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wayneman
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 Freedom Without Effort

"To him that worketh not, but believeth on Him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness" (Romans 4:5).

There is no work involved in our receiving the Lord Jesus for life, and there should certainly be no self-effort involved in the manifestation of His life in and through us. The principle is the same, from re-birth to maturity.

'Thanks be to God, who giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ' (1 Corinthians 15:57). That is grace. That is the test of the real or the counterfeit. Just remember this: any victory over the power of any sin whatsoever that you have to get by working for it is counterfeit. Any victory that you have to get by trying for it is false. If you have to work for your freedom, it is not the real thing, it is not that which the Father offers you in His Son.

The effortless life is not the will-less life. We use our will to believe, or receive, but not to exert effort in trying to accomplish what only the Father has done. Our hope for freedom from the power of sin is not 'Christ plus my efforts,' but 'Christ plus my receiving.' To receive victory from Him is to believe His Word that solely by grace He is, this moment, freeing us from the dominion of sin. And to believe on Him in this way is to recognize that He is doing for us what we can never do for ourselves. -C.G.T.

The Father has left us as much dependent on the Lord Jesus' work for our deliverance as for our forgiveness. It is wholly because we died with Him on the Cross, but unto sin and unto the whole legal principle, that sin's power for those in Him is broken.



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Wayne Kraus

 2016/9/14 22:20Profile
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 Re: Freedom Without Effort

Amen brother!

How this message goes against the grain of pride in self effort...nevertheless, we shall know the truth (in Jesus) and the truth shall set us free!

It was for freedom that Christ set us free...


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William

 2016/9/15 2:51Profile









 Re: Freedom Without Effort

Christ Our Position

"In [this] freedom Christ has made us free—completely liberated us; stand fast then" (Gal. 5:1, Amp.).

We are never going to be able to stand before our Father in prayer and fellowship because we are fit in ourselves. We finally come to see that we are in His presence because of our position in His Son.

"The ground upon which our Father deals with us is grace. Every blessing we receive of Him as His children is undeserved. In all of our spiritual existence we are debtors to the rich, free, sovereign grace of our Father. And what is it we are privileged to enjoy on that ground, when we enter ‘into this grace wherein we stand’? We then have a new position, and that position is the glorified Lord Jesus Christ.

"We are not only pardoned, but justified—made righteous; and this is not merely by that which He has done, or by what He has procured or bestows—but in what He is. ‘As He is, so are we in this world’ (1 John 4:17). The believer must never lose sight of this fundamental truth: that the basis of his fellowship with the Father is not his own personal holiness, or what the Lord Jesus is in him, but his judicial position before the Father, or what the Lord Jesus is for him. He, ‘the Lord our righteousness,’ is the foundation and source of everything—of walk as well as of position." -E.H.

"Most look to get victory in order to get peace, but it is peace already made by the Lord Jesus’ work and risen life that is ours. Conflict we shall find, but we know that the Father is for us, and that makes all the difference." -J.N.D.

"Of Him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us. . . righteousness" (1 Cor. 1:30).

 2016/9/15 5:15
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Amen!

What joy there is in knowing this liberty we have in Christ!

Blessings,


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William

 2016/9/15 6:29Profile
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Holiness is not something we do or attain; it is the communication of the divine life, the inbreathing of the divine nature; the power of the divine presence resting on us. The holy one calls us unto Himself, that He may make us holy in possessing Himself. It is because the call to holiness comes from the God of infinite power and love that we may have the confidence: we can be holy.
Andrew Murray


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Wayne Kraus

 2016/9/15 18:55Profile
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Paul’s understanding of sanctification is entirely supernatural and personal. It is not with him a thing, but a Person. It is not something he has attained, but it is some One whom he has met. It is not an experience through which he has come, but a living and almighty Friend with whom he has become forever united. It is not that Paul has become a better man, but Paul has received into his inmost being the Son of Man, the One Man, the Divine Man, the only Man who ever pleased God or ever can please Him again.
Paul has seen the Lord Jesus Christ as his living Head and as his living Substitute. He has taken Him into his entire being to live within, to be what he cannot be, to do what he cannot do, and to be made to him "wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption”. Henceforth his glad triumphant shout is, “Christ lives in me”. “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength" (Phil. 4 v13).

A.B. Simpson


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