Say It!—A Christian Hack for Living Better

If you are Christian…

Say it aloud. Say that you have been lifted out of poverty because you have. Say that you have been lifted out of debt; out of defeat; out of bondage and disease. Say it!

If you don’t say it, you won’t see it. Say that the Lord is your wisdom and your sanctification and your redemption and your righteousness.

Refuse to observe lying vanities by keeping mute. Refuse to shudder at the petering bank statements and demand letters, that give a contrary narrative of who you are.

Hold fast to your proclamations for you also have to exercise patience after you have done the will of God.

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No Bondage to the Seed of Abraham 


Very often, certain Christians go through life bound by habits, debts or sicknesses. And they allow these conditions linger, not knowing what to do. They forget or are unaware that they are the real Seed of Abraham, not the Jews. 

Galatians 3:29 says,

‘ If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise’

That said, the Seed of Abraham has no obligation to tolerate bondage or oppression in any shape, size or form. 

And how do you know this? Someone might be asking…I know this from the word of God. 

There is a story of a woman who came into the synagogue bent over from some sort of paralysis, crippled by a spirit for eighteen long years. After Jesus had healed the woman and had been accosted by the Jewish leaders for healing on the Sabbath (The Sabbath is the seventh day in the Jewish week strictly designated for rest), He made a statement about her that was indicative of the fact that Seed of Abraham ought not be bound. (See the story in Luke 13:10-17)

In Jesus’ response, He asked,

“…this woman, a daughter of Abraham as she is, whom Satan has bound for eighteen long years, should she not have been released from this bond on the Sabbath day?”

Notice what Jesus was saying. That woman’s eligibility for release was based on her being the Seed of Abraham.

A second witness is in John 8: 31-38

‘Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.'(John 8:31-32$

Notice their response to Jesus’ freedom proclamation in verse 33:

‘They answered him, We be Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?’

The response the Jews gave was correct in the sense that Abraham’s Seed can know no bondage.

But Jesus went on to invalidate their claims to being the Seed of Abraham saying that they were bound by sin, subject to the devil and that believing in Him alone was the only way to true freedom. (See it in John 8:34-38)

And to buttress this fact, Galatians 3:16 (New Heart English Version) says,

‘Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his offspring. He does not say, “And to offsprings,” as of many, but as of one, “And to your offspring,” which is Christ.’

If you belong to Christ, the promises are now yours. Don’t let any false prophet lie to you to perform any deliverance rituals on your behalf so that you can be free. Abraham’s Seed knows no bondage-whether financial, health-related or social.

If you have been imprisoned falsely or maybe you have been made to swear an oath to a human trafficking ring and you have now become a Christian, you are Abraham’s Seed. 

Start proclaiming your freedom. Declare it everyday; ‘ I am the Seed of Abraham…I am free from this (put the name of whatever it is that is keeping you bound).

If it is an addiction, a relationship or some unnatural proclivity, meditate on and pray with the scriptures I put in this post until they bring you into God’s desires for you.

God desires your freedom, and in Christ the Seed of Abraham, you are free!

Shalom!

Understanding Righteousness Part 5

 

made righteous

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”—(Matthew 6: 33)

So in my last post, we treated Meditating as a step to the ‘seeking-His-righteousness’ part of Matthew 6:33.

And while many faiths define meditating in different ways, the Bible definitions for meditation imply pondering and muttering the scriptures in a way that supplants the general way of thinking that often pilot our actions with God-thoughts from the Bible.

The next step in seeking God’s righteousness is studying the Word of God.

So What is The Word of God?

The idea of the Word of God in its original expression means God’s thoughts. The original Greek word for this is ‘Logos’, which means, an ideal or thought-system.

So God’s Word is God’s thought-system.

And invariably, studying God’s Word is studying God’s thought-system; how He thinks about and relates to anything and everything.

Rememeber God created everything. And how He thinks about anything should be the correct way to think about things.

For instance, God thinks about marriage as a fusion. Gen 2:24 says, ‘Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.’ For illustrative purposes, marriage is like taking a bottle of coke and a bottle of fanta and emptying the two bottles into one container. The two become one. And they taste different too. God thinks marriage should never end in divorce. But a lot of people in our contemporary culture think of marriage as a partnership which is dissolvable. This very patterns of thinking are what make marriages last or collapse.

God’s Kind of Thinking Vs General Way of Thinking

The purpose or original intent for anything lies in the mind of its creator irrespective of how others view or percieve it. Planes were made to fly but some folks could decide that rather than fly their Gulfstream 6, they’d just drive it from Point A to Point B, not using the aircraft in right way for which it was created.

Studying God’s Word gives us insight on how to apply ourselves rightly to all of God’s creation. It is often at variance with the general way of thinking because God’s Word communicates purpose while the general way are shroud in opinions that have become accepted either because of time or convenience.

Living in God’s righteousness is about learning through study of the Bible, how He thinks about the things He has created. Learn what He thinks about issues like money, family, love, heterosexuality and stick with them.

Remember, God’s Word states His intents, the general way is the opinion of someone who doesn’t really know for sure, which society has come to accept.

Studying Makes His Voice Decipherable

Once you learn how a person thinks, you can easily percieve how he or she communicates. For instance, God will always seek fellowship with you, so everytime you hear a voice in your head urging you to go and pray, that is God nudging you to pray. We are many times reminded in the Bible to pray for ourselves, the Church and the Lost. Prayer is God’s idea.

Learning how God thinks will make His voice more decipherable to you, particularly in this age when lies of the flesh, the devil and this world system seem more believeable than ever before. You’ll be able to discern righteousness from error because something won’t feel quite right when you come in contact with a lie.

To be continued….

Shalom!

  1. N. Igbinijesu

The Source of True Peace

 

 

Peace

“And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds, in that peaceful state] to which as [members of Christ’s] one body you were also called [to live]. And be thankful (appreciative), [giving praise to God always]”.—(Colossians 3:15 AMP)

Troubles and challenges come to us all. Whether it comes in the unsettling tug to make tough decisions, choose a new path for your life or decide on whether you want to marry that person you are currently considering.The challenge of making a decision that could ultimately affect your future, coupled with the doubts and desires you might be having about your current circumstances are not peculiar to you. God understands the incessant interplay between our heads—those rationalizations about the situation—and our hearts—our perceptions—and so He says in Colossians 3:15 to let the peace of Christ be the umpire; the settler of the any variance in your heart.

So what is this peace of Christ? And how do I get it concerning my situation? You might ask.

In John 14:27, Jesus said: “Peace I leave you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” By the import of this statement, peace is an assurance of a desirable end. It is a guarantee that not matter how bad the situation looks like your victory is assured.

But to get this guarantee in any situation, certain conditions must first be met.

In John 16:32-33, Jesus clarifies how his peace comes to you. He says: “Behold, the hour cometh, yea is now come that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me. These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”

The peace of Christ comes by the word of God and not just that, it comes by the spoken word of God about your situation. The original Greek uses the word, “rhema”. Rhema is the personal word from God to you about that situation.

So let me ask you: What has God said to you about your health, career or family?Whatever he has said is the peace of Christ that must now guide your decision making. It is the God- finality to all your problems. And like an umpire, that rhema word you have received will check any contrary situation that may arise when you speak it forth or act on it .

So pick up your Bible now and meditate, go to God in prayer and attend your church meetings regularly.Get a word from God because He has something specific to say to you about your what you are going through. His word will give you peace through your situation until your expectation becomes your reality.

Shalom

Patrick N. Igbinijesu