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Why the Gospel of Grace is such Good News! The "Good-O-Meter"
 
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http://basrijksen.com/ - This video is a great illustration why the Gospel of Grace is such Good News! Several people step on a scale called The "Good-O-Meter" to see if they can get into Heaven, but only one person is good enough to get in: Jesus Christ. This clip can be downloaded at www.worshiphousemedia.com. "If you don't get excited about the gospel, you've never really grasped what it's telling you" Derek Prince NO BAD NEWS The true gospel is 100% good news. There's is no bad news in the good news. Any gospel that leaves you wondering: - am I accepted? - am I forgiven? - am I abiding? - am I pleasing to God? is not good news. Any gospel that leaves you insecure and uncertain is not good news. Any gospel that leaves you with a sense of lack and emptiness is not good news. Any gospel that demands you to clean up, straightened out and dried out to receive from God is not good news. RENOUCING SELF-HELP What makes the gospel bad news, thus stops being the true Gospel? It's when we believe our needs are met through our performance instead of Christ's performance. The Gospel comes for us to renounce our self-help programs in order to fully rely on the finished work of Christ because it's the good news that Jesus Christ has come to do and secure for you and me what we could never do or secure for ourselves. You are not accepted, forgiven, abiding or pleasing to God based on what you do or don't do, but merely based on what Christ has done for you. In Christ, - you are warmly accepted - you are fully forgiven - you are forever abiding, and - you are well-pleasing to God THE GOOD-O-METER This video is a great illustration why the gospel of grace is such good news! Several people step on a scale called the "Good-O-Meter" to see if they can get into Heaven, but only one person is good enough to get in: Jesus Christ. Gratitude is the language of grace. How else can we respond then to say: "Thank you Jesus!" If you want to turn to God, you could pray like this: "Thank you heavenly Father for loving me. Thank you for sending your son Jesus to rescue me from sin and death, and thank you for raising Jesus from the dead. I was lost but you have found me. Jesus, be my king, my savior, my friend. Fill me with your Holy Spirit that I may know you more and reign in life with you. Lord, I am yours and you are mine. Thank you for promising to never leave me nor forsake me. Amen!" Website: http://basrijksen.com/ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/basrijksendotcom Twitter: https://twitter.com/BasRijksen Google plus: https://plus.google.com/+BasRijksen YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/M27138 To get regular updates and an eBook for FREE subscribe on: www.basrijksen.com
Views: 10214 Bas Rijksen
Your Life Calling Is Not To Do Right, But To Believe Right!
 
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http://basrijksen.com/ Asking the question, “Is this action right or wrong” is the same as stepping back into the garden of Eden and choosing to eat of the “tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” As Christians our job isn’t to decide 1) What is right and what is wrong or 2) To do more of those “right” things. Our job is simply to live and walk by faith. The Bible says, “The Righteous live by faith” (Rom. 1:17) Live by faith - NOT by “is this right or wrong”? Romans 14:23 says, “...and everything that does not come from faith is sin.“ Here's the crux, you can still do “right” things out of your own power… out of your flesh… apart from God. And this would be sin. You can make the right choice, but it still can be a sin. Just because you’re doing the “right” thing doesn’t make it righteous behaviour. In fact, you don’t need Christ to do “right” things. Even unbelievers can do “right” things - you don’t need Christ to be a “good person”. The definitive question for the Christian is not, “would this action be right or wrong,” but is Christ expressing His life through me, am I depending on Him as my life source? That’s the question. The calling in your life is not to do right, but to believe right. Why? Because right living comes from right believing. If you believe right, you'll automatically live right. How do you know if you’re living righteously? How will you know when this is happening? Should you compare your behavior to a list of “right” and “wrong” things in scripture? No! You will know when Christ is expressing Himself through you because of 1) Who God is and 2) By faith in Him and His character. Have faith that Christ IS doing it (because He said He would) and… God is love so if you are loving God (in response to His love) and other people as a result - Christ is expressing Himself through you. So you can stop worrying about how to live “more right than wrong” and instead decide to live by FAITH in the One who is faithful. Let Christ express Himself through you in each moment… surrender anything that comes up in opposition to that decision to Him… and watch as Love and the fruits of the Spirit are expressed through your life more and more each and every day as you learn to walk more and more by faith. Say hello or follow me here: Website: http://basrijksen.com/ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/basrijksendotcom Twitter: https://twitter.com/BasRijksen Google plus: https://plus.google.com/+BasRijksen YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/M27138 To get regular updates and a Cheat Sheet for FREE subscribe on: http://basrijksen.com/cheat-sheet-1/
Views: 4000 Bas Rijksen
Leading People To Christ Made Natural, Easy And Fun!
 
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http://basrijksen.com/ This might come as a shock to you but you are NOT suppose to “befriend” people or act friendly towards them or do stuff for them in order to lead them to Christ! The vast majority of Christians does belief the lie that they should do something (like trying to be nice) in order to lead them to Christ. You know what the result is? Feeling guilty and condemned. Why? Because there are always more unsaved, sick and hurting people you come across then you have time to minister to or that you are able to talk to or reach with your “evangelistic” attempts. If you persist in the “leading-people-to-Christ-all-depends-on-me-doing-my-best” type mindset you'll end up feeling condemned because there will be times - after meeting an unbeliever, a sick person or discouraged person - that you didn't offer prayer, you didn't lay hands to heal the sick, you didn't cease the opportunity to mention Jesus, you didn't steer the conversation to a “spiritual” topic. As a result you feel bad about yourself, after all you belief that you're not that great of an advertisement for Christianity. You might even be thinking God isn't happy with you and isn't proud of you since you're falling short of His command to preach Him to all creatures. The truth, however, is that it's not up to you – yourself - to supernaturally reveal Jesus and His love to people! What I'm about to show you next, might forever change the way you look at evangelism and lift a heavy, unhealthy religious burden of your shoulders. The answer is found in understanding your true nature - who you really are and to learn to just be yourself. Who is Christ...and...who are you? God is Love - Christ is God - Christ is Love. Christ is in you - He is your true nature now. So your true nature is to be LOVE. Because you ARE Love, it comes natural to love people - without conditions. Because you nature is to BE unconditional love towards people you should have no ulterior motives. In the days I hadn't tapped into the unconditional love of our Father I would say things like, “When we do evangelism we have an “hidden” agenda and that is to bring the “J” word into the conversation to get people closer to pray the sinners prayer.” Now I say, “To understand the love of God that is without conditions leads us to having absolutely NO REASON to listen and talk to people!” There is just no “hidden” agenda when unconditional love is understood. Consequently there is ZERO PRESSURE to perform a certain way in order to reveal Jesus and His love to people. How then are we to go about the command to preach the Gospel, heal the sick, deliver the oppressed, etc.? You just simply allow Christ (who is Love) to be expressed through you – to whomever you may meet each and every day. There is no wrong and right way, there is only the Jesus way. How can you do life the Jesus way, thus be a great advertisement of love and grace to the world? Just be yourself; allow Christ to express His love through you. That's the only way for you to be truly FREE to relate to people as you see fit in context of your unique personality. No pressure to perform. No condemnation. So, it seems you have two options: 1) You can just be who you REALLY are - which is unconditional LOVE. 2) You can come off as a sleazy salesman or Mormon. I know which one I'm choosing. If you're choosing the first option with me, you'll live from the no-condemnation zone since there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ and who walk after their divine identity. Enjoy just being who you are and watch the world being transformed as a result without strain and stress. Say hello or follow me here: Website: http://basrijksen.com/ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/basrijksendotcom Twitter: https://twitter.com/BasRijksen Google plus: https://plus.google.com/+BasRijksen YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/M27138 To get regular updates and a Cheat Sheet for FREE subscribe on: http://basrijksen.com/cheat-sheet-1/
Views: 42620 Bas Rijksen
How To Have An Enjoyable Relationship With God
 
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http://basrijksen.com/ Have you ever wondered why you are not experiencing the full manifestation of all that Christ has done and already has given to you? Or have you ever asked yourself as to why you don't always see the results from your prayers as is promised in the Bible? In this video: - I'll share a story that reveals the core-issue why many believers are not experiencing the full manifestation of all that Christ has done and already has given to them. - I'll touch on why your prayers might not be working so well and, - The key how to experience an enjoyable relationship with God. Say hello or follow me here: Website: http://basrijksen.com/ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/basrijksendotcom Twitter: https://twitter.com/BasRijksen Google plus: https://plus.google.com/+BasRijksen YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/M27138 To get regular updates and a Cheat Sheet for FREE subscribe on: http://basrijksen.com/cheat-sheet-1/
Views: 4137 Bas Rijksen
As Jesus Is, So Are You...Not: As [Biblical Figure] Is, So Are You
 
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http://basrijksen.com/freedom/ In this video I'll show you that you are greater then your favorite Bible hero and that you are not meant to be like any other figure in the Bible, then Jesus, and have Him as your inspiration and model. Running counter to this idea of the Bible-as-a-hero-catalog, the best news in the Bible is that God has demonstrated His love by sending His Son – Jesus. That Jesus became like you, so that you could become like Him. 1 John 4:17 says, As Jesus is, so are you. Since you are just like Christ in your spirit – in who you really are – do you think you should till try to look to someone else to see how your life would look like if you allow Christ to live His life through you? Since you are an identical copy of Jesus do you think you should try to copy or act like any other person in the Bible then Jesus? The answer, of course, is no. But why is it that we hear Christians left and right say “I want to be like David” “I want to be like Esther” “I want to be like Deborah” “I want to be like Joshua.” This all sound good during a gathering at your local church. But they are contrary to the reality at present. If Jesus ever said such things right now, would it honor God? Of course not. Then why do we – who are are like Jesus - say such things? Say hello or follow me here: Website: http://basrijksen.com/ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/basrijksendotcom Twitter: https://twitter.com/BasRijksen Google plus: https://plus.google.com/+BasRijksen YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/M27138 To get regular updates and a Cheat Sheet for FREE subscribe on: http://basrijksen.com/cheat-sheet-1/
Views: 4724 Bas Rijksen
How Can You Benefit From The New Covenant? And What is Your Part?
 
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http://basrijksen.com/ In this video I'll share what it means that you are a beneficiary of the New Covenant of grace. And I'll explain what God's part is and what your part is so that you'll see that you are empowered to be well and do well for your own good and for the good of other people through you. Perhaps there have been times in your life as a believer when you were convinced that God was displeased with you. Like many people who have been trapped by religion that is based on an Old Covenant mindset, maybe you've even come to a place in your thinking where you believed your failures had given God a suitable reason for leaving you, excluding you from His family, or removing His blessing from your life and ministry. Listen carefully: Your failures and unfaithfulness do not change God’s opinion of you, nor do they violate the New Covenant, causing you to be disqualified from God’s goodness. Now, is it true that a covenant requires faithfulness? Certainly. And is it true that in the biblical accounts of covenant there were serious consequences for people who violated a covenant? Yes, that is true. So then, how is it possible that your unfaithfulness to God does not result in Him rejecting you as a covenant partner? Answer: You are not God’s covenant partner. You heard it right...The truth is that the Man Christ Jesus is God’s covenant partner, not you! And Jesus is never unfaithful to the covenant. And it's His faithfulness that counts for you since He is your representative before the Father. Ready for some more good news? Buckle up: Your failures do not appear before God. Instead, Christ’s perfection and faithfulness appear before God on your behalf! That means that even if you mess up big time, your failures to do appear on God's radar but instead Christ's faithfulness keeps appearing on God's radar because He sees you through the filter of His Son. Since Jesus is the unbreakable New Covenant before God and you are in Him it follows that 1) You don't have a covenant relationship with God. The Man Jesus Christ has a covenant relationship with God, not you. You just happen to have received the free gift of salvation which makes you a partaker of Jesus' covenant relationship with God. Which in turn means you don't have a covenant with God yourself. You are enjoying a free ride based on Someone else's merits. 2) Since Jesus is the unbreakable New Covenant before God and you are in Him it follows that you can never break your covenant relationship with God. For you to break your covenant relationship with God is for Jesus to stop to existing or to break His covenant with the Father. Because that will never happen, there is no danger for you of ever breaking the covenant relationship you have with your heavenly Father. Remember, nothing depends on you and your effort. It is all about Jesus and His finished work! The covenant issue and relationship issue is settled from His side. In short, Christ is your covenant partner before God that means that you are not God's covenant partner. AND, your failures do not appear on God's radar because you are considered a 100% faithful, all the time, on the basis of Jesus' faithfulness. Jesus is the filter through which the Father sees you and relates to you. How can you benefit from the New Covenant? What must we do? Two things. 1) Consider Jesus in every aspect of your life and respond accordingly to Him. Do you need healing? Then look to Jesus! Do you need empowerment in overcoming a struggle? Look to Jesus. Do you need wisdom? Look to Jesus. Do you need faith? Look to Jesus. Do you need deliverance? Look to Jesus. Do you need to be reassured that you're in an unbroken covenant relationship with God? Look to Jesus. Do you want to discover that you are as faithful as Jesus is faithful in your Father's eyes? Then look to Him. Whatever your need, your answer is found in Jesus and His finished work. That’s why Paul resolved to know nothing but “Christ and Him crucified” (1 Cor. 2:2). 2) Simply be a recipient, that is a receiver. Be the recipient of every good thing found in God’s promises and in His will, and you'll be functioning as a vessel of His love and power through whom He is made known to the people around you. Because you are a beneficiary of the New Covenant you are empowered to be well and do well for your own good and to the glory of God. And as a minister of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus, you are empowered to help other people be well and do well. Say hello or follow me here: Website: http://basrijksen.com/ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/basrijksendotcom Twitter: https://twitter.com/BasRijksen Google plus: https://plus.google.com/+BasRijksen YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/M27138 To get regular updates and a Cheat Sheet for FREE subscribe on: http://basrijksen.com/cheat-sheet-1/
Views: 3941 Bas Rijksen
What You Were Not Told in Church About the Good Samaritan
 
