Milk & Meat: #5_THE HOLY SPIRIT: Gifts 1.


Another Good Friday, how are you all doing?

I am excited and cold. Covered from head to feet (not totally though, wish I could share a picture).

It is good to have us here again, today we would be talking about something that we must have heard before. However, since I promised to make these teachings a discipleship series, meaning that if you follow from beginning to whenever it ends, you would not only know Christ as a new born, you would also grow to maturity and be well equipped to train others who would be young in the Faith.

This been said, we would be looking at Spiritual gifts today.

I would divide them into 3 different sections and take them in a space of 3weeks, so it would be easy to digest, and also we would have time to put to practise and recognize when a gift is in operation through someone else.

Are we ready? I believe we are, let us get straight into the study.

A prayer, as you go through this study, it would become clear to your eyes, understanding would flood your eyes and your gifts that might not have been used to the best of its potential would find expression, in Jesus name, amen.

Our text today would be 1 Corinthians 12:8-10

8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;

9 to another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;

10 to another the working of miracles; to another prophesy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues.

I would be making some statements in the course of this study that I would want us to pause and think on before we make conclusions on them. Conclusions being to accept them or not.

We have a total of 9 gifts here let me divide them into three groups:

*those that REVEAL something

Word of wisdom,

Word of knowledge and

Discerning of spirits

*those that DO something

Faith,

Gifts of healing and

Working of miracles

*those that SAY something

Prophesy,

Divers kinds of tongues and

Interpretation of tongues.

 

For this study, we would treat just the first group, the REVELATIONAL GIFTS.

Now I want us to do a quick run through from verse one of this 1 Corinthians chapter 12 because I want to explain some things that would help us grasp the teachings on the gifts mentioned from verse 8 to 10. Let’s do it quickly

1 Corinthians 12:1 now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.

Look at a King James Version, you would notice that the word gifts was italicized, this simply means that it was added to make grammatical sense.

So reading the sentence without it would give a slightly different meaning, it means that in those days, it was necessary for believers to know about spiritual things. If it was important in those days, it is still important now.

Now Paul goes ahead to explain their former state

  1. ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led.

Now that was just speaking of their former nature, who they used to be, they were led by dumb idols

Now their new nature is what Paul would talk about in the next verse, they are now Spirit led.

This is what Romans 8:1 spoke about

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

It doesn’t mean that there are some in Christ who walk after the Spirit and those ones are the people that have no condemnation, NO

It is saying that the people found in Christ have a new nature, they are the same people who are Spirit led, and they are the same people with no condemnation.

How do you now know those who are not condemned? THEY ARE THOSE WHO HAVE BELIEVED IN JESUS. (John 3:16-18)

So when Paul says this in the next verse

3 Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is Lord, but by the Holy Ghost

He spoke of their new nature; before explaining Spiritual things to them, he is giving them the assurance that what they would be doing is because they now have the Sweet Holy Spirit.

So when I hear people say that someone has a diabolic power, they accept Christ and then they get filled with the Sweet Holy Spirit, and then they still use the powers of their fathers, I just assume that they don’t understand this portion of the scriptures.

Paul was telling them that they don’t call Jesus accursed because they have the Holy Spirit, and He is the one present in them to enable them call Jesus Lord. Then he went ahead to explain how this new nature operates.

From verse 4 to 7 he is just telling them that no matter how the Spirit works through you, or how the manifestation happens, do not be scared, it is the same Spirit that is doing the works. It is not another strange spirit.

Let us jump to verse 11

11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.

Let me quickly answer some questions and give reasons briefly

# Which gift is the most important?

It is the gift needed at the very moment

#Can one believer operate in all the 9 gifts?

YES. Because a believer have the same Spirit that the other believer has.

The reason given by people to say that a believer is cannot operate in all 9 gifts is the statements made in verse 8 to 10 “to one is given……..” but they refuse to reason that they themselves or others have and operate in more than ONE of these gifts. This means when that place says “to one is given,…” it is not a restriction but a differentiation of one gift from the other.

A believer however has gifts in constant operation in their lives, but the Spirit would use us based on our availability to work any of the gifts. It is hardly about us, it is about ministering to people.

So when you meet someone who is sick, don’t go saying, I don’t have the gifts of healing, lay your hand and pray in Faith or when a word of knowledge comes to you, you say well, my gift is healings.

One last thing before we get into these gifts for today, please your ability to sing well or dance well is not a spiritual gift spoken here. Focus on the subject and you would find out that the spiritual gifts are spiritual and as we trust the Sweet Spirit, we would give expressions to these gifts already resident in the Spirit we carry whenever they need to be used to help someone and in the preaching of the gospel.

I have said many things in one place that I didn’t plan for… let us get into the 3 gifts we are treating today. I would define them, try to say what they are not and give scriptural examples, we would also see that these gifts intertwine or work together at times too.

*REVELATIONAL GIFTS

#Word of Wisdom

This gift has nothing to do with the wisdom that comes from the knowledge of the scriptures through study. It doesn’t mean the kind of wisdom that Daniel and his friends (the Hebrew boys) had.

It is a supernatural knowing of God’s plan and purpose as revealed to a man. It might be in form of a vision or a quick flash, but it doesn’t always also come like that. It might just be an inside witness.

Just bear in mind that it foretells something in God’s mind. It deals with the future events that would happen, and God reveals this to His children in parts, when necessary.

For example in Acts 9:15-16 after Saul’s conversion the Lord speaking to Ananias said this

15 but the Lord said unto him, go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and the kings and the children of Israel
16 for I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name’s sake.

Ananias already knew that Paul would suffer for the gospel and that he would have a ministry to the Gentiles, this ministry was set up in Acts 13:2, but Ananias had a word of wisdom about it long before Paul received the Holy Spirit.

This is all the example I would give here. Also note that these gifts are not special to a certain people, because Ananias was just a certain disciple, and he operated in the gift of the word of wisdom. Take time to go through the scriptures and discover the places that these gifts were in operation. Even in the Old Testament.

#Word of Knowledge

This gift is similar to the word of wisdom in that it is also a word from the Spirit and it can come in visions or in sounds. I like to call it the sights and sounds of the Spirit.

However, this word is a knowledge on things in the past or in the present.

I would give the same example to explain and to also show how these gifts work together. In the same Acts 9 verse 11-12

11 and the Lord said unto him, arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth,

12 and hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight.

