I Heard “You Have Found Favour in My Eyes” ~ By Pastor Jahfas victor Ahua

God’s Grace in Romans |Tribulation, Patience, and Hope |

We saw from our last discussion that being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. By faith in the son of God, we have gained admission into God’s superabundant grace where we stand rejoicing in hope.

And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; Romans 5:3

What a statement “Glory in tribulations?” who rejoices in tribulations?

The apostle said this from a viewpoint of someone who had a sure foundation. Only those who have discovered that righteousness is not earned but only received by faith in Christ can rejoice amid troubles.

If our faith is in our performance for God, then when troubles come, we cannot rejoice for we would know in ourselves that we do not measure up to God’s standard.

Our faith will be in our efforts, thinking now that we have failed we are getting what we deserve. And the way out is to perfect our works so God can hear us again, a life of bondage and misery.

However, when you know you stand by and in the grace of God through faith, you are unshakable. You are secured in the righteousness of Christ on your behalf to produce the miracle desired.

You can beat your chest and declare “I know God loves me, and by Christ, this one too shall pass away.”

Then we hear “Knowing that tribulation worketh patience”

Many a time we have confused this statement for something disastrous. We have come to accept the error that tribulations produce patience, hence, God gives us troubles so that troubles can make us patient.

This is pivotal as many submit to Satan the author of their problems thinking God is the source of their attacks

The moment one accepts this reasoning he becomes passive and the enemy empowered. God is a good God. God does not create troubles to make us patient. The devil is the author of evil, (John 10:10) but every good and perfect gift comes from God (James 1:17).

When we say this evil is from God then we have yielded to satan (Romans 6:16), and have not submitted to God, therefore, we cannot actively resist the devil (James 4:7)


Observe that the word used above for “worketh” does not mean to produce. It is from the Greek word “KATERGAZOMAI,” and it means “to work fully, i.e. accomplish; by implication, to finish, fashion” (Strong’s Concordance).

Paul does not say tribulations produce patience, but tribulations put patience to use. patience comes from the scriptures (Romans 15:4) and not from tribulations. In tribulations, we have an opportunity to exercise the grace of God in us through standing on his word which is a source of patience.

Bible patience is faith exercised over a prolonged period and not just to passively wait on God for something.

Thence we hear;

And patience, experience; and experience, hope: Romans 5:4

As tribulations tend to exercise patience, even so, patience exercises and increase the experience. When we have fought a battle and won we have gathered experience.

Now we can boast of the faithfulness of God, we have tasted his goodness, enjoyed his love and grace, we have seen his power amid our weaknesses, and how much he is willing to stoop low to carry us out our death.

Now we can sincerely be thankful and humble. And this experience puts to use “hope”
Now we have stood on the scriptures and have gained patience and experience, there is an image in our hearts through the word of God of what God can do, and this scriptural imagination is what is called “hope”

It comes when we see what God has done through the eyes of our hearts. It is the evidence of faith. Faith only produces what hope has seen (Hebrews 11:1).

This is why we hear:

And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. Romans 5:5

Once we have the evidence in our hearts, once we have this biblical hope working in us, there’s no panicking, for faith has found a substance to bring into manifestation.

This is hope “maketh not ashamed” because through patience we have seen God come through, we have had an experiential knowledge of God through his love “shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.”

Confession

Father, I know you as a good God. You are not the source of the evils around me but the devil. You have not given me troubles to make me a better person rather afflictions come for the sake of your word.

I refuse to allow Satan to steal your word from my heart, I refuse to allow him to steal my joy. I am working in patience, hoping in your goodness continually.

I refuse to accommodate any form of weakness in my body, I refuse failure. I declare that I live and reign above them all in the mighty name of Jesus.

Prophetic Insight

In an encounter with the Lord, I saw as he said to a child of God “You have found favor in my eyes”

And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man. Luke 2:52

“Dear Child, you have found favor in my eyes. It is my goodwill to give you the kingdom. By my favor, the heavens answer to you, and the hearts of men will respond to you dear child.

The King delights in you and has opened the doors of the kingdom of heaven and the kingdoms of the world to you. I am bringing you before kings, making you the joy of many generations as a demonstration of how much I have loved you.”

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

I Heard “I Have Now Given You The Promise” ~ By Pastor Jahfas Victor Ahua

God’s Grace in Romans | By Faith We Have Peace With God |

We saw from our last discussion that Jesus died for us and upon his due satisfaction of divine justice, he was raised to life.

Then the apostle continues;

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: Romans 5:1

Objectively, faith does not justify any man. It is God that justifies. Faith only receives the justification procured by Christ.

