Grace Life Part 10 – Lawson and Aaron Perdue
The Grace Life Part 10 with Pastors Lawson and Aaron Perdue. In this episode of Grace For Today you’ll learn how to walk in the blessing of God.
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Grace Life Part 10 Transcription
Friends, I’m so glad that you’re with us today. You don’t wanna miss this broadcast. We are talking about the blessing of God. And you know what? The blessing of God is an amazing thing. I’ve been so blessed. My children are so blessed. My church is so blessed, but God has no respect for persons. Jesus secured the blessing for you. So stay tuned and see how you can receive it. Friends, I’m so glad that you’re with us today. We are gonna be talking about what grace releases in our life. Grace releases the abundance of God, and Paul in Galatians chapter three really lays it down about the provision of grace in our life as believers. And he really begins with asking a question because he’s talking to these people who are caught up in legalism, and he starts in verse one, and he says, “Oh, foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you?” You act like you’re under a spell. Do you know, we said this before but religion will make you crazy. And he says, “That you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ has been evidently set forth and crucified among you.” He said, I have a question for you. I have a question for you today, Aaron, how did you get saved? Did you get saved? He said, “How did you receive the Spirit?” By the works of the law or by the hearing of faith? How did you get saved, Aaron?
Hearing of faith.
You heard the word of God. You heard the gospel and you believed on Jesus. He says, he asked another question, “Are you so foolish? Listen, guys. Don’t be crazy. “Having begun in the Spirit, are you now made perfect by the flesh?” You begun by believing on Jesus. And now, you think that it’s what you’re doing that is perfecting this. “Have you suffered so many things in vain if it’s not yet in vain? He therefore who ministers to you the Spirit and works miracles among you, does He do it by the works of the law or by the hearing of faith?” So he asks another question. Number one, how did you get saved?
By the hearing of faith.
How now do you minister and work miracles?
Through faith, by believing.
So it’s not what you’ve done, it’s who you’ve believed.
And so he really says everything from your salvation to the end of your ministry, your life here on the earth is done by faith in God’s grace. It’s the grace of God. And when you understand the grace of God, what happens is it causes faith to work. Now, he really then starts talking about all of these blessings, right, of grace, all of the things that grace releases or that faith receives, grace releases it, faith receives it. It takes both grace and faith. Grace is the foundation of the gospel, right? But we have to believe it. We have to accept it by faith. And so he says in verse six, “Even as Abraham believed God and it was accounted to him for righteousness or is imputed to him for righteousness.” So he says, right standing with God came by faith in Jesus.
Praise God. Now, he says, “Don’t you know know therefore those who are of faith the same are the children of Abraham.” If you put faith in Jesus, you are the children of Abraham. I’m the seed of Abraham. Now, I like what Abraham received. I read in the Bible that Abraham was very rich with silver and gold and cattle, and the Lord made him that way. That’s in Genesis 13:2. I read in Genesis 24:35 that Abraham had many camels, many donkeys, many cows, many sheep, many men servants, many maid servants, much silver and much gold because the Lord blessed him. If you’re blessed, blame it on Jesus. Praise God. And so I’m the child of Abraham. I’m in the Abrahamic covenant. And that’s what this tells me. It tells me this a lot of places in the scripture. He says, “Don’t you know,” he goes on, “That those are of the faith, the same are the children of Abraham,” in verse seven, “And the scripture foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preach the gospel to Abraham.” That’s in verse eight, “Saying, ‘In you shall all nations of the earth be blessed.'” So righteousness, being a child of God, right? And justification and blessing, all comes by faith in God’s grace. Now, Aaron, you made a statement. You studied Biblical Hebrew in Rice University with the Doctors of Religion. When you were there, you took it as an elective while you were getting your degree in music and getting your doctorate in music. And when you studied Biblical Hebrew, you said, “Daddy, you can see the grace of God all over the Old Testament.” There’s some of us grace people that I know and love but they don’t wanna receive anything from the Old Testament because they think it’s not for them. But what does this say? It says that God preached the gospel to Abraham when he said, “In you shall all nations of the earth be blessed.” Now, you turn-