So Ananias knew for certain where Saul was, and what he was doing, he even also knew that Saul was having a word of knowledge that Ananias would come and how the event would play out.

GLORY!!!

Imagine how many people would be helped as we allow these gifts to be in operation through us, if we allow for their expression, we would learn as we go. More often than not, Spiritual things require Faith and boldness, Kenneth Erwin Hagin in a book wrote of how his wife got someone in her family filled with the Holy Spirit with the evidence of tongues, she just knew it would happen and she acted on what she knew inside in her spirit.

If you know the situation in place, you would understand why Faith and boldness was needed, the person she was to lay hands on didn’t believe in praying in tongues, and she was still a young lady.

She could have imagined, what if it didn’t work?, what if, what if, what if…. Always in the negative, if we can learn to bring our ‘what ifs’ to be positive, we would achieve a lot as we are led by the Spirit.

We would see people get healed, get delivered, get saved, and you would speak things no one ever told you, by obeying promptings in your spirit, and as you walk with Him, accuracy would increase, as we exercise in the Spirit, we grow in it.

In the Old Testament also, this gift was operational, the story of Elisha and Gehazi his servant in 2 Kings 5:26 shows this: Elisha the prophet narrated an event that he clearly wasn’t present when it took place. He had a word of knowledge as it went on.

#DISCERNING OF SPIRITS

Notice that this gift is a discerning of SPIRITS, it is not the discerning of evil spirits.

It is a supernatural ability to be able to see into the spirit realm.

You can see both good and bad spirits.

I was in a meeting when these gifts were discussed and a well-meaning older woman got up and explained discerning of spirits to be having direction on how to go and what to do in our daily dealings. But she was in error

It is not a gift of discerning from the Spirit, or discernment from the Spirit, where trusting the Spirit can help in decision makings, that is not discerning of spirits.

There are no spirits to discern in deciding what course I should study or in finding the right route to a place.

I have found a group of friends who left me by praying in tongues and following promptings in my spirit, it was not a loud or even still small voice, I just prayed in tongues under my breathe and looked for them, I never took a single wrong turn till I found them, no spirit was discerned. It is not discerning of spirits

In discerning of spirits, you do not just know that a different spirit is in operation that is just word of knowledge at operation, you do have to see into the spirit realm.

I hope that was clear.

It is also for good and bad spirits. At times the physical senses would be suspended, at other times, it would not be.

This is where I would end the teaching for today, I look forward to seeing us next week as we look at the 3 gifts that DO something.

I would close with these words, all the gifts of the Spirit was in operation throughout the old testament except two that is specific for this dispensation.

Remember that these things are things that come with your new nature, in the Corinthian church, they had too much expression of these gifts that they had to get order to make them all be blessed. I look forward to a church with many expressions also in this our time and days because we need it now as much as they did back then.

Till next time,

 YOU ARE A SPIRIT BEING,

YOU ARE SPIRIT LED,

YOU ARE SAVED

YOUR SALVATION IS SURE.

Milk & Meat: #4_THE HOLY SPIRIT: Fruits.


Hello everyone, how are we doing this Friday? I welcome you all to another study time with ‘milk and meat’

Today, here in Nigeria a black Friday is going on and people are shopping for the sake of the flesh, the Spirit thought it wise to reveal His own discount rates as we shop through the different products He has made available to us.

His discount rate however is 100% so we are allowed to take freely, ALL that He has provided us with. Glory.

Now our topic for today would be #FRUITS. We are going to be looking directly at the fruits of the spirit and explaining each of them and then showing how we can apply these to a victorious life in God

Our text is taken from the book of Galatians chapter 5 verses 22 and 23

22 but the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith

23 meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

 

I would like to clear our minds on something first before I continue. These fruits are outward evidence that the Spirit have come to stay in a believer, and more importantly that they have been yielding to a new nature.

It is not a sign to show that you are saved. In that you might see a believer who is really hateful, or a believer that is just not peaceful, that doesn’t mean that they are not saved, it just means that they are not showing the fruits yet, and with time of relying on the Sweet Holy Spirit, it would come to pass.

We should know exactly what saves, John 3:16

It is simple, believing in Jesus saves you and that is the only mode of qualification for eternal life.

However like Paul said in his letter to Titus chapter 3 verse 8, good works are profitable unto men and we should do our best to be at peace with all.

 

Some people do not exhibit these fruits because a lot of things have been taught to them. If you notice there were no supernatural things like prophesy or visions or maybe prayers in it.

What am I saying? I am saying that because a person is prayerful or not is not evidence of a fruit or not, however when we get to prayer we would talk on prayer, let us stay in the study of these fruits and I would encourage that you put them to practice and you would realize how much God can do to you when you yield to Him.

I pray for growth and evidence of fruits on anyone who goes through this teaching in Jesus name, Amen. Now let us get into the teaching.

I would back up some verses so we get an understanding

Galatians 5:16 this I say then, walk in the Spirit and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.

18 but if ye be led of the Spirit ye are not under the law.

So whatsoever we are discussing here has nothing to do with keeping a law to avoid a penalty, it is a new life flowing from the Spirit within you, I just want to show us how to yield to Him.

Paul then went ahead to list the works of the flesh from verses 19 to 21 and ended it by saying that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

Notice that he also said that he had told them this before (verse 21). Does this mean that when you keep a law like do not commit fornication, then you are bearing spiritual fruits? Doesn’t that then make us doers of the law? The same law that we have been redeemed from.

Let me show us something in Romans 7:5-6

5 For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death

 6 But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in oldness of the letter.

These gives us an example of what Paul could have meant in the fifth chapter of Galatians. It was more like

The Galatians didn’t receive the law so they seldom knew what was right to do from what was wrong, so Paul was trying to show them the things that the old nature has as traits and what the new nature’s traits are using their behaviours as examples. And if you take a close look it was an admonition on how they were to treat themselves and not a teaching on how you can get saved.

So when Paul said that those who do these would not inherit the kingdom of God, he didn’t mean that those in the church would not inherit the kingdom of God, he was giving them an example of those who are outside. He could have used sinners in that place, but they wouldn’t understand so he used behaviours instead of saying sinners or righteous.

Those that have accepted Christ are SAINTS, we don’t judge them by what they do we judge them by where they are. IN CHRIST is saved, OUT OF CHRIST is unsaved.

I am saying all of this so no one leaves this post with condemnation or a heavy heart of guilt, but with an open eye and a zeal to make God evident in their daily work.

