Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Christ Is Our Righteousness

How many believe this?  This is a wonderful study and I'm sure you will benefit from it, just hang in there.

1 John 1:9  "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

"God requires that we confess our sins and humble our hearts before Him; but at the same time, we should have confidence in Him as a tender Father, who will not forsake those who put their trust in Him.  Many of us walk by sight and not by faith.  We believe the things that are seen but do not appreciate the precious promises given us in God's Word, and yet we cannot dishonor God more decidedly than by showing that we distrust what He says and question whether the Lord is in earnest with us or is deceiving us."  F&W

"God does not give us up because of our sins.  We may make mistakes and grieve His Spirit, but when we repent and come to Him with contrite hearts, He will not turn us away.  There are hindrances to be removed.  Wrong feelings have been cherished, and there have been pride, self-sufficiency, impatience, and murmurings.  All these separate us from God.  Sins must be confessed; there must be a deeper work of grace in the heart."  F&W

We must learn in the school of Christ.  Nothing but His righteousness can entitle us to one of the blessings of the covenant of grace.  We have long desired and tried to obtain these blessings but have not received them because we have cherished the idea that we could do something to make ourselves worthy of them.  We have not looked away from ourselves, believing that Jesus is a living Savior.  We must not think that our own grace and merits will save us; the grace of Christ is our only hope of salvation.  Through His prophet, the Lord promises, "Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and He will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon"Isaiah 55:7.  We must believe the naked promise, and not accept feeling for faith.  When we trust God fully, when we rely upon the merits of Jesus as a sin-pardoning  Savior, we shall receive all the help that we can desire."  F&W

Just like the paragraph above says, we must trust him.  We must walk by faith and not by sight.  I understand it is hard to believe in things that we cannot see, but we need to pray for trust and faith to believe.  All of our sins separate us from God, we must confess them if we hope to have a close relationship with Him, We must draw close to God and He will draw close to us.  We must lean on Christ as our only hope of salvation.  

"We look to self, as though we had power to save ourselves; but Jesus died for us because we are helpless to do this.  In Him is our hope, our justification, our righteousness....At this very time He is carrying on His work in our behalf, inviting us to come to Him in our helplessness and be saved.  We dishonor Him by our unbelief."  F&W

When Moses was leading the Israelites in the wilderness, God allowed poisonous serpents to sting them because of their rebellion.  He told Moses to make a serpent on a pole and tell them to 'look and live', many of them didn't believe God and suffered and died because of their unbelief.  

John 3:14,15  "As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness," even so was "the Son of man . . was lifted up:  that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life"  If you are conscious  of your sins, do not devote all your powers to mourning over them, but look and live.  Jesus is our only Savior; and although millions who need to be healed will reject His offered mercy, not one who trusts in His merits will be left to perish.  While we realize our helpless condition without Christ, we must not be discouraged; we must rely upon a crucified and risen Savior. Poor, sin-sick, discouraged soul, look and live.  Jesus has pledged His word; He will save all who come unto Him."

"There are conscientious souls that trust partly to God and partly to themselves.  They do not look to God, to be kept by His power, but depend upon watchfulness against temptation and the performance of certain duties for acceptance with Him.  There are no victories in this kind of faith.  Such persons toil to no purpose; their souls are in continual bondage, and they find no rest until their burdens are laid at the feet of Jesus."  F&W

"There is need of constant watchfulness and of earnest, loving devotion, but these will come naturally when the soul is kept by the power of God through faith.   We can do nothing, absolutely nothing, to commend ourselves to divine favor.  We must not trust at all to ourselves or to our good works; but when as erring, sinful beings we come to Christ, we may find rest in His love.  God will accept every- one that comes to Him trusting wholly in the merits of a crucified Savior.  Love springs up in the heart.  There may not be ecstasy of feeling, but there is an abiding peaceful trust.  Every burden is light; for the yoke which Christ imposes is easy.  Duty becomes a delight, and sacrifice a pleasure.  The path that before seemed shrouded in darkness becomes bright with beams from the Sun of Righteousness.  This is walking in the light as Christ in iin the light."  F&W

This is beautiful, I cannot add or subtract anything from it.  All I can say is cast your burdens on Jesus and let Him carry them for you, all your sins, confess them and He will forgive and life will not be a burden any longer. Grandma Joan





Monday, August 21, 2017

Poison

Did you know that you can be poisoned spiritually?  Yes, you can.  By adopting strange doctrines that are not Biblical and there are a lot of them we will touch on at least one today, maybe more.