Hence, subjectively, we are justified by faith and the results of our justification by faith are that “we have peace with God”

God has always loved man and has never changed his mind. When Adam fell, God did not altogether forsake man, but some obstacles came between God and man.

The throne of God is established with the scepter of righteousness, and upon man’s decision to choose unrighteousness, divine justice and the law of God now stood between God’s love for man.

On the part of man, sin, rebellion, and guilt stood right between him and God. Condemnation and the fear of God’s wrath removed peace from our hearts.

Then one day we heard the good news declared by the heavenly host;

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men. Luke 2:14

At first glance, I thought the angels pronounced peace on earth, therefore, no more wars and rumors of wars. Families enjoying on every side, however, Jesus said the opposite of that.

Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. Matthew 10:34

So what then were the angels declaring at the birth of Jesus?

It was that divine justice would now be satisfied by the savior and God’s “good will towards men” would be realized. The obstacles that stood between God’s love and man are now removed. God and man are no longer enemies.

On the side of man, the sins that separated him from a holy God, his inability to fulfill the law of righteousness will be removed. Sins taken out and righteousness given to him as a gift “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

The only place the believer can experience the peace of God is through faith in what Christ has done. Before we are saved, we cannot please God. And after we are saved, it is still the same. We please God only by faith (Hebrews 11:6). We are to continue the same way we came in (Colossians 2:6).

Sadly, many of us have begun in the Spirit but are now seeking to be made perfect by the flesh which is why there is no peace in our hearts.

You cannot perform enough to be accepted by God, you can only rest in what Christ has done and receive the blessings of God in his peace. Christianity becomes awesome when we believe and walk in this truth.

For we hear;

By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Romans 5:2

What gives us access to the riches of God’s grace is faith. The word used above for access is from the Greek word ‘prosagoge’ which means ‘admission’ (Strong’s Concordance).

By faith, we gain admission into God’s unconditional and inexhaustible grace. By faith, we stand in God’s wealth free of charge.

When we stand here we ” rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” A lot of us only rejoice when our outward circumstances look pleasing. When things go the way we have desired we praise God and are joyful.

Then something goes wrong, all of sudden we are angry at God and bitter in our hearts. We start asking God to give us joy as though he took it away. What changed was our focus. By faith, we consistently stand in the grace of God.

And because of this faith in his grace, we have hope and we rejoice continually for this good news never changes. Since we stand in his grace, whatsoever comes against us the favor of God swallows it up and gives us the victory. Hallelujah!

Confession

Heavenly Father, blessed be your name for coming after me. You have leveled mountains, broken through all barriers just to reduce a sinner like me.

Today by faith in your love through Christ I have received peace with you. I stand today in the riches of your grace. I stand in divine health, full of life, joy, and prosperity. My life is a manifestation of your glory. Praise Jesus!

Prophetic Insight

In an encounter with the Lord, I saw a ceremonial feast and I heard the Lord say “I have now given you the promise”

Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he is lord of all; But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father. Galatians 4:1-2

As I sat with the Lord, I heard “Dear Child, this is the appointed time, this is the time for the manifestation of the promise. I have now given you the promise, so do not be afraid.

The doors that have refused to open in the past will now open, for before this time, I was still preparing you for your inheritance.

Walk in your authority and see things change, I have given you charge over your inheritance. This is the time of my glorious will being fulfilled in your life. “

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

I Heard “You Are A Prosperous Child For I AM With You” ~ Pastor Jahfas Victor Ahua

God’s Grace in Romans | His Resurrection Our Justification |

We saw from our last discussion that the Abrahamic hope which produces results is that which is received from the word of God and not just a mere wish for things. That Abraham was fully persuaded that what God spoke he was able to perform.

Then we hear the apostle continue;

And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness. Romans 4:22

Observe carefully the word “therefore” from the above verse signifying conclusion drawn from the preceding discussion.

In context, prior to this conclusion, God made a promise to a man — who was completely unqualified, his body dead and that of his wife — yet he believed in the righteousness of God.

He believed that God who spoke was gracious, kind and merciful, self-sufficient and overwhelmingly powerful to do what he had promised, and God said, for putting faith in my goodness, faithfulness, righteousness and power, I declare you righteous even though you are unqualified.

This is how Abraham was accepted as a righteous man before God. His persuasion didn’t come from anything but in the abilities of God.

He only exercised unqualified faith in who God is and what he was able to do irrespective of his physical wretchedness. And God was so pleased with Abraham and called him his friend.

