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Sunday, January 17, 2016

Carrot and Stick Religion

Carrot and Stick Religion

Romans 5:1,2 “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God”.

Good News!  We stand by grace!  We are justified by faith, and not by our behavior or our attitudes! We have peace with God! God's grace has reconciled us to Himself through the death and resurrection of Jesus our substitute!

The legalist believes that the only way people will respond properly to God, is through the application of a 'carrot and stick' approach, meaning: The threats and rewards [curses and blessings] of the law and the Ten Commandments are necessary, in order to manipulate and coerce the weak and ungrateful Christian into doing the right thing.

The legalist will concede that we are 'saved by grace', but he believes that we must maintain our relationship with God by how well we perform our perceived duties to God and Man.

By contrast; those who trust in God's grace, understand that the 'carrot' of righteousness, reconciliation to God, and justification, has already been given to all of us freely, as a result of the death of Jesus at the cross, and His resurrection.

Rom. 5:8-10 “But God demonstrated His love for us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then,having been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, we shall be saved by his life".

The carrot of God's approval is not being dangled in front of us, just out of our reach: God has offered us the 'carrot' with his own hand! Accept his love and thank him! You don't have to grovel and whine, and show remorse before he will let you enjoy his approval and eat from the Tree of Life

When you don't truly trust your Heavenly Father's love for you, you are like the cart-horse running after the carrot on a string, tied to a stick, and dangled before you just out of your reach.
You know that love, forgiveness, and approval are promised to you, and you think that, if you run fast enough and hard enough, you will finally receive your eternal reward, (after you have collapsed from exhaustion in front of your 'Little Cabin in the Corner of Glory Land').

Don't be fooled! God has given us eternal life, NOT eternal probation! 

Trust Him! Your citizenship is in Heaven, you are “accepted in the Beloved” (Ephesians 1:6,7). You have been qualified by His grace (Colossians 1:12).

Don't refuse the GIFT of eternal Life! Don't beg your heavenly Father for the inheritance that He has already given you! Don't doubt His love for you; it is not given conditionally!

Your ticket to ride the grace train has been paid for, and you are already 'seated in heavenly places'! Quit trying to earn that which God has freely given you! Being “Good Enough” has nothing to do with it!

Believe that God is here now; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and that you will never be rejected when you trust Him! Whatever you may believe about God, our Father, (or IF you believe in Him), you can't change REALITY!

God is love.” 1John 4:8,16

God Bless you, as you trust in his grace!

© 2016 Rev. Charles J. Loubert

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Looking For Peace?

Looking For Peace?

How would you like to have access to peace that defies definition, exceeds expectations, overwhelms opposition, and evades explanation?

True peace, is the unshakeable knowledge that you are a child of God, and that He has included and qualified you to partake in his life.

Nothing that you do; no discipline or practice, can produce true, lasting peace, but there is good news!

Jesus is our peace!

You can experience the inner knowledge that everything is OK; your mind is at rest, nothing is missing, nothing is lacking, no regrets, and no condemnation.

You have been reconciled to God through the finished work of the cross, set apart to his kingdom, and washed from all sin by the blood of Jesus.

Learn to lean on the everlasting arms of your Good Shepherd. Don't be too proud, or embarrassed to rely on Jesus every moment. We are all spiritual cripples, in need of His eternal life. Learn to trust on the grace of God.

Where sin abounds, grace much more abounds! His strength is made perfect in weakness!

Lasting peace will always be just beyond your farthest reach and your best effort, until you hide yourself in Jesus and partake of His life! Jesus is our peace. He is God himself! He is all the grace, mercy, strength, and peace that we need.

As a citizen of the kingdom of God, you have been qualified by grace to experience righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.

He is the Prince of Life, and the Prince of Peace; He is your Shepherd. Let Him lead you to the still waters. Drink deep of the river of the Water of Life. Stay planted in Him, like a tree of righteousness, bearing fruit in every season , and offer shade to all who need it!

God bless you as you walk in His peace!

Chuck Loubert

Sunday, September 21, 2014

You CanTrust God's Grace

You Can Trust God's Grace

Our awareness of sin and failure, is our call to grace!

Trust God to cover you with his robe of righteousness, and thank him for forgiveness and justification through the Blood of Jesus. His grace is even greater than your need for mercy! His love covers all sin and restores us to complete fellowship with Him!. All the charges have been dropped, and you can walk in freedom. The prison of sin can no longer hold you, if you will accept your pardon!

Moreover the law entered, that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, Grace did much more abound.” Rom.5:20

If the Son therefore shall make you free, you shall be free indeed!” John 8:36

I Thank God for the ‘gospel of the grace of God’ - the good news of God’s undeserved, unmerited favor toward us!

