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When we read the Bible with an Old Testament mindset we will see law followed by judgment. When we read it with Paul's mindset we will see mercy and grace being baptized in agape love!


Tropical Storm Jesus!

This morning, Monday, August 27, I am looking out our windows watching the wind and rain from the far back side of Tropical Storm, soon to be Hurricane Isaac.  For our location in Florida the storm was a near miss.  We will still get a lot of rain and wind today and even tomorrow, but nothing bad seems to be heading our way.  My prayers are for others still in Isaac's path!

Yesterday morning, while in a time of worship and prayer, God gave me a vision.  I was contemplating on how hugely wonderful Jesus really is.  The more I walk in and understand His Grace, the more overwhelmed I become over it!  As I try to comprehend more of it, I find that my human mind and thinking just cannot wrap itself around too much of it at one time because "His ways are not my ways, His ways are higher than my ways!" My time of meditation was on these thoughts and suddenly I saw a vision of a huge tropical storm.  It so reminded me of all of the radar images of Isaac I had been viewing over the past several days on the Weather Channel.  However, there was a vast difference between the radar views of Isaac over Florida and the vision that was coming to me at that moment.  The difference was not in size as both views were huge and covered a lot of territory.  The true difference was in color and in my sense of urgency over both.  While the radars views of Isaac seemed dark and ominous, the vision that was coming to me yesterday was white, with a light consistency and had absolutely no feelings of urgency or care attached.

Since God is releasing more of His wonderful revelation of Grace and New Covenant life I am noting just how wonderful my relationship with Him is becoming.  Some days I sense that I'm so close to Him that I just do not know what will come next. There are no words that fully describe what is going on in my life.  I'm currently in the best season of my Christian walk!

So, this huge, light, white colored, tropical storm vision was one that brought total peace to my heart, a real feeling of well being!  Suddenly I got the thought that the storm vision was actually Jesus working in my life.  I was about totally overcome with the sensations of well being that was erupting within me.  Actually my words here do not, can not, even come close to describing what was going on within me at that time!

Here is what I am noticing....those I know that are coming into this wonderful revelation are walking with God closer than they ever have in their lives.  The testimonies from many within our church are outstanding!  They too are finding that Grace is not a license to sin.  They are not walking in lawlessness or rebellion, rather they are sharing their faith with others, walking in new realms of peace and well being and are having the time of their lives in their new found freedom with God.  They are not taking their liberty for granted and doing bad things.  No, they like me, are totally in awe of our great God, our wonderful Abba, our loving Papa and what He has done for us all through His Son, Christ!

Yesterday morning's vision for me was that of what I call Tropical Storm Jesus!  Wow!  I love it and I'm looking forward to more and more such visions.

Grace and Peace!


Does Teaching Grace Promote Sin?

Does teaching Grace promote sin?  Here is Paul's answer....Romans 6: 1, 2 (NLT), "Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of his wonderful grace? Of course not! Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it?"

It seem that those who get hung up on the Grace teaching do so over the sin issue.  I hear all kinds of horror stories of why I shouldn't be teaching Grace.  One man send me an email stating that he would like to see, "All Grace teachers hang themselves!"  I marvelled at the love in that Brother's post! He did go on to state that he has seen so many abuse Grace, people being taught that they can do anything they want to do and it's all OK because they live in God's Grace.  I know that in any basket of apples there will always be one or two rotten ones.  Unfortunately it is only the rotten ones that seem to get all of the attention.  I can't defend those who have abused Grace!  I do know that we are seeing two groups of so called Christians; those who are sippers not drinkers and those who are professors and not possessors!  Those who only sip and only profess Christianity may do all types of things! 

However, here is what we have learned about Grace and true New Covenant life: The Holy Spirit is in charge!  I'm finding that those who are embracing the true Grace message are walking closer to God than they ever have in their lives.  They really should, because they cannot get any closer to Him than He being in them!  Yet, they are getting the revelation of this fact, understanding all that Christ has done for them.  The testimonies from our church alone are outstanding!

