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THE LINES FALL IN PLEASANT PLACES.

The Lord is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot. The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage. Psalms 16:5-6.

Every father leaves a heritage for his children and grandchildren. The heritage is varied and different in many instances. It could be a good name as a legacy of service remembered by those that know him. Houses, landed properties are common inheritance in some settings. Bank accounts, bonds stocks and shares are also inherited. Some have the privilege of inheriting cars, pets and even valuable jewelry or works of art. In some situation, debts, liabilities or nothing is inherited.

An authorized will of the father is usually the last word on issues of inheritance. God has a heritage for all his sons, his will is intact; the lines fall in pleasant places.

“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: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”John 1:12-13.

For anyone to be partaker of his will, his sonship must be without doubt. The heritage is for sons, daughters and servants; not for strangers. If the will of a man is respected and enforced, how much more the will of God. The will of a father rewards the sons, daughters and servants, so also the will of God. Being born again or the new creature is not enrollment into church but to God’s heritage. The portion of your inheritance, your cup and lot awaits you in God.

The heritage is personal, specific, packaged specially of you. Welcome to the place where the lines are falling in pleasant places. Welcome to the kingdom of God; that is the heritage of his sons.

“Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:”Colossians 1:12-14.

Prayer: Father I am grateful for your heritage of the sons of God. You have not called us in vain, we have been called to gain; the lines have fallen to me in pleasant places in life through divine heritage. Thank you father, in Jesus name.

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I HAVE A GODLY HERITAGE

The Lord is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot. The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage. Psalms 16:5-6.

It runs in the family….. , this is one phrase that is commonly heard or said by some group of persons. To the proud and successful, it comes out even better; she or he is just like his father or mother. Brilliant, first in his class with a perfect GPA of 5, that’s impressive. When sickness or misfortune comes, it’s expressed in low voices and solemn somber tones; his father also had a stroke and even died from it.

What virtues, trait or inheritance runs in your family? This is a question that many do not desire to be asked, neither seeking answers. Some have lived all their lives trying to be different from their peers. I have a goodly heritage in Christ! New birth is a change of family line and heritage and making God your portion. Beings born again terminates familial and generational family ties.

“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: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”John 1:12-13.

Being born again is a disconnection from every wicked and evil family ties to a goodly or godly heritage. God becomes your father and the sevenfold riches of redemption becomes your portion. The power that make sons also connect to a goodly heritage. What is inherited by family ties is terminated by godly ties. If you’re still enduring ailments or curses or figments of wickedness recurrent and persistent in your family line you need to be born again.

The new birth is jealously guarded by God to maintain his lot in Christ. What was given in Adam was lost, may your portion in Christ not be lost. I have a goodly heritage the lines have fallen to me in pleasant places.

“Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.”Colossians 2:14-15.

Prayer: Father, I thank you for the goodly heritage that is mine in Christ. Thank you for disconnecting me from what runs in my natural family to a godly inheritance in Jesus name.

NEW CREATION REALITY

That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. John 3:6-7.

It is common in some communities to tone or bleach the skin of women and children. This practice is supported by the assumption that white or fair is finer. Unfortunately such persons still give birth to dark colored children and the cycle continues. While they tone or bleach the skin, their genetic make up is still intact. Physical traits and characteristics like skin and eye colour, height, looks are subject to genetic make up.

Everyone looks like someone, who is related to them naturally. Some diseases and ailments also have genetic basis, transferred from one generation to another by birth. Many of these sicknesses are cured or treatable by genetic modification and manipulation.

“Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.”Colossians 2:14-15.

New birth is the end to every familial or genetically transferred illnesses. These diseases have been crossed on the cross by the death of Christ. Genetics is the cause and also the cure of many diseases; new birth is a change of family and the portion accruable to you. New creation terminates the family diseases by translation to God’s family. By natural birth, we inherit the genes from both parents traceable to Adam.

By supernatural birth we are connected to divine traits. Whatever is against our health and wholeness is blotted out at redemption. Genotype changes are real, the blood of Jesus may not change your skin colour but your genes and lifestyle. If it is genetic, the new birth terminates and delivers from them. This is the new creation reality; your family line and inherited genes are new.

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature:old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;”2 Corinthians 5:17-18.

