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Permalink 12:01:14 pm, Categories: GraceHead teaching, By Pam, 696 words   English (US)

Look And Live!

Gal. 4:8-11 But then, indeed, when you did not know God, you served those which by nature are not gods. But now after you have known God, or rather are known by God, how is it that you turn again to the weak and beggarly elements, to which you desire again to be in bondage? You observe days and months and seasons and years. I am afraid for you, lest I have labored for you in vain.

Leagalism, in all of its various forms, is subtle. Those who bring it in, whether they do so knowingly or unknowingly out of a maturing spiritual nature, are able to cause it to appear so right. It is always masked as obedience and though it claims that it is obedience that will bring us closer to God, it actually causes us to focus instead, upon man and upon ourselves and by doing so, we are drawn away from God. We can even forget who we were when He found us. We can forget His brilliance as we trade walking by the Spirit to walking according to rules, to days, to seasons, to holidays, to requirements of men.

Jesus has been lifted up, high above the world, and crucified. He freed us from the curse of the law which brings death to all who attempt to live by it. When we look to Jesus, we are free from the law and the curse it brings. When we look to Jesus and receive faith, we are rescued from suffering the curse of death as punishment for sin. This is our Salvation that comes through Christ Jesus alone and never by the Law. Neither is law keeping able to preserve our Salvation for Salvation is not of our work whether it be obedient or disobedient, Salvation is a work of God through His Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ.

Just as the law was not able to save, the law is also not able to sanctify. We begin with Grace for salvation and we are to remain with Grace for our sanctification. The law does not have the power to purify our hearts and can only, at best, be served by outward effort and not inward desire. It is faith in Jesus that purifies our hearts and brings our thinking and our desires in line with the desires of God. For in such manner, Jesus fulfilled the law. Jesus did not strain at outward obedience in an effort to uphold the law, rather He did by nature those things that the law requires. We too have a new nature for Jesus lives in us and we have the mind of Christ. We no longer have to focus upon sin and law keeping but only upon Jesus and walk according to the Spirit and the law is naturally fulfilled as He has already fulfilled that Law.

The law was to us who are in Christ as a tutor, showing us our need for God and our lack of holiness before Him. Now however, we have Jesus and no longer have need of a tutor. We are the children of Abraham, of the household of faith, of that promise God made 430 years before the law that is fulfilled in Jesus Christ.

Gal. 2:19-21 "For I through the law died to the law that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain."

Let us always remember, "Look and Live!" It is in looking to Jesus that we are saved and it is in looking to Jesus, Who lives even though He died, that we will know how to live in Him as we walk this earth. We walk according to the Spirit and live and not according to the letter of the Law for the letter of the Law kills but the Spirit gives life!

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Comment from: Ambree C. [Visitor]
Thank you, thank you, thank you Pam! This is what I've been trying to say all along. I can only hope that Timothy will listen to God's Word from the Bible :) and let go of his own personal interpretations.
Permalink 05/24/07 @ 12:31
Comment from: Pam [Member]
Hi Ambree,

Only the Holy Spirit can change any of our hearts and I'm not He. However, I must also listen to Him and speak as He directs me. I hate conflict and controversy but sometimes, God uses those as a means of clarifying and showing the true importance of the central Truth of our faith.

I was deceived by leagalism once and I nearly lost everything to it. I can't go there again no matter who someone may appear to be.

May each of us be true to God and convinced in our own hearts. I'd appreciate your prayers too, Ambree. May God keep each of us humble before Him that our pride might blind the discernment given us by the Holy Spirit.

