Our deliverance comes from God alone, He is our light and salvation. He will deliver us from mighty enemies and show us His face. He will defeat stubborn persistent enemies and bring us to the place of great glory.
A psalm of David. When he fled from his son Absalom.
1 Lord, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me! 2 Many are saying of me, “God will not deliver him.”b]”>[b]
3 But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. 4 I call out to the Lord, and he answers me from his holy mountain.
5 I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me. 6 I will not fear though tens of thousands assail me on every side.
7 Arise, Lord! Deliver me, my God! Strike all my enemies on the jaw; break the teeth of the wicked.
8 From the Lord comes deliverance. May your blessing be on your people.
But I have heard that you can give interpretations and solve problems. Now if you can read the writing and make known to me its interpretation, you shall be clothed with purple and have a chain of gold around your neck and shall be the third ruler in the kingdom. ” (Daniel 5:16 ESV)
O king, live forever! Let not your thoughts alarm you or your color change. There is a man in your kingdom in whom is the spirit of the holy gods (Daniel 5:10 – 5:11 ESV)
The Holy Spirit is a problem solver and He makes men solve problems. Jesus was constantly solving problems when He was on earth and He is still solving problems by His Holy Spirit. When He was on earth He said He was only imitating His father and doing what He saw His father, doing.
The Holy Spirit was with Daniel and enabled Him to solve problems. The Spirit of the Holy gods is the Holy Spirit. He is the only Holy one and God because He has life in Himself and does not depend on human flesh and blood to solve problems like idols.
He is the only God that does not use sacrifices to bless. He blesses from the capacity that comes from with Him as the life giver and creator. That is why He solves problems and makes men solve problems. Idols are dead and do not have life so they solve problems by deception. They use trade by barter, magic, tricks, bribes and sacrifices to solve problems.
Daniel was able to interpret the handwriting on the wall because the Holy Spirit was with Him and gave Him that special ability. He effortlessly solved the Kings problem by the power of the Holy Spirit. The prophets, Jesus and the apostles were also empowered to solve problems by the Spirit Of God.
The Holy Spirit makes men solve problems and He is still effective in the world if only we can recognize His power and give Him a chance. If we abide in Him, desire Him and wait upon Him, He will definitely give us wisdom and special gifts and make us problems solvers to our generation.
Blessed be the name of the Lord. Come Holy Spirit. Amen.
Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. “And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: “of sin, because they do not believe in Me; “of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more (John 16:7 – 16:10 NKJV)
The Holy Spirit is the one that makes us sure and certain that we are saved. He makes us hold steadfastly to the good news of salvation without shaking or wavering.
The Holy Spirit also gives conviction. Conviction is a firmly held belief or opinion. Where there is total darkness or doubt, He will step in to shine His light and let it reign. We are not able to accept light and truth without the Holy Spirit’s enablement. As the giver of life, knowledge, wisdom, revelation and truth, conviction will not enter and stay in our hearts concerning any topic or subject in the word of God without the power of the Holy Spirit. He is the one that gives life and light to the mind and soul.
Deadness of the mind and soul is darkness. Darkness exists where there is absence of truth and where there is absence of truth, sin, evil, death and judgement reign. People without truth commit sin without even knowing that their actions are sinful or destructive.
They cannot discern between good and evil. What their religion teaches them is good is evil and what they believe is evil is good. That is because the devil has perverted truth and the scripture and turned everything upside down in their minds and souls. These are known as hidden sins. These sins are hidden from the consciousness and knowledge of man.
The Holy Spirit convicts us about our redemption – He is the one that enables us believe that all our past and forsaken sins are forgiven and cancelled. He makes us stand on the word of God to resist the devil steadfast in faith, conviction and confidence. He exalts the finished work of the cross and makes us rejoice in our salvation.
Without Him, we will keep on making sacrifices and offerings for sins like pagans. Without Him, we will be ruled by guilty conscience that exalts death and looks down on the word of God. When people exalt death and judgement they ultimately believe that judgement and death is greater than God’s grace.
