Alexander “November News & Events 2017” Ministries

Darrell and Donnia at Larcomar, Miraflores district of Lima, Peru

Donnia and I hope everyone had a truly wonderful Thanksgiving with friends and family, to me Thanksgiving is my most favorite holiday.

You mean it’s only 29 days until Christmas! 2017 has been a very busy and fast year for me and Donnia, but it has also been a very great year of ministry every month being filled with places to go, messages to teach and seeing God do wonderful things. November was no different. We taught three seminars and hosted our dear friend and fellow missionaries Cathy Bentley and Tania Sims as they came and taught on “End Times” at Rhema North campus.

As I said Cathy and Tania came for a week and Cathy taught at the north campus on the subject of “End Times.” She had taught this in our main campus in 2015 and the pastors in Carabayllo District of Lima have been asking for her to come and teach in that area. They are about 2 hours from our main campus. Donnia and Cathy and Tania stayed in Comas only about 10 minutes from our main campus. (Also, we encourage you to check out Cathy’s website Connected to the Word for her teachings and both written and video.)

We want to give a very special “Thank You” to Tania for coming and translating for Cathy which made the classes really clear for the participants as she knows how to, shall we say, keep up with Cathy.

Here is a short video of the visit with them and I tell you of a few updates and some news. On Wednesday we had a day off, as it were, because all of Peru was preparing for the “Big Game” against New Zealand to see who would be going to Russia to play for the World Cup and everybody in Peru would be glued to a screen somewhere.

Lima had big screens up downtown and in various parts of the city and the government closed offices early, churches postponed services and streets were closed all over the city. So we took the opportunity to see some sites, eat at one of all of our favorite restaurants and walk around the beautiful Miraflores District of Lima. If you have not been to Peru or to Lima I personally invite you to come and let us show you around, we promise you will enjoy it.

Missionaries Cathy Bentley and Tania Sims teaching in Peru



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


Almost Live From Arequipa Peru

This time I am coming to you from beautiful Arequipa Peru. Arequipa is Peru’s second most populous city with 861,145 inhabitants, as well as its second most populous metropolitan area as of 2016. The city was founded on 15 August 1540 and is called the “White City” due to the buildings being made from volcanic rock which glistens bright white in the brilliant sunshine. Arequipa is located in the southern part of Peru.

The city is located  7,638 ft of elevation above sea level, with the lowest part of the city being at 6,696 ft above sea level in the area called Huayco Uchumayo while the highest is located at 9,220 ft above sea level.

The central part of the city is crossed by the Chili River from north to south; to the north and east of Arequipa are the Andes mountains, while to the south and west there are minor mountain ranges associated to the Andes. A series of volcanic cones dominate the city skyline: Misti, and the extinct volcanic groups Pichu Pichu and Chachani. The western slopes of the Andes in the region feature thick layers of volcanic lava that cover large areas. Always a wonderful climate in this beautiful and active city yhroughout the year, temperatures do not exceed 25 °C (77 °F) and rarely drop below 5 °C (41 °F)



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

Balancing Grace and Faith

Grace and faith work together but they must be in balance.

How do I receive the blessings of God in my life? This is a common question I hear a lot. When people are saying this to me and others normally the next statement is, “I have been reading my Bible, and I’ve been going to church and I tithe, and I have been praying, but still I am not seeing any results”

Well, ‘question asked question answered’ because the whole root of the problem is right here: They have somehow gotten the idea that God’s response is linked to their performance. And the reason they have this idea is because they do not understand the balance of grace and faith and the relationship of the two.

What does grace mean? The definition of grace is unmerited, unearned, undeserved favor. So, what does that mean? That means we have some really good news, grace has nothing to do with you. Grace existed before you ever came into the picture. Here’s another way of saying it, grace is God’s part.

Now that we have a good definition of grace, what about faith,? I like to define it this way, ‘a positive response to what God has already provided by grace’. In other words, faith is your positive response to God’s grace. You see faith only appropriates what God has already made available to you and to anyone who will receive through faith. Therefore, faith is our part.

Grace and faith work hand in hand with each other, and they must be in balance.

