Still the Same?

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How many more times do we have to hear the lines get blurred by Bible teachers and preachers? How many? Isn’t it time for some reasoning and appropriate exhortation in the Body of Christ?

It’s time! That’s why we’re here! We’re going to get this party started, OK?

Distinctions matter, my friend. Distinctions!

A Son or Daughter is the same as a sinner? We’re all sinners? Really? After the Cross, this is what we are? Seriously? God is promoting this? This is Holy Spirit-promoted stuff? Are you sure?

Sinners practice sin. Sons don’t practice sin though, do they?

“Hey man, are you trying to say you never sin?”

Brothers and sisters. This isn’t the question, nor ought it to be our focus.

Why don’t we take our concentration and mindset off of ourselves—and some type of shortcoming we may experience in our life—and get them where they belong: On Jesus. Can we try that?

You might be thinking: “Wow, he’s pretty boisterous. Maybe a little harsh. I’m not sure about this guy.”

Christian: This is serious stuff, even though we’re going to have some fun discussing it. We can have fun, but let’s major in the majors as well, deal? Deal!

We’re talking about your identity, here. Your true identity. No trivial matter. Who are you, exactly?

Think about it. You have been tough enough to sit through those debilitating sermons so many times, right?

“Distinctions matter, my friend. Distinctions!”

Grace isn’t a football game. Some stern counsel is helpful, but on identity matters—what if you were to lend some consideration to what the Lord is saying out loud, right now?

Those sobering sinner sermons are truthful and can be effective in a crusade, or in various outreach environments, right? We get that, I think. There’s a time and a place for everything under the sun though, right?

Sure. However, spiritual growth isn’t outreach. You have answered the call, remember? You have crossed over from death to life, right? So, right there you have identity-shifting, supernatural stuff going on. Am I wrong?

No way! You know enough of God’s Word now (most likely), to know these are critical points being brought to your attention.

At a minimum, controversial. At a maximum, you’re going to walk in true newness after we correct our course, here. Worth pursuing?

Let’s examine scripture and you tell me on which side you choose to stand, today. Repentance, a change of mind, is not only permitted—but encouraged. Is this fair? Free will, right? Fair then, yes? Most certainly it’s fair! You’re going to do the choosing.

Ready, then? Let’s move on.

The Bible makes distinctions. Should we ignore these distinctions?

Is it God’s desire to convey we’re all the same? Sinners are Saints? No change, there? Lump ‘em both together? Are you sure? Have you taken any time out to look at this?

We can likely agree: God appears to be pro-testimony, right? Your testimony is powerful and is a huge tool for you to use as you live for this Gospel. Agreed.

Nevertheless, is it possible we can spend so much time repeating what we have done in the past that we never move into our new position, in the Lord Jesus?

It appears to be happening all over the place and in this post, God’s plan is to raise the bar. I know it’s his plan because I have the mind of Christ. You haven’t been attending my private prayer time any more than I’ve been attending your private prayer time, right?

Well let me tell you: The Holy Spirit is going to back his Word up in this little post. Papa, open the eyes of this precious heart to experience this new thing we’re going to do right here and now in Christ’s good name, Amen.

Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.

John 8:34-36 NKJV

Did you catch that? If the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed. Yet, you will not only be free, you will be a son or a daughter. Slaves of sin aren’t free, are they?

Heck no! They are in bondage to sin. It’s the son though, the daughter though … who have been set free from the bondage of sin by the Son—God the Son, right? Yahooo! Jesus is flowing all over you. Hallelujah! Yay God!

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