Colossians 2: 14-15 says “Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.”
Another word for spoilt is disarm. And Jesus did this by taking out of the way the only stumbling block that was against us. Jesus’ blood did not just cover our sins but took away our sins. The word for atonement in the Old Testament is actually “to cover”. But Jesus’ blood did not cover sins, but took them away (John 1:29).
It is like going to your file and removing the record of what you did wrong so that nobody can ever again have anything to use against you. Not only are you forgiven, all charges are removed from your account. So you are not an ex-con. You never did anything wrong and that is what it means to be justified (Rom. 4:25). Every record has been expunged from your account. So Satan has nothing on me or against me because of what Jesus did for me.
God is a good God. Grace is the character of God (John 1:14). How we know Jesus was the Son of the Father is because He was full of grace and truth, for that is what defines the Father – grace, peace, loving kindness and faithfulness.
God told Moses to build an Ark of Testimony to Him. In the building of the tabernacle, Moses was given specifics of the items and furniture that should be inside. Above the Ark was the mercy seat. Right inside the ark was the Law given to Moses. But God said “I will relate with man from the mercy seat, not from inside the ark, (Exo.25:22).
This means that God has always placed Grace above the Law. He is not relating with you from the inside which is the Law but from above which is the Mercy Seat and that is a type of what we see in the New Testament. So from day one, God’s perspective is grace and that is the only way man can be free from sin.
That is why we preach the grace of God. That is why Paul says we are not ashamed of the gospel (Rom. 1:16). This message of grace attracts a lot of enemies and opposition. A lot of people don’t like it. It doesn’t make sense. Satan fights it because it is the message of the kindness and love of God. (Tit. 2:11-13).
It is easy to talk about the anger of God, but the true message of God is the grace of God. It is the grace of God that brings salvation. As such, Satan does not want people to hear the gospel of the grace of God so they would not be saved and have victory over sin.
Romans 5:17 says “For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.”
To reign in life means to live in triumph over sin because of God’s abundant grace and His gift of righteousness.
Fear is not included in the life we have in Christ. Fear is illegal and alien to this life.
2 Timothy 1:7 says “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
The spirit of fear means the attitude of fear. There is no spirit called fear. Whenever you see fear, it means it is not from God. Even if it is dread for God. God cannot put the dread of Him in us. It is Satan that makes us dread God. God makes us reverence Him and not dread Him. God is not a terrorist.
The fear of God is the same kind of fear Jesus had for the Father. It is called reverence (Heb. 5:7). The kind of fear God puts in us is reverence for Him and not dread of Him. It is Satan who distorts the picture and revelation of God and puts the dread of God in our hearts. I told you about the unprofitable servant HHh who told his master “I know you are a hard man reaping where you didn’t sow, so I was afraid and kept back what you gave to me”. I told you it was obvious he didn’t know the master. If he knew the master, he wouldn’t have done that. He knew the master from backyard discussion (Matt. 25:14-30).
God will never speak to you to the point of dreading Him or being terrified by Him. Rather, when He speaks to you, it produces reverence for Him. And if God can never put the terror of Himself in our heart, He can never put the terror of Satan in our heart.
If God will not make us dread Him, He will not make us dread Satan. I keep telling you that if any prophecy from anyone who claims it is from God, puts fear in your heart, it is not from God. Whether it is fear of Satan, your mother-in-law, village people or any other fear. You have to know that that person did not speak from God.
Three things prophesy must do are; it must encourage, comfort and strengthen (1 Cor. 14:3). Prophecy is not to make you terrified or afraid.
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (2. Tim. 1:7)
Love drives out fear for the love of God fills our heart (Rom. 5:5). We are conscious of His power and sound mind produces discipline and self-control. Discipline comes with the Christ life and love comes with it too. One thing that does not come with it is fear.
So whenever you see fear, it is illegal and it is a foreign body. It is not normal and not in order. When you find something not normal, you go for surgery and take it out. Go for spiritual surgery. Find out the Word that deals with that thing and by the Sword of the Spirit cut it out!
Satan brings fear into our lives by first distorting the picture of God. You no longer see God as Father but as Sango. I have told you that our relationship with God is not worshippers and deity but Father and His family. So when I am praying, I am not praying to Oronmila or Sango but to my Father.
Don’t pray as if you are praying to Sango – shaking and sweating, falling down, glorying in your prayers.
Prayer doesn’t answer itself. It is God who answers prayers. God is your Father. It is not in the volume of words or hours of prayers. Just talk to your Daddy!
Prayer is not talking to ‘Ezemuo.’ You are talking to your Daddy. God knows what you are trying to say. Stop trying to impress Him.
