“Oh Lord, What Shall We Do?” (The Longer Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

After someone becomes saved and is a Christian, the first thing he or she usually does is start looking for something to practice because of one’s instinctive belief that they must do something spiritually or godly to become worthy of their salvation. Thus, the question arises, Oh Lord, what shall we do? I know that someone may think, “Oh, here it comes, this is when he will start asking for money, penance, works (tons of works), and tell you that you need to purchase something to open up the floodgates of God’s blessings.” No . . .! Sorry, I cannot and will not oblige anyone in that way.

No — and I will tell you why — these escapades have been practiced for centuries and have senselessly hurt innumerable Christians and potential Christian people, for those works will undermine and counter true godliness and grace. We may in good conscience refrain from these past notions of practicing the works of the Law to receive our justification (Galatians 3:11, and Ephesians 2:8-9), and proceed forward to what the Word of God does pass on to believers through Christ in grace.

Galatians 2:16:
Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.

II Timothy 1:9:
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.

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 says 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.

Titus 3:4-7:
-4: But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared {note the exclusion of wrath, anger, and vengeance, but rather the inclusion of God’s kindness and love!}.
-5: Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration {i.e., a new birth in Christ, I Peter 1:23}, and renewing of the Holy Ghost {holy spirit};
-6: Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;
-7: That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

Well, these verses take all the guesswork and the work out of our being saved because we are justified by his grace and we become heirs of the hope of eternal life that is promised and given to all believers through the kindness and love of our God. Please notice that all this was given without our works or money, and we received by our believing what God promised all the way back “from the beginning,” as II Thessalonians 2:13 discloses the truth that, “God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth.”

Psalms 49:6-7:
-6: They that trust in their wealth, and boast in themselves the multitude of their riches;
-7: None of them can by any means redeem his brother {so much for the “plenary indulgences”}, nor give to God a ransom for him {himself – because Jesus already paid the ultimate price as our complete ransom, I Corinthians 6:20, and I Timothy 2:6}:

Acts 8:20:
But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God {salvation} may be purchased with money.

I Peter 1:18-19:
-18: Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, {such} as silver and gold, from your vain conversations received by tradition from your fathers;
-19: But with the precious blood of Christ, as a lamb without blemish and without spot:
The Epistle of Colossians and the Book of Isaiah in the Amplified Bible contains some remarkable eye-opening statements in regard to some well-established, but unbiblical mandates:

Colossians 2:21-23 (The Amplified Bible):**
-21: Do not handle [this], Do not taste [that], Do not even touch [them],
-22: Referring to things all of which perish with being used. To do this is to follow human precepts and doctrines.
-23: Such [practices] have indeed the outward appearance [that popularly passes] for wisdom, in promoting self-imposed rigor of devotion and delight in self-humiliation and severity of discipline of the body, but they are of no value in checking the indulgence of the flesh (the lower nature). [Instead, they do not honor God but serve only to indulge the flesh.]

Isaiah 29:13 (The Amplified Bible):*
And the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near Me with their mouth and honor Me with their lips but remove their hearts and minds far from Me, and fear {respect} and their reverence for Me are {only} a commandment of men that is learned by repetition [without any thought as to the meaning].

After you have believed and confessed in your heart as Romans 10:9 and 10 prescribes, then the first thing that God asks you for is to receive rather than to pay out in some way. Honestly, our heavenly Father desires that you begin enjoying His many blessings, His grace, His mercy, His healing Word, and for His children to grow at their own pace with the intended profit, which His Prophets wrote into the Word of life. God’s Word reveals to believer’s divine promises and these are given to us with His lovingkindness for our believing, and being thankful for these is the appropriate response and conclusion for receiving salvation and the blessings that follow.

Ephesians 1:3:
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

Colossians 3:15-17:
-15: And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
-16: Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
-17: And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

Being thankful and giving thanks are foundations that help the individual believer to accept, stand on, and appreciate the graces of God. In order to really begin understanding and enjoying what we have been given may take some time, so please have some patience with yourself, and allow the word of Christ to dwell in you richly as God delicately and incrementally begins pouring His true blessings into your life, heart, and soul. Yet the nature of man is to refute grace, and attempt to earn a good standing with God, a standing He has already given. Truly, a miraculous miracle has taken place in your life because you have already passed from judgment to grace, from a child of the world to a child of God.

These are some of the things that God wants you to know and thoroughly understand, and believe me this takes time and plenty of patience on our parts.

So where do we learn about those things that God would have us know, and how can we learn to appreciate them once we know of them? We learn from Jesus Christ who is the principle subject throughout God’s Word, and as we begin to accept “the manifold graces of God” in our lives, appreciation will grow from within without compulsion. This is the simplest, and best (biblical) answer I know to the question. Oh Lord, what shall we do?

I Peter 4:10:
As every man hath received the gift {of salvation}, even so minister {help and give assistance} the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

God’s Word contains the knowledge of Christ (John 1:45), healing (Psalms 107:20), spiritual understanding (John 6:63), and direction (II Timothy 3:16-17). It is knowing these that we begin growing with spiritual understanding, as we begin enjoying our walks with our heavenly Father, immersed in His love for us individually.

