I heard, “Don’t be moved by the upturns and the downturns…”
Yes, Gleanings from the Book of Galatians.
Yesterday we saw that zeal is good when channelled towards the good thing, to which the apostle admonished the Churches to be zealously affectionate about the gospel of the grace of Christ even in his absence.
Then we hear;
“My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you,” Galatians 4:19.
My little children; with so much kindness the apostle addresses them.
Now there are things in the above verse worthy of note, “of whom I travail in birth again…”
Observe the word “again” The apostle had laboured before for them through his teachings, prayers, his ministry among them was one he carried out in much infirmity.
He compares his labours for them to a woman in labour. This he had to do “again”
Then we hear; “until Christ be formed in you.”
This is not to say that they were not born again. They were born again. They were new creatures but were not yet formed a perfect man in Christ, they had not yet attained to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.
“Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ,” Ephesians 4:13.
Just like he made a comparison of the heir as long as he is a child (nepios), defers not from a servant. He now looked upon them as unformed foetuses. They were new creatures in Christ but He was not yet formed in them.
By going back to the law, they had gone back to an unformed state, just like an unformed foetus in the womb. He was dissolved in them. Hence, he was labouring to give birth to them one more time.
There is nothing greater in Christianity on this side of life than for Christ to be formed us. This is The true and only labour. The joys and peace and the glory cannot be compared to a thousand trophies.
When you only begin to climb up this road, it feels as though you are actually in heaven.
This should be our target. That we totally become submissive unto to the grace of God, that Christ be formed in us.
That the reality of who he is saturates our entire beings. Where we now wear The LORD Jesus. Our minds transformed to the mind of the son of God in all its aspects.
Where the king reigns in us in all we do. May our hearts be strengthened to lay down our lives and to put on Christ as our life.
See you tomorrow…..
In an encounter with The LORD, I saw a Child of God doing a work. I saw competitors around him. But I saw the grace of God manifesting for this Child of God.
In Holiday seasons the number of his customers did not change as it was with all seasons. His progress was constant through out all seasons as he was steadfast to his work fighting the fears.
Then The LORD led me to;
“Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be but a man’s covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto,” Galatians 3:15.
Then The LORD said, “Go on with your work My Child. Do not be disturbed by the people around you. It is a competition for the place I occupy in your life.
Don’t be moved by the upturns and downturns. My Covenant of Grace is manifesting upon you. It remains unutterable, constant through all generations. No man can add a jot to it nor cancel the blessings therein.”
Blessings in Christ,
~ Pastor Jahfas Victor Ahua
Living Hill Christian Church.
Pastor Jahfas Victor Ahua is the founder and lead pastor of Living Hill Christian Church headquartered in Nigeria, which has a vision to restore the earth with the gospel of God’s grace. Called to be a pastor, he functions in the Healing/ Prophetic/ Teaching/ Music and Writing Ministries. He releases Prophetic Words to encourage the body of Christ on the Church’s blog.