ETERNAL SALVATION – For The Records


From 2015 when we started George’s Diary Blog to this moment, a lot of thoughts has been shared on the subject of eternal salvation, some of the opinions also came from the notes I havee kept from years before 2015 when God started opening my eyes on the subject of salvation. Some of these thoughts may have been improved and made clearer as we grow. Before I heard the word “OSAS”, I already believed that Salvation is eternal. The reason was simple, that was what I understood as salvation from the day it became clear to me. John 3:16 which I started quoting as a little child says

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that WHOSOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM SHALL NOT PERISH, but have ETERNAL LIFE”

First, the criteria for salvation is the belief in the Son sent by God to the world; Jesus. In a nutshell, that is faith! So, salvation is by faith in Christ Jesus. Secondly, the invitation was given to whosoever and the result of believing is that “whosoever” shall not perish but instead have the life of God. I grew up knowing John 3:16 even before I could read comprehension in school. The doctrine of eternal salvation is accurately and vehemently captured in John 3:16

If you’ve followed George’s Diary, you’ll see a consistent use of the word “eternal salvation” other than “once saved always saved”, while you may find traces of the later, we have been much more consistent with using the word “eternal salvation”. The reason is that many people hinge on semantics to discredit us and therefore I prefer to use those things I know are word-for-word in consistent with what the Bible teaches. This doesn’t mean I believe differently from what many others who use the word “OSAS” believe. Another reason is because of some very few personal thoughts that I have kept to myself until there is more light in that area. The only thing I want to achieve with this article is to make my stand on the doctrine of eternal salvation very clear.

This is the same doctrine for which I have been abused by fellow church-folks, the same doctrine for which many severed all ties with me and the same doctrine for which my conviction is too strong that it had to rob me of the wisdom of reaching a compromise to keep some relationships, especially those who believe that once you don’t believe what they believe, you’re an enemy. The religious folks will always play the major role in the persecution of those who stand for the truth and the funny thing is that they won’t know they are persecuting us, they will always see it as though they are fighting for God.

There are few points that capture a large chunk of our stand, here in George’s Diary and other affiliate outfits and ministries on the doctrine of eternal salvation otherwise known as eternal security.

1. WHOSOEVER IS IN CHRIST is a new creature. We became new in our spiritual DNA, our past loosed hold on us which means that our new life is founded on God’s righteousness and not on sin!

“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” – 2 Corinthians 5:17 NLT

2. There is no place for works for the guarantee of salvation. We act as saved because we are saved, we don’t act to be saved. Paul called Galatians foolish for ever thinking they can earn salvation based on works.

“Let me ask you this one question: Did you receive the Holy Spirit by obeying the law of Moses? Of course not! You received the Spirit because you believed the message you heard about Christ. How foolish can you be? After starting your new lives in the Spirit, why are you now trying to become perfect by your own human effort?” – Galatians 3:2‭-‬3 NLT

3. A believer cannot lose his salvation, a believer cannot reject salvation. Anyone who claimed to be a believer and later denounced the faith, he never believed in the first place. When people denounce the faith, it is proof that they never believed the gospel. To believe is without doubt; doubting to the extent of turning back from what was once claimed to have been believed

“These people left our churches, but they never really belonged with us; otherwise they would have stayed with us. When they left, it proved that they did not belong with us.” – 1 John 2:19 NLT

4. A believer doesn’t sin, but even if a believer does sin, we have an advocate who intercedes on the behalf of the believer. The sin of a believer doesn’t nullify salvation. This is the ever-active work of Jesus! Jesus is the atonement for the sins of the entire world.

“My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous. He himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins—and not only our sins but the sins of all the world.” – 1 John 2:1‭-‬2 NLT

5. We rest on the finished works of Jesus, we can’t improve on it or maintain it. If we are in Jesus, we are saved.

“God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.” – Ephesians 2:8‭-‬9 NLT

6. The power of sin has been dealt with. The ability of sin to keep you condemned has been destroyed. You are now subject to God’s grace.

“Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace. Now you are free from your slavery to sin, and you have become slaves to righteous living.” – Romans 6:14‭, ‬18 NLT

7. There is only one unforgivable sin and that is the sin of unbelief. It is unforgivable, not because God is lacking in some degrees of mercy but because total unbelief is the rejection of salvation in its entirety. To deny Jesus is the sin against the Holy Spirit.

“But anyone who denies me here on earth will be denied before God’s angels.  Anyone who speaks against the Son of Man can be forgiven, but anyone who blasphemes the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.” – Luke 12:9‭-‬10 NLT

8. The maturity of the believer is not hinged on dos and donts but on the revelation of God’s word, as it renews our mind. We were not given ministers of the gospel to teach what is sin and what isn’t sin, the essence is for the maturity of the saints.

“This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ. Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth.” – Ephesians 4:13‭-‬14 NLT

9. We produce forth fruit as a result of what God is doing in us. It is God working in us to do good works and show forth our salvation.

“Dear friends, you always followed my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away, it is even more important. Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.” – Philippians 2:12‭-‬13 NLT

10. The believer in Christ shouldn’t be afraid of judgment on any grounds because the believer is saved and eternally secured. Our love grows perfect every day in Christ.

“And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world.” – 1 John 4:17 NLT

11. The Holy Spirit is the seal and guarantees that we are safe in Christ and that God is with us forever.

“The Spirit is God’s guarantee that he will give us the inheritance he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people. He did this so we would praise and glorify him.” – Ephesians 1:14 NLT

The only grounds on which people who question the doctrine of eternal salvation do so is is these questions “are you now saying we should continue sinning? Do you mean that if a Christian dies in fornication that he is not going to hell? Do you mean that when we don’t ask for the forgiveness of our sins that we are still saved?” But to some extents, these questions show our level of maturity, why should a Christian be thinking fornication all the time? Why aren’t they asking “if I was bitter about someone in my heart and suddenly die, am I going to hell?” Why are they only talking about the sins that we deem big?

The reason we keep debating sin is that we think it’s by moral instructions, that we can get men to growth… No, it’s not. Sin shouldn’t be a subject to dwell on, sin has been dealt with and as we grow in the word of God, we become more like God in the body, we continue to wear off the clothes of sin.

It’s either we are covered or we are not covered, its either we are saved or we are not saved. It is either we are sealed or we are not sealed.

When we discuss the gospel here at George’s Diary and other affiliated organisations, especially as regards to salvation, we don’t teach what we simply read in books or hear others, you won’t find us quoting anyone except the Bible because this is the same gospel that saved us when we were lost and confused. What changed us was the good news of God’s grace and his never-ending love. Our convictions stemmed up from the word when we knew nothing and when we knew no man!

We are so assured of our salvation that “making heaven” isn’t a prayers point you’ll ever hear us pray. When I do something wrong and I come to God in the place of prayer, I pour my heart to him and affirm how I didn’t get it right but I am not pleading for forgiveness to get God to forgive me, I am already forgiven even before I sinned, I simply key into that truth in all humility and absolute reverence to God. I also don’t have anything against people asking for forgiveness if that’s the level they operate in but the more you grow the more you understand what Christ has done and the more you stand on it.

When we keep teaching the word, we will discover that there is a change that comes from the word which moral instructions can’t give. If the gospel is God’s power unto salvation, we are rest assured that the gospel will also produce in us the desired fruits of the Spirit. To keep asking if believers will go to hell when they do something wrong is to outrightly say that the word lacks power and isn’t efficacious.

Jesus said “if you love me, keep my commandment” The Bible tells us further that the love of God has been shed abroad in our hearts. It takes love to live for God’s glory and not a list of ten commandments or a persistent announcement and threats of hell. What Jesus asked us to do is to be witnesses for him and not to start marking people for condemnation.

I pray for you today, that as you open up to God and the words of his grace, you are built up and grounded and as you discover your inheritance in Christ, you live more and more for him. May the eyes of your understanding continue to be enlightened in the knowledge of God’s word so that you can be able to do what’s pleasing to God. Amen.

