TAKING THE KINGDOM

KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 11:12 KJV. And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.

The kingdom of God has a number of renderings in the gospels. It is symbolized as where God dwells. It also stands for the rule of God in the hearts of men. Different principles and experiences of children of  God are also referred to in certain portions of scripture as the kingdom of God. Matthew 13:24 KJV” Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:” This very verse relates to what happens to people, yet it is referred to the kingdom of God. In the light of these explanations, when our key scripture says violent men take the kingdom by force, it can refer to possessing the blessings or provisions of the kingdom of God. It says the violent take these blessings, provisions or privileges by force.

The Lord by this verse is saying every provision or blessing in the kingdom of God can be taken by not begging God for them, yet through faith and assurance in your heart you possess them.

These provisions include, peace, the power of God, healing, blessings of abundance, supernatural wisdom, long life, holiness and many more. The Lord says since the days of John the Baptist the kingdom of God has suffered violence, and violent men take it by force. Taking by violence means not giving regard to existing protocols. In the book of Mark 5 :25-34, the woman with the issue of blood took her healing by violence. She did not ask Jesus for His permission before taking hold of her healing. She took it by force. God loves to have His children take their blessings by force.

IT takes some level of violence to possess things of the Spirit. For example, the woman with the issue of blood had to violate a lot of barriers. As a woman with the issue of blood she was not supposed to come into the midst of others. Lev 15:19 KJV “And if a woman have an issue, and her issue in her flesh be blood, she shall be put apart seven days: and whosoever toucheth her shall be unclean until the even.” Coming into the midst of people could mean her death, but she had to violate that too. What was the reason in touching Jesus garment, yet she had to violate every natural reasoning to do that. The end result was that she took the” blessing of the kingdom,” and that was her healing. Figuratively she took the kingdom by violence and indeed it is the delight of God that we take ‘ the kingdom’, that is the blessings of the kingdom by violence or by force.

CONFESSION

Every act of faith is a step of violence. By faith I violate certain natural laws and principles to possess whatever God has promised

FURTHER STUDIES

Luke 1:45 KJV “And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.”

Hebrews 11:33, 34 KJV Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.

WHAT WE SAY IN THE ABSENCE OF OTHERS

KEY SCRIPTURE: Matt 11:7 KJV. And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken with the wind?”

What do we normally talk about those who are far away from us? Do we defame them, praise or say the truth about them? In our above story, the disciples, of John the Baptist had just left the presence of Jesus so whatever was to be said about them would be clearly be outside their knowledge. The Lord Jesus never said anything negative about John. He could have commented about John’s lack of faith in him, yet He chose to shower praises on him. Please note this, never say bad things about others in their absence, because they cannot know of it, enough to defend themselves. What about comments about   individuals who are dead? If the individual is dead, then make sure whatever you say is the truth. This may be to teach a lesson, or to clarify an issue, just say the truth. God is always at the defense of the defenseless. You may attract God’s anger, if you tell falsehood about those who have passed on.

When King Saul killed the Gibeonites after Joshua had gone into a covenant of peace with their fathers who were dead and gone many years, God still came to their defense (2 Sam. 21:1, Joshua 10:1) It was quite fatal for the people of Israel.

In the story of the Lord and John let’s consider some of the statements the Lord made about John in his absence. Mat 11:9 KJV “But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet”. The Lord went further to state that John was greater than all men born of women except those born in the kingdom of God. (This refers to those who have received new life in Jesus Christ.) The Lord made all these comments about John the Baptist after John had expressed doubts about Him. Many people are very quick to comment about certain individuals, that they have very little information about (don’t comment about individuals you don’t know). Some condemn and utter all kinds of wrong and false comments about individuals that they have very scanty knowledge about. Eph 4:15 KJV “But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:”

Please, you must understand the power of words, and use them rightly to advance your course in this life. The scripture says as you always speak the truth you grow to become like Jesus in all things. This also means, as you spill out falsehood about people and Lies in general, you would grow to become like the father of liars (John 8:44.) Proverbs 10:18 KJV “He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool.” Be very careful about remarks you make about others. To speak out of hatred in slanderous ways makes you a fool

CONFESSION

WORDS are the most powerful tools in this life. I use words to my advantage all the time. I utter words of truth motivated by love for all persons. I refuse to speak falsehood about people or situations. I give no place to hatred about anyone that could breed slander and evil speaking.

