“Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom!” – 2 Cor. 3:17
Independence Day Picnic
Yesterday our HRock Church family celebrated our annual Independence Day Picnic, and it was a great day full of delicious food and fun for kids of all ages!
(My wife, Sue, and our daughter Mary enjoying the day’s festivities!)
On Tuesday last week, HRock gathered together in fasting and prayer in a Solemn Assembly. As a church we sought the Lord’s face and His righteousness, crying out for revival in our city and our nation. It truly was a powerful evening!
Reflecting on 42 Years of Salvation
Just a few weeks back I celebrated the 42nd anniversary of my salvation, at the same venue where I chose to leave my old life behind. I remember that moment so clearly:
In 1973, I walked out of a Deep Purple rock concert in Baltimore, Md. But I didn’t just walk out of a concert—I walked away from a dangerous and rebellious life and into the arms of Jesus.
It’s amazing that 42 years later I was in the same place, but instead of being there for revelry, I was there to minister. When I came to Christ, I was supernaturally delivered from a lifestyle of drugs and immorality.
Living In The Grace of God
Because of my testimony, people often ask me how they too can live a powerful life of holiness without ending up in extreme legalism. It may seem obvious, but the answer is found in the grace of Jesus.
I’m not talking about “hyper-grace,” where we find ourselves with no godly works, abusing grace and thinking we don’t need to confess or repent anymore. In Jesus we see the divine balance. He is full of grace, but He is also full of truth.
“And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” – John 1:16-17
We know that the standards of His truth exceed the Old Covenant because Jesus said,
You have heard… ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. – Matthew 5:27-28
Grace is the power to say no to ungodliness and yes to living a holy and self-controlled life filled with the Holy Spirit (Titus 2:11-14). That’s why we need more of His Spirit.
The Holy Spirit enables us to live a holy life and run the race of faith with joy and endurance (Heb. 12:1-2). Proverbs 24:16 says,
“A righteous man may fall seven times,” but he will “rise again.”
There is no condemnation, but we can’t have compromise either—we need to continue our race. When we get back up—by the grace of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit—we will persevere and finish our race well.
Keys To holiness
So, how do we run our course to reflect the holiness of our heavenly Father? Intimacy with Jesus. Let’s intentionally be in the Presence of God and stay continually filled (Eph. 5:18). Through intimacy with the Lord, we become sensitive to the moves of the Spirit (including what grieves and delights His heart).
We also need to meditate on God’s Word. Psalms 119:11 says,
Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.
Lastly, it’s important to be planted in a local church. Corporate fellowship helps us stay on fire and renewed in our mind.
We need a radically holy and on-fire Church to reach and win a radically lost world for Jesus. Not only can we be that Church—we are that Church!
See you next week!