Grace Message or Mixed Grace Message

March 1, 2015 at 11:08 PMadmin

For the last few months I've been getting into the message about grace as given by Paul Ellis in Escape to Reality and by Joseph Prince. I am convinced. Not only that but I have remembered a lesson/deliverance that the Lord gave me personally.

There was a joke that some people used to tell about a man who wanted to win the lottery. So he went to church and prayed to God "Lord, please let me win the lottery". But the next week came and he hadn't won so he prayed again "Lord, please let me win the lottery", And the third week came and he still hadn't won so again he prayed "Lord, I know you can hear me, please let me win the lottery". Then a voice came from heaven: "Help me out. Buy a ticket".

I know it is a joke but it was Christians who used to tell it to me. The message seems logical - you do your little bit and God will do His big bit. It is a mixed grace message.

And the Lord showed me it was wrong long before I had begun to read and hear about mixed grace. I was on my way to a prayer meeting taking some friends. They were talking about the lottery and I said (thinking about that joke) "I can't win because I don't buy a ticket". But when I arrived at the prayer meeting someone gave me a lottery ticket and said *That will help you with your petrol money". It was a winning ticket. Only for £10 but that was enough to get the lesson home. I could win without buying a ticket.

And that's grace. Jesus Christ has done it all. If you want to know more follow the links above.

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When did Jesus get angry? I bet you get it wrong. I did

October 1, 2013 at 5:22 PMTony

I would have said He got angry with the moneylenders in the temple but the word used there is not angry but zealous.

The one time where it is mentioned that Jesus got angry is in Mark 3 (NKJV)

And He entered the synagogue again, and a man was there who had a withered hand. So they watched Him closely, whether He would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse Him. And He said to the man who had the withered hand, “Step forward.” Then He said to them, “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they kept silent. And when He had looked around at them with anger, being grieved by the hardness of their hearts, He said to the man,“Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored as whole as the other.

It is possible (although I don't like doing it) to look at this from the Pharisees' point of view. The warnings about and penalties for doing any kind of work on the Sabbath are very serious (Exodus 31:12-17). Also why couldn't he be healed the next day? What was one more day? Then the man could have been healed and all the proprieties satisfied. They saw themselves and portrayed themselves as reasonable people.

But what was being covered up and what grieved and angered Jesus was their hardness of heart.

I definitely see many 'reasonable' people like that in the world and more than a few in the church. And of course this might be another 'get the log out of your own eye' situation. So maybe I'd better start by asking the Lord to soften my own heart.

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I am a somebody in Christ

May 11, 2013 at 11:55 AMTony

Well the last post got me suspended by twitter. I've still no idea why. But yes I know that in Christ I am a new creation. And that in Christ I can no longer continue to sin. And that in Christ I actually become more me than I've ever been before. It's still all about Him though. If you're reading this then I pray every blessing in Christ for you and yours.

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I am a nobody in Christ

May 9, 2013 at 10:18 PMTony

Jesus said "I am the vine, you are the branches". So you can call yourself apostle, prophet, leader, oligarch. I don't care. As long as it's in Christ. And actually I'm not just a nobody in Christ. I'm a really bad sinner in Christ. But the important thing is IN CHRIST. If I am in Christ then I will bear fruit. And if I bear fruit then I'm sure I will share in that fruit. And the fruit of the Spirit is 'Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Gentleness, Goodness, Faithfulness, and Self-Control. Who could want anything better than that.

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True and Truer

December 13, 2012 at 9:29 AMTony

Anything which is eternal is truer than what is not. In Ephesians 2 v 6 it says "God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus". We may be fathers. mothers, church leaders or whatever, and doing all sorts of things in the world but it is truer that we are seated with Christ. And if we doubt this then one day death will make it very plain.

So in our speach and thought life I think we should avoid talking and thinking excessively about who and what we are in this world. I'm off to read Watchman Nee's 'Sit, Walk, Stand' to see if that will help me refocus as it has done before.

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Night Knowledge, Day Knowledge

August 11, 2012 at 12:22 AMTony

The scriptural basis for the title is Jesus saying "Aren’t there twelve hours in each day? If you walk during the day, you will have light from the sun, and you won’t stumble", You can walk in the night but it is in the day that you don't stumble.

For example night knowledge says "You've done some really bad things" and for me that is true, I can't deny it. And someone else may say "I have just have taken a few things home from work." or whatever. "So, you deserve to be punished, whereas I could be let off because of all the good things I've done."

However day knowledge says "All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God". We have all equally failed to meet the mark and it doesn't matter how much, we have all still failed. The great news is that because of the cross of Christ we are all equally forgiven. That's pretty good day knowledge.

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