THE IDENTITY OF A BELIEVER

That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.’ – Philemon 1:6

LIGHT FOR NOW: You cannot appropriate what you don’t know!

The sharing, fellowship, participation of your faith may be effectual because you acknowledge or have accurate knowledge or revelation of what He has done for you. If you don’t know what He has done for you how would you appropriate it? This is why knowledge is important in salvation.  For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?’ (Romans 10:13). Until you know, you cannot acknowledge it!

This was one of the Pauline prayers to Philemon his son. He said the same prayers at Philippians 1:9-11. It reads ‘And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgement; That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ. Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God’. Again, to the church in Colossae Paul wrote ‘For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that you might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in e very good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness’ (Colossians 1:9-11). All of Paul’s prayers were focused on the believers’ need for the precise knowledge of Christ. He said that by this the Christian life of such believers will be effectual. This way, every believer in Christ must of a necessity come into this knowledge, lest their lives will not be effective.

The believer must know the what, why, when and how of salvation, which will be considered in the proceeding days. If you miss these four facets of salvation, your work here on Earth will be ineffective; and you will be a minus to humanity. Certainly, you will get to a point where you will be doubting your salvation. This is evident on events where people say that ‘they gave their lives to Christ’. This is the product of wrong teachings; their teachers do not have the insight, or an understanding of what salvation is all about. Right believing stems from right teachings! You cannot believe what you don’t know. Your belief is your identity!

INSTRUCTION: In all you get, get accurate knowledge of salvation by Christ.

PRAYER:  Lord I thank you for the light. I believe right, and I know I am saved, in Jesus name.

QUOTE: Right Teachings Produce Right Beliefs.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 1 TIMOTHY CHAPTER 4; EVENING: JOHN CHAPTER 16

NO MORE PROMISES

For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us” –   2 Corinthians 1:20

LIGHT FOR NOW: The first approach to solving mysteries is knowledge and not belief.

Jesus is the embodiment of the fulfillment of God’s promises, prophecies and plans to man. He is God’s positive answer to man’s negative situations and questions of life. This is why He is called the grace of God that brings salvation (Titus 2:11).  God’s promises to you in Christ are yes and amen. This means that God does not turn around to say no to your prayers concerning what he had already promised you. His promises are automatic answers to you. The Old Testament books contain numerous promises, prophecies and plans of God for man which were full of mysteries, riddles and parables that could not be understood by them; such that, even today, it takes the reading of the Epistles, which is the explanation of the mysteries, in order to understand the old testament books (Ephesians 3:1-10). Even Jesus Christ communicated in parables. “All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them. That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world” (Matthew 13:34-35). It was because of ignorance that made the Jews not to accept Jesus or believe the gospel. The first approach to solving mysteries is knowledge or understanding, and not belief. It is knowledge that gives rise to faith. This is why whenever Jesus said something that was heavier than their eyes could bear, they would pick up stones to stone him.

Jesus said, “I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself, but whatever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come”. On the way to Emmaus after his resurrection, Jesus met two of his disciples discussing. Luke 24: 27 says, “And beginning at Moses, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself”. Verse 45 of that same scripture says, “Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures”. Therefore, it is the Epistles that explained the mysteries in the Old Testament to us by the Holy Spirit. Ephesians 3:3-5 says, “How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery….. which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit”.

INSTRUCTION: Get an understanding of the scriptures.

Prayer: I receive by faith, every promise of God in His word to me, for his promises to me are already answered prayers, in Jesus Name! Amen!!

QUOTE: God’s promises are yea and Amen.

DECLARING THE WORD OF FAITH

But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth and in thy heart; that is, the word of faith, which we preach”   –      Romans 10:8

LIGHT FOR NOW: You are the first prophet of your life.

One basic aspect of the lifestyle of faith which produces results for the believer is the declaration of the word of God in his spirit. It is releasing that word of God in you mixed with faith through prophetic declarations and confessions. As a believer in Christ, you must know that it is your duty to say what God says concerning that situation of your life. You are the first prophet of your life. If the Word of God says that by his stripes you are healed, it is your duty to declare that by his stripes you are healed; and sickness will have no place in your life. Everything hears and obeys the word of God (Ezekiel 37:1-10). The entire creation of God was done by speaking the word (Genesis 1:1-31).

So as you declare the word of God, every situation and mountain in your life, body and soul shall bow to the word of God and the name of Jesus Christ. Whatever you want to see tomorrow, prophetically declare it today according as it is written in the Word of God and they shall all come to pass. The Word is in nearer to you than you think. It is in your heart and even in your mouth. Just make good use of your mouth. Speak the right words into the atmosphere. Declare the word of faith. Speak those things that be not as though they were. It will surely come to pass in your life in Jesus name, Amen.

INSTRUCTION: Keep declaring the word of faith.

PRAYER: Father, I receive grace to keep speaking the right words over every situation of life I find myself, in Jesus Name.  Amen.

