Lesson 18 - Grace (Pursue God and People) Part #3
Ben perceptively shares that you are alive in God and dead to sin. When you became alive to God, you received a new position, new power, new nature, new insights, and new destiny Understanding the Grace of God will empower you to PURSUE God and People while enjoying a #lifestyleofholiness #happyholiness !
GRACE: PURSUE GOD AND PEOPLE
“…Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.” (Rom. 6:11-13)
New Creation ALIVE to God – This means “to be alive” & “to enjoy life”; “new creation”; literally, God does not want you to live tormented by sin. Instead, He provides you with His GRACE to resist sin and become the man or woman He created you to be. When you became alive to God, you received a new position, new power, new nature, new insights, and new destiny (see Firm Foundation 16&17). Paul taught, “…be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.” (Eph. 4:17-23)
3 Distortions of God’s Grace:
The Legalistic believer - seeks to earn God’s love and favor by your stellar obedience, your devotion to God earns your righteousness and His love, forgiveness, and commitment.
The Compromising believer – seeks teachers and scriptures to validate a lifestyle that
allows you to neglect the call to love, seek, and obey Jesus with all your strength.
The Confused believer – may be sincere, but is easily swayed by the last argument heard; tossed by various waves of doctrine (Eph. 4:14-15). The simple remedy is to be grounded in the Word of God.
GRACE (Part #3) PURSUE GOD & PEOPLE (LOVE)
Pursuing Principle – You pursue relating to and serving (1) God and (2) people with love. But present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members [your talents, time, money, abilities, eyes, ears, hands, etc.] as instruments of righteousness to God. (Rom. 6:13b)
Present yourselves to God - Your life’s goal must be to make the 1st commandment 1st place in your life by seeking to know, love, and please God in a personal and wholehearted way. Your essential daily task—cultivating intimacy with God—just like you take time to eat, sleep, go to school and work.
Present your members as instruments of righteousness - This speaks of loving and serving people (family, church, and nations) in righteousness (more than just usefulness). You are called to do the 2nd commandment (love and serve people) so that you grow in wholeness of love/life as Paul teaches, “till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;” (Eph. 4:13).
What makes pursuing hard? – 2 problems arise. Problem #1 God – as you grow in love with God, you find out more about God and yourself that may be offensive to your mind. Problem #2 People - as you grow in love with people, you find out things about yourself and others that will make you want to run. You must know truth, resist darkness, and pursue God and people. You pursue loving God and people as you resist sin, satan, and sin-provoking circumstances in the context of knowing who God is and what He thinks and feels about you (this is why you text God questions 1 and 2). You are alive in Christ and God loves/enjoys you (you have to know the truth about God’s heart as a Father and Bridegroom). None of these principles can be omitted. Some people resist sin and pursue God without knowing who they are in Christ, while others pursue God at worship/teaching/prayer meetings without pursuing people or resisting sin.
PRAYER – God give me grace to pursue Loving You and people on purpose!
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