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Yes, Complete!

2018-08-22 16-03-15In continuation of the last post. I was at a point of actually emphasizing what happens when one is born again. The jist of the last post entitled COMPLETE is that I had gone from actually not having understood what it really meant to be born again. The second jist being that even after I was born again, I didn’t quiet walk freely in the redemption.

So picking it from where I left of. Romans 6, 1: What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? Paul asked this question as a form of a rhetorical question. I will personally take this as a conversation between Paul and I. Well,  I definitely do not think we should continue in sin just because grace abounds where sin abounds. But then again, I would have to ask Paul this question basing my reference on this scripture. Colossians 2, 11 “In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ.” How is it possible that we continue in sin even when we are born again, yet the scripture clearly says that our body of sin has been rid off by the death of Jesus?

Romans 6, 2 “God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?” Paul starts of by saying this. So this constitutes that though we have been born again and that our spirit has been born again, we should not continue in sin. I believe that we can not be perfect morally but our spirit has been perfected. Romans 6, 5 “For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection.” This passage of scripture just amplifies the truth that we have been converted from having a sin nature to nature of purity and magnificence.

1 Peter 1, 3 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” How lovely is this, because of His resurrection, we have been given a new life, hence being born again.

Yes morally and practically we may not be perfect but by just knowing in our minds that our spirit is just as perfect as Jesus is, we ought to change our mindset and begin to firmly transfix our entire imagination on the reality that we are as Jesus is. Paul says it this way,  Romans 12, 2 “ And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God”. It is all in the mind, for us to be even morally like Jesus, all we have to do is to rest in His finished work and consider ourselves according to what has happened in our Spirit..

 

The finished work of Jesus is a magnificent deal in itself. So let’s embrace the reality that Jesus planned such a beautiful transformation for us,not just by singing about it that our spirit is perfected but also that our works can glorify Him. That can be done by really purposely putting a focus on the mind and renewing it. The mind is a powerful tool.

 

COMPLETE

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For a very long time, I never understood what being born again really meant. I remember when I was in secondary, there was a certain gentleman who really wanted me to be born again. He was really persuasive in that, he would tell me what to do and not what to do after being born again. I thought to myself , “ This born again thing is not cut out for me because I would fail just minutes after I confessed Jesus as Lord and Savior.” So this really made it hard for me to have a zeal of being converted into a Christian because the way it was presented to me was that I should be careful what I do after being converted. This in a way, was interpreted that if I fail then I would lose my salvation.

This took me about 3 to 4 years to understand what salvation was,  that was when I believed in my heart that Jesus is Lord and Savior. However, it still took me a while to understand this fascinating concept about Jesus giving me a new life.  I’m walking in that space of understanding and it truly is a beautiful journey to travel in.

Colossians 2: 10-11 “ And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:11_ in whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ.” isn’t this just exceptional?  After you believe in your heart that Jesus is Lord, you are transferred from being incomplete to being complete. Lacking nothing; being born again causes me to have fullness. I may have been short of confidence before I was born again, and now that I am given this new life, this confidence is complete, is that what  you would want? Incredible isn’t it? The body of sin has been nullified, it doesn’t exist anymore. Jesus took care of it.

We tend to hear this phrase from the lips of Christians, “I’m a sinner saved by Grace.” No, 100% no,  you were a sinner, who is now saved by Grace. Jesus has dealt with the body of sin. If the young man who wanted me to be born again told me such good news,  I would have really jumped for it. Knowing that someone loved me that much. I know someone might ask, “but even after I got born again, I still find myself sinning, does that mean Jesus didn’t really deal with my body of sin?”

Romans 6:5 “For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection,”  isn’t this just beautiful, this is just to drive the point home to make it so evident that indeed the death of Jesus made wonders. We were planted in the likeness of His death. So that we might be in the likeness of his resurrection. God can not make it this evident and then after you get born again, then sin, then go back to having the body of sin. What would be the use of Jesus coming if His Grace would cover you until your next sin.  I have really come to see that Jesus really vanquished our body of sin. Just as His word is perfect, His cleansing blood washes once and for all.

In my next article, I  will elaborate on whether or not we should keep sinning now that we are born again and have no longer the body of sin.

Qualified By Jesus

 

qualified-2-680x330 It has come to my notice that we turn to be inclined on an emotional side of ourselves. We are human i do agree but having been transformed into this glorious image we now are, we should live after this new man.Romans 6:4 ,” We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life”. This clearly urges us or rather makes us aware of our new self.

I know one thing for certain that there are times whereby we feel so disqualified to stand boldly before the our Father, but He certainly did not model it to be this way after our last Adam. Jesus is our Adam, our last Adam. He is the city of Angels, He is the wealth of heaven, He is the beauty of heaven , Jesus is the primary existence. How glorious and deity is He, Colossians 1:18-19, “…And He is the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning and firstborn from among the dead, so that in all things He may have preeminence. For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him.” 