This leads them to offer sacrifices for sins. They believe that God cannot forgive sins or that God has not forgiven our sins and that they have to offer sacrifice to Him for sin and that human beings must pay for their sins. They refuse to believe that God Himself can be so gracious and that He Himself paid with His own blood in the form of Jesus.
Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood. Acts 20:28
A believer, however believes that God’s grace is greater than all our sins and that mercy triumphs over judgement. They rejoice in the Lord’s grace, mercy and love and exalt Him. Even when they experience adversity, they do not renounce God and His grace and become negative about God. They still cling to His mercy even in torture and drowning.
Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit. 1 Corinthians 12:3
The Holy Spirit is also the one that convinces us that Jesus is Lord. He is the one that makes you believe that Jesus is Lord.The same way He makes us believe that Jesus is Lord is the same way He makes us believe in the blood of Jesus. He is the one that makes us believe that the blood of Jesus has set us free. The Scripture says that no one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit. Likewise, no one can say my sins are forgive and the blood of Jesus has set me free except by the Holy Spirit.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, (Ephesians 1:3 NKJV)
He gave us life, love, forgiveness and eternal blessings. We were once sinners, lost in the world without hope and stumbling around in the dark. God knew from the beginning of time that we would need grace and forgiveness and He gave us grace, mercy, love and forgiveness. He sent His only son to die in our place and He purchased our redemption and delivered us.
But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins. 2 Peter 1:9
As redeemed, sanctified children we are free from past errors, mistakes and sins. Death, hell and the grave have been defeated and we have life. Confessed, forsaken sins no longer have power over us.
The only sin that has power over a redeemed child of God is active sins that have not been forsaken and discarded. Praise God there is hope for the hopeless. All we need to do is divorce any active sins that are openings doors of judgement and death into our lives.
And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. 1 Corinthians 6:11
For all the brethren struggling with afflictions inherited from the womb or suffering for sins they committed when they were in the world or even sins committed as a believer which has been renounced and forsaken there is a good news. The good news is that, that sin has been destroyed by the blood of Jesus and has no legal power over us..
All we need to do is to keep praying with faith, thanksgiving, praise, worship, and persistence until God uses His mighty power to enforce that freedom and deliverance.
The word of God is superior to all the forces of nature because everything was created through the word of God – when Jesus says yes, no one can say no and His word is yes and Amen. The word of God says we are free, cleansed, washed, sanctified, justified, redeemed and delivered. Praise God!
A very long time ago, I was in a dream and was trying to climb over a wall. The wall was very high and difficult to climb. I became very frustrated and gave a tired sigh before giving up. Suddenly, a man walked up to me and said, “ I know the way, I will help you.” Surprised and pleased at the man’s magnanimity, I looked closely at him as I queried, “ Who are you?” He replied, “Grace, my name is grace.” Then I woke up.
His name is Grace
Jesus is the grace of God and the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of grace. A lot of Christians have forgotten about grace and are doing things their own way. I know because I was once like that. As a human being the temptation is still present and I constantly watch my back and examine myself and my doctrines. Also, a lot of false doctrines focus on one thing – self dependence.
Self dependence is not very far away from the devil because the devil is the god of self. self dependence, self promotion self satisfaction at the expense of others is a foundation for devil worship.
Most Churches including orthodox and non orthodox believers have fallen into the error and trap of self dependence without even being aware of it. Most of the visions and revelations that the Lord has given me is for correcting errors and false doctrines in His Church.
Do not let all kinds of strange teachings lead you from the right way. It is good to receive inner strength from God’s grace, and not by obeying rules about foods; those who obey these rules have not been helped by them. Hebrews 13:9
Guard against turning back from the grace of God. Let no one become like a bitter plant that grows up and causes many troubles with its poison. Hebrews 12:15
The Lord Himself kept correcting and teaching me until I became much more submissive. It is certainly human nature to forget about grace and rely on ourselves but that is not the will of God. If we could do it and experience God by our own effort, Jesus would not have died for us and we would not have been given the Holy Spirit who is the Spirit of grace as a gift.
