Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Grace

GRACE                                                         B. Keith Chadwell


GRACE:     The Greek word used in the New testament is defined by Strong’s exhaustive concordance;
“Graciousness (as gratifying), of manner or act……especially
THE DIVINE INFLUENCE UPON THE HEART AND ITS REFLECTIONS IN THE LIFE;”….

Our ability to do what is good, to obey God, to come under His government (The Kings-dominion), as Christians, is no more possible without the grace of God working in us than it is for the unregenerate.  For unless we die daily to our fleshly lusts, abilities and strength we leave no room for God to work in us …”to will and to do of his good pleasure”.  (Phil 2:13)

In a very practical way many Christians still struggle to “do, do, do” taking upon themselves the responsibility to, from the heart, love and forgive, to give, to not be proud or vain.  To, from the heart, curb our appetites for the lusts of the flesh, etc.  Therefore, if we insist on trying to obey God by changing our own hearts by the works of our flesh, if we try, try, try, in our own strength, in our own soul power, then… when the real hard temptations come and they will, we should not be surprised if we fail.

Jesus said “blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the Kingdom of God”.

“Lord I am destitute, unable to rule my flesh and soul, only you are able to rule my flesh and soul from the inside, out.    Lord change my want to !”

Psalms 51: 9-11  Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.
Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy
holy spirit from me. 

Unless we see ourselves as destitute in spirit, without strength or ability to keep even the very basic commandments of God, without His “Grace” (..”divine influence on the heart..”) we will fail, and frustrate ourselves and others, again and again, all the while being “born again” (John 3:3) of his Spirit. 

As a Christian, only now we are able to see and hear by the spirit, for the first time capable of discerning the things that we should do.   However, not necessarily, always, entering in or coming under the rule of God because; we frustrate the “Grace” of God by trying to change our hearts through the works of the flesh…our own efforts.

As a Christian, we can now See the Kingdom“ (John 3:3) but not necessarily, always, will enter in….”enter” the Kingdom“ (John 3:5) Remembering that the “kingdom or king-dom or Kings-dominion is within us.

Paul struggled with this, also….
2 Cor 12:7-10
7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted (conceited) above measure.

8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.

9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory
 (on account of)… in my infirmities, (in order that)..the power of Christ may rest upon me.

10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

How many times have we struggled with conceit, pride, lust for things, un-forgiveness and other lusts of the flesh, perhaps as Paul did with his soulish conceit or pride because of abundant revelation?  Like Paul, perhaps we have struggled to bring any variety of things under subjection to Christs’ law of love by trying to change our hearts with our own strength, and have failed.   

Only His “Grace is sufficient”!  Only in our weakness, in our final humility, in repentance for working on His “Sabbath” will entry be permitted into that place within or hearts where He and He alone has total dominion (His Kingdom).  Only His grace is sufficient!  
(“Sabbath”: entry into His rest and allowing Him to do the work)

Let us labor therefore to enter into “His rest” (we rest, He does the work).   Let us die daily to self-strength, self-will, and any residue of reliance on our ability to keep the laws of God.    

Only Christ in me can do the work necessary in my heart that I might be able to keep the law and glorify the Father AGAIN, in the earth, as Christ did.   “Christ in me, the hope of Glory”. (Col 3:).


Phil 2:12

For it is God which worketh in you, both to will and to do of his good pleasure

Rom 5:20

Sin increased, Grace increased all the more…


Is 28:  (NIV)   v12-13 ….to whom he (God) said,… ”this is the resting place, let the weary rest”; and, “this is the place of repose”- but they would not listen.
So then, the word of the Lord to them will become: do and do, do and do, Rule on rule, rule on rule;
A little here, a little there- so that they will go and fall backward, be injured and snared and captured.



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Saturday, January 23, 2016

What are we looking for?

What are we looking for...? B. Keith Chadwell
What are we looking for, "Natural" things or "Spiritual" things??

If Christians continue to let their natural minds rule, instead of minding the things of the Spirit, we will continue to remain infants and not come to the maturity, in Christ Jesus, that God has purposed for His church.
Come up higher, Church. We are NEW creations in Christ, old things have passed away and all things have become new.

