“For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.” – Leviticus 17:11
At birth we all inherited the nature of Adam; the nature of sin, failure and sickness. The nature of Adam means the life of Adam. As the life of the being is in the blood, the sinful nature of Adam was given to us through the blood of our fathers. We were bound; held captives by the blood.
On the Cross, the blood of Jesus was made available to us, to as many as shall both receive Him and believe on His Name, to become the sons of God.
“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” – John 1:12
We have become new creatures. The old blood we inherited at birth, with all its limitations and death, is taken away.
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” – 2 Corinthians 5:17
Henceforth, the blood of Jesus speaks better things for us than the blood of bulls, breaking the limitations of the old blood and making us overcomers! Hallelujah!
“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.” – Revelation 12:11
We overcame: crossed the limitation, came out from under the Taskmasters, broke the barrier of impossibility placed on us by the blood of Adam, only by the power of the, uncontaminated and pure blood of Jesus Christ. Carrying the natural blood, the Adamic blood and its limitations in our flesh, the blood of Jesus is stirred up only by thought!
If our natural DNA with all its limitations would be bypassed, it is only through our thought! The cells’ membrane can read our thought and bypass the natural DNA with all its limitations: sickness, failures, curses, etc.
The power in the blood of Jesus is exhibited through us when we think in a certain way; the Way of Truth. The ability of sonship given to us can only manifest in us as we learn to think in this certain way or manner. In other words, until we begin to think in this certain way, we cannot maximize the power of sonship that we have received.
When you think in this certain way, you empower your cells to bypass your natural DNA, read the alternate DNA (in the blood of Jesus presented through your thought), and produce in you, to you and through you the life in the blood of Jesus: divine health, success, boldness, authority, etc.
This is a big challenge! It is difficult to think that Way! It is easier to think along the line of things that are visible; things that do appear than to think along the line of things we cannot see; things that do not appear!
We have the power to think what we want to think.
But it is easier to think according to appearances than it is to think according to something not seen. Hear how Jesus addressed this.
“Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.” – John 20:29
But it is difficult! How can we think on or believe something we have not seen? But this is what the life of Faith is all about, thinking, imagining and seeing by the eyes of the spirit! There is no work on earth more difficult than a sustained and consecutive thought based on what you cannot see! This is the hardest work in the world; to think along the line of something not seen!
It becomes even more difficult if you have to think contrary to appearances: to think health and continue in that thought when sickness is starring you in the face? To think life and sustain that thought when death is visible? To think strength and maintain it when weakness is all over your body? Or to think abundance and riches and sustain it when in poverty?
It is the most difficult thing to do! It will make you look like a fool, and like someone that might need a psychiatrist!
Yet it is the key to Faith, to think in line of things that do not appear and to sustain the thought!
Peter (Matthew 14:29), began to sink when he could not sustain his thought on the words of Jesus to walk on the water. He “saw the wind”, breaking the God-based thought.
“But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.” – Matthew 14:29
Peter achieved a feat which he lost when he could not sustain the thought of walking on water.
Man, as sons of the Creator, can create through thought and maintaining his thought and “seeing” his thought often. This is how he calls things that are not as though they were!
“As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations, before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.” – Romans 4:17
Made in His image and likeness, and doing what we see our Father do, we are to call things into physical manifestation; things that were not previously visible.
We must learn to put aside every other thought, and dwell upon the thought of what we want to create, until it is fixed in our minds, and has become our habitual thought.
Do not break the flow or pattern of that thought like Peter did; let it consume you, become a rich store, and move you to overflowing!
Friday stirred painfully one more time. His face disfigured and distorted with the new attack of pain in his stomach, which felt like a rumbling- boiling cauldron.
Bisi stood helplessly confused. Tears of hopelessness were clearly flowing down her cheeks. Her mind was a whirl of fear and discouragement as she watched her husband, curled up on the floor, writhing in agony.
