A Systematic Expository Study of the Word of God
MIRACLE SHOWERS FROM HEAVENLY PLACES
Ezekiel 34:26; Ephesians 1:3; 2:6; 3:20
God has promised that “there shall be showers of blessing” for His children. When we confess and claim this promise, He fulfils it. Our assurance for its fulfilment is based on the revelation of Scripture that the Lord “hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ Jesus” and “hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places”. Given these promises of miracle showers from heavenly places, we have no reason to remain in the valley of despondency or self-pity. Redeemed and blessed with all spiritual blessings, raised and seated with Christ, God’s children are established on the mountaintop of prosperity, holiness, health and liberty. In the believer’s exalted position with Christ, there is no sorrow, sickness, oppression, affliction, torment, mental problem, demonic oppression or bereavement, but light, joy, celebration and happiness. So, there is no basis for these problems to exist in the lives of children of God.
To get rid of these problems, we must forget past negative experiences and believe that God is able to do all things. “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us” (Ephesians 3:20). Moses had the courage to confront Pharaoh; Joshua had the courage to march around the walls of Jericho for its collapse; David had the courage to face Goliath; Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were not afraid of Nebuchadnezzer; Daniel was not afraid of spending a night in the den with hungry lions; Mary believed she could conceive without knowing a man; Peter was able to walk on the sea at Christ’s bidding; and Peter with John did command the man at the Beautiful Gate to rise and walk because they all knew God is able to do all things. Whatever challenge we may be facing today, our God is able. There is no problem too difficult for Him to solve. Complaining about challenges and problems will not solve them. He commands us to speak the word of authority to the mountains of problems to move.
OUR PROMOTION AND POSITION IN CHRIST
Ephesians 3:20,21; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Isaiah 9:6; John 13:34; Ephesians 4:29; Daniel 7:28.
In every society, the way people talk, their disposition and attitudes reflect their status. The stature and facial appearance of a person may not change, but his/her position can change. When God gives the believer a new position in Christ, he becomes a new creature. God expects his language and disposition to become new, to march his new status. He does not degrade himself or honour the devil anymore by speaking negative things about his life and situation.
When God asked Moses to go to Pharaoh, he did not understand the implication and power of his new status until God began to perform signs and wonders through him. Thus, when the children of Israel were afraid of crossing the Red sea on sighting Pharaoh and his armies, Moses instructed them to stand still and see the salvation of the Lord. When we understand our position in Christ, we shall become conquerors. Although God had been performing miracles through Joshua, when he realised his exalted spiritual status, he commanded the Sun to stand still upon Gibeon and the Moon in the valley of Ajalon until he defeated his enemies. Our new position in Christ gives us the word of authority.
The new birth experience makes an erstwhile sinner a new creature. With a new experience and position in Christ, old language of defeat and discouragement will give way to a new language of faith. As new creatures we have a new: (1) Covenant with God who faithfully fulfilled every detail of His covenant with Abraham and David, and will fulfil ours; (2) Captain – Christ, the Captain of our salvation guides, directs and leads us; (3) Counsellor who counsels and directs us through the Holy Spirit; (4) Commandment to love one another; (5) Communication with the new tongue that the Lord gives the new creature; (6) Cogitations – new way of thinking or meditation; and (7) Companion – people of God are your companions and not people who scorn at the word of God.
OUR POWER AND POSSIBILITIES IN CHRIST
Luke 10:19; John 1:12; Romans 1:16; 2 Timothy 1:7; Revelation 12:9-11; Acts 1:8.
Our new position in Christ gives us new power and possibilities. These privileges belong to those who are saved. The Lord has given us power “over all the power of the enemy”. There is therefore no reason to be afraid. The moment any sinner receives Christ as Lord and personal Saviour, God gives him/her power to become His child; he/she receives the “power unto salvation”. With the power of God in his/her life, the fear of man, failure, bad dreams, curses and ancestral spirits are gone. In Christ, there is: (1) power over sin. When Christ comes into the life of a sinner, he begins to live a victorious life above sin. (2) Power over sickness. (3) Power over spirits. With the power of Christ in the believer’s life, no evil spirit can torment him. (4) Power of sonship. (5) Power of salvation. The gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ is the power unto salvation. (6) Power in all situations. (7) Power over the old serpent. (8) Power of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit gives us the power and boldness to preach the gospel.
OUR PORTION AND POSSESSION IN CHRIST
Psalms 73:26; 68:19; Mark 11:24; 1 Samuel 9:23,24; 2 Peter 1:3,4; Deuteronomy 21:17.
Believers who sit with Christ in heavenly places have all the riches and resources of heaven as their inheritance and portion. The Lord makes the provision, gives us the possession and grants us our portion. What kind of portion do we have in Christ? (1) Divine portion – when God the Creator, Healer, and Provider is our portion, all our needs will be met. (2) Daily portion – we should expect daily miracles in our lives. (3) The desired portion – whatever we desire from the Lord in faith, we will have them as our possession. (4) The determined portion. (5) The disciples’ portion. The “divine nature” is the disciples’ portion. There is no weakness, sickness, fear or calamity in the divine nature. (6) The dedicated portion. (7) Double portion – if we focus on the Lord and obey all His commandments, we will get a double portion of His blessings.
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