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KEY SCRIPTURE: John 14:6 ” Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me”.

Someone, once said, discovery brings recovery. I pray you come to discover yourself from these studies. KNOW who you really are, and take your place in this life. To know who you are,opens you up to your real potentials and subsequently what you can do.

The story is told of a hunter who found a lion cub alone in the forest. He brought this baby lion home and added it to his flock of sheep It attempted to eat leaves like them. They played and grazed together. One day they went out grazing whiles a big lion came around. The sheep and the ‘lion sheep’ all run away from this adventuring lion.

On another occasion they were grazing by a river bank when they saw this same lion at the extreme end of the river. They were caught with fear and ran for their lives. This time the baby lion which had grown, looked at his image in the river . He realised he had ears like it, His hair, face and general features were the same as the wild lion. The young lion did not ran from it, but crossed the river and followed it to the wild.Through self discovery it recovered itself.

Many Christians have lived, associated and related with ordinary men or people such that they see themselves like them.

Dear child of God, your birth into Christ according to John 1:12,13 is not a religious cliche` but a present hour reality. Please read some of the descriptions that the Holy Spirit makes of you. “The wind blows where it wishes and you hear it’s sound but cannot tell where it’s comes from and where it is going, SO IS EVERYONE THAT IS BORN OF THE SPIRIT”(John 3:8). The Christian cannot be stopped, He is supernatural and like the wind.. This is by birth as a result of receiving the life of Christ.

To really discover who you are just look at the Lord Jesus. That is how you are because he lives through you; He is your life.

CONFESSION
I am born from above, from a higher life. Jesus is my life. He is alive in me. I am not influenced by the world and it’s ways. My Lord Jesus does His works through me.

FURTHER STUDIES.
Ephesians 1:18-19 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,

Psalms 82:6 ” I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High”.

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KEY SCRIPTURE: John 14:6 ” Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me”.

I have come to discover many Christians do not understand the fact that Christ is their life. (Colossians 3:4a “When Christ, who is our life, shall appear …”)

  Christ is the life of the Christian. (Galatians 2:20). This means the Christian is a supernatural person. You are not this body. The real you lives inside the body .2nd (Corinth 5:1-8). The inner man or the real you is also Christ in you (Colossians 1:27)

  When we say ‘ I’, as a Christian, we should mean   the man or woman who is strong and Satan cannot easily manipulate. You are referring to the man, woman or boy who overcomes diseases and all that Satan throws at him or her. .  I pray you discover who you are. I hear people sing songs like “I am weak but thou at strong”.  If you sing this as a baby Christian there is no problem. But the matured Christian who sings such songs become a potential   prey for the enemy. Somebody may say we are admitting we are weak so we can receive of His strength. This is where Satan takes advantage of you.  1st Corinthians 6:17 says “But he that’s joined to the Lord is one spirit”. Please just consider this, if you are one spirit with Him, what made you weak.

Dear child of God you have become who you are in Christ by grace. (Romans 5:17). Listen to the advice the Holy Spirit gave to Timothy in 2nd Timothy 2:1. “Thou therefore my son be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus”. Please answer me, what does it mean to be strong in something? It means to take full advantage or use of it. Grace has made us one with Him and therefore as He is so are we. (1st John 4:17). Why do you keep confessing weakness? Let the weak say I am strong. (Joel 3:10)

Dear child of God your calling to be a Christian is to reveal Christ through you.(Gal 1:16).  He is our life.

  PRAYER

Thank you Jesus that you gave me your life, so that I may be free from my old self of weakness, and sickness and partake of your divine nature.

Thank you Lord. Amen.

FURTHER STUDIES.

1 John 4:17  ” Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the Day of Judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world”.

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”.

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KEY SCRIPTURE: John 14:6 “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me”.

In our key scripture the Lord concluded His statement that no one comes to the Father except through Him. This is a very strong statement. The Lord knew there would be all sorts of teachings, doctrines and persons who would claim they are the way.