They had seen a Doctor, who gave a prescription and assured them that the pain would subside and eventually stop, even before the full dose of the medication. Though the content of the bottle was almost exhausted, the pain instead of easing up had become more intense. Diligently, he had followed the doctor’s instructions, not skipping any, she thought, having monitored him. Why wasn’t the efficacy of the drug manifest? Could it have been an expired drug that they bought? Was it a wrong prescription due to a wrong diagnosis? She had concluded that the drug was not having any positive effect on him.
She stared at the bottle with its remaining content. The frustration and helplessness built up to anger for the doctor and his prescription. She took hold of the bottle, walked outside and dashed it against a stone.
Now, was it truly the Doctor’s fault? Or was it the drug that had no healing property? When the prescription was made, the doctor gave them instructions which included shaking the bottle and content before use.
But Friday neglected shaking the bottle, only taking the medication at the times appointed. The healing property of the drug remained thickly settled at the bottom of the bottle, while he ended up drinking the watery top with little or no healing property! The thick dreg that had the healing property was the one that Bisi threw away in anger!
The fault was not the Doctor’s nor was the drug expired. Friday did not fully adhere to the instruction so he did not get the benefit of using the drug!
God desires those that will “fully” or “wholly” follow him. After He gave the instruction that the children of Israel should go and possess Jericho, they did not wholly comply with the instruction and God swore that no one of that generation shall see that good land.
“Save Caleb the son of Jephunneh; he shall see it, and to him will I give the land that he hath trodden upon, and to his children, because he hath wholly followed the LORD.”- Deut 1:36 (KJV)
“But Joshua the son of Nun, which standeth before thee, he shall go in thither: encourage him: for he shall cause Israel to inherit it.”- Deut 1:38 (KJV)
Many want to operate in the power of the Holy Spirit; to be spiritually mature and articulate, but like Friday, they are not fully complying with the instruction given by Doctor Jesus. The doctor had done his part by having diagnosed the sickness and given instruction for cure. It is now up to the patient to do his own part before health can be fully attained.
It is a covenant based on obedience to the Word.
Culled from “Divine Apostleship”
Author: Jonathan Ike
BISAC: Philosophy / Religious
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After Their Kind.
Like begets like. The seed of the being is in the being.
And so, a dog begets a dog, a pig begets a pig. Trees produce after their kind. And man gives birth to Man.
Everything in Creation is upheld by the Word of God, which can never be broken.
“Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high.” – Hebrews 1:3(Emphasis added)
God put the nature of everything in its source: whatever gives birth to a thing passes to the thing its nature.
This is the first principle of Life.
“And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.” – Genesis 1:11
“And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.” – Genesis 1:24
Whatever you are today is passed down to you from your father or Source. Locked in your DNA, your Yesterday is read by your cells and interpreted into the reality that you are today.
At New-birth, this principle also applies. You are what you came from!
However, your New-birth status gives you the opportunity to choose your paternity; Divine or Natural; Jesus or Adam. The nature you carry depends on your choice! Who is your father, your source; God or Man?
If you are from God, the Creator of the Heavens and Earth, what does that make you? A CREATOR!
The power of God is in you to re-create your world!
Remember Jabez? He was not satisfied with the world he inherited from his natural source, a world of sorrow.
“And Jabez was more honourable than his brethren: and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, Because I bare him with sorrow.” – 1 Chronicles 4:9
Not only was he born in sorrow, his name was Sorrow! And as we know, destinies are enveloped in names. Jabez carried a destiny of sorrow! But he cried out to God to be truly blessed.
“And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested.” – 1 Chronicles 4:10
This process of crying to God filled his consciousness with the thought of God.
“And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient.” – Romans 1:28
Jabez so “retained God in his knowledge” that his cells’ membrane by-passed his natural DNA, read the “God-filled” thought and gave him a new nature: God’s nature; the truly blessed nature! A nature that can neither be bought with silver nor with gold!
To manifest God in your life and be god in your world, you need to develop three key areas as contained in Revelation 12:11.
“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.” – Revelation 12:11
(1) Your blood relationship (your paternity)
(2) Your Word (power of confession)
(3) Your ability to bear risks. (living on the edge)
“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forward to those things which are before,” (Philippians 3:13)
When the great Apostle Paul said the above, he was still under training.
