Tuesday, 28 March 2017

The Crucifixion of the old man.




Knowing this, that our old man has been crucified with him, that the body of sin might be annulled, that we should no longer serve sin 
                                                                                                Romans 6:6

Romans 6 lays the foundation for the Christian’s deliverance from sin. It begins with a call to reminisce, not to anticipate. It directs our attention to the past, to what is already ours.
The liberation from the power of sin is experienced the very hour a sinner accepts the Lord Jesus as Savior and is born anew. He need not be a long-time believer and undergo numerous defeats before he can receive this gospel. Delay in accepting the gospel according to Romans 6 is due either to the incomplete gospel he has heard or to his unwillingness in wholly accepting and fully yielding to it. Whereas actually this blessing should be the common possession of all the newly born.

In Romans 6:6 we find three major elements --  SIN, OLD MAN and  BODY (the body of sin). These three are vastly different in nature and play unique roles in the act of sinning.

SIN here is refers to the root of sin. The Bible informs us that we were formerly slaves of sin. Sin had been the master. First of all therefore, we need to recognize that sin possesses power, for it enslaves us. It emits this power incessantly to draw us into obedience to its old man so that we might sin.

The old man represents the sum total of everything we inherit from Adam. We can recognize the old man by knowing what the new man is, because whatever is not of the new man must belong to the old. Our new man embraces everything which flows newly from the Lord at our regeneration. Hence the old man betokens everything in our personality which is outside the new and all which belongs to the old nature. We sin because this old man loves sin and is under its power.

Now the BODY OF SIN refers to this body of ours. It is labeled the body of sin because it's subject to the power of sin, fully laden with the lusts and desires of sin. And it is through this body that sin manages to express itself, else it will be merely an invisible power.
Sin is the power which pulls us to do sin. Old man is the part of what we inherit from Adam. The body of sin is the corporeal element we inherit from him.
The process of sinning follows this order: FIRST, sin; NEXT, the old man; LASTLY, the body. Sin exudes its power to attract man and force him to sin. Since the old man delights in sin, he condones sin and bends to it, instigating the body to sin. It is through the joint enterprise of these three elements that sin is committed. Present always are the compulsion of sin’s power, the inclination of the old man, and the practice of the body.

Now how can a man be delivered from sin?

For a man to be deliver from sin, SIN is never the first cause we must annihilate in order to attain victory over sin. Also our body is not what we must subdue if we desire to overcome sin. In Romans 6.6 God gives us way how sin was overcame. He neither eradicates the root of sin within nor suppresses the body without. Rather, God deals with the old man in between the Sin and the Body of sin.
The Lord Jesus has took our sins and being to the cross. Paul enunciates this fact by proclaiming that our old man has been crucified with him. Our old man was once and forever crucified with Him. As the cross of Christ is a fact accomplished, so our being crucified with Him is additionally an accomplished fact.

Many saints have been trying their best to crucify themselves. Either lack of God’s revelation or lack of faith accounts for this attitude.
This is a grievous misjudgment. The Bible never instructs us to crucify ourselves.  We are taught that when Christ went to Calvary He took us there and had us crucified. We are not instructed to begin crucifying ourselves, instead the Scriptures assure us that our old man was dealt with at the time Christ went to the cross. Romans 6.6 alone is sufficient to substantiate this.
It is because we are in Him and are united with Him that we can say that when Christ went to the cross we went there in Him, that when Christ was crucified we too were crucified in Him. What a wonderful reality that we are in Christ. Mere mental assimilation of these truths cannot withstand temptation, however. The revelation of God is positively essential. The Spirit of God must reveal how we are in Christ and how we are united with Him in one. He must also show us distinctly how our old man was crucified with Christ for the simple reason that we are in Christ. This cannot be simply a mental comprehension; it must be a disclosure of the Holy Spirit. When a truth is unfolded by God it most naturally becomes a power in man, who then finds himself able to believe. Faith comes through revelation. Without the revelation the faith is impossible. This explains why many do not have faith, for though they mentally understand they do not have God’s revelation. Therefore, brethren, pray until God gives us revelation so that “knowing this” in our spirit we may truly confess “that our old man has been crucified with him.”

