Of junk and fake grace (16)

Grace has no limits. There is nothing it cannot touch. Once it is an expression of the inadequacy of humanity, grace is programmed to meet it. Your finances, health, relationship, job, family, service, travelling, name it.

Don’t play strong head, open up for the grace of God. Grace should be known, we should know the grace of God in truth as Paul said. Any area that you still think you need to act for you to do something to receive grace means you are disconnected from grace. Grace is freely given to us by God, released in Jesus.

For example we have access to full health and full supply in Jesus. By his stripes we were healed and for our sake he became poor so that we might become rich. Therefore fear nothing. His grace is sufficient for you, except he did not say it is finished on the cross.

When Jesus said that “with it is impossible but not with God, for with God nothing shall be impossible,” he was talking about the grace of God. The question was: who then can be saved?

If Man is inadequate, God’s adequacy springs into action, so that at the end no one will boast in his presence and all the glory belongs to God. God can do what “can’t” be done


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Grace brings you all the time to the foot of the cross. There is sufficiency in grace. Jesus called it his grace, adding in his conversation with Paul that “My grace is sufficient for you.” His grace is enough. He also told Paul, my strength is made perfect in weaknesses. His grace is His strength, not your joke.

You don’t need to add anything to what is sufficient, not you misunderstanding, not legalism, not your reductionist view of it. It’s enough. And what freedom that brings, what hope, what life. Christ emptied himself to fill us, not with an idea but with the substance of his grace.

Of junk and fake grace (10)

Where you find it easy is the place where you have contacted the grace of God and the opposite is also true. The grace of God is not an idea an event it is an endowment. An endowment makes the difference between crawling and flying, the difference between the beggar and the rich.

These flock of people running after prophets to tell them the will of God are clueless grace-wise. The grace of God is in our relationship with the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of grace, it is the demonstration of the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

The grace of God is seen in the life of those who are Christians who are comfortably rich, the happily married, the stressless birth, holy living in the midst of a perverse generation. Connect with the grace of God.

Don’t be scared of the grace of God whether through your over concentration on dos and don’t from your religious background or the grace abusers touting a fake grace. Know the grace of God in truth. It will make all the difference. It an heavenly endowment.

Of junk and fake grace (7)

Some people confuse grace with love. God’s love is his predisposition to act for our best interest as demonstrated on the cross. It is permanent, consistent, unchanging because God is love. While we were yet sinners Christ died for us. But do you think he died so that we remain sinners?

The love of God does not care whether you are a sinner or not, but grace is different. We read that sin shall not have dominion over us because we are under grace. Grace is, therefore, a divine quality while love is divine disposition. God is love.

Grace is a spiritual quality that when added to you makes you different, makes you begin to act like God.

Grace is not love. Love is unchanging, grace you can grow in, grace does not work until you receive it. You are however benefiting from the love of God whether you are evil or good. E.g. the rain. And it is because of the love of God that God extends his grace to us through Jesus. It rained but you have to bring out your bowl to take and drink.

The gospel is called the gospel (good news) of the grace of God. It is not news if it is not new. It is not always available and will not always be available that is why we are in a grace dispensation.but God has always been love and will always be love. Maybe what these junk grace preachers should focus on is God’s love, but warn them, let them not confuse it again with grace otherwise, I will come after them. Lol.

And they should please back their assertion with a least two scriptures each. Otherwise, they should get out of our face. No lol.

Paul committed some people to the grace of God which is to build them up, and give them an inheritance. Grace does not leave you where you are, it is not about making you feel good, but making you do good. Grace makes. But we won’t even have the grace apart from the love. But we should not confuse the two and we should not confuse them also to justification, which is the divine declaration that we are righteous without having done anything to merit it, except faith. Shalom.

Of junk and fake grace (2)

Do you know you are not saved by faith but by grace through faith? Grace is a change agent that gets applied to you inwardly when to become a believer.

I know you are justified by faith, which goes from you to God, but you are saved by grace which comes from God to you.

