There is no other time in history that has witnessed identity crisis than this period. Satan and his demons have confused many people as regard their own sex and spiritual identity. As we are very close to the end of this wicked system, the god of this world is desperate, confusing unsuspecting individuals as to their self-identity.
The Apostle Paul was alluding to this when he wrote, “But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them”. (II Corinthians 4:3-4 NKJV)
This confusion has gone beyond religion, politics and academics. Satan has a master plan to depopulated the world, to confuse the world and to fight God’s children. He is using perversion, nicotine, drugs and alcohol addiction and false religion to enslave people. Also he is unleashing persecution on God’s children. Jesus predicted this when he said, “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake. Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come. These are some of the composite signs of the end times”. (Matthew 24:9, 11-14)
Remember your fight is not against flesh and blood. The Bibles says, “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:10-15) Many believers will go to jail and some will be killed. This is a time of testing to identify true sons of God from false prophets. The true believers will rather pay with their lives than to compromise their faith in God.
Jesus had conquered Satan in Heaven and he will soon be defeated here on Earth.
“Having disarmed principalities and powers, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.” (Colossians 2:15 ; Revelation 12:7-12). All believers should make a resolution like Apostle Paul who said, “Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”(Romans 8:37-39)
We know of Satan designs. Some of Satan designs is to use drugs, alcohol, fear and intimidation. He is using confusion of one’s sexual, psychological and spiritual identity. While one should show compassion and pray for those who have been the victims of confusion, I will not be intimidated or fear those who can kill my body but cannot kill my soul. Jesus said, “And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Matthew 10:28)
For example, in New York Times, September 1, 2015 a Christian official, Ms. Kim Davis has refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in Kentucky despite the U.S. Supreme Court orders. She said, her “action was under God’s authority”. She is a modern-day examples of three Hebrews boys namely Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego who refused to worship the image of King Nebuchadnezzar. The same episodes is playing out in our modern time. The Supreme Court has ordered a Christian to violate her Bible trained conscience to issue marriage license to the same-sex couple.
The nations shall know that we are serving a living God of miracle. He has not changed. He will save his faithful servants just as he saved the three Hebrews boys(Daniel 3:1-20). This is one example of the true and faithful servant of God. Kim Davis has the right to obey God who said, “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination. Nor shall you mate with any animal, to defile yourself with it. Nor shall any woman stand before an animal to mate with it. It is perversion.” And “Whoever lies with an animal shall surely be put to death.”(Leviticus 18:22-23, Exodus 22:19)
In September 1, 2015 Mrs. Kim Davis was jailed for obeying God and for disobeying the United States Supreme Court orders to issue marriage license for gay couples. I asked God what he would do in the case of believers like Mrs. Kim Davis who will rather pay with their lives than to disobey him? I then reminded him how he saved the lives of Shedrack, Mecharck and Abednigo when King Nebuchardnezer threw them in a fiery furnace. It is the law of the land that all citizen should worship the image of the king with capital punishment of fiery furnace(Daniel 3:1-30) Similarly, it is the law of the land to legalize same-sex couple as husband and wife, in violation of God’s laws in Leviticus 18:22-23. Kim Davis was a modern day “three Hebrew boys” who stand for her God. In September 4, 2015 God showed me his plan in the book of Isaiah 42:8-18. He said my own assignment was to remain faithful and that we should praise his holy name. I thank God she was released from jail two weeks later.
For example, imagine a man who after marrying a woman and after having four children decided and declared that he is now a woman, that he just discovered his true identity. The children are confused as to how many mothers they now have. Likewise a mother of four children who divorced her husband and married another woman after 15 years of marriage. These are some of the examples of how Satan have succeeded in confusing the true identity of people.