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http://basrijksen.com/ - Unlike you probably heard a thousand times that you should be like the Good Samartian nothing is further from the truth. Can the real Good Samartian please stand up? "You should be like the Good Samaritan." If you grew up in church or Sunday School, you probably heard this a thousand times. In fact, even outside the church, the parable of the Good Samaritan is used to exhort neighborly love and concern for the downtrodden. You know the story. You also know the common interpretation: don't be like the priest and the Levite, too concerned with themselves to help another. Be like the Good Samaritan -- be a good neighbor. In other words, our preachers want us to (at least eventually) identify with the Good Samaritan, the hero of the story. The parable of The Good Samaritan is the second of the great commandments in narrative form: love your neighbor as yourself. In fact, Jesus tells the story to answer a lawyer's question about who his neighbor is. The lawyer, trying to trick Jesus, asks him what he must do to inherit eternal life. Jesus tells him to follow the laws he already knows so well: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind;" and, "Love your neighbor as yourself" (Luke 10:27). Then, "seeking to justify himself," the lawyer asked Jesus a follow-up question: "And who is my neighbor?" Jesus answers him by telling the parable of The Good Samaritan...and we miss the point completely. If Jesus had been asked, "How should we treat our neighbors?" and had responded with this story, perhaps "Be like the Good Samaritan" would be an acceptable interpretation. Instead, Jesus was asked, "What must I do to inherit eternal life?" He was asked a vertical question (a question about a person's relationship to God) rather than a horizontal one. The lawyer was, after all, seeking to "justify" himself. This parable must, therefore, be interpreted vertically. It's about justification, not sanctification. The context puts Jesus' final exhortation to "go and do likewise" in perspective. Remember, this is the same Jesus who told his audience at the Sermon on the Mount that they "must be perfect, as [their] Father in Heaven is perfect" (Matthew 5:48). What Jesus is saying in the parable of The Good Samaritan is that, to inherit eternal life, you must keep God's law perfectly- which includes loving your neighbor as yourself. No wiggle room. You must always love perfectly, sacrificially, selflessly—not just on the outside, but on the inside too. You must, in other words, always want to love perfectly, sacrificially, and selflessly. You must never hurt anyone - physically, emotionally, relationally. You must love perfectly. "Go and do likewise" is, therefore, not a word of invitation to be nice. It's a word of condemnation in answer to the laywer's question, "What must I do to inherit eternal life?" Can the real Good Samaritan please stand up? Far from telling the story to help us become like The Good Samaritan, Jesus tells this story to show us how far from being like The Good Samaritan we actually are! Jesus' parable destroys our efforts to justify ourselves; to find a class of people we can call "neighbors" that we actually do love. In destroying our self-salvation projects, the story of The Good Samaritan destroys us. Jesus brings the hammer of the Law ("Be perfect...") down on our self-justifying work. In a rich irony, we move from being identified with the priest and the Levite who never perfectly love our best friends "as ourselves," much less our enemies, to being identified with the traveler in desperate need of salvation. Jesus intends the parable itself to leave us beaten and bloodied, lying in a ditch, like the man in the story. We are the breathless bruised. We are the needy, unable to do anything to help ourselves. We are the broken people, beaten up by life, robbed of hope. But then Jesus comes. Unlike the Priest and Levite, He doesn't avoid us. He crosses the street - from heaven to earth -comes into our mess, gets his hands dirty. At great cost to himself on the cross, he heals our wounds, covers our nakedness, and loves us with a no-strings-attached love. He brings us to the Father and promises that His "help" is not simply a one time gift - rather, it's a gift that will forever cover "the charges" we incur. Yes, Jesus and Jesus alone is the Good Samaritan. Website: http://basrijksen.com/ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/basrijksendotcom Twitter: https://twitter.com/BasRijksen Google plus: https://plus.google.com/+BasRijksen YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/M27138 To get regular updates and an eBook for FREE subscribe on: www.basrijksen.com
Views: 10385 Bas Rijksen
What Does Fasting Look Like Under Grace? And Should You Do It? (part 2/2)
 
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http://basrijksen.com/ - Check out what does fasting does not accomplish! And how fasting under grace really looks like (it might not be what you think). And more... To get regular updates and an eBook for FREE subscribe on: www.basrijksen.com When Jesus' disciples could not cast the demon out of the young boy and asked why, Jesus says, "This kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting" (Matt. 17:21). This whole sentence is not in the original Greek, but was added by man! For years I've believed that the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in Acts 2 was connected to the amount of praying and fasting of the 120 people in the Upper room. Now, there's nothing wrong with fasting or prayer and desiring to see signs and miracles, but the Bible does not say that, "when their prayer and worship had reached a fevered pitch, suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting"; nor does it say that "when the prayer bowls in heaven had been filled to their tipping point, then suddenly..."; nor does it say that, "when their days of fasting were completed, then suddenly...". It says, "When the Day of Pentecost had fully come...suddenly" (Acts 2:1-2). You see, the amount of prayer, fasting, agonizing, travailing, spiritual hunger, or tears had nothing to do with the original outpouring on Pentecost. It was about timing, and fulfilling the shadow of Pentecost.  We are not called to "tarry" in order to receive the Spirit. We simply drink from the fountain which was opened and unleashed upon that day. There is nothing wrong with fasting, but don't do it to try to get God to do something that He's already done. (Thanks to Jeff Turner for this peace of writing) 1 Cor. 7:5 is often quoted as proof that fasting is prescribed for believers who are under grace.That passage says that abstinence from sex in marriage is only acceptable for a short period of time for purposes of prayer. Although your translation may also add "fasting," in the orginal Greek text the word "fasting" is absent. The translator might have been zealous for fasting, but apparently not too concerned about tampering God's Word. Fasting is used in rare occasions by the apostles to help clear their heads so they could focus to make a big governmental discision, like appointing elders of leaders (Acts 13:2, 14:23). And when Pauls mentions fasting, like in 2 Cor. 6:5, 11:27, keep in mind that the word "fasting" often has a broader meaning such as merly "having no food" or "having no water." Fasting ultimately means to give up something or to abstain from something. Often we've made this to mean food, but it can apply to anything, in particular to things that feed our flesh. When we give "food" to our flesh, we strenghten our flesh, and thus are proned to walk after the flesh. For example, the preaching of the law is food to our flesh, therefore giving strength to our flesh. The moment you embark on Christ-centred, grace based teachings, that is the moment you start your fasting! Because you have abstained yourself from legalistic teaching, you've stopped supplying "food" to your flesh and you'll start walking after the Spirit. This is Grace-based living. In other words, Grace-based living is per definition a fasted lifestyle. It's fasting legalistic teaching, condemnation, greed, laziness, negativity, selfishness, worrying, shame, sin, sickness, unforgiveness, depression etc. In this sense, we live a fasted lifestyle because abstaining from any negative "food" to our flesh is not an occasional thing. There isn't a day you're not fasting if you live in Grace. If you enjoy a natural fast, go for it. But why not have a supernatural fast? As long as you feast on Jesus and His finished work by default you're fasting everything that's contrary to the Gospel of grace. Under Grace, you don't have to fast. It isn't a required practice for the believer. However there's nothing wrong with fasting, do it if it helps you clear you mind or hear God better or maybe for health reasons, but don't do it to try to twist God's arm to give you something or to do things for us. He has already accomplished everything in the Person and work of Christ. Under Grace, you are called to feast upon Jesus. You are free, however, to choose to abstain from physical pleasures to do so, but know that it's not to make God happy, but for your satisfaction. Instead of turning to things of this world for satisfaction, we turn to God for our ultimate satisfaction and pleasure. God desires for you to know true pleasure, and to know it in the context of His constant abiding presence. Website: http://basrijksen.com/ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/basrijksendotcom Twitter: https://twitter.com/BasRijksen Google plus: https://plus.google.com/+BasRijksen YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/M27138 To get regular updates and an eBook for FREE subscribe on: www.basrijksen.com
Views: 6985 Bas Rijksen
Are You Sweating or Resting Today? The Only Sweat That Counts is That of Jesus
 
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http://basrijksen.com/ - Your Christian walk is not about trying to maintain salvation but being maintained by Salvation! The only sweat that counts is that of Jesus. Under the Old Covenant, the priests were forbidden from wearing wool while in the inner court because they were not to wear any material that would cause them to sweat in their service to God (Ezekiel 44:17-18). God, from the very beginning, was showing us that it was not about human effort nor about what we could do for Him but that it was all about what He would do for us. When Jesus arrives on the scene, He comes not only as our Great High Priest (Heb 4:14) but also as the Lamb to be offered in sacrifice (John 1:30). Therefore, Christ is the only priest who was ever qualified to wear wool - as the Lamb of God - in His priestly work to God!  Interestingly enough, while in Gethsemane and preparing Himself for sacrifice, Christ first sheds His blood through His pores, and it mingles together with His sweat!  What does this mean? It means that it is only the sweat and work of Christ that can save us. God never desired the sweat of man nor the efforts of flesh. It is Christ's work and sweat alone that brought salvation to the human race! - He sweat it out in your place so that you could rest in His place. - He stood so that you could sit. - He strained so that you could Sabbath! My friends, if your flesh is sweaty, you are wearing the wrong garment! You are not the Lamb of God and are therefore not allowed to wear wool, or sweat in the presence of God. Christ alone filled this role, and He did it perfectly and completely! It is not Monday morning but an eternal Saturday morning. Also, a chair was a forbidden piece of furniture in the temple. Why? The priests were not allowed to sit down on the job so that the image of unfinished business would be imprinted on people's conscience. Day after day every priest had to stand and perform his religious duties. Again and again he would need to offer the same scrifices because the blood of animals can never take away sins! Jesus the High Priest, however, offered one final sacrifice for the sins of the whole world and sat down at the right hand of God (Heb. 10:11-12, 1 John 2:2). There's no more blood-shedding or work to be done because, once for all, He dealt with the sin-issue on the cross. It is finished! "And God raised you up together and seated you together in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus" (Eph. 2:6). You are a New Covenant priest (Rev. 1:6) who's been placed on a throne and sit at the right hand of the Father. Right now. You don't stand before God - you're seated with Him. You've arrived. No longer sweating to try to get closer to God, but rather enjoying the uninterrupted union with Him. No more performing religious duties to please God. There's nothing left to do, except to rest in the fact that you are plunged into the finished work of Christ and that you are well-pleasing to God without any effort on your part. Wipe the sweat from your brow, and enjoy your royal seat. The work is done, and you're off the clock. Your sweat didn't save you, Jesus sweat did. Just as you weren't saved by your efforts of the flesh, so you can't maintain your salvation by your sweating, striving, pulling or pushing. Your Christian walk is not about trying to maintain salvation but being maintained by Salvation. The only sweat that counts is that which fell from the face of the blameless Son. Rest in His work and in His work alone. Share this video: http://youtu.be/STEjnACM-kw Website: http://basrijksen.com/ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/basrijksendotcom Twitter: https://twitter.com/BasRijksen Google plus: https://plus.google.com/+BasRijksen YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/M27138 To get regular updates and an eBook for FREE subscribe on: www.basrijksen.com
Views: 2336 Bas Rijksen
How The New Testament Will Start To Make Sense To You
 
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http://basrijksen.com/nt/ Have you ever wondered why is it that there are over 30.000 different denominations in the Christian world and that we all claim to be true to the Word of God? Do you know how it can be that we have many church practices and theological beliefs that are not rooted in Scriptural principle, and yet we read them back into the New Testament? The problem is with our approach to the New Testament. Allow me to illustrate the problem for you. Note: This material stems from chapter 11 of Pagan Christianity which is written by Frank Viola and George Barna. You can download this chapter (plus more resources) by clicking this link: http://basrijksen.com/nt/ Say hello or follow me here: Website: http://basrijksen.com/ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/basrijksendotcom Twitter: https://twitter.com/BasRijksen Google plus: https://plus.google.com/+BasRijksen YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/M27138 To get regular updates and a Cheat Sheet for FREE subscribe on: http://basrijksen.com/cheat-sheet-1/
Views: 8116 Bas Rijksen
How To Have Christ As Your First Love So That Your Lampstand Won't Be Removed!
 
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http://basrijksen.com/ The Ephesian Church had a problem. Jesus tells them in plain words: "Yet I hold this against you: you have forsaken your first love. Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place." (Rev. 2:4-5) Read this verse through a legalistic lens and you'll end up feeling condemned. Plus, you'll be trying hard to love God more because your interpretation of this verse will sound like: "The Ephesian Church had a problem, it didn't love God enough. Thus, it has fallen and needs to repent of this lack of love for God and if it doesn't repent it will lose it's lampstand." Does that sound like a familiar interpretation to you? If so, it's time to see this verse through a grace lens! The real problem with the Ephesians was that, even though they worked hard, they were not working out of a revelation of God's love for them. They had forgotten that they were beloved sons of God (Eph. 1:6). They were a busy church but their works were based on their love for God, rather than His love for them. Paul prayed that the Ephesians would know the love of God (Eph. 3:18). Notice, he doesn't pray that they would love God more, but that they would know more about God's love for them. That's a BIG difference. God doesn't love us because we love Him, but rather we love Him because He loved us first (1 John 4:19). So if we only love in response to Him, what then is our first love? It's not our love for Him, that comes second. Our first love is understanding His love for us. Forsaking our first love, therefore, is to forget we are loved. We can still be doing a lot, but if is not rooted and grounded in His love for us it smells like a steaming heap of dung; also called self-effort (Phil. 3:8). Why? Because if you put the do before the who you get poo-poo :) When that's the case, like the Ephesians, we can be known for our works, but not His. Paul once told the Ephesians that they were seated with Christ in heavenly places but by the time of John's revelation it seems they had forgotten this. They're no longer resting, they are striving. In a sense they have fallen from that seat of heavenly rest to a place of earthly works. Instead of serving God out of a revelation of His love for them, they had fallen from a great height of grace into dead religious works. In short, the hard working Ephesians had become religious. Jesus calls them to repent so that they'll do the things they did at first. To repent means to change the way you think. They needed to change their thinking so they'll get back into the place of serving and loving God not based on their achieving things for God, but based on their receiving of His love for them. What they needed to do is what they did at first which is to trust in the love of God for them not in their love for Him. To sum up Our first love means to understand God's love for us. Forsaking our first love is to forget that we are loved. If that happens we fall from that seat of heavenly rest to a place of earthly works and cease to be shining lights of God's grace. God's goodness will lead us to repentance (that is to change the way we think) so that we don't forsake our first love by not forgetting how much God loves us. So what's the lesson for us today? Live Loved. Say hello or follow me here: Website: http://basrijksen.com/ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/basrijksendotcom Twitter: https://twitter.com/BasRijksen Google plus: https://plus.google.com/+BasRijksen YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/M27138 To get regular updates and a Cheat Sheet for FREE subscribe on:  http://basrijksen.com/cheat-sheet-1/
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How to know you're not a branch that's cast out, withered, and thrown into the fire!
 
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http://basrijksen.com/ This message of Grace might ROCK YOUR WORLD! Also, it's OFFENSIVE to the religious mindset. For more awesome Grace nuggets go to www.basrijksen.com Enjoy the freedom that comes from knowing the truth. In this video we discuss how to know you're not a branch that's cast out, withered, and thrown into the fire! "I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned." (John 15:5-6). There are two possibilities presented by Jesus: 1. You're abiding in Him, and you'll bear much fruit. 2. You're not abiding in Him, and you're cast out, you wither and get thrown into the fire. Legalistic glasses I used to read these words of Jesus through legalistic glasses thinking, "if I fail to abide, I will be cast out and burned. But if I do abide, I will bear much fruit, so I'd better start bearing fruit." A legalist thinks in terms of conditions. "IF I do this and that, THEN God will reward me with this or that. If I do my part, God must do His part. If I stick in enough prayer, Bible reading, fasting and church attendance into the Divine Slot Machine, then God must come over the bridge and give me what I ask or what I need." God doesn't reward your fleshly sweating and striving. He's already rewarded you by giving you Jesus! Jesus is your everything. To read the words "abide and bear fruit or don't abide and be burned" with legalistic glasses will become law for you. You either need to produce fruit or you'll perish. Wow, that's pretty scary! If I don't keep doing my utmost best to be a good Christian and bear fruit I run the risk of being cast out and burned! That's what it sounds like, right? If you don't abide you're cast out. That sounds as if Jesus is putting conditions on us. You have to do something otherwise you're thrown way and burned. But what is the something we must do? Pray? Read the Bible? Tithe? Attend church? Confess our sins? Witness? Obviously, there's nothing wrong with all of these activities in and of themself, but does your abiding or remaining in the Vine depend on doing these things? I hope not! God expects perfection: "be perfect as I am perfect" (Mt. 5:48). And in the weakness of my flesh I constantly fall short of His perfect standard. If abiding depends on me doing good and avoiding evil then there's not one moment I'm abiding. Bad news indeed! Let me ask you a question: how much good works, like praying and Bible reading did you do to get saved, to get ingrafted into the Vine? None! "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:5) In other words, you aren't saved -- ingrafted in the Vine -- by your good works but by grace through faith. All you did to start to abiding in the Vine was to positively respond to what God already had provided in Jesus. Just as you've done nothing to start to abide in the Vine - except to receive Jesus with thanksgiving - so you can't do anything to abide in the Vine. Jesus' abiding = your abiding Well, what does it mean to abide in the Vine? The answer to this question will help you understand how you can know you're not a branch that's thrown into the fire. Here's the answer to what it means to abide in the Vine: "Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God" (1 John 4:15). Have you confessed that Jesus is the Son of God? Then God abides in you and you in Him. You are abiding in the Vine because you have confessed Him as Lord. To abide in Jesus talks about your new birth, not your behaviour. Are you born again? Then you're abiding. How much can you add or subtract from the finished work of Jesus and your born again state? Nothing. Just as a branch doesn't try to abide in the vine but simply is part of the vine, so you don't try to abide in the Vine because you are already abiding in the Vine due to your divine nature. Furthermore, in Greek the word abide means not to depart and to remain as one. He who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him (1 Cor. 6:17). You are one with Christ. Therefore, you do not depart from Him and you'll always remain one with Him. Because you're identical to Him in spirit you have the same standing before the Father as Jesus. Jesus' abiding has become your abiding. For you not to abide in the vine is for Jesus to stop abiding in His relationship with the Father. Because that will never happen, there is no danger for you of not abiding! Nothing depends on you and your effort. It's all about Jesus and His finished work! The abiding issue is settled from His side. To read the rest and for more awesome Grace nuggets go to www.basrijksen.com
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Who Am I? Your Identity in Christ
 
