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The Trustworthiness of Christ

2 Timothy 2:13

‘if we are faithless, he remains faithful— for he cannot deny himself.’ (ESV)

Christ came into the human experience with a mission and a persuasion; he knew the burning love of the Godhead towards humanity and intended to recreate her in the very image and substance of God! How incredible! This reality is more than a mere half-hearted-dubbed hope, but a true and living hope! (see 1 Peter 1:3) This is a reality that you can trust! This is your experience which you can depend on! God and his gospel are totally secure! Christ and his finished work are enough! And, Holy Spirit and her everlasting presence remain!

I like how much 1st and 2nd Timothy talk about faithfulness, namely; the faithfulness of Christ to his bride and the faithfulness of his finished work and the reality of Salvation! Here are a few aspects of the unchanging reality and faithfulness of the gospel which you can count on: The first would be today’s meditative verse, here it is again: ‘if we are faithless, he remains faithful— for he cannot deny himself.’ (ESV) Wow! Your Papa is so in love with you, he’s so committed to you – so much so, that he has forever joined himself to you through Holy matrimony! Even if you were faithless, even if you turned away, his faithfulness to you is unchanging! The faithfulness and trustworthiness of the gospel is sure to testify to your faithful God, even if you were utterly faithless! He and it is that good!

Here is another aspect of the faithfulness of Christ’s work: ‘It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him:’ (2 Timothy 2:11, KJV). You died! Christ took you into himself and so his death was a very real and tangible death for you! When Christ rose, he didn’t leave you behind! The truth of the faithful gospel is that you died and now via the precious Holy Spirit you can also LIVE! You can take that to the bank! Christ has given you his life (John 10:10, Colossians 3:1-4), and through this Salvation you can truly live!

And the last faithful truth that we will ponder today is: ‘This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.’ (1 Timothy 1:15, KJV). Christ came to save sinners! He didn’t come to save us from an angry deity; he came to save us from being ‘sinners’! I’m not referring to the actions of ‘sinning’, but rather that fallen, curse-ridden existence that came through the first Adam! Jesus is love-incarnate and truly, accurately reveals that the whole of the human race needed saving and were worth saving! This faithful truth takes away from any notion that God could presume a human as no good, or resigned to condemnation! Christ came to SAVE, not condemn!

So today, after reading this devotional, know with confidence, and celebrate the fact that Christ is unwaveringly faithful… and committed to you manifesting his life in this earth – he’s intent on your success and happiness! And Know that this gospel of heaven is truly good news for earth – ‘good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.’ (Luke 2:10 KJV)

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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

Victory, Authority, Abundance

Zechariah 9:11-12

“As for thee also, by the blood of thy covenant I have sent forth thy prisoners out of the pit wherein is no water. Turn you to the strong hold, ye prisoners of hope: even today do I declare that I will render double unto thee;” (KJV)

Through Christ, God has provided the way out of a dry, dull, boring life, a life marked by the expectation of lack and suffering.  In fact, in Christ we have been given God’s very own life, including his own emotional wealth and natural prosperity! We have been plugged into the victory and authority of the resurrected Christ, who conquered every one of earth’s trials and distresses, and seated us above all natural principalities and powers (Ephesians 1:18-22). Scripture is even so bold as to declare that you have been given all authority in Christ, so that ‘nothing shall by any means hurt you’ (Luke 10:19 KJV). This means that our lives are no longer marked by pain, inferiority, or struggle – instead, we are inheritors of vast blessings in our finances and natural circumstances to such an extent that we will be able to lend to nations without borrowing from anyone! (Deuteronomy 28:12). It is the goodness of God that transforms us from an insecure need to rely on self and others, to being fully reclined in the sweet paradise of His bliss-filled goodness, seated in the victories and culture of heaven in the here and now!

