THE LIGHT IS THE SOLUTION

Christ is the ultimate satisfaction of the deepest desires of man, He is the ultimate solution to the darkest problems of man, and the ultimate answer to the gravest predicament of mankind. When we tell people that the gospel is the solution to their problems, many find it difficult to fathom what we are trying to communicate because the natural mind can not grasp the things of God, for God is Spirit. God is Light and in Him is no darkness at all. The origin of man’s problem is from the evil one who controls the affairs of the dark realm. If you understand this then you have taken a big step in understanding that the gospel is the solution.
   If the origin of man’s problem is from the dark world then man needs light. Light annihilates the offshoots of darkness like sin, poverty, sickness, decadence, war and so on. Light obliterates to the root the presence of every dark cause. So Light is the answer to the problem of man. When you walk into a complete dark room, you can not appreciate whatever is present there, since you can not see it, you are ignorant of what is in the room, but when I put the light on, you can see and tell whatever is in the room. So the absence of light, ignorance prevails, and when ignorance prevails, problems surface. One of the greatest weapon of the devil is ignorance, he takes advantage of it to harm people and keep them in bondage to carry out his destructive activities. The answer to man’s problem is light. Light brings about development, solutions, kingdom civilization and creativity. Light enshrines the dominance of the governance of God’s Spirit on the earth to establish the purposes and counsels of the Godhead on the earth. Light is the answer. Now the Bible says God is Light and the light that saves man from darkness which is the Word. The Word is the Light that saves and empowers to live in victory above darkness or the evil one. And the Bible made it clear that Jesus Christ is the Word and the Light.
   In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. All things were created through Him, and apart from Him not one thing was created that has been created. Life was in Him, and that life was the light of men. That light shines in the darkness, yet the darkness did not overcome it. That is John 1:1-5, you can see that the light that we need is the Word, that light chases out darkness. It is an overcoming light that emanates and exudes from the Word. The Saint John wrote in John 1:9 that the Word is the true light, who gives light to everyone. Jesus Christ is the Word and the true light, He is the true light that saves and gives solutions to the problems of man. If you need a solution to your problem, I introduce the Word to you. Now the power of the Word that saves, heals and delivers is in the gospel. The power of Jesus Christ is in the gospel.
   The gospel means good news. It is the good news of God’s love towards mankind, it is the good news of redemption of mankind from the tentacles of darkness. It is the good news of salvation, healing and deliverance. It is the good news of prosperity and sound mind. The answer is the Light which is in the good news, the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 1:16 says, ” for I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is God’s power for salvation to everyone who believes, first to the Jews, and also to the Greek”. Verse 17 says, for in it God’s righteousness is revealed from faith to faith, just as it is written: the righteous shall live by faith. The gospel or good news is the power to save everyone who believes in it from any form of darkness. As you expose your mind, your heart to the light of God’s word, it penetrates your being and it begins to chase out every form of darkness, be it ignorance, sickness, poverty, addictions or any devil. The Word is the answer to every problems of man.
   The gospel or good news is the answer that is the power of light that can solve that problem bothering you. Give the word of God every place in your life and you will see the transformation and miracles that will take place. Psalms 119:130 says, the entrance of His word gives light and gives understanding to the simple. The word delivers solutions. And Psalms 119:105 says, the word is a lamp unto your feet and a light unto your path. As you give God’s word every place in your life, you won’t make mistakes, you will be directed in the path of light and in that path is success, progress and prosperity. Proverbs 4:16 says, the path of the just is as the shining light, that shines brighter and brighter unto the perfect day. The word of God will put you in that path of light, where you will only see progress and promotions, it will give you a glorious life and future. Your success and prosperity is in the Word. As you give the word attention and you meditate thoroughly on it as an habit, your being will be illuminated and you will begin to see answers and solutions, you will begin to see healing and deliverance. How much time do you give the word in your life? I recommend at least five hours every day, no matter how busy you are, keep the word in your mind and heart, keep thinking on it, it does a lot of transformation to the human body and mind and the spirit. Keep your gaze on the word. The shining of your light utterly depends on the amount of God’s word you have in you. Without the word of God, you are bankrupt, because in God’s word is your prosperity. I urge today to start forming an habit of constant meditations of God’s word. Eat the word every now and then, for the word is the light, the answer to every problems of man. The good news heals, prospers, delivers, and give solutions to problems. I call you blessed!!!

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WISDOM DIET

Proverbs 2:1-5
  My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee,
So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding,
Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding,
If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures, then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God.
  These verses reveal so much about increasing in wisdom, knowledge and understanding in our souls. At salvation, our spirits are reborn and recreated, impregnated with the very nature and life of God. So we have got everything we need in our spirits by the Holy ghost but our souls are not like that, our mind is unrenewed, it still has the carnal nature of the flesh, so we have a responsibility of feeding our mind with words of wisdom, righteousness and of the new creature that we are in Christ, so our life can reflect who we really are in our spirits in Christ.
  Many are so slow in their spiritual growth because they are not serious about increasing the substance of the word of God in their soul, which is wisdom.
  Christ has been made wisdom unto us ( 1 Corinthians 1:30), and Colossians 2:3 talking about Christ says ” in whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge”. So all the wisdom and knowledge that we want or need are in Christ in our spirits and therefore we have full access to these.
  Just like you can be in a house and on a land full of gold, it’s until you start out digging them out you can’t handle them or make use of them. So we have a responsibility of increasing in God’s wisdom and knowledge in our souls and it’s by digging out and  into what we already have in Christ. To increase in wisdom we must imbibe and inculcate some attitudes towards God’s word, which are absolute attention to God’s word, consistent meditation on God’s word, dedication to hungrily searching and studying the word day and night and a huge reverence for God’s word.
  Proverbs 9:10 says ” the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and the knowledge of the holy is understanding”. When you reverence God, you will reverence His words and you will increase in wisdom and the statute of wisdom. Decide today, to commit yourself to hungrily eating God’s word in your spirit consistently, day and night, to grow in wisdom and spiritual stature. I call you blessed!!!

