BORN OF GOD

KEY SCRIPTURE: John 1:13 KJV” Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”

Man made up of flesh and blood is a product of his mother and father. The word speaks of another kind of people, whose lineage is not a product of these natural ways. Our key scripture, says those who receive Jesus are born of God.

 This kind of birth process shows who they are and how they ought to live.

They are born of the Spirit, for God is a Spirit. John 3:6 KJV “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit”. We are Spirits and must live in the Spirit. Rom 8:9 KJV” 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.” Living in the Spirit simply means living by the word of God.

The Spirit of a man is the real man. The flesh is a house in which he lives in this earth.2Corinth 5:6 KJV” Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord:” Natural men are ruled by the dictates of the house in which they live, that is their bodies. How does one abide in the Spirit? Rom 8:5 KJV “For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.” What one’s mind dwells on determine where he or she lives. The mind is the doorway that brings a man into either the Spirit or the flesh. Please when one is described as being in the Spirit, many think this is an ordinary expression. It is a real state or world that he or she dwells. The state of one in the Spirit realm is determined by the particular word of God he has believed. When one believes the word about God’s security, he comes under the power of God’s security. If you believe the word concerning healing, you come under the power of healing.

A sister testified about an incident that happened to her. She was sharing the gospel to a group of passengers in a public transport. Some armed robbers stopped them and demanded that everyone in the bus got down so they could rob their belongings. This sister said, she reasoned, how can I who is sharing the gospel be afraid and get them. These robbers insisted she came down, lest they would shoot her. She did not give any attention to them, but kept speaking in tongues. These robbers pointed their guns on her and pulled their trigger yet the fully loaded guns with bullets could not fire. They tried it a second time but failed and so had to run away. By placing her mind and heart on God’s word, she was transported into the spirit. Those robbers saw a physical girl but in the Spirit she was kept under the shadow of the almighty. We are of the Spirit, and must live by the word which is Spirit.

THOUGHT:  FISHES ARE BORN IN WATER SO WATER IS THEIR HABITAT.WE ARE BORN OF THE WORD AND THE WORD MUST BE OUR HABITAT.

FURTHER STUDIES

John 6:63 KJV It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

Rom 12:2 KJV” 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”

BECAME SONS OF GOD

KEY SCRIPTURE: John 1:12 KJV “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:”

Jesus did not come just to raise followers, but to raise a family for His father. He came to make men like himself. Heb 2:11 KJV “For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,” The preceding verse says the one who sanctifies and they who are sanctified are all of one. The word ‘of’ is the Greek word ‘ek’ which shows the origin of a thing. This means the one who made us whole and those of us who are made whole come from one source. As a result, we have become brothers. Now the process of making us His brothers was that He gave His life for us (John 3:16, John 15 :13, 1 John 5;12)

Jesus gave His life by dying for all men. Anyone who believes in Him receives that life.1Jn 5:12 KJV “He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.” It is that supernatural life which was in Jesus, that becomes the life of anyone who receives or believes in Him. The scripture said as many that received Him, were given the power, or ability to become, sons of God. This statement has been treated very trivially by a number of Christians. To be given the power to become Sons of God, automatically changes everything about us.

 It means to be given the right or power to become like Jesus.

It is not to be enlisted among a group of people with certain identities, no. You become one with Jesus. Please note this, Jesus was the only begotten Son of God, but after He died and resurrected, we also became begotten sons of God. He has ceased to be the only begotten to become the FIRST BEGOTTEN. (Col 1:15)

Many Christians look powerless, fearful and weak because they do not understand what took place when they become children of God. They are still subject to diseases, demonic harassment and what have you? Please understand that anything that cannot overpower Jesus Christ cannot overpower you. You should not allow it to over power you. By your decision to accept Jesus you have been given that right or power to enter the class and status of Jesus our Lord. This is what the grace of God is about. Now if there is any work of the devil in you, rise up in faith and declare you have received the divine ability like Jesus and you put that thing off from your life. Break the power of disease and every demonic harassment right now.

PRAYER

Lord Jesus, you died for me, and I believe in you. I confess you as my Lord. I am a son of God, with the authority over every evil work of darkness. In the name of Jesus, I break the power of every disease or evil spirit over my life, right now.

