PASTOR’S CORNER

CALLED TO CONQUER IN CHRIST:

OPERATING IN THE SUPERNATURAL LAW OF GOD (B)

REFERENCES:  ROMANS 1:3-4, COLOSSIANS 2:10-12, PHILIPPIANS 3:11-15, JOHN 20: 19, 26; JOHN 21:1-14

Whoever will conquer in Christ must operate in the supernatural law of God. David operated in this law when he picked up stones and declared to Goliath what his end would be.

A firm understanding of this principle will cause you to experience the personal deliverance to break free of every limiting mindset, and be empowered to do the unusual in your world. You will live a life that cannot be shut up by any devil.

You will also move from the realm of merely quoting the Scriptures, to the realm where you walk in the Scriptures and in the manifestation of the truths therein.

Rom 1: 3-4

Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:

According to the flesh, Christ was made the seed of David, and while in the world, He answered to that name. When blind Bartimeaus called out to Him, He turned and healed him.

However, when He resurrected from the dead, He was declared to be the Son of God. By reason of His resurrection from the dead, His identify changed; His destiny was redefined.

No wonder the apostles could boldly declare that He was the Lord of David- His maker- and not his son. David did not resurrect but Jesus did.

As the Son of David, He would have seen corruption like David, but He did not, because He is the Son of God.

Col 2:10-12

And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.

During the process of being immersed in water for baptism, you do not die in the water, physically. Yet, by reason of going into the water in the name of the Lord, and rising out of it, you were buried, and are risen with Christ.

The baptism is your declaration that you died when He died, were buried when He was buried, and rose again when He resurrected.

Your presence here today is a testimony to your resurrection.

You need to understand this divine operation- that you came out of the water to live a life beyond limitation; to live a life that is beyond the reach of limiting forces, because, when He resurrected, no power could hold down, keep back or limit Christ.

Paul is teaching us that, by the operation of God, we died, and are risen with Christ. We only activated this when we went through baptism.

Phil 3:11-15

If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.

Consider this. The same Paul that reveals that we are complete in Christ and resurrected with Him, is now saying, ‘If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead’.

He was acknowledging that he was yet to get that place.

If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.

This means that he was ready to do whatever it takes to get to the realm- the level, dimension, an atmosphere in God- called the resurrection of the dead.

In our part of the world, there have been stories of people confessing to killings because they were being chased and tormented by the spirit of their victims.

The question to ask is: if the dead persons were so powerful, why were they killed at all?

The answer: when a man dies and resurrects, all powers become subject to him.

The reason many Christians still live defeated and harassed lives is because, although they truly died, they are yet to resurrect from the dead.

Such a man lives in complete variance to his testimony of salvation because there are powers still raging against him, declaring to him that he will not enjoy all that accompanies salvation.

They can afflict and oppress him because he is yet to resurrect from the dead.

Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Acknowledging that he had not yet attained the resurrection of the dead, Paul declares that he follows after- pursues that vision- for a purpose: in order to apprehend that- the reason- for which he was apprehended.

Brethren, the only way for you to lay hold of the fullness of your assignment- your destiny- is to get to the place of the resurrection of the dead.

It is at this place that you get to know God’s purpose for apprehending you, for frustrating you from the old way, and causing you to turn to His kingdom.

Only a Christian who has died to sin can seek to attain to the resurrection of the dead. Sadly, many people come to church, still carrying the baggage of their old life with them.

They expect God to carry them and their mess. They desire Him to work miracles in their lives while they hold on to the rubbish in them.

Such people are yet to die; meaning that resurrection is not on their radar.

When a Christian understands that Christ took hold of him for a reason, he will not rest until he understands the purpose and sees it fulfilment.

Every Christian should ask God: why did you save me? What exactly have you called me to see in You? Asking such questions will lead to the place of the resurrection of the dead-to the place where your past life no longer has the power to dominate, control or define you.

Only a man who knows that Christ has taken hold of him will seek to know the reason for his divine arrest, and fight to take hold of it as well.

TRPM can boldly charge you to take your lives and destinies seriously because we know why we were apprehended as a church. We were arrested to apprehend something.

You are brought here, not to make up the numbers, or fulfil social obligations; but to gain victory over every evil that has been bragging, boasting in your household and world.

You are arrested by Jesus to deal with them; and you are here to walk in the consciousness of that revelation, and work it out.

Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded...

This is a clarion call to everyone who is destiny-minded; everyone who is serious about knowing and apprehending the purpose for their salvation.

Let your mind be set on getting to the place of the resurrection of the dead, so that, in that place, you may apprehend that for which Christ apprehended you.

Those who come to church to seek wealth, spouses, social standing, business connections, or to simply be identified with a place of worship cannot heed this call.

...and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.

To as many of the perfect who have become otherwise minded- distracted from this call- may God reveal this to you now.