Then we hear:

Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; Romans 4:23

This great work of God in the life of Abraham was a pattern for all. God does not respect persons (Romans 2:11). If he accepted Abraham only by faith then all men are justified by faith alone and not by their works.

For we hear;

But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; Romans 4:24

Just as with Abraham, once we believe in Christ righteousness is credited to our accounts despite our insufficiencies.

Many of us have not realized that we are dead outside of Christ therefore we are trying with all we can to perform so we can be justified by our performance.

The story of Abraham gives us a powerful picture of our condition before God, he was dead in his body, we are dead in our sins (Ephesians 2:1).

The target of our faith is to believe that as God raised Abraham’s body from the dead through faith, even so by our faith in Christ God imputes righteousness to us and raises us up to enjoy the righteousness of Christ.

He has already accomplished our salvation. Our sins, our death he paid the price with his body and life. And it’s very shocking to hear what the next verse says…

Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification. Romans 4:25

Observe carefully this statement “and was raised again for our justification”.

Jesus died for our offences and upon full satisfaction of the penalty and the requirements for our righteousness he was authorized by God to be raised from the dead.

This means without full satisfaction of divine justice he wouldn’t have been raised to glory. And if we were not declared righteous by his work he wouldn’t have been glorified.

who was betrayed and crucified because of our sins, and was raised [from the dead] because of our justification [our acquittal—absolving us of all sin before God].” — Rom 4:25 AMP

That he is raised to life today is because all requirements for our justification are met. The justice of God is completely satisfied and we were — already declared righteous before he was raised to life.

To know that the reason why Christ is alive in glory today is because we are already justified, declared righteous before God overwhelms my heart with joy. It reveals how much God loves and values us.

Confession

My heavenly Father loves me. I’m loved and valued. I am worth the death of the prince of life, the king of kings, the son of God because God loves me.

Today I am justified. All my offences, sicknesses, and sorrows were carried upon the body of my saviour.

I have passed from death to life, from sickness to health, from sin to righteousness, from poverty to wealth, for I dwell in Christ. Hallelujah!

Prophetic Insight

In an encounter with the Lord, I heard “Hear me child, my definition of success is different from the world. Many measure success by the abundance of things but I see success as relationship with me and doing what I ask you to do.

As long as you follow me, you are in the blessing, and I am with you in all you do, hence, you are a prosperous child.

You have a different destination, your forwardness may look slow but it’s because you are on a different course of life, therefore, be content, for I am well pleased with you.”

And the LORD was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man, and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. Genesis 39:2

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

I Heard “Trust Me, I AM Faithful, I Will Not Fail You.” ~ Pastor Jahfas Victor Ahua

God’s Grace in Romans | True Hope |

We saw from our last discussion the creative power of God’s word in Abraham’s life when he told him I have made you a father of many nations. Abraham believed in a God who calls those things that be not as though they were because what God speaks becomes reality.

Then the apostle continues;

Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. Romans 4:18

When God made a promise to Abraham, there was nothing physically possible within his power to assist him in bringing forth the promise. His body was literary dead and Sarah’s womb dead too.

All that God spoke to him was “against hope.” Against all rational grounds of hope. Without supernatural aid, it was a tale to laugh at, which at difficult times he and his wife did (Genesis 17:17, 18:12).

But something is resounding “Who against hope believed in hope.” Where there is no hope, how do you still believe in hope?

This is a supernatural kind of hope. Only God can give this kind of hope. I often meet a lot of people who say I hoping that this would be and that would happen and right behind their eyes I only see a wish.

Many times they are not persuaded it will happen or they are persuaded it would happen but it’s just a mere desire.

This kind of hope against all hope, where your condition looks outwardly dead and hopeless but you are completely convinced change is on the way can only come from heaven.

How do you receive this kind of hope?

We hear;

For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. Romans 15:4

Observe this statement “through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.”

Biblical hope comes from the word of God. The scriptures are given to us with thousands of promises to provide comfort, patience, and hope.

If Abraham was just wishing that maybe he would have a son through Sarah, if he was just saying that this person has it so I too will have mine, he never would have had comfort, patience, and this supernatural hope.

He exercised a divine kind of hope which comes through the word of God even as we hear “according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be.”

Our hope must be according to that which is spoken by the Lord to us, if not it is just a mere wish. God’s word is the only source of genuine hope. A hope that never fails (Romans 5:1—5)

Then we hear:

And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara’s womb: Romans 4:19

Once he heard from God nothing could stop his persuasion. Once we receive a word from the Lord we ought not to consider anything other than the power of God to do that which he has spoken.

