In the past, I have heard people make comments like, “Christianity or Church is for the weak who can’t cope, it’s for people who can’t pull themselves up and get on with life, so they need spiritual rules as prop for support” You know what ? I don’t blame people who make such comments, it’s because they don’t understand the true meaning of Christianity. The Christian life is not lived by human strength nor is it about rules and regulations. Christianity is about living in the grace of God. “For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son so that anyone who believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
What God requires from us is to live by faith in what His son, Jesus Christ has done for us. God is totally satisfied with the price paid by Jesus on the cross, and there is nothing more we can add to it. ” ..all have sinned and are falling short of the honor and glory which God bestows and receives.”Romans 3:23) All our good works before God is like flighty rags, when compared to what Christ has done. The Just shall live by faith in what Christ has accomplished. The bible says, “without faith it is impossible to please God” (Hebrews 11:6).
It must be said, walking by faith is not a bed of roses, there is a fight element involved in the faith walk. There is no where in the Bible that says following Christ is a trouble free zone. We have an adversary, Satan. However, the Bible makes it clear that we are over-comers, (Revelation 12:11) By the blood the Lamb (Jesus Christ), we are more than conquerors in every battle. This is why Paul in the scripture instructed Timothy to fight a good fight of faith (Spiritual warfare) for the prophecies made over his life. (1 Timothy 1:18-19); (1 Timothy 6:12-13)
As Christians, we are New Creation in Christ “Therefore if any person is [ingrafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17) The first Adam sinned and handed dominion authority to the Satan, Jesus came as the second Adam and restored dominion back to us! As New Creation, we are SEATED in heavenly places with Christ, ruling and reigning with Him.
As New Creation, we are suppose to live the abundant life Jesus came to give us (John 10:10) by, renewing our mind with the Word of God. We are suppose to be governed by the Spiritual law, the Word of God. God’s word is supreme, it is higher and above the natural law. It’s clear from the scripture that, the visible things which can be seen originated from the invisible (Spiritual) world. The invisible God created all that is visible to us.
The bible shows that, as New Creation, we are the seed of Christ, being Born Again by the incorruptable Word of God, which is alive and lives forever! (1 Peter 1:23). In other words, we are partakers of the Divine Nature (Heirs of Christ), we are living in Christ, ruling and reigning with Him. “ If then you have been raised with Christ [to a new life, thus sharing His resurrection from the dead], aim at and seek the [rich, eternal treasures] that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 And set your minds and keep them set on what is above (the higher things), not on the things that are on the earth. 3 For [as far as this world is concerned] you have died, and your [new, real] life is hidden with Christ in God.” (Colossians 3:1-3)
Can you see that? This is saying, although, we are physically on the earth, but by position, we have been raised into a place higher than any in this natural world. We have been positioned in Christ and all that Christ has is our’s. So how do we apply this to everyday living? We rule and reign with Christ by exercising the authority delegated to us in Jesus name. In Jesus Name we subdue every work of the devil on earth. As Jesus Christ is, so are we also in this world. (1 John 4:17).
It’s very clear from Scriptures what Jesus was about when He was on earth – He went about on earth destroying the works of the devil and establishing God’s Kingdom. “How God anointed and consecrated Jesus of Nazareth with the [Holy] Spirit and with strength and ability and power; how He went about doing good and, in particular, curing all who were harassed and oppressed by [the power of] the devil, for God was with Him.” (Acts 10:38). This same responsibility is now delegated to us as followers of Christ. We have the same Holy Spirit that was with Jesus now living in us. (John 14:26)
The great news about this fight of faith is this, it is done from, ‘A POSITION OF REST’.
First, note that the scripture says Jesus is SEATED at the right hand of God, meaning we are also SEATED at the right hand of God. SEATING posture does not signify fighting, it signifies RESTING. SEATING is a position of REST. Second, notice that we are seating in heavenly places above the earthly realm, and any powers of darkness, this means the devil is also under our feet, if we positioned in Christ. We are suppose to pray and decree the will of God over all things from this higher domain of authority. You have the authority to command demonic orchestrations to cease in Jesus name and the devil has no choice but to obey you because you are in Christ.
One good example to illustrate this is, when a king is in session. Growing up in Africa I’m familiar with this. When kings enter the room, to take his position on the thrown, they enter with an awe around them, they are like a hero, they walk to the throne with honour, power and majesty, there is such a stillness and silence that you can hear a pin drop. The moment the king seats every ear is listening to what he is about to say. And what ever that king proclaims from that seat becomes binding on his subjects. He doesn’t even have to do anything physically to enforce the decree, his delegates will see to it that the kings wishes or decree is done. Because the word of a king carries power.
As Christians our word has power when spoken in faith. As heirs of Christ we have angels waiting to serve us and execute our word because God is our Father. (Hebrews 1:14); (Psalm104:20). We are suppose to pray from our position in Christ. Our prayer posture should be that of REST in the finished work of Christ! As the Church of Jesus Christ we are not the tail. We are the head and we are walking on the devil’s head! That’s why Jesus said, “Behold! I have given you authority and power to trample upon serpents and scorpions, and [physical and mental strength and ability] over all the power that the enemy [possesses]; and nothing shall in any way harm you.” (Luke 10:19)
This is the fight, we have to fight as Christians. It is not a fight against flesh and blood, not against any human beings or governing authorities but it is against spiritual forces of darkness and wickedness in high places controlling people and opposing God’s will on earth. (Ephesians 6:12) This why I have titled this post “This is a good fight. Take it!You can take your healing, finances, family, your life and your community back for God.
Let’s “fight a good fight of faith” and take every thing God has for us and let us remember our responsibility to reach out to those bound in the clutches of Satan . God bless you as you press in for total victory in Jesus Name! 🙂
- 2 Corinthians 10:4 NKJV – The Power of God in prayer (pagprayer.wordpress.com)
- Our Spiritual Authority (3) (adesaanusegun.wordpress.com)