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WINNING LIFE BATTLES

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.

There are some colloquials that have put some persons in perpetual bondage, one of them is “God will do it”. That sounds very familiar but I would always ask a rider, what are you doing? And the next fallacy would follow-“I am waiting on God. This is a very strong combination of phrases that have robbed many of their kingdom dignity and colour.

It’s news to many to hear that “God has done it” he is currently waiting on you to do your part. Any faith that makes God sorely responsible for the issues of your life is an irresponsible faith. Faith is a covenant, when your part is done, God is commited.

Wrestling, fight, combat is the duty of man; the sons are gods among men.

“Ye are god” is not a status symbol, it’s a combat, wrestle and battle  mentality.

“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.

Wrestling is not by chance, Its a must, fighting is not a choice, it’s the norm for the sons of God. The devil and his minions are combat ready since the fall, God has given us a position and weapons of warfare for the  same reason. Every son of God that is not combat ready and on active duty becomes a victim.

God has equipped the sons to take charge of life battles and withstand the evil one. Expecting God to do it is an insult on the heritage of redemption. Sons reign by conquest; you’re not the victim but the victor.

“Rise ye up, take your journey, and pass over the river Arnon:behold, I have given into thine hand Sihon the Amorite, king of Heshbon, and his land:begin to possess it, and contend with him in battle.”Deuteronomy 2:24.

Prayer :

Dear heavenly father, thank you for the conquest of Jesus Christ on the cross over principalities and powers. I am equipped to win the battles of life by the same grace and power. I am not a victim but victorious in Jesus name.

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.

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.

CHANGE OF LEVELS

But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) Ephesians 2:4-5.

Life is in levels and men are in sizes says the wise man. This slogan or phrase is helpful in explaining a lot of spiritual things. Redemption is a change of levels from lower to higher life. One may wonder, how low were in life before Christ? We were very low, lower than angels.

“Sin is a sinker of life and destinies” from the lofty height we fell in Adam to the lowest ebb. Man became a mess after becoming the toast of God and his angels.

Redemption is not for reduction but elevation to glory and virtue. Man fell in Adam to the earth and was raised in Christ to heavenly places.

“Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.”Ephesians 2:2-3.

Without Christ, man was the laughing stock of demons, they had us as slaves. The prince of the power of the air was our taskmaster. No matter how great a man could become without Christ he is still subject to the devil and his minions. Prisoners of passion, subjects to the flesh, destined for destruction.

Redemption is for a turnaround, deliverance from the low to high life. Low life is the normal life for everyone that is still under the old order. Redemption therefore is the rescue of the soul of man. Redemption is rescue from sin to reign in life. We are translated from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of God.

A definite change of level is yours, this is the heritageof redemption.

“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.

Prayers

My Father, my Father, I am delighted to know that I am translated from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of your dear son.” My level don change” I am thankful that redemption lifts me up form the depths to the heights in Jesus name.

SALVATION SIGN

And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them:and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not:for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:9-11.

A friend of mine recently complemented my good sense of humor and suggested that I could make a good career as a comedian. I thanked him for the complement but informed him that life is too serious to be joked about as a profession. He interjected by mentioning a few popular names of entertainers and their affluent lifestyle. I also reminded him of those that are depressed, on drugs and in rehab if that makes him happy.

Man have found ways to manage misery, despondency and frustration; a friend calls the big screen a smokescreen instead. The light of Christ lightens up the lives of men with great joy without ceasing. The saviour has no substitute, salvation has no equivalent.

“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.”Luke 2:11-12.

Christ was not born for us to have a holiday but a change of hearts. The celebration of Christ is the reminder of the gift of salvation. Salvation or redemption is the sign of the season, not a new series on the big screen. The folly of Santa cannot suffice, another series on the smokescreen may not be enough to drown the truth that the saviour is born.

The celebrations begins with an encounter with the saviour and king. This season is for a turnaround by the saviour and a rebirth through him. The sign of Christ is for the termination of the misery of man. The saviour clears the smokescreen of darkness by the light of his presence.

“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.”John 3:16-17.

Prayer:

Dear God and father, thank you for the gift of salvation in Christ Jesus my lord. He was born as a sign for my rebirth in life. Miseries end where his life emerges by the same Christ my saviour.

LIGHTED LIVES

Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. Isaiah 60:1-3.

One of the dangers of being in darkness for too long is the risk of accommodation. One becomes so accustomed to darkness that is seems normal. This is the state of the world before the coming of Christ.

Christ was born as the light of the Light of the world to lighten lives. Light has come for all, unfortunately, only some have seen the light. When the light is seen everything and everyone shines in life. The light of Christ radiates, penetrates and permeates everywhere. The birth of Christ is not just for celebration but illumination, to see and be seen.

Light has no substitute, when light appears lives arise.

“And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them:and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not:for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of  David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:9-11

The light of Christ gives life a meaning. Darkness is living without meaning or a saviour in the world. Heaven announced the birth of Christ as a testament to all by light. Glory is the light of heaven, Christ is the intrusion of heaven into the earth. Whatever is in heaven is now accessible on earth through Christ.

The glory of God lightens up the lives of men. Salvation or redemption is enrollment into the essence of life or living with meaning. Christ was not born to give us a holiday but a life.

Everyone that receives the good tidings of Christ the saviour is lighted up with Joy; arise and shine.

“They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed.This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.” Psalms 34:5-6.

Prayer: 

Dear father of light and father of our saviour, thank you for penetrating our lives with the light of life. It has indeed lighted us with joy. By his birth we have meaning for living by the same Jesus Christ.

And God said,

And God said, Let there be light:and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good:and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.  Genesis 1:3-5.

One of the recurring theme in the story of creation is the word of God. Creation is the expression of the word of God; and God said! Light is the manifestation of the same word; let there be light! 

“God said, God saw” was repeated severally in the same chapter. Everything he said, he also saw; light is first, it opens the chapters of life. It’s amazing to note that the first chapter is the revelation of Christ Jesus. The word of God is the light of God; all in one. The light is not a thing but a person.

Light open the chapters of your life. God was not just speaking, he also saw what he said. This is the light principle and life order; flying is by light, not by sight.

” In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.”John 1:1-5.

The assignment of light is to terminate darkness all round. That assignment began but has not ended yet. The word of God gives the light of God, an order set from the beginning.  When the heart connects with his word, light shines in your world.

Light from the word of God is the ticket to a shining life. Shining is not by chance but by light from whatever God said. Illumination is the path of life out of obscurity or darkness. Christ is the word of God, light is the emblem of his appearance. Everyone justified by him shines in life, every appearance of his word illuminates life. The high places of life are for the justified who are illuminated by the word from God. See what God is saying

“But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.”Proverbs 4:18-19.

Prayer:

Father, I see that your word is the ticket to a shinning life. Thank you for your word from the beginning, it’s still potent and active. It’s my turn for the high life by the shining light by the same Christ Jesus.

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