A WORLD IN CHAOS

Scientist’s tell us that the beginning was some 13.8 Billion years ago, but most of the Christian communities believe the earth began 6,000 years ago.

 

However, if God inspired the Ancient Scrolls that we call the Bible, then I believe that the scrolls and true science should complement each other. However, sometimes science is wrong, like in the Scopes Trial, and sometimes the Christian understanding of the scriptures are wrong also.

 

Here is an example:

“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was on the face of the deep.”Gen 1:1-2

 

What a dismal picture…. without form, void and darkness…. that describes chaos, yet another scripture says something different.

 

God, Who formed the earth and made it,….did not create it in vain, but formed it to be inhabited: Isa 45:18

 

He did not create it vain or void, nor in chaos, but Gen 1:2 describes it just that way.

The key to understanding that verse is found in the word ‘was’ in Gen 1:2.

 

The word ‘was’ is the Hebrew word ‘Hayah’ and 67 times in the scriptures it is translated ‘became’. If we were to translate it that way in Gen 1:2, then the scriptures would not sound contradictory. Instead, it would read, “the world was not created vain and void but became that way.”

 

Another word in Genesis worth looking at is the Hebrew word ‘yom‘ which was translated ‘day’, but can also be translated ‘eon’.

The Ancient Scrolls do not teach that the world is 6,000 years old, it only teaches that man is 6,000 years old.

I find it strange that science can find no evidence that mankind existed more than 6,000 years ago and Christians can find no Biblical evidence that the earth is 6,000 years old. Moreover, we fight back and forth about what we agree on.

I believe all evidence proves that the earth is probably 13.5 billion years old and man is probably 6,000 years old.

Now, look at what it says the Great Creator did next. “God planted a garden…and there He put the man whom He had formed.” Gen 2:8

 

Did you ever plant a garden? so did God. What’s more, He planted it in the midst of chaos. Then He took the man whom He had formed and placed him in the garden, which was a place of peace surrounded by Chaos.

 

Then God blessed them, and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” Gen 1:28.

 

As they increased in number, they would be able to establish and extend the rule of God’s peace into all the earth, and it was not to be done by violence as some would have us to believe. In other words, they were to bring God’s peace into all of the surrounding chaos. “For the heavens belong to God but the earth He gave to man to have dominion.” We are to overcome evil with good!

 

FORGETTING THE PAST

In the Ancient area of Macedonia, there was a city called Philippi, which was once visited by a man named Paul, who claimed he had experienced a visitation from God. After he left the city he wrote a letter back to them about his walk with God, and he said, “I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God.

 

ONE THING I DO:

There is power in focusing on one thing. I read in a book by Gary Keller, of a physicist in 2001, who reproduced the falling domino effect, with a slight alteration, he made them from plywood and increased each domino by 50%. In other words, the first domino was 2″tall, and the last was almost 3′ tall. The fall began with a gentile tink & ended with a loud slam.

If this progression continued by the 18th domino, it would knock down something as tall as the Leaning Tower of Pisa. The 23rd domino would tower over the Eiffel Tower,

the 31st domino would loom over Mount Everest by 3,000 ft, and number 57 would almost reach the moon!

What if every day we were to put all of our energy into one thing, forgetting those things which are behind and laying hold of the abundant life that God has for each of us?

In another place, this same man, Paul, said, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”

I don’t believe a renewed mind is all about whether you go to heaven or hell, but rather, about how much of heaven you will have in your life right now.

A mind is a powerful tool, and negative thinking has to be replaced, think about like this; when you were a kid, you had things drilled into you like, “You kids would drive anybody crazy!” So they believe what their parents tell them and when they grow up, they will act it out.

They’ll drive their spouse crazy, their boss crazy and their children crazy!

Programmed negative thoughts keep you from believing in yourself. Your mind has to be transformed from low self-esteem to high self-esteem. From thinking from a preprogrammed thought life to thinking in line with what the Creator has said about you. Because only the creator of a thing completely understand the thing which he created, and the purpose for which he created it.