Even Jesus said to Abraham, “Saw my day and rejoiced in it and was glad.” He said that in John eight. So I believe that Abraham looked unto that day of Jesus, looked to who God would send to redeem him, redeem his children and fulfill this promise that he, like He looked to Jesus and rejoiced in it. He was glad in it. So if Abraham could see Jesus, then we can certainly see Jesus going back to Genesis. And God made a promise to Abraham when he was fairly old that he would have a child that in him, all nations will be blessed, and it took several decades for that promise to come to pass. But a year before it came to pass, so this is after he’d wait in several decades after he kind of made a mistake and tried to bring the promise about in his own-
In his own strength. He had a child with Hagar, the maid to his wife, Sarai, had a child named Ishmael. After all this, God came to him. Abraham was 99 years old, this is in Genesis 17. And it said, “The Lord appeared to Abraham,” in verse one, “And said to him, ‘I am Almighty God.'” And when God spoke that, that’s the first time this particular name in Hebrew is used for God, Almighty God. The original is El Shaddai.
And before Abraham knew God as El Shaddai, he kind of thought, “Well, God promised me this, but it’s not happening so maybe I need to add to it, maybe I need to do something to it.” But now, he’s getting this revelation that God is the Almighty God, He is El Shaddai, He is the All-Sufficient One. He’s the one who doesn’t need your help. He is more than enough. And God says, “I’m Almighty God. I’m El Shaddai. Walk before me and be blameless. I will make my covenant between me and you and will multiply you exceedingly. Then Abraham fell his face and God talked with him saying, ‘As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you, and you shall be a father of many nations. No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham, the father of a multitude.'” His name meant multiplication. “I’m gonna multiply you.”
“You’re gonna be the father of many. I’m gonna multiply this faith that you have, this faith that you have in the one true God. I’m gonna multiply it time and time again.” So Abraham, this is when things really shifted in his life. And just a year later is when the promise was fulfilled, when Isaac was born.
But he had had that revelation that God is more than enough. God is almighty, He is All-Sufficient.
You don’t have to add anything to God.
It’s not about you and what you think you have to do to try to make it happen.
Yes. That’s what all that, that’s what Galatians is about. And Paul said, “Who’s bewitched you?” I mean, he’s asking that question at the beginning of this chapter. You started out by simple faith in Jesus, and now, you think you’ve gotta add something to Him? And he asked the question later, he’s talking about, this in Galatians chapter five, and he says, “If you are justified by the law, you’re falling from grace.” And falling from grace doesn’t mean committing the unpardonable sin. He’s talking about legalism. Legalism will stop the blessing of God in your life. It will stop the increase of God, stop the abundance of God.
And a legalistic mentality, when God is speaking to Abraham here, when he made that mistake with Hagar and tried to accomplish God’s promise on his own, tried to bring him about grace by adding his own effort to it, he was being legalistic before the law was given.
And people can be legalistic today even after we’re not under the law anymore. People can still fall into that trap of legalism. So Abraham fell into it.
And people today still fall into it where they think, “I have to add to God. I have to add El Shaddai. I have to add to Jesus.” Is Jesus enough? Is His grace really enough for you?
Right. And it’s really a tragedy when people think that they have to add something to Jesus. You can’t improve on Jesus. And he really got in a mess, but thank God for the grace of God. God got him out of that. Now, Aaron, you just taught that message recently in church and I wanna make that message available. You can actually watch it online, free of charge on our website at Charis Christian Center. In fact, we have hundreds of hours of teaching that are available online, absolutely free of charge. And this one is called “More Than Enough” by Pastor Aaron Perdue. You can search for that and find it. And that teaching, I believe was a word from God for our church. And I believe it will really, really help you move into the abundance that God has for you, the provision that God has for you. And you taught in that teaching, Aaron, how actually Moses wrote this and Moses didn’t come for 400 years after Abraham. So Abraham lived about 2000 BC and he saw, foresaw Christ on the cross, and God making provision for us.
