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Sweet Communion with Jesus

Ephesians 5:2 (KJV)

“And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.”

The way for a Christian to walk is in love, and I don’t mean our love for God, but His love for us. We no longer have to live from our limited resources and unreliable emotions. Rather, we can live in sweet communion with the love and grace of Jesus, allowing our spiritual lives to be articulated and expressed through enjoying and relying upon God’s personal love for us. As we walk in an awareness of God’s love, we begin to walk in emotional well-being, both experiencing and manifesting the sweet-smelling blessings of His grace: the fruits of Christ’s resurrection, and our inclusion in that. Galatians 5:6 communicates to us that ‘faith worketh by love’ (KJV). In other words, walking in the Spirit is simply walking in a revelation of God’s special love towards us (Romans 8:4 Galatians 5:25). Likewise, 1 John 4:16 declares, “And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.” (KJV)

As we are conscious of the love of Jesus, setting our minds on this love, we enjoy and experience the spiritual realities of our inheritance in Christ (Romans 8:5; Colossians 3:1). The power source of our lives, which causes God’s faith, blessings, and glory to manifest effortlessly both to us and through us, is God’s love.  Ephesians 3:19 writes that our goal as believers should be to ‘know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.’ (KJV). As we know the love of God towards us, we walk in the sweet-smelling gifts and treats of our inheritance in Christ – the ‘sweet’ spot which is characterised by ease, blessing, and manifest power and glory. In this place of being loved by God, the power of God comes alive for us, and we discover even bitter trials that would naturally overcome us, are defeated before us and transformed into total and utter sweetness. Like Samson, when we know the love of God, our lives will become a declaration that, “… Out of the eater came forth meat, and out of the strong came forth sweetness.” (Judges 14:14; KJV), because the love of Jesus in all of its transformative creativity and mighty power is both sweeter than honey and stronger than a lion (Judges 14:18). The love of God is therefore the context of our conversation and communion with Jesus – it is the matter and flow of the spiritual realm.

The love of God brings substance, sense, and context to all the blessings and giftings of our faith – an example of this is prophecy. 1 Corinthians 14:3 describes prophecy as such: ‘But one who prophesies strengthens others, encourages them, and comforts them.’ (NLT). Prophecy is therefore giving a voice to the power, insight, and intimacy of God’s love. Song of Solomon 5:16 (RSV) gives further context to the voice of prophecy: “His speech is most sweet, and he is altogether desirable. This is my beloved and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem”. – Prophecy is therefore a beautiful, articulate way to enjoy our sweet communion with Jesus in the love of God, as it is listening to the voice of your beloved friend and hearing of his sweet, desirable blessings for you! The glory, power, and wisdom of God is expressed in fullness in the sweet-smelling love of God. As we taste and enjoy the delicious goodness of this love in the revelation of Jesus Christ, God’s power, glory, and wisdom is continually magnified and manifested through our lives (Psalm 34:3,8).

 

Scripture declares that we are destined to reign in life through the abundance of grace and the freely given gift of righteousness (Romans 5:17). The Greek word for ‘reign’ used in 43.jpgScripture means to ‘exercise the highest influence; exercise kingly authority’ over a situation. In other words, the revelation of our righteousness in Jesus and the grace we have been gifted with in Him will cause us to walk in royal authority and confidence, knowing that every situation and circumstance is destined to conform to God’s blessings. As you rest in the Gospel of grace and your inheritance in Christ, your situation is destined to come under your feet (Hebrews 10:12-14), you are destined to reign above it and remain on top of things (Deuteronomy 28:13), so that you will see all things working together for your own, personal good (Romans 8:28). God is so creative that he can completely transform any and every bad circumstance so that it ends up working for your favor.

Child of God, as you walk in a relational awareness of God’s grace and your righteousness in Him, not only are you destined to see complete restoration in your circumstances (Joel 2:25-26), you will also see what Romans 5:17 calls God’s ‘MUCH MORE’ restoration – restoration that is over and above what circumstance calls for, over and above what you expect or deserve, over and above what you have experienced before; even over and above what you could ask, think or imagine (Isaiah 61:7; Job 42:10; Ephesians 3:20). In fact, you are destined to experience such an overload of restorative, sweet, favor-filled blessings that Scripture declares that the shame, insecurities, and anxieties of the past will be completely forgotten (Ezekiel 39:26; Isaiah 54:4). It doesn’t matter what you’re going through, what you’ve been through, or how long you have been stuck there, God is willing and able to bless you in such magnitude (according to His grace and not according to your efforts, how much you deserve it, or whose ‘fault’ the situation was), so that those things will have NO effect on you anymore and no trauma, sorrow, regret, or pain attached to them. Instead, rejoicing will have swallowed up sorrow, and beauty will remain in place of 44.jpgashes (Isaiah 61:3). The promises of God are able to speak personally into each situation in your life. For every contradiction, concern, or trial, there is a promise of God found in Scripture and given to us freely in Christ, so that not only you, but your whole family, entire household and all of its appliances and rooms, can be furnished fully with the blessings, security and provision of Scripture (2 Corinthians 1:20; Psalm 122:7; Jeremiah 33:6; Deuteronomy 28:1-13).

