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Ken Du Pisanie

Ken Du Pisanie

Saved by grace, lives by grace. Beloved of the Lord. Husband to Tammy for 25 years. Father of three (Jonathan, Jessica-Jane & Joshua). Pastor of Philadelphia Church in Uitenhage, South Africa. Passion for preaching, passion for the unchurched and a passion for the church. Enjoys writing. Loves the wild.  Relaxes with good music and good food. Gets excited about Formula One, Rugby, Cricket. Much more could be said, but I think you get the picture…..

Wednesday, 11 January 2017 06:36

Contentment for 2017

Greetings Dear Family

After a good period of leave with our family, we are feeling rested, motivated and excited for an exciting 2017. Our prayer for you and your family is that 2017 will be a year in which you experience the peace of God, and God is glorified through your life.

One of the things that will quickly rob you of peace and joy in 2017 is something called "discontentment."

It is better to be satisfied with what you have than to be always wanting something else (Ecclesiastes 6:9).

How easy it is to think; "If only I had more of what he/she/they have, I will have a better and happier year."

Instead of being regretful, we need to be grateful. Instead of complaining, we need to remember that everything is a gift from God.

The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 4:7-8, "Isnt everything you have and everything you are sheer gifts from God? So whats the point of all this comparing and competing? You already have all you need" (MSG).

Envy always asks, "Why them?" "Why does he have better health?" "Why does she have a job and a husband, and I have neither?"

Gratitude says, "Why me?" "Why do I get to drink clean water when so much of the world doesnt?" "Why am I not under persecution? Why am I not thrown into prison for my faith?"

Envy is based on the myth that you must have more in order to be happier. Its just not true. Happiness is a choice. If youre not happy now, youre not going to be happy with more. I could give many testimonies of people who have a lot more than you, and it doesnt make them happier. You are as happy as you choose to be.

Ecclesiastes 6:9 says, "It is better to be satisfied with what you have than to be always wanting something else" (GNT). This is called contentment. All of us need to learn contentment.

Why? Because by nature you are not a contented person. None of us are! It is not natural to be contented. It is mature to be contented. Babies are discontented. Unless everything is going their way, theyre not satisfied. Maturity is learning to be content when things are not going your way. Its better to be satisfied with what you have than to always want something more.

Let me clarify: Envy is not desire. Desire is good. Envy is not ambition. Ambition is good. You ought to be ambitious and work for good things in your life. Envy is not a dream. You ought to have a dream in your life. Envy is not setting goals. Dreams, ambitions, goals, and desires are all things that God puts in you.

Envy is resenting other people who have something already and thinking that you cant be happy until you get it, too. Both of those are lies. Instead, learn to be grateful for who you are and what you have. Everything you have is a gift from God!

May we learn to live in true contentment this year. The result WILL be much peace and much joy.

I look forward to seeing each of you again this coming Sunday morning at 9am. I have a great Word that I want to share with you regarding your 2017.

Much love and peace to you and your loved ones,

 

Ken du Pisanie

Wednesday, 23 November 2016 06:36

Redefining Failure

Greetings Saints & Partners.

"Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe" - Proverbs 29:25 (NIV).

Satan's favourite tool to diminish your faith is the fear of failure. But you cannot serve God and be constantly worried about what other people think. You have to move forward.

Proverbs 29:25 says, "Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe."

So how do you get rid of the fear of failure?

One way is to redefine failure. What is failure? Failure is not failing to reach your goal. Failure is not having a goal. Failure is not failing to hit your target. Failure is not having a target. Failure is not falling down. Failure is refusing to get back up. You're never a failure until you quit. So if you're attempting something for the glory of God, that's a good thing. Failure is not trying and not accomplishing anything. Failure is failing to try.

Another way to get rid of the fear of failure is to never compare yourself to anybody else. You're always going to find somebody who's doing a better job, and you will get discouraged. And, you're always going to find somebody who's not doing as good a job as you are, and you become full of pride. Both of them will mess up your life. Discouragement and pride will keep you from serving God's purpose for your life.