Blessings.

-George O.N-
House of Vasileia

Does God Have The Final Say?


In the part of the world where I come from, we always sing a call and response song that says

“Who has the final say?
Jehovah has the final say…”

I believe in the sovereignty of God, I believe that God can do what he pleases and no one can question him about it, I believe that God can do all things all by himself! But I also believe, with regards to what the scriptures teach, that in God’s sovereignty, he has chosen to work closely with man in establishing his agenda on earth. In his sovereignty, he has chosen to leave us with an opportunity to make choices. Talking to the Israelites, Joshua said to them

“Choose today who you will serve. For me and my family, we will serve the Lord.”

As much as God had chosen the people of Israel, as much as God brought them out of Egypt to worship and serve his agenda, God still left them with the choice of choosing him or not. God’s say wasn’t final in their individual lives. I haven’t come to refute the sovereignty of God, I have come to show us how God uses his sovereignty. When God gives us an option but also show us the option he wants us to take, it means that God has seen the consequences of our wrong decisions and want us to decide rightly for ourselves. Choice is one gift God gave to man, he isn’t forcing the man to obey him, he gave us free will so that we can freely follow!

In this regard, you have the final say! God has already given his word and his word became a person, Jesus Christ, in whom we find rest. However, not everyone is saved because not everyone has accepted Jesus. You begin to implement God’s word and his judgement the moment you say “yes” to his word. Until you accept his word for your life, it may not become yours and the consequences of rejecting his word are yours to bear. The Bible says in John 3:16

“…Whosoever believes shall not perish.”

To say yes to God’s word means to stay in active compliance with his word. God told Abraham to go to a land that will be shown to Him. God didn’t force Abraham to a land, he just instructed Abraham to go to the land that will be shown to him and Abraham obeyed. He said yes by being in active compliance with God’s word and he fulfilled the purpose God designed for him. Had Abraham refused? God would use someone else and Abraham would bear the consequences of disobedience. Sometimes, it is not like God is punishing us for disobeying him, we simply walk into danger by ourselves when we refuse to obey.

For example, God’s word instructs that we flee all forms of sexual immorality. Committing immorality may not make God punish you but the emotional hurt that comes after break up is something you walked into by yourself, the diseases or unwanted pregnancies that may arise as a result isn’t a punishment from God but a danger you walked into! When you forsake the bridge and drive straight into the river, you will drown!

God brought salvation to the entire world through Jesus but some aren’t saved yet even though this salvation has been given. Until they say yes to God’s gift, it is not theirs. When a young man proposes to his girlfriend with a ring and the woman don’t accept the ring, the engagement hasn’t happened in the first place but the man has proposed. Believing is both vocal and active. The Bible says in Romans 10:10

“For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved”

We are justified in God’s sight just by accepting the gift of life that God has offered us. We begin to implement this salvation by becoming vocal about it! It is your acceptance of God’s salvation that makes it yours. Everything God has to say has been said in Jesus and it is now left for you to accept it and make it your confession! What are you saying today? What are your confessions today? Are you confessing a doctor’s report or God’s report? Are you confessing fear or hope? You’ve got the final say and what you see is what you say, what you say is what you get. Are you seeing fear or are you looking unto Jesus?

I admit you cannot stop God, your disagreement of his words cannot stop him from doing what he wants to do but it can stop you from benefitting from it. Until your mind is renewed, until there is a mentality shift from fate to faith, until you key into God’s life-changing words and plan for your life, you may never attain to that height God showed you that you will attain to.

You don’t just believe it in your heart, you also confess it with your mouth! You come to an agreement with God’s word and start allowing it to take form in you! When you confess God’s word over time, you’re letting it have a form in you, you are letting Christ have a formation in your character. This is what confession and the vocation of same do!

Now, you have a say! What are you saying?

Blessings

PERFECT SALVATION


The salvation that comes from God is perfect, it is complete and it is purely genuine. Jesus didn’t die on the cross to make forgiveness easy for God, he didn’t die on the cross to give us merely a second chance to get things right, he got it right on our behalf and we were credited with his own track record. Forgiveness of sin is no longer our pursuit for God has forgiven all sins right there on the cross.

