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LAW vs GRACE


Grace vs Law

    First let us ask these questions," Are Christians under the law? And if so which law? What does God say? First the apostles taught that the purpose we are saved by Grace through Faith without works {Romans 3:20 :28 Ephesians 2:7 – 10}, we are also saved unto works {Ephesians 27, 10}. Jesus Christ as our Savior is at the heart of this matter... As He alone makes the case for Grace.
    While it is true that Christians are not under the Mosaic law, we are not free from all law. Christians live according to a new law. The following four laws are inseparable and form the basis for Christians to be fruitful for the Glory of God.

#1.Is the Law of the Spirit; { Romans8:1-4}, because the holy spirit leads and empowers us to obey God. Simply put... You can't obey God without God.

#2. It is the Law of Christ; {Galatians 6:1-6}, because Christ is our example. Simply put... Without Christ we can do nothing that is pleasing to God.

#3. It is the Law of Liberty, {James 1:2-27}, not because we are free to do as we please... But because our condemnation was imputed to Christ and his Righteousness was imputed to us. Simply put... The Law of Liberty is not licensed to sin... It is now our nature to obey.

 
#4. It is the Royal Law:{ James 2:8-10}, because the sum of the Law is to love my neighbor as myself. Essentially speaking to love your neighbor as yourself encompasses the entire 10 Commandments of the Mosaic Law.

    Why is it not necessary to be under the Mosaic law? The answer is quite simple. Once a sinner receives Jesus Christ as their personal savior, the Righteousness of Christ is instantly imparted to the sinner. Secondly the righteousness of Christ is inpartedto the new believer. What does this mean? The imputation of Christ's Righteousness and ends the Law of condemnation. {Romans 8:1 ,4}.That and impartation of Christ Righteousness empowers us to live Godly in  this present world.{ Romans 7:5-6}.You see it is not the 10 Commandments that saves us... It is the tender commander, Jesus Christ, that saves . We are not led by the letter of the law, but by the better law.{ Hebrews 8: entire chat}.
       You see it is not the 10 Commandments that saves us... It is the tender commander, Jesus Christ, that saves us. We are not led by the letter of the law, but by the better law.{ Hebrews 8: entire chat}.
    I hope this has enlightened you and made you aware of righteous living, and hope it also enlightens you on the many ways the evil one tries to condemn by using the 10 Commandments against us by his lies of denunciation.

                                     Rev William A Tyler Sr

                                    B.A. Min., B.A.Ch Adm., M.Th.

                                                                                                                                                          
 

 

 

 

 

IS SALVATION FACT OR FICTION


IS SALVATION FACT  OR FICTION

    Many times as Christians, myself included, we question our salvation. There is nothing wrong with questioning our mental awareness and physical attitude towards the worldly intellect. Once we become aware of this question in our thought process, it gives us the chance to run a diagnostic check of our lifestyle. Many times even after doing an evaluation of our Christian walk we still question whether we are truly saved.
    Many Christians often wrestle with the need to know for sure they are saved. For many, it is an up and down proposition. Is it really possible to know that one is saved and on the road to heaven?
    There are many sincere Believers struggling with the certainty and clarity of salvation. Perhaps daunting failure has collapsed their assurance and leaving them feeling alone, Vulnerable and helpless. The doubt factor is the daunting bully, that leaves many Christians in a state of fear. Fortunately, the Holy Spirit has provided zero tolerance for lingering doubts.
    The Bible presents salvation as an obvious experience whereby God, by his Grace, has justified all who have trusted and believe in Jesus Christ { 1 John 5:13}. The assurance of salvation is not based on feelings, many times people become wrapped up in euphoria at church functions and believe they have been saved,  as soon as they hit the door the euphoria is gone. Although the Christian may seem saved, but it is only by the authenticity of God's Word.
    The most obvious or pressing clue that a person is saved will be realized in the certain gravitation to know and obey the Word of God. It is a matter of fact, that believers have been given an immeasurable treasure called the Grace of God. Yet, so many are willfully trapped by their efforts to obtain God's favor by their works. This explains why so many Christians remain woefully endowed about their salvation. There is nothing more grievous to the testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ than that of a  believer on a trajectory pointed in the direction of feeling hopeless. The only way to live the Christian life, is the way it began, by Grace through faith in Christ Jesus alone.