What, then, of those who despise the Son of God? who treat as a cheap thing the blood of God’s covenant which purified them from sin? who insult the Spirit of grace? Just think how much worse is the punishment they will deserve! Hebrews 10:29
Jesus as the grace of God is a need that we can never deny. Everything comes by Him and through Him and without Him – the grace of God, we can do nothing. We can continue trying to climb high walls and mountains by our own effort but that is a road to futility.
I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5
He went on to say, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled them.” John 6:65
God wants us to depend completely on Him for our needs because we have a high priest that is able to meet our needs. He made and designed us that way. Paul had this secret and he utilised it to get to become the mature believer that he was on earth. God even permitted thorns to afflict Paul in order to make Him more dependent on His grace.
But to keep me from being puffed up with pride because of the many wonderful things I saw, I was given a painful physical ailment, which acts as Satan’s messenger to beat me and keep me from being proud. Three times I prayed to the Lord about this and asked him to take it away. But his answer was: “My grace is all you need, for my power is greatest when you are weak.” I am most happy, then, to be proud of my weaknesses, in order to feel the protection of Christ’s power over me. I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and difficulties for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:7
His grace is all we need
His grace is all we need and it is only the wisdom of God that will teach us and make us realise this. The Bible says that we should ask for wisdom is if we lack it. His strength is perfected in weakness because it is in the place of weakness that we hear God better.
God permits weakness to give us the revelation of self awareness. It is a gift and a grace in itself. Most of the visions and revelations I have had, have been when I was in difficult places. As I matured and knew the way, God took away the difficult places because there was no longer any need for me to be in “ Spiritual Prison.”
The weakness that Paul experienced enabled Him to keep humble and remain in the place of self awareness – man’s power is of no use. A lot of deceived people are the way they are because they have not experienced the kind of weakness that leads to self awareness. They exalt themselves because of money, fame, power, success and influence. They keep thinking they are great and look down on God until they die and find themselves at the gates of hell. Hell is a place of absolute weakness. It is better for us to know our true condition as human beings on earth than to realise our true condition and powerlessness in hell.
Self dependence leads to frustrations
In the very vision that I described above, I stated that I became frustrated after a while. That is what happens in reality in our daily lives as Christians. If we are frustrated by failures in our Christian lives and lack of spiritual growth then God is trying to tell us something. He is letting us know that we need to depend more on Him and His grace to get the the pinnacle of the “Christian Experience.”
Self dependence is pride
It is pride that leads to self dependence and the Bible tells us that God resist the proud but gives grace to the humble. When we become humble by true self assessment and realisation of our need for God’s grace, we will keep praying and asking for more grace and God who is faithful will provide great grace. He is the God of all grace. No matter the level and type of grace that we need, God is ever willing and ready to meet us at our point of need.
But the grace that God gives is even stronger. As the scripture says, “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” James 4:
He knows the way
Jesus is the way and knows the way. He is the one that can tell us how to climb the tallest walls and mountains. He is the one that will tell us the root of our problems and the solutions to our problem. He will also tell and teach us us how to become mature Christians by His wisdom. He definitely knows the way and He is waiting for us to come closer to Him to learn more about “The Way.”
He can Help us
He is our helper. He said to me, “I know the way and I will help you.” All I needed to do was ask for his help and depend on Him completely. We all need to realise that the Holy Spirit is our helper. If we ignore Him, He will ignore us and if we invite Him, He is ever ready to help us.
Several times in the past I have found myself in visions and trances where I asked the Lord, “Lord, why are you ignoring me.” These were periods when I was not enjoying deep fellowships with the Lord and not hearing Him the way I was used to hearing Him. They were periods of spiritual dryness. The Lord would reply me and say, “you are the one ignoring Me.” I would come out of the trance and vision and admit that I was the one ignoring Him.
