Destined to Win Part 5
Destined to Win Part 5 with Pastors Aaron and Lawson Perdue. Dive into Ephesians chapter 2. There is power in the blood of Jesus and it will work wonders in your life!
Destined to Win
When Jesus saved you, your destiny changed completely! He radically transformed us and brought us from death to life, from sin to righteousness, and from defeat to victory. Pastor Lawson goes through the book of Ephesians in detail and shows us exactly why we are destined to win. We are no longer fighting to be overcomers, we are made victorious through Jesus and any weapon formed against us will not prosper! Jesus came to give us life and have that life more abundantly! Because of God and his great love, we are destined to win!
Destined to Win Part 5 Transcript
Welcome to Grace for Today. I’m Pastor Aaron Purdue here at Charis Christian Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. I’ll be joined with my father, Pastor Lawson Purdue. We’ll be sharing from Ephesians chapter two. There is power in the blood of Jesus. There is mighty, mighty wonder working power in the blood of Jesus. Thank you so much for joining us today. I know this broadcast is gonna be a blessing to you. Open your heart and receive the word today.
Friends, it’s so good to have you with us today. And I have my son, Aaron. We’ve been teaching from the book of Ephesians. We began in chapter one talking about we have a new position and a new condition that we’re blessed, that we’re chosen, that we’re holy, that we’re blameless, that we’re predestined to succeed, that we’re accepted in the beloved, that we’re redeemed from every curse and forgiven for every sin. Then we talk about how we have a brand new purpose in Christ. And when you understand his purpose, it really changes the where you’re going. Then we find out we have a brand new way of praying. We pray from a position of victory. And in Paul’s prayers, in Ephesians one, Ephesians three, Philippians one, Colossians chapter one, he never prays, I’m so sick, I’m so weak, I’m so poor. Oh God, would you help me? He never prays like a victim. He prays like a victor. This is who Christ is. This is what he’s called you to do. This is what he’s invested in you so you can get the job done. Amen. And then we begin to talk about how we’ve been transformed from darkness to life, from death to life, from to bondage to freedom through the gospel. Through the grace of Jesus Christ. we’re saved by grace through faith. It’s not by our performance, it’s not by our works, but it’s by his grace. And we just believed it and we believed it that changed everything. He says, for where his workmanship created in Christ Jesus to good works, which God before the foundation of the world ordained, that we should walk in him. That’s an amazing thought in Ephesians 2:10, that we begin from this position and we begin with this amazing purpose that we created to good works. And God had a plan for us before we were ever born, and we entered into it through salvation. But then when you get to know the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit gives you revelation of God’s specific purpose and plan in your life. Now we’re gonna move on in to Ephesians 2:11, and we’re gonna begin to talk about how we have victory through the blood of Jesus. He talks about who we were and then who we are. Aaron, why don’t you read verse 11 through verse 13.
So therefore, remember that you once Gentiles in the flesh who were called circumcision by what is called the circumcision, made in the flesh by hands, that at that time you were without Christ being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus, you who once were far off, have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
Hallelujah. So he talks about who we are. And we’re talk talking about, who we were, our spiritual condition and then who we are. He said you were Gentiles, you were heathens, you were unbelievers. But he says, you were called uncircumcision. You were called not covenant people by those who were covenant people, but you were without Christ. You either have Christ or you don’t have Christ. You’re either saved or you’re lost. He said, “You were alienated “from the commonwealth of Israel.” You were alienated from the people of God. You were estranged from the covenant of promise. Man, we have covenants of promise in Jesus Christ. He says, “You had no hope.” This is something that’s kinda funny but my mother, when she first got involved in Andrew Wommack’s Bible study, she prayed for me and she said, “Lord God, could you help me with Lawson? “He is hopeless”. That’s what she literally prayed to God. And God’s so changed my life when I got baptized in the Holy Spirit and began to understand who I was in Christ, began to understand these things that were teaching that… Man, my parents could not keep me away from church. They could not keep me away from the things of God. They literally worried about me because I didn’t do anything really besides go to church and take care of cows, take care of our stuff on the farm. But man, God recharged my life and got me going in the right direction. Praise God. You know God is a God of grace and he’ll change us, and he’s changed us by his grace and so…
I love what Paul writes here in these verses here in Ephesians 2, just how we were strangers from the covenants of promise. So now that we have Jesus, we’re actually adopted into those, into that commonwealth, all the prophecies, all the promises, all the covenants that belong to Israel, the chosen people of God, we are now chosen, we’re grafted in.
