Many people call themselves Christians or to use the expression “followers of Christ” but when it comes to the crunch test they are not able to stand due to various reasons such as faithlessness, they have no personal relationship with Him, their Christianity is lips service, they have not imbibed the full knowledge and grace they have in Christ and thereby lack the power to operate in their full calling.
Note: Majority may fall into the categories of not having fully imbibed their full identity in Christ, the Disciples of Christ also experienced such at various stages of their walk with Christ.
***How well do you know Jesus that demons will see you and flee? ***
What identification card do you carry about in the kingdom, for if your identity is not fully in Christ and God is not your Spiritual Father, then you will be in for a shock as the sons of Sceva found out when they encountered a demon possessed man. Seven prophetically and spiritually stands for the perfection of God but it can become imperfect by using flesh for Spiritual matter. Sceva mean tool or implement and God had purposed to use them as they were from the linage of the Levite. Their father was a priest but they fluttered because they went into a ministry they were not assigned to by God.
Acts 19:15 And the evil spirit answered and said, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?”
This above question was asked of the seven sons of Sceva by an evil spirit and because they were not fully rooted in the understanding of the gospel, they based their faith in Paul’s use of the name of Jesus instead of their knowledge, experience or relationship with Jesus himself due to their observation at a previous meeting where the Apostle had performed miracles through the name of Christ Jesus.
Acts 19: 11-14 Now God worked unusual miracles by the hands of Paul, so that even handkerchiefs or aprons were brought from his body to the sick, and the diseases left them and the evil spirits went out of them. Then some of the itinerant Jewish exorcists took it upon themselves to call the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, “We exorcise you by the Jesus whom Paul preaches.” Also there were seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, who did so.
***Identity is key and powerful***
Whenever you don’t get the full understanding of how a man got blessed and you ask for the same blessing without going through the process of seeking the behind the scene sacrifices, you are bound to fall victim of errors and you are prone to failure and shame as was the case of the seven sons of Sceva.
Acts 19: 16 Then the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, overpowered them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.
*** Empowerment is Key***
They were aware of Apostle Paul using the name of Jesus but had no knowledge of how he became connected to the gospel of Christ or how he was empowered to do what he did nor his relation with Christ. His transformation and constant reliance on the Holy Spirit empowered him. He was confronted on the road to Damascus and converted personally by the Lord Jesus. A child can only defend his identity freely depending on his relationship with the father and Paul had gone through a transformation with his encounter near Damascus and the Revelation of the knowledge of Jesus Christ.
***Experience and Relationship are keys***
Acts 9:3-6 As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven. Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?”And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” Then the Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads.”
So he, trembling and astonished, said, “Lord, what do You want me to do?” Then the Lord said to him, “Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”
The initial starting point is the development of a relation with the Father and Christ, what is the depth of that relationship and what is your knowledge of the word of God, we must bear in mind that even Satan knows the word and he used this in the temptation of our Lord Jesus Christ and as he said in the book of Job, he goes to and fro to see who he can accuse before God.
Job 1: 6 ….So Satan answered the Lord and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it.”
From Job experience, if his faith was not strong in the Lord and had no understanding of God past deeds, he would have failed the test of faith and surely the relationship with God would have been tarnished.
The disciples at the initial stages of their relationship with Jesus did not fully grasp their full identity in Him, at times they struggled with issues they could have dealt with themselves such was recorded in Mark 9: 14-29 as with the boy with the spirit of fit and Mark 4: 35-41 as in Jesus calming the storms also the feeding of five thousand and it took them about two and a half years with Jesus before Peter finally identified him as the son of God and even as of that Jesus immediately rebuked the Spirit of Satan from Peter when he tried to sabotage his mission on earth. Doubting Thomas was the First to call Lord after the resurrection. Apostle John was the first to believe in him after resurrection.
Matthew 16: 16 -19 Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”
It can be an identity crisis that causes people not to be able to stand against the wiles of Satan because they had not fully imbibed their identity in the kingdom.
Matthew 16: 22-23 Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You!” But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.”
We can go to school but if we don’t allow the values of the institution to pass through us, we might end up qualifying as an educated illiterate, same way, one can be a Christian and still be a powerless Christians.
***Revelation is Key***
The disciples were with Christ but there were instances, they excised doubts, unbelief, they acted faithless and sometime gave way to be used of Satan and on occasions they were powerless until they arrived at the stage where they finally got the full revelation of who Christ was. The apostles came into the fullness of this grace and started operating in their ministry after they witnessed His resurrection and their eyes of understanding was opened and the revelation became clearer to them.
This enabled them to step into full authority and their identity in Christ made them bolder and they were able to use the name with their experience and walk with Him, they became confident because when Jesus spoke about his resurrection, they did not understand until he proved it to them and became the first fruits of those that will rise from the death. This affirmed to them his divinity and boosted their new identity. The covenant of the blood is real and the depth of believe increased their faith and trust to use the name of Christ.
Before the resurrection, they had gone to their various work and were dejected, the evidence persuaded them to come out of their shell and began their ministry.
John 15:7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.
And 2 Peter 1:3 says, “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue.”
If Satan can keep a Christian ignorant or in unbelief about who they have become and their rights as a child of the King, he can keep them in bondage even though the law of liberty in Christ Jesus has been put into effect!
And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed and therefore I spoke,” we also believe and therefore speak, knowing that He who raised up the Lord Jesus will also raise us up with Jesus, and will present us with you. For all things are for your sakes, that grace, having spread through the many, may cause thanksgiving to abound to the glory of God.
***Your Experience of Jesus has to be real to you to operate boldly in the Kingdom***
2 Corinthians 4:6 For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
***Revelation is Key***
Ephesians 1: 17-21 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.
Revelation is important and until one experience a personal revelation of the truth of the cross, one might not be able to understand the potency in the name of Jesus and relate to it as their weapon of defense. God is righteous and just, that was why there was a need for atonement for sin and Jesus paid the price so that the Father might act on our behalf at the mention of his name. The price paid is priceless because you are being wonderful made in his image.
***There was an exchange on the Cross for our sake***
There was a story of a man of integrity who trained his children with sound education and was constantly drumming into their ears the importance of integrity, keeping a good name and be at best behaviour with all mankind. He was not wealthy but was diligent, hardworking and when he passed away he did not leave his children much in physical wealth.
This made the children angry and determined not live like their father, but there came a time when the eldest daughter applied for a job and had to go for an interview, at the interview of the panellist asked her for surname and from her reply, he further enquired who her father was and it so happen that her had employed him without requesting for a bribe but solely on his credentials and integrity. This act of her Father got the position she immediately evaluated to from a family with honour and integrity.
When the post of the District Controller became available, she was unanimously elected and given the post based on what the father had done within the organisation until she rose to the post of CEO of the whole organisation, before then she had gotten the revelation of values and integrity and had begun using them herself, this brought her to tears and she vowed to be that person the father has always preached about.
***Jesus has made us the Children of God***
Colossians 1: 15-18 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.
Your perception of your identity in Christ Jesus gives you the boldness to use His name and the authority of God. When you come into your real self in Christ and the fullness of His glory starts working in you, then you can speak to mountainous situations, tell demons to flee and take authority. For who is in you is greater than who is out there.
Ephesians 3: 16-19 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
***To see yourself in the reflection and power of Christ, One must look in the mirror of the word, remain in Spirit and be truthful then God’s word will reveal who you are and the limitless potentials in Christ. ***
James 1:18 Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.
***The living spring water flows from within through the power of the word***
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