Reigning in Life… Romans 5:1-5,17 (NKJV)
Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us….
Vs. 17- For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.
Pam and I were gone most of the day until early evening filled not just with excitement, but an expectancy that helped carry us through a long, arduous journey. This journey was not a trip, so to speak, it was actually the fulfillment of the last three months to the day of some important breakthroughs and increase, line upon line, and faith to faith and strength to strength! This last day of Sept., Sept 30, 2014!
Just when it seemed that this load might be too heavy, the Father God, the Father of spirits, released His life and His perseverance, His character, and His hope that does not disappoint, but causes His grace and life to abound in our lives and hearts. The outward demonstration of the physical is just a sign of the inward manifestation of Christ in US, the hope of glory. We seemed to be in a place where the cup was so full, that it could not be emptied to fill back up again. But His word and His Spirit knows when the “fullness of the times” is come and released to accomplish His desires and purposes.
There’s nothing like the “abundance of grace” and of the “gift of righteousness” which goes before you, not by your works or endeavors, but by His own purpose and grace that He has purposed and destined for you. We know “NOW IS THE TIME”, the SET TIME, for the favor of the LORD to come. (Ps. 102:13) Now is the awakening of the sons of God to arise, shake off the dust, and put on your strength, O Zion! (Isa. 52:1,2) The word Pam has had for years, to be “relieved” so you can be “released” into the fullness of the kingdom!
This release is not just some “theoretical”, high sounding, spooky spiritual non-sense,and soulish wish that now the time has come! This is the Sound of the Lord and the release of the captives. Now is the time to sieze the moment, not in the flesh, but with joy in tribulation, that ALL things work together for the good to those who love God, who are called according to His purpose. Many are called, but few are chosen. And the chosen must make their calling and election sure! When we stand on the sure foundation of Jesus Christ and walk in the newness of His life in us, we receive the “confirmation” and the “commission” for the new day in Christ! The day to “REIGN IN LIFE” through the One, Jesus Christ!
Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer..(Rom. 12:10-12)
I. Sam. 15:22- And Samuel said, “Has the LORD as much delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices As in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed than the fat of rams.”
We’ve all heard the term, “Obedience is better than sacrifice!” Of course, it’s a lot easier said than done, because we’re so programmed to doing the things that we think will earn God’s blessing or favor. The above passage has to do with King Saul concerning the Amalakites and the instruction from the prophet Samuel to utterly destroy them.
Then the LORD sent Samuel down to the house of Jesse to anoint a new king over Israel. Saul was tall and handsome, head and shoulders above all the people. When Samuel started going through his sons, the LORD spoke to him and said, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; For God does not see what man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”
The New Testament counterpart to King Saul in Israel is Saul of Tarsus, who became Paul! This turns out much difference because of the calling and setting apart of Paul. In his recounting of his encounter with the Lord on the way to Damascus, Acts 26:16-18 says, And I said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, “I am Jesus whom you are persecuting. But arise, and stand upon your feet; for this purpose I have appeared unto you, to appoint you a minister and a witness not only to the things which you have seen, but also to the things in which I will appear to you; delivering you from the Jewish people and from the Gentiles, to whom I am sending you, to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, in order that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me.”
To be sanctified means to be “set apart”. In Paul’s journey to Jerusalem, he stopped by Ephesus and called fro the elders of the church. In his exhortation to them, he said in Acts 20:32- “And now I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.” To receive the inheritance, one must be sanctified by His grace.
Next time we will talk about his obedience leading to faith through grace…
I. Peter 1:2- according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, by the sanctifying work of the Spirit, that you may obey Jesus Christ and be sprinkled with His blood: May grace and peace be yours in fullest measure.