Raging Fire Friday Night

Preamble

Why are you surprised that people react (manifest odd behaviour) when they are touched by the presence of God?

  • What is more surprising is that we survive it.
  • “The miracle is that you live through it. “

If we say that we worship and adore Him, why are we reluctant to let Him draw near?

  • The reservation is ours, not His.
  • (I witness many people laughing, crying out and shaking under The Power).

Holy Roller

  • John literally witnessed this.  A man was rolling.  John asked him why.
  • “Because I felt as though I was on fire.”

Message

Ephesians 2:5-8

  • Grace = gift (charity) e.g. charismatic = gifts of the Holy Spirit
  • God’s grace is not the wholesale forgiveness of all sins of the whole Earth without payment.
  • His justice was fulfilled by the death of His Holy Son.
  • God’s grace is allowing His Son’s righteousness to be credited to you and me, on condition of merely our belief in Christ.
  • No belief == no forgiveness of sins.
  • No forgiveness == attempting to earn a place in Heaven (through Good Works)
  • Good Works == destined to fail (can never erase your sinful nature).  You start at below zero, and can never work your way even up to zero.

How to stay in Grace

  • Don’t revert back down to the state of Justice.
  • Release your right to “an eye for an eye” through forgiveness.

The Law is Good, but Grace is Better

  • “An eye for an eye” was the first Statute of Limitations
  • It limited kings from extracting disproportionate vengeance.
  • Fulfilled justice by evening the score.
  • It’s a fair system, but really, who wants to be treated fairly?  We all want grace!

Matthew 18:21-33

  • The Parable of the Unforgiving Debtor
  • We all want justice for our debtors, but mercy from our creditors.
  • This doesn’t work.  You’re either all one or all the other.

Reinhardt Bonke raised a man (Daniel) from the dead

  • Had a vision of heaven and hell.
  • The only condition on salvation is forgiveness.
  • Pastors will be in hell if they have unforgiveness.

What if horrendous things have been done to you or your loved ones?

  • Forgiveness has to be a free gift.
  • Unforgiveness will only result in being full of bitterness.
  • Forgiveness will allow healing and closure.
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