“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)
DROP THE BATON!
The human body has been known to be a dynamic machine in this world of mechanics. It is believed that as a part of a mechanical device can be changed or modified to keep it working effectively, the body and its various parts can be modified when ill or damaged, hence further researches leading to various breakthroughs in Science and Medicine. The body has been known and believed to respond to external things such as drugs and food. By this understanding, the health and well-being of the body is controlled and managed with external things: food and drugs.
When people are ill, sick or weak, external solutions are proffered; food and drugs in various forms, tablets, capsules, syrups, intravenous, food administration: all, external!
However Jesus said:
“But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” – Matthew 4:4
Further breakthroughs in Science has given honour to the Word of God, that material things, external things are not the only things that can modify and control the body. This new field of Science, Epigenetics, which is the study, in the field of genetics, of cellular and physiological phenotypic trait variations that are caused by external or environmental factors that switch genes on and off and affect how cells read genes instead of being caused by changes in the DNA sequence, has revealed that though external or material things like drugs and food can modify and control the body, the greatest modification and control is from within the body!
“Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.” – Matthew 15:11
This implies that I do not have to depend on an external material to control or modify by body; health and well-being! The DNA, in summary, is a carrier of my past (ancestral, heredity, generational), it is my source, where I am coming from.
Epigenetics proves that I can switch off my DNA, where I am coming from; cut it off, make it ineffective! I can switch off my ancestral or heredity traits!
Has not the Word of God already told me this?
“In those days they shall say no more, The fathers have eaten a sour grape, and the children’s teeth are set on edge. But every one shall die for his own iniquity: every man that eateth the sour grape, his teeth shall be set on edge.” – Jeremiah 31:29-30
If I still labour under the yoke of ancestral bondage, either by health or wealth, or by any other way, I should not blame God, but myself! Ignorance is a killer!
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.” – Hosea 4:6
Your DNA brings your past: health, wealth, curses, blessings, physiological and psychological compositions; everything about your ancestry were brought into the present by your DNA!
But you have the choice to either accept, reject or sieve through it, picking what you want and dropping what you do not want. You do not have to be hypertensive just because your ancestors were! You do not have to be quarrelsome because your ancestors were “warriors”. You do not have to be a slave because your father and generations before him were slaves! The Word of God has already set you free from these! So drop the baton! Thanks to Epigenetics, now we know we can drop the baton!
But, is this finding new or has it been our ignorance and unbelief that has robbed us of the mind of God?
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” – Hosea 4:6a
While DNA brings the past to the present, the future is determined by the membrane of the cells! They are the ones that interpret or read the DNA and set the pattern for the person’s future. The work of the cell’s membrane is to read the DNA and execute into reality what was “read”. However it could choose NOT to read the genetic blueprint depending on the signal being received from its environment! The genetic makeup in your DNA can be switched off when a strong alternative is presented to the cell.
In Genesis 30, Jacob and Laban had an agreement. Every spotted, speckled and brown or coloured animal was removed from Laban’s flock leaving only animals that were either all white or all black. Jacob perforated the trunk of plants revealing the inner white. He placed the now “black and white” plants before the remaining flock when they came to drink. They conceived before the rods or plants.
“And the flocks conceived before the rods, and brought forth cattle ringstraked, speckled, and spotted.” – Genesis 30:39
Ordinarily they should give birth to either all white or all black animals but Jacob helped them bypass the genes. They “conceived before the rods” mean the “black and white” image of the rods got impressed on their minds. This was the signal or picture that filled their consciousness and overflowed into their subconscious. Having an alternate signal in their environment the cell’s membrane of the animals read this and bypassed the genes in the DNA giving birth to spotted, ringstraked and speckled animals.
It is a spiritual principle that works both in man and in animals. What you see is what you become!
This is where you are responsible. What you bind (disallow) shall be bound (disallowed) on your behalf by heaven. What you lose (agree with), heaven will endorse on your behalf.
“Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” – Matthew 18:18
You have the choice! What have you chosen to see and listen to? What you see and listen to, are the major instruments that shape your thoughts! Only thoughts can make the cell’s membrane switch off your DNA’s genetic make-up. Thought is powerful!
Hear Paul’s conclusion on this matter.
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” – Philippians 4:8
“Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.” – Philippians 2:4 (NLT)
Everyone wants to make it big. But we should not forget to carry people along. You need people on your way to success and how you relate to them will come back to you. What you give out comes back, be it hand shakes, smile, politeness and likeability, even anger and bitterness! They all come back! Improve on your people relationship.
You do this by:
(1) Getting out of yourself! There is a world out there outside yourself. Think and talk less of yourself. Outdoor has a lot of fascinations; you can love and know about outdoor life, yet be an inside person who still makes time for family.
(2) Take interest, genuine interest in people. Not just for what you can get from them. Remember names, birthdays, etc. Be courteous; thank people for gift or help rendered, congratulate others on their achievement, rejoice with those who rejoice.
(3) Learn to tolerate or endure people knowing that everyone will not be like you!
(4) Be ready to sacrifice for people. Remembering that what you give is what you’ll get. Never be tired of doing good. On this however, I add, mark those who are not serious, who take generosity for granted and stay away!
“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!