Our God is the God of the impossible. There is nothing too hard for our father. So, our eyes, heart, and hope must be fixed on the word even as…

He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. Romans 4:20-21

It’s amazing what Abraham did “giving glory to God; ” Imagine Abraham going about giving God glory, declaring God’s goodness that he was a father of many nations when his body was dead and Sarah’s womb also dead. Many today think it’s foolishness and mere blabbing.

True faith speaks (2 Corinthians 4:13). Confessing what God says about you even when you have not seen it yet is giving God glory, saying the same thing with God, and accepting or receiving the manifestation.

Confession

Father, I thank you for your word. In your word are precious promises laid up for me as a partaker of the riches of Christ.

I declare that the word is giving me hope, comfort, and patience. I am persuaded that I am blessed with all spiritual blessings of heaven in Christ.

All these blessings come upon me and the manifestation overtakes me in Jesus’ name. Hallelujah!

Prophetic Insight

In an encounter with the Lord, I heard “Dear Child, look not to your insufficiency, don’t be dismayed by your need. I am not limited to your emptiness, neither am I to your performance.

It’s all about my love and will to bless you. Look away from yourself and trust my love, power, and faithfulness to perform my word.

It may look worthless but trust me, I am faithful, I will not fail you.”

If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself. 2 Timothy 2:13

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

I Heard “I Have Not And Will Never Leave You Helpless” ~ Pastor Jahfas Victor Ahua

God’s Grace in Romans | Creating Reality By The Word |

We saw from our last discussion that the law releases the wrath of God, for where there is no law, there is no transgression. That today we are redeemed from the curse of the law by the death of Christ where our hearts are assured for the blessing only in his grace.

Then the apostle continues;

(As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. Romans 4:17

When God made Abraham the father of all nations, all Abraham did was to believe that God had the power to raise the dead because his circumstances were directly opposite.

This is key in receiving from God, for where faith is there is no sight. Faith and sight are antagonistic.

God told Abraham, “I have made thee a father of many nations,” changed his name from Abram “high father” to Abraham “father of a multitude,” one year before the birth of Isaac.

God spoke in the past tense “I have made,” and it took one year before Abraham saw the manifestation. Abraham knew a God that “calleth those things which be not as though they were”

God creates through words. However, We are told in Mark 4:26-29 that the word is a seed.

When God spoke the word, all Abraham did was to receive the seed of God’s word into his body, the sown seed grew, produced strength and vitality in his body, quickened the womb of Sarah, and produced Isaac.

All these took time to accomplish. It took a year when his name was changed from Abram to Abraham before the child came forth. This is the process of change.

The word of God carries the creative power of God. It does not look to external things to create a reality. The word is the life source of all things.

This is why God calls the things that be not as though they were because his word creates the reality he speaks.

Today that same power is given to us in Christ Jesus. It does not matter what things are dead in Our lives, what matters is the word which has the creative ability of God to recreate our circumstances.

Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. Proverbs 18:21

The same way God desired Isaac, he sowed his word in Abraham and Sarah to produce the life he desired, even so in Christ Jesus we have the power of life and death right in our tongues (1Corinthians 3:21-23.)

There are thousands of seeds in God’s word, seeds of health, wealth, peace, joy, and every kind of prosperity.

All we need do is go to the word, take a promise that concerns our need, sow in our heart, meditate upon it until it germinates, in other words until it becomes real to you, then leave it there for some time, give it time to grow and produce the change you desire.

This is a law of how the kingdom works (Mark 4:26-29). Miracles are an exception where, because of God’s love, he compresses time to save us from immediate ruin. But apart from that, this is a rule of how the kingdom works.

It does not matter your situation, God does not use external things, God creates by the word. You have the word of life in your tongue, you can sow It and receive your desired harvest.

For instance, if you are sick, the word of God tells us;

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes, we are healed. Isaiah 53:5

By the stripes of Jesus we are already healed (1Peter 2:24). I bet many of us today are familiar with these scriptures, however, there is a difference between knowing about an apple and planting it in your garden.

The apple you know won’t produce fruits for you, it is the apple you sow in your garden that will grow and produce fruits for you. Many of us know that God can heal, but we don’t believe that he has already healed us personally. We haven’t sown the word in our hearts.

God sowed a seed in the garden of Abram’s heart, Abram’s name was changed to Abraham (the fulfillment of the word), and Abraham believed and went about calling himself the father of all nations one year before he even saw the manifestation.

You take God’s word concerning your life, you sow it in your heart, believe you have received the healing or breakthrough, and watch as God’s word grows and produces the results.

