THE BELIEVER AND HIS POSITIONAL MINISTRY

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“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light” 1 Peter 2:9.
“And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth” Rev.5:10.
There are three position that the Kingdom puts believers to function in on the earth.
Of course, a believer is the new man in Christ, the one who has been born again; he has come to believe in Jesus as the Son of God sent for the propitiation of his sins and confessed His Lordship over his life- glory to God! he’s a believer, he has been saved, cleansed and made new. The one man is gone with its nature and possibilities and another man after the nature of the God-kind of Life has emerged. That is newness in the spirit- the inward man.
Every man in Christ should function in one way or the other in these positions. These positions are;
•Functioning as kings,
•Functioning as priests, and
•Functioning prophetically.
Every believer walking in line with God’s purpose and plan will function in these positions in one dimension or the other.
The upper most in the heart of God for every believer is our kingdom growth.
God is looking for believers that will function in these roles on the earth and it is our level of growth that helps us to understand how to operate and use kingdom principles to influence our world as a king, priest and prophet.
In the kingdom, it is not Church attendance that changes us, but the revelation we receive. The revelation of Jesus and purpose helps us to function properly on the earth. The Church attendance is to give us a position where we can have access to the revelation.
Until we get a revelation, we can’t operate on the earth the way God want us to operate. When we get born again, we become priests and kings on the earth but it is the revelation we have that will enable us to operate at that level.
As a king, we should have dominion on the earth and enforce the will of God. As a priest, we should be able to have direct access to God. The world does not have access to God but we do. We should represent God to them. They can only know what God is saying, His will and instructions through us.
Like Peter, until he got the revelation, he did not have access to the level of authority Jesus spoke about. When he did not have the revelation, he denied Jesus. When he got that revelation, he preached on the day of Pentecost and 3000 souls were saved.
No matter how great what God has for us is, until we have the revelation we can’t operate at the level. We must stay in the place of prayer as God unfolds to our spirits the revelation of these realities and the wisdom to function in them.
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RIGHTEOUSNESS BY FAITH

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“…Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness” (Romans 4:3).
There is a righteousness which is without the Law; that is the righteousness which is by the faith of Jesus Christ and it is credited to your account when you believe in Jesus.
This righteousness by faith excludes works, in other words, it’s not based on the works of the Law or your good actions. It’s not based on how good and nice you have been, but on faith. It has nothing to do with what you did and what you didn’t do, for it’s the result of what Christ has done.
Sadly, some Christians are still trying to be righteous, holy, and pleasing to God! They are struggling to be what they already are. They are trying to possess what God already says belongs to them. The Bible says, “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1). That means you’re already righteous, hence, you don’t need to struggle to be righteous.
There are people who believe that their good works will answer for them in life. They think they rank highly with God because they don’t do anything wrong. The righteousness which is by faith doesn’t rely on your good works but on your faith in the God that justifies the ungodly (Romans 4:5).
I’m talking about the One that saved Rahab, the prostitute. All Rahab did was to believe in the God that justifies the ungodly and embrace the righteousness of God.
You may be reading this blog and you have committed many sins in your life. You have lied, cheated, done a lot of terrible things, and made a lot of mistakes. Well, you don’t need to cry, feel condemned, or keep brooding over all the wrong things you have done! We have a God that justifies the ungodly.
Just believe in Him! Believe in the cleansing power of the Blood of Jesus; that blood is still available today.
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NEED EDIFICATION? PRAY IN TONGUES!