Prayer: Father, I thank you for the new creation realities that changes my bloodline and portion. My genetic make up is of God, and my portion is of God. My familial and genetic diseases are blotted out by redemption. I can enjoy the new creation realities in Jesus name.

gods AMONG MEN

They know not, neither will they understand;mthey walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course. I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High. But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes. Psalms 82:5-7

Every living thing produces after its own kind. Mangoes are not produced by apple trees nor guava from mango treas. Dogs give birth to puppies or baby dogs and not to goat kids. This is the law of duplication and multiplication; produce after your own kind. With all the hype about evolution hypothesis, mankind has continued to reproduce after its own kind. Every living things shares it’s unit of inheritance to the next generation.

The life, nature and ability is endowed or inherited by the same genes. Man give birth to mankind, God give birth to God-kind or gods. “Without an understanding of man’s identity, he continues to live like a nonentity.” Everyone that is born of God is a god on the earth; ye are gods! New birth give access to the life of God or the God kind of life.

“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.”1 John 4:4.

The sons of God are called gods! We are used to callings the idols of men gods which is a misnomer. New birth grants the life of God to live in the class of God. God lives and works through the redeemed to establish his kingdom on the earth. New birth makes man a replica of divinity, a perfect nature and image of God. Those that are born of God bear the image and likeness of God.

New birth is a necessity to walk and work like God upon the earth. The nature and likeness of God was noticed in Paul and Barnabas as they ministered the gospel to the Lystra. This is to let you know that there are gods among men, the new creation is it. Live like God, manifest his nature, ye are gods among men.

“And when the people saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voices, saying in the speech of Lycaonia, The gods are come down to us in the likeness of men.”Acts 14:11.

Prayer: Dear father, thank you for redemption power that translates ordinary men to your image and likeness. Godliness is now the heritage of those that are born of God. Your life and nature is at work in us as gods on the earth. My joy know no bounds in Jesus name.

HIGHER LIFE.

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. They are of the world:therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. We are of God:he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error. 1 John 4:4-6.

One of the drawbacks in my opinion to receiving Christ is being born in a Christian family. That was one of my challenges. I have been going to church most of my life. Some others have a better Christian resume; born and bred in church, their denomination. How can I be of the world when I have been going to church all my life? As a Baptized, circumcised and confirmed member, what is this born again thing?

The new birth experience is not acquired or achieved, it is received. It is required that everyone is born of God to be of God. Those that have Christ Jesus into their life are God’s children. This is the right or qualification to be connected to God.

“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: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”John 1:12-13.

The sons of God share the same spiritual DNA as their father. The life, nature and ability of God are the heritage of the redeemed. As a child, the overcoming life is the birthright of everyone that is born of God. Irrespective of status, redemption changes your stature in life. The life, nature and ability of God gives every believer a unique identity. The greatest power at work on the earth today is the power of redemption. It disconnects from the world and connects to God by the new birth experience.

Welcome to the higher life; a new man, a new creation with a new life in Christ.

¬†“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature:old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”2 Corinthians 5:17.

Prayer: My dear father, I am indeed overwhelmed by your gift of redemption. It makes all things new and gives us the higher life, Gods kind of life. We are of God and partakers of the higher life in Jesus name.

A NEW MAN INDEED.

Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest. Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. Psalms 51:4-5.

I have been asked the same question several times, what is wrong with the old man? Why did God require a new man or why the interest in the new creation. These are burning questions seeking valid answers. These queries are at the root of the reason why Jesus came. Sin is not just an act, it’s the nature of man! From conception life begins, sin also is part of our genetic make up. David understood this limitation of man, and sought for a redeemer. The old man or flesh born in sin and of the lineage of Adam cannot please God. The best effort of the old man in searching for God is called religion.

The new creation is born of God, disconnected from the nature of Adam and sin to the new Adam who is Christ. We are born in sin, we are born again unto righteousness.

“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:” Romans 8:1-3.

Sin is the undoing of the destines of men, the old man is born in sin and programmed to die. From birth the law of sin and death operates but terminated by the new birth. The new birth is a necessity not optional to be free from the law of sin and death.

Redemption terminates the cycle of sin and death and connects to the law of Spirit of life. The flesh or old man cannot please God, it’s corrupted by sin. The answers to the burning question become very clear. Everyman born of a woman is in need of redemption available in Christ Jesus. New man and new life is a necessity not optional to true worship.

“That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth:so is every one that is born of the Spirit.”John 3:6-8.

Prayer: Father thank you for the redemption plan which saves from sin and death and connects to the spirit of life. My destiny is recovered, a new heritage is obtained. I am indeed thankful in Jesus name.

THE LIFE CYCLE

Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. John 3:5-7.