    There are certain things to look for in your life if you are saved.

A. Have you enjoyed spiritual fellowship with God, with Christ, and with believers? 1 John 1:3-4
B. You have a sensitivity to sin? 1 John 1:7
C. Are you basically obedient to the Commandments of Scripture? 1 John 2:3
D. What is your attitude towards the world and its values? 1 John 2:15
E. Do you practice sin less (not sinless) now that you have professed faith in Christ? 1 John 3:6
F. Have you experienced answered prayer? 1 John 3:22
G. Do you have the inner witness of the Holy Spirit? 1 John 4:13
H. Do you have the ability to discern between spiritual truth and error? 1 John 4:1
I.  Do you believe the basic doctrines of the faith? One John 5:1a
J.  Have you experienced persecution for your Christian beliefs? Philippians 1:28
K. Ultimately, you find yourself gravitating to the word of God for counseling, comfort, direction and instruction? 1 Peter 2:2
   If you can answer yes to all of these you are saved. If not, then know that you can be saved. Romans 5:8 John 3:16. God is willing and able to save you. Ask God by faith for forgiveness of your sins.
    Pray this prayer.... Lord Jesus I am a sinner, and I believe you forgave my sins with your blood, and that you rose from the dead. I repent of my unbelief and place my trust in you alone to be my Savior. Amen!
    If this is your prayer, Romans 10:13 is God's answer. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Assurance of salvation is made possible by a sound and structured study of God's word. I hope this has helped any and all of you that are unsure about your salvation. And for those just accepting salvation if you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact me by my email. Sincerely

 

 

                                           Rev William A Tyler Sr

                                 B.A. Min., B.A.Ch Adm., M.Th.

 

WHAT DO CHRISTIANS LOSE IN SIN


WHAT DO CHRISTIANS LOSE IN SIN

    Many times as Christians we sin, so why is this happening? Even though we have been born again, we have not lost the sinful nature (disobedient nature). You may be asking right now disobedient to what? Essentially, disobedient to the principles and precepts set forth in the New Testament, not by the Law of the Old Testament. As a result, many times Christians are not aware of what they are missing out on by remaining in the sinful nature. There are seven things Christians can lose in the virtual sin. The Lord deals with sinners and Christians differently in the context of sin. First, God deals with sinners judicially. Secondly, God deals with Christians parentally. God chastens his rebellious children by using consequential principles to the point of their repentance. Does this mean Christians cannot lose their salvation as the Calvinistic theology of 1571 has implemented. Absolutely not, the reason Christians sin is because they have lost faith in Jesus Christ. When Jesus Christ claimed "I am the way, the truth and the life" he was essentially referring to the word of God {John 14:6-7}. Does this also mean we lose our freedom of choice? Nowhere in Scripture will you find the slightest evidence that we lose freedom of choice or "Once saved always saved". Let us continue by looking at King David as a classic example and the parable of the prodigal son{ Luke15:11-31}. This also demonstrates God's work in the life of his children in a parental context.
    So, let us next examine and discuss the effects of sin. The child of God immediately loses the following six things upon sinning, and a seventh may also be lost. The first thing to be lost is the loss of light- Of Christians perspective, it is dulled due to the pre-occupation for survival, or of the pursuit of significance. {First John 1:6}. The second thing to be lost, is the loss of joy- A Christian becomes discouraged due to believing a lie {First John 1:4}. The third thing, to be lost is the loss of peace- This is when a believer often feels lonely and vulnerable {First John 3:4 -10}. The forth thing and probably one of the most important, is the loss of fellowship. This must be emphasized, it is a loss of fellowship and not of relationship. The believers fellowship with God and perhaps with other Christians is broken! Complaining becomes the norm {First John 1:3-7}. The fifth thing, is the loss of love for God, Church, and etc. The believer at this point is in serious trouble. They become vulnerable to the seduction of the Devil, and his wicked ways.  {First John 4:12}. The sixth and final loss, may be the possible loss of health and physical life {First John 5:17}.
    The relationship one who is privileged to have with Jesus Christ is deeper, than any relationship the human mind has ever, or ever could understand. Salvation by God's Grace, gifts the Christians with the mind of Christ, and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, which is both personal and perpetual. One of the most important aspects of God's grace is the gift of inseparability  {Romans 8:38-39}. As a believer you can be  sure  that the Holy Spirit will be assertive in  speaking to your Spirit when confronted with the situation, or a decision that would take you outside the will of God if you are truly saved. That will be characteristics that will assure you of your salvation.

