Rest in Communion
We are holding BREAD & WINE representing the BODY BLOOD of Jesus and by partaking of it we are establishing intimacy with Jesus.
I said this morning during Communion that we are COMPLETE IN HIM. When I partake of the Bread & Wine I am partaking of the very life of Jesus into my life and with this comes STRENGTH, WHOLENESS, WELLNESS, SOUNDNESS.
This morning we learn't how to REIGN IN LIFE - ROMANS 5:17
ABUNDANCE OF GRACE (JESUS) & GIFT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
I said today that if you want to go to a Church that is preaching an abundance of Jesus than come to Awesome Church. If you want to attend a Church where our righteousness is a gift and not something we have to work for than come to Awesome Church.
I like what the Apostle Paul said in GALATIANS...
I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain."
I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.
I don't reject God's kindness. If we receive God's approval by obeying laws, then Christ's death was pointless.
GRACE OF GOD:
God's unearned, undeserved favour given to you through Jesus.
I will not set-aside, frustrate or reject God's GRACE by thinking that BLESSING is something I can earn through self effort. I will now allow God's GRACE to be my provider of all things and REST in Jesus. Communion is a reminder to find REST in Jesus.
28-30 "Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. (No pressure or stress of self-effort to achieve things in God) . I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly."
SO HOW DO I KEEP COMPANY WITH JESUS?
I like to READ MY BIBLE by relaxing in the sun.
I like to PRAY AND TALK WITH THE LORD by walking through a park. I like to be at CHURCH and enjoy being in His Body. I keep reminding myself...
GARY GOD LOVES YOU and HE'S FOR YOU.
YOU ARE HOLY RIGHTEOUS.
YOU ARE BLESSED BEYOND MEASURE. YOU ARE ACCEPTED, FORGIVEN & LOVED.
You see Paul said what in GALATIANS 2:19-21 MESSAGE
19-21 What actually took place is this:
I tried keeping rules and working my head off to please God, and it didn't work. So I quit being a "law man" so that I could be God's man. Christ's life showed me how, and enabled me to do it. I identified myself completely with him. Indeed, I have been crucified with Christ.
My ego is no longer central. It is no longer important that I appear righteous before you or have your good opinion, and I am no longer driven to impress God.
Christ lives in me. The life you see me living is not "mine," but it is lived by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
I am not going to go back on that.
Is it not clear to you that to go back to that old rule-keeping, peer-pleasing religion would be an abandonment of everything personal and free in my relationship with God?
I refuse to do that, to repudiate God's grace.
If a living relationship with God could come by rule-keeping, then Christ died unnecessarily.
Let's koinonia with JESUS tonight and find REST in His Grace.