He Did for Me, He’ll Do It for You

For God shows no partiality [undue favor or unfairness; with Him one man is not different from another].

Romans 2:11

It’s no secret that some people have a greater influence than others and that some people seem to have more favor than others, but yet the Apostle Paul says that God shows no partiality, He plays no favorites. Is this really true? One of the most challenging things about scripture is its apparent duality. These seemingly contradictory ideas like a loving God that shows wrath, or a God that is always good but yet bad things happen to good people, or a God that shows no partiality but there are only a few “chosen” ones.

These concepts cause a sane person to question, “How is this possible, God?” And I believe that is the point. There are levels of truth. Some truths carry more weight than others, but yet they are all truth. The highly anointed and powerful individuals of the faith that we know (i.e. Billy Graham, Oral Roberts, Smith Wigglesworth, etc.) got their anointing by pressing deeper into God. It is good to question things about your faith because it causes you to seek for the answer (Proverbs 25:2). Every new revelation about God should inspire more questions because God is so massive and deep that we will never stop searching.

It is true some people have more favor than others because they learned how to steward the little favor they had to grow it into more favor. Even Jesus had to grow in favor with GOD and man (Luke 2:52). God doesn’t bless or reveal Himself in greater measure to one over the other because one is a favorite and the other is just “normal”. We are all His favorites, but some want to know Him better than others and so to those individuals God reveals Himself a little more. If you desire an anointing and grace that someone else has then you must realize they sought it out [continually]. If you ask and keep asking, seek and keep seeking, knock and keep knocking until the door is pounded down God will do for you what He has done for me, and what He has done for those generals of the faith. He looks for hungry ones.

Declaration: I will ask until I get an answer, seek until I find my treasure, and knock until a door of revelation is open.

P.S. – The Romans Bible Study page has been updated!

The Gospel of The Kingdom Pt.2 (Romans 1:16)

Scriptures: Romans 1:15-17, 15:19, Matthew 24:14

Continuing on with Apostle Paul’s greeting and introduction to the believers in Rome he states,

I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ for it is God’s power working unto salvation to everyone who believes…(v.16)

The gospel is the greatest story ever told. It is the true account of the Creator (of creation itself) coming down to dwell with His creation, being killed by His creation so that the enemy of His creation could be defeated once and for all, resulting in the creation being reconciled back to the Creator. What motivated this monumental act? Love.

So this story of love, this gospel, has within it the power to actually save a person(s) from the enemy of mankind, sin. Yes, the devil is mankind’s enemy too but the devil cannot separate you from God, only sin can, and the devil uses sin to take people into eternal torment. When Jesus died, He literally became the embodiment of sin and because God is the most powerful being in existence, sin and all it’s effects were defeated (think of the end of The Matrix when Neo literally leaps into Agent Smith and then busts out him thus defeating Agent Smith).

It sounds crazy that to be saved from an eternity apart from God in everlasting torment all one has to do is believe in this message, but that’s the beauty if it. It’s like it’s too good to be true. The reality is that it’s SO GOOD THAT’S IT’S TRUE! The stumbling block for anyone wanting to believe this truth is belief itself. If all I have to do is believe it seems too easy and thus foolish and something to be ashamed of believing because I’m not working hard enough to earn it.

But something happens when you believe the simplicity of the gospel, it changes you. You may not be able to pinpoint exactly when it happens but as you “lean into” this simple truth day-by-day, the power of the message infiltrates your life. Instead of judgement, ridicule, and hate you feel acceptance, encouragement, and love for who you are based on you being a human being. All of sudden you realize that the pain and mistakes of your past (and even your present) cannot bear under weight of this burning truth: God loves me for who I am, not what I’ve done.

The Gospel wants and has the power to save everyone and everything. The Gospel wants to save everything so it can put an end to the oppression of the enemy on mankind. The Gospel can end human trafficking. The Gospel can end apartheid. The Gospel can end overt and covert racism. The Gospel can end rape, murder, and abuse. The Gospel is Jesus Christ and everybody wants a king like Jesus and that’s nothing to be ashamed of for it is the power of God to save!

Declaration: I am not ashamed of the Gospel!

Lay Aside Every Weight

Therefore then, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses [who have borne testimony to the Truth], let us strip off and throw aside every encumbrance (unnecessary weight) and that sin which so readily (deftly and cleverly) clings to and entangles us, and let us run with patient endurance and steady and active persistence the appointed course of the race that is set before us

Hebrews 12:1 (AMP)

Many times as believers we have a difficult time laying aside weights or things that can entangle us because we are often motivated by the spirit of fear.  At times the spirit of fear can even cripple us from moving forward. For example… in an unhealthy relationship we may fear that if we lay that relationship down, or let it go that it may cause us to walk alone. Or, if we lay down the weight of our worldy pleasures that we enjoy, then it will leave an unfulfilled void in our lives.

In order to truly take charge of our lives and loose (lay down) the weight we have to move from a place of fear to an act of faith, knowing that as we obey the word of God we will receive exactly what He has ordained for our life. It takes a lot of courage to let go of the known and step out into the unknown, but it’s only then that we can truly be a doer of the word by moving forward on our appointed course of the race that is set before us.

Declaration: I will lay aside every weight! (repeat every day of the week)

Prayer: Father we thank you for helping us identify areas and weights in our lives that we need to lay aside.  We thank You for your strength and power to completely lay down the weights and carry out the instructions that you have given us.  We bind the work of the enemy who uses the spirit of fear to control and we release the spirit of freedom from every weight and bondage on our lives.  We thank you that once we lay down these weights we will never pick them up again but we will move forward in confidence and faith knowing that your way and your word is perfect!

We ask these things in the mighty name of Jesus! Amen