The Responsive Life – 2. Check For Upgrades

January 19, 2020

Justin Kane | January 19, 2020
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Matt. 5.38 (NKJV) “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’

Each generation has taught the next to do this…

There is one secret to the life of Jesus – He lived a life responding to His Father.

Remember, If you don’t see it in Jesus you didn’t learn it from Him…

Matt. 5.39 (NKJV) But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.
Matt. 5.40 (NKJV) If anyone wants to sue you and take away your tunic, let him have your cloak also.
Matt. 5.41 (NKJV) And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two.
Matt. 5.42 (NKJV) Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away.

Matt. 5.43 (NKJV) “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’

Matt. 5.44 (NKJV) But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,
Matt. 5.45 (NKJV) that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.

1Cor. 13.4 (NLT) Love is patient and kind.
Love is not jealous or boastful or proud
1Cor. 13.5 (NLT) or rude.
Love does not demand its own way.
Love is not irritable, and
it keeps no record of when it has been wronged.
1Cor. 13.6 (NLT) It is never glad about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out.
1Cor. 13.7 (NLT) Love never gives up,
never loses faith,
is always hopeful, and
endures through every circumstance.
1Cor. 13.8 (NLT) Love never fails.

Living by Faith is always responsive.

God is always the initiator.

Relational vs. Functional

A Lifestyle of Faith (rest) is ME responding to HIM alone –
To WHO He is.
to what He has spoken.
to what He has done for me through Christ.

By God’s grace everything that Jesus deserved was given to us and everything we deserved was received by Him.


The 1st term is “exchange.” On the cross, Jesus exchanged his life for mine. His New for my Old. He received what I deserved and freely granted me what He deserved.

1. He took my punishment so I could receive forgiveness.
2. He was wounded on my behalf so I could be healed.
3. He became sin, so I could become His righteousness.
4. He partook of death so I could walk in newness of life (His Life).
5. He too my curse so I could enjoy the Father’s blessing & favor.
6. He became poor (from heavenly realm), so I could be made rich in His realm.
7. He took my Shame so I could be made His beloved
8. He was Rejected so I could be fully accepted by Father
9. He fulfilled the law so I could enjoy freedom from the law
10. He covered my sin so I could stand in His grace.

The 2nd term is “identification.” I now have a responsibility to identify with what He did on the cross and the new man I have become. Either I choose to identify myself according to who I was (my past) or identify with the finished work of Jesus (my new man). Thus I believe and recognize that…
• I have died with Christ.
• I was buried with Christ.
• I was made alive with Christ.
• I was resurrected with Christ.
• I am enthroned with Christ.
• I now reign with Christ.

A Life of Faith is ME responding to HIM –
To WHO He is.
to what He has spoken.
to what He has done for me through Christ.

We’re not trying to have faith. Faith is the result of knowing Him.

Remember a life of FAITH is relational. It’s all about relationship. It has NOTHING to do with circumstances. And everything to do with Who God is for you and who you are to Him.

James 1.6 (NKJV) But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.
James 1.7 (NKJV) For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord;
James 1.8 (NKJV) he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

Faith is knowing… Every problem and every circumstance has with it an attachment…

Think about an email that said “You are fired” but attached was an offer for a better paying job closer to home that you would be good at. That’s how faith sees life.

James 1.2 (NKJV) My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials,
James 1.3 (NKJV) knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.
James 1.4 (NKJV) But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

Heb. 6.11 (NKJV) And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end,
Heb. 6.12 (NKJV) that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.