Confession

Father, blessed be your name for all you have done for me in Christ. You call me the forgiven, righteous, healed, prosperous, highly favored, deeply loved, and greatly blessed in Christ.

My circumstances may not look like it yet, but I believe your word. I refuse every negative evidence according to my senses.

I declare I have passed from death to life, from sickness to health, from poverty to prosperity, from depression to joy, from weakness to the power of God.

Prophetic Insight

In an encounter with the Lord, I heard “Pay close attention to the rhythm of your walk with me so far and see the progress I have given you my child.

Recount the victories and see how I have led you progressively right from the beginning. I have NOT and will NEVER leave you helpless.

What you have not seen is that I am giving you the inheritance little by little as you mature in me lest the blessing becomes a curse to you.”

And the LORD thy God will put out those nations before thee by little and little: thou mayest not consume them at once, lest the beasts of the field increase upon thee. Deuteronomy 7:22

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

I Heard “In Rest Shall You Be Established”~ Pastor Jahfas Victor Ahua

God’s Grace in Romans | The Law, Door of Wrath |

We saw from our last discussion that by faith in Christ Jesus we have become heirs of the blessing of Abraham, heirs of the world by faith and not by the law.

Then the apostle continues;

Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression. Romans 4:15

Observe carefully this statement “Because the law worketh wrath.” God’s Law releases the wrath of God. The law brings about curses and condemnation. It invokes God’s vengeance against sin.

Before the law was given Abraham married his half sister, and Jacob married two sisters which was punishable by death when the law was introduced (Lev.18:18).

Yet God’s wrath didn’t fall on them since there was no law against these sins, and they did not do it willfully “for where no law is, there is no transgression.”

Sin is the breaking of the law;

Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.1 John 3:4

Sin was already in us, but was dead because there was no law, however, when the law was given, sin revived and death released through our disobedience to God’s law.

The law came to reveal sin and God’s wrath for sinners. Praise God for Jesus. He absorbed the wrath of God for all sins for everyone that would receive God’s forgiveness through him.

However, there are those who still seek to be justified before God by their own goodness. They revive sin and release God’s wrath into their lives.

For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. Galatians 3:10

How do I know if l have gone back under the curse?

Do you always feel like you have to do everything perfectly or else God won’t bless you?

Do you feel so unworthy by your inability to keep God’s law that you feel he wouldn’t answer your prayers?

Guilt and condemnation come from an evil conscience. A conscience not purified by the blood of Jesus. Before the law the patriarchs never walked around in guilt and condemnation even though they weren’t perfect.

Christ died and put an end to the curse of the law that we should freely receive God’s blessings by grace.

Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.Galatians 3:13-14

Our hearts are often not assured because of our false assumption that God won’t use a dirty vessel. Brothers and sisters God has no other vessel to use than dirty vessels.

We have all sinned and have come short of the glory of God (Rom 3:10). The only way we can be sure of the blessing is to rest by faith in the death of Christ and receive all things by grace, even the power to walk in holiness.

Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all, Romans 4:16

The only place to be assured of the blessing is by faith in the grace of God “to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed.”

Many Christians are so afraid and beat down when they hear about the rapture. When they hear that the Lord is about to return they are so fearful and unsure because all along they’ve mixed their faith with their goodness which removed their confidence.

But when we absolutely trust in the grace of God our hearts are persuaded and the promise is made sure.

Confession

Father, thank you for your love and grace. Your wrath against all my sins fell upon the body of Jesus. The curse of the law removed and the blessing of Abraham is upon me today.

Where I have put confidence in my flesh, I repent and receive your forgiveness. I see your grace and my heart is assured as I walk in the fullness of your blessing over my life.

Prophetic Insight

In an encounter with the Lord, I heard “Dear Child, in returning and in rest shall you be established. Be quiet and confident for it is in my death that you are glorified.

How long will it take you to realize that the miracle of greater manifestation is reserved in your death? You have been crucified with me, as your heart abides in my death, you will reign with me.”

For thus saith the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not. Isaiah 30:15

It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him: 2 Timothy 2:11

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

I Heard “As For Me, I Have Blessed You, And My Word is Coming to Pass” ~ By Pastor Jahfas Victor Ahua

God’s Grace in Romans | Heirs of The World Through Faith |

We saw from our last discussion that the man in Christ is blessed with the forgiveness of sins past, present, and future.

Then the apostle continues;

For the promise that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. Romans 4:13

At a time the Jews thought the blessing of Abraham was only for their physical nation, however, God’s promise to Abraham is way beyond just a single nation.

When we accept Christ, the blessing of Abraham comes upon us and we become heirs of all things. God does not bless anyone by observing the law, the righteousness of God is not earned through the law.

