Blessed is the Man that Endures Trial

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What exactly does it mean to be blessed and how does one get blessed by God? The Hebrew word for “blessed” is ASHERI or BARAK. Whenever a person is blessed by God the word BARAK it is always used. This means that the blessing is initiated by God and is beneficial to the person receiving the blessing.

In reconciling the use of trials and tribulations of this world that God allows in our life to occur and God’s blessing in our life, this is what I feel the Lord has shown me. First of all the perquisite for blessings is to know Jesus Christ and be clothed in his righteousness. This we can see from the scripture, in Matthew chapter 5 verse.6. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Not our own righteousness but the righteousness that comes by faith in Jesus Christ.

This blessing comes through having a humble heart. (Poor in spirit) If one will not humble himself before God and admit being a sinner then the blessing of salvation will not come.  Pride is the negative attitude of the world, it is Satan’s attitude. Satan is uppity, prideful, boastful, thinks he is hot stuff. We can never get saved having this kind of an attitude. This is why God allows life trials and tribulations to occur in the lost so that they get humble and come off their high horse! God also uses the law, he shows the lost how evil they are and how they fall short of God’s expectations.  He uses these things to bring us to salvation; because he loves us.

Simply put, a child who is rebellious and never does what he is told, needs correction and discipline for his good. We need correction and discipline for our own good! Even the Christian is constantly being humbled and made dependant on God. God will never use a Saul. That is a person who thinks that he has a right or is God’s gift to everyone. God will always use a David, one humble and small in his own eyes. The humble boasts only in the Lord, not in their own ability.

But to this one I will look, to him who is poor and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My Word. Psalm 25:9-10

To be blessed by God does not mean that you will not experience hardship! When you are blessed by God it is based on right relationship with him but also by certain behaviors. Remember that James said that “I will show you my faith by my works” In other words, if you have faith in Jesus Christ, your life will bear fruit to show that you have been born of God.

In order to perform these behaviors we must be led and moved by the Holy Spirit and not by laws, rules, and regulations. An example would be, if I give all my money to the poor thinking that I will earn kudos with God; then I am gravely misinformed. Cain’s sacrifice of his works was not acceptable to God because they came by his own hand and for the motive of winning God’s blessings. Ables’ sacrifice, on the other hand was expectable because his sacrifice was based on God’s requirements and not by his own works. Able knew that nothing that he could do in his own ability would make God love him more or accept him. Only the requirement of a sacrifice of a lamb (figurative of Jesus Christ) was acceptable.

This is the same way with blessings from God. They are delivered according to certain requirements and based on how the Holy Spirit directs. In other words, my giving must be initiated by faith in God’s Holy Spirit which always comes with a love and passion for what one is giving to. If I give out of a requirement of necessity, to get a blessing, then my giving will not be acceptable to God BUT if my giving is initiated by the Holy Spirit it will be done with a joyful heart, even if I have given my last penny. You see, it is all based on the humble attitude.

He teaches the humble His way… Psalm 25:9-10

If you read all of Matthew chapter 5 you will see the requirements for certain blessings to come. I will bring a short caption of some of them. As you can see blessings are not always material and may not occur until we enter heaven.

Requirement:  the poor in spirit (humble) Blessing: theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Requirement:   those that morn Blessing:  they shall be comforted

Requirement:  Be meek Blessing:  they shall inherit the earth.

Requirement: hunger and thirst after righteousness Blessing: they shall be filled

Requirement:  Be merciful   Blessing: shall obtain mercy.

Requirement: Be pure in heart. Blessing they shall see God

Requirement: Peacemakers. Blessing: called the children of God

Requirement: persecuted for righteousness’ sake Blessing: theirs is the kingdom of heaven

Requirement: Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake Blessing: great is your reward in heaven

In order to be blessed by God we must love God, walk in his ways by the power of the Holy Spirit, be obedient to the promptings of the Holy Spirit and God’s word, do not go after false God’s (idols in our heart) Deut. 11:22, 26-28

Obedience to the Holy Spirit, (God in us) walking in the Holy Spirit, listening to his voice will give you a life blessed by God. Remember that many are the afflictions of the righteousness BUT the Lord delivers from them all!