 

This doesn’t mean we forget the good times of the past, but we do lay aside the things in past that would hinder us from moving forward with our lives. Moreover, the only way to forget the things that are behind is to focus on the things that lie before you. Create a vision for your life and plans on how to accomplish it.

 

THE LAW OF CONFESSION

I’m sure we all have heard the old saying “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” I also think it’s safe to say we’ve all learned that is a foolish and untrue statement. Whether you realize it or not, words can be devastating, especially when spoken to children by parents, teachers or other children.

 

The ancient scrolls tell us a lot about words. In the first scroll of Genesis, we find the Creator creating the universe with words. Of course, in our finite little minds, we can’t possibly grasp the scope of how this transpired, but we do know that words are sound waves and sound waves can move molecules, and all matter is made up of molecules. But how He was able to arrange those molecules to create matter with His words, we may never know.

 

But we do know that, in the first chapter of the book of Genesis, He said, “let us make man in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion, over all the earth.”

To me, that says if we are created in His likeness then we are to the rule the earth, as He would, by words. Before you think I’ve lost my mind, consider that when Christ came to earth, the Scriptures tell us that He was the exact image of His Father. And we know He controlled the storms by speaking to them, He opened blind eyes by speaking to them, He delivered the demon possessed by speaking to them, He made a tree wither and die by speaking to it, and over and over we see examples of He who is the exact image of the Creator, changing circumstances the exact same way the Creator created the universe. And then, referring to mankind, He said this in Mark 11:23, “If you speak and do not doubt in your heart but believe that those things which you say will be done, you will have whatsoever you say.” Could it be that what we have today is what we have been speaking and believing in our yesterday’s?

I knew a lady who loved to jog but was fearful of jogging on the streets because she believed she might get run over by a car. So to alleviate the problem, she would go jogging at 4 A.M. to avoid the dangerous traffic. One day, while jogging, she was struck by a car and died. The part of the story that I find amazing is that there was only one car on the street and she was on the sidewalk. The one car on the street jumped the curb, striking and killing her on the sidewalk. Is it possible that the thing she believed and spoke came to pass?

Perhaps Jesus knew something we didn’t know when He said, “Be careful what you listen to because out of the abundance of the heart the mouth will speak.”

FIVE STEPS TO CREATING A VISION

Sad to say, but most people live their lives without vision. They wake up every day and simply try to survive, when in reality, we were all created to thrive.

 

But to thrive we must have a vision. We would never embark on a long journey without a vision of where we’re going, yet we’ll live our entire life without knowing where we’re going. So I want to share with you five steps, taken from the ancient manuscripts, to follow an build a positive vision for your life.

A great King by the name of David wrote the following in one of the manuscripts:

Psalm 1:1-3

Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law, he meditates day and night.
He shall be like a tree
Planted by the rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season,
Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.

 

First he tells us what not to put in our minds, then he tells us what to put in our minds, and then he tells us the results.

 

Step #1 Think Right

It’s saying to not allow ungodly thoughts and ways to control your mind. To meditate means to ponder, to imagine, to talk to yourself about, to think, or to picture in your mind.

Meditating on the word day and night means that your mind is in line with the ways of God all the time, and His ways are filled with love, joy, and peace.

It also says to delight in the ways of the Lord. You have to be delighted in the things of God, in other words, be turned on by the things of God. You have to like the things of God.

The first step toward bringing your dream or vision into reality is getting excited about the ways of God, the blessings of God, the thoughts of God, the things of God. He has a fantastic plan for our lives, but we have to connect with Him.

You should think about loving and helping people. Don’t get jealous or angry; learn to encourage and help others.

 

Step #2 Speak Only The Word About Yourself

Today, much of the world and the church world is filled with doubt and fear. Moses said that God told him he wished everybody would prophesy. Prophesying is not so much for telling as it is foretelling.

