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What Grace IS, What it is NOT.

16 Apr

What Grace IS, what is it NOT

By Jonathan Doctor

Grace IS simply a Free Gift. In most cases Grace in the Bible refers to God’s Unmerited Favor; In other words, unmerited is another way of saying Free; or you get it even though you didn’t earn, merit or pay for it. I want to point out that God’s Free Gift of Grace and Favor is NOT a LICENSE to sin.

After study of the Word of God I am a firm believer that Once your saved YOU ARE NOT ALWAYS SAVED. Unfortunately people CAN walk away from Christ After they received Him. Why anyone would want to walk away from their Salvation I don’t know, perhaps it is because they have been taught that God’s Grace justifies their sinning. In fact God’s Grace does not justify you to sin. God’s Grace is part of God’s Character,

 Jesus is a perfect example of the Character of Grace. Lets look at the Word to see my point.

John 8:3 And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst,

John 8:4 They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.

John 8:5 Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?

John 8:6 This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with [his] finger wrote on the ground, [as though he heard them not].

John 8:7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.

John 8:8 And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.

John 8:9 And they which heard [it], being convicted by [their own] conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, [even] unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.

John 8:10 When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?

John 8:11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.

Now lets go back to John 5

John 5:5 NLT One of the men lying there had been sick for thirty- eight years.  

John 5:6 When Jesus saw him and knew he had been ill for a long time, He asked him, “Would you like to get well?”

John 5:7 “I can’t, sir,” the sick man said, “for I have no one to put me into the pool when the water bubbles up. Someone else always gets there ahead of me.”

John 5:8 Jesus told him, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk!”

John 5:9 Instantly, the man was healed! He rolled up his sleeping mat and began walking! But this miracle happened on the Sabbath,  

John 5:10 so the Jewish leaders objected. They said to the man who was cured, “You can’t work on the Sabbath! The law doesn’t allow you to carry that sleeping mat!”

John 5:11 But he replied, “The man who healed me told me, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.'”

John 5:12 “Who said such a thing as that?” they demanded.

John 5:13 The man didn’t know, for Jesus had disappeared into the crowd.

John 5:14 But afterward Jesus found him in the Temple and told him, “Now you are well; so stop sinning, or something even worse may happen to you.”

I want you to notice that Jesus Restored the woman in Adultery and forgave her and did not condemn her but said “go and sin no more“. You see Grace will Forgive and Restore a person BUT Grace also says “Go and sin No More”. Also notice the paralyzed man who was made whole, Grace Healed him but Grace also said “Stop sinning or something worse will happen“.

 You see the problem in some churches today is that they go too far to the right or too far to the left. They either Condemn a saint for their sins, or they make Grace a License to sin and do whatever because they believe that “Once saved Always Saved”. The True Meaning of Grace is Restoration, Healing and ‘Go sin no more’, live a Holy life.

Titus 2:11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,

Tit 2:12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;

Tit 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

Tit 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

Tit 2:15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.

So the balanced teaching and definition of Grace when related to sin is to Restore, Heal, Deliver and then Go and sin no more. Correction has its place, but don’t let Condemnation keep you or anyone else from Restoration, Healing and every other benefit of Grace. Grace Teaches us to Live Holy Lives.

The Once saved Always saved teaching cannot be a correct aspect of Grace. Just like a man and a woman come together in Holy Matrimony; as they do, they make a commitment to be together until death if need be. Unfortunately many marriages end up in divorce even though they made a commitment to be united forever. Someone in that marriage walked away from that Covenant, in the case of Marriage, sometimes they both walk away from their Covenant and Commitment to God and each other. Our God does not walk away from His Covenant with us; man always is the one to walk away from God. 

Jonathan Doctor Ministries © 2011

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Called to the Kingdom for such a Time as This

16 Apr

Called to the Kingdom for such a Time as this.

By Jonathan Doctor

Like Esther, You are called into the Kingdom for such a time as this. Like Esther was called into the Favor and Grace of God to deliver her generation so you are called to the Grace and Favor of God to deliver your generation. Like Moses was an instrument and vessel of God to Deliver the Children of Israel from Pharo’s slavery so are you called and Graced to bring Deliverance to this generation from the slavery of satan, sin and the evil world system (Galatians 1:4) Like Ester You are Called into the Royal Family to Exercise your Authority and to set the captives free.