What is the consequence of the crucifixion of our old man?

The answer is —“that the body of sin might be annulled". Beforehand when sin stirred, our old man responded and consequently the body practiced sin. With the crucifixion of the old man and its replacement by the NEW MAN, sin may still stir within and attempt to exert its pressure, but it fails to find the consent of the old man in driving the body to sin. Sin can no longer tempt the believer for he is a new man; the old has died. The body’s occupation was formerly that of sinning, but this body of sin is now dis-employed because the old man was set aside. It is not able to sin and hence has been denied its job. Praise the Lord, this is what He has furnished us. God crucified our old man with Christ and render our body jobless so that we should no longer serve sin.
Sin will exercise no dominion over us in Jesus name. We must praise God for this deliverance thought Christ Jesus.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

How to find a virtuous woman

For over ten years since I've been walking with the Lord, I have discovered so many things through revelation in God's word and one of the revelation is what I'm sharing with you presently.

I want to encourage women to serve God in every aspect of their lives. Being a virtuous woman is not about being “perfect.” It’s about living life with purpose, diligence, forgiveness, and repentance. The following points shows how you can find a virtuous woman:

*. When you see a Woman who serves God with all of her heart, mind, and soul and seeks His will for her life and follows His ways according to Proverbs 31 vs 26 & vs 29 – 31, you have seen a virtuous woman.

*. When it comes to relationship with man, a Virtuous Woman respects her husband and she does him good all the days of her life. Also, she is trustworthy and a helpmeet according to Proverbs 31: 11- 12, 23, 28, and Genesis 2: 18

*. When you find any Woman who teaches her children the ways of her Father in heaven and nurtures her children with the love of Christ, disciplines them with care and wisdom, and trains them in the way they should go, I can tell you with absolute assurance that you have found a virtuous woman in her according to Proverbs 31: 28, 26, Proverbs 22: 6.

*. Show me a dirty woman and i will show you a woman without or with less virtue. As a Virtuous Woman she cares for her body. She prepares healthy food for her family. (Proverbs 31: 14 –15.

*. A Virtuous Woman offers herself as  sacrifice to others. She serves her husband, her family, her friends, and her neighbors with a gentle and loving spirit. She is charitable with respect to Proverbs 31: 12.

*. One more important thing you must know in a virtuous woman is that she spends money wisely. A virtuous woman always careful to purchase quality items which her family needs. When a woman spend money on unnecessary items, the family finances will one day enter into recession officially. Proverbs 31: 14,16,18.

Happy Mother's Day

© 2017 Jacob Atitebi Ministries

Friday, 17 March 2017

What you must do to be saved


Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

How marvelous and sure is this statement:"… thou shalt be saved"! One could perhaps translate this a little differently as,"… thou shalt receive (have) salvation!" Upon such confession and believing one is no longer lost but has been saved and granted eternal life.

Romans 10:10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

This verse again set forth the two necessary things to be done by man in an affirmative way:

(1) confession with the mouth that Jesus is lord, and

(2) believing with the heart that God did raise Jesus Christ from the dead. The one brings with it the necessary justification and granting of righteousness before God, the other assures of the necessary salvation.

Jesus Christ is our Savior and Lord.

In this study two very important aspects of the relationship between a Christian and Jesus Christ are emphasized and pointed out: Jesus Christ is our savior, and he is our lord. That these are not just some mere used up words and terms will be presented to the observant reader in simple words from the Word of God.

The title of this study about Jesus Christ may perhaps not stir any great interest at first sight, but it contains two very important truths which are of great significance to us as born-again Christians, as believers within the church of the body of Christ — Jesus Christ is our savior, and he is our lord!