You don’t have to prophesy over the world, but you can prophesy over you and your destiny by simply speaking the word of God over yourself, your destiny, and your family.  We are told that God spoke the world into existence and made man in His image and likeness, to rule the earth. There is great power in words – they actually settle our destiny. Below is a bit of what the ancient scrolls say.
Proverbs 18:21  Death and life are in the power of the tongue,

Proverbs 12: 18 But the tongue of the wise promotes health.

 

Romans 4:17
God gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did;

If God called the things which be not as though they were, and we were created in h

His image, should we not do likewise?

We will become what we consistently prophesy over ourselves.

 

#3 Write Down Your Vision

Habakkuk 2:2
Then the Lord answered me and said:
“Write the vision
And make it plain on tablets,
That he may run who reads it.

 

Most people wouldn’t know what to write, because they have no clear vision or goal.

 

Ask yourself, what would I want my life to look like in 20 years? Now, write it down – that’s a starting point.

 

#4 Keep Your Mind On The Vision, Not The Problems

Here’s what the ancient scrolls say:
2 Corinthians 4:17-18
For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, 18. while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

It says the things which we see are temporal – in other words, they will change. It is as if we stand to gain a lot, BUT only if we do not focus on those things. Keep your mind on the vision.

 

 

#5 Act On Your Vision

 

James 1:22
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.

Start making your actions align with your vision

 

THE LAW OF HAW-GAW

We find this Hebrew word, Haw-Gaw, in several of the ancient scrolls. The great Creator used it to instruct a man by the name of Joshua who was to assume the responsibility of leading millions of Israelites into their promised inheritance after the death of Moses – He was instructing him on how to be successful.

 

King David, the great psalmist, used the same word Haw-Gaw several times in his writings. You will recognize the word in your English translation as “meditate.”King David said that he meditated on God’s word, God’s works, God’s statues, and God’s testimonies.

 

When most people think of meditation, they think of Eastern mysticism, which involves emptying the mind. But the word Haw-Gaw means to fill the mind and to mutter those things. In reality, we all meditate on a fairly consistent basis, but the problem is that we meditate on the negative. We only give it a different name – worry.

 

For reasons unknown to me, we humans tend to gravitate toward the negative. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that the first word most of us learned was the word “no.” Have you ever heard of a businessman who became successful by meditating on his failures?

 

Remember the man Joshua we spoke of? When God told him to meditate, He also told him that through that meditation he would make his way successful and prosperous. But like David, he had to meditate upon God’s statutes, God’s testimony, God’s works, and God’s word.

 

We all want to be successful, but what does “successful” really mean? It means a lot of things to a lot of different people, and unfortunately, most people equate it with money. Having money to care for your family is naturally part of being successful. However, you can have money and go through a divorce or have children that will not speak to you, or no friends or poor health. So there must be a lot more to success than having money. If money is our definition of success, then we have the lowest form of success known to man.

 

Webster’s definition of success is, “The achievement of something desired, planned or attempted.” My definition of success is simple; it’s finding my purpose in the universe and then, with the aid of my Creator, fulfilling that purpose. And it all begins with meditating on things which He says.

 

I’m not a physician by any stretch of the imagination, however, I do read a lot, and I have read many reports that claim that up to 90% of doctor’s visits are stress related. That means they are psychosomatic, or, in the mind. As I said, I’m not a physician, but my understanding is that it basically works this way; The mind and the central nervous system work together in a concerted effort to send signals to something called the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus, in turn, instructs the body to release certain chemicals into our system. When we are stressed out, our central nervous system sends the wrong signals thereby by causing the hypothalamus to release or not release the exact portion of chemicals that our bodies need to function normally.

 

No doubt, God knew what He was talking about when He said if we meditated on (think about and mutter)  all of the good things of God it would be a key ingredient to a successful life.

 

WHAT’S IN A NAME

We use words to try to convey messages, but the intended messages can, and do, get lost over time, simply because the meaning of words often change with the culture.

Here are a few examples given by Linguistics expert Anne Curzan.  