Reproduction is one of the characteristics of every living thing. Every living thing give birth to its own kind, bearing it’s own nature &ability. A dog gives birth to puppies that become dogs, a goat likewise give birth to kids that grow up into goats. This cycle of life’s observed by every living thing; birth is the gateway to life. Life does not begin at birth but manifested at birth. Natural birth releases natural life, new birth manifest supernatural life.

Flesh is the by product of human conception, Spirit is the product of Godly conception. Life begins at conception with transfer of generic materials to create a new being. New birth is the beginning of God’s kind of life.

“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: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”John 1:12-13.

Man has continued to reproduce mankind to fulfill the mandate of increase and multiplication. The genetic materials nature and ability of Adam has been transferred from one generation to another. Flesh is the fallen nature of Adam inherited at conception and manifested at birth, terminated by death. Jesus has come to redeem man from flesh to restore eternal life. Jesus is the end of mankind to grant the God’s kind of life.

Mankind is the product of natural birth, new birth releases God’s kind of life. Everyone that is born of God has God’s kind of life, I am a new man in Christ. This is the life cycle approach! God’s own life, nature and ability is the heritage of sons of God.

“That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth:so is every one that is born of the Spirit.”John 3:6-8.

 Prayer: My dear Father, thank you for the life that you give by Christ Jesus. Man has continued reproducing mankind, but in Christ the life nature and ability is now available to man. Thank you for new life and the new man in Jesus name.

TWICE BORN

And I fell unto the ground, and heard a voice saying unto me, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? And I answered, Who art thou, Lord? And he said unto me, I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom thou persecutest. And they that were with me saw indeed the light, and were afraid; but they heard not the voice of him that spake to me. Acts 22:7-9.

New birth is a personal encounter with Jesus Christ the redeemer. You cannot meet with someone and not know it, an encounter is not a casual meeting. It’s a contact with experience, unforgettable sometimes unexpected.

While we meet people everyday, an encounter is always impactful. Paul in the verses above was reminiscing on the events of the day he met with Christ. It’s always an interesting discourse to ask people about the day they met with Christ. Many have not had this encounter so their Christian experience cannot be impactful. No one that has had an encounter with Christ lives a casual Christian life.

Casual Christianity makes a casualty of life; genuine Christianity begins with the new birth encounter with Jesus.

“Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.”John 3:5-7.

Being born again, is in recognition that we are already born into the world. Natural birth is being born of the flesh, new birth is being born of the Spirit. It’s essentially saying that you must be twice born to be a partaker of the kingdom of God. If Jesus said marvel not at this, it also means that new birth makes you a marvel to your world. Natural birth was adequate for natural living, new birth is sufficient for supernatural lifestyle. It is incongruous to apply natural life to supernatural challenges; supernatural living upgrades natural life.

Make your life a marvel, make living a miracle; twice born! New birth is not optional, it’s a must to enter the kingdom of God.

“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: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”John 1:12-13.

Prayer: Father, thank you for the power of redemption that gies us a second birth experience. We are born naturally for natural lifestyle and supernaturally for spiritual high life. Thank you for this heritage of the sons of God in Jesus name.

MY LIFE IS A MIRACLE!

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature:old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; 2 Corinthians 5:17-18.

Another question that comes to the fore on the new creation discourse is, how do I know that I am born again? The answer is very easy but the response may upset many concepts.. No one experiences a miracle without knowing it. Sudden turnarounds are real, tangible and reproducible in Christ.

Saul of Tarsus is a glowing example, enroute Damascus with a mission to kill, maim and imprison. After the midday encounter, his companion noticed that he was behaving queer and uncooperative. Everyone saw the light but Paul was muted like an ass and had to be guided into the city. His compatriots deserted him as their mission was aborted by the team lead. A miracle has just taken place! From a mission to kill, he obtained a mission to save.

“That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth:so is every one that is born of the Spirit.”John 3:6-8.

Every birth is a wonder or a miracle, natural or spiritual birth. The proof of a birthing process is a baby; the testimonial of conception. Testimonies or witnesses are real, that is the next thing that follows a miracle. “I was blind, now I see!” that is the words of a man whose eyes has been opened. The new creation is a miracle, if you doubt miracles, it is likely that you have not received one. Until you believe, you cannot see it; my life is a miracle!

The wind is blowing, the breeze is felt but the turnaround it brings is for all to see. The natural product of conception is the flesh but spiritual conception gives birth to new creation; a new spirit, my life is indeed a miracle.

Prayer: My dear father, thank you for making my life a miracle. The power of redemption has worked in me what cannot be realized or achieved. Thank you for translating me from the the flesh to be born again a new man by your Spirit in Jesus name.

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