And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left. Isaiah 30:21

Blessed is the man that endures trial: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord has promised to them that love him.

In conclusion, to be blessed by God does not always mean material nor does it mean that all blessings will be fulfilled in this life; some blessings will be fulfilled in eternity.

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BELIEVE WITH THE HEART

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According to the bible, the unsaved person is dead in trespasses and sins. The unsaved person cannot understand spiritual things because the unsaved person is not spiritual, (born again), but rather is carnal, (in the unregenerate sinful nature), SOLD UNDER SIN.

The bible also says that the unsaved person has the devil’s nature and in fact belongs to the devil or is the devil’s seed. “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.” John 8:44

The one who believes in Jesus Christ is adopted by God as his child when becoming “born again” Translated being,(To change from one form, function, or state to another, convert or transform) and are set free from the power of darkness and translated into the Kingdom of his dear Son.

To be saved from sin means to be translated, changed, born again, having a new heart. So when the bible says to believe with the heart and you will be saved, what that verse is saying is; one must believe with the spirit that is now born again. It does not mean to have an intellectual (physical mind/body) assent to the gospel. Scripture tells us that even the devils believe the gospel. They believe that Jesus died for the sins of his elect and that he rose from the dead. That kind of belief does not save!

Satan’s seed many times believe with the head the salvation message but are not really born of the Holy Spirit. Judas believed with the head. He walked with Jesus, saw all the miracles BUT he did not have divine revelation of Jesus in the same way that Peter did. Jesus was amazed that Peter knew who he was? Why? Because he knew that no one could really believe that Jesu was the Son of God unless the Father revealed who Jesus was.

Under the law, the Spirit would come upon a person and reveal himself. That is how God had relationship with the prophets. However, those were temporary incidences. This is the experience Peter had because until Jesus rose from the dead and sprinkled his blood on the mercy seat and sent the Holy Spirit to make people born again, God’s elect were circumcised in the flesh under the law. Under the New Testament to become one of Gods elect one must be circumcised by the Spirit in the heart. (spirit of man)

Another example of a person who believed with the head but not the heart is Simon the sorcerer. Simon believed but Peter told him that his heart (spirit) was not right before God. What was Peter saying? That Simon was not really saved. He was not born again. He “believed” with his intellect but he did not believe with the heart unto salvation.

“But there was a certain man, called Simon, which beforetime in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one: To whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is the great power of God. And to him they had regard, because that of long time he had bewitched them with sorceries. But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. Then SIMON HIMSELF BELIEVED ALSO AND WHEN HE WAS BAPTIZED, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done. Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John: Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost: (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.) Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost. And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money, Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost. But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money. Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: FOR THEY HEART IS NOT RIGHT IN THE SIGHT OF GOD. Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee. For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity. Then answered Simon, and said, Pray ye to the LORD for me, that none of these things which ye have spoken come upon me.” (Acts, 8:9-24).

Now let’s take a look at those who believed with the heart in the New Testament. Both Cornelius and Lydia were seeking the Lord What did they each have in common? First of all they were seeking the Lord for his direction. Not their own purposes like Simon and the cults do, wanting to have God’s power for selfish motivation (usually power, money, and the praises of men, or to be justified by their own self righteousness) but because the Lord was revealing himself to them, drawing them by his Holy Spirit.

In the book of Romans Paul says that the unsaved do not seek after God. They do not want him and nor is he in their thoughts but those the Father is drawing are true seekers.

