Out For The Kill But Blinded By The Light

There was a man who was out for the kill. With the papers in hand he was hunting down anyone who belonged to the Way, man or woman, it made no difference to him because he had a job to do, a contract had been made and he was just the one to carry it out to the fullest and he enjoyed his work. As a matter of fact, it had not been too many days before that he had taken great pleasure in the murder of a man named Stephen and afterwards had gone wild in the city and started going from house to house dragging people out of their homes and putting them in jail.

Who was this wild man, you may ask, and whatever became of him? Well, he was a preacher and he was highly educated. As a matter of fact he was the best of the best. They called him Saul. You can read the whole story in the Book of Acts it’s very exciting. As far as what became of him? Well, he went blind on the outskirts of Damascus and was dazed by a blinding flash of light and the very ones he was killing and putting in jail came to his rescue…. and that is what I want to talk to you about today.

 

Blind on Straight Street

So here is Saul, blind, hearing a voice talking to him that those with him did not hear, sitting in a house in Damascus for three days! What would you be doing? Probably the same thing Saul was doing, praying. For those three days he didn’t eat or drink anything. He was focused on one thing. This man’s entire life and attention had been arrested by the One who spoke that day when the light flashed around him and he fell to the ground. I’m sure Saul had those words going over and over again in his mind, “I am Jesus, the One you’ve been hunting down. So get up and enter the city and you’ll be told what to do next…that was three days ago. And now all of his attention was on the Lord, waiting for the next part of His directions.

 

Suddenly there was knocking at the door. He heard Judas get up and go to answer, he could hear men talking, now footsteps. Is this the person he had dreamed about (really more of a vision), could this be the man named Ananias? Let me stop here and tell you a little about this man Saul. You must understand that Saul was the most doctrinally correct, legalistic preacher you could find, by his own testimony. This is what he wrote of himself in Philippians 3:5-6: Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee; Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.

So why was he struck blind? I mean he was doing everything right! I’m sure if you were to ask him how he was living in the eyes of God he would have responded “Hey, I’m living right, Brother!” But God on the road to Damascus struck Saul blind, why? Well, I have an opinion about that. You see, I think we have a word picture here: I believe Saul was struck with the natural effects of his spiritual blindness. Up to that time all he could see was the law, the do’s and the don’ts, the rules and he could not see the love of God or the grace of God or the compassion, only the letter of the law and you know the letter kills… but the spirit gives life.

 

What’s In A Name

But God, who always provides a way out of darkness, had a man who had been waiting in the presence of the Lord. His name was, “Ananias” and as far as we know his one great quality when the Lord called for him was, he was there when he was needed. No other mention of him in the scripture is made. There is no indication that the Lord appeared to him again or sent him to do anything else. It’s possible, but there is no mention of it.

But he was in his place on that day and was waiting in the presence of the Lord, (That is a whole other message) Evidently this was something he spent a lot of time doing.

Saul, whose name became Paul, was as I said, the most doctrinally correct, legalistic preacher you could find, but God on the road to Damascus struck Paul with the natural effects of his spiritual blindness brought on by the letter of the Law. Then God sent Ananias. Here is the word picture: Ananias is the Greek form of the Hebrew name *CHANANYAH (khaw-nawn’) “Hananyah.” Ananias means ‘the grace of God’.  “Hanan of Yah“, “Jah has favored” or graciousness of God, a gift.

 

Acts 9:17 (MSG) –  So Ananias went and found the house, placed his hands on blind Saul, and said, “Brother Saul, the Master sent me, the same Jesus you saw on your way here. He sent me so you could see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” God sent the grace of God to open Saul’s eyes. So the very first thing Saul saw upon his eyes being opened was the grace of God in action and from that point Paul went on to write 2/3 of the New Testament proclaiming the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ – that by grace are you saved through faith – and this is the message that is still going forth today.