Ephesians 2:8-9 says, ‘For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.’

Often we read very familiar scriptures and we don’t really read them. We start reading and then, subconsciously, we think “Oh, I know this.” But in this verse a very strong and great truth is revealed. It says, ‘we are saved’. That word alone is huge, but we are saved ‘by grace through faith’, not just by one or the other. It takes both working together, grace (God’s part) and faith (our part) to receive salvation. This word salvation is a tremendous word that effects every detail of your spiritual life. (I have a whole teaching on the word salvation.)

But let us go on. It must be understood that salvation is not dependent on grace alone. This type of thinking breeds universalism, because if salvation was dependent on grace alone then everyone would be saved and going to heaven, because God’s grace is the same towards everyone. God has given His great gift of salvation to everyone through the Lord Jesus Christ. But, it is by faith that a person receives that which Jesus has done on the cross. That is why he said, “It is finished.” (to read more see my teaching “tetelestai”)

The popular teaching today is that we need to ask God to forgive us of our sins in order to be saved, but that really is not what the Bible teaches. I know that is the most popular belief but let’s believe the Bible regardless of how we have always believed or been taught.

To believe that we need to ask God to forgive us our sins in order to be saved then we must believe that Jesus did not die for the whole world. If we look at 1 John 2:2, we can readily see it states that Jesus was the atoning sacrifice for the whole world. Jesus didn’t die for just a few or for only the ones He knew would accept Him, He died for every person who has ever lived, every drug addict, prostitute, liar, every sinner and He did it before you or I ever committed one single sin…’while we were yet sinners Christ died for us’ (Rom. 5:8).

Here is a radical truth and it will rub some the wrong way, and this truth would probably keep me from going into most churches and teaching: Sin is not an issue with God! How can I say that you may be asking. Well, the Lord is not waiting for us to ask Him to forgive us of our sins. I’ll just let that sink in a minute because I know that is a radical statement.

The sins of the entire world – past, present, and future – have already been forgiven. Even the vilest men that have ever lived had grace

extended to them! Jesus loved them and paid for their sins just as He did for you and me. God is not a respecter of persons (Rom. 2:11).

God has already done all that He is going to do. He has done His part and it is now up to each individual to do their part. Paul didn’t tell the Philippian jailer to ask Jesus to forgive him; Paul told him to believe on what Jesus had already done and he would be saved (Acts 16:31). We confess the Lord Jesus, not our sins, to receive this gift of salvation (Rom. 10:9).

You may be asking at this point, “are you saying then that everybody in the world is already saved?” Certainly not. We have to receive forgiveness by faith, but I am saying, The Lord has already forgiven everyone’s sin, (1 John 2:2). That’s grace. And now we have to put faith in what God has provided by grace to be saved. (Eph.2:8)

Our part is to receive that truth by faith and make it real in our lives. In other words you need to open your gift and say with your mouth “I receive Jesus as my Lord and I receive His forgiveness of sin” 

Jesus is the lamb of God, the one that John the Baptist spoke of in John 1:29 who came to take away the sins of the world!

Do you know that people do not go to hell for committing adultery, stealing, or even murder. Those sins and all sins have already been paid for. But the church often misinterprets John 16:8 and teaches that the Holy Spirit is here to convict you of all your sins. Well, I am here to tell you that that is not what the Holy Spirit is here to do. He is here to convict you of the single sin of not receiving Jesus as your Savior. The only conviction is that of believing in Jesus Christ.

The Bible plainly teaches in John 16:8-9 that the only sin that is going to send people to hell is the sin of rejecting Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. So, stop magnifying sin in your life, and start magnifying the righteousness that He brought. The message that much of the church is teaching does only one thing, it causes people to become sin-conscious instead of conscious of righteousness or as I like to say righteousness consciousness. Being sin-conscious causes us to link our performance.. Bible reading, praying, going to church.. to all the other blessings of God. See Rom. 3:19-22

Look at this statement by Andrew Wommack:

God’s grace has provided not only for salvation but also for every need of your life. That provision is not based on whether you are reading the Bible enough, praying enough, going to church, or even paying your tithes. Before you ever had a financial need, God created the provision. Before you were sick, God, through grace, provided your healing (1 Pet. 2:24). Before you ever became discouraged, God blessed you with all spiritual blessings (Eph. 1:3). God anticipated every need you could ever have and has met those needs through Jesus before you existed. That’s grace.