THOUGHT:  WHEN YOU RECEIVED JESUS, YOU BECAME A SON OF GOD LIKE HIM.

FURTHER STUDIES

Rom 8:29 KJV “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.”

1 John 4:4 KJV “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.”

THE WORLD MUST KNOW JESUS

KEY SCRIPTURE: John 1:10 KJV “He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.”

Do you know Jesus? Do you know that the world was created by Him? Have you experienced Him in your life? If your answer is no to all of these questions, then you are lost in your sins. It means you have no personal relationship with Jesus. Dear reader you can have that personal and growing relationship with Jesus. You can be saved from all your sins.

Jesus is actively working and living among us. Jesus is in the life of everyone who is truly born again. He is still working miracles in healing all forms of incurable diseases. He is transforming lives from every kind of evil ways to Holy, well-behaved individuals. There was a boy of about ten years, who would steal His parents’ money, run to game centres and misuse the money, then after a number of days come back home. I shared the gospel with this boy prayed for him, and to God’s glory, that was the end of that wrong lifestyle.

The world was created by Him. He is the creator. Colossians 1:16 says ” For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:” The closing statement said all things were created by Him and they were created for Him. How do you see Jesus? Is he   just like one of the prophets to you?

Despite all that Jesus is doing everyday, many have not received Him. Our key scripture said although He made all things yet many are still rejecting Him. Any man who rejects Jesus cannot know true peace of heart. Be sincere to yourself, do you have real peace of mind, are you filled with fear, uncertainties and inner turmoil? Jesus is real and would calm every troubled heart.  He is very present with you right now, and would deliver you from all troubles. You would only experience all that I have said about Him if you would repent of your sins today and make Him the Lord of your life.

THOUGHT:  JESUS IS STILL THE ANSWER

 PRAYER

Lord I repent of my sins today. I make Jesus the Lord of my life. Come and live in me .

FURTHER STUDIES

John 3:16 KJV For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

2Corinth 5:19 KJV To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

TRUE LIGHT

KEY SCRIPTURE: John 1:9 KJV” That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.”

Jesus is the true light which lights up everyone in the world. This means God’s saving power is opened to all humanity. God has put the sins of all humanity on Jesus and not counting anyone’s sins against him. He is rather calling on all men to repent. (2 Corinth 5:18,19) The saving power and the mercy of God is revealed towards all men. The truth is all this light is poured out unto all men, yet men love darkness rather than light because their deeds are evil. (John 3;19). The key scripture also said, this is the true light. To have a true light means there is a false light, for the devil himself is transformed into an angel of light. Satan has deceived the whole world, especially through religion. (Rev 12:9)

We see a problem here. Jesus the true light shines on everyone who is born into this life, yet the god of this world, blinds the mind of them that believe not, so that the glorious light of the gospel, might not be seen by them (2 Corinth 4:4). There is a role for us to play. This is to intercede in prayer till those blinding effect will be stopped.

 Intercession is standing in the gap.

 To stand in the gap means to bear the burden of the victims and call on God for a relief.

The bible described one man who played this role so vividly. Col 4:12 KJV” Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.” He described Epaphras as one of them. He was just like any of them. He was not unique in any way, yet He committed himself to make a difference in the lives of the brethren through agonising in prayer. A similar description is made about Elijah. He was described as a ‘ man of like passions’ James 5:17. He prayed earnestly that it should not rain for a period of three years six months. It happened. God did that as a way of turning men’s heart to him. According to the bible Epaphras and Elijah were just like us in every way. The only difference is they gave themselves up to be used by God.

 Please note, until you decide to make yourself available to be used of the Spirit you remain ordinary.

The moment you commit yourself to bring the purposes of God to pass in the lives of men, God takes over and achieves great things through you.

The light of the gospel shines so brightly yet no spiritually blind man would see it. Naturally, the sun shines so brightly daily, yet, every blind man or woman lives in absolute darkness until their eyes begins to see. Dear child of God, God desires the salvation of all these spiritually blind folks, yet He can only save them when you stand in the gap.

