Perfectly Aged Grace!

Who {God in Christ} hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began– II Timothy 1:9. Grace was given to us before the world began; we cannot change this eternal truth, but we can certainly accept it without works for we are saved by the work of our Savior, Jesus Christ. God’s ultimate plan of man’s redemption and our receiving His grace was always in His thinking, even before the world began, and when and as we accept this divine grace into our hearts we will be able to experience its fullness; this is why Ephesians 1:3 records that God has chosen us in him before the foundation of the world. Jesus’ work on our behalf was completed in order to display the mercy of God that allows us to freely accept our grace-filled salvation without works.” ~LMJ~

The Just Shall Live by Faith

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Both the Old and the New Testaments tell us that, “the just shall live by his {own} faith” (Habakkuk 2:4, Romans 1:17). But have you ever considered, what does the just shall live by faith involve? Even the most agnostic unbeliever lives enjoying the fruits life has to offer him while he whoops it up as though he has been handed a great treasure,  while perhaps having no faith whatsoever. Even sinners of the highest magnitude live and more than likely they are living without any godly faith. In the Old Testament the word live meant to live again in resurrection, thus, it was their promise of having life eternal, as in Amos 5:6 “Seek the LORD, and ye shall live {live again in resurrection}.”

In the Old Testament times, eternal life via resurrection was promised if the people would seek the LORD. Faith is the word for believing-faith and being equipped with the believing-faith of the Scriptures is how one discovers Christ, and the knowledge of Christ reveals God, and this is the cycle of how one seeks the LORD our God. Seeking God through having an understanding of Christ causes one to become just before Him, and the seeker will be rewarded ― richly through eternity, for he or she will be living again in resurrection, this is the meaning of the just shall live by faith.

The Old Testament believers brought their faith (believing) to the table of life, as God served them the just rewards from the bread of life, for therein they found the knowledge of Christ, and were henceforth justified to live again in resurrection.

Let us view a few examples from the Old Testament about resurrection:

Isaiah 55:3:
Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live {live again in resurrection}; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you {which could not be an everlasting covenant if live meant anything else besides to live again in resurrection}, even the sure mercies of David {who rested in the hope and assurances of his resurrection,― Acts 2:25-28}.

Amos 5:4:
For thus saith the LORD unto the house of Israel, Seek ye me, and ye shall live {live again in resurrection}:

Isaiah 26:19:
Thy dead men shall live {live again in resurrection}, together with my {Isaiah’s} dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew {rising} is as the dew of herbs {for healing}, and the earth shall cast out the dead.

Hosea 13:14a:
I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death. . .

Daniel 12:2:
And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life {believers}, and some to shame and everlasting contempt {the wicked}.

Isaiah 38:16:
O LORD, By these things men live {live again in resurrection}, and in all these things is the life of my spirit: so wilt thou recover me, and make me to live {live again in resurrection}.

Ezekiel 37:3, 5-6, 9, 14:
-3: And he {God} said unto me {Ezekiel}, Son of man, can these bones live {live again in resurrection}? And I answered, O Lord GOD, thou knowest.
-5: Thus saith the Lord GOD unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live {live again in resurrection}:
-6: And I will lay sinews upon you {skin, nerves, tendons, organs, muscles, etcetera, See Job 10:11}, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live {live again in resurrection}; and ye shall know that I am the LORD.
-9: Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live {live again in resurrection}.
-14: And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live {live again in resurrection}, and I shall place you in your own land {the Promised Land}: then shall ye know that I the LORD have spoken it, and performed it, saith the LORD.

The Old Testament is literally filled with references relating to resurrection and eternal life. The Bible is so wonderfully detailed with truths regarding the believers’ attainable destiny of eternal life.

John 6:27:
Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.

God sealed His Son who gives everlasting life. We, too, through Christ are sealed with everlasting life, and thankfully, once we have received our salvation, it can never be lost or taken away for any reason, contrary to how I was lead to believe and fear. Romans 10:9-10 show us how to receive our eternal salvation, while the rest of the Bible basically shows us how to enjoy our salvation in Christ.

II Corinthians: 1:22:
Who {God} hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit {the gift of holy spirit} in our hearts.

When God seals a man or a woman, they are sealed for life, which endureth unto everlasting life, and it is God Who securely seals men and women. What God has sealed up, stays sealed, as when He sealed Jesus (John 6:27 above), He also sealed us so we may enjoy the truth that we have the Son and eternal life within.