ON ROMANS EIGHT

Verse 1
[1] There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus,
who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
There is therefore now no condemnation — Either for things present or past. Now
he comes to deliverance and liberty. The apostle here resumes the thread of his
discourse, which was interrupted, Romans 7:7 .
Verse 2
[2] For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the
law of sin and death.
The law of the Spirit — That is, the gospel.
Hath freed me from the law of sin and death — That is, the Mosaic dispensation.
Verse 3
[3] For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God
sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in
the flesh:
For what the law — Of Moses.
Could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh — Incapable of conquering our
evil nature. If it could, God needed not to have sent his own Son in the likeness
of sinful flesh – We with our sinful flesh were devoted to death. But God sending
his own Son, in the likeness of that flesh, though pure from sin, condemned that
sin which was in our flesh; gave sentence, that sin should be destroyed, and the
believer wholly delivered from it.
Verse 4
[4] That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after
the flesh, but after the Spirit.
That the righteousness of the law — The holiness it required, described, Romans
8:11 .
Might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit — Who are
guided in all our thoughts, words, and actions, not by corrupt nature, but by the
Spirit of God. From this place St. Paul describes primarily the state of believers,
and that of unbelievers only to illustrate this.
Verse 5
[5] For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that
are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.
They that are after the flesh — Who remain under the guidance of corrupt nature.
Mind the things of the flesh — Have their thoughts and affections fixed on such
things as gratify corrupt nature; namely, on things visible and temporal; on things
of the earth, on pleasure, (of sense or imagination,) praise, or riches.
But they who are after the Spirit — Who are under his guidance.
Mind the things of the Spirit — Think of, relish, love things invisible, eternal; the
things which the Spirit hath revealed, which he works in us, moves us to, and
promises to give us.
Verse 6
[6] For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and
peace.
For to be carnally minded — That is, to mind the things of the flesh.
Is death — The sure mark of spiritual death, and the way to death everlasting.
But to be spiritually minded — That is, to mind the things of the Spirit.
Is life — A sure mark of spiritual life, and the way to life everlasting. And
attended with peace – The peace of God, which is the foretaste of life
everlasting; and peace with God, opposite to the enmity mentioned in the next
verse.
Verse 7
[7] Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the
law of God, neither indeed can be.
Enmity against God — His existence, power, and providence.
Verse 8
[8] So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
They who are in the flesh — Under the government of it.
Verse 9
[9] But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God
dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
In the Spirit — Under his government.
If any man have not the Spirit of Christ — Dwelling and governing in him.
He is none of his — He is not a member of Christ; not a Christian; not in a state
of salvation. A plain, express declaration, which admits of no exception. He that
hath ears to hear, let him hear!
Verse 10
[10] And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life
because of righteousness.
Now if Christ be in you — Where the Spirit of Christ is, there is Christ.
The body indeed is dead — Devoted to death.
Because of sin — Heretofore committed.
But the Spirit is life — Already truly alive.
Because of righteousness — Now attained. From Romans 8:13 , St. Paul, having
finished what he had begun, Romans 6:1 , describes purely the state of believers.
Verse 12
[12] Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.
We are not debtors to the flesh — We ought not to follow it.
Verse 13
[13] For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do
mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
The deeds of the flesh — Not only evil actions, but evil desires, tempers, thoughts.
If ye mortify — Kill, destroy these.
Ye shall live — The life of faith more abundantly here, and hereafter the life of
glory.
Verse 14
[14] For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
For as many as are led by the Spirit of God — In all the ways of righteousness.
They are the sons of God — Here St. Paul enters upon the description of those
blessings which he comprises, Romans 8:30 , in the word glorified; though,
indeed, he does not describe mere glory, but that which is still mingled with the
cross. The sum is, through sufferings to glory.
Verse 15
[15] For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have
received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
For ye — Who are real Christians.
Have not received the spirit of bondage — The Holy Ghost was not properly a spirit
of bondage, even in the time of the Old Testament. Yet there was something of
bondage remaining even in those who then had received the Spirit.
Again — As the Jews did before.
We — All and every believer.
Cry — The word denotes a vehement speaking, with desire, confidence,
constancy.
Abba, Father — The latter word explains the former. By using both the Syriac and
the Greek word, St. Paul seems to point out the joint cry both of the Jewish and
gentile believers. The spirit of bondage here seems directly to mean, those
operations of the Holy Spirit by which the soul, on its first conviction, feels itself
in bondage to sin, to the world, to Satan, and obnoxious to the wrath of God.
This, therefore, and the Spirit of adoption, are one and the same Spirit, only
manifesting itself in various operations, according to the various circumstances
of the persons.
Verse 16
[16] The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of
God:
The same Spirit beareth witness with our spirit — With the spirit of every true
believer, by a testimony distinct from that of his own spirit, or the testimony of a
good conscience. Happy they who enjoy this clear and constant.
Verse 17
[17] And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be
that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
Joint heirs — That we may know it is a great inheritance which God will give us
for he hath given a great one to his Son.
If we suffer with him — Willingly and cheerfully, for righteousness’ sake. This is a
new proposition, referring to what follows.
Verse 18
[18] For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be
compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
For I reckon — This verse gives the reason why he but now mentioned sufferings
and glory. When that glory “shall be revealed in us,” then the sons of God will be
revealed also.
Verse 19
[19] For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of
the sons of God.
For the earnest expectation — The word denotes a lively hope of something
drawing near, and a vehement longing after it.
Of the creation — Of all visible creatures, believers excepted, who are spoken of
apart; each kind, according as it is capable. All these have been sufferers
through sin; and to all these (the finally impenitent excepted) shall refreshment
redound from the glory of the children of God. Upright heathens are by no means
to be excluded from this earnest expectation: nay, perhaps something of it may
at some times be found even in the vainest of men; who (although in the hurry
of life they mistake vanity for liberty, and partly stifle. partly dissemble, their
groans, yet) in their sober, quiet, sleepless, afflicted hours, pour forth many sighs
in the ear of God.
Verse 20
[20] For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of
him who hath subjected the same in hope,
The creation was made subject to vanity — Abuse, misery, and corruption.
By him who subjected it — Namely, God, Genesis 3:17 ; 5:29 . Adam only made it
liable to the sentence which God pronounced; yet not without hope.
Verse 21
[21] Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of
corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
The creation itself shall be delivered — Destruction is not deliverance: therefore
whatsoever is destroyed, or ceases to be, is not delivered at all. Will, then, any
part of the creation be destroyed? Into the glorious liberty – The excellent state
wherein they were created.
Verse 22
[22] For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together
until now.
For the whole creation groaneth together — With joint groans, as it were with one
voice.
And travaileth — Literally, is in the pains of childbirth, to be delivered of the
burden of the curse.
Until now — To this very hour; and so on till the time of deliverance.
Verse 23
[23] And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit,
even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the
redemption of our body.
And even we, who have the first-fruits of the Spirit — That is, the Spirit, who is the
first-fruits of our inheritance.
The adoption — Persons who had been privately adopted among the Romans
were often brought forth into the forum, and there publicly owned as their sons
by those who adopted them. So at the general resurrection, when the body itself
is redeemed from death, the sons of God shall be publicly owned by him in the
great assembly of men and angels.
The redemption of our body — From corruption to glory and immortality.
Verse 24
[24] For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a
man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?
For we are saved by hope — Our salvation is now only in hope. We do not yet
possess this full salvation.
Verse 26
[26] Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we
should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with
groanings which cannot be uttered.
Likewise the Spirit — Nay, not only the universe, not only the children of God, but
the Spirit of God also himself, as it were, groaneth, while he helpeth our
infirmities, or weaknesses. Our understandings are weak, particularly in the
things of God our desires are weak; our prayers are weak.
We know not — Many times.
What we should pray for — Much less are we able to pray for it as we ought: but
the Spirit maketh intercession for us – In our hearts, even as Christ does in
heaven.
With groanings — The matter of which is from ourselves, but the Spirit forms
them; and they are frequently inexpressible, even by the faithful themselves.
Verse 27
[27] And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit,
because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
But he who searcheth the hearts — Wherein the Spirit dwells and intercedes.
Knoweth — Though man cannot utter it.
What is the mind of the Spirit, for he maketh intercession for the saints — Who are
