• God delivers us from stuff in this world but He also delivers us into something. When He delivers us into things, that’s when we step into what He’s called us to do.
• Everyone who calls on the name of Jesus is “called.” If you don’t realize you are called, everything you do for Him is hard. But when you know God is directing it and He is the one who wants you to do it, it makes it easier to serve Him. When we are called into something. He will provide grace to do it and what we need to do it.
• Just like in a restaurant, when God orders something, not only will He pay for it, but He will also tip you.
• Our unforgiveness doesn’t hurt the other person — it hurts us.
• God will not give you grace; He has already given you everything you need. When we renew our minds, we understand His grace better.
God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.
— Ephesians 2:8 NLT
• We receive by faith what God provided by grace. Grace is God’s gift, faith is our response.
• We become in God’s right standing when we accept His gift of grace.
Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.
— Ephesians 2:9 NLT
• Salvation: The state or action of delivering or rescuing another from a dangerous situation. The danger can be physical or figurative. In the New Testament, it refers to divine salvation for a fallen creation and humanity.
• Salvation doesn’t just mean salvation from hell. That’s not all God has in mind. Salvation is all-inclusive; He wants every part of you to be whole — spirit, soul, and body — nothing broken, nothing missing.
Now may the God of peace make you holy in every way, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again.
— 1 Thessalonians 5:23 NLT
• One of the truest ways to know if you are saved is when wrong stuff bothers you when it didn’t used to.
For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time—to show us his grace through Christ Jesus.
— 2 Timothy 1:9 NLT
• Holiness: Christians that are dedicated to God’s service. Insofar as they are conformed in all things to the will of God. Personal holiness is a work of gradual development. Holiness by nature is not about what you do, it is about who you are in relationship with. But it is so much more than just living right; it is having the right relationship with Christ that causes us to live right. Grace is living better than you thought you could.
• We can’t live right in and of ourselves. But, when we understand the love of God, the grace of God and the forgiveness of God, it makes it very difficult to not live right.
• When we know the deep love, forgiveness and grace of God, we won’t want to do anything to hurt God.
• We don’t live in dead works. You can keep every law, but still be dead inside.
• Sanctification: the church has two schools of thought on sanctification, and both of them are wrong. 1) You got saved, prayed again, and then you got sanctified. 2) You get saved, and you get it all. Paul said that he died daily. God saved us, we are right with God, we are going to heaven, we have everything we need in God. But, our mind has to be renewed and our body has to be redeemed.
• When you spirit is clean and you get your mind in line with your spirit, you have two-thirds majority and you’ll walk in health, prosperity, and you’ll walk in the things of God.
• Your spirit has been redeemed, your body has been healed. You have to believe for the manifestation of the healing.
For no one can ever be made right with God by doing what the law commands. The law simply shows us how sinful we are.
— Romans 3:20 NLT
• All of your sins are forgiven — past, present and future. What will come out of that forgiveness? A holy life. The more we walk with God, the more we want to look like Him.
So we are made right with God through faith and not by obeying the law.
— Romans 3:28 NLT
• Your faith is in what God has done, not what you have done.
• Our faith should be in the grace of God, not in our behavior.
• In our faith walk, we don’t put faith in what the devil is doing, we put faith in what God has already done.
• Another word for grace is charis, which means gifts. We have been given gifts to serve our family and to serve the body of Christ.
Life Lesson: God’s grace is not anything we can earn; all we can do is believe it and receive it.