Both happens at the same time. But if you mistakenly think you are saved by faith you are in error.

It means you don’t have to produce the fruit of a changed life since just believing in Jesus, which is a one-time event, is the only factor involved in your salvation.

If the grace comes, Jesus comes into your heart, the Spirit of Christ comes, life, light comes. Justification is only one side of the coin. It makes you right with God, grace is the other making you live like Christ. Grace does not make you right with God, it makes God right in you.

It is not called the grace of our Lord Jesus for fun. Note that it is not grace FROM our Lord Jesus (as if it is a one-time event), but grace OF. That grace carries his essence. It is not just a statement. People confuse justification with grace. It needs to stop. It presents grace as a past tense, but grace is present continuous.

Let this confusion stop, please.

The physicality of prayer

There are different physical expressions in prayer. For example people can scream when they are praying, lifting up their voice in a loud cry.
Hezekiah decided he was going to face the wall, Elijah bent over like someone in deep pain, Hannah was moving like someone drunk as she expressed her desire to God.

Paul mentioned the fact that he bent his knees in devotion to God. He also referred to the lifting up of the hands. Another physical expression in prayer is tears.

One thing that is common in prayer is that things are said, but the physical expression of the prayer is varied. Any attempt to give a regulation to the physical expression of prayer is humanistic rubbish, it is to excoriate the emotion out of the devotion of prayer. The emotion is part of who you are, and if anything less than who you are is expressed in prayer then the prayer is less than it can be. Prayer should be done with the whole of the heart. Loving God should be expressed in prayer and we were told to love the lord our God with all our might, mind, heart. Prayer should not be half hearted, we should not allow self consciousness to make prayer less than it should be.

How about learning from Jesus about physicality in prayer? While before the grave of Lazarus, he wept, and lifted up his voice in prayer. When the disciples came back from a time of ministry, the bible says that he rejoiced in the spirit, and thanked God for revealing things to babes and not to the high people in the society. They won’t know he rejoiced if he did n express that joy. That means you can laugh as you pray.

While he was in the garden of Gethsemane, he was in serious distress, and that was manifested physically in sweat like blood drops. When you see him in that position, you would not see Jesus with a calm demeanor, as what was going on inwardly became manifested physically.

Daniel decided that he was going to face Jerusalem in us regular prayer I a foreign land, showing his heart. The physicality of your prayer shows your heart.

While the physicality of prayer does not guarantee that prayer will be answered, its value is in how it reflects what is going on in the heart. There are people that are too cool to express anything in prayer, or are intimidated by those who are expressive in prayer and so push for a ban on such expression, constituting themselves to mockers.

God looks at the heart. Fine. But the heart is expressed in the act. God declared a damning judgement on Ahab but how he started wearing sack cloth after that touched the heart of God and he modified the punishment.

When you command or dictate for others certain physical posture in worship or prayer (prayer is also worship) the whole purpose is defeated. God wants your expression of devotion to be voluntary, just as he loves a cheerful giver, giving not by compulsion but willingly.

I should be free to sit down if I want to sit down, there should not be a contraint against physical expression in prayer and there should not be a commandment for it.

In Christ we have the freedom to express and the freedom not to express anything, the one who expresses should not think those who are less expressive are less, and the less expressive should not think that the expressive are playing to the gallery.

We have a bunch of humanists rubbish coming into the church, where everything is reduced to the confines of logic. There is nothing logical about raising your voice in prayer since God is not deaf, there is nothing logical about weeping in prayer because God is spirit. Embracing such line of reasoning is humanistic rubbish. There is nothing wrong with physical expression, God made us emotional beings for a reason, and emotions get expressed. Period. If you feel deeply enough about it, you will express it.

There is nothing wrong with emotions. God is emotional, but there is the humanistic rubbish in which the places in the bible where God expressed emotions are regarded as merely symbolic.

Everybody has emotions, and there is no better place to express emotions than pray. Prayer is serious business. It should involve everything: spirit, soul and body. Peter said that we should be serious minded about prayer. When praying, we should not bother about what others can say.