Believe it or not, it gets even better than this. Scripture declares that as you continue to walk in the revelation of ‘the abundance of God’s grace’, and your ‘free gift of righteousness in Him’, you are going to grow in such an understanding of this that:

“He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee” – Job 5:19 (KJV)

In Scripture, the number seven always points towards completion and perfection. In other words, you can get to a place in your walk with Jesus where you have such a full and complete revelation of God’s grace, and your inheritance in Him, that your life will be smooth and trouble-free forever more, with not a hint of evil, trouble, or contradiction. As we are growing in our understandings and revelations, sometimes trials and contradictions come up against us. We can be confident that God is delivering us, and will deliver us every time, as Job 5:19 in Scripture says. However, God’s intent is for us is that we would always experience an evil-free, curse-free existence, abounding in blessings! You have been redeemed from EVERY curse, to EVERY blessing imaginable (Galatians 3:13-45.jpg14). This is because your righteousness in Christ is both a defensive weapon to protect you from harm, and an offensive weapon to cause curses and evil to flee.  2 Corinthians 6:7 (KJV) declares: “By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,”

Spiritually, the righteousness of God is the substance of light, and it fortifies us from darkness, the works of the enemy (see John 10:10), and all contradictions. Our righteousness in Christ is a powerful revelation: Psalm 37:8 (KJV) declares that God will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and Psalm 91:11 (KJV) says that those who know they are righteous sow light wherever they go. Let’s take a look at what Isaiah 58:8,11 says about God’s light as our protection:

“Then shall your light break forth as the morning, and your health shall spring forth speedily: and your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard…And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.” (KJV)

This verse declares that the revelation of our righteousness in Christ will go ahead of us into each circumstance, making the path smooth and ushering in God’s provision blessings! It will also completely cover our past, so that no matter what mistakes we have made, no darkness, punishment, guilt, condemnation, or fear can come upon us (see Romans 8:1). This is what a believer looks like when they know that they have the free gift of righteousness and the abundance of grace! They are completely free, and totally fortified in God’s unconditional, irrevocable blessings! (Galatians 5:1). This is why John 1:5 (AMP) comments that the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness cannot find or 46.jpgcomprehend it!

The glory and beauty of these grace-truths make us bold in the reality that we have the ability, power, and security to be calm in the midst of opposition, knowing that no harm shall come near us or our loved ones (Psalm 91:10), and that God’s favor surrounds us as a shield so that we can live a smooth life of uninterrupted blessings, health, peace, and security (Psalm 5:12). Luke 10:19 boldly declares: “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” (KJV) – Behold these truths, beloved! They are freely yours through the abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness!

 

 

 

 

Limitless Life Devotional

God’s Vision for Your Prosperity

Luke 6:38 (KJV)

“Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.”

Did you know that the Gospel – without your efforts – has the power to bring about manifest, abundant prosperity in your life? All of the promises of God for your salvation are contained in Scripture, and freely gifted to you in the grace of Jesus Christ, so that you never have to live in lack – not even for a second! (Romans 1:17; 2 Corinthians 1:20). In Luke 6:38, we see God’s heart for abundance, and that God’s idea of prosperity is lavish, and over the top, so that you are jam-packed with overwhelming affluence. God’s idea of prosperity isn’t that you just have enough to get by and get the bills paid, it is ‘good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over’. In other words, God desires for you to be able to richly enjoy all things –   family vacations,  expensive food and drink, giving to others, having fun as an heir of the world ,without a care in the world! – because you know that your finances will always run over and are luxuriantly provided for by your heavenly Father who has an inexhaustible supply of blessings to lavish on us as believers! (1 Timothy 6:17).

Now, don’t mistake Luke 6 as a ‘conditional’ promise either. Under the Old Covenant, you had to give to receive. However, under the New Covenant, inaugurated through Jesus’ blood (Matthew 26:28), Jesus gave everything for us so that we could freely receive the blessing of prosperity. As Romans 8:32 (KJV) declares, “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?” – In Christ, you have been freely given all things, including material blessings. God gave, so that manifest prosperity could be freely given to us! Therefore, you can allow the Gospel and the promises in Scripture to re-define your ideas of abundance and prosperity so that they are infinitely enlarged ‘in accordance with the riches of His glory’, and not in accordance with what your bank account says, your tithing, your sowing into  ministries, or your paycheque. God desires that you trust the Gospel with your material wealth and security! (Philippians 4:19). As you begin to trust the Father, and not your own efforts, as the source of your material income, you will declare along with the Psalmist that “I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.” (Psalm 37:25, NIV). Step into God’s abundant supply of grace, and see prosperity manifesting all around you. As 2 Corinthians 8:9 (KJV) says, “For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.” – some people try to spiritualise this verse, but the entire context of 2 Corinthians 8 is material wealth!