THOUGHT:  YOUR AGONIZING PRAYERS WOULD BREAK THE BLINDNESS OF MEN TOWARDS THE GOSPEL.

FURTHER STUDIES

2 Corinth 4:4 KJV” In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”

James 5:17 KJV” Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months.”

A MAN SENT FROM GOD

KEY SCRIPTURE Joh 1:6 KJV “There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.”

When John the Baptist, was asked by the priests, the Jewish leaders sent to enquire of who he was, he said he was a voice of one crying in the wilderness; make straight path for the Lord (John 1:23). In effect he admitted that, he had been sent on an assignment. Men are always God’s means of achieving His purposes on the earth.

 Every man saved by the blood of Jesus is also a man or woman sent from God.

You have a mandate to execute a particular task. We are all generally commissioned to go and make disciples of all nations. (Matt 28:19 &20)

The sad truth is that many Christians have a misunderstanding of the task given to us. The church to some is a place of entertainment, where they go to listen to music and dance. Others consider the church as a place with a superman in charge, whose prayers are very powerful to help them come out of their problems. They do not consider or accept that they are people sent from God to save men.

Dear brother or sister you have been sent from God. Don’t lose sight of your task. You would one day be required to give an account of what you did about what God asked you to do. (2 Corinth 5:10)

A story making runs on social media, is about a young boy who was SENT by the father to go, buy some food from a restaurant for Him. This boy bought the food alright, but when returning home, he came across some boys playing football. His friends asked him to join to play the game. Without hesitating he left the food with some boys and joined to play the game. He played very well and was hailed by all who watched the game. The game ended only to find out that his father’s food had been eaten. He was faced with the real challenge of going back home to face the anger and disappointment of his father. He cried and dreaded going home. Dear one, one day the game which has taken you from your assignment that God gave you, would be over, and you would go home to meet your father, who SENT you. Would you joyfully meet your father or you would be filled with fear.?

THOUGHT:  WHEN THE GAME IS OVER YOU WOULD GO HOME

FURTHER STUDIES

2 Timothy 4:7 KJV” I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:”

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.

LIGHT DOMINATES DARKNESS

KEY SCRIPTURE: John 1:5 NET “And the light shines on in the darkness, but the darkness has not mastered it.”

Light is the domain of God. 1Timothy 6:16 NET” He alone possesses immortality and lives in unapproachable light, whom no human has ever seen or is able to see. To him be honour and eternal power! Amen”. Darkness is also the domain of Satan. (Col 1:13). Just as Satan cannot stand up to God, so would darkness and light. There is no contest between light and darkness. It means darkness cannot face light, yet it seems many Christians are being defeated by darkness. How is this possible? Darkness has the right to stay and function only in the absence of light.

The so-called victory or inroads of darkness into the life and experience of some Christians is because there is no light in them. There are two main reasons that spells the defeat of Christians.

1 A lack of knowledge of the truth. Hosea 4:6

2 A knowledge of the word yet a refusal to believe (accept) the word. Heb 4:2.

The above two conditions prevent the word from having access into the life of the believer to deal with any kind of darkness. Darkness stands for anything that takes away the peace of an individual, brings shame, pain and dishonours God’s word in the life of His children. Disease, repeated failure, demonic attacks etc are all manifestations of darkness. Hebrews 4:1-7 teaches us that those who refuse to mix the word with faith do not enter into God’s rest. Anyone who believes the word of God, walks out of the power and control of darkness. (Mark 9:23)

If one finds himself under any form of darkness, what must he do? He needs to look out for what the word of God says about that condition.

1 Do what the word says about that condition.

2 if there seem to be no change, then pray asking the Holy Spirit to show you what to do.

3 The Holy Spirit would show you what to do, stay faithful to his instruction.

4. Stay with the word and refuse to give attention to the negative condition. Flood your heart and mind with the light of the word. The scripture says, darkness has never over powered the light of the word. So long as you have the word in your heart that darkness is subjected to you. It has no grounds to mess you up. Insist that darkness can never overpower the light in you. Hold on to your grounds till that negative condition is defeated.

CONFESSION

I have the word in me, the word is light and destroys every darkness. I ‘m blessed beyond measure. I have peace, I am reigning over every negativity in Jesus’ name.