 

 

                                         Rev William A Tyler Sr
                                         B.A. Min., B.A.Ch Adm., M.Th.

 

CHRISTIANS BACKSLIDING


CHEISTIANS  BACKSLIDING

 

    IT is a fact Christians backslide, some more dangerously then others. The reason is once they have had an experience with Jesus Christ, when they go back into the sinful nature, it's usually worse than it was before because they have to try and fill that void that has returned. The reason for backsliding is always the same but why do believers backslide?
    The number one reason why Christians backslide is because so much of what tempts us is what we allow to tempt us. It begins with the willful tendency to feed and nurture our carnal inclinations. There are three clues that a believer is in the process of backsliding. The first is the most obvious clue.
    The first clue is a pattern of complaining, it is the norm, this one is dangerous when tolerated. Because there is the provocation to trust in one's own ability. But it only gets darker. The second is the power of circumstances. A pattern of procrastination is the means of escape. This one creates a pattern of living, thus the fear will take hold with its tormenting grip. The third and final is mis-underestimating God's promises. A pattern of self abuse and condemnation of others. Bitterness is free to do its dirty work, bitterness is the hallmark of the backslider.
    So what is the answer to this dreadful and deceitful way of life? First John 1:5;2;1,2 compels one to be honest. Exposed sin in the light- VS 1:5,8. Express sin to the Lord- VS 1:9,10.
    One of the prevailing challenges for the Christian is the need for an word honesty. To resist this challenge is to guarantee our undoing. Inward honesty must become perpetual confession of our helplessness 2Corinthians 12:9.  As Christians, we acknowledge the Grace of God as our total sufficiency. This is why we have peace in a world that is falling to pieces.
    Honestly, we know that our entire life is wrapped up in the Grace of God. Concession to this divine reality breeds Christ centered determination to live holy. It is the graciousness of God that prevails even when we are wavering in difficult times. Being honest inwardly is the only peaceful way to enjoy true communication with our Savior. Honesty with the Lord always finds the graciousness of God, as the only attraction for lasting satisfaction. Just be honest with Christ, he is forever inclined to help and forgive us.
    Many times we may feel that we have fallen or stumble so far from Christ that there is absolutely no way he's going to forgive us and take us back. This is simply Satan spreading a rumor and lie with no foundation. You will never find in Scripture, the mention that Christ is too far away. I hope this will encourage and help you if you're going through a difficult time, and believe you me will go through difficult times. Remember Christ is always there, all we have to do is go to him with our difficulties and situations which would seem to be overwhelming.

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                        Rev William A Tyler Sr

   

 

 

SEXUAL SIN



SEXUAL SIN

 

    Excessive sexual sin and nakedness is one of the marks of our Western culture and much of the world today. Everything is sensual. Everything must be sexy. We live in a sex-crazed world, and nakedness jumps out at us from everywhere. It is becoming more and more difficult for men and women to keep themselves in a state of moral purity. With Internet and television being so readily available, pornography and visual stimulation is also a culprit. Internet porn is one of the main factors in the divorce rate in the United States, at present time the divorce rate is at 50%.

    Sexual sin and neglecting the laws of purity in the body of Christ is one of the elements that can potentially bring weakness, sickness, and even premature death to many in the Church. It is one forgotten aspect of not discerning the Lord's body (1 Cor. 11:29-31).

