FALLEN FROM OR FALLEN INTO GRACE


Galatians 5:4-6 (MSG) I suspect you would never intend this, but this is what happens. When you attempt to live by your own religious plans and projects, you are cut off from Christ, you fall out of grace. Meanwhile we expectantly wait for a satisfying relationship with the Spirit. For in Christ, neither our most conscientious religion nor disregard of religion amounts to anything. What matters is something far more interior: faith expressed in love

We have consciously or unconsciously denied ourselves of the hyper-effects of the finished work of Christ Jesus in our lives, one way or the other. The Legalistic attitudes and mindsets which rise-up-rgb-whitehas subtly crept into our lives, blocks the free-flowing river of grace in our relationship with God. Most of us has zero presence of peace and joy in our lives, as Christians. I don’t mean to condemn you for experiencing turmoil in your life, but want to encourage you that you can rise above the storms of life and live in 100% depressing free life. Peace and joy are a byproduct of the quality life of Christ. You can’t concoct it on your own ability, neither can you survive life through the temporal peace and happiness the world gives. You only have to yield your life to His. The bible says we have fallen from grace. To fall from grace does not mean the lost of salvation. It means we are operating and functioning from the platform of Law, to the neglect of the abiding life of Christ. Christianity is Christ… minus the self ability of men. Receiving what God has already accomplished through Christ Jesus, from the foundation of resting in His unmerited goodness is the fulcrum of Christianity. Anything outside of Christ is futile, no matter how religious and loftier it may look in our eyes or sound in our ears.

Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace [Gal 5:4 KJV] 

NO PAIN NO GAIN? In the field of sports and other arenas, the catch phrase for motivating people to peak performance or achievement is “no pain, no gain”Under this conception, competitive professionals such as athletes and artists are required to endure pain and pressure to achieve professional excellence. I am 110%  believer of hard work, where hard work is necessary. Hard work always pays off. The question is “Do we have to suffer through our own efforts in order to  gain the quality life of Christ? The No pain, no gain ( “No gain without pain”) or suffer to gain mantra, within the body of  Christ, expresses the belief in self occupation, self-dependence, self effort, will power, as a platform to reach the riches of God, in child-labourChrist Jesus. You takes a man’s ego away when you remove the platform of self, and established him on the solid foundation of Christ.

We hate to yield our life completely to His life, that the glory may not be of us but of His mercy and grace. Did you became anew in Christ through paining to gain or through rest in His grace? No pain, no gain mentality in the body of Christ is enshrined in legalistic mold of the believer. We rest in Christ Jesus to gain all spiritual blessings in the heavenly places. We don’t have to suffer or sweat to impress God to act on our behalf. God has already set the table for a great banquet with man. All we need to do is to respond to His invitation to His manifold blessings. The Holy Spirit responds to the above question through Apostle Paul, in his Epistle to the Ephesians. He writes;

For it is by free grace (God’s unmerited favor) that you are saved ([a]delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation) through [your] faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [of your own doing, it came not through your own striving], but it is the gift of God; Not because of works [not the fulfillment of the Law’s demands], lest any man should boast. [It is not the result of what anyone can possibly do, so no one can pride himself in it or take glory to himself.] (Ephesians 2:8-9 Amplified Bible AMP)

Almost every believer believes that, they did not work for their salvation in any form or shape. The scriptures emphasize that faith, grace, righteousness are all a gift package from God. You Photo Credit: Google imagebeing righteous, loved, accepted, forgiven, washed, healed, made holy, sanctified, prospered in all dimensions of life, is a pure gift of grace through faith. Sadly to say, most Christians start their pilgrim journey through rest in the finished work of Christ, and then along the line, they feel like they have been left on their own to work out their own salvation through self effort, in order to make it to their destination. You don’t have to go through hell before you get to heaven. You are to live a heaven on earth through Jesus Christ. Many will diligently pray to God for His strength, but at the back of their mind, they are saying; “God, meet me halfway and lets strike a deal”.