John 10:28-29:
-28: And I {Jesus} give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
-29: My Father, which gave them me, is {even} greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.

A man once told my friend (a Christian), that he was going to hell because he did not attend his church ― my retort to that is “Scripture and verse, please.” That man thought he was bigger than our heavenly Father and foolishly believed that my friend could be plucked out of the hands of Jesus and God. We shall never perish, for our eternal life is assured by Christ who is the topic of the Scriptures, and he guarantees that we are safely held in the hand of our heavenly Father. Oh, and my friend knows where he is going ― to Heaven!

Romans 10:9-10:
-9: That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
-10: For with the heart man believeth unto {God’s own} righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto {your own} salvation.

God placed the earnest of the spirit in our hearts, where we made our confession unto salvation (Romans 10:9-10). An earnest is like a token, or a guarantee of even more to come (much more). The earnest of the spirit is a deposit given to men and women by God as His seal, and what He has given is sealed and cannot ever be taken away (Romans 11:29). God only gives good things (like the spirit) to those who ask Him (Matthew 7:11, Luke 11:13).

Ephesians 1:12-14:
-12: That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.
-13: In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
-14: Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession {that is you and I}, unto the praise of his glory.

We have the sure guaranteed token of the spirit as a foretaste to have for now; and the sheer enjoyment of learning about the “earnest of the spirit” from the Bible, and our subsequent new life with God that accompanies our salvation is a daily adventure. We can currently enjoy our spiritual life with God until our total Redemption into the heavenlies. Then men and women will receive the full endowment of the earnest to   become completely clothed with our new indestructible, eternal bodies (I Corinthians 15:54). We will receive these new bodies at the gathering together (I Thessalonians 4:13-18).

Today in grace, God has sealed us with Christ, as Heaven’s holiest, and we have the earnest of the spirit within our hearts, and the future assurance of so much more to come from our heavenly Father.

II Corinthians 5:5:
Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing {our salvation, Heaven, and our new bodies given to us at the return of Christ} is God who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit {the holy spirit}.

So today, please enjoy your eternity, for God sealed you, and guaranteed you the complete fulfillment of His promise because you have the earnest of the spirit within your very being, and thankfully the Son of God dwells in you as well (Colossians 1:27). Christ justified you by his completed works, so that you can bask in the knowledge that you are just, and you shall live because of your believing faith, forever and ever.

I John 5:12-13:
-12: He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
-13: These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

Shout for Joy!

Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart– Psalms 32:11. When we are glad in the LORD for His love upon our lives, then genuine rejoicing in the LORD will manifest itself, whelping up into thankfulness that we know God. Even David lived his life as one forgiven and who was enabled to shout for joy. We may rejoice because God has made us righteous, as completely righteous as God is (II Corinthians 5:21, Philippians 3:9), because of His Son, Jesus Christ. So shout for joy! We who continue to come to our God in prayer with thankfulness and with believing that He does indeed answers us, will (without a doubt) also absolutely recognize that God sees us as His upright in heart. The life that Christians can enjoy in knowing God’s healing will reveal to us life more abundantly. God sees you in Christ, as His upright in heart.” ~LMJ~

The Fullness of God (The First Principle)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In this study, we will be looking at some of the spiritual principles from God’s healing Word regarding giving and receiving from God’s point of view. Let us venture to look at the Scriptures with a hearts’ desire to receive all that God would have us enjoy. In Ephesians 3:19 we read: “that ye might {or may} be filled with all the fullness of God.” This verse will be our standard and guide as we plant and then water the seeds of abundance, with a further view of reaping the harvest of all the fullness of God.

The first principle that I wanted to share with you is that we must believe that God was telling the truth when He said that we may be filled with all His fullness, and that we can ask, seek, and knock and the result will be that the actual spiritual door to God’s abundance will open to us.

We cannot wonder, daydream, or simply hope that maybe God’s Word is telling us the truth regarding His fullness, but rather we must know that God’s Word means what it says and that God does not make promises that He cannot fulfil. So, do we believe God’s Word? Believing God’s Word is planting the seeds of abundance, which in turn opens up the floodgates to His abundant healing Word along with our absolutely enjoying His fullness.