If we draw close to Him, He will draw close to us. I was ignoring Him by not depending on Him, spending long hours with Him or talking to Him. Yes, the Lord loves it when we talk to Him even if we think He is not hearing or responding to us. He loves it. This is a separate topic that I will talk about in another post.
Throne of Grace
Grace is so paramount that the throne of God is called the throne of grace. It is that grace that helps us to be victorious in our Christian lives. Grace comes from the mercy of God and Jesus is also the mercy of God. May we never ignore the throne of grace and keep approaching God’s throne in prayer everyday day.
Let us have confidence, then, and approach God’s throne, where there is grace. There we will receive mercy and find grace to help us just when we need it. Hebrews 4:16
We must continue growing in grace
Grace is in levels and we must continue growing in grace and not give up until we get to a place of all grace and great grace. The apostles enjoyed great grace upon them and Jesus was full of grace. If Jesus and the apostles needed grace, we also need grace and we must keep climbing the mountain and tower of grace until we get to the top. At the top of that Holy Mountain is where we will enjoy glory, power and touch precious stones.
We will swim and dance constantly in the living water. He will become our soap and perfume, constantly cleansing us, purifying us, protecting us and empowering us. At the holy mountain of great grace, we will constantly bathe and soak in the latter rain.
But continue to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory, now and forever! Amen. 2 Peter 3:18
Brethren, let us realise that Jesus is the grace of God and depend on Him – “God’s Grace” completely. That is the only way to victory in Christ.
May God, the source of hope, fill you with all joy and peace by means of your faith in him, so that your hope will continue to grow by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13
The Holy Spirit is the only one that can renew our minds and make us grow our hope. God is the only source of hope and it is only by the power of the Holy Spirit that our hope can grow. He is also the power that enables our faith and love to grow.
A lot of people unfortunately rely on themselves for their hope, faith and love to grow but that is pride. Faith, hope and love come through God’s grace and God gives grace to the humble but resists the proud. The proud are people who lack self awareness as a result of spiritual blindness. They have been deceived and programmed to rely on themselves and ignore God and His grace.
We get no credit for having faith, hope and love because they are given and sustained by the power of the Holy Spirit.
If you want to be filled with hope, you must meditate on the scriptures, pray and depend on God who is the source of hope to help you and fill you. He must takeover and we must reduce. When the Holy Spirit controls our minds, we will be empowered to think His thoughts and have the mind of Christ.
May the God of hope enable our hope grow to maturity and also transform our image from glory to glory.
The Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and make you remember all that I have told you. John 14:26
The Holy Spirit makes us remember the word of God. The worst thing that can happen to anyone is to forget the word of God. Is it possible for a human being to forget food or water? Is it wise to forget that thing that keeps you alive? When we forget the word of God, we fall into mistakes and sins. We also loose faith, love, and hope. It is the word of God that builds us up and makes us whole.
I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Psalm 119:11
We Have To Keep Looking
If we keep looking into the perfect law – the word of God, He will help us retain and not forget the word. However, we need to keep looking so that He can help us. If we never read our Bibles, it becomes harder to retain and easier to forget the word of God
But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it–not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it–they will be blessed in what they do. James 1:25
It is the Holy Spirit that plants those thoughts in our minds that tell us to pick up the Bible and read. The Holy Spirit has spoken so many scriptures to me in times that I needed comfort and encouragement. I will mention two scriptures from the many scriptures that He has spoken to me.
Some years back, I was in an Air plane, and we had a long one hour queue and traffic waiting to take off from LaGuardia to Atlanta. I was drifting in and out of sleep, terribly bored by the long queue, as planes were taking off every one and half minute. As we patiently waited for our turn to take off, the Holy Spirit said to me, ‘He who started a good work in you will complete it.’ He also said some other time, ‘I will never leave you or forsake you.’
He quotes and refreshes relevant and right scriptures into our minds for maximum impact according to our situation and circumstance. If you are always sad, He will tell you to be grateful and rejoice in the Lord always. If your are always restless and busy without time for Him, He will tell you to be still and know that He is God.
