What is happening today is bad but we can learn a lot during this period about what and where God is expecting us to be. It has always been the mind of God that He be sufficient for us in all things.
God is not a story, He is reality and we can live on and from Him. I felt so strong to ask about where and what He is expecting of us even now and the LORD led me to this scripture;
And thou shalt remember all the way which the LORD thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no. And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live.
We can live by the word if God says it. When I mean live by the word I mean living the way the word was manifested upon the earth. He ate food, rested because of the physical body but never asked Doctor Luke to give him Medicine for headache.
God wants us to grow up into him in all things. I believe We are passing through this wilderness right now because the LORD wants us to start living effectually by the word.
The Lord has been impressing upon my heart for sometime now to speak to the Body of Christ on the realities of the Kingdom. I have been shying away from this because of how offensive people get when it comes to actually living on the body and blood of Jesus and not just verbally confessing that we are doing it. But I believe this is the right moment.
A lot of Christians are not living the life Jesus came to offer but are waiting to live the life in heaven. We have when-we-get-to-heaven Christians singing of how it will be amazing for us to enjoy eternal life in heaven but funny enough there is no one scripture in the word of God that says we going to live in heaven forever.
Many believers profess we already have eternal life here on earth but do not live the life to its fullness. It is in the time of this pandemic that my soul has being much vexed with most of the responses I have heard and seen among believers.
We have a very popular scripture that has proclaimed the mind of God for those that would believe. It says clearly that;
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. John 3:16
This is not a promise but a law. It is a covenant declaration from the throne of God that whosoever believes should not perish but should have everlasting life.
Not momentary but perpetual life. The word used above for everlasting is from the Greek word aionios which means perpetual (Strong’s Concordance G166).
Hence, it is the decree of God that if we believe we should have a continuing uninterrupted life.
The statements of Jesus on eternal life were always addressing two sets of believers, those that will believe and live the eternal life here on earth and those that will live the life when he returns and raises them up. The Apostle John addressed the former in his first letter which is my concern;
These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. 1 John 5:13
John is addressing the believers to reveal to them that they already have eternal life. He doesn’t say they are going to have but that when they believed they received eternal life. The striking thing for me in the above verse is the last part of the verse …and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
Were they not believers already ? They were believers but there is a recognition of this life that produces the realities. This is what the Apostle Paul addressed in his later to the Philemon;
That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus. Philemon 1:6
They are two words that I will like us to observe in the above verse, effectual and acknowledging. The word effectual is from the Greek word engerges where we get the English word energy and it means to be operative and the latter word acknowledging is from the Greek word epignosis which means a recognition; that is full discernment. (Strong’s Concordance G1722 & G1922).
Therefore, John was saying to these believers that; I want you go beyond knowing you are born again to a full discernment of the eternal life in you that it may become operative in your life.
The Good life of God is already in us, this continuing uninterrupted life of God is in us but until we fully discern the life, it will be in us but operating to our level of discernment.
Who or what is this eternal Life? We are told by the same Apostle John;
And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life. 1 John 5:20
Now Jesus is the son of God, The eternal life and The true God in our mortal bodies. He further describes this eternal life;
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) 1 John 1:1-2
Eternal life is tangible, it is not a religious way of living but God manifesting himself in the bodies of men. The word of God is not a story book, it is not an advisory counsel. It is the life that can be handled, looked upon, heard, and seen with the eyes when manifested. This is what Apostle Paul was explaining in Romans 8:11
But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. Romans 8:11
This is saying that when eternal life enters our body, He vitalizes our death doomed bodies. Our bodies become living tabernacles. He gives life to our bodies that were death doomed and now they become living bodies because resurrection life is dwelling in them. A true recognition of this destroys the fear of death and sickness
A lot of Christians have watered this scripture down by the religious perspective that it is reserved for heaven. First observe that it says “his Spirit that dwelleth in you” The Holy Ghost does not dwell in dead bodies. For as the body without the spirit is dead..(James 2:26).
And there is something else the Holy Ghost revealed to me from the verse when I studied it carefully,
…he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. Romans 8:11
There is no shall in the original even though it does not make any difference, the word used for shall in the above verse is the Greek word zoopoieo which means to vitalize (Strong’s Concordance G2227) and it is the same word translated as quicken in the above verse.
The word translated for also above is the Greek word kai meaning and also even so (Strong’s Concordance G2532)
Just like when the Lord would use statements like verily verily, if we are to read the verse as it is in the original it will be,
But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead quickeneth and quickeneth your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. Romans 8:11 (emphasis Mine)
It is not going to happen, it is what we have right now. The LORD is a quickening Spirit. quickening our bodies second by second, minute by minute 24/7. It is because many have not acknowledged this reality which is the reason for the fear of sickness and death. Jesus came to deliver us from the fear of death;
Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. Hebrews 2:14-15
A lot of Christians cannot entrust themselves to this kind of scriptures because they are so afraid of death. But we have been delivered from the spirit of fear. We have the spirit of love and a sound mind. It is the determination of God that the Church should grow up to live by the life of Christ and not medicine.
I am not against it but it is not God’s best place for us.
We keep proclaiming thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth, but I don’t think there are doctors in heaven for sick Christians. The word of God is eternal life and he can be your medicine if you go up higher (Prov. 4:20-22).
We have become lovers of our lives. Overcoming victory comes when we are ready to believe the word and are ready to die for what we believe. This is how the ancients believed God, time and space will fail me but Esther lived this way, and we know of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego.
This scripture is often quoted but the last part of it neglected;
And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. Revelation 12:11
When we begin to loose our lives we will find resurrection life, this what Jesus said. God will certainly not be ashamed to be called our God when we are ready to start laying down our lives for what Christ came to do to be made manifest before creation. Creation is waiting for the manifestation of the sons of God. When will that generation come forth?
What I am saying is not new, Christians are living like this who have found the light; I have being living on the eternal life of God together with my wife and children for about five years now. My children do not know the difference between how a drug tastes and chocolate because they have never had drugs for of sickness.
Have we been tempted? more than you could imagine but we know that the enemy brings affliction for the sake of the word and we will not let him steal the word from our hearts. For we have resolved we are not afraid to go to heaven. To live is Christ but to die is gain. Just imagine if the cure for the scourge is never found?
The word of God is the sufficient medicine.
I am not against doctors, I believe God has given us doctors to help in a lot of ways but I do not believe that they are God’s best for us. There is no help in man but God. There is a higher place in God.
My wife was wondering why the world was so much in an uproar looking up for a vaccine because we do not watch the news often by reason of the negativity being always proclaimed. I had to explain to her the reason, that there is a virus that even Christians are scared of. And after that she said to me, for Christians it is not supposed to make any difference if we have being building our houses on the rock. The storm would have made no difference.
The Church in the wilderness lived for forty years without doctors, God was their healing and He is still the same yesterday, today and forever.
Psalms 105:37 He brought them forth also with silver and gold: and there was not one feeble person among their tribes.
The Church is doing a lot no doubt but I am looking forward to the time when the Church will be a true refuge, we will not agree to be hidden but request that nations come under our tabernacles in a time of disaster as this;
And the LORD will create upon every dwelling place of mount Zion, and upon her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night: for upon all the glory shall be a defence. And there shall be a tabernacle for a shadow in the daytime from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and for a covert from storm and from rain. .Isaiah 4:5-6
This morning as I was praying the LORD said to me “Say to My BODY, ‘COME UP HIGHER.’ ”
Blessings in Christ,
Pastor Jahfas Victor Ahua
Living Hill Christian Church
April 27, 2020.