Concerning Elijah, James wrote that he prayed earnestly. There was a certain intensity in his prayer. We learnt that he prayed fervently. “Fervently” is an emotive word. James added that the effectual fervent prayer of the righteous avails much.

The “effectual” aspect is about praying the will of God, (soul) the “righteous” aspect is about right standing with God in your personal life (spirit). But the “fervently” is about physical expression. Anything and anyone therefore that reduces from the importance of the physicality of prayer, attacks the core of prayer.

In the Old Testament, we saw that Elijah went up the mount and bent down like a woman in labour, asking his servants to, at intervals, check the cloud. It was James who told us that what Elijah was doing was pray that it might rain on the earth.

He was in a groaning posture even though he had the word of God that he was going to send rain on the earth. So the physicality of prayer is not about getting God to do what he does not want to do, just the expression of the pressure we are sensing in our spirit, it is sharing the burden of Jesus concerning the matter.

Jesus complained that the disciples did not share his burden of prayer while he was near carrying the cross. They choose to yield to sleep, while he agonized in prayer.

If you see the way the writer of the book of Hebrews described the prayer life of Jesus, you will understand more about the physicality of prayer and he is the one we are supposed to follow.

“In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence. – Hebrews 5:7” Esv

There is nothing “cool” about loud cries and tears. He offered intense prayer so that he can be saved from death? That was not the impression you get when just reading through the gospels.
But wasn’t it prophesied that Jesus was going to rise up, why then did he have to pray hard for it? The answer is that he was not supposed to rise up without his own active involvement and what is where the tears come in. Who says the physicality of prayer is not important, if Jesus did it, it is more than important, it is necessary.

What about the Holy Spirit? We were told that he intercedes for us with groaning which cannot be uttered. Groaning is not gentlemanly. It is an expression of an intense feeling. Holy Spirit has feelings, that is why we are told not to grieve the Holy Spirit.
So if the Holy Spirit is groaning and you are in tune with him at a particular moment, won’t you also groan? Groaning is intense desire for something (goes with a spiritual birthing process following the natural one). Please let’s stop this humanistic rubbish that reduces the importance of the physicality of prayer.

Rightly so we are taught the importance of the word of God in prayer, but if we are emotional beings, we should be free to express our emotions anyhow we want. To deprive me of my physicality in prayer is to deny God of his enjoyment of me in my prayer, enjoyment of my lack of shame in connecting with him in prayer.

What if my physicality offends others, should I then cage myself? Maybe you can, but don’t let anyone rubbish you, judge you with their humanistic, pseudo faith concepts.

Bible reading: beyond the mechanics

In engineering technology, there is the division into mechanical and electrical parts. The mechanical aspect is the structure, how things are positioned one to one another, move one on another.

We realise that mechanical energy, which is energy due to movement of parts, can lead to electrical energy, which is about flow of energy through conductors.

Also electric energy can lead to mechanical energy, I am talking about devices that we use.

What does any of these have to do with bible reading?

The point is that in bible reading/study, which is a device in our spiritual life, there are also those two parts.

There is nothing spiritual about having a bible if you do not read and study it. At the basic level, reading the bible is the mechanical aspect, while the study should be electrical/electronics aspect.

The mechanical is less exciting than the electrical, that is why electrical/electronics (more complex and varied) has evolved more than mechanical engineering.

We now have software, biomedical, bio-informatics, robotics, etc. The electrical makes things more and more sophisticated, while the mechanical can remain the same over centuries.

There are may angles to bible study (electrical), but reading is reading and it is still basic. For something to be mechanical, it has to do about repetition, it is about how parts connect and relate to one another for consistency. A good mechanical device is meant to deliver movement on a consistent basis, without fail.

Paul said give attention to reading. Reading can be very boring, maybe because the concept being examined may not lead to an immediate application, but don’t we read books, novel, not because they are of any benefit, but because of the feeling we derive from it?