Permalink 05/24/07 @ 12:47
Comment from: donny [Member]
Yes Pam, Well said.When we were born again the nature of Christ is implanted in us,and the spirit indwells those who are born again,but the spirit can be in you,but not free to dominate your whole life.You can have a new spirit,but not have a free spirit. The word says.God has raised us up to walk in newness of life,its not that we just have a new life,but we have to walk in that new life.Some christians are trying to walk the new life from the soul realm.With rules and laws.Thats not Gods order.Gods work in our lives is to get us out of walking after knowledge,and let our spirit break through and dominate our soul,and body.If you live in the soul realm you are programed to live a certain way.When you live in the spirit you are programed to do what the holy spirit tells you what to do.He leads and we follow.We are to worship in spitit and truth,and God seeks us to worship Him this way.To never take our eyes off JESUS.donny
Permalink 05/26/07 @ 04:38
Comment from: CHIEF ELDER [Visitor] ·

From: Chief Elder "Pastor" Len of the Lost Gold Tooth
To: tootles11111 (2102 of 2125)
51715.2102 in reply to 51715.2095

"adelpit has simply been used of GOD to open my eyes"


From: Chief Elder "Pastor" Len of the Lost Gold Tooth May-27 4:55 pm
To: JESUsISTHeLORd1amen (adelpit346) unread

"Absolutely. POUND satan and all the ugly FALSE-RELIGIONISTS and their VERY ugly unclean religiouspirits right straight into the ground: it's EXACTLY what they deserve."
Permalink 05/28/07 @ 11:55
Comment from: CHIEF ELDER [Visitor] ·
Hey, ugly one: she DESERVES a good swift kick in the backside: AND SO DO YOU, you ugly and disgusting hypocrite.

JACKASS MORON-mason is STUCK in his malice and various OBSESSIONS. he will remain there until he learns wisdom, grace, and intelligence Plenty more FIRE on the way for that little group so badly INHABITED by many unclean RELIGIOUSPIRITS.
Permalink 05/28/07 @ 12:02
Comment from: ADELPIT's CHIEF ELDER, LEN [Visitor] ·

From: LEN: try-understanding_and_Love_for_a_change (Spiritest_78)

You're just about the BIGGEST FOOL AND MORON on Delphi, ... and THE REAL JOKE is that you think "you're one of the brightest."

You're not.


... worse than you've ever been. ... and now you're back on ignore (along with EN/""ministerman"") where you belong.

From: try-understanding_and_Love_for_a_change (Spiritest_78)
To: ALL (112 of 117) 52094.112 in reply to 52094.103

Now, let's see,... WHERE WAS I before being so rudely interrupted and assailed by certain HATEMONGERING, VICIOUS, JUDGEMENTAL and ARROGANT ATTACK-ARTISTS and evil-speakers. ?

... yes: now I remember... a little more help and beauty for the reasonably sane . . . ONE OF MY ALL-TIME FAVORITE VIDEO CLIPS: and a PURE JOY TO WATCH...
Permalink 05/28/07 @ 12:08
Comment from: Ambree C. [Visitor]
Hey societyvs, those words are from the heart (and thoughts) of Len Hummel (aka Adelpit's Chief Elder) from one of those Delphi forums. I guess someone is just copying & pasting his words from that forum to let everyone know over here how judgemental *his* heart REALLY is.

Out of the abundance of the heart the MOUTH SPEAKS...

Ambree C. :)

Permalink 05/29/07 @ 14:01
Comment from: Pam [Member]
Good Morning Donny,

You summed in all up in one paragraph and it really is that simple. That which man lays out in complex rules and rituals that can't possible be kept, called religion, that can never lift man to God because man's iniquity is too infinite to be tamed by religion, is accomplished in the simple Name, Jesus. He is simply all any of us need.:0)

Permalink 05/30/07 @ 11:22
Comment from: lenbenhear [Member] ·
Pam, someone is trying to use these trollish posts as a false accusation against me: they should have been DELETED long ago. - you know very well that it is a delphi-troll who made them AND MISQUOTED me. ... Kindly delete these trollish posts: they are nothing more than TWISTED, malicious, misquoted slander.

Permalink 07/30/08 @ 04:14
Comment from: pam [Visitor]

I'm not able to delete these comments but you have my permission if Trent says it is okay. It looks like they've been there for awhile and I don't remember them from before. I'm sorry that you have been hurt by them.

Permalink 08/04/08 @ 19:29

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