FURTHER STUDIES

Psalms 34:13 KJV” Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile”

Ephesians 4:31 KJV” Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:”

Psalms 101:5 KJV” Whoso privily slandereth his neighbour, him will I cut off: him that hath an high look and a proud heart will not I suffer.”

WHEN DOUBT SETS IN

KEY SCRIPTURE: Matt 11:2 & 3 KJV “Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples, And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another?

John the Baptist introduced the Lord Jesus to the Israelites by revelation he had from the Holy Spirit. (John 1:33). He said he did not know him. Joh 1:31 KJV “And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.” John had been in the wilderness since he came of age and has not been in touch with lots of people. John after sometime of his ministry was captured by king Herod and put in prison. John sent two of his disciples to enquire from Jesus if indeed he is the Messiah. John at this instant doubted whether Jesus was the Christ and wanted to be sure. Some level of doubt was creeping in here.

What is doubt? Doubt is thoughts of uncertainties concerning an issue. There is a difference between doubt and unbelief. Unbelief is a refusal to accept a fact. The unbeliever is an active rejecter of the revealed truth. The doubter doubts because his information about the issue is very small, and so must seek, or learn further to overcome the doubts in his mind. Unbelief willingly rejects the truth. Unbelief is therefore a sinful act (Mark 16:14) whiles the doubter is not, yet supposed to seek for further knowledge to clear his mind of any uncertainties. John also sent two of his disciples to enquire so that, his mind will be free from all the doubt. When doubt start rising in your heart, be quick to establish yourself in the truth. Doubt in your mind does not mean you are defeated, but it is a condition leading to be defeated, if you do nothing about it.

Anytime doubt rises up in you, quickly turn to the scriptures and say it to yourself. Go to testimonies of how God answered others in similar situations If Doubt is not treated, it will become unbelief, that will lead you to be hardened about the truth. Unbelief is a hardening of one’s heart. Mar 16:14 KJV” Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen.” Unbelief rejects the promise which brings the blessing, Faith is a humbling of your heart or submission of your soul to what God says. Faith always accepts the promise. This is the reason faith possesses the answer all the time. Luke 1:45 KJV” And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.”

CONFESSION

Doubt may come yet I do not give place to it. My mind and heart is settled about the truth of God’s word and ever ready to accept it, even if my mind does not understand it. By faith I understand what God says.

FURTHER STUDIES

Matt 28:17 KJV “And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted.”

Luke 12:29 KJV “And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind.”

JESUS IS AFFECTED BY WHAT AFFECTS US.

KEY SCRIPTURE: Mat 10:40 KJV He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.

Our key scripture states that whosoever receives any of the Lord’s children receives Him.  THIS truth has two aspects of benefit to it. Those who would be positively affected, as well as those who would be negatively affected by it. It also reveals the strong ties we have with the Lord. The Lord said in the proceeding verse that anyone who receives a Christian receives the Lord himself, and subsequently receives the father also. This implies every one of us must endeavor to give the best of treatment to any child of God we encounter. It is also applicable to all persons who may not be Christians, for everyone is made in the image of God. The Lord added that there is a big reward for any brother or sister who kindly attends to any child of God. Matt 10:42 KJV “And whosoever shall give unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.” The Lord taught us that whenever we are kind to anyone because he is a disciple or a child of God, we would be rewarded for it.

There are some brethren who treat their house helps and boys, like trash. This is very dangerous to you. It is the Lord you are mishandling that way. There are some people who speak so much evil against servants of God without knowing much about them. Some Christians would never give any help of any kind to those who need it. Now just consider this, if being kind to persons because they are disciples, brings so much rewards, then what would happen to those who are terrible to the children of God?

The child of God is a member of the body of Christ and so failure to discern that this person is the body of Christ, brings unnecessary challenges to you. 1 Corinth 11:29, says.” For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.” To discern means to distinguish, to set apart or to be aware. To treat a fellow Christian with preference and dignity. is a rear opportunity for you. The scripture taught that those who fail to discern the body of Christ, are sick, weak and some even die, because they failed to discern the body of Christ, of which that brother or sister you may be mishandling is part of (1 Corinth 11:30).

The married home is a place where many Christians are seriously failing in these matters. Each party may carry a grudge because of an OFFENCE. They may insult, beat up their partner, or deny them certain courtesies because they feel hurt.  The Lord said if you   do it to one of the least of my brethren, you have done it to me. May we always treat all persons with dignity and respect.