In this study we will be concerned with these two aspects of our relationship to Jesus Christ, and that should bring great gain to our daily life as Christians.

Jesus Christ is our saviour

First, we want to look at several scriptures which tell us of Jesus Christ as our savior.

1 John 4:14: And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.

The word „saviour“ in the English doesn't quite show the connection to „wholeness“ which is actually present in the Greek word used. The verb form means „to save“, „to make whole“. We read in this verse that the Father did sent the son as „the savior of the world“ which indicates that Jesus Christ can bring and or already has brought „wholeness“ and „salvation“ to the world through that which he accomplished.

In John 3 we read a verse of Scripture which may be known to all of us from many different occasions.

John 3:16–18: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved[attain wholeness].
He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

These verses are connected to that which we just read before. They tell us of God’s great act of love when He gave His only begotten son in order to provide men in the world with a possibility of salvation, or as it is called here, „that the world through him might be saved“.

Man, as he is born into this world, needs a salvation, needs that wholeness, because as natural man he is lost and has no eternal life. All men do have this possibility of salvation, of being saved and receiving eternal life – but this is related to a certain condition: „whosoever believeth in him [Jesus Christ] should not perish“. Those who do not believe are already under the sentence of condemnation which puts him in the category .of being condemned; but those who believe on him will not be lost but will have eternal life. God has sent His only begotten Son as savior of the world, but that does not mean that automatically all the world will at one time attain to salvation. No! Salvation is available to all the world, but it is a matter of decision on the part of each individual to appropriate it by believing on Him. Only those who believe on Christ will receive everlasting life and will not be lost.

A comparison with an experience from our daily life may illustrate these points. Many things are offered to all people every day, nowadays for example a quite extensive TV program selection for 24 hours per day. It is offered to all – but, do all view it? No. There are some who purposely decide to turn their TV off at certain times, or they do not want to view a certain program. Not all want to view all, and yet one could say that it is being put on the air for all. God has sent His only begotten son as savior of the world whereby all have salvation available to them. But not all will actually be saved –it is only those who believe on him who will not be lost but who will receive everlasting life.

Jesus Christ is our Lord

Jesus Christ is not only our saviour, but he is also now our lord.

2 Corinthians 4:5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake."

For we preach not ourselves …" – and we might ask ourselves at first, "ourselves as what?" The answer becomes clear from the next part of the verse, "not ourselves [as lords], but Christ Jesus the Lord"! A very important part of preaching must be that Christ is preached as lord. When we preach we cannot and dare not preach ourselves as lord, but we must preach thatthere is one who is lord of any believer, Jesus Christ.

Acts 2:34-36 For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, Until I make thy foes thy footstool.Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.

Jesus Christ did not assume to be the Christ and the Savior of the world on his own. Neither did he assume the position oflord on his own. God made him to be both Lord and Christ. This is an important truth which we should keep in mind.

What you must do to be saved

Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

How marvelous and sure is this statement:"… thou shalt be saved"! One could perhaps translate this a little differently as,"… thou shalt receive (have) salvation!" Upon such confession and believing one is no longer lost but has been saved and granted eternal life.

Romans 10:10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

This verse again set forth the two necessary things to be done by man in an affirmative way:

(1) confession with the mouth that Jesus is lord, and

(2) believing with the heart that God did raise Jesus Christ from the dead. The one brings with it the necessary justification and granting of righteousness before God, the other assures of the necessary salvation.

5 Practical steps to victory over lust

God does not want you to be a prisoner of lust. The Bible says,"Christ has set us free! (Gal. 5:1). We have assurance from our Lord that he will help us to battle lust (Romans8:31-32). Try these practical steps and ask God to lead you to victory.

1. Ask God for help -

Sometimes we are too ashamed to take this first step. Don't try to fight the battle of lust on your own. Go to God and ask Him for help. This is what humility is all about.