I hear so many people argue these issues by taking out of context scripture, etc. Yet they fail to see what God is really saying about this wonderful life.  For instance, take a look in the Old Testament, under the Old Covenant, God says to His people in Jeremiah 31: 31-34 (NLT)

31 “The day is coming,” says the Lord, “when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and Judah. 32 This covenant will not be like the one I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand and brought them out of the land of Egypt. They broke that covenant, though I loved them as a husband loves his wife,” says the Lord.

33 “But this is the new covenant I will make with the people of Israel on that day,” says the Lord. “I will put my instructions deep within them, and I will write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. 34 And they will not need to teach their neighbors, nor will they need to teach their relatives, saying, ‘You should know the Lord.’ For everyone, from the least to the greatest, will know me already,” says the Lord. “And I will forgive their wickedness, and I will never again remember their sins.”

These verses are so important that Paul quotes them twice, Hebrews 8 and again in Hebrews 10.  However, note two things here...#1.  Verse 33b, "I will put my instructions deep within them, and I will write them on their hearts."  That sounds like the work of the Holy Spirit to me!  When we beginning to walk in this New Way, we see the workings of the Spirit becoming more and more intense in our lives.  We actually become no more "sin conscience, but more Christ conscience! #2. Verse 34b, "And I will forgive their wickedness, and I will never again remember their sins."  Do we know what the words, "Never again" mean?  Then the question remains, what sins does He never again remember?  Many would say, "Bro, it's only the past sins!"  Question number two then....Where in the world does the Bible say that God only forgives our past sins?"  I can almost hear the turning of your Bible pages going to I John!  Yep, you found chapter 1:9, "If we confess our sins..."  Then you by now have found verse 10 too, "If we say we have no sin we are lying..."  It amazes me how many really believe that these verses are written to Christians!  Look at the context of these verses, 1-8 and note the pronouns, "Us" and "You."  John is writing to those out of fellowship with "Us" meaning him and the Lord and suggesting strongly that these people would come to fellowship with both he and God through Christ (the "We" mentioned) so that they could expierence the joy found in knowing the Lord.

However, take a look at chapter 3 verses 1-10 for yourself!  However, I'll give you just one tidbit, verse 8, "But when people keep on sinning, it shows that they belong to the devil, who has been sinning since the beginning.  But the Son of God came to destroy the works of the devil."  What "works of the devil" did Jesus destroy?  If you replied sin, you hit a home run! Christ destroyed all sin, past, present and future!

So, going back to the title of this post, "Does Teaching Grace Promote Sin?"  Here is my answer..."God forbid!"  I stand by Paul's stand in Romans 6: 2, "Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it?"

That's my thoughts for the day!  I like them!  I love what Christ has done for me!  How about you?


Why Some Do Not Understand the New Covenant

Have you noted that over the years God seems to release periods of revelation to His Church?  Just in my lifetime there have been many; the healing evangelists, the Latter Rain Movement, the Charismatic Renewal, the Faith movement, the River, the Kingdom movement and different times of revival and refreshing such as Toronto and of late, the Lakeland Outpouring. 

Currently it seems like another, for lack of a better word, a "movement" is taking form; Grace and the New Covenant.  Like all preceeding moves of God and times of revelation and refreshing, it seems that some are jumping in without measure, others seem to be seen just sticking their big toe in, testing the "water." While others are slashing and bashing it, likewise without measure!

If you have been keeping up on my blog posts you know exactly what side of the fence I am on; I'm smack, dab in the middle of it all!  Why?  Understanding Grace and the New Covenant has radically changed and transformed my life.  I love my wonderful new relationship with God!  His word is coming so alive to me.  Please don't mess with me, just keep me in the middle of this thing!