Awful: used to be “worthy of awe.”

Wench: used to mean “female child,” then a female servant, today a wanton woman.

Naughty: used to mean had naught or nothing.

Spinster: used to be a woman, today an “unmarried woman.”

Bachelor: was a young knight, today the lowest rank at a university

Unfortunately, sometimes when words change the story they are trying to convey, get’s lost. For instance, words contain the story of God and the supernatural. Therefore it’s important that when we study the story of God, we use the tools at our disposal to understand the words that were used in the culture when they were written.

Here’s an example – in the ancient scroll of Luke in the book we call the Bible, we have a story of a man named John (The Baptist) whose father’s name was Zacharias and his mother’s Elizabeth. The ancient scroll used in the translation was Greek. But John, Zacharias, and Elizabeth all had Hebrew names. John means “Jehovah is Gracious,” Zacharias means “He remembered,” Elizabeth means “His covenant.” So the story God is trying to convey is that he (Jehovah) is gracious and has remembered his covenant through the birth of John.

Here is another example in the ancient scroll of Matthew, 1:21

“She (Mary) will bring forth a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”  Once again we have a Hebrew person or persons being referred to in the Greek language. Jesus in Hebrew is Y’hoshua, and it meant Yahweh is salvation, deliverance, and restoration. The word “sin,” according to W. E. Vines expository dictionary of biblical words simply means to miss the mark. It was a term used by an archer when his arrow missed the target. And all humanity has missed the mark when it comes to Gods standard.

So now equipped with that knowledge, I believe it’s reasonable to interpret the story of God like this. He (God) created mankind in his image and likeness to walk in union with him, but Adam and Eve missed the mark. Therefore, He sent His son, Y’hoshua (Jesus), to come and save, deliver, and restore the human race to their original position and intent.

Another word that has lost its meaning through the centuries is “repent.” We’ve all heard the word Penthouse –  Pent means “the top.” The top is where God wants us to live.

Did you ever read the ancient scroll of the prophet Hosea? He said, “God’s people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” So let’s get the knowledge, and stop the destruction.

THE LAW OF THE SPIRIT OF LIFE

The word “Life” is the Greek word “Zoe” and in the scriptures it means the life of God or the God kind of life, which is in contrast to animal life, which controls most of the human race. But to live in this kind of life we need to be mindful of something that the ancient scrolls call “The Law of the Spirit” which is in opposition to something called the “Law of the Flesh.”

The Law of the Flesh is all about our five senses. It’s reasoning based, upon stimuli, that the brain has received from the five senses and the mind has pondered until it has become a functional part of our natural lives.

Think about a newborn child who had none of their five senses working until they reached the age of fifteen. Then, on their fifteen birthday, they were told to build a house, ride a bike, hug their parents. Without the five senses they would have no knowledge of how to accomplish any of those things, they wouldn’t even know who their parents were or what a house and bike were.

Most people have been taught that if they control their flesh then they will walk in the spirit but the scripture says just the opposite, it says “Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh” (Ga 5:16).

Walking in the Law of the Spirit is simple in theory but a challenge in practicality. You see the Law of the Spirit is all about the life of God and the scriptures tell us that God is love (agape in the Greek). This is not human love its supernatural love. It’s the kind of love that would sacrifice its own son to save others.

You see, the God kind of love is all about others, where human love is all about self. So the Law of the Flesh is all about love for self and the Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus is all about the love for others.

Remember Ga. 5:16, “Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh?” A few verses later it says;

The works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; (These all involve selfcenteredness)

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Ga 5:19-23

In other words, the Love of God is simply a fruit of His Spirit; it’s His nature and always will lay down its life for others. When we walk in that we will be filled with joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.

SUPER NATURAL PROVISIONS

 

Today we live in a society were often times words are used loosely. One such word comes to mind is the word father.

People think because they provided sperm to a woman they became the father of the child. Animals can do likewise but in the ancient scrolls animals and never referred to as the father.