2. Die to lust -

The Bible says "sin does not have power over dead people" (Romans 6:7). So to overcome lust, we must recognize that "the persons we use to be were nailed to the cross with Jesus" (Romans 6:5). Of course, we are not actually nailed to the cross. We just recognize that our old way of life died with Jesus. When we understand what it means to be dead to sin, we will then find freedom from lust.

3. Walk in the Spirit -

The next step is to submit your life to the Holy Spirit. "If you are guided by the Spirit, you won't obey your selfish desires" (Gal. 5:16). Remember, you can't fight lust on your own, so ask the Holy Spirit to help you.

4. Renew your mind -

Focus on God's Word and allow Him to remove your lustful thoughts and actions (Rom. 12:2). put away everything that appeals to the flesh and focus on God (Eph. 4:17-24; 2 Cor. 10:5).

5. Resist and flee -

Perhaps the best advice all is simply this: Run! Don't allow lust to linger in your mind. Get far away from situations and influences that threaten to trap you (Prov. 5:8; James 4:7-8).

Monday, 13 March 2017

How pornography can destroy you

If you fill your mind with pornography, it's going to negatively influence the way you think about female and how you treat them. Pornographic memories will never influence you in the right direction when you're in a relationship. Sexual desire is a fire that must be kept under control. Pornography pours fuel on that fire.

When as a male you lost after the female you sees in pornography, the images burn into your memory so deeply that its never totally disappear. And lusting for women is not just a mental thing. Jesus said in Matthew 5:28 that ...whosever looks on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Topic: Liberation from from sins.

Text: Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. --1Peter 2:24

Revelation:
The purpose of God for us is to be liberated from sins and that is the reason He sent His only begotten son; Jesus Christ to die and bore our sin.  God loves us so He want us to live righteously like Him. Man has been under the bondage of sin before the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Sin has enslave you and I and captured us to be servant, but God for His love towards us gave us is only begotten son who committed no sin to die for our sin. God has called me to tell you that He did this to liberate you from sin and it's power. All that required you to do is to believe this message now and accept the preaching of the gospel and accept his only begotten son (Jesus Christ) as your personal Lord and saviour.

To be liberated:

Believe this message; (John 1:12)

Accept what Jesus Christ has done to bore your sins; (1 Peter 2:24)

Confess your sins to God. (Romans 10:9)

Ask for forgiveness. (Act 3:19)

Go and sin no more. (John 5:14; 8:11)

Sing with me:

There is power in the name of Jesus/2x
Break every chain

© 2017 PJ. www.jacobatitebisblog.blogspot.com

Thursday, 2 March 2017

HOW YOU CAN OVERCOME ABANDORNMENT



Abandonment is where something is left uncompleted as a result of your will or attitude. It is an internal thing. Most times it occurs as a result of distraction from your goal. It could be as a result of unwholesome friends that breaks or altar your focus on the project, laziness or complacency, lack of sense of timing or not being mindful of the giver of the assignment. When God tells you to do something, He want to get involved and help you to finish it. Everything that God starts He finishes. There is no abortion or abandonment or frustration with God. If God is your father and you are His offspring, your case must be the same as God. God has given you power to finish all that He orders you to start. If you start what God has not order you to start it may not withstand the test of time or opposition. If God leads you to start a project, He wants it completed and not abandoned.


To be able to overcome abandonment you must make sure it is God that is leading you to start such a project. You must also carry Him along as you continue by being obedience to His instructions along the line. Also you must be discipline because God is a discipline God. He will take you along the Disciple-Line of discipline to accomplish the project.  More so you must understand that everything you need to finish the assignment God has given you has been made ready before God brought the assignment. The only way you can harness this divine provision is by walking in obedience to His Instruction and taking yourself serious with the assignment. Is there any abandonment project in your life not orchestrated by God? Take some time to think about your life and get ready to rise up to finish the project God has given unto you. It’s you assignment, rise and finish it. May the grace to finish well rest upon you today in Jesus name. Be like Jesus who said it is FINISHED. 

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