It will be a joke if the death of Jesus didn’t cure the sin problem. The death of Jesus on the cross finished the battle, it ended the issues separating us from God and united us with God. Sin is no longer the problem, it has been dealt with on the cross, it cannot and will never take a believer to hell.

This sounds controversial to a moralist but this is the basics, a kindergarten course point in Christianity. This is why Christianity and moralism cannot run through the same pipe! As beautiful as moral instruction is, Jesus didn’t come for moral instructions, many people are doing great jobs already when it comes to morals. You don’t have to be a Christian to be moral, some unbelievers are very much more moral than many other believers. Being moral is not the same as being a Christian.

Being a Christian means accepting Jesus and his finished works. It means admitting that we have been saved from sin on the record of Christ! It means we have been discharged and acquitted, we have been declared holy and pure not based on our own efforts but based on what Christ has done! The Bible says

“God has united you with Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made him be wisdom itself. Christ made us right with God; he made us pure and holy, and he freed us from sin.” – 1 Corinthians 1:30 NLT

Look carefully at the above verse, consider the tenses closely and we see that it is all in the past! God is not going to unite us with Christ, he has already done that! God isn’t promising to make Jesus be wisdom for our benefit, he already did that! Christ is not trying to make us pure and holy,  he already made us pure and holy! He isn’t promising that on the last day, he will free us from sin if we are able to come to the end without breaking the rules, he already freed us from sin! This is the new thing that God promised us to do and he has fulfilled that promise!

Jesus paid for sin once and for all! The Bible says

“When he died, he died once to break the power of sin. But now that he lives, he lives for the glory of God. So you also should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus.” – Romans 6:10‭-‬11 NLT

Jesus is not trying to break the power of sin, he already broke it! Now, we are no longer living to sin, we are dead to the power of sin, we don’t exist to sin anymore, we are now alive to God through Christ who is our life! The death of Jesus dealt permanently with sin! The Bible says

“For by that one offering he forever made perfect those who are being made holy.” – Hebrews 10:14 NLT

The salvation of God is perfect, we are perfect even as we are being made holy! Isn’t it something to shout about? Holiness is not a pursuit, we are holy already. Because Jesus paid for our sins once and for all, sin will no longer exercise dominion over us. No believer can be condemned by sin and for sin because the offering of Jesus covers it! One might ask “does this mean we go on sinning?” But there is no “continuing in sin” for the believer because we aren’t in sin in the first place,  we were delivered from sin and we are new creatures in Christ Jesus, how then can one say that we are continuing in sin?

When the Bible says SIN SHALL NO LONGER HAVE DOMINION! Do you know what it means? It means that sin has no power over the believer! Any believer who still gets scared at the mention of “hell” didn’t hear the true gospel. We don’t exist to sin anymore and only unbelief is the basis by which people are condemned. They aren’t being condemned because Christ isn’t willing to forgive them, they are the ones walking into condemnation by themselves. This is what the Bible says

“There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son.” – John 3:18 NLT

Pay attention to the words, read carefully and slowly. THERE IS NO JUDGMENT against the believer in Christ Jesus because God has already passed his judgement! This is his judgement “anyone who believes will not perish but anyone who doesn’t believe is already condemned!” (John 3:16).

We aren’t waiting for deliverance to come, we are already delivered! The Bible says

“…for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.” – 1 Peter 2:9 NLT

He already called us out of the darkness and we harkened to that call by believing in Jesus who is the price for our sins. This is not what will happen, it has happened! THE BELIEVER IN CHRIST IS SAVED! It calls for thanksgiving, it calls for responsibility but it doesn’t call for maintaining salvation. The salvation that comes from Jesus is not faulty that it needs some kind of maintenance. You aren’t the one trying to hold yourself, you belong to God now and he is holding you! The Bible says

“I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me,  for my Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else. No one can snatch them from the Father’s hand.” – John 10:28‭-‬29 NLT

Jesus didn’t say “I will give them…” But “I give them…” He is our unrestrained supply of life, he is life! No one can take us away from God’s grip the moment we come to Jesus, nothing can separate us from the love of the father because God is mighty to save to the uttermost! This is how perfect salvation is. For the religious mind, this sounds untrue because they can’t believe how it is possible for one to be saved easily! Well, this is what the word of God says and I chose to believe it.

