Unlike contracts, covenants are confirmed with blood. The old covenant, with blood between God and Israel, required legal obedience under punishment of death. While the law says, “You have to stop what you’re doing wrong and try harder to do what’s right,” the new covenant contained in the blood of Jesus says, “Lay down distractions, busy-ness, and all other loves. Turn to the face of Jesus and ask to be his bride.” Practically, this means seeking first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and trusting Jesus to give you exactly what he wants you to have. Have you left the abuse of the devil and entered this blessed rest of Jesus?
In this vulnerable testimony, Pastor Ray shares his experience of entire sanctification. Entire sanctification is not some mystical experience: it is simply a covenant confirmed with Jesus that, “I disown my life, and I will receive from Jesus only what he chooses to give me.” As we deny ourselves the right to provide for ourselves, the Holy Spirit leads us down a path of suffering that eradicates selfishness and produces real righteousness. Have you made this covenant with Jesus? Are you living by faith that, if you seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, everything will be added to you? Or is your life still filled with what you’ve created?
The Spirit of God confronts us with the holiness of God and our own, particular sins. If we persistently reject the Spirit of God with excuses, grumbling, or rebellion; or by insisting, “I sin every day, and God is just going to have to accept me how I am,” the Holy Spirit will leave us. Such persons may be left with a shell of religion, but they are lost. This earth exists because God has preordained a church that will be made holy by faith–the question is, will you be part of it?
The Lord has said, “The soul that sinneth, it shall die.” But Jesus died so that our soul does not have to die! So how are we to die with Christ? We are to die first to our sinful actions, and second to our sinful nature. The sin nature is not part of our soul—it is a foreigner that affixes itself to our soul and controls it. Genesis 3:15 promises that this control is not total. You can repent! Glory to God! Listen to this powerful message to learn how to die to sin TODAY and walk in the freedom of Jesus!
For the past 1,000 years, the doctrine of penal atonement, developed by Saint Anselm, has pervaded Christian churches of nearly every denomination. The Puritans, John Wesley, and Charles Finney were some who stood against this false teaching that Christ literally became sin and that believers will always be sinners. An in-depth look at Scripture, in translation and in the original Greek, reveals that Jesus Christ is atonement and that he offered himself to forgive our past sins and to remove sin from us in the here and now. We must be made holy now, and stay holy to the end, in order to be saved. If you’ve never considered this before, this broadcast is a good place to begin.
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The bride of Christ, the church, will overcome and be forever holy and wedded to Jesus! God has set His heart on the church and put her on display to the entire universe. This is the big picture of salvation. Will you choose to be part of that holy wife of God?
Although the focus this week has been on the study of James, this sermon fits in with the theme this week as Pastor Ray talks about the law of marriage, laid out in Matthew and the book of Romans. You cannot be married to Jesus and married to the devil at the same time, no more than you can be in New York City and Washington DC at the same time. Are you willing to end the wasted years you’ve spent being married to the devil or perhaps trying to be married to both at the same time? Since the devil will not leave nor forsake us, our only hope for deliverance is through being crucified with Christ.
The welcome deals with the life of Jacob and Sister Kathryn points out we must wrestle with God until we overcome all enmity and pride that blocks the grieving process.
The focus on Pastor Ray’s sermon is primarily on Jephthah’s daughter, who agreed with her father that her life was over and spent time mourning over the loss of it. Have you agreed with Jesus that your life is over? Have you completed the mourning over the loss of your life into the hands of Jesus, so that He can come to work in power in your life?
Know that the heart of Jesus is that you and I, through His blood, become overcomers and no longer operate as heel-grabbers.
On today’s broadcast, Pastor Ray explains how we can see the footsteps of God, not only in history but in our own lives. He talks about how this was worked out in Abraham’s life to separate good and evil. God’s purpose is to destroy the works of the devil, do you see the footsteps of God in your life?
On today’s broadcast, Pastor Ray continues the study of Hebrews with a focus on what is real, which only comes from the hand of God. He reviews both the “Logos” (the creative idea behind everything that is created, i.e. Jesus) and “Rhema” (the breathed word of God). Listen closely to understand the difference between the offering made by Abel and Cain and determine in your heart to be an Abel and no longer to be a Cain (a wanderer).
Today Sister Kathryn intermingles the promise of Genesis 3:15 with Romans 1 & 2. We need to be continually mindful and thankful of what Jesus has and is doing in our hearts and lives. Listen and be encouraged to fully trust Jesus.