The Bible says in Galatians 6:4, "Each of you must examine your own actions. Then you can be proud of your own accomplishments without comparing yourself to others" (GW)

Did you notice that the Bible says there is a legitimate pride? There's a good kind of pride and there's a bad kind of pride. The bad kind of pride is comparing: "I'm better than so and so!" The good kind of pride is, "God, I'm proud of what you're doing in my family, my business, my life, my walk of faith." That's the good kind of pride.

I think God isn't interested in why you aren't more like somebody else. He's interested in you being who He made you to be!

Let go of your fear of failure, because anything you're attempting for God in faith is a good thing, regardless of the results.

I love and appreciate every one of you, and pray for you and your loved ones daily.

Be sure to not miss church this Sunday. God has scheduled an appointment with you!

Ken

Wednesday, 23 November 2016 06:33

Jesus is the Key to a Balanced Life

Greetings Saints & Partners,

"Seek first God's kingdom and what God wants. Then all your other needs will be met as well." (Matthew 6:33 NCV)

If you want to live a truly balanced life, you can only look at one person in all of history as a role model: Jesus. If you put him at the centre of your life, your life will be more balanced.

Think of your life like a wheel. At the centre of the wheel is a hub. All the spokes of your life (your relationships, your family, your career, your goals, finances, recreation etc.) come from that hub. We all build our lives around some sort of hub. The question is, what will be your hub? Will it be your family? Will it be your career? Will it be money?

Or will it be Jesus?

How do you do know what you're building your life around? Take a look at whatever you think about the most. That's what is driving you.

The centre, or core of your life is critical to developing a balanced life. A solid centre leads to a solid life. A weak, flimsy centre leads to a weak life. When I hear people say that their lives are coming untuck, it usually means one thing: They have a faulty centre. Something other than God has taken priority in their lives.

Not only does the hub create stability, but it also controls and influences everything else about your life. Whatever you put at the centre of your life will also be your source of power. The power of a wheel always originates from the centre outward - never the other way around.

Make Jesus the centre of your life, and he'll provide the stability, control, and power you need for your life. The Bible says, "Seek first God's kingdom and what God wants. Then all your other needs will be met as well" (Matthew 6:33 NCV).

Don't worry about making Jesus first in your life. Put him in the centre of your life. Let him direct your life, influence it, empower it, and give it stability.

Do that and all the other areas of your life - from your family to your career to your goals - will find balance in Jesus.

I strongly encourage you to put Jesus at the centre of your schedule this weekend, and join your sprirtual family on Sunday morning at 9am. Invite a few friends to join you as we continue to investigate and discover God's design for the church. It's going to be special!

Much love and peace to you and yur loved ones.

Your pastor & friend,

Ken

Wednesday, 23 November 2016 06:29

Stop a Living a Life of Trivial Pursuit

Greetings Saints!

"Everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord." (Philippians 3:8 NLT)

It is so easy to become distracted by trivial and unimportant matters in life. So at the start of every day I should remind myself what is important and what is not important.

Have you noticed how quickly and how easily you can lose your joy over a really small issue? It's usually the smallest irritations that annoy me the most. The taxi that stops in front of you without any warning.  A bad hair day, or your favourite piece of clothing is missing a button. The smallest things that really don't matter are the things that affect us the most.

This why you should start every day reminding yourself what matters and what doesn't.

Paul says in Philippians 3:7, "I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done" (NLT).

What were the things that were most important to you before you became a Christian? Making money? Your image? Your career? Having security? Finding a date?

Paul says all those things don't matter anymore compared to the joy of knowing Jesus.

The media make sure we cannot develop a habit of happiness and contentment. Every day we are bombarded by thousands of advertisements that tell us, "You aren't worth anything until you have our product." When you listen to the news, it sounds like it's the most important thing ever. But it's not! Just because it's urgent and current does not mean it's important.

Ask yourself, how much will this matter in 100 years from now? How much of what I', worrying about today is really going to matter tomorrow? It probably won't matter tomorrow, let alone for eternity. We need to live in the light of eternity.

Most people are living for things that does not really matter. The way to overcome that is to focus not on what is current, but what is eternal. When you live in the light of eternity, you start to realise that the things you are worrying about are not going to matter in eternity. So instead of stressing out, you can become a happier person.

You can stop living a life of trivial pursuit!

"Everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord" (Philippians 3:8).

Every day, remember what matters most.

Please remember that this Sunday is going to be special; At 9am we have a Family Day Celebration service. Invite a friend to join you!

At 12pm we meet at the Brandwag Sports Fields for our annual Family Day - a time of games, fun, laughter, and of course, food! If you want to attend, and have not yet confirmed your attendance, please do so by a sms/whatssapp to 0798480420.

Please note there will be no evening service.

Much love and peace to you,

Ken

Wednesday, 23 November 2016 06:28

Live by Faith, not by Feelings

"Those who plant in tears will harvest with shouts of joy. They weep as they go to plant their seed, but they sing as they return with the harvest." (Psalm 126:5-6 NLT)

You need to plant by faith, not by your feelings.

Do you think that every farmer wakes up every day excited and ready to go to work on his farm? I bet they don't!  Because it's hard work! But if farmers only worked when they felt like it, they wouldn't get very much done. Sometimes he may not want to wake up early. Sometimes he may not be in the mood to do weeding, or sowing seed or to do the harvesting. But he does in in any case.

Let me be honest with you this morning; I don't always feel like being nice to people! Sometimes I just want to be miserable! Sometimes I just feel like shouting, "Please leave me alone!" The truth is that I don't always feel like being kind. I don't always feel generous. I don't always feel like I want to be an encouragement to people. Sometimes, after a Sunday service, I feel like hiding away in a hole, or simply running away. I don't always feel like preaching.

But I've learnt that I can't always live by my feelings. I have learnt to live by faith. Sometimes I plant when I'm tired. Sometimes I plant when I feel unappreciated. Sometimes I plant when I'm stressed out. Sometimes I plant when I am in times of deep personal crisis. In times like that I have to move ahead in faith in spite of my feelings, expecting God to come through for me.

When my dad passed away a number of years ago, the family asked me to conduct the funeral. Whilst I felt honoured, and realised they were looking to me for comfort at the time, I would have preferred to just mourn with the rest of the family, and have someone else comfort me! I was in tears most of the week before the funeral, and I claimed Psalm 126:5-6 as a promise: "Those who plant in tears will harvest with shouts of joy. They weep as they go to plant their seed, but they sing as they return with the harvest" (NLT).   

I planted seeds in that funeral service. Seeds of comfort and seeds of the Gospel. I preached with a boldness and a passion that I have seldom experienced in my life. God gave a great harvest. We as family were supernaturally comforted and were able to celebrate the life of my dad. In addition, many people in that packed church accepted Jesus as personal Saviour that day.  Those who sow in tears will reap in joy. Many people will be heaven because I didn't do what I felt like doing. I did what I did by faith.

There are times in your life that you will be called to make a sacrifice - possibly with your money, but also through your time, talent, availability, and maybe even your life. I may be tempted to say, "I don't feel like doing it." But if you do, you will miss the blessing that God wants to do by using you.

Sow your seeds by faith, not by your feelings.

This coming Sunday I will continue with the very exciting series on the church. This week will be special as we will also be having communion at the 9am service. Invite some friends to join you and get ready for a great celebration.

Please remember that Sunday 27 November is our Family Day. After the morning family celebration at 9am, we will gather at Brandwag sports fields for a Bring 'n Braai and some awesome family fun. Use this opportunity to invite all your family and friends.

Many blessings to you and your loved ones,

Ken

Monday, 16 February 2015 10:56

Effective Prayer

EFFECTIVE PRAYER

 James 5:13-18 (NIV)- Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone      happy? Let them sing songs of praise. Is anyone amonpowerful and effective. Elijah  was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that g you sick? Let them  call  the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of  the  Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will  raise  them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven.  Therefore confess your sins  to each  other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a  righteous  person is it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a  half years.  Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its  crops.

 

Two points from this Scripture:

a.)    The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. Remember that righteousness is not achieved by our own works (Phil. 3:9). We are righteous because of the finished work of Jesus.

b.)    The example of Elijah does not mean we need to become just like Elijah. Rather, Elijah was a human just as we are. In other words, we can pray effective prayers just as Elijah did. Because we pray to the same God Elijah did, we remains the same yesterday, today and forever.