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“He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church” 1 Corinthians 14:4.
When you pray in tongues for anything, having an expectation, positions you for better results. What can you expect when you pray in tongues? 1 Corinthians 14:4 (AMP) says “the one who prays in an unknown tongue edifies himself”. The amplified version adds the synonym “improves” himself; “He who speaks in a [strange] tongue edifies and improves himself, but he who prophesies [interpreting the divine will and purpose and teaching with inspiration] edifies and improves the church and promotes growth [in Christian wisdom, piety, holiness, and happiness].” This means that when you pray in tongues, you can expect to be improved as a member of the Church- Christ’s Body. So now, there’s no limit to how much you can improve. Nothing or no one can set a limitation on you.
Most remarkably, Jude vs 20 (AMP) says “make progress, rise like an edifice higher and higher….praying in the Holy Spirit”. This means you can make progress and rise like an edifice as you pray in the Spirit. An edifice by any imagination is an unavoidable structure. You make progress till you can’t be ignored! When you refer to an edifice, you don’t look down for it, you always look up for it. That’s how you become. Your stature in life is improved. Your influence and impact cannot be ignored; regardless of the sphere you are involved. Thanks be to God!
Praying in tongues allows you to communicate at the God level. It is communication that is out of this world. It’s comparing spiritual with spiritual. It is spirit to spirit. It is communication that is beyond the throes and frailties of the earth realm. At this communication level, there are no limitations, only possibilities. You are not communing with man, but with God (1 Cor 14:2). What a privilege! This is fellowship of the God-kind. It is too vital and honorable to be missed. When you pray in tongues, your spirit is engaged. You are sensitive to the sublime signals of the Spirit; you are synchronized with the accuracy of God’s plan, purpose and timing.
Train yourself to always start by praying in tongues instead of praying with your understanding. The spiritual is greater than the physical. Why start with the lesser? And in most cases, the understanding is limited; so if you are faced with a situation you don’t understand, and you are praying in your understanding, that will be quite frustrating. Always pray with the spirit first, and then with your understanding if required, for by then your understanding would have been energized and under the influence of your spirit. This is the order. It works!
When you pray in tongues, stay engaged long enough for the power to rise within you. It may take a while, as you try to keep distractions out, but stay with it. Pray until divinity takes over. You will know when this happens. You will get tremendous results as you take out time to pray in tongues today and always.
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ETERNAL LIFE IN JESUS

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“That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so love the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life” John 3:15-16.
“And this is the record that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God” 1John 5:11-13.
“And this is eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent” John 17:13.
Some 2,000 years ago, a rich young man asked an extremely important question of the Saviour: “Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?” ( Matt. 19:16). Having heard the Savior’s instructions and His gentle invitation to “come and follow me” ( Matt. 19:21), the rich young man “went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions” (Matt. 19:22). Tragically, millions in the world today still ask the same question: ‘what must I do to have eternal life’, not knowing or understanding the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God.
John 3:15 tells us that whosoever believes in Jesus automatically has eternal life. This verse of Scriptures and other corresponding verses didn’t in any way infer that after you believe in Jesus and get saved, you’ll have to wait or after some time, God will then consider you for life-eternal. No! It outrightly declares to us that at the very instant of believing in Jesus (salvation) you are been made a partaker of eternal life.
However, eternal life means God’s kind of Life. Having eternal life means having the same life as God both in quality and quantity. It is God’s Life in its fullness; in glory, power, victory, in longevity… Eternal life is God’s greatest gift to man, it is the highest honour God has placed upon mankind. This is what Adam lost in the garden and what Jesus came to get back for us. Eternal life is life above limitation. It is not just everlasting Life, it’s not just a life without dying, it’s Life as God has it. Success, victory, power, dominion and prosperity are vital parts of the God-kind of life. This is the life to which you’ve been called; a life in which you don’t need somebody to pray for you to make you successful or victorious. This Life is a higher life, it’s not subject to sickness, bondage or defeat.
At the instant of salvation, Eternal Life was impacted into the man’s spirit thus recreating it. This life is what gave birth to us to become new creation. So, we are no more after the old order of life, we are now born again with the newness of life.
Our Lord Jesus, in His great Intercessory Prayer in John 17, gives to all mankind the key to obtaining eternal life: “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent”. But how can man come to know the only true God? He says in John 14:6: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” ( John 14:6). I testify that the only way we and all mankind can come unto our Heavenly Father and know Him, and thus obtain eternal life, is to come unto the Lord Jesus Christ and know Him. Knowing Him as the sent Son of God and believing His works and receiving His Lordship.
Eternal life can only be found in Jesus, as God has given Him for all men. This is a higher kind of life, where you enjoy all of God’s fullness; functioning like Him, partaking His presence and bearing His nature. This is to glorious to be ignored, it is too big to be ignored. Why not confess Lord Jesus and believes Him and receive His salvation and enjoy this Life without measure. It is life beyond reproach and death (spiritual death in hell). It is life above corruption and shame.
This life is only available in Christ Jesus. God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He that hath the Son hath life. ‘Go for Jesus, go for Life’.
FURTHER STUDY: John 3:36, John 5:24,26. John 6:47, John 5:39-40.
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THE BEAUTY OF THE CROSS