In truth Jesus hasn’t done anything to save, heal, deliver or prosper anyone, not a single person, in the last 2,000 plus years. I say that because what God provided by grace over 2,000 years ago, when mixed with faith, becomes a reality in the believer’s life today. Remember our definition of faith, Faith appropriates what God has already provided. I say over and over again, faith does not move God, faith does not make God do one thing for anybody. But grace and faith work together. Our part is to accept what God has already provided by grace, just like we did when we were born again. When we were born again we did one thing, we accepted what God had done through Jesus on the cross and received the gift of salvation. Grace must be balanced with faith.

It is not the truth that sets you free; it’s the truth you know that will set you free (John 8:32). What truth am I talking about? The fact that we must put our faith in what God has already done, not in what you think you need to do. Healing, forgiveness for sin, prosperity and everything else provided for in the atonement must be appropriated by one thing and one thing alone, Faith.

God has finished His part, all He is going to do. His part was sending His son, Jesus. His grace has provided for whosoever will (John 3:16) through the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. No mixed signals here, no hidden meanings in this message and in what God has done. The news that every person needs to hear is in fact Good News. Actually Paul said it was “almost too good to be true news” because there is absolutely nothing we can do to earn it and nothing we can do to lose it. We are not talking about the act of rejecting Christ, we are talking about losing something like a one loses a set of car keys.

Let me recommend to articles here for greater clarity: Redemption and the other one is Eternal Life

It is very simple: We respond to God’s grace by faith and receive what He has already accomplished for us. But as simple as that is and as simple as it sounds, most Christians don’t understand it. They still want to fight and do spiritual battle or perform some good work. They want to tie reading the Bible, praying, going to church, or even paying their tithes to appropriating God’s favor and blessing, when clearly we can see that God has freely provided every provision for this life and the life to come:

2 Peter 1:3 (KJV) According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:

Ephesians 1:3 (NLT) All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ.

Philippians 4:19 (NKJV) And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Many emphasize grace and that is their focus. Others look at only faith and put the emphasis on that, but we balance grace and faith. Very few do that. Grace with a positive response of faith won’t save you, and faith that is not in response to God’s grace will bring you into condemnation. But if we put our faith in the things God has already done (finished) for us, then we have the victory that overcomes the world.

1 John 5:4 (KJV) For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.

It’s Something Good And You’ve Got All You Need

So many Christians are sidelined by the idea that they don’t have enough faith because when praying for others or themselves about sickness or provisions, nothing happens. So the thought that immediately comes is, “I must not have enough faith or I have too little faith; so, I must need more faith.” And now their focus becomes an all-out effort to find or somehow obtain more faith and thereby doing so, the sick remain unhealed and the provisions needed are never realized.

All the while the words of the Apostle Paul lie dormant waiting to be resurrected in the heart of the believer. What did he say, you ask? Well, the Apostle Paul said he lived by the faith of  the Son of God (not faith in) (Gal 2: 20). Please don’t take me wrong, I don’t believe there is anything wrong in saying we put our faith in the Son of God but Paul was saying very clearly that he was living by the faith OF Jesus. (also look at Gal. 2:16). That’s powerfully good news because we know there is nothing wrong with Jesus’ faith! And our faith is a gift from God (Eph. 2:8) and we absolutely know God does not give bad gifts. (James 1:17)

So, if it is not a gift problem or a faith problem, what is it? It’s a good problem that’s not so good. The problem is that we don’t understand just how good we have it or just how good He really is. I wish I could express this better (but I just honestly don’t know how), but this one revelation of just how good… really, really good…we’ve got it…that by acknowledging or having a full-knowledge of every good thing that is already in us, right now, our faith begins to transmit or to release upon the understanding of the good things in us because we are in Jesus Christ.  Therefore we have it now! It’s in us! We are not asking God to heal us, we are not asking God to meet our needs, we have it now.  Those things are transmitted or released from within our born again spirit and manifested in the natural because His grace has already provided them! Faith is what is used to revive them, or better yet, Faith appropriates what Grace has provided.

