Book of the Month – Destined to Reign Ch. 5

Chapter 5: Is God judging America?

  • Was 9/11 an example of God’s judgement?
  • Do you really think God would use Osama bin Laden to judge us? No way!
  • The Bible states that God is not willing that any should perish.
  • Terrorism is the work of the devil; NOT GOD!
  • If God judges America today, He has to apologize to esus for what He has accomplished on the cross.
  • God is not judging America or any country.
  • Remember, all our sins have been judged at the cross.
  • These works are not the works of God.

Chapter 5: Rightly dividing the Word.

  • God wants us to be able to rightly divide the Word.
  • Many believers today are living as if the cross did not make any difference.
  • After the disciples wanted to rain fire down from heaven to destroy Samaria, Jesus said, ” You do not know what manner of spirit you are of.  For the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives but to save them.
  • Jesus wants you to have full assurance that He did not come to condemn or destroy you, but to save you and give you life.
  • What happened on 9/11 was not an act of judgement from God.
  • God is certainly not a terrorist and the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s ives, but to save them.

Chapter 5: Filter all prophecies through the cross.

  • If you receive a ‘ word ‘ from someone which brings your sins to remembrance or instills an expectation of punishment for sins in your life; don’t fear it, just throw it out the window of your mind.
  • Don’t allow anyone to tell you that something negative has happened to you or will happen to you because of your sins.
  • When you are faced with difficult circumstances, keep on believing in His love for you.
  • When the devil throws lemons at you, God will turn them into lemonade for your enjoyment.
  • Have the confidence that God is for you and not against you.
  • As you believe that God is for you then you will start trusting aggressively in His grace and goodness.

Chapter 5: David’s definition of blessedness.

  • Don’t forget that David, like Elijah, lived before the cross of Jesus.
  • You will never find an example of God punishing a believer for his sins in the new covenant.
  • David states in the Psalms, ” Blessed is the man to whom the Lord shall not impute sin. “
  • Impute?
  • Even when you sin, God will not impute(count it against you), or punish you for your sin.
  • Too good to be true?
  • This is why David said, ” BLESSED is that man… “
  • Because of the cross of Jesus, you will never be punished for your sins again.
  • The Bible states in John that, ” If anyone does sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. “
  • Jesus represents us before God.
  • The Bible states that as Jesus is, so are we.
  • Is Jesus righteous? Yes, then so are we.
  • Is Jesus accepted? Yes, then so are we.
  • Is Jesus well pleasing before God? Yes, then so are we.
  • This revelation of Jesus does not cause people to sin, but it causes people to fall into a deeper love with Jesus.

Chapter 5: Not a big sinner?

  • Man bought the law of Moses down to a place where he thought that he was able to keep it, but Jesus came and brought it back to its full and righteous standard.
  • Man can ATTEMPT to keep the law OUTWARDLY (like the Pharisees ), but Jesus has demonstrated that it has to be kept INWARDLY as well.
  • The old covenant states that If you fail INWARDLY, you fail OUTWARDLY too.
  • Jesus showed us that it was impossible for anyone to be justified by the law.
  • Only Jesus could fulfill the law on our behalf and justify us by His grace.
  • God doesn’t categorize sin; whether it’s MINOR or MAJOR.
  • When you fail in one, you fail in all.
  • There is no person on the planet who does not need to depend entirely on the grace of God because there in NO man or woman who has not failed in his own efforts to keep the law!
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