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How To Bring Heaven On Earth: Using The King's Power And Authority
 
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http://basrijksen.com/ As an ambassador, you stand in delegated authority. When you rebuke a demon, it is as if Jesus is rebuking that demon; when you rebuke a sickness, it is as if Jesus is rebuking that sickness—that is the power of delegated authority. To give someone the right to use your name is to give them your authority. That person is authorized to speak as your representative. Presently, Jesus is sitting at the right hand of the Father, waiting while His ambassadors (the Church) put His enemies under His feet (see Heb. 10:12-13). As ambassadors, our priority is bringing alignment between Heaven and earth. Jesus said that we are to pray that it would be on earth as it is in Heaven (see Matt. 6:10). In Heaven there is no sickness, no pain, no poverty, no divorce, no broken homes, no death. In Heaven there is total peace, love, and joy. Therefore, as an ambassador of Heaven, these are the things that we pray into our surroundings. It is time to move away from wimpy, weak-kneed, milk-toast, namby-pamby prayers like, “God, if it is Your will, would You please consider doing such and such?” Ambassadors direct their authority toward the problem and demand results. I am not saying that we make demands of God, but that we aim our authority at the problem. For example, “Lazarus come forth!” or “Lame man rise and walk!” or “Demon come out!” “Storm be calm!” Like Jesus, ambassadors use their authority to address problems directly. When you pray in the being of Jesus, you must be obeyed by demons, sickness, death, and circumstances as if Jesus Himself were commanding those obstacles. I, Bas Rijksen, have no authority in my name, apart from Jesus. In the natural, I am not a king, but as an ambassador of Heaven, I operate in the authority of the King of kings. When I am praying, I am standing inside the being of Jesus, because that is where I find my authority. Question: What in your environment needs to come into alignment with Heaven’s best: physical ailments, financial issues, your marriage, your children, your church, close friends, your employer and co-workers, and so forth. Speak over each of these with authority as Heaven’s ambassador and watch it being transformed. Say hello or follow me here: Website: http://basrijksen.com/ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/basrijksendotcom Twitter: https://twitter.com/BasRijksen Google plus: https://plus.google.com/+BasRijksen YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/M27138 To get regular updates and a Cheat Sheet for FREE subscribe on: http://basrijksen.com/cheat-sheet-1/
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Why you don't have to be afraid of Gods pruning
 
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http://basrijksen.com/ - In this video you hear why you don't have to be afraid of God's pruning. This will help you to be at peace in your heart and allow God to prune you as the real meaning of "pruning" is explained. Many Christians associate the pruning of the Father with pain, suffering or bad things happening to them to bring refinement and fruitfulness in their lives. Thankfully that's not so. Your heavenly Father is not a critical, fault-finding Gardener with an inspecting-type look in His eyes and a big cutting device in His hand, ready to just slash you to make you more effective in His Kingdom. Cutting trees and pruning bushes was part of my education at a forestry school. All together I've cut hundreds of trees and other vegetation. When I think of pruning, I think of cutting, sawing and trimming. Some trees and shrubs start "bleeding" when they're cut. The tree sap that flows through sapwood becomes visible and starts dripping out of "the wound." Jesus uses the illustration of pruning in John 15. It says that the Father prunes the branches, which are the believers, so they can bear more fruit (John 15:2). The fruit indicates any of the virtues that Gods Word advocate. For example, the fruit of the Spirit, the fruits of righteousness, the fruit of new converts and fruit of holiness. God is a good God Like trees that "bleed" from a "wound" when they're cut, I used to think God's pruning to be a painful process where He cuts and slashes us. I've heard people teach that He would do that through things like sickness, death, poverty, and other forms of tragedy so that eventually we will bear more fruit. This teaching promotes problems as a good thing. But not only that, difficulties and trials are also a necessity if we want to bear more fruit. This mindset didn't "sit right with me." Deep down I knew this view to be inconsistent with God's nature. God is a good God, whose intentions and thoughts are only good, pure and loving. God never uses sickness or hardships to teach and train (discipline) us. He has the Word (2 Tim. 3:16) and the Holy Spirit (John 16:13, 1 John 2:17) to do that. That is not to say that we cannot learn through tragedy. We can. But God has a better way. If we mistakenly think that God is bringing tragedy into our lives to make us more fruitful, then we'll not resist the tragedies, and they will not flee from us (James 4:7). Pruning explained But what does "pruning" in John 15 mean? The Geek word used for "pruning" means "to cleanse (from guilt, to expiate)." To cleanse from what? The definition is self-explanatory; to cleanse from any sense of guilt you might have! Guilt is the result of a law-mentality. You think you need to expiate; do a payment on your part before God will move on your behalf. Smells like self-effort, doesn't it? The good news is, you don't have to treat God like an "investment vehicle". You don't stick in prayer, bible study, fasting and religious works hoping to get something out of the effort. There is nothing you can do to inspire God to bless you (or curse you for that matter), because you already are blessed with every spiritual blessing (Eph. 1:3). The cure to be cleansed from a quilt-conscious ("to be pruned by God") is to receive revelation of God's unconditional grace. The more you understand God's grace the less you try to obtain God's approval or blessings and you'll automatically bear fruit as you allow Christ to live His life through you. To rely on Christ's indwelling presence is to bear much fruit! In short, God prunes or cleanses you (by His Word and Spirit), from the false idea that you need to bring your contribution to the table so He will move and bless you. Instead of being performance driven you'll start to rest in the finished work of the cross and bear much fruit. To subscribe for free blog & video updates go to: www.basrijksen.com
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What is the Unforgivable Sin? And Have You Blasphemed Against the Holy Spirit?
 
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http://basrijksen.com/ - There's a sin that can't be forgiven. Have you blasmphemed against the Holy Spirit, thus committed the unforgivable sin?! Do you know how you can effectively create heaps of fear among believers? Tell them there's a sin that can't be forgiven! As a result, people will live their entire lives thinking they are cursed because they might have commited the "unforgivable sin." Misunderstanding about the sin that can't be forgiven has caused much confusion and fear and many secretly ask themselves: "Have I blasphemed against the Holy Spirit? What if I have committed the unforgivable sin? How do I know that I have not sinned to a point where I cannot be forgiven?" And so, many fear that they have blasphemed the Holy Spirit and done unforgivable things, thus struggle with condemation. When Jesus mentioned the unforgivable sin in Matthew 12, He was speaking to the Pharisees who rejected Him at every turn and were looking for ways to kill Him. Some people teach that "blasphemy against the Holy Spirit" refers to the sin of attributing the working of the Holy Spirit to the power of Satan since the Pharisees said, "No wonder He can cast out demons. He gets His power from Satan, the prince of demons" (Matt. 12:24, NLT). Others say that it refers to accusing Jesus Christ of being demon possessed. However, these explanations do not hold water because Jesus has already forgiven all the sins of the whole word by once sacrifice, including unwholesome speech. So neither attributing God's work as the devils work, nor accusing God being a demonic maniac is an unforgivable sin since these type of sins are already forgiven. There's only ONE unforgivable sin Jesus said there is only one unforgivable sin, and that is the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit (Matt. 12:22-32, Mark 3:22-30, Luk 12:10). The word "blasphemy" means to slander or to speak fasely of someone. So the unforgivable sin is to slander or to speak falsely of the Holy Spirit. To understand how we can speak falsely of Him, we must first know what is true about Him and His ministry in regards to sin. Jesus says about the Holy Spirit, "And when He has come, He will convict the world...of sin, because they do not believe in Me (John 16:8-9). Notice, it doesn't say the Holy Spirit convicts the world of "sins" (plural). You know why? Because all of the sins of the whole word has been dealt with on the cross. Therefore, God is not holding people's individual sins against them (2 Cor. 5:19). Unlike we often think, God is not relating to mankind based on their individual actions, whether good or bad -- God looks at the heart. Since God doesn't hold men's sin against them, the Holy Spirit does not convict the world of their indiviual sins. It says, He convicts the world of "sin" (singular). Of what sin? "Because they do not believe in Me" (verse 9) -- the sin of unbelief. Who are the ones in unbelief? Unbelievers. The singular sin the Holy Spirit convicts unbelievers of is the sin of not believing in Jesus. All sin has already been paid for and is already forgiven by the blood of the Lamb, except the sin of rejecting Jesus. It is not a person's many sins that sends them to hell; sin has already been paid for and is forgiven. It's the singular sin of not believing on Jesus that sends a person to hell. The Holy Spirit convicts unbelievers of their unbelief in Jesus and if they reject that conviction, it is a sin against the Holy Spirit which cannot be forgiven. Unbelief in Jesus Christ is the only sin that Jesus couldn't die for. This is the only sin that God can't forgive. A person has to believe in Jesus to receive forgiveness. To sum up So the issue with "the unforgivable sin" is not whether you've done something that God can't or won't forgive. He has already forgiven all sins of the whole world. God doens't consider anyone as unforgiven because of Christ's succesful work on the cross. However, unbelief in Jesus Christ is the only sin that Jesus couldn't die for. Since this is the only sin that God can't forgive, the singular sin the Holy Spirit convicts unbelievers of is the sin of not believing in Jesus. Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is a lifetime of rejecting the Holy Spirit's work of conviction for our need for the Savior, and thus committing the unforgivable sin. Many believers fear they have committed some sin that God cannot or will not forgive, and they feel there is no hope for them, no matter what they do. Satan would like us to have self-condemnation that comes from misunderstanding the "unforgivable sin" issue. The truth is, however, that a believer can never commit the sin that can't be forgiven since they have received God's complete forgiveness. Now, that's Good News! Website: http://basrijksen.com/ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/basrijksendotcom Twitter: https://twitter.com/BasRijksen Google plus: https://plus.google.com/+BasRijksen YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/M27138
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How to experience Gods love - take love breaks
 
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http://basrijksen.com/ Here's a tip for you HOW TO EXPERIENCE GODS LOVE! Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed, discouraged or insignificant? Here's a tip on how to experience God's love and not to be troubled in your soul. My baby girl Anouk and I are playing in the family room. Imagine for a moment that I AM LOVE personified. I ooze with love. From every fibre and cell of my being love is poured out like a constant stream of water. Here's the question: what must Anouk do to experience my love? Play more intensely with her toys? Speed up the process from crawling to walking? Not pull my hair for the twenty-third time? Of course not. How can Anouk experience the pleasure that papa loves her? All she has to do is to turn her attention to me and drink from the flow of love that I've showered on her already and incline her ears to the words I'm continuously speaking over her; "You're beautiful. I infinitely adore you. You are lovely. I see no flaw in you. You're perfect in my eyes. You are irresistible. I always rejoice over you and enjoy who you are!" You understand, this is an illustration of God's way of talking and seeing who you are in Christ. I, as a human father, am learning to see Anouk like God sees her and speak accordingly and - unlike God - I do have moments of irritation and frustration. You can feel overwhelmed or discouraged when problems pile up and things don't seem to work out the way you want. How can you be encouraged, feel significant and have confidence again? By taking love-breaks! What is a love break? It is the time you take to enjoy and feed on the love of Jesus for you. You can use John 15:9 for this; "I've loved you the way my Father has loved me. Make yourselves at home in my love" (Amp.). How much does Jesus love you? As much as the Father loves Jesus. In other words, the quality of love the Father has for Jesus is the same quality of love He feels toward you! Wow, talk about being significant and special. You are loved by Jesus with the same intensity and desire as the Father loves His Son. You probably take coffee breaks, lunch breaks and other breaks. Why not do the same in your spiritual life? Take time out for breaks, especially love breaks. During the day, wherever you are, take a moment and let Jesus love on you. Just sit down and talk to Him; "Thank you Jesus, for loving me. You love me like the Father loves You. Thank You for loving me without conditions. You are beautiful. You find pleasure in who I am. You delight in me as the Father delights in You." Anouk turns her attention to her source of love to experience it. Likewise, to set your mind on Jesus' love is to allow Him to love you and as a result you'll experience His affections. You're created to enjoy Him enjoying you! Like a branch that's at home in the Vine, make yourself at home in His love by taking love breaks to bask in the ocean of His infinite pleasure and happiness. You'll be surprised how your heart ceases to be troubled and is refreshed and nourished by basking in His affection. The cure for discouragement, feeling overwhelmed or insignificant is to make yourself again and again aware that the quality of love your Father has for you is the same quality of love He has for His Son. In other words, your Father enjoys you just as much as He enjoys Jesus! Take any moment you want, be still, and say: "Thank You for enjoying me. Father, You enjoy me like You enjoy Jesus!" By doing this your soul comes to rest and the refreshing presence of God in you will flood into your being. What will make your day is to drink deeply from the Divine Fountain of undiluted pleasure, delight, and love. To sum up, for you to experience God's love you can take love-breaks whereby you take time to enjoy an feed on the love of Jesus for you. You'll be surprised how your heart get's refreshed and nourished by basking in His affection. Let yourself enjoy being loved by Him. For more awesome Grace nuggets go to www.basrijksen.com and subscribe to not miss any blog & video updates!
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How to Discern Law versus Grace to Ensure Your Freedom! (Part 1/4)
 
