After conversion, many Christians live in the lowlands. Like Abraham, they ask God to bless the work of their own hands, and are unaware that the Holy Spirit left them. Jesus is calling us to higher ground. The Holy Spirit must deal with us to the very bottom before sinners can be brought to Jesus through our testimony–and before we can be truly saved. Can you, like Paul the Apostle, say, “I have been, and still am crucified with Christ?”
How can you tell whether a doctrine is true? By looking at Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount and his words at the Last Supper, we conclude that there is one infallible test: does the salvation being taught save you from sin here and now? The American cultural beliefs that “Nobody’s perfect; everybody sins,” and, “We all go to a better place when we die,” are mere universalism. Real salvation expels selfishness and lust for the world and generates love for God and mankind. Listen as Pastor Ray shares these truths from the Scriptures and finishes by sharing one listener’s testimony of how Jesus changed and healed both her physical and spiritual heart! Humbly submit to Jesus and allow Him to pour His love through you, to God and to others!
(NOTE: Due to a fire at the radio station, the radio went off air for just over a minute, which we removed before posting.)
There is no sanctification after death. A close look at the original Greek text overturns a cornerstone of this false gospel: Jesus did not become sin. Instead, “The one not having experienced sin took sin on our behalf in order that we might be made righteous.” The death of Christ condemned all who sin. You must become righteous and holy now, or you never will be. Would how you are living right now be acceptable in heaven? Won’t you fly to Christ, and let him make you into a new creation?
We must be made righteous and walk clean, like Job, or we will go to hell. Without suffering, we will not be made righteous. However, we must not mistake our righteousness as our own: righteousness is a gift from God that is infused into our soul. Perhaps you understand this intellectually, but do you still lament your inability to conquer the monsters in your life? If so, you must take the practical step to put your voluntary trust in Jesus Christ, and allow Him to heal and redeem all that is broken. Get out of yourself! Get a good look at Jesus, and you will know that all sin can be broken at the cross!
The Christian journey begins with a quick amputation of all outward sin when a person surrenders his or her will to Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit then begins the inner work of heart purity, or entire sanctification. But he will not begin this work if we love the world or the flesh: and that includes everything from professional sports to casual jokes and conversation. The normal Christian experience is to walk in the joy of heart purity, knowing that the heart is totally separated from lust for the world and completely consecrated to Jesus Christ. Where are you in this journey? Do you still rebel against God? You may attend church your whole life, know all the theology, and still be a pagan in the eyes of God. If you do not prepare to meet your Maker today, when will you?
Pastor James of the Jerusalem church pins down the source of all fights and shows us the only solution. Unless the conflict is over a moral difference, the core issue is always pride. Even with moral issues, we can still sin if we respond by fighting and degrading the other person, instead of simply acknowledging that we will not participate in evil. This practice destroys relationships and can carry over into our relationship with Jesus Christ. The solution? Submit yourself entirely to God, and trust him, whatever the results may be.
We’ll leave you with a verse from the old hymn “Blessed Assurance”: Perfect submission, all is at rest,
I in my Savior am happy and blest;
Watching and waiting, looking above,
Filled with His goodness, lost in His love.
Listen to this sermon from January 2007 and allow the Holy Spirit to show you which road you’re on. I believe this message will be helpful if you hear the cry of the Holy Spirit and allow Jesus to fully remove this Pharisaical spirit.
Expectations (of others and also ourselves) destroy the work of Christ in our hearts and are one of the primary tools of satan and his minions. When we willingly lay down our demands of how life should be and how other people should behave, we can walk in love and be totally cleansed from depravity and moral uncleanness through the precious blood of Jesus. Will you humble your heart today?
Today’s sermon is for the mature follower of Jesus from Hebrews 12. The title is part of Hebrews 12:11, which says “Now all discipline for the present does not seem to be joyful, but painful; then later it gives back the peaceful fruit of righteousness to the ones having been trained by it.” It’s critically important to let go of any bitterness or unforgiveness (or even expectations of others) fully in our hearts, as this will result in sin, don’t be a “threshold crosser” as Esau was.
Pastor Ray continues the study of Hebrews today and the call to grow up in Jesus, which is one of the central themes in the book of Hebrews. The call is to be crucified with Christ, with a wholehearted pursuit of Jesus and the willingness to be transformed by His precious blood. Isn’t it time to go on from the milk to solid food? It’s time to move on to maturity (perfection, completion).