As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is NONE THAT SEEKETH AFTER GOD. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Romans 3:10, 11

“He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” Heb 11:6

God was drawing Cornelius and Lydia to Himself. He sent someone to bring the Gospel to them and He opened their understanding so that they could believe the Gospel and be saved. In Romans chapter 10, Paul says that “Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone that believeth”. No longer are God’s elect under the law because the new covenant of grace is now here which has been provided for by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Under the new covenant one must be circumcised in the heart in order to put off the flesh rather than the physical act of circumcision under the law. When one is born again he is given a new nature, God’s nature is planted as a seed in him and grows daily to the perfect sature of Christ.

So we see that both Cornelius and Lydia were seeking the Lord and then the Lord send someone to preach the word of faith to them and then when they heard the word, they believed unto salvation and became born again into God’s kingdom. To believe with the heart means to receive the engrafted word into the spirit which was dead because of sin and to be born of God by being translated into a new creature. God must give the spirit life by his Spirit and then being risen from the dead the person can believe.

The preaching of the word is what produces that faith. Not preaching of man’s opinions but preaching scripture. However, remember that the word must be preached to opened hearts as Jesus said in his parable of the sower. The heart must be drawn and prepared by the Holy Spirit whose job is to convict of sin, righteousness, and judgment. Then when the word is sown into a prepared heart faith comes and that person believes unto salvation. Much prayer is needed in the heart preparation but I will save that for another sermon.

Romans 10:6-18 The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt BELEIVE IN THINE HEART that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For WITH THE HEART MAN BELIEVETH unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? So FAITH COMES BY HEARING,(the ability to hear) and hearing(the ability to hear) by the word of God. But I say, Have they not heard? Yes verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world.
To believe with the heart Kardia in the Greek means to be born again in the spirit. When we are born again, the Holy Spirit comes to live in our spirits and then we are no longer in the flesh (carnal) but are spiritual, (in the spirit because we are joined to Gods Spirit) That is why Jesus said that “you must be born again to enter into Gods kingdom. “

And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Thessalonians 5:23
1 Peter 1:23, Being born again, not of corruptible seed,but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth forever.

There are many who believe with the head the gospel message and the scriptures call these people false brethren or Apostates. They mimic real Christians, but when you examine their fruit closely you will see that they are fakes. The fruit is corrupt, they preach a different gospel trying to bring others into bondage of the law because they are under law, having not the spirit of God in their Spirit, Ephesisan 2 AND Colossians2 tells us that we must be made alive by the operation of God in order to be really saved and not an Apostate. Believe with the heart(spirit) unto salvation.

“And you hath he quickened, ( MADE ALIVE UNTO GOD) who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were BY NATURE THE CHILDREN OF WRATH, even as others. But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath QUICKENED US TOGETHER IN CHRIST, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship,CREATED IN CHRIST JESUS UNTO GOOD WORKS, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

Colossians 2:18-15
Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are RISEN WITH HIM THROUGH THE FAITH OF THE OPERATION OF GOD, who hath raised him from the dead. And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.

WHOM HE PREDESTINED : The Gospel of Grace with Kim Balogh

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Did Jesus intend to save ALL individuals of the human race by his work of redemption or did he intend to save his chosen and elect whom he forknew and predestined ?

The Christian humanists say that Jesus Christ died for all, but only those who accept him will receive eternal life, however let us examine Romans 8:28-30.

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according go His purpose. 29) For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the first-born among many brethren; 30) and WHOM HE FOREKNEW HE ALSO PREDESTINED AND WHOM HE PREDESTINED,THESE HE ALSO CALLED AND THESE HE ALSO CALLED, and whom He justified, these He also glorified.

So we know from this scripture that “THOSE HE PREDESTINED,them he also called.”

God has ordained that the gospel be preached to all but only those for whom Christ died,( his elect) through the proclamation or preaching of the gospel will have ears to hear the truth because God will exercise His sovereign power to save them by giving them divine revelation of who he is. The Holy Spirit will CALL them out of the world AND translate them from the power of darkness into the kingdom of his dear Son.