 

Romans 5:15-17 (KJV)
15  But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.
16  And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification.
17  For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)

 

*Strong’s Concordance #2605

Chanan: “gracious,” the name of several Israelites

Original Word: חָנָן

Part of Speech: Proper Name Masculine

Transliteration: Chanan

Phonetic Spelling: (khaw-nawn’)

Short Definition: Hanan

 

Remember…look to your future and not to the past, learn to live in the grace of God and love much, forgive always and hold no bitterness toward anyone.

Bibliography

Bible, K. J. (1611). The Word . Harrison House.

Peterson, E. H. (2002). The Message (Bible). NavPress.

Strong, D. J. (201). Strong’s Concordance. Cincinnati: Jennings & Graham.

Wommack, A. (2015). Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary. Denver: Andrew Wommack Ministries.

 

Sour Grapes and Generational Curses

I like to read; therefore, I am always reading something. I read several articles every day, mostly of a biblical nature but I also read many secular articles as well. Over the last several months I have read from some Christian magazines and other articles about the topic of Generational Curses. I was amazed to discover that many people, Christians, still believe that they can suffer from a generational curse, even though the Bible says “anyone who is in Christ is a new creation, old things are passed away, all things have become new”

So where does this General Curses teaching come from? Well, the idea comes from what was expressed in the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20:5: “I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and on the fourth generation of those who hate me” (see also Exodus 34:7; Numbers 14:18; and Deuteronomy 5:9).

In other words, the sin is handed down and the guilt of it as well from the fathers to their children, there sin would pass from one generation to the next. This was a popular teaching in the time of Christ and apparently still is among Christians. This may shed a little light on the story of the blind man whom Jesus healed in John 9. Before He healed the man Jesus was asked “who sinned? him or his parents”?

The concept of generational curses has become popular among certain Christian groups teaching people that unless they say a special generational curse-breaking prayer or go through some type of deliverance or have their house cleaned by a specially anointed curse-breaking minister or prophet then they will continue to have an unusual amount of problems. We also now see some calling for ceremonies and asking forgiveness for the generational sins of a nation as was done under the Old Testament.

 

I read an article just a few days ago where certain ones were calling for the USA to repent of a whole list of things and then to fast for three days and after three days the curse would be broken from over the nation. This sounds very spiritual and to be sure is a lofty idea, but Saints, Jesus has already finished the work and the curse is broken in the life of the believer. The idea that we have to do all these things in order to get the curse broke goes to the heart of religious activity, religion is do,do,do but in Christ it’s already done.

 

Once you are a believer you are a new creation and no longer can you be under a generational curse. This curse on those who break the second commandment unto the third and fourth generation was repeated in Exodus 34:7 and Numbers 14:18. But both Ezekiel (Ezekiel 18:1-4) and Jeremiah (Jeremiah 31:29-30) prophesied an end to this curse. Jeremiah went on in the verses after his prophecy to speak of the New Covenant we now have in Christ (Jeremiah 31:31-34). Galatians said Jesus died to redeem us from the curse of the Law (Galatians 3:13). If the punishment has changed or been eliminated, then the Law has changed too.

 

Commentary from Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary.

When the Lord made a new covenant with us through Jesus, then the other covenant became old and should be retired, likewise with the commandments. The Greek word “APHANISMOS,” which was translated “to vanish away” in this verse, means “disappearance, i.e. (figuratively) abrogation” (Strong’s Concordance). The word “abrogate” means “to abolish, do away with, or annul, especially by authority” (American Heritage Dictionary). The Old Testament Law should disappear and be abolished. What a radical truth!

There is still much benefit in studying the Old Testament, but that benefit lies primarily in seeing what we have been redeemed from. If anyone tries to still relate to the Lord based on the principles of the O.T. Law, they are wrong.

As Paul stated in Galatians 3:11-12, “The just shall live by faith. And the law is not of faith.” Put that together with Romans 14:23, which says, “Whatsoever is not of faith is sin,” and you will see that trying to serve God by the O.T. Law is sin. The Law itself isn’t sin (Romans 7:7-10), but trying to use the Law for something it was never intended to do is sin.