Some people think that we need to strive, serve, or earn our way into the God-quality of life. Others believe that we must imagine it into existence. However, Scripture is clear that there is one way and one way only to experience the abundant, victorious life – a life so rich in quality that it eradicates any consciousness of lack – and that is simply through hearing and enjoying the grace of God as revealed in Jesus Christ! As we look to Jesus, his love effortlessly begins to switch us from self-consciousness, to a consciousness convinced of the all-sufficiency of Christ. As we enjoy the revelation of Jesus Christ for us, in us, and as us, living waters flow up from within us and water our whole lives with the power-filled blessings of the Gospel! (John 7:38). Faith for the God-quality of life, which includes natural as well as spiritual blessings, is not something we have to muster up. Hebrews 11:1 defines faith as ‘the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen’ (KJV). In other words, faith is co-knowing with God what God knows to be true of us in our union with Christ, which is why Colossians 2:17 states clearly that ‘the substance belongs to Christ’ (NASB). Christ’s victory ushers the substance of heaven into our lives! (by the way, enjoying the Gospel is not a work either, but an effortless by-product of seeing the grace of Jesus Christ and his goodness towards us!)

Just like holiness and sanctification, we manifest the entirety of our authority, victory, and prosperity through Christ and Christ alone. This is why Ephesians 1:7 exclaims that the grace of God is given to us with wisdom ‘…according to the riches of his grace’ (KJV). In other words, it isn’t according to our good works or our striving. It is all through Christ and his grace that we have gained the victory! Through Christ we can declare along with Zechariah that we have been removed from the dry, difficult pits of life (‘the pit where there is no water’), and shown so much favor and grace that we not only have ‘double for our trouble’, we also have become ‘prisoners of hope’. Christ has made our future so positive, so filled with that confident expectation of good, that we can expect nothing less than full-fat goodness to manifest in our circumstances and finances!

Limitless Life Devotional

Jesus Made the Bitter Waters Sweet

Exodus 15:25

 ‘And he cried unto the LORD; and the LORD shewed him a tree, which when he had cast into the waters, the waters were made sweet: there he made for them a statute and an ordinance, and there he proved them’ (KJV)

For some the cross of Jesus Christ is an event of unequivocal punishment and misery. To some the cross simply reveals the depravity of humankind and the lengths God had to go to in order to tolerate us. To some the cross is not a place of victory, but just a reminder of self-sacrifice and obedience. Thankfully, ‘for some’ and ‘to some’ does not equal reality; indeed, the cross of Christ was a place where great suffering took place, but Jesus suffered for us and as us, not to show us an example. And furthermore, the cross reveals humanities worth and value, it doesn’t point to wrath or disappointment! The cross is a place of unequivocal victory! The cross is a happy place, a sweet place, not because of the gruesome and painful experience of the Lord, but because of the galactic redemption taking place in him! Surely, the tree of Christ is cosmic reason to celebrate because through Christ and his cross (not forgetting his resurrection and ascension) we have been fully loaded with every goodie and blessing heaven has to offer! This New Covenant really is ‘sweeeet’!

In Exodus 15 we see an account of the children of Israel that beautiful typifies the cross of Jesus. This shadow starts with the Israelites moving from the Red Sea to the desert of Shur, the travelled for days with no water only to come to a place called Marah, which had water, only it was bitter and undrinkable. The people grumbled. But, our God is the redeemer, and in true Jesus-like fashion God showed Moses a piece of wood, he threw it in and the waters became sweet. How amazing! The Lord showed Moses a piece of wood and that enabled Moses to experience this glorious miracle!

It is the same today. There are two applications of this glorious story: the first is that Jesus, through his death, resurrection, and ascension – through the tree on which he hung – has made the bitter waters sweet! Jesus has won, the curse destroyed, old Adam has died, and in him there is a wonderfully glorious and blessed new creation! The second is simply an application of the first; if in your life you see a contradiction to this glorious new world in Christ then you know the answer. Turn to God and behold the piece of wood, but don’t be fooled it’s not just any old piece of wood, no God himself will show you this wood, and as you behold you will see a manifestation of redemptive power, and any bitter water of contradiction will be made sweet! So, know today that Papa loves you, that Jesus won, and that Holy Spirit wants to partner with you in revelation about the finished work of Christ, and that as you enjoy this beautiful reality you will see powerful manifesting of the Kingdom of King Jesus!

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