Text: Phil 2:1-11, Jude 1:17-25
GRACELIFE IN A CHURCH PRODUCES ALL THAT IS IN CHRIST.
• GraceLife Realities: Love, affection, sympathy, joy, oneness of mind, accord and purpose.
• GraceLife Barriers: Scoffers, Divisions
• GraceLife Insurance: Faith, Prayer, Keep in God’s Love, Mercy on others, Draw Close to Christ, focus on His Glory
A GRACELIFE PERSON LIVES LIFE TOTALLY DEPENDANT UPON JESUS CHRIST.
• A GraceLife person does not have his own righteousness, does not boast in his works, for he is well aware of his own weaknesses and failures, and owes everything to the working of God’s Grace
o 1 Corinthians 1:28-31 God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”
o Romans 7:5 For while we were living in the flesh, our sinful passions, aroused by the law, were at work in our members to bear fruit for death.
o Romans 11:6 But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace.
o Philippians 2:13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
o 2 Corinthians 9:8 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.
• A GraceLife person glories in his weaknesses and inadequacies. (Doesn’t wear a mask)
o 2 Corinthians 11:30 If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.
o 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
• A GraceLife person is motivated to action and obedience by a growing love and yearning for Jesus Christ. (Not motivated by fear or condemnation)
o John 12:26 If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.
o 2 Timothy 1:7 for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
• A GraceLife person sees Him who is invisible in every situation he faces.
o Hebrews 11:27 By faith he left Egypt, not being afraid of the anger of the king, for he endured as seeing him who is invisible.
• A GraceLife person does not fear trials or tribulations, for he reigns over them with Christ.
o James 1:2 When all kinds of trials and temptations crowd into your lives my brothers, don't resent them as intruders, but welcome them as friends! Realise that they come to test your faith and to produce in you the quality of endurance.
• A GraceLife person is continually thankful
o Ephesians 5:20 giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
• A GraceLife person is quick to forgive because Christ forgave.
o Ephesians 4:32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
• A GraceLife person holds nothing back from the Lordship of Christ.
o Mark 8:34-35 And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it.
• A GraceLife person never judges another person, but esteems others better than himself.
o Philippians 2:3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
• A GraceLife Person does not turn away when things get tough. They owe Christ too much.
o Romans 5:1-5 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
GRACELIFE IS A LIFE IN WHICH GOD IS FREELY WORKING HIS STEADFAST LOVE, HIS JUSTICE AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS.
• GraceLife begins at the Cross, for that is the Way into the Steadfast Love of God.
• GraceLife begins at the Cross, for Christ’s physical death and burial means that the Truth of God can transform our soul and body into intruments of God’s Kingdom Work here on Earth. We are free to know the Truth and be set Free through the Truth.
• GraceLife begins at the Cross, for Christ’s Resurrection Victory provides us with the Victory we need to wear His righteousness. Through faith, we share in His victory over sin, death and Satan. We stand in His Victory and are clothed in His righteousness.
o Romans 5:17 For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.
GRACELIFE SETS US FREE FROM FEAR OF LOOKING OVER OUR BACK AND WONDERING IF GOD IS PLEASED WITH OUR LIFE.
The only Works required are these:
3. New Wardrobe
4. Thankful Heart
5. Faith of Jesus
GRACELIFE REQUIRES US TO LIVE IN THE VICTORY OF THE PERSON OF JESUS CHRIST
Galatians 5:1 For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.
Ephesians 6:10-13 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.
CHRIST IS OUR VICTORY. CHRIST IS OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS
The whole problem is that we view victory as something only in the spiritual world, while we are struggling along here on Planet Earth, toiling and sweating as we wrestle and fight against a powerful adversary. To us, victory is something we do not have, something we cannot see, something we are not experiencing, something that we must search for and diligently seek out until we find it.
God does not give us a thing called victory. Instead, He gives us His Son to be our Victory. Christ is Victory. It is not a question of going forth to war in the name of Jesus and claiming the victory in advance. Overcoming is entering into Victory Our victory is bound up in the Lord Himself. It is not a separate grace or gift which He grants to certain ones who learn some principles of spiritual warfare.
• Jesus Christ is the Victory already won. By His Grace we stand in Him. He is our Victory.
• Victory is not praying more, denying more, trying harder, or anything in the flesh.
• Victory is not a technique or spiritual method of saying this or claiming that.
• You can try all kinds of things to secure “victory” – intercessory prayer, hours of praise and worship, binding and loosing, or special verses cried out.
If they are grasped at with the strength of men, they are all just “things” that we are trying in our flesh. They may make us feel better and may even accomplish something, but our true victory is IN CHRIST!
The one in Christ is seated with Him in the heavenly places. If we see ourselves in Him then we cannot help but understand that since the battle is already won, and Victory is ours, then we do not need a method or a technique designed to "get" a victory which we already possess.
When God is pleased to reveal His Son to us, we will learn that Victory is not a thing, but a Person; that Victory is not an experience, but a Man; that God does not give me a thing called victory, but has given me His Son in the place of victory in order to be my Victory.
Then Victory will never be future-tense and far-away, but Ever Present and Now. For Victory is Christ. And Victory lives within you.