One of them is that there is the belief that the death of Christ brought in grace to replace the law of God.  The precious blood that Christ shed establishes the law of God, not do away with it.  I didn't really know that some believe this but they do.  I have heard people say that 'I am saved', regardless of what kind of life they live they believe that they will be saved.  Here is a verse to verify this.  His mercy and truth go hand in hand.

Psalm 85:10  "Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other."

"Jesus, our Substitute, consented to bear for man the penalty of the law transgressed.  He clothed His divinity with humanity and thus became the Son of man, a Savior, and Redeemer.  The very fact of the death of God's dear Son to redeem man shows the immutability of the divine law.  How easily, from the transgressor's standpoint, could God have abolished His law, thus providing a way whereby men could be saved and Christ remain in heaven!  The doctrine which teaches freedom, through grace, to break the law is a fatal delusion.  Every transgressor of God's law is a sinner, and none can be sanctified while living in known sin."  F&W

"The condescension and agony of God's  dear Son were not endured to purchase for man liberty to transgress the Father's law and yet sit down with Christ in His throne.  It was that through His merits and the exercise of repentance and faith the most guilty sinner might receive pardon and obtain strength to live a life of obedience.  The sinner is not saved in his sins, but from his sins."  F&W

"What is sin?  1John 3:4  "Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

  "When the commandment came home to Saul's conscience sin revived, and he died.  He saw himself condemned by the law of God.  The sinner cannot be convinced of his guilt unless he understands what constitutes sin.  It is impossible for an individual  to experience Bible sanctification while he holds that if he believes in Christ is immaterial whether he obeys God's law or disobeys it." Romans 7:7.  F&W

In Revelation God's word declares that the professed commandment keeper whose life contradicts his faith is blind, wretched, poor, and naked.  Revelation 3:17.

"Many are led to think that they are on the road to heaven because they profess to believe in Christ, while they reject the law of God.  But they will find at last that they were on the way to perdition instead of heaven.  Spiritual poison is sugarcoated with the doctrine of sanctification and administered to the people.  Thousands eagerly swallow it, feeling that if they are only honest in their belief they will be safe.  But sincerity will not convert error to truth.  A man may swallow poison, thinking it is food; but his sincerity will not save him from the effects of the dose."  F&W

God has given us His word as our guide.

John 5:39  "Search the Scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of Me."

John 17:17  "Sanctify them through Thy truth:  Thy word is truth."

Acts 26:9 Paul says:  "I verily thought with myself, that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth."

His belief did not make his course right, did it?  When he received the gospel of Jesus Christ, it made him a new creation.  He was transformed.  He was not daunted by opposition or suffering.  Men may make all kinds of excuses for not keeping God's law but no excuse for the rejection of God's law will be accepted in the day of judgment.  We must very soon meet the Great Law Giver over His broken law.  What will we say in that day?  We will miss out on heaven and I don't want to be classed in that position, do you?  I hope not.  

These lessons are to help us in our life's journey, not discourage us.  Please follow me day by day in them and you will see that it is not a hard thing to follow the truth as it is in Jesus Christ.  I want you to be blessed and that is my goal.  Everything will be Biblical and has been so stay with me.  Grandma Joan

Sunday, August 20, 2017

True Sanctification

This subject has always been in my heart and mind but not in my actions.  I want to help those who have been where I have been to understand the phrase, 'True Sanctification'.  It is a very misunderstood subject by many, and I hope that this will help us understand what exactly it means and how we may obtain it.

"Sanctification is obtained only in obedience to the will of God.  Many who are willfully trampling upon the law of Jehovah claim holiness of heart and sanctification of life.  But they have not a saving knowledge of God or of His law.  They are standing in the ranks of the great rebel.  He is at war with the law of God, which is the foundation of the divine government in heaven and the earth.  These men are doing the same work as their master has done in seeking to make of none effect of God's holy law.    No commandment-breaker can be permitted to enter heaven; for he who was once a pure and exalted covering cherub was thrust out for rebelling against the government of God."  F&W

1 John 2:1-7   "My little children these things write I unto you, that ye sin not.  And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous;  And he is the propitiation for our sins; and not for our's only, but also for the sins of the whole world.  And hereby we do know that we know him if we keep his commandments.  He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.  But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.  He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked."