Since man is totally depraved, that is dead in trespasses and sin, he has no ability on his own to come to God. God is not in his thoughts. In fact the bible says that the unregenerate or carnal man is in enmity (has a deep seated hatred)with God. How then can one who by nature hates God come to him? He cannot!

A spiritually dead person cannot give himself spiritual life anymore than a physically dead person can give himself physical live. That requires a supernatural act on the part of God, for God alone has the words of eternal life! Jesus said that “no one can come tome unless the Father enaables him.” John 6:65

We get into the family of God in the same way that we get into our human family, by being born into it. By the supernatural act of God Himself, one becomes born again, born from above, born of God, through His Holy Spirit. This act takes us out of the kingdom of Satan and places us in His spiritual kingdom by a spiritual rebirth.

John 6:44

No man can come to me, except the Father that sent me draw him.

No man can come to me, except the Father which has sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.” (Joh 6:44)

The LORD has appeared of old to me, saying, Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love: therefore with loving kindness have I drawn you. (Jer 31:3)

And you hath he quickened, who were DEAD in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were DEAD in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that NOT OF YOURSELVES: it is the GIFT of God: NOT OF WORKS, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:1-10

All that the Father giveth me shall come unto me; and he that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. John 6:37

In conclusion, Jesus came so that he could save those whom the Father, by his Holy Spirit calls and draws to Jesus, who have been predestined (predetermined) to salvation.

As scriptures say, “God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name.” Acts 15:14

HE THAT HAS EARS TO HEAR LET HIM HEAR

The bible says that unless the spiritual ears are opened by the Holy Spirit one cannot understand the gospel for it is God who gives understanding by revelation of the word (bible-logos (written word) becoming rhema (living active word). Unless the Father grants a person ears to hear they will not hear his word because they cannot hear. Let us examine Mark chapter 1 and compare it with other scripture.

Mark 1: 10-10-12

 And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve asked of him the parable. And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables: That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them

Jesus taught in parables on purpose and many did not understand what he was talking about because it was not given unto them to understand.

Mark 1: 1

And he began again to teach by the sea side: and there was gathered unto him a great multitude, so that he entered into a ship, and sat in the sea; and the whole multitude was by the sea on the land. And he taught them many things by parables, and said unto them in his doctrine,

God told Isaiah that he would save some but he would also harden the hearts of others.

Isaiah 6:9-10

And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not. Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed.

When the Lord preaches through his people the word of God it is not always to get them saved. Sometimes it is to bring judgment in their lives. The preaching of God’s word may actually harden the hearts of those who have no ears to hear.

For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish: To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things? For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ. 2 Corinthians 2

Let’s look at the parable of the Sower and examine the hearts of those who had heard Gods word.

Mark 4 : 3,4 , 15

Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow:And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up.

vrs 15 And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts.

Satan comes to take away the word that was preached, the thief steals it. Why? It was sown in a heart that was living in the WAYSIDE- The side or edge of a road, way, path, or highway, fall by the wayside-To fail to continue, to give up, go by the wayside- To be set aside or discarded because of other considerations. So we can see that these hearts did not continue in what they heard because they loved this present world, they were busy, preoccupied with other things. Something like Esau, they preferred world’s affairs to the gospel and so they could not hear.

Timothy 4:10
For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica.

1 John 2; 15-17
Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

Vrs. 6,7 the word was sown on stony ground. There was not much soil, so the seed was sown on the surface, a surface conversion is not a real conversion. When persecution and trials come these fair weather friends take off. They want all the blessings but not the cross. They get offended when you preach about suffering for Jesus and about being persecuted for his sake.

And some fell on stony ground where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth: But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away. Vrs. 16,17 And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness;And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, immediately they are offended.

Then we have the heart of thorns in vrs 7,18,19

And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit.
vrs 18,19And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word, And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.