When we trust what Christ has done for the unqualified, we receive the righteousness of God by faith and we become heirs of all the goodness of God. Heirs of this present world and heirs of that which is to come.

We are made joint-heirs with Christ, whatsoever Christ has is ours, for he is our inheritance.

Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours; Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours; And ye are Christ’s and Christ is God’s. 1Corinthians 3:21-23

Mere religion preaches a Christianity of self-abasement, where we forsake all the prosperous advantages we would use to fulfill God’s will gloriously to accepting poverty as proof of true Christian piety.

This is foolishness to the max, we are heirs of the world, all things are ours, we are to establish the kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven in all seven mountains of the society, and this can’t be done through giving away our prosperity and positions of power for living beggarly.

The believer’s prosperity mattered to Jesus so much that he had to pay the price with his own very life that we would become rich in this life;

For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes, he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich. 2 Corinthians 8:9

Then the apostle continues;

For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect: Romans 4:14

Faith is abolished when we channel it in two different directions. It is either we are justified by faith in Jesus without faith in our works or we are justified by faith in our works without faith in Jesus.

The two are direct opposites, one in action invalidates the other.

When we trust in our goodness to inherit the blessing, faith is neutralized and the promise of Abraham made void.

Today many Christians believe our eternal salvation is based on the death of Jesus, but to be blessed here on earth, to be used of God is based on our goodness.

This was the error Paul addressed in his letter to the Galatians;

Christ becomes of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace. Galatians 5:4

God by Grace has reserved the blessing for us, when we despise his grace and go to toiling to earn the promise, we fall from grace, Christ becomes of no effect to us, hence, we forfeit the full benefits of our salvation.

May our eyes be fixed eternally on the cross of Christ as the riches of his death continually flow to us.

Confession

Glorious father, I see your heart of love towards me, I see your desire for me to rest and receive all you have for me by grace through faith.

By my faith in Jesus, I declare I am an heir of all things, I reign in life through Christ Jesus over Satan, sin, death, poverty, and sickness. I have overcome the world. Hallelujah!

Prophetic Insight

In an encounter with the Lord, I heard “Why wonder in your heart how I AM going to bring the blessing to manifestation? Why are you occupied with the emptiness dear child?

Is there anything too hard for me? Is my hand too short to save? You shall see my greatness in this thing. As for me, I have blessed you, and my word is coming to pass.”

And Moses said, The people, among whom I am, are six hundred thousand footmen; and thou hast said, I will give them flesh, that they may eat a whole month. Shall the flocks and the herds be slain for them, to suffice them? or shall all the fish of the sea be gathered together for them, to suffice them? And the LORD said unto Moses, Is the LORD’S hand waxed short? thou shalt see now whether my word shall come to pass unto thee or not. Numbers 11:21-23

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

I Heard “I Have Commanded Supplies to Sustain You” ~ By Pastor Jahfas Victor Ahua

God’s Grace in Romans | Forgiven Past, Present, and Future Sins|

We saw from our last discussion the secret of Abraham, that he believed in a God who justifies the ungodly.

Then the apostle continues;

Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, Romans 4:6

Many a time when we hear the testimonies of the old testament saints we are inclined to think that they enjoyed some kind of a better relationship with God than what we have today in Christ.

However, this is not so, as blessed as David was, he wished to live in the reality of who we are in Christ today despite all his riches.
He foresaw the privileges of the man in Christ and began to describe “the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works.”

He lived under the law of works and sought justification by the obedience of the law which cursed him several times. The law demanded perfect obedience and reserved curses for those who missed the mark.

The first man to die under the law went out on the Sabbath day to gather sticks, probably to make a fire and eat with his family, as good as this is, this man was cursed by the law and stoned to death (Numbers 15:32-36)

So David, sitting under the law looked with the eyes of faith and began to describe this man to who God estimates righteous without works…

Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin. Romans 4:7,8

In observing the description above, carefully note the tenses used.

Past sins — Past Tense = “Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.”

Present and Future Sins — Future Tense = “Blessed is the man to whom the Lord —will— not impute sin”

David describes the blessing of the man in Christ, that this man is forgiven past, present, and future sins. That the Lord will never charge him of any sin. All his sins have been imputed to Jesus on the cross. David preached the gospel.

This is the mother of all blessings. The preaching of the forgiveness of sins is the gospel of Christ which is the power of God unto salvation.

Then we hear;

Cometh this blessedness then upon the circumcision only, or upon the uncircumcision also? for we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness .Romans 4:9

This blessing is for the entire world and not just for the Jews. The circumcision (Jews) and the uncircumcision (Gentiles) all receive this blessedness of none imputation of sins once they put faith in Christ Jesus.