And did you know what? God has made provision for us in Christ on the cross. And when you believe the gospel, when you believe the good news of Jesus, you move into the blessing of God. In fact, the very next verse in Galatians chapter three says, “All those who of the faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.” And I love the translation that says, “Those who of the faith are blessed with believing Abraham.” There’s only two kinds of believers, those who are blessed and don’t know it, and those who are blessed and do know it. Because if you’re born again, you’re blessed. But a lot of people aren’t walking in the physical manifestation of the blessing of God because they don’t understand the spiritual reality of what Christ has done. And Christ, he goes on to tell us in the scripture here in verse 13 and 14, “Has purchased us, has redeemed us, has bought us out of the curse of the law, being made a curse for us, for it’s written curse, it is everyone who hangs on a tree.” What does the curse include, Aaron, in Deuteronomy 28:15-68?
Death. Anxiety’s part of it, okay? But the main four errors are sickness, poverty, slavery, and death. And it tells us plainly right here, that Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law. So I believe that we’ve been redeemed, past tense. This is a past tense verse. It’s the past tense of the gospel from the curse of sickness, the curse of poverty, the curse of slavery to sin, and the curse of spiritual death, four aspects. I mean, you can see this all through the gospel. You can see this in Isaiah 53:4-5 talking about Christ on the cross.
He has made a curse for us.
Jesus became a curse for us so that we might receive the blessing. He goes on in verse 14 and says, “So that the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.” Now, we’ll have have to talk about this in the second part of the broadcast. But the greatest aspect of the blessing is that the spirit of Christ lives on the inside of us, and we are already blessed. So when we look through the first part of this, again, he’s saying, salvation, we’re saved by grace, right? We minister by grace. We’re righteous by grace through faith. We’re we’re children of Abraham. We’re in the covenant by grace through faith. We’re justified by grace through faith. We’re blessed by grace through faith, right? He says, we’re free from the curse by grace. Amen? And then he says, we receive all the blessings, we receive the promise of the Spirit by grace through faith. So we’re gonna be back in a few short seconds, and we’re gonna be talking again about what grace has provided and we receive by faith in Jesus. And we haven’t nearly got through this. So stay tuned, we’ll be right back. Blessings. Friends, I’m gonna be talking about in this series about how grace has revolutionized my life. And you wanted to get this because I’m telling you, it changed my home, changed my marriage, changed my children, changed my church, changed my business. Grace has changed about everything about me, and not in a negative way, in a super positive way. My wife, Barbara, says, “I’m not even living with the same person, and not negatively, positively.” She said, “I don’t know how I would’ve went on if you would’ve continued on the way that you were going.” But thank God grace changed me. And do you know what? God is not a respect for persons, He’s a respect for faith. But I believe that the grace that’s changed me will change you as you believe the gospel. And I’ve got two things that we’re making available as a package during these teachings. One is my series. It’s a 10-part series on the “Grace Life.” It’s the most in-depth teaching I’ve done. The other one is the “Revelation of Grace” with Andrew Wommack. Blessings. Friends, I’m so glad that you stayed with us and we are right here in Galatians chapter three. And we’ve been talking about all the things that grace provided and faith receives. And you know, a lot of people, they were like I was. They’re saved and they’re stuck because they don’t know all the good things that God has given them in Jesus. But when I got baptized in the Holy Spirit and begin to understand who I was in Christ, I begin to see that I had a Bible full of promises that I could believe. There’s one man I heard about and he was going to a Bible study with a pastor friend from mine from North Carolina, and they were studying Galatians chapter three. And this man, after they went, it was in this Bible study, he just, he went and read this and he said, “God, I just don’t believe this.” And you know what? That’s the gospel. The gospel is the almost too good to be true news about what Jesus has already done for you. And you know, there is nothing more that we need to do to receive what Jesus has done except believe the gospel, believe in Jesus, and just believe this is for you. And grace releases all these promises to