Reign in Life – part 2

By: Mike Walker
From: September-October 2010
Found in: The Gospel of Grace
As believers we are destined to reign in life. Still many believers seem to have a life of defeat, poverty and failure. So what stops us from reigning in life?

2 Pet 1:3 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: (KJV)
We are destined to reign in life. We are called by God to be a success, to enjoy having enough that we are blessed to be a blessing, to enjoy health and to enjoy a life of victory!  We can see in this scripture that by His divine power He has already given us all things - through the knowledge of Him!  It’s not His desire that we live a life of defeat, poverty and failure!

We are destined to reign in life because Jesus is the Lord of our life!  When we reign in life, we reign over sin, over the powers of darkness, over depression, over poverty, over every curse. We reign over sickness and disease, and over the devil and all of his plans.

Receive Grace and Reign in Life

The power to reign does not depend on our background. It does not depend on our education, on how we look, or on the savings we have in our bank account.  The power to reign is based entirely on Jesus alone!  This declaration that we will reign in life is based on a promise that has been recorded in the Word of God.

Rom 5:17 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.) (KJV)

The moment a person learns to receive grace they will begin to reign in life!

Last time we looked at this amazing truth and discovered the simplicity of the Gospel. We learned that God’s ways are not about achieving, but about receiving!  He promised that when we receive the abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness, we will reign in life.  He did not say that when we achieve grace and our own righteousness, we would reign in life. 
The moment a person learns to receive grace they will begin to reign in life! So the enemy has set up many obstacles and fences around the gospel of grace. 

John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
The enemy does not want us to reign in life, so he works hard to prevent believers from receiving the abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness. 
Now we are going to expose some of those obstacles that he has placed to stop us from receiving!

The Enemy Wants to Keep Us Under the Law

God blesses us not because we are good, but because He is good!  Grace is based on His faithfulness and goodness toward us.  It is not based on our performance, but it is based on His undeserved favor.  If it was based on how good we are, then it would no longer be grace, but would be based on the system of the Law.  It would become deserved favor. 

The Law is deserved favor - when we obey the commandments perfectly, we will be blessed.  Grace is undeserved favor. Jesus obeyed the Father perfectly and we will be blessed by believing in Him.

Some people believe that they have to be so careful when it comes to teaching about grace, and when they hear someone talking about grace they immediately put their guard up. Grace is not a topic - grace is the Gospel!  It is the news that is too good to be true, but it is true!  It is not a doctrine - it is the person of Jesus Christ!  That is why the Lord wants us to have the abundance of grace, because to have the abundance of grace is to have the abundance of Jesus. 

John 1:17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. (KJV)
The Law was given, so we get the sense of distance, but then grace came!  Grace came as a person and His name is Jesus!  Jesus is grace!  Jesus is also truth and when we know truth, truth will make us free. Jesus makes us free from sin, not the Law of Moses!  The Law of Moses is a truth, but not the truth that makes us free.  Truth that makes us free is on the side of grace! 

the enemy does all he can to keep people under the Law so that he can keep them defeated!

So the enemy does all he can to keep people under the Law so that he can keep them defeated!  We never hear someone say, be careful of the Ten Commandments or be careful of that Law preacher.  There is no controversy about the Ten Commandments because the devil wants us to be subject to the Law.  He doesn’t want people to know that Jesus has freed us from the Law. 

Some people are afraid that when we tell a believer he is completely forgiven by grace and doesn’t have to earn his right standing before God, that he might go out and live in sin.

1 Cor 15:56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. (KJV)
We can see that the Bible is clear that the strength of sin is the Law. So the more a person is under the Law, the more the sin they struggle with is strengthened against them.  But the more we understand that we are under grace, the more sin loses its strength over our life! 

Rom 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. (KJV)
This means the more you receive the abundance of grace, the more you will reign over sin in your life.  I used to see sin. Then I would preach so strong against a certain sin, not understanding that I was empowering that sin to stay. It was like adding fuel to the fire, because sin is strengthened every time the Law is preached!  But the power to have dominion over sin is given to us when more grace is preached! 

sin is strengthened every time the Law is preached!

So who has switched this understanding?  It is the devil who came to steal, kill, and to destroy. He does not want us to reign in life - he wants sin and death to reign over us!

Rom 5:17 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. (KJV)Let’s reign in life and see the salvation of the Lord!  Let’s live our lives based on the foundation of the finished work of Christ.  Receive the abundance of grace – sin forgiven, healing, peace, provision, direction, friendship, victory!  None of this can be earned or deserved.

Next time we are going to look at the obstacles the enemy places against the gift of righteousness! It is not about achieving righteousness; it’s not about achieving abundance of grace - it’s about receiving!

Can you agree that sin reigns in people’s lives because of Adam’s sin?  But much more – “to be abundantly, a far greater degree, abundantly better, far more” – shall those who receive the abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness reign in life by One, Jesus Christ!

By: Mike Walker

Rev. Walker along with his wife Jane set out to establish and build a strong local church in Post Falls, ID. Thus came the pioneering of Faith Tabernacle Church. Since that step of faith 23 years ago, this journey has seen them into over twenty countries.

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