Anytime a holy inspiration or thought enters our mind, it is by grace. We need to respond to those holy nudges and not ignore His voice. If we ignore those promptings that we have that encourage us to fellowship with the Holy Spirit and read the Bible, after a while, our hearts will deaden and harden up and we won’t hear Him often or we might even stop hearing Him. Not because He is not talking but because we have hardened and deadened our hearts. But He never leaves us or forsakes us.
After a while, He comes back to remind us of His word again. He keeps working in us and never gives up on His beloved children. He can also use judgement to make us reverse from dead paths to hear His voice. He will quote scriptures into our hearts and remind us of things He told us in the past.
Praise God, we have a faithful helper who reminds us of God’s words.
Note then the kindness and the severity of God: severity toward those who have fallen, but God’s kindness to you, provided you continue in his kindness. Otherwise you too will be cut off. (Romans 11:22 ESV)
God’s kindness and severity. Some translations say kindness and sternness. A lot of people know that God is kind but they do not understand His sternness. We are advised to continue in His kindness. This means that we can actually discontinue in His kindness and reverse to begin walking in God’s sternness.
To really know someone and love someone you must appreciate everything about that person. I have always prayed for God’s kindness and tender-mercy to come upon me even as I remain unshaken that I have received His mercy as a redeemed Child. I am also aware of His sternness and judgement.
To know God as a kind and stern God is to know Him as the Lion and Lamb, deliverer and judge. I know a lot of people prefer unbalanced teachings that only talk about the kindness of God but pretend that we can’t offend God and attribute everything to the devil. It is man that is the problem not the devil.
We are the ones who have free wills and we are the ones who grieve God and sin. The devil remains constant and changeless in evil and God remains constant and changeless in good. But man is the one that has variations and varies or changes. Every time we change in the wrong direction towards evil, we mess up the world and create imbalance.
Additionally, we attract judgement. This judgement is the sternness of God. Every change is from man who is not constant and causes changes in the spiritual world and we feel those changes on earth as both negative and positive. We activate the changes, we are the cause. We attract curses or judgement by our actions and inactions. If every man on earth was constant in goodness and love, there will no sin, evil and judgement on this earth.
That is why Paul is telling us about the kindness and sternness of God. He is telling us so that we lean towards His kindness and refuse to provoke His sternness. Just as earthly fathers can be stern to their silly wayward children, God can be stern to His silly children and His haters. Yes, there are some people who hate God, it is sad but true.
Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents. Romans 1:20
You are no more intelligent than the others,” Jesus said to them. “Don’t you understand? Nothing that goes into you from the outside can really make you unclean. Mark 7:18
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge,
But fools despise wisdom and instruction (Proverbs 1:7 NKJV)
Anytime we fall short in understanding the word of God, we exhibit some level of spiritual silliness. When we refuse to fear God, that is a confirmation of silliness. Jesus was full of wisdom, understanding and truth and He demonstrated His wisdom by constantly having the fear of the Lord. It is the fear of the Lord that reminds us of the sternness of God even as we cling to His kindness in great love and appreciation.
Therefore, we must appreciate who God is and constantly seek to please Him.
Points to note.
