Royal Life Daily Devotional & Prophecy September 7, 2020.
The Door is Now Opened Unto You
Yes, Gleanings from the book of Galatians. Yesterday we saw that the law was our school master to bring us to Christ, now that we are in Christ we are no longer to be governed by the administration of the law, but we are to live by faith in Christ Jesus.
Then the apostle opens up something beautiful in the following verses;
Galatians 3:26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
Oh, as Gentiles we are now sons of God by faith in Christ Jesus. We were never called through the law, we were never given the law in the first place, it was given to the Jews and not the Gentiles.
When we fall into the bondage of trying to earn God’s goodness through the law, we are outrightly denying our sonship through faith in Christ Jesus.
The devil is good at understanding these kind of things more than we know, we give him legal right to lay curses on us when we go back to put ourselves under a system we were never called under.
Before the introduction grace and faith in Christ we could not dare be called sons of God as Gentiles. But glory to the son of God, today we are admitted into the covenant through the grace of God. Now we can boldly declare by faith in Christ that we are the sons of God with power.
Galatians 3:27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
Incredible, the moment we receive Jesus, we are baptized into him. We put on Christ. We become hidden in him. When God sees us today he sees Christ. He sees the beauty of his son reflecting from us.
This why the groom can boldly say to us;
Song of Solomon 4:7 Thou art all fair, my love; there is no spot in thee.
Indeed there can be no spot in us, for we are covered in the garments of salvation. We are covered with the robe of righteousness. O how we ought to rejoice;
Isaiah 61:10 I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.
Therefore; Galatians 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
Wow, whether you are white, you are my beloved brother. Though you may be red, you are my beloved sister. Though you may be black it still does not change a thing, we are absolutely one in Christ.
Please Stop Saying Black Lives Matter, all lives matter. We are all one in Christ. That is a language of division. There is no bond nor free, there is no male nor female – for we are all one in Christ Jesus.
I love you dearly my reader, I hope you love me too, for we cannot be separated in Christ.
There is no difference between the Jew and the Greek. There is no special people in the eyes of God again since the introduction of the death of the son. We are all accepted and made equal in Christ.
Here Jesus is the only one special, only Jesus reigns here and not a particular race of people.
There is nothing again as a special seed of Abraham. No nation has a separate heritage from the one covenant of Abraham we are all beneficiaries from. There is nothing as – this people are the special and real seed of Abraham – we all are the seed of Abraham in Christ;
Galatians 3:29 And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
See you tomorrow….
In an encounter with the Lord, I saw someone struggling to open a door, he was using his strength to open this door but it wasn’t easy for him, then I heard the Lord say to him “Stop.” And when he did, I saw the door slowly open by itself.
Mark 16:3-4 And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre? And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away: for it was very great.
Revelation 3:8 I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.
Then the Lord said, “I understand the greatness of what lies ahead of you. I know your struggles, I am acquainted with your sufferings. I am not angry with you – for I no you have little strength but you have held unto my word.
I say to you now my Child, stop the self pity, stop the struggle and keep looking to me. Do not turn back, the great stone you see before you is now being rolled away.
The door is now opened unto you my Child. Go forward with faith and hope in me.”
Blessings in Christ, Pastor Jahfas Victor Ahua Living Hill Christian Church.
Royal Life Daily Devotional & Prophecy September 6, 2020.
I AM Your Exceeding Great Reward
It does not matter what is their perception of you. All they have thought of you will fall to the ground. You are not alone, Your God, even your father is with you. Be bold and courageous and joyful, For Joy is the antidote to the evil one’s desires toward you.
Yes, Gleanings from the Book of Galatians. We saw yesterday that life does not come from the law. There is no law which has ever be given, through which we can receive life and righteousness.
Christ our life, Christ our righteousness.
Then the apostle goes further to say;
Galatians 3:22 But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.
The word of God has already sentenced all of us under sin. We are all criminals before the Justice of God. You may never have stollen but you have sure broken God’s law, and you have missed at one point you are guilty of all;
James 2:10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.
Under the demands of the law, you may not have committed the actual sin but since we have broken God’s law at one point or the other, we are all criminals, fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, coveters, etc outside of Jesus. This is wait the above scripture says.
“that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.”
This is the ministry of the law, that we become guilty through its demands, that the promise be given to us through faith in Jesus and not by works. This is as simple as it can get but very difficult to believe.
Look at what the next verse says;
Galatians 3:23 But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.
Before faith came, before Jesus arrived on the scene, we were to live in bondage to guilt, that when faith comes on board, we would embrace the free grace of God. We would be tired of the bondage and run to faith in Christ for life.
Galatians 3:24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
Hence, the law did a very good Job at that. It was not given to justify us but to condemn us so we would reach out for salvation in Christ. It was our school master the apostle says, not for us to be justified by it, but so we would see our need of a saviour, lay hold on Christ and be justified by faith.
Galatians 3:25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.
