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EXEMPTION FROM HARM AND HURT

 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: Genesis 3:1-2.

There is a snake that lives in a particular area of northern Nigeria. It has an unusual name in Hausa language that is spoken in low tunes due to its lethal consequences; “go be de nisa”

This literally means that tomorrow is too far, many of its victims never live to see the next 24 hours. It’s not such a large snake but it’s venom is neurotoxic and uniformly fatal. The size of the snake or serpent does not determine the amount of venom produced. If the venom is poisonous how much more the bite of such snake.

The devil is not to be pitied, he does not pity any one of God’s creature. Subtlety should not be confused with weakness, it’s his operational guide. Venoms and stings may seem small in volume but their effect is phenomenal the devil and his cohorts do not shoot rubber bullets nor scare the believer but steals, kills and destroys.

“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. Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.”Luke 10:19-20.

Redemption is the beginning of exemption from hurt and harm. It’s also the key to offence apart from defence from every means or devices of the devil. Nothing shall by any means hurt you is not a slogan but a reality.

We are seated far above, hence far away from the devices of the devil and his works. The serpents and scorpions have not ceased to exist but your abode is too far.  Hence we live as though they don’t exist by virtue of the new status as gods on the earth. The serpents and scorpions are not permitted to dare the gods among men.

Redemption is our exemption certificate from harm and hurt. We’re positioned far above, seated and kept from any means of the devil. Just like God, the gods are invincible; free from harm and hurt.

“They know not, neither will they understand; they 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.” Psalms 82:5-6.

Prayer:

Thank you Father for the unveiling of the godlike status accessible by redemption. The devil has not ceased to be poisonous but the we are exempted from harm and hurt by the same Christ Jesus.

Ye are gods, not dogs!

They know not, neither will they understand; they 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. Psalms 82:5-6.

Without an understanding of man’s identity he continues to live like a nonentity. Every man’s ignorance is his greatest enemy not the devil. Many have bought into deceit and have lost their identity.

Redemption is the recovery of identity by nonentities through an encounter with Christ. “Ye are gods” amazing as it sounds, not that you are going to be gods but that you are already. It’s not an achievement but by “receivement” confered by redemption. It’s not an assumption but a fact. Every son of God is a god on the earth! Begin to live your godlike lifestyle. This is the truth that sets men free, you are not a dog! You are a god!

A victor not a victim

“Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:”Colossians 2:8-10.

“The only thing that is permitted to remain is what you allow” that is the godlike mentality. Without a good understanding of your Identity, your rights and privileges are unknown. Servants live like kings and kings live like servants against divine order. We are not trying to be like Christ, we are Christ’s.  We are not going to be kings or gods, we are complete, it is concluded. It’s time to live in the reality of the truth and not the confusion of a few.

Everyone born of God is the son of God and a god and kings on the earth. You’re not going to be head over principalities and powers but already principal over principalities. This is the truth, you’re a god, a king that rules over agents of the devil. A victor not a victim, a god not a dog to reign on the earth.

“And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof:for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; And hast made us unto our God kings and priests:and we shall reign on the earth.”Revelation 5:9-10.

Prayer:

Thank you my dear father for the heritage of redemption in Christ Jesus. Kings we are, gods on the earth, nor subjects or slaves but rulers of the prince of darkness in Jesus name.

gods among men

They know not, neither will they understand; they 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. Psalms 82:5-6.

One of the greatest crisis of this generation is the identity crisis. Who am I? What am I doing here? What was I born to do? These are pertinent questions that need clear answers and redemption is the answer to all the question of  life and existence.

The seed of a lion is a cub, it’s an exact replica of a lion. The seed of a pig is a piglet, it maybe small in size but a picture of the pig. The seed of a goat is a kid, and that of a cattle is a calf. These were taught in basic school or kindergarten and primary school. A goat does not give birth to a cub neither has a lion given birth to a calf. Even those that claim descent from monkeys hate the idea of behaving like a monkey.

“Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:”Colossians 2:8-10.

Redemption is the translation of the son of man to become the son of God. It’s amazing to know that the fullness of God is delivered to mere mortals. The sons of God are gods on the earth in his image and likeness.; complete in him. A mirror image, a replica unfortunately not a clone nor duplicate. This is the translation from below to being above principalities and powers.

What the father is, so also the son; principal over principalities. Redemption arms common men with the full armour of God to do uncommon things. We are not armed with inferior or dummy weapons but eternal combat armour.

You shall no longer be a victim but a victor; the sons are gods among men.

