Book of the Month – Destined to Reign Ch. 4

Chapter 4: We have been robbed!

  • Sometimes God is good, sometimes He is not.  Sometimes He is happy, sometimes He is not!  This is SCHIZOPHRENIC CHRISTIANITY.
  • Such believers are living between two covenants.
  • They believe in a mixed message that tells them that there are times when God is angry with them and times when He is happy with them.
  • When you ask them when He is happy with you and they will say, ” When I do right.”
  • Those who believe that God is sometimes angry with them are still living under the old covenant of the law and not under the new covenant of grace.
  • Under law, God demanded righteousness from man.
  • Under grace, God PROVIDED righteousness for man.
  • Under law, everything depended on man and his obedience.
  • Under grace, everything depends on JESUS and what He did on the cross.
  • The law demands, but will not lift a finger to help.
  • Grace imparts and has accomplished everything on your behalf ALREADY!
  • The old covenant of the law of Moses was based on what YOU had to do and not to do.
  • Count the number of times the phrase, ‘ you shall not… ‘ appears in Exodus 20 where the Ten Commandments were given.
  • Compare the new covenant of grace where the Lord says, ” I will ” in Hebrews 8:8-12–“I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel… not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers… I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people… For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”
  • The old covenant of law is based on ‘ you shall notyou shall not. ‘
  • The new covenant of grace is the Lord saying, ‘ I willI willI will. ‘
  • The emphasis and demand of the old covenant of law is on you performing.
  • The emphasis and demand of the new covenant of grace is on God Himself performing.
  • Remember Christianity is done, done, done, not do, do, do.
  • God is no longer angry with you because His anger and wrath have already been exhausted on the body of Jesus on the cross.
  • The only reason Jesus could cry out ” It is finished ” was because the full anger of God against sin had been totally exhausted on His body.
  • If the anger of God has been totally exhausted, how can God be angry with you today?
  • How can God be angry when He has already declared, ” Your sins and your lawless deeds I will remember no more?”

Chapter 4: How do you see God today?

  • Many believers believe the LIE that God is angry with them.
  • This is a big reason why so many believers are not reigning in life.
  • Believers are carrying around guilt and condemnation that God is angry with them because of something that they have done in the past.
  • Be careful when you hear sermons that make God look like an old man with a big stick, waiting to unleash His wrath on you when you fail to live up to His standards.
  • God is not wielding a club and ready to punish you.
  • His arms are open wide, ready to embrace you.
  • God is forever loving, strong and young!
  • Today, God is always well-pleased with you because of Jesus Christ.

Chapter 4: What about God’s wrath?

  • We do see God being angry in the Old Testament because of the demands of the law.
  • But for you and me, believers in the new covenant, God is no longer angry with us because Jesus fulfilled all the requirements of the law.
  • Jesus became our sin offering on the cross and the fire of God’s wrath devoured Him completely as He who knew no sin became sin for us.

Chapter 4: Rightly dividing the covenants.

  • Under the old covenant of Moses, if the children of Israel obeyed the Ten Commandments, they would be blessed; otherwise, they would be cursed and punished.
  • They were cursed because they failed to keep the terms of their covenant.
  • You and I are no longer under the requirements of the old covenant.
  • We are blessed today not because we do good, but because of the good that Jesus did on the cross for us.

Chapter 4: All your sins have been forgiven.

  • When Christ died on the cross, you weren’t even born yet.
  • All your sins were thus ‘ future ‘ sins.
  • So all of your sins have been forgiven, and it was accomplished through one sacrifice, by one Man.
  • Jesus’ finished work on the cross is outside of time.
  • His blood that was shed forgives all your sins–past, present, and future.
  • Many Christians have the erroneous belief that only their past sins have been forgiven.
  • The Bible declares God has forgiven you all trespasses (sins).
  • All means All.
  • God’s definition of all is not limited by time and space the way man’s definition of ALL is.
  • Jesus doesn’t have to be crucified again for your future sins.
  • God has taken all your sins, even the sins that you have not yet committed, and put them all on Jesus.
  • All your future sins have been fully judged on the cross.
  • This truth doesn’t make you want to go out and live anyway you want, but it makes you want to live a life of honor that glorifies God.
  • When you are under God’s grace and His perfect forgiveness, you will experience victory over sin.

Chapter 4: We have been robbed.

  • Christians believe that God gets angry with them when they fail, so they avoid God.
  • Instead of running to the solution, they run away from it.
  • God is no longer angry with you.
  • All your sins have been judged and punished in the body of another.
  • Schizophrenic teaching that tells you that God is sometimes angry and sometimes happy with you based on your performance is unscriptural and will make you a schizophrenic believer.
  • God is love.
  • Instead of avoiding Him when you fail, know that He is the answer to all your problems.
  • You can go to Him and receive grace for your failures.
  • His grace is greater than all your failures.
  • He loves you perfectly, so go to Him with all your imperfections.
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