Under The Old Covenant Of The Law, Character was developed by the things you experienced in the flesh because Gods Spirit was not joined to man’ spirit. Under The New Covenant Of Grace, the Word of God taught by The Spirit Of Grace joined to man’ spirit Develops Character, Teaches Us and makes us Spiritually Strong. When we focus on the storms, valleys, wilderness, and troubles of life. When we make the declaration that these events develop our character, make us stronger, teach us and are just stepping stones taking us to better places. We have eaten Poison, The Fruit Of Lies. The devil has accomplished his goal by taking our focus off of Jesus, The True Stepping Stone and The New Covenant Of Grace, a better Teacher and Protector. This past Year of 2016 has not been easy. A large tumor in my lower intestine was Cancer. Chemo, Radiation and Three Major Surgeries left me dealing with side effects. I take it one day at a time. I am so thankful that I have come to the knowledge that My God, My Heavenly Father loves me and did not send this Storm. If I ask him he will walk through it with me, comforting me and giving me peace in the storm.
Hosea 10:13 Ye have plowed wickedness, ye have reaped iniquity; ye have Eaten (Spoken) The Fruit Of Lies:
Prov 18:21 Death (The Law Of Sin & Death/Curse) And Life (The Law Of The Spirit Of Life, Grace) are in the Power Of The Tongue: and they that love it shall Eat (Speak) the Fruit Thereof. (Curse Or Blessing)(Law Or Grace)”What you speak is what you eat spiritually”
John 10:10 The Thief (Satan, Fallen Angels) cometh not, but for to Steal, (The Word, Our Agreement With Grace By Pulling Us Back Under The Law) and to Kill, And To Destroy: (Soul & Body)= (Enforcing The Mosaic Law/Curse) I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. (Under The New Covenant Of Grace)
Mark 4:15 And these are they by The Way Side, Where The Word Is Sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away The Word (Knowledge Of Grace) that was sown in their hearts.
John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that In Me (Under Grace) Ye Might Have Peace. (Peace Comes From God Through His Word) In The World (Under The Law) Ye Shall Have Tribulation: (Storms Of Life Do Not Come from God) but be of good cheer; I Have Overcome The World. (The Law)
Matt 7:24-25 Therefore whosoever heareth These Sayings Of Mine, (The Word Of Grace) And Doeth Them, (Obedience, Unleavened Bread) I will liken him unto A Wise Man, (Spirit Of Man) which built His House (Soul & Body) upon A Rock: (Jesus The Word, Grace) 25 And The Rain Descended, And The Floods Came, And The Winds Blew, (Storms Of Life, The Law) and beat upon That House; (Soul & Body) and it fell not: For It Was Founded Upon A Rock. (Jesus The Word, Grace)=(Psalms 18:31-32 For who is God save the Lord? or Who Is A Rock Save Our God? 32 It is God that girdeth me With Strength, and maketh my way perfect.)
“The Storm did not make the house strong, the house was strong before the storm came, because of the foundation, The Word Of Grace.”
Matt 7:26 And every one that heareth these Sayings Of Mine, (The Word Of Grace) and Doeth Them Not, (Rebellion, Leavened Bread) shall be likened unto A Foolish Man, (Spirit Of Man) which built His House (Soul & Body) Upon The Sand: (The Law) 27 And The Rain Descended, And The Floods Came, And The Winds Blew, (Storms Of Life) and beat upon That House; (Soul & Body) and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
“The house that was built on the sand was weak before the storm came, because of it’s lack of foundation (The Word)”
The Natural (Carnal) Mind = “Under The Law” Says the Storms Of Life make us strong. “What does not kill us makes us stronger.”
The Spiritual Mind = “Under Grace” Say’s The Word makes us strong.”
“The Storms of life do not make us strong, We are strong because of the Word Of Grace.” “The Storm is just the Storm, nothing more nothing less” “Keep your focus on The Word/ Jesus/Grace, nothing else.”
Eph 2:20-22 And are built upon the foundation of the Apostles (New Testament Revelation Of Jesus) and Prophets, (Old Testament Revelation Of Jesus) Jesus Christ himself being The Chief Corner Stone; (Foundation For Building The Church) 21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: 22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
John 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the Flesh Profiteth Nothing: The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.
2 Tim 3:16-17 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for Instruction (Gr 3809) = Chastening) in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
“The Law says take a little child and put their hand into the fire causing a blister, then say learn from this experience.”
“Grace says take a little child and show them a picture of a fire and a hand with a blister on it from touching the fire. Grace takes the picture & teaches us not to put our hand into the fire.”
Romans 15:4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime Were Written For Our Learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
James 5:10 Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, For An Example of suffering affliction, and of patience.
James 1:2-4 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; 3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. 4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
“Tribulations and Temptations” do not produce Patience; they put a demand on Patience which is a Fruit of the Spirit and already inside us by the Spirit. We count it all joy knowing that God will make a way of escape and if I’m not mature enough to hear his voice and take the escape he has provided he will not leave me alone but will walk with me through the storm giving me strength to endure.
1 Cor 2:11-14 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save The Spirit Of Man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, But The Spirit Of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of The World, (The Law) but the spirit which is of God; (Spirit Of Grace) that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. = (Romans 8:16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:)
1 Cor 2:13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but Which The Holy Ghost Teacheth; Comparing Spiritual Things With Spiritual. 14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because They Are Spiritually Discerned.