Grace is NOT licence from sin but freedom from bondage

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Dear friends,

Recently I had the pleasure of sharing my thoughts with very nice and humble brother about my thoughts about Grace in my bogs. He shared with me that he since childhood remain sad and fearful as he had lived in condemnation. He had somehow stumbled upon Pastor Joseph Prince’s teaching and thereafter this blog Jonathan and I started. He had attempted to cover his unhappiness via alcohol and medication. Today he shared this email with me. I had withdrawn his name until he shares his testimony with us but for now… this is proof that when we show people the grace of God, it gives them power not to sin rather than licence to sin. 

This is the email…. (I have his permission to do this) “

I’m here.  I’m having a great time working through this.  Just got up 730 am Central time.  My first thoughts as I opened my eyes this morning were how my morning sadness I’ve had for really my whole adult life is gone right now.  The words below are from an email I sent to the 11 people I’m closest ……., etc. This is a peek for you into what is going on “behind the scenes” with me with regard to this new way of looking at things. 

 

ALL:  You may know the last few months have been very exciting for me as I’ve considered the teachings of Joseph Prince (JP).  As part of this seeking process, I ran across a blog of a guy named Simon Yap who believes as JP does.  Eventually, after reading his stuff for a while, I emailed Simon, introduced myself and asked him if he would mentor me in these teachings to speed up my understanding and he agreed to do this. 

 

What is below is an email I wrote to Simon this morning.  I wanted to copy this email to those I love the most (that’s YOU!) because I want you to know what’s going on with me in all of this and I thought the email below would give you a little snippet of all of this.   Over the last few months, I’ve been happier than I’ve been since I was a child.  I’m also more aware that I’ve ever been that I’ve been fighting sadness and fear my whole adult life.  I don’t think I’ve been entirely aware of that before because I think much (but not all) of my sadness was covered up by busy-ness, alcohol, anti-depressants and other diversions.  I’m in a time when more than any other time, those sad/afraid feelings have been significantly replaced by peace and joy. I’m off my anti-depressants, I’m not struggling to get out of bed in the morning, etc. 

 

I’m not asking for a response to this email.  But, what I’ve experienced has been so great that I want to share it with those I love the most (and those who might understand what I’m writing).  Please don’t humor me or feel you must show interest in all of this because I’m excited.  I don’t need edification right now on this stuff.  But, if you really WANT to either challenge what I’m going through (if it sounds “off” to you) or if you want to LEARN more about what I’m learning, it would be a joy to share it further.

 

If any of this sounds “religious” to you…like I’m trying to “live out” my picture of what a good Christian should be like…that’s not it at all.  This is from a desperate desire to be set free (escape) from the sadness and fear that has characterized my whole adult life.

 

 

Someone please get this email to XXXXX XXXXX XXXXX”

 

This is amazing isn’t it. This is the real power of the Gospel. Not religion but Grace. Not more anti depressants. No more drugs. No more alcohol. Just Jesus and His wonderful Grace!!!!

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