This identity crisis is pervasive In our society. Today some Churches are being pastored by gay men or gay women. In some countries of the world like United States of America where being openly Gay is practiced, in which two men or two women will marry each other and sometimes they will adopt children. It is called human rights and this practice is protected by law. For example when my job moved me to the State of Florida in 2001 my landlady was Gay-Lesbian. Her first question to me was, what do I think about gay? I did not know her to be gay at that time. I responded that my opinion about gay is not important but God opinion is more important. And we read what God think In 1 Corinthians 6:9-10. Apostle Paul Stated: “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicator, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor Dolomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortionist will inherit the kingdom of God. (I Corinthians 6:9-10). After reading the above Scriptures, I then asked, is the Bible talking about only gay and Lesbian people? She answered, NO! As you can see both gay and non gay were all in need of God’s mercy and forgiveness. That all unrighteousness is a sin before God. She was comfortable to disclose to me her true identity. After that, I have had Gay and Lesbian as tenants in my house. Again, I used to teach in a secondary school, in Newark, New Jersey, and some gay students will openly display their gay pride in the class. There is no reason why anyone should be gay phobia. Rather one should have compassion and pray for the people who have been a victim of identity crisis. Satan have confused people as to their own true identity. The Bible call Satan the god of this system. But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them. (II Corinthians 4:3-4)
Another example, was my conversations with a young man I met in my evangelizing work. He had decided to commit suicide. He boasted of His criminal exploits by saying, and I quote, “I have nothing left to do because I had committed all the crime in the world, such as, three murders, rapes, robberies, drugs and alcohol”. What else can I live for Pastor he asked? He decided to commit suicide because he had finished with all the available crime anyone can commit. Then I told him there are many things he has not done. What is it, he asked? I said, you still need to give your life to Christ and become a prophet of God. He asked, Do you think that God can forgive me? I said, Yes. We are all under the grace of redemption(Ephesians 2:7-8; John 1:17) Apostle Paul said, “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.” (Romans 8:1-2).
The result was that this man has changed and is on his way to overcome his drugs addictions. All glory be to Jesus and my father in the Heavens. Knowing whom you are in relationship with God is very crucial in living a life of Christ. This book will assist people to identify their true identity in Christ Jesus and to find solutions to their identity crisis.
I was a chronic alcoholic, cocaine, crack, and a chain pot and cigarette smoker. I was hospitalized 3 times for alcohol overdose. I have been fighting this demon for several years. For eleven and half months I was living on the street. I have reached a breaking point when I was put out of shelter and was robbed 2 times at gun point. I have nothing left than the clothe on my back and I cry to God to help me. That was when God sent Sister Grace, Bro. Ola from Winners Chapel and Brother David from Jesus Witness Ministries to help me. I have been clean from Nicotine and alcohol addiction for more than 3 months. Presently, I am working, I have a roof over my head and my wife is coming back to me. May God take all the glory.(Gene Schaefer)
The Apostle Paul Testimony:
“For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do. If, then, I do what I will not to do, I agree with the law that it is good. But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good. For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? I thank God–through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin”. (Roman 7:15-23)
The above testimonies by Apostle Paul and Mr. Schaefer show that to defeat our fleshly desires we need to wage war against our natural inclination to please our flesh. Human body likes the temporary enjoyment of sin. Even though we know that the bodily desires lead to sin and when sin become pregnant, it gives birth to dead. Apostle Paul find himself doing what he hates. Some people hate divorce but they find themselves in a violent and abusive relationship and they have no other options than to divorce if they have the desire to live and to serve their God. Other hate drugs and alcohol and wants to wants to quit but the fear of unknown and hopelessness’ keep them in bondage. The testimony confirm that you have to take the first step in order to break free and before God can assist you with spiritual and secular programs. The good news is, regardless of your past, Jesus Christ and the Angels will be happy to bring you back home as one of God’s children if you repent(Roman 8:1-2).
Holy Ghost fire and the blood of Jesus arise to cast out the spirit of perversion out of my life in the name of Jesus.
Father liberate me from the bondage of drug and alcohol, nicotine and other vises of the devil, in the mighty Name of Jesus. Amen. (Matthew 10:1; Mark 16:17-18)
Father let me know the truth and let your word set me from false religion and demonic attack in mighty Jesus Name.
Solutions To Spiritual Identity Crisis.