Let us look at these fruits of the spirit and discuss each of them in a bit.

#LOVE

This is one fruit we should see in believers but we seldom see it. It is in fact the summary of the other fruits, because if you practice this one fruit, you would be doing the rest. How we practice it is something else. People have various ways of showing love to God but let us see the God way of showing it

1John 4:20

If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?

This is explicitly stated we know someone who loves God by checking how he loves people. Now let me explain it a bit, anyone can love someone who is in love with them, you do not need the Sprit to do that, because the world can do it and the world cannot receive the Spirit (JOHN 14:16), so it is not a sign of love if you love your lovely spouse and your sweet best friends.

This is how love is tested, when you love those that hate you.

Jesus was saying this in Matthew 5:43-48 and He said it like this in verse 44

44 but I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you and persecute you

This is a sum total of all the possible wrongs and opposition you might have as a believer, Jesus’s response was simple LOVE THEM!

Then He went ahead to say in verse 48 that it is a way of being like God, (perfect as our heavenly Father)

HE LOVES EVERYONE. HE SENT JESUS TO DIE FOR THE WORLD.

He is the same yesterday, today and forever, He still loves the world.

Pause a bit and think of those that might have wronged you and didn’t even bother to apologize. Those that have molested, defrauded, stolen, killed, hated, opposed, cursed and despised you.

Make a decision to love them today and you would have grown and yielded to the Spirit you have got as a new nature. Please there is no place in the word that asks a new covenant believer to kill an enemy in prayers, if you love them, even your prayer point would reflect it.

#JOY

This is a joy that comes irrespective of what is happening to you. It is a joy of knowing that your sins have been paid for and that you are totally free. Imagine having something this sweet and being faced by the storms of life, you would never lose a sense of being loved.

Because you would know that whereas it seems everything is getting out of hand, your eternity is assured. Most people have lost their Joy and even gave up along the way because they heard something that wasn’t a good news which says that they are justified by Christ PLUS…

It’s Christ ONLY no plus.

When you know how much God has loved you, the love that would be shed abroad in your heart would be without bounds, but when you don’t know that, you are joyful only when you feel like it, and then you preach that same God to people only to leave many feeling God when they think He is near. But that is wrong, GOD LIVES IN YOU. Be ever joyful

#PEACE

This one is like Joy too, you know for sure that you have Peace with God. And this comes by believing in Jesus, see Romans 5:1

1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

That is the peace you are to have, it is a sure possession, YOUR SALVATION IS SURE

Romans 14:17 says

17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drinks; but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Ghost

This kingdom doesn’t rely on what you have or what you eat, it is a sure kingdom there you are ever peaceful and joyful.

Do not let the peace in you be disturbed, and in so doing you can successfully make peace and instil peace in stormy situations arising in the life of others.

#LONGSUFFERING

This one is simple and straight, you would have to endure wrong doings with a good attitude.

Now the question is how long is the long suffering supposed to last? And my answer is as long as the wrong doing lasts. If your patience and attitude doesn’t outlast the wrongs done to you, can you really say that you have suffered long?

It is not measured in years of suffering, it is measured by coming out of it with a good heart and attitude. Maybe now you would realise that these fruits are impossible for someone who is not having the Sweet Holy Spirit because it is not easy.

I would give you a secret tip of mine here however, if someone hurts you so much, pray for them so much and you would see that your attitude towards them would be calm.

I didn’t say pray against them or pray for longsuffering, NO, I said pray for them to be well, in good health, to prosper: pray good things to them, and leave the rest. More often than not, these situations are really not about you. It might just be their salvation pushing them to you, don’t let us lose that one soul because we were inconvenienced.

#GENTLENESS

The Greek word interpreted gentleness here is the word ‘krestotes’ which closely denotes GENEROSITY. So you don’t go about saying that a person is not showing fruits because he is not always sitting quietly in the corner, not that there is anything wrong with that though.

But the word here is a giving life that comes from the Spirit you have received.

I would site an example here and move on, just last night I was to go get something from my street and I was prompted to get suya (roasted meat) for my neighbours which I just did when coming back. I gave them and they thanked me, this morning I realized that they hadn’t eaten and that made their dinner. They didn’t know it was God but I knew by an inward witness and I obeyed.

Now you would think I had a whole lot of money but no I didn’t, but I provided dinner for someone.

It is a life of giving, the way the church is meant to be, we are not supposed to travel to a new country with the plan of where to stay as long as Christians exist there. We are all brothers and sisters and this would lead to the next one.

#GOODNESS

This one is like the former but it doesn’t have to cost your coins. It requires your time though.

It is any act of kindness that you do towards people.

I remember a time when some lovely friends and I while in school would be going on our business but if we run into a girl with a bucket or gallon of water, we help them carry it to the destination where we part ways. It didn’t take us anything, but it helped those ones greatly. They would thank you as a hero in a fairy tale, but all we were doing was being ourselves. Do not be weary of doing good, it is not out of obligation but yielding to the Spirit within you would make you a light and a help to people around you. Do not let the flesh ride you into selfishness and thoughts of self always, give a chance to the Spirit.

#FAITH

The Greek word used here is ‘pistis’ which can both refer to “the attitude of believing” and “or the integrity of a person” hence the FAITH and FAITHFULNESS we see in different translations.

But reading in context here (refer to first teaching on the series) would show that the discussion talked of Faithfulness and not faith. It was how people were to act towards one another and not a faith towards a higher being. Since God Himself is Faithful and His Spirit lives in us, we can be faithful too.

You are meant to be a source of strength and counsel to others. Believers are to portray a character of integrity where your words can be trusted.

I would relate something I want us to give a thought here, many do not trust their words, why do you think they find it hard to trust what God tells them. If you are a criminal, you would suspect others too. Think about this and start being faithful towards others.

#MEEKNESS

This word is humility. It is what made Christ leave divinity to be made man, and die as man, live within the bounds of nature, He had to eat too and His food digested just like any other man.

If this is found in believers, you would see a church were no man is so highly anointed as not to be able to relate to others way below them. Let me say this, it is easy to be humble to someone who is above you, but what of those who see you as a god, how do you see them.

We were told not to esteem ourselves higher than others, and there is no exception to this rule. God doesn’t rate us by the miracles we perform, He rates us IN CHRIST, we don’t have heights of righteousness we are all EQUALLY RIGHTEOUS. Because we are using the same righteousness, that’s the one gotten by Faith in Christ Jesus (Romans 10:3-4)

With this mind, you would see that giving glory to God and resisting pride would not be an issue because it would be God in man doing His work, and you would constantly point people to God and not to you.