Just take a look this, “He is the head of the body, the Church”. Paul had such a profound revelation of Jesus. I believe if we could tilt more on being aware and acknowledge the Holy Spirit, we can have such impeccable revelations of the deity of Jesus. Going forward, my emphasis was on verse 19, God found it befitting for his whole being to fully enhance the being of Jesus. A man who had such glory, died for you and I, as He died He took with him the filth and injustice of our being. So how can we let ourselves be downgraded when such superiority gave Himself up for us.

God can not and will not let His only Son to die for our freedom and then joy when we live according to the condemned old self. Let us not let our feelings try to disqualify ourselves to enjoy the pleasures of the heavenly experience here on earth. I know also there are times when we feel so spiritual and so good and we think that when we feel that way, that is when we are most close to God that is when God is most pleased with us. NO! That is not so, lets not in way let our feelings to manipulate us into feeling like God is pleased or that they qualify us for His face to shine more. Yes it is not good when we feel depressed, condemned, down in the dumps and many other negative feelings; and let these emotions make us feel a bit less qualified for the favor of God.

In the very same token, it is proportionally carnal when we feel so good or so spiritual and think we qualify for the favor of God. Yes it is so good, in fact it is such a glorious feeling when we feel happy, rejuvenated, refreshed, at leisure, spiritual and many other exciting emotions we feel; but let us not think our feelings or emotions either make us qualified or that God is pleased with us because of our ecstasy.

You are qualified, You favored, You are God’s delight, You are at peace with God Because of the HEAD of the Church. JESUS CRUCIFIED, JESUS RESURRECTED  AND JESUS GLORIFIED.

Jesus Over Shame

 

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I remember being in primary school, in standard 5 to be precise. The teacher was not around and the class was earsplitting like it was inevitable. Just in the mist of the delinquency of the pupils, out in front were boys being boys. A game had trended, it was a really juvenile game where at the end of the game, one person would have to be ripped their pants to the sole of their ankles. As it went forth, a friend of mine was among-st these self-indulgent activity, and when he turned around, his trousers were pulled down. Not only his trousers went down but his underwear was gripped as well. His modesty was on display. He was so ashamed, as he pulled his garments up. The shame was so visible on his face as people burst in an irrepressible laughter and glee. This shame was as the noonday.
This bridges me to my point about nudity and where I want to drive my point across. Genesis 3:7, “Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.”The two habitats of the Garden of Eden were all the time naked but didn’t really see it or consider the matter. So after having eaten the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil, they became really aware of their nudity and in what state they were in. It was only the two of them and yet they were blanketed by shame as they realized in what state they were in. They did not know they would be naked and as reality struck, it brought intense shame to these two. Genesis 3:10,“,” even when God inquired about where they were, they confirmed that they were afraid. There weren’t any people with them yet they even had to hide from God. They felt the shame. Nakedness brings shame when done without intention.
Death on the cross was an ultimate humiliation. Some scholars and ministers have the idea that Jesus was crucified uncovered, totally naked. They believe this was done so as to humiliate Jesus to the highest level. Steve Ray on his April 12 2017 post on “Was Jesus crucified naked?” says that there was no limit in actually having to punish Jesus. He believes the painters that portrait Jesus’s crucifixion could not envision Jesus in complete nudity hence they portray him with the cloth covering him. This is done just for the modesty of Jesus. Steve Ray was just trying to drive the point home about the shame that was taken by Jesus for us. I may not be directly sure about this scenario but the fact that Jesus was such a perfect reconciliation savior that He would be crucified naked so that he would take my shame on the cross so that today I might live with such confidence, I could not be grateful enough.
I may not speak for all people in saying once in a while we walk in shame even when there is nothing wrong we did but I know for certain it happens to me. So knowing that Jesus felt the shame that was supposed to have come to me, I should, today walk in such outstanding confidence and not feel an ounce of shame. Romans 5:5 says, “And hope addeth no shame because the love God was shared abroad in our hearts by the Holy spirit that was given to us.”Shame does not exist anymore; Jesus dealt with it on the cross. Whenever you are tempted to wallow in shame, remember the Jesus that hung on the cross in the nude. That enough should speak volumes to the fact that Jesus is so good that he would hang to own our shame so that we might have hope that adds no shame.
One instance I remember was when I was in church and we were worshiping and my hands were high in the sky. In that moment I got aware of myself and immediately felt a rush of shame in my heart because I realized that some people were not lifting their hands up. In that moment I realized that wasn’t the Lord shaming me. In my heart I could hear God say, “look at the cross, what you are feeling now was dealt with by your savior, own the confidence and worship with freedom and confidence.” In that moment, confidence and assurance enveloped me and I enjoyed my freedom and my perfect right to stand before the father and enjoy singing praises to His name.
The bottom line is that we should confidently own the freedom and the assurance. Jesus paid too much of a price on the cross by letting our shame, the shame of the whole world to punish and burden Him. He was shamed, being left to die on the cross naked. Let’s own our right and enjoy him  a friend and a father who took our shame. We don’t have to feel shame today.

Jesus, Our Sin Vacuum

 

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Last week during the week I was feeling rather condemned by something and had a tough time dealing with the forgiveness that God has given me through our Lord Jesus Christ. Then on Sunday when I got to church, my pastor was teaching on forgiveness. That was a love story of God to me. Forgiveness has been dealt with by the purifying blood of Jesus. Redemption is in his blood and by grace we have been reconciled unto God by the redemption that is in Jesus Christ.