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www.basrijksen.com - 101 Reasons to go Wild with Your Untamed New Lover and Dump (the effects of) Your Outdated Demanding Husband. Shake off Religion's Shackles & Ensure Your Freedom! For more awesome Grace nuggets: www.basrijksen.com. Don't forget to subscribe to get regular updates and an eBook for FREE. Do you know why the Gospel is such outrageously Good News? - It is not the hope of becoming clean, holy, righteous and Christlike - It is not the hope of getting closer to God - It is not the hope of trying to obtain more spiritual things - It is not the hope that God will open the heavens to come down and bring revival What makes the Gospel such Good News is that because of Christ and His finished work, by faith: - You are already clean, holy, righteous and Christlike - You are already in perfect union with Him - You are already complete in Christ - God already came down, revived you and told you to be revival "Why aren't there more people saved, healed and delivered through the Body of Christ? Why isn't revival breaking out since it seems that more people then ever cry out to God for an outpouring of His Spirit? "Why don't I witness more miracles, signs and wonders in my life? I've asked myself, "doesn't Jesus say believers shall do greater works then He did?!" What's the problem here? For a long time I wanted to work miracles, see people get healed and delivered, and make a lasting impact on people's lives - much like you do - but I didn't see much happen. Why? Primarily because of a law (Old Covenant) mindset. Yes, the problem was between my ears. As soon as I started to dump the effects of the outdated law-system and embrace the new grace-system, I started to see healing and miracles! For instance, a neighbour of mine had an operation to have a tumor removed from her womb. Later, when tubes were removed out of her abdomen, tumor cells - by mistake - spread to 10 other areas in her lower body. It was after this happened that I got to know her. I introduced Jesus Christ to her and shared that He heals people through people like me who believe in Him. She - even though she isn't a believer - allowed me to lay hands on her, and I commanded all the tumor to dissolve and disappear in Jesus' Name. A few weeks later she went to get an X-ray. When we met again she was happy to tell me that all the tumors were gone! I asked if she knew Who did it. "Yes," she said, as she pointed upward. The law (Old Covenant) was not created so that man could clean himself up, get closer to God, and twist God's arm to send revival. On the contrary it was created to show man that is impossible to attain cleanness, union with God, and create revival through human effort. The purpose of the law is to reveal sin and our need for a Savior. Once saved, we are no longer under law but under grace. In Romans 7 Paul uses the illustration of marriage to explain our freedom from the law. He basically says, "a wife is legally tied to her husband while he lives, but if he dies she's free to marry another man. Likewise, you were legally tied to the rule-dominating way of life under the law, but you've died to the law through the body of Christ that you might belong to Another" (Rom. 7:2-4). You are legally married to Jesus who is grace personified. In Him, you're under grace (the New Covenant). Your old man -- under the law system -- was a harsh demanding husband. He would only tell you how much you fail and fall short. "You've missed it. You never do enough. What a miserable failure you are" are among his favourite sayings while never lifting a finger to help. The demands and requirements hovering over your life would make you feel unworthy and not wanted. Praise God, this demanding husband of yours died with Christ! Plus, the law-system went into the grave with him. What a relief to be married to your new Husband who's quite the opposite of the old one because He operates under a grace system. He doesn't make any demands for you to perform a certain way nor does He point out your faults. Rather, your new Lover only confirms who you are and what you're capable of doing together with Him. Share this video: http://youtu.be/MN4JPuOuT9o Website: http://basrijksen.com/ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/basrijksendotcom Twitter: https://twitter.com/BasRijksen Google plus: https://plus.google.com/u/0/110411236109477791562/posts YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/M27138 Read further about How to Discern Law versus Grace to Ensure Your Freedom! www.basrijksen.com/101-reasons-to-go-wild-with-your-untamed-new-lover-and-dump-the-effects-of-your-outdated-demanding-husband-part-14
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Bookreview "It is Finished: Why You Can Quit Religion and Trust in Jesus"
 
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http://basrijksen.com/ Book on Amazone: http://smarturl.it/BookBlaise - In his book "It is Finished" Blaise Foret paints one of the clearest pictures of the Gospel I've come across. I felt like sitting across Blaise - having a coffee together - as he explained in a conversational style how religion started in Garden, what devastating consequences it has on our view of God, ourselves and others and how Jesus Christ is the answer to our identity crisis. Throughout his writing Blaise invites us to retire from our works - to step of the hamster wheel - and to enter into the rest of the Gospel. What's required to enter God's rest? It's found in one word. Trust. Not trust in your work, but His. What spoke to me the loudest throughout the entire book is that GOD IS FOR US and not against us! A message we all need to hear. Some insights Blaise gives might be provoking to you at first, since he has a good understanding about the nature of God and the finished work of Jesus. Here are some thoughts you'll find in the book "It is Finished." Even though we might have perceived our Father as our enemy due to a darkened understanding, He was never our enemy, and we were never His enemy. Adam's sin didn't alienate God from Adam; it alienated Adam from God. Paul says in Colossians 1:21 that we became enemies of God in our minds. God was never our enemy; but we sure thought He was. God has always been our Friend who's always been with us and close to us. Revelation of our inclusion in Christ's work on the cross has not only destroyed our sin nature but redeemed our image and likeness of God, thus restored our friendship with God. Sin did not change God's mind about us, but our mind about God. God is not for us from the moment you come to faith as if He's against you if you don't believe. Likewise, He doesn't start loving you after you're saved as if He's angry before you woke up to His love... He's always loved you and will always love you simply because He is Love. Blaise asks some good questions: What if God is not against humanity? What if God loves everyone? What if Jesus cared about everyone regardless of what they believed about Him? What if God's love was unconditional?... It seems that God cared about us when we didn't care about Him. It seems that God loved us all while we were still against having a relationship with Him. Besides articulating how God is for us, Blaise clears up some common misunderstandings that you hear quoted by religious preachers, and explains the true meaning of statements like, - "You need to deny yourself and pick up your cross" - "You need to die daily like Paul" - "God's ways are higher than our ways" - "God is to holy to look upon sin" - "Sin separates you from God" The true meaning of these quotes are presented by putting them in the proper context and we're encouraged to interpret the entire Bible through the Person of Jesus. If you desire to taste and see how Good God really is - that He is for you, not against you -- be challenged here and there, and fall deeper in love with Him, then this book is for you. Even if you've heard thousands of sermons, read the Bible from cover to cover, this book will leave you with a fresh awareness of how GOOD the Good News really is. I highly recommend it! Also, Blaise masters the skill of taking good ole' Bible stories and turn them into modern-day language which makes the points he's making hit home hard. Especially because it's often spiced up with typical Foret humor and presented in a clear and simple manner. It makes it an easy and appealing read. Website: http://basrijksen.com/ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/basrijksendotcom Twitter: https://twitter.com/BasRijksen Google plus: https://plus.google.com/+BasRijksen YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/M27138 To get regular updates and an eBook for FREE subscribe on: www.basrijksen.com
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How to be a fruitful believer! God cutting off unfruitful branches (part 1/2)
 
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http://basrijksen.com/ - In this video you'll learn what "God cutting off branches" means. You're created to bear fruit. Much fruit! To desire fruitfulness and not bear much fruit can be frustrating. "Fruit" indicates any of the virtues of our Christlike nature (in our spirits) that manifest itself in and through us. For example, joy, love, peace, faith, holiness, power, victory, etc. Do you want to bear much fruit? The answer to bear more fruit is found in Jesus' words: He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit He prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.(John 15:2, NIV) Jesus makes two statements here: 1. If you don't bear fruit, God cuts you off. 2. If you do bear fruit, God prunes you to bear more fruit. In a quick glance both situations don't seem pleasant, but rather threatening - perhaps even painful. I mean, do you, as a branch, want to be cut off or to be pruned? The Gospel means Good News. But this sounds like Bad News and has created lot's of anxiety among believers. Let's examine both statements and bring our hearts at peace. The Gospel never makes someone feel uncertain or fearful! To be cut off What happens to unfruitful branches? Jesus said they're cut off. WHAT?? Is He really saying believers can be "cut off" from God's family and lose their sonship and inheritance? If that's true the question beckons, "When is the point that I've blown it to such degree that I'm dismembered from God's family?" Let me encourage you. Your position in God's family is as secure as Jesus' position in the Godhead because as Jesus is so are you (1 John 4:17). Well, what does Jesus mean with being "cut off from the Vine?" Here's the crux. Instead of "cut off," which is a bad translation, it should say "to raise up or lifted up." Unfruitful branches are lifted up out of the dirt and re-dressed so they can be nourished by the sun again. Some Christians are facedown in the dirt not looking at the Son. When we lose sight of Christ and His love we tend slip into walking after the flesh which results in dead religious works. Instead of living from our spiritual identity in Christ and so bear much fruit we can become an unfruitful branch which means to be facedown in the dirt (being distracted by the cares of the world) and not enjoying nourishment by basking in the sun (being Christ-minded). How to bear much fruit What happens when we're unfruitful because we lose sight of Christ's love and who we are? The context of John 15 shows that God, the gentle Gardener, will remind you that He's head over heals in love with you and that you can do nothing - good or bad - that will change His burning desire and affection for you! In speaking to you like that, He's lifting up your face from the dirt to look up to His Son so that you'll walk after your divine identity and bear much fruit instead of producing dead religious works by walking after the flesh. How do you bear much fruit? 1. Know God's love (He loves you independent of your behaviour). 2. Know who you are (you are His beloved). To sum up, when we're an unfruitful branch (being naturally minded), God helps us through His indwelling Spirit to lift our attention on the things above (being spiritually minded) so we'll bear much spiritual fruit in and through us. Website: http://basrijksen.com/ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/basrijksendotcom Twitter: https://twitter.com/BasRijksen Google plus: https://plus.google.com/+BasRijksen YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/M27138 To get regular updates and an eBook for FREE subscribe on: www.basrijksen.com The orginal message can be found on: www.basrijksen.com
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How Prophesies Can Disable You To Be Yourself And Live A Normal Life
 
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LINK to DAZZLING News: http://basrijksen.com/ In this video: How prophecies can disable you to be yourself and cause your whole family suffer...how you can speak greatness over people without potentially disabling them...and, how important it is to know your identity in Christ! Question: what is your exeperience with receiving or giving prophecies? Leave your comment below the video. Say hello or follow me here: Website: http://basrijksen.com/ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/basrijksendotcom Twitter: https://twitter.com/BasRijksen Google plus: https://plus.google.com/+BasRijksen YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/M27138 To get regular updates and a Cheat Sheet for FREE subscribe on: http://basrijksen.com/cheat-sheet-1/
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What You Were Not Told In Church About Surrendering Yourself To God
 
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How to be a fruitful believer! God prunes fruitful branches (part 2/2)
 
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http://basrijksen.com/ - You rock! Learn more about God´s pruning method! Enjoy His pruning. Have you, as a branch, been pruned by the Gardener lately? Probably so. God prunes every branch - that is every believer - to bear more fruit. In John 15:2 Jesus states you'll be cut off or pruned to bear more fruit. In the last post, we discussed what it means to be cut off but what does it mean to be pruned by God? You find the answer in reading the context. John 15:3; "You are already clean because of the word which I have spoke to you." The Greek word translated clean means clean and pure but also blameless, innocent and unstained with the guilt of anything. Because of your union with Christ to be clean means: 1. you are free from sin and guilt and 2. you are blameless and innocent. Jesus Christ is the lens through which the Father sees you. As Jesus is, so are you (1 John 4:17) therefore, everything that's true about Jesus is true about you! This refers to your spiritual identity. - God declares you clean. How clean? As clean as Jesus is! - God declares you blameless. How blameless? As blameless as Jesus is! - God declares you innocent. How innocent? As innocent as Jesus is! God is a Spirit and relates to you in the spirit (John 4:24). In God's eyes you are already as clean and holy as Jesus is. You will start to live clean and holy as you conform your thinking to God's Word (Rom. 12:2). (For more awesome Grace nuggets go to: www.basrijksen.com) For you to experience freedom from guilt and condemnation is to change your way of thinking from a law-mentality to a grace-mentality. Law says; "Go and try to be clean and innocent in your own effort. You need to try harder and do more." This mindset is the quickest way to a guilt-trip. When are you clean enough? "Never," says the law, "just try harder to be clean and stay clean." Grace, on the other hand, says; "Come and rest in the fact you're already clean and innocent and you'll automatically start to bear Christ-like fruit." Pruning means to cleanse. It is to have your mind cleansed (or renewed) from a law-mentality that says, "I need to try to become clean, holy and Christ-like." Pruning is to receive revelation that you already are clean and to allow your Christ-like identity to shine forth. In short, making you aware that Jesus is your Source to bear fruit is God's pruning method. To be pruned is to receive revelation and live from the place that you are already clean, holy and Christ-like because, as a branch, you carry the nature of the True Vine within you (2 Peter 1:4). How do branches bear fruit? Here's the key: anyone who grows grapes will tell you that a branch doesn't draw sap from the vine, but that the sap flow is driven or pushed from the vine into the branch! It is the vine that draws the life from the earth and channels it to and through the branch. As a result the branch is able to produce fruit any without effort on it's part. In other words, a branch isn't bearing fruit by trying really hard to draw sap out of the vine but by fully abiding or resting in the vine. It is the vine's responsibility to pump sap into the branch so it'll bear fruit. Since we are the branches through which the life of God flows, we sometimes think that it is our own holiness that produces the fruit. The moment we think that way, we are no longer abiding or resting in the vine, and we will become fruitless if we persist in that mindset. This is a great relief if we understand this and apply it properly. It puts all the responsibility on Jesus. Our only responsibility is to respond to His ability. Just like we have never seen a branch travailing to bring forth fruit, all we have to do is labor to rest (trust and depend) completely on Jesus as our source. If we allow Him to live His life through us, fruit is the natural outcome. This fruit is the product of the Holy Spirit, not our effort. To sum up, God's pruning method is to show you that Jesus is your Source to bear much fruit. Your responsibility is to rely on His ability because, as a branch, you aren't able to bear fruit but the Vine can and does so naturally, without any effort. www.basrijksen.com
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Hyper Grace Gospel: 12 Myths About the Gospel of Grace
 
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Website: http://basrijksen.com/ Related Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EP4IXryhG8s To describe the Gospel I often say "Christ + nothing = everything." Christ plus nothing of our human effort equals fruitful and productive living because you allow God to live and work through you. -- link to book "Hyper Grace Gospel": http://amzn.to/1jrt09Z In other words, Christ plus nothing of my efforts cannot add or subtract one iota from: -- who I am in Christ - identity. -- what I have in Christ - inheritance. -- what Christ can do through me - influence. Religion however says, "Christ + something = everything." The idea is that Christ plus something of your human effort can certainly add or subtract from your identity in Christ, your inheritance as a son or daughter of God and your godly influence." The logic of religious thinking goes: If you do this, then this will happen. If you confess, you'll be forgiven; if you do right, you'll be accepted; if you act holy, you'll be holy, if you fast, you'll be used more by God. But what if you fail to do these things? What if you fail to confess, act holy or do not fast? Will you be in danger of losing your forgiveness? Will you loose your fellowship with God or perhaps even lose your salvation? Will you be disqualified to be used by God? Religion says, "Yes, because your identity, inheritance and influence depend on your human effort." Grace -- which is Jesus -- says, "No, because all these things depend on Me and what I have done for you." To distinguish grace from religion here's the 64.000 dollar question you need to ask yourself: does this message sound like good news to me? BACKLASH Recently there's been a lot of backlash against the 'Gospel of grace', also known as the 'Gospel of Christ.' Some people describe the gospel of grace as a "dangerous teaching" and a "false message." In his book "Hyper Grace Gospel" Paul Ellis explains with great skill the difference between the gospel of grace and religion and does an excellent job responding to some of the critics: "What do these critics have against the gospel of grace? Their criticisms are numerous. The grace message is soft on sin. It's opposed to the law. It's a prosperity gospel. It's unbalanced. It's extreme. It's a fad. "Hyper Grace Gospel" exists of 3 parts. Part A explains what the Hyper-Grace Gospel is - for the purpose of promoting engagement, Paul has used the label critics came up with namely "hyper grace," which usually is referred to as the grace of God, pure grace or radical grace. Part B goes into 12 Myths about the Hyper-Grace Gospel and part C is a response to Michael L. Brown's book "Hyper Grace." Say hello or follow me here: Website: http://basrijksen.com/ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/basrijksendotcom Twitter: https://twitter.com/BasRijksen Google plus: https://plus.google.com/+BasRijksen YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/M27138 To get regular updates and a Cheat Sheet for FREE subscribe on: http://basrijksen.com/cheat-sheet-1/
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Grace Is Not The Means For You To Glorify God! MUST WATCH!
 