#TEMPERANCE

The word here is also translated as self-control. It is the Greek word ‘engkratea’ which literally means “inner strength”

It is a word that covers mastery over one’s desires and passions, and emotions which is a working of the Spirit that you have received.

It is the life of God in you producing a trait that doesn’t react because of an action that just hit you and put you off balance, it is a NEW NATURE

Now we are done with this study, I believe someone would yield more to the Spirit. Whenever you seem to have not-yielded, just yield next time. Do not condemn yourself and then sleep off in the pool of fleshly desires.

No, it is God at work in you, and you would know because you have His Spirit, JUST YIELD.

Till next Friday, remember

I LOVE YOU and YOUR SALVATION IS SURE.

GRACE.

WHAT NEXT!!!???


Do I begin with me or do I begin with God? I wonder.

Well I heard He was the architect of life no wonder the battle line was drawn from birth, because it seems like every free breath He gave was a sword fight for survival. Blood thirsty “me and others” doing all we can to win territories.

Let me show you how we fight in life for life, it’s like gasping for breath in breath; till we eventually go from life with breath, to no breath, to death and finally leave the earth just for foes to waltz through our boarders, or at best we ‘will’ it to some close others, would you really call this living? I mean look at him

He would work at being the best, no time for leisure, ‘forget that fellowship thing’ he’d say… ‘I came to school to learn, that’s the aim of this phase’, so now all those monotonous years amount to this,  WHAT NEXT? Why this rat race? Ok he would use this certificate, get a job I mean shooting at these grades must score a point!

Well at least he wasn’t like us who would bask in the arms of deception, speak the language of the brothel, drip the poison of narcotics, embracing and embraced by mass frolicking with filth and savouring the spoils of wasted years…Now there’s a next step to take, and it seems like doing this all over again is stupid…  WHAT NEXT? Why this rat race?

We have been going in circles so now we feel boxed in and have only earned the gloves to fight but since we don’t care about anyone, alas no opponents, we are left throwing punches at ourselves, getting high in moments like we are eagles on mountain tops just to fall back face-down to depression, is there no end?

Or shouldn’t there be like a peak to all these guilty pleasures? That height where we would get to and eventually burst into freedom?

I heard of a lady who was told that indeed there was an ultimate! ‘A place of rest’ they said… ‘a place of rest you say?!’ her eyes lit up with excitement. Get married, have kids, make sure He is rich! Then you’d have eternal life…. Don’t look at her that way, that’s how it sounded. So now she is home, three screaming kids, a dirty house and a dog, murder threats lurking in her heart, ready to kill those who gave her this false gospel; a story of total abundance and satisfaction once you choose to journey east to the plains of Jordan, only to become lots wife, joining a group of lost wives who just wanted to fill their slot so they cast their lots and escaped to marriage only to get caught in the acts. Now looking back in time it would show life had taken its toll on these pillars of salt and getting out would give you a divorce label by the same ones who preached this gospel to you, sharing what was on their minds and tagging you in comments like “over aged singles” which made you aim to please social networks of friends, now you see the set-up and realized Abraham’s choice of taking it slow at greener-pass-views was better so I ask WHAT NEXT?

this is WHAT’s NEXT

I heard an enthusiastic one say one time that life had been called into dry bones before, where though one could have so much or even have none that person would have enough.

Where deep voids were levelled with unimaginable peace. The fellow spoke of this Jesus. The one who would mend broken hearts and calm raging storms of suicidal thoughts for no just cause.

Oh wait,

 There is a cause, he said Christ did it because He is so in love with us.

Permit me to laugh, it made no sense… but then I encountered the words that broke my soul and conquered this stone now turned heart, how any man that believed was made new… and I became this one that speak to you with a clear view; now do I begin with me or do I begin with God?

I have done me for so long to realize there are no escape routes but one. The ONE WAY, ONE TRUTH and ONE LIFE that holds dearly those who would dare to believe that He has paid for all the mistakes they make trying to survive this rat race and give up their no life for His grace, His life of total peace.

I am not saying the storms would be over, but I firmly promise that you would never ship-wreck while riding with Him, because while your life loses breath and stops in death, His life ends in eternity, “whenever that is”

I know you have tried for so long but have never come to making a good decision, now you have that chance to do so.

So next time I draw a portrait of those to whom I ask ‘WHAT NEXT” you wouldn’t be found within the frames of my picture.

Choose Jesus, get a life now!!!

#RayTruth.

 

Milk & Meat:#3_THE HOLY SPIRIT: A New Nature.


Good morning and welcome to another lovely Friday where we get to share the word of God.

I am really excited to have you with us again today, because our topic for today would open your eyes to something you might not have noticed before, let us get started.

We would be talking about # A NEW NATURE, and our text would be taken from Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians, chapter five and verse seventeen

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

I marvel at times at the absolute terms Paul and the early Apostles use when making reference to a man who is found in Christ. Here, Paul didn’t say “if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new,… under the condition that you live a righteous life and not stain your garments”

NO!!!
The reason many believers have lived a defeated life is because of the things that they have come to believe over time. This is my heart desire, anyone who follows these teachings would not only be liberated completely, but also be a liberation to others. It is a simple gospel;
JESUS SAVES, I would just teach us how to apply and appropriate that NEW LIFE in our daily living.

Let us get into the teaching now

You would notice that the bible used two words “FLESH” and “SPIRIT” as the different natures a man can have. Let me say this now that the way a man behaves does not explain the nature he carries.

Someone can be very wicked in actions and be very disobedient too but carry the new nature, whereas another individual would give to the poor and be very loving but still have the old nature. So the nature of a person is completely independent on the characters they portray.

Please stick with me, I am going somewhere:

So what distinguishes one nature from the other? Remember our text “therefore if any man BE IN CHRIST”

Exactly! A man who is IN CHRIST is “SPIRIT” the one who is not in Christ is “FLESH”. It is that simple.

Now how does someone BE IN CHRIST?

John 3:16

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.

It is just by BELIEVING, then Ephesians 2:8-9 says this:

8 for by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

9 not of works, lest any man should boast

NO MAN IS SAVED BY WORKS, NO MAN IS CONDEMNED BY WORKS EITHER

It is Faith in Jesus that saves or condemns a person. If you have accepted Christ you need not be afraid of where your end would be, YOUR SALVATION IS SURE.