2 Corinthians 9:8 (AMP) is another Bible verse which speaks of God’s heart for prosperity, “And God is able to make all grace [every favor and earthly blessing] come in abundance to you, so that you may always [under all circumstances, regardless of the need] have complete sufficiency in everything [being completely self-sufficient in Him], and have an abundance for every good work and act of charity.” – God desires that you have so much prosperity in Him that you are completely self-sufficient upon His goodness and grace, trusting that He will always, without fail, provide! Once again, don’t read law into this verse, as it is not saying that we ‘need to’ or ‘have to’ give to charity in order to receive. Instead, it is encouraging us that we will have so much money that we ‘get to’ live out the desires our heart and new nature in Christ: we get to share in the exciting blessing of giving to others! (Acts 20:35). Being able to give freely to others, as a joyful giver, as one who has freely received, will only come to us when we realise that we have a never-ending supply of financial security in Christ (2 Corinthians 9:7). When the believer gives ‘according to what He has’ (i.e. abundant, inexhaustible material riches and security in Christ), they gain a ‘willing mind’ to give freely to others! (2 Corinthians 8:12; KJV).  Believer, God delights in your prosperity, because He loves to see you blessed and prosperous (Psalm 35:27; Psalm 122:7). Jeremiah 33:6 (NIV) declares, “’Nevertheless, I will bring health and healing to it; I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security.” – God wants you to enjoy security and prosperity! He wishes that in all things we prosper and be in health! (3 John 1:, KJV).

 

From Fear to Faith

By Paige Hunt

And Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh, who were among the scouts who had searched the land, rent their clothes, and they said to all the company of Israelites, The land through which we passed as scouts is an exceedingly good land. If the Lord delights in us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us, a land flowing with milk and honey. Only do not rebel against the Lord, neither fear the people of the land, for they are bread for us. Their defense and the shadow [of protection] is removed from over them, but the Lord is with us. Fear them not.” – Numbers 14:6-9 (AMPC)

Moses sent twelve spies into the Promised Land, and all of them except Joshua and Caleb came back with bad reports, influenced by the fear and intimidation of the circumstances surrounding them. Numbers 13:28 and 13:33 reveals that the ten spies saw their opposition 635as strong and courageous. And themselves as weak grasshoppers. Their beliefs were summed up in these words, “we are not able to go up against the people [of Canaan], for they are stronger than we are” (AMPC). In the natural, this may have looked to be so, yet Scripture states that those spies brought back an “evil report” (13:32) – one influenced and shaken up by the enemy, rather than springing from faith in the truth of God’s word and promises. Romans 12:23 informs us that “Whatever does not originate and proceed from faith is sin” (AMPC). In other words, your perspective in any given circumstance will be dominated by faith or fear; from God’s perspective of truth or the enemy’s perspective of deception.

Perhaps today you are facing a situation that seems large, looming, and insurmountable. It may be a financial crisis and a mound of debt, a relationship issue, a health complication, or any other negative circumstance. Do not allow yourself to be intimidated by an “evil report”. Rather, rest in the revelations and promises of Scripture and allow faith to make itself manifest throughout your emotions, mind, and heart (Romans 10:17). Now, before I continue I want to address something about faith…

You may be worried that perhaps you do not possess the faith to remain strong and courageous in the midst of huge, demanding challenges, and your experiences may seem to back up these worries – perhaps at the first sign of opposition, you turn and run, or get filled with crippling anxieties and doubts; perhaps, at the first sign of opposition, you find yourself submitting to all kinds of stress and rebellious behaviour. Although this may have been your past experience, be encouraged that Scripture declares that God has given to each believer “the measure of faith” (Romans 12:3). As a believer in Christ, when you were raised and ascended with Jesus, the same power – including that same faith – that rose Jesus from the dead, lives within your Spirit in fullness (Ephesians 1:19; see also 1 Corinthians 6:17). This means that your Spirit contains the faith of Christ, and is able to 18live victoriously through him (Galatians 2:20), and perceive each circumstance from His position of unshakable might and authority. You can renew your mind according to God’s word, so that the faith within you transforms your outward emotions and actions (Romans 12:2). Believer, you are destined to be successful and faith-filled, and to walk in the Spirit-filled boldness of Joshua and Caleb. This is your identity in Christ!

Romans 3:27 expresses that there is such thing as “the law of faith” (KJV). In other words, there are keys which govern faith, so that without fail you are able to experience faith manifesting from your Spirit, into your mind, heart, emotions, and your circumstances. There are ways that you can manifest confidence and authority that you are “the head and not the tail” of all circumstances, “above only, and not beneath” in all situations and in the fact of all contradictions (Deuteronomy 28:13; AMPC).

As you learn the promises of God towards you in Scripture, i.e. the blessings and benefits you have been gifted with in Christ, the law of faith will go to work on your behalf. There are two key Scriptures that speak of how the law of faith functions:

  • “For [if we are] in Christ Jesus, neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith activated and energized and expressed and working through love.” – Galatians 5:6 (AMPC).
  • “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” – Romans 10:17 (KJV).

