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By Grace, Not Law:
by faith, not by sight.
only by the Grace of God there go I.


I want to tie this in with my Day of the Lord page, I think the Lord Day is Destruction and Deliverance, or rebuilding the walls, or putting off the old and putting on the new. Its following the Lord in His regeneration of us.  
Because a lot of Christians keep asking me, Jim you don't  go to a Church, you say you are not under the Law.  You think you can do anything you want.  I tell them that its is the Lord, that is doing the work in me, and if I get off the path,  by there way if thinking,  I ask them to pray for me, And don't judge before time, and that God isn't done with me yet.
 God is the one that corrects me, And I know its by His strength, not mine own. By staying in the Word, I know that God is in control and is taking care of me and directing my path.  Do I mess up, yes I do, Do I have a long ways to go, yes I do, But thank God I am not where I used to be.  I know my only hope is in my Lord and Savior, I do the best I can, and am depending on the Spirit, and the Word to change my thinking.  I am a sinner save my grace, not by what I do, but letting the Spirit change me.  I can never be good enough to please God, Its not my rightness, but His rightness. He is the only one that can clean the heart.  I have tried all my life to do good, and be a good Catholic, and always just kept getting worst, by trying to do it on my own, and by the Law. That was the curse of the Law.  Its letting go, and letting God
I hope later on that I can find a Church, or a place where I fit in.  I think that pure Religion is just helping one another out, minding my own business, and trying to do good where I am at.  But my thinking has very little to do with it. Its God timing.
1 Pet 5:10  But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.

We walk by faith, not by sight.
 I have notes, that I may add later on, this being  one of my first studies, after stopping to go to Church.  But for the time being I am going to put a link to  (Ward Fenley Page).  He writes just about what I have studied, and says it a lot better.

(Who are the Jews, Catholics, or any denomination or religious group of anykind?  If they not born again, they are of the world. they may be doing good as far as the world goes, but if there not trusting in Jesus, there work is in vain.  Which includes people that are trying to work there way in the Kingdom by the law and good works. Which is good, but it don’t save you.)
Psa 127:1 Unless the LORD builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the LORD guards the city, The watchman keeps awake in vain.
 
Natural men and women, unsaved, unregenerate professors of religion, sometimes become excited and zealous about Christ and the gospel of God’s free and sovereign grace in Him. In a sense, they often get just as excited about the doctrines of grace as true believers do, maybe even more so, at least for a while.

4 SATANIC SNARES

But after a while the lustre and beauty of grace grows dim in their eyes, the glory of substitution is lost to them. After a while, the lost religionist gets tired of the gospel of Christ. He wants something new, something more profound, something mysterious. Like the children of Israel in the wilderness, the natural man has no real taste and relish in his soul for the manna of heaven. He soon longs for the leeks and onions of Egypt.

Such people may or may not openly deny the gospel. But, in time, they get tired of hearing the sweet message of Christ crucified. They grow weary of hearing about grace, free, sovereign grace, and nothing but grace. The manna of heaven tastes stale to them. I have seen this happen so many times that it frightens me. I am fearful for you, just as Paul was for the Corinthians.

Satan is a crafty, subtle deceiver. He does not care what the issue is by which men and women are beguiled, so long as they are beguiled. He does not care what he gets you to embrace, so long as he gets you to turn away from Christ. When the fiend of hell turns anyone away from Christ, he has won the day. That frightens me.

Here are four dangers to which we are all naturally susceptible, four snares of Satan by which multitudes have been deceived. Many who were once so promising, so encouraging, so impressive have been turned away from Christ by one of these four satanic snares. Mark them and be warned.

  <>1. Worldliness

Worldliness is a very great danger. The care of this world, the deceitfulness of wealth and the love of the world with its riches, its power, its acceptance and its pleasures, have slain many in time. Usually these weeds do their work slowly; but they do it effectively Beware of worldliness (Matthew 13:22; 1 John 2:15-17).

