Prophetic Teaching & Prophecy
June 23, 2021.
Discovering Christ In Ephesians
We saw from our last discussion the power of praise. That we are to praise God in all things for this is the will of God concerning us in Christ, and this still the enemy, it keeps off the avenger.
Then the apostle continues,
Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. Ephesians 5:21
This is an over to the top rule for all Christians. In a political sense, we are to be subject and to give honour, obedience, tribute to all civil magistrates as authorities ordained by God. When we do so, it is an advantage to our religion. A promotion of our course.
Then in civil relationships, a servant is to be submissive to his master for the sake of religion and not for the sake of any wage. We are the light of the world, living epistles of Christ which the entire world is reading (2Cor. 3:3).
Men can only see God made manifest through us. So whether as servants, we are to always be submissive to authorities as those teaching Christ to the world.
In an economical sense, Children should be subject to their parents, honouring them in all things, being ready to contend with their enemies at the gate; that is to be able to assist them when they become vulnerable.
It is ungodly to be living in luxury while your parents decay in poverty. You see, there are different kinds of blessings, we have the blessings of heaven, blessings of the earth and blessings of the breast and of the womb (Genesis 49: 25-26).
The blessings of the breast and womb can only be released to you from your earthly parents. This is why the new testament still reaffirms that honouring parents comes with a promise (Ephesians 6:2).
In an ecclesiastical sense, members of Churches ought to give double honour to their Pastors as those placed in the highest position of authority in the church, given the greatest gifts, given the highest service and found more faithful.
Yet they are not to be esteemed above the Lord of the Church, and they are not to be esteemed above God’s word. Specifically, double honour is to be reserved for those that labour to bring forth a purified doctrine (1Timothy 5:17).
Then in a marriage institution, the wife is to be subject to the husband and likewise the husband is to be subject to the wife. We will deal with this deeply as we proceed.
Now you may ask, how do I honour those God has placed over me?
You see, many a times we lack the understanding that any authority we are under, God has ordained it and they are serving his purpose, therefore, to dishonour an authority is to directly dishonour God.
Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Romans 13:1
From all the spheres of authority we have discussed, they all are God’s servants at the several jurisdictions.
How do I honour them?
We hear “in the fear of God”
This is a strong statement; this is saying your submission to an authority is directly proportional to your fear of God. What you do to an authority over you is an announcement of your heart condition towards God.
Your level of reverence to God is manifested in your honour to the authorities over you, you cannot say you honour God who you cannot see, and turn around and live in constant disrespect to his authorities over you!
Our society is one way or the other leaving godly values for secularism. There was a time when even nature was a teacher of these values. Today we are slowly leaving divine wisdom to the wisdom of the world, hence, forfeiting blessings we would have walked in.
The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom, so to honour in fear of God is divine wisdom. Therefore, it is unwise to not be live in subjection to one another and to the authorities God has placed over us!
Blessed father, thank you for making me a partaker of your divine nature. I have the mind of Christ, full of honour to God and man. I refuse to walk in the folly of the devil, I refuse to be lifted up in pride and in turn fall into the condemnation of the devil.
I am a branch of the vine, the holiness, humility, righteousness of God flows through me and creation sees God made manifest through me. I refuse to be subject to sickness and diseases , I refuse to be subject to the elements of this world.
I reign in the life of Christ over sin, lack, sickness and disease, failure and all works of darkness. Hallelujah.
At the beginning of the year the Lord gave me a prophetic word for this year that this year is a year of fruitfulness. And the Lord went on to let me know know that this word is in phases.
The first phase is the first half of the year, which the Lord said “ It would be a period where things would die”
But this second half of the year, I heard him say “now is the time to bear much fruit”
As I have stayed with him, he began to explain to me that the things that were to stand against the fulfilment of his promises over us had to die for the new to surface,
I heard him say “in these remaining months of the year, many that have being purged through the fire will experience my glory in their lives beyond what they have ever known!”
And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. John 12:23-24
Blessings in Christ,
Pastor Jahfas Victor Ahua
Living Hill Christian Church.