PAULINE REVELATIONS 57

KEY SCRIPTURE: Galatians 6:1” Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted”.

Our key scripture shows us the right attitude to have when helping a brother who has been overtaken by a fault.

The Lord once admitted that, we would   always have the poor with us. (Matthew 26:11). In the same understanding we would also always have brothers and sisters who would be overtaken in a fault. We must accept that we all don’t have the same understanding towards the bible neither do we all respond to the scriptures in a similar way. How do we handle such a person who has been overtaken in a fault?

Our key scripture shows us the attitude we have to take. We must approach them with the Spirit of meekness. Meekness is humility in action. This implies you must not attend to him or her with an ‘I am a better person attitude’. A humble mind is the one who accepts that I am whatever I am not by my efforts but by the grace of God. It is approaching the brother not with a condemning attitude. He said in the key scripture, “considering yourself lest thou also be tempted”.

Whenever a brother approaches a fallen one who has been over taken in a fault and condemns him or her, this person who condemns has thrown away the grace of God. Without the grace of God everyone is incapable, unqualified and guilty. To handle a brother without God’s grace is like using your bare hands to handle a life wire. You would surely be electrocuted. How does this happen? When you approach with a condemning attitude, you have no divine protection, and the very power or demon that deceived him would easily over power you and cause you to do even worse.

Never act in any moment as a Christian without the grace of God. This implies you should not be legalistic and condemn others. (Luke 6:37). What did those men who brought the lady who was supposed to be caught in the act of adultery do, after Jesus had asked them to cast their stones, if they had not sinned before? None could cast their stone because every man had an area he or she falls short. (John 8:3-11). Don’t cast any stone at anyone. Do not add your voice to accuse another brother or sister in their absence. If you do any of these things you are judging and condemning others.

 PRAYER

I pray for all those who have been over taken in a fault or sin. May the Holy Spirit open up their eyes and strengthen them to rise above whatever has caused their fall and never to go back into sin again.

FURTHER STUDIES.

Luke 6:37 ” Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:”

James 5:20 “Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins”.

PAULINE REVELATIONS 56

KEY SCRIPTURE: Galatians 5:6. For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.

Our key scripture establishes one basic fact, that, observing the works of the law by one’s effort does not meet God’s approval, but trusting in the Lord to work through you.

 Man by nature likes to do than to trust. In the garden of Eden God made man like Himself (Gen 1:26-28).They did not need to do any more things to remain that way ,but only to trust the word of God  and keep pleasing God always. The bible said when the devil through the serpent told them there was something to do to become like God, they chose to stop believing God and to eat of the tree. They fell out of faith with God. .  It is faith which works by love that is what matters unto God. This two virtues are most important unto God. Faith basically relates more to God whiles love relates more to God and our fellow man.

Our heavenly Father wants our actions to be motivated mostly by our faith in Him through our love for Him and for our fellow men. Faith in God is strengthened by our love for God. Faith is the force that unites us to God. Faith is God working through a man. Faith is strong in our heart when love for God is also very strong. 1st John 4:17 “Herein is our love made perfect that we may have boldness in the day of judgement…..”. Having boldness in the day of judgement is a demonstration of our faith. In the light of this if our faith should be strong then our love should be stronger.

Faith takes a hold of all that Jesus is and has done. This is what matters in our relationship to God. Human effort or human abilities cannot meet God’s requirements. Our key scripture says circumcision or non-circumcision does not matter. These things refer to what men do rather than believing God. There are a number of Christians who show outward gestures like giving long religious prayers putting up religious expression when fasting and many more.  These things are done to attract people’s attention. All these are human efforts that is not based on trust in God to be justified by Him.

The Christian experience is only acceptable before God when the Spirit of God is the one acting or doing the work through us. It is faith in God that makes the Spirit to work through us.

One may preach but with a mind to attract attention to himself or herself. This is of the flesh. Some sing in churches to show how good they can sing. All these have nothing to do with faith. God is not involved with anything not of faith. Faith always seeks God’s honour not man’s.

  CONFESSION

Everything I do, I do to honour God and it is done by faith. I do nothing to attract men’s to myself. All is done to bring glory to Him.

FURTHER STUDIES.

Hebrews 11:6 ” But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him”.

Hebrews 11:1 …” Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”.

PAULINE REVELATIONS 55.

KEY SCRIPTURE: Galatians 5:25 “If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.”

Our key scripture is one of the amazing revelations that came to Apostle Paul. It says all Christians have relocated. They no longer live in the flesh but in the Spirit. (Romans 8:9) “But ye are not in the flesh, but in the spirit. If so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you….” The Bible calls this life in the spirit as in Christ.