Paul writes about that in Romans, how we’re grafted in. So we now have access to those covenants. Like we are blessed with faithful Abraham. The blessing that was on Abraham’s life is now available to Gentiles through faith in Jesus Christ.
Amen. So the moment that you believe on Jesus, you are blessed with believing Abraham, that’s Galatians 3:8-9. And you know the moment you believe, you’re blessed, and we’ve been talking about, he begins this in Ephesians 1:3 that says, “You’re blessed with every spiritual blessing “in heavenly places and in Christ Jesus.” And so he says this, “You were without God in this world.” You had no hope and you were without God. You were separated from the people of Israel, the covenant people of God, and is strange from the covenant of promise. Jewish people have an attitude. I’m blessed by the most high God. I have a covenant with God. And because of that attitude, there is hardly a Jewish person anywhere in prison because you know what, when you have a purpose that comes from God and you understand and have this mentality that I’m a covenant person of God and I’m blessed by the most high God, it changes your destiny. And that is the truth about us in Christ, that we are the seed of Abraham by faith in Jesus. There’s only two kinds of people on the earth today. People who believe and people who don’t. People are saved and people who are lost. And that’s if you made a decision to believe on Jesus. And when you believe on Jesus, you enter into these covenants of promise. I know, Aaron, you got a revelation of this when you were in college. I remember when I went to visit you, when you were getting your master’s degree or your doctorate degree in Houston, Texas, you were leaving in a 500 square foot apartment in not a very good area of Houston, but you put a sign right by your doorpost that said, “I am blessed by the most high God, “the possessor of heaven and earth.”
That’s actually a blessing that God just really illuminated to me, something enlightened in my understanding that I understood that I was blessed when I was reading that. That comes from a Genesis 14 when Abram goes out and fights against these enemy kings who stole his nephew Lot and their families and their possessions. Abram went and fought them and got everything back. He got all the goods back, all the people back. Came back. And when he was coming back, Melchizedek who was the priest, King of Salem, came out and spoke this blessing over Abram saying, “You are blessed by the most high God, “the possessor of heaven and earth.” And God just really spoke that to my heart and said, Aaron, you are blessed by the most high God, the possessor of heaven and earth. So even though my situation didn’t look blessed, my circumstances didn’t look blessed at the time, I knew that the reality was that I was blessed. And it wasn’t long before the outward circumstances started changing to that revelation that I had of what was real on the inside of me.
Amen. So Abraham got that revelation in Genesis 14, 2000 years before Christ. David got that revelation in Psalm 115:15, he says, “You’re blessed by the most high God, “the possessor of heaven and earth.” Same revelation, and it changed his life.
Yeah. Psalm says, the Lord, he owns the cattle on a thousand hills. I love that.
Praise God. He owns the hills under ’em, right? Praise God. And you got that revelation, praise God, 2000 years after Christ.
Same revelation. But it’s the gospel that’s working. The Bible says that God preached the gospel before to Abraham when he said, “In you shall all nations of the earth be blessed.” That was the grace of God. That was the gospel working in Abraham’s life 2000 years before Christ. It was the grace of God. It was the gospel working in David’s life when he said, “Your sins and you’re iniquities, “will he remember no more?” Praise God. That was the gospel, that was the grace of God being revealed to David. And when God spoke to him and he said, “You’re blessed by the most high God, “the possessor of heaven and earth,” Psalm 115:15. Praise God. Psalm 32, and when he says, “Blessed is the man to whom you will not impute sin.” What amazing gospel that we have. Some people think you can’t see the grace of God in the Old Testament, they don’t know the scriptures ’cause it’s right in the scriptures. Praise God. But we’re looking right here at the reality of this. And he talks about this is who we were. But then he says in verse 13, “But now in Christ Jesus,” we see those words again. He says in verse 10, “We were created in Christ Jesus.” He says in verse six, “He made us sit together “in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” He says in Ephesians 1:3, “He blessed us with all spiritual blessings in Christ.” He says, Ephesians 1:7, “In whom we receive redemption through his blood, “the forgiveness of sins according to the riches of Christ.” He says in verse 11, “In whom we obtained inheritance.” In verse 13, he says, “In whom you trusted.” Praise God, in Christ, everything changed in Christ.