Matthew 7:7-8:
-7: Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
-8: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

The Apostle Paul considered himself in the New Testament as the believers’ father in the Word of God (I Thessalonians 2:11), in the sense that he raised the believers up to the standard of the Epistles. In II Corinthians 12:14 Paul says, “I seek not yours, but you: for the children ought not to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children.” Paul was not after “yours,” meaning that he was not after their finances or the things they owned, but rather he was concerned about their spiritual wellbeing as his spiritual children. This is the highest calling of leadership today, to desire “above all things that thou {God’s children} mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth” (III John 2).

Giving is a partnership between the giver and his or her heavenly Father, not between Paul, God, and the believers, nor is giving between you and me and God, but rather connects an individual to his or her God and His fullness to enhance their personal relationship.

The Christian believer is not instructed in the Scriptures to give until it hurts. Giving is not a form of penance, nor can the act of giving relieve a person from sin and condemnation because God does that freely (Romans 8:1, I John 1:9).

Giving according to the Scriptures is always meant to be a profitable blessing and adventure to the giver first. Giving with the correct heart of understanding the Scriptures will indeed invoke God’s true spiritual blessings and power upon our lives.

Philippians 4:17:
Not because I {the Apostle Paul} desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account.

The subject here in Philippians 4:13-20 is about giving and receiving, and Paul is expressing the true spiritual perspective in the absolute will of God for godly giving, and that is that fruit may abound back into your accounts. The primary biblical truth about giving is that fruit may return and abound in your life.

In Philippians 4:17, Paul wanted the believers to understand thoroughly that the blessings for giving will always return to the giver. The word fruit represents the result, the product of their labor of love that inspired giving. Paul said, not because I desire a gift, because he taught the Scriptures and gave the healing Word of God to people freely. However, he did his best to show people how to have fruit abounding back into their accounts.

I Corinthians 9:18:
What is my reward then {for preaching the Gospel}? Verily that, when I preach the gospel, I may make the gospel of Christ without charge, that I abuse not my power in the gospel.

Paul’s reward came from God because he gave the Gospel; that was his ministry and he made the Word of God available to people freely. People themselves are solely responsible for deciding whether they want to give, not only in monetary ways but also in whatever capacity they feel comfortable. Paul’s responsibility was simply to give the Gospel freely to others and God would continue to care for him, and the same is true with anyone who believes God’s Word. The more understanding we receive from the Scriptures, the greater our receiving from God becomes.

The New Testament’s emphasis relating to giving and receiving is always on the receiving first, having our needs supplied by God is foremost before we are ever encouraged to give anything, as Philippians 4:19 states: “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” We want to learn how to receive the abundance of God’s promises for our lives, our families, and for our surroundings, rather than simply learning to give out of fear or give reluctantly.

Jesus Christ gave one hundred percent for you and me; he gave his all in all. He never gave his life for ten percent of our money, but much rather he gave everything for us so that we could freely walk with God. We were not redeemed with tithes, but with all of the precious blood of the Redeemer (I Peter 1:18-19). We were redeemed with every fragment of Jesus’ being; he paid the ultimate price for humanity’s salvation so that we may “freely” walk with God and with our Savior and enjoy the more abundant life (John 10:10).

A professional athlete would not just give ten percent of their abilities or talents, they give one hundred percent. God does not require ten percent of what you own or earn, He wants all of you (Romans 12:1-2) in the sense that you already belong to Him because of the work of Christ, and this God desires that we know.

I Corinthians 6:19-20:
-19: What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost {or the holy
spirit} which is in you, which we have of God, and ye are not your own?
-20: For ye are bought with a price: therefore {give, give, and give until it hurts – no – but rather} glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

All we own is already God’s: “The earth is the LORD’S, and the fullness thereof” (Psalms 24:1ff), and all Christian people are His children. The very best that we can return to God today is glory, praise, and honor, and commit our ways unto God with thankfulness that He indeed is our heavenly Father. When we get to the place in our own minds that we believe all we have is God’s in the first place (after all He did create everything), then through our believing, God will become our true sufficiency in life (at one hundred percent).

When people give ten percent of their incomes and an hour or so of their time to God each week, then they inevitably will end up ninety percent short, and receive only sporadically. However, as we acknowledge God as our true sufficiency of all that He has given for us to enjoy in our lives, we will experience the more abundant life.

