By Grace We Win Favour
The Grace Of God
1: By grace we win favor
By God’s grace I have won the favor of the emperor, of his counselors, and of all his powerful officials; the Lord my God has given me courage, and I have been able to persuade many of the heads of the clans of Israel to return with me.” Ezra 7:28
The grand manifestation of grace was at the cross when Christ died in our place. By His death, God gave us grace and favor. God has always been a God of grace and He showed grace even in the Old Testament.
By God’s grace, Ezra won the favor of the emperor, his counselors and all his powerful officials. Amazing words from the Holy Scriptures. Grace is very powerful, vital and essential. A man without grace is a dead man – a living dead. All nature rebels against a man that is not enjoying the grace of God. Everything we get and experience in life is by the grace of God. Even what unbelievers, atheists and pagans have is by the grace of God.
The only difference is that they obtain their own favor through disobedience of worshiping idols who drink human blood in order to bless. Some do not directly worship idols as a conscious engagement, but because the foundations of the earth are full of the haunts of cruelty.
Human priests offer human blood in various symbolic forms, repeatedly, on behalf of sinners and for the sins of whole world. They offer sacrifices to sustain the world and to protect and bless even the ones who are not aware, including those who have no religion and those who constantly speak profanities against God.
They speak profanities because they are unconsciously drinking human blood and are sustained by the evil works of human priests. These are done in the secret and open places. The grand deception is that a lot of men do not know that it is human blood that sustains them. They are proud and believe that they do not need God, but unknown to them, blood and evil is sustaining them.
However their spirits know, but unfortunately the conscious mind does not know a lot of what the spirit of man knows. That is why men exhibit hatred for God and the blood of Jesus. The hatred is from their spirits that have been swallowed up by darkness and human blood.
They truly need prayers and help because they do not know what they are doing. They are in shackles controlled by the god of this world and are subjected to his will. It is the spirit of man that must repent because it is the spirit of man that enjoys evil even when the conscious mind hates evil.
And that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will. 2 Timothy 2:26
The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 2 Corinthians 4:4
This the sin that God hates so much and the sin that leads unbelievers to hell no matter how good the unbeliever is. As long as he partakes of human blood consciously or unconsciously, he will go to hell. That he why the good news of deliverance from idol worship and human blood drinking is being preached so that they may accept the blood of Jesus and be saved.
You are to abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from the meat of strangled animals and from sexual immorality. You will do well to avoid these things. Farewell. Acts 15:29
Men offer sacrifice for reparation and cleansing to avert and appease divine judgement. Satan, the destroyer and avenger is the one who carries out divine judgement and vengeance, so they bribe him with sacrifices and claim they are sacrificing to God. God does not have that type of time and hates bribes. He does not engage in trade by batter.
God has clearly said He does not want and is not pleased with burnt offerings and sacrifices to take away sin and would rather have obedience. We must obey and subject ourselves to the gospel and good news -the blood of Jesus has set us free, period. No more sacrifices and all sacrifices must stop.
So when these have been forgiven, an offering to take away sins is no longer needed. Hebrews 10:18
You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. Psalm 51:16
What makes you think I want all your sacrifices?” says the LORD. “I am sick of your burnt offerings of rams and the fat of fattened cattle. I get no pleasure from the blood of bulls and lambs and goats. Isiah 1:11
Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired,
but a body have you prepared for me;
in burnt offerings and sin offerings
you have taken no pleasure.
Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come to do your will, O God,
as it is written of me in the scroll of the book. ’” (Hebrews 10:5 – 10:7 ESV)
God has consistently said he does not want sacrifices, yet stubborn humans persist in offering sacrifice to “God”. By doing this they offer sacrifice to death and disobedience and claim it is God that they are offering the sacrifice to. God does not need anything from man including human blood to bless man because He is the author and giver of life and blood but Satan and death need human blood from man to bless man. Let those who want to hear, hear the truth.