Lately I've been seeking God on why some seem so opposed to this.  What I sense that I heard from Him was that, "Many people do not understand their union life with Christ."  Now some may say, "I understand Grace, Larry!" They mean that they understand that they were saved by Grace and not by any of their works. However, these folks  seem more consicience of sin than they are concience of Christ.

When Christ died on that cross, so did we!  Our sin nature was crucified, we became new creations in Christ.  We actually became a new race of people no longer modeled after Adam, rather modeled after our elder Brother, the New Adam, Christ! Take a look at Galatians 2: 20 (NLT), "My old self has been crucified with Christ.  It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me." Note the three parts of this verse; 1. I died with Christ 2. I no longer live 3. Christ lives in me.  Then the question is, who am I? I am Christ in His Larry Silverman form! Now those who get rather "touchy" on this Grace stuff, most likely are slipping a cog right now with what I just wrote!  Yet, the point is, I really didn't write it, God did!

A Face Book Friend of mine, Francois du Toit, recently published a wonderful paraphrase Bible entitled, "The Mirror Word." Look at Galatians 2: 20 from it, "The terms, co-crucified and co-alive defines me now.  Christ in me and I in him! (Jn 14:20) His sacrificial love is evidence of his persuasion  of my righteousness!" Francois then adds, "(The life I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the son of God.  He believed in my innocence!)  I love it!  As Christ has been raised from the dead, so have you and I!

Now look at this radical verse, I John 4:17 (KJV), "Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world." As he is, so are we!  Again we see that we are not separated from Christ, we are one with Him, He in us and we in Him.  The New Living Translation says, "we live like Jesus here in this world." 

I hope this gets you thinking some about who you really are?  Maybe these verses and my thoughts will help you understand Grace and the New Covenant much better!

Now in light of what we have just looked at, I wish to close this post with one twofold question.  I ask that you think about the question along with the topic of discussion, that of your union life with Christ.  Here is the question: Did Jesus ever sin?  Does He sin now? Think about it and apply it to your life!

Grace and Peace!


Grace: My Testimony!

I am discovering that many Christians do not really understand what true Grace  is.  However, in talking to them, especially others in ministry, they would tell me, "Sure I understand Grace, it's God's unmerited favor."  For many years that would have been my learned, parroted response..."Grace is God's unmerited favor."  That is what I was taught to say.  That is what I had heard others, many more knowledgeable than me, say.  So that then became my reaction, answer as well to the question, "What is Grace?"

What I have since learned is that, "Unmerited favor" is actually God's mercy not His Grace.  His Grace goes on from there, it is actually God living in me making me holy.  "Christ in me is the hope of glory." (Col. 1:27) 

Years ago, while pastor of a Midwest church, I had a nervous breakdown.  Abba healed and restored me by giving me a small glimpse of His Grace.  What a dramatic change took place in my life as I went from the brink of suicide to the place of basking in His love.  From that point I have been on a wonderful journey, much of it very demanding and hard, yet still wonderful, into a greater revelation of what God's Grace really is.

Last July we had a guest minister, Dominic Sola from Tarpon Springs, FL, in our church, Vision of Hope Ministries in Hernando, FL  He preached a message on "Going Through the Cross."  His entire theme was that most Christians seem to stop their walk with God at the cross, but He wants us to go through the cross into all of the wonderful life He has made for us, through Christ.  Almost instantly my eyes were opened to Grace.  Within days I saw a powerful illustration of this take place in the front of our sanctuary at Vision of Hope.  I saw on the far side (speaker's left) the days of Adam, through Abraham right up to Moses.  To the right of that I saw the time of Moses and the giving of the Law.  On the center, back wall of our platform stands a large, "Old Rugged Cross."  It is made of old barn timbers and there is nothing beautiful to look at with the human eye.  To me though it is the most beautiful thing we have in our entire building, because I have gone through it (moving from the center cross to speaker's right) into the unending, fullness of the New Covenant.  Since July 2011 I have probably used that illustration more than 100 times!  I still use it, especially when we have visitors in a service.  I want them to understand some of what I am talking about. 

