I am reading the most incredible book, "Destined To Reign." If i had to recommend one christian book other than the bible, so far, in all the books i have read, it would be this one. It actually feels like I am learning something from it and not just my usual "i already agree with and know that" kind of thing. I am being challenged in my every day thinking.
"Interestingly, people are afraid that when you tell a believer that he is completely forgiven by grace, and no longer has to earn his right standing before the Lord via the law of Moses, it would cause him to go out and live a life of sin a debauchery. However, the bible is very clear that the "strength of sin is the law." It is not grace that gives people the strength to sin. It is the law! The more you are under the law, the more sin is strengthened! Conversely, the more you are under grace, the more sin will be depleted of strength."
""Every time you preach grace, you preach it with a mixture of law. You attempt to balance grace with the law like many preachers, and the moment you balance grace, you neutralize it. You cannot put new wine into old wineskins. You cannot put grace and law together.""
"God blesses you not because you are good, but because he his good."
"Righteousness is a gift. It is not a reward for perfect obedience to the law. You are clothed today not in your own righteousness, which is self-righteousness, but with the righteousness of Jesus Christ. God sees you as righteous as Jesus is righteous."
"do you realize that under the old covenant, "every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices which can never take away sins? But the bible goes on to say that Jesus, "after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down." ..... This is because the work of the priest was never finished. Only Jesus' work is finished work. And not only did He sit down at the Fathers right hand, He made us SIT WITH HIM!..... Eph 2:4-6 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love for with which he loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together in with Christ...and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus......."sitting" down in the bible is a picture of the believer resting in the finished and completed work of Jesus....As it has all been accomplished on your behalf, this means that you can stop depending on your self-efforts to earn and qualify for God's blessings in your life. You can sit down with Jesus at the Father's right hand."
"Recognize that the devil has been using controversy as a device down the through church history to prevent believers from having access to the most powerful truths of God. He built fences of controversy around healing, prosperity and grace to keep believers from reigning over sickness, poverty and sin."
ok people. get the book.