Just like a man is united with his wife, God is united with us in Christ Jesus! We have become one with him on the basis of what Christ has done. And just like a loving mother holds on to her child no matter what he does, God is holding on to us!

If you couldn’t get yourself saved from sin, is it salvation that you can maintain? When police save you from armed robbers, it may not be perfect. This is not the kind of salvation man gives, it is salvation from God… Perfect salvation!

If you are finding it difficult to understand or believe, I pray that the eyes of your understanding be enlightened to see the inheritance you have in Christ according to his riches in glory. As you stay in the place of the word, it will get clearer every day.

Blessings!

SALVATION IS ENOUGH DELIVERANCE


Whenever you enter poor religious communities, the devil feature so much in many of their discussions as they believe the devil is instrumental to their poverty, they talk about him in their teachings, prayers and everyday life. They would even credit the devil for things as common as sleep paralysis. But is Christianity a war between light and darkness? No, Christianity is salvation from darkness, it is victory over the world and the indwelling of the Spirit of God in man. The Bible says

“But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.” – 1 Peter 2:9 NLT

CHRISTIANITY IS VICTORY NOT BATTLES

Christianity is the take over of man by God through Christ Jesus. Christianity is the result of God’s proposal of marriage to the man. To see Christianity as a war between light and darkness is to reduce the efficacy of what Jesus has done in our minds. Christianity is rather a victory over darkness!

Christianity is all about receiving what Jesus has done and walking in the reality of it. The Bible tells us that Jesus made a public show of the enemy! The Bible says concerning this

“In this way, he disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross.” – Colossians 2:15 NLT

DEVIL WAS DEFEATED, PAST TENSE!

The enemy was humiliated on the cross and he was strip off his powers! Unfortunately, we create strong roles and put the devil into a space too big for him. Why believe that the devil is holding your destiny? Is your destiny too light weighted for the devil to carry? Just in case you have forgotten, the Bible says you were bought with a price and the life you live now doesn’t belong to you but God! It wasn’t just any price but a high price! God placed a value as high as the value of Himself on you.

“For God bought you with a high price. So you must honour God with your body.” – 1 Corinthians 6:20 NLT

What does this mean? It means your purpose has God in the equation and when God is the designer and orchestrator of your purpose, the devil cannot be a match! Why credit the devil with what is within your powers? You are the one who can stop yourself and not the devil. God said

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” – Jeremiah 29:11 NLT

YOU BELONG TO GOD, PRESENT CONTINUOS!

God didn’t just have plans for you, he knew the plans he had! He knew the audacious ability of his plans, it wasn’t a trial and error but a precise plan! The fulfilment of God’s plan is Jesus! Salvation has always been God’s plan for man! The devil couldn’t alter God’s plan, and he can’t alter the effectiveness of this plan in your life.

You are the one who can alter God’s plans for your life! Yes, God has plans for your life and not even your mistakes can alter it because He saw those mistakes while writing your script! The problem lies in your willingness to submit and walk with Him even in your weakness! The challenge isn’t the devil, he has been defeated, the challenge is you because you are the only one that can feed your mind! What you feed your mind is what it becomes.

Jesus didn’t defeat the devil to some extent and then left us with the rest of the battle. The defeat was complete and perfect, we were left with a finished devil. As a kid, I loved the movie “mortal combat”, especially the last where the voice would say “finish him!” Jesus finished the devil and left us with a defeated devil.

