Embracing grace and letting go of legalism

jodiwoody:

A good word!

Originally posted on In My Father's House:

Law-GraceLegalism is insidious and deceptive. Some of the most legalistic people I know swear up and down they’re not legalistic. After all, who would actually admit such a thing?

Why do we have such a hard time embracing grace and letting go of legalism? Why are we in such denial?

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Judges 8:27 (The Trap)

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jodiwoody:

We need to change the way we think about ourselves!

Originally posted on The River Walk:

The Trap

Gideon made a sacred ephod from the gold and put it in Ophrah, his hometown. But soon all the Israelites prostituted themselves by worshiping it, and it became a trap for Gideon and his family. (Judges 8:27)

Read: Judges 8:18 – 9:21, Luke 23:44 – 24:12, Psalm 99:1-9, Proverbs 14:9-10

Relate: Two question pop quiz: 1) When did Gideon’s ministry begin? 2) When did Gideon’s ministry end? The answers: 1) When he destroyed an idol and made an altar. 2) When he destroyed a town and made an idol. When God first sends an angel to meet with Gideon, what does that angel say? “Mighty hero, the Lord is with you!” To this greeting, what does Gideon respond? “I am the weakest of the weakest.” Gideon had an insecurity problem. He didn’t see himself the same way God saw him.

The funny thing is, when you look at the evidence…

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See The Beauty (2/15/13)

jodiwoody:

God is Beautiful, He created Beauty, and He thinks we are beautiful!

Originally posted on The River Walk:

Read: Exodus 39:1-40:38, Mark 1:1-28, Psalm 35:1-16, Proverbs 9:11-12

They made the plate, the sacred diadem, out of pure gold and engraved on it, like an inscription on a seal: holy to the Lord. (Exodus 39:30)

Relate: I’m a jeans and T-shirt kind of guy. If you find me at the opera it’s because my arm had been broken by whoever twisted it in their attempt to get me to go. If I’m at an art show it is because I know the artist and I’m making my appearance to show support. “Cultured” just isn’t one of those words anyone would use to describe me. But there is still that moment when a piece of music or work of art will take my breath away. I know I would be caught up in the moment if I was able to see this live: 

A picture on a computer screen doesn’t do…

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YOU are heaven touching earth

Originally posted on In My Father's House:

HeavenTouchingEarthDid you ever think that you are heaven touching earth? Jesus seems to think so. He placed us in heavenly places with Him (Eph.2:6), and He’s in heaven. Yet, you live right here on the earth.

So…are we in heaven or on the earth? The answer, of course, is yes.

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Halloween

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Originally posted on The River Walk:

Halloween

Read: Lamentations 4:1-5:22, Hebrews 2:1-18, Psalm 103:1-22, Proverbs 26:23

You gave them authority over all things.” Now when it says “all things,” it means nothing is left out.
But we have not yet seen all things put under their authority. (Hebrews 2:8)

Relate: In case you were living under a rock in America or are reading this from somewhere else in the world I have an important announcement: Today is Halloween. That means it is devil’s day… right? Its the day everybody does scary things and glorifies vampires and demons and all the satanists are performing their rituals under the full moon… right? When you look into Halloween’s past, it is clearly the most evil, occultic, wicked day… right? No God fearing Christian would have anything to do with Halloween… right?

WRONG!

The devil doesn’t get a day. All things are under our authority. This isn’t a day we should cower in fear. This…

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Sin doesn’t count anymore…but it has its own punishment

Originally posted on In My Father's House:

Sin_punishmentHow’s that for a provocative title! I don’t mean to be controversial just to be so, but we do need to work through this important but confused subject.

Unfortunately, most Christians seem to be more sin-conscious than God-conscious. 

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