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http://basrijksen.com/freedom/ Some years ago, I often asked God to use me and to glorify Himself in my life. I prayed that He would increase His renown through my ministry – through what I did. My desire was pure - I really wanted to do everything for His Name and glory. But I was walking in the false belief of thinking that my own achievement would bring Him glory. Thus I would say things like “God use my teaching today,” or, “Bless my work that I do for You,” or even worse, “Father, I give this time (teaching, worshipping, serving, etc.) to You; be glorified in our midst today.” Can you relate? Of course, it's God's plan that we be used for His glory, but I mistakenly thought that this “given-God-all-the-glory” business would happen as the result of my effort. I mistook my spiritual service as a gift to Him, instead of realizing that my service was His gift to me. Thus I thought I was to give God my life so that my time, resources, and skill would be for His glory. I was wrong. As God gave me more revelation on the New Covenant of grace I started to see I was sincere, but sincerely wrong. I started to read Eph. 1:4-6 in a different light, “In love, He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace...” Here's the truth contained in this verse: God will never be glorified by your behavior for Him, only by His grace to you. So God can only be glorified by His grace to you, not by your behavior for Him. Ready for some Good News? Grace is not the means for you to glorify God! Rather, grace is the means to be a recipient of God glorifying you and consequently you reflecting His glory in response to His grace. Let's put it this way, only God can glorify God. This means that you are not called to glorify God nor “give Him all the glory.” God's glorification in our lives is His alone to bring about, and His renown is accomplished by our proclamation of what He's done not what we do for Him. In other words, God's grace is not the means for us to glorify Him; God's grace is His glory fully realized within us. So His grace doesn't empower you to live a life that brings God glory as much as His grace is all that is necessary for His glory. Our lives reveal the glory of God as we, by faith, choose to live as recipients of the grace that's already ours in Christ. It's crucial to know that God hasn't given His grace for you to “live for His glory.” He's given His grace as a demonstration of who He is - which is His glory. What's the implication of this simple truth for your life? You stop trying to live for God's glory and you stop trying to give God glory for grace does not empower you to live a life that brings Him glory. Friend, God is not looking for you to give Him all the glory. What does it mean to glorify God? Let's get to it. “To glorify God” means to be saved. Are you saved? Then you're glorifying God without strain or stress. Jesus has done all the work for you. Hallelujah! How is God glorified? God is glorified by you doing nothing, but being in Christ. How much must you do to be in Christ. Answer: Nothing. You were saved single-handedly by God. He took the initiative to come down. Jesus Christ died for you as you. He was buried for you as you. He rose for you as you. He is now seated at the right hand of the Father for you as you. HE IS GLORIFYING GOD FOR YOU AS YOU. My friend, you are put IN Christ not by your works, but as a free gift so that you cannot boast about your salvation nor about your abilities to glorify God in any way, shape or form. Say hello or follow me here: Website: http://basrijksen.com/ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/basrijksendotcom Twitter: https://twitter.com/BasRijksen Google plus: https://plus.google.com/+BasRijksen YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/M27138 To get regular updates and a Cheat Sheet for FREE subscribe on: http://basrijksen.com/cheat-sheet-1/
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How to Discern Law versus Grace to Ensure Your Freedom! (Part 4/4)
 
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http://basrijksen.com/ - 101 Reasons to go Wild with Your Untamed New Lover and Dump (the effects of) Your Outdated Demanding Husband. Shake off Religion's Shackles & Ensure Your Freedom! For more awesome Grace nuggets: www.basrijksen.com. Don't forget to subscribe to get regular updates and an eBook for FREE. We've started this series talking about why to go wild with your new Lover (Jesus) and dump the effects of your outdated husband (Law). The most important distinction for us to make when reading the Bible is between law and grace. God doesn't serve mixed drinks. He serves two separate shots: law and grace. Take even the slightest sip from the cocktail of law and you'll sin more, feel guilty and end up confused because a little bit of Law + a lot of Grace = Law. Paul says in plain words "You foolish Galatians" (Gal. 3:1) to those who tried to mix the old way of the law with their new life in Christ. The law - including the Ten Commandments - is "holy righteous and good" but it's not meant for saints as a guide or for growth in Christ but to condemn sinners and bring them to Christ for salvation. Once saved you are not under the law but under grace (Rom. 6:14). There's only one thing we should be ministering to the church today - the New Covenant of Grace, nothing else: He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life (2 Cor. 3:6). The old law system has been totally set aside, because it was "weak" and "useless" and could never make anyone right with God (Heb. 7:18-19; 8:13; 10:8-10). Jesus replaced the old law system by establishing a new grace system that makes anyone right with God who believes in Him. Consequently, you are called to be a minister of the New Covenant of Grace. Does this mean we put the Old Testament aside and don't read it any more? What's the value of the Old Testament?" People ask me this question regularly. Here's my answer. All Scripture is God- inspired and profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness (2 Tim. 3:16). Both the Old and New Testament is relevant for us today. However, we need to read the Old in light of the New! We read and study the Old Testament in light of the fact that Jesus came and fulfilled the law. We read the whole Bible, including the Old Testament, for one primary reason. To find Jesus. Because in the Old Jesus is concealed, but in the New He is revealed! The way we relate to God is very different today then for those before the cross. Before the cross God had to deal with people according to their works - law. After the cross God deals with people according to Jesus' work - grace. In other words, you and I relate to God based on grace (what Jesus did) instead of performance (what we do). I grew up with a focus on performance rather then a Person. Therefore, - I thought I had to do "Christian activities" - like Bible reading, praying, church attendance, confessing sin -- to be more accepted, blessed and holy (while God already has accepted me, blessed me and made me holy through His Son) - I prayed for God to help me live for Him (while God doesn't want me to live for Him, but live His life through me) - I believed I had to live up to God's holy standard (while God has fulfilled His holy standard in Christ who lives in me) Looking back I was trapped in a cycle of self-imposed law. I was relating to God in an Old Covenant way. It is not my duty to try and fulfil the law but to believe Jesus Christ already has. Our Christian life is not a matter of trying harder but of believing Christ in us is the fulfilment of the law. Since I've started to understand His unconditional love and grace my motives changed from "I must do these activities in order to become someone" to "I am already someone therefore I do these activities." Instead of being duty-driven (I must, I have to) I became desire-driven (I want to!). For example, nobody has to tell me to live holy; I want to live holy because I've discovered I am holy! I don't apply "spiritual disciplines" to become what I already am. Rather I read the Word, pray etc., to discover who Christ is and who I already am in Him and as a result I live according to my true Christ-like nature. It's now Christ living in me that motivates me to live Christ-like. Now He animates and energizes my actions to live like Him without stress and striving but with joy and ease. May you continue to fall in love with Jesus as you behold his love that is without conditions. Share this video: http://youtu.be/FBGXUFNcF_E Website: http://basrijksen.com/ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/basrijksendotcom Twitter: https://twitter.com/BasRijksen Google plus: https://plus.google.com/u/0/110411236109477791562/posts YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/M27138 How to Discern Law versus Grace to Ensure Your Freedom! (Part 4/4)
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What Does Fasting Look Like Under Grace? And Should You Do It? (part 1/2)
 
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http://basrijksen.com/ - Check out what does fasting does not accomplish! And how fasting under grace really looks like (it might not be what you think). And more... To get regular updates and an eBook for FREE subscribe on: www.basrijksen.com I don't have all the answers, but I'd love to share some insights on how fasting looks like under grace and if you should do it. Let me first give a list of what fasting doesn't accomplish to debunk any religious beliefs. Because of what Christ already has accomplished for you: - Fasting doesn't make you more righteous, acceptable or pleasing to God - Fasting doens't make you more Christ-like, spiritual or holy - Fasting doesn't make you be closer to God (you are one with Him) - Fasting doesn't get you cleaned up, straigthened out and dried out to receive from God - Fasting doens't help you to "press into" God more (He has "pressed into" you) - Fasting doens't help you "to get hold of God" (He got a hold of you) - Fasting doens't make God start to smile on you or enjoy you more - Fasting doens't make God release more love, power, blessings or anointing - Fasting doens't make God give you more favor, faith, honor or wealth - Fasting doens't make God move or (finally) do something for you - Fasting doens't make God (finally) pay attention and listen to you more attentively - Fasting doens't make God answer your prayers - Fasting doens't make God show up more in your prayer closet or meetings - Fasting doesn't cause any spiritual or physical victory or breakthrough (only faith does) - Fasting doesns't change God's mind to finally step in and do something If you think fasting does accomplish any of these things then what you're believing is not based on Christ and His finished work! Since Christ is the perfect sacrifice, you're off the hook to prove your worth before God will bless you. Every blessings there is, whether salvation, health, deliverance, provision, comes to us by grace and grace alone. To think you must work for the blessings of God is to try and buy that which is not for sale. At no cost, you've already become perfect, blameless, blessed, spiritual, holy, Christ-like, one with God and revival. At no cost, you've already received love, power, anointing, victory, favor, faith, honor, wealth and breakthrough. It's all by grace. And grace is for free. You don't have to pay any price or sacrifice. Jesus paid it all! In other words, you can't attain spiritual goals by abstaining from physical pleasures! I'm not denying the benefits of abstinence; I'm just saying that skipping juicy steaks or cheeseburgers won't make you more holy or be closer to God. The truth is that you can do nothing to make yourself more righteousness or make yourself more pleasing to God. Jesus has done it all! If fasting doens't make you be who you already are and doens't give you any blessing from God, why in the world would we fast? Well, you don't have to. Fasting is never prescribed for believers in the doctrinal books of the New Testament. I can hear someone say, "But what about when Jesus said the disciples would fast when the bridegroom would be taken away from them?" Because Jesus' disciples were feasting instead of fasting the Pharisees were complaining to Jesus, saying "John the Baptist's disciples are constantly going without food, and praying," they declared, "and so do the disciples of the Pharisees. Why are yours wining and dining?" (Luke 5:33, TLB). Jesus said his disciples could not fast as long as the Bridegroon was with them. The days are coming, He said, when they will fast when the Bridegroom is taken from them (Luke 5:35). Do you know how long "those days that they will fast" lasted? It was the time period when the Jesus would be taken from them, that was between His death until He gave believers His Spirit at the Feast of Pentacost. During those days, the Bridegroom was truly not with them and thus it was an appropriate time for mourning and fasting. But when Jesus' Spirit came to dwell in each believer the days of mourning and fasting are forever over. The Gospel declares: "The Bridegroom is here; He lives inside of you!" That's why we're instructed to keep the feast instead of a fast. 1 Cor. 5:8 says, "so that we may keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of evil and wickedness, but with unleavened food of sincerity and truth" (YLT). Jesus is not interested in how we abstain ourselves from eating our meals as a way of fasting. He is interested in the feeding on the New Covenant Grace, that is Jesus Christ and His finished work. Website: http://basrijksen.com/ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/basrijksendotcom Twitter: https://twitter.com/BasRijksen Google plus: https://plus.google.com/+BasRijksen YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/M27138 To get regular updates and an eBook for FREE subscribe on: www.basrijksen.com
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How Do You Abide In Christ So That You'll Bear Much Fruit?!
 
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http://basrijksen.com/ John 15:5 makes the statement that if you abide in Christ you will bear much fruit.” Read these words of Jesus through a legalistic lens and you'll end up thinking, “if I fail to abide, I will not bear much fruit. But if I do abide, I will bear much fruit, so I'd better start to do my best to abide in Christ.” A legalist thinks in terms of conditions, “If I do this and that, then this or that will happen.” If I do my part, then I will see the desired result. If I make sure I abide in Christ, then I will bear much fruit.” This way of thinking brings death and condemnation into your life because as soon as you are putting conditions into your relationship with God you're operating under the death-dealing system of the law and not from under the life-giving system of grace. To get clarity on the subject matter we need to define what “abiding in Christ” truly means so that you can start bearing much fruit. 1 John 4:15 gives the answer to what it means to abide in Christ or to abide in the Vine, “Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.” Have you confessed that Jesus is the Son of God? Then God abides in you and you in Him. You are abiding in Christ because you have confessed Him as Lord. To abide in Jesus talks about your new birth, not your behaviour. Are you born again? Then you’re effortlessly abiding - a 100%, all the time. If you don't know the true meaning of abiding in Christ you'll probably struggle with fear and anxiety. Because as a result of legalistic thinking on this issue you'll ask yourself these type questions: - Am I abiding today? - Can I not abide tomorrow? - Am I bearing enough fruit? - Can I be cut off the Vine? - Am I cast out to burn? You can't experience love, joy and peace if you're unsettled in your belief system about what it means to abide in Christ. Here's a truth that will set you free from anxiety. For you not to abide in the vine is for Jesus to stop abiding in His relationship with the Father. Because that will never happen, there is no danger for you of not abiding! Nothing depends on you and your effort. It’s all about Jesus and His finished work! The abiding issue is settled from His side. Abiding means to be in permanent union with Jesus. You may not always feel you’re abiding, but you are. Simply put, to abide in Christ means one thing: to relax and trust His indwelling Life to motivate and mobilize your actions. It means to know that it’s not up to you to make something happen. It means to trust Him and stop worrying about yourself. In fact, it means to take your eyes off yourself and just look at Him, knowing that there’s nothing you have to do and that He will show us when to act and what to do when it’s time to do it. It’s a life of rest. Say hello or follow me here: Website: http://basrijksen.com/ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/basrijksendotcom Twitter: https://twitter.com/BasRijksen Google plus: https://plus.google.com/+BasRijksen YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/M27138 To get regular updates and a Cheat Sheet for FREE subscribe on: http://basrijksen.com/cheat-sheet-1/
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Astounding Truth About Your Relationship with God Unveiled (part 3/4)
 
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http://basrijksen.com/ - You in and of yourself don't have a relationship with God! You've received Jesus' own breathtaking relationship with the Father. Subscribe to receive your regular dose of inspiration: www.basrijksen.com Imagine that a rich, royal relative of yours died. He left a jaw-dropping inheritance and even though you're not a blood-relative, you are in his will to inherit his world wide estate. Everything that was his is now yours, including to be forever adopted in his royal family. What a day for you! From having nothing, suddenly you've become one of the richest people on earth. Plus now you're part of the royal family and share in all the privileges that come with it for free (Eph. 1:18-19). Through Jesus death and resurrection God also has left a jaw-dropping inheritance and you are in His will to inherit all He is and all He has. Everything that God is and has is now yours because you're adopted into the royal family of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Gal. 4:7). All things are provided for you in Christ for victorious living, including an unbroken relationship with the Father. Those who believe in Jesus Christ have freely received His relationship with the Father. Jesus has always been in an unbroken, perfect relationship with God the Father, and you have been plunged right into the centre of that very relationship! Therefore, you in and of yourself don't have a relationship with God, but you've stepped into Jesus' His relationship with the Father. In other words, Jesus Christ's quality of relationship within the Godhead is what you've been placed into. You've been brought right into the circle of divine fellowship between the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Before time began, the Triune God decided to include you into the circle of their Family of love. Jesus has re-opened the way to the Father, gave His Spirit and has given you the astounding inheritance of all He is and all He has, including His own breathtaking relationship with the Father (Col. 2:9-10). Because you're a partaker of the spiritual relationship Jesus Christ enjoys within the Godhead technically you in and of yourself don't have a relationship with the Father. Your relationship with God is God's relationship with God. You enjoy not your relationship with God but Christ's relationship with the Father. Even more, the same quality of relationship Jesus enjoys with our Father is the same quality of relationship you enjoy with the Father. Because you have the same quality of relationship with the Father as Jesus has: - Your relationship with the Father is without disruption. - Your relationship with the Father is never broken. - Your relationship with the Father never changes. The quality of relationship you have with the Father - based on Jesus - is the same quality of relationship you'll have with Him in a billion years. In other words, your spiritual relationship with your heavenly Father has always been the same and always will be the same. Despite what you might think or feel, this spiritual relationship will never vary or change. You're standing on a rock solid foundation indeed! Even though the same quality of relationship Jesus enjoys with the Father is exactly the same quality of relationship you enjoy with Him, you might not always experience this reality, but it's true nonetheless. Remember, your relationship is based on spirit and truth, not experience (John 4:24, 2 Cor. 5:7). We are, however, created to experience the bliss of enjoying God. All you need to do to experience the quality of relationship you already have in Christ is to keep renewing your mind (Rom. 12:2) and to practice His presence (Rom. 8:6). At some point we'll go deeper about this. To sum up, the astounding truth about your relationship with God is that in reality you in and of yourself don't have a relationship with Him. Rather, you've freely received the relationship Jesus has within the Godhead which makes you have the same quality of relationship with the Father as Jesus has. We renew our minds and walk according who we are in Christ in order to experience the fullness of the quality of God's relationship with God which has become our relationship with Him. Enjoy beholding the breathtaking family relationship between the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. For more awesome Grace nuggets visit: www.basrijksen.com
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The Ultimate Purpose Of Your Salvation Revealed! (part 1/2)
 
