I Heard “Your Miracle Is Under Maturation.”

God’s Grace in Romans | Slaves of Righteousness |

We saw from our last discussion the second reason we don’t yield to sin, being that when we yield to sin we yield to the author of that sin, because of this; we passionately refuse to let Satan eat our cake and pop the bag.

Then the apostle goes on;

But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Roman 6:17

God be thanked, we used to be servants of sin but now we are no more. Remember the word “servants” here means slave.

Since we have become slaves of God we cannot at the same time be slaves of sin for “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon” (Mathew 6:24).

We are completely freed from sin and have become slaves of righteousness.

Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness. Romans 6:18

We cannot be labeled as sinners. When we obeyed from the heart the gospel of Christ, our heart and spirit was circumcised, thus, our nature changed (Roman 2:28-29).

We received the nature of righteousness and true holiness (Ephesians 4:24)..

By nature we are righteous so we cannot help but remain slaves to righteousness.

If you are a woman you are a slave to womankind even though at times you may act like a man: for by nature you are a woman, hence, you cannot help but remain a woman; so it is with the new creation, created according to God righteous and truly holy.

I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness. Romans 6:19

With the fervor we used in serving the Devil while we were by nature children of wrath (Ephesians 2:4), the apostle now urges us as new creatures to use the same doggedness to yield our members to righteousness unto holiness.

For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness. Romans 6:20

This is a profound statement. Observe carefully this part “ye were free from righteousness.”

When we were in the first Adam, when we were unregenerate, even though many a time we would do good things, for we were not absolutely evil for no matter what the light of nature was still at work in us.

Many of us would give alms to the poor, respect dignities, serve our nation etc.

However God’s shocking verdict is that we were “free from righteousness.” None of those works could meet the demands of God’s righteousness.

In fact nothing was even demanded from us for from the core of our being we were by nature sinners, so all our good works could not change our nature.

Since we were born sinners no amount of righteous works could change our nature, hence we were free from the demands of righteousness.

Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one. Job 14:4

Whether good or bad there was no fruit recorded to what we did while we were yet in the flesh.

What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death. Romans 6:21.

All what we did was for self-righteousness and it wasn’t enough to give us a new nature.

Our works could not change our sinful nature for we were free from righteousness.

Whether good or bad, in the same manner we hear;

But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. Romans 6:22

Observe carefully this statement by the apostle “But now being made free from sin.”
O’ this is profound.

When we were free from righteousness no amount of works, whether good or bad could change our nature of slavery to sin, the same, now that we are free from sin, or rather free from the nature of sin no amount of sin can change our nature of righteousness.

If we agree with the first (Romans 6:20) then we also have to agree with the second (Romans 6:22). This why the word of God says the love of God passes knowledge.

If sin can change our natures, then by what the apostle says here what Adam did is greater than what Jesus did.

Actions cannot produce the new birth and actions cannot destroy the new birth.

Actions cannot change our born-again spirits. We believed to receive salvation.

This we did willfully, we were not coerced into faith, we did not lose our sinful natures, we willfully believed in Jesus and submitted to him and he exchanged our natures.

Same way, we don’t lose our salvation by our actions, until we willfully reject faith in Jesus and become reprobates.

Confession

Thank you good Lord for your perfect work of salvation for me. By nature I am born of God. Born-again righteous.

Created in righteousness, therefore, I cannot help but remain a slave to righteousness. I cannot lose my righteousness, I cannot be lost, I am eternally saved.

Today my prayers and actions are consistently received in heaven as precious sacrifices through the blood of Jesus.

I praise you for health, peace, wisdom, power and favour you have placed in my path as I live in your righteousness. Hallelujah!

Prophetic Insight

In an encounter with the Lord, I heard “Your miracle is under maturation. Mind not the voices and what you see. In your spiritual womb your miracle is daily forming to perfection.

Continue to fight the good fight of faith. As you steadfastly endure and patiently hold on, your promise is fully developed to stand the times without imperfection, lacking nothing.

Rejoice dear child, your miracle is under maturation.