The word father means, origin, source of nourishment and protection. It’s one thing to be the origin of another human being but it’s quite a different story to be the source of nourishment and protection.

For a living thing to flourish it must a connected to its source or its father. For instance an animal was created from the earth if you remove the animal from the earth put it into outer space it will die. The agent scrolls also tell us that fish were created from the sea therefore they must stay connected to the sea.

Concerning man our bodies were created from the earth and must stay connected to the Earth works nourishment and protection. However man is a spirit being who lives in a body and since the spirit is of the fourth dimension it must stay connected to the father or source of the fourth dimension.

Keep in mind that the third dimension is in and controlled by the fourth dimension. Therefore it’s imperative that we connect to and live in the fourth dimension under the headship of the father of light.

When Jesus came the world had a concept of a God who carried a big stick. Unfortunately most people still have that concept today. Jesus spent his life on this earth teaching and explaining about God as a father. Not as someone who wanted to punish people but as he was indeed someone whom we originated from who provided all sources of nourishment and protection to what he created.

Most Christians think that if I can pray hard enough God the father would answer their prayer and meet their needs. But true provision does not come from begging, if it did everybody’s prayers would get answered every time. It doesn’t even come because we have a need if that was the case people in Third World countries would get all of their prayers answered.

 

Provision and protection comes from fellowship with the father. For many of us it may be difficult to relate to your Creator as a loving father simply because of the relationship you failed to have with your earthly father. That was my case, all I understood of a father was someone who carried a big stick. But listen to what the scrolls say about our heavenly father. They say, if your heavenly father loves you enough to give you his son Jesus on the cross how would he not also with him freely give you all things.

 

The scrolls also say drawl nay to God your father and he would draw nay to you.

WILL THOU BE MADE WHOLE


Matthew 13:14-15 says, “Hearing you will hear and shall not understand, And seeing you will see and not perceive;  For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, And their eyes they have closed, Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn so that I should heal them.”

(heal is the Greek word: iaomai, which means whole)

He said we have eyes but we don’t see,

And we have ears but we don’t hear.

Then He said if we could see and hear we could understand and turn, and then He would heal us of whatever we needed to be healed of.

Perhaps you need healing in your body, your mind, your finances, your marriage or any other area. Healing can come in many different areas of our lives and I believe this is why Jesus used the word that described wholeness. But, regardless of what we need healing of, the process is still the same.

I will attempt to give a simple explanation of this complex process in this short article.

So let’s take a look at these 4 key elements for wholeness:

#1 We have eyes and ears but still, we can’t see or hear

They were not blind nor deaf, they could see and hear perfectly, in the natural world, but they could not see and hear the spiritual world. We need for our five senses to connect to the Three Dimensional, physical, world that we live in, but the supernatural lies in the Fourth Dimension. And it takes much more than simply the five senses to connect with the Fourth Dimension (read my article on the Fourth Dimension)

#2 Perception is directly connected to seeing and hearing

And it also involves our attitude and understanding. Here is an example of what I am trying to say: in the sentence that you just read I intentionally left out the word an, before the word, example, yet when you read the sentence you understood exactly what I was trying to say, because of your perception. And your perception is a byproduct of your understanding, which flows from your knowledge and attitude. This is why God said, “my people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge.” We all have gained knowledge; perhaps it’s Baptist knowledge; Pentecostal knowledge; Presbyterian knowledge or Catholic knowledge, and the list goes on and on. Our perception is based upon our knowledge. In another place, Jesus said, “take heed what you hear for with the same measure that you measure, it will be measured back to you again.” Also, He said we make the Word of God of no effect because of our tradition. We must constantly hunger for more knowledge and never descend into a place of contentment thinking we know everything we need to know. We should always hunger to grow more in the knowledge of God.