CONFESSION

God’s children are all very special to Him. I attend to everyone with love   and respect, knowing that they are part of the body of Christ.

FURTHER STUDIES

Matt 25:45 KJV” Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me”.

Matt 10:41 KJV He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward.

CALL TO DISCIPLESHIP

KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 10:37 KJV “He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.”

(Please read Matt 10 :34-39)

To be a disciple is to follow a master by learning and doing what the master teaches and does. The meaning of being a disciple of Jesus is to deny yourself of your egos, ambitions, preferences to take only that which the Lord instructs you. The Lord clearly stated His terms for being His disciple and we must fully adhere to them, so we can be what He expects of us.

 Just consider some of the things He said about being a His disciple. Matthew 10:34 KJV “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.” This statement does not mean His disciples should take up arms to fight their enemies, but rather a call to place Him first above family relations. This means one’s family members will be at variance with such person, because his persuasions would be different from theirs, creating conflicts in some instances.

HE said in very clear terms who a disciple is. Luke 14:26 KJV’ If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.” This statement unequivocally means you can’t be his disciple if you prefer your family or yourself to Him.

 The way of the Lord Jesus is not the kind any ordinary human being would prefer to go. He came to serve instead of being served. (John 13:14) When he was beaten, He did not retaliate. (1 Peter 2:23) He never accepted public praise because He knew what was in the hearts of men. (John 2:24). He made Himself of no reputation and became a man (Philip. 2:5-9) To crown this life of selflessness He died on the cross for all humanity.

The church of God would make a very big impact in our world if Christians were to take unto the Lord’s call to discipleship. Our faith in the Lord’s death and resurrection brings us into oneness with Jesus. Now we have put on Christ. (Galatians 3:27) His Spirit is now our very Spirit. (Gal 2:20,1 Corinth 6:17) We don’t struggle to live like Him, rather by faith we are one with Him. The spirit of discipleship is a selfless life constrained or motivated by Jesus’ love for us (2nd Corinth 5:14&15)

 CONFESSION

The love of Christ constrains me, so I live for Him, because I died with Him. I live by the ability of His Spirit alive in me.

FURTHER STUDIES

Galatians 3:27 KJV” For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.”

Galatians 2:20 KJV I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless, I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

2 Corinth 5:14 KJV” For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:”

DO NOT BE SHY OF THE LORD

KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 10:32 KJV” Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.”

Talking about God to others, should be an issue of great pride and privilege for anyone, yet it has become quite a difficult thing for most people. Unfortunately, a great number of Christian are not so bold to talk about their faith and about God. Why is this so.? Apostle Paul shows us part of the reason in the following verse.

2Timothy 3:5 KJV “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” A number of Christians have not experienced the power of God in their lives, why? Because they are only practicing religion and have neglected the power in it. (2 Tim 3:5). These ones do not see any reason to talk to others about Jesus. The Lord Jesus taught us that when we talk to others about Him, He would likewise tell the Father about us.

When the Father is informed about you, it means receiving the assistance from the angels of God. To confess about God means to acknowledge the word and to declare that it is the truth Many people would rather express unbelieve and doubt than to say, in the name of Jesus, everything will be alright. The Lord Jesus during His days in the flesh never stopped testifying about the power of God. Any time He spoke to a blind eye to be opened; it was a confession about the father. The father also kept honoring His words. Turn every challenge into a testimony by testifying about the father to that situation.

Apostle Peter described the Christians in the following way. 1Peter 2:9 KJV “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:”. The reason for making us, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people and many more is to show forth or testify about God and His mighty deeds. King David was a man who had such a mighty ministry because he always confessed to others about the wondrous works of God. David experienced so much about God because he never stopped telling men that God is a mighty deliverer. Singing in praise to the Lord is also another form of confessing about the father to others.

CONFESSION

My God is the greatest news to be told. My life is filled with making Him known to all men. I experience His power in every area of my life. Glory be to God my father

FURTHER STUDIES

Psalms 27:6 KJV “And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore, will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD.

Matthew 28:19 KJV” Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

DO NOT BE AFRAID

KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 10:31 KJV “Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.”

