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Reigning in Life through the BLESSING-FAVOUR (8)

You are destined to reign in life because Jesus is Lord of your life.  

The power to reign is based entirely on Jesus and Him alone.  

The declaration that you will reign is based on a promise that has been recorded for all eternity in the Word of God: 

 

Romans5:17 For if because of one man's trespass (lapse, offense) death reigned through that one, much more surely will those who receive [God's] overflowing GRACE (UNMERITED FAVOUR) and the free gift of righteousness [putting them into right standing with Himself] reign as kings in life through the one Man Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).

 

Very interesting that the Greek word for GRACE = �CHARIS� (khar�-ece) defined, means UNMERITED FAVOUR!

The word �reign� used in Romans 5:17 is the Greek word �Basileuo� where you get the English word �basilica�.  

In ancient Rome, basilicas were used as law courts.  

So it refers to a kingly, judicial rule.   In other words, to reign is to reign in life as a king, to have kingly rule and possess kingly dominion.  

If you are living a life of defeat, of being defeated by sin, by perpetual guilt and condemnation, by sickness, by anxiety attacks, by financial lack, and by broken relationships, you are not living the life that God intended for you.   Based on the authority of God�s Word, you are destined to �reign in life� as a king, to have kingly dominion over all your challenges and circumstances.   You are called to be above them all and not be trampled by them.  

 

The Bible tells us that it was because of �one man�s offense� � Adam�s sin in the Garden of Eden � that death began to reign.  

So we are sinners not because we sin but because of Adam�s sin.  

Many believers still think that they became sinners by committing sin, but that is not what the Word of God says.   What it says is that we are sinners because of Adam�s sin.  

By the same token, we are made righteous in the new covenant not because we do righteous deeds but because of one Man�s (Jesus) obedience on the cross.   The secret of reigning in life lies therefore with receiving everything that Jesus has accomplished                  for us on the cross.

 

RECEIVING VERSUS ACHIEVING

      

The Bible states very clearly that we are to reign in life through Jesus Christ just by receiving  two things from Him:       

1.)    His OVERFLOWING GRACE and

2.)    the FREE gift of Righteousness.

God�s ways are contrary to man�s ways.

Man thinks that for God to bless him, he needs to deserve, earn, and merit God�s BLESSING-FAVOUR by his own efforts.

Man thinks that God�s BLESSING-FAVOUR are base on performance and good works.

His ways are not about achieving.

He promised that when we receive the Abundance of grace and the gift of Righteousness, we will reign in life.

He did not say that when we achieve grace and our own righteousness, we will reign in life.

But for some reason, many Christians continue to live based on a system of achievement!

 

God�s way for us is not to be Blessed by our own efforts.

You cannot earn God�s BLESSING-FAVOUR by your performance.

God�s BLESSING-FAVOUR are based entirely on His grace.

His BLESSING-FAVOUR over your life have to be undeserved, unearned, and unmerited.

In other words, there is nothing that you can do to deserve His BLESSING-FAVOUR, for it is based entirely on receiving Jesus, and through His FINISHED WORK, the abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness.

 

God wants us to stop trying to achieve, and to begin receiving the BLESSING-FAVOUR  that Jesus accomplished on the cross.

When He hung on the cross some 2000 years ago, He cried out with a loud voice, It is finished!

Everything that you and I require to reign in life was accomplished at Calvary on our behalf.

That�s why we call what Jesus did on the cross his �finished work�!

He finished it.   He accomplished it.   It is DONE!

The only thing that works is the finished work!

Stop doing what�s already DONE!   Stop doing and start receiving what Jesus has DONE!

 

  THE WORK IS FINISHED; SIT DOWN!!!

 

Hebrews 10:12,14� �Whereas this One [Christ], after He had offered a single sacrifice for our sins [that shall avail] for all time, sat down at the right hand of God, For by a single offering He has forever completely cleansed and perfected those who are consecrated and made holy.�

His finished work on the cross was offered as one sacrifice FOREVER, and when you received Jesus Christ into your life, you were PERFECTED FOREVER!

And how long is forever?

The original Greek word for forever in this verse is-

guess what?   FOREVER!

Forever means forever!   You have been perfected forever by Jesus� cleansing blood � not by the blood of animal sacrifices which can never take away sins!

 

Notice that after Jesus offered His life as sacrifice and payment for all our sins, He �sat down�!

He sat down at the Father�s right hand.

Do you realize that under the old covenant, �every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins?

But the Bible goes on to say that Jesus, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down.�

Jesus sat down to demonstrate to us that the work is indeed finished.

Under the old covenant, the priest who served in the tabernacle of Moses never sat down, but �stands ministering daily� because his work could never be finished.

The blood of bulls and goats could �never take away sins�.

In fact, have you noticed that in the holy place of the tabernacle of Moses, there is not a single piece of furniture prepared for the priest to sit on?

You will not find a single chair in the holy place.

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You will find the altar of incense, the menorah, and even a table of showbread, but interestingly, there are no chairs.

This is because the work of the priest was never finished.

Only Jesus� work is a finished work.

And not only did He sit down at the father�s right hand, He made us SIT WITH HIM!

 

Ephesians 2:4-6 -  But God--so rich is He in His mercy! Because of and in order to satisfy the great and wonderful and intense love with which He loved us, Even when we were dead (slain) by [our own] shortcomings and trespasses, He made us alive together in fellowship and in union with Christ; [He gave us the very life of Christ Himself, the same new life with which He quickened Him, for] it is by grace (His favor and mercy which you did not deserve) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ's salvation).   And He raised us up together with Him and made us sit down together [giving us joint seating with Him] in the heavenly sphere [by virtue of our being] in Christ Jesus (the Messiah, the Anointed One).�

Sitting down� in the Bible is a picture of the believer resting in the finished and completed work of Jesus.

He has finished all the work on the cross on your behalf, this means that you can stop depending on your self-efforts to earn and qualify for God�s BLESSING-FAVOUR in your life.

You can sit down with Jesus at the Father�s right hand!

 

Stop trying to earn God�s grace and righteousness.

Let the Holy Spirit teach you to start depending on Jesus� finished work and to start receiving by His BLESSING-FAVOUR!

This is God�s effortless way to success, wholeness, and victorious living!

 

 

        IT IS DONE!!!

 

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