2. Arminianism

Arminianism is a great danger to us, because we are all proud Arminians by nature. No matter how thoroughly convinced we are of free grace, our proud, sinful nature still cries up, ‘Freewill!’ We all want to build the altar at which we worship by our own hands (Exodus 20:24-25). We all want to think that salvation, at least some part of salvation, at least in some measure, is of our own doing. Arminianism is a monster with many heads. Every time it raises one of its ugly heads, cut it off quickly. Do not endure for a moment any thought that promotes man’s dignity, or any thought that robs God of His glory (Romans 9:16).

  <>3. Intellectualism

Being proud, arrogant worms, we all have to face the danger of intellectualism, too. Satan knows how proud we all are of our puny brains.

Because we are so very proud of our mental abilities, we vainly imagine that by much study and diligent research we can find out all things. We foolishly imagine that we can by searching find out God! So we give ourselves to answering one question, then another, and then another. Those who give in to this lust of the flesh soon make the gospel of Christ a sideline, because there is no end to foolish questions. And when the gospel of Christ becomes a sideline in any church or ministry, Satan has won the day (1 Timothy 1:4; 2 Timothy 2:23; Titus 3:9).

4. Legalism

Then we face the danger of legalism. It is more difficult for a person to be weaned from legalism than from any other tendency of human nature. The spirit of bondage and legality is more frequently and more forcefully dealt with in the New Testament than any other error. To one degree or another, worldliness, Arminianism, and intellectualism all have their roots in the spirit of legality.

Let me be crystal clear. Legalism is any doctrine which teaches that man can be justified before God by something he does. Legalism is any doctrine which makes sanctification and holiness something a man does for himself.

Legalism is any doctrine which teaches that man can put God under obligation to him, that man can, by something he does merit God’s favour. Legalism is any attempt to bring the people of God back under the bondage of the law.

<>A demon dressed as an angel

This demon of legality must be exposed and eradicated. The Holy Spirit says, ‘Cast out the bondwoman and her child.’ Nothing is more harmful or more deadly than this foolish attachment of sinful men to the law. It promotes pride and self-righteousness. It turns a man’s eyes away from Christ to himself. It causes strife and division among God’s people, causing sinful man to think he is something when he is nothing. It destroys every foundation of true peace and assurance before God. It is in direct opposition to the plainest statements of Holy Scripture.

Legalism, in any form, to any degree, is totally contrary to the gospel of Christ. Law and grace simply will not mix. We who believe on Christ, being saved by the free grace of God in Christ, are not under the law in any sense, to any degree, for any reason. We will not, we must not, allow anyone to bring us under the yoke of bondage to the law (Romans 6:15; 7:4; 10:4; Galatians 3:1-3, 13, 24-25; 5:1-4, 6:12-l3; Colossians 2:16-17; Timothy l:5-l0). 

<>A concoction that will not mix

I use great plainness of speech, because I want to be understood. Let men call me a foul, base antinomian and promoter of licentiousness as often and as loudly as they please. I will not be moved. There is no room for Hagar in Sarah’s house! You cannot rest on Zion’s hill of grace until you quit trying to climb Sinai’s dark, high mountain. Ishmael shall never be heir with Isaac.

You can have either grace or works, but not both. You can have either Moses or Christ, but not both. You can either work or rest, but you cannot do both! Any mixture of law with grace is a total denial of grace. If you cling to the one, you cannot hold the other (Romans 11:6).

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Rom 3:10  As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:

Rom 3:23  For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
24  Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
25  Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;
26  To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.
27  Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.
28  Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.
 
John 3:36  And all who believe in God's Son have eternal life. Those who don't obey the Son will never experience eternal life, but the wrath of God remains upon them."
( We are sinners only saved by the grace, mercy, and blood of Jesus Christ not the law, Christ full filled the law. His righteness not ours.)
 