#3 Understanding

Words describe pictures that are in our minds. We try to communicate what’s in our minds to other people through words. The problem is, words cannot paint an exact picture of what’s in our mind. An example of what I mean perhaps can be explained by a trip my wife and I took to Mount Rushmore. I can tell you we beheld Mount Rushmore and there on the mountain was carved the image of four different Presidents. I could give you their names; George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. That gives you an image or a perception of what is in my mind but not the exact image. It would be impossible for me to give you an image of what is in my mind by simply using words.

In the Old Testament prophets received the Word of God, but  Jesus did not receive the Word of God, He was the word of God. John 1:1 says, “In the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word was God,”  But even though Jesus was the word of God He could not communicate the exact image of God to us because of our limited perception. Therefore, we must have the Holy Spirit working in us to take the words that Jesus spoke and reveal them to us in a way that we can see the complete picture.

#4 Dullness of Heart 

Jesus said, “Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.” And the disciples reasoned among themselves, saying, “It is because we have no bread.” But Jesus, being aware of it, said to them, “Why do you reason because you have no bread? Do you not yet perceive nor understand? Is your heart still hardened? Having eyes, do you not see? And having ears, do you not hear? And do you not remember? (Mk: 8:15-18)

They did not perceive nor did they understand. I believe if you study this story out you will come to the same conclusion that I did and that the reason they did not perceive nor understand was that they spent no time meditating on the miracle that they had seen. If they had meditated on seeing Jesus feed thousands of people with a few loaves of bread their perception would have been different. But, as it was, they did not understand what He had done, therefore their perception was distorted. Now, because of their lack of understanding and perception, they are upset because they only have one loaf of bread. If Jesus could feed thousands of people with five loaves, why are these twelve men worried because they only have one loaf? Surely if He feeds five thousand with five loaves He could feed twelve with one loaf.

Understanding properly is essential to a proper perspective, but we will never understand properly if we fail to spend time meditating on the knowledge we have received. And we will not meditate if our attitude is not correct. Our attitude must always be that we meditate and study to become, not to gain knowledge. Knowledge puffs up but love edifies.

The purpose of the Scriptures is not so that we can find answers to all of our problems; the purpose of the Scriptures is to make us look like Christ. We study to become one with Him, to co-labor with God as vessels of love, to have the mind of Christ so that we can better serve the world around us. When this is our attitude true knowledge and understanding will increase. And when understanding and knowledge increase, our perception will change, and when our perception is correct we will turn, and when we turn He makes us whole.

SATANIST SHOULD LOVE THE TEN COMMANDMENTS

WE’VE GOT IT BACKWARDS

Satanists should love seeing the Ten Commandments on the Courthouse lawns

And Christians should detest seeing them there:

Listen closely to what God said and gain wisdom: God said, in 1 Cor.15:56, “The strength (or power) of sin is the law.” So if you want to empower sin in your life, try to keep the Law. But, before I elaborate on that, let me first address those who will try to defend their view by saying that the Law mentioned here is the “Social or Ceremonial” Law. The Law is all of the Commandments in the scriptures. God gave Israel the Law, made up of three separate categories; the Ceremonial Law, the Social Law and the Moral Law.

In order to justify our traditions man has come up with the theory that this verse does not mean the moral law or the social law. Some people will say it is only speaking about the ceremonial law. The problem with that theory is that there are no scriptures in the Word of God to back up that view. God gave the law on Mount Sinai and He has never, in Scripture, ever separated them and said we are to keep one and ignore the others. All three categories of the law are lumped into one term and that term is “the law.”

Now let’s go back to the verse where we read, “The strength of the law is sin.” In other words, the Ten Commandments empower people to commit sin. Trying to keep them does not draw us closer to God. In fact, according to what the Scripture said, trying to keep them will empower sin in our lives. Trying to keep the Ten Commandments will cause us to live farther from God instead of closer to Him. Before you stop reading, I encourage you, please read this entire article, the truth will set you free!