Once Satan destroys that picture of your Father, he comes in with the anxieties of life. The fear of failure, fear of not making it in life, fear of death and fear of not marrying.
Don’t panic. You know Satan is the one speaking. God will not speak fear.
Satan is a liar! He is a liar! ‘He is a liar’ is not that he lies occasionally. He has not said one truth in his life. When somebody lies occasionally, there is the probability that he speaks the truth at times, but Satan has never said any truth in his life. So, you can always know. He doesn’t know how to say the truth. Everything he has ever said is a lie. Jesus says he is the father of lies (John 8:44).
So when Satan speaks to you what do you say? Liar! Liar!!
When he tells you that you will die, tell him “it’s a lie!”
Boldly speak God’s promises to yourself. God’s promises are not in the future. Christ has fulfilled all the conditions of God’s promises and God has fulfilled His promises to Christ. As such, all the promises are now yours. So declare them boldly not as a future expectation but as a present reality.
Find the Word – the promises that speak to your situation and declare them to yourself. The scripture says no one in Zion will say “I am sick” (Isa.33:24).
Say “I prosper, I excel, everything I touch prospers, I am a chosen generation, I am the righteousness of God in Christ. Sin has no power over me. I am the son of God and I am led by God”.
Learn to talk to yourself. Find out what the Word says and speak it boldly. Meditate on the victory of the Cross. You see, what happened on the Cross was not we begging God to forgive us and it was the work of the Devil. No!
God did not just say okay you can go. No judge overlooks your crime. You can’t go to a court and beg the judge in charge of the case to forgive you. Any judge in a law court that overlooks your crime and forgives you will be arrested because he/ she doesn’t know his/ her work.
The best your lawyer can ask for is to temper justice with mercy. In other words, the sentence should be reduced like from fifteen years to fourteen and a half years jail term. You must pay for your crime. The only reason a judge frees you is when someone steps forward to take your place. So God put Jesus as our substitute and what would have been done to us was done to Jesus.
As such, our freedom from sin and its consequences is not just a case of God pitying us. It is not a ‘sorry for us’ matter. God judged ours sins upon Jesus and because of that we can be free. And you must learn what Jesus did. You can now speak boldly: “if God be for me, who can be against me”. It doesn’t matter their profile or how many they are. Because of what Jesus did, God is perpetually for you. He will never side with the enemy, even if you fall (Rom. 8:33-34).
When Scripture says Jesus died, He died for your offences and when He rose, He rose so you can be innocent. When Jesus sat at the right hand of the Father, He was making intercession for you in case you fall. What He did is still speaking. The Blood still works. Your insurance is full proof. You are not going to Hell. Your salvation is eternal.
2 Timothy 1:8-9 says “Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God; Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.”
Suffering with Christ is not about having no food to eat or being sick. It means sharing in the sufferings of preaching the Gospel. One of the ways to overcome the fear of preaching the Gospel is by our knowledge of the Gospel. What you don’t know, you can’t talk about it confidently. Paul says “I am not ashamed because I know whom I have believed”.
We have been called to bring this message to our world. To bring every space under His influence so Jesus will have the pre-eminence over all things. Knowing Christ kills the fear of not being able to talk about Him. You are bold when you know your subject (Acts 4:13). There was nothing about Peter and John outwardly. They looked ignorant and unlearned. They didn’t have the right elocution. So where did their boldness come from? They have been with Jesus. They knew the subject.
Mark 3:14 says “And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach”
First of all, He ordained them to be with Him and He will send them out. Even Paul had to know Him. Paul had an encounter where he was taught by Christ Himself (Gal. 1:12). As you learn Christ, you have more boldness to speak about Him.
We learn Christ in the Epistles. The Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke & John) speaks of the historical Jesus – His healings, how He opened blind eyes and provided food. The Jesus we are talking about is revealed in the Epistles.
We must give ourselves to the understanding of the Gospel (Eph. 6:15). When you know the Goodnews, it is wired to spread itself. You are excited to talk about it.
What is the Good news? It is that our sins are forgiven and put out of God’s sight by the sacrifice of Jesus. God has no record of sins anymore (Lk. 24:46-47, 1 Cor. 15:3, Rom.4:6-12).
What the Jews were working for was given freely to the Gentile nation without their working for it. Paul wrote to his Jewish brothers that they too can receive it without working for it. He said this thing they are working for was given freely to Abraham and now they can receive it if they do what Abraham did by believing it.
We know that it is only Jesus that can save a man from sin. It is not will power or determination. Let that sinner know it is only Jesus that can deliver him from the power of sin. Nobody can be free by himself. When you truly believe it, you are motivated and excited to talk about it.
Bishop Wale Ajayi