A knowledge of this would make you know how to approach God, not basing on your own righteousness, it would be impossible for pride to creep in if you know that nothing happens because of you, but because of God.

WE ARE NEW CREATURES, A NEW NATURE HAS COME TO STAY IN US.

Let us now study a portion of the bible briefly and I would close this teaching.

John 4:23

But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father is spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.

This particular verse has been quoted out of context (remember our teaching on contextual reading?   , if you don’t, go back to the first teaching on milk and meat and you would find it). This place have been taken to mean that you search your heart and your mind when coming to God in worship so He accepts your song, then we have misconstrued a true worshiper to be those who lead songs in church and wonders happen, or the brother that is always crying at the mention of Jesus NO!!!, That is not worshiping in spirit and truth.

Notice what Christ was talking about here, it was a topic on PLACES OF WORSHIP and not MODE OF WORSHIPPING, He said that a time is coming when neither in this mountain nor in Jerusalem shall men worship God. Ask yourself, why do men go to those places to worship God?

The answer is simple, that is where God used to dwell, that is where His presence is.

So Jesus spoke that the PLACE OF WORSHIP would no longer be at Jerusalem, but IN SPIRIT AND TRUTH. So till you understand this place where SPIRIT AND TRUTH WORSHIP, you might be lost in the issue of quality worship. Because Jesus also said that the Father SEEKETH SUCH to worship Him, it doesn’t mean that He is going around looking for the single people that are doing it well, it means that a GENERATION is coming who is SOUGHT by God, and that generation is the Spirit and truth worshippers.

Let’s go back to the book of Genesis and see a prophesy

Genesis 49:10

The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.

Now who is Shiloh? It is THE MESSIAH. JESUS CHRIST. Amplified put it like this

……..until Shiloh [the messiah, the peaceful one] comes

So the prophesy said that ‘THE PEOPLE’ would gather unto SHILOH. Hold that thought

Remember that when people gather to worship God, it was because they wanted to see His glory. Picture this; they go to where God dwells, offer sacrifices, and worship, then God’s glory fills the house. But another prophesy came by prophet Haggai

Haggai 2:9

The glory of THIS LATTER HOUSE shall be greater than of the former, saith the Lord of hosts: and IN THIS PLACE WILL I GIVE MY PEACE, saith the Lord of hosts.

There is a LATTER HOUSE been spoken of here, where the peace of God would be given and that house shall have a glory much more that what was experienced in temples (the former house).

Hope we are still together?

While teaching the disciples to pray, Jesus made some prophesies that I would like us to look at

Matthew 6:13….. The last part

……. For THINE is the KINGDOM, and the POWER, and the GLORY, for ever. Amen.

There is a people who would inherit a Kingdom, they would possess the power of that kingdom, and it would be glorious.

So GOD’S GLORY MOVED FROM BUILDINGS (MOUNTAINS AND JERUSALEM) TO A PEOPLE (SPIRIT AND TRUTH)

Those that have accepted Christ has a NEW NATURE, let us see how the apostle Paul put it

Philippians 3:3

For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.

Did you see that? Paul didn’t have to even come to the church in Philippi and ask them to come and sing so that he would know good worshipers, NO. He was writing to the TRUE WORSHIPPERS. So a believer who doesn’t sing a single tune in their life time is as much a true worshipper as Pastor Donnie Mc Clurkin, or Don Moen, anyways you get the idea.

An understanding of this makes you know how to give God glory, which I would talk about particularly in subsequent studies. But it has nothing to do with songs coming out.

See the distinction here; songs can be used to glorify God, but not to bring God glory.

Songs majorly excite us and not God. That is why we have our favourite songs and artists which differ and these songs brings different reactions in us, does that mean that God is different? NO!!! We are the different ones.

I hope you now know your new nature, a people that worship God in spirit and truth, a generation that brings God glory.

I would end with these verses of the scriptures to show how we became spirit, remember that this change took place when Christ died and resurrected, because this NEW PEOPLE shall only gather unto SHILOH.

Let’s see how we became spirits and not flesh

1Cor 6:17

But he that is joined unto the Lord is one Spirit.

When you accept Christ, you become joined to God, and have the same spirit with Him.

So when the bible makes such statement as ‘the Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are children of God’ in Romans 8:16, it doesn’t mean that the Sweet Holy Spirit of God would come and be talking with your own spirit, I am sure that hasn’t happened to most people; and then the devil would come with condemning thoughts like “are you sure you are really saved?”

Give him the YES YES YES answer, because you are saved.

It means that your spirit with the Spirit of God, together, are now bearing witness. It shows a joint relationship and not a news flash from God’s Spirit to yours.

Take a time to re-read this particular chapter of the bible (ROMANS 8) with this understanding, and see how the light of God’s word and love would shine into your heart, you might even pray in tongues for those who have been hindered by fear for a long time now.

YOU ARE SET FREE, YOU ARE A GENERATION THAT CAN TRULY WORSHIP GOD, because it takes God to worship God. And HE lives in YOU.

YOUR SALVATION IS SURE

We would meet again next week, if you can, download this song “no longer slaves” by Bethel music.

I love you all, stay in Grace, let us hear your comments and testimonies.

Once again, I love you.

 

Milk & Meat #2_THE HOLY SPIRIT: Baptism.


Welcome to another teaching on Milk & Meat, today we would be touching a topic that would spill into more teachings. It means we wouldn’t be exhausting the teaching today.

Remember how we started last week with the new birth? Well now that you have gotten someone saved, you need to learn how to get them to maturity. Being born again is termed THE NEW BIRTH and not the NEW MATURITY, there is a need for growth and this platform would take us from the milk to meats of our spiritual realities in Christ.

Bear this one thing in mind, at any level of growth you find yourself, YOUR SALVATION IS SURE

Let us get right into the teaching for today.

Our topic is THE HOLY SPIRIT, we would focus on His baptism. If you haven’t heard of this person, don’t be disturbed, after this teaching and several others to follow, concerning Him, you would get well acquainted with Him.

And notice I have been using HIM? YES!!!! HE IS A PERSON.

Our text would be two today; Acts 1:5, and Acts 1:8

Acts 1:5

For John truly baptized with WATER, but ye shall be baptized with the HOLY GHOST not many days hence

Acts 1:8

But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come UPON you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

 

So we would look to answer some questions,

#who is the Holy Spirit?