You see, this is true Grace....Jesus has done it all for us and He is now seated at the right hand of the Father.  His final words, "It is finished!" has been fulfilled. As a result, as a partaker in this wonderful event, I am finding many new things transpiring in my life.  Somethings are currently going on within me that I cannot yet understand, but here is a brief list of what I am beginning to understand...

~I am really weak, I can't do a thing. What's more I don't have to do a thing to please God as He is already very pleased with me because of Christ!

~However, I am really strong, as I can now "do all things through Christ!"

~My past is a closed book to God!

~All my sins, past, present and future HAVE BEEN forgiven and no longer exist. My sin nature was crucified on that cross with Christ.  I am no longer a sinner.  So many Christians say, "I'm just a Sinner saved by Grace."  Not me!  My sins, all of them, no longer exist!

~I am walking closer to God than I ever have in my entire Christian life.

~My physical health and life are being effected by His Grace...I'm slowing loosing weight, my blood pressure is better than it's ever been, and my reaction to stress is becoming really awesome! 

~My love for and understanding of other people, even those who are not Christian is being increased almost daily.

~My understanding and love for the Word of God has increased greatly.  I'm telling people that, "My Bible is a new book!"

~Even though this walk is not one in the "Rose Garden," I am enjoying it, actually having the time of my life, especially as I am watching the people I love (my church) catching the revelation of Grace and having their eyes opened by God.

~My walk and love for my 2nd Best Friend (Jesus is #1 and my wife is #2) is wonderful, better than ever.  I love the time when we study together, pray together, talk about Grace, working it out in our lives!  By the way, it seems that the more Corinne is getting the revelation of Grace, the more beautiful she is becoming!  I love to watch the "glow" come over her as she is teaching this message!

~As I continue to "abide in the vine (Jesus)" I am finding that the peace that I am enjoying seems to increase almost daily!  The stress that comes against me these days is more than ever, yet the peace that is upon my life so outweighs the stress that it is almost unnoticeable.

I could probably continue this list, but this Blog is getting way too long.  I will save more for a later date. Just one more things... I do bless all who read this Blog today.  My blessing on you is the same as Paul's blessing on every church he wrote his letters to.  Here it is..are you ready to receive? 

"GRACE AND PEACE!"

p.s. If you understand Grace you will have peace!


What About I John 1: 9?

Please note:  The following is a copy of an email that I sent out this morning, to our Vision of Hope Ministries email list.  It addresses the question of if Christians sin and talks about I John 1:9, possibly the most misunderstood verse in the Bible.
Please read below!