Paul said to us in (Phm. 1:6),

“that the communication of your faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus”

Phm 1:6 The LITV Bible says it this way, “so that the fellowship of your faith may operate in a full knowledge of every good thing in you for Jesus Christ”.

The word “communication” means the release, transferal, or transmission of our faith begins to work when we acknowledge all of the good things that are in us because we are in Christ Jesus. Now, I know some may be saying “but I’m like Paul when he said in the book of Romans, there is no good thing in me.” But that is not what Paul said, in Romans. Look at what he did say in Romans 7:18: For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. He qualified that statement by saying “in my Flesh.” He was talking about his flesh.

In other words, apart from Christ there was no good thing. But we are not apart from Christ or without Him because, He is in us.

Asking God for more faith or bigger faith is not the answer. N0! What we need is to renew or minds and acknowledge that every good thing, or as James says “every good and perfect gift, has come down from the Father of lights” and it is already in us on account of Jesus.

Simply put, every good thing, (Healing, Provisions, Joy, Deliverance from Addictions & Depression,) is already in us as a gift from God, it’s in you because it is In Him!

And we, beloved, are In Him.

I Have Been Alive and I Have Been Dead……Dead Is Better Because It Made Me Alive

Alive and then Dead

Romans 5:15
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.

Romans 6:4
4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

I know it can seem confusing but it really is not. You must understand what kind of death and what dead means according to scripture and when it is good and when it is bad because all death is not bad. When I was younger and did not know Christ Jesus and had no understanding of God and lived my life in way I wanted to I was alive to my will but I was really the walking dead. So how did this happen and why and just how did I get dead to begin with? All very good questions to be sure and ones that really do have an answer and a clear one at that.

As our verse above states the offence of one caused many to be dead. It’s like an illustration I read not too long ago that showed how this happened. In this illustration the man said he was driving his family to have a family outing where they were going to eat at the park and enjoy the day. Sounds great, right? But, unfortunately, the man made a wrong turn and went a long way out of the way from the park they were to be going to. Now he made the mistake…one guy… but the bigger problem was that he had his family in the car and through no fault their own they all ended up at the wrong place because they were all in the car together. Through one man’s misdirection the whole suffered.

It is the same for mankind.

I know you may be thinking, “That stinks! How did this happen?” Glad you asked. Let me show you right here in the book of Romans.

Romans 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.

The idea that the sin nature was inherited is a totally new concept to many Christians, but it is a fact none the less. The majority of people believe it’s what they do that makes them sinners. But this verse clearly teaches that sin entered the earth through one man, Adam (also see Romans 5:15-18), and death is a result of that sin (Romans 5:15). It is not our individual actions of sin that separate us from God (separation from God is spiritual death). It’s that sin nature that separates us.

Our sins don’t make us sinners. We were born sinners (remember the car story) and we sin because that is our nature. Paul said this in Ephesians 2:3 “And were by nature the children of wrath.” This is why we “must be born again” (John 3:7). We received our sinful nature through our natural birth, and we only receive a new nature through a spiritual birth. You are saved by grace through faith! Paul makes this very clear and he also made a comparison of just how great this grace was in its working in Romans 5:7.

Paul, in an effort to show just how great this love of God is and how it is shown to us through grace, makes an illustration. One of the greatest expressions of love a human can do is to lay down their life for another. But then Paul went further still and illustrated that yes, it is possible to image people giving up their lives for others, that happens and has happened many times. But the shocking thing and the thing that is inconceivable is that a person would give up their life and lay it down for a sworn enemy. And yet this is exactly what God did as we can read here in Romans 5:10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. And because this is the case of what was done for me and for you let me ask you, how could we ever doubt the goodness of God towards us? (Wommack, 2015),

At this point where Paul was making those comparisons, he made another to make the same point. Many teachers do this. They say the same thing only in a slightly different way as to bring more understanding to the subject. And in so doing he added as it were a parentheses and inserted Romans 5:13-17 and to really get a clear picture of what Paul was saying it is very helpful to skip this parenthetical section of Romans 5:12 to 5:18 and read it like this.

