This Sunday, Grace & Love participated in Holy Communion. God’s presence was incredibly powerful. From the spontaneous worship to the eating and drinking of the bread and wine, God moved and reminded everyone of how good He is. Every moment of the service was filled with God’s presence and His reminder of how He sees us.
There is now no guilt or judgment (the bad kind) for those that have been purchased by Christ for Christ. Many believers have heard the statement that “there is now no condemnation for those who believe in Christ Jesus,” but, despite hearing it, many are left in the dark about what it actually means. We have heard that we are blameless and our instinct is to work to remain in that state of blamelessness. A rock is a rock. It does not work to be a rock; it simply is a rock and nothing done to it can change that. Just like the rock, you are blameless; you should not hold on to guilt or a fear of judgment because God has called you blameless. Those bound to sin produce sin, but those bound to the Spirit produce life and freedom.
You have been purchased by the blood of Christ, which means that you belong to the Spirit and not to sin. All your desires, thoughts, and actions produce life. Paul writes later in the chapter, “…your body will die because of sin…” in order to illustrate that you will fail. The focus, however, should never remain on your shortcomings and failures but on the perfected work of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit is superior to the flesh, and that is what we must focus on. Christ made you free from sin and free from the bondage of guilt. Do not hold on to them. Instead, live powerful and free the way Christ intended. On the cross, Christ died so that instead of living in the decaying lifestyle of the flesh, we could step into the realm of power and live an eternal life of the Spirit. When our minds are renewed, we simply live in the reality of “I am blameless.”
Let the Holy Spirit reveal this powerful message of freedom to you. Let go of your fear & let go of your guilt and let His love wash over you and reveal the heavenly plan you were designed for. There is no condemnation or judgment waiting for you because you are blameless.
The presence was so awesome today during Grace & Love’s Sunday service. Grace Love Worship ministered the people into joyful and intimate praise. Then, Pastor Mario Magana brought such fire with his preaching from the Book of Corinthians. Read on to find out more from his sermon entitled, “Gifts of the Holy Spirit Today.”
I Corinthians 12: 1-11
This passage highlights the different gifts given from the Holy Spirit. They include the gifts of prophecy, wisdom, healing, speaking in & interpretation of tongues, words of knowledge, faith, miraculous powers, and discernment. Some people today are skeptical that the gifts are still relevant today, as if people are unable to possess them. But if the New Testament represents what Jesus left us, then everything should exist, including the gifts.
Jesus wants to make us feel good & happy, and He wants to equip us with tools to fulfill the Great Commission. The gifts of the Holy Spirit are designed for that Commission. People may not agree with you and may even talk negatively about you, but don’t lose heart. Continue to shower love and understanding even if people are wrong. When we come into Christ, we come into an abundance of love which pours from us to others. God says, “I love you too much for you to have hate in your heart.” Don’t let haters bring you down; do you! The Holy Spirit can’t be stopped or limited. We are able to discern the truth from the lie because of the gift the Holy Spirit gives.
I Corinthians 13:8-13
Through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, Paul explains in these verses when “that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.” He also adds, “For now we see dimly, but then we will see face to face.” Paul is talking about the moment when we see Jesus face to face, the time when we will be known fully by our Father and King Jesus.
That is why the most important thing to remember is that love never fails. The reason God granted us gifts was because He loved us. He wanted us to be able to connect with His Spirit and with each other. Because of Holy Spirit gifts, we can fully experience the Spirit. But there will be a day when all gifts will cease because Jesus will return. When the Son returns, we will know Him fully and there will be no need for gifts. The gifts are needed to edify the body, but upon Christ’s return, we will come to a place of completion. As verse 8 says, “Love never fails.” Even if tongues and prophecies cease, love will continue. When we are face to face with Jesus, even hope & faith will no longer be needed because our Hope & Faith will be in front of us. But love…love will continue.
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