#what has He come to do?

#who is He given to?

#how does He baptize?

#how to receive the Holy Spirit

 

Let’s get straight to business

#WHO IS THE HOLY SPIRIT?

He is that person who enabled Jesus to do EVERYTHING He did while here on earth. Jesus was 100% man while on earth and He was able to achieve ALL He did with the help of the Holy Spirit.

Look at the following verses Luke 3:22, Luke 4:1, Luke 4:14, and Luke 4:18-19
Let’s see one of them; Luke 4:18-19

  1. The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath ANOINTED me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the broken hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
  2. To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

YES, CHRIST DID ALL HE DID WHILE ON EARTH THROUGH THE HOLY SPIRIT, what has that got to do with us?

Remember His promise in Acts 1:8

But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come UPON you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

That same power that was available to Jesus while on earth is also very available to you today to those who BELIEVE IN HIM John 7:37-39. See what Christ promised in John 14:12

  1. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the WORKS that I do shall he do also; and GREATER WORKS THAN THESE shall he do, because I go unto my Father.

We know who enabled Christ to do His work, the same person is made available to us all today, NO MAN CAN ANOINT YOU, NO OIL CAN ANOINT YOU, NO WATER CAN ANOINT YOU!!!!
ONLY THE ONE THAT ANOINTED JESUS CAN,

THE SWEET HOLY SPIRIT.

Many people have reduced Him to a genie in a bottle, the wind or a feeling, but NO!!!

Let us see His significance in the Life of a believer. That leads us to the next question.

#WHAT HAS HE COME TO DO

John 14:26, John 15:26, John 16:12-14

Notice in all of these places that the Spirit TEACHES and TESTIFIES about Jesus. I would leave it at this, and in further studies we would make distinctions and have a better understanding of these very words, so bear them in mind.

Let’s get to the next part immediately

#WHO IS HE GIVEN TO?

Simple, THOSE THAT BELIEVE.

On one hand no unbeliever can receive Him, because He wasn’t given to the world. On the other hand, no believer needs any other standard or ritual before receiving Him, because He was given FREELY to all believers.

John 14:16-17

Did you see that? The world cannot receive this Spirit, because it has not BELIEVED. Where Salvation was given to ALL MEN.

Titus 2:11

  1. For the GRACE of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to ALL MEN.

But only those who BELIEVES in this GRACE brought through Jesus is qualified to be baptized by the Spirit. Also notice in verse 16 of John 14, read earlier, that the Holy Spirit is given to us FOREVER. He doesn’t leave, He doesn’t go on vacations, as a matter of fact, YOU CANNOT CHASE HIM AWAY.

He lives in you FOREVER once you have accepted.

Look at how Paul’s letter to the Ephesians chapter 1 verse 12-13 put it

  1. That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first TRUSTED in Christ
  2. In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the WORD OF TRUTH, the GOSPEL OF YOUR SALVATION: in whom also after that ye BELIEVED, ye were SEALED with the Holy Spirit of promise.

Did you see that? In those days, when someone believes, he is sealed by the Holy Spirit that was PROMISED to them that believe.

People in our own days have failed to receive a FREE gift even after believing because receiving has been made about THEM and not about God.

NEWS FLASH: it has never been about you, any doubt that hinders you from receiving freely this free gift is a lie from the devil.

Rom 8:14

  1. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

This simply means that the people who are the sons of God are led by His Spirit too, it doesn’t mean that some people are Christians, but they are not born again, so they live wrong, and they are not led.

This would be as wrong as calling a Lion a Dog, just because it is a house pet. Even if you shave its mane, a Lion remains the same because it became a lion BY BIRTH, so also is he that is born of the Spirit. YOU HAVE HIS GENE IN YOU.

It’s funny how the name given to believers by Pagans would become a huge distraction and is slowly leading us into RELIGION. The name CHRISTIANS happen to appear just 3 times in the New Testament (Acts 11:26, Acts 26:28, and 1Pet 4:16), 2 of which was by unbelievers.

The church called themselves SAINTS, BELIEVERS. Have you believed? IF YES, you are a SAINT. There is nothing like being a born again Christian. You are either born again or you are not, a believer or you are not.

If there is anything that you should have as a believer it is the HOLY SPIRIT, FULLY, and even though He is the one that birthed us in Christ, there is an important need to be BAPTIZED by Him.

Christ told His disciples to WAIT for this, it has to be a very important step in our WALK with God. And that would lead us to the last and most important part of this study, the BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.

# HOW DOES HE BAPTIZE?

Notice first that the word BAPTISM is immersion or covered with something. Change the mind-set of baptism being immersion in water.

See 1Cor 10:2, people were baptised under the cloud and sea, then Christ promises a baptism that happened in Acts 2:4

  1. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to SPEAK WITH OTHER TONGUES, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

When the Holy Spirit baptizes, you speak with other tongues. That is the outward sign that you have been baptized in the name of Jesus. Jesus never promised to baptize anyone with water, but with the Spirit, and all those who are baptized in this way SPEAK WITH OTHER TONGUES.

I feel in my spirit that this is a topic we are to treat separately so I would stop here for now. However, I want you to know that once you have believed, there is no other ceremony to get you qualified to receive the Holy Spirit Baptism, with the evidence of speaking in tongues.

Now the last thing I would ask is this, have you believed? Go ahead and receive. Do you know anyone who hasn’t received yet, and has believed? Help them receive too.

Some people are specially called along this line in ministry, but you can help anyone receive by faith, by following these few steps below.

#HOW TO RECEIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT

  • Let them know that God has already given the Holy Spirit and He is a free gift, you don’t have to beg or wait for Him, it is just on your part to receive.
  • Let them know that anyone that is saved (who believes in Jesus. John 3:16) is ready to receive right away
  • Tell them that when you lay hands on them, that they would receive the Holy Ghost
  • Let them know what to expect, the Spirit moves on their vocal cords to give the utterance, they would have to cooperate with Him to speak. It is not a formula that has excitement to it, in fact, it might be the driest speaking they would do, and it might be excited to, just cooperate with the Spirit and speak.
  • You would use your discernment here; It might be necessary to get people over their fears, you cannot receive the wrong spirit if you ask God to fill you after you have believed in Jesus. IT IS IMPOSSIBLE (Luke 11:11-13)
  • Let the person open his mouth and be ready to use it, they cannot CLOSE their mouth and then SPEAK in tongues. They should tell God in their heart that they are receiving right away by faith, Also they shouldn’t say anything in their known language. It would be like trying to drink of the Spirit with your mouth filled with words from your flesh.
  • Keep the person from being distracted, let one person and not a group minister to someone who wants to receive at a time.
  • Most importantly, BE LED. At times you might have to speak in tongues yourself or flash forth some spiritual gifts for the person to let loose and follow you into that river of waters.