Scripture declares that as you (continually) hear of the promises and blessings of God in Scripture, which are all given to you freely in Christ (the original Greek translates ‘word of God’ as ‘word of Christ’ in Romans 10:17), then you will gain an awareness of how much God loves you and how dear you are to Him. The law of faith, through the word of God and the love of God, will go to work for you, on your behalf, causing faith to manifest itself in all facets of your life, strengthening you in faith above and beyond all circumstances and 2contradictions, and transforming the way you think. You will discover yourself no longer shaken up and wavering due to circumstances, but energised with the hope (confident assurance) that faith brings. Hebrews 6:19 (AMPC) writes:

‘[Now] we have this [hope] as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul [it cannot slip and it cannot break down under whoever steps out upon it—a hope] that reaches farther and enters into [the very certainty of the Presence] within the veil,’

The word will anchor your soul upon the truths of God, so that you can walk in your God-given victory, authority, and peace above all contradictions. Then, as your faith is re-directed from circumstance and the natural realm where the enemy can shake you up with ‘evil reports’, to Jesus and your inheritance in him, you will be renewed in the attitude of your mind (Ephesians 4:23). Faith will always manifest with assurance in your soul, as you anchor your life upon God’s word and stand upon the promises of scripture.

Ephesians 1:18-19 describes this renewal as such: ‘….having the eyes of your heart flooded with light, so that you can know and understand the hope to which He has called you, and how rich is His glorious inheritance in the saints (His set-apart ones), and [so that you can know and understand] what is the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His power in and for us who believe, as demonstrated in the working of His mighty 6strength,’ (AMPC). Like Caleb and Joshua, you can renew your mind according to the promises in God’s word, and gain an enlightened perspective of your authority and inheritance in Christ in your circumstances, completely transforming your perspective, and releasing manifest boldness and power. When this is so, like Caleb, in the face of contradiction you will naturally declare “we are well able to conquer it!” (Numbers 13:30; AMPC). You see, Caleb and Joshua knew that every opposition is “bread” – a chance to feast upon the promises of Scripture and see the abundant harvest of faith, sure that God’s promises will manifest.

Psalm 23:5 (NIV) declares, “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies…my cup overflows”. Likewise, Jesus stated in John 4:11 (AMP) that the great trial of Lazarus’ death, something standing in great opposition to God’s will and intent for mankind (see John 10:10), was an occasion to ‘honor God and to promote His glory, that the Son of God may be glorified through (by) it.’ (John 11:4, AMPC) You see, Joshua and Caleb were able to perceive that every trial was an opportunity for a fresh revelation and manifestation of God’s favor and grace.

Believer, God has already supplied you with the faith to overcome the challenges you face with boldness and authority. The nature of God is supply!

Limitless Life Devotional

An Abundant Harvest

Mark 4:14, 18-19 (AMPC)

‘The sower sows the Word…And the ones sown among the thorns are others who hear the Word; Then the cares and anxieties of the world and distractions of the age, and the pleasure and delight and false glamour and deceitfulness of riches, and the craving and passionate desire for other things creep in and choke and suffocate the Word, and it becomes fruitless.’

God desires for you to live a victorious life, accessing the blessings of your inheritance, the riches of His manifest favor! In Christ, as we hear the good news message, God sows the word of faith (our inheritance in Christ, the riches of His finished work), into our hearts. This word is destined to supernaturally produce a harvest of blessing throughout our natural bodies and natural world, as faith always manifests itself and brings a positive harvest whenever the word of Christ is sown (Romans 10:17). It is important for you to know that as a believer, you already possess Christ’s faith in your spirit. You are not trying to conjure up faith, it is a free gift of yours in Christ (Romans 12:3; Galatians 2:20). This is why as you hear God’s word, you can be sure that the faith of Christ will manifest itself through you, renewing your mind and ushering in all of God’s blessings! (2 Corinthians 3:18). You are holy and righteous in Christ and are not a hindrance to the flow of faith, in fact, your natural design is the good soil in which the word of God flourishes and manifests itself in a variety of ways such as abundant prosperity, health, joy, and peace! In other words, as you remain in the word, you are naturally designed to have the word produce a bountiful harvest! Matthew 13 proclaims that the seed which falls onto good ground “brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.” (KJV)

You may be wondering why your life does not always manifest this brilliant and beautiful harvest. The answer is the flesh. The flesh is a mechanism you use in order to get your deepest needs, such as acceptance and security, met outside of Christ – Mark 4:28-19 describes what this looks like (engaging with ‘the cares and anxieties of this world’, ‘the distractions of this age’, ‘the false glamour and deceitfulness of riches’, ‘the craving and desire for other things’ – in other words, choosing to actively live, embrace, stand upon, and believe that which is contrary to the truth of God’s word and your vast inheritance in Christ). As a believer in Christ, you are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit (Romans 8:9). However, you still have the ability to think according to the flesh, and this happens as you do not know what is available to you as a believer. Remember, the flesh is not your true nature or identity, so it is much easier and more natural for you to walk according to the Spirit, something that effortlessly happens as you discover the truths of your inheritance and blessings in Christ, and His all-sufficiency for you (allowing the seed to be sown into your heart). Romans 8:5 says: “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.” (KJV)  – it’s all about what you fix your mind on. What your fix your mind on and engage with and enjoy, you will naturally walk after.

