Daily Devotional & Prophecy
October 19, 2020.
You Are Enabled
Yes, Gleanings From the Book of Galatians.
We saw from our last discussion, the works of the flesh and the fruit of the Spirit. The works of the flesh being a manifestation of the old man, and the fruit of the Spirit the essence of the divine being in us, against which there is no law.
Then the apostle goes on to say;
And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
Now, this is it, the scripture uses the word flesh to mean three things; the old man, a carnal way of thinking and the natural body.
Here it is used to denote the old man. The old man was impaled to the cross the moment we accepted Jesus. It was crucified, extinguished the moment we accepted Christ, with its inordinate affections.
Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
It is totally destroyed. It is yanked out the moment we accept Jesus. The body of sin, otherwise called the old man was kicked out, and the new man, the Spirit of Christ now our own and very Spirit.
We are freed from the nature of sin, hence, we are free from the penalty of sin, which is eternal death.
For he that is dead is freed from sin.
Now this is it, when the word says we have been delivered from sin, on this other side of life, it is talking of the nature and the penalty for sin.
We are dead to the old man with his affections and are alive to God right in our Spirits.
What the Christian is dealing with today is the effects of the nature of sin. It killed our bodies.
So, today, we are fighting the residue or the effects of what the old man did to us. But the old man himself is totally kicked out of us by the life of Jesus.
We do not have dual natures in us, the nature of Satan and the nature of God all together in one body, the temple God. We only have one new man as our Spirit. The new man, who is the resurrected Christ.
Then the apostle opens up something powerful;
If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
Observe carefully this statement “If we live in the Spirit”
That you may see this, live in the Spirit?
We have become so familiar with these kind of statements to a level we have left the power therein unutilized.
The same statement was made in Acts. Paul makes this statement here expansively;
“For in him we live, and move, and have our being”
This Truth carries in it the power to make us free from the elements of this world.
we live in Christ, we walk move in Christ. All the activities we do daily are done in Christ.
Christ is a place. Christ is the heavenly place. Christ is the kingdom. There is no heaven or kingdom outside of Christ.
He is also our being. He is our reality. I live in Christ, I walk in Christ, he is my being, he is my body, he is my essence, hence, I cannot accept anything but Christ.
I cannot accept sickness and disease, I cannot accept failure, I cannot accept poverty, I cannot accept death, for I live in the person of Christ. I live in the kingdom of God, therefore I cannot be subject to the elements of this world.
See, this is not mere blabbing, Paul was lost in this revelation until he was surprised at the way the Colossian church was living as though they were still in the world.
He marveled that they had not realised that they were dead to the elements of this world. We hear him say;
Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances,
O’, that you may see this Scripture and arise!
I have always been subject to cold weather, specifically the rainy season over here in Nigeria.
At first I thought it was normal until I was born again. Anytime the weather would change, I would become afraid and would fall sick of cough and catarrh until the entire season would run out.
This would always affect my productivity through out the season as I would be weak, coughing and snorting all through the season.
This year, the Holy Ghost so rebuked me through this Scripture, not to even think I could be subject to the elements of the world as it came as usual. I got angry, I could not tolerate it any longer and I am now well and healthy even as the season is still on, to the glory of God.
That you may see that the enemy is only tempting you, to see if you know that you are no longer in his kingdom but in Christ.
Whether you truly know that you are no longer subject to his elements.
Beloved, now that we leave in the Spirit, let us walk in the Spirit.
May we be led by the Spirit, may we love one another by the power of the Spirit. May we shine the light of Christ to the nations brighter than ever.
Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.
In an encounter with the Lord, I saw a Child of God, you started fine, equipped by God unto the work you are now in.
But you are beginning to feel pressure as though you do not have enough to run through with the assignment God has put you in, based on the outcome of things around you.
Coming out The Spirit led me to;
1 Timothy 1:12
And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;
Then the Lord Said, “My Child, before I placed you in my assignment for you, I already empowered you. I have given you all the resources you need in the accomplishment of My purpose for your life.
I have given you the keys to open every door on your path. The people you need at every turn I have already given to you. I have given you the authority to make use of My Name. I have given you the power needed to execute all I have called you to do.
All these I have done for you because I have counted you faithful in Me.
Be not anxious, rest in my grace and be fully assured that you are enabled.”
ENABLED: endunamoo in the Greek. Meaning to Empower (Strong’s Concordance G1743).
Blessings in Christ,
Pastor Jahfas Victor Ahua
Living Hill Christian Church.