In our discussion in these series of studies we have established beyond doubt that Jesus is the way.  That way is seen in the message of the gospel.  (1st Corinthians 15:3, 4). John 3:16 states it so clearly that “for God so loved the world that He His only begotten son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life”. Our Lord Jesus is the bridge between mankind and God.  Accept Him today if you have not given your life over to Him.

We also learnt that our Lord Jesus is the truth.  Jesus is reality. He forever abides faithful. The scripture says He is the same, yesterday, today and forever. The Lord has transformed countless millions over the years, who have come to Him for salvation. Many who have been tormented by various incurable diseases, have been graciously saved or healed at the mention of the name of Jesus. Jesus is the truth. He would forever honour what He says.

Thirdly we learnt that Jesus is the life. Men are not lost because they do not have and know moral doctrines, rather men are lost because they are spiritually dead. The need of man is life, a supernatural life that makes him a child of God.  Jesus has given us His life, every man can become a benefactor, of His life.

 CONFESSION

Our Lord Jesus is indeed the only way to salvation and a successful life on this earth. I know that because He is my Lord my eternal home is forever assured.

FURTHER STUDIES

Acts 4:10, 12 ” Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole.  Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved”.

Titus 2:14 ” Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works”.

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KEY SCRIPTURE: John 14:6 ” Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

How does the Christians take advantage of the divine life?

We have learnt that Jesus Christ is our life, yet many Christians do not know how to allow the divine life of Christ to be manifested in their day to day experiences. Romans 8:6 gives us the answer in a very simple way. It reads “for to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace”. Divine life takes over when our minds agree with the scriptures and our hearts are ready to act on the word.  This applies in all aspects of our lives: it works in receiving ability to do what the word says, receiving healing from the spirit etc. (Please read Matt 8:8–13)

To be spiritually minded is to be scripturally minded, a readiness to do what the scriptures says. (Please take every instruction of scripture as pouring forth from the lips of the master) There is always a supernatural transformation when we allow the scriptures to dominate our mind.  Roman 12:2 says “And be not conformed to this world but be ye transformed by the renewing of your Mind….” God’s word always carries life and supernatural ability. When the Christian gives heed to what God is saying, the Bible says, that person is transformed into what the scripture says. This is how the word creates miracle in various ways.

God word is full of divine life.  John 6:63 “it is the spirit that gives life, the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit and they are life”. .  Romans 8:6 says the flesh will breed death if it rules. Give in to what God says.

The moment you accept what God says, the supernatural life in God’s word goes into action and works miracles, yet for you to experience this miracle in reality, you must boldly declare what you have accepted from the word .Romans 10:9&10.

CONFESSION

The life of Christ comes to us through the word. I open up myself to place my confidence in the word always.

FURTHER STUDIES

Galatians 3:5 ” He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?”

Isaiah 55:11 ” So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it”.

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KEY SCRIPTURE: John 14:6 ” Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me”.

We continue with the fact that Jesus is the life. It is always what one is that determines what he does and subsequently what he will become.

Christ had taken His abode in the Christian. The child of God can only be successful in this life, if He acknowledges that Christ is in him. In actual fact he or she must do all things with the awareness that it is Christ actively working through him or her. (Philippians 2:13).

The book of Romans 8:9, 10 makes it clear that Christ in a Christian puts Him in the Spirit and not in the flesh. The verse 10 says “And if Christ be in you the body is dead because of sin, but the spirit is life because of righteousness”. The Spirit in this sense is Christ in us.  The verse says that the body is dead, that is, the body no longer rules or leads us. The presence of Christ in us relegates the influence of the flesh or body to the back ground, giving way to the Spirit to lead and control us. The Christian with this understanding does all things by the life of Christ or the Spirit of Christ. This is the ground for true victory in his life.

 His (Jesus) life in us makes us live beyond the ordinary human.  Philippines 4:13 adds that we can do all things through Christ which strengthens us.  There is a super life at work in every child of God.  Align your thinking this way.  Face life with an advantageous mentality.