So through the week when I was feeling rather condemned and beating myself down, I was not able to have the freedom that I have in God through Jesus. Not that the freedom was not available anymore but me being conscious of my wrong, ripped me off the peace and freedom that has already been provided for. As I felt a bit uneasy about  what I did, I could hear God in my spirit saying in my heart  that if I am going to let myself be condemned about that, I should not let myself be condemned, if He would condemn me, He would not only condemn me of that one thing but many other things I was not being conscious of. We turn to elevate our sin consciousness more than we elevate the cleansing blood of Jesus.

Romans 6:5 “For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be in the likeness of His resurrection.” So let’s look at the form in which Jesus died in, He died having being burdened by the sin of the world. All our sins were flung on Him. All our sins taken together swirled like a hurricane, swirling and absorbed into Him. He became like a vacuum cleaner. Sucking all the sins of the world, sucking us clean. In  that moment, the only thing that was left was for him to resurrect, defeating death and the sting of sin. Romans 6:11 says, “Likewise reckon ye also yourself to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.” This clearly encourages us to be living with deliberate head knowledge and be firm about knowing that we are indeed dead to sin, we are now in the perfect state.

If God has the decency to intentionally decide to go amnesia on our sin, why do we repeatedly punish ourselves or let ourselves to be condemned when we fall short. I do agree that when we do something wrong or sin, we should be aware of it and acknowledge that we screwed up but we should not dwell in it and make condemnation our habitation. 2 Corinthians 5:9, “Namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation.” God has really reconciled us to Him because of the justification that He set for us through our Lord Jesus Christ. If only we could be aware of the permanent saving Grace of Jesus and willingly think on it, our spiritual life would take a major toll.

Jesus didn’t only take our sin to be reconciled unto God but also to enjoy a life of a totally free condemnation conscious.  Whenever we feel the need or that urge that comes to condemn ourselves, we should know that is totally not from God but from the enemy. John 3:17, “For God did not send his son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.” This is the real purpose why Jesus came in the world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Imprisoned In Jesus

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I would like to refer to us being in prison. We have the prison of righteousness and the prison of sin. You are either in any of the two prisons. There is a prison of Jesus and that of Adam. As we know from 1 Corinthians 15:45, “And so it is written, the first man Adam was made living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.” Emphasis again is on the prisons, being in the prison of the first Adam and the last Adam.

There is this believe that when one has accepted Christ and falls short by sinning, they fall out of fellowship with God. That is something erroneous with that believe. Let us take this scenario, if a man has not believed that Christ is Lord and still in the Adam state, and does somewhat good or charity works, do his works convert him into a believer or into the image of Jesus? I believe a majority of you if not all will give a “NO” response. So why is that to popular believe, that when a man becomes a believer in Christ once he falls short and sins, he has fallen back into the prison of Adam. Are we implying that the power of the prison of Adam has greater authority than the power of the prison Jesus?

Romans 5:19, “For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall be made righteousness.” Contrary to prevalent believe, when you fail to obey God, you do not lose your fellowship with God. You did not get your salvation through your own obedience. If you got your salvation by your works then your works should be the ones that sustain your salvation. If you depend on your obedience to keep your salvation, you are travelling on a wobbly and insecure assurance.

Joseph Prince says if our salvation was even based on the strength of one strain of our hair, we would lose it even before the sun went down. Abraham the father of faith was justified by faith and not by works; Romans 4:2, “For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God.” It is pretty straight forward and crystal clear that if we would erroneously believe that our salvation was based on our obedience and works, we would not stand with confidence before God.

I urge you to know and believe that you are undoubtedly incarcerated in the prison of righteousness.  I am not trying to make little the issue of sinning, but I am trying to magnify the power of the blood of Jesus. I have come across teachings of men and women who totally gave me a bigger picture of the saving Grace of Jesus, how my works cannot make my salvation because in the first place I didn’t get it via my works. So God has ignited a passion in me to be part of these men and women, to liberate those who are bound and give an assurance of the forever salvation and not part time salvation.

 

“Giving $20 Explanations to a 50 Cent World” Is Difficult!

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how we remain holy?”
This is a post that really spoke volumes to me. Showing we can not earn Gods favour, how holiness is a gift and not something you work towards. I really enjoyed this post and i hope all of you will really enjoy it.Posted by @theworddetective. Thank You.

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SCRIPTURE – 1 PETER 1:13-20

Be Holy…How is this even possible?

I have had difficulties over the years just being a decent husband and father to my three kids.  How am I supposed to be as HOLY as the One True Living God?  I’m just human.  I make mistakes, many of them.  So does HOLY mean I just need to follow a bunch of rules?  A list of things I’m supposed to do and things not to do?  Like, be nice to others?

I’m a good person, mostly, so does that make me HOLY?  Great questions!

1 Peter 1:15-16 (NIV)…

[15]  But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do;  [16] for it is written: “Be holy because I am holy.” 

Peter isn’t introducing a new concept here.  He’s repeating a principle laid down by God in the Covenant [See footnote].

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