This kind of spells it out pretty plain, doesn't it?  We are prompted not to sin, but if we do sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ who is our intercessor to stand in our place with the Father.
Jesus paid the price for our sins and not ours only but everyone in the world if they would repent of their sins and let Him live out His life in them.  We also learned that when we say we know Him and don't keep His commandments, He says we are liars and the truth is not in us.  We know that we are in Him when we walk as He walked.

When we repent of our sins and surrender our all to Christ, we are considered dead to sin, and Christ is invited to dwell in our hearts and abide there.  If He is abiding in our hearts by faith, and we know by faith that His death on the cross paid for our sins, then we should know how very much that He loves us and if we know that He loves us and is abiding in our hearts we should know that we will not sin because He didn't sin and how much it will hurt Him if we do sin.  I want to learn to love Him as He loves me.  It may not be possible, but He can give me as much love for others that He wants me to have and I'll pray for that.  

By daily abiding with Him and living for Him, we can be sanctified day by day and be truly sanctified  when He comes for us in the clouds of heaven.  That is my goal, is it yours?  Grandma Joan

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Can We Earn Our Salvation?

All my life I have tried to please God by working for Him in one way or another.  That is why I started this blog, that is why I have held all kinds of offices in the church because I believed that I was earning my salvation by the things I was doing 'for Him'.  I have learned in just the last month or so that I cannot earn anything with God.  All the time I didn't know that I was misrepresenting the truth as it is in Jesus.  I am 86 years old now and if any of you are younger than that please listen up, older folks too.  It's never too late to learn.  The older you get the harder it is to comprehend these great truths, it takes much longer.  It is utterly useless to try and earn eternal life.  I have been in a fog of bewilderment and didn't know it.

"We need the divine love of God which is represented by gold tried in the fire; we need the white raiment of Christ's pure character; we need the heavenly eye salve that we might discern with astonishment the utter worthlessness of creature merit to earn the wages of eternal life."  F&W

Listen to this explanation:  "The Lord Jesus imparts all the powers, all the grace, all the penitence, all the inclination, all the pardon of sins, in presenting His righteousness for us to grasp by living faith--which is also the gift of God. .....Standing in the presence of their Creator and looking upon the unsurpassed glory which enshrouds His person, we are looking upon the Lamb of God given from the foundation of the world to a life of humiliation, to be rejected of sinful men, to be despised, to be crucified.  Who can measure the infinity of the sacrifice!"  F&W

Not me, I cannot even begin to imagine what Christ went through for me.  Lord, in my hand no price I bring, simply to Your cross, I cling.

"When we learn that we cannot earn righteousness by our own merit of works, and we look with firm and entire reliance upon Jesus Christ as our only hope, there will not be so much of self and so little of Jesus....We need to see by faith the righteousness of Christ as our only hope for time and for eternity."  F&W

"The soul temple is to be sacred, holy, pure, and undefiled.  There must be a copartnership in which all the power is of God and all the glory belongs to God.  The responsibility rests with us.  We must receive in thoughts and in feelings, to give in expression.  The law of the human and the divine action makes the receiver a laborer together with God.  It brings man where he can, united with divinity, work the works of God.  Humanity touches humanity.  Divine power and the human agency combined will be a complete success, for Christ's righteousness accomplishes everything." F&W

Did you get that?  If we accept Christ's righteousness as our righteousness, we can work the works of God.  But the responsibility lies with us to surrender to Christ and accept His righteousness as our righteousness 'for it is God who is working in you to will and to do of His good pleasure' Philippians 2:13.

"The reason so many fail to be successful laborers is that they act as though God depended on them, and they are to suggest to God what He chooses to do with them, in the place of their depending on God.  They lay aside supernatural power and fail to do the supernatural work."  F&W

Ephesians 2:8  "By grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God"
"Here is truth that will unfold the subject to your mind if you do not close it to the rays of light.  Eternal life is an infinite gift. This places it outside the possibility of you earning it because it is infinite.  It must necessarily be a gift.  As a gift, it must be received by faith, and gratitude and praise be offered to God.  Solid faith will not lead anyone  away into fanaticism or into acting the slothful servant.  It is the bewitching power of Satan that leads men to look to themselves in the place of looking to Jesus."  F&W