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“In whom (Jesus Christ) we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace” (Ephesians 1:7).
Our God is rich in mercy. There’s no mistake too big for Him to forgive, there’s no sin so great that the blood of Jesus can’t cleanse. God’s forgiveness has nothing to do with how wrong what you did was, He’s chosen to forgive you anyway.
Ephesians 2:4-5 says, “But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)”. Even when you were deep in sin, God loved you. That’s the beauty of the Cross!
He opened up His arms to receive you, He accepted you into the Beloved and He called you by a new name. He isn’t ashamed of you anymore, He has you dear to His heart. Isn’t it amazing how a die-hard sinner would receive Christ Jesus into his heart and it doesn’t matter how bad and ugly he was in time past, God sees him as perfect, clean and new. That’s the beauty of the Cross!
Now as a new creature in Christ, God’s forgiveness is still available to you if you do wrong. 1 John 1:9 declares, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” God doesn’t encourage you to sin (1 John 2:1-2), but He lets us know Jesus is your advocate so you don’t continue in sin.
It’s one thing to be able to receive forgiveness and another thing to be able to forgive; God is quick to forgive and He has imparted the same nature into every one of His children. Therefore, you have the ability not only to receive forgiveness, but to forgive.
“Is all this really true?” you ask, because you’re not sure whether you can do them. God says to you, “ My grace is sufficient for you for my strength is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9 NKJV).
All you have to do is take Him at His Word, believe you have been forgiven owning to the finished work of Christ and you have been graced with the ability to forgive others. That’s the beauty of the Cross!
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SPIRIT FOOD (2)

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“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.
In the first part of the series, we learnt that to ensure functionality in and through the body, our body must be fed and fed well, so also, to ensure functionality in and through our spirits, our spirit likewise, must be fed and fed well . We also learnt that bread (physical food) can only feed our flesh (body) while it is the Word of God that can feed our spirits (Matthew 4:4) and that if we want to function in the Spirit realm and live life as God intends for us, we must engage our spirit constantly by feeding on God’s Word.
If you want to grow as you should as a Christian and be more established in the things of the Spirit (growing in grace, faith, knowledge and virtues), feed on God’s Word. 1 Cor.2:12-14 tells us that spiritual things are spiritually discerned. It means to access realms beyond the physical and attain to the height of the Divine, our spirit must be actively engaged. To live and manifest Zoë (God’s kind of life), to be more acquainted with the workings of the Holy Spirit, the spirit must be alive, quickened and active.
If you know anything about humans, you know they require regular feeding! Whether as a babe or as a mature man, every breathing human require food. Babies are fed with milk while the adult can go for strong meat. This is well explained in 1Pet. 2:2 and Heb. 5:13-14 as it does applies to our spiritual lives since there are also babes and mature men in faith.
“As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby”, “For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil”. Milk is an essential part of a baby’s diet. Without milk they would suffer malnutrition which can culminate to death. When we are ‘born again’ into the family of God we become babes in the faith. Without spiritual milk we would die (lose the profession of our faith and fall). This milk is the Word of God. As you begin to grow spiritually (in all godliness), you will begin to drop milk hence, graduate to feeding on strong meat which is a more advance use of the Word of righteousness (Heb 5:14).
So, whether you are new to the Christian faith or have been a Christian for a number of year(whether you feed on milk or strong meat), the progress of your spiritual growth depends on how much time you spend with the Word of God.
You need to spend quality time with the Bible- the Written Word and cultivate a working relationship with Jesus- the Living Word. It’s not just a quick reading of the Bible that you need. You must chew the Word to get the ‘milk’ out of it. So also, getting strong meat out of the word involves more than just reading it. This just means you need to meditate on God’s Word to get all that you should from it.
You can’t just gulp it down quickly and expect to receive all its nutrition. It takes some time and effort to think and act on the Word and digest it, so that it becomes a part of us. The food we take into our physical bodies does not nourish us unless we properly digest and assimilate it into our cells. Spiritual food is the same. The Word you read has to ‘become flesh’ in you. It has to become part of you. It must firm your reality.
As it nourishes you, it will change you by changing the way you see yourself and the way you see things. It is possible to
study the Bible and not believe it, not personalize it, and not internalize it. This type of mental study does not feed your spirit.
Personalizing the Word and speaking it, helps us digest the Word so it becomes part of us. This, along with thinking and seeing in agreement with the Word, is Bible meditation. You are who God says you are. You have what God says you have. You can do what God says you can do. You need to say whatever God has said about you. This is the primary way you will be fed and grow spiritually.
Never starve yourself of the Word, grow by the Word.
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SPIRIT FOOD (1)

