Sunday, May 19, 2019

Turning the Grace of God Into License

You are invited to the 2019 Streamglobe Conference |  Date: July 19th-20th, 2019 | Venue: Holy Faith Bible Church, Lokoja, Nigeria. | Guest Speaker: Apostle Arome Osayi |

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Jude 1:4 (NET)
For certain men have secretly slipped in among you – men who long ago were marked out for the condemnation I am about to describe – ungodly men who have turned the grace of our God into a license for evil and who deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.

A certain preacher traveled a far distance to preach in a church that invited him.
While resting in his motel room, he heard a knock on his door. When he responded he realized it was a desperate prostitute who saw him as a potential client.  He felt a lot of pity for her while informing her that he wasn’t interested in her services. "Only if this precious one would receive the gospel and be set free" he thought.

To his biggest surprise the next day, after finding his way to the church where he was to preach,  he noticed that the same prostitute who knocked on his door in the motel was one of the chorus leaders in the choir. He couldn't understand how this could be.

When he further inquired,  he observed that some of the leaders in the church knew what this lady used to do once in a while to "help herself pay the bills",  but they all looked the other way because they said "after all, we are under grace. It is not by works but by grace".

Clearly,  this church and its teachers had taken the grace of God as a license to sin. They were in great danger but didn't know it.

If the grace of God is not properly understood,  it would be taken for a license to sin by those who do not love righteousness(Romans 6:1-2).  But if the grace of God is properly understood,  it is the greatest power against the dominion of sin in the life of a believer (see Romans 6:14).

Grace can be mistaken for license by some because righteousness through grace is one that does not depend on works and rules, but one that is received as a gift and appropriated by faith. This faith makes the believer understand that the reason he is accepted by God is not because of what he did but because of the righteousness of Jesus. This understanding and living from this standpoint of faith is the secret to walking truly in the righteousness of Jesus- one that has dominion over sin.

Go into today remembering that it is an agenda of the devil to cause believers to take the grace of God and turn it into a license for sin. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.

Confession: sin has no dominion over me. I walk in grace and not under condemnation. Hallelujah!
—Pst. Abraham Damilola Arigi

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