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http://basrijksen.com/ In order to experience lasting joy, peace and happiness and bear lasting fruit it is critical to understand that you are not supposed to serve God but...that you should let God serve you! Let's explore the radical difference between you serving God versus being served by God. At the root of many dead religious works lies the idea that the Christian life revolves around what we do for Christ, that we are called to serve God. Nothing could be further from the truth. Your life is not about your service to Him. It’s all about what He has done for you! Just like you did not come to salvation by anything you did - you only received salvation by what Christ did for you. “So if I'm not saved to serve God why am I saved then?” The purpose of your salvation isn't so you can “work for God.” You know why you are saved? You were saved so that you can know God and Christ…and enjoy a relationship of love and intimacy with them both. Christ Himself said in John 17:3: “Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” That's it. Christ Himself said the purpose of your salvation was to know Him and to know the Father (God), not to “serve Him.” Since we are not saved to serve God, do we then not serve Him? Yes we do. But our serving is from an overflow of our love relationship with Him, but not because it’s our responsibility. Our Christian service is a gift from Gods to us. The great responsibility, the great privilege we have is not to serve Him, but that we can know Him. God is not expecting you to do something for Him! He isn't asking you to serve Him. Rather, He's convincing you Christ did not come to be served, but to serve. Thus, God wants you to stop serving Him and allow Him to serve you! If you have a hard time believing this then read Mark 10:45; “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve.” Jesus says He didn’t come to be served. Since He is complete in Himself, He needs nobody to serve Him. He needs no helpers. God isn't demanding your service for He doesn't want to be served but came to serve. Consequently, God is only honored when you allow Him to serve you. At the flipside if you believe you are saved to serve God you dishonor Him. Simply put, don’t serve God, He serves you! With this mindset He will be portrayed as a self-sufficient Being and not as needy Being where our buckets of effort are poured into. Website: http://basrijksen.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bas-Rijksen/783975324972820 Twitter: https://twitter.com/BasRijksen Google plus: https://plus.google.com/+BasRijksen YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/M27138 Free Cheat Sheet Reveals...How To Live in Joyful Freedom With No Trace of Condemnation! Grap Your Cheat Sheet Now -http://bit.ly/Uk06DZ
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What Was Paul's Thorn In The Flesh? Well...Not A Sickness To Keep Him Humble!
 
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LINK TO FREEDOM COURSE: http://basrijksen.com/freedom/ DOWNLOAD Script of the Video: http://basrijksen.com/paul/ Say hello or follow me here: Website: http://basrijksen.com/ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/basrijksendotcom Twitter: https://twitter.com/BasRijksen Google plus: https://plus.google.com/+BasRijksen YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/M27138 To get regular updates and a Cheat Sheet for FREE subscribe on: http://basrijksen.com/cheat-sheet-1/
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How Are You With Boundary Setting? The Importance of Setting Boundaries
 
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Link to DAZZLING News: http://basrijksen.com/ The Book BOUNDARIES: http://basrijksen.com/boundaries/ (aff) Having clear boundaries is essential to a healthy, balanced lifestyle. Boundaries, properly set, protect you so that you still have the time, energy, and resources to pour into the people and purposes that are most important to you. Boundaries impact all areas of our lives: - Physical boundaries help us determine who may touch us and under what circumstances - Mental boundaries give us the freedom to have our own thoughts and opinions. It’s okay to set boundaries and say, “I don’t agree with you” to other people. - Emotional boundaries help us to deal with our own emotions and disengage from the harmful, manipulative emotions of others.You need to set clear boundaries regarding what emotions you will “own”, and what emotions you will not allow to influence your behavior. - Spiritual boundaries help us to distinguish God's will from our own and give us renewed awe for our Creator. Setting boudaries is a crucial skill needed by anyone to thrive in the midst of a hectic world. I recommend reading the book Boundaries by Henry Cloud and  John Townsend which goes in depth of when to say yes, how to say no, and how to maintain control of your life. Click here to see the book: http://basrijksen.com/boundaries/ Say hello or follow me here: Website: http://basrijksen.com/ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/basrijksendotcom Twitter: https://twitter.com/BasRijksen Google plus: https://plus.google.com/+BasRijksen YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/M27138 To get regular updates and a Cheat Sheet for FREE subscribe on: http://basrijksen.com/cheat-sheet-1/
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Why I Don't "Go To Church" Anymore (part 2/2)
 
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http://basrijksen.com/ This video will give you a perspective and a vocabulary to help you understand how you can embrace life in the body of Christ in more relational ways than the institutional churches often allows. This is the second video of a two part series. If you haven't seen part 1, then watch the that one first: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHpuWcRK7vg Say hello to me here: Website: http://basrijksen.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bas-Rijksen/783975324972820 Twitter: https://twitter.com/BasRijksen Google plus: https://plus.google.com/+BasRijksen YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/M27138 Free Cheat Sheet Reveals...How To Live in Joyful Freedom With No Trace of Condemnation! Grap Your Cheat Sheet Now -http://bit.ly/Uk06DZ
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You Are Valuable Beyond Measure
 
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http://basrijksen.com/ - You are valuable, you are loved, and someone knows you even better than you know yourself. There is an image and likeness imprinted upon your being that is the basis of your value...a value beyond your wildest dreams. The one who invented and designed you, stamped you with His own image and likeness. He knows you better than you know yourself ... He knew you even before you were born. You might not know Him, but He has always known you. You might not be aware of Him, but He has always had you on His mind. You might think 'why' ... why would anyone have such an obsession with me. Well, the creator of this universe sees a value and a beauty in you beyond anything in this natural world. He even sees a possibility of romance! When, Where and Why you began Whatever age you are, you have a beginning that cannot be measured in time. You have the most awesome origin. In the beginning, before creation, before time as we experience it, before the existence of evil, there was a dynamic exchange of love, a relationship without boundaries, an enjoyment of total abandonment ... a being we now call God. It was in the very midst of this fiery love, at the core of this passion, that the idea of ... you came into being! The God who is love planned to share this love with beings created in His image and likeness. This God, who is all-knowing and able to accomplish all of His purposes, planned a love-affair that would span over eons and conclude with a final victory in which His love conquered all -- no contradiction; no evil. This good news is not some new idea, but the ancient, original thought of God. Let's imagine this beginning, let's allow the spirit of God to draw us to this place in which all things had their origin. Although no science can explain it, although the greatest minds have tried and failed to define it, God is confident that you are able to comprehend the unsearchable; to appreciate the motivation that gave you birth; to remember where you began. In this place there is no space, yet no limit; no creation, yet no emptiness -- there is only God in all His fullness. He is not lonely or in lack. It is out of His fulness, out of the overflow of love that you are conceived. Man began in God. No matter how far man has fallen from his original place of innocence, God has never been confused about the true identity of man. Jesus Christ is the place, the event and the person in which God and man meet once again. In Christ Jesus, God has taken the initiative to reconcile man back to Himself -- to restore man to blameless innocence. Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man, and as such does not only represent God's initiative, He also represents man's perfect response of faith to God's initiative. Jesus reveals the heart of God more than any other story ever told or any scripture ever written. In Him God reveals that He does not want to be God apart from us. He does not want to be a distant or unknowable God. The only way in which He wants to be God, is with man, in man, and as a man. Jesus reveals the truth about man more accurately than any other story, or even the factual history of man. In Him we see that the only way to be fully man, the only way to be fully free, is in union with God. This passion of God to restore man to that place of union, would drive Him to pay any price, to go to any depth to see it accomplished. And so in the act of becoming man, He places Himself in a position of conflict. Everything that has ever stood between God and man, every obstacle and every form of separation (called sin in the Bible) would meet and come to a final conclusion in this God-man, Christ Jesus. When your timeless Creator became a man, He mystically united Himself with you, so that He could bring an end to everything that stood between you and release you to be fully and truly yourself again. In this unity He faced everything you faced ... and conquered! In His death, you died! That old state of being, separated from Him and united with sin, was brought to a final end in Him. He has wiped your slate clean, forgiven you of every wrongdoing. In His resurrection, you were resurrected to newness of life -- that original life that God imagined for you from the beginning. In His ascension, you were raised to the most glorious place of honour -- a place where God delights in you! What should I do? Here's a simple suggestion to give expression to this faith. Turn your focus inward. Become aware of the One who made you and united Himself with you ... within you. In your own thoughts and words respond ... something like: Thank you for who You are and what You have done for me. As You gave yourself in love to me, in Jesus Christ, I give myself in love to You. You made me in Your image and likeness, I acknowledge Your ownership. You made me to be loved ... here I am, love me! To get regular updates and an eBook for FREE subscribe on: www.basrijksen.com
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But Lord, Lord...I Never Knew You; Depart from Me! (Matthew 7:21-23)
 
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Link to Dazzling News: http://basrijksen.com/ To ensure you never hear Jesus say: "I never knew you, depart from Me, you evildoers" you only need to do one thing. The will of the Father. What then, is the will of the Father? To think that doing the will of the Father is either doing good or avoiding evil is relating to God through the Old Covenant Law. The logic goes, if you do what He tells you to do, you're doing His will. Or, if you are not doing what God told you not to do, you're also doing His will. This is simply not true because the New Covenant believer does not relate (or is not suppose to relate) to God based on their obedience or lack thereof but based on Jesus' perfect obedience, which is imputed unto us as a free gift. In other words, the "will" that Jesus is speaking about is not the keeping or breaking of any of the Old or New Testament Commandments. "So if doing God's will does not point to what I do or don't do, then what does it mean through a grace lens?" I'm glad you're asking. In John 6:28 Jesus was asked this same question, "What must we do to do the works God requires? In other words, the crowd asked, "what does it mean to "work" the works of God or to "do" the will of God. Note Jesus' answer: "This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent." Even though this expression "the work of God" seems to imply that we have to do some external action or work, actually refers to an action of faith, of placing our trust in Jesus Christ. This is what it means to do the will of the Father. God actually considers belief in His Son as work. This one act is all our Father requires from you. Jesus repeats Himself in verse 40 in case we've missed it: "For my Father's will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day" (John 6:40). Can it be any clearer? To believe in Jesus is to do the will of the Father! Once you believe in Him you do no works any more. From then on everything you do is letting God do His work through you. To do the will of God does not mean to doing good or avoiding evil, for it has nothing to do with our level of obedience, but it refers having received Christ. Simply put, if you have accepted Christ, you have fulfilled the will of the Father and you will not be rejected as if He never knew you for "He cannot deny Himself" (2 Tim. 2:13). May you always remember that to do the will of God means to believe in Jesus! TO SUM UP To enter the kingdom of heaven a person needs to do the will of the Father. Contrary to Old Covenant teachings "to do the Father's will" has nothing to do with some external action or work. Rather, Jesus defines doing the Father's will as man placing faith in Jesus Christ. Once you belief in Jesus you're effortlessly doing the Father's will for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill His good purpose (Phil. 2:13). Your job is to believe; that is to rest in the finished work so that God can do His transforming work in and through you. For I am confident of this very thing, that He (that is not you) who began a good work in you will perform it until the the day of Christ Jesus (Phil. 1:6, brackets mine). Say hello or follow me here: Website: http://basrijksen.com/ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/basrijksendotcom Twitter: https://twitter.com/BasRijksen Google plus: https://plus.google.com/+BasRijksen YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/M27138 To get regular updates and a Cheat Sheet for FREE subscribe on:  http://basrijksen.com/cheat-sheet-1/
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What You Might Never Hear in Church About Intimacy with God (part 4/4)
 
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http://basrijksen.com/ The quality of intimacy the Father, Son and Holy Spirit enjoy is the same quality of intimacy you've been placed into! For more awesome Grace nuggets: www.basrijksen.com. Don't forget to subscribe to get regular free updates. To get our mind around the concept of the Trinity I often draw a triangle and write in the corners: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In the middle of the triangle we can write "relationship." The Trinity - God - IS a family of intimate relationship. In who He is, God has always been relationship, He IS relationship and always will be relationship for all eternity. God didn't create relationship; He IS relationship - three in one. ...for the full blogpost go to www.basrijksen.com... The Father, Son and Holy Spirit never try to BE in relationship because they simply ARE relationship. Since you are one with Christ, having received His relationship with the Father you are always and forever placed into this perfect family of intimate relationship. You've become a partaker of the Trinity's relationship! Everything that's true a bout God's relationship with God is true about your spiritual relationship with Him. Wow, let that sink in deeply. Because God's relationship with God is perfect, your relationship with Him is perfect. What is perfect can't be improved upon, therefore you will never be able to improve or better your spiritual relationship with God. Why? The same quality of relationship Jesus' has with the Father is yours too! You're invited to rest in God's work in Jesus, not to strive to improve upon the relationship. Likewise, the Trinity never tries to be intimate with one another, because they simply ARE intimacy - as their identity. Just as God's identity is intimacy yours is too. In Christ, you are intimacy! You don't try to become more intimate with your Lover, because you already are intimate with Him. The quality of intimacy the Father, Son and Holy Spirit enjoy is the same quality of intimacy you've been placed into. God's intimacy is your intimacy with Him. Just as Jesus can't be more intimate with the Father, so you can't become more intimate with Him! Certainly, you are created to experience intimacy, that is to feel the pleasure of His love. But to experience intimacy with God does not come with the mindset of: • I need to be intimate. • I have to be intimate. • I must be intimate. Smells like fleshly striving doesn't it? It's performance-driven: "If I do, then I'll be." "If I do these things, then I'll be intimate with God" NO! Experiencing intimacy does not come by "pressing in" really hard. Rather it comes from realizing you're the one that's been pressed into. Seeing that you already are intimate with God because of Jesus causes you to experience intimacy. In other words, yo think much upon your Father's enjoyment and intimacy with Jesus - which is His enjoyment and intimacy with you - is to experience intimacy as an automatic response in your heart. Where religion makes you self-conscious, "You need to be intimate with God. Make sure you never miss a quit time," Grace makes you Christ-conscious and says, "Look to Christ. The intimacy issue is settled from His side. Rest in His finished work!" If you are already intimate with your Lover, you stop trying to be more intimate with Him and start resting in the fact that you are married to Mr. intimacy. How will this truth help you? To realize that your Grace walk isn't about your relationship with God, but actually about Jesus' relationship with God takes a burden of your shoulders for you to try to be more intimate with your heavenly Father and puts the responsibility on Jesus' shoulders. All you have to do is to keep turning your attention to Jesus, think much upon His relationship with the Father and simply thank Him for who He is. And as a result you'll experience the bliss of intimacy in your soul, as you drink deeply from the Grace cup of intimacy. Enjoy being intimate. Visit www.basrijksen.com for more inspiration!
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How to Discern Law versus Grace to Ensure Your Freedom! (Part 3/4)
 