The great Revivalist Elijah who shut up the heavens for three and half years, underwent further training at the brook Cherith and at Zarephat before the mount Carmel experience.
Whatever the Lord is taking you through now is training for something ahead. Elijah pulled upon the Brook and Zarepath trainings to stand victorious at Carmel. You will need the experience, for all things work together for good to them that love God, to them that are the called according to His purpose! (Romans 8:28)
It may be through the valley of the shadow of death, or high up on the mountain of success, He is not only with you, His grace is also with you and will sufficiently see you through!
So even as you are doing the work of the Lord, you are still undergoing training! Don’t be weary of studying.
Rather, “Study to show thyself approved to God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15).
This world is a mirage! Everything in it is a lie; fame, riches, power, education, even people!
The only tangible thing is the WORD of God and those who live by the WORD in obedience. Why kill ourselves for that which is not real! Many lack joy, peace and good health beacause they believe in a lie.
“Then said the prophet Jeremiah unto Hananiah the prophet, Hear now, Hananiah; The Lord hath not sent thee; but thou makest this people to trust in a lie.”
This world and all it offers, is a lie!
Indeed, nothing of worth is in this world!
“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good and acceptable, and perfect will of God.” (Romans 12:2).
God has His will for us.
Inside that will or plan, are His promises; like a house with one main entrance yet with many doors into its rooms. It is like a seed carrying in it a forest of trees.
At creation God gave man a free will.
“And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou MAYEST freely eat:” (Genesis 2:16).
God gave man a free-will, but also told him the consequence of not choosing His (God’s) will.
“But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest of it thou shalt surely die.” (Genesis 2:17).
In other-words if man obeys God, he lives and if he disobeys death will come knocking. This was clearly repeated in Deuteronomy 30.
“I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:” (Deuteronomy 30:19).
“CHOOSE LIFE!” God said to man.
Jesus, like everyone of us had a free-will. But He chose the will of the Father.
“Jesus saith to them, My food is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.” (John 4:34).
Again He said:
“I can of my own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I SEEK NOT MY OWN WILL, but the will of the Father who hath sent me.” (John 5:30).
In Gethsamane, he proved that the will of the Father is to be enthroned, and asked us to do the same.
He submitted His will to the will of the Father and taught us to seek the same.
“Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10).
This establishes TWO WILLS – God’s and man’s.
However, there is yet another will (a third), very subtle and cunning; the will of the enemy of God and man.
“Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do: he was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” (John 8:44).
Jesus was saying in effect, “I know you are Abraham’s children. Yes you are born into the Church, but not really God’s Children, because you will do the will, desire and plan of your father – the devil.”
This third will is not only subtle but aggressive! It dominates the will man and turns him against the will of God! This is where we have the struggle, the battle!
“I find then a law, that when I would do good, evil is present with me. For I delight in the law of God, after the inward man: but I see another law in my members warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.” (Romans 7:21-23).
I love the word of God and desire to obey It, but I see another command capturing my will or resolve and making me do what I do not want to!
Doing the will of God takes a fight; the fight of Faith! He that refuses to fight will be at ease and compromise with the world, conforming with it!
You fight to dethrone the will of the enemy and enthrone the will of God. It takes a fight and you cannot afford to be at ease for “Woe to them that are at ease in Zion” – Amos 6:1.
You have to dethrone the will of the old-man and enthrone the will of God. You have to fight to do the will of God, for this is required of you.
“For ye have need of patience, that, after YE have DONE THE WILL OF GOD, ye may receive the promise.” (Hebrews 10:36).
The promise of God for us individually, can not come till we have done His will.
WHAT IS THE WILL OF GOD?
“And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the first-born from the dead; THAT IN ALL THINGS HE MAY HAVE THE PRE-EMINENCE.” (Colossians 1:18).
That is the will of God! That Christ may have the preeminence, even over your own will!
The devil does not want this! Would you let him? That is why you have to fight! The devil’s ultimate plan is to enthrone you where Christ should be.
