Thursday, 3 08,2017
Corinthians 6:9-11 KJV
Know ye not that the UNRIGHTEOUS shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,  Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.  And SUCH WERE some of you: BUT ye ARE WASHED, but ye are SANCTIFIED but ye are JUSTIFIED in the Name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
As we begin to understand the reality of our salvation, we are able to see that God draws a big line between WHO we are and WHO we used to be.
“Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God”. (1 Corinthians 6:9–10)
This sounds like God hates slanderers and swindlers. He doesn’t. He loves slanderers and swindlers! When Jesus walked the earth, he spent time with slanderers and swindlers. Jesus even chose a thief to be one of his disciples (John 12:4–6).
However Apostle Paul warns that slanderers and swindlers will not inherit the kingdom of God. Indeed, they cannot.
Yet, some well known slanderers and swindlers will be in Heaven with you. How? Why? Because slanderers and swindlers who come to Jesus don’t remain slanderers and swindlers! They become new. And a good thing that is too, otherwise the kingdom of heaven would be empty. Look around you at saved people today and tell me how many conducts would qualify for admission into Heaven.
“But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death”.
God has high standards—no liars can be admitted into the Kingdom. And indeed, there are no liars in the kingdom, only former liars who have been made new. Neither are there any fornicators in the kingdom, only former fornicators who have been made new. (Do you see it yet?)
This is why the good news is good. The good news is the happy announcement that God is in the business of turning old, damaged people into new, holy people. He turns slanderers and swindlers into saints and sons.
If this is too much to swallow, take a detour to the Bible’s Hall of Fame in Hebrews 11. Here you will find a list of Old Testament men and women who were all commended for their faith.
Who are these heroes, these figures of renown?
Well there’s Noah (a drunk), Abraham (slept with the maid), and Jacob (a swindler if ever there was one). There is also a murderer (Moses), a prostitute (Rahab), and a double-dealing king (David).
David, as you know, got another man’s wife pregnant and then had that man killed to cover up his crime. So what does that make David? In the eyes of the law he is condemned as an adulterer and a murderer. Such a man would otherwise not inherit the kingdom of God; the Bible says so.
And yet I am certain we will meet David in eternity. How do I know? Because David trusted in the only One who makes all things new. In God’s eyes, David is not a sinner but a son and a co-heir with Christ.
So am I. So are you; IF you believe in Jesus.
Let’s continue to allow the Holy Spirit change our conduct for the better but let us completely trust God that In Christ, we are already In Heaven.
[10:58 PM, 6/4/2017] Pastor Ken 2: GRACEVINE DEVOTIONAL
Monday, June 5, 2017
THE MOST CONSTANT TIME IS “NOW”.
Isaiah 43:19 KJV
Behold, I will do a new thing; NOW it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.
Yesterday is in the tomb - dead and buried. Tomorrow is in the womb - yet unborn. While you cannot hold on to yesterday or grasp the future yet, NOW is an undeniable moment. The most powerful time on Earth is NOW!
NOW represents the present tense reality of life. NOW is the opportunity given to every Man to restore yesterday’s losses and to define tomorrow’s graces.
NOW is that defining moment when the buried PAST and the unborn FUTURE intersect at the junction of PRESENT opportunities.
NOW is a gift from God. It represents opportunity to learn lessons from the fading past to be positively applied in the fast approaching future.
Both the past and the future are separated and defined by the NOW. A minute after the NOW moment, it becomes the PAST and a minute before it, is still the FUTURE.
God is giving you results in the NOW. He is burying the past and birthing the future in the NOW. The past holds regrets and the future holds prospects but NOW is the REALITY of both.
NOW is the gift that God is giving you. He is not the God of the past but the God of the NOW. It is pointless to yearn in your heart for some imagined future. All that you wish for in the future is breaking forth as seed - fruit - harvest cycle in your NOW. Can you take NOW for an answer?
Then don’t listen to those fearful thoughts that are denying you the reality of God’s NOW in your life this very day. Cast away those fearful thoughts right away and embrace only faithful thoughts. Fear only points to the past and make it unavailable to you. It shows you the future and make it inaccessible to you.
THIS DAY, God is tearing the veil of disqualification over your life. He is NOW immersing you in the fullness of all He has promised. Do not live below your privileges. What you are expecting from the future is available now.
This is why God gave you and every man the measure of faith. In it, God has granted you the fullness of His promise NOW.
NOW is your time. NOW is your season. NOW is the hour of your deliverance. NOW is the day of your salvation. Provision is yours NOW. Healing is yours NOW. NOW chains are being broken. NOW things are shifting from the experience of disappointment to Blessing and Favour.
This is your NOW. Accept it and walk in it, for it is your portion by the gracious hand of your loving Heavenly Father.
Do have Grace filled NOW moments throughout today beloved.