YOU NEED TO ______

Religion never gets enough of telling us we’re not enough. I mean, even after receiving Jesus Christ as savior, it seems there is always some religious person making sure to tell us we need more. My question is “Is there ever a time when we can say Jesus Christ is enough?”

You need to go to church more. You need to read your Bible more. You need to pray more. You need to share the gospel more and on and on it goes. According to the Bible; in Christ we have been made whole, holy, blameless etc. According to the scriptures we are complete in Christ so what exactly is it that we are lacking?

When someone starts talking like this inevitably someone will say, “But you need to fill in the ____.” My question is why? What is the reason for me having to ___? Is it because Christ in me isn’t enough? Is it because we’re involved in a self-improvement program? Why is it so scary to just accept that God is okay with me because of his Son?

The underlying thought behind the do more mentality comes from a fear of someone abusing God’s grace and just committing sin, sin and more sin isn’t it? The Apostle Paul taught us in Romans 5-6 that where sin increased, grace abounded all the more…” Of course Paul, being the genius he was, asks the obvious question this kind of talk raises and said, “What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase? You see anytime the flesh hears about grace it hears license to sin. On the other hand, if you are hearing this in the Spirit you will agree with Paul when he said, “May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it?”

While it seems there is plenty of “You need to ___” going around. What I would like to know is why you need to believe the Bible more isn’t on the list? The Bible tells us we have been crucified with Christ and are no longer a slave to sin. It says, “For he who has died is freed from sin.” I realize this is a radical statement to make but it does come straight out of Romans 6. We are also told in 1 Corinthians “Christ Jesus became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption.” Ephesians 1 tells us “He chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before him.” Colossians 2 “In him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form and in him you have been made complete…”

Check out one of the most amazing verses Hebrews 10:14 “For by one offering he has perfected for all time those who are sanctified.” God has done all that is required in us by way of his Son. While there will always be those that don’t believe the Bible; I for one am choosing to believe it. This isn’t to say we can’t or won’t sin what this means is we no longer are a slave to sin. We are no longer under sin’s rule. We have the Spirit of God living inside us and he is able to keep us.

Let’s just summarize what’s been said here. We have been crucified with Christ and are no longer a slave to sin. In Christ we have been made holy, blameless and complete. In Christ we have wisdom from God, righteousness, sanctification and redemption. Sounds to me like we aren’t lacking anything that God wants for us, but rather all we need is Jesus Christ and the revelation of all he is.

Written by Louie

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11 thoughts on “YOU NEED TO ______

  1. The love of God is shed abroad in our hearts. The word ‘shed abroad’ means is flows like water into every part of our being. His gift is holy spirit and it is a gift that manifests itself in 9 ways. When Paul says “I would that ye all speak in tongues, he wasn’t legislating- he wanted all believers to have the joy that results from operating the gift of holy spirit for love. We can operates all nine manifestations if we want and God provides the opportunity, but usually a person becomes stronger in some of them thru use. We are members of the one body and in I Corinthians 14 God says we keep things decent and in order when we get together. We don’t all speak in tongues all at once (someone new will say you are crazy). In the church meeting, which is what I Corinthians 14 is all about, when someone speaks in tongues, he should interpret so that others are edified. Speaking in tongues by itself is for our private prayer life. Tongues edifies our own hearts. When a believer speaks in tongues, God doesn’t control him. He has to do his own speaking. I have helped many people who desired to speak in tongues and basically it involves seeing the truth of the Word about what it is that brings it about in someone’s life. One doesn’t have to be at a meeting or event. The first time I spoke in tongues, I was all by myself. Acts has 5 records of people beginning to speak in tongues. I Corinthians 12, 13 and 14 certainly mention it. Speaking in tongues is not a spiritual toy, it is pure joy and the greased pipeline for the other manifestations. When operated in love it is all very powerful.

    • Thank you G.
      I have always wondered why the topic of “tongues” seems to be so divisive. I am learning more and more to live in the moment and let God do what it is he does in and through my life and have never understood why some think speaking in tongues is a requirement for salvation. Obviously you don’t see it that way, and I’m thankful. One of the main themes of the Corinthian letter is that they needed to grow up! So, when all the strife starts to come up with these topics I have to wonder if we’re missing one of Paul’s main points which is, as you say, so others are edified.
      thanks for the input,
      Louie

      • The word ‘edified’ is used so many times in that one section in Corinthians. ‘SIT’ is not a requirement for salvation, it is just part of the package of power. We can take it or leave it. God is the one who gave us the tools so we can help ourselves and others (profit withal). They are not badges of spirituality, they are the helps God gives us.

  2. this message is for me
    my pastor is very big on baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of
    speaking in tongues. I told him that if I did it it would be what God
    wants for me. He said that God wants that for everyone. It has made me
    realize that if it is to happen to me, I have to let go of my control on
    my life. And that’s not a bad thing. I agree that I need to do that. My
    issue is that they keep telling me to pray for it and come next Sunday
    ready to receive it. Now I have no problem with anyone speaking in
    tongues, if it’s from God. And when someone sets a time for someone to do
    it, or like Pastor Rod Parsley, tells his congregation “let’s all speak in
    that heavenly language”, I have a problem with that. Man can’t turn it
    off, man can’t turn it on. God has to do it in my opinion. I may look
    for this post on facebook or get to the blog and share it on my wall.
    Thanks for your obedience to the Holy Spirit and Praise God that he “lets
    you hold the pen”.

    Dave

    • Thanks Dave, I wouldn’t sweat that if I were you. Listen to a few verses from 1 Corinthians 12. Paul said, “There are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit.” “But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.” If you look at verses 8-11 you will see there is quite a few gifts but you may not have all of these…various kinds of tongues, and interpretation of tongues… If you jump down to verses 29-30 you will read a series of rhetorical questions with “no” being the implied answer and one is “All do not speak with tongues, do they? All do not interpret do they?

      If you notice that great “Love Chapter 13″ follows this on purpose. Paul tells us all of these gifts will end one day but not love! He also says,”When he was a child he acted like a child.” This is talking about how the Corinthians were immature and fussing over the gifts. Don’t you find it strange that people are still wanting everyone to be like them? Then again you know how children are. They want to be like everyone else and want everyone to be like them. I say let your “Spirit freak flag fly” and just walk in whatever gifts he sees fit to bless you with.

      Thanks again Dave,
      Louie

  3. yea man–preach it–I always like to tell people who say you got to study the bible,be involved in church,etc–well what about the Christians in the first few centuries who had no bible,not to mention they could not read,they had no churches to go to–and then I say to them…where would your Christianity go if the federal government destroyed all church structures and con fiscated all Christian writtings–would your Christianity still keep going–I know mine would because im in actual union with Christ himself–bible,church or no bible ,church

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