Christianity is not more of God, less of us. From start to end; Christianity is all about the total expression of Christ life, in the life of the believer. God doesn’t want you to meet Him halfway with sweat on your brow to prove to Him that you deserve it more. In Christ Jesus, He has made you complete so you can enjoy the liberty of the Christian life, effortlessly. (See Col 1:27, Col 2:10) The Bible says that we should continue our christian walk exactly as we received Jesus. It was by grace through faith and not of self works that got us into the many blessings of God. It is by faith through grace, from start to end. Apostle Paul once again sounds a clarion call to the believer;

As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him” [Col 2:6″]

DO GOD HELP THOSE WHO HELP THEMSELVES? As beautiful and religiously as it may sound in our own religious ears; the popular catchphrase “God help those who help themselves” is a serious cancer in the body of Christ. It has radically awaken self-consciousness above Christ consciousness in the body of Christ. We talk and sing about Christ but we have200549504-001 become the “I generation“. In the first place Jesus did not come to the earth to help us solve our mess. We were completely lost and helpless in a mud of sin and condemnation, needing rescue. It is recorded of Jesus declaring our state of life and His agenda, in the gospels when Zacheaus experienced a radical change, through the super abundant grace of God; “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost” [Luke 19:10] Salvation is therefore the work of the gift of grace [Christ] to the helpless. Friend God does not help those who help themselves, He helps the helpless. Those who have reach the end of their rope or come to the end of themselves; knowing that salvation is not in their riches, wealth, fame, deeds or spiritual affiliation but can only be found through rest in Christ. This is how one fall into grace!

Those who are trying  hard through the system of tithing, fasting, good works, prayer, giving, church attendance,  [which are all not bad in themselves] traditions of the church, legalistic rituals,  to prove themselves as righteous before God base on their works, renders the once and for all perfect sacrifice of Christ, ineffective in their lives. They have fallen from grace and living a frustrated life of self works. It’s a stink in God’s nostrils and a clanging cymbal in His ears. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. The Pharisees and the teachers of law in Jesus day are prime examples of work oriented citizens, for everything God. They were applauded by their neighbors for their zeal for God but they were like empty sepulcher before God. Jesus declares to me and you;

“For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven”. [Mathew 5:20]

Thank God, Jesus became  the answer to the far exceeding beauty of righteousness and life, to all who believe in Him. (See Romans 10:9-10) The new breed of believers can shout from the roof top to the deepest valleys that we are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. One can enter or experience the kingdom of God only through the righteousness by grace through faith in Christ, and not of the self work, self occupation, hypocritical form of righteousness which the Pharisees and the teachers of the law propagated for many years before Jesus arrival. It is centered on “what I do” to become, instead of believing in “what He has done” to experience His life, freely. Self righteousness is emptiness that leads to frustration and death. Friend, Christianity is Christ plus nothing. Let Him take the center stage of your life, as you surrender all your burdens to Him. He knows you cannot do it without Him. It is not just difficult without Him. Beloved, it is impossible without Christ. ( See John 15:1-6)  Listen to the Apostle of grace; 

19 For through the law I have died to the law, so that I might live for God. I have been crucified with Christ[a] 20 and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body,[b] I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. 21 I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died for nothing. [Galatians 2:19-21 HCSB]

HE WAS MORALLY GOOD – I had the opportunity, sharing the gospel with a gentleman who was well mannered and cultured in every way. He was morally good. He was very helpful and kind gentleman to his community and family. He never drinks alcohol, curse, fight, or did any crazy stuff, from his youth. He was a gentleman! He looks into my eye and said something that shook the core of my being. He said; “I have never sin against anybody in my life, neither have I sin against God, so I am okay with God”. Meaning he didn’t need to be right with God through Jesus righteousness but on his own good works he believes he has achieved right standing with God. How sadly within our local Churches are filled with men and women who are more of themselves, playing religion. They have never heard the good news of Christ and are enslaved in self works. To cut a long story short…this man was diagnosed with cancer, and was declared never to survive. As I

