Sin

Rescued in advance

by Alexandra Akinnadeju on

Written by Alexandra Akinnadeju

I imagined this scene one afternoon and had a good laugh.

The throne room in heaven had the sons of God come to appear before. The devil showed up too.

God: So have you noticed my daughter, the beloved?
Satan: Yes, who can miss such a sight? Your son has totally made a fool of himself over her.
God: Smiling… He has always loved her even before the foundation of the world. The bride price has been paid and her garments ready. The date is already set for her grand homecoming and reception. I will call the whole universe as witness.
Satan: Don’t you see she is a little mess, all clumsy and such wretchedness? I notice how you make beauty out of the ashes she creates.
God: So you do notice her and miss nothing?
Satan: Isn’t she conspicuous? You have set her as a city on the hills!
God: I see you have been trying to go near her.
Satan: What! Not with all the truth you’ve armed her with. That I am but a vanquished foe, you tell her when to resist and when to run into the shadow of your wings.
God: So you are afraid of my little mess? Laughs beautifully.
Satan: Maybe if you…
God: My promises to her are non-negotiable. They are sealed forever!

Satan: I really meant no offence your royal majesty. I am actually here about Mr. Stone. He is a liar, a cheat, a murderer, not nice to the poor; yet you’ve placed a hedge around him. He doesn’t even believe in your son.
God: I love Him
Satan: But things are as bad as they can be with him.
God: His sins were already atoned for when my son died, rose up and presented his blood here in this altar
Satan: He is still a fornicator, swindler, a…
God: A thief…I know all of that. My beloved daughter, the one you call a mess, has also prayed for Him.
Satan: So he is untouchable too? You would see him go unpunished despite all he has done and is doing? Has he become one of yours too?
God: He hasn’t but he will!

Isaiah 1:18 KJV
Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool
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John 3:16 KJV
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

The Dominion Package – Part 2

by Admin on

Taking Charge

In the first part of this write-up (read here), I have given reasons and scriptural backings to emphasize that authority and dominion on earth rests with man. All authority and power belongs to God, and He has graciously called us men as partners to wield this authority while here on earth. It is one thing to have power and authority, another to be aware of it (Part 1 dealt with this) and yet another thing to know how to use or enforce such powers (let’s deal with this right now).

Word, Prayer, Fellowship

There’s nothing we have that we did not receive (1 Corinthians 4:7), including authority and power. It will be foolhardy to disconnect from a power source. Jesus Christ, God who became man did not begin his power-packed mission on earth until He had exercised himself by fellowshipping with the Father. He fasted, prayed, studied, and retreated (Matthew 4:1-2). While His ministry went on, he did not rely on his pre-ministry spiritual exercise but rather he continued daily in fellowship with the Father – rising up a great deal before dawn, he withdrew himself and prayed.

Matt 14:23 KJV And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone

Luke 6:12 KJV And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.

Mark 1:35 KJV And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.

Put it to use

My father has a favourite saying as it concerns the Holy Spirit, “the baptism of the Holy Spirit is for show, it is power for service”. Jesus did not just possess authority and power, he used it. He didn’t organise a show or circus or an exhibition; rather he went about everywhere doing good – healing the sick, raising the dead, chasing out demons. Same as what the Apostles and early Christians did. You don’t receive authority and power just to hang it on a wall like a plaque or a medal, use it!

Acts 10:38 NLT And you know that God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. Then Jesus went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.

Speak

There is power in the tongue, with it we will set the kingdom of darkness to flee. In creating the heavens and the earth, God spoke and things came to be (Genesis 1). God commanded Ezekiel to prophesy unto dry bones and they came to life when he did (Ezekiel 37); Jesus commanded the storm to cease and it obeyed (Mark 4:39), also told the devil to leave Him (who born the devil well make him no obey?)

Matt 4:10-11 NCV 10 Jesus said to the devil, “Go away from me, Satan! It is written in the Scriptures, ‘You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him.’11 So the devil left Jesus, and angels came and took care of him.

Rev 12:11 KJV And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

Ps 149:6-9 KJV Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand; To execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the people; To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron; To execute upon them the judgment written: this honour have all his saints. Praise ye the Lord.

Pray in the Spirit

Be obedient to God, let Him teach and guide you per time. You have to rely on the Holy Spirit’s leading. Pray in the Spirit always. There will be times and battles our earthly frame cannot fathom or comprehend or even become aware of, but the Spirit prompts and helps us to pray even about things we don’t know details of. We win more battles without knowing it when we pray in the Spirit. When we pray in the Spirit, we are being pro-active, not reactive. Don’t let things happen to you first before you get down to praying to have it corrected. You can with the Holy Spirit’s help go ahead to fix things such that they go on in a proper way.

Purge yourself of all filthiness

There’s an hedge around you friend and believer, one should never break lest you let the devil in. Sin grants the devil access into our lives to mess with us, to torment us, to accuse and to distract. While God has indeed promised and granted us forgiveness of sins and for sins, going on further to sin hinders us from impacting maximally and functioning as we should. We will have to deal with guilt, sometimes, consequences of whatever sin committed, distractions from observers or followers. It is no wonder then that the scriptures classifies sin along with ‘weights’ as things that can slow us down and hinder us. Ever tried running with baggage? Sure it’s not an easy task, travel light!

Heb 12:1 KJV Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

2 Tim 2:4 KJV No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.

1 Cor 10:13 KJV  There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

If we’d use God’s map for our lives mostly, we’ll hardly miss road but God provides an escape route with every temptation, stop waiting for the elevator. Run my dear, run!

You have the power, use it, get better at using it, keep exercising yourself spiritually unto godliness, drop excess luggage and remember not to pick up the unnecessaries. Focus!

 

 

Oluwatosin Fatade

© 2016

NLT : Holy Bible, New Living Translation ®, copyright © 1996, 2004 by Tyndale Charitable Trust. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers. All rights reserved.

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