1. God is always good and never bad
2. The devil is always bad and never good
3. Man is sometimes good and sometimes bad
4. The devil has no freewill
5, Man has a freewill
6. Man is the cause of evil when he partners with the devil. The devil needs mans cooperation.
7. God is always blameless in judgement
8. God disciplines his children
9. God permits tests and trials
10. God cannot temp anyone to commit sin
11. Temptation comes from the human nature and the devil is the tempter
because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.” Hebrews 12:6
because the LORD disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in. Proverbs 3:12
As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent (Revelation 3:19 NKJV)
I form the light and create darkness, I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the LORD, do all these things. Isiah 45:7
Indeed I will cast her into a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of their deeds. (Revelation 2:22 NKJV)
I will kill her children with death, and all the churches shall know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts. And I will give to each one of you according to your works. (Revelation 2:23 NKJV)
Remember therefore how you have received and heard; hold fast and repent. Therefore if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you. (Revelation 3:3 NKJV)
The Holy Spirit is the one who cleanses our garments and makes them white. He said, “buy from me white garments to hide your shameful nakedness,” and He also said, “if you have ears hear what the Spirit says.” We are to buy that garment from the Holy Spirit by letting go of the flesh with its thoughts and desires and accepting and embracing the thoughts of the Holy Spirit which is ‘ the word of God.’ We must embrace Jesus, the word of God.
He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. Revelation 19:3
I had this vision a long time ago when I was still behind in my journey to the mountaintop of grace, faith, love and maturity in Christ. We were many students in a hostel all busy with different activities. I was on my bed in the hostel when all of a sudden, a group of men with a leader came to take me away by force.
I immediately knew they were taking me to a place of torture so I began pleading, “ please don’t torture me, please don’t take me away.” The head of the group who had a stern face and was not good looking then said to me, “ Did you not hear that you are supposed to be putting on your white garment?” I shook my head in amazement. “No I did not hear, please I will put on my white garment, don’t torture me.” Then he gave me a very ugly look.
He looked at me from my feet to my head and from my head to my feet with a nasty sneer. Then he said, “look at you, you and your stomach problem.” Then I exclaimed in shock and disbelief, wondering how he knew about my stomach problem, “how did you know I have a stomach problem!” and he replied, “I know, I know, Satan has been dealing with you.” Then he left me and I came out of the vision.
Everyone in that hostel were students of the word of God, who were not putting on their white garments. They were living in disobedience and were facing all sorts of trials until they repent and put on their white garments. The white garment is for purity and the word of God is pure seven times refined. If we judge ourselves and purify ourselves with the word of God, there won’t be any need to pass us through the fire of tests and trials.
The purpose of the fire of tests and trials is purity which means putting on the word of God or the white garment. If we are purified in the word of God, the purpose of purity is achieved in us and the cleansing fire will no longer hurt us but it will baptise us.
I am sure the meaning of this vision is clear but so many truths are embedded in it. They are:
1, We must put on our white garments – the word of a God
2. I opened the door to torture by not putting on my white garment – the word of God
3. We are all students of the word of God
4. God is sovereign over Satan. Even though Satan was dealing with me, God permitted it. The root cause of my torture was spiritual deafness, stubbornness and inability to put on the word of God.
5. When I showed willingness to put on the white garment or the word of God, the tormentors left me.
6. Demons or tormentors believe in God and the word of God. Do not be deceived, it is man that does not believe in God, the word of God and defies the word of God. Man also sometimes partially believes the word of God. Do you believe that there is only one God? Good! The demons also believe—and tremble with fear.James 2:19, And his master was angry, and delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him (Matthew 18:34 NKJV)
7. God is not satisfied with partial acceptance of His word. All those students of the word of God were believers but partial believers of the word of God. They had not embraced the whole counsel of the word of God. They did not have thorough knowledge of the Scriptures. For I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God. Acts 20:27
8. Did you not hear? Where was I supposed to hear this command or announcement of putting on the white garment from? The answer is my Bible. I must read my Bible, pay close attention to the instructions and follow those instructions.
At that time a Jew named Apollos, who had been born in Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was an eloquent speaker and had a thorough knowledge of the Scriptures. Acts 18:24
Ezra was a scholar with a thorough knowledge of the Law which the Lord, the God of Israel, had given to Moses. Because Ezra had the blessing of the Lord his God, the emperor gave him everything he asked for. In the seventh year of the reign of Artaxerxes, Ezra set out from Babylonia for Jerusalem with a group of Israelites which included priests, Levites, Temple musicians, Temple guards, and workers. Ezra 7:6-7
The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Psalm 12:6
“I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. (Revelation 3:18 NKJV)
You have a few names even in Sardis who have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with Me in white, for they are worthy. (Revelation 3:4 NKJV)
“He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels. (Revelation 3:5 NKJV)
We are supposed to constantly put on our white garments, failure to do that will result in judgement because judgement begins in the house of God. God does not joke with faith, love, cleanness and purity.