First and foremost, what God has given to us is meant to sustain us! Then as we become genuinely thankful for whatever abundance we have, even more of God’s abundance will come our way. Having a heart of thankfulness and gratitude for knowing God, recognizing that we will live with Him throughout eternity can cause us to become cheerful givers who are inspired by God’s divine love (II Corinthians 9:7).

Galatians 6:9:
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season {at the appropriate time} we shall reap, if we faint not.

This verse is a spiritual principle and promise from God that we will reap and that we can receive from Him for standing faithful to God “in well doing.” For as believers “commit the keeping of their souls {their lives} to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator” (I Peter 4:19), we will discover that God our Creator is indeed our sufficiency, and our every reason to remain faithful to Him day by day.

Proverbs 16:3 says, “Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established,” even if our thoughts are, “I wonder if God is real, is He really my sufficiency, and does He really hear my prayers?” God can establish even these to you personally and prove to you that He will never leave or forsake you.

Psalms 37:4-5 states: “Delight thyself also in the LORD, and he shall give the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it {the desires of your heart} to pass.” The more we commit ourselves into the care of God, the greater the blessings become manifested in our lives. In II Corinthians 8:5 it says of the believers that they: “first gave their own selves to the Lord,” this is when (and how) believers truly begin receiving abundance from our Creator.

Yes, it does take time for people to put their trust and believing in God Whom they have never seen, yet Jesus encourages, “blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed” (John 20:29). The more we receive and understand from God’s healing Word, the easier it becomes to allow God and His blessings into our lives. “Whom {Jesus} having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory” (I Peter 1:8). When we learn to give God our first thoughts in the day, and thank Him in Christ’s name for the day that He has made for us, then we will be experiencing joy that is truly beyond words.

Proverbs 3:5-6:
-5: Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
-6: In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

The more we commit ourselves to God, the greater our trust in Him will grow effortlessly and without compulsion. As we begin acknowledging Him in all our ways, the clearer our daily paths in this life will become lit up in the light of God’s healing Word and guidance (Ephesians 1:18-19). By learning to put our trust in God with all our hearts, God then can begin directing our walks with Him on the path that will be most pleasing to Him and to us.

When we share our hopes and dreams with God and allow Him to work within our lives, He will most assuredly give to us the desires of our hearts, for God is able to do more than we could ever think of asking or even imagine (Ephesians 3:20). As we give God our earnest prayers, our continued love, and our daily thanks — believing that He has received them — then God begins to work mightily in our lives. When we begin making room in the heart of our hearts for God, we will also discover that we were formed, made, and created to be the actual habitation of God (Ephesians 2:22).

Then, becoming a cheerful giver (to God first), will be a continuous blessing to us. This is why I believe that Christians can become the most generous and giving people on the planet. As we learn to trust in God and become good stewards of what He has given, He will inspire us to become “cheerful givers.” From a biblical point of view, it does not cost a Christian who gives to God, but rather pays in eternal dividends.

The more we begin believing that all we own are gifts from God, and that He has made us stewards of His gifts, then He can inspire us in love to be cheerful givers. We will know within our hearts that when we share of our God-given abundance, or of our God-given talents, or of our God-given time with others, we will literally be giving His blessings to others, blessings He gave us to share.

II Corinthians 9:7-8 (The Amplified Bible):**)
-7: Let each one [give] as he has made up his own mind and purposed in his heart, not reluctantly or sorrowfully or under compulsion, for God loves (He takes pleasure in, prizes above other things, and is unwilling to abandon or to do without) a cheerful (joyous, “prompt to do it”) giver [whose heart is in his giving].
-8: And God is able to make all grace (every favor and earthly blessing) come to you in abundance, so that you may always and under all circumstances and whatever the need be self-sufficient [possessing enough to require no {additional} aid or support and furnished in abundance for every good work and charitable donation].

The greatest giving that Christians can possibly give is to dedicate their lives to God. This thankfully does not mean that we need to change our lifestyles because God loves us the way we are. He not only accepts us with our hopes and dreams but with all our shortcomings and frailties as human beings. God simply wants you to begin enjoying life and simply desires that you take Him with you.

Romans 12:1-2 says that we can “prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” If we were to give God our prayers in the morning, and spend a few moments in His healing Word, thanking Him for the upcoming day, then God will be proving to us that He is with us throughout the day. This is how (and when) God begins showing us that His good, acceptable, and perfect will can indeed be enjoyed moment by moment, day by day.