But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be [people] perfectly and fully developed [with no defects], lacking in nothing. James 1:4 (AMP)

Blessings in Christ,
Jahfas Victor Ahua
Living Hill Christian Church

I Heard “Your Path Will Shine More and More”

God’s Grace in Romans | Our Authority Over Sin|

We saw from our last discussion that we have been delivered from the law and are under the grace of God, hence, sin shall no longer have dominion over us.

What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. Romans 6:15

After proper teaching on what happened to the believer at born again experience; that we don’t sin because we are already dead to sin, and after showing that his gospel of grace does not lead to sin for the law that stimulated sin is now yanked out: the apostle now establishes the second reason why we don’t live in sin.

Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? Romans 6:16

The second reason we live in holiness is that, when we sin, we yield ourselves to the author of that sin which is Satan, thereby giving him access into our lives to release the consequence of that sin.

Observe carefully the personal pronoun used in the verse above “whom” which speaks of a person.

To yield to sin is to yield to the person of Satan. It is to give him authority over our lives to steal, kill and to destroy.

God has already forgiven us and removed the law that stood between us and him which produced wrath (Romans 4:15). The Lord is no longer imputing our sins against us (Romans 5:13).

The consequences of our sins are no longer coming from God but from the Devil.

Our actions release either God’s power or the power of Satan. This is why we cannot afford the luxury of sin, for though God is not imputing our sins to us (Romans 4:8) there is the author of that sin that is set to release death.

If we discover that we have yielded to Satan, the way to nullify his work in us is to say the same thing with God; we yield back to God by confessing the sin and the forgiveness already resident in our spirit is released to neutralize that power of the enemy.

Observe carefully again this word “servants” used twice in the verse above which is translated from the Greek word “DOULOS” which properly means a slave (Strong’s Concordance G1401).

The apostle was not speaking of irregular mistakes but a given of oneself wholly to sin to become a slave of that sin. A condition where you give yourself wholly to another‘s will.

This is clarified so that we don’t go about thinking every little mistake we make the Devil is already releasing death into our lives.

No, it is when we wholly yield ourselves to become slaves of sin, where we live in the captivity of the Devil that he releases death into our lives. But when we turn and yield back to God, righteousness is released which destroys every yoke.

This is the second reason the Christian hates sin. This is why we must not let the devil eat a free launch from our lives.

Confession

Thank you Father for the knowledge of who I am and what I have in Christ; I am joint-heir with Christ, his authority is mine and I cannot yield my God-given right to dominion over to the devil.

I refuse to submit to the yens of sin and live above sickness and diseases.

Where I have given away my dominion through negligence or willingness, I repent and declare that I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.

In the way of righteousness is life and in its path there is no death, therefore I declare that there is no death in my path.

Prophetic Insight

In an encounter with the Lord, I heard “take the limits off me and I will do exceedingly abundantly above all you ask, or even think, according to the power at work in you.

Dear child, your faith must be energized beyond what you see. I am willing and doing but the manifestation of my power is limited to what you can conceive.

Pull down the blind and start walking in your promise. Your morning is here, walk by faith and despise not the dawning of this morning light, though dim, it will shine more and more unto the perfect day”

Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Ephessians 3:20

But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. Proverbs 4:18

NB: The infrequent flow of this teaching series is because I have been occupied much with the Healing School which began February. As God is helping me to catch up with the pace these teachings will kick back as often as they used to be.

Blessings in Christ,
Pastor Jahfas Victor Ahua
Living Hill Christian Church.

I Heard “Your Change Has Already Come”

God’s Grace in Romans

We saw from our last discussion that when we are born of God, we become dead to sin and freed from sin, but to live in this freedom we must know and reckon ourselves to be effectually dead to sin and alive to God, here we live free from the dominion of sin.

Then we hear the apostle continue;

Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Romans 6:12

Observe the word “therefore” used here as a conclusion drawn from Romans 6:11 where he admonishes us to see ourselves dead to the old man.

The power to live above sin lies deep in our recognizing that we are regenerated and that nature of sin is no longer in us.

Many of us who have not seen this in scripture still submit to ‘I can’t help but allow so answer so sinful habit have me.’