As you know, since a year ago July I've been teaching a pretty consistent message of what true Grace is and how it applies to living in the fullness of the New Covenant. It all began when Dominic Sola was ministering in our church and his message one night was, "Going Beyond the Cross."  It was at that time that God began to blow my socks off!  My eyes were opened to Grace like I never saw it before.  Almost within days my Bible became a brand new Book and my relationship with Abba...well, there are just no words to tell you what has happened to me (Corinne too) since then.  I sit here typing this, trying to think of ways I can tell you about what has happened to me, but I just can't even begin to express what I'm feeling welling up within me right now, so I guess you just have to get a feel of what is happening to me with your spirit.
One person told me the other day, "I understand grace, but I disagree with you about what you are teaching about sin."  Once again he brought to me THE FAMOUS VERSE... I John 1:9, "If you confess your sins he is faithful and just to forgive your sins and to cleanse you from all unrighteousness."  It amazes me how much this one verse of scripture has created so much misunderstanding within the Body of Christ!
About 6 months ago, the Lord began to speak to me about proper Scripture interpretation: #1. Who is the passage written to? #2. Make sure to keep the passage in proper context. #3. Do not make a doctrine out of an obscure, isolated verse that seems to contradict many other verses. (often by applying step #1 to a contradiction, the problem clears up) When one applies these simple guidelines to I John 1:9 it becomes very apparent that John is not speaking to true born again Christians.
Just Wednesday morning, we went over this concept when 1:9 was brought up.  Step by step I discussed verses 1-8.  By looking at the the pronouns "us," "you" and "we" it becomes very obvious that John was not writing to Christians but to those who are outside of "fellowship" with John and with God.  Take a look for yourself, with an open mind, and see that I'm talking facts here.  And of course people that believe that Christians still sin never want to look at verses in I John chapter 3.  Example:  I John 3: 6, "Anyone who continues to live in him will NOT sin. But anyone who keeps on sinning does not know him or understand who he is."
Some have become pretty upset with me over this "sin issue" even to the point of leaving our church.  Of course this amazes me, as those who are "getting it" are having their lives transformed, just like I have.  I wish all could have heard Denzel's testimony Wednesday morning in our small group meeting, and Kris' testimony Wednesday night!  Talk about transformation!
To be honest, even though many world wide, are coming into the revelation of Grace, it's been a very difficult several weeks on me!  This week I have received lots of encouragement from emails, Facebook messages and even phone calls.  People are telling me..."Don't stop!"  The truth has to be told!  Then this morning Joe Kelley called and informed me that he sent a link to me that I would like, about being "Sin Conscience."  Corinne and I read it during breakfast and Wowsers!!!! I am not alone!!!  I am going to print copies of this 3 part message, one on being Sin Conscience and then two parts on I John 1:9.  But in the meantime I am sending you the link as I know that you will be blessed to read these posts, as much as I was!
The messages are from Ken Brown, taking a very theological look at these topics. He is a Bible researcher and what he has discovered is off the charts!  Here is the link to part 1.  Follow at the bottom of  part 1 for the link to part 2 and likewise the bottom of that for part 3.  The link: https://brownbible.com/index.php/The-Gift-Of-Righteousness/no-more-conscience-of-sins.html#.UCJTc9K4MGo.facebook
Please take your time in reading these as they are very theological in nature, but full of truth!
I can't tell you when I've been ever more excited in my life!  People are truly getting set free and I'm loving it!
I hope to see you Sunday morning.  I've got that feeling burning within me that this Sunday is going to be another barn burning couple of meetings (8:00 & 10:30 a.m.) at Vision of Hope Ministries!

 
Grace and Peace!

Larry

p.s.  Let me know what you think of the articles!


"Footsteps in the Sand" Not True!

I am fully aware of the fact that this Blog post may likely create a stir, maybe even some negative thoughts towards me, as I am about to tip over one of Christianities "sacred cows!" I do so with fear and trembling as I am aware of the fact that maybe you might even get mad at me.  I hope not because I love you! However, I've learned a long time ago that when someone touches what someone holds dear, a negative reaction may come forth!  So...let's see what happens!  OK?

Most likely you are familiar with the "Footsteps in the Sand" concept.  Some may know it from a plaque hanging on your living room wall, others know the story from a song.  Actually there are numerous ways this concept has been depicted over the years.  Here is the story....A person walking on the beach notes another set of foot prints in the sand next to them.  Perplexed by this they ask the Lord about it and His answer is, "I am always walking with you!"  Soon the person finds themself in serious trouble. Looking for the comfort of the foot prints of the Lord walking beside them finds no prints.  The person becomes very concerned and asks the Lord, "Before when everything was good in my life I saw your footprints walking beside of me.  Now I am in serious trouble and I cannot see your footprints!"  The response of the Lord is, "When you were not in trouble I was walking beside you and you saw my tracks.  Now that you are in trouble you only see one set of footprints, they are mine because when you are in trouble I carry you!"

That is the story, and many have found great comfort in it.  However, there is a very large problem with this story... It is false doctrine!  Wow!  Yeppers! Shazam!  There goes the Sacred Cow!  Someone is bound to be saying, "Larry...what's wrong with you?  You are trying to steal my comfort!"  But you see, the real problem is that there cannot be true lasting comfort in this, because it is totally wrong! 

