REIGNING IN LIFE 6.

KEY SCRIPTURE: Romans 5:1 “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ”:

We continue with our discussions on reigning in life.  We would now consider another aspect of receiving the gift of righteousness of God that gives us access to possess the blessings of God.  This enables us to reign in this life.

Our key scripture informs us that “therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ”. In our earlier discussion we said that when we made Jesus Lord over our lives, we were made the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus (2nd Corinth.5:21).  This is a divine exchange. From our opening scripture, it reveals also that whenever we believe the word we are justified or made righteous.  This is a momentary righteousness conferred on any man who has faith in the word of God.

Genesis 15:6 reads “And Abram believed in the Lord, and He counted him for righteousness”. This gave him access to every blessing contained in the promise.

Apostle Paul writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit said in Romans 10:10 that “For with the heart man believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation”. Once again the Spirit is revealing that anytime we believe the word spoken to us, we are justified or made righteous. It is God’s way of saying, by believing my words you are faultless. There is no iota of sin or barrier to hinder you from partaking of the blessings.

Dear child of God, God places a very high premium on believing his word (John 6:28,29). So long as you believe you are totally acquitted of every error, and therefore, you are ready to take what belongs to you. The next step that delivers the answer into your hands is to declare with your mouth what you have believed. This is very vital. (Romans 10:10 2nd Corinthians 4:13).No matter how impossible the situation may seem, always believe in the Lord and what He says.

CONFESSION

My faith in God always justifies me or makes me righteous before God.  I believe every word from the mouth of God. I reign by possessing every promise given to me.

FURTHER STUDIES.

2 Corinthians 4:13 ,” We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak;”

Mark 11:23  ” For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.”

REIGNING IN LIFE. 5

KEY SCRIPTURE: Romans 5:17 ” 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.)”

We have learnt that we reign in life by abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness. In our study for today we would consider the gift of righteousness.

This time,  it is ‘the’  ‘gift of righteousness’: this is a definite specific gift which is the same in quantity and quality for all who receive it Righteousness is God’s nature that He imparts to our spirit to live right(Rom 3:21&22).  2nd Corinthians 5:21 reads “for He has made Him (Jesus) to be sin for us who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him”. This is a divine exchange. This transaction went on legally in the spirit and became effectual the very day we made Jesus Lord over our lives.

It is God’s nature, and one can’t increase or decrease it. Righteousness gives us a right standing before God.  Romans 4:25. Says “He was delivered for our offences and raised again for our justification”: The word justification also means righteousness. The very nature with which the Lord resurrected, is what we have presently. That is a nature without sin, without a past. It is a perfect righteous state.  No devil can hold any accusation against us. Settle quickly with the Lord any slips or shortcomings.

The Bible informs us that although we were enemies in our minds by wicked works, yet God has reconciled us in the body of the flesh of our Lord Jesus.  Through death He has presented us Holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight.  (Colossians 1:21, 22). This is righteousness. We have been made Holy, unblameable and unreproveable.

“The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion”. By this righteousness, stand boldly before any condition , knowing that God is behind every word you say(Jeremiah.1:12).  Give every command in boldness.  The devil cannot resist.

Demons are smart to accuse and place defiling thoughts in the minds of people. Resist such thoughts and accusations.  Don’t allow any thoughts of unworthiness to stay in your mind.  You are the righteousness of God in Christ.Jesus.

 CONFESSION

I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.  God imparted His nature of righteousness to me.  I have a perfect standing before God every moment. No devil can resist my authority for it is the very authority of Jesus.

FURTHER STUDIES

Isaiah 54:17 ” No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD”.

Proverbs 28:1 ” The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion”.

REIGNING IN LIFE 4

KEY SCRIPTURE: Romans 5:17 ” 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.)”

To reign in life is to live above the influence and the operations of the devil.  Satan has held most men under the sway of his works. He has deceived them and then controls them with sin, sickness and all sorts of evil activities. This ought not to be so, because, Jesus was manifested to destroy the works of the devil, and indeed he finished it. (1st John 3:8, John 19:30)

From our key scripture we reign by abundance of grace. And the gift of righteousness. We would consider abundance of grace for now.  Please note that the Bible did not say “the” abundance of grace.  That would have made it a definite amount for everyone.  Rather the scripture said, “abundance of grace”. This implies the amount of grace you obtain is dependent on how much you can receive. Now, the grace of God is everything Christ did for us which is made available for us through the Spirit, and is received by faith. God makes this divine provision for men in its fullness’s it is called ‘abundance of grace’.  John 1:16 states, “And of His fullness have all we received grace for Grace”. O what a grace,. It comes from His fullness. How much can you take? This is one part of God’s provision for us to be kings in this life.