2nd Corinthians 5:16-17 (New Int. K.J.V.); "So, from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a NEW CREATION; THE OLD HAS GONE () THE NEW HAS COME!"

“Kingdom” or….”where the King has dominion”, which we are not to look for, here and there. The Kings dominion is within us and it is “at hand”.

Mat 5:20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Act_14:22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God. (coming under the dominion of the King)

To enter into that place where The King has total and complete dominion is what we are talking about when "the Kingdom of God" is referenced.

That is; God’s dominion...within us, ...within our hearts, in this lifetime.

Does the King (God) have complete dominion in our hearts when we first become "born again" Christians? If we are honest, we know He does not. It is a process, just as being born in the flesh and then growing from infancy to adulthood is a process. Just as maturity in "the natural” is progressive and requires mentoring and supervision and discipline for success, so it is with our New Creation, our new life in the Spirit.

I don't know about you, but I had my time in the wood shed of discipline and bumped my nose and suffered the consequences of many a wrong decision, in order to grow up from infancy to a mature adult. I would even go so far as to say that; "I went through much tribulation before I actually grew into a reasonably responsible adult".

So why, do we still insist on looking for a literal Kingdom that is, yet, someday to come?

Jesus told us, already, long ago..."My Kingdom is not of this world"... So, right away, our natural mind wants to make something out of this that we can see, smell, feel, taste or hear with our natural bodily senses.
He also told us, not to look for it, here or there, because "it is within us". He told us, then, over 2,000 years ago, also, it is..."at hand". So, God’s rule in our hearts has been available to believers for a long, long time. Man's natural mind has made some strange leavened doctrine out of this.

2nd Corinthians 5:16-17 (New Int. K.J.V.); "So, from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a NEW CREATION; THE OLD HAS GONE () THE NEW HAS COME!"

Come up, higher, Church. Jesus lives, in our hearts, today, if we believe on Him and are truly born of His Spirit. Do not think you must wait for Him to come, or go up to heaven to live and reign with Him in life.

His dominion is available, today, through the submission of our fleshly desires for the Spirit to change. Only He can change our hearts to conform to His divine nature. We fall short, because we think we must do the work required to obey His laws with our natural ability or grit our teeth resolve, in the strength and resolve of our natural flesh. That is the shortfall of Christian teaching, today and one of the major reasons the Church is still drinking milk and unable to eat strong meat. We cannot, in the strength of our natural flesh, produce, from our hearts, His manifest righteousness. It is His work and His, strange work, alone.

True, this will be hard on our fleshly desires and our stubborn fleshly will and our pride. It will require "tribulation" and thrashings of various kinds in order to for Him to produce and then, consistently, manifest His divine nature in us.  It will require the "fire" of the Holy Spirit in order to burn up the hay wood and stubble in our lives. However, it is His work, not ours. We can only choose to submit ourselves to His work, whatever and whenever.

But… we are talking New Creation talk...not of natural things.  So, don't be looking for a big green John Deer thrashing machine to run you down or a flame thrower to whoosh in on you to burn up the chaff in your life.

Maturity in the Spirit will require the fire and the threshing in your life, for sure, in order for the Lord to burn up those things up that won't be eternal. It is through this fire and threshing that will come forth, from our hearts, His manifest righteousness, His light to the world.  It is the only way to participate with Father God in doing His will and glorifying Him, again, in the earth, as Jesus did.

This will be God working in you, both to will and to do His good pleasure. This will be the process of developing His divine nature and maturing you, in the Spirit, unto the stature and measure of Christ.  Even, unto manifest Sons of God.

Creation is groaning and is in travail....waiting for us to be manifest to the world.

What are we waiting for; "The Kingdom of Heaven's at Hand".

(ISV) Isa 32:17 The effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever.

(KJV) Isa_32:17 And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever.

Mic_4:6 In that day, saith the LORD, will I assemble her that halteth, and I will gather her that is driven out, and her that I have afflicted;

Zep_3:12 I will also leave in the midst of thee an afflicted and poor people, and they shall trust in the name of the LORD.

Mat 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Psa_119:67 Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy word.
Psa_119:71 It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.
Psa_119:75 I know, O LORD, that thy judgments are right, and that thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me.


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