You may feel like Mephibosheth in Lodebar, but God is Calling you to the Kingdom, to be a King’s Kid! Mephibosheth was called to the Kingdom because his father Jonathan had a Covenant with King David. Mephibosheth was in Lodebar, Lodebar was a place of lack, a place of poverty and inadequacy. You may feel the same way, you may be in a place of lack of health, finances, lack of hope, lack of The One True God. But I am here to tell You that you don’t have to be broke any more! You don’t have to be sick anymore, you don’t have to be in lack anymore! Your Days of living in Lodebar are over! You are a King’s Kid and you have been summons to theKingdom of God.

God is calling you to a higher Life, a Royal Lifestyle, a Good Life. God has Prophesied Grace and Favor to You, this Grace and Favor will get you out of Lodebar and bring you in to the Kingdom. Like Joseph in the pit, You can go from the pit to the Palace by the Grace and Favor of God!

Act 3:24 Amplified  Indeed, all the prophets from Samuel and those who came afterwards, as many as have spoken, also promised and foretold and proclaimed these days.

Act 3:25  You are the descendants (sons) of the prophets and the heirs of the covenant which God made and gave to your forefathers, saying to Abraham, And in your Seed (Heir) shall all the families of the earth be blessed and benefited. [Gen. 22:18; Gal. 3:16.]

This Prophetic Grace will change and re-arrange things in your life. Grab hold of these Truths I share with you and put them to practice. Do not let the devil or any religious ‘stinkin thinkin’ person talk you out of your Prophetic Grace, Take Your Place in the Grace and Live the Life God Prophesied You to Live.

Eph 2:7 (Message)  Now God has us where he wants us, with all the time in this world and the next to shower grace and kindness upon us in Christ Jesus.

Eph 2:7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.

Eph 2:7Amp  He did this that He might clearly demonstrate through the ages to come the immeasurable (limitless, surpassing) riches of His free grace (His unmerited favor) in [His] kindness and goodness of heart toward us in Christ Jesus.

Eph 2:8  For it is by free grace (God’s unmerited favor) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation) through [your] faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [of your own doing, it came not through your own striving], but it is the gift of God;

Eph 2:9  Not because of works [not the fulfillment of the Law’s demands], lest any man should boast. [It is not the result of what anyone can possibly do, so no one can pride himself in it or take glory to himself.]

Eph 2:10  For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].

By the Spirit of God Paul wrote this Ages ago about his and our day, about this Grace, this Favor, this Salvation offered to those who will accept it.

Eph 1:4 Amplified  Even as [in His love] He chose us [actually picked us out for Himself as His own] in Christ before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy (consecrated and set apart for Him) and blameless in His sight, even above reproach, before Him in love.

Eph 1:5  For He foreordained us (destined us, planned in love for us) to be adopted (revealed) as His own children through Jesus Christ, in accordance with the purpose of His will [because it pleased Him and was His kind intent]–

Eph 1:6  [So that we might be] to the praise and the commendation of His glorious grace (favor and mercy), which He so freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.

Eph 1:7  In Him we have redemption (deliverance and salvation) through His blood, the remission (forgiveness) of our offenses (shortcomings and trespasses), in accordance with the riches and the generosity of His gracious favor,

Eph 1:8  Which He lavished upon us in every kind of wisdom and understanding (practical insight and prudence),

Eph 1:9  Making known to us the mystery (secret) of His will (of His plan, of His purpose). [And it is this:] In accordance with His good pleasure (His merciful intention) which He had previously purposed and set forth in Him,

Eph 1:10  [He planned] for the maturity of the times and the climax of the ages to unify all things and head them up and consummate them in Christ, [both] things in heaven and things on the earth.

Eph 1:11  In Him we also were made [God’s] heritage (portion) and we obtained an inheritance; for we had been foreordained (chosen and appointed beforehand) in accordance with His purpose, Who works out everything in agreement with the counsel and design of His [own] will,

Rom 8:28 Amplified  We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose.

Rom 8:29  For those whom He foreknew [of whom He was aware and loved beforehand], He also destined from the beginning [foreordaining them] to be molded into the image of His Son [and share inwardly His likeness], that He might become the firstborn among many brethren.

Rom 8:30  And those whom He thus foreordained, He also called; and those whom He called, He also justified (acquitted, made righteous, putting them into right standing with Himself). And those whom He justified, He also glorified [raising them to a heavenly dignity and condition or state of being].

Rom 8:31  What then shall we say to [all] this? If God is for us, who [can be] against us? [Who can be our foe, if God is on our side?] [Ps. 118:6.]

Act 17:26 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;

Act 17:27  That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:

Act 17:28  For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.

Act 17:29  Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device.

Act 17:30  And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:

Act 17:31  Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by [that] man whom he hath ordained; [whereof] he hath given assurance unto all [men], in that he hath raised him from the dead.

