On January 7th Morning Star Ministries (MSM) hosted a ‘healing meeting’ via their website http://morningstar.tv. Todd Bentley who, in recent years came under fire for some decisions he made about his family life ministered in this meeting. His ministering topic was desiring more of God (going deeper into the things of God). The sermon was really good.
While watching the sermon I thought to myself, “Wow, Lord your grace is big” For Him to give that much grace to this man, to bless him to touch so many lives, I thought it was amazing. A bit after the show was over I went to my bed to pray to the Lord. I asked him to help me to understand some of the things I sensed during the program. The feelings were negative although the sermon was good and insightful. God then gave me some confirmation on what I felt and also he pointed a scripture out to me which says “shall we continue in sin that grace may abound?” (Romans 6:1) The next verse goes on to say, Romans 6:2 MKJV Let it not be!(God Forbid!, KJV) How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?
Jesus’ love is so sweet. Hebrews speaks of a high priest having compassion on those that are ignorant Hebrews 5:1-2 ESV For every high priest chosen from among men is appointed to act on behalf of men in relation to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. (2) He can deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is beset with weakness. Jesus, our High Priest, encamped with sins, did not commit one single sin. But since he was surround and understand it’s reality he has compassion upon His people.
Growth and Understanding
There 3 basic essentials that I believe God wants us to know and grow in:
- His Love for us
- Loving our selves
- The consequence of sin
If we realize that God loves us then the confidence that are are supposed to have for ourselves will increase. It is usually damaged because we think having the things of this world is what makes us great. When we began to love ourselves and study what God says about sin and it’s consequences we can form a greater understanding of His love and why He ministers the dangers of sin and the greatness of His glory. And the fact that we are all welcome to what He has.
God extends His grace and mercy to those who are ignorant of what He says about sin, they could have basic knowledge of it being wrong but God will reveal the details so to speak.
In the case of the minister that I spoke of up above. Ministers have a great responsibility to the people of God and to themselves to be upright and upstanding men and women of God. I’m not here to scrutinize this man my point is that when you are training to be a minister of the Lord, and you’ve studied what’s wrong and you understand what’s required of you as a man or woman of God and you commit those acts against Him, knowing that they are wrong, you cant make the claim of ignorance because you’ve already know. You have to repent and turn away from what you’re doing, turning away from it means to abandon it, leave it alone not engage in it.
Repentance 2. In theology, the pain, regret or affliction which a person feels on account of his past conduct, because it exposes him to punishment. This sorrow proceeding merely from the fear of punishment, is called legal repentance, as being excited by the terrors of legal penalties, and it may exist without an amendment of life. (Websters 1828 Dictionary)
Godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation. 2 Cor 7. Mat 3.
2 Corinthians 7:10 ESV For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.
God loves us! That’s why He sent Jesus to be our Lord and bridge to Him. We can’t work out or own salvation, neither can we continue to justify our sin. We need to come to a right standing with God through prayer and submitting our lives to Him in the name of Jesus.
When a man or woman of God openly justifies their sin, are they still credible?
I would love to read your answers to this and overall fellowship with those of you who read my page. God bless.