And I love it. He said, We were brought nearby the blood of Christ. A lot of people don’t really preach on the blood of Jesus anymore or really sing songs about the blood. There’s a lot of great hymns, maybe from a hundred years ago about the blood of Jesus. Like, what can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus. There’s power, power, wonder working power in the blood of the lamb. Today people sing songs that they kinda allude to those older songs, but actually they take the word blood out and they might change it to love.
That’s like some of these new bibles that they’ve written and they’ve taken the blood out. You need to keep the blood in there. Praise God. And you know, we got to–
Without the sacrifice of Jesus, your sins couldn’t have been washed away.
We got some grace people that say, well, we don’t need to preach on the blood. And we got some, Pentecostal people say, we don’t need to preach on grace. And you know what, when you preach on grace, you’re preaching on the blood. And when you preach on the blood, you’re preaching on grace. And you know what–
I think just the… Hebrews mentions the blood a lot about just the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus.
Right, Hebrews nine.
How important the blood is.
Says that we have a new sacrifice and a new sanctuary. The blood of Jesus and the body of Christ. Hebrews 10 says, “By one offering he has perfected forever “those who sanctified.”
So talk about the power and the blood, the wonder working power.
Man, there’s wonderful power in the blood. It changed our spirit. And that’s what he’s saying here, “In Christ Jesus, you who were alienated, “you who were estranged you, “who were far off you, who were separated, “have been made near by the blood of Christ.” Thank God for the offering of the blood of Jesus. Thank God for the sacrifice that he made. One offering for all people of all time. The blood of Jesus. What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus. There’s power, power, wonder working power in the blood of the lamb. Hallelujah. Would you be free from your burden of sin? There’s power in the blood. Would you for evil, the victory win. There’s power in the blood. Are you washed in the blood of the lamb? Have you been to Jesus for the cleansing power? Well, those are powerful songs.
Think about Able, this is probably one of the first times, blood is mentioned in the Bible, Able… The Bible says that in Hebrew is actually Able, is mentioned in the faith hall of fame in Hebrews 11 and say, “By faith he offered a better sacrifice and–“
He being dead yet speaks. His blood is speaking.
Glory to God.
And it said God knew that Cane had killed Abel and told him that his blood cries out. Right now the blood of Jesus cries out. The blood of Jesus is powerful, it is speaking and for believers, the blood cries out and says it is finished. That is a perfect sacrifice.
Holy, sanctified, redeemed, blessed, forgiven by the blood.
If Abel’s blood could cry out, what would Jesus’s blood.
Abel’s blood cry out from the ground for judgment, for vengeance. But Jesus blood cries out. We read the verse in Ephesians 1:7, “In whom we have redemption “through his blood, the forgiveness, “the absolute pardon of our sins according to the riches, “the ultimate wealth of his grace.” See, they’re the blood and grace are put right together, which is just exactly what I’m preaching. And you know what, if you’re preaching on the blood, you’re preaching on what Jesus has done. If you’re preaching on grace, you’re preaching on what Jesus has done. So I am a grace preacher.
And I love people who are kind of labeled as great faith preachers, I’ve met some of them like Mark Hankins, Jesse Duplantis who come to our church. But really people who operate in great faith really often have a great revelation of God’s grace.
Yes, they do. I remember years ago, and this is not too long after I got a revelation of grace, but I was at Dr. Lester Sumrall, South Indiana. It was in their camp meeting in the summer. They had that every year in June years ago. And we had this guy speaking and he spoke one night, he actually did a good job speaking and preached a good message on relationships. And then the next morning he spoke and it was terrible. I mean, he just fell off the wagon. It was all about works and performance. And the last good thing thing he said is that, if you’re led by the spirit, he was in Galatians five, you’re not under the law. But then he went total law performance, it was awful and so bad I almost had to walk outta the place. And listen, if it’s that bad, it’s really bad. And that night, Jesse Duplantis came and he preached perfect love, cast out all fear. And that place was packed with people. There were over 3000 people.