Jonathan Doctor Ministries © 2011

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Learning to Stand

15 Apr

 Learning to Stand by Jonathan Doctor, M.Min., Ph.D.

You must stand until you receive the manifestation. Stand on the Word (Proverbs 4:2027). Know what the Word says and don’t compromise it. The Word is life unto those that find it and health to all your flesh. Stand in faith: 1 Corinthians 16:13, 2 Corinthians 1:24, 5:7; Hebrews 10:23, 11:12; James 2:17.

Faith must have works. When you are standing in faith, it is the opposite of fear because when faith comes in, fear goes out. Stand in freedom (Galatians 5:1). We know the truth will make and keep us free.

The truth is God’s Word. “Be not entangled again with bondage.” Once you are free, don’t go back into bondage. If you tell the truth, it will set you free as well, but if you tell a lie, it will put you or keep you in bondage ( John 8:3132, 36).

Things That We Need to Take a Stand

1. Stand in the armor of God (Ephesians 6:1113). Don’t take it off.

2. Stand and don’t faint (2 Corinthians 4:16, Galatians 6:79).

3. Stand in righteousness (Ephesians 6:14 ).

4. Stand with a good conversation (Philippians 1:27 ).

5. Stand in the Lord (Philippians 4:1 ).

6. Stand praising the Lord.

7. Stand in the favor and grace of God. (Romans 5:2)

The divine order is spirit, soul, and body, not body, soul, and spirit.

1 Thessalonians 5:1523

There are nine things that we can do that are found in 1 Thessalonians 5:1523.

1. Don’t render evil for evil.

2. Rejoice

3. Pray without ceasing.

4. Give thanks.

5. Quench not the Spirit; not obeying will cause the Holy Spirit to be quenched.

6. Despise not prophesying.

7. Prove all things and hold fast to that which is good.

8. Abstain from every appearance of evil.

9. And the God of peace (Shalom) will sanctify you wholly. I pray your whole spirit souls and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Remember when God has something for you to do, He will make it work, not you alone. All you have to do is obey, and the work He started in you He will perform. We must listen to the Holy Spirit in everything we do.

One of the greatest needs in the body of Christ today is to know how to be led by the Holy Spirit of God. People desire guidance and wisdom when it comes to making decisions in their lives. A wrong decision can delay your destiny. Many people fall short of God’s best in their lives simply because they haven’t learned how to make decisions inspired by God. You cannot make decisions based on feelings. Without guidance from the Holy Spirit, you will not experience God’s best in your life.

this was taken from my new book “Born Anew – Living the New Life with God’s Prevailing Purpose”

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Obedience and Disobedience

15 Apr

 Obedience and Disobedience by Jonathan Doctor, Th.M., Ph.D.

You must obey God’s direction, no matter what people think. Not everything that God tells you will be popular with people. Your wanting to please people can cause you to disobey God.

Disobedience means to neglect or to refuse to obey. Other words for disobedience: disregard, defy, go counter to, refuse to obey, rebel against, violate, transgress, resist, refuse to submit to, fail to comply. Other words for obedience: follow and abide with.

 

Adam and Eve

Adam and Eve had a choice to obey or disobey. The only thing God said was to not eat of a certain tree (Genesis 2:1517).

 

Saul’s Disobedience

In 1 Samuel 15:3, Saul is given instructions. In 1 Samuel 15:8, Saul partially obeys—partial obedience is disobedience. Saul lies to Samuel and tries to justify it by blaming his disobedience on the fact that he feared the people. Samuel had to kill Agag because Saul did not. Saul lost his kingship and anointing because of his disobedience (1 Samuel 1516).

 

David Obeys God

David obeys his father’s commands. David took care of his responsibilities. He had someone keep his sheep. He left his carriage in the hands of a keeper. Saul was still king even though he lost the anointing. Israel was talking defeat even before the battle began ( 1 Samuel 17:2425).

David’s brothers accused him falsely (1 Samuel 17:28).

When you do what God says today, it is setting you up for what will happen tomorrow. What David did that day affected his tomorrow. Obedience to his father brought David to the cause.

King Saul calls for David. Saul refers to David as a young boy that is not trained for battle. David tells Saul about what God did through him with the lion and the bear and what God will do through him to the uncircumcised Philistine; David runs to Goliath, not away from him. When the giant looked at David, he could not believe that they had sent a boy out to fight him. David went out to Goliath in the power of God, not his own power. David defeated Goliath. David won a great victory because of his obedience (Deuteronomy28:2)

This is a portion of my new book called “Born Anew – Living the New Life with God’s Prevailing Purpose”

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