As I previously stated, God’s word (the gospel of grace) is destined to produce an abundant harvest in your life as you rest and abide in it (see Romans 5:17). Your heart has been made good soil in Christ! (Romans 12:2; Hebrews 8:10). The key to victory therefore is to renew your mind according to the word of God (His promises to you, your inheritance in Christ), so that when a concern or worry presents itself before you, you will effortlessly be able to stand upon the message of faith and the realities of your inheritance, and not allow those worries to enter into your heart. It’s all about what you know of your inheritance! You have the ability to not be rocked about or chocked by any thorny messages, through the assurance that the faith of Christ will always work the works of Christ throughout your world as you rest in his grace. As Philippians 4:19 declares, “And my God will liberally supply (fill to the full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” (AMPC). Romans 14:23 articulates that every action has one of two sources – faith or fear. Yet Scripture also encourages us that as we engage with and hear God’s word, and discover the promises that are ours in Christ, faith will effortlessly rise up within us, fighting our battles and producing a vast, super-abundant harvest!

By Paige Hunt

Many Christians today are struggling with sin, sickness, poverty, and many other negatives in their lives. However, Jesus has provided us with a holistic salvation that has redeemed us from every curse, and given us authority to always be above, and not beneath every circumstance, the head and not the tail of every situation that we face. Deuteronomy 28:13 (AMPC) declares:

“And the Lord shall make you the head, and not the tail; and you shall be above only, and you shall not be beneath,”

Through Christ you have freely inherited this blessing and every other blessing of Scripture (See 2 Corinthians 1:20). God desires that you rule and reign in life by his grace – that you take what his grace has provided you through faith, and exercise spiritual 16dominion and authority on this earth! (Romans 5:17). With that being said, let’s begin our topic of ‘Spiritual Authority’…

You were created to have dominion!

To understand how the world got in such a mess, and why so many are struggling, we have to go back to Genesis. In the same way, to understand our authority, we have to return to Genesis, to the Garden of Eden, for it was here that God made his intentions for man clear – God placed man in the midst of Eden, and gave him dominion, fortifying him with blessing. The word Eden means ‘pleasure’, and truly the garden was a haven of pleasure; a scene of harmony, beauty, peace, and abundant blessing. This was the sphere that man was designed, empowered, and created to live, think, and dwell within and from. I love the way that Kenneth Copeland writes about Genesis:

“Everything [in the garden] had been made ready for God’s crowning creation. ‘So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth’ (verses 27-28). – With those words, God imparted to Adam and Eve and to all mankind The Blessing. He told them who they were: the lords of the earth created by God in His image as rulers and royalty. He told them what they were supposed to do: replenish (or fill up) the earth, subdue it and bring it into line with the perfect will of God. He also gave them the power to carry out that assignment. To bless actually means “to empower.” …Adam’s job was to exercise his God-given authority and expand that Garden until it encompassed the entire earth. That’s what The Blessing was for! It provided Adam with the power to carry on the work God began in creation. The Blessing empowered Adam to be a blessing wherever he went.” – Kenneth Copeland ‘The Garden of Eden in You’ (Believer’s Voice of Victory magazine, January 2007) [Insert mine]

Scripture declares God’s original intent for mankind to rule and reign as king’s on earth, prospering in a world of pleasure. There were no qualifications on this dominion either – man was created to live in freedom, joy, and peace. Genesis 1:26 writes this simply: “Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion…” (KJV)

Throughout Scripture, the original intent of God for mankind is clearly displayed:

  • “The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord’s: but the earth hath he given to the children of men…” – Psalm 115:16 (AMPC)
  • “I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.” – Psalm 82:6 (KJV)

When God created mankind, he did so because he is a maternal, benevolent figure of pure 17light (1 John 1:5; Deuteronomy 32:18; Hosea 11:3-4; Isaiah 49:15). God’s greatest desire was to birth humanity as the recipients of all of his blessings, wonder, and pleasure, and to give them the earth as a birthday present, a present fitting for ‘Children of the most High’.

The Trouble Begins

Although man was given such an astounding birthday present – to reign on paradise earth – mankind lost this to Satan, being deceived into giving him their God-given authority (see Genesis 3). This is why Luke 4:6 declares that Satan showed Jesus all the kingdoms of the world and said…

“And he said to Him, To You I will give all this power and authority and their glory (all their magnificence, excellence, preeminence, dignity, and grace), for it has been turned over to me, and I give it to whomever I will.”  – Luke 4:6 (AMPC)

Mankind unwittingly turned their kingly reign over to Satan, and forfeited the life of a king for the life of a slave. However, all was not lost…

Abraham’s Blessing

God, in his passionate love, truly wanted humanity to enjoy their birthday gift of reigning on this earth, so he designed a redemption plan. This began with the blessing that God gave to Abraham in Genesis 12:

“And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you [with abundant increase of favors] and make your name famous and distinguished, and you will be a blessing [dispensing good to others]. And I will bless those who bless you [who confer prosperity or happiness upon you] and curse him who curses or uses insolent language toward you; in you will all the families and kindred of the earth be blessed [and by you they will bless themselves].” – Genesis 12:2-3 (AMPC)

Abraham received this blessing through faith, and as a result, he began to reign in life as a king. Scripture records many promises that Abraham walked in, which I’ve detailed in our previous article, click here to be directed. One of the blessings that Abraham walked in was vast prosperity that continually increased (Genesis 13:2; 24:35), and expansive influence. 18Abraham was well-known for the blessings that marked his life (12:2). Indeed, he was so blessed by the blessing of God that he had divine renewal of youth, and him and his wife Sarah were able to have a child when he was 100 years old! (Genesis 17:16-17). Indeed, God truly is a hilariously generous giver!

