Tuesday, December 10th, 2019
By Pastor Chris Oyakhilome
"According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue" (2 Peter 1:3 KJV)
Some Christians still have the Old Testament mentality of trying to get something from God; trying to make His “promises” come to pass in their lives. But to have this kind of consciousness is to be oblivious or completely ignorant of what Christ really came to do. He came as the fulfilment of all of God’s promises, such that there’s not one single promise in the Bible yet to be fulfilled for the Christian.
Once, I asked a group of Christians to mention, if they thought there was any one promise in the Bible for the new creation. Someone mentioned Psalm 37:4 NKJV: “Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.” This is the problem: I said many are living the life of the Old Testament, and they think they’re living the Christian life.
Between the desires of your heart, and CHRIST that He’s already given you, which is greater? What else would you desire of someone who already gave you Himself? Didn’t you also read in 1 Corinthians 3:21 that all things are yours? Understand that all of the “promises” in the Old Testament have been fulfilled and abrogated. They are “old truths.” Think about when a country amends the constitution, and someone is still living by the old provisions; it won’t work that way.
God already gave you Himself, His Kingdom, and everything! When you come into Christ, everything belongs to you; there’s nothing more for Him to give you, for you’re a joint-heir with Him. Therefore, quit the struggle. Enjoy your life in Christ.
We read it in our opening verse that by His divine power, He already gave us (note it’s in past tense) ALL things that pertain to life and godliness; nothing is left out. Stop struggling with your bills. Stop struggling with your health. Choose the life of rest.
“Warring” in prayer for Him to fulfil His promises is an effort in futility. Live the Word, and in the Spirit; you’d discover that everything you could ever want is in the street that He gave you to walk in. Blessed be His Name forever!
"I function in the light of God’s Word, and I’m conscious of the bountiful provisions the Father has made available to me, and I’m enjoying them to the full. Hallelujah!"
FURTHER STUDY 2 Corinthians 1:20; 1 Corinthians 3:21-22 GNB; Colossians 1:26-27
1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN: Revelation 2:18-3:1-6 ; Hosea 3-6;
2 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN: John 19:13-22 ; 2 Chronicles 21-22