What I have learned from this lesson is that I can do nothing to earn my salvation.  I must trust in the merits of Christ's sacrifice for me for my salvation.  This is a tough lesson to comprehend, but please read it over and over if you have to.  It is all scriptural as you will see as the lessons go on.  It is not made up.  I am still learning because I want to make sure I have it down pat for my own salvation as well as yours.  You will have to use your reasoning powers and don't let your doubts creep in.  Please study these lessons and get them down in your heart and mind.  It will make you free in Christ and you will happy and joyful that you came across them.  Love to share with you and hope you are being blessed.  Grandma Joan

Friday, August 18, 2017

Belief and Unbelief

"How much do we believe from the heart?  The unbelief which is cherished in the soul has a bewitching power.  The seeds of doubt that they have been sowing will produce their harvest but they must continue to dig up every root of unbelief.  When these poisonous plants are pulled up, they cease to grow for want of nourishment in word and action.  The soul must have the precious plants of faith and love put in the soil of the heart and enthroned there." F&W

"Can we not understand that the most costly thing in this world is sin?  It is at the expense of purity of conscience, at the cost of losing the favor of God and separating the soul from Him, and at last losing heaven.  The sin of grieving the Holy Spirit of God and walking contrary to Him has cost many a one the loss of his soul."  F&W

Can you imagine what it will be like to lose the favor of God and separating our souls from Him and losing out on heaven?  I don't want to imagine it, it will be a sorrow that we cannot explain and filled with horror.  To think that we let this world be first in our life, when right now we can change all of this and look forward to seeing Him and rejoicing.

"By rebellion and apostasy man forfeited the favor of God; not his rights, for he could have no value except as it was invested in God's dear Son.  This point must be understood.  He forfeited those privileges which God in His mercy presented him as a free gift, a treasure in trust to be used to advance His cause and His glory, to benefit the beings He had made.  The moment the workmanship of God refused obedience to the laws of God's kingdom, that moment he became disloyal to the government of God and he made himself entirely unworthy of all the blessings wherewith God had favored him.  This was the position of the human race after man divorced himself from God by transgression.  Then he was no longer entitled to a breath of air, a ray of sunshine, or a particle of food.  And the reason why man was not annihilated was because God so loved him that He made the gift of His dear Son that He should suffer the penalty of man's transgression.  Christ proposed to become man's surety and substitute, that man, through matchless grace, should have another trial--a second probation--having the experience of Adam and Eve as a warning not to transgress God's law as they did." F&W

Think about this verse. "All things come of Thee, and of Thine own have we given Thee."  1 Chronicles 29:14.  God gives us everything we have, yes, we work for it but Who gives us the strength to work and sometimes it's taken away in a flash.  We do need to be thankful, and not be afraid to give what is already God's, back to Him in thanksgiving.  He will bless your endeavor.  Let's return to God our lives and be thankful for all His gifts that He gives to us daily and in return give Him glory and honor and gifts to further His work of saving souls for His kingdom.  Grandma Joan



Thursday, August 17, 2017

Two classes of Christians

The lessons I am going to present are probably new to most of you but all in the Scriptures and will probably cause you to wonder for a little while but stick with me, you will find all the worries about your beliefs can be over, all your stresses, whether you will be saved will be over but it is  going to take several lessons for you to comprehend it. It has taken me several weeks to get the real meaning to some phrases I've heard most of my life, but it is there so hang in with me and enjoy the freedom you will find in Christ.  I've been studying these lessons out for weeks and I will present them as I feel that I can as I feel secure in my learning.  Please bear with me, you will not be disappointed.  Some thoughts are taken from the little book, 'Faith and Works'.  I have been totally blessed by studying this and pray that you too will be blessed by my sharing some of the thoughts.  I will put them in quotes and put 'F&W after the quote.

1 Corinthians 6:9-11  Paul the apostle speaking, "Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? ....And such were some of you: but you are washed, but you are sanctified, but you are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God."

When we come to Christ sincerely wanting to follow Him, that is when we are washed, sanctified, and justified in His name and by His Spirit.  Sometimes we have led what we call it, a wicked life and do not feel like we can come to Him and be forgiven but when He washes us in baptism and sanctifies us by His blood on Calvary, and justifies us in His name and by His Spirit we are forgiven.  We have been washed clean from all sin.  Come to Jesus just as you are.  We must trust Him that He does this.