Victory has nothing to do with the devil, and everything to do with Christ. Since most Christians have more faith, assurance and reverence for the devil than they do for the Lord Jesus, it is easy to see why so many are defeated.
TESTIMONY OF CHIP BROGDEN
“God revealed His Son to me only after I had failed as a pastor, when my church was closed, when I had thrown away all my books and tapes and magazines and notes on spiritual warfare and was left with nothing but Christ. I had looked for victory in spiritual warfare by focusing my attention on the devil, but God never taught me anything about spiritual warfare, nor did He reveal anything to me about the devil.”
God did not show me how to be victorious, He merely revealed His Son to me as Victory.
I was sitting in my backyard one morning with my Scripture translations opened to Ephesians and two texts before me. The first was:
"And what is the exceeding greatness of His power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of His mighty power, Which He wrought in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead, and set Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is His body, the fullness of Him that filleth all in all" (Ephesians 1:19-23).
I was thankful for this passage, but it did not register much with me…I did not doubt the Lord Jesus' victory, I doubted MY victory.
So I did not understand the significance of the first passage until I read the second passage before me:
"But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus" (Ephesians 2:6).
A beam of light struck me and the words seemed to leap up from off the page and slap me in the face. I stopped for a moment and read the first passage again, then the second passage. "...He raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named... And raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus."
Together, together, together, together...For the first time in my life, I saw Christ, sitting at God's right hand. And I saw myself seated with Him.
His victory is my victory. TOGETHER we were raised from the dead, TOGETHER we were set at the right hand of God in the heavenlies, TOGETHER we were seated far above ALL principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named! I began to laugh at my own stupidity. What is there left for me to do now that I am far above all these things? What is left for me to fight? I can find nothing to do now except to simply abide in Christ and allow Him to be my Victory, just as I allow Him to be my Salvation.
“I saw Christ on the cross, and me crucified with Him (Galatians 2:20). I saw myself buried with Him by baptism into death (Romans 6:3). I saw myself raised with Him to newness of life (Romans 6:4). I saw myself ascended with Him, and seated with Him in heavenly places.”
I understood that my victory was secured by Christ Himself, and there was nothing left for me to do or to obtain but to receive His finished work and accept His Victory as my victory. As surely as Christ does not struggle with the devil, as certain as His overcoming is, so certain is my overcoming with Him. I thank and praise God that today Christ is Victory.
WHAT IS GRACELIFE?
GraceLife is the Life of Jesus reigning over our life. Our work, play, body, family hopes, dreams desires are all under the direction of Jesus Christ. His life is our life. Our life is His life.
GraceLife begins at the Cross, where we realize our desperate need, and humble ourselves before Holy God.
Grace brings us to the Cross, where our eyes are open to see the overwhelming Love of God for us. This pure love as seen in His Son cuts our hearts open to reveal our sin and our need for a Savior. Grace propels us into the arms of Jesus, where we find forgiveness, sustenance and strength. Salvation is ours, not just for the future, but also for the Now’s of Life.
Colossians 1:20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.
Galatians 3:26 for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith.
GraceLife Contiinues daily at the Cross, where we kneel in humility and submit our flesh, our will , our desires to His direction and Lordship. Daily we put on Jesus Christ.
Once we are placed into Christ, through the Holy Spirit, the Word and relationships, Christ begins to be formed in our character. Our lives are changed by the power of the Word. We become a living testimony to the Victory in Christ. Our want-to’s change. Our character becomes framed and molded by the character of Jesus Christ. We become conformed to His image.
Colossians 1:21-23 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;
As we die to self and live in Christ, we experience His Victory of righteousness and blessedness in the midst of trials and tribulations. Our lives become dependent upon His victory. Our weaknesses are made strong in Him. We learn to walk in victory over sin. Our lives become testimonies to those around us of the Grace of God. It is not because of our ability, but by the Grace of God!
CHRIST is our Victory. CHRIST is our Righteousness
God gives us His Son to be our Victory. Christ is Victory.
For your Victory is Christ. And Victory lives within you.
How Can We Intentionally Grow in Grace?
2 Peter 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.
ROOT OUT THE STUMBLINGBLOCKS:
1. What are you not thankful for?
2. What are you resentful of?
3. What are you bitter about?
4. Is there any pride in your life?
5. Is there anything you do not want to give up to His control?
6. Is there any blatant disobedience?
7. Is there any unforgiveness?
8. Are there any broken relations?
9. Are you hard toward anyone or anything that you used to be soft toward?
10. Is your life following God’s design and priorities?
LAY DOWN SOLID STEPPINGSTONES
1. Intentionally get to know Jesus Christ
• Read a Gospel every week
• Learn His commands
• Try to figure out what Paul and Peter and John saw Him as.
• Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal Him to your heart.
• Read Johns vision of Him and what He wrote to the churches.
• Keep a journal of what you have learned about Jesus.
2. Connect with a Christ Follower
3. Make it your Goal to Grow in Him every day
• Pray that you would know the power of His resurrection, the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death.
4. Make a point to share with someone what you are learning about Jesus each week
KEEP YOURSELF IN THE PLACE OF GRACE
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