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Jun222015

More than an Event

As I was reading Andrew’s book, Grace, the Power of the Gospel, it startled me to read this:

We’ve been corrupted through thinking things contrary to the Gospel. If we could just break free from a performance mentality to truly understand God’s grace, we would wind up living holier accidentally than we ever have on purpose (p. 110).

Even after being born again, I still chased after “being good.” It was years before I heard the message that grace was the power of the Gospel and that it would set me free from trying to live out my salvation through performance. An incident in my life really highlights that although I had received the Good News of the Gospel and had been radically saved, my moral upbringing also had to be surrendered to receive the grace for living the Gospel.

As I was dropping off my two-year-old at childcare, I heard myself say, “Be a good boy for Miss Sandy.” Then one night before bed, my son hugged me and said, “Mama, you’re a good boy!” I laughed, knowing that this was a compliment of love flowing out of his heart. But then I gasped as I realized, I’m training him to be a good boy, just like I had been trained to be a good girl. The performance mentality had seeped into my marriage and was springing up in me as a mother.

Ignorantly, I had gone from receiving the Gospel by faith to trying to live out my salvation by being “good.” Andrew describes it this way:

When the Scripture says that the Gospel is the power of God unto salvation, it’s not just talking about how to be born again and have your sins forgiven. It also means that the Gospel—the grace of God—is the power of God…unto everything that comes to us as a result of being born again. It’s talking about your relationship with God (pp. 14-15).

This truth always confronts any religious thoughts still buried in us. Andrew says the Enemy is quite happy to have us as Christians receive “the event” of salvation but then “earn the things of God…to put our faith in what we’ve done instead of faith in Christ as our only means of receiving from God. This is his biggest weapon against us!” (pp. 15-16, emphasis mine).

Even if I train my son to love Jesus, unless I receive the power of grace to work in me as a mother, I will have trained him to be a “good boy” rather than to have a relationship with Jesus, which is another gospel! If you'd like to learn more about establishing the true Gospel of grace in your heart, check out Andrew's teaching called Grace, the Power of the Gospel. This teaching is available in many formats: CD, DVD, book, and by television broadcast. If this has ministered to you, please post a comment below.

Reader Comments (7)

I love this kind of gospel. It really makes me feel some wings grow in my heart to make me fly. I feel the freedom of a dove just let out of the cage by Jesus Himself when He beat the "hell" out the synagogue..Matt21:12. I was in deep religious cage like those doves my dear, but the gospel of Christ just set me free, hallelujah..

June 25, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterinnocent

Amen

June 29, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterjackie

I have been going through similae challenges but I believe in healing. Thank you for sharing your experience with me. I know that I have already received spiritual healing. Amen.

July 2, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterkwabena

This sharing gives such a relief and freedom! This problem of striving to do works for God my Father to accept me has been my normal way of living. I now realize that there is absolutely nothing I can do to earn my Father's favor. It is the devils deceptions. I now know that I must learn to walk by trust in my Savior. He alone has the power to save me and change me. I am more relaxed now! May God bless you.

July 8, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

Thanks for sharing this.
I have to teach my kids to receive grace that comes through the gospel not works.

July 8, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterGloria Acquah

Thats right I placed more self effort to achieve what I desired and called faith. What a wrong way of I thinking grace was. I am learning and I should have been by now. Amen! Frederic Tabvurei

July 21, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterFrederick Tabvurei

Thanks for sharing this. GR8

I think it's probably ok to say 'Be a good Boy, or Girl' like saying be of good cheer, or be a blessing to others, or encourage others ... But I also know what you mean through your article... The wonderful thing is, we are now learning what God wants in our lives..

God Bless You and your family..

October 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRobert W Cholawo

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