us. We’ve talked about salvation, ministry, righteousness, being a covenant child of God, justification, blessing. We’ve been talking about all of the promises of God and the Holy Spirit. It’s all released through faith in God’s grace. But then he begins to talk about something called an inheritance. Now, I like an inheritance because when you receive an inheritance, some of you watching me have received an inheritance. You say, “Yes, I have.” I have a question for you. Did you work to get it? Did you save to get it? Did you labor and toil to get it? No. If you received a true inheritance, what’d you do? You showed up and believed it and received it. Praise God. Somebody else worked, somebody else saved, somebody else made a plan, but you just showed up and believed it and received it. Praise God. And you know what? There is a divine inheritance that God has for every believer. The Bible says in 1 Peter 1:3-5 that we’re born again to an inheritance that is incorruptible, undefiled, that fades not away, reserved in heaven for us. Hallelujah. Those of us who are kept by the power of God through faith revealed under salvation, ready to be revealed in the last day. My goodness, we have a great inheritance in Christ. We have great promises. I had a person in my life, my grandfather took me out of his will. It was a very sad day. It was discouraging to me because my dad had worked for my grandfather, not because so much because of me, but my dad had worked for my grandfather for years with this promise that, “We’re gonna give you this portion of the inheritance.” And then my dad died when I was 17. And then just a few years later, my granddad, because I made a decision to go into the ministry and not to stay and do these things on the farm to take me out of that will. But you know what the Bible says? Jesus says, “If you give up anything for me and for the gospel, I’ll give you 100 times in this life, an eternal life in the life to come.” So thank God for Jesus. Now, as we go on, he says, “Brethren, I speak to you,” this is Galatians 3:15. “After the manner of men, though it be a man’s covenant, if it’s confirmed, no man can take away.” Do you know this covenant was signed, sealed, and delivered by the blood of Jesus? “And nobody can take it away. Nobody can change it. No man dis-annuls or adds thereto. Now, to Abraham and his seed,” look at that, Galatians 3:16. “His seed,” singular, “were the promises made.” The promise was actually, the promises were made to Jesus. Now, when you believe on Jesus, you are in Christ and you are placed in Christ and you receive all of the promises of God today because you’ve put faith in Jesus. You’ve been placed in that plan. And so he says, “He says, ‘not to seeds,’ as of many, ‘but to thy seed,’ which is Christ. And this I say that the covenant, which was confirmed before of God in Christ, but the law was 430 years after.” The law came 430 years after Abraham. Abraham lived about 2000 BC. Moses came about 1600 BC. “He said it cannot disannul that it would make the promise of no effect. For if the inheritance was because of the law, it is no more a promise, but God gave it to Abraham by promise.” Again, you don’t receive inheritance because you work, because you save, because you labor, you receive an inheritance because somebody else worked. And as long as they’re alive, they could change that will. You know what? Jesus came right to give us the new covenant, the last covenant, the last will and covenant of God. And He died to enact and rose again to carry it out. And so Jesus is the one who lives forever to carry out this covenant that He made with us. And when we believe on Jesus, we come into this covenant with God through faith in Jesus. He says, “What is the purpose of the law?” And he tells us, “It was given till the seed should come to whom the promise was made.” So God gave the law to Moses 1600 years about before Christ, till Jesus should come, and the promise was ultimately made to Jesus. Now, when we believe on Jesus, we are heirs of this new covenant. We are born into this promise. We are born into this family. We are born into this covenant, what a marvelous covenant. Now, you’ve talked, Aaron, about a lot of the wealth that Israel has. They’re a very blessed nation. And you know what? They have an attitude. “We are the covenant people of God, and we’re blessed by the most high God.” And you know what? We as Gentile believers, I love Jewish believers, I love the Jewish people. I wouldn’t go against Genesis 12:1-3. I wouldn’t fight a believer. I wouldn’t fight a Jew, period. No way. ‘Cause I want the blessing, I don’t want the curse. Amen. Now, we’ve been born into this covenant by faith. Praise God. But these Jews have an attitude. “We are the covenant people of God, and we’re blessed by the most high God, the possessor of heaven and earth.” Tell us a little bit about that, Aaron.
