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  1. Dear Brother Snipes,
    I am a believer of 49 years and follow the Gospel of Grace. I was blessed by your commentary on the Model Prayer. I present the following for your prayerful thought and perusal.
    “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was on him; and with his stripes we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5
    Clearly the punishment of our sins was taken by our precious Jesus at the Cross. If death, sickness, disease and other calamities are a result of sin and imputed to the believer when they sin, than the work of the Cross is null and void in that area. There can be no punishment for sins that are cast in the lake of forgetfulness. If all of our sins are forgiven, past, present and future than the chastisement of those sins is also gone and the Righteousness of God through Jesus Christ is imputed to us. As we learn more and more of the Love God has for us through Jesus we grow in Grace–holiness moves in and the fruit of the Holy Spirit’s infilling becomes more and more evident. Christians do sin, however, when punishment seems to come upon us in the form of sickness, disease, lack, etc. we must immediately identify it as an impostor from the enemy. It is the enemy’s goal to keep us, the Body of Christ, from the abundant life promised us by God through Jesus Christ. This constant barrage of demonic attacks, through sickness, disease, lack, etc. causes the child of God (who is not sure if Isaiah 53 or any other scripture redeeming us, pertains to them) to question whether God really loves them or not, hence accomplishing the result the enemy has sought. When we sin, the washing of the Word will cleanse us from all defilement of our flesh. Our Spirit remains intact. God uses His Word to correct us, contrary to the Old Covenant where sickness, disease, calamities, lack, etc. were the result of sin.
    3 John 1:2 “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” Our soul prospers and is renewed as we meditate on God’s Word.
    Either sickness, disease, lack, strife, etc. is nailed to the Cross (as stated in Isaiah 53) or they are not. Mixing Grace and Law is devastating to the Body of Christ, I testify to that because I lived in this confusion for many years until by the Grace of God, my eyes were opened.
    Self righteousness is, most likely, the worse sin we can commit as a Christian. The enemy will make mincemeat of Christians who think there is something they can do to make the work of the Cross better for them. All we can do is enter into the rest of the Lord and submit and allow Him to do His perfect Work in us, through the power of the Holy Spirit. “Nothing in my hands I bring simply to the Cross I cling”… sang that song as a young Christian and it has new meaning to me these days.
    Thank you for allowing me to share this with you.

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