    Those last statements sound so primitive in today's contemporary church. There is a lack of ministry from pastors in this area because of the fear of forthcoming accusations of being unloving, judgmental, legalistic, and ministering guilt and condemnation. Frankly, we've lost our way in this regard. Correction, rebuke and reproof are clearly missing from our counsel in these new crooked days of false comfort and unscriptural mercy.

    In days of old it was rather common for correction to be made not only using the Scriptures but through the manifestation of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. For instance, it was observed by one old timer that in praying for the sick, individuals who had been unfaithful in their marriage and had not repented, but who nevertheless sought healing, had been rebuked sternly by the Spirit of God. Back then they understood that only deep repentance and cleansing through the precious Blood of Christ could the gravity of such a crime be pardoned.

    Today, as I said, we are considered condemning and judgmental if we minister in such a manner. Yet it is common for many to get in a healing line and seek deliverance, or submit prayer requests while living in gross immorality without any earnest desire for genuine repentance. Those who practice sexual sin, or any other sin for that matter, and profess Christ, are partaking of the body of the Lord unworthily; and in doing so they are receiving a curse rather than a blessing, Proverbs 15:8.

    "For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord's body. For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep" (1 Cor. 11:29-31).

    I realize that sexual temptations are great, no one is exempt from them, and none should boast of their self-righteousness. I'm also aware that in seeking to turn someone from the error of their ways we must do so in gentleness and humility (Gal. 6:1; 2 Tim. 2:25). But if there is to be victory in this area, it must begin with a reverent understanding and a scriptural estimation of the defiling and degrading nature of sexual sin and its terrible dangers. Before people obey God, they must be thoroughly awakened. Only then will they overcome counteracting forces.

    Carefully read these words of one of America's greatest evangelists, Charles G. Finney:

    "Worldly desires, appetites, and feelings prevent true Christianity—the human will is, in a sense, enslaved by fleshly and worldly desires. It is therefore necessary for God to awaken people to a sense of guilt and danger and thus produce an opposite excitement or feeling and desire. This counter-feeling breaks the power of worldly desire and leaves the will free to obey God."

    That ideology, my friends, is clearly absent from the mainstream of contemporary Christianity, yet it is so sorely needed.

    As in modern-day America, sexual sin and nakedness were celebrated in the city of Corinth too and was infiltrating into the church there. Thus Paul had to remind the Corinthian saints that their bodies were now the temples of God and not their own. Their bodies, as ours, are now members of Christ, so a sin against our bodies is a sin against Christ.

    "Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a harlot? Certainly not! Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's" (1 Cor. 6:15, 19-20).

As far back as the Mosaic books we find some interesting references to sexual immorality and nakedness.

The first recorded human curse was over nakedness (Gen 9:20-23).

Nearly two entire chapters along with many other references were a code of ethics on nakedness and sexual immorality (See Lev. 18 and 20).

Exposed genitalia or nakedness were common in Canaanite demonic worship. Instructions and prohibitions to Moses were so Israel's altars would not be like the Canaanites' (Ex. 28:41-43; 20:26).

When Moses returned from the mountain, Aaron had lost control of the people as they worshiped a golden calf, "unrestrained" (Ex. 32:25), as the New King James says it. The Old King James says "naked," and the Living Bible says "committing adultery." And all this happened shortly after a move of God.

    One of the keys to overcoming sexual sin lies in the meditation of the Word of God concerning it. This will nurture the fear of the Lord in you. For example, in Gal. 5:19-21 the works of the flesh are divided into four basic categories 1) sexual sins, 2) sins connected with pagan religion and the occult, 3) sins of the temper, and 4) sins of drunkenness. It is interesting that sexual sin is listed first, not only here, but also in several other scriptural references in the New Testament.

Romans 1:24, 6:19 – Uncleanness is singled out.

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 – Sexual sins listed first.

Galatians 5:19-21 – Sexual sins listed first.

Ephesians 4:19 – Lewdness and uncleanness singled out.

Ephesians 5:3 – Fornication and uncleanness singled out; let it not once be named among you.

Colossians 3:5 – Fornication and uncleanness listed first.

