The following notes are in relation to “A Poem Called Grace” and discuss the spoken word with scripture references (all NIV translation) and their practical teachings. Overcoming sin is ultimately impossible if we try and do good works and be pure in our own strength. Being Christian is not hard; it is impossible by our own means. The truth of Christianity is that we become Christians and live life fully because of God’s work in our hearts; not our own. “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’” John 14:6. It is only by knowing Him and developing a relationship with Him – not merely knowledge – that we can truly overcome things in our heart. We must yearn for Him! We must long for Him! We must search for Him wholeheartedly! Only then will we fully find Him and be ushered into deeper revelation, experience, and relationship with Him. That’s the Grace of God! This is the power of the spirit and of love working in us! The grace of God sets us free from sin through true relationship with Him, God being first in our heart. The noted passages below illustrate to us that our desires that aren’t brought before God (or in submission to) are our own empty destruction. Surrender is the only way to get what our heart truly deserves, and opens the way to transformation through God’s kindness.
Jesus: “I am the Divine Truth. And nothing shall come before Me.”
Idolatry. The world. All of your passions and desires that are not for God Himself can distract you from God. You become separated from God and in His place you put yourself first and all that you hold close to your heart. This can never be. God is jealous. He loves you so much. God designed us to love Him with all our heart and all our strength, all our soul and all our mind. Those who fail to put God first are those that fail to spend time with Him and give glory and thanksgiving to Him for all things. Those who fail forget to give their heart first in surrender to God. Those who fail live for themselves in unrighteous fear of God, rather than divine fear and zeal to rise above and to conquer life with His spirit.
Paul writes, “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.” Colossians 3:1-6
Your Life Is Hidden In Christ
Your new life is hidden in Christ. You have full abundance of life, divine joy, divine inspiration, and divine love WAITING FOR YOU! Where? Hidden in Christ; within His presence; within the shadow of His wings; within the throne of judgement and grace. Those who believe in Jesus and have received given the Holy Spirit in their heart, can go to Jesus and through relationship with Him, begin receiving the revelation of the goodness, kindness, and pure joy of living a godly and righteous life! Such a place is where you can always go to be renewed, receive Jesus’ living water, and to drink with your heart and spirit a full saturation of our soul the waters of faith and the soothing nature of love for your heart and spirit.
You new life is hidden in Christ. Take it up! Then, the next cup of suffering and death will be joyous, a reaction out of knowing and tasting the sweetest of loves. Getting sin out of our life is a beautiful process, not a harmful one, and it is made easier by your foundation and dependence in God!
Put To Death Idolatry
God abhors idolatry. Read Notes 1-3 above and see that all of these desires are idolatry! Break away! Resist! For His wrath is coming, as read in Romans 1:18-32, God’s Wrath Against Mankind:
“The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be know about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.
For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts where darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.
Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator – who is forever praised. Amen.
Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.
Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed, and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant, and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents, they are senselessness, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things, but also approve of those who practice them.”
God will not stand for idolatry. It is the first of the 10 commandments, for a reason. God is the Divine Truth! He provides all our real power, not the feelings of power in the flesh through our gratification or value that we try and derive from outside of Him. Humanity’s power is unlocked in Christ alone. Believe. Believe. In love, His burden is easy and yoke is light only after we learn and become obedient to His path and His relationship.
To do this, to repent, we need to bring our heart before God. Not just our minds. We need see through our heart’s vulnerable eyes and admit our impurity to God Himself. In this only do we feel the weight of our sinful identity as we become our heart. But let us not feel condemnation. Let us instead see God’s Himself. Walk with Him. Be in relationship with Him. Stop focusing on our problems and who we are in our heart. God gives us a new self and a new identity. Do not look for the benefit or banishment of a sinful self. But look to be who God called you to be.
Just walk with God.