 

The intent of the Law was to condemn us (2 Corinthians 3:9) and make us guilty before God (Romans 3:19). The Law could never reconcile us to God. It only showed us our need to be reconciled, and condemned us so that we would never fall into the deception that we could do anything on our own that would solve the problem. The Law shut us up unto the faith in Christ’s atonement, which is the only thing that could save us (Galatians 3:23).

In order to be put under a generational curse you have to go back under the law of Moses, back to the OT. Now those who teach that there is still a generational curse that believers in Christ have to be delivered from have to quote scriptures like the ones in Deut. where it says “bring no cursed thing into your house, lest you be like it” Deut. 7:26. The problem with the teaching that says things like this: if you have this or that object in your house it is causing all your problems, therefore you must do a list of things. The people who are always being “delivered” have no rest in their life. They are always having to go back and do something else.

Listen, the plain truth is… You are not under a curse anymore!!

Now let me inject this: I don’t recommend having idol gods or things pertaining to pagan worship in your home. Why would you? But don’t live your life in fear of the devil.

In the New Testament the only way for you to be cursed is to go back under the law. In fact, believing that Old Testament law about curses causes you to go back under the curse. See Gal 3:9 – So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham. (The Righteous Shall Live by Faith) and 10 – For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.

The moment you trust in or take the position that blessings or healing or any of the things Jesus has freely provided come by the keeping of the law and that by doing it (law things, whatever those may be – reading so many Bible verses each day or praying for an hour a day and the list goes on) and of course praying, reading your Bible are good to do but if you believe you will be favored because of your doing then at that moment you’re under a curse. Believing the teaching of generational curses causes all the problems, not necessarily something laying around your house.

 

We are irreversibly blessed…..we cannot be cursed.

 

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Remember the prophet Balaam? He said, “I cannot curse what God has blessed” and that was under the blood of bulls and goats. We are blessed under the blood of Christ! The only way to be cursed today is to believe another gospel, or to preach another gospel or go back to the law.

This scripture did not say as many as break the law come under the curse but it says as many as are of the works of the law…..Jesus never pointed to a person who was sick and ask about the keeping of the law or if there was sin in their life and Jesus is the model for healing. (Look at the model in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. All who came to Him received.) And Isaiah 54 is as much about healing as it is forgiveness.

Many teach that we are not under the law but the works of the law and reference Gal. 3:10. This scripture is actually referring to the sacrifice of animals, dietary laws and feast days. But know these things are not referring to the curse of the law in the bible as the law is always in reference to the 10 commandments.

Why today are so many so called “Christian magazines” and so many others so obsessed with convincing Christians that they are or could be or need to get delivered from a curse on them? Have they never heard of Balaam or read Gal.3:13? We are not under the curse but are irreversibly blessed because of Jesus.

 

SOUR GRAPES

 

Jeremiah 31:30 (KJV)
30  But every one shall die for his own iniquity: every man that eateth the sour grape, his teeth shall be set on edge.

Jeremiah 31:30 (NLT)
30  All people will die for their own sins—those who eat the sour grapes will be the ones whose mouths will pucker.

Ezekiel 18:2-4 (NKJV)

2  “What do you mean when you use this proverb concerning the land of Israel, saying: ‘The fathers have eaten sour grapes, And the children’s teeth are set on edge’?

3  “As I live,” says the Lord GOD, “you shall no longer use this proverb in Israel.

4  “Behold, all souls are Mine; The soul of the father As well as the soul of the son is Mine; The soul who sins shall die.

 

See the part that says….’the one who eats the sour grapes HIS teeth shall be set on edge’. When Jesus was on the cross the scripture tells us in 

Matthew 27:34 (KJV)
34  They gave him vinegar to drink mingled with *gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink. 

…but the next time vinegar was offered He drank it. Why did Jesus drink it that time? and then what happened next? This time it was not mixed with gall so there was no pain killer in it, but more importantly, Jesus received the vinegar for us because once He received He said, “It is finished.” (In the Greek language **“Tetelestai”) and one of the things that was finished was generational curses.