Romans 8:38-39:
-38: For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
-39: Nor height, nor death, nor any other creature {in other words, there is not anything that}, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Oh Lord, what shall we do? Today as we live our lives and go about our daily business, wheresoever we are, let us begin enjoying the truth that nothing — absolutely nothing, whatsoever shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord, and Christ is in us.

Colossians 1:27:
To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

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

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

A Prayer with Thankfulness

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Prayer is believing with thankfulness, and believing is the HOW to our receiving from God. Prayer is what builds and strengthens our relationship with God, and gives us freedom and liberty to believe that God is present, willing, and able to answer us. Prayer is the key that helps release us from our doubts, worries, and fears, for we can daily give our concerns over to God in prayer (Philippians 4:6-7). He in turn will manifest Himself to us, becoming our true sufficiency in life. In the Gospel of John we have a short prayer that Jesus offered, and he spoke it out to teach others around him how to pray in thankfulness.

John 11:41b-42:
-41b:  And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me.
-42:  And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.

First notice that Jesus spoke intimately with God, calling Him Father. Secondly, notice that the very first thing he said was “I thank thee.” Being thankful is one of the greatest keys in receiving answers to our prayers. Yes, being humbly thankful even before receiving is absolutely the greatest way to receive our answers from God. Thirdly, Jesus acknowledges that God “always” hears his prayers. This is a great lesson to us so we may always know that God indeed hears the prayers of our hearts. Fourth, Jesus believed that his prayer would inspire others to believe as well. Believing in our prayers, believing that we will be receiving, is a biblical requirement for receiving from God, and will always be inspirational to others as they see our believing manifested.

“And when he {Jesus} thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth (John 11:43). Verse 43 is the climax of Jesus’ prayer, and Lazarus was raised from the dead because Jesus was thankful and he knew that God heard him.  He believed in his heart.  In Jesus’ prayer, he was thankful in advance, thankful knowing that his prayer would be completely answered, and this would also be inspiring to others. Jesus was teaching us how to believe the Father for the answers to our prayers.

Mark 11:24 – Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe {in advance} that ye receive them, and {then} ye shall have them.

The healing Word of God encourages that we first believe in our prayer, and from the lessons of Jesus we can learn that being thankful is how he believed. Thanking God in advance and believing that we have received will bring great things into our lives, to our families, and our surroundings. The Apostle Paul said “First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all” (Romans 1:8), because the first thing in prayer is thankfulness, and thankfulness builds positive believing, and all believing equals receiving. Paul thanked God in the name of Jesus Christ, teaching that our prayers offered in the name of Jesus Christ will have a positive effect to the answers we want. Jesus said, “blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed” (John 20:29b). The reason we are blessed is that we believed even before we have received the gifts and answers that we desire from the Father.  May you continue to enjoy your prayer life with thankfulness.

Jesus Christ is the Epitome of God’s Love

“Believers certainly have a lot to be thankful for and because of the love that Jesus Christ had for humanity, we are currently delivered from this present evil world, and our sins have been totally cleansed. Jesus Christ is the epitome of God’s love, and if you are a Christian, then God’s love via His Son is residing in your heart (Colossians 1:27; Romans 8:10-11), and he continues showing you not only your deliverance but also his love.” ~LMJ~

The Waking Blessings from God in the Night!

“Never doubt that there is a God in the night who can bless you in your sleep. Adam was given a bride in his sleep (Genesis 2:21–22), think how thankful he must have been ― in the morning, and ready to go!

Abraham’s everlasting covenant was offered to him in the night (Genesis 15:17–18), imagine how thankful he must have been to look around at all his land ― in the morning!

Jacob’s ladder vision was in the night (Genesis 28:11–16), consider how thankful he must have been that he did not literally need to climb up that high ― in the morning!

Solomon was blessed with wisdom and unfathomable treasures in the night, in his sleep (I Kings 3:5–15), grasp how thankful he was that he did not need to go out and toil and earn all this ― in the morning!

Daniel’s prophetic visions came in the night (Daniel 8:18, 10:9–13), envision how thankful he must have been that those terrible visions of the end-times did not come to pass ― in the morning!

Paul (Acts 16:9) and others had blessed visits in the night, as God inspired His people in restful moments, thou hast visited me in the night– Psalms 17:3, and these visits caused their days to be not only anticipated, but exciting ― in the morning!

What connects all of these men together is that they answered God’s chosen call and were beloved and blessed of God, and at the time of their blessings, they knew this in their hearts. O Daniel, a man greatly beloved– Daniel 10:11, and he called his name Solomon: and the LORD loved him- II Samuel 12:24, Jacob have I loved– Romans 9:13. To Abraham God said, That in blessing I will bless thee- Genesis 22:17), and Adam was created in God’s image, and He blessed him- Genesis 5:3. And to us in grace, we are the chosen, blessed, and beloved of God (Ephesians 1:3–6) in this, our day and time to know, accept, and enjoy all of this in the here and now!” ~LMJ~