near to God.
According to God — According to his will, as is worthy of God. and acceptable to
him.
Verse 28
[28] And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God,
to them who are the called according to his purpose.
And we know — This in general; though we do not always know particularly what
to pray for.
That all things — Ease or pain, poverty or riches, and the ten thousand changes
of life.
Work together for good — Strongly and sweetly for spiritual and eternal good.
To them that are called according to his purpose — His gracious design of saving a
lost world by the death of his Son. This is a new proposition. St. Paul, being
about to recapitulate the whole blessing contained in justification, (termed
“glorification,” Romans 8:30 ,) first goes back to the purpose or decree of God,
which is frequently mentioned in holy writ. To explain this (nearly in the words of
an eminent writer) a little more at large:-When a man has a work of time and
importance before him, he pauses, consults, and contrives; and when he has laid
a plan, resolves or decrees to proceed accordingly. Having observed this in
ourselves, we are ready to apply it to God also; and he, in condescension to us
has applied it to himself. The works of providence and redemption are vast and
stupendous, and therefore we are apt to conceive of God as deliberating and
consulting on them, and then decreeing to act according to “the counsel of his
own will;” as if, long before the world was made, he had been concerting
measures both as to the making and governing of it, and had then writ down his
decrees, which altered not, any more than the laws of the Medes and Persians.
Whereas, to take this consulting and decreeing in a literal sense, would be the
same absurdity as to ascribe a real human body and human passions to the
ever-blessed God. This is only a popular representation of his infallible knowledge
and unchangeable wisdom; that is, he does all things as wisely as a man can
possibly do, after the deepest consultation, and as steadily pursues the most
proper method as one can do who has laid a scheme beforehand. But then,
though the effects be such as would argue consultation and consequent decrees
in man, yet what need of a moment’s consultation in Him who sees all things at
one view? Nor had God any more occasion to pause and deliberate, and lay down
rules for his own conduct from all eternity, than he has now. What was there any
fear of his mistaking afterwards, if he had not beforehand prepared decrees, to
direct him what he was to do? Will any man say, he was wiser before the
creation than since? or had he then more leisure, that he should take that
opportunity to settle his affairs, and make rules (or himself, from which he was
never to vary? He has doubtless the same wisdom and all other perfections at
this day which he had from eternity; and is now as capable of making decrees,
or rather has no more occasion for them now than formerly: his understanding
being always equally clear and bright, his wisdom equally infallible.
Verse 29
[29] For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the
image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
Whom he foreknew, he also predestinated conformable to the image of his Son —
Here the apostle declares who those are whom he foreknew and predestinated
to glory; namely, those who are conformable to the image of his Son. This is the
mark of those who are foreknown and will be glorified, 2 Timothy 2:19 .
Philippians 3:10,21 .
Verse 30
[30] Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he
called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
Them he — In due time.
Called — By his gospel and his Spirit.
And whom he called — When obedient to the heavenly calling, Acts 26:19 .
He also justified — Forgave and accepted.
And whom he justified — Provided they “continued in his goodness,” Romans
11:22 , he in the end glorified – St. Paul does not affirm, either here or in any
other part of his writings. that precisely the same number of men are called,
justified, and glorified. He does not deny that a believer may fall away and be cut
off between his special calling and his glorification, Romans 11:22 . Neither does
he deny that many are called who never are justified. He only affirms that this is
the method whereby God leads us step by step toward heaven.
He glorified — He speaks as one looking back from the goal, upon the race of
faith. Indeed grace, as it is glory begun, is both an earnest and a foretaste of
eternal glory.
Verse 31
[31] What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be
against us?
What shall we say then to these things — Related in the third, fifth, and eighth
chapters? As if he had said, We cannot go, think, or wish anything farther.
If God be for us — Here follow four periods, one general and three particular.
Each begins with glorying in the grace of God, which is followed by a question
suitable to it, challenging all opponents to all which, “I am persuaded,” etc., is a
general answer. The general period is, If God be for us, who can be against us?
The first particular period, relating to the past time, is, He that spared not his
own Son, how shall he not freely give us all things? The second, relating to the
present, is, It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? The third,
relating to the future, is, It is Christ that died – Who shall separate us from the
love of Christ?
Verse 32
[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?
He that — This period contains four sentences: He spared not his own Son;
therefore he will freely give us all things. He delivered him up for us all;
therefore, none can lay anything to our charge. Freely – For all that follows
justification is a free gift also.
All things — Needful or profitable for us.
Verse 33
[33] Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that
justifieth.
God’s elect — The above-cited author observes, that long before the coming of
Christ the heathen world revolted from the true God, and were therefore
reprobated, or rejected. But the nation of the Jews were chosen to be the
people of God, and were therefore styled, “the children” or “sons of God,”
Deuteronomy 14:1 ; “holy people,” Deuteronomy 7:6 ; 14:2 ; “a chosen seed,”
Deuteronomy 4:37 ; “the elect,” Isaiah 41:8,9 ; 43:10 ; “the called of God,” Isaiah
48:12 . And these titles were given to all the nation of Israel, including both good
and bad. Now the gospel having the most strict connexion with the Books of the
Old Testament, where these phrases frequently occur; and our Lord and his
apostles being native Jews, and beginning to preach in the land of Israel, the
language in which they preached would of course abound with the phrases of
the Jewish nation. And hence it is easy to see why such of them as would not
receive him were styled reprobated. For they no longer continued to be the
people of God; whereas this and those other honourable titles were continued to
all such Jews as embraced Christianity. And the same appellations which once
belonged to the Jewish nation were now given to the gentile Christians also
together with which they were invested with all the privileges of “the chosen
people of God;” and nothing could cut them off from these but their own wilful
apostasy. It does not appear that even good men were ever termed God’s elect
till above two thousand years from the creation. God’s electing or choosing the
nation of Israel, and separating them from the other nations, who were sunk in
idolatry and all wickedness, gave the first occasion to this sort of language. And
as the separating the Christians from the Jews was a like event, no wonder it
was expressed in like words and phrases only with this difference, the term elect
was of old applied to all the members of the visible church; whereas in the New
Testament it is applied only to the members of the invisible.
Verse 34
[34] 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.
Yea rather, that is risen — Our faith should not stop at his death, but be exercised
farther on his resurrection, kingdom, second coming.
Who maketh intercession for us — Presenting there his obedience, his sufferings,
his prayers, and our prayers sanctified through him.
Verse 35
[35] Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress,
or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ — Toward us? Shall affliction or
distress – He proceeds in order, from less troubles to greater: can any of these
separate us from his protection in it ; and, if he sees good, deliverance from it?
Verse 36
[36] As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are
accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
All the day — That is, every day, continually.
We are accounted — By our enemies; by ourselves. Psalms 44:22 .
Verse 37
[37] Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved
us.
We more than conquer — We are not only no losers, but abundant gainers, by all
these trials. This period seems to describe the full assurance of hope.
Verse 38
[38] For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities,
nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
I am persuaded — This is inferred from the thirty-fourth verse, in an admirable
order: – Neither death” shall hurt us; For “Christ is dead:” “Nor life;” ‘is risen” Nor
angels, nor principalities, nor powers; nor things pre – sent, nor things to come;”
“is at the right hand of God:” “Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature;”
“maketh intercession for us.” Neither death – Terrible as it is to natural men; a
violent death in particular, Romans 8:36 .
Nor life — With all the affliction and distress it can bring, Romans 8:35 ; or a long,
easy life; or all living men.
Nor angels — Whether good (if it were possible they should attempt it) or bad,
with all their wisdom and strength.
Nor principalities, nor powers — Not even those of the highest rank, or the most
eminent power.
Nor things present — Which may befal us during our pilgrimage; or the whole
world, till it passeth away.
Nor things to come — Which may occur either when our time on earth is past, or
when time itself is at an end, as the final judgment, the general conflagration,
the everlasting fire.
Nor height, nor depth — The former sentence respected the differences of times;
this, the differences of places. How many great and various things are contained
in these words, we do not, need not, cannot know yet.
The height — In St. Paul’s sublime style, is put for heaven.
The depth — For the great abyss: that is, neither the heights, I will not say of
walls, mountains, seas, but, of heaven itself, can move us; nor the abyss itself,
the very thought of which might astonish the boldest creature.
Nor any creature — Nothing beneath the Almighty; visible enemies he does not
even deign to name.
Shall be able — Either by force, Romans 8:35 ; or by any legal claim, Romans
8:33 , etc.
To separate us from the love of God in Christ — Which will surely save, protect,
deliver us who believe in, and through, and from, them all.

