Church Notes #2: Grace for Peace

Disclaimer: These are excerpts from my sermon notes, they are not all the exact words of the preacher, they are written as understood by me.


Preached on 23rd June 2019 at Abundant Grace Church, Osogbo by Pastor Amos Adetunji.


The theme for the month of June is Peace.


GRACE FOR PEACE


Two things.


Divine forgiveness.


You were at one time spiritually dead because of your sins and because you were Gentiles without the Law. But God has now brought you to life with Christ. God forgave us all our sins;
Colossians 2:13 GNT

For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.
Hebrews 8:12 KJV

And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.
Hebrews 10:17 KJV

Human beings can have a hard time forgiving and forgetting but God is not like that at all. When he forgives he forgives completely and forgets too. With God you have no past, you’ve done no wrong. The sacrifice of Jesus is enough for the atonement of our sins and because of this we have peace. We walk around like we own the place, because we are free from the burden of guilt and sin. We are forgiven! Hallelujah! You have to receive this forgiveness though, to enjoy the peace that comes as a result. Leave your sins alone, Jesus has washed them clean and God does not even remember. Don’t rob yourself of the peace of mind that Christ has bought for you with sin consciousness.


But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 5:8 KJV

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV


The forgiveness of God is priceless. It is not trivial and should be held in high esteem as well as bringing us utmost joy because God did for us what not man can do for himself. He lifted the shackles of a guilty conscience. Now we have peace, we are lighthearted. All is well on the inside and so we exude that outside.


No other religion in the world can boast of total forgiveness of men without having to do anything but believe because they don’t have Jesus. Jesus is the link. Jesus makes the difference. it would be sad if you’re a Christian and you continue to live in fear and guilt. Accept the forgiveness of the father today and live peacefully.


Forgiveness, peace and healing go hand in hand so if you are believing God for healing, start in the place of really understanding what Christ has done for you.


Permanent Blessing


The blessing of the Lord , it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.

Proverbs 10:22 KJV


There’s no downside to God’s blessing. God desires to make your blessing permanent so that you will be peaceful. God doesn’t want you to live in fear that maybe one day you’ll lose your job and the money will stop or one day your wealth will depreciate and you will end up using all you wealth to keep yourself alive. God wants you to have the kind of blessing that does not go down till the day you die (and that is a long time from now). A permanent blessing.

Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord , and whose hope the Lord is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.
Jeremiah 17:7‭-‬8 KJV

For thou, Lord , wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield.

Psalms 5:12 KJV

In the house of the righteous is much treasure: but in the revenues of the wicked is trouble.
Proverbs 15:6 KJV

So how to we get this permanent blessing?


The sequence is this;
Promise > Vision > Asset > Big Assets > Bigger Assets and on and on.


Let me break it down.


Promise;
The blessing of God in the new testament comes by promise. And promise is the word of God. Look at it like this, God’s word is the cheque of everything he has for us. It is our proof of ownership. This is why we take God’s word seriously and this is why we come to church to hear the word, so that we will receive a promise. A cheque. The word of God is full of promises. So you must take it personally and accept it as a promise of God to you that must come to pass in the physical realm. Take for instance, the bible says everything I lay my hands upon shall prosper. I can take this word as a promise concerning my business and believe it wholeheartedly to be true, that takes me to the next point.


Vision;
Because I have a promise I now have a vision. Maybe my business doesn’t have an office building yet but because I believe that promise of God, I can see clearly myself in my own office in my own building. I can see myself commissioning branches all over the country. I can see myself receiving awards. I can see myself sitting on important boards. I can see myself giving talks on how to make millions in business because I am now a multimillionaire in business myself. The vision is so clear to me because of the promise. This can apply to any area of life; marriage, academics, health etc. Everything. Once you can catch a promise, your vision is made clear and once that happens you’re on you way to getting your assets or provision.


Assets/Provision;
Now that your vision is clear, you know who you are and where you are going then you will carry yourself in such manner. You will do your work well because you already know that the work of your hands are blessed by God. You can not sit at home and expect that blessings will come running after you. There must be something you have that the Lord can multiply and the best part is that God has given all of us something! We must not be sting and lazy. That’s not the way to permanent blessing. As you grow the assets that God brings your way, more will come your way until you reach a point where you can be sustained for life, where your blessing is permanent.


In the parable of the talents, you remember that the master took from the person with the least who did nothing with it and gave to the person that had the most, and he concluded by saying that to those that have, more will be given to them. Please my dear brothers and sisters in Christ, use what the father has given you, much blessing awaits you. Don’t play the victim and say nobody is helping you and this country is bad. No, no, no. Your success is not dependent on anyone or the state of the country, it’s dependent on God Almighty and he is itching to blessing you. Just do something. Do something small, and you get a small push from God, but go big and God will go big with you. He will orchestrate things to favour you.


You see, God will never let his word God unfulfilled. If he said it and you believe it in your heart and you’re working with that word with your vision in mind, it is only a matter of time, your greatness is sure!


Remember the sequence;
Promise > Vision > Asset > Big Assets > Bigger Assets and on and on.


So endeavor to fill yourself with the promises of God because that is the starting point and if you don’t start, how can you finish? Things happen in the inside first become they are open for everyone to see, so take your time to get the promise and see the vision. God will settle the rest!


I pray the Holy Spirit expands these words in your mind and gives you understanding in all things. This words will work miracles in your life in Jesus name. Amen.


God bless you.
I feel so much love in my heart for you!
Have a blessed week ahead God’s people!

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