Psalms 34:8:
O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

One who has placed his trust in God is one whose life is blessed (by God) to the point that God’s gracious Word and His many promises becomes truly palatable spiritually, physically, and even mentally.

Jesus said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but {man shall live} by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). So, God’s wonderful Word can be feasted on and savored in the heart of our hearts. No wonder the Word is called “the bread of life” (John 6:48), and “wholesome words” (I Timothy 6:3). Jeremiah confessed: “thy words were found and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart” (Jeremiah 15:16). It seems he thoroughly enjoyed the Scriptures. When a believing soul puts his or her trust in God as their sufficiency in physical matters of life, God also fills to the full the true spiritual matters of the human heart such as having inner peace between man and his God.

Jesus said in Matthew 5:6 “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” As we taste our heavenly gift of righteousness, of holy spirit, of the joys discovered from the Word of God, and the immensity of the powers of God (Hebrews 6:4-5), we cannot but be inspired to continue trusting in God’s gracious Word. Our thirst for the fullness of life with God in Christ can and will become a reality within our lives.

I Peter 2:2-3:
-2: As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
-3: If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.

There is genuine milk (i.e., whole milk rather than skim) within every ounce of God’s winsome and delectable Word! God is so wonderful and gracious to us in so many ways that are at times beyond our comprehension, yet we may assuredly know that we have received from God (II Corinthians 9:15; I Peter 1:8).

God’s desire for us is that we take Him at His Word, allowing Him and His Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, into our lives, and permit the good, acceptable, and perfect will of God into our hearts and lives in our day to day adventures.

Let us be men and women of God who have decided to give Him our inner hearts’ trust. Agree to continue allowing God Himself to show us how to be the kind of cheerful giver we personally desire to be, and give God His rightful place in our lives, giving Him all our love and our hopes and dreams as we continue savoring the taste of His divine graces upon our lives.

Hebrews 13:5 (The Amplified Bible**):
Let your character or moral disposition be free from love of money [including greed, avarice, lust, and craving for earthly possessions] and be satisfied with your present [circumstances and with what you have]; for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!]

What a comfort it is to realize that God is with us always, this indeed is savoring the taste of God’s grace upon our souls.

Isaiah 30:18 (The Amplified Bible*):
And therefore the Lord [earnestly] waits [expecting, looking, and longing] to be gracious to you; and therefore He lifts Himself up, that He may have mercy on you and show loving kindness to you. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are all those who [earnestly] wait for Him, who expect and look and long for Him [for His victory, His favor, His love, His peace, His joy, and His matchless, unbroken companionship]!

The translators of the Amplified Bible have done a tremendous work on this verse of Scripture that demonstrates we are now in receipt of His victory, His favor, His love, His peace, His joy, and His matchless, unbroken companionship, for with Him we may receive and experience the abundance of all the fullness of God.

Ephesians 3:19 (The Amplified Bible**):
[That you may really come] to know [practically, through experience for yourselves] the love of Christ, which far surpasses mere knowledge [without experience]; that you may be filled [through all your being] unto all the fullness of God [may have the richest measure of the divine Presence, and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself]!

*Scripture taken from THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE, Old Testament copyright (c) 1965, 1989 by the Zondervan Corporation.
Used by permission.

**Scripture taken from THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE.
The Amplified New Testament copyright (c) 1958, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation.
Used by permission.

For more on this topic, see: God’s Blessings and The Seeds of Authentic Abundance (What Is Not in the Scriptures Is so Often Just as Important as What Is in the Scriptures!)

Inspired Thoughts

I {God} will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go. I will guide thee with mine eye– Psalms 32:8. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life to the Father (John 14:6); it is only through finding the Son of God, our Beloved Savior, that one truly receives the instructions and teachings and guidance from God’s heart. Guide thee with mine eye is something that a servant in the biblelands would completely understand, because when their master would perhaps raise one eyebrow in a certain way or move his hand with a subtle gesture, the master would be directing his servant to do something for him, perhaps bring a cup of water or bring him a pillow. The meaning here is that God can direct us with inspirations that are not forceful but much rather are very gently given to us through the loving motions of inspired thoughts of comfort from Him in Love.” ~LMJ~