OUR LIBERTY IN CHRIST

Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in
Christ Jesus. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus
has set you free from the law of sin and of death. 3 For what
the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did:
sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an
offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, 4 so that the
requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not
walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
I have said many times in years gone by that the only sin we can
defeat is a forgiven sin. Let me say it more carefully this morning:
the only sin that you can defeat in daily life and replace with
righteousness is a sin forgiven for Christ’s sake. I say it carefully
because I know there are natural ways to overcome bad habits that
aren’t based on Christ at all. But when those changes occur in life
without forgiveness from Christ, the result is not God’s
righteousness, but self-righteousness – which in God’s eyes is no
righteousness. So I say it again and carefully: the only sin that you
can defeat in daily life and replace with righteousness is a sin
forgiven for Christ’s sake.
Justification Must Precede and Empower
Sanctification
Now here’s the point. Forgiveness for our sins through faith in
Christ must precede and then empower our battle against sin in our
lives. Or to put it another way, God’s declaration that we are
forgiven and righteous in Christ must precede and enable our
transformation into loving, sacrificial, Christ-exalting people. The
divine declaration must precede the human transformation. Or to
put it one more way: Justification must precede and uphold
sanctification. Being right with God must precede doing right for
God.
Now for some of you this may sound like nitpicking. You may say, “I
don’t live with these things in mind. So they are not really helpful
to me. I just don’t think or act that way. That sounds like theology.
And to me nothing is more irrelevant to my life than theology.”
Well, that is probably the way a lot of people feel. But, if you are
one of them, consider this for a moment.
Suppose that you are on trial in a courtroom for a capital offense.
Your life hangs in the balance. A guilty verdict will mean death,
and a not-guilty verdict will mean freedom and life. And suppose
the judge says to you: “There are two ways we can deal with this. I
can acquit you right now, decisively and irrevocably, and release
you so that you can go and live a free and joyful and loving life that
shows you really are not a rebellious, crime-loving law breaker,
though you have been. Or I can postpone the trial and the verdict
for several years and assign you a parole officer to watch you all
that time, and let you go out and prove yourself to the court by your
life, and then have the trial after that, and base the verdict on
whether your behavior was satisfactory or not.”
Now does the difference between these two options sound like
nitpicking? In one case you are free from condemnation and with
gladness live a life that shows the wisdom and mercy of your Judge.
In the other case you have the trial always hanging over your head,
and the basis of that future verdict will be your own behavior and
whether you have measured up. Brothers and sisters, this is not
nitpicking. And understanding the difference – call it theology or
call it zucchini or call it Biblical truth – is massively important for
your life.
If you don’t live your life by reflecting on God and what he has
done for you and promises to be for you, you need to change. The
book of Romans was not written to be rejected by intuitive
personalities. It was written to be understood and applied to daily
life for the glory of Christ.
So here is the issue in our text: What is the connection between
Romans 8:1 and Romans 8:2? In Romans 8:1 we have a precious
statement of justification: “Therefore there is now no condemnation
for those who are in Christ Jesus.” When we are united to Christ by
faith in him, at the very beginning of our Christian life, our
condemnation is past. The verdict is rendered: Not guilty; righteous
for Christ’s sake. All sins forgiven. All guilt removed. All
punishment averted. Because of Christ. That’s verse 1.
But verse 2 is different. In verse 2 we don’t see justification, we see
sanctification. Verse 1 is a declaration of no condemnation. Verse 2
is a description of practical transformation . “For the law of the
Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and
of death.” Let’s make three observations about this verse before we
face the all-important connection about its relationship to verse 1.
Law of Sin and Death: The Principle and Power
Leading to Sin, and If Unchecked, Death
First, what does the “law of sin and death” refer to? “The law of the
Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and
death.”The answer comes from the similar phrase in 7:22-23, “I
joyfully concur with the law of God in the inner man, (23) but I see
a different law in the members of my body, waging war against the
law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which
is in my members.” Here in verse 23 we have the phrase “law of
sin”. I think this is the same as the “law of sin and death” in
Romans 8:2, and the reason the words “and death” are added is
because “the law of sin” leads to death if we don’t take up arms
against it and fight in faith and in the power of the Spirit.
So then, what is this “law of sin”? Verse 23 says it is “in my
members.” In other words it is a power or an impulse or a principle
that is at work in my body to make me at war with myself and to
draw me to do evil. It is virtually the same as what Paul calls
“indwelling sin” in 7:17 and 20.
Law of the Spirit of Life: The Principle and Power
Leading to Life
Second, notice that the victory over this impulse, or principle, or
power of sin – this “law of sin and death” – is given by “the law of
the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus.” “The law of the Spirit of life in
Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.” The
measure of victory that we get over sin in our lives is not owing to
our own unaided striving. It is owing to the work of God’s Spirit in
us (cf. 6:14, 17, 18, 22).
So I think the word “law” in this phrase (“law of the Spirit of life”)
has the same meaning as the word “law” in the phrase “law of sin
and death.” “Law” means power or principle or impulse or
authority. Sin works a certain way with power and authority
leading to death, and that’s called “the law of sin and death.” And
the Spirit of God works a certain way with power and authority
leading to life, and that’s called “the law of the Spirit of life.”
If You Are “In Christ,” The “Spirit of Life” Is
Working in You
Third, we have this Spirit working in us because we are “in Christ.”
In other words every Christian has the Spirit of life at work in him.
“The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from
the law of sin and of death.” If you are “in Christ Jesus” you have
this Spirit of life working in you. And every Christian is “in Christ
Jesus.” That’s what being a Christian means: being united to Christ
by faith in all that God is for us in Jesus.
You can see this underlined in Romans 8:9. “However, you are not
in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in
you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not
belong to Him.” Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ, does
