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‘Grace Waves Devotional’

Prison BarsIMPRISONED BY LAW (Gal 3:22-25)

1 Cor 15:56 The Strength of Sin Is The Law!

When we preach a law gospel that highlights people’s sin we are ignorantly preaching a gospel that has within it the seeds of its own destruction!

Hos 4:6  My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. (NKJV)

We have then become ‘blind leaders of the blind’ and fall into the ditch of bondage and defeat! (Mt 15:14)

 When we preach the law, we imprison people in their sin. Why is this?: The law was given to judge and condemn sin but it cannot deliver from sin, it cannot give people the power to climb out of sin! Hence every time we preach law we further strengthen its hold over people. We have locked them up in their sin and thrown the key away.

 Besides producing guilt and condemnation, knowing we cannot overcome sin leads to weakness, hopelessness and defeat. This is why many believers give up following Jesus. The standards are too high for them to maintain consistently on a daily basis!

 Then why did God give the law? He gave it not only to point out my sin, but to exacerbate it to such a degree, that we might cry out, “Oh wretched man/woman that I am, who will deliver me from this body of death?” (Rom 7:24) (NKJV)

 Rom 7:13  But sin, that it might appear sin, was producing death in me through what is good, so that sin through the commandment might become exceedingly sinful. (NKJV)

 This man/woman realises they cannot conquer sin by themselves and stand in need of a Saviour to set them free.

 Who is that Saviour? They cry out again, “I thank God through Jesus Christ my Lord!” (NKJV) (Rom 7:25)

 Friends, you and I died to the law at the cross! (Rom 7:4) The law no longer has jurisdiction over our lives. We now live under the New Covenant grace of Jesus Christ!

 It is the power of grace working within us that sets us free from the bondage of sin.

 Gal 5:1  Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke (law) of bondage. (NKJV)

 Are you trapped in debilitating sin today call on Jesus! He is the great deliverer!

 Give Him time to work in your life and He will set you free!

 Meditation Point:  The law imprisons me – Grace sets me free!












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‘Grace Waves Devotional’

Francis Of Assisi (Meditator)

Meditation Is A Lifestyle

Jn 6:35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me shall never hunger. (NKJV)

Christianity has sold us the lie that reading 5 or 10 chapters of the Bible everyday will somehow make us into men and women of God.

It’s not that there’s no benefit from reading in such a way, but we’ve completely missed the truth that the Bible is not a Western book – It’s a Middle-Eastern book!

 In the West we tend to read – In the East they tend to meditate!

Gen 24:63 And Isaac went out to meditate in the field in the evening. (NKJV)

Ps 63:6  When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches. (NKJV)

Ps 119:148  My eyes are awake through the night watches, that I may meditate on Your word. (NKJV)

The word meditation in Hebrew means: Think, ponder, mutter, study, muse etc. This is why meditation became a lifestyle in the Hebrew culture.

The word of God only becomes bread to us as we meditate upon it. It’s meditation that releases the life that’s hidden inside the word. This is called ‘revelation knowledge’, and it’s this that feeds our spirit man, it’s this that transforms our life from the inside out, and it’s this that makes us come alive in the Spirit!

 Prayer: Jesus, help me to meditate your word!

 So, how can we meditate God’s word. Here are some pointers:

1)    Meditation: Cannot be rushed. Instead of reading a chapter, take a single verse and spend 20 mins pouring over each word. Lingering over each word, turning it over in our mind again and again. This is what it means to feed on Gods word.

 On the Eve of the Passover, each family partook in killing a lamb, roasting it over the fire and eating its flesh.

 Ex 12:8  Then they shall eat the flesh on that night; roasted in fire. (NKJV)

 They were feeding on the lamb! When we meditate God’s word we are feeding on THE lamb Jesus Christ, who is also the word of God. (Rev 19:13)

2) Meditation: Is two-fold – thinking and muttering. Practise verbalizing your thoughts. This releases the Holy Spirit to plumb the depths of your spirit and draw upon the deposit of God’s word that has been stored up within you.

 You have a treasure trove within you!

3) Meditation: Sows God’s word into our spirit in seed form. The Holy Spirit broods over this seed till the day comes when it bursts forth out of our spirit with revelation knowledge.

God always releases faith together with revelation knowledge, empowering us to put His word into action.

 Rom 10:17  So then faith comes by hearing the  (revelatory word  (Rhema)  of God. (NKJV)

In Rom 10:17  The word ‘WORD’ in Greek is Rhema. It means the spoken word of God. This is a word that God quickens to our spirit for a particular occasion. This kind of word comes with faith, enabling us to put it into action!

A Rhema word is revelation knowledge. It is Rhema that is released as we meditate God’s word!

Meditation Point: Meditation means to turn over God’s word in the mind again and again!


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