So we should read the bible because, among other things, of the feeling of closeness to God it gives us.

But the bible is a little different from novels because the number of pages is finite and after reading four chapters a day starting from Genesis, you will be through it in Aa year. And somebody asked me: after I have finished it, what do I do? I said start all over again.

That is the mechanics. We have daily devotionals meant to help people read the bible daily. There is something mechanical about that. It ensures that without fail, you put your nose in the scriptures. The Berean Jews were described by Paul as being noble, because they searched the scriptures daily. The word “daily” is a mechanical word. It is about routine.

To search is to study and that is the electrical. Our study can become more sophisticated, as we use Strong’s concordance, different bible versions, and the varying length of time we have to devote to it, the particular topic we are interested in, or book, or, character. The variation in study is almost infinite, but the reading is not. It is merely moving from verse to verse, chapter to chapter, book to book.
Jesus said that the Pharisees err because they know neither the scriptures not the power of God. The more we read the bible, regardless of how boring we think some parts are, the more we know the scriptures. There is no magic to it. The power of God, however, is not mechanical, it is electrical, it is a flow of the Holy Spirit.

What we need is a balance of study and the reading. While bible reading can be mechanical, study cannot be mechanical. It has to be based on interest, being another variable. Reading is unidirectional, study is multidirectional.

You can have reading without study, but you cannot have study without reading. You can have mechanical energy without electrical energy (bicycle) you can’t have electrical energy without some structure, mechanics to it.

The basic relationship we should have with the bible is reading. Reading is not complex, it can be done at anytime, without any complexity. But study is inherently complex.

When we read we take in the word of God, we just eat it, we are not so concerned about how it will work in our spiritual system, we may not even totally understand it, but we take it in. We store the word God in our hearts.
Then the Holy Spirit, the electrical man himself, can bring the word to our remembrance, turning that we read into spiritual energy in our lives. When we read we are using mechanical energy, we expend energy as we read, on a daily basis but after the Holy Spirit moves on what we have read, it becomes something else, it because understanding because He is the Spirit of understanding.

There is no understanding before reading, just as there is no experience of the Holy Spirit without Jesus. Jesus is mechanics, Holy Spirit is electrical. The Holy Spirit is exciting while the people, even his disciples found Jesus sort of “one kind”. He said many things that did not click in the minds of the disciples, but Jesus did not worry, He said that the Holy Spirit will sort that out.

Stay with the mechanics, and do not allow yourself to be taken away from it.

The following will take you away:

1. Lack of conviction that the 66books in the bible is the word of God.

2. Not convinced that all parts of the scriptures is from God, and it serves as the gateway to the understanding of GOD.

3. Not realising that the words of scriptures is always profitable.

4. Not believing that you need the word just as the a baby needs milk, for your spiritual life.

We love the spark of new revelation, but the spark moves on the mechanics of the reading.

Jesus said to Peter, “follow me.” It is mechanical to follow him. It is a day by day thing, it is a matter of neglecting other things to follow him. Along the way some people got offended in Jesus because of some of the claims he made about himself.

That was a test for Peter whether he would continue to follow the word or not. Those people were following but did not follow till the end. They got tired with the mechanics of following, the listening without full understanding, the confrontation with their preconceived notion of things.

But Peter did not dwell on those things, rather he said to Jesus, you have the words of eternal life. He went beyond the mechanics of the word to discover that there is more in the words than immediately meet the eyes.

You should go beyond the mechanics of the word, while realising that you cannot do without it. The mechanics is the foundation, it gives strength, while the electrical part gives the direction.

Someone said he wants God to open his eyes for him to behold wondrous things out of his laws.

He did not give up on the word, when it was not making sense to him, rather he asked God to turn the mechanics of it to electrical energy, the wondrous things, the electrifying things, the empowering things.

You move beyond the mechanics, but keeping an healthy respect for it, keep up the mechanics, valuing it because you know without it, the electrical dimension may be out of control or not work at all.