I heard, “Everything that was once Barren will now Overflow.”
The greatness of God is surfacing, even as we are in the midst of entwined circumstances.
It is pivotal to hold on to what you first heard, or felt you were led to do by The LORD, as it is key to crossing over the overwhelming waters.
Yes, we have been looking at Spiritual Growth from a humble perspective.
Growing into maturity in Christendom is actually different from what happens secularly. Here in The Kingdom, instead of becoming stronger in ourselves, we are daily becoming more aware of our weaknesses.
But as we lean unto The LORD, we are rather becoming stronger IN The LORD and not in ourselves.
We just keep loosing our self righteousness daily as we go on to be found only in Christ. When we loose ourselves another self surface which is the resurrected life of Jesus.
Paul was not the sharpest knife in the drawer, but he was used more than all the Apostles because Grace made available this Revelation to him.
Paul wanted the resurrected life of Jesus to be made manifest in his mortal flesh, but he understood that he was in the way.
He must grow up to a level of giving way for that life, by putting off trying to become something in himself, from trying to attain something in himself to laying hold on resurrection life.
Now look at his statement;
“But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,” Philippians 3:7-8.
Observe the carefully this statement “I count all things but loss”. He does not say I count some things but all things.
Everything thing that was to his gain, he counted but dung. He actually had to suffer the loss of all things — to win Christ.
He was no longer trying to be righteous in himself, he was not trying to gain anything to his credit.
He counted everything about him, what he can do for himself entirely as dung. This is real death, this is the road to maturity.
And then he ran to lay hold on the life of Christ. He left every desire of anything to his benefit that he may win Christ.
Oh there is a man I have read about whom God used mightily in his day, this man found the secret of growing into nothingness.
The man Charles H Spurgeon, if a man was greatly used in his day it was him. Thousands kept coming to Christ through his preaching.
He is the only one with the title The Prince Of Preachers. Even after his death, he has been so relevant and greatly honoured up to date. He knew the secret. He always saw himself as the worst of sinners. Look at this marvelous quote from Spurgeon;
“If any man thinks ill of you, do not be angry with him; for you are worse than he thinks you to be…” — C. H. Spurgeon 1834 – 1892
This is was the secret of Paul and this is the secret to be used mightily of God. This is my desire, this is my heart cry. That I become all the more nothing in all my imaginations, that I may win Christ.
Now the following verse says;
“And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith,” Philippians 3:9.
Observe carefully the first sentence “And be found in him”, an emptying of his trophies to be found in Christ. Then the next part says “not having my own righteousness” this is where I missed it at my early Christian life.
I thought maturity is growing up to be more righteous in yourself.
But Paul says no, I do not want to be righteous in myself . I don’t want to have my own righteousness which comes by working under the law to become perfect, but I am going forth by faith to lay hold on the righteousness that comes by faith in Christ.
This may seem illogical, instead of trying to gain, you loose to gain. You see yourself for who you really are, a complete dung outside of Christ, totally unprofitable, but then you forth by faith and lay hold on his resurrected life as your own.
We will look up the next verses tomorrow….
In an encounter with The LORD I heard, “Life to barrenness.”
I was led to:
“Behold, the days are coming,” says The LORD, “When the plowman shall overtake the one who gathers the harvest, And the one who treads the grapes [shall overtake] him who sows the seed [for the harvest continues until planting time]; When the mountains will drip sweet wine And all the hills shall melt [that is, everything that was once barren will overflow with streams of blessing].” Amos 9:13 AMP
Then The LORD said, “It is time! Now the Harvest is overtaking the plowman.
You have now entered the continuous flow of My Provision. Everything that was once barren will now overflow with streams of My Blessing.”
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.