We would speak and learn more on the Holy Spirit and His relationship with a believer.

Till next Friday, stay in GRACE. And remember

YOUR SALVATION IS SURE!!!!

 

MILK & MEAT


Hello!

A very warm welcome to the first teaching on this platform.

Milk and Meat is set to teach Believers who they are and also help them to establish their rights in Christ.

I hereby encourage that you follow this series with an open heart and I promise that it would not only be a good tool to disciple yourself and others to maturity with, but also a life changing experience in the way you see God’s word.

Let your testimonies be voiced all around the world, in Jesus name, amen.

 

Let us begin with this

Heb 6:1-2 (KJV)

1 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God

2 of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.

The afore mentioned things are what Paul called the PRINCIPLES of Christ’s doctrine, the Amplified version calls it “the ELEMENTARY stage in the teachings and doctrine of Christ” so I would not be in error to affirm that every believer should be well acquainted with these haven believed for some time.

However I have come to realize personally that very few amongst us can teach properly these basic principles and another handful have actually come to believe it themselves, so with that in mind I have decided to begin with the basics so that we can learn them, grow past them and move on to perfection.

KEY WORDS

I want to introduce and define some terms that I would be using in the course of this study and further studies at that, so no one gets lost along the way.

  1. CONTEXTUAL READING: this would probably appear as ‘IN CONTEXT’ most of the times. It is as the name implies, reading a thing in the context it appears. This would need a knowledge of the (PRE-TEXTS) texts before the verse in question and the (POST TEXTS) texts that appear after the verse in question to know what was being said in the present verse under study. This is done to eliminate error in interpreting the word of God because a lot of people have lifted off verses from the word to make it say things that it didn’t not say, even those with a clean heart. So most of the teachings we would be doing would have to be done looking at verses IN-CONTEXT
  2. INTERNAL EVIDENCE: this is when we use another chapter in the same book to explain the verse or chapter under study. It helps to connect both the writer’s way of understanding and also his tone and expertise in communicating. This helps us to curb error also as we would see.
  3. EXTERNAL EVIDENCE: as the name implies this comes to play when a totally different book from the one in study is used to explain for proper understanding. For example taking something from the book of Jude to explain what is being studied in the book of John. This is where the biblical “in the mouth of two or three witnesses” comes alive. However, this is also the point where the error of lifting verses out of context have readily occurred. So we would hereby get into the external evidences with our brains ready and our spirit alert and also make sure that the external evidence we are looking at is in context to begin with.

 

These three terms would help us as we study and if there be need to introduce another, it would be well defined too. Let’s move into the first study which would be;

#1. SALVATION (THE NEW BIRTH)

Our Key Scripture to study this would be the book of John chapter 3 we would run through verses 1 to 18 and I believe by the time we get to 18, somebody would have been transformed in mind.

JOHN 3 (KJV)

1.there was a man of the Pharisees, named Nichodemus, a ruler of the Jews.

2.the same came by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles thou doest, except God be with him…….

This Nichodemus came to Christ thinking He was one of the prophets, all he knew was that Christ was a teacher that came from God, but he was about to learn something crucial that night, look at Jesus’s next statement

 

…………3. Jesus answered and said unto him, verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

  1. Nichodemus saith unto him, how can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?…….

Let me first bring our attention to something. This man came seeking miracles and Jesus quickly turns his eyes to the new birth. Notice that Nichodemus was not a novice in the OLD BIRTH, he said exactly how it is achieved “you are born the first time from the womb” and Nichodemus was well aware of that, but he had no clue whatsoever on how the second birth was to occur, so from this point in the conversation all that Christ was trying to do is to teach a teacher of the law how the NEW BIRTH was to take place.

Let’s learn from Christ

………5. 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…..

Let us pause a little because this verse here has been exported to teach a lot of things one of which is water baptism. So let’s study it a bit. Quickly if this place was talking about being “born of water” to mean water baptism, it would defeat the teaching that Christ was doing.

Why did I say this? He was trying to explain how someone can be BORN OF THE SPIRIT, so if you take off your eyes from the lesson being taught, you are likely to slide into error.

I will hereby attempt to explain it in context and with external evidence to show what Christ meant by WATER in that verse.

To look in context Let us see the next verse

…..6. That which is born of the FLESH is flesh; and that which is born of the SPIRIT is spirit

  1. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again

(Imagine the expression on Nichodemus’s face)

  1. 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…….

And suddenly you do not see WATER mentioned again. Let us go back a bit, to where Christ was coming from (teaching a new type of BIRTH to someone who only knew how to be born of the FLESH) and where He was headed (to explain the birth by the SPIRIT) and those are the contrasts we see in verse 6.

So I would say here that water and the Spirit mentioned above is the same exact thing. It is like saying my Father, the President is coming tomorrow. If your father is the president it would be one person that would arrive and not two. But that doesn’t explain the words “and of” in the verse. We would come to that

How did I get that idea you ask? Well contextual reading explains it, but let us also take a look at an internal evidence

John 7:37-38 (KJV)

  1. in the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, if any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink
  2. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water……

If you read this place and run off, be sure to run amiss, because all you are going to teach would be about water, but what did Jesus mean? See the very next verse

…….39. (But this spoke he of the Spirit, which they that BELIEVE on him should, receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given: because that Jesus was not yet glorified)

If I was to interpret verse 37 to be that Jesus said “come and receive the Holy Spirit” I would be correct now wouldn’t I? And, take note of the way the Sweet Holy Spirit is gotten, by BELIEVING ON HIM. That standard has not changed as yet, we would get to that. For now let us reconcile verse 5 with the teaching Christ was doing, this time we would need another witness, let us see what Paul has to say about the Sweet Spirit and drinking.