Observe carefully this statement at the beginning of the verse, “Let not sin.” It is a command not to let sin have dictatorship in us, because we already have the rule over sin. We are the ones that consciously let sin have despotism over us.

We can renew our minds to who we are in the spirit and exercise our dominion over sin and all its lusts. This is why we hear;

Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. Romans 6:13

The same exhortation to not willingly yield our members as instruments of unrighteousness, for in the core of our being we are raised from the dead with the very life of Christ. And so we hear;

For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. Romans 6:14

This is where many of us have missed it. Before the apostle makes this outstanding declaration, he spent 14 verses of scripture explaining what it means to be born again; the spiritual reality that essentially materialized at our born again experience.

Then in respect of what has already happened to us; he began the verse with “For,” drawing conclusion or inference from the previous discussion.

He declares authoritatively that “sin shall not have dominion over you.” Then he gives an awestruck reason “for ye are not under the law, but under grace.”

Today it is the direct opposite that we hear being taught in many religious circles. They teach that grace makes for sin while the law keeps people from sin.

But the God of the Bible teaches that the law keeps people under sin but grace gives people dominion over sin.

The law was given to make people guilty and not to make anyone righteous (Romans 3:19), it was given to empower sin and not to empower righteousness (1Corinthians 15:56). Keeping people under the law is empowering them to live in sin.

Dispensing the grace of God to people shows them who they are in Christ and the free gifts they have received in him, which when they are without fear engage and ultimately exercise dominion over sin.

CONFESSION

I am born of God. The seed of the living God remains in me, therefore I cannot practice in sin. I have overcome the dominion of sin because I am under grace.

My life is a divine expression of the glory and excellences of my God. I live the victorious life through Christ, reigning over sin, sickness and devils. The grace life is the victory life that I live. Hallelujah!

PROPHETIC INSIGHT

In an encounter with the Lord, I heard “Mortify the deeds of the flesh and walk by faith. Quench not the spirit through your sensory perceptions for I am doing a work which only your faith perceives.

Remain unmovable; I am bringing you into the open campaign just as I have put on your heart. Your change has already come; the steady advancement is a voice of abundance. Your change is sure and the manifesting is progressive as the morning.”

Quench not the Spirit. 1Thessalonians 5:19

Blessings in Christ;
Pastor Jahfas Victor Ahua
Living Hill Christian Church

I heard “All Things Are Made Ready For You”

God’s Grace in Romans

We from our last discussion that we are crucified with Christ and the body of sin destroyed, therefore we are no longer to serve sin.
Then the apostle continues;

For he that is dead is freed from sin. Romans 6:7

Since our old man or rather our sinful nature died at new birth, we are indeed freed from sin right from the root. “We are freed from sin, and not free to sin.”

Because not many have the revelation that we are freed from sin they still serve sin. There is a big discrepancy between being “freed” and being “free.”

One time a man put a horse in a hedge where the entrance was often closed. Now the horse grew so used to being shut that one time he traveled for two weeks and left the door open, but the horse did not come out for it still thought it was shut in.

This is the same with many of us, we have being freed from sin but we have not realized that we now have mastery over sin, therefore, Satan still put many of us under the bondage of sin. Enjoying our freedom in Christ is not automatic but through faith and knowledge.

Until we see our death and resurrection with Christ as being effectual right now we will not enjoy our freedom.

Then the apostle continues;

Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.. Romans 6:8-10

He says the same thing over and over to help us come to cognizance with the reality of our new life in Christ. In our spirits these truths are a reality but until we renew our minds to our spiritual state.

You see, Christ died once and was raised to life; sin and death no longer have dominion over him, even so it is with the Christian.

We died once to sin and are raised together with him into the newness of life. When we have not understood this, we think we are dieing to the old self daily. We think every day we are to die to the old self.

The old self is dead and gone (Romans 6:6), we only appropriate what has already happened to us in the spirit through daily renewing our minds to who we are in Christ. As long as we have not recognized these truths we will forever be subject to sin, hence, the apostle emphasizes;

Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:11

Observe carefully the statement “reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin.” This is how the power of sin is destroyed in our lives. Through accepting and seeing ourselves delivered from the nature of sin and alive to God and not through condemnation.