STICK TO THE WORD

We were never asked to engage satan in prayers. We were asked to resist him, how? The Bible says

“So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” – James 4:7 NLT

Humbling ourselves before God is how to resist the devil, resisting the devil doesn’t mean staging him in a midnight-fight, it means humbling ourselves before God. To be humble before God means to accept that we weren’t good on our own, that our goodness and victory is found in Him. It means to accept what His word has said concerning us.

By holding on to the word of God, all our victories are exercised. The Apostles never engaged in such prayers that we know today as “spiritual warfare”, spiritual warfare is not a prayer. We should follow Christianity modelled by Jesus and the Apostles. Yes, they cast demons away from sick unbelievers but we never saw such case when it comes to believers. We have been saved from darkness into God’s marvellous light. So many things we do in the name of warfare is not consistent with the written word of God. The Bible says

“Don’t you realize that all of you together are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God lives in you?” – 1 Corinthians 3:16 NLT

THE SPIRIT OF GOD LIVES IN YOU!

The Spirit of God lives in you and therefore the devil can’t be in you at the same time! God’s Spirit isn’t planning to go on vacation, it is not in His ability to leave a believer. God is bound by His own words which assured us that He will never leave us nor forsake us.

It is an error therefore as a believer, to start seeking deliverance from demons. Demons can’t possess a believer and God can’t share your body demons, they can’t cohabit. Wherever God’s presence is, the enemy gives way. Unfortunately, some people don’t know this! No wonder Paul started with “do you realize?”

We always give credit to the devil for even the things he has no power to do. What so many of us seek deliverance from is what government policies caused, some are what our unhealthy decisions caused. The word salvation is gotten from the Greek word “Sozo” and “Soteria” which also means “salvation, deliverance, liberty”.

SALVATION IS DELIVERANCE

Salvation is deliverance and when we are saved, we need to keep growing in the knowledge of the word so that we can’t give in to the deceptions of the devil. It is by the knowledge that we resist the devil! This is why the Bible recommends

“…let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” – Romans 12:2 NLT

SPIRITUAL WARFARE IS NOT A PRAYER

Spiritual warfare is a mindset and not prayer! When you start thinking right and in the direction of the victory you have, you are learning to know and walk in God’s will for you! Your mind is what needs changing. Transformation can only happen when one has a change of mindset and not by praying against the devil every midnight.

The devil only tries to gets to our mind through our thoughts, but when we give every space to God’s word, the devil has no place. One of the deceptions of the devil is making believers think “they need deliverance” when they are delivered already. Only ignorant people will start discussing the devil in the face of challenges. However, if you have been saved, you have been delivered. The Bible says

“Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armour so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle, you will still be standing firm.” – Ephesians 6:13 NLT

How do we put on this armour? What does the whole armour mean? Watch out for “THE ARMOR” for more understanding.

Blessings!

STRENGTHENED BY GOD’S GRACE


There are days we get so weak during hectic tasks and we may have to depend on energy drinks and some intakes of sugar to stay strong. There are men who consider themselves weak and they depend on paracetamol, tramadol or other substances for strength. Strength is such a thing that everyone desire! If there was a way to get strengthened without any side effects people would never be weak.

It’s not just a physical thing! A lot of people desire to be strong emotionally and spiritually. The same way we seek substances to help us stay strong when we are weak, many of us always seek ways to stay emotionally strong. Unfortunately, those who often brag about being strong emotionally and put up a strict and reserved personality are the ones who are very soft and emotionally weak. They are scared of getting hurt, scared of being left alone and scared of exposing their vulnerability. They only put up some attitude as a defence mechanism.

When we are weak we can not do much, we cannot fight and we cannot win. Weakness doesn’t guarantee victory anywhere, it’s not a virtue and it isn’t anything to be desired. But guess what? At one point or another, we will always experience weakness, we may not be strong all the time! The most cultured and moral person will still get to that point where they entertain certain thoughts. It is such a problem that we employ more strength in our ability to stay strong, we exhaust even the strength that we have as we seek strength.