The Holy Spirit inspired the Apostle Paul to pen the following amazing words in Colossians 2:9,10 “For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. And you are complete in Him which is the head of all principalities and powers”. Let’s look at Colossians 2:10 from the amplified Bible “And you are in Him made full and having come to fullness of life (in Christ you are filed with the Godhead -Father, Son and the Holy Spirit – and reach full spiritual state). And He is the head of all rule and authority (of every angelic principality and power). This amplification of the scripture is so amazing.

In Him we have come to the fullness of life, explaining that in Christ we are filled with the Godhead – Father Son and the Holy Spirit – and reach full spiritual stature. All these is yours for the taking, if only you would believe it and live by it.

Receiving the abundance of Grace is believing or receiving these truths about you and living in the light of them. Resist anything that is not consistent with what God has provided (James 4:7)

 CONFESSION

God has given of His fullness to me.  I receive everyone of it that I will continue to reign in life. Sin, sicknesses and all satanic activities are subjected to me in Jesus name.

FURTHER STUDIES

2 Peter 1:4  ” Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust”.

Luke 10:19  ” Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you”.

REIGNING IN LIFE 3.

KEY SCRIPTURE: John 3:31 ” He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all”.

The Lord Jesus came from above and therefore is above all. The word ‘born again’ means to be born from above. We are also above all. Refuse to be dominated by evil.

Our Lord Jesus reigned in life. The word reign comes from the Greek word, which means “To be king”. To reign, therefore means to be a king. We must reign as kings. In this life. Kings rule by commands and decrees. Jesus did the same. He commanded the sea to be still, He commanded the fig tree to die (Mark 11:14) He commanded blind eyes to open. Start doing the same. (Mark 11:23)

How did the Lord Jesus reigned in this life?  He knew who He was. He knew what He had.  He knew He was righteous and the devil had nothing in Him. John 14:30 reads ” Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me”.

. Jesus knew He was the righteousness of God.  You can’t amount to anything special for God if you don’t know the level of investment God has made in you as well as the fact that you are God’s righteousness. (2nd Corinthians 5:21). The Lord knew the Father had given Him all authority over the devil. In His mind Satan was fallen or defeated.  Luke 10:18 “And He said unto them I beheld Satan as lightening fall from heaven”.

One other thing the Lord did to establish a very strong faith in the Father was that, He always declared who He was.  He made statements like, “I am the light of the world” (John 8:12), I am the way, the truth, and the life (John 14::6). I am the resurrection and the life (John 11:25), and many more.  Beloved these declarations established perfectly in His heart and mind who He was. He never encountered the enemy with an inferior attitude. He always felt superior to the enemy. He also saw every condition, no matter the severity of it, as something to be overcome.

We have to learn from His example. We must continually declare what the grace of God has made us.  We must declare our superiority over the devil.  (Luke 10:19). We must confess we are the righteousness of God and that we have a perfect standing before the Father. A man’s words will bridle his actions James 3:2.

Don’t stop saying who you are. These words which are perfectly in line with the scriptures establishes your superiority over the devil and His demons.

The Lord was a man of prayer.

 PRAYER ALWAYS SATURATES YOU WITH THE PRESENCE OF GOD.

 CONFESSION

I am a joint heir with Jesus. Whatever belongs to the Lord belongs to me.  I am superior to the devil. I am born from above and therefore l am above all. I am reigning in life.

FURTHER STUDIES.

Romans 8:17 ” And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together”.

Ephesians 2:10 “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them”.

 

REIGNING IN LIFE 2

KEY SCRIPTURE: Romans 5:17 – 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.

The Lord Jesus reigned in life by the power of God and the righteous nature. I did not say the gift of righteousness. The Lord was righteous by birth. His righteousness was imparted by the Holy Ghost. The Lord did not have a human father. (It is the father that imparts the nature of the baby).  He therefore did not have a sinful nature or the Adamic nature.  1st Corinthians 15:47 “The first man is of the earth, earthy, the second man is the Lord from heaven”. Our Lord’s nature was given to Him by the Holy Spirit, making Him an heavenly personality. By these two things the power of God (abundance of grace) and the righteous nature He reigned in life.

Please note this, the Lord Jesus did not live in this life as God. He put aside His reputation or glory as God and took the form of a man (Philippians 2:7″ But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men :). Now consider what He said in John 17:5 “And now, O Father glorify me with THINE OWN SELF with the glory which I had with thee before the world was”. After His work on the earth He requested the Father to glorify Him with the glory or reputation He put down that Philippines 2:7 talked about.  This was the glory He had with the Father “with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was”. Dear brother or sister, let this settle the question about the deity of our Lord Jesus once and for all.  Jesus is God, He is not inferior or second to the father. He became man and did not walk on the earth in His capacity as God. He depended on God.  In a sense He received abundance of Grace just as we do. John 3:34 “For He whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God, for God giveth the Spirit without measure unto Him”. Our Lord Jesus depended on the Holy Spirit and He received an abundance of the Spirit that is not by measure.