The dwelling place of the Christian is ‘ in Christ’. We live in the Spirit by our spirit which is one with the Spirit of Christ. (1st Corinthians 6:17). Romans 8:10 says “And if Christ be in you the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness”. A Christian is not a man or a woman of the flesh. It is the Spirit in Him that leads and rules him.

Our key scripture says “If we live in the Spirit let us also walk in the Spirit”. In the new testament Greek language from which the New testament was translated, there are a number of translations in the Greek given to the word “walk” depending on the intended meaning carried by the context of the message. In our key scripture the word in Greek is “stoicheo” from which the word “stoic”. This word means strong, rigid, firm, disciplined. The word walk therefore means “to proceed in a row as the march of soldiers, or go in an orderly manner”.

To walk in the Spirit therefore means to be disciplined and go in a strict order of the Spirit. There is no grounds for personal considerations. Every step must be in the path the spirit goes. One may ask, what is the practical way to walk in the Spirit? This question is answered in the following scripture. Romans 8:5 “For they that are after the flesh do MIND the things of the flesh; but they that are after in the spirit the things of the spirit”. The state of your mind determines where you are, whether the flesh or Spirit. The things of the Spirit are simply what the word of God talks about. When your mind is filled with the word of God and your considerations and desires are to honour what the word says, then you are in the Spirit.

To walk in the Spirit is to do what the word of God says. Living a life of faith is walking in the Spirit. This is the place of true liberty and peace.

 CONFESSION

I live in the Spirit and walk in the Spirit. I live above the dictates and influences of this world and the flesh. My life continually experiences God’s peace blessings and prosperity in Jesus name.

FURTHER STUDIES.

Galatians 5:16 “This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh”.

Romans 8:9 “But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.”

PAULINE REVELATIONS: 54

KEY SCRIPTURE: Romans 6:16 ” Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?”

The last action word for us to consider as we look at how to live a victorious life is obey.

Obedience is to bring yourself under a regulation, instruction or command so that you do as directed. Obedience is always initiated by humility. Humility is an inner decision to do what God ask you to do. As you obey the word you build a resistance to sin. The more you do the word, the more sin can’t influence you. Obedience is the door way to divine approval. It is also the access to a divine encounter. Obedience is the consummation of one’s believe. Until you act on what you claim you believe you have not really believed.

James 2:26 says the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead. Act on the word of God. Many Christians complain about how weak they are. They ask, how I can become a strong Christian. To be a strong Christian simply obey the instructions of scripture. If the Bible ask you to stop a habit, quickly stop it. There are certain things that may not be sinful acts in themselves, but they may be weights to prevent you from making wide strides in your journey. An example is watching television for hours. It may not be sinful in itself but it deems your light and gradually quenches your fire. To obey the Lord just stop them.

Many people just keep praying asking the Lord to make them obey. Obedience is acting on what the word says. Philippians 2:13 says “for it is God which works in you, both to will and to do of His good pleasure”. God is already at work in you both to will and to do. Please know that you have a superior power available within you. Just do as the word says and it will not be by your ability but by His ability. How do we work miracle in our lives? Miracles are divine acts or deeds that he works as we act on his word. Anytime we receive an instruction and obey or act on it a supernatural power takes over our human faculties.

All you need is the decision to follow up with the instructions. The moment you stay with the word to do it, God’s strength takes over and you do the particular thing not by your ability but God’s strength. Just act on the word.

CONFESSION

Obedience to God in all things is the simple way to know Him on a more personal level. I always do what He says. I experience His presence and power as I honour his word in my life.

FURTHER STUDIES.

1 Samuel 15:22  “And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams”.

Hebrews 5:8 “Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered”;

PAULINE REVELATIONS 53

KEY SCRIPTURE: Romans 6:13 ” Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God”.

The next action word to consider is yield. The word yield in the Greek language means to stand beside or to place besides. In our modern language it means to present, to provide or to make available.

This point is very vital in our call to stay away from sin and live unto righteousness. Romans 12:1 reads “I beseech you therefore, brethren by the mercies of God that ye present your bodies as living sacrifice, holy and acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service”. The scripture asks us to give up ourselves unto God. We must present our lives in trust to the Lord.

We must not give ourselves to the wrong appetites of our flesh. Romans 8:10 says “If Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin…” The body should not be your master or leader. Give this body over to the Lord.

The first part of our body to be yielded unto the Lord is our mind. The mind is the steering wheel of the body. What occupies the mind controls and directs the body. Yield the mind unto the word of God. Let the considerations and meditations of the mind continually be on the word of God. Satan and his demons know very well that if they are able to take over the mind they can control the rest of the body and make it do what they want. Yield your mind by thinking on things that are scriptural. Philippians 4:8 says “Finally my brethren whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report, if there be any virtue and if there be any praise think on these things”  if children of God would only yield their minds to the above prescription on what to think about wrong actions would have no place.

