Freely Justified by Faith.

The Bible declares that Christians are justified freely by God’s grace because of Jesus Christ. That means our justification or the making of our right standing with God is made legitimate by God’s gift which is freely given not by our merit but by undeserved mercy he bestows.

This occurs because of the redemption ( being saved from evil due to sin and demonic oppression ) that is IN Christ Jesus.

Notice that it is by being IN Christ Jesus that we are saved. IN means being enclose by or surrounded by something else.

IN is the key word to focus on to really understand our position as a child of God.

IN Christ we are new creatures. Our redemption comes not outside but IN Christ. 
(2 Corinthians 5:17)

The Christian identity is IN CHRIST. Positioned in a place of enclosure.


Romans 6:3 says we were baptized into Jesus Christ and were baptized into his death.

In other words IN CHRIST the Christian is emerged. IN CHRIST the Christian is emerged into his death.

It is the death of Jesus Christ on the cross that brings our emerson INTO him.

Colossians 3:3 says we are dead IN Christ and as the Chapter continues it tells us that our life is not our own because we are IN CHRIST.

Christ’s resurrection then raises us up with him IN heavenly places.
Ephesians 2:6

Again the key is IN Christ.

In putting this all together Christians are Justified In Christ because of his redemption and dead In Christ because of his death so we are now seated with Christ IN heavenly places or from a kingdom of God position.

From this position Christians are to operate in this world through Jesus Christ as his ambassadors. Representing him in this world system that we are called to occupy until he comes.

This means we have now been given authority as a child of God to enforce the kingdom of God in this earth. As it is in heaven according to the will of God we pray upon this earth and by faith we declare it and enforce it by peaceful and godly means.


Having the Mind of Christ.

Peter tells Christians that we are to arm ourselves or equip ourselves with the mindset of Jesus Christ when it comes to our suffering in this world. (1 Peter 4:1)

In order to do that we need to understand the suffering of Jesus Christ. Let’s take a look at Isaiah 53.

According to this prophecy which occurred in the future and is now in the past but which applies to the Christian in the present, Jesus Christ endured tremendous suffering.

We can see these main occurances which Jesus Christ endured. Let’s break them down.

Jesus was despised. 
This means that Jesus was not valued and seen as worthless. In other words who Jesus is and what he did for humanity is not respected and in fact is scorned by many people both in the past and today .

Since Jesus was despised why do we think that we should experience any better kind of treatment? Jesus himself said that the world hated him so don’t expect it to like us either. Are we armed with this mindset?

Jesus was rejected by men. Many people simply do not want Jesus Christ. They prefer their own ways.

Since Jesus was rejected because his values are not appreciated then we must also be armed with his mindset. We may not be liked or valued or accepted by those who are not disciples of Jesus Christ. It’s a given.

Jesus was afflicted. That means he had to endure pain, abuse, bullying and scoffing. He was beaten and murdered too. Are we armed with this mindset?

Now let’s look at some other things Jesus endured for our sakes. Isaiah 53 goes on to tell us that Jesus bore our sorrows, he endured shame, he bore our griefs, and he carried our burdens.

Galatians 6: 2 tells us to bear one another’s burdens. This means that when we are armed with the mindset of Jesus Christ we come alongside our brethren like he did and help them carry their burden. Whether it’s in prayer, giving, ministering, helping, or serving.

Paul tells us that when we consider our sufferings in this world to be unworthy of the glory that will be revealed in us we can see a positive outcome of all this suffering we endure. Our sufferings are not because God is a sadist but rather the suffering we endure for the present if we are armed with Jesus Christ’s mindset have both eternal and present benefits. Let’s check it out.

Jesus bore sorrow, pain and grief for our sake so that through his affliction he could bring us healing. Jesus was wounded so that through his stripes we could recieve forgiveness ,healing and restoration.

He endured the cross and the shame so that he could bring many out of darkness and make them his children. When we are armed with this mindset we can endure our sufferings for the benefit of others.

Maybe enduring a mean person at work or rejection by your family. Enduring name calling and bullying by class mates who are not Christians or even having to give up your pay check to help a relative in sickness or give up your life to be a witness for your faith.

These are just some examples of what a Christian may have to endure to represent Jesus Christ in this world and share the gospel to the lost.

Jesus suffering brought us not only salvation but righteousness and justification. He suffered in patience and endurance because he knew what the outcome would be. Armed with Jesus Christ’s mindset on suffering we learn to be patient and wait for a good outcome too.

No suffering in this life is pleasant scriptures tell us BUT it is working out a far greater work of glory. In heaven we will be rewarded and sometimes even here we will reap the benefits but do you know what the best part is? It brings honor to the Lord! (Hebrews 12:11)

Think about that! When we patiently endure and pray then God walks through the suffering with us (Isaiah 43:2) He helps us carry our burdens and with joy we can bear them.

The beneficial outcome will come in God’s perfect timing. Just continue to trust him for faithful is he who has promised. (Psalm 34:19)


Wait on the Lord!

