Tina Edebor, Publisher
Over the past few years, it has puzzled me how much emphasis is placed on everything except the love of God and the sacrifice of love, in the person of our Lord Jesus. Many times, as a guest invited to a church by a friend or relative, I can almost predict the theme of the sermon before the “man of God” even opens his mouth. There are some favorite topics including, but not limited to – overcoming generational curses, claiming victory over your enemy, claiming financial breakthrough, battling spiritual warfare, prosperity and overcoming stagnation. Although these are issues of concern within the Christian community, the problem is that the members of the congregation become so fixated on what they have to do, that they forget that Jesus has already done it! In fact, they behave as though The Lord God Almighty sent His beloved son to die in vain.
Before The Lord Jesus commended His Spirit to the Father, He clearly declared that “ it is finished!” but have you ever really wondered what is finished? If we, who are children of the Almighty are still bound to generational curses, then what is finished? If we have to scream at the top of our voices for God to hear our prayers, then what is finished? If we are still afraid that principalities are so powerful that we have to fast ourselves into a semi-coma, then what is finished? If we have to bribe God by offering him our works and our efforts before He will grant us those things that Jesus and the Word promised, then what is finished? If we believe that we have to keep appeasing the Father and cajoling Him to shower His blessings on us, then what is finished?
The Apostle John, who knew the heart of our Lord, says “you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.” 1 John 4:4
If we believe that our Lord “was pierced for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities; (that) the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed,”
Isaiah 53:5, then what enemy or principality, what generational curse, what family covenant, could possibly be stronger or more powerful than the precious blood of Jesus? If you know the Lord as your Lord and personal savior, the Holy Spirit who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you, and “in him we live and move and exist…’We are his offspring.’ Acts 17:28
The Father loves us, Our Lord Jesus Loves us, The Holy Spirit Loves us! The Almighty God LOVES us, with a love that passes knowledge. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or distress or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “- For Your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. Romans 8:36 He who did not spare his own Son, but freely gave him up for us, all–how will he not also, along with him, graciously died for us, give us all things? Roman 8:32
If we focus on the Lord our God, and His righteousness, Is that not enough? When Simon Peter kept his eyes of the Lord ,, he walked on water. He did not start to sink until he paid more attention to the storm than to the Lord who made the winds and the water. Therefore, let us take our eyes off the storms that rage, no matter what they are, and keep our eyes on our God and fill our hearts with His LOVE!
This is Independence day month, and we who are the Children of God are independent of the things of this Earth. However, we are dependent on Our God who loves us so much that, while we were yet sinners, he sent His only beloved Son, Jesus the Messiah, who gave himself for us!
Therefore, from the bottom of my heart I wish you “Happy God Dependence Day!”
LIVE IN CHRIST
having canceled the debt ascribed to us in the decrees that stood against us. He took it away, nailing it to the cross! 15And having disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.
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