not belong to him. We are not Christians if we do not have the
Spirit of Christ working in us.
If United with Christ, You Have Pardon from Sin
and Power over Sin
So now we can say two things about being “in Christ” because of the
same phrase in verses 1 and 2. Verse 1: “Therefore there is now no
condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus .” Verse 2: “For the
law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law
of sin and of death.” The first thing we can say is that being united
to Christ by faith makes his pardon and righteousness ours, so there
is no condemnation. The second thing we can say is that being
united to Christ by faith makes his power and authority over sin
ours, so the law of sin and death can be defeated. In Christ we get
pardon from sin and power over sin.
Now that brings us back to where I started and to the crucial
question about how justification and sanctification relate to each
other. I said at the beginning: The only sin that you can defeat in
your life is a forgiven sin. Now what we just saw is that the power
to defeat it and the pardon to forgive it are “in Christ Jesus.” Both
are freely given in Christ Jesus. All Christians have both of them.
The Necessary Priority of Pardon before Power
And what I want to argue for now is that there is a necessary order
here. There is a necessary priority to pardon before power. There is
a necessary priority to justification before sanctification. If you are
going to get victory over particular sins you have to have joyful
confidence that those sins are forgiven. The confidence of “no
condemnation” must precede and empower the radical warfare of
transformation. And I do mean “radical warfare” rather than a
Lazy-Boy easy-chair salvation. Because it says in verse 13, “If you
are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit
you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live.” What
the “law of the Spirit of life” enables you to do is make war on
forgiven sins, and kill them.
So let’s see now why I am so convinced of this order: justification
(pardon) first, and sanctification (power) second. And why it is so
crucial for your life.
Notice the connecting link between Romans 8:1 which speaks of no
condemnation, and Romans 8:2 which speaks of Spirit-empowered
liberation. The verses are connected by the word “for” or “because.”
“There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus
because the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free
from the law of sin and death.” Now there are two possible
meanings for that word “because”: It can mean that practical
sanctification and liberation from sin is the basis for my
justification. So I have to defeat my sin in the power of the Spirit
first in order to be justified. This is the opposite of what I am
arguing for. Or it can mean that the practical sanctification and
liberation from sin is the evidence of my justification. So I am
justified (forgiven, pardoned) first, and then give evidence of this
reality by living it out in practice.
We use the word “for” or “because” in both these ways. We say, “I’m
really hungry because my stomach is growling.” And we say, “I’m
really hungry because I didn’t have any breakfast.” The growling
stomach is evidence that I am hungry, not the basis or cause of my
hunger. But not having breakfast is the basis and cause of my
hunger. We use the word “for” or “because” in both senses. And so
do the Biblical writers.
Now which is the meaning here in Romans 8:2? Is the Spirit’s
victory over my sin the prior cause and basis of being free from
condemnation? Or is it the evidence that I already have been freed
from condemnation?
I am arguing that the “for” or “because” of verse 2 means evidence ,
not basis and cause . Justification (verse 1) is the foundation for
transformation (verse 2) not the other way around. I’ll give you one
reason for seeing it this way from the immediate context and one
from chapter seven. And there could be numerous others.
Notice the “for” at the beginning of verse 3. What verse 3 tells us is
that God sent his Son as a human so that God could condemn our
sin in his Son’s death rather than condemning us. Verse 3b: “He
condemned sin in the flesh.” In other words the ground of our
freedom from condemnation is the work of God for us on the cross,
and it is given as the basis of verse 2. “The Spirit of life in Christ
Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death, because God
condemned sin in his son’s death.” So the very thing that
accomplishes our freedom from condemnation is not given as the
result of our triumph over sin by the Spirit (verse 2), but as the
foundation of our triumph over sin by the Spirit. No condemnation
therefore precedes and supports our liberation and transformation.
Not the other way around. This means that verse 2 (our liberation
from sin) is the evidence, not the basis or cause, of our justified
condition without condemnation in verse 1. That’s my first reason.
The second reason comes from Romans 7:4 and 6. To save time just
look at verse 6. Here we see how our freedom from the curse of the
condemnation of the law precedes and grounds our practical daily
transformation in the service of God. Verse 6:
“But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released
from the law [here is the decisive removal of guilt and curse and
condemnation which we should have borne under the (Mosaic, cf.
7:1-5) law; but we have been released from it because Christ died in
our place and became a curse for us, Galatians 3:13 ], so that we
serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the
written code.”
This is exactly what Romans 8:2 is saying. The Spirit is now
enabling us to serve God in a new, free, and joyful way. And this is
the result of being released from the condemnation of the law (see
the phrase “so that” in 7:6b – “released from the law so that we
serve in the new way of the Spirit”).
So I conclude that the release from condemnation in Romans 8:1 is
the cause and foundation of our liberation by the Spirit in Romans
8:2. And Paul refers to this liberating work of the Spirit in our lives
as the evidence that we really are without condemnation. “There is
now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because
(look!) the Spirit is at work in them to give them victories over sin!”
The Difference This Makes
This, I say, brothers and sisters – and to all unbelievers who are
here – is not nitpicking . . .
It’s the difference between fighting fearfully to get justified
and fighting confidently because we are justified.
It’s the difference between your heavenly court-trial being
behind you with an irrevocable verdict of not guilty, and your
trial being in front of you with the verdict up in the air
depending on your performance.
It’s the difference between the freedom of confidence and the
bondage of fear.
It’s the difference between giving Christ the double glory of
both being our righteousness as well as working righteousness
in us, and giving him only the single glory of helping us become
our own righteousness.
O brothers and sisters, pray that you will see and feel that this is
not nitpicking. This is Gospel-confirming, freedom-preserving,
conscience-cleansing, Christ-exalting truth that the devil wants very
much for you not to understand or enjoy. So renounce him and all
his ways, and lay hold on your freedom which is freedom indeed.
And fight your sin like a victor, not a victim… John Piper