Self explanatory really, the heart who loves riches, praises of men, position, power, worldly ambition. These hearts hear the word but they do not receive it. They are of the world and belong to the world, and that is why you will see no spiritual fruit in these folks.

Finally we have the good soil. What exactly is good soil? In the natural good soil is filled with nutrients and has a good texture. Bad soil is acidy, filled with rocks and weeds and cannot grow the seed which was planted. So in other words the heart must be without impurities to receive the word of God. How can this be if all hearts are desperately wicked as scriptures teach?

Jeremiah 17:9
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

Matthew 15:19
For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.

Mark 7:21-22
For from within, out of men’s hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly.

Matthew 13:15
For this people’s heart has become calloused;(HARDENED) they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.’

The heart or spirit of man must be made new by God, transformed, born again. Then the soil is able to hear and receive because the heart is a converted heart. God created man as a spirit which lives in a physical body and has a soul; (psyche, mind, brain function) The soul (personality, mind will intellect are all stored in the brain) was the issue of the breath of God entering into the nostrils of the body of dust. But the spirit is the life of God. When Adam fell and the sin nature came upon all men, all men became corrupt (totally depraved) body, soul, and spirit. He in effect became dead in sin, dead to God, a child of the devil, having the devils heart.

Psalm 53;1-,3
The fool hath said in his heart,There is no God. Corrupt (DEPRAVED) are they, and have done abominable iniquity:
there is none that doeth good.The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God.They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

 

John 8:44

Ye are of [your] father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

Romans 3:10-12
As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

That is why God gave the law, not to eradicate sin but to control sin until Christ should come. When a person becomes born again he then gets a new heart and has ears to hear what the Spirit of God says through the word, he is now reconciled to God!

God’s breathing into man the breath of life produced man’s spirit. Heart and spirit in scripture are interchangeable.

Genesis 2:7
Jehovah God formed man with the dust of the ground. And breathed into his nostrils the breath of life.

Breath comes from from the Hebrew word neshamah which, means “spirit”

Proverbs 20:27
The spirit [neshamah] of man is the lamp of YHWY.

Ezekiel 36;26-27
A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.

Luke 6:45
The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.

John 7:38 Anyone who believes ( pisteuo- to have faith, to trust in. Is different than simply to believe in something. The devils believe and are not given new hearts)in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’”

Romans 10:9-10
If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved.

Ephesians 1:18
I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance.

Vrs.8 And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred. Vrs.20 And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred.

If you have spiritual ears, then you will be given understanding by God through revelation of his holy Spirit concerning the scriptures and the more you have the more you will get, you will always grow and keep on growing but those who have hard unregenerate hearts not born again and made new will hear the word and misunderstand it, distort it, flee from it, hate it, reject it and in the end be judged by it, unless the Lord by his grace grants repentance, faith, conversion.

2 Timothy 2:25
In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure(PERHAPS) will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth

Vrs 23-25 If any man have ears to hear, let him hear. And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given. For he that hath, to him shall be given: and he that hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he hath.

 In Conclusion, the salvation experience comes only through the power of the Holy Spirit transforming the heart. Intellectual belief is not salvation, rather a new born again heart is what is required in order to inherit eternal life and that occurs only as the Lord wills.

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The Reward is Reckoned of Grace and not of Debt :The Gospel of Grace with Kim Balogh

 

According to Romans Chapter 4, Abraham believed God and his belief was counted as righteousness.

Let us examine this statement. The word for believe is the Greek word, pisteuō, which

by definition means to give credit, have confidence in, to have conviction and trust in, to acknowledge.

Notice that it does not just mean to acknowledge as true BUT to put one’s trust and confidence in. So then to believe in God, or have faith in God is to have relationship with God.

In other words one is entrusting himself to God for his whole life. This relationship is what constitutes salvation AND accredits to the believer Christ’s righteousness.