We also have to yield our bodies to doing good things. Give yourself to the study of the Bible, yield your body to joining other believers in worship, yield your body to prayer, fasting and helping the needy.  As you give yourself to doing things that honour God, you would always receive the ability to do that which honours God.

You are dead to sin so yield your members to the things of God. Use your tongue to reject wrong suggestions or feelings that impresses on your mind. Say no to anything that opposes the way of God. Say yes to God’s way.

 CONFESSION

I am dedicated to God and His way. I yield my whole being to whatever the spirit says. My life is a revelation of God’s glory.

FURTHER STUDIES.

Romans 12:2 ” And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God”.

Ephesians 2:10 “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good …

PAULINE REVELATIONS 52

KEY SCRIPTURE: Romans 6:11 “Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

In our previous study we looked at the first action to take so we would be able to live above the demands of sin.

I wish to make a few points proceeding out of the previous study clear. We learnt that because we died with Jesus the body of sin was destroyed and therefore sin no longer lives in us. The question that many would ask is, why are we tempted or even have the desire to Sin as Christians? I would answer this question by taking us to the time of Adam and Eve. Before Adam and Eve sinned, did they have any sinful nature? The answer is no, yet they were tempted and sinned against God.

Their state was like the present state of the Christians. The challenge we have is we live in a body made from the earth. This earthly body has appetites and desires relating to its source. The urge to satisfy these appetites, may not have any spiritual or negative influence but by virtue of the fact that, our bodies are of the earth, and would go for the things of this earth.

Our Lord Jesus did not have any sin nature in him, yet he got hungry after He fasted, because He had an earthly body. It was His relationship to the Father and the understanding He had coupled with His decision to honour God always that put Him in state never, to sin, no matter the temptation.

Please let us take the scripture as the Bible reveals it. In our crucifixion with Jesus the body of sin is destroyed. The body of sin, no longer resides in you. Colossians 2:11 says “In whom also you are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands in putting of the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Jesus”. In this instant the Bible teaches that through the crucifixion with Jesus the body of the sins of the flesh has been put off.

Dear child of God you don’t have the nature of sin in your flesh now. Don’t think of yourself as a sinner. Every desire and urge to do wrong may either be your flesh yearning for something wrong or a demon stirring up that wrong desire in you.

In this light our key scripture comes into play. It reads “Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin but alive unto God through Christ Jesus our Lord”. To reckon means to count it as truth.

Let your mind come to such a decision and consciousness. After knowing, you must acknowledge and accept that you are indeed dead unto sin but alive unto God.

 CONFESSION

I am crucified with Jesus and I know as a certainty that I am dead to sin but alive unto God. Sin cannot rule over me.

FURTHER STUDIES.

Romans 6:7. For he that is dead is freed from sin.

Romans 6:14. For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under the law but under grace.

PAULINE REVELATIONS 51

KEY SCRIPTURE: Romans 6:1 “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?”

In Romans chapter six Apostle Paul through the inspiration of the Spirit teaches the church of God how to lead an overcoming life free from the control of sin.

He begins by correcting those who misunderstood what he said earlier that when sin abound grace also did much more abound. The argument was that if it was so, then should we continue sinning so grace would keep abounding?  He answered this misunderstanding in the following study.

Apostle Paul argues in verse 2 that how shall we who are dead to sin live any longer there in? The Christian died with Jesus unto sin. Sin is alive and active but through our Lord Jesus we are dead to it. How does the Christian live or apply the scriptures such that he or she would continually to live above the deceptions of sin?

In the apostles discourse he made use of certain VERBS which we have to identify and act on. They are as follows:

  1. Romans 6:6 ” knowing this that our old man is crucified with Him (Christ), that the body of sin might be destroyed, that from now on we should not serve sin.
  2. Romans 6:11 “Likewise reckon you also see yourself to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God through Jesus Christ our Lord”.
  3. Romans 6:13 “Neither yield you your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin: but yield yourself to God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God”.
  4. Romans 6:16 “Know you not, that to whom you yield yourselves servants to obey his servants you are to whom you obey whether of sin to death, or of obedience to righteousness.

In Romans 6:6 the verb or action word for our consideration is that, we must know: It means you must learn to know. Know that your old man, which was a slave to sin, is crucified with Christ. Until you know you remain in the dark. Many Christians still think that they’re ruled by the old man and are slaves to sin. Some still believe the old man is in them, in the sense that, they are half sinners and half righteous. The Bible says get the truth. Our old man was crucified with Jesus, and that the body of sin might be destroyed or rendered ineffective. This word ‘might’ is not in the permissive sense but in the causative sense. It means if the old man is crucified then the body of sin would be ineffective. You have to know this fact.

  CONFESSION

I know that my old man was crucified with Jesus so the body of sin is destroyed. I lead a crucified life as I continually remain dead to sin and alive unto God and righteousness.

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