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Deep satisfaction and joy of the soul comes to those who weep over their sins…

Great news GCT:  God’s blessing is promised upon HIs people.  He seeks to bless us everyday with lives filled with a complete deep satisfaction that only comes through lives devoted to Him.  He calls us to listen and obey and enjoy the blessing of deep satisfaction no matter your circumstances, trials or hardships.  As you look throughout the entire story of the Bible we are reminded that His blessing to His children is conditional upon our obeying and listening to Him.  Samuel reminds us in 1 Samuel 15:22-23, Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen than the fat of rams. 23 For rebellion is as the sin of divination, and presumption is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, he has also rejected you from being king.”
Saul missed the blessing of the Lord because he did not listen to the voice of the Lord, he also rejected the word of the Lord and both of these decisions resulted in disobedience.  Saul missed the deep blessing of the Lord.  God expects as His children to obey and listen to Him and His Word.  When we do this His promise of blessing comes powerfully.  The blessing He promises is a soul that is completely satisfied in this life and for eternity.  Don’t you want to live a life filled with deep satisfaction no matter what circumstances that you are presently suffering?

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The wonderful promise of complete satisfaction and how to keep it

Happy Friday GCT:  Throughout Scripture you can trace basically everywhere that our loving heavenly Father wants us to be blessed.  The words for “blessed” in the Hebrew and Greek are so much greater than what our one syllable word really communicates.  God is wanting us to take hold of the eternal truth that He wants us to be completely satisfied in Him knowing that He has promised us great blessings in Him.  Our Father promises us blessings and He does not break His promises.  And because He is God and He has promised great eternal blessings, He then also has the authority to put boundaries on those blessings.  He says, I love you and I will bless you abundantly as long as you do this and do that.  He says, hey, if you do that and that over there you will not be blessed.  This is evidenced all through the Old Testament with God calling His people to obey His law and delight in His law and dwell on it day and night and so they will be blessed.  That is everywhere.  There is story after story of Israel refusing to obey and God removing His blessing from them.  His promises to walk with them remained but the blessing was removed as they lived in disobedience.   Now in Luke 6, just like His Father, Jesus does the same thing with the establishment of His Church, the Apostles and the disciples.  Jesus gives us the beatitudes.  Jesus says this is how you will be blessed, deeply satisfied and joy-filled in Me.  Also, this is how you will be miserable, “Woe to you!”  Woe, communicates, “horror!”  Woe communicates “How terrible!”  Here is the beginning of His list of “blessings” and “woes” from Luke 6:20-26.

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Once upon a time there were 12 nobodies from nowhere who made themselves available…

Hey GCT:  Sometimes you really cannot believe what God has done in the history of redemption until you read it from Scripture over and over again.  Then while reading the Holy Spirit reveals truth.  Many times when that happens we have to deprogram our traditional thinking of what we think about God or how we think He is working and submit to the truth of Scripture.  So often we make our own truth and fully believe it.  We bank on it and it really is not the truth.  We go down the path of believing a lie.  That is why over and over again the Lord calls us back to Scripture to make sure we are getting this story of redemption and


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Finding the Pharisee Within Each of Us

Hey Church!  Let’s continue to apply Luke 5-6 to our lives so that we can recognize when our inner Pharisee is raising its legalistic head. A Pharisee or a religious person spends their life dividing the world into good people and bad people.  As we have seen in Luke 5, Levi the tax collector would be on the Pharisees really bad list.  But the Pharisees themselves would have put themselves on the really good list.  We all tend to do the same thing as we all have a natural tendency to revert back to being religious – we start to depend upon our own works to make us righteous instead of Jesus’ gift of His righteousness.  This is how it happens. First, we believe that “bad people” are bad because they do big bad sins while “good people” do little acceptable sins so they are good.
Think with me for a second. 

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Do You Struggle with being a Spiritual Wet Blanket on the Life Giving Fire of God’s Grace?

Hey there awesome Church:  Have you ever struggled with being the spiritual wet blanket that extinguishes all evidences of God’s happy and joyful grace?  Are you quick to make rules and expectations that Jesus never made for righteous living?  When you sin do think you need to be re-saved?  Do your works define you?  Do you focus your spiritual attention more on what you do instead of who you are in Christ?  Do you get angry when you see fellow believers claiming the grace of God upon their shortcomings? This week Jesus continues to rebuke the Pharisees that continually desire to be the spiritual wet blanket on Levi’s party.  Levi the low-life, corrupt, liar, fraud, cheat, thief was rescued by Jesus and he loved his rescue.  Levi was so excited about Jesus he organized and funded a great celebration of his release from bondage to sin and judgement and condemnation.  He was celebrating his new life in Christ and he wanted all of his low-life friends to know the saving grace of Jesus Christ.  He wanted each of his friends to also know the saving grace of Jesus Christ.  This was quite the party and there was intense happiness and joy permeating each in attendance.


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Legalism – The Great Destroyer of Grace and Joy

Hey GCT:  This Sunday in Luke 5 we are going to see Jesus confront those who think that righteousness and acceptance before God comes from something besides Jesus Christ.  Many of us in our fomer years have suffered from legalistic tendencies, or we are still demanding from others more than Jesus does.  Or maybe we are enduring or recovering from the spiritual abuse of someone who is reigning down upon us a legalistic sledgehammer.  That legalistic sledgehammer is never one unto life but to death.  Here are ten evidences of legalism.


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