The promise was not only to Abraham, but also to his offspring (Genesis 17:7). Therefore, throughout Scripture we see people regaining insight into their God-given authority, and accomplishing many mighty things. Hence Daniel 11:32 states, ‘the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits’ (KJV).

“but that is not all!

oh, no.

that is not all…”

 – Dr Seuss. ‘The Cat in the Hat’

 

 The Seed – Christ

God’s plan of redemption was to completely, fully, and truly redeem mankind back to their full authority and design in him. The blessing given to Abraham travelled down the ages through Abraham’s descendants in varying degrees, right to Jesus Christ. In Scripture, Christ is referred to as the ‘last Adam, a life-giving spirit’ (1 Corinthians 15:45, NIV). In Christ, God fully restored the blessing and authority given to Adam back to the whole human race.

Galatians 3 details this beautifully: in verse 16 we learn that God’s plan was always to redeem the blessing of our authority back to humanity through the finished work of Christ: ‘Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.’(KJV). Verses 13 and 14 tell us in no uncertain terms that through grace, we have inherited the fullness of our authority in the here and now, and can walk in the authority and blessing bestowed upon mankind in the garden:

“Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.” (KJV)

So, we can conclude that ‘they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.’ (v 9), and ‘And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.’ (v 29). Believers have fully re-gained their authority as heirs through Jesus Christ!

Heirs of the World

“For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.” – Romans 4:13 (KJV)

Scripture actually declares that through our righteousness in Christ, which comes through faith and not our own performance, abilities, talents, striving, or efforts, we have received the status of heirs of the world.  The ‘world’ here means every material blessing, every earthly good, and all riches. Just like Adam we are called to prosper and have dominion on this earth. We are called to be above and not beneath, to live in abundant provision and 20never in lack, always in health and never in sickness or illness, and always in divine protection and unspeakable, glorious joy. To be an heir of the world means to be blessed materially, physically, relationally, mentally, and spiritually, and to enjoy life to the full and overflowing (John 10:10). God was speaking of us when he declared to Abraham that kings would be among his descendants! (Genesis 17:6).

More than meets the eye…

In fact, as New Covenant believers, we have it even better than Adam and Abraham – we are in union with the Trinity, and as such….

“And He raised us up together with Him and made us sit down together [giving us joint seating with Him] in the heavenly sphere [by virtue of our being] in Christ Jesus (the Messiah, the Anointed One).” – Ephesians 2:6 (AMPC)

The Good News Bible writes ‘heavenly sphere’ as ‘the heavenly world’. In Christ we live, move, and have our being in a perfect, eternal union with the Trinity who conquered death, the devil, and are above every name that could be named. We are in Christ, seated ‘far above all rule and authority and power and dominion and every name that is named [above every title that can be conferred], not only in this age and in this world, but also in the age and the world which are to come.” (Ephesians 1:21; AMPC).

“God has given us a huge authority. As born-again believers, Jesus has given us more authority than even Adam and Eve had. They had authority over this earth. However, after Christ rose from the dead, He had authority in heaven, authority on earth, and authority under the earth – meaning the demonic realm and hell (Phil. 2:10)….The authority we have as believers in Christ today is superior to the authority Adam had. We have everything he lost, and much more. We now have authority over the demonic realm (Matthew 10:1, 7-8)” – Andrew Wommack, ‘The Believer’s Authority’ p. 75-76.

As a believer in Christ you have unconditional, irrevocable authority over the demonic realm, as well as kingly authority to reign in this earth, walking in divine prosperity, abundance, peace, joy, health – every blessing that can be named – because you are in Christ, the name above all names, and share in all that he is and all that he has.

  • “…All authority (all power of rule) in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Go then and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” – Matthew 28:18-19 (AMPC)
  • “Then Jesus called together the Twelve [apostles] and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases” – Luke 9:1 (AMPC)
  • “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” – Luke 10:19 (KJV)
  • “And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” – Mark 16:17-18 (KJV) “And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen” – Revelation 1:6 (KJV)
  • As a believer in Christ, you have ultimate power and authority over all sicknesses, diseases, and demons. As you have all authority, the devil has none! You have power over all the enemy and nothing shall by any means hurt you. The devil comes to steal, kill, and destroy, but you have authority and power over harm, destruction and even death, because the dead-raising power of Christ lives on the inside of you and is a natural expression of your true identity and authority (John 10:10; Ephesians 1:19-23). You have authority over natural laws, authority to live in the fullness of God’s blessings, including Psalm 91 protection!