The moment you accept Jesus, the ministry of the law is ended in your life. Now that faith has come, we are no longer under a school master. We are no longer to go to the school of the law to be schooled, for Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believes;
Romans 10:4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.
Understanding these things is the bedrock for a powerful Christian walk. I am seeing people who have turned to Christ in our short time of starting up the church see miracles in and through their lives.
I am seeing these people cast out devils, heal the sick within a short period of them receiving these teachings. Instead of them becoming more sinful as carnally minded people think, I am seeing them daring to believe that God can use them. I say this of a truth, God is actually using them.
We will continue tomorrow…
In an encounter with the Lord, “Be Satisfied With Me” when I heard this the sense surrounded me of someone under anxiety and panic. I felt fear and dissatisfaction as though the joy of the Lord was being crushed in the heart of this person by the enemy’s devices.
When I heard this, I was led by the spirit to;
Genesis 15:1 After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.
Then the Lord said, “Fear not my Child. Do not be anxious I have not left you alone, I AM with you even as your shield.
Do not look to your fails attempts, do not find your identity in the things you thought were your failures.
Be satisfied with me, I AM your result. Look to me, as long as I AM with you – I AM your exceeding great reward.”
Blessings in Christ Pastor Jahfas Victor Ahua Living Hill Christian Church.
Royal Life Daily Devotional & Prophecy September 5, 2020.
You Have Embraced My Promises
Yes, we are overcoming. It is a moment to hang in and hang on to the cross. Just keep waiting, help is on the way.
Yes, Gleanings from the Book of Galatians. We were able to see from our last discussion, that the law was not God’s main agenda, it was added because of transgression. It was added to increase sin, to make sin exceedingly sinful so man would run to Jesus for the grace of God.
But I understand that a lot people reading this won’t be satisfied with what we discussed, hence the Apostle goes on to further say in this verse;
Galatians 3:21 Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law.
“Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid”
I know someone may say, see? Pastor I told you, Paul even said “GOD FORBID” The law is not against God’s promises. That’s right beloved, but look further, it says something very shocking, it says;
“For if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law”
They are two things to be deduced from the above statement;
First, there had never existed any law at any time that could give life. There is no law in existence that could give life. The law does not give life the law ministers death 2Cor.3:7
Secondly, the law does not give righteousness, if it could, righteousness would have been by the law. But since it has no power to minister righteousness, Christ had to be our righteousness.
The law does not produce righteousness in us, it entered to empower and increase sin in us 1Cor. 15:56 & Romans 5:20
If there ever was a law given that could offer life and righteousness, then Christ would not have come. This is why when many say, now that we are saved, we must keep the law for righteousness, its just reveals blunt scriptural ignorance.
There has never been a law given that could offer that.
The law does not give life and righteousness, its work is to offer death and increase sin in a man when you dare look to it for life.
Christ our life, Christ our righteousness. The Holy one of God is our all and not the law.
We will continue tomorrow…
In an encounter with the Lord, I saw a Christian waiting on God, then I saw another person With the name Promise come and embrace this Christian. And I felt the Lord say “now is the set time to fulfil my promises”
Psalms 102:13 Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her, yea, the set time, is come.
Then the Lord said, “Now is the set time to fulfil my promises upon you. Now is the time to favour Zion.
I have risen out of my holy habitation to show you my mercy. My favour will now manifest as my promises have embraced you.
Yes, this is the set time, you are now in union with my favour – for you have embraced my promises”
Blessings in Christ, Pastor Jahfas Victor Ahua Living Hill Christian Church.
Royal Life Daily Devotional & Prophecy September 4, 2020.
“I AM Now Causing You To Possess The Increase”
The enemy is reviewing many people’s lives, bringing back what should have killed them to which the Lord helped overcome, he is bringing back these temptations but in a different form. How you overcame in the past is how you will still overcome, for the Lord is now delivering. Unsurmountable joy is released to take us through.
Yes, Gleanings from the book of Galatians. Yesterday we saw that the covenant was given to Abraham and to his seed which is Christ. The covenant was ratified by God in Christ and we or the law cannot add or take anything off the covenant.
Then the Apostle reaffirms the nature of the main clause of the covenant to which the Lord said to Abraham, in thee shall all nations blessed;
Galatians 3:18 For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise.
When God said Abraham was to inherit the earth, in him all nations were to be blessed, the law had not come to being at the moment. God gave the covenant to Abraham as a promise with no conditions.
God made an unconditional promise to Abraham, hence the above verse contrasts between promise and the law.
It says above “For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise”
The promises made to Abraham and the law are antagonistic. The inheritance was not to be given by the law but by promise.
I tell you the truth, the Bible is not biology or geography that you can just read and understand. Sometimes when I look at what the word of God is actually saying and what I hear on pulpits today, I marvel. Oh the wisdom of God.
Man has totally been made foolish in the presence of the wisdom of God. The riches of Christ have been hid from the world.
Today you heard things like, God has already done his job, he has already given us his promises, if you do this, do that, keep this, keep that then God will bless you.