Counted is the same word as imputed (logizomai)

  which means to to pass to one’s account, determine, purpose, decide. 

 So what is righteousness? According to the bible, righteousness which in the Greek meansdikaiosynē, approved of by God withintegrity, virtue, purity of life, rightness correctness of thinking feeling, and acting just and virtuous.

“For what saith the scripture?  Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.” Romans 4: 3

“Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” Galatians 3:6

“And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.” James 2:23

Romans 4: 4,5 says that to him who works for his salvation the reward is of debt and not grace. In other words if we work to try and attain God’s righteousness we are in a state of debt. WE OWE. How can we pay? Well, scriptures say that in order to work for our salvation we must keep ALL THE LAW. That means we cannot break even one and scriptures tell us that no one has ever been able to do this except Jesus. The bible says that  ALL have sinned and fallen short. There is NONE THAT DOES GOOD!

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” Romans 3: 23

“As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:” Romans 3:10

The good news is that for those who believe (have relationship) with God through Jesus Christ, they are justified and made righteous by faith through Grace(God’s mercy)

This means that our reward of eternal life is of grace and not of debt. God imputes Christ’s righteousness and does not hold our sins against us they are forgiven and forgotten!

“Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:” Romans 3:24

“ Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.” Romans 4:6-8

By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ  ONCE FOR ALL.” Hebrews 10:10

THE LAW OF LIFE AND LIBERTY IN JESUS CHRIST

 

THE LAW OF LIFE AND LIBERTY IN JESUS CHRIST

The New Testament has replaced the codified system of Mosaic Law. Differing from the Old, the greater Law of love and freedom is now SHED ABROAD in our new born again hearts (Jeremiah 31.31)

The old Mosaic Law binds us and the new law of Jesus Christ Liberates us. That is why the new law is both perfect and free. True freedom means we now can joyfully by grace imparted to us by the Holy Spirit’s endowment do what is pleasing to God.

The Spirit of LIFE and liberty in Christ Jesus has set us free from the law of sin death. The perfect law of liberty is the law of GOD’S love which has been shed abroad in the hearts of those who are born again of the Holy Spirit.

The Spirit of LIFE and liberty is a higher law because the law keeper who is JESUS CHRIST Himself lives in us, through us, upon us, by his Holy Spirit which he sent and poured out on the day of Pentecost which was the Ancient Jewish Celebration of the Law given to Moses on MT. Sinai. In other words God replaced the Mosaic Law with life in the Sprit, that is what the event in the book of Acts was all about!

When we become Christians by receiving the sacrifice of Jesus Christ we are now made free from obligatory rituals and duties and we are also made free from the law of sin and death.

The redemption makes it now possible for us to experience LIFE and LIBERTY and no more bondage that obligation and duty to rules and regulations bring. We receive instead, Love, joy and peace in the Holy Spirit. As we continue to look into this Law of Liberty, our born again spirit will desire the things of God. No more will we desire to live in sin and play in the devil’s playground.

We will not want to continue to live in sin but will instead be transformed day by day, into the perfect man God wants us to be (the fullness of the stature of the measure of Jesus Christ)

But this work will not be completed in its entirely until we have received our new bodies. As long as we live in the sinful body which is corrupt after the flesh we will always be in a battle and that is why we must yield to the spirit who is at work in us. Brethren this sanctification is both immediate as well as on going. When you become born again the seed of God’s living word is planted in your heart and with his grace through his word and the eternal Spirit it will grow and you will become more and more like Jesus!

Jesus says in his word, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you FREE, you will be free indeed” Jn. 8:34-36

Paul says “that where the Spirit of the Lord is there is Liberty.” 2 Cor. 3:17

It is for freedom that Christ has set us FREE. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love” Gal. 5:1,13

As you spend time in prayer and in God’s word and with mature Christians you will grow and be a vessel in which God can move through to bless others.

Blessing brethren!

He that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit” (1 Cor. 6:17)