthians 5:14a – “whatever we do, it’s because Christ’s love controls!”

This verse awakened my spirit as I read it this morning. If people haven’t encountered the Love of God, then they haven’t experienced a true transformation. It’s the Love of God that drives us to repentance and compels us to change. God’s amazing casts out all fear so there becomes no desire to seek the praise of man, but our hearts cry is to be completly saturated in His perfect Love.

Only Love can reach out a hand to the poor and the beggar. Only Love can stand as a defender of the orphan and the widow. Only Love has enough boldness and courage to cast out demons and lay hands on the sick. It’s only Love that drove one man to the cross, where he suffered and died so that ALL might live.

Is Christ love controlling you???