The inheritance comes by promise and not by law keeping. The inheritance and the law are antagonistic. Strange but this is God saying it. This is scripture.
Someone may say, Pastor then what about the law? Why was the law given in the first place?
You want to know the service of the law? Look at this dearly beloved of the Lord;
Galatians 3:19 Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.
Observe carefully this answer given as a reason for the introduction of the law “It was added because of transgressions”
First it says it was “added” indicating it was never God’s main agenda. Then we hear the reason “because of transgression”
Before the law, man thought he was righteous, God was blessing the seed of Abraham according to his covenant given to Abraham by promise but the seed of Abraham never understood this. They thought they could deserve God’s blessings by their actions.
The heart of man was lifted up within him in pride. We hear this before the law was given: when God was about giving the law; instead of crying out for mercy and grace as moses would always do before God, the children of Israel actually said:
“All that the LORD hath spoken we will do. And Moses returned the words of the people unto the LORD.” Exodus 19:8
This was the reason the Lord decided to descend and reveal to man how sinful he actually is.
The LORD added the law for transgression, that man may know his true state and run to God for grace. It was to show them their sin, to humble them so they would run to the cross when the son would arrive.
It was not given to cure sin, but rather to increase sin;
Romans 5:20 “Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound”
God wanted man to see himself as who he truly is, wretched and in need of a saviour.
God wanted to reveal the disease called sin in man that his pride be quenched so he would look to the cross;
Romans 3:20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
By the law is the knowledge of sin, not the knowledge of God. Before the law men knew know, Enoch lived and walked with God until he was no more. Their conscience was moved upon by the Holy Spirit.
Today a lot of people think we know God by the law, never, we know sin by the law not God. And this was the reason for which the law was given.
The inheritance comes by promise and not by the law. Look to Jesus, his grace is making available all promises to us.
We will continue on this tomorrow…
In an encounter with the Lord I saw increased spiritual activities in the lives of many. I kept on seeing scenes of different kinds of healings on another level happening in and through many in the body of Christ. And I felt the Lord say “It is a season of increase”
Zechariah 8:12 For the seed shall be prosperous; the vine shall give her fruit, and the ground shall give her increase, and the heavens shall give their dew; and I will cause the remnant of this people to possess all these things.
Then the Lord said “It is a season of increase. I am prospering every seed you sow. The works of your hands shall be fruitful.
I have blessed your ground for increase. The windows of heaven are opened over you this season. Sow that I may prosper your seed, the ground is ready for increase. I am now causing you to possess the increase.”
Blessings in Christ, Pastor Jahfas Victor Ahua Living Hill Christian Church.
Royal Life Daily Devotional & Prophecy September 3, 2020.
I See Myself In You
The fire is really hot, a lot of things are strangely happening, but God is only purifying many for something greater. Do not panic, you will come out stronger and refined for durability.
Yes, Gleanings from The Book of Galatians. We saw in our last discussion that we have been delivered from the curse of the law, and now we already have the blessing, The promised Holy Spirit. We cannot be cursed for he became a curse for us that we might receive the blessing of Abraham. We are today irreversibly blessed in Christ.
This is why the apostle says in the next verse;
Galatians 3:15 Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be but a man’s covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto.
Paul now gives an analogy, that if a covenant is confirmed even in human affairs, no one can add to the covenant or cancel it. Hence the covenant of blessing was made to Abraham to be confirmed in Christ.
This covenant was a covenant of blessing. God said to him, I will bless you and in you shall all the nations of the earth be blessed. This is the main clause of the covenant.
You and I were not mentioned as covenant parties. No conditions were given to you and I and even to Abraham. In fact, we were not in anyway mentioned in connection to the constitution of the covenant;
Galatians 3:16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.
Observe carefully the language of Paul, God did not make a promise to you and I. God made promises to Abraham and his Seed which is Christ.
You are not a covenant child of God, you are a beneficiary of the covenant as a child of God.
Trying to make God bless you is foolishness. God is not committed to you, God is only obligated to Christ. God will never bless you, God blesses Christ in you. No promise was made to you, all promises were made to Christ.
When you are in Christ, the blessings are Yea and Amen. Not in you; that is in your flesh. God told Abraham IN YOU, that is, in Christ shall all nations of the earth be blessed.
Your name is not in the article of the covenant, my name is not their either. The name of Jesus is the only one qualified to invoke the blessings of the covenant.
This is why we must always look to him. He has ratified the covenant, I am not against good works, I am for good works from the the right source. The covenant is already ratified and no amount of good works can add to it, and nothing can cancel the power of the covenant, no, not even the law.
Galatians 3:17 And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect.
Now observe the language, the covenant “was confirmed before of God in Christ”
In the economy of God, the lamb of God was slain from the foundation of the world. The covenant of grace was confirmed even before the law was added.
“the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect.”
Now the law cannot add to the covenant nor can it nullify the covenant. The law has no place in the covenant, which is what the above verse says.
If the covenant was confirmed even before the law was given, then no one can add or nullify that the promise be not effectuated or manifested.