It is so vital and imperative to put on our white garments. The Holy Spirit is the only one who can make our garments clean by constantly leading us, reminding us of the word of God and planting His words in our hearts. After cleansing our thoughts and actions, He decorates us with white garments.
That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, (Ephesians 3:16 NKJV)
That Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, (Ephesians 3:17 NKJV)
I pray that he would give you, according to his glorious riches, strength in your inner being and power through his Spirit. Ephesians 3:16
Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen (Ephesians 3:20 – 3:21 NKJV)
Might or power in the inner man means that Christ is dwelling in us. This means knowing and experiencing the love of Christ. Christ is the power and wisdom of God. He can live in you with a lot of glory and He can live in you with scanty or no glory. He is there but you won’t feel or experience His glory just like when the glory left Israel. Do you remember Ichabod ?- the glory has departed or no glory.
God is everywhere but His glory is not everywhere. His glory dwells in heaven and visits earth. However, He is in Hell as the omnipresent God in all of creation, but His glory is completely absent in Hell. Wrath or punishment is what lives in hell and these are caused by the human nature and disobedience not God.
If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. Psalm 139:8
The power of Christ resting upon the spirit of man is the love of Christ. It is possible for us to be Christians yet Christ is not dwelling in the inner man. Rather, weakness, infirmity and decay dwells in the inner man. Paul said this prayer because he recognised the need to pray for us to be strengthened with might or power in the inner man. God is able to do this in Jesus name.
Christ already lives in us. This is talking about Christ as the power and glory of God. It is talking about His manifest presence dwelling in us. Christ’s Spirit lives in every believer but the glory in every believer varies. The Bible says we are being transformed from glory to glory. This means that the glory or manifest presence of Christ in us must keep increasing, till we are filled up, and surrounded by His very essence, beauty and glory.
Christ dwelling in us through faith means unwavering belief in the blood of Jesus that set us free, praying with expectation and not wavering or doubting. It means constant praise, worship, thanksgiving and rejoicing. We do all these with persistence and perseverance without turning back or giving up.
These are all acts of faith. Faith is a multidimensional concept with many variables. As long as we embrace and practice the variables of faith persistently with love, worship, thanksgiving, praise and expectation God will not fail us. He is a faithful God – if we draw near to Him in faith, He will draw near to us.
Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? 1 Corinthians 3:16
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 3:20
And Christ lives within you, so even though your body will die because of sin, the Spirit gives you life because you have been made right with God. 11 The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you. Romans 8:10-11
The Scripture topic at the beginning of this post is also talking about the attributes of God. Christ can live in us yet we have not yet crucified the flesh and the Holy Spirit is not controlling our lives. Christ refers to the power, word, wisdom, glory, and grace of God. The more grace of God we have, the more understanding of the Scriptures which builds faith.
The more grace we have, the more we are able to practice the word of God, are led by the Spirit and follow God’s plan for our lives. The more grace we have, the more we are generally able to please God. These will ensure the manifest presence of God resting on us and going with us everywhere. Meaning that Christ now dwells in us and walks with us.
Then Moses said to him, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. Exodus 33:15
Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings. It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace, not by eating ceremonial foods, which is of no benefit to those who do so. Hebrews 13:9
Power resides in the grace of God and every good thing comes by the grace and ability of God. Man’s power is useless. The more we seek God and rely on His grace, the more successful we will be in our Christian lives. We cannot even have faith or practice the word of God without His grace so we must never forget the grace of God even as we seek Him and meditate on the Scriptures to build faith.
Only God and God alone can make us mature Christians. He alone can guarantee power in the inner man through His Spirit. He alone will enable Christ to dwell in us even as we wait upon Him and continue to seek His face daily.