Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
New Things Have Come. The Availability of Divine Power.
Friday, July 23, 2010
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.
A personal faith,
A personal salvation,
A personal relationship with the Spirit,
A personal gift for service, A personal transformation into the image of Christ.
The decisions that you make determine the life that you will live.
Legalism says “If you will do good, I will bless you”.
Grace says “I have blessed you, now do good.”
Under legalism, man lives well to become accepted of God.
Under grace man lives well in appreciation of already being accepted.
Legalism says human work must be done first.
Grace says the divine work must be believed first.
Legalism begins with the question of what man ought to do.
Grace begins with the question of what God has already done.
In the case of legalism, it is do something with a view to being something.
In the case of grace, it is be made something with a view to doing something.
To render service,
to do that which is for the advantage of someone else
* Let God’s love make you serve one another.
* Because God loves you, you should serve one another.
* Serve one another in a spirit of love.
* Out of love, place yourselves at one another’s service.
* Show your love for one another by helping one another.
It is legalism that is the dangerous doctrine, because legalism attempts to do the impossible, and that is to change the old sin nature and make it fit into the Christian way of life.
I have been set free by Christ.
I am no longer under bondage to the law or any other legalistic system.
The power within me guides my steps.
Because of God’s love alive in me, I have a desire to live for others, and not for myself.
I want to live this life of liberty to the glory of God and in the service of others, for He is the one who makes it all possible.
If I obey the rules of some religious leader or system, I will become a more spiritual person.
I believe I have the strength to obey and improve myself.
I do what I am told, and measure up to the standards set for me.
I am making progress. I don’t do some of the things I used to do.
I can see that I am better than others in my fellowship.
If only others were like me!
God is certainly fortunate that I am His.
‘To walk studiously and with measured step’.
‘To walk in a straight line’.
‘To march in battle formation or advance in a line toward the enemy’.
POSITIVE VOLITION + THE FILLING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT +
THE PMA OF BIBLE DOCTRINE = PRODUCTION OF DIVINE GOOD.