GLORY GAZING

Adam Clarke Commentary But we all, with open face – The Jews were not able to look on the face of Moses, the mediator of the old covenant, and therefore he was obliged to veil it; but all we Christians, with face uncovered, behold, as clearly as we can see our own natural face in a mirror, the glorious promises and privileges of the Gospel of Christ; and while we contemplate, we anticipate them by desire and hope, and apprehend them by faith, and are changed from the glory there represented to the enjoyment of the thing which is represented, even the glorious image – righteousness and true holiness – of the God of glory. As by the Spirit of the Lord – By the energy of that Spirit of Christ which gives life and being to all the promises of the Gospel; and thus we are made partakers of the Divine nature and escape all the corruptions that are in the world. This appears to me to be the general sense of this verse: its peculiar terms may be more particularly explained. The word κατοπτριζομενοι, catoptrizomenoi, acting on the doctrine of catoptries, which we translate beholding in a glass, comes from κατα, against, and οπτομαι, I look; and properly conveys the sense of looking into a mirror, or discerning by reflected light. Now as mirrors, among the Jews, Greeks, and Romans, were made of highly polished metal, (see the note on 1 Corinthians 13:12;), it would often happen, especially in strong light, that the face would be greatly illuminated by this strongly reflected light; and to this circumstance the apostle seems here to allude. So, by earnestly contemplating the Gospel of Jesus, and believing on him who is its Author, the soul becomes illuminated with his Divine splendor, for this sacred mirror reflects back on the believing soul the image of Him whose perfections it exhibits; and thus we see the glorious form after which our minds are to be fashioned; and by believing and receiving the influence of his Spirit, μεταμορφουμεθα, our form is changed, την αυτην εικονα, into the same image, which we behold there; and this is the image of God, lost by our fall, and now recovered and restored by Jesus Christ: for the shining of the face of God upon us, i.e. approbation, through Christ, is the cause of our transformation into the Divine image. Dr. Whitby, in his notes on this chapters produces six instances in which the apostle shows the Gospel to be superior to the law; I shall transcribe them without farther illustration: – 1. The glory appearing on mount Sinai made the people afraid of death, saying: Let not God speak to us any more, lest we die; Exodus 20:19; Deuteronomy 18:16; and thus they received the spirit of bondage to fear, Romans 8:15. Whilst we have given to us the spirit of power, and love, and of a sound mind, 2 Timothy 1:7; and the spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father! and to this difference the Epistle to the Hebrews alludes, Hebrews 12:18-24. Moses, with all his glory, was only the minister of the law, written on tables of stone; the apostles are ministers of the Gospel, written on the hearts of believers. Moses gave the Jews only the letter that killeth; the apostles gave the Gospel, which is accompanied with the spirit that gives life. The glory which Moses received at the giving of the law did more and more diminish, because his law was to vanish away; but the glory which is received from Christ is an increasing glory; the doctrine and the Divine influence remaining for ever. The law was veiled under types and shadows; but the Gospel has scarcely any ceremonies; baptism and the Lord’s Supper being all that can be properly called such: and Believe, Love, Obey, the great precepts of the Gospel, are delivered with the utmost perspicuity. And indeed the whole doctrine of Christ crucified is made as plain as human language can make it. The Jews only saw the shining of the face of Moses through a veil; but we behold the glory of the Gospel of Christ, in the person of Christ our Lawgiver, with open face. They saw it through a veil, which prevented the reflection or shining of it upon them; and so this glory shone only on the face of Moses, but not at all upon the people. Whereas the glory of God, in the face of Jesus Christ, shines as in a mirror which reflects the image upon Christian believers, so that they are transformed into the same image, deriving the glorious gifts and graces of the Spirit, with the Gospel, from Christ the Lord and Distributor of them, 1 Corinthians 12:5; and so, the glory which he had from the Father he has given to his genuine followers, John 17:22. It is, therefore, rather with true Christians as it was with Moses himself, concerning whom God speaks thus: With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches; and the similitude of the Lord (την δοξαν Κυριου, the glory of the Lord) shall he behold; Numbers 12:8. For as he saw the glory of God apparently, so we with open face behold the glory of the Lord: as he, by seeing of this glory, was changed into the same likeness, and his face shone, or was δεδοξασμενη, made glorious; so we, beholding the glory of the Lord in the face of Jesus Christ, 2 Corinthians 4:6, are changed into the same glory. Thus we find that in every thing the Gospel has a decided superiority over the law and its institutions