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” Ephesians 6:12-13.

Prayer:

Thank you my dear father for making us gods among men by the force of redemption. We are principal over principalities with the armour of God for offence and defence in Jesus name.

ARMED TO STAND

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Ephesians 6:12-13

When the discourse on spiritual warfare begins,  words like wrestle, contend, fight and the like come to the fore. Wrestling is a sports that I watched a lot as a child and superstars like Mighty Igor, Hulk Hogan were familiar names. Championship fights are the delight, a winner must emerge and a trophy is received.

The sons war against demonic forces helped by angelic hosts. We do not win by tricks but by the truth. Sons are commanders of angels, they’re involved in combat hence the term “we wrestle”. Life is not for fanfare but for warfare for the sons of God. We wrestle with the full armour of God equipped with potent weapons of war.

“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy:I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” John 10:10.

The devil and his cohorts are no strangers to spiritual warfare. Their most valuable weapon is deceit, no wonder his major title is a thief. A thief takes what is yours when you’re not watching. Deception is the modus operandi as the power to kill has been taken away. Lying is another extension of his campaign which leads to losses and destruction.

Every believer that is starved of truth becomes a victim of his ignorance not the devil. Redemption is the armour to stand and withstand all the devices & wiles of the devil. Only those that are fully kitted stand in the evil day. 

You are standing! The head of all principality and power is my saviour.

“Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:”Colossians 2:8-10.

Prayer:

Thank you mighty Father that the divine order is no longer under a thief but the chief who is my lord and saviour Jesus Christ. I am fully armed to stand in warfare over principalities and powers in Jesus name.

REIGN IN LIFE

What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? Romans 6:15-16.

Responsibility is the price for greatness says the preacher. I watched a movie that the answer to every misdemeanor was “the devil made me do it”. This is the quality of life some persons are used to, taking responsibility for nothing and blaming someone else for anything and everything.

Does the devil make you do anything? Are you compelled or coerced to do things against your will?  That is the classic definition of slavery or servitude. No matter how compelled you are, the yield is the consent for slavery to continue. The devil suggests, deceives but has no power to make you do anything. Sin and slavery is the twin signature of the devil, righteousness and liberty is the emblem of Christ.

“He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.” 1 John 3:8.

Responsibility is the price for greatness, sonship is all about taking responsibility. We are not called to conform but to destroy the works of the devil.

Redemption is not only about salvation from sin but enthronement in life. We’re delivered from servitude to sonship by the cross; sin is crossed. Seated above is key to living above principalities and powers. The devil has net ceased to exist but you will not cease to manifest the purpose of your call. Redemption places man in charge being seated in heavenly places by Christ Jesus.

Reign in life! Righteousness is received to rein by Christ Jesus.

“Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:”Colossians 2:8-10.

Prayer:

Thank you mighty Father that the divine order is no longer under a thief but the chief who is my lord and saviour Jesus Christ. I am fully armed to stand in warfare over principalities and powers in Jesus name.

Jesus is Lord

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy:I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. John 10:10.

One of the component of the devil’s kingdoms that many tend to ignore is terrorism and fundamentalism. Hate is taken to an extreme, error is given a religious coloration. This is not different from what is happening in several parts of the world including my dear Nigeiria.

While many are quick to talk about Boko haram, ISIS and the like, not many remember home grown terrorism, white supremacy and many others. Surprised that I am interpreting all in the same context, yes I am. Every ideology that kills, steals and destroys is the signature of the thief. 

There is no confusion of his works nor mistaking his agents of destruction, genocide and ethnic cleansing. One of the persons that is well known in scriptures for religious fundamentalism and extremism is Saul of Tarsus. The appearance of Christ is not a common occurrence but Saul of Tarsus had the conversion experience by his appearance.

“And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest:it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.”Acts 9:4-6.

Christ Jesus doesn’t show up for a photo opportunity but for redemption opportunity. Religion becomes a tool for destruction and redemption is God’s intervention for rescue. Demonic influence is key to religious extremism and fundamentalism. The reign of terror and error of fundamentalism ends in Christ Jesus.

When Jesus shows up the agents of terrorism and fundamentalism give up. Paul had an instantaneous change of status by this encounter. Do not mistake your religious standing with your stand in Christ.

If your religion makes you hate another, you need an encounter with Christ. Jesus is not only the head of all principalities and powers but the head of all governments or rulers of darkness and wicked spirits in heavenly places. The reign of Christ delivers from the reign of terror and error.

