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God has been challenging me with something. Blood or Grace, What do you want your testimony to be? Blood covers sin, Grace gives power over it. Your first testimony was Blood and Grace. That blood will never lose it’s power! And it was by Grace through faith that you have been saved. If you sin again, the Blood is still good, but from now on – when it comes to testimonies - Grace is better. Not better than Blood – you need both, but better now than Blood. The more you walk in Grace, the less you need the Blood. What is your Daily Testimony going to be?
When you got saved, you were set free from the power of sin. Now you can walk in the Grace that gives you power to say "No" to sin. Sin is a big deal. It sent Jesus to the cross. It still is a big deal. If we really knew the horrendous cost of sin, to God and to us, we would probably hate it like God hates it. You were not saved to sin, you were saved from sin. The life you lived, you no longer live. Christ now lives in you! Jesus, when all the accusers left, said to the woman, “Woman, where are your accusers? Has no one condemned you? “ No one, sir.” She said. “Then neither do I condemn you.” Jesus declared, Now go and sin no more. To the man who had been healed, Jesus said, “See you have been healed, stop sinning or something worse may happen to you. Sin is still offensive to God – He hates it. What is sin? Anything less than His complete will for you. Falling short. There are two kinds of sin. Sins of Commission – Doing what He told you not to do. And Sins of Omission – Not doing what He told you to do. And people do these two sins either willfully or ignorantly - knowingly or unknowingly - but they are still sin. Sin is not good, because it strains your relationship with God, and steals the progress of your journey with Him - the places He wants to take you – where blessing awaits, where He can fulfill the purpose He has for you. Stop sinning!
So How do you stop sinning? #1 – Know the Word - it will transform your mind and heart – #2 Be filled with the Spirit – Jesus said – Wait in Jerusalem after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you and you will receive power – (to become martyrs – the literal meaning of that word ‘witnesses’) In other Words the Holy Spirit gives you power over sin! He helps you live a life without sin, that you can’t do in your own power! #3 Know that you are no longer a slave to sin. It no longer controls you – you can choose it – but you don’t have to anymore! Jesus said - John 8:34 – I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” Praise God – If you have received Jesus as your Savior - You’ve been set free from the power and dominion of sin in your life. You are not doomed to failure, you are destined to overcome it! #4 – Know that His Grace is how you overcome! Titus 2:11-12 For the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people. It teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly lusts, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.” Praise God this Grace not only teaches us to say "No" to the sins that once controlled us – those sins of commission. It also gives us victory over sins of omission – or incomplete obedience – the greatest threat to the good God has for you. and #5 Use wisdom, It's all about the feet. Don’t go where sin awaits. Don’t be like the youth in Proverbs lacking sense, walking down the street near her house at dusk. If you struggle with desiring riches – maybe you shouldn’t work at the Casino. If you have a problem with lust, a cook at Hooters is not the job for you. If you have friends who are constantly sinning, who are worldly minded, God is telling you - get some new friends. If your feet are in the right place, your hand’s don’t get dirty. Move your feet. Ask God where they should be, and get them there! Be busy doing what He called you to do. PiVAT before dinner - will put your feet in the right place - knowing His will for you today - even this hour - and sinning is not part of it. PRISM will transform your mind, you'll be washed by the water of the Word - the desire for sin fades in the light of His Word. If temptation comes on you, Speak the Word and Praise - it's power over sin. Hard to sin when you are Praising Him. Call on Him and Move Your Feet! Get busy doing what He told you to do! Right now!
Psalms 86:5 - You are forgiving and good O Lord, abounding in love to all who call on you. The Testimony of Blood – is the testimony of mercy and forgiveness – Praise God. But the Testimony of Grace is even better now – It’s the testimony of power and victory! After we call on Him, it’s time to walk in him. Praise God that He’s a forgiving God, but I don’t want my testimony to just be His forgiveness, I want to start walking in the Good and Abounding Love that He has for me. To see the fruit of righteousness in my life, not the fruit that requires more mercy. Your testimony will always be Blood and Grace. But from now on, I’m praying your testimony is more Grace than Blood. Not of Him forgiving you, but of Him empowering you!
Luke 2:40 – And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him. This grace isn’t about forgiveness of sin, it’s about wisdom and power. John 1:14 – And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. This grace brings Glory to God, through the awesome things He does. Acts 4:33 With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God's grace was so powerfully at work in them all. This wasn’t them sinning all the time and having to be forgiven - This was a grace that kept them from sin – and gave them power to do the work He called them to do. Acts 14:3 - So Paul and Barnabas spent considerable time there, speaking boldly for the Lord, who affirmed the message of His grace by enabling them to perform signs and wonders. Romans 1:5 By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name. Rom 5:17 - For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God's abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!
Praying for you – that your testimonies will always be more grace than blood. Overcoming testimonies of what Grace did – because of what Blood did - not what blood can do again. What Testimony will you have? Praise God for the Blood that covers sin, but I’m praying that your testimony from here on will be about the Grace and the gift of righteousness that empowers you to reign in this life. Sin no longer reigns over you - you have been seated in Heavenly places with Christ. This is not just the unmerited favor "mercy for sin" part of grace - this is the unmerited favor - "Divine Power for victory" part of Grace – that helps you walk in the destiny and purpose He has for you - the "Just wait til you see what God is gonna do! kind of Grace! Praying for you that this Grace to overcome will always be your Testimony!
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