THE GLORY ZONE

In these last days, God is training His end time army on how to walk and operate in His glory, the kabod, His very presence. There is an unlocking of the mystery of the glory zone in these last days, where each and every believer will know how to walk in the realm of the glory. We have been made priests unto our God ( Revelation 1:6), and unto us is given to understand the mysteries of the kingdom ( Mark 4:11). So eyes of folks will be opened to this mystery and the glory of God will cover the earth as water covers the sea, they will all walk in the glory zone. 

   The glory zone is a realm of God’s presence, His manifest presence. It is a realm of all possibilities, a realm of unlimited, infinite or endless divine abilities, because when God is present, all things are possible. 

   There are revelations to unlocking this realm in your life, and one of it which the Lord revealed to me is living a lifestyle of worship and consecration unto God. We see this as a secret to victory in the lives of many Saints in the scriptures. David lived a lifestyle of worship and he consistently walked in the realm of God’s presence, he never lost any battle, he conquered kings and nations, this brought Him victory in his life. David was the only king who operated as a priest and a prophet at the same time. God called him a man after His heart. He wrote almost all the psalms. He is addicted to the lifestyle of worship, he loves being in God’s temple, meditating on the scriptures and worshipping God. Worship is key to walking in God’s presence, His manifest presence. 

   God inhabits the praises of His people ( Psalms 22:3). A lifestyle of worship brings about the manifestation of God’s presence, His glory in your life. And worship is the fellowshipping with the Spirit of God from your spirit, it is the interaction of intimacy and love between your spirit and the Spirit of God. We worship God because we love Him, not because we want to receive something from Him. God is Spirit and those who worship Him must do so in spirit and in truth ( John 4:24). We worship Him by the inspiration of the Holyghost from our spirit and by revelation of who He is and what He accomplished for us in Christ. This is what brings about the manifest presence of God in our lives. Some years ago, I was practicing this truth and I began to see the manifestations of God’s presence in my life and walking in the miraculous became a daily thing. This can be your testimony too and even more. 

   We are called to be priests unto our God, set apart for Him, we are called to operate from His very presence, from our spirit, where we commune with the Spirit of God and live unto Him as a daily lifestyle. As you do this, the manifest glorious presence of God will become the air you breathe in and the atmosphere you carry about as you move as the mobile carrier of God and His Kingdom. Praise Jesus. I call you blessed!!! 

DWELLING IN GOD’S PEACE 

DWELLING IN GOD’S PEACE 

   The world in which we live in today is full of turmoil, mishaps, tragedies, calamities and so on, possibly a thought could have gone through your mind that ” can this world ever be peaceful, or can I ever be in a continual state of peace, bliss and blessedness, with no negative emotions like fear, worry, guilt, shame, sadness and so on? In this article I will show you how you be in peace, dwell in peace continually and carry the atmosphere of peace wherever you go and impact your world with the peace that you carry irrespective of what’s happening in the world today. Relax and read calmly as I show you how. 

   The peace that this world can give you is transient, temporal, it fades away, but there’s a peace that goes on for all time and for all eternity and that peace is in no where else but in God and in His Son Jesus Christ. It is impossible to know true and eternal peace without knowing Christ, for He is the Prince of peace. A scripture in Isaiah that prophesied about the coming and the birth of Jesus Christ, Isaiah 9:6 says ” for unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of peace”. Verse 7a says ” of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end. So you can see you have to be in Christ to be in the true and eternal Peace. For He is the giver of the true and eternal peace. You can only have peace in your spirit by being in Christ. Romans 5:1 says ” therefore, since we have been declared righteous by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ”. This means you can only be in peace and at peace with God in your spirit by you believing that Christ died for your sins, was buried and rose unto life the third day, by believing this confessing this, you become a new creature in Christ and you have the heavenly bliss in your spirit. 

  Jesus Christ said in Matthew 11:28-30 ” come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. All of you, take up My yoke and learn from Me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light”. So you can see that in Christ, you have peace and rest. He also said in John 14:27 ” peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Your heart must not be troubled or fearful”. So in Christ you have been given peace because the Prince of peace lives on the inside you. You have the true and eternal peace. 

   The Hebrew word for peace is shalom which means wholeness, completeness, prosperity, welfare and tranquility. The Greek word is eirene which means the tranquil or peaceful state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fear nothing from God. So in Christ you are whole and complete, you are prosperous, you are safe and saved in Him. Hallelujah. You have to be so conscious of this. Let it be your mediation. Isaiah 53:4-5 says ” surely He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 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”. Hallelujah. You have now peace, because Jesus has paid the price for it. You have the legal right to wholesome peace in your spirit, in your soul and in your body. 