“He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.” 1 John 3:8.”Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:”Colossians 2:8-10.

Prayer:

Thank you Father that we are not at the mercy of the thief, the devil but the Lord Jesus Christ. He is Lord in heaven and on earth both the seen and unseen world. I have accepted his Lordship and reign over terror and error by the same Christ Jesus.

Sons, not Slaves

He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. 1 John 3:8.

When Adam fell, man fell from grace and glory. The devil became the God of this world and the ruler with his princes being fallen angels. Sin became the status quo, wickedness became the norm also destruction of the earth.

God’s response to the fall of man and the enthronement of evil was the manifestation of the Son. The Son is the replica of the father,the express image of his person. A new class of individuals, a new status is born in Christ Jesus.

Christ is the firstborn, several sons have been born since the first begotten. The Son came to destroy, annihilate, liquidate the works or operations of the devil, the sons are born for the same purpose.

“For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son? And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.”Hebrews 1:5-6.

It may come as a surprise to many that the judgement of angels are reserved for the sons of God. The era of Daniel is far gone, the saints are no longer spectators but sons. The Son is worshipped by angels and not vice versa. They are ministers, helpers, supporters to the sons of God. There is no angel nor demon that can challenge even the least of the new testament sons of God. Whatever honour or glory applicable to Christ is available to you.

Righteousness translates from slavery to sonship in Christ Jesus. The sons command angels and demons and not vice versa. Take your place in life and destiny, a son not a slave to principalities and powers; this is your heritage in Christ.

“Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.”Hebrews 1:3-4.

Prayer:

Thank you dear father for an excellent heritage in Christ Jesus, sons from slaves. It cannot be achieved but this is what we have received a the heritage of redemption in Jesus name.

Translation of Slaves to Sons

He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. 1 John 3:8.

This verse reminds me of the words of Myles Munroe-“When the use of a thing is not known, abuse is inevitable”. Purpose is the driver of every divine agenda. The son of God was manifest for this purpose to liquidate the devil. It’s not a contest, neither a dialogue or even a diatribe but a conquest. From his birth, life, death, burial, resurrection, ascension and being seated in heavenly places for one agenda, destroy the works of the devil.

Sonship is God’s solution to the fall of man and the enthronement of the evil one. Sonship is the class of Christ, everyone has the same purpose to destroy the works of the devil. Sin is the tool for man’s destruction, righteousness is for destiny recovery.

“For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.”Romans 8:19-21.

The change of guards in heavenly places and on the earth affect every creature both plants and animals. Destruction of unusual dimension has been the norm since the devil took charge of the earth from Adam.

Until Christ, the devil and his cohorts were charge d’affaires of all creation. This was terminated and nailed to the cross for confirmation. The sons are now in charge, the rule of evil has ended, grace and mercy reigns. The devil is not going to stop, the sons destroy his works and those of his minions. “No longer a slave to sin, I am a child of God” seated far above principalities and powers.

Redemption is the translation of slaves to sons by the lore Jesus Christ.

“For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 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.”Romans 8:15-17.

Prayer

Dear father, dead father thank you for deliverance from slavery and translation to being your son. This is the purpose, this is the plan to destroy the works of the devil. It’s also my creed in Jesus name.

THE PROOF

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Ephesians 6:12-13.

Many believers have not fully understood nor appropriated the fulness of the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. It’s obvious in the discourse on the role of angels and demons. The prince of Persia is just one of the third of angels that fell with lucifer. They’re all part of the principalities and powers, rulers of darkness and spiritual wickedness in high places.

Daniel could not wrestle while the princes were at war, he could only wait. By redemption the sons took charge of former princes and put them in their new estate. The cross is the termination of their effect and influence; the end of their reign.

“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.

The principalities and powers were spoiled or deprived of effect and influence. They were robbed of power which was originally bestowed in Adam and dethroned as princes by Jesus Christ the son of God. 

This was not done secretly but openly and nailed it to the cross as a proof. The cross is the proof of the change of guards in heavenly places by Christ Jesus. The princes are dethroned and the sons are enthroned far above principalities and powers. The sons are in charge and in a class of their own in Christ Jesus. The contest is over, the conquest has begun.

The sons reign, no prince is permitted to asses or assail them. This is the proof of redemption, this is the heritage of salvation.

“Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)”Ephesians 4:8-10.

Prayer:

Dear father, it’s good to know that I am not only saved but safe in the kingdom of God. The princes have been dethroned, the sons are enthroned, thank you for the heritage of redemption in Jesus name.

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