John 19:30 (KJV)  
30  When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

In other words, Jesus set his own teeth on edge…He took the guilt, the blame, the condemnation on Himself and bore it for us so that we will never be blamed or guilty or cursed, no matter what the fathers have done. So now you should understand the scripture that says (Exodus 34:7 NKJV)
7  keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children’s children to the third and the fourth generation.” has been rescinded. Christ has (past tense) redeemed us from the curse of the Law.

Today, there is no such thing as generational curses.

Those who do not put their trust in Jesus are under the guilt of their own sin and will be condemned by these sins. But, for Christians, “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1).

 

The last thing Jesus did on the cross was to redeem us from a Generational Curse

(Q) Did Jesus come to take the sin of the world?

(A) Yes. John 1:29, Heb. ch. 9 & 10

(Q) Through Christ have you been freed from all guilt and shame?

(A) Yes, Romans 6:18,22 Rom. 8:1

(Q) Did Jesus take the curse so we would not be cursed?

(A) Yes, Gal. 3:13, Col 2:14,

(Q) Did God promise through an Unconditional oath that He would never be angry or Rebuke us again? (A) Yes! Isaiah 54:9, Rom 4:8, 2 Corinthians 5:19 (this does not mean He approves of all we do, but it does mean He will no impute our sins to us)

 

Finally we can know without any doubt this to be true: Any person who is in Christ is Redeemed from Generational Curses because Jesus hanging on that tree (cross) is the Legal, Binding basis of the promise and it is forever settled in heaven and on earth…..

We are free from condemnation, guilt and shame, we can never be punished again and we have been made the Righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. 2 Cor. 5:21

 

Remember…look to your future and not to the past, learn to live in the grace of God and love much, forgive always and hold no bitterness toward anyone.

 

Works Cited
Bible, K. J. (1611). The Word . Harrison House.
Bible.org. (2001). What does the Greek word "tetelestai" mean? What does the Greek word "tetelestai" mean?
SAVEDBYGRACE. (2013, Feb 1). The New Creation CANNOT be under Generational Curse. The New Creation CANNOT be under Generational Curse, p. 1. Retrieved from 
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Strong, D. J. (201). Strong's Concordance. Cincinnati: Jennings & Graham.
*Wommack, A. (2015). Andrew Wommack's Living Commentary. Denver: Andrew Wommack Ministries.
Scholars differ on exactly what this gall was, but all agree that it had a narcotic effect that dulled the senses. Andrew Wommack's Living Commentary.

Be A Radio

Ever wonder why the finished works of Jesus are not manifesting themselves in our lives? Well, first we must understand the part our faith plays in laying hold of what grace has made available. First of all, let us start by accepting by faith that God has already given us everything we will ever need to live, through the shedding of Jesus’ blood on the cross.  Everything in the physical realm begins in the spiritual realm. That means in order to experience physical blessings, we must first receive spiritual blessings.  These spiritual blessings are in Christ, and when Christ is in us, we then should realize that God has already placed what we need inside of us. Believing this strengthens our faith. It’s like the old Prego spaghetti sauce ad that said, “It’s in There!”

I hear almost everyday believers talking about how to receive the things they are needing from God but somehow feel they are not attainable, at least not right away, when all the time Jesus has given all things freely to all who will receive them. There are hundreds, perhaps thousands, of books with titles consistent with the thinking that it is a formula we must follow, for example: “7 Steps to Prosperity” or “5 Steps to Healing” or “To Get Your Prayers Answered Do These 3 Things” and the list goes on. Yet we just keep buying them hoping that the next book or CD will have the key.

Many sincere Christians make statements such as “I’m going to put my faith on ____ and confess it and make it manifest” or “I’m believing for _____.” It’s kind of a push this button, pull that lever and if you don’t happen to do it all in the right order, well, then your faith didn’t work, better luck next time. It’s the idea we can make something happen with our faith even if God has not provided it through His grace.