All glory to God. You and I and the law cannot stop the promises from having its effect as long as we are found in Christ, in him we are forever blessed.
The law came too late, today it has no part of the covenant.
We have to sincerely keep thanking God for the privilege we have, in Christ admitting us into the blessings.
We are only beneficiaries of the covenant and not covenant parties. No obligation is on us, all on Christ. God has made no promise to us but Christ.
To Christ I will always look, I will seek his favour and mercy that I may benefit from his blessings.
In an encounter with the Lord, I heard as I was waking up “I see Myself in You”
1 John 4:17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.
The Lord said “I see myself in you. You are even as I AM. Spotless, harmless, undefiled, righteous, holy and perfect by my blood.
All things are yours even as all things are mine. Do not look to the lies, do not look away. Look to me and be glad, you will never be defeated even as I can never be defeated.
You are strong, loved Much by my father even as I am loved by him. You are daily his delight even as I am daily his delight.
You will never be left alone, for He is always with you even as He is always with me.
My Child, you are dearly loved as I see myself in you”
Blessings in Christ, Pastor Jahfas Victor Ahua Living Hill Christian Church.
Royal Life Daily Devotional & Prophecy September 2, 2020.
Help is on The Way, Do Not Give in to Despair
This is a season of increase but we must fight to see it if we desire what God is saying. As many as will give themselves to what the Lord has laid in their hearts to do this season, they will see increase beyond what they have ever known.
Yes, Gleanings from the Book of Galatians. Yesterday we saw how the Lord declared through the mouth of the apostle Paul, that as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse of the law, for the law demands perfection and not just observing a select few laws.
But we hear something beautiful in the following verse about the curse of the law. It says;
Galatians 3:13 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:
What a precious privilege, we are redeemed, bought out from the curse of the law. God has found fault with me by the standard of the law but instead of the law enforcing its curse upon me, Jesus did something wonderful! He was “made a curse for us”
Jesus did not just carry my curse but he himself was made a curse for me. By hanging on that tree he accepted the decree of the law which states “Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree”
The Lord was cursed that you are I be free from the demands of the law. Today we stand free from every curse because the son of God was made a curse, that the weak, even as I and you be accepted and blessed in him.
Galatians 3:14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
Jesus became a curse that we should receive the blessing of Abraham. We are done with curses the moment we get born again. We can only accept curses into our lives if we have not believed that the son of God became a curse for us.
What is the blessing of Abraham that we have received?
“That we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith”
The blessing of Abraham is not cars, houses, clothes etc. The blessing of Abraham is the Spirit of Christ.
If you are born again then you need to keep on declaring you are blessed. Of a truth you are irreversibly blessed if you can see it.
This is why when someone inquires of me “how are you doing? I answer blessed. I am always blessed. I cannot help but stay blessed. I have left the era of the curse. I am in the fulfilment of the work of the son of God, when he became a curse that I should be blessed in him.
Being born again is a result of Jesus already taking away our curses. Hallelujah.
We will continue tomorrow….
In an encounter with the Lord “I saw a child of God who was doing God’s business alone. It looked tough and lonely but I saw the lord move the hearts of people, and I saw helpers coming in to help this Child of God execute the business God had laid on her heart.”
I was led by the Spirit to:
2 Chronicles 26:7,15 And God helped him against the Philistines, and against the Arabians that dwelt in Gurbaal, and the Mehunims….
……And he made in Jerusalem engines, invented by cunning men, to be on the towers and upon the bulwarks, to shoot arrows and great stones withal. And his name spread far abroad; for he was marvellously helped, till he was strong.
Then the Lord said “Help is on the way, do not give in to despair. I Am now coming with the help you need.
I AM fortifying you with gifted people that will help you execute my counsel. Get ready for expansion, for I am marvelously helping you till you become very strong”
Blessings in Christ, Pastor Jahfas Victor Ahua Living Hill Christian Church.
Royal Life Daily Devotional & Prophecy September 1, 2020.
The Death is a Potting Soil For Resurrection Life
Yes, Gleanings from the Book of Galatians. We saw in our last discussion that the power to work miracles comes not by man’s righteousness. God does not move on our behalf because we are holy but because, when we believe in Jesus, his righteousness becomes our righteousness which is the reason God works miracles in and through us.
The the apostle Paul opens up something striking in the next verse;
Galatians 3:8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.
Observe the first words “And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith”
The scripture foresaw? Does the scripture has eyes?
The entire word of God is Christ. The word is living and powerful. The word, right from Genesis saw that we would be justified before God by faith and not by our works.
Hence we hear;
“preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed”
Preached the gospel unto Abraham?
A lot of people think the gospel of grace is a new school gospel. Something that has come into being nowadays. Remember we have established earlier in chapter one that there are no gospels in scripture. There is only one gospel which is the gospel of the grace of Christ and it is not a new gospel.
This is the gospel that saved Abraham and his descendants and it is the gospel the has the power to save all sinners.