The truth of the matter, the correct doctrine here is that there is always only one set of footprints in the sand.  You would never be able to see two.  The footprints are always yours.  The reason for this is that you are never separated from God!  After all, He lives in you!  Think about it a moment...Col. 1: 27, "Christ in you is the hope of glory!"  God dwells in us...we are the temple of God!  Religion would like to suggest that God walks with you, true Christianity teaches that God is in you and on you!  We abide in Him and He abides in us. We are intertwined with Him, never separated, no matter what we have done or would ever do!

It even gets better!  Because Christ dwells within you, His power works within you making you holy.  That is right!  You are holy!  How can you be anything other than that?  God lives within you! Again, Wow!  Wowsers and Shazam!  This is God's Grace working in your life, the very basis of the New Covenant. 

Let me close with this:

Ephesians 2:19-22

New Living Translation (NLT)

A Temple for the Lord

19 So now you Gentiles are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens along with all of God’s holy people. You are members of God’s family. 20 Together, we are his house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself. 21 We are carefully joined together in him, becoming a holy temple for the Lord. 22 Through him you Gentiles are also being made part of this dwelling where God lives by his Spirit.

I hope that the truth of this excites you as much as it does me!  To think that I (you) am the Temple of God!  I am so honored!  Talk about experiencing great comfort!  So my Friend, if you didn't stop reading this post, and especially if you are going through some heavy duty battles, please take note that God is not separated from you. He's actually as close to you as your next heart beat.  He's walking through the trouble with you, guiding and directing your steps on life's path!  Glory!

Grace and Peace!

 


Here is a great way to begin your day...take a peek ay Paul's words in Hebrews 10:17 (Paul actually quotes this from Jer. 31:34 and he quotes this again in Heb. 8:12) "I will never again remember their sins and lawless deeds!"

As I dwell on this verse and the entire concept of God showing his people the principles of the New Covenant way back in the Old Covenant, I almost choke on my tears! All I can say is ....What love Abba has for his weak and helpless children! About Jesus, I say...Oh what a Savior!


It Takes a Revelation Mister!

OK, this "Grace thing" that I'm on is driving some people rather nuts!  You should see some of the names I've been called lately!  Wow...I'm hurt and offended!  No, not really because years ago, when the Lord began revealing Grace to me, He also asked me if I was willing to pay the price for the revelation.  To me that was a no brainer type of question, as I'm always willing to pay any price for anything that comes to doing the Lord's will for my life.

However, the fact remains that some people are thronging to the Grace message, and others are pointing their fingers in the sign of the cross and cursing it as they know that this message comes from the devil himself!

The message of Grace and New Covenant life has always been in the Bible.  I am not inventing the things that I'm preaching, teaching, writing about and telling others about.  This is not coming from my imagination, rather it comes from the very Word of God itself!  But it seems that some just don't get it!

For those who have come through the ranks of church and religion, it very possibly will take a direct revelation from the Holy Spirit in order to understand Grace.  It just doesn't make any sense in human reasoning type terms!  It is like people seem to state this over and over, "But...Larry... I just have to sin!"  I've noted several people lately who have responded to me like this after I show them verse after verse of Bible, "I don't care what that says, I know that I sin all the time!"  Religion has really done a great job of brain washing us!

Well, it is true, it does take a revelation from the Spirit to fully understand Grace and New Covenant life.  However, I assure you, once you begin to see it, understand it, you will never go back to the old way....Never!!  Hummm, I wonder is seeing the revelation of Grace is using the left side of our brain or the right side?  Who knows, other than the message of Grace is just plain wonderful!

Here is a neat passage that I am working on for tomorrow night's (Wed.) meeting at Vision of Hope Ministries in Hernando, FL...  I'm going to underline some key verses here.  Take a look at them and then pray that the Holy Spirit will bring you some revelation on them! 