FURTHER STUDIES

Prov 4:18 KJV But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.

2 Peter 1:19 KJV” We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts”:

IN HIM IS LIFE 2

KEY SCRIPTURE: John 1:4 KJV” In him was life; and the life was the light of men.”

In our first discourse on this topic, we considered the life that our Lord Jesus brings to us in His capacity as the eternal word of God. We would now consider the life in the written word. The written word of God, which is also known as the logos, is alive and powerful. It is sharper than any two-edged sword. It pierces to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit. And of the joints and marrow. It is a discerner of the thought and intents of the hearts. (Heb 4:12) From this piece of scripture the word of God which is firstly described to be alive functions in the following areas.

1. The Soulish and Spiritual dimension of man

2. The physical or corporal aspect, that is bringing healing to the body

3.The Moral aspect of man, that is correct wrong actions and instructing the right ways as well.

The word of God is extremely potent. It carries a solution for the total man.

 The word indeed has life. The pulsating life or breathe of God runs through the word 2Ti 3:16 KJV” All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: According to the scripture, it makes the man of God perfect thoroughly furnished unto every good work. The life in the word is real solution to every challenge of man. Pastor Chris Oyakhilome says all you need is wrapped up in the word, and so what God seeks to give you, is not money, or any physical thing, but rather to place the word in your Spirit. The word would make you what it talks about.

How would the word make us what it talks about? Joshua 1:8 and Psalm 1:1-3 shows us how. In Joshua it says the man who meditates on the word, day and night by keeping the word in his mouth, and does what it says, shall make his way prosperous and have good success. Psalm 1 also presents it that, the man who delights in the word and meditates on it day and night, shall be like a tree planted by rivers of living waters. He shall yield its fruit in its season. Whatever he does shall prosper. There is life in the word and this life is the solution or answer to man’s many challenges. Meditation simply means give attention to the word. Let the life in the word flow into you and you would surely produce the best in this life.

CONFESSION

The word of God is lamp unto my feet and light unto my path, no darkness is strong enough to quench the least light. Every work of evil is stopped by the word in Jesus’ name. I am free from every work of darkness.

FURTHER STUDIES

Prov 4:20 KJV My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.  Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.

Psalms 119:105 KJV NUN. “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”

IN HIM IS LIFE

KEY SCRIPTURE: John 1:4 KJV” In him was life; and the life was the light of men.”

Christianity is primarily about receiving a supernatural life. Anyone who believes in Jesus, becomes a partaker of this life. He then becomes a son of God. All religions are about doctrines and practices that can earn one salvation. This is the very opposite to what we receive in Christ. In Christ we are the begotten of God through the life of God given to us (John 1:13).

Man’s problem is not about Satan or demons.

 Man’s problem is the reign of death over him. Rom 5:12 KJV” Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so, death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned”: This kind of death is a spiritual one. It is a separation of the life of God from man. Death therefore reigned over every man born into this world. Jesus is the only answer. In Him is life. John 5:26 KJV For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself; The Lord’s life is   the very life of God. This life comes to reign in everyone who partakes of it. (Rom 5:17)

The life is the light of men. Light is the answer to darkness The life in Christ makes us free from the law of sin and death. Rom 8:2 KJV “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.” When a man submits to the Lordship of Jesus, he receives the life in Christ. This life which is also called the law of the Spirit of life, breaks the old power or law that worked in men,

. The law of sin and death produced every negative force in us. It worked out sin sicknesses, sorrow, and ultimately death. The life in Christ, which is our light has indeed made us free. By this superior life we have also become light, (Matt 5: 14) therefore we bring solutions to others in darkness.

How to walk in this freedom.

  1. Know that you have been freed from the law of sin and death.
  2.   Believe and accept for a fact that you are really free from all the effects of the evil law of darkness
  3.  Take a stand against any condition that contradicts your liberty and freedom in Christ.
  4.  Keep thanking the Lord always for your liberation.
  5.  See yourself as a solution to those in darkness.

ÇONFESSION

The life of Jesus is my life. His life is my light that overcome darkness. My very nature is free of the power of death, failure, defeat, sin, disease have no place in me. Life reigns in me. Glory be to God.