On today’s broadcast, Pastor Ray continues the study of Hebrews. In the modern church, there’s no sense of any linear movement in the Christian life, only a life of religious rituals. The unspoken but implied belief is that there is no victory over sin in the Christian life. Listen to the broadcast and hear about the linear nature of the Gospel, Jesus doesn’t leave us to die in our sin. Jesus came to sózó (save) us.
In this sermon, Pastor Jim details one of the three facets of sanctification. Sanctification is simply that work of God that makes us holy as Jesus is holy. The three elements are consecration, where we fully give everything into the hand of God, followed by purification which is something that only God can do as well as the perfect love that God puts in our hearts.
Today’s sermon focuses on the mighty work of circumcision, which is something that Jesus does in our heart as we trust him and fully consecrate ourselves to Him. This is where the root of sin is utterly removed in our hearts. Listen to the message and allow the Holy Spirit to reveal where your heart is in this journey.
Using the story of Abram (Abraham), Pastor Ray describes the process of how God made him holy. It was NOT by his hard work or his hunger for God, but it was the great mercy and kindness of God. Be not deceived, all of us must ascend this hill and walk blameless before the Lord, are you willing to let Jesus do that incredible work in your heart by His blood?
Psalms 24:3,4 says Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.
It is an absolute necessity to carefully examine our character flaws, and take them to Jesus. All of us suffer from these character flaws, which can and will lead to sinful ways if we fail to allow Jesus to remove them from our hearts. Taking the life of Saul, Pastor Ray describes the incredible amount of damage that these character flaws can bring into our lives. Although our early lives and backgrounds may have shaped our character, we must take responsibility and through repentance allow the blood of Jesus to totally change us or we’re in great danger of being ensnared from the residual effects of these character flaws. Will you be like Saul who absolutely refused to deal with this issue or will you humble your heart and let Jesus have the victory as King David did?
This sermon could have been entitled “The Last Fortress of the Half-Converted Christian” but was not. For many of you who listen to the messages, there yet remains a great work to be done by Jesus, those last vestiges of prides, enmity against God and anything else that separates your heart from Jesus. Jesus wants and desires that you come into full victory over sin by His precious blood, will you not run from the conviction and allow Jesus this victory of your soul?
In our utilitarian society, we think that as long as we make progress, we’re okay with Jesus. We must be utterly given to Jesus in all things, if we are to be the bride of Christ. Using the Song of Solomon, Pastor Ray provides an explanation of why this is necessary. Will you allow the Holy Spirit and the sweetness of Jesus to draw your heart out of all uncleanness, all independence and anything else between your heart and His?
We will be posting some classic sermons and broadcasts on Saturdays, and this is our first effort in doing that. The name of this sermon is entitled “Religion Without Salvation.” May the Holy Spirit speak to your heart and unveil the lies. These lies are humanism, an unsanctified hope of heaven, the lie of old experiences, and a self-righteousness that says my best is good enough. It’s time to get rid of all of the lies that keep us in prison. These lies are the fruit of an unconverted heart, so it ties in with the broadcasts this week.
Jesus wants to bring you through in total victory but that will mean you must undergo a crucifixion! Are you willing to undergo this crucifixion and subsequent transformation by Jesus?
We must decide to totally enter Jesus, where He is the source and center of our lives in ALL things or going out and creating things in our own strength, trying to create our own reality apart from Jesus. We cannot walk our own way and have Jesus as well, may we fully and continually surrender to Him.
Once we make an honest decision to follow after Jesus with all of our hearts, God moves us into the desert, just as He did with the Israelites. This is one of God’s ways. In the desert, he feeds us with manna and brings both blessings and judgments, depending upon our actions. We only escape the desert through the blood of Jesus as we fully submit to him.
To understand what the gospel of holiness looks like in real life, we must first ask, “Do you really feel a need for a savior?” Salvation must begin with an in-depth breaking down of our mind and heart as we recognize our exceeding sinfulness and how far we have fallen from the glory of God. On the cross, Jesus Christ made provision for all of our past sins to be forgiven, and to give us victory over all present and future sin. Will you covenant with Jesus to take an honest look at your sin and allow him to work in your heart?
A debilitating lie persists in the American church: the lie that Christ saves us from the penalty of sin, by faith, but then we must “do our best,” with Jesus’ help, to live a godly life. Pastor Ray Greenley shares his testimony of the frustration of living in Romans 7 until he learned the true meaning of justification. We are not merely viewed as righteous, but we are actually made righteous: not by works, but by faith. Will you seize by faith in the precious blood of Christ not only salvation, but holiness?