God, Jesus and Holy Spirit requires his adopted children and believers to have a form of spiritual identification in order to gain access to his throne of grace. Many of us have what I termed “Spiritual Identity Crisis”. What do I mean? Many of us don’t know who we are in relation to God and how we are related to Jesus, or how the Holy Spirit consider us personally. You need to know yourself. If you don’t know who you are spiritually, Satan and his agents will confuse you as to your sexual and spiritual identity. Knowing oneself in Christ is the beginning of spiritual and material prosperity.
You will remember that during your school days, some of us changed our majors one or two times because we have not come to know ourselves. Many times we don’t know what we want. Not until we solve this spiritual Identity Crisis, we would not be able to gain access to our inheritance or to defend our faith and fulfill our destiny(God’s plan for our lives). Your behavior is motivated by what you believe. Once you embrace your true identity in Christ by trusting what Jesus did for you , and who God says you are and how the Holy Spirit view you personally, your behavior will begin to reflect your new identity. For example, the very day I knew my spiritual identity, my life changed forever. I stopped all the works of the flesh and I started to bear the fruitage of God’s Holy Spirit in my life(Galatia 5:22-23). Some People recognized this and started to call me Pastor. You too can have a good name and title if you know who you are in Christ.
You will do well to ask the following questions.
WHO AM I according to GOD?
WHO AM I according to JESUS?
WHO AM I according to HOLY SPIRIT?
Before you answer the above questions you need to know who you are as a person. You want to know your physical and spiritual makeup. I am happy to inform you that you’re a spirit being that has a soul and live in a material body (dust).
Your Physical Identity.
Your are a SPIRIT, You have a SOUL and you live in a BODY.
Spirit + Soul + Body = One Person.
You can also call mankind “Trinity” because we are made in God’s image.
Apostle Paul Stated, “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”(I Thessalonians 5:23). Jesus said, and do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”(Matthew 10:28) Jesus’ statement in Matthew 10:28 and Apostle Paul’s statement in 1 Thessalonians 5:23 confirmed that humans are made up of Spirit, Soul and Body. And it is possible for man to lose his body in death, without losing his spirit and soul. This knowledge helped me to speak the truth at all times without fear of death, or fear of discipline.
You Are Gods.
God made man in his own Image.
“I said, ‘You are “gods”; you are all sons of the Most High.’ (Psalm 82:6)
So the LORD said to Moses: “See, I have made you as God to Pharaoh, and Aaron your brother shall be your prophet. (Exodus 7:1) Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, “You are gods” ’? If He called them gods, to whom the word of God came (and the Scripture cannot be broken), (John 10:34-35) According to Bishop Oyedepo, and Senior Pastor Dele Gbamgboye, “a Goat always give birth to a baby Goat”. Since I am a child of God and I was made in the likeness of God, therefore, I am a god and I will live like a God.
If you are going to work in dominion over Satan and life’s circumstances, then you must be aware of your identity in Christ Jesus and his redemptive work of salvation. When you know your redemptive rights, when you know your position, power and authority, you will always carry a winning mentality. You know that you are in dominion of your finances, you are in dominion of sickness and disease. You are above the power of demons and witches and wizards. Until you know and have an understanding of who you are by virtue of your new birth, you may still remain in the bondage of Satan, from which Jesus has set you free. If you go for shopping in a supermarket and a person in front of you at the checkout line, have paid for your merchandize without your knowledge, you will pay again. But if you know that he or she has paid for you, you will carry you goods for free without further payment. Similarly, if you have the knowledge that Jesus Christ paid for your poverty, sickness and disease, he paid for your generation cures and you’re healed by his stripes, you will go free without paying again. This knowledge help me to know what to do when Satan wants me to pay again for poverty, sickness and disease. The knowledge help me to speak with authority over lives situation and to behave like God. There is no doubt that people will hate you for declaring who you are in Christ Jesus. But know that Jesus endured persecution when he declared his identity in God(John 10:20).
I am A New Creation:
By virtue of Christ’s redemptive work, you have become a new creation, if you have accepted Him as your Savior and Lord. This new status grants you entrance into God’s class. Because you are born again or a citizen of God’s Kingdom you have become a completely new creation. You are a citizen of Heaven but you are living on Earth. By this you have become accepted to the family of God, the father. God declares you righteous. You have the rights of being a child of God(John 1:12) He comes into you with all His strength, glory and majesty, and makes you strong in Him.
• Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new(2 Corinthians 5:17)
As a God’s son or daughter, you have the rights of inheritance. He gives you his spirit as an adopted son and remove fear away from you. (Roman 8:14-15) You now have a new heart, a new spirit, a new life, and the spirit of faith. You occupy a special place in His hearts.(Ezekiel 36:26) Everything that belong to your Heavenly father is yours and you have the grace of everlasting life, not based on your-self righteousness or hard work of religiosity but by grace of God. Jesus have paid the price at the cross(Ephesians 2:4-9).
You have become one with Christ. You are joined with Him. What you lost in Adam in the beginning, has been restore to you by Christ redemptive work of salvation. You have regain your authority and dominion of every situation in life. God took you out the kingdom of darkness and translate you into the kingdom of his son, of his love. This is a mystery. You are no longer the victim of Satan affliction, oppression and suppression. But this is the truth and it is real.
You Are Seated In Heavenly Places:
If you are born again, or you are a citizen of God’s Kingdom living on Earth, you are now in the Heavenly places, where there is no place for Satan. It’s a place where he has no territory. So you are far above Satan.
• “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus”(Ephesians 2:4-6)
There was a battle in Heaven between Satan and his demons against the (God’s Army General) called the Michael. Michael and his Angels defeated Satan and his demons and they were cast down to the Earth. He lost the ability to go to Heaven and He has no right to prevail in Heaven.(Revelation 12:7-12) That is why God translated you from the kingdom of darkness, which belongs to Satan to the Kingdom of his son, which belongs to Jesus Christ(Colossians 1:13).
Since you are now in the Heavenly places with Jesus, Satan has no right to prevail over you because you are out of his reach. But if you choose to be in the kingdom of darkness, you open yourself to demonic attack.
• Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time.”(Revelation 12:12)
You Are Above All:
Since you are born of God, you have overcome the world. This means you are above sickness and disease, failure, poverty, depression, frustration, miscarriage, barrenness, and others life problems.(1 John 5:4-5)
You need to develop victory mentality in your new nature. God is a winner and does not know failure, you also as a son or daughter of God, you cannot afford to be a looser. (Ps. 82:6) Because you are gods, you carry the winning covenant with God, the father. You have unlimited power to win and there is no limit to what God can do to make you a winner. God will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you.
He said, your enemies will gather against you but they will fall for your sake and no weapon form against you shall have any success. This is the heritage of the sons of God.” (Genesis 12:3; Isaiah 54:15,17)
God will not tolerate your being mistreated by demons and its human agents, witches and wizards. He will do anything to protect you, even if it requires killing your enemies. You become an apple of His eyes. You become an untouchable. Your enemies will drink their own blood and eat their own flesh if they think of hurting you. If that not comforting for you to know that God is your protection?
• For thus says the Lord of hosts: “He sent Me after glory, to the nations which plunder you; for he who touches you touches the apple of His eye. For surely I will shake My hand against them, and they shall become spoil for their servants. Then you will know that the Lord of hosts has sent Me”.(Zachariah 2:8-9 ; Isaiah 49:24-26)
I am the Son/daughter of God.
I am born of God, and the evil one cannot touch me. I have the right to become God’s child because of my faith in Jesus. This entitled me to be joint heirs with Jesus. Knowing that am a joint heirs to God’s throne gives me confidence that my labor is not in vain. I have no fear of Satan and his demons and I am not afraid of what any man can do to me.( John 1:12, 1 John 5:1,18, Romans 8: 14-15, 17) As a son of the most high God, my father is the owner of the world resource and I will lack nothing good. God has a good plan for all his children in the beginning. He made you rulers to dominate all other creatures, such as all the moving animals, the flying creatures and the fishes in the sea. He even put all the natural resources under our feet, such as water, gold and silver, mineral oil and more. This knowledge will help you to know that as a son of God you should never be poor(Proverb 22:4, Job 36:11).
I am God’s Temple and his Spirit lives in me.
Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple. Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies. The best way possible to honor my creator is to take good care of our body. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20 ) This knowledge will help you to start treating your body as a Holy Place. I will not allow alcohol, drugs and nicotine to pollute my body because it is God’s Temple. The temporary enjoyment of sin has no place in my life anymore. Holiness is my portion in the Name of Jesus.(1 Corinthians 3:16-17; 2 Corinthians 6:16-17)
I have been justified (declared righteous).
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, there is no condemnation for those who are putting faith in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. In fact, the Angels are rejoicing in the Heaven because I give my life to Jesus. This gives me a fresh start in life. I have a clean conscience and I am free to approach my father without feeling of being condemned. May God continually give me the grace of obedience and the fear of the Lord, in the name of Jesus.(Romans 8:1-2; Luke 15:7,10)
I am in union with the Lord.
But whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. The Lord and I have become one body just as Jesus and his father have become one. For I am a member of his body. This is why I will not join my body with strange women and I flee from any form of perversions. Praise the Living Jesus.( 2 Corinthians 13:5; 1 Corinthians 6:17 ,1 Corinthians 12:27)
I am a Friend of Jesus.
Jesus said, “I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you”. I trust Jesus as my friend and that he will always be by my side and protect me. I will do everything and anything to earn the trust of my Lord and friend Jesus.(John 15:15).
I am redeemed by Jesus
In him I have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on me. With all wisdom and understanding, he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. This is why I talk with boldness.(Colossians 1:13-14 , Ephesians 1:7-9)
I have been given a free gift of EVERLASTING Life
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit. Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. Thank you father for the gift of everlasting life and for giving me free access to you.(Ephesians 2:8-9, 18-20 , Roman 11:6, John 1:17)
God and Jesus are living with me
Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. (John 14:23) This knowledge helped me to clean my environment because my father and Jesus will not live in a dirty place. I have to be spiritually and physically clean.
God Declared Me Righteous
I am forever free from condemnation. The Angels in Heaven rejoice over my repentance and my adoption as son/daughter. I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent. Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified. Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. (Romans 8:30, 33 NKJV) My past is past and I am a new creation. God is using my new person. I invite you to come to Jesus for salvation and to have a new beginning with Christ. (Luke 15:7; Romans 8:1-2 )
I Dominated My Circumstances
Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” (Genesis 1:26). God created us in His likeness and he made us gods to dominate our circumstances in life and to rule over other creatures he had created. I am dominating sickness, poverty, disease, witches and wizards and all things are under my foot. Why should you be fearful of anything? Never again would I be intimidated by any circumstances in the Mighty Name of Jesus. Amen.
Nothing Will Separate Me from God
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, peril, or sword? Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:35, 37-39)
I have been established, anointed and sealed by God.
Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee. (II Corinthians 1:21-22 ). For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together. (Romans 8:14, 17). Am a joint heirs with Jesus in his heavenly Kingdom. That is why I am free to partake in eating the symbolic body and blood of Jesus. Christ is my life and I am hidden with Christ in God. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. (Colossians 3:3-
I am a citizen of Heaven.
Who is a citizen? A citizen is a native or naturalized member of a nation who owes allegiance to its government and is entitled to its protection. Dr. Myles Monroe define citizenship as “the constitutional rights and privileges bestowed upon an individual, guaranteeing legal status to the individual, which is protected by the laws of the country”. There is no greater honor can be given to an individual than the honor or making him or her a citizen. For example, I have dual citizenship. I was born as a citizen of Nigeria and I became a naturalized citizen of America. I do not know the value of citizenship until I moved to the United States of America. Many people spend close to 20 years before having the privileges of becoming a citizen. Some people have to marry an American citizen regardless of whether they love each other or not or whether they are compatible mate or not. Some aliens work like slave without any rights to medical benefits and equal pay. To become a citizen you have to pledge allegiance to your host country, follow the constitution and pay your taxes at when due. Then you are entitled to have equal rights of protection and other privileges’ that the constitution bestowed on the citizen.