Yeah. That’s one blessing that was given to Abraham. Early on in his walk with the Lord after Lot was taken captive, he went, he saddled up all of his servants and went and fought the enemy and retrieved Lot and his family, brought all these goods back. And when he was doing so, Melchizedek came, and Melchizedek was the priest, king of Salem. This is in Genesis 14. Melchizedek blessed Abraham. Melchizedek was coming out with the bread and the wine, a picture of communion, and blessed Abraham, said, “You are blessed by the most high God, the possessor of heaven and earth.” And Abraham had this mentality that he was blessed. We need to have that mentality that we are blessed by the most high God, the possessor of heaven and earth.
And if God has blessed you, no one can really curse you. No one can curse you.
Amen. You see that Numbers 23:19-21? It talks about who God’s blessed. You can’t reverse that blessing. And Balak, a foreign king was trying to get Balaam, a foreign prophet, to curse the children of Israel. He said, “I can’t curse who God has blessed.” Man, God is, but, and Balaam actually blessed them three different times. And you know what? We live under the commanded blessing of Almighty God. In fact, you go down here, he basically says, the law was our school master, our school teacher to bring us to Christ. But when Christ comes, we graduate from law school to live the good life, and the good life is in Christ. And he says, “This promise,” he said, “the law couldn’t give us life, the law couldn’t make us righteous.” But he said, “The promise by faith of Jesus,” in verse 22, Galatians 3:22, “was given to those who believe.” So we received the promise by faith. And it goes down here, and it ultimately tells us we are the children of God by faith in Jesus. This is Galatians 3:26. So I’m God’s child and I get all the stuff because I’m God’s kid. Man, you got two kids, Aaron. They’re my grandkids. And you know what? They get all the stuff because they’re my grandkids. I mean, we’re better with our grandkids than we were our kids. We loved our kids, but we made your boys work. But our grandkids, you know what? We bless them and we bless them and we bless them and we bless them some more because you know what? They’re in our family. Glory to God. Hallelujah. Now, he says, “Many of you have been baptized into Christ, have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek. There’s neither bond or free. It’s not about religion. It’s not about race. It’s not about class, being an employer, employee. It’s not about gender, male nor female, but you are one in Christ Jesus.” The gospel is about Jesus. And if you have Jesus, you have everything. But if you don’t have Jesus, you don’t have anything at all. You need to receive Jesus. “And if ye be Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed and heirs according to the promise.” Man, if you are saved, you are in the covenant. Man, I remember when I went to your little apartment in Houston when you were getting your doctorate and you had a sign up by your bedpost that I am said, “I’m blessed by the most high God, the possessor of heaven earth,” that’s probably about the same time that God multiplied you by 10 times in one year, 10 times. That’s the grace of God. That’s the goodness of God. That’s the covenant of God. That’s what faith will do. Aaron, pray for the people, and I’ll share a short word before we go off-
Thank you God so much for everyone watching this broadcast today. I just thank you, Lord, that you’re with them. I thank You that if they said yes to Jesus, the blessed One, the blessing is inside them. I thank you, Lord, that what you have blessed, no man can curse. So I thank you, Lord, that they’re blessed coming in, blessed going out. They’re blessed in their storehouses. They’re blessed in the work of their hands. Lord, their families are blessed. And I just thank you, Lord, that whatever their hand touches is blessed.
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