Lesson 1 of 5
The Deceiver has so thoroughly changed the definition of grace that it no longer holds the power it once had. When grace is stripped of everything that makes it divine and given everything the nature of man seeks to emulate and aspire to, to honor self, you have the perfect seduction.
Man’s false belief system of grace received from the Deceiver, has dethroned grace, causing grace to lose all that makes it meaningful to God and causing it to gain all that makes it meaningful to the masses. Do you know the easiest way for seducing spirits to connect to the heart of man? The devil has only to hold a mirror up to “self” to hook a believer into thinking she/he has got grace all figured out.
The definition the Enemy has handed to the church has been believed far too long and God is now challenging it, to restore to the church to the true definition of grace to liberate your faith.
Understanding the true meaning of grace, the meaning that was taken away from the church, is very important for us to grasp in this season of restoration. But in order to do that, we first need to tear down the idol the Deceiver reared up to replace the grace of God. Are you ready to take back what Satan has stolen and to accept the true and rightful place God planned grace to have in your life? Alright then! Let’s get busy!
For the most part, Satan's strategy was to reduce grace to this ambiguous definition: “God’s unmerited favor.” But wait, everything from God is a gift that man did not deserve. So then, while it is true that God favored man to give salvation as a gift, and it is true that we do not deserve God’s favor, that is not God’s perspective of grace.
The definition the Deceiver gave to the church is vague, ambiguous, and short-sighted. It centers on man’s feelings of inadequacy before God and the desire that God give us the gift of salvation with no responsibility on our part; no strings attached. This is commonly called “unconditional love”. To the natural man, this means. . .
1. God does not hold you responsible for anything,
2. God accepts you the way you are, and
3. God (and you) can love people without approving of all they do.
Can you see how “self” becomes the proving ground for grace rather than Jesus Christ? This is the first turn away from God and the devil is seen to gleefully rub his hands together as Christians stumble along believing they are “embracing grace” in this way, while actually failing to connect grace to the same things God connects grace to.
When “self” becomes the proving ground for grace, grace is forced to describe you and address your needs and your confusion. This opens the door for each person to believe what they want to about Jesus Christ and everyone has a story about what they did with the grace of God and everyone says they’re in a “state of grace” when in fact they’re still in sin and not able to discern the difference between these two kingdoms.
This idol has kept believers so utterly vulnerable to the Devil’s attacks, while he has them wandering in every open field, looking for God’s love. This idol is coming down now!
The Deceiver’s definition of grace is malleable. He carefully molds the meaning of grace to fit each person’s experience of life. God’s definition of grace is on the grounds of Jesus Christ and His covenant where “self” is completely taken out of the picture.
Why God’s Love is Not Unconditional
God’s love is not “unconditional”, it is given on the conditions of His covenant. We know that “God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
God’s love is expressed towards the whole world, but only those who believe benefit from it. Believing is a necessary part of receiving. A person must believe and conform to the terms of the covenant for which Jesus died. Jesus died to place the New Covenant in Himself. Jesus’ death and resurrection is God’s plan to free us from sin’s kingdom and power.
When man’s definition replaces God’s definition, then grace becomes a word that is isolated from the covenant and connected instead to the history of scripture. The Enemy, for example, may point you towards reading from 1 Timothy 1:14, “And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.” And then point you towards Romans 8:2, “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.”
Grace might then be defined as the “life of Christ” and a person claims to have the life of Christ or claims a state of grace because of scripture that is quoted out of context. The true context of scripture is the covenant of Jesus Christ.
The epistles were written by apostles to covenant believers. Coverts were not simply led through a sinners’ prayer and then let loose and taught by whomever, they were brought into covenant with God, apostles set the foundation of truth in their hearts, taught how to function in their priesthood and taught them how to use the tools of Christ to abide in Him and express Him. They were taught how to use the tools of Christ to overcome themselves, the world, and the devil.
A person that is not in covenant with God is not sealed with the Holy Spirit, is not using the tools of Christ, is not functioning in their priesthood, and has not built the foundation of truth in their heart. All these things that God designed into the covenant for faith to reflect Jesus Christ, they are neglecting and failing to obtain.
All the things in Jesus Christ: His knowledge, His priesthood, His spiritual tools, these are all pathways for grace to bring the life of Christ to the soul. Your faith needs to continue to be active with these things God sanctified in Jesus Christ in order for you to continue to gain experience with the grace of God, as Apostle Peter taught, “But grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen.” (2 Peter 3:18)
What the devil does is give the church a belief system that allows a person to say they are embracing the grace of God, while at the same time denying the pathways of grace. When we later consider the 5 definitions of grace and the 9 operations of God in grace, you’ll gain a clearer understanding of these pathways to grace and how the life of Christ is gained and what it means to experience the grace of God on an ongoing basis.
In addition, you’ll be able to discern the difference between your feelings and the power of God’s grace. You’ll also learn about how seducing spirits work upon the 3 Fs (flattery, fantasy, and finance) to turn the grace of God to lasciviousness (confidence in the flesh). That’s not all! The Deceiver made sure that false grace has a voice. You’ll gain great clarity in this area that used to confuse so many believers. Yes! At last you’ll learn how to discern between the voice of Wilson and the voice of the Lord.
I want you, with the assistance of the Holy Spirit, to begin to question and see through these false belief systems and false claims to being in a state of grace apart from Jesus’ sanctification.