You do not need to die physically to get to the place where you become a terror to the wicked. You simply need to die spiritually, and resurrect in Christ. When you get to that place, every devil will flee before you.

Jn 20: 19, 26

Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the LORD. Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.

Jesus had resurrected from the death after 3 days; on the evening of the same day, He had gone to seek out His disciples.

The men He sought had shut themselves up. Their doors were shut for fear of being killed by the Jews.

These were men who cast out devils and witnessed the miracles wrought by Christ; yet they shut their doors out of fear of men.

Many Christians are likewise shut up, in their minds. They do not have the capacity to think productively because their mental ability has been limited.

So many destinies have been shut down because their minds have been shut in. They cannot do exploits until their minds are released.

Thankfully, shut doors were not a problem for Jesus- the Risen One.

When you get to the place of the resurrection of the dead, there are things that do not bother, scare or discourage you.

You definitely can no longer be kept out of your divine blessings by shut doors; they do not have the capacity to keep you out.  

You do not have to wonder about prosperity because the lines simply fall for you in pleasant places;

Jesus did not bother knocking on any of the doors; He just walked through them and spoke peace to the troubled group. He even showed them the scars of His nailed hands; and they were glad.

And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.

Now, one would expect that the gladness of their hearts meant they were ready to step out of hiding and resume their ministry work.

Sadly, this was not the case. 8 days later, the men who had been glad at His appearance and charge, were still locked up in that house!

Christ returned to the same scenario: His trained men were still shut up by fear. They had not bothered to go out.

And while this was going on, 8 days had been lost of His 40-day teaching schedule with them.

At this time, Jesus went back to pray.

You should not waste time complaining about the behaviour, attitude or failings of your spouse, children, colleagues, superiors or subordinates.

Understand that a mind that has been shut down will not respond as it should. It is a waste.

Christ could see that the minds of His disciples had been shut down; and nothing He said would matter. Not even their excitement at His resurrection could make them step out. He did not waste time complaining about their behaviour. He went to a place to pray.

Jn 21:1-14

After these things Jesus shewed himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias; and on this wise shewed he himself. There were together Simon Peter, and Thomas called Didymus, and Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, and the sons of Zebedee, and two other of his disciples. Simon Peter saith unto them, I go a fishing. They say unto him, We also go with thee. They went forth, and entered into a ship immediately; and that night they caught nothing. 

And Jesus returned, a third time. This time, 7 of the disciples were going fishing.

The leader of the pack was Peter.

After two powerful visitations from the risen Christ- beholding His walk through locked doors, seeing His scarred hands, and hearing His voice as He spoke peace, and sent them out- he was nowhere near his assignment.

He went a-fishing, and 6 other men went with him.

Many Christians are also far from their calling because they are paralysed by fear: of ancestral powers, and of men. They might not be physically locked up in a room with doors, but their minds are...

This is now the third time that Jesus shewed himself to his disciples, after that he was risen from the dead. (14)

It took 3 attempts by Christ, each preceded by prayers, before He could get the minds of His disciples open to Him.

Then Jesus saith unto them, Children, have ye any meat? They answered him, No. And he said unto them, Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find. They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes. Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved saith unto Peter, It is the Lord. Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he girt his fisher's coat unto him, (for he was naked,) and did cast himself into the sea. And the other disciples came in a little ship; (for they were not far from land, but as it were two hundred cubits,) dragging the net with fishes. (5-8)

Consider this.

The same Peter that could not be bothered by the first two visitations of Christ was suddenly so excited to see the Master that he could not wait for the ship to get to shore. He jumped into the sea and swam ashore.

It was at this third time that their minds were open. They could see Him now; at the other times, something kept them from going after Christ the first two times.

He spoke to men that had walked with Him for 3 ½ years; but the fear of men shut up their minds and kept them shut in; from seeing Him.

Do not complain when men do not acknowledge your assignment, even in their lives. It is simple because the god of this world has blinded their minds, keeping them from acknowledging and hearkening unto you.

When a mind is shut down, destiny is shut down as well. Many are in destiny but they are not operating therein.

These men were resurrected men, but their minds were shut down.

This means that you must not only get to the place of the resurrection of the dead, you must also deal with any power fighting to shut in your minds against your destiny; or shut in the minds of men against you.

PRAYER POINTS

In the name of Jesus,

  • Raw fire of God, possess my mind to function at full capacity.
  • Every attack of the wicked to shut down my mind in my destiny; I scatter and destroy your power by fire.
  • Any power that has vowed to shut down my mind in destiny; I scatter and destroy you by fire.
  • Every attack of the wicked to shut down the minds of people against me; I destroy you by fire.
  • Any power attacking the minds of people against my destiny; I crush you by fire.
  • Every door shut against me; open by fire now.