FEAR is a feeling of insecurity as a result of an anticipated danger. The psychologist claims fear is a necessity because it helps one to avoid destruction. This kind of fear relates to common sense, like not crossing the street on an high way or not to put your hand in fire and many such things. This view is quite reasonable yet in our dealings with God we accept His words in our hearts, which builds confidence in Him. Fear of any form takes away that inner assurance we have in God. Fear in the life of the child of God always put God our Father out of the picture. Fear therefore makes the child of God very vulnerable to the things he or she is afraid of. Job 3:25 KJV” For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me.” Job said he was not in safety, neither did he have rest and was also not quiet then destruction came.

Our key scripture tells us not to be afraid, because God our Father watches over us. Please read Psalm 121.The psalmist reveals God is our helper, and He does not slumber nor sleeps. Our Father is committed to our safety in every way. He says you are more valuable than many sparrows. The only way for us to receive maximum security from Him is to have faith in Him. Every promise of God is a covenant between us and Him our part of the agreement is to do what that promise says and God our Father would be bound to do what he has said. When we have fear about anything, against His promise, it means, we have not accepted His terms of the contract, and so He is not bound to fulfill it. This makes fear terribly expensive to allow into your life.

HOW can we avoid fear in our lives?

1. Take time to learn about the experiences of all those who trusted in God. He never failed even one of them. He can’t fail in your case. Hebrews 13:7&8

2. Read and meditate on various promises of God’s protection, provision and promotion. Make them always fresh in your spirit saying them to yourself.

3. Never declare any statement of insecurity insufficiency or lack of favor. Daily declare that you are completely secure, and your needs are completely met. Say also that you are highly favored by God.

Your words that agree with the scriptures would ensure that you always respond positively to those words in the day of danger or challenge.

4. Always act in line or in agreement to what God’s word says.

IF you would do these things, you would always be ready to face and overcome any danger.

CONFESSION

God my father is my helper. He is all powerful, ever faithful and loves me completely. I have absolute confidence in Him. No evil befalls me. I am very much at rest and very peaceful.

FURTHER STUDIES

Read PSALM 121.

Hebrews 13:7 KJV Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation. Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.

DO NOT FEAR MEN

KEY SCRIPTURE Matthew 10:28 KJV” And fear not them. which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him, which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell”.

MEN have various kinds of fears. Fear of the future, fear of deadly diseases, fear of shame, fear of robbery attack, fear of death and many more. Among these is the fear of those who would persecute the righteous and ultimately kill them. This kind of fear has limited the church in boldly preaching in some parts of the earth. The church of God has suffered persecutions since the inception of the church. The reason for persecution is to stop the church from saving, the many that are bound to sin. The gospel must go, irrespective of any kind of threat that men may raise, to challenge it.

What can we do to strengthen our resolve to boldly face them.? The Lord answered that for us. He says those who oppose the gospel, and may even kill us, only destroy the body. They have nothing more to do. The soul of the Christian lives forever in heaven, when the believer dies. Phi 1:23 KJV” For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better:”, The apostle said if he should die, he would be with the Lord instantly in heaven, and that is FAR BETTER. This should be the sure faith of every believer. It is in this light that we must be extra bold to keep advancing the gospel in the face of threats and dangers posed to us by men.

What are we to be afraid of? He said fear Him who can destroy both the body and soul in hell.   What is the meaning of this, someone destroying the body and soul in hell? This person is the Lord. He will ultimately judge all men (2nd Corinth 5:10) It means if we live for ourselves and do not honor God’s word, then we really have to be afraid. The Lord will cast all those who live for themselves and do not honor Him into hell.  The following is the Lord’s advice to all men. Matthew 5:29 KJV “And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.” Be careful about how you are living today. No man has authority over your soul.

CONFESSION

I am given to the course of Christ. My heart is set to please Him always. I do not fear men, who can only kill the body and that is all. I fear God and live to please Him, for He will cast a man into hell, who lives for himself.

FURTHER STUDIES

2 Corinth 5:10 KJV” For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.”

Acts 21:13 KJV” Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.”

NO DISCIPLE IS GREATER THAN HIS MASTER

KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 10:24 KJV” The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his Lord.”

We continue with our walk with Jesus through the gospels. The Lord states in our key scripture, that no disciple is greater than his master. This is a very important statement, and has a lot to teach us. He added that, the disciple can be at best equal to his master. Every disciple if he should become anything at all, must study the life of his master and do as he has done. This may bring you to his level.