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http://basrijksen.com/ - 101 Reasons to go Wild with Your Untamed New Lover and Dump (the effects of) Your Outdated Demanding Husband. Shake off Religion's Shackles & Ensure Your Freedom! For more awesome Grace nuggets: www.basrijksen.com. Don't forget to subscribe to get regular updates and an eBook for FREE. If you hang on to the law as your guide, you can expect sin, guilt, and a whole lot of confusion. The law is ineffective to save us. It's ineffective to grow us. It's just plain ineffective for believers. First this explanation. The term "Old Covenant" is not the equivalent of the Old Testament. The Old Testament is just a collection of 39 Bible books from Genesis till Malachi. The "Old Covenant," however, is a disctinct era that doesn't start until the cross. It's only after Jesus death and ressurection that the New was established. Before the cross, people lived under the Old Covenant of Law. As a believer today, you live under the New Covenant of Grace. A covenant determines how God relates to people. - In the Old Covenant God had to deal with people according to their works (law) - In the New Covenant God deals with people according to Jesus' work (grace) Problems arise when you try to relate to God through a law mindset. You'll sin more, feel quilty, and struggle with confusion. Romans 6:14 tells us you don't have to struggle with sin or guilt any more since you're not under law but under grace! Grace is the divine enablement to live in victory over sin and condemnation. Some migth say, "what about Matthew 5:17-18 where Jesus says He did not come to abolish the law?" Indeed the law isn't abolished. It still is has a divine purpose. But the question is: to whom is it applicable? Paul tells Timothy the law isn't for believers (1 Tim. 1:7-9). If it isn't for believers, there's only one group it can be for (Gal. 3:23-25). The law was put in charge to show us our sin and lead us to Christ. Yes, the law -- including the Ten Commandments - is "holy, righteous and good" (Rom. 7:12) but it's not meant as a moral compass or for growth in Christ but to condemn sinners and bring them to Christ for salvation. Let's have a quick look at the purpose of the law: - The law points its holy finger at us and silences every one of us (Rom. 3:19) - The law makes us aware of our sin nature (Rom. 3:20) - Being under the law is like being under a curse (Gal. 3:10) - The law shows us that we're trapped as prisoners of sin (Gal. 3:19-20). - The law arouses sin giving it the oppertunity to thrive (Rom. 7:8) - The law is the ministry of death and condemnation (2 Cor. 3:7) - The law causes our sins to increase, not decrease (Rom. 5:20) Does that sound like you want to have anything to do with the law? The good news is that the law isn't applicable to you any more! Why? You're dead to the law! Our old self was subject to the law, but we have already discussed that our old man -- the person we used to be -- is dead! Now we're married to Jesus Chirst. We've become royalty (1 Pet. 2:9). This means our former affection for a law-keeping life has no place any more. The life we have now is the life of Christ. The purpose of the law is to show that a right relationship to God is not the result of conforming to external regulations. Now we live by the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus (Rom. 8:2) which is not based on external demands but rather on internal desire. When we understand that Christ is our life, we are motivated by His desires within us. We live godly, not because we have to, but we want to. The law tells us what we ought to do, but it can't give us the ability to fullfil its demands. The only thing law can give us is a sense of guilt over our failure. And the law is designed to make sin thrive. That's how it points us to Jesus for salvation.... to read further go to: www.basrijksen.com/101-reasons-to-go-wild-with-your-untamed-new-lover-and-dump-the-effects-of-your-outdated-demanding-husband-part-34 -- Share this video: http://youtu.be/CMeIoGqUam0 Website: http://basrijksen.com/ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/basrijksendotcom Twitter: https://twitter.com/BasRijksen Google plus: https://plus.google.com/u/0/110411236109477791562/posts YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/M27138 How to Discern Law versus Grace to Ensure Your Freedom! (Part 3/4)
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Why I Don't "Go To Church" Anymore (part 1/2)
 
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http://basrijksen.com/resources/ This video gives you clear insight as to why more and more Christians are sick and tired of going to the “Institutional church” and stop attending a specific congregation. This is the first video of a two part series. In the beginning, the institution of church served the people. Today it has been reversed. The people are taunted and manipulated into serving the institution. I do believe it’s time for people to take a stand and yell “FREEDOM”!!!!! We need to take back what was stolen from us. Website: http://basrijksen.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bas-Rijksen/783975324972820 Twitter: https://twitter.com/BasRijksen Google plus: https://plus.google.com/+BasRijksen YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/M27138 Free Cheat Sheet Reveals...How To Live in Joyful Freedom With No Trace of Condemnation! Grap Your Cheat Sheet Now -http://bit.ly/Uk06DZ
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How To Be Fearless And Bold: Get Into (Not Out Of) Your Comfort Zone!
 
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http://basrijksen.com/freedom/ The saying “you need to leave your comfort-zone” is actually bad advice. To experience peace, boldness and joy is by learning to be comfortable with the supernatural “Comfort Zone” realm you are living in. No striving. No sweating. But resting in the fact you're caught up in the uninterupted Comfort zone - Christ Himself. God does NOT want to take you out of your comfort-zone, He wants you to operate from your comfort zone. That means, He wants you to live form the inside out and not from the outside in. The “secret” to live from and within your comfort-zone is “Christ through you.” As you allow Christ to be expressed through you, you'll effortlessly conquer any fear or insecurity by having Christ-confidence, and not self-confidence. Say hello or follow me here: Website: http://basrijksen.com/ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/basrijksendotcom Twitter: https://twitter.com/BasRijksen Google plus: https://plus.google.com/+BasRijksen YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/M27138 To get regular updates and a Cheat Sheet for FREE subscribe on: http://basrijksen.com/cheat-sheet-1/
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How to Break Free From the Cycle Motivation-Condemnation-Rededication
 
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http://basrijksen.com/ - No more false MOTIVATION. No more CONDEMNATION. No more REDEDICATION. You are FREE. LIVE life now to the fullest. Why are so many Christians stuck in a cycle of motivation-condemnation-rededication? It's when you believe living the Christian life depends on you. Sure, God's there to help you, but you believe it's your effort that counts in the end. Your intentions are good, but your focus is misplaced. At the root of this cycle-issue is the false belief that says, "God expects you to please Him by living the Christian life." In other words, you belief that you need to live a Christ-like life. The truth is that God is not expecting you to live a Christ-like life! Only Jesus Christ can successfully live a Christ-like life. While on earth He lived a perfect life and fulfilled the requirements of the law on your behalf. He then placed Himself in you, as you. And because He is fully pleasing to the Father and He is the perfect Law-keeper in your heart you don't have to try to please God by keeping certain rules, requirements or expectations. Thus, your heavenly Father is not expecting nor asking you to live a Christ-like life in your own strength by doing good and avoiding evil. Rather, He invites you to allow Christ to live His Christ-life through you! A law mindset says, "God expects me to live right, therefore I must read the Bible, I must pray, I must be a good witness, I must love my neighbor, I must be generous, I must be faithful in order to live a life that's pleasing to Him." As a result you try to be the best Christ-like version you can think of. In this scenario you're left with two possibilities: 1. If you succeed, you will be filled with self-praise (religious pride). 2. If you fail, you will feel self-pity (condemnation). In either case you're walking in the flesh trying to make things happen in your own strength. The key to breaking out of of this motativation-condemnation-rededication cycle, is to realize that you've been co-crucified with Christ and you no longer live. I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. (Gal. 2:20) Yourself cannot live the Christian life. Only Christ can live the Christian life and He wants to live His life through you. The question is: do you see Him as your all-sufficiency; as your life, strenght, health, wisdom, holiness, love, peace, and everything else? The Christian life is not a set of rules or expectations; it is Christ Himself expressing through you. The reason why many of us have struggled with condemnation and rededication is because we have focused on our performance more than on Jesus Christ. We've tried to live up to self-imposed requirements and tried to keep our promises, but effective Christian living doesn't come by trying. It comes by trusting Christ to express His life through us. The moment you rely on your promise keeping you've set yourself up to experience condemnation. You might start out "strong" but sooner than later you'll fail in keeping your promises leaving you with a nagging sense of condemnation. You are in Christ. There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ (Rom. 8:1). "No Condemnation" becomes reality for you when you shift your focus from your performance unto Christ. Because God isn't expecting you to make promises to do better and to do more, rededication to keep promises is as silly as to throw gasoline on fire. It doesn't extinguish the fire, it only makes it flare up more. Rededication to keep promises only makes you sign up for another miserable ride on the famous flesh-empowered cycle of motivation-condemnation-rededication. Your Grace walk is not about your best willpower, self effort or determination. That will only put your into the vicious cycle of motivation → condemnation → rededication. The way to get off this spiritual roller coaster is to shift your focus from self-sufficiency to Christ-sufficiency. Instead of being on a flesh-trip preoccupied with self-effort, you want to be on a Jesus-trip preoccupied with Christ and His effort on your behalf. Your job is not to live for God, but to allow God to live through you. Likewise, your job is not to produce fruit, but to bear His fruit. Meanwhile understand that you can do nothing to please God, but that you already are His pleasure. In short, we're either trying or trusting -- and God prefers we trust in Him and allow Jesus to live through us. As you do, you'll break the vicious cycle by resting in the loving arms of your Father. Website: http://basrijksen.com/ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/basrijksendotcom Twitter: https://twitter.com/BasRijksen Google plus: https://plus.google.com/+BasRijksen YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/M27138 To get regular updates and an eBook for FREE subscribe on: www.basrijksen.com
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Interview with Bas Rijksen: A Peek Into His Life And Missionary Work
 
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http://basrijksen.com/ - I like to be personal and accessible. That's why we've made video for you in which I'm interviewed so you can have a peek into my life. Especially, I would like to show you that I'm just like you; I'm not better, more special, more holy or more spiritual, even though some might draw that conclusion since I'm a bit of a public guy who teaches the Bible and such. When I read someone's blog posts or watch someone on video I naturally ask myself, "I wonder who this person shares their live with? How did they actually end up doing what they're doing? What would they do in daily life? In other words, I'm just curious about the "behind the scenes" of some people. That's why I came up with the idea of making a video to answer the questions that I myself usually have about some "public figures" or people I respect. So the purpose of this video is to give you a peek into my life and missionary work. The questions that I'm answering in this video are: - Who are you and what do you do in daily life? - Who do you spend your life with? - What is your Big Thing in life? - How did you end up becoming a Missionary, Speaker, Writer? - How does a regular week look like for you? - What are things you enjoy most in life? - What are some random things people don't know about you? - What do you want to be remembered for? Also, I like to get to know you better too! That's why I ask you a question in the end of the video. The question is: what do you want to be remembered for?! I've found this to be a very helpful question. It helped me to get clarity what my main goal is in life. It's the thing that I want to keep cultivating and be growing in. Also, it can even help you determine the reasons why you exist. Question: What do you want to be remembered for? You can write your answer below the video in the comment section. I'll be reading all of them. Website: http://basrijksen.com/ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/basrijksendotcom Twitter: https://twitter.com/BasRijksen Google plus: https://plus.google.com/+BasRijksen YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/M27138 To get regular updates and an eBook for FREE subscribe on: www.basrijksen.com
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You Are in an Unbroken And Perfect Relationship with Your Father! (part 2/4)
 
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http://basrijksen.com/ Everything that is true about JESUS' RELATIONSHIP with the Father is true about YOUR RELATIONSHIP with Him! He never backslides, has no problem or blockage in His relationship with the Father, so you don't. Go to www.basrijken.com for more liberating truths about God's grace. In the last post we've seen that you can have confidence and peace in your relationship with your Papa because your relationship with Him is based on Jesus' relationship with the Father. We've asked the question: does Jesus ever worry whether or not He and His Father are still OK in their relationship with one another or if something might have caused there to be a hindrance, a break or a change in their fellowship? He doesn't. And we concluded that since you have the same standing and relationship with the Father as Jesus has you never have to worry, doubt, or have unrest about whether things are still all right between God and you. Why? You are the righteousness of God in Christ (2 Cor. 5:21). Everything that's true of Jesus' relationship with the Father is true about your relationship with Him (1 John 4:17, 1 Cor. 6:17). - Just as Jesus never backslides from God so you don't. - Just as Jesus is never separated from the Father, so you aren't. - Just as Jesus has no problem or blockage in His relationship with God, so you don't. - Just as Jesus is in a perfect right relationship with the Father, so are you. Your relationship with God is not based on experience but based on spirit and truth (John 4:24). In your human experience (soul and body) you can certainly feel as if you're 3000 light-years away from God, but you are still safely nestled in the centre of the Godhead. Or you might feel that you're in an "eating with the pigs" place, yet the Father is right there with you not seeing you as a backslider and failure but - as always - calling you a saint who has a sinless nature and who's always in right relationship with Him (Rom. 1:7, Eph. 4:24)! And that's because Jesus' relationship with the Father has become your relationship with the Father. Even though in your soul you might feel separated or distant from God the spirit truth is you're in an unbroken and perfectly right relationship because of your union with Him. Instead of walking by sight -- or experience - we choose to walk by faith (2 Cor. 5:7). Where religion takes your eyes off Christ and makes you afraid with her lies, "you must be careful for backsliding, you need to stay close to God, you need to make it right with God by applying these three steps", the gospel of grace makes you be at peace and have confidence in your relationship with God because you're eyes are turned toward Him and Him alone. Is Grace a license to sin? Some of you wonder at this point, "can we just go sinning because we're under grace and always in a right relationship with God based on Jesus' relationship with the Father?" Paul preached the gospel of grace hard core and encountered this question over and over. If people have never asked you the same question, "Is this Gospel a license to sin?" then you've not explained the full message of the gospel of grace like Paul did. I am not condemning you, but helping you to see that Jesus -- who is Grace personified -- is bigger then what we've thought Him to be. "What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?"(Rom. 6:1-2). You've died to sin. Your old sin nature is destroyed at the cross and you've received God's sinless nature (in your spirit) which makes you a saint in the Father's eyes. That doesn't mean we don't sin any more or can live a sinless life, but to the degree I see myself as a white-washed saint I'll be acting accordingly without someone telling me that I must live holy. Where the law demands holiness ("you must live holy") Grace supplies holiness ("I want to live holy"). It is incompatible for a holy saint to live in immorality. You could, but you don't want to. Grace is a Person - Jesus Christ. People who say that Grace gives people a license to sin have a limited view of Jesus. Grace isn't a license to sin. Grace has set you free from sin to not sin. To sum up, even though you might think or feel there's something wrong in your relationship with God the truth is that there's never a distance or problem in your relationship with Him because your relationship with Him is based on Jesus' relationship with the Father. Just as unbroken and perfect Jesus' relationship is with the Father that is how unbroken and perfect your relationship is with your Father. Enjoy your unbroken, perfect relationship with the Father. Now. And forever. For the full post visit www.basrijken.com
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What Does The Lord's Prayer Look Like Under Grace? And Should You Pray It?
 
