Archive for April, 2011

The True Meaning of Easter

Posted in Blog Entry on April 24th, 2011 by James Barron – Be the first to comment

And Jesus began to proclaim the arrival of the Kingdom of God, saying, ” Change the way you are thinking (repent) and change how you think about things because another world is here now within reach of all who will believe. My Father’s realm has come. Heaven is here now on on Earth for all who will believe. Those who believe will see the Kingdom of Heaven. Unless you are born from above you cannot see the Kingdom of God, but if you believe in Me you will be born again of the Spirit. This other realm is the Spirit and shall be within you. In this realm called the Kingdom of the beloved Son, sin is no longer counted or remembered, only God’s righteousness is counted and remembered. In this new world is the continual joy and peace of God Himself.” For the Kingdom of God is in the Spirit, within you. There you will find righteousness, peace, and His joy. And now, in union with Jesus, all that He is and has is yours. In Him, in this other world you have His righteousness His peace and His joy. He who has received this abundant grace and the gift of His righteousness shall reign in His life and on this Earth. As Jesus said, “I leave with you my peace and my joy, not as this world gives but the peace and joy that I have in Me apart from this world. In this world you will have trouble, but be of good cheer for I have overcome this world and I have translated you from this world into My world, into my Kingdom. My righteousness is your righteousness. This is the incredible glad tidings and good news of the Kingdom of Heaven to all who believe on Me.”

- James Barron

Allowing God’s Grace to Flow Through Us

Posted in Q&A on April 2nd, 2011 by James Barron – Be the first to comment

I had a recent conversation with a fellow saint that I wanted to share with you all.

Question:

“Hi Saint James,
I am having difficulty seeing the finished work in terms of letting His grace flow through me while I serve. Could you please tell me which sermon I can listen to to have more revelation. Much appreciated. ”

Answer:

Thanks for your question. Which sermon? Probably any one will do. Serving the Lord is all about resting in Him so that He can live through us and continue His service to the Father. In Galatians 2:20 Paul writes that it is not us but Christ that lives through us. That is a common thread in all my messages.

Read again the passage in the gospels where Martha is busily serving but Mary is seemingly not serving. Read again what Jesus said about that scene. Mary was resting in His presence.

We no longer serve God after the letter of the law, but rather we serve God after the newness of the Spirit, Romans 7 tells us. Love compels us to serve and it is no burden.

Do you doubt that God’s way of grace as revealed in the finished work of Christ will produce true service? If so, doubt no more. He knows what He is doing. Resting in Him will release His power in us to serve Him. We will produce “fruit that remains” if we serve Him through His strength. Do you believe this? As Paul said, “I labored more than them all (referring to the other apostles), yet not I, but the grace of God in me labored.”

Do you see it?

James

Response:

Hi James,

Thanks for your reply. Yes, i doubt but praise Jesus, by His grace, he is starting to make me believe. i feel like the guy that said yes i believe oh help me in my unbelief. By His grace, when i started to worry or fear, i meditate on that He is my very present help in time of need… whom shall i fear? And i started to feel better. May this seed grow into a tree that cant be plucked out! Also resting when hearing sermons.

Thanks…

Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:38-42 (ESV)