Rom 9:24  For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?
25  But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.
26  Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
27  And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
28  And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
29  For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
30  Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
31  What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
32  He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
33  Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth.
34  Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
35  Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
36  As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
37  Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
38  For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
39  Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
9:1  I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost,
2  That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart.
3  For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh:
4  Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises;
5  Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen.
6  Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel:
7  Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called.
8  That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.
9  For this is the word of promise, At this time will I come, and Sarah shall have a son.
10  And not only this; but when Rebecca also had conceived by one, even by our father Isaac;
11  (For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;)
12  It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger.
13  As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.
14  What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid.
15  For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.
16  So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that showeth mercy.
17  For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might show my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.
18  Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth.
19  Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth he yet find fault? For who hath resisted his will?
20  Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus?
21  Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?
22  What if God, willing to show his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction:
23  And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory,
24  Even us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?
25  As he saith also in Osee, I will call them my people, which were not my people; and her beloved, which was not beloved.
26  And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people; there shall they be called the children of the living God.
27  Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved:
28  For he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth.
29  And as Esaias said before, Except the Lord of Sabaoth had left us a seed, we had been as Sodoma, and been made like unto Gomorrha.
30  What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith.
31  But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness.
32  Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumblingstone;
33  As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
 
Rom 3:19  Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.
20  Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
21  But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;
22  Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:
23  For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Phil 3:9  And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:
10  That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
11  If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.
12  Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.
13  Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
14  I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
1Pet 5:10  In his kindness God called you to his eternal glory by means of Jesus Christ. After you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation.
11  All power is his forever and ever. Amen.
 
Gal 3:5  He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
6  Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.
7  Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.
8  And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.
So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.
10  For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.
11  But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.
12  And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them.
13  Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
14  That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

(Like Paul says in)  
Gal 1:3  Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?
  And like Col 2:8  See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.
(Or even after the ten commandants of God, which purpose was to bring us to Jesus.  And once we know God, through Jesus is the only way to God, we are made anew by the Spirit by beleiving in the Word of God, which is Jesus and God.)

Gal 3:23  But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.
24  Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

  (The Law was passing away.) -  2 Cor 3:6  Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.
7  But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away:

2 Cor 3:13  And not as Moses, which put a veil over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished:
14  But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same veil untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which veil is done away in Christ.

Acts 13:38  "Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through Him forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you,
39  and through Him everyone who believes is freed from all things, from which you could not be freed through the Law of Moses.

John 1:17  For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

John 5:45  Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust.

(Don’t turn back. Keep trusting in our Lord. Don’t trust in the Law to save you, or being good enough.)

Acts 7:38  This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sina, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us:
39  To whom our fathers would not obey, but thrust him from them, and in their hearts turned back again into Egypt,

Gal 3:19  Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.
20  Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one.

Gal 6:13  For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law; but desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh.
14  But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.

2 Cor 3:3  Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshly tables of the heart.
4  And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward:
5  Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;
6  Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.
7  But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away:
8  How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious?
9  For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory.
10  For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth.
11  For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious.
12  Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech:
13  And not as Moses, which put a veil over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished:
14  But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same veil untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which veil is done away in Christ.
15  But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the veil is upon their heart.
16  Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the veil shall be taken away.
17  Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
18  But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

(The Old Covenant has passed away, God is bringing us into the New Covenant. Which our life is hid in Jesus. Col 3:3.)
Jer 31:31  Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:
32  Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD:
33  But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.

Heb 8:13  In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.
Heb 12:24  And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.
Isa 55:3  Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.

Rom 7:14-24  O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
25  I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

What am I saying that we don't keep the Law?  No! But only by God Grace are we able. Our old nature is if the flesh, It is only by His Spirit that He make's us willing and able.
Here is a link, its long, but its good.  Check it out.
A Treatise on Grace and Free Will:   From the Christian Classics Ethereal Library
So without God, We can do nothing good.  What have we got that we haven't received?
(Jn 1:16). It begins with God's grace and continues with a constant unfolding of that grace. His grace is supremely expressed to us through His kindness in Christ Jesus. Grace is appropriated through faith and is intended to result in good works. We are not capable of good works until He makes us His new work of art, the new creation in Christ.

