As we go through this roller-coaster ride of planting a church in Bucureşti, I have often found myself asking: “Why on earth did we decide we needed to do this, anyhow?” These last few weeks, as numbers have dipped especially low, this question has had a tendency to come to mind much more frequently.
So, why are we planting a church here in Bucureşti?
There are many reasons. Here’s one: România needs more bodies of believers who trust God for total holiness and experience his total liberty.
Some churches believe that holiness isn’t really attainable and so you might as well just go on sinning and trust Jesus forgives you. Others seem to think the entire Christian life is an austere and painful struggle to live holy and free from any and every minute imperfection in spirit, soul, and body.
I believe the Bible teaches holiness is completely attainable and that through Jesus we also have incredible liberty. This is an important dichotomy: we can be totally and fully pure before God, in body, soul, and spirit; and we can also enjoy life to the full and experience tremendous liberty.
Here are thirteen quick thoughts related to holiness and liberty:
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The following article by J. Lee Grady appeared in www.charismamag.com on 12/5/2012. I thought it was so great, I wanted to share it with all of you.
If you aspire to ministry, don’t be stupid. Decide now to avoid these obvious pitfalls.
I had the privilege of sharing a pulpit with Dr. Mary Ann Brown two times. She was bold, prophetic and painfully blunt. People who hate women preachers hated her even more because of her no-nonsense sermons—always delivered in her Texas twang. She would get her audience laughing and then skewer them with a hot blade of truth.
When this spiritual giant died last month at age 73, I remembered the last words she said to me when we were together at a conference in Chicago in 2011. After lamenting the fact that so many ministers in the United States were failing, Mary Ann locked eyes with me and said with stern, motherly authority: “Lee, please don’t ever get stupid.”
This morning, as I read the story of the conquest of Jericho (Joshua 5:13-6:27), God began to speak to my heart. I don’t have everything organized, but I hope you’ll be strengthened by a bit of what God showed me about experiencing freedom from sin.
At this point, the Israelites have been freed from slavery in Egypt and crossed the Jordan River into Canaan. They’re getting ready to take possession of the land that God has been promising to them for years. But right in their way of receiving this inheritance is the massive city of Jericho, a stronghold of their enemy.
There are many Christians who, though they have been freed from slavery to sin and been baptized into the inheritance of the Spirit, have allowed the enemy to build a stronghold in their souls. I know this because I have been there myself.
How do we experience the freedom God wants us to inherit?
This morning, as I was praying, I had 2 Corinthians 5:21 come to my mind. I spent the next hour and a half talking with God simply about that one verse alone. It truly is an amazing and powerful scripture.
2 Corinthians 5:21 – “He made him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in him.”
2 Corinteni 5:21 – “El, pentru noi, L-a făcut păcat pe Cel Ce n-a cunoscut păcatul, pentru ca, în El, să devenim dreptatea lui Dumnezeu.”