Faith works by love.
And you know what I got up… He had the absolute answer to what was preaching the morning that terrible message. And Jesse preached the, perfect love, cast out all fear, 1st John 4:18. I stood up, I was way back in auditory and I said, “Amen” Jesse pointed at me an he said, “That man knows what I’m talking about.” Praise God. Inevitably enough, we have Jesse Duplantis come preaching every year for us since 2010. And man, what a marvelous time we’ve had and friendship we have. But Jesse understands that grace of God, He knew it was grace that saved him. He needed saving. Praise God.
And he’s not a legalistic person. He’s a very approachable person. Legalistic people really hate Jesse, but… Well man, he gets people born again. People love him because he’s very authentic, very real and–
And you know what, you can get legalistic about grace. Jesse called me the other day and he said, “Pastor Lawson, you got a few minutes.” He wanted to talk to me about giving because some people, take grace in one ear and they don’t believe in tithing anymore. And he said, “Do you believe in tithing?” I said, “Of course.” Hebrews chapter seven talks about when we tithe that he that receives our offering lives forever. Jesus is our great high priest and receives our tithe. That’s reason enough for me to tithe. And I’m not legalistic. I believe more in offering so on and so forth. And I give much more than a 10th, I give much more. But I began with a tithe. And you know what, I believe in a tithe. I’m not against tithing at all. Praise God.
Yeah, preaching against it would be.
Yeah, kind of ironic.
And so just… People just get crazy. They just get on one side or the other and they just wanna make… We ought to quit fighting with one another and go love the world. We got a whole world that is dying and going to hell. We need to show him Jesus. Well, we’ll take a break, we’ll be right back right after this. Friends, I’m Pastor Lawson Purdue and I’ve been teaching “Destined to Win” from the book of Ephesians. This is one of the greatest teachings than I’ve ever done. I’ve had more requests for this teaching in almost any teaching we’ve done. I’ve got it in eight parts as I taught it in church, in CD form, also in a USB. And then I also have the teaching in 16 parts as we’ve taught it on television with my son, Dr. Aaron Purdue. And in this 16 part teaching, I am just thrilled with all the different things that was brought in. So you can get the eight part CDs or the USB that has all the video and audio, or you can get the 16 part as taught on television. Call us and let us know what you would like to have. We have a special offer today and we’re so blessed to have you. Check out our website, charischristiancenter.com. We have this and many other materials, and we have all of these things online for free. Blessings. Praise the Lord, friends, we are right here in Ephesians 2, and we talked about that we have victory through the blood, but now we’re gonna move into verse 14 to verse 18, where the scripture talks about we are at harmony with God, we’re at peace with God.
That’s awesome. Yeah, it says that again here. Ephesians 2:14, “For he himself is our peace who has made both one “and has broken down the middle wall of separation, “having abolished in his flesh, the enmity “that is the law of commandments contained in ordinances “so as to create in himself one new man from the two, “thus making peace, and that he might reconcile them “both to God in one body through the cross, “thereby putting to death the enmity.”
