Opening my bible in the AM on 12-14-15, preparing for my meeting with God in prayer I found a program from a church service in North Carolina. On it I wrote, “God desires not a sacrifice but desires obedience. In Christ God got both a sacrifice to end a season and obedience to begin another.”
As a side note please read Romans 7:1-6 This speaks to one husband (first covenant ) who must die so the woman (God’s people) may marry the second husband or the new covenant in Christ Jesus. “Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you may be married to another–to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God.“
Referring back to the main point of my “program” note,
“The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, until Shiloh comes, and to Him shall be the obedience of the peoples. Genesis 49:10 (NASB)
“Shiloh,” taken from <H7951> (shalah); tranquil; Shiloh, an epithet of the Messiah :-
“Obedience,” from the same as <H3348> (Yaqeh); obedience :- gathering, to obey.
(Both examples are taken from Strong’s Talking Greek & Hebrew Dictionary.)
“And to Him shall be the obedience of the peoples.”
After these things I asked the Lord where to read, as I always do. “Leviticus 2” was His response. The law of grain offerings? I read it, questioning. “There are Laws,” was the Spirit’s response to me. Then these thoughts came to me, “Now they are laws of obedience where you make the sacrifice of obedience. You bring the offering of obedience. Nothing substantive is asked of you because you have been given ‘all things pertaining to life and Godliness.’ (2 Peter 1:3) Obedience to the workings of these things is your responsibility, your reward is within. Your reward will not be found elsewhere.” (I then remembered, ‘…but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.’” John 3:36 NASB) I also remembered, if the Law of the Spirit of Life is operating in us, the Law of Sin and Death no longer has power over us. (Romans 8:2)
Has the Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus set you free? It is not automatic. Are you troubled in your soul over personal struggles or over world conditions and situations? You must obey the operating principles of the kingdom as defined by the Laws of the Spirit of Life, as defined by the teachings and example of Jesus, if you expect to find real freedom in your heart and in life. Only you and God know if you are. Do not be held captive by personal or worldly problems! The Way is made known, walk in it!
To what extent are we walking according to the Spirit (of Life), benefiting from a walk of obedience? Not so much? There is grace! The blessing of grace is that an abundance of grace is available to bring the gift of righteousness to us in our walk, for those who receive it. (Romans 5:17) Remember also we must grant grace to receive grace. (Matthew 6:14) Let us also remember Romans 5:17: “ … so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” We must joyfully find ourselves as compelled to do right as we found ourselves compelled to sin!
Give the gift of miraculous grace this Christmas, to yourself first (those who receive will reign in life Romans 5:17) and to anyone else who for any reason need it, especially if it is from you. You benefit first. They will benefit from God dealing with them, just as He is now dealing with you.
You are dearly loved! Merry Christmas to all, around the world.
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