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Principles, Schminciples

20 Oct

Christianity is not about doing things for Christ. It is being in Him. Christianity is not a call to live by principles or to live for Jesus. To build our lives around biblical principles sounds admirable, but it is a subtle form of legalism.

Steve McVey

Grace Rules, Harvest House 1998, 19

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Grace Speaks Clearly

14 Oct

Some Christians think they have to ‘listen hard enough’ to hear God. There it is one more time! Legalism, telling me what I must do. ‘I have to listen hard enough!’ But grace takes the burden off me. Grace says, ‘You don’t have to listen hard enough; God will speak loudly enough.’…

Instead of living in fear – cowardice – we can say, ‘Lord Jesus, I trust You. You died for me. You have promised to complete the work You began in me.’

Steve McVey

Walking in the Will of God, Harvest House 2009, 117, 111

He Won’t Relent Until…

5 Oct

Through the sense of failure I experienced, God was bringing me to the end of self-sufficiency… He brought us to the end of our own resources. He kept on until all we had left was Him. And that’s not a bad place to be.

Steve McVey

Grace Walk, Harvest House 1995, 29

Simple Trust

20 Sep

Every true believer fully understands that he did nothing to become a Christian. He simply trusted Christ. Yet many believe that they must now do something to become a victorious Christian. So they substitute trying in place of trusting. Then they wonder why it won’t work… I didn’t understand the whole story of salvation. I knew enough to get to heaven, but not enough to enjoy heaven on earth. I understood mercy, but not grace.

Steve McVey

Grace Rules, Harvest House 1998, 21

The Grace Paradox

6 Sep

The law is intended to make people realize, ‘I just can’t do it. I’ve tried and tried, but I just can’t live a successful Christian life.’… The key to enjoying success is not strenuous work, but spiritual rest. This is a paradox in Scripture – we must rest while we work!

Steve McVey

Grace Walk, Harvest House 1995, 25

Married to Mr Grace

31 Aug

Until a Christian understands his union with Christ, his default setting will be a legalistic lifestyle… We were born married to the system of Law. We became joined to this system in the Garden of Eden when Adam ate from the tree of knowledge of good and evil… Before we became Christians, Law was our husband… you died. How did that happen? God placed you into Jesus Christ on the cross!… In this new life, you are married to Mr. Grace – Jesus!

Steve McVey

Grace Rules, Harvest House 1998, 67-7

This Christian Life

25 Aug

Christian living is nothing less than an expression of Divine life through mortal man. Many Christians struggle… Why can’t they live the Christian life? The bottom line is this: God never intended for them to live it. Only one Person has ever been able to live the Christ-life. That Person is Christ Jesus Himself.

Steve McVey

Grace Rules, Harvest House 1998, 21