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” Rom1:16

God himself has reconciled us to Himself. He has provided the means, and the faith that allows us to have a covenant relationship with him! We have true fellowship with our maker; Jehovah Jireh ; ’The Lord our Provider‘! Jesus himself is our way, our truth, and our life! The very life and power of God has been poured out for us.

The true and living God walks with us, and in us!
He is Emmanuel (“God with us“ Matt.1:23).

For he hath said ’I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” Heb.13:5

Through the death and resurrection of Jesus, our Heavenly Father has made a way where there was no way. He made rivers in the desert, and brought us water from the rock! He has provided a scapegoat to bear away our sins. He has provided a Redeemer who has purchased us with his blood, and has freed us from the servitude if sin!
Through the miracle of grace, God himself provides us with the willingness to serve him. We are motivated and energized by gratitude, as we gain a clearer understanding of his freely given grace.

For it is God which worketh in you, both to will, and to do of his good pleasure.”Phil. 2:13

knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance” Rom. 2:4

being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that in Christ Jesus” Rom. 3:24

In whom [Christ] we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his Grace.” Eph. 1:7

That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”
Titus 3:15

You are not alone! Believe in the One who loves you unconditionally, and let Him change you from within. Let Him show you the reality of His grace and mercy! Quit trying to bear the weight of the world on your shoulders, and find rest in Jesus. His yoke is easy and His burden is light!

He's not mad at you, He want's to pour his grace into you and heal your broken life!

God bless YOU as you trust in His grace!

Pastor Chuck Loubert

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Believe It Or Not, You Are Forgiven!

2 Cor.5:18,19 NKJV “Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.”

Believe it or not, you are forgiven!

God has already reconciled you to Himself. Jesus has closed the gap; the sin problem is permanently settled. The sins of all mankind have been erased from the account books. Your trespasses are not counted against you, Jesus took your sin away.

You had no say in the matter! God chose you in Christ, and adopted you into His family. Your creator and Heavenly Father doesn't need your permission to love you! Your acceptance or your refusal can not change the love that God has for you. His love and forgiveness is unconditional; The New Covenant is irrevocable.

It's up to you, if you choose to participate or not; but your choices cannot negate His love and forgiveness. Even if you reject or ignore Him, He has included you in His eternal plan. Do you really think that your sins are greater than His grace?

Does it make you angry when I tell you, that you had no say in God's decision to love you? Get over it! Quit running from the very person who can take away that empty feeling inside you: the sense that you are missing something, and don't know what it is, or how to find it.

 Jesus said, “Come unto me, and I will give you rest.” 
Let Him be your Good Shepherd, Your teacher and healer. He came to bind up your broken heart, and take you out of your self-imposed prison. He will take the burden of remorse and self-recrimination from off of your shoulders. He will help you become the wonderful person that you know that you were meant to be.

The good news is, that, God has fixed the sin problem without your help! You can enjoy the benefits of His grace by simply believing Him and accepting the good news of your salvation.
It's a done deal! Receive the gift of eternal life!

Quit listening to the disinformation, and mis-information that impugns and distorts the character of your Heavenly Father. God is love, period.
The law has been rendered obsolete: your relationship with God is not based upon your performance. God has changed everything at the cross, and He sealed the deal at the resurrection.

His offer to you, is eternal life, not eternal probation. Your forgiveness has already been given. You will enjoy the indescribable joy, and the peace of a clean conscience, and a new heart, when begin to believe wonderful news of your reconciliation with Him.

God bless you, as you trust in His grace!

- Pastor Chuck Loubert 8-27-14

Sunday, May 25, 2014

A New Thing

A New Thing

Isa.43:19 “Behold I shall do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.

With God, all things are possible! He is not limited in the resources available to Him. When he wants to bless you and meet your needs, He has the means!

Jesus is our way in the wilderness! He is our road to the mercy seat of The Father! He is our River of Life, filling all the dry places in our parched souls! Don't give up on Him, He has not forgotten you! Your sins are not bigger than his grace. The Lamb Of God has already taken away your sins! The cross worked! You are forgiven! Do you believe it?

You will find strength, where you never expected to find it. You will find the ability to forgive people, when they have broken your heart. You will find unexpected provision when your reserves have been exhausted.

Don't look to the same old solutions that you have relied on in the past, look to your Heavenly Father: through Jesus, he has provided for you.

Don't forget that you are still here, and still in the race! He has brought you through fire and flood, time and time again. In good times and hard times, he has been standing with you, whether you have realized it or not.

In this world, and in the next, God is wanting to be the new thing in your life. He wants to make you into something new. He is working in you; to change you on the inside, and to make you willing and able to do the things that please him, and to be a blessing to those around you.

Rev. 21:5,6 “ and He who sat on the throne said, Behold I make all things new.” And He said unto me, write: for these words are true and faithful.
And He said unto me, It is done, I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him who is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.

God bless you, as you continue trusting in His grace!

©2014 Rev. Charles J. Loubert