Let me explain: On the grace side God has provided salvation, healing, deliverance, prosperity, joy, and much, much more. It’s all there for us to make a demand on for our benefit and it’s all freely given to us. But it seems many have the idea that even if His grace has not provided it we can simply use our faith and make it happen. I’ve heard people say “Well I’m just going to put my faith on it and make it happen!” No, you’re not! If God has not provided it by His grace, then you are not going to make it happen or materialize it with your faith. You are not going to make something appear because you have confessed it over and over again. I know to many who are reading this that this statement is a real blow to their doctrine.

It’s the same ideology that says I gave this or did that, so therefore God is obligated to me to do XYZ. It is the same thinking that says, “I have to be good and do good so I can maintain MY righteousness. I’ve heard people say this. But my friends I have something to share with you. God is not obligated to you because of your works and it’s not YOUR righteousness.

It’s that whole Titus 3:5-7 thing: Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior; That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

Our salvation is a grace gift. It’s not because of any goodness or good thing on our part! In other words you and I could not do enough good things to become righteous, it is a gift. All we have to do is receive it by faith. Oh, and here is how to use faith to receive in case you were about say, “Yeah, but this faith thing…” Here I am about to demonstrate faith for receiving…… I believe what you said Jesus! Thank you, Lord. (Romans 4:1-6)

So what’s the answer? How do we receive those things God says we can and should have? Well, as the title of this article says, I suggest that you “Be a Radio.” And what does that mean, you ask? What is the sole function of a radio, what does it do? I’ve asked this question to a lot of people and I get just about the same answer each time, people say “it sends out a signal” or it “broadcasts something” No, the station broadcasts. But the radio doesn’t do that at all. The radio does is one thing.

It Receives! That’s it! The signal comes from the station and a tower helps that signal reach long distances but all that radio sitting in your house or car or office does is receive that signal.

(In radio communications, a radio receiver (commonly also called a radio) is an electronic device that receives radio waves and converts the information carried by them to a usable form. It is used with an antenna)

So I tell Christians all the time to be a radio. When it comes to healing or finances or something God has provided by His grace, quit trying to work for it, pay for it or pledge and make promises for it. Simply learn to just tune in to Him and receive. Now a radio doesn’t care in the least what it plays, it will play any station that has a signal.

So how can we know that we are tuning to the right broadcast?

Easy! The Bible teaches us, in regards to a shepherd and his sheep, that the sheep know his voice. (John 10:4) So we know which voice to tune into. No problem there because if we are a son or daughter of God, then we know His voice.

Also remember: If it is not provided for by His grace then you can never make it manifest with Faith because you cannot make a demand on something that is not provided thru His finished work. By grace are you saved through faith……….

   Our faith takes what God’s grace has made available.                   

Grace Provided Through the Finished Work    |   Received Through the Faith of the Believer


Salvation
  • JOHN 3:16
  • ROMANS 10:9
 |  Ask
  • Provided by Grace through the finished work on the cross
  • I believe what you Jesus Thank You.
Healing
  • 1 PETER 2:24
  • ISAIAH 53
 |  Rest
  •  1 Cor. 1:20
  • Heb. 4:1
Prosperity
  • 3 JOHN 1:2
  • 2 COR 8:9
   
All Things That Pertain to Life and Godliness
  • ROM 8:32
  • PHP 4:19
 |  Receive
  •  1 JOHN 5:14-15
  • JOHN 14:14

All the promises contained in the Bible are based on the finished works of Jesus Christ: His redemptive work done on the cross and through His death, burial and resurrection.

  • God’s divine power has given us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him Who called us (2 Peter 1:3).
  • God has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ (Ephesians 1:3).
  • Jesus bore our sins in His body on the cross so we could die to sin and live to righteousness. We were healed by His stripes (1 Peter 2:24).
  • We are saved through faith, by grace. This is a gift from God. By His unmerited favor we are delivered from judgment through our faith. This salvation is not of ourselves (Ephesians 2:8, AMP).

One man said it like this and I really like it he said, “Faith is the tunnel bringing what we cannot see into manifestations that we can see”

Remember…look to your future and not to the past, learn to live in the grace of God and love much, forgive always and hold no bitterness toward anyone.