FURTHER STUDIES

Rom 5:17 KJV ‘For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)”

Rom 8:2 KJV” For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death”.

THE WORD -MEANS OF CREATION

KEY SCRIPTURE: John 1:3 KJV” All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.”

 Creation came from the word.

It is the means by which every visible thing was created. Hebrews 11:3 states it beautifully. “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.” Every visible thing came from an invisible source. In John 6:63 the Lord explains the real substance of the word. He says the flesh profits nothing. It is the Spirit that gives life. The words that I speak are Spirit and life. The real nature of the word is Spirit. Our key scripture says without the word nothing was made. This teaches us a very important lesson. If there is a need or impossible situation, that is impossible, because the issue is not available to the senses, we are being told from our key scripture that, the word has the potential to bring that thing to pass.

The word from John 1:1 is a person.

 Meditating on the word is actually a visit with Him.

The word in our hearts is God in us. The word is God’s means of revealing Himself to humanity.

 We have no problem wondering about the form, nature and appearance of God.

His word answers all. The book of Romans 10 :7 asks ” Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (That is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.)” This scripture says that, the presence of the word in your heart and mouth is all that matters. There are two things that can make the living Christ functional in us.

 To believe and to confess.

Believing sets Christ in our hearts and speaking the word gets Him into action. Romans 10:8 KJV” But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach”;

The above scriptures, that is Rom 10 ;7,8 show us how to get Christ who is the word bring us solutions. Please note, the name of Jesus means Jehovah is salvation. Man always finds himself in situations that needs salvation in one form or another.

 Jesus is God who has revealed Himself as the saviour.

He comes to us in the form of the word of God. Romans 10:9 gives us the underlying principle by which the saviour would save us. Whether it is a sickness, a demon tormenting you, a challenge of any kind.it reads ” That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” Let me put this scripture in a general way for our daily use,’

 If you shall believe in your heart what the scripture says, and shall confess it , you would have the answer you expect’. The word is the means God created all things. Saying the word without believing is an illusion.

 Believe and say, that is the key.

CONFESSION

Praise God for His word. I have what it says, because I believe what it says. I experience what it says because I speak it into being. I have health, I have security, I have prosperity, Glory be to God.

FURTHER STUDIES

John 3:36 KJV “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.”

Rom 10:10 KJV “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation”.

A WALK THROUGH THE GOSPELS- THE GOSPEL OF JOHN

KEY SCRIPTURE: John 1:1 KJV “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God”.

We have now lowered the curtain on the study of the book of Matthew. We now start with the gospel according to John. Matthew Mark and Luke are the synoptic gospels.  They have similar or same recordings of the events in the Lord’s life. The gospel of John although recorded certain similar events, dwelt more on the discourses the Lord had with certain individuals. It happens to have been written later than when the first three were written. John recorded his gospel with a lot of insight into the impact of the new life that the Lord Jesus brought to mankind. John 1:4 KJV “In him was life; and the life was the light of men”.

A close study of each of the gospels reveal a unique presentation of the Messiah. Matthew portrays Him as the king of the Jews, whose kingdom must be pursued first. Mark presents him as the servant who came to serve. Luke also presented Him as the son of man while John present Jesus as the Son of God.

John wrote his book with a lot of spiritual insight. He gave lots of revelation about Jesus that only the Holy Spirit could reveal to a mortal being. He introduced his recording with a rather resounding revelation about Jesus, He wrote, “In the beginning was the Word…”. What type of beginning was he talking about? He was referring to the beginning of beginnings. He says the word was with God. This shows the word was not created. The word is indeed one with God. He says the word was or is God.

Jesus is the eternal word of God. Everyone’s word dwells in his bosom, John 1:18 KJV “No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him”. No one created his word. According Revelations Jesus name is the word of God. Rev. 19:13 KJV And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. This first verse of John reveals Jesus indeed as God.

THOUGHT:  THE WORD OF GOD IS THE WISDOM OF GOD.

FURTHER STUDIES

John 1:3 KJV ” All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.”

Rev 19:13 KJV And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.

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