“And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen” – Revelation 1:6 (KJV)

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Resurrection and Ascension Based Confidence

 Ephesians 2:6

‘And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:’ (KJV)

What comes to mind when you think about the resurrection of Jesus Christ? Is it Easter time, with those chocolate bunnies and eggs? Is it the fact that Jesus’ resurrection reveals God’s unending love and power?! Is it the truth that Jesus is alive today, the fact that he didn’t stay in the grave? Well, all of those things are good, and the last two are powerful truths, but it is Holy Spirit’s heart to identify something else with that historical reality…

The Bible makes it clear that you were included in the death of Jesus Christ, when he died you died! Here is one of many verses that testifies of this truth: ‘Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?’ (Rom. 6:3, KJV). But you weren’t just snuffed out with Christ, you were raised with Christ! It is so important that you have this understanding; it is so important that you rest in and believe in this reality! Why? Because the resurrection and ascension, that is your resurrection and ascension with Christ, is the reason why you can enjoy newness of life! The death of Jesus and your inclusion in the death of Jesus is the reason why you can live without that dreaded sin nature, and our inclusion in the resurrection and ascension of Jesus is the reason why you can walk in newness, the reason you can walk in your inheritance! 2 Timothy 2:11 details this truth: ‘It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him:’ (KJV) Because of Jesus’ death you are dead to sin and the curse, and through the resurrection and ascension you are given newness of life!

If not for the resurrection and ascension you wouldn’t have the divine life and power that accompanies freedom from sin, death, and the curse. But Jesus was raised and he did ascend and you were in him the whole time; indeed, you were raised and you ascended! Let this fill you with confidence! Because of this reality you have been born again in new life, filled with divine health and resurrection life, and are snug in the circle of the divine family of the Godhead! If you are facing a problem it is no match to the truth that is in you, turn your attention to the glorious reality of deities, that is the Deities, victorious finished work, and you will see that a) you were included in Deities finished work and are the beneficiary of deification! And, b) your problem is no match to the power of what the resurrection and ascension have afforded you!

Irreversible Blessing!

“ Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.” – Galatians 3:13-14 (KJV)

Galatians declares that we have the blessing of Abraham, so it would benefit us to know what this blessing is. Many already know that like Abraham, we are made righteous by grace through faith, and not because of works of the law (Romans 5:1). However, that is as 631far as many have ventured towards understanding the blessing, but God has more for us to discover!

Galatians 3:9 says that ‘they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.’ (KJV) We are blessed in the same way that Abraham was blessed – so let’s by blessed by discovering the blessings!

  1. “the Lord had blessed Abraham in all things.” – Genesis 24:1 (KJV)

  2. “And Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold.” – Genesis 13:2 (KJV)

  3. “Now Abraham and Sarah were old and well stricken (i.e. advanced) in age;” – Genesis 18:11 (KJV, brackets mine)

  4. ““And the Lord hath blessed my master greatly; and he is become great: and he hath given him flocks, and herds, and silver, and gold, and menservants, and maidservants, and camels, and asses.”– Genesis 24:35 (KJV)

  5. “And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:– Genesis 12:2 (KJV)

  6. “For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.” – Romans 4:13 (KJV)

  7. “That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;”– Genesis 22:17 (KJV)

  8. “And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed”– Genesis 12:3 (KJV)

  9. “And it came to pass after the death of Abraham, that God blessed his son Isaac.” – Genesis 25:11 (KJV); “Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an hundredfold: and the Lord blessed him.,” – Genesis 26:12 (KJV)

  10. “And God said unto Abraham, As for Sarai thy wife, thou shalt not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall her name be. And I will bless her, and give thee a son also of her: yea, I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of people shall be of her”. – Genesis 17:15-16 (KJV)

The weight of the blessings and Goodness upon our lives is staggering, shocking, and astounding. In Christ, we have become heirs of the world, overflowing with blessings in every facet of our lives to such an extent that those around us are also blessed abundantly in supernatural proportions!

These blessings are evidently not a one off thing, but in Christ we shall experience one 632blessing after another, both in the natural and in the spiritual. Because we have the blessing of Abraham upon our lives, will experience wealth, health, divine renewal of youth, and divine protection, to name just a few of the above blessings.

Also, just like Abraham’s wife Sarah, through God’s blessings we shall no longer by defined by how others have viewed us, because the blessings of God will re-define our status and our identity. In areas where we have seemed to be lacking, we will discover such over-abundance of blessing and influence that we will forget the past and rejoice!  (see Isaiah 61:7). We will not have to do anything to make this come to pass, either, as God will ensure that this is so through his grace given to us in Jesus Christ. This is why Paul prayed not that believers would gain their inheritance in Christ, but that they would know just how glorious and hope-filled their calling is, because they already have ‘the riches of the glory of Christ’s inheritance’, within them. In other words, the blessing is already within us and upon our lives, and Paul wants us as believers to know and recognise this! (Ephesians 1:18, KJV)

Through the blessing of Abraham upon our life, given to us in Jesus Christ, God has promised to curse the curses that come against us, and to bless these blessings upon our lives so that we go from one degree of blessing to another.