God himself preached the gospel of grace to Abraham. This is no new Gospel. Abraham heard the grace of Christ and believed.
God preached to him saying “In thee shall all nations be blessed”
In thee? Yes, in Christ shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, not just the natural is Israel but the entire world would be blessed in Christ the seed of Abraham.
Observe carefully the language, it does not say all nations will be blessed in themselves but “in thee” the blessing is not ourselves, it is not from us, it does not come by us but the blessing is in Christ. Christ is the blessing, when we are in him we are I the blessing.
Then he goes on to say;
Galatians 3:9 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.
You desire the blessing? It comes by faith in what Christ has done and nothing else.
This is the gospel that was preached to Abraham, therefore, we are blessed with faithful Abraham when we look to Jesus by faith as our righteousness.
But when we desire to go the way of works we are told;
Galatians 3:10 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.
When we are not satisfied with the fact that the blood of Jesus has washed us and has made us whole. That we are today righteous by the blood of Jesus even forever. When we say no to this and run back to observe a little portion of the 613 laws to appease our ego that we are somewhat good, that we can deserve something by our good works we fall into the curse.
Why? Because God has already found fault with us by the standard of the law, the law has already judged us guilty;
Hebrews 8:8 For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah:
Observe the first statement “For finding Fault with them”
God has already found fault with us. This is why Jesus established the new covenant to help guilty sinners.
If God has said I have already found fault with you to which is the reason for me bringing in the new by my son, why fight against God judgment?
The scriptures cannot be broken. We are are forever guilty before God, only by Christ are we spotless before God.
Going back to be justified by works is calling God’s judgment a lie which is the reason for empowering the curse upon any who does that.
You are making the death, burial, resurrection of Jesus a vain thing. Dishonouring God and trying to establish your own righteousness.
This is why God says you must continue in all things written in the law. In other words you must be perfect in yourself
But we we hear; Galatians 3:11 But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.
Observe the last statement carefully, the Just live by faith and not by their works.
When the just go back to live by works, they are counting themselves unjust before principalities and powers. The devil knows this. When you count yourself unworthy by going back to works the enemy actually has you were he wants you to be.
You have deprived yourself of the full blessings of redemption.
We are to live by faith but the law is not of faith.
Galatians 3:12 And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them.
When we look to our works we are far from faith, when we look to Jesus we are in the faith of God.
What was preached to Abraham was not that all nations shall be blessed in the law but the all nations of the earth shall be blessed in thee, that is in Christ.
Therefore, when you live in the law, you are outside the blessing, you are living in the curse of the law. But when you live in Christ, you are in the blessing, blessed together with faithful Abraham.
See you tomorrow….
In an encounter with the Lord “I saw the dying of things in the life of a child of God. She was thinking it was a curse, that it was the beginning of something evil. That something evil would resurface.
But I saw things coming back with life, a different kind of glory. She was fearful but this was actually what the Lord had desired for her.
1 Corinthians 15:36-38 Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die: And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain: But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body.
Then the Lord said, ” It had to die, I know how much you have sown to reap. But I had to let it die for resurrection life to surface.
Do not be afraid, the death of things in your life is not my curse upon you, it is a potting soil for resurrection life.
I AM not doing what you think should be, but I am doing what you will love at the end.
I am giving every seed you have sown its unique life as I please, even a glory you will love. For I have desired wonderful things for you my Child.”
Blessings in Christ, Pastor Jahfas Victor Ahua Living Hill Christian Church.
Royal Life Daily Devotional & Prophecy August 31, 2020.
Your Adversaries Won’t be Able to Catch Up With What I Am Doing
God is doing something, even though it is looking very tough. Light is surfacing, keep at it, you are already in a new season.
Yes, gleanings from the Book of Galatians. We saw in our last discussion from the third Chapter that the law rather empowers sin when we look to it for righteousness. When we seek to be accepted before God by our works we rather enter into bewitchment set for us by the Devil.
Now the Apostle says unto the Churches something he wishes them to reason on. He says;
Galatians 3:4 Have ye suffered so many things in vain? if it be yet in vain.
We have to be gain minded. Most of us when we turned to Christ, we faced rejection from friends and even family members. We faced and still a lot of persecution for our faith. We suffer much but it is God’s will that these sufferings be attended upon with his gracious reward.
It is not as though our sufferings earn us rewards but it is a grace in us worked out as a proof of our salvation to which we ought not to let be in vain. Now we have accepted the grace of Christ, we will not frustrate it. We will not let it be in vain to which we are been persecuted.
Now look at the next verse;
Galatians 3:5 He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
Observe carefully these first words “He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you”
The power to see miracles happen in our lives and others is the quest of every believer. This is why the enemy for a long time took over the scene.
I have heard teachings upon teachings, read books upon books that kept giving religious works as conditions to seeing the miraculous. They make seeing the miraculous look like something you have to earn by either prayer and fasting, self righteousness and the likes.
But here the Apostle asks a very shocking question “He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?”