1 Thessalonians 4:3 – Sexual immorality singled out in our walk of sanctification.

 

                                         Rev William A Tyler Sr

                                                B.A. Min., B.A.Ch Adm., M.Th.

 

Self Deception


Self Deception



    One of the most prevalent and poisonous rationalizations of sin is when we suggest to ourselves the lie... "I can handle this. If I sense that I'm losing control, I'll just quit. I won't let it get out of control."   Unrealistic expectations is often at the root of self-deception. The problem with such thinking is that in sin's erosive grip, the heart(mind) of a person is dulled ever more by repeated sin.   A calloused heart(Thought) cannot sense the deception and increasing danger of the sin barraging it.  
    The only advantage a Christian can employ under pressure and overcome is an unveiled openness before God. The opposite of this is a self-willed, miss-guided heart that ultimately results in a sense of futility in all that we do and become. We impoverish and weaken ourselves all because we will not trust and obey God with  all our heart.   It is for this reason that God applies pressure in our lives. Unless we experience the pressure of facing every deception about ourselves,  we may cling to the depths of our hearts before we give Jesus our consideration.  The tragedy will  be a stunted  growth  that leaves one at a disadvantage to the grossness of one's  own personal ambitions.
    If you are a believer attempting to walk in the likeness of Christ, you can be sure that the Holy Spirit will be assertive within your spirit when confronted with a situation or decision that would take you outside the will of God.
    If you are faced with the question of whether or not to open and surrender your heart;  then make a determination to go through whatever pressure God has permitted;  surrendering all that you have and all that you are to Him. You will take great pleasure in knowing that you are not your own nor alone. Amen

 

.                                                     Rev William A Tyler Sr

 

Gods Limitations


  •                       Gods Limitations  

 
    Limitations are a matter of reality.  It has always been God's will to place limits on individuals.  Many are limited in their physical abilities.  Others may face financial, mental and emotional limitations. Discerning believers understand the importance of respecting the limits that God applies to each of us.   Yet, there are many believers in a state of complaining about limitations that seem to restrict their desires and "Their dreams".

     The harsh reality to our complaining about the limits God has placed on us is that we have not confessed and truly repented, or turned away from bad management within our limitations.   The limitations we experience is God's way of working on our behalf in ways that are beyond our control.  This was certainly the case for Gideon in the face of intense opposition (
Judges 6).  Gideon learned that his limitations do not limit God.

     It wasn't until king David reached the limit of his emotional despair;  as he was facing the loss of his family and death by mutiny, that he returned to the Lord.  Just when time was running out, David repented, recalled how God had blessed him in the past, refocused his attention to God's power, remembered God's promises, and resolved to trust God. He simply made up his mind that he would follow and obey the Lord whatever the cost in the present.   The limits that God placed on king David literally saved his life.
     It is when Christians respect the limitations God places before them, that they will resolve to answer God's will as did Gideon, David, Hannah and many others. To surrender their will and fears; and then make a determination to go through whatever pressure God has permitted.  Surrendering all that you have and all that you are to Him... you will take great pleasure in knowing that God's Grace is sufficient.

 

 

                                                                    Rev William A Tyler Sr

 

 

THANKING GOD AND WHY


THANKING GOD AND WHY


    Never underestimate the power of thanks-giving. The Bible emphasizes caution against the neglect of giving thanks to God. The lack of gratitude is a sure tell sign that one is walking in darkness. The result is a pattern of defensiveness, defiance and the subtle nurturing of hatred.
    
Living in a spirit of thankfulness is beneficial to our spiritual and physical well being.  One of the most important facets of the Christian's life is the discipline of appreciation regardless of one's circumstances.  Whenever we purposefully exercise gratefulness for who God is, we are in essence exercising Faith in God and His Will.  Gratefulness and Faithfulness to God are inseparable. Gratitude and Faithfulness to God accepts the fact that there are no other reserves to draw upon or to seek after.
     Christians have inherited an immeasurable treasure called the Grace of God.  The sufficiency of God's Grace is the core reason why Christians are compelled to be forever Grateful to God. Yet, so many are willfully trapped by their efforts to obtain God's favor by their works. They believe works will bring Grace upon them from God. But this is returning unto the age of works in the Old Testament. This explains why so many Christian remain woe-fully un-thankful. The Bible exacts thanks-giving as an expression of one's sense of completeness in Christ, not in the Law.
     Purposefully acknowledge your oneness with Jesus Christ. Know that Christ is your sufficiency. Thanks-giving is not something that we can manufacture. It is simply the out flow of knowing and responding to God's Favor and Faithfulness (Philippians. 4:6,7). Amen!