"The first class of Christians perverts the doctrine of justification by faith and neglect to comply with the conditions laid down in the Word of God - "If you love Me, keep My commandments" John 14:15. The second class there is fully as great an error on the part of those who claim to believe and obey the commandments of God but who place themselves in opposition to the precious rays of light--new to them--reflected from the cross of Calvary.  The first class do not see the wondrous things in the law of God for all who are doers of His Word.  The others cavil over trivialities and neglect the weightier matters, mercy and the love of God." F&W

1John 1:12  "Your sins are forgiven for His name's sake".  We must believe Him that He does forgive us even though we know we don't deserve it, He deserves it because He died for you.

John 1:12  "As many as received Him to them gave He the power to become the sons of God."

In this lesson, I want to learn the lesson of coming to God sincerely and surrender my life to Him completely and when we do that we must believe what He says in forgiving us.  We must learn to trust Him completely.  This is so hard to do, but the verse James 4:7 says; 'Submit yourselves, then to God. Resist the devil and he will flee...' if the devil flees, then God can do for us what we cannot do for ourselves.  Then we can freely love God and trust every word that He says to us.  So this lesson is one of trusting in God and believing that we are forgiven when we repent of our past sins.  You are free to trust Him, completely free.  Stay close to Him in the attitude of prayer so you can call on Him for any and all emergencies.  Grandma Joan

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Enduring Hardships and Persevering Until the End

One thing I am pretty sure of and that is, that we have all endured hardships of some kind or another.  But there may come worse hardships before Jesus comes.  We need to be strengthened to be able to endure anything that might come upon us, regardless of what it is.  We also need to be strong in His might to be able to Persevere until the End.  So let's strengthen our mind so we may be able to endure anything that comes our way.  Most of the trials we face will probably be spiritual trials to strengthen our faith, of course there will be physical trials too.  All trials are given to strengthen our faith and prepare us for Christ's soon coming.  Let's dig in.

Matthew 10:22  "And ye shall be hated of all men for My names sake: but he that endures to the end shall be saved."  I am sure we have all be hated at one time or another, maybe not but if we stand up for Christ there is a good chance that will happen.  I have been disliked because I stood up for what I believe and especially if I saw someone being hurt by another person.

Hebrews 12:7  "If ye endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons, for what son is he whom the father chastens not?  Have you been punished for something even if you didn't do it?  We know we are guilty if God punishes us and usually it is to make us a better person.  I'm not sure if God has punished me or not.  I'm thinking I probably brought it upon myself but of course he allows things to help us be a better person and learn a lesson.

James 1:12  "Blessed is the man that endures temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life which the Lord hath promised to them that love him." This is  wonderful promise for those of us who endure temptation. It's very important for us to endure so that we can receive that crown of life.

James 5:11  "Behold, we count them happy which endure.  Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy."  Remember how Job endured and his patience and how the Lord blessed him with twice as much as he had before his trials.  This story always encourages me,  I want to endure like Job, don't you?

1 Peter 2:19  "For this is thank worthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully."  We can be grateful when we endure grief or suffering for Christ's sake knowing that we will be stronger and stronger for enduring.

Job 17:9  "The righteous also shall hold on his way, and he that hath clean hands shall be stronger and stronger.

John 15:9  "As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love." If we continue in His love we will be able to have the strength to endure to the end.

Galatians 6:9  "And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap if we faint not."  Let's not get weary and faint along the way because there is a crown of life waiting for us.

Hebrews 12:1  "Wherefore, seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us  lay aside every weight and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us."We do have sins that seem to get hold of us at times, don't we?  Let's lay them aside and be patient and run the Christian race that is set before us.

1 Peter 1:13  "Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end of the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;" We must wrap up the thoughts in our minds and be sober and have the hope that the revelation of Jesus Christ brings us.

Revelation 3:11  "Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown." He is coming quickly, make sure we are holding on to what He has given us that someone else doesn't take our crowns.  That would be a sad day if someone else slipped in and took our crown and we lost out.  I can't think of anything worse.  I can't wait to cast my crown at the feet of Jesus and praise Him for saving me from all my unworthiness.  That will be a wonderful day, won't it?  I hope you will be there and rejoice with me and we shall meet there for the first time.  Grandma Joan