Wow, Paul is asking above that, does God supply the spirit to you and work miracles for and through you by your works or by faith in what you hear that Christ has done?
Every doctrine that sets up standards for us to qualify for the miraculous to be seen in our lives is erased by this statement.
God works miracles only by faith. When we believe in what Christ has done, Jesus becomes our qualification. God now works miracles in and through us by Christ and that’s all.
This was the secret of the apostles. If we must see the power and the miracles they saw we must also lean on their faith.
God has never done any miracle where any man has ever deserved it. God does miracles in the name of Jesus and no other name.
Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
No matter how good you make yourself, God will not look to you and give you salvation. You name is not in the equation for power, miracles and any other blessing.
God answers to one name and that name is Jesus. God does miracles when we put faith I that name and that’s all. This was the secret of the apostles.
Peter healed a man and people kept looking at them as though they did it because of their holy living.
Acts 3:12 And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk?
Peter knew better. God doesn’t work miraculous through anyone because he or she is holy or righteous. God answers to just one name, Jesus. When we believe in him, his holiness and righteousness becomes ours and starts speaking for us. This is what Peter said was their secret to power.
Acts 3:16 And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.
And this is what the apostle Paul says was the secret of Abraham, when he believed in Christ, God counted him righteousness by his faith in his son;
Galatians 3:6 Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.
All these are people that shook the earth with their faith. They saw God do wonders through their faith in him in their day like no other. Faith in his goodness and not in their goodness.
Because of this, the apostle admonishes us to follow the Abrahamic kind of faith. If we believe the way he believed we will have the same results, even greater works. For he was not justified by works, but he believed in God that justifies the ungodly and God became his righteousness and did wonders in and through him.
Galatians 3:7 Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.
In an encounter with the LORD; I saw a Child of God in a football match. I saw as he approached the goal post with the ball. I saw him approach at two different times and at each of them he scored with a shot that was too fast the goalkeeper couldn’t even see the ball. All the time it happened too fast the goalkeeper could not see the ball. It was an exciting moment for this Child of God who was full of Joy.
Isaiah 60:20,22 Thy sun shall no more go down; neither shall thy moon withdraw itself: for the LORD shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended. A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation: I the LORD will hasten it in his time
Then the Lord said, “Son, your light has Come. The light you see piercing through your darkness is no longer what you used to see. It is beyond the natural light, it is beyond natural laws.
The sun and moon have their rising and setting times, but today I say you, your everlasting light has arrived. Your God is now manifesting himself to you as your everlasting light.
No more one step forward and two steps backwards. Your days of mourning are over, this is your day of rejoicing.
I am multiplying Zion, a little one is now becoming a thousand and a small one a strong nation. This is your hour, watch out now. See, your adversaries won’t be able to catch up with what I am doing with you, for I Am speedily fulfilling my word upon you.”
Blessings in Christ, Pastor Jahfas Victor Ahua Living Hill Christian Church.
Royal Life Daily Devotional & Prophecy August 28, 2020.
Keep Proclaiming and Preparing, for Your Gift Comes
The kingdom is growing, but the How is taken away from us. If we are to look at how things are going to come into formation for the fulfilment of God’s word, it is clearly not possible to discern at the moment. The kingdom is manifesting but not by observation.
Yes, gleanings from the Book of Galatians. We saw from our last discussion that going back to earn righteousness by the law is living in utter foolishness and a life under bewitchment as the apostle Paul clearly declared.
Galatians 3:1-3 O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? ]Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?
I was under this bewitchment in my early Christian walk. I was thought you are saved by the grace of Christ but to be used of God, you have to be good enough for God to use you. I had so much desire to be used of God.
I was taught you have to be perfect, if you desire God to use you. When you do good God blesses you, when you do bad God curses you. You won’t sees miracles if you are not perfect. God won’t move on your behalf if he sees any spot on you. The Holy Spirit will leave you if you sin.
I had begun the race all in the Spirit. I received the Spirit of Christ, was born again but now I thought I was to be made perfect by the flesh. I thought works were the way to perfection.
I wanted to make myself perfect so God could use me. I didn’t know I was being foolish and walking under religious bewitchment. I started destroying everything I had that maybe one way or the other it may not perfect before God’s.
First I went back to when I was born, looked at by birth certificate and found some fault with it and I destroyed my birth certificate. As I write this to you right now what I use is an affidavit.
I began right from my bed, I burnt all my bed sheets, I burnt all my pictures, all the gifts people gave to be while I was an unbeliever that I thought may not be spotless, I burnt them. I took my car and gave out gave out to someone close, thinking I couldn’t use what I got from my past life. Since I was a sinner, it was also contaminated with sin.
Oh the devil had a show of me. I kept burning things and destroying everything I could possibly think I had while I was an unbeliever. Now it was remaining by school certificates. At this time I had graduated from the university and was serving my nation in the National Youth Service Corps program in Nigeria.
I left the state I was serving in and traveled miles to my state, went straight to my pastor to submit my documents and retire from the National Youth Service Corps since there was no way as an unbeliever I would have done all things from my nursery to university spotlessly.