QUOTE: Faith is not an event, Faith is a person.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: ACTS CHAPTER 3; EVENING: JOHN CHAPTER 14

ENGAGING THE SPIRIT MAN WITH THE WORD OF FAITH

But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth and in thy heart; that is, the word of faith, which we preach”   –   Romans 10:8

LIGHT FOR NOW: The Word of God is the final authority for every believer.

Having understood who you are and what you have in Christ, you need to engage your spirit man to possess your inheritance and possessions in God. You must lay hold on your rights and privileges in Christ by standing on and speaking the word of faith in prayers. The word of God must therefore dwell in you richly. The Word of God contains the promises of God in Christ which are in him ‘yea and amen’ (2 Corinthians 1:20). You must let your thoughts be centered on the promises of God in his word: what Christ has done for you and what he can do through you. Refuse to consider any alternative. Refuse to focus on the problem but on the solution already provided by God in His word. Meditate on them as you call them to heart and release them to go into operation by consciously declaring the word of God that pertains to your situation.

Address the situation and bring it under the obedience and subjection of the authority of the word of God and in the name of Jesus Christ; both in your thoughts, imaginations and words. The word of God is the final authority of every believer. It is our fuel for faith and the weapon of our victory. Your faith is dependent on the promises and prophecies of God fulfilled in Christ but hid in his word. It is the glory of God to conceal a thing but the honour of kings to search it out (Proverbs 25:2). Therefore, search out your inheritance from the scriptures and possess them in prayer and meditation. Address whatever situation and circumstance of life you face by declaring the word. By so doing, you engage your spirit man with the word of faith.

INSTRUCTION: Engage your spirit man with the word of faith.

PRAYER: Father, I ask for the grace and diligence to study your word and mix your word with faith for the manifestation of your power in my life, in Jesus Name.  Amen.

QUOTE: Faith is not an event, Faith is a person.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: ACTS CHAPTER 3; EVENING: JOHN CHAPTER 13

RECOGNIZING THE LORDSHIP OF JESUS

For whether we live, we live unto the Lord, and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s” – 

LIGHT FOR NOW: With Jesus as the Lord over our lives, we do not walk under closed heaven.

Jesus is the custodian of our daily victory as believers in Christ. With His Lordship over our lives, we are not walking under closed heaven. The heaven of a believer in Christ is continually open as the answers to our prayers are even closer to us more than we think. The Bible says in Ephesians 3:20, “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us”. This means that even our thoughts are answered by God. To ask is to decree and to decree is to exercise authority. As the Lord over our lives, we as believers have the power and authority to lord over all circumstances and situations of life. We should not be lacking in any aspect of our lives. When you recognize Him as your Lord, it will be shown in the way you give. Anything you cannot let go has taken the place of His Lordship. We are a product of giving and giving is our realm. Once a believer goes out of his realm, he will suffer loss and identity crisis. We have been delivered out of darkness and translated into the kingdom of light. The depth of your relationship with God determines how rich you are towards God. Even Jesus was rich in His relationship with the Father.

Christ became sin for us that we might be made the righteousness of God through Him. The sacrifice of Jesus is the only answer to sin consciousness; it is the reason for our right standing with God, and it is the gift of God to us (Ephesians 2:8-9). Righteousness is by faith (believing) and it is a gift. Jesus is our Advocate – speaking to God on our behalf. He is our helper who stands and speaks for us. His birth was a manifest of what was spoken (Matthew 1:21-23). Sin can never stand between God and a believer in Christ. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: Always meditate on what Christ has done for you.

PRAYER: Lord, I thank you for the salvation of my soul, in Jesus Name!

QUOTE: The greatest love is divinity taking up humanity through virginity to save man from sin

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: GENESIS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: JOHN CHAPTER 12

WALKING IN VICTORY

But thanks be unto God, which giveth us victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” –

LIGHT FOR NOW: A believer does not pray for victory. He is already in victory.

When you are in Christ, you live a life of victory. This is why the believer in Christ does not pray for victory; he enforces or stands fast in the victory given to him in Christ Jesus. A believer in Christ is born of faith and he is called born again. So, because Jesus came out victorious on our behalf, we are also victorious. “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world even our faith”. Circumstances and situations of life should not define you. Our identity is defined by the victory established in the Word of God which is expressed in Jesus Christ. The believer in Christ or the born again man is the man who is already a victor and is more than a conqueror, because he is in Christ. Your present life is the same with the current state of Christ, not as he was but, “as he is over there so are we in this world” (1John 4:17).

This is because we rose with Him from the dead and our life is now hid in Christ with God (Colossians 3:1-3). We have been united and made one with Christ the Son of God. This is the reason despite the challenges and persecution of the church, it is still waxing stronger because the church which is you is a triumphant and victorious church which the gates of hell shall not prevail against. Therefore, you cannot afford to give in or give up now. Hold onto God and believe His word, for therein is your victory made manifest.

 INSTRUCTION: Enforce the victory handed over to you in Christ Jesus.

PRAYER: Lord, I enforce my victory, in Jesus Name. Amen.

QUOTE: A believer in Christ walks in constant victory.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 1 TIMOTHY CHAPTER 4; EVENING: JOHN CHAPTER 11  

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