Should I feel ashamed???

When you sin, do you ever stop and think about it — in the moment — and ask yourself questions like, “Is this sin?” Or, “Should I feel ashamed right now?” Or perhaps, . . . “Am I breaking some rule here!!!!?”

Yes? No? No . . . you are not a rules-oriented Pharisee like me!? 

Well, even though I still sometimes ask myself such questions, it really doesn’t affect me too much, because I do not ever feel ashamed. I am 100% secure in His acceptance of me.

I read this verse the other day (copied below) and it really struck me; it says the sacrifices offered under the Old Covenant could not take away the consciousness of sin from the people.

Hebrews 10:2, “Otherwise, would they not have ceased to be offered, because the worshipers, having once been cleansed, would no longer have had consciousness of sins.”

What struck me is that, this implies that in the New Covenant, His resurrected life in us HAS taken away the consciousness of sin!

Christ died for ALL of our sins. He nailed them ALL to the cross. He brought an end to the Law of Moses, and he brought an end to the topic of sin. It is not an issue between us and God anymore!!

Even though we still sin every day, He sees us as saints. Being a completely forgiven person IS our identity in Christ.

This doesn’t make us desirous for a bunch of evil all of a sudden! No, the knowledge of the truth makes us fall in love with our God!! So we start walking with Him, walking in the Spirit. And as He guides us, Our God will never lead us to commit evil, to hurt other people or Himself. We can TRUST His guidance, that He will always lead us to love others.

So, we live our life trusting Him, not walking around being conscience of our sins and thinking to ourselves “I can sin and it doesn’t matter.” Or, “I don’t sin anymore because I don’t want to.” Neither one of those is exactly right. We still sin, sometimes we want to, but the sin issue is OVER so we just do not have consciousness of it anymore.

We no longer have a guilty conscience. We have a clean conscience thanks to Jesus, even in the midst of our sinfulness!!

May 14, 2022

The Hebrews series by Aaron Budjen

Wanting to learn more about the New Covenant? Listen to Aaron’s series of 63 messages in the book of Hebrews. Feeling like you don’t know your God very well? Listen to this series. Desiring a deeper understanding of your identity in Christ? Listen to this series.

You can find them in the Radio Archive section of his website LivingGodMinistries.net by scrolling all the way down to the bottom of the page. Or, you can just click here.

I’m currently on Message #12, although I have listened to the series at least twice before. The first time I heard these messages was back in 2008, and I remember that I would often immediately listen again to some of them; I still have a little piece of paper with notes telling me which messages needed to be listened to again.

I would take such notes because there was just something that I was not fully grasping. Aaron has a maturity in the Lord and a depth of understanding that is extremely rare; I wanted to understand what he understands. I wanted to know the Lord as well as he knows the Lord. I could tell that he was 100% sincere in sharing his heart, and I could tell that he was closer to the Lord than I was. Basically, Aaron was pointing me to a closer and more intimate relationship with my Jesus.

My heart swelled with excitement as I began to grow in grace and in the knowledge of my Lord Jesus Christ!

Here it is, five years later and as I listen to the Hebrews series again, I am astonished that I do know the Lord better! I HAVE drawn closer to my amazing heavenly Father! And doubt I will feel that “prompting” from Him to re-listen to any of these messages, because the Lord has been able to teach me so much already through Aaron.

As a citizen of Heaven, I am here asking my brothers and sisters to check out Aaron Budjen’s website, his Radio Archive . . . and, by the way, Aaron also conducts live Q&A sessions on Saturday evenings via his YouTube channel “Aaron Budjen Live,” and additionally a live Sunday morning message (currently in the Gospel of John.) He also has many archived videos worth listening to at his YT channel, “Aaron Budjen.”

God has given Aaron a ministry similar to that of the Apostle Paul. Let’s avail ourselves of his ministry and the many marvelous (free!) resources that our brother Aaron has so lovingly and so painstakingly created.

Written February 26, 2022

Are christians supposed to “do what Jesus said”?

I recently read an online comment suggesting an “excellent grace teacher” (a YouTuber).  Yet after listening to several of this person’s videos I learned that she encourages Christians to keep the Law, to “do what Jesus said.”   She even went so far as to say that we believers are held to a higher standard than the Israelites; that in fact, we must, “be perfect therefore as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

This illustrates a clear misunderstanding of WHERE to divide the Word of God.  She is incorrectly dividing the Old Covenant from the New Covenant.

Are Christians supposed to “do what Jesus said”?  When we rightly divide the Word of truth, the answer is clear:  no!

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15, KJV)

Why?  Because Jesus taught the Old Covenant.  The New Covenant went into effect at His death.

So, when Jesus said things like this (below), remember that He was trying to show the religious Israelites that they did NOT perfectly obey the Law of Moses, and therefore needed to come to the Messiah for salvation.

“You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’  But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brotherc will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire.” (Matthew 5:21,22, ESV)

We “rightly divide” the word of truth by understanding that the New Covenant begins with the book of Acts

Thus, we can finally relax when we read the four books of the gospels — Matthew, Mark, Luke and John — knowing that Jesus was NOT talking to us, or telling us what to do, or how to live.

Believers, we are living in the days of the the New Covenant.  Let’s live in freedom as recipients of the eternal inheritance! 😁

Therefore Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, now that He has died to redeem them from the transgressions committed under the first covenant.(Hebrews 9:15, BSB)

Written on January 31, 2021