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http://basrijksen.com/ To put it bluntly the Lord's prayer is not a New Covenant prayer! Jesus gave a model for prayer, not something to repeat! Remember that the Lord’s Prayer was before the cross. The New Covenant only started after the cross so we have to look at the Lord’s Prayer from a New Covenant Grace perspective. By doing that you'll realize that the Lord's prayer is fulfilled by Jesus and cannot be directly applied to your life! Before the cross the Lord's prayer requested healing (“Give us this day our daily bread”), forgiveness (“And forgive us our debt as we forgive our debtors”), prosperity (“Lead us not into temptation, that is poverty”), and deliverance (“Deliver us from the evil one”). On the cross, Jesus provided salvation: that is the total package of healing, forgiveness, prosperity and deliverance. After the cross, YOU HAVE RECEIVED healing (your daily bread is supplied), forgiveness (you are forgiven, 100%, all the time), prosperity (you are rich in Him, blessed with every spiritual blessing), and deliverance (you are completely set free from the devil and the law, and have been given Christ's authority and power). Conclusion? You, as a New Covenant believer, CANNOT use the Lord's Prayer in as it is written in Matthew 6 and Luke 11 for it's an Old Covenant Prayer. If you do, you pray in vain by repeating some faithless words over and over again. So, the Lord’s Prayer is not a prayer we are to memorize and recite back to God. Jesus gave a model for prayer, not something to repeat! You've gone to far when you think you – and your children – should memorize the Lord’s Prayer. Remember, it's not about words you say, God looks at your heart. He's is far more interested in us communicating with Him and that we fellowship from heart to heart than He is in the specific words we use. But we do want the words we use in our communication with God and others to be full of grace. As Col. 4:6 says, “Let your conversation be always full of grace...” And, the Lord's prayer is, by large, not full of grace! Thus, we can't just take that prayer and recite that at the dinner table! Just don't do it and you'll be happier off and those around you too! Say hello or follow me here: Website: http://basrijksen.com/ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/basrijksendotcom Twitter: https://twitter.com/BasRijksen Google plus: https://plus.google.com/+BasRijksen YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/M27138 To get regular updates and a Cheat Sheet for FREE subscribe on: http://basrijksen.com/cheat-sheet-1/
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What Does Church Attendance Look Like Under Grace? And Should You Attend One?
 
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http://basrijksen.com/ Growing up under a steady diet of legalistic teaching you quickly come to believe that you should go to church. That it's expected of you. Or that you should go to church to please God. This is, however, not true. I am not saying it’s wrong or bad to go fellowship with other Christians. But the idea that you should go to church negates the reality of what the Church is. Why? Because you and I, as believers in Christ ARE “The Church.” Church is NOT a place - it’s the People. The Church is not a building, a temple, or any “place.” It IS the body of believers. 1 Corinthians 3:16 says, “Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?” So it’s a lie that you “need to go to church” or that you “need to go to Church to please God. Church service should not be a religious millstone we tie around the neck of believers to weigh them down and burden them. It should not be a way to feed our ego and compare our “spiritual maturity” to other brothers and sisters. The truth is “you ARE the church” and you please God already. So why go to a building we call 'church?' I’m not saying you shouldn’t go though. YES, it’s a good thing to get together with other believers and learn more about God...study scripture...share what’s going on in your life...share what God is doing in your life...share your struggles...share your victories… and encourage each other in LOVE and in Christ. But the truth is you can do this at the 'church building'...or over dinner...or over a cup of coffee. Another aspect that will help you live in absolute freedom with no hint of guilt or condemnation is to know that attending church will not keep you spiritually hot. Maybe you've heard it said this way, “attending Church will keep you from growing spiritually cold.” Nothing could be further from the truth! Lots of pastors talk about spiritually “hot” and “cold” Christians. That Christians grow “cold” when they’re not in church...regularly praying...having devotion time...reading the Bible...doing a whole list of religious duties. This lie is often told by the following example: “Christians are spiritually hot, on fire for God, and they’re like a bunch of coals on a fire...now if you take one coal and set it off of the fire, all by itself then it will grow cold because it’s not getting the heat from all the other hot coals” and that’s how they justify going to church because the other Christians will keep you “hot” and you won’t grow “cold” for God. Let me tell you a secret: Getting and staying “hot for God” has nothing to do with church attendance. The whole pile of coals will get cold after a while, unless the fire stays burning. It’s not church that keeps us on fire, it is the life of the indwelling Christ. Attending church will not keep you from growing cold, but a love relationship with Jesus will. In Revelation 3 we read: “I know your deeds...wake up...remember what you have received and heard.” The answer to stay “spiritually hot” is to stay focused on Jesus. You can go to church every week, but still be spiritually cold. To sum up. The idea that you should go to church is not true. Why? Because you can't go to something you are. You are the Church. Church is not a place - it’s the people. What happens on Sunday then? Well, a whole bunch of Churches happen to meet and share their experiences of life in Christ in a particular place or building - whether it be a bar, schoolroom, home, cathedral or theatre. And the idea that going to 'church' will keep you from growing cold is a lie. You are not like a coal on a fire that grows cold when you don't attend 'church.' Focusing on Christ, focusing on God, and what they’ve both done for you will keep you “on fire for God.” Website: http://basrijksen.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bas-Rijksen/783975324972820 Twitter: https://twitter.com/BasRijksen Google plus: https://plus.google.com/+BasRijksen YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/M27138 Free Cheat Sheet Reveals...How To Live in Joyful Freedom With No Trace of Condemnation! Grap Your Cheat Sheet Now -http://bit.ly/Uk06DZ
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If It's All About God And None of Me: What About Me?
 
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http://basrijksen.com/ - Have you ever wondered "If the Christian life is all of Him and none of me, what about me now? If I no longer live, but Christ lives in me what about my desires, my goals, my ambitions?" Someone told me, "It seems if our identity is now completely in Jesus it makes me feel that I am living someone else's life. Now, amazing and glorious as Jesus is, I want to have and live my own life." Have you ever felt that way too? Someone who's been going to church for a while usually has been made painfully aware that it's all about God and none of us. Left confused we wonder "But, what about me? Do I not matter in God's economy? Should I die daily? Must I decrease so He can increase? Must I sacrifice my dreams and desires on the altar to follow Jesus?" The answer to all these questions is: No. (These statements are usually taken out of context and don't mean what we often think they mean). However, these are logical questions that stem from an ugly and misguided belief. And that's the religious lie that says the Christian life is "all about God and none of me." When you refer to that old-selfish-sinful-self than indeed it's not about me. But God emptied heaven - emptied Himself - to enter my human existence and ever since it has been all about me too. God invested everything He is, everything He has, to be in you, as you. By grace, you are brought into a perfect, uninterrupted union with your Maker. His life has become your life. His nature has become nature. Don't you think that perhaps it is all about you? Let me tell you a secret. The truth is that from God's perspective IT IS ALL ABOUT YOU! Now obviously when you're in love it's always about the other person. And so for God it's all about you, but for you it's all about Him. Because you've come into union with God through Jesus Christ it is all of Him ánd all of me (1 Cor. 6:17)! Christ is not just in your life, but instead it is Christ as your life that defines your identity (Col. 3:3-4). In Him we live, move and exist (Acts 17:28). So it is all of Him in us, but also all of us in Him due to our uninterrupted union with our Maker. Your Christian life is not all of Him and none of me. This is a tricky lie that can lead to passivity, confusion and despair. Some songs aren't resembling truth but rather empower lies. Take the song that goes, "It's all about You, Jesus. And all this is for You. For Your glory and your fame. It's not about me." Yes, we know Jesus is the focal point of history and our lives, but to say "it's not about me" is an insult to the work and Person of Jesus who brought us into a glorious union with the Father. Some might say, "I still believe it's all about God" I agree. It is all about Him. I mean, He is the Creator, we are the created. For from Him and through Him and for Him are all things (Rom. 11:36). God is the initiator of all things therefore everything finds its relevance only in Him. However, the other side of the coin is that you've become like Him in spirit and that you are a partaker of His divine nature (2 Peter 1:4)! Therefore, everything that's true about His nature is true about your nature -- your spiritual self. Talking about being valuable, awesome and beautiful! Ok, but what about our natural self? Where do my dreams, talents, ambitions and goals fit into the picture? Living your live to the fullest is when you're allowing Christ to express His life through you, taking full advantage of your own unique natural talents, interests, strengths and ambitions. It's like the sun shining through a stain glassed window. The sun is doing all the shining, but the beautiful colors being projected on the other side are because of the unique, amazing design of the window. Here's what it means. The sun is the life of Christ. Your natural self (soul and body) is the window. The unique design in the glass represent your personality, gifts, dreams, desires, goals and ambitions. The beautiful colors is what you create and accomplish in your life. Because God gave you specific talents, interests, dreams, desires, strengths, likes, dislikes, skills, etc., He didn't intend for you to ignore them, leave them unused or sacrifice them on the altar. No not at all! He wants you to fully embrace your natural self in the context of your spiritual self. He wants you to pursue your God-given dreams and desires in order to enjoy what you absolutely love to do. Website: http://basrijksen.com/ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/basrijksendotcom Twitter: https://twitter.com/BasRijksen Google plus: https://plus.google.com/+BasRijksen YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/M27138 To get regular updates and an eBook for FREE subscribe on: www.basrijksen.com
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How To Overcome Sin And Live In Victory
 
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WANT TO SEE ALL THE VIDEOS IN THIS SERIE? CLICK HERE: http://basrijksen.com/freedom/ This is 1 of 62 videos that are part of an online training course, called: "Discover Your Radical Freedom In Christ To Live A Grace-Filled Life" Dozens of people have signed up and are going through the course right now. The feedback shows that the truth presented has a powerful impact on each person's life. If you haven't check out the course yet, then now is the time! Click here to see what's in it for you: http://basrijksen.com/freedom/
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Myth Busted: Sin Does NOT Give The Devil A Right (Legal Ground) In Your Life!
 
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http://basrijksen.com/healing In this video we'll bust two myths. One says “sin gives the devil the right to operate in your life” and the other says, “the devil can have legal ground if you do something bad.” Neither is true. Let’s say, I own a car. It is legally my possession. Without giving permission you take my keys and get my car. Can you say, “you have legally my car?” No. Only when you own my car you have legal ground to stand on and say that you have legally my car. In regards to your Christian life, you are not your own. You are bought with a price, the blood of Jesus. You've changed masters. Jesus is the owner. You are Jesus’ legal possession. Because you are legally His, the devil has no right to steal from you, neither can you ever give him so called “legal ground” in your life. The devil is a thief. And what a thief does is per definition illegal. Can you see that the idea of “I gave the devil legal ground” doesn't line up with the truth? Say hello or follow me here: Website: http://basrijksen.com/ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/basrijksendotcom Twitter: https://twitter.com/BasRijksen Google plus: https://plus.google.com/+BasRijksen YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/M27138 To get regular updates and a Cheat Sheet for FREE subscribe on: http://basrijksen.com/cheat-sheet-1/
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Get Your Cheat Sheet for FREE! Live in Joyful Freedom With No Condemnation
 
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LINK TO CHEAT SHEET: http://basrijksen.com/cheat-sheet-1/ The Cheat Sheet reveals 101 Simple Comparisons Between Law and Grace to Prevent Condemnation and Live in Joyful Freedom. It's called a Cheat-Sheet, because you can quickly spot where you still might need to renew some of your thinking. Remember, it's for free. Pick it up now by clicking this link: http://basrijksen.com/cheat-sheet-1/ Do you sometimes feel like you are not doing enough? Or worse, that you are never good enough? I did. For too long, my Christian walk was dependent on my performance. You know what the result was? Heaps of guilt and condemnation because I was not able to live up to these self-imposed rules. Yet, I was set free by embracing the Gospel of grace! You know, many people struggle with having a sense of guilt and condemnation and to not fully experience joyful freedom because even though as believers we are not under law but under grace, we still have the effects of our old life under the law imprinted in our minds - that is a law mindset. A law mindset is an old way of thinking that causes you to rely on your performance to make things happen. Instead of relying on the indwelling life of Christ: - You strive to become what you already are - You seek to find what you already possess. - You try to measure up you when you already do. - You try to cross a divide that isn't there. - You ask God to do what He's already done. In short, you try to re-accomplish what Christ already has accomplished on your behalf. A law mindset causes you to sin, make you feel condemned and gives you a sense you're never doing enough. Talking about frustration! The moment you choose to believe the Gospel of Grace, however, you'll experience rest, joy and freedom because you stop trying and start trusting. To experience restful trust and live in joyful freedom we need to be able to discern law from grace. To help you do that, I've made a list of 101 Simple Comparisons Between Law and Grace to Prevent Condemnation and Live in Joyful Freedom. Get this Cheat Sheet now: http://basrijksen.com/cheat-sheet-1/ Say hello or follow me here: Website: http://basrijksen.com/ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/basrijksendotcom Twitter: https://twitter.com/BasRijksen Google plus: https://plus.google.com/+BasRijksen YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/M27138
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The Narrow Way Or The High Way: Are You Striving To Enter or Resting in Salvation?
 
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http://basrijksen.com/ - Are you walking on the narrow way, the broad way or the high way? What does it mean to strive to enter the narrow gate? Bas gives a simple and clear explanation of Matt. 7:12-14. I've always thought these verses were saying that many people will not find Jesus and those who do find Him sign up for a difficult, strenuous life, always struggling with the desires of the flesh, and will even be in danger of losing their salvation if they don't keep the 10 Commandments. I'm glad I was wrong. This idea does not resemble the Good News of the Person and Work of Jesus Christ, does it? First, we need to understand Jesus spoke to law-keeping Jews, not to you. Jesus' audience had only known of a righteousness that came from law-keeping. However, the law-teachers and Pharisees had watered down the law making it easier to keep. The purpose of the law, therefore, was not fulfilled which is to reveal sin and the need for a Savior. Jesus preached Moses 2.0 because He had to raise the standard of the law to the level of perfection (Matt. 5:21-48). Jesus even concludes His challenge by saying "be perfect therefore as your Father is perfect." Jesus raised the standard for them to prove that it was not only difficult to earn your way to heaven, but also not accessible without Him! In fact when someone asked Jesus, "Lord are only a few people going to be saved?", Jesus urged the Jews to "strive to enter the narrow gate." He cautioned them that many of them will seek to enter but will not be able to (Luke 13:23-24). "To strive" is to force oneself through with great determination depicting self-effort. Simply put, the "narrow path" and the "narrow gate" that "few will find" describes the law's way to salvation. This path was not only difficult but actually completely impossible! Salvation by works is such a narrow gate, that in the end a few might find it, but even then nobody will make it into a relationship with God based on their own merit. The narrow path is man's ability to keep all the requirements of the Law of Moses in order to be blessed by God and earn eternal life. "For the law was given through Moses but grace and truth came through Jesus (John 1:17). The narrow path was given by God through Moses but Jesus came as the Way that takes away the difficulties of the narrow path (Col. 2:13-15). Jesus came to straighten out the crooked paths that were so difficult to walk on. The way of the law was crooked and rough. Jesus has now, through His finished work, made the crooked paths straight and the rough ways smooth. Now all people will see the salvation of God. It's not difficult to enter any more. Now there is no one seeking to enter in without being able to. Salvation is finished and whoever wants to receive it will receive it for free. Say hello or follow me here: Website: http://basrijksen.com/ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/basrijksendotcom Twitter: https://twitter.com/BasRijksen Google plus: https://plus.google.com/+BasRijksen YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/M27138 To get regular updates and a Cheat Sheet for FREE subscribe on: http://basrijksen.com/cheat-sheet-1/
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The One Simple Formula To Spot Pure Grace-Based Teachings To Enjoy Your Freedom
 
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WANT TO SEE ALL THE VIDEOS IN THIS SERIE? CLICK HERE: http://basrijksen.com/freedom/ This is 1 of 62 videos that are part of an online training course, called: "Discover Your Radical Freedom In Christ To Live A Grace-Filled Life" Dozens of people have signed up and are going through the course right now. The feedback shows that the truth presented has a powerful impact on each person's life. If you haven't check out the course yet, then now is the time! Click here to see what's in it for you: http://basrijksen.com/freedom/
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