Romans 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

Romans 5:18 – Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.

I Have Been Alive and I Have Been Dead……Dead Is Better Because It Made Me Alive
Part Two

In other words, Paul is saying that in the same way that we all inherited the sin nature independently of our own actions (we were passengers in the car), we also inherit God’s righteous nature, not because of what we have done but through the new birth provided to us through Jesus Christ and His finished work on the cross. We became sinners through what ONE man did and we become righteous through what ONE man has done. We see in 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And in being a new creature in Christ Jesus we became alive in Christ and dead to sin hence the title of the article: I Have Been Alive and I Have Been Dead……Dead Is Better Because It Made Me Alive

Maybe this will help like a timeline:

• Alive to sin – I was born with the nature of sin
• Dead to God (separated/spiritual death)
o Colossians 2:13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses. The death spoken of here is spiritual death resulting from sin. People without Christ may be physically alive, yet they walk around in the state of spiritual death. Scripture describes this condition as being alienated from the life of God, controlled by the old nature, having no hope, being by nature the children of wrath, and controlled by the prince of the power of the air (Ephesians 2:1-6, 12, 4:18; and Galatians 5:19-21).
• Alive to God (new birth) – Being quickened, or made alive, with Christ reverses the effects of spiritual death. All that had once alienated us from God is gone, and we are now seated with Christ Jesus in the very presence of God (Colossians 3:1).
• Dead to sin – Romans 6:2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Also see Col.3:3
o (which made me)
• Alive to God through Christ and made righteous and my life is hid in Christ, Colossians 3:3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. Galatians 2:19 For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God.

Paul was saying that his deliverance from the Law (which is the strength of sin – see I Corinthians 15:56) is not through unlawful means. The Law demanded death for sin because the wages of sin is death, Romans 6:23 (Ezekiel 18:4 and 20), and Jesus fulfilled that requirement by dying in our place. Now it would be unlawful to punish us once our debt has been paid. That would be double jeopardy. So then how do we live? We live the same way that Paul, who was alive then dead then alive again, lived. (Wommack, 2015)

Looking at Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

And again in Galatians 2:16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.

Please look at a very important word here, although it is a small word it has big meaning. “OF” Paul said he was living by the faith OF, not faith IN, the Son of God. Now don’t take me wrong I do not believe it is wrong to say we place our faith in the Son of God, but Paul was clear here saying that he was living by the faith OF Jesus and again repeated it in Gal. 2:16 as seen above. We use the faith OF Jesus and where do we get it? Well, the same place as Paul and as every born-again believer gets it from, the Word of God, Romans 10:17 Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Most of the oldest transcripts read, ‘faith comes by hearing the word or message of Christ. ( See examples below)’ We heard the report and faith came to be born-again, we continue to hear the message and in hearing we do and faith is, therefore, the doing.

And so we as believes are alive and full of the life of God and we live by the faith of God who loved us and gave His life for us. And as Paul wrote in Colossians 2:13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened (made alive) together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses. And looking a bit farther into His Word we can see even more and this is really exciting because we can see such a great truth here (but I must warn you at this point, if you are still wearing your religious glasses take them off now so as not to incur religious action that could cause blindness to the truth…..)

Hebrews 10:10-14
10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
11 And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:
12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;
13 From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.
14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.

This is speaking of past, present, and even future sins. All our sins have been dealt with through the sacrifice and atonement of Christ. And if you are saying, “Wait! Future sins can’t be forgiven,” you better think again. Jesus died for our sins 2,000 years ago, before we ever committed sins. If you think sins cannot be forgiven before they are committed, then your sins aren’t forgiven. Keeping in our minds and hearts 2 Timothy 2:11 It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him. As a Christian we will suffer some hardships and failings but God is so good that even when we fail, He remains faithful to us (2 Timothy 2:13). Paul used a series of opposites to put our hardships in perspective. If we die, we live (this verse). If we suffer, we reign (2 Timothy 2:12). Though we falter in our faith, God never will. Always remember the rewards are greater than the sacrifices. As a child of God we can’t lose for winning. (Wommack, 2015)

(Video) Taking It To The Streets In Huancayo Peru with LWFC Mission Team 2017

Below is the mission update I promised from Huancayo,Peru. It is our hope and desire that you will be blessed by this video and all that the Lord has done and is doing here in Peru.

