Good morning DPR, how was your weekend? New Creation Series has been really exciting for me, I hope it has been for you too? I want to encourage us at this point not to only depend on the revelations and insights provided for us on this platform and others alike, to sustain our spiritual diet. We would always need to go back to the Word Himself and check if those things shared are really true. That’s the proper response to the Word. Today, we would consider even more, the reality of our New Creation inheritance in Christ Jesus. There’s no use for the communication between a father and a child without the establishment of the relationship. Prayer is the communication between the New Creation and God, but how much good will our communication be if we are never sure of our relationship with Him? If any mistake we make will cut off our connection with our Father, then there will be no confidence and security in that relationship. The devil feeds on our fears, and only the message of God’s Love, Grace and Righteousness can cast out that fear. Where the righteousness of God is revealed, it is always from faith to faith and not fear to fear. I’m not trying to make myself righteousness, I was made righteous by the obedience of one man. I have no credit to take for it. Many times, the reason it’s hard for believers to accept God’s righteousness is because it takes away performance, merit and credit. We want to deserve our results, we want to deserve our quality of lives, we want to be able to say, “I worked for this, and that and all these”. God on the other end wants to take credit for all the results we get and not ourselves. (Please take time to read all the scriptures highlighted)
Ephesians 2:8 (KJV) For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Col2:6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:
We can never boast in ourselves about our salvation and every other thing that follows, it is a pure gift that only depends on receiving. Yours is simply to receive it. We think God is so complex and something in our mind keeps saying; “it’s got to be more than this”. How could something as eternal as salvation be received by a process so simple? We know how much lobby we had to do to get that federal government contract, we know how many times we wrote Jamb before we had any chance at a University Education, we know how we literally pursued that lady before she agreed to go out with us… and on and on. We have literally worked for almost everything we have today and we think God’s salvation to mankind is run by the same rules. Not so beloved! I have come to discover in God, that the most important things in life are the easiest to access. How much do you pay for the air you breathe? How scarce and expensive is the water you drink? How much drugs do you use before you sleep? God is not as cruel as man, His ways are far above our ways. Man can’t handle such simplicity wrapped up in loftiness. God’s salvation is simply a faith away and we just cannot wrap our little minds around it. God would always need to renew our minds before we can understand His ways. Prayer is not meant to be mechanical, boring and uninteresting, if we have come to understand how simple it is to connect with GOD ALMIGHTY. You can’t pray to someone you don’t know, can you? And here’s the biblical pathway to knowing God.
Phil 3:5(KJV) Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee;6 Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
I have meditated on these verses of scripture all week, and it’s just remarkable how rich God’s Word is. Here Paul was telling the Philippians to beware of those who boast in their righteousness and not be deceived by them, how that if there was anyone who had the right to boast of accomplishments, it was him. He gave his credentials and boy how laudable they were!!! He was the standard of perfection and holiness attained by the works of the law as far as being a Pharisee was concerned. He had a lot to boast about and worked for every badge he got as a Pharisee. However, when it came to knowing God personally, his resume and qualifications were counted as dung. It’s good to have a good education, a wealthy family, good things of life and all, but when you come to God, it is better you drop all that stuff and learn God’s way of reasoning. When Paul compared all he had achieved to the understanding of the mystery of Jesus Christ, he had to qualify all he had achieved as DUNG. Many of us quote the popular verse 10; That I may know Him…, but what preceded that knowledge of God? Not having your own righteousness is the first step. You’ve got to drop all your spiritual machismo and gymnastics, you’ve got to stop trusting in your several hours of prayers and length of fast, you’ve got to stop trusting in your alms giving, before you can access His righteousness. You can’t serve and fellowship with God on your own terms, it has to be on His terms. Paul said he wanted to be found in God not having his own righteousness which is of the law, but the one that is by the faith of Jesus Christ. So here’s the summary of the gist, before you can know God, you’ve got to undo ALL your own righteousness. These are the fundamental things to understand in order to have an effective prayer life.
Luke 18:10(KJV) Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.11 The Pharisee stood and PRAYED THUS WITH HIMSELF, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.
12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
Our prayer life has everything to do with our understanding of righteousness. Notice the Pharisee only prayed with himself and not to God? Whenever we fail to acknowledge the Grace and righteousness of God, our prayers do not even get past our nostrils, talk less of being answered. God always resists the proud, those who think more highly of themselves than they ought. It’s not your tithe, fasting and prayers that make God love and bless you, it’s His Grace and Mercy. Whenever you come to God in your own righteousness, God is like; “so why bother come at all, since you’ve got all your acts together?”. Although the Pharisee is not an example for us, the publican isn’t either. Of the two, the publican was better because he humbled himself before God, but today, in the light of our redemption realities, such an act by a Christian will be tantamount to ignorance. The publican was right in that context because Jesus had not become sin for him to become the righteousness of God. So neither of them are our examples in prayer, we don’t come in our own righteousness like the Pharisee did, and we also don’t call ourselves sinners like the publican did, because we are not sinners, we are the RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD IN CHRIST JESUS. We are not sinners saved by Grace, like some like to say. We are either sinners or saved, we can’t be both at the same time. But Glory to God, I’m saved and sanctified and I have no choice than to come boldly in my New Creation understanding.
Hebrews 4:16 (KJV) Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
How can someone then say the gospel or the bible is boring? Nothing in this world can ever be this exciting… Paul knew exactly what he was doing when he counted all but dung, just so he could download this mysteries into his spirit. I’m Righteous, and the devil can’t handle the fact that I know… whoooooooo hooooooooooo. Hallelujah. Have a blessed week ahead. I love you 🙂