What is effective prayer?

1.         ALLOW THE HOLY SPIRIT TO INTERCEDE FOR YOU

Romans 8:26-27 (Amp) - So too the [Holy] Spirit comes to our aid and bears us up in our weakness; for we do not know what prayer to offer nor how to offer it worthily as we ought, but the Spirit Himself goes to meet our supplication and pleads in our behalf with unspeakable yearnings and groanings too deep for utterance.  And He Who searches the hearts of men knows what is in the mind of the [Holy] Spirit [what His intent is], because the Spirit intercedes and pleads [before God] in behalf of the saints according to and in harmony with God’s will.

Many times when we pray our prayers are prayed with wrong motives or not in a worthy manner. The Holy Spirit goes to meet to meet my requests, and takes them to the Throne room of God and presents them according to the perfect will of God, in a worthy manner. This is grace at its best! I encourage you to ask the Holy Spirit to take your imperfect requests, and to present them perfectly to the Father. Then my prayers become effective and powerful!

See the importance of praying according to God’s will;

1 John 5:14 (Amp) - And this is the confidence (the assurance, the privilege of boldness) which we have in Him: [we are sure] that if we ask anything (make any request) according to His will (in agreement with His own plan), He listens to and hears us.

Note: Praying in Spirit (tongues) is very beneficial.

2.         PRAY WITH BOLDNESS

James 1:5-7(NLT) - If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.  But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind.  Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.

Note: This does not say that God withholds answers from us. It means that I will not be able to receive what God has already given, because of my unbelief. See this beautiful example of a bold prayer prayed by the 1800’s preacher Charles Finney;

Charles Finney:“…I was constrained to pray without ceasing. Some of my experiences indeed alarmed me. A spirit of importunity sometimes came over me so that I would pray to God that he had made a promise to answer prayer and I could not and would not be denied. I felt so certain that he would hear me that I frequently found myself saying to Him:

‘I hope Thou dost not think that I can be denied. I come with Thy faithful promises in my hand, and I can not be denied.’ My impression was that the answer was very near, even at the door.” (Charles Finney by Basil Miller – P.50)

3.         PRAY THE PROMISES OF GOD

Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT) - Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

Isaiah 43:26 (NLT) - Put Me in remembrance [remind Me of your merits]; let us plead and argue together. Set forth your case, that you may be justified (proved right).

Note: My “merits” do not qualify me to have my prayers answered. The Bible says my merits (works) are like dirty rags in the sight of God. So my merits are what Jesus has accomplished on my behalf. I therefore remind God of what has already been accomplished in and through Christ Jesus.

Isaiah 26:3 (NLT) - You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!

People who remain fixed on their negative circumstances, will always struggle to receive what God has already given through Christ. People who stay focussed on what God has freely given, by grace, through Christ, have a blessed hope.

How do I pray the promises of God? Find a promise that relates to your situation, and remind God of what He has promised you through Christ Jesus. For example…

·         Material Needs:And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. (Phil 4:19)

·         Sickness:But he was pierced for our transgressions,he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.(Is. 53:5)

·         Decisions:If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. (Jas. 1:5)

·         Family Members to be Saved:The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. (2 Pet. 3:9)

Thursday, 08 May 2014 05:37

MY REDEEMER LIVES

MY REDEEMER LIVES

My Redeemer lives

He lives inside my heart

I know we will never be apart

He is with me wherever

I go never leaving my side.

 

He is my morning and my night

My sunshine and my moonlight

He comforts me when I cry

And smiles when I laugh.

He loves me for who I am

He does not care what I look

like or what I am.

 

He sees sunshine in my smile

He is my fortress in times of trial

Wherever I go He is my Shepherd

Guiding me, protecting me.

He knows my inner thoughts and

blesses me too. He picks me

up when I am down.

He walks with me on solid ground.

 

~ Rachel Duwe - May 2014 

 

Wednesday, 16 April 2014 08:50

THE FATHERS HOUSE

John 14:1-6 -“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”

Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”

 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

This discussion took place shortly before Jesus dies on the cross. We often use this passage at funeral services, because it gives us comfort with regard to our eternal destination – the fact that Jesus has prepared an eternal home for us in heaven.

