Legalism is not……

 

…Faithfulness.  If it is, then God is a legalist:  “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:22-23)

 

…Self-control.  “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.” (Gal. 5:22-23)

 

…Diligence.  “And we desire that every one of you do show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end.”  (Heb. 6:11)

 

…Good works.  “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”  (Eph. 2:10)

 

…Regular giving.  “For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity.” (Phil. 4:16)

 

…Holiness.  “Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” (2 Cor. 7:1)

 

Legalism IS…keeping the Law of Moses in order to be righteous.  For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.  (James 2:10)

 

A sincere relationship with the Father will bear the fruit of faithfulness, self-control, diligence, good works, generosity and holiness.  These are not the traits of a legalist.  A true legalist is one who will only do what they are told.

Barry Bennett

Come and join us for our Open days on the 21st & 22nd January 2019 at the Charis Bible College, Heidelberg WC. All are welcome!

It has always been about hearing Him

And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day… “I heard Your voice in the garden.”  (Gen. 3:8-10)

Adam and Eve were created to hear the Father and learn from Him.  Sin brought fear and ignorance into Adam and Eve, and men have been living without the fellowship of the Lord that we were created to enjoy ever since.

“It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.'” (Mt. 4:4)

We were created to hear Him.  Apart from hearing God, life is more biological than spiritual.  Life isn’t life if there is no divine hearing.  There can be no life without His voice.

We are expected to hear Him.

“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” (Jn. 10:27)

It should not be difficult to recognize the voice of God.  We were created to recognize His voice.  The problem lies in the distraction of so many other voices competing for our allegiance.

Jesus was limited in His ministry to what He heard from the Father.

“I do nothing of Myself; but as My Father taught Me, I speak these things.” (Jn. 8:28)

“Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do;” (Jn. 5:19)

Whether we use the term “seeing” or “hearing”, we are speaking of the revelation of the Holy Spirit to our spirit.  If Jesus was limited to what He saw and heard, why do we think that we can live our lives as we wish and then have instant faith when it is needed?

The only way to walk in faith is to hear Him.

“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Rom. 10:17)

It has always been about hearing God.  It will always be about hearing God.  The victories we desire are wrapped up in hearing Him.  Our knowledge is not enough.  Knowledge was not enough for Adam and Eve in the Garden.  Knowledge killed them because they didn’t get it from His voice.

Determine to lay aside the mundane voices of the world and grow sensitive to the voice of God.  Therein is the victory and the abundant life you desire.

Barry Bennett

 

What is a Generational Curse?

How often have we heard Christians talking about the need to break generational curses?  Much of what has been taught on this subject borders on unbelief.  Believers that concentrate on curses do not understand the realities of the finished work of the cross.  People are not defeated in life due to being cursed as much as they are perishing due to their lack of knowledge of the Lord.

This is why Jesus said, “Go ye teaching” and did not say, “Go ye breaking curses.”  It is the Truth that sets us free, not some kind of mystical deliverance session.

Jesus has already been made a curse for us and has already blessed us (Gal. 3:13)!  And, what is more, God was in Christ, reconciling the whole world to Himself, not holding man’s trespasses against him (2 Cor. 5:19). God is not holding sins or curses against anyone!

What are commonly referred to as generational curses today are really nothing more than the works of the flesh listed in Galatians 5:19-21.

“Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,  Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,  Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like. (Gal. 5:19-21)

The manifestations of the flesh should not surprise us.  We are the product of our fallen society, culture, false religions, customs and morals taught us by our families, and tendencies we have learned from others.  If the parents were alcoholics there may be a tendency for the children to adopt the same behavior, but many children do not.  If anger and wrath were a part of the home environment, the same tendencies can be carried over to the children’s homes when they are adults, but in many cases those tendencies are rejected.

While some call these generational curses, we should see them as strongholds that must be torn down by the renewing of the mind.  It is the truth that sets us free.

“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;” (2Co 10:4-5)

As born again sons and daughters of God, we are equipped to defeat the works of the flesh by the Spirit and cleanse our minds from the patterns of the past.  It is our willful choosing of God’s ways, words, thoughts and actions that will replace the strongholds we have known.  Over time, new patterns of the Spirit are established and we are able to walk free from the bondages of the past.

The Old Testament verses that refer to generational curses were spoken to Israel while under the Law, and referred to what would happen to those who hate Him (see Deut. 5:8-10).  What we can conclude by these verses is that God had made a statement concerning the consequences of sin upon succeeding generations “of them that hate me” under the Law.  This has nothing to do with new creation believers!

“Who has delivered us from the power of darkness, and has translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son.”  (Col. 1:13)

There are no curses in the Kingdom of God.  Only promises that are “yes” and “amen!”

Barry Bennett