From Holman Dictinary:
Eternal life is indestructible (1 Cor. 15:42-57; 1 Pet. 1:23), though threatened by the devil, the law, and death. The devil attempts to destroy this life (Matt. 10:28; Luke 12:4-5; 1 Pet. 5:8), but he is not able to harm it for God protects the believer (Rom. 8:7-39; Eph. 6:10-18). The Law threatens this life by tempting people to believe that they can attain this life by their own efforts 2 Cor 3:4-6&language=english&version=KJV(Rom. 7:10,13; 2 Cor. 3:4-6). Death is also an enemy of true life, but it is powerless to destroy the life that God gives (23:4;33:18-19;89:48;116:3-4,8-9;118:18&language=english&version=KJVPss. 9:13b-14; 23:4; 33:18-19; 89:48; 116:3-4,8-9; 118:18;6:9-10;7:24,25;8:11,35-39;&language=english&version=KJV Rom. 5:12-21; 6:9-10; 7:24-8:11, 35-39; Cor. 15:51-57; Gal. 6:8; Titus 3:7).

John 6:63  It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

Rom 9:11  (For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;)

Rom 8:28  And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
29  For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
30  Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
31  What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

1 Th 2:1212  That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.
13  But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief

Eph 1:4  just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him. In love
5  He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will,

1 Pet 1:2  God the Father chose you long ago, and the Spirit has made you holy. As a result, you have obeyed Jesus Christ and are cleansed by his blood. May you have more and more of God's special favor and wonderful peace.
3  All honor to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, for it is by his boundless mercy that God has given us the privilege of being born again. Now we live with a wonderful expectation because Jesus Christ rose again from the dead.
4  For God has reserved a priceless inheritance for his children. It is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay.
5  And God, in his mighty power, will protect you until you receive this salvation, because you are trusting him. It will be revealed on the last day for all to see.

1 Pet 5:10  But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.

1 Pet 1:6  In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials,
7  that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ;

2 Cor 4:16  That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day.
17  For our present troubles are quite small and won't last very long. Yet they produce for us an immeasurably great glory that will last forever!
18  So we don't look at the troubles we can see right now; rather, we look forward to what we have not yet seen. For the troubles we see will soon be over, but the joys to come will last forever.

Rev 17:14  These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.

(Keep it simple, letting go and let God, He is the one fighting our battles. By trusting in Him, to do the work in us. He is the one that is building the temple, the Body of Christ, the Church.   If we are trusting in Christ, and have been born again from above.  He has overcame the world.  Without him we can do nothing.  We overcome in Him, though the revelation of His Word, reveal by our Father in heaven. Then its by the relevelation of God the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit, that is building the Church.)  
Mat 16:17  And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.
18  And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
Mat 16:19  And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

Zec 4:6  Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.

Eph 2:7 in order that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
8  For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;
9  not as a result of works, that no one should boast.
10  For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Rom 10:4  For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.
8  But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
9  That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Being convinced that ‘Christ is the end of the law to everyone that believeth,’ what now must we do? We must never attempt to serve God upon a legal principle. All legal religion is banned by the express statements of Holy Scripture (Colossians 2:16-23). We must never allow anyone to bring us back into bondage, no not for a moment (Galatians 5:1). We must never trust our own righteousness (Galatians 5:2). Self-righteousness sticks to human flesh like leaches. Shake it off. Flee from it. Cling to Christ alone for all your hope before God. He is ‘The Lord our Righteousness.’

That person who knows the proper place of the law and the glory of God’s free grace, who can rest in Christ alone for all that the law requires and all that justice demands, knows the gospel. But that person who mixes law and grace, in any measure whatsoever, as a matter of acceptance before God, has not yet learned the gospel.

There are no two things in the world more completely opposed than law and grace. They are as opposite as light and darkness. They can no more agree than fire and water. Like oil and water, law and grace simply will not mix. The Scriptures are clear (Romans 11:5-6). There is no room for the bondwoman in the house of the free. There is no room for law in the house of grace. One or the other must be cast out, ‘for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the free woman’ (Galatians 4:22-31) The law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good…We know that the law is spiritual…I delight in the law of God after the inward man.

Pet 1:10  So, dear friends, work hard to prove that you really are among those God has called and chosen. Doing this, you will never stumble or fall away.
11  And God will open wide the gates of heaven for you to enter into the eternal Kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.


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