OCTOBER, OUR MONTH OF NEWNESS
“Letting Christ Have His Full Effect”
“Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if you be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing…Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; you are fallen from grace.”Galatians 5:1-4
During our last end of month seminar, the man of God Dr. Shawn Smith admonished the saints to let Christ have His full effect and explained five offenses to the grace of God: falling from grace (Galatians 5:1-4), despising the Spirit of grace (Hebrews 10:29), failing the grace of God (Hebrews 12:15), frustrating the grace of God (Galatians 2:21), and receiving the grace of God in vain (II Corinthians 6:1).
Are you experiencing the full effect of Christ in you? If not, it implies that you have engaged yourself in dispositions which are offenses to the grace of God. And it is for that reason that Christ is of no effect to you. Whatever human works that you substitute for the saving works of Christ, in your experience, Christ will be of no use to you – as long as you are relying on your works. The grace of God is effectual, but because people chose to rely on the system of human works, who Christ is and what He has fulfilled on their behalf is of no benefit, because these are two mutually exclusive operations.
How do you experience the full effect of Christ in your life?You can’t depend on the system of the law, the “do-to-be” paradigm, and on grace at the same time. Observing the law to be justified in God’s sight is to fall from grace, which means to impose your own conditions on what God has already given us as unconditional and free. If you continue to argue that you have to do in and of your own self what Christ has already done for you, you’ve fallen from grace and that is an offense which will cause Christ to be of no beneficial value to you and experientially it will be as though you were unregenerate. Our active participation in grace is a response to what we have already received.
- Thank you Father for we know that our Birthright is greater than any need in our lives and is not something we can trade, once a son always a son;
- Thanking the Father that our active participation in grace is our response to what we have already received;
- Thanking the Father that our inheritance does not consist of things, our inheritance is our position of sonship and things are a by-product of what we are in Christ because we are joint-heirs with Christ;
- That we are not going to attempt to place our own conditions on what God has already described as unconditionally free;
- Thanking the Father that Christ has already given us all things in Himself;
- Thank you Father that we will not attempt to meet our needs without an understanding of our Birthright and for giving us a sacred understanding of our sonship, our position in Christ;
- Thank you Father that we inherit the blessing through our sense of sonship and an accurate understanding of grace;
- Thank you Father that we see ourselves in the light of our Birthright, our position in Christ, and not what we can do by ourselves;
- Thank you Father that we are going to see greater things in you that you want us to see in your Son Jesus;
- Thanking the Father that we let Christ have His full effect in us;
- Thank you Father that we celebrate the Spirit of grace and we celebrate the Son of God
- Thank you Father for the uncommon blood of the Covenant which has sanctified us;
We are going to see greater things in the Fatherthat He wants us to see in His Son Jesus, and to those who will not consider Him as profane, they will know how to flow with the Spirit of grace and to distinguish between the Old and the New, to rest in Christ and not what they can or cannot do, for at the cross, so many things were finalised, never to be the same.
For now have I called you as my own son and given you Birthright in my name, so do not offend grace that has come to you says the Spirit of grace. God wants to show the distinction between what was and what is. He wants to show what was discontinued at the cross and what is new in the resurrection. So this is our month of newness.
It is not something that will age, but what is unprecedented, essentially new. Thank you Father.