Under the Law no more..
Having begun in the Spirit.
" O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed among you as crucified? This only I want to learn from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh? Have you suffered so many things in vain—if indeed it was in vain?" Gal 3:1-4
Some people in the church today are stuck in a mentality of works. So many have come to Christ in Faith and eventually become church-ed. What it is I mean by "Church-ed" is the self-righteous attitude of their performance. That their salvation is based on the things in which they do and do not do. These rules and regulations go hand in hand, to programs and formulas with in the Christian Faith.
If I am good enough, God just might accept me and let me go to Heaven? Or how about by being good and doing all the right things i can have Gods approval? One of my favorites is the competition you see that others, and even myself have fallen into, is that you have to prove to others your love for God. Another is the manipulation that people convey that if I involved and doing all these things I can earn God favor.
Really what happens in this mentality is an expectation of performance that is handed down in which people become religious, and even appears to be legalistic. People the Law is good, But you are no longer under the law.
"The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul;The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple; The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart;The commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes;"Psalm 19:7-8
"Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor." Gal 3:24-25
"But their minds were blinded. For until this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament, because the veil is taken away in Christ. But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart. Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty." 2 Cor 3:14-17
"For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast." Eph 2:8-9
There is lot that can be said concerning this topic. The problem with the mentality that has this performance based idea is that instead of having grace and mercy on those who are learning to walk, those people end up leaning toward the judgmental side and beat the younger Christian down. Instead of coming along side the weaker brother/sister and helping them to get back up and dust themselves off the bash them. And eventually this wounded babe who has been trying to walk this walk (that I might add is not always easy) feels unable to get up from such oppression and hurt that they just walk away entirely. Ever hear of "Christians killing their wounded". I am saying that this has to stop an people need to see the error and return to the Love that Christ exhibited toward others. The Love that covers a multitude of sins. Be a grace giver, show mercy , and be patient. I know that I didn't learn how to walk this walk over night.
Just a little more meat..
"Freed from the Law
Or do you not know, brethren (for I speak to those who know the law), that the law has dominion over a man as long as he lives? For the woman who has a husband is bound by the law to her husband as long as he lives. But if the husband dies, she is released from the law of her husband. So then if, while her husband lives, she marries another man, she will be called an adulteress; but if her husband dies, she is free from that law, so that she is no adulteress, though she has married another man. Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you may be married to another—to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God. For when we were in the flesh, the sinful passions which were aroused by the law were at work in our members to bear fruit to death. But now we have been delivered from the law, having died to what we were held by, so that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter." Roman 7:1-6
The Barbarian Way
The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse
"The Barbarian way" by Erwin McManus is a book about releasing the raw untamed faith in God. This book was so amazing that I was able to breeze through it in 3 days. could not put it down..
Another book that is something I believe leadership should read is "The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse" by David Johnson & Jeff VanVonderen I'll I need to say is in the title. You would marvel at the revelation that this book brings about and helps you to identify..
I cant but mention these Books because I know how much i received out of reading them and that I want each and every brother and sister to be built up. Again Amazing tools..