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Jurisdiction 1: Mind Your Own Business

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During our leadership conference last weekend, Greg Mohr pointed out that you cannot believe for something that is outside of your grace.  If it isn’t in your destiny, it isn’t going to be something you can believe for (of course, everything in redemption is freely ours for all of us).  You can only believe for what is yours – what is in your jurisdiction.

As I was pondering this on Sunday evening, Greg Mohr was preaching in our Guildford church about healing.  It was a very powerful healing meeting – but one of the comments was “Healing is in our jurisdiction”.

And it is – healing is freely yours; sickness must leave when you tell it to leave.  You are the boss of your own healing.  So is everything in the cross.  But some things are not in the cross, and some things are not in your jurisdiction.

For the next few weeks I just want to think out loud concerning this concept of jurisdiction, and I want to give you a Scripture I have never seen on a fridge magnet:

You should mind your own business and work with your hands (1 Thess. 4.11)

One of the things Christians seem to struggle with is minding their own business.  You need to look after what God has given you – that’s a full-time job.  You don’t have the time to correct and look after and mind everyone else’s business.

When you start telling people what church they should be going to, what they should wear, how they should be praying – you are not minding your own business.  You need to mind what God has told you to do.  It always amazes me that the people who see themselves as the self-appointed spiritual police are often those without their lives in order.

Someone tells someone “you should go to this church” and you find out they don’t even go to church.  Someone tells you how to treat others but is bossy and rude to those around them.  People without a ministry telling you how to minister.  Saul telling David to wear his armour.  People who have never pulled someone out of a wheelchair telling you how to minister healing.  People who haven’t made a penny out of business running business seminars.

Just crazy!   People should learn to mind their own business.  In other words, before you open your mouth – ask the question: is this really anything to do with me?

Great Grace!

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And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all.

That’s Acts 4.33 above.  The early church had not just grace but great grace, with the Greek word for grace being megas, it would not be wrong to declare that the early church had mega-grace operating in the life of the church and the life of the people in the church.

What does that mean to operate in mega-grace?  It means that there was a great freedom for people to be themselves, it means that they had a special favour from God, that miracles were easy, that the gifts were flowing, that people had a genuine love for one another and cared for one another, encouraged one another.  It meant people had no agendas, but just loved one another.

People lived in the revelation that God’s method of dealing with them was grace – so they believed for healing, for debt release, for fruitfulness, for increase, for life, for abundance, for happiness.  And they walked in it.

People knew that the only way they could receive was grace, so they showed grace.  Secure in who they were in Christ, they loved others as themselves, they gave freely with no thought for reward, they served and loved.

Isn’t that awesome?

But did you know that God loves us as much as the early church?  God doesn’t want them to have had great grace and we get little grace.  They don’t get mega-grace, and we have to make do with micro-grace!  No way!

So how can we, in our churches today, flow in mega-grace.  Well, the answer is there in the verse plain to see: the apostles were giving testimony to the risen Christ.  This is so simple, we have missed it: the more we talk about the resurrection of Jesus the more we operate in the grace.

The more we talk about the law, about behaviour, about how sinful we all are, the more we talk about us and how wonderful we all are, the more we talk about psychology and pontificate – the less we operate in grace.

The more we talk about Jesus Christ and the fact that He is alive – He has defeated sin and hell, He has defeated sickness and shame, He has defeated poverty and lack.

And He is here right now.  With us – in the midst of us, for us not against us – able to save to the uttermost anyone who believes.  The more we can believe that His power and goodness will come through for us no matter what, and the more we flow in mega-grace.

You want a church of mega-grace: then mega-preach mega-resurrection.

God is No Respecter of Persons (Arthur Meintjes)

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Today we have a bonus second post as Arthur Meintjes very kindly allowed me to reproduce this great wisdom on our blog:

Did You Know?

God, the Father of the Lord Jesus Christ is a God who is no respecter of Persons!

This is one of the greatest revelations that the Apostle Peter received when he went to Cornelius’ house.
(Acts 10:34 KJV)
“Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:”

(Romans 2:11 KJV)
“For there is no respect of persons with God.”

To be a Respecter of Persons means to show “partiality”, or to teat people with “favoritism”:

God never changes, He is the same Yesterday, Today and Forever!
If He is a God who does not show Partiality, or Favoritism to one he will not show it to anyone.
That means what he will do for one, He will do for all!

To say that God will forgive one mans sin, but will not forgive another mans sin because his sin is worse or particularly sinful, is to say that God is a Respecter of Persons!

(1 John 2:1-2 KJV)
“1. My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not.
2. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the PROPITIATION for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.”

Jesus is the PROPITIATION or “The Satisfying of the perfect justice of a Holy God against Sin! ALL SIN!

To say that God’s will is that all be healed, and that He heals all our diseases. But that it is also God’s will not to heal certain people or certain diseases because of their grave SIN, is to accuse God of being a Respecter of Persons!
Men receive that consequences of their sin, it’s not God’s Judgment for Sin!

(Psalms 103:1-4 KJV)
1. Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
2. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
3. Who forgiveth all thine INIQUITIES; who healeth all thy DISEASES;
4. Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;

It is God’s will that ALL people be healed of ALL our diseases, weather it be cancer, diabetes, flu, heart disease, Ebola, mental disorders, dyslexia, autism, MS, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and even AIDS!

For God to Judge any man today for an act of SIN committed, is to deny that Jesus Died on the Cross!

God is the God who heals ALL OUR DISEASES, AND WHO REDEEMETH ALL OUR DESTRUCTIONS!

10 Reasons HIV is not God’s judgment for Homosexuality

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This week a number of people have contacted me and asked my views on whether HIV is God’s judgment on homosexuality.  My answer is a very firm and very definite NO.  Here are 10 reason why this point of view holds no water at all:

10.  God is no respecter of persons – or of sins.

9.  All judgment was laid on Jesus at the cross – He is the propitiation not just for our sins but for the sins of the world (1 John 2.2) – this includes homosexuals!

8.  People have been healed by HIV by God in Jesus’ name (see http://www.tgm.org/HealedFromAidsFG.html for a great testimony of this).

If HIV is God’s judgment, then God would be acting against God to heal this!

7.  The word translating “penalty” in Romans 1.27 does not mean an active penalty, it literally means the anti-wages, or in modern English “payback”.  If you sow the wind, you will reap the whirlwind, but that doesn’t mean God is actively involved judging you.

6.  God never sent His Son into the world to judge the world, but to save it.

5.  Jesus Christ died on the cross, bearing our sicknesses and carrying our diseases (Matt. 8.16-17) so that we can be healed.  If Jesus took HIV on the cross then why would we expect anyone to bear it.

4. Jesus went around doing good healing all who were oppressed of the devil (Acts 10.38).  If Jesus healed all then – including homosexuals, then He will heal all today – including homosexuals; therefore HIV is not God’s judgment on sin.  Any sin.

3.  HIV is a virus.  It doesn’t actually care who it infects.  New born babies have had HIV, people who received a single blood transfusion have bee infected with HIV.  If God is judging using HIV, He is not being very precise – His judgment is hitting some people who it shouldn’t be hitting.  Surely non-gays should just be immune – there is light in Goshen when God puts darkness on the world!

2. The one demographic that does not have HIV at all is lesbians.  Did God mis-aim His judgment?  Did He make the virus wrong?  Is there another virus coming for lesbians?

1.  God is love.  Every good gift comes from Him.  HIV is not good.   It does not come from God.

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