Romans 5:12-21

New Living Translation (NLT)

Adam and Christ Contrasted

12 When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned. 13 Yes, people sinned even before the law was given. But it was not counted as sin because there was not yet any law to break. 14 Still, everyone died—from the time of Adam to the time of Moses—even those who did not disobey an explicit commandment of God, as Adam did. Now Adam is a symbol, a representation of Christ, who was yet to come. 15 But there is a great difference between Adam’s sin and God’s gracious gift. For the sin of this one man, Adam, brought death to many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of forgiveness to many through this other man, Jesus Christ. 16 And the result of God’s gracious gift is very different from the result of that one man’s sin. For Adam’s sin led to condemnation, but God’s free gift leads to our being made right with God, even though we are guilty of many sins. 17 For the sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of righteousness, for all who receive it will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ.

18 Yes, Adam’s one sin brings condemnation for everyone, but Christ’s one act of righteousness brings a right relationship with God and new life for everyone. 19 Because one person disobeyed God, many became sinners. But because one other person obeyed God, many will be made righteous.

20 God’s law was given so that all people could see how sinful they were. But as people sinned more and more, God’s wonderful grace became more abundant. 21 So just as sin ruled over all people and brought them to death, now God’s wonderful grace rules instead, giving us right standing with God and resulting in eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Outrageous Grace!

Before you read this Blog, please take a few minutes and listen to this song.  It's written and sung by cutting edge worship leader, Godfrey Birtill. 

"Outrageous Grace!" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hC2vp_Tg_E8&feature=youtube_gdata_player

I'm sure you know what it is to have a song playing over and over in your spirit.  Well, that is what is going on with me over the past 24 hours with this song.  Yesterday we played this song during our worship time at Vision of Hope Ministries in Hernando, FL.  We've done this song many times over the past couple of years, but yesterday....Wow!  Yesterday, it just rang a "wild bell" in my spirit, I just about wept as we sang it! 

I'm certain that you will agree with me when I say that we live in very fearful times!  So many people are either currently hurting or they are very fearful of what the future hold for them.  In the midst of foreclosures, recession, political brinkmanship, the people of today, Christian or not, have much to be concerned with!

So many of the preachers I know are getting very involved in the political scene.  I understand why, yet I have been instructed of the Lord to stay clear of politics.  I think I know why...I'm supposed to concentrate all of my efforts on what will really change our Nation and the world...the Grace of God given to us by Jesus Christ.  I've got some news for you... no matter who wins this November's election, not too much will change.  America does not need a new President, America needs God!  My job is to share God with all who will listen.  If everyone I know is aware of what I'm aware of, understanding God's Grace and New Covenant life, then I assure you change will be effectively made in our Land!

God's Grace is much more than His, "Unmerited Favor!"  God's Grace is the presence of God Himself, living within us, making us holy!  (Col. 1: 27)  That is correct... if you are a true Christian, you are perfect and holy. (Hebrews 10:14) Understanding this concept is also understanding that all of our sins, past, present and future, no longer exist!  Knowing this we become more and more Christ conscience and effective, productive change takes place in our lives.

God has called me to preach Grace!  Just yesterday I met someone who informed me that they do not enjoy reading the Epistles of the New Testament.  Why?  Because every time they read these letters, they fall under terrible condemnation.  How sad!  Yet this is what religion has done to us! (The Church).  We have been persuaded that we have to constantly "do" something for God so that we can enjoy his love and blessings on our lives!  Oh my!  How untrue!  That is not the Gospel that Paul preached!  Is an apple tree branch every told that it has to bear fruit?  No, by just abiding on the tree, being attached to the very source of life itself, it bears fruit automatically!

Understanding Grace is understanding that Christ has done "it" all for us.  Our job is to simply believe, and God even gives us help with our faith as well!

Yeppers...I would say that God's Grace is pretty well, "Outrageous!"  I am sure we will agree that Bro. Godfrey hit the nail on the head with this song!

Grace and Peace!