Similarly as a born again Christian, or as a citizen of Heaven you are empowered to access all the rights and the privileges of the Kingdom Government constitution(the Bible). Your citizenship empowers you to call the constitutional privileges and promises. The constitution is more powerful than the citizen, just as the law is more powerful than the judges or lawyers. Citizenship is the most powerful gift a citizen can get from the government. Citizenship is a covenant relationship between a citizen and the host government. For example, human government demand taxes. God demand 10% Tithes with a promise to open the heavenly blessings to bless you and to rebuke devourers for your sake(Malachi 3:10-11)
Just as human government demand obedience to their rules and regulations, God also demand that a citizen of heavenly Kingdom must bear the fruitage of God’s spirit in your daily lives and to obey the law of the earthly government particularly, the laws that are not in conflict with Gods laws.
• But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires, If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit (Galatia 5:22-24).
As a citizen of Heaven living on earth , the holy spirit will give you the gift of the spirit to live above what is common to an earthly man. For example, a citizen of Heavenly Government has the power and the authority to preach the good-news about Christ Kingdom. You have the rights to use Jesus name to cast out demons and to heal the sick. You have the rights to enjoy divine prosperity of good health, peace and security, riches , glory and the grace of everlasting life.(I Corinthian 12:8-11; Mark 16: 17-18 ; Luke 10:19-20)(Prov. 22:4, Exo. 23:25-26)
As human government has law enforcement officers to enforce the laws, God also allow Satan to accuse people whenever they break God’s laws. My personal experience was that I made a vow to God twenty year before, that I would serve him fulltime at age sixty but I forgot completely. When I became age sixty-two, I was laid off from my job and I was wondering why? Then God brought it to my memory about my vow. I knew Satan must have reminded God of my failing to fulfill my vow and God allow Satan to enforce the law. Satan accuse us before our God whenever we sin or miss the mark of perfection. It is in our best interest not to give Satan any legal rights to afflict us in any way(Revelation 12:10).
For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself. (Philippians 3:20-21). For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons/daughter of God. …. and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together. (Romans 8:14, 17) Jesus promised to come back to take home many people who qualify to be a citizen of Heaven. Is there a limit to those who can become a citizen of Heaven?
• But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. (John 1:12; 1John 5:1; Revelation 19:1)
The above quoted Scriptures shows that there is no limit to the number of those who qualify to become God’s children. As a citizen have equal rights and obligations in a country, similarly, all God’s children have equal chances or equal rights to rule in Heaven with Jesus Christ. It is not the business of any person or religion organization to class people to either heaven or earth. God has the ultimate rights to select anyone he chooses to be a joint ruler with his son, Jesus Christ whether in Heaven or on Earth(Acts 1:6-7)
You got the Power NOT Fear.
What is fear?
Fear is a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, whether the threat is real or imagined. Some psychologist described fear as a false expectation appearing real. Fear is the conduit by which Demonic power flows through, whereas Faith is the conduit by which God’s power flow through, noted by Jentezen Franklin. He narrated his experience while traveling on the airplane. He said, immediately after serving lunch, the pilot announced that they are entering a stormy dangerous weather. As the plane was descending and ascending other passengers are crying and shouting , while he was busy eating his launch. He said, even if that will be the end of his physical life, he will not go to God with empty stomach. He was not afraid of death. Coward died before their actual death occur . Thank God the plane landed safely.
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. (II Timothy 1:7 NKJV) This means if the spirit of fear did not come from God. It then implies that fear is a spirit that came from Satan. Pastor Alero described fear as a spirit of insanity. To me fear is a demonic messenger or bait of the devil.
“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” (Romans 8:14-15 NKJV) The spirit of God led God’s children to freedom but the spirit of fear leads people to bondage. You have an option to either choose the spirit of fear that leads to bondage or God’s spirit which leads to freedom. Joshua told the Israelites, “Do not be afraid, nor be dismayed; be strong and be of good courage, for thus the LORD will do to all your enemies against whom you fight.” (Joshua 10:25 NKJV).