This is the same way Abraham received the blessing. He received it 13 years before he was circumcised.

How was it then reckoned? when he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision. Romans 4:10

His circumcision was not to earn the blessing but a sign that the blessing or covenant was given to him.

And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also: And the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which he had being yet uncircumcised. Romans 4:11,12

Our works are a seal of our faith in Jesus and not a criterion. They are the manifestation of the Christ in us. When we truly receive Christ, he lives in us and the fruits of his workings are seen in the way we conduct ourselves in holiness.

Because we have the favour of God upon our lives, we walk in the steps of the faith of Abraham, we forsake all kinds of ill conducts not to gain righteousness but because we are made righteous, eternally forgiven and highly favoured.

Confession

Father, I thank you for rendering me a partaker of your blessings in Christ. My sins past, present, and future are forgiven. I am the blessed of the Lord.

I reject the spirit of guilt and condemnation. I reject the tongues rising against me in judgment, and I declare, no weapon formed against me shall prosper, for my righteousness comes only from the Lord.

Prophetic Insight

In an encounter with the Lord, I heard “Dear Child, Do not be afraid, I have commanded supplies to sustain you until you are established in my promise. Day by day you will see my goodness.

Fret not dear child, in the midst of it all the heavens will always give unto you the due blessing until I bring you to the place of your inheritance.”

And the children of Israel did eat manna forty years, until they came to a land inhabited; they did eat manna, until they came unto the borders of the land of Canaan. Exodus 16:35

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

I Heard “Rest And Receive The Blessings Of Righteousness” ~ Pastor Jahfas Ahua

God’s Grace in Romans | The Secret of Abraham |

We saw from our last discussion that we establish the law in our lives by fulfilling its purpose when we accept its sentence of condemnation and run to Christ for salvation, and we also use it to do the same in the lives of others. This is the duty of the law.

Then the apostle continues in this next chapter by opening up something beautiful;

What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as about the flesh, hath found? Romans 4:1

There is something the father of the whole Jewish nation even the father of faith found that made him experience the blessings of faith.

Abraham was very rich on earth (Gen. 13:2), he was blessed in all things (Gen. 24:1). Abraham walked in the miraculous, he saw an entire household of numerous maidservants healed, wombs opened through just one prayer (Gen. 20:17-18).

And Abraham has a special place in heaven even as Jesus said Lazarus was in Abraham’s bosom (Luke 16:22).

Now to discover the secret of the father of faith I believe is one of the greatest things that would happen to anyone at this side of life.

So what did Abraham discover?

For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God. Romans 4:2

If Abraham were accepted before the Justice of God by his goodness then he would have had an opportunity to boast.

Many times we have had problems with Paul’s high level of revelation with what James meant. The reason is that we take the word out of context.

Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? James 2:19-21

This is very simple to understand when you know how the old testament people exercised their faith.

The object of worship and acceptance under the old testament was blood. Without the shedding of blood, no one was accepted and the blood was the object they used to demonstrate their faith in Jesus.

His work of sacrifice was not to earn righteousness but to place his faith in the son of God who was to die for his sins. He wasn’t sacrificing Isaac to earn anything it was a prophetic picture of justification by faith in The death of Christ.

This is why in context we hear even the devil believes but he can never put faith in the sacrifice of Christ for the forgiveness of his sins.

All through scripture Abraham never did anything to earn righteousness or any blessing from God. When you observe the scripture…

For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed in God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. Romans 4:3

God came to Abraham and made precious promises to Abraham, knowing that Abraham married his half-sister (Lev. 18:9), which is an abomination under God’s law (Lev. 18:26.).

He lied about his wife to save his neck twice, subjecting her to possible adultery Gen.12,20.

Yet God blessed him and came after him with a wonderful promise of redemption, through his seed. (Gen 15:1-6)

All Abraham did was to accept and believe in the power and goodness of God to do what he had promised and his faith pleased God and He counted it to him for righteousness,13 years before he even fulfilled the law’s demand of circumcision.

The word translated above for counted is from the Greek word logizomai which is an accounting term meaning to take inventory of, to estimate (G3049, Strong’s Concordance).

Abraham’s faith in the power and goodness of God made Him estimate or impute righteousness into his account without any merit on his side.

Then the apostle continues;

Now to him, that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but debt. Romans 4:4

The apostle here shows clearly that if we offer the works of the flesh to be justified, salvation will become a payment for our works and the grace of God completely nullified.