                                                     Rev William A Tyler Sr

 

Who Grieves God the Most ?


                  Who Grieves God the      Most ?

 
      One of the most difficult Christian's for God and the Holy Spirit to empower is the one who will not forgive themselves.  They are the ones who grieve God the most.  They remain intimidated by a past-experience and enslaved to the post-experience of guilt.  The Gospel of Jesus Christ demands that we beware of any enslaving thought that would provoke a continued indulgence of self-condemnation after one has repented of their sin (Romans 8:1).  For one To forgive themselves, they must bring every condemning and condescending  thought into captivity to Christ Jesus and begin to think scripturally about the death of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:22 Corinthians 10:5). The only reason why God is justified to forgive sin is the death of His Son, Jesus Christ.

    The death of Jesus Christ for our sins was necessary.  For we cannot secure the Blessing of salvation by virtue of our own Righteousness.  Either we receive the GIFT of salvation FREELY, or do without it.  God's forgiveness is not hindered in the least for all who are in Christ Jesus (1 John 2:1,2).  No matter how you feel, no matter what accusations you may wrestle with from within or from without, Jesus Christ will never condemn those He purchased with His blood.
    Knowing the fact that Jesus Christ is our Savior and friend, along with being our advocate, will keep us from over-reacting to over-whelming thoughts of guilt. The world's answer to guilt, pressure and suffering is to look for someone to blame, develop a deep desire to escape, deny the problem, or fall into depression. These are not habits we can afford to live with. Outlandish odds will press against you.
   No matter what is happening in your life, Christ is eager to forgive and restore.   Know that there is certain entrance to a renewed fellowship with your heavenly Father. Your relationship to Christ makes forgiveness desirable and beneficial.  Salvation is Christ Crucified; God Satisfied; The Believer Justified. 

 

                                           Rev William A Tyler Sr

                        

 

Warfare within the Spirit


Warfare within the Spirit

 

 
     Satan's fiery arrows against Christians are intended to stimulate a distrust of God and tolerance for self-sufficiency.  More often than not... this is accomplished through stimulating the mind with a preoccupation for survival and/or an endless search for self-significance (Genisis 3:1,6).  When believers yield to the tempation for either, they are always on the losing end of the battle. 

     It is interesting to note that Satan will never argue with your desire to invest yourself in spiritual-activities, works without Faith   His hellishness is against God's desire for the believer to be spiritually active... that is... to worship the Lord Jesus Christ by giving thanks and trusting Him to meet every need.

     Satan's will for you is to be sanctimonious... not sanctified; to be good... not Godly; to be used for God... not used by God;  to be available for God... not accessible for God; to work for God... not worship Him.  Christians will always lose in battle when they fight or argue for spiritual freedom.  Fighting for a possession one already possess is a perpetual state of distrust of God.  The only free person in the world is a Christian.   The clue that a believer is losing the battle of spiritual warfare is revealed in a pattern of inconsistency with God's will.
     The challenge to worship God is both perpetual and very personal with God. When we neglect the worship of God, we leave ourselves vulnerable to the wiles of the devil and the vanity of our imagination, thus the sinful nature (disobedient nature) takes control.  Never be sympathetic with any challenge that would hinder your need to yield to the indwelling Holy Spirit. The Word Of God is both our training ground and the ground on which we gain a pure perspective of the worthiness of Christ. Satan cannot oppress a Christian who knows their free to worship Christ in spirit and truth. Also by reading the Bible and gaining understanding by the leading of the Holy Spirit

 

                                                                    Rev William A Tyler Sr

 

 

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