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“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.
Man is a tripartite being comprising of spirit, soul and body. Man is a spirit who has a soul and lives in a body. To ensure functionality in and through the body of a man, the body must be fed and fed well. This is why nutritionist and health personnel stress the need for dietary balance and good eating habit. So also, to ensure functionality in the Spirit, our spirits needs to be fed. The same way a man will be impoverished, weak and unhealthy when he doesn’t eat well or stay too long from food is the same way a man will be impoverished, weak and incapacitated in his spirit if his doesn’t feed his spirit.
Some folks are so body-conscious; they will spend all taking care of their body leaving their spirit and soul uncared for. Being too careful of their body forgetting their spirit. They will choose to spend their last dime on the latest fashion trends, eat the most sophisticated snacks and buy the most expensive perfume at the detriment of their spirit-man.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying all this are wrong, unbiblical or sinful, all I’m saying is don’t be too engrossed and ladened with the care of the flesh that will soon perish while leaving your eternal spirit to starvation.
In Matthew 4:4, Jesus replied Satan temptation by quoting Scripture. With “it is written” Jesus stamps Deuteronomy 8:3 as the very Word of God. Deut. 8:3 pictures Moses reminding Israel of God’s tender care for his people during the forty years of the wilderness journey. Particularly, it shows the Lord had fed them with manna, heretofore completely unknown to them and their fathers, that He might teach them ‘that not by bread alone does man live but by every word proceeding out of the mouth of Jehovah does man live.’
Jesus means Himself by using ‘man’ and uses the generic sense, meaning every human being. This is true of all people, whether they believe it or not. The Word of God alone causes and sustains life, not just physical food. Physical food can only sustain the body but the core of a man-his spirit and soul-can only be sustained and ensured by the very Word of God.
Bread (food) is not all that can sustain man’s life, Jesus shows us that God’s Word is the only guarantor for life’s sustenance, as does bread in the physical realm. We need more than physical food to enjoy life as God intended. God’s Word is our spiritual food which will enrich our life. It is the sustainer of our spirit to live the God-kind of life and it ensures the functionality of our spirit in the things of the God.
Never starve yourself of the Word. If you do, you’d risk living a quality life; the very kind of life God has prepared for His loved ones. God hasn’t brought us here to live life just as a commoner, He has formed us in His image to function on earth as He would. And to ensure this, He has made available for us His written Word to constantly feed us; to fuel us for this wonderful life He has prepared for us.
Are you living on the Word?
Like Job, do you esteem His Words more than your necessary food? (Job 23:12).
FURTHER STUDY: Deut. 32:46-47, Jer. 15:16.
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