1Cor 12:13

  1. for by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and hath been ALL made to DRINK into one SPIRIT

Look at Paul explain what Jesus was teaching, let us merge them together

There is a way you were BORN AGAIN, by the SPIRIT and everyone who is born again came to be so only BY THE SPIRIT. So it is the Spirit that birthed us into becoming the same BODY with Christ. Now that I have used both contextual readings and evidences to prove that WATER in JOHN 3:5 spoke of the Sweet Holy Spirit, let me now do what I should have done since.

If you get a Greek concordance and look up that verse the word translated “AND OF” in the verse is the word “KAI” and it is better translated as “WHICH IS”. Now put that back in the verse and it reads

…..5. Jesus answered, verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born of water which is the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God

And that verse has a whole new meaning to it, and need I say the accurate meaning also. I didn’t use this concordance because reading in context would have done good justice to it if we kept our minds out of the river and focused on the teaching at hand.

 

From this place, you will notice that Nichodemus now knows how the Spirit birth differs from the Flesh birth, but one question remained unanswered, HOW THEN DOES THE SPIRIT BIRTH TAKE PLACE? And he was a wise man, he asked questions. See what he said next

….9. Nichodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be?….

How can one then come to have this Spirit birth? Jesus answered well. Please I need us to concentrate on this answer because it is the doctrine of SALVATION: that is how those that had been and would ever be born of the Spirit would get to be born.

….10. Jesus answered and said unto him, art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things?

  1. Verily, Verily, I say unto thee, we speak what we do know and testify that we have seen: and ye receive not our witness.
  2. If I told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?
  3. And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the son of man which is in heaven…

These statements made here by Christ suggests the doubt rising from within Nichodemus, it is either the Spirit’s gift of the word of wisdom or a facial response that triggered this. Christ then had to take Nichodemus to what he was familiar with: THE LAW

….14. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:….

Christ went back to the scriptures to interpret a prophesy, this is what He affirmed in John 5:39 (KJV)

“39. Search the scriptures: for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.”

This is a study we would do in time, because if you do not see the revelation of Christ in the scriptures (Genesis to Malachi) then you did not get something right, because Christ said they lack eternal life, they just testified of Him. Eternal life can only be found in Jesus. See John 17:3.

Also see the next verse

………15. That whosoever BELIEVETH IN HIM should not perish, but have eternal life.

Now this is how someone is BORN OF THE SPIRIT, BY BELIEVING IN JESUS, NOTHING MORE, NOTHING LESS.

You do not see a clause added to or removed from it, you have the Spirit once you believe that Christ came in the flesh to pay for your sins and give you His righteousness, and this birth is irrevocable, NO ONE CAN STEAL THE SPIRIT FROM YOU, NOT EVEN YOU YOURSELF. This would raise a lot of questions which I am well willing to answer, you would see links and contacts at the end of this study and you can also freely ask here as a comment.

Let us finish the study like this, I would use two different translations to end this study by putting up arguably the most widely read verse in the bible, accompanied by 2 other verses

JOHN 3:16-18 (KJV)

  1. 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.
  2. For God sent not his son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
  3. He that BELIEVETH ON HIM IS NOT CONDEMNED: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

That was pretty clear and straight forward, believing, not good works, not bad works, not giving, not even evangelism… is the only thing that can get one saved or get one condemned. Let us look at another translation:

 

JOHN 3:16-18 (THE MESSAGE BIBLE)

16-18 “This is how much God loved the world: he gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust in him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-king Son of God when introduced to him.

 

EXACTLY!!!! That is how one can get saved and anyone who has believed has been birthed by the Spirit. Let us move on from this basics of salvation, and move on to maturity. And my prayer is that for everyone who will follow and practice these teachings, the eye of your understanding would be enlightened and if you endeavour to study, the word of God would dwell richly in your heart and in no time, you would be a work man who need not be ashamed for you would rightly divide the word of God with skills that would cause many to marvel.

Let us grow together,

YOUR SALVATION IS SURE.

Your brother in Christ, ucTRUTH. Grace is with you.

 

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It all began when I decided to ask questions.

I have, prior to this time believed a whole lot of things but this particular one struck me.

The minister made an altar-call (I was used to picking everyone of those, never had a missed call) so as usual I answered and then he said “every first born child should pray against generational curses”. I prayed fervently in all tongues and was never really satisfied though, that was sometime in 2013.

when this same call was made again in 2014, guess who picked it?

This guy!

Then the questions started coming in

  1. Didn’t n’t you break this curse last year?

  2. Is this curse unbreakable?

  3. You said greater is He that is in you but, do you really mean that?

So I got offended with myself and decided to seek out the truth. and I am here to share because I have found the truth, and it did SET ME FREE!!!

 

YOU TOO CAN BE SET FREE,… just follow slowly.

 

We need to understand how something came before we would be able to successfully put it out: generational curses is no different.

We would use Israel as a case study and see how generational curses came and how it was broken too.

Exodus 20:5

Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me.

You see similar downward flows into unsuspecting generations throughout this covenant

So in this OLD COVENANT, an iniquity on a Father flows down to generations unborn.
JEEZ!!! I wonder if any generation was not cursed.

Let us get to the sweet and less horror part already

A prophesy was made by prophet Jeremiah concerning A NEW COVENANT, let us look at the clauses of this covenant

Jeremiah 31:29-30

29 In those days they shall say no more, the fathers have eaten a sour grape and the children’s teeth are set on edge

30 But every one shall die for his own iniquity: every man that eateth the sour grape, his teeth shall be set on edge.

 

#smalljoy

So it is fair now that I do not have to be cursed for the sins of my fathers, but their was a chance of being cursed by my own misdeeds.

NO!!! YOU ARE TOTALLY FREE

read down to verse34

34 and they shall teach no more every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, know the Lord: for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest of them saith the Lord: for I will FORGIVE THEIR INIQUITY, AND I WILL REMEMBER THEIR SIN NO MORE

#BIG JOY!!!!!

 

it means that even your own misdeeds cannot place a curse on you if you have BELIEVED IN JESUS!!!

No buts, No maybes!!!

 

read John 3:16, 2Cor 5:19  and Rom  4:7-8

these curses are not from God, blessings and curses do not flow from the same mouth. it is of the devil who happens to be below Christ, and you are seated with HIM far above them.

 

IN JESUS, YOU ARE TOTALLY FREE

So be it a recurring sickness, an age range for death, death of young ones or anything at all that has been a curse to you and your family, in Jesus name, they have lost their hold on you.

Stand in this assurance and experience total victory

I love you.

 

Oh! I have also stopped answering calls too.

Stay in GRACE!