Now, who is our master in the light of our study? Our master is the Lord Jesus Himself. He is our ultimate example to emulate. As much as we may have men who would be training, teaching and mentoring us, we may not be limited to that alone as we have Jesus’ example to follow. The Lord Jesus is the ultimate master. We are all servants and His disciples.

I do not think it is scripturally proper to be limited by the spiritual Stagnation of any man. Scripture encourages us to look unto Jesus. Hebrews 12:2 KJV” Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

We must study His life critically and learn from Him. We have to practice all that He did if we wish to function anywhere near what he did. The Lord fasted, we must also fast. He prayed consistently and aggressively. (Heb 5:7) We must do same. The Lord went out ministering the word to many who were lost. We should not be shy or ashamed about standing by the roadside sharing the gospel with people. The Lord openly healed the sick. We must learn from the way He did it. NOTE Jesus never prayed for one sick person, He always instructed the sick to do what they could not do. (Mk 5:41, Mk 2:11, Luke 13:12). Praying for the sick was taught in James 5:14. The Lord personally did not pray for any sick person. Learn these things and do likewise. You must also expect to be persecuted. Mk 10:30.

Now, why do I say Jesus is our ultimate example and not any man? The Lord would judge everyman according to his works.  If the physical master did not do as the Lord required, he may be rejected, and you accepted, because you did as the Lord required. How then should we relate to our earthly masters? Love them, honor them and obey them. Do only those things that the scriptures reveal. If their actions are in anyway opposite to what the Bible teaches, then ignore it and do as the word of God teaches. Do not criticize any leader but rather pray for him or her, if he happens to be erring in his actions. You may also point his errors to him, yet do it respectively.

PRAYER

Thank you, Lord Jesus, for your great leadership example, I am dedicated to honoring your word in every way. I pray for all children of God to follow you diligently

FURTHER STUDIES

Matthew 4:19 KJV And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.

John 13:14, 15 KJV ” If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.

SHEEP IN THE MIDST WOLVES

KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 10:16 KJV “Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.”

 The Lord says he sends us as sheep in the midst of wolves. Sheep in the presence of a wolf is a very miserable state. The sheep is quite a defenseless creature. The sheep has no claws to defend itself or the ability to escape from its predators, because it is not fast in running. The Lord instructs that the Christian must be as harmless as a dove, yet as wise as a serpent. The whole quest, is about surviving in a hostile world. The snake has one of the greatest survival instincts among all creatures. The snake is also one of the most harmful creatures of all time. We can’t be harmful as the snake, so the Lord adds that, the Christian must be as harmless as a dove. This is a paradox, yet that is about the Christian.

AS Christians, our best example of one who survived the dangers of wolves, but was harmless, yet very wise as a serpent, was the Lord Jesus Himself. Heb 12:3 KJV” For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.” This verse tells us to consider or learn from his example. He survived a host of wicked treacherous men who schemed to stop him in every way yet they failed.

HOW was Jesus able to prevail in the midst of wolves? His secret was an absolute reliance on the Holy Spirit.  They tried to get Him to speak against the law, so they could legally get Him? He always amazed them with answers that was beyond human conception. This is achieved by maintaining a very close relationship or fellowship with the Holy Spirit. The strong prayer life of the Lord Jesus was His way of maintaining that dominance of the Holy Spirit in His life.

Let’s consider the words of the Pharisees about His success over their schemes. John 12:19 KJV” The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, Perceive ye how ye prevail nothing? behold, the world is gone after him.”

The Lord showed further, how He was so successful in the following verse. John 12:24 KJV” Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.” The Lord showed that, the only way for the Spirit to have a complete control of our entire being is by dying to Self. When the Lord died we all died with Him. You have to know and maintain that you are dead, so the Holy Spirit can fully take charge over you. (Gal 2:20). The Holy Spirit is the embodiment of success. He can truly make us wise as a serpent yet very harmless as a dove.

CONFESSION

By the ability of the Spirit, I am as wise as a serpent but very harmless as a dove. I am crucified with Christ, yet I’m alive with His life. It is the Holy Spirit who now leads me in all I do.

FURTHER STUDIES

Luke 12:11 & 12 KJV” And when they bring you unto the synagogues, and unto magistrates, and powers, take ye no thought how or what thing ye shall answer, or what ye shall say:

 For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say.”

2 Corinth 5:15 KJV” And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.”

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