The Bible reveals to us that in order to receive anything from the Lord we must accept it by faith. The salvation gift is free but even with that it is still up to us to receive. That requires acting in faith and surrendering our lives to Jesus Christ. ( Hebrews 11:6)

Spiritual laws work much like natural laws. They have a cause and an effect. In other words if said thing is initiated then said thing will occur. For example, if the right environment is cultivated a garden will grow. If you plant the seeds and continue to apply specific conditions then you will reap a harvest. Again, if you modify your portions, eat healthy and exercise then you will loose weight and if you surrender your life to Jesus Christ and recieve his salvation you can be forgiven and inherit eternal life.

Scriptures always give us conditions to the promises of God. After we have fulfilled the conditions such as give to recieve or seek to find then according to the Bible what is required is to wait.(Matthew 7:7,8)

Waiting is a cruscial part of getting our prayer request granted. 
Scriptures tell us not to throw away our confidence because in due time we will reap a harvest if we don’t give up. 
By faith and patience we inherit the promises of God. (Hebrews 6:12)

Faith is trusting with confidence and assurity in something without any material evidence and patience is the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset.

So in other words we need to be waiting in confidence and patience with continual endurance in looking for something we hope for with expectation.

God’s promises are a part of our inheritance in Jesus Christ. Promises are divine assurances of good.

Scriptures tell us that the promises given to us at salvation are the forgiveness of sin and the born again experience but the Bible is loaded with many promises we can inherit if we will apply the preequist.

For example if we wait on the Lord and seek his face in prayer we can experience the baptism of the Holy Spirit and if we hold on to our faith until the end we can be saved from this earthly body and given a new heavenly body.

Another example is that if we watch our words and order our conversation properly we can reap a long life. (Proverbs 13:3)

All God’s promises are yes and amen, guaranteed as an inheritance to those who belong to him but they don’t come automatically. In fact sometimes the waiting is a long period of time but nevertheless he who has promised is faithful to fulfill his promises.

The promises of God are fulfilled according to timing and therefore faith and patience is required. One other ingredient which brings God’s promises to fruition is Grace. How could we even have faith or patience without his mercy bestowed upon us in the process ?

Waiting on the Lord requires faith and patience and in the right timing we will inherit the promise if we don’t give up. Wait on the Lord with joyful expectation. (Hebrews 6:12)


Things God Cannot Do

Did you know that even though God is sovereign (omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent) that there are certain things that he cannot do?

The Bible tells us that God can be limited and grieved. When we doubt God we limit him and make him sorrowful. He is sad because he cannot do any mighty works on our behalf. 
(Ps. 78:41)

All heaven is blocked by unbelief. Angels can’t move and God can’t move. Faith is the vehicle in which the miraculous moves. Without faith it is IMPOSSIBLE to please God but with even just a tiny bit of faith God will move a mountain on our behalf. (Heb. 11:6 Mark 11:23)

There are two kinds of faith that the Bible talks about. Our faith and God’s faith. When we trust God to work on our behalf he will do great things for us. Faith is not a feeling. It’s an action word. I believe therefore I have spoken. I believe therefore I take up my bed and walk. (Mark 5 :34, John 5 :8)

God’s faith is much more powerful. It is a supernatural endowment to believe a specific thing. Sometimes in order to do a supernatural feat we need a supernatural faith. (1Cor. 12:9)

Faith comes by hearing. Taking time to bend our ear to heaven. Hearing or getting the answer to our seeking comes from getting a word from God. We need to seek God through prayer, fasting and Bible reading to get a word from heaven. (Romans 10:17)

When we get a word from heaven faith comes. We know that we know that we know we have our petition granted.

Another way that God is limited is through unforgiveness. If we do not forgive others then God will not forgive us. 
(Matt. 6:15)

Sometimes the reason we don’t get our prayers answered is because we are still holding on to grudges and offense. Forgiveness is not a feeling either. It is also an action word. I choose to pray, bless and do good regardless of feelings.

Now that does not mean we have to be a carpet for other people to walk on. If there is no repentance from the other party we separate ourselves from the relationship and just continue to pray for them. That is Biblical protocol.

(2 Thess. 3:6)

Another way that God is limited is by failing to give. When we do not give the Bible says that he shuts the window to his blessings. When we give he gives back to us in good measure. (Mal. 3:10)

What we give, how we give and by our heart attitude determines the out come of the measure of blessing we get from God as well.

Another way we limited God is by our speach. God says that he will honour those who honor him. If we have wholesome conversation then the Lord will bless us. He says that by our words we will either be justified or condemned. By our words we will be blessed or cursed. (Ps. 50 :23 Matt. 12:23
Prov. 18:21)

Our speach reflects our heart attitude. What ever comes out of our mouth is what’s in our heart. When will fill our heart with God’s word and line up our conversation according to his agenda we will find ourselves walking in victory. (Luke 6:45)

Praying the word is a powerful weapon of faith against demonic powers. When we walk in forgiveness and pray for others we will live victorious in this life. When we give into God’s kingdom for his purposes we will be blessed. We will be more that conquerors because the battle is already won! Jesus defeated Satan and all we have to do is walk it out by faith in his victory. (Rom. 8:31 -39)