By these explanations we realised that the Lord Jesus received an abundance of the Spirit. This is equivalent to an abundance of grace. For Grace is the supply of the Spirit working in us to do all that God calls on us to do.

He reigned therefore by making faith declarations based on these two provisions, abundance of grace and the righteous nature He had.

 All those who will reign in life must receive abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness, and also make faith declarations with corresponding actions.

CONFESSION

I have received abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness, so I reign in life. I dominate the evil power that torment men, sin ,disease and poverty.

 

FURTHER STUDIES.

Luke 10:19 ” Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you”.

Mark 16:17-18  ” And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;

They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover”.

 

REIGNING IN LIFE

KEY SCRIPTURE: Romans 5:17 ” 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:”

Life to many people is a mystery, To say life is a mystery, they mean one cannot determine what life may bring to him or her.  They believe the evil one can have his way any day.  The question is, is this the way God meant life to be?  What is the essence of our salvation if man is still under the control of the devil?

Please I have good news for you. The kind of life God our Father intends for all men to lead on the earth is what our master Jesus demonstrated. Hebrews 12:2a says “Looking unto Jesus the author and the finisher of our faith…..” The Lord Jesus is the author or the designer, the initiator and better still the one who showed us what our faith is.  He is also the finisher of our faith.  When we talk about faith in this context we are looking at faith as a lifestyle.

 God’s idea of living on the earth is manifested in our Lord Jesus.  The book of Romans 8:29 reads “For whom He did fore know,  He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren”. We have been called, to be like our big brother, Jesus.

Jesus is our grand example. The apostles demonstrated a great followership of the master, yet they are not the ultimate example in the eyes of the Father.  Our Lord Jesus is our main example to pattern our lives.

Do not be deceived, no other person should be your focus, but the master Himself. The Lord REIGNED IN LIFE. He was a master in every aspect of His life. He knew God. He was never intimidated. He never told a lie. He never shrank from pain. He was never afraid.

He was always in charge. Even in death, the Lord was a master. What made Him reign in life? The answer is in our key scripture. “Those who receive abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one Jesus Christ”.

Jesus reigned by God’s supernatural power and a nature of righteousness. (To be continued).

CONFESSION

Our Lord Jesus is my grand example of how I must live. As He reigned in life so have I also received the same ability to reign in life. I am reigning in life.

FURTHER STUDIES.

Ephesians 3:10 “To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,”

Psalms 110:2 “The LORD shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies”.

LIGHT REVEALS ALL THAT IS HIDDEN 2.

KEY SCRIPTURE: Psalms 119:130 “The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple”.

In our first part of the above topic we learnt that Ezra prepared his heart to seek the law of God and then to do or practice it,(Ezra 7:10)  after which he would teach others.

 We said the best way to teach is by a good example.

Like Ezra we must teach and preach the word of God. In this day of the prevalence of error, we must present the truth which is the light of God (Psalm 119:130).  Apostle Paul admonished Timothy to “Preach the word, be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine”. Christians must not be silent. Preach the word in season and out of season.  That is, when the conditions are good as well as when things are not favourable. Deception is gradually flowing into the whole world. In these last days, hell has vomited out every kind of unclean thing to defile humanity.  We must not look idle.  The light must be spread across the globe. If it would take money, our strength, even our very lives, it is worth it.  The deception must not be allowed to stand.

It is rather disheartening to have world bodies and major economic power blocks legalise homosexuality, bestiality, incest, and outright atheism. We must not condemn them, but prayerfully present the truth of God’s word to such people. It is not eloquence that will break the power of darkness, but the power of God released through the agency of love.

 A heart of love is always a container of God’s power in us. Present the truth in love and you would be surprised at the outcome of your work.

The Lord Jesus showed himself alive to the disciples for a period of forty days after His resurrection with one message that they go to the whole world and preach unto every creature. (Matt 28 :18-20) The Bible presents the gospel, and that is the only truth to save those who would believe. The bible has historical relevance. It has survived the attack of kingdoms, ideologies and it still reign as the only book that is widely circulated and read.  It has transformed, individuals, communities and a whole nation. Be very passionate in presenting it. Be prayerful and do it with skill.

Stand for the truth of the bible.

    CONFESSION

I am sold out to the truth of the gospel. It is the power of God unto salvation to everyone who believes. I would preach it where ever I am till the whole earth is filled with the knowledge of our Lord.

FURTHER STUDIES.

Matthew 28:19-20 ” Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen”.

2 Timothy 4:2-3 ” Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears”

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