My pastor as of then looked at me and said since I had brought the matter before the church and confessed I was forgiven that I should return. But I was not satisfied.
The devil kept telling me how can God bless you with this kind of certificate?
How can God use you now?
You will never be used by God. I would wake up in the morning and keep confessing my sins at every wrong thought, everything I saw that was negative, I would confess hundreds of times before the night would come. And when I was about sleeping I would confess and then ask God to take my life so I wouldn’t wake up the next day to break his law. I kept on living like this until I became tired and began to ask some questions.
I began to look at my life, how free I was as an unbeliever. But now that I am saved, even when I do good since I am not perfect, it doesn’t meet up and I am just getting deeper and deeper into to condemnation everyday.
Now I wanted to live the the Christian life for those who can and go back to my old way of life. Instead of a life of freedom this was rather bondage.
And this is what happens to many who come to Christ genuinely but the power of the law pulls them back to the world. The law rather hinders people from following God by empowering sin.
1 Corinthians 15:56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.
I do not understand how many people read their Bibles but it says above that the power of sin is the law.
The law empowers sin when you look to it for justification. When you want to be perfect by works, sin is empowered in your life. The law does not minister righteousness unknown to many. The law ministers death, not righteousness.
2 Corinthians 3:7 But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away:
What is it that was written and engraven in stones? The Ten Commandments.
Some think when you talk of the law you are talking of the ceremonial laws. But that is false. The Ten Commandments, when you look to them to be righteous after you have received Jesus they minister death to you.
This was my case. The law ministered death to my relationship with the Lord, and I began to reason in my mind, maybe I should just turn back from following the Lord for i was seeing no meaning to all of it. I gave away everything, my entire old way of living but yet I was not qualified, I was daily living in guilt.
As these thoughts ran through my mind, I turned my Bible open one day and straight way the Holy Spirit led me to Galatians three. The Lord began to speak to my heart.
You foolish Jahfas, who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth? You have clearly seen in my word that I have died for you, washing you clean from all your sins by my blood.
Now tell me my son, how did you receive me?
Was it by works or you heard I paid the price and you believed?
I said Lord, I heard, believed and confessed you and received your Spirit.
Then he said, If that was how you received salvation. What makes you think you can now turn around and ear salvation that you already have by works?
I have already given you all things. When you received me you received everything. I am salvation. I am everything. Going back to earn me is foolishness and a doctrine of the devil.
As you have received me, continue in me and not in your works. Continue walking in me, looking to me for all things the same way you started.
Colossians 2:6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:
The same way you received me, even so, now walk in me.
From that day I began to shout looking at the scriptures. Scriptures began to open up to me like a fountain of water. I became literally crazy about Jesus. I felt that was the day I was truly born again. Here was I trying to run off and here I encountered my saviour
Oh words can’t explain. I began to take whole days just reading the scriptures. I couldn’t let go of the word even for a moment until now that I write this. I became addicted to God’s word. And I do not desire to be set free.
Now what I wanted to earn by works has come to me as a free gift by Christ. Instead of becoming more sinful since I have let go of the law, I am being transformed into the image of Christ daily.
Recently my wife sent me a text saying “I am so proud of the man God is turning you into”
Anger, resentment, fault finding, bitterness, envy, jealousy, and what have you, are being swallowed up by my daily looking to Jesus and discovering how much I am loved.
I am today bearing fruits unto Jesus. I have found a new way to bear fruit and that way is Jesus and not by the law. Not by works. All glory to God.
Philippians 1:11 Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.
I will daily look to Jesus, for there lies my hope and righteousness. I have come to understand by scripture and experience that there is nothing good in me. But I am convinced that my God has already qualified me for every good work. As I look to him I am changed into the same image from glory to glory by the spirit of the Lord.
2 Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
In an encounter with the Lord, I saw a child of God as she was expecting a gift. The Chances of her receiving this gift were very slim from her perception. It looked as though it was impossible and it could only take a miracle to have her gift.
But as I saw her wait, suddenly I saw the Lord appear with her package, the enemy was there desiring to lay hold on it, but the Lord completely ignored him as he began setting up the place for her to enjoy this gift.
I was led to:
Isaiah 62:8-11 The LORD hath sworn by his right hand, and by the arm of his strength, Surely I will no more give thy corn to be meat for thine enemies; and the sons of the stranger shall not drink thy wine, for the which thou hast laboured: But they that have gathered it shall eat it, and praise the LORD; and they that have brought it together shall drink it in the courts of my holiness. Go through, go through the gates; prepare ye the way of the people; cast up, cast up the highway; gather out the stones; lift up a standard for the people. Behold, the LORD hath proclaimed unto the end of the world, Say ye to the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy salvation cometh; behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him.
Then the Lord said, “By my right hand I have sworn, By my power I have sworn, I will no more give your provision to your enemies.
Whatsoever is meant for you am bringing it to you now by my power. The enemy will not touch that to which I have ordained for you.