And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it is of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work. Romans 11:6

Now, this is what Abraham discovered:

But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. Romans 4:5

With everything in Abraham’s life that was wrong, he was persuaded that God is a justifier of him who believes in Jesus no matter his ungodliness, by this God counted his faith equal to righteousness.

God gave him the finished work of Christ for the sinner as his righteousness. As we all look to his goodness, we are blessed together with faithful Abraham.

Confession

Heavenly Father, thank you for being a good God. In my emptiness, I can still look to your love in hope and find satisfaction in who and what you have done for me.

By faith in Christ, my iniquities are not marked, rather you have estimated me righteous by the blood of Christ which has procured righteousness, health, wealth, joy, peace, and life in constant communion and fellowship with you.

Prophetic Insight

In an encounter with the Lord, I heard “Do not be deceived like Eve dear Child, there are boundaries you cannot reach. Even so, I have saved you the struggle and have placed your redemption in myself.

Rest from your efforts, look to me, and walk in the blessing. The heaviness, the bitterness, the dissatisfaction is coming from your struggles for perfection. Your flesh profits you nothing.

I Am God and there is none else, I have sworn and ordained that only in me is your righteousness and strength. I Am your glory and only in me are you justified. Beloved, rest and receive the blessings of righteousness.”

Look unto me and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else. I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear. Surely, shall one say, in the LORD have I righteousness and strength: even to him shall men come; and all that are incensed against him shall be ashamed. In the LORD shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and shall glory. Isaiah 45:22-25

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

I Heard “I Love You, And Have Made You More Than A Conqueror. ” ~ By Jahfas Ahua

God’s Grace in Romans | How We Establish The Law |

We saw from our last discussion Paul’s conclusion on justification, that a man is justified by faith without the works of the law.

Then he continues;

Is he the God of the Jews only? is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also:Romans 3:29

God is the God of both the Jews and Gentiles. He is the God of the whole earth. He is the Creator, preserver and governor of both the Jews and Gentiles.

And by covenant, Jesus died for the sins of the whole world and not just for a select few.

The middle wall of partition between the Jew and the Gentile has been broken down through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.

All men have access only through faith in the cross of Jesus;

Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith.Romans 3:30

Then the apostle concludes this chapter, after showing that God’s way of justifying sinners has nothing to do with the works, by making a very profound statement concerning the law;

Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law. Romans 3:31

Is the law then useless? He answers, God forbid!

So if the law is not made void, what do we do with the law since we don’t earn justification by it?

We hear “we establish the law”

Now the question we all have to ask on how we are to establish the law is this, what is the purpose of the law?

You can’t establish what you don’t know the purpose. You can only fulfil a purpose known to you.

Therefore, what is the purpose of the law?

Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. Romans 3:19

God gave the law that ” that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.”

The law was not given to give life nor righteousness, but it was intended to reveal sin in man, and his inability to live up to God’s standard of righteousness, so he would run to Christ for justification.

Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.Galatians 3:24

When we admit the sentence of the law, that by our works we are sinners in need of a saviour and run to Jesus for grace, we establish the law, just like the apostles did (Acts 15:11.)

After we are justified by faith in Christ, “we are no longer under a schoolmaster,” for we have become the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus (2Corinthians 5:21.)

Nevertheless, the law is not totally useless, we still use the law after we are saved, however, is not to be justified by, but it is to establish it’s purpose in the lives of the unrighteous, (those who are not yet made righteous in Christ.)

“But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully; Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man,…”1 Timothy 1:8-9

God’s method of showing people their need is through the law. But, the law is powerless in making provision for that need. It is the gospel that provides the power to produce salvation. (Romans 1:16)

So to establish the law is simple, admit its sentence of condemnation, run to Christ and be justified freely by grace, then use the law to help others see their need for Jesus.

Confession

Gracious father, thank you for Jesus who has come and has given me an understanding heart. Today I know your heart of love toward me. I rest in the loving arms of Jesus.

All you have ever desired for me in life is to rest and live in your love through faith in Jesus. I reject the spirit of condemnation, I receive joy in the Holy Ghost and Walk in divine strength.

Prophetic Insight

In an encounter with the Lord, I heard “ My Child, I am for you, who can be against you? I did not spare my son but gave him for you even when you did not know me, how shall I not with him freely give you all things?

Those tongues of condemnation and the charges against you are not from me dear child. I have justified you and have given you this salvation in Christ, knowing your weakness I gave him to be your intercessor.

All you need say to yourself my beloved is that, I love you, and have made you more than a conqueror. “

What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.Romans 8:31-34,37

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