“For men will be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, truce-breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;” (2 Timothy 3:2-4).
All these point to self!
Satan sold this spirit of self to Adam and Eve. He tried to sell it to Jesus in the wilderness and He rejected it. Again he tried at Gethsamane and failed.
Today he sells this spirit to Christians and we are buying it! Should he succeed with you, he turns you into an enemy of God.
HOW DOES HE SELL THIS EVIL?
Jesus talked about those that have the key of knowledge.
“Woe to you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye have not entered in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered.” (Luke 11:52).
They were in the Truth (having the key of knowledge), but have deviated.
“Who have forsaken the right way, and gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;” (2 Peter 2:15).
And now they “speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption:” (2 Peter 2:12).
Their teachings are hollow, without spiritual substance; filled with the traditions of men, the basic principles of this world, what they know naturally.
“Beware lest any man make a prey of you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.” (Colossians 2:8).
Peter calls them wells without water (2 Pet. 2:17) who when then they speak, “speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that had quite escaped from them who live in error.” (2 Peter 2:18).
They are satan’s mouth-piece, just as the serpent was at Eden. Their words appeal to, woo, stir-up lustful desires of sinful human nature – the desires of the flesh thereby putting YOU where Christ should sit! It feels so good to be “god”, to have your own way, to be under no one’s control, when unknowingly the will is under an influence! Absolute liberty is bondage!
These fleshly desires give birth to SELF centredness and should be mortfied, put to death!
“Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; lewdness, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:” (Colossians 3:5).
Do not be full of yourself! Think less of yourself, more of God and His will. As the Psalmist said “delight in” (love) what God loves (Psalm 37:4), enthrone the will of God over yours and He will grant you the desires of your heart (which at this time would be things that please Him).
This is how the law of the Spirit (Rom.8:2) works. It sets you free from material life when, and only when you set your affections on things above.
“Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.” (Colossians 3:2).
Accuracy is described as being precise: correct; to be exact, on target, to be free from error. This is desirable.
Speed means swiftness, rapid movement; haste. This is also good.
“If the iron be blunt, and he do not whet the edge, then must he put to more strength: but wisdom is profitable to direct.” – Ecclesiastes 10:10
When a thing is not accurate or precise on the word of God, we employ and apply natural strength, man’s wisdom, what we “know naturally” either by education, experience or by our connections. These things tire us and if we get results, they do not last. Because by strength shall no man prevail.
As the Word of God upholds all things, He has set time and stages for everything: a time to be born, a time to die, a time to gather, a time for everything. he spoke characteristics and time into every seed. He controls time and stages! (Dan. 2:21).
Today man thinks of changing the times and seasons (Dan 7:25) with education: science and technology – man’s methods – speed!
“Thinks”, because we seem to be succeeding, but, the end justifies the means. We seem to be speeding up everything but not precise or accurate on the plan of God! That explains the decay despite breakthroughs in science and technology. We are in the age of speed: from analogue to digital, from home cooked food to fast food. Today, people eat week-old chicken, and not precise on the word or season of God for chickens, they lack vital health nutrients.
Parents hurry kids into adult life, skipping adolescence; the stage of truly knowing what life is all about and making the right choice. This has led to a drop in moral values, and the growth in confusion. People do not know what gender they belong to, or whether they are humans or animals!
In job, business and career people are in a hurry to make money, to make it big within the shortest possible time.
“Wealth from get-rich-quick schemes quickly disappears; wealth from hard work grows over time. ” – Prov. 13:11 (NLT)
“A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.” – Prov. 28:20 (KJV)
Even in the things of God. We have sandwich services (less than one hour Church service). Result? Half baked Christians!
Let us slow down!
“Enthusiasm without knowledge is no good; haste makes mistakes.” – Prov. 19:2 (NLT)
Kings do not rush! If the world is rushing we can understand. But for kings (Christians)?
Slowing down shows our confidence in God, in His Word, and in His plans for us.
And this in turn, makes us thorough.
Remember, MORE HASTE LESS SPEED!