The fruits of your labour you will eat. You Will gather all your harvest and make a feast before your God.
Do not be afraid, this is my oath upon you. As I do not change so this will never change.
Prepare, look expectantly, keep proclaiming and Preparing, for your gift comes, your salvation arrives. My reward and work I bring for you my child.”
Blessings in Christ, Pastor Jahfas Victor Ahua Living Hill Christian CHurch
Royal Life Daily Devotional & Prophecy August 26, 2020.
You are Already in the Hour of Your Miracle
There is a shakiness happening in the hearts of many that the door of promotion has been opened unto. This is because of the long wait and the instability in the way things have happened in this forgoing season. The way forward is to remain childish in our faith and to keep looking to God as he has declared a season of irreversible fruitfulness upon us.
Yes, gleanings from the Book of Galatians. Yesterday we looked at beautiful things from the second chapter. We saw that the real trade mark of the gospel is when carnally minded people actually deem what you preach as though you are promoting sin, which was the case of the Apostle.
And we saw that many today are frustrating the grace of God by going back to works salvation which actually is rather a sin against God.
Look at how the apostle begins to address this in the third Chapter;
Galatians 3:1 O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?
At first glance, when I saw this it sounded harsh to me, “O foolish Galatians? But this is not an insult, it is a declaration of their fallen state. They had left the place of wisdom and have now fallen into folly. Frustrating the grace of Christ by going back to the works of the Law is foolishness.
Then the Apostle says “who hath bewitched you, that you should not obey the truth”
Observe carefully the word “bewitched.” A lot of people think witchcraft is just dark magic or some enchantment or divination. The most dangerous witchcraft and the hardest to overcome is the one found in our churches and right on our pulpits.
The Apostle Paul calls taking people back to live under works as bewitchment. You can actually be under witchcraft in the church and never find out because it is rapped up in the name of Jesus.
See, the devil knows that there is no direct enchantment or divination against the believer who knows his standing in Christ.
Numbers 23:23 Surely there is no enchantment against Jacob, neither is there any divination against Israel: according to this time it shall be said of Jacob and of Israel, What hath God wrought!
Hence, the real bewitchment towards us is when the enemy adulterates the scriptures. When we are finely deceived by mixing the old with new and sending us to go back to works after we have been saved by the grace of Christ is the strongest deception. This is so because it comes with some former truths.
The scriptures can be wrongly divided to prove their notion but that is the old truth. We are to be established in the present truth which is salvation by grace from start to finish.
2 Peter 1:12 Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth.
So the Apostle says they were bewitched and were no longer obeying the truth of the Gospel. And what is this truth?
“Before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath being evidently set forth, crucified among you?
This is the truth, that the Apostle by the power of the Holy Ghost had presented the Gospel to them with evidence from the scriptures that Jesus had died for them fulfilling every demand of the law for their sakes, so why go back to trying to earn righteousness or trying to deserve God’s favour by the power of the flesh?
Galatians 3:2 This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
Wow what a question! The Apostle asks the Galatian believers, how were you born again? How did you receive Jesus? How did you receive the Spirit? Tell me, how many laws or how many works did you do to deserve Jesus?
How did you receive the Spirit? Was it by works? Or you heard that Jesus died for your sins and you believed and received him?
Was it by keeping the Law or by just hearing and receiving?
The answer to these questions is a breaker of the religious bewitchment. The Apostle is trying to establish here that if you did not do anything but received salvation just by hearing and believing, what makes you think you can now deserve something by your efforts? If you received Jesus as a free gift from God, then it is the same way God gives you all things freely. If you received Jesus freely then all things are also to be received freely.
Romans 8:32 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?
Then he continues,
Galatians 3:3 Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?
This is where I encountered the Lord after my journey in works salvation. I had begun the race all in the Spirit. I received the Spirit of Christ, was born again but now I thought I was to be made perfect by the flesh. I thought works were the way to perfection. I wanted to make myself perfect so God could use me. I didn’t know I was being foolish and walking under religious bewitchment……
I will fully share my experience under the law with us tomorrow…
In an encounter with the Lord, I saw some that had come to the place of taking over his territory and seeing the completion of the work of God upon his life. This person has toiled and waited but is now face to face with his breakthrough but it seems there is a warfare arising against the finality of things.
When I saw this I heard the Lord say “I AM Spreading out my Peace to you” and the sense surrounding me was that of the peace of God bringing stillness to the turbulent winds.
Isaiah 66:12 For thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream: then shall ye suck, ye shall be borne upon her sides, and be dandled upon her knees.
Then the Lord said “I AM Extending My Peace to you like a river. My Perfect well being poured upon you to still the turbulent winds.
Do not be afraid, do not turn your face off from the race for you are already in the hour of your miracle. Glory comes to you now. Many will come to celebrate your victory as I now move on your behalf, Spreading out my peace to you.”
Blessings in Christ, Pastor Jahfas Victor Ahua Living Hill Christian Church