Aside from how we pursue physical, financial and emotional strength, we also pursue spiritual strength. Some do this by depending on religion, some do it by joining certain mystic cults, some do it by reading horoscope, some do it by avoiding religion at all simply because they made an effort to seek strength there and it failed them. Atheism is another kind of spirituality, we can’t do away with the spiritual. Whether we realize this or not, nobody can entirely do away with spirituality. If we reject every known religion and spirituality that we know, there are forms of spiritual things we engage ourselves in without even knowing it.

Man is a spirit with a soul and body! God understands our weaknesses, he understands the frustration involved in seeking for strength, it’s like a hungry man exhausting the little money he has on a bet, a bet that isn’t sure! The frustration is intense. God offered us a way to escape this spiritual frustration, it makes us free of worry, it sets us free entirely from pursuing spiritual strength. Isaiah wrote in 40:29 of his book

“He gives strength to the weary, And to him who has no might He increases power.”

This has been God’s tradition since the beginning, he looks out for the weak people and offers them strength! He offers us spiritual strength and it shouldn’t be part of our struggles anymore. We may be struggling to make money, we may be struggling to deal with a breakup but our real personality which is the Spirit is strong! The problem has always been man’s rejection of God’s offer. Some reject God’s offer of strength in ignorance, they think it is just another religion, they think it’s another way that isn’t trustworthy.

God gives strength to the weak, this is spiritual strength but when the weak rejects this strength, how then can God empower them? God didn’t provide us with what to be sought for, we have no efforts to add any more, we have nothing to do any more than accept the strength he has offered us. We have believed that being morally sound and perfect in character will increase our spiritual strength but God has given us strength in a way that our character isn’t a problem anymore. With that strength, we can then live better. We become moral not as a pursuit of spiritual strength and favour but as an expression of the strength we have. The demand to live right as a believer isn’t in the sense some religious people seek it. It is like mounting a solar system and still not using electricity during sunshine! If the sun is shining, our lights should be shining. Paul wrote

“Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfil his good purpose.” – Philippians 2:12‭-‬13 NIV

We work, not in pursuit of salvation but as a reflection of what God is doing in us. We are not like the religious people who do all manner of rituals and charity in pursuit of salvation. We work as an expression of what God is already doing in us.

God ended religion in Jesus, the demands and the burdens of the law were fulfilled in Jesus. The man had been burdened with so many demands, the demands placed on man is above the little strength he has. And what did God do? He gifted us his own life that we might seek spiritual strength no more and just live the life he has given us. Why still go to the mountain to pray for seven days in pursuit of power? Why fast for twenty days just because we seek the anointing of Jesus? Why stay awake every night fighting a spiritual battle that was won already? Why the stress over what isn’t a problem again? Concerning our freedom, Jesus said

“I have told you this so that you will have peace by being united to me. The world will make you suffer. But be brave! I have defeated the world!”
– John 16:33 GNB

It is by being united with Jesus that we experience untold peace and rest from all the struggles. It is the suffering of religion and the world that Jesus set us free from, this was some in spiritual strength in the sense that even if the world rejects us in the body, we’re victorious in the Spirit!

It is on the release of God’s strength that we find a standing, religion will not offer us this freedom. No matter the sacrifices and duration of prayers that we pray every day, nothing compares to the freedom God has given us through Jesus. Instead of pursuing the anointing of Jesus, we should take heed to what John wrote

“As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit—just as it has taught you, remain in him.”
– 1 John 2:27 NIV

We have received the anointing and it remains in us, we need no one to teach us otherwise other than what God’s anointing in us is teaching us. We don’t have to pursue it anymore, we don’t increase in anointing, we have all of it. The anointing means God’s presence and we have all of him!

Are you still pursuing spiritual strength? Why not accept the offering of God and be free from all worries? Is it the worry of hell or the worry of being accepted? We have been set free from all of them and therefore we don’t pursue it anymore, we simply live God’s life and enjoy his presence.

While we may struggle to get over a breakup, a financial constraint or fatigue in the working hours, we have been relieved of struggling or pursuing spiritual strength. We simply receive the strength God has offered us, we grow in it every day and we express that life of God in us. Isn’t this freedom?

Blessings!