But Jesus also had something far more “immediate” in mind when he spoke these words to his disciples.

Three days after his death we know that Jesus rose again. In this brief time he spent on earth before ascending to heaven, we know that he appeared to his disciples, and breathed on them – giving them the gift of the Holy Spirit. (John 20:22). When they  received the gift of the Holy Spirit, we were UNITED with Christ. His identity became their identity, and his position became their position. In the same way, when we receive Christ and the gift of the Holy Spirit, his identity and position becomes our identity and position. It’s the Holy Spirit that completes this uniting process.

Jesus himself reminded us….

John 17:15-16 - I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one.16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.

Bearing this in mind, see what Paul says concerning our position and identity in Christ.

Ephesians 2:19 - Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God.

Ephesians 2:4-6 - But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.

I want you to notice that nowhere does Paul refer to these happenings as futuristic. It’s all backdated to the date of my salvation! In other words, I won’t be going to God’s House when I die one day. I’ve already been relocated to God’s House!!!

In other words, when I received Christ, because I am united with him, I suddenly found myself seated in heavenly realms, and a member of God’s house! Jesus referred to this location as the “Father’s House.” And Paul reminds us why this has happened;

Ephesians 2:7 - that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

So God wants to bless us with His kindness. He wants to be a Father to us, who blesses the children of His household.

I’m aware of the fact that people have varying experiences regarding their natural fathers. My memories of my father’s house are good ones. When I think of my father’s house, I think of…

1. A Place of Unconditional Love & Acceptance

1 John 3:1 - What marvelous love the Father has extended to us! Just look at it—we’re called children of God! That’s who we really are.

Romans 8:1 - There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.

No matter what I did, went through or experienced, I never, ever doubted my dad’s love for me and his acceptance of me. How much more can I not rely on my Heavenly Father’s love and devotion?

2. A Place of Provision

Matthew 6:31-32- “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.

May parents were not rich, in fact, by most people’s standards we were poor. But I do not recall even one instance where I wondered if we would have enough food at dinner time, or clothes to wear to school, or petrol for the car to get us to the shops. On the contrary, there was ALWAYS  more than enough!

My Heavenly Father provides for me according to Heaven’s economy. This economy knows no shortage and no recession. It thrives permanently. So I confidently declare, “I shall not want!”

3. A Place of Safety

Psalm 23:4 - Even though I walkthrough the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

Short of being a midget, my dad was one of the smallest and shortest men you can imagine. Yet he was absolutely fearless. When I was bullied at school, I had no problem telling the bullies, “Be careful! My dad will sort you out!” If that’s the type of protection I enjoyed from my earthly dad, how much more can I not expect my divine Father to protect me?

4. A Place of Healing

Psalm 103:2-3 - Praise the Lord, my soul,and forget not all his benefits— 3 who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases.

My brother developed epilepsy at an early age in life. I will never forget how that my dad spared no effort or expense to see him healed. God my Father is also the Great Physician, who has already paid the price for my healing through the death of Jesus.

5. A Place of Restoration

Psalm 103:2-4 - Praise the Lord, my soul and forget not all his benefits… 4 who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion.

There was a time in life where I had got myself into a bad situation, and I didn’t know what to do or where to go. I spoke to my dad on the phone about the situation, and he said, “Why don’t you come home for a while, and we’ll sort it all out.” His heart was to see me restored and made well. That’s the heart of God my father for me as well – except that He does it so much better and more perfectly.

There is SO much more that can be said about the Father’s house. But I think you get the picture. The question is: Have you experienced your father’s House? Not your earthly father, but your Heavenly Father. Have you found a place or unconditional love and acceptance? A place of provision? A place of safety? A place of healing? A place of restoration?

Many people have not. For different reasons.

·         Some believe they can achieve these things by their own effort.

·         Some believe that they don’t deserve these things.

·         Some believe that they have failed God miserably, and that He now cannot do good for them.

·         Some see God as an angry, judgmental God, who won’t do these things for His children.

·         Some have simply rebelled against their Father, and like the prodigal some they have run away from the Father’s House.

I need to remind you what Paul said about us being seated with Jesus in our Heavenly home:

Ephesians 2:8 - For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.

