Is God angry with you?
Good News: You are not guilty (even though…)!
The first few years of working as a REALTOR, it seemed no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t land a listing!
My husband was working hard, but just starting a flooring business, and as you know it takes a while to get a business off the ground. We had 2 toddlers and a baby at home, so I was desperate to make something.
Before the appointment, sitting in my car out front of their home, I’d beg the Lord wiping the tears from my face, “Jesus, please let me get this one. I really need it. Please God.” In the home, I’d take a look around, give them my advice, sit down to answer their questions, and the inevitable sentence would roll off their tongues, “Well, we need to think about it.” My heart broken and time wasted away from my kids, I would cry, “God why are you not blessing me?”
The same story repeated itself countless times as I scored listing appointments, but couldn’t close the deal. (If you’ve ever been in sales, you can relate)
I knew His promises, I read the Word every day! I even went to a faith Bible school! I’d declare His promises out loud and believed He wanted to bless me, so why wasn’t it working?
Have you ever experienced this? The Israelites were wandering in the desert for 40 years. God was so angry with all their complaining and idol worship, they had to die in the wilderness without inheriting the promised land. Even Moses, who was the humblest man in the world didn’t get to inherit the promised land!
I felt like I was an Israelite wandering in the desert knowing the promise of God but never entering the land!
In my desperation to see the blessings of God, I wrote a song, “Let your Goodness pass before me” Get it on iTunes.
So why can we expect the blessings of God when even Moses didn’t get to inherit the promise? What’s the difference?
It’s the New Covenant! Guys, we are not Israelites under the Old Covenant!
Under the Old Covenant, the Israelites had to obey to obtain the promises. They had to offer sacrifices for their sin to remove their guilt year after year.
Under the New Covenant, we believe in Jesus and obtain the promises. God punished sin on the cross! Our guilt is washed away in the blood of Jesus. Jesus paid the debt of your sin, and God will never be angry with you again!
Before understanding the new covenant, even though I knew the promise, I felt unworthy of the blessing of God. When I had listing appointments, I felt guilty for the sins I had committed and sabotaged any success headed my way. God wanted to bless me, but I couldn’t receive it.
But when learning I have favor with God, not because I’ve been good, but because Jesus was good for me, Jesus lifted my chin up, and I began to get clients.
Guys, you are worthy because Jesus paid the price for you! You are free of guilt from all the bad things you have done because Jesus has already cleansed you.
Isaiah 54:9-10 Just as I swore in the time of Noah that I would never again let a flood cover the earth, so now I swear that I will never again be angry and punish you. For the mountains may move and the hills disappear, but even then my faithful love for you will remain. My covenant of blessing will never be broken, says the Lord, who has mercy on you.
You do not have to walk around guilty of everything you’ve done wrong. God made a covenant that He would never be angry with you anymore! God knew we had a sin problem, and sent the answer by sending his wonderful son Jesus, born of a virgin, born lowly in a manger, to die on a cross for you and for me. He took our guilt and gave us peace. Because of Jesus, God will never be angry with you, and you qualify for the blessings of God because of Jesus’ behavior, not your own goodness.
Blessings? Sometimes it feels like everything is going wrong! Am I under a curse?
In this podcast, I share why we are blessed under the New Covenant and what the actual blessing is. Believe it or not, blessings are not defined as how much money or stuff we have. Find what the blessing is by listening.
How to understand the bible through covenants.
Understanding the Whole Bible by Dr. Jonathan Welton
In ancient culture, a covenant was between two parties, written out and was legal and binding. Then as the parties walked the covenant out, they would record the cannon, which was filled with history, art, music, poetry etc.
What we have in scripture is five major covenants between God and mankind.
The Mosaic covenant began in Exodus 20 on Mt. Sinai. Prior to the Mosaic covenant, it is interesting to note that not one time does the Bible tell us what will make God wrathful. Sodom and Gomorrah and the flood were due to God being grieved at the wickedness of mankind. Sodom and Gomorrah was a response to justice to the cries and prayers of the people.
With this in mind, Romans 4:15 makes sense. “the law brings wrath…” So as we read the Old Testament, we have to keep in mind the different covenants between God and the people.
And as part of the New Covenant now, we have to know the entire bible does not apply to us. Otherwise, we couldn’t eat shrimp and bacon! The Mosaic Covenant was not written to us. We can learn from them, but they are not for us.
This is imperative to understanding how to apply the Bible to our lives!
In ancient times 3 main types of covenants were common:
Grant covenant – greater and lesser party come into agreement. The greater party takes on all the obligations and the lesser simply received it. (Noahic, Abrahamic, Davidic, New Covenant)
Kinship covenant – when two equal parties come together like a marriage. Both take on a small set of obligations. (Mosaic started out as this and later added the Vassal)
Vassal Covenant – greater and lesser party come together based on the greater one’s ability to destroy to lesser. Instead of destroying them, they offer protection in exchange for collecting taxes, or slavery or other. The greater had all the power and the lesser had to fulfill a large number of obligations.