Our Lord Jesus faced His life encounters with this attitude. He made statements like the Father is with me.  John 8:29 “And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone: for I do always those things that please Him”.

The Lord Jesus is our life. He seeks to express Himself through us. May we allow Him to manifest His power and wisdom through you.

 CONFESSION

Christ is alive in me. He is my wisdom and my ability. All things are indeed possible with me because He strengthens me.

FURTHER STUDIES.

1 Corinthians 1:30 “But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption”

Philippians 2:13 “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure”.

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KEY SCRIPTURE: John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Christianity is a biological miracle. In Christ ordinary mortals receive a heavenly supernatural life which supplants the natural life they received from their parents. The word “born again” means to be born from above or from a higher place. (John 3:3,)

Dear child of God this is not just a view we carry but a real biological miracle.  Apostle Paul put it this way in Galatians 2:20 as follows ” 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.”

 This is the experience of every Christian. It is the life of Jesus that is living and pulsating through our flesh. This became possible because Jesus died in our place so He could release His life for us.

The Lord Jesus is the life indeed. 2nd Corinthians 5:17 says “therefore if any man be in Christ he is a new creature, old things have passed away behold EVERYTHING has become new”. There is a new life in every Christian. This is a mystery and a real wonder.

Apostle Paul speaks of this life in Colossians 1:27 as follows “To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles which is Christ in you, the hope of glory”. Christ is the life of the Christian. He gave His life for us and presently lives in us. What can defeat you? The Christian is Christ in one. “. Christ means the anointed one. When we say Jesus the Christ, we are only saying Jesus the anointed one. By virtue of the Christ in you, you have also become the anointed one.

The Lord Jesus died to make His life available to every man who would believe in Him.  Dear child of God through our Lord Jesus Christ you are a supernatural being. Do everything with this understanding and you would never be found wanting.

CONFESSION

Christ is my life. What a miracle. By Him all things are possible with me. I have God’s divine nature and I am an associate of the God kind, because Jesus gave His life for me. The forces of destruction in this life cannot defeat me. Thank you Jesus.

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”.

John 1:4-5  ” In him was life; and the life was the light of men.And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not”.

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KEY SCRIPTURE: John 14:6 “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me”.

In our scripture of consideration, the Lord said that, He is the way, the truth and the life.  In this study we are looking at the “life” aspect.

The Bible reveals that man is spiritually dead.  Roman’s 5:12 “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. Death possessed everyone who was born into this life.  Ephesians 2:1 iterates that “And you has He quickened (raised) who were dead in trespasses and sins”.  Man’s problem was not just a moral decay but an issue of separation from God which is a spiritual death.

Now physical death is a separation of the spirit of man from His body. James 2:26 “For as the body without the spirit is dead so faith without works is dead”.

What every man needed was not laws and doctrines but life from above. (Dead men can’t respond to instructions, they need life) This was the reason Jesus came, to give to all men, life. The Lord said in John 10:10…..but I am come that they might have life and have it more abundantly”. He said the good shepherd gives His life for His sheep. (John 10:11) Jesus did not come just to raise followers for God, He came to raise a family (sons and daughters) for God.. John 1:12,13 “But as many as received Him,  to them gave He power to become the sons of God,  even to them that believed in His name: which were born,  not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh,  nor of the will of man,  but of God. Jesus had to give His life to make this possible. This is the reason religion which is men  seeking to be acceptable before God by observing laws, codes of attics, doctrines and ordinance cannot be saved.

Indeed Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. No man comes to the Father but through Him.

Beloved readers please understand that no amount of good deeds can make you acceptable before the Father.  You must be born again or born from above.  (John 3:3, 5). Question; HOW GOOD ARE YOU?

  CONFESSION

Lord Jesus you came to give your life for my salvation. My righteous deeds are like filthy rags before you.  I open up my heart to you and accept you as my Lord and saviour. Forgive my sins and reign over my life.  Thank you Lord.

FURTHER STUDIES.

John 3:16-17 ” 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. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved”.

Isaiah 64:6 ” But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness’ are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away”.

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