No coward can please God. In fact faint-heartedness is a sin to God. That is why God listed coward person among the sexually immoral persons and liars. These sins carried capital punishment of everlasting death. God revealed this to Apostles John, in the book of revelation, those who shall be totally cut-off, when he said, “But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” (Revelation 21:8 NKJV)
No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is from me,” Says the LORD. (Isaiah 54:17 NKJV)
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. (II Timothy 1:7). For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” (Romans 8:15) There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. (I John 4:18) Jesus said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues, they will take up serpents, and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them, they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” (Mark 16:15, 17-18). For the kingdom of God is not in word but in power. (I Corinthians 4:20; 2:4) For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit and in much assurance, as you know what kind of men we were among you for your sake. (I Thessalonians 1:5). There is power in the name of Jesus. I am using this power Jesus gave me to preach the good news and to free people from demonic bondage of fear and falsehood and to heal the sick in the Name of Jesus. For example, a woman was sick with peanut allergy and the voice of Jesus told me to pray for her and within 5 m
The Tormenting Power of Fear
Fear torment the life’s of those who keep it. They have no peace and joy but have pain and sorrow. Jesus said, “People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken”. (Luke 21:26 NIV)
Job acknowledged the negative power of fear when he said, “What I feared has come upon me; what I dreaded has happened to me. I have no peace, no quietness; I have no rest, but only turmoil.” (Job 3:25, 26 NIV) Job lost ten children in a matter of one week because he was afraid of something may happen to his children. Any fear that is holding you hostage and prevent you from realizing your God’s given potentials be cast out in the Mighty Name of JESUS.
Godly Fear bring Blessing
The fear of God is the idea of living in respect, awe, and submission to a deity. The first mention of the fear of God. “Fear the Lord, you his holy people, for those who fear him lack nothing. Proverb 9:10 says, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding”.
The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing”. King Solomon said in Proverb 22:4 that humility and the fear of true God lead to riches, honor and life. That means the only acceptable and profitable fear is the fear of the true God.
Any other fear leads to torment, depression, pain, and sickness. For example, the fear of men leads into a snare. The fear of demons lead to bondage and fear is sinful because it lacks faith. Fear is a demonic messenger. . Therefore be courageous and faithful to the end. God rewards only the fearless.
Jesus sent out invitation to freedom
That was why Jesus sent out an invitation to all sincere truth seekers, when he said, “Come to me, all YOU who are toiling and loaded down, and I will refresh YOU. Take my yoke upon YOU and learn from me, for I am mild-tempered and lowly in heart, and YOU will find refreshment for YOUR souls. For my yoke is kindly and my load is light.”(Matthew 11:28-29)
Jesus further said, “YOU will know the truth, and the truth will set YOU free.”(John 8:32) It is the knowledge of God and your position in God’s arrangement that will give you the power to be free from demonic bondage of fear. Apostle Paul said, “Now Jehovah is the Spirit; and where the spirit of Jehovah is, there is freedom” (2 Corinthian 3:17). He further said, “For such freedom Christ set us free. Therefore stand fast, and do not let yourselves be confined again in a yoke of slavery”.(Galatia 5:1)
Apostle John described fear as the opposite of love when he said, “This is how love has been made perfect with us, that we may have freeness of speech in the day of judgment, because, just as that one is, so are we ourselves in this world.
There is no fear in love, but perfect love throws fear outside, because fear exercises a restraint. Indeed, he that is under fear has not been made perfect in love. As for us, we love, because he first loved us”(1 John 4:17-19). Note that LOVE is the opposite of FEAR not courage. If you have a perfect LOVE for God, fear will be out of your life. You will not be afraid of men, demons and even death.
Humans are created to worship their creator and higher power and God. And God commanded us to congregate with other fellow believers to praise and worship him. How can we fulfill this sacred obligation without been misled?(Hebrew 10:24/25) Jesus answered this question when He said, “Truly I say to YOU men, whatever things YOU may bind on earth will be things bound in heaven, and whatever things YOU may loose on earth will be things loosed in heaven. Again I truly say to YOU, If two of YOU on earth agree concerning anything of importance that they should request, it will take place for them due to my Father in heaven. “For where there are two or three gathered together in my name, there I am in their midst.”(Matthew 18:18-20) During Jesus earthly ministry he attended Jewish Temples and Synagogues, he found that the religion leaders are hypocrite just like religious leaders of today. He then formed a small group of twelve disciples and gave them power to preach about God’s Kingdom in all part of the world.(Matthew 28:19-20) This is where Bible Fellowship was recommended by our Lord and Savior. “For where there are two or three gathered together in my name, there I am in their midst.”(Mathew 18:20)
Prayer for freedom from fear
Father please set me free from bondage of fear of intimidation, fear of excommunication and shunning in the mighty name of Jesus.