No, but the sacrifices of pagans are offered to demons, not to God, and I do not want you to be participants with demons. 1 Corinthians 10:20
So then, about eating the food offered to idols: we know that an idol stands for something that does not really exist; we know that there is only the one God. 5 Even if there are so-called “gods,” whether in heaven or on earth, and even though there are many of these “gods” and “lords,” 6 yet there is for us only one God, the Father, who is the Creator of all things and for whom we live; and there is only one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things were created and through whom we live. 1 Corinthians 8:4-6
Blood sacrifice is an ancient practice as old as mankind itself but God hates it. God hates sacrifice because to sacrifice is to destroy. Sacrifice is synonymous to death. They prefer sacrifice to obedience. They reject and refuse the gospel and would rather offer sacrifice to demons than embrace the blood of Jesus and the gospel or good news. God is the only law giver and judge and He alone can save and destroy. Satan can not judge so all power belongs to God.
God is the only lawgiver and judge. He alone can save and destroy. James 4:12
And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father (Matthew 10:28 – 10:29 ESV)
All man needs is to realize that all power belongs to God and nothing can happen on earth without God’s permission. This realization should lead to worship and obedience towards God and rejection of Satan worship.
Worship of death and Satan is very fraudulent and destructive but majority of mankind glory in it because it is easy and encourages self dependence, man dependence and man worship. In Satan and man worship, death and human priests are worshiped, glorified and exalted. Human priests become father and Lord and they control demons and shed human blood in order to bless their worshippers and the beneficiaries of their fraud and destruction.
People offer sacrifice because they believe they have not been forgiven or cannot be forgiven and suffer from guilty conscience but in Christ, the natural guilty conscience is washed away.
If the people worshiping God had really been purified from their sins, they would not feel guilty of sin any more, and all sacrifices would stop. Hebrews 10:2
So let us come near to God with a sincere heart and a sure faith, with hearts that have been purified from a guilty conscience and with bodies washed with clean water. Hebrews 10:22
Beware of any place of worship that offers sacrifice in any form whatsoever, even if the sacrifice looks harmless. Even if that sacrifice is called Jesus Christ, do not be deceived. Christ is King and Lord of all and cannot be sacrificed or offered over and over again. He is on His throne.
Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb. Revelation 22:1
Christ is the source of life and grace and man can not offer life and grace to God. That is a totally flawed logic and an abomination. Catholics and other sacrificers beware!
Everyone who is not enjoying the blood, Spirit, glory and life of Jesus therefore enjoys and partakes of human blood, life, glory and spirit buried in different alters, regardless of conscious knowledge.
These are hidden sins. They do not need to be aware that they are partaking of blood but the spiritual reality is that they are. God gives all blessings and grace to humans but permits them to get it by their own disobedient ways. They prefer it that way because idol worship is an easy way to blessings, while the way of Christ is a hard narrow way. Anyone who rejects the blood of Jesus is indirectly accepting human blood as an alternative. It is only human blood that takes away sins, that is why Jesus had to come as human to be sacrificed.
The blood of animals – goats and bulls cannot take away sins. It is symbolical of human blood. The animal sacrifices in the Old Testament by the Israelites was symbolical of the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross and human.
This is a symbol which points to the present time. It means that the offerings and animal sacrifices presented to God cannot make the worshiper’s heart perfect. Hebrews 9:9
All other sacrifices by non Israelites symbolized human blood that is why God constantly commanded the Israelites to kill their priests. Men use human blood to avert temporal physical punishments due to sin but the eternal punishments and consequences for sins remain. Human blood leads to hell and locks the door of heaven to false worshippers.
Indeed, according to the Law almost everything is purified by blood, and sins are forgiven only if blood is poured out. Hebrews 9:22 Good News Translation
Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins (Hebrews 9:22 ESV)
It is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. Hebrews 10:4
It is only God that gives grace and true favor comes by His grace. When God’s grace is poured on you, powerful important people will love you and bless you. You will find favor in their eyes. We must keep in mind that Ezra had a thorough knowledge of the law. He was devoted to the law and pleased God greatly.
Ezra was a scholar with a thorough knowledge of the Law which the Lord, the God of Israel, had given to Moses. Because Ezra had the blessing of the Lord his God, the emperor gave him everything he asked for. Ezra 7:6-7
As we walk in God and follow Him in complete obedience to His ways, plan and will, He will make very important and powerful people find favor in us. Your boss will be pleased with you instead of being constantly irritated with you. By God’s grace, we will win the favor of great Kings and also rule as spiritual kings on earth.