The Lord has given us new direction here at the ministry. Monday Night Manna has now developed into Grace School. I all realized that we all had previously been so inundated with mixture that the Lord was showing me we needed to deliberately and methodically teach Grace. It is all about Him and He is Grace.
Nearly all of us were born into mixture. We received salvation in a mixture environment. It is a situation that is kind of like the Hatfield's and the McCoy's. Down through time, the truth was obscured and very misdirected until they didn't even remember what they were fighting about. Know for a fact that the people who were teaching us loved us and simply taught us what they had been taught.
The Word of God is infallible in its original form - there is no question about that. However, because of the religious influence of particular times in history - translations, perhaps not so much. This is becoming more obvious all the time.
I am a teacher! I believe in studying! God said My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. We need pay attention - it is important. Check this out.
2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV) " Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."
Religion says this means: Study so you can parade yourself in front of God and He will then approve of you because of your hard work and performance. Now - He can approve of you - He couldn't before you studied. No - No: it is declaring:
You study to show yourself, that you are already approved unto God. You will then know that you are a workman that needs not to be ashamed because you will know who you are and whose you are and just what the finished works of Jesus are all about. You will in turn rightly divide the Word of Truth. You will divide the Covenants - the Old from the New. You will see the Old Covenant is now obsolete (Heb 8:13).
Have you ever been there? When you wake up in the morning and your foot hits the floor you already dread the day. You know stuff is gonna go wrong - you know confrontations are going to hit you in the face and you don't feel ready.
You are already sure God is going to be disappointed in you because you know - you can feel it - you are gonna fail Him. Then you are wondering if He is going to be mad at you because you did something, or didn't do something, missed the mark and you even knew better. Maybe He will send you out of the room or worse - out of His Presence. Then begin the never ending questions - have I confessed everything to the Lord so I can be forgiven? Oh, no - wonder about the sins of omission - I could have forgotten to do something and where will I be if I can't remember what I forgot so I can confess it? What am I doing to block all the blessings that have be promised that I don't see. You feel like you've failed before you ever got started because you know you. You have become the critter in the perpetual revolving hamster wheel.
In much of Christendom the story is the same. The push is to do right, be right, produce good works, be faithful and for heavens sake - don't miss one service.
What's wrong with this picture? Can you see it? The enemy has driven you with thought after thought to keep your eyes on yourself as the center of attention.
And then came Grace. One day some time ago, I asked a friend, "Why do you think people have difficulty receiving from the Lord.?" With scarcely a hesitation he answered, "Because they really don't know just how much God loves them." Those are the very words that sent me on the quest for knowing and better comprehending the love of God. I diligently searched the scriptures for the answers. Later I realized the journey had taken me straight into the Gospel of the Grace - the manifested love of God.
I have three desks in our house but when I really get down to business, my notebook and I usually find our way to the dining room table.Oftentimes that is where the Words come. There is just something so inspiring about all that space; so I make a temporary desk out of it I guess we could have called this From Brenda’s Dining Room Table but then inspiration comes to me from a variety of settings. The whole point is that it is my heart to and for you to pass on the truths and revelations the Lord has taught and given to me through His Word.
The Lord has given us a wealth of untapped riches in His Word although you and I have not always realized that He sent His Word to put us over in life. He never intended for us to live way down under the circumstances of life. For a long time that is how I saw God. I saw Him as a great King in a huge gold chariot with a long reaching whip and I saw myself pulling, stumbling and staggering under the heavy weight of that chariot and I was all by myself. I loved the Lord but I could not understand why He asked things of me that I could not do. The harder I tried the more miserably I failed.
Now, if you know the Word, you know that was farthest from the truth but I made my judgments about God by my experience and what people told me, not by the Word itself.