I-can-helpstood on his dead bed, believing God for a miracle, I realized that he has reach the end of the rope, needing help from the Master. He saw the  emptiness of life without Christ. He gentle requested that I should lead him to Christ, and just few days after confessing Jesus as His Lord and Savior, He died as a righteous man. His righteousness was not based on His moral goodness or church affiliation. He never had the chance to joining any Church organisation. He only cried out onto the Lord and He was saved from the original sin of Adam. (See Romans 5:12)

Paul refutes the ideology of those who believe in grace for the start and their own strength to reach the finish line, with these profound words. He writes; “Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more: Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee; Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless. But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for ChristYea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: [Philippians 3:4-9  KJV ]

If righteousness is based on the flesh, Paul lists all his qualifications before our eyes. In terms of the law… He was a super-duper legalistic man but when he encountered the righteousness through faith, he counted all things as lost for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus. Are you so glued to a person, a religious activity, and yet you find no peace and liberty in your soul? Just ask Christ to open your eyes to the truth of the gospel, that you might be freed from the prison of self in order to enjoy the liberty of His life. Those who do not set aside the grace of God in their Christian life are the ones who bear the radical fruits of righteousness. Remember, we are created unto good works but our position with God is not measured by our good deeds as means to acceptance before God. My prayer for you my friend, is rooted in Philippians 1:11  (AMP) May you abound in and be filled with the fruits of righteousness (of right standing with God and right doing) which come through Jesus Christ (the Anointed One), to the honor and praise of God [[a]that His glory may be both manifested and recognized].

LET US PRAY – Thank you Jesus for swapping places with me, that I can freely share in your life. Father God, I believe that in Christ Jesus I have right standing with you, loved, acceptedPhoto Credit: synecticsworld.com, sanctified, made holy, forgiven, justified, born from innocence, blessed with peace, joy prosperity, anointing, favor, wisdom, and total wholeness in Christ. Holy Spirit, you are the light of revelation and understanding. You are guiding my feet on firm foundation in Christ finished work. I refuse to bow to the subtle deceptions of self effort and yield in all aspect of my life into who I am in Christ Jesus. Amen!!

Thank you so much precious one, for taking the time to read, like, comment and re-blogged, to help spread the good news of God’s amazing love. Peace and love to you!

      McDaniels Gyamfi | ©2014| ™Revealing Jesus Revival| Photo: Google Image

21ST CENTURY PRACTICAL ATHEISM


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The deepest needs of our hearts can only be met by God. No man made gadget can fill the vacuum in our hearts, than God can or will. If you keep trying to meet your deepest needs through your own efforts, you will burn out into despair. My good friend, this is not the way Jesus satisfy our emotional, spiritual or physical needs. If we don’t trust Jesus Christ actively daily, to meet our deepest needs in life, we automatically transfer our needs upon others; your spouse, friends, family and the world system to cushion us. It’s neither safe nor wise to rely on what has failed men miserably through history.

The greatest failure to mankind search for happiness has been “self sitting on the throne“ of our lives. Reliance on temporal solutions and momentarily self aggrandizing pills of men for eternal answer is a serious epidemic which has gain inroad into the Church of Jesus Christ. The Bible calls it the arm of the flesh; it causes men’s whose heart has turned from the Lord to become like a shrub in the desert. No hope and full of despair!!