So Jesus reconcile this to God. Now this word reconcile in the Greek is the word, katallasso. And it means to reconcile to completely, to reconcile back again, to bring back to a former state of harmony. We are at harmony with God. And Jesus came to breakdown barriers. We were just talking before the break about how there’s people trying to make barriers and they argue about things that they really shouldn’t and we oughta go win the world and meet Jesus. And he talks about right here that Jesus tore down the wall. He broke down the wall between God and man. When he died on the cross, the veil and the temple was ripped in two right from the top to the bottom, signifying that God could do it. So before that, the high priest could go only in the temple once a year, take blood for his own sin and for the sins of the people. But now you can go in 365, 24/7 into the presence of God and God wants come live in you. That’s what that did. But also not only that barrier, the barrier between God and man, we’ll say that’s like this, but the barrier like this between Jews and Gentiles. And what’d he do? He reconciled, he tore down that which made us enemies. And Jesus came to destroy these barriers. And now there’s only two kinds of people, people who believe and people who don’t. And when you believe you have access to the presence of God, 365, 24/7. You’re reconciled to God, He reconciled you completely, brought you back again, brought back to a former state of harmony. You’re at peace with God. Romans 5:1 says, “Therefore being justified “or having been justified by faith, “we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” We’re at peace with God through Jesus. We’re no longer enemies of God. And it says, not only did he do that, but verse 17 and 18 says this, “He came and preached peace to you who are far off Gentiles “and to those who were near Jews, for through him Jesus, “we both Gentiles and Jews have access “by one spirit to the Father.” Amen. So we have access to God. 365, 24, verse seven. Now he says in verse 19, and this correlates back to verse 12. He says in verse 12, “You were without Christ alienated “from the commonwealth of Israel, “estranged from the covenant of promise, “you had no hope and were without God in this world.” But then he says in verse 19, “Now, therefore you are no more strangers and foreigners, “but fellow citizens with the saints “and of the household of God.” We are citizens of heaven on loan to the earth from God. Amen. And he says this, “And you are built “upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, “Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone in whom,” We see those words again, those beautiful words, in whom, in Christ, by him, through him. “In whom all the building fitly framed together “grows into a holy temple in the Lord “in whom you are built together for a habitation of God “through the Spirit.” You know what, we are not just looking for a visitation. What we need is that inhabitation. We need God to inhabit us, to come take up residents on the inside. Jesus said, “That’s what’s gonna happen.” I’m gonna leave that the Holy Spirit can come, and when he comes, he’s gonna be resident in you. He’s gonna take up resident on the inside of you.
And I just love just kinda this picture of the body of Christ, of the church, just how important is for the body of Christ to work together. ‘Cause there’s an anointing on that. We talked about in some of the previous shows about the anointing in you, the anointing on you, but there’s also an anointing on the body of Christ, like a collective anointing.
There’s an anointing on the greater church body, worldwide. There’s also, I think specific–
Anointing on individual churches.
Anointings on different individual bodies of believers.
I think that’s where some people kinda get confused about churches. They think every church should be the same or, well, my old church, did this for missions or my old church did this for college ministry or my old.. Like different churches will have a different ministry to believers and ministry to the community that they’re in.
And they need to do what they’re called to do. And it kinda flows from the pastor, but also just flows from the giftings, the anointings that are on the members of that church.
You know what, without the anointing, we can’t do much.
Yeah. Like someone told me, we need to have a Spanish ministry while Pastor Lawson and Pastor Aaron don’t speak Spanish. So like, it takes people with those giftings to do that. You can’t just make it happen without…
Well, that’s people they wanna do their own thing. They wanna come and take your church and make it their church. They need to sometimes, maybe that’s what God called them to do or just they have all these ideas but there’s a lot more work goes into some of this than a lot of people realize. And so what we need to do exactly what you’re saying. We need to do what God has called us to do, appointed us to do, anointed us to do, and work together with God. And so we have victory, praise God.
We’re being built together. God likes to grow people.
I like how you talk about unity and Paul talks more about that in Ephesians chapter four. It talks that about that in Acts 2:1, when they were with one accord in one place. It was when the Holy Spirit
[Aaron] That’s when that anointing was poured out.
Came Right. Psalm 133 talks about the same thing. How good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity for there the Lord commanded his spirit even forever more.
God likes to work through individuals, but God likes to work through collective–
Bodies of believers. He likes to work through, that’s the–
[Lawson] And the body of Christ as a whole.
That’s why sometimes you need to go to a good church and go there consistent.
Everybody needs to go to a church. The Bible says this in 1st Corinthians 12:18. Most of you think it’d be bad if I was trying to pastor a church that God didn’t call me to. But it just like God called me to a specific area and specific people. God has called people to specific area in a local church. It says, God, 1st Corinthians 12:18 “Has set the members in the body, everyone “as it has pleased him.” And it’s important for us to find our set place in the body of Christ and really to get connected where God wants us to get connected. They’ll be great blessing there. Some people just don’t know how to stay around long enough really to keep blessing.
You need to be an active, faithful member of a local church.
And there’s great power there when we’re flowing together in unity the spirit and letting the spirit flow, doing what God called us to do. So we were estranged, but now we’re children and the spirit of God is living on the inside of us, And we have access to the presence of God and the presence of God has come to live in us. What a marvelous gospel that we have in Christ. Thank you so much for being a part. If you need prayer, you give us a call today. God bless you.
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