From the 27th of August till September 2 we were honored to host the mission team from Living Word Family Church in Naples, FL. We met the team at the airport, along with Pastor Billy and the volunteers from La Comunidad Carismatica de Lima Church (who translated and worked in various ways).


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.

Pst Darrell

“What In Our World Has Been Going ON?” AMI Video Update

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Don’t Be An Angry Porcupine

Some people change as easily as the seasons and yet there are many who embrace change as if they were hugging an angry porcupine! It’s a fight all the way with lots of kicking and screaming!

Growth means change and when we are opposed to change we are not open to growing. Therefore many Christians are still in the baby stage of their walk with God when they should be teachers of His word (Heb. 5:12). Have you ever seen a plant or a tree (or an organization) that’s growing and not in a constant state of change? For the plant or tree it’s easy. It just grows and the change is evident to everyone. Our life should be just like that—growing, changing, and evident to the world. The Word of God in us is the same. When planted in a fertile heart, it just produces, easily.


No Substitutions Please

If you’re like a lot of Christians, you have probably tried to change many times but find it hard and frustrating. Why? Because you aren’t going about it God’s way. Many substitute prayer, fasting, and self-effort for the seed of God’s Word. Don’t get me wrong, prayer and fasting are important! They are like water and fertilizer to a seed. And don’t make the mistake of thinking that not depending on self-effort means NO EFFORT! The only effort on your part is to put God’s Word in your heart and protect and nurture it. Then God’s Word will produce the change. You cannot disregard faith, but don’t turn your faith (or fasting or prayer) into a work of the flesh.  A seed needs water and fertilizer. But it is the seed that has the design and the miracle that produces life in it. The Word is the seed but it needs to be watered and fertilized.

Eph. 4:15 says, ‘But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, [even] Christ:’

How do we grow?

Well, we must eat and exercise and live a long time and experience things and learn from them along the way.

We Will Never Grow Unless We Want to Grow

We must WANT to grow.

1 Peter 2:2 says, ‘Desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby.’

Many like being babies. They don’t want to grow. It’s easy to be a baby – no responsibility, others feed you, clothe you, and change your diaper. But we should never be content to being a baby throughout our life. That should not the goal you have before you. We are born babies so we can grow up and be productive and useful.

I guarantee that something in your life is about to change, so just get ready and grow with it. When Jesus came there was a change and the religious people did not want the change. People who are hard to change are normally religious in their thinking and ways of doing things, because they do or don’t do those things religiously.

The Covenant Changed

In Exodus 19: 4- 8 we can see something about change. Here there was an exchange of covenants and in verses 9-20 we see that everything changed. The children of Israel elected to come under a different covenant based on their performance, and it was not pretty. But thanks be unto God that all changed again under Jesus and God does not deal with us today like He dealt with the Old Testament people. Why? Because He is operating under a different agreement with us, His Sons and Daughters. We are under the agreement of grace and not law. It is no longer do good – get good and do bad – get bad.

Titus 2: 11& 12 says, ‘For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;’

If you think because you are under grace you can just go out and sin, then you really don’t even know what grace is. You do not understand grace. You are not under grace because you don’t know grace. Jesus is grace and truth. John 1:17, ‘For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. Grace and Truth are a singular unit and a singular verb in the Greek language, they are synonymous terms. You cannot separate grace and truth, this unmerited favor is truth and this truth is unmerited favor. And they came by Jesus.

Look at Joseph, he did not have a law, so how did he know what to do? The answer is he had a personal relationship with God. To know Him is to love Him and to know Him is to understand just how much He loves you. When we have a real revelation of His love for us it will stop being all about how much we say we love Him and all about how much we tell of His great love for us.


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