God warn the Israelites through His servant… Jeremiah 17:5-9 (NET) 5 The Lord says, “I will put a curse on people who trust in mere human beings, who depend on mere flesh and blood for their strength, and whose hearts have turned away from the Lord. 6 They will be like a shrub in the desert. They will not experience good things even when they happen. It will be as though they were growing in the desert, in a salt land where no one can live. 7 My blessing is on those people who trust in me, who put their confidence in me. 8 They will be like a tree planted near a stream whose roots spread out toward the water. It has nothing to fear when the heat comes. Its leaves are always green. It has no need to be concerned in a year of drought. It does not stop bearing fruit. 9 The human mind is more deceitful than anything else. It is incurably bad. Who can understand it?

The 21st Century Church needs to wake up from our slumber party; as we are tumbling slowly and suddenly to the valley of emptiness, lacking colorful influence on society. Our actions say; “There is no God” and that kind of attitude and Christianity is a religion of fools and is not any different from atheism.

The famous twentieth- century philosopher Will Durant said something I believe should be seriously considered by all thinking people: “The greatest question of our time is not communism vs. individualism, nor Europe vs. America, not even the East vs. the West; it is whether man can bear to live without God”. That is exactly what so many are trying to do in society today. Those who profess themselves to be atheists make up a tiny minority of our population (USA) – about 5 or 6 percent. But there are far more practicing atheist, though they would never verbalize it. They may attend Church every Sunday, but from Monday morning to Saturday night, God has no place in their thoughts. There is no place for prayer (relationship) in their lives. They do not seek His face and His word. They have no devotional life. They are practical atheist.

Friend, let’s remember our first love. Hear the Lord’s word to His loveless Church in Revelation 2:1-5 1“To the angel of the church of Ephesus write, ‘These things says He who holds the seven stars in His right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands: 2 “I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars; 3 and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary. 4 Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. 5 Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent.

Our first works are the works of affection we have towards God. I call it the honeymoon moments of Christianity. As you focus on God’s love for you; you automatically cure your heart, which is so bound by societal influence unto Christ Centered life; a life full of Christ love and power.

Rebecca express the great disconnect and the gravitational pull of our society from God, family and friends; we trying to fill in the space with electronic gadgets. She writes in her blog (http//and a sprinkleoflove.com) “We are such a fast paced busy society. The 21st century has us overbooked, over stressed, and completely disconnected with each other. We are families with busy careers and too many activities. The time spent face to face with each other (either for fellowship, edifying or worship) is being replaced with being shoulder to shoulder in the car distracted by some sort of gadget. I Pods, cell phones, and video games have replaced real human interaction. Families used to treasure the time around the dinner table just sharing and talking, creating strong family bonds. Now, it’s a race to throw something in the microwave or visiting the drive thru in between activities. We are losing the true purpose and beauty of life, and our families are missing out on the deep bonds that make family so precious”.

The true purpose of life is to be conformed to the image of the Son of God and let Him live His life through us in quality relationships with Him, family and friends in the bond of true love and fulfill the great commission with passion. Let us return to the underlying foundation of Christianity; Prayer, devotion or quiet time, fellowship, fasting, evangelism, worship.

It starts right now…probe your ways and see where you have to make adjustment: Lamentations 3:40 sounds a clarion call to “Let us examine and probe our ways, And let us return to the LORD”. Some habits and strongholds can be changed as we spend time alone in God’s presence for total renewal… Joel 2:12 says; “Yet even now,” declares the LORD, “Return to Me with all your heart, And with fasting, weeping and mourning”. The Lord promise to heal our hearts of addiction to the carnal impulses of societal pull and used us for His glory to make an indelible mark which cannot be raised… Hosea 6:1 “Come, let us return to the LORD. For He has torn us, but He will heal us; He has wounded us, but He will bandage us

We are the new breed through union with Christ Jesus to make inroads into the entertainment, business, political, sporting world and all other pillars of culture to influence the world with the loveliness and power of Christ. On your mark, get set, Go!!

Share your thoughts on how best we can bring the Church and the family back to the place of affectionate union with God in the 21st Century. Thanks’ and have super loving  relationship with our Savior Jesus Christ.

– McDaniels A. Gyamfi