   In the world today, we have many believers of Jesus Christ who fret, fearful and experiencing all kinds of ill-emotions in their soul and it’s as if they can do nothing about it. The good news is there’s something you can do. And I will show you that from God’s word. Firstly you have to be conscious that in Christ you have peace in your spirit, meditate well on this and let it sink well into your heart. We all as believers has been called to walk in peace as we are in peace. Colossians 3:15 says ” And let the peace of the Messiah, to which you were also called in one body, control your hearts. Be thankful”. You have peace in your spirit in Christ, let and allow that peace to control your heart, allow it to control you and everything you do. Always maintain a stance of thanksgiving. This allows the peace in you to take preeminence over you and your circumstances. 

   Also, by walking in love you allow the peace in your spirit to take over you and your situation, walk in love with yourself and the people in your world. Forgive wrongdoings and let go of grudges. Mark 9:50 expressed clearly Jesus words, ” salt is good, but if the salt should lose its flavor, how can you make it salty? Have salt among yourselves and be at peace with one another. By being at peace with the people in your world you are walking in love and in peace and this allows the peace in you to grow and take over you and your situation. Jesus said in Luke 6:27 ” but I say to you who listen: love your enemies, do good to those who hate you”. This is how you walk in peace, and Romans 12:17 says” do not repay anyone evil for evil. Try to do what is honorable in everyone’s eyes”. And verse 18-21 says if possible, on your part, live at peace with everyone. Friends, do not avenge yourselves, instead, leave room for His wrath. For it is written: vengeance belongs to Me, I will repay, says the Lord. But if your enemy is hungry feed him. If he is thirsty, give him something to drink. For in so doing you will be heaping fiery coals on his head. Do not be conquered by evil, but conquer evil with good”. And Romans 14:19 says ” so then, we must pursue what promotes peace and what builds up one another”. 

   Also you walk in peace, and grow in the fruit of peace by allowing your mind stay on God’s presence and on His words. For behold, God is my salvation, I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song, He also is become my salvation ( Isaiah 12:2). Isaiah 26:3 says ” thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee”. As you allow your mind to be conscious of God’s presence you allow God’s peace to overwhelm you and keep your soul strong and healthy. Also as you allow your mind to consistently meditate on God’s word you increase in the fruit of peace, nothing moves nor perturb you, you remain victorious and at peace even in the face of unpleasant circumstances. 2 Peter 1:2 says ” may grace and peace be multiplied to you through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord”. So as you increase in the knowledge of what Jesus did for you on the cross, in His death, burial and resurrection, in the knowledge of what you have in Christ and who you are in Christ, you increase in the strength of peace and grace. Hallelujah.

   Finally, fellowship with God’s Spirit in the place of worship and prayer makes you increase in the strength of peace. I have a testimony there, I used to be fretful about the future and some unpleasant situations but as I give myself to fellowshipping with the King of peace, stay on His word and petition Him for whatever I need, I discovered that I began to enjoy an overwhelming peace. You can too and even more as you give the Spirit of God time to fellowship with Him, thank Him and worship Him, you increase in the strength of peace and continually dwell in peace. He will lead you in the right path and deliver solutions to problems to you. He will show you the way and you will walk in the path of life. The Bible says in Philippians 4:6-8 ” Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses every thought will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is commendable, if there is any moral excellence and if there is any praise, dwell on these things”. I see you walking and dwelling in perfect peace. I call you blessed!!!!

LOVE

Love is the highest realm of being in the spirit realm. When I say love, I’m not talking about feelings or affections, it’s way beyond that. Love is defined in the scriptures, no other definition is more perfect. 1 John 4:8 says ” he that loveth not knoweth not God, for God is love. That means love is God, love is divinity, divinity at work in you and functioning through you. 

   Our God is a God of hope, faith and love, but He is not hope, neither is He faith, He is love, because love is the greatest and our God is the greatest. That tells you that love is the best definition of God, no other definition is more perfect ( 1 Corinthians 13:13). 

   The body of Christ and many churches around the world today is not in a so good condition because we no longer give much emphasis on walking in love which is our real divine nature. The greatest way of showing and demonstrating the nature of God is by showing love. 

   Now this kind of love I’m talking about is the God-kind of love, it’s far beyond what we know love to be in this world, it is divine, it is heavenly, it has no limits, it is selfless, it goes beyond the natural, it is God. This love does not operate by sensual feelings or human emotions but by the Spirit of God, by depending on and walking in our new nature in Christ from our spirits. God gave us His very own nature at salvation, it’s the nature of love. Romans 5:5 says ” and hope maketh not ashamed, because the Love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holyghost which is given unto us. Also 1 John 4:7 says” beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God, and every one that loves is born of God, and knows God”. So we have this nature of God’s love in us. It’s real, it’s a truth. 

   Today we see many even Christians walk in unforgiveness, hatred, pride, evil jealousy and so much more. It’s either because they do not know by revelation who they are in Christ or they refuse to yield or give themselves to their love nature and walk in the reality of it. When we don’t walk in love, we are not walking in the light but in darkness and that’s the territory of the devil, it therefore gives room to the devil in our lives. This love is unconditional, it does good without any conditions, it does good even in the face of hard circumstances. 

   Today, in the body of Christ we have many problems, many issues caused by not walking in love. Love heals. Love is the solution to the world problems. It is the panacea to all diseases. When Jesus walked the earth, He showed us God, how God walks, functions and does things, which is by operating in unconditional love. He did everything in love by faith even unto the death of the cross. He gave us His life, eternal life, that we might walk as He walked. For where there’s love, there’s unity and strength. God wants this division, strife and discord in the body of Christ to stop, by each and everyone of us walking in His divine love which is in us. Meditate on this. 

   In these last of the last days, God is emphasizing on us walking in His love, for this will usher the body of Christ into the highest dimension of God’s power that has never been seen. For he who does not know how to walk in love will misuse the power of God to hurt others, even himself. 

   Ephesians 3:19 says ” and to know the Love of God, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God”. God revealed something to me from that verse some years back, that those who will carry some of His unusual and special anointing that has never been seen before in these last days are those who have been so trained in His secret place and are so matured in walking in His divine. For you can not be filled to the overflow with the anointing of God’s Spirit until you learn how to walk in the Spirit of love and operate in His divine love, allowing the true love nature in you to control your soul and your body. Glory to Jesus. Meditate on these things. I call you blessed!!!

AGAPE

This blog is solely to teach and equip people on how to walk in the Love of Christ and the faith of God. Teachings in form of articles will be put up to inform and enlighten on how to walk in the realities of the kingdom of heaven. Thank you as you journey with me.