I heard, “Fight from Victory!”
Yes, Gleanings from the Book of