We reckon ourselves dead and see ourselves alive with the life and nature of Christ as our own. When we know who we are in Christ, we walk in what we already have.

Confession

Gracious father, I thank you for liberating me from sin. I am indeed freed from sin and alive to God. I see myself raised from the dead with Christ and alive to righteousness.

Sin and death no longer have dominion over me. I died once with Christ, therefore, I refuse to be weak and I refuse to die. The life of Christ has energized my body; therefore I continually walk in divine health by the power of the Spirit. hallelujah!

Prophetic Insight

In an Encounter with the Lord, I heard “enter into rest dear child. What I have laid on your heart to do I have already done. I have laboured, and have only called you to the harvest. My works are finished from the foundation of the world.

Fret not yourself dear child, all things are made ready for you. Believe, come along and enter into your long-awaited rest.

For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. Hebrews 4:3

Blessings in Christ,
Pastor Jahfas Victor Ahua
Living Hill Christian Church

I heard “The Blessing is Just beyond What You See”

God’s Grace in Romans

We saw from our last discussion that we have been cut off from the old man, and now we have a new life in Christ and ought to walk in this newness of life.

Then the apostle continues;

For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Romans 6:5

As already explained in the previous verse, if we have died with him, then there is no denying that we are already in the likeness of his resurrection

“…because as he is, so are we in this world.” 1 John 4:17

The apostle restates this truth in this manner because even though these truths are already a reality in our born again spirits, we must have to know them before we can walk in the reality of our now spiritual states.

So he begins the following verse with;

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. Romans 6:6


Observe the statement “knowing this.” without knowing that we are delivered from the old man or rather the “sin nature” we cannot resist the temptation to sin caused by the body of sin or rather the residue of sin.

You see, even though the old man is crucified and gone, it left behind a programmed way of thinking which produces actions (Prov. 23:7).

Just as our spirits and souls leave the body behind at death, even so the old man left behind a body called “the body of sin” which is nothing but our old habits. Until the mind is renewed, until we see that the old self is destroyed we will still respond to issues after our former way of life.

The sin nature that produced sin in us is gone, this is why a man can be born again who was bound in a dirty habit and then he turns around and hates that very habit to the core. If we have two natures in us then this won’t be possible.

We could fight the actions but enjoy the sin right in the core of our hearts. We would be a people with dual personalities.

However, if it is just a way of thinking, we can only renew our minds through the word of God and those habits loose power and are gone (Romans 12:1-2).

This is pivotal as many teach that the believer has dual natures on his inside, the sin nature and the nature of Christ, making the Christian schizophrenic.

If our thought life is continually entertaining sickness, poverty, failure, and death; all we need do is to go to the word and get a word from the Lord which speaks of life, sow it and be transformed by the renewing of our minds.

Confession

Father, I thank you for cutting off the Adamic nature from me. I know that the old man is crucified and yanked out, and by my knowledge and response to your word, I crucify the body of sin. As I receive your word daily, my mind is changed continually.

I know that the Spirit that raised Christ from the dead dwells in me; therefore he quickens and quickens my body, hence, I cannot by sick. I am under the law of the Spirit of life; therefore I confess that sickness, poverty, failure, and death are abolished in my life in the name of Jesus! Amen.

Prophetic Insight;

In an encounter with the Lord, I heard “Dear Child, I have drawn you to come forth with me on this prosperous journey. Can’t you see that I have been holding your hand all along? What you don’t know is that, beyond what you can now see, I have already reserved the blessed promise.

Do not ignore my urgings and promptings of love. I have laid off the yoke from you and have rather laid for you the bountiful blessing just ahead of what you see.”

“I taught Ephraim also to go, taking them by their arms; but they knew not that I healed them. I drew them with cords of a man, with bands of love: and I was to them as they that take off the yoke on their jaws, and I laid meat unto them.” Hosea 11:3-4

Blessings in Christ,
Pastor Jahfas Victor Ahua
Living Hill Christian Church.