What’s my part? What’s your part? What’s God’s part?
When I first received the message of grace I was in such awe over the gospel. It was like getting born again, again! The passion for my salvation returned and I wanted to shout it from therooftopss! You see I had been a bipolar Christian riding an emotional roller coaster with Jesus since I was first saved. When I’d spend time with Jesus and put him first in my daily life, I was sky high with Jesus! But as soon as I failed, even a little bit, I wallowed in self pity, guilty and ashamed of myself.
No matter how hard I tried, I just couldn’t be good enough.
God’s expectations were just so high. I didn’t know why we were broke, when everyone else was so blessed. We were so broke, one morning, after my quiet time, I got up to pack a lunch for my kids, but realizing I didn’t even have crackers for them, I went back to my prayer closet and cried out on the floor for God to do a miracle. And He did! God put it on a couple of my friend’s hearts to buy groceries and filled my kitchen with Costco!
But even though I knew God would provide for me, where was the promises of the windows of heaven being opened? People would tell me the secret to blessings was to seek God first and tithe in every area of my life. And I was doing that, for years! When would I have a break through? Why was it working for others and not me?
So I kept trying. I kept trying to please God. I kept my 2-hour quiet time, but it only got worse. Still broke, with my marriage on the line, in desperation I went to a women’s bible study at church. They started teaching me about grace and would use this word, ‘righteousness’.
So I buried my head in the book of Romans for six months with this one question for God, “Am I really righteous regardless of my behavior?” And pow! There it was, “Abraham believed God and was credited righteousness.” It was by faith and faith alone! He didn’t have to do anything to be righteous except believe! It was a free gift!
This was my part: to believe! That’s it! I was so excited about this message of grace! Grace meant I was blessed regardless of my behavior, I was accepted regardless of my behavior, I’m already holy and forgiven and loved regardless of my behavior! Even if I didn’t tithed or ever gave a cent to the church, God’s blessing was available! My behavior had nothing to do with his favor on my life! Coming from believing I had to do something in order to be blessed, this rocked my world! I became a grace preacher everywhere I went!
As I meditated more and more on grace, I got bitter toward the church. Why didn’t you tell me about this wonderful grace? Why have I been trying to be good enough all these years? Why did you tell me I had to do all these things to be blessed? The hairs on the back of my head stood up in anger toward the church and the pastor. I couldn’t go to church anymore.
Isolated from the church and mad at the pastor, I got depressed. The only prayer I could pray was, “God complete the good work you began in me. I have nothing left.”
One day in bitterness, I was complaining again about the church and the leadership and heard Jesus wisper to me, “Dana, those people in the church, and the leadership, that’s my bride. And I love them. I love them with all their spots and blemishes and wrinkles.”
It hit me like a ton of bricks. If I was forgiven of everything I had ever done and will do. Could I extend that same forgiveness to the church? Was it possible to stop complaining about others in the church? Was it possible to love when they were unlovely? Just like Jesus did for me? Could I walk in honor of the bride? Lay my life down for her? Even if they didn’t understand the grace I understood?
If the bride is the glory of her husband, the church is the glory of Jesus.
It is the one avenue Christ said he would reveal himself to the world. It is the one institution Jesus set up. All through the New Testament, Paul is building the church and putting it in order. He laid his life down for the church. Can we do the same? Is it possible to love the bride? Can we love without a grudge? Can we stop judging each other in the church?
Jesus gave this one command to the church:
John 13:34,35 A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. (NIV)
I’m sorry if pastors and church people have hurt you. I’m sorry if your church is not perfect. Will you join with me today and make a decision to honor the bride of Christ? Will you love like Jesus loved? Will you lay your life down like Jesus laid his life down? What if the body of Christ embraced the church like Jesus, and loved her with all her imperfections? Would the world take notice and want to be a part of something so loving? A place of complete acceptance? Will you be the change we need in the church today?
What’s God’s part?
2 Peter 1:3 & 4 as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
God has already done His part by providing a way for us to have a relationship with Him! He already proved His love for us! He already gave us the power of the Holy Spirit inside of us.
What’s my part? I’m a Pastor, and It’s my job to equip the saints for the work of the ministry.
What’s your part? To do the work of the ministry which is: to believe in Jesus Christ, to stand against the enemy’s lies and to love your brothers and sisters in Christ. If we only do these three things, it will advance the kingdom of God on this earth because every human desires acceptance, love, and to make a change in this world.
Colossians 3:12-14 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. (NIV)
John 6:29 Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.” (NIV)