The ancient scrolls that we call the “Bible” also tells us that no man has ever kept the Ten Commandments except Christ. Don’t you realize that God, who knows all things, knew before He ever gave the Ten Commandments, that no man could keep them? As a matter-of-fact, if you are struggling to keep the Law, tell me, what is the seventh, or the fifth, or the ninth? If you can’t tell me what they are how can you possibly keep them? These ancient scrolls also tell us in James 2:10, “Whoever should try and keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he’s guilty of all.” In other words, if you’ve ever told a lie you’re also guilty of breaking the Sabbath and according to Jesus, if you look upon a person to lust after them you’ve already committed adultery in your heart. So those of you who are trying to keep the Sabbath by going to church on Saturday and yet you’ve looked on someone to lust after them, or you’ve ever told a lie, or ever broken one of the other Commandments, you’re guilty of breaking them all. The Law is like a large window; if you throw a rock and break the window, there may be just a small hole because it was a small rock but the entire window has been ruined, so you might as well have thrown a brick.

When God gave the Law, as I mentioned before, He knew we could not keep it. We are, by nature, Lawbreakers. Did you ever make a New Year’s resolution? Sure, we all have, and we’ve all broken them. That is because we are Lawbreakers by nature. Take a group of children, for example, and tell them, as they play in the yard, they can play in the flower beds, they can even pull the flowers up if they want to, but there’s one flower; a bright yellow flower, and they are not to touch it under any circumstance. Now, watch out your window, I promise you one of them, or all of them, will have to touch it, because we are by nature Lawbreakers.

So what was the purpose of God’s law? To understand it we have to go back to that ancient scroll of Exodus, where Moses brought the Israelite’s to Mount Sinai. In chapter 19, verse 8, the people said, “Moses, tell the Lord all that He has spoken we will do, so Moses brought the words of the people back to the Lord.” Then, in chapter 20, God gives them the Ten Commandments, which He knew they would not keep. Then He told Moses to put the Ten Commandments in a golden box, called the Ark, put a lid on top of the box, called the Mercy Seat and then said, “stay out of the box!” One time they peeked into the box and 50,000 people died, because, according to God, it is the strength or power of sin, and sin is the strength of death according to the Bible.

The key to understanding this whole thing is the Lid. God named it the Mercy Seat, and what He desired when He gave the Ten Commandments was for man to realize that he could not possibly keep them and would cry out for mercy. God wants to show us mercy, or what we might call grace. Grace and Mercy are intertwined; mercy is ‘not’ giving is what we deserve and grace ‘is’ giving us what we don’t deserve.
The Ark of The Covenant that He gave to Israel, we’re told in the New Testament, was a schoolteacher, along with the rest of the Law, to teach us about Christ. Why would you want to be judged by the law when you know you can’t keep it, and now know that God desires to show you grace and mercy?

 

This is where it gets really good!

The ancient scroll written to the Romans says, in 10:4, “for Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.” The word ‘righteousness’ means, right standing with God, and Christ put an end to the Law for ‘right standing’ with God to those who will believe that He put an end to the Law. And in the fifth chapter of the same scroll it says, in the 13th verse, “…. Sin is not imputed where there is no law.” If you are a believer in what Christ did, then God is not holding your sins against you.

Am I saying now it’s okay for you to sin? God forbid! That last sentence is a statement that the apostle Paul had to make four times. If we Preachers are not having to confront that same question, then we are not preaching what Paul preached. Simply because, when you preach radical grace, without the works of the Law, people will always say, “is it okay for me to sin?” No, it’s not okay to sin!

But please listen to this; it’s only by the grace of God, the gift of God, and faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ that you can become righteous. Your performance and your good works by your keeping the Law is called ‘self-righteousness’. It’s what you do to become righteous. And self-righteousness is a stench in the nostrils of God, according to Scripture.
You cannot think left and walked right, you will go the way your mind thinks. When you start to think of yourself as righteous, by faith, and righteous by what Jesus Christ did for you, you will start to walk righteous.
There is no sin to big for the blood of Jesus Christ! Christianity is never, never, ever about your performance, it’s always about His performance. It’s not what we do for Him but what He has done for us.