Now, don’t think that these blessings are for some and not others. Because Scripture has made it clear that Christ has qualified us, redeeming us from our sins and the curses of our633 mistakes and failures! (Galatians 3:13-14). Get ready to experience and see more blessings than ever before through the power of this Gospel message! (Romans 1:16)

 “ 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,” – Ephesians 3:20 (KJV)

Being in heir of the world is also about unconditionally inheriting all of the promises included in Deuteronomy 28, such as:

  • Being blessed wherever you go (28:3)

  • Experiencing blessing in your family and career (28:4)

  • Being blessed with abundant material provision (28:5)

  • Experiencing blessings within your home and also outside of your home (28:6)

  • Being blessed with all authority over your enemies, such as sickness, poverty, and worry (28:7).

  • Being blessed with influence and favor with people (28:10)

Yes, being blessed to be an heir of the world means that in all circumstances you are ‘above only, and not beneath’ (28:13). It means that in Christ you have authority over ‘all the power of the enemy: nothing shall by any means hurt you’ (Luke 10:19, KJV). Do not think that these blessings will be a small trickle. In Christ, you have supernatural-sized blessings, just like Joseph in the Bible who prospered so much in Jesus that even his non-believing master could physically see that ‘the Lord made all that he did prosper in his hand’ (Genesis 39:2-3, KJV). So today, simply focus on the fact that God loves you. Take the focus off your performance, and place it onto your righteousness in Christ. You will reign with the blessings of Abraham, manifesting your identity as an heir of the world!

“For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)” – Romans 5:17 (KJV).

Through the finished work of Jesus Christ, the blessing given to Abraham that kings would come from him, has been fulfilled in us (Genesis 17:6). We reign in and through Jesus 634Christ and his grace, and exercise royal authority on earth and over our circumstances (Revelation 1:6; 1 Peter 2:9) . When you reign, sickness, sin, disease, and poverty does not. When you reign, the abundance and supply of heaven is released into your body, your emotions, your mind, and your surroundings. This is truly good news!

Limitless Life Devotional

Being a Favor Magnet

 1 John 4:10

“Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”  (KJV)

Jesus has established us in a position of favor with the Father, where we cannot help but be blessed wherever we go, and whatever we do. This is what Ephesians 2:6, being ‘seated in heavenly places with Christ’, and Ephesians 1:3, having ‘all spiritual blessings in heavenly places’, is all about. This is why John declares that Jesus is the ‘propitiation’ for our sins. The biblical word for propitiation is the Greek word ‘hilasmos’, which speaks of an atoning sacrifice; a sacrifice which redeems us back into the blessings and favor of the Gospel. In other words, John is stating in 4:10 ‘because God loves us, he sent his beloved Son to atone for our sins, to make us a magnet for all His goodness, grace, and blessings’. This is why Hebrews 8:6 declares that the new covenant is ‘established on better promises’.  Another way of referring to these ‘better promises’ is as ‘the blessing of Abraham’, as mentioned in Galatians 3.

In order to understand how God’s love is linked in with Christ being our propitiation, or favor-magnet, let’s take a look at Galatians 3:13-14: “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.’ (KJV). Jesus carried all of our curses, and in return became an atoning sacrifice for our sins, so that we could forever experience the unconditional, irreversible blessings of our affectionate and loving Father. But what is this blessing of Abraham that was bestowed upon us?  – First of all, it means that we are righteous through Jesus and faith in him, and not through our own works (Genesis 15:6). As it wasn’t our good works that caused us to inherit the blessing of Abraham, our bad works cannot disqualify us. It is simply through Christ that we have been made a co-heir of this blessing! (Romans 8:17). That is why John writes in 1 John 4:10 that love is not about our love for God, but his love for us. The blessings are ours to experience, not because of our sincerity, striving, or love, but because of God’s love towards us, shown through Christ’s finished work. Focusing upon and enjoying his love causes every blessing of faith to effortlessly manifest (Galatians 5:6).

But what kind of blessings are given to those who have received ‘the blessing of Abraham’? – To answer simply, as many as you can imagine, and even more! – Genesis 24:1 declares that ‘The Lord had blessed Abraham in all things’, i.e. in every sphere of life, Abraham was experiencing vast blessings. Now, don’t let anyone tell you that this doesn’t include marterial prosperity, because Scripture is clear that Abraham was ‘very rich in livestock, silver, and in gold’ (Genesis 13:2). Romans 4:13 further expresses that through ‘the righteousness of faith’ Abraham ‘became an heir of the world’. Yes, being blessed to be an heir of the world means that in all circumstances you are ‘above only, and not beneath’ (28:13). It means that in Christ you have authority over ‘all the power of the enemy: nothing shall by any means hurt you’ (Luke 10:19). So today, in order to experience these truths that Christ has become our favor-magnet, simply focus on the fact that God loves you. Take the focus off your performance, and place it onto your righteousness in Christ.

In case you missed it…

Hi there!

Hope this finds you well! We posted a article on 27th October 2016, but we are just officially posting it to Social Media today. So, we thought we’d send it out again…

Here’s the link:

https://limitlesslifeministries.com/2016/10/27/how-does-obedience-fit-into-the-new-covenant-part-two/

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