The word “grace” simply means “unmerited favour”.  In other terms, God wants to show you favour, and there is NOTHING you can do to deserve it! It’s a gift. All you can do is receive it.

It’s yours because of the price Jesus paid on the cross.

What is needed today is for you to come home! Come home to a father who waits patiently, ready to throw a party for his children.

Luke 15:21-24 - “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ 22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.

 

Now THAT is why Jesus went to prepare a place for you. So that you could come home, and enter into all that he has prepared for those He loves.

Monday, 07 April 2014 16:15

Holy & Blameless by Love

Ephesians 1:4 -According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love.

The weakness of Christianity today is found in the foundation of what we believe.

1 Cor. 1:23- But we preach Christ crucified…

Our one and only foundation is the death, burial and resurrection of Christ.

But even the smallest deviation from the truth can land us miles away from our desired position in Christ.

Rom. 1:16 - For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

 

Salvation (Greek: “Sozo”)=

Healing, Protection, Deliverance, Provision, Safety etc.

Paul wasn’t saying he was not ashamed of Jesus. He was referring to the fact that we are made righteous (right with God) by FAITH, and never by works.

Rom 1:17  For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

 

Notice it says from “faith to faith”. In other words, we are saved by faith, and we continue to walk by faith. It’s NOT from faith to works. Christianity begins by faith, and finds it completion in faith.

Notice Paul’s strong words to the Galatians in this regard;

Gal 3:3  Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?

Gal 3:2  This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?

Gal. 3:5 Does God supply you with the Spirit and work miracles among you through your own efforts or through believing what you heard?

Gal. 5:1  Stand fast therefore in the liberty with which Christ has made us free, and do not again be held with the yoke of bondage.

Gal 5:2  Behold, I, Paul, say to you that if you are circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing.

Gal 5:3  For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do all the Law,

Gal 5:4  you who are justified by Law are deprived of all effect from Christ; you fell from grace.

Gal 5:5  For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness out of faith.  

Faith righteousness should be a part of every part of our belief systems. If not, we will never live in real victory, and never receive the fullness of God’s promises, because our basic belief system is all wrong.

2Cor 5:21  For He has made Him who knew no sin, to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

Most Christians believe we are saved by faith, but it’s my works that make me right with God. The truth is that God’s work in me was begun by the Spirit, and is completed by the Spirit. Nothing changes after you are saved. The relationship you have with God is a free gift. Your ability to maintain a relationship with God is a free gift.

Rom 9:30  What shall we say then? That the nations, who did not follow after righteousness have taken on righteousness, but a righteousness of faith.

Rom 9:31  But Israel, who followed after a law of righteousness did not arrive at a law of righteousness.

Rom 9:32  Why? Because it was not of faith, but as it were by the works of the Law. For they stumbled at that Stumbling-stone;

Israel wanted to be righteous (right with God), but couldn’t find it. Because they tried to attain it through works (law). The gentiles, on the other hand did obtain it, because they received it by faith.

Rom 9:33  as it is written, "Behold, I lay in Zion a Stumbling-stone and a Rock-of-offense, and everyone believing on Him shall not be put to shame."

Note that it is not Jesus himself who is the stumbling stone. The stumbling stone to the religious is what Jesus claimed to have done – namely make man right with God (righteous).

Paul says the person who embraces righteousness as a gift, by faith, will never be put to shame!!!

1Cor 3:10  According to the grace of God which is given to me, as a wise master builder, I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let every man be careful how he builds on it.

1Cor 3:11  For any other foundation can no one lay than the one being laid, who is Jesus Christ.

We should build in our Christian walk. We should grow in our relationship with God, our love for others and in good works. We should bear fruit.

But everything must be built on a foundation of faith righteousness. The moment I try to build with my efforts and disciplines, I am simply building wood, hay and stubble. When my fruit is a result of God’s love and receiving righteousness as a gift, they become gold, silver and precious stones.

The promises of God are good, but they are received when I understand that Jesus is my righteousness. The only righteousness that qualifies us for all God’s promises is His righteousness.

Saturday, 29 March 2014 09:05

God's "Must Read" Love Letter to you Today

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