Holy Ghost Fire and the blood of Jesus ARISE to destroy all forms of
oppression, suppression and coercion in the Mighty Name of Jesus.
Holy Ghost Fire deliver me from bondage of fear of men, fear of witches, and fear of demons, in the mighty name of Jesus.
Father remove the Fear of men, fear of human organization and the fear of death in the mighty name of Jesus.
Father free your Son or daughter from all bondage of fear that is tormenting his/her life in the mighty name of Jesus.
Holy Ghost Fire and the Blood of Jesus ARISE and destroy depression, torment, and pain in my life in the name of Jesus.
Father empower me with perfect LOVE, Power and Sound Mind in the Mighty Name of Jesus. Praise the living Jesus.
I am saved by Grace
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9 NKJV). And if by grace, then it is no longer of works; otherwise grace is no longer grace. But if it is of works, it is no longer grace; otherwise work is no longer work. (Romans 11:6) Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:16). For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, (Titus 2:11). And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. (John 1:16-17)
I AM SIGNIFICANT
I am the salt and the light of the world. “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. (Matthew 5:13-14). This knowledge helped me to value my reputation among people because I am the salt of the world.
I Bear Witness to Jesus.
Jesus said, the Holy Spirit testified about me and you also will bear witness, because you have been with Me from the beginning. (John 15:27). But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:8). “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. (Matthew 28:19-20 ). In fact I derived my joy from bearing witness to Jesus. I will be miserable without bearing witness to Christ Jesus. Join me @ Jesus Witness Ministries. My joy and prayers is that all people should come to Jesus for Salvation, for healing and deliverance.
The Angels are My Co-Workers
“I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star.” (Revelation 22:16) And I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, “See that you do not do that! I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren who have the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”(Revelation 19:10)
The Angels in Heaven are supporting me to bear witness to Jesus because they too are Jesus Witnesses.
I am a minister of reconciliation.
Yahweh and Jesus have chosen me to be in a reconciliation ministry. Paul made this clear to me when he wrote to the Ephesians Church in Chapter 3:12. Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. (II Corinthians 5:18-19 ). in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him. (Ephesians 3:12)
Holy Spirit Gives Me the Power to Do his Work.
But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:8). With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all (Acts 4:33 NIV). For the kingdom of God is not in word but in power. (I Corinthians 4:20 NKJV). For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit and in much assurance, as you know what kind of men we were among you for your sake. (I Thessalonians 1:5). There is power in the name of Jesus. I am using this power Jesus gave me to preach the good news and to free people from demonic bondage of fear, falsehood, drugs and alcohol addictions and to heal the sick in the Mighty Name of Jesus.
I am a Spiritual Israel.
And as many as walk according to this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God. (Galatians 6:16). Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief corner-stone, (Ephesians 2:19-20 NKJV). For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, (Philippians 3:20). This knowledge has helped me to know that my race or nationality has no bearing in my destiny. I am a citizen of Heaven and I am a joint heirs with Jesus. I know that I am entitled to God’s blessings because I am a product of His grace.
Jesus knew whom he was. He said, I am the son of God. I am the true light. I am the son of Man. I am the vine. I am the door of the sheep. I am the way. I am the truth. I am the life. Jesus was able to conquer the world of Satan because he knew his true identity. Bishop David Abioye said, “If you’re confused about who you’re, Satan will declare you who you are not”. Declaration of your identity is the beginning of restoration of your dignity”. When I know that I am a conqueror, I was able to conquer my enemies. I have dominion over my circumstances because God said so. The day I realized that my father is the owner of world resources, I declare that I will never be poor. The day I know that my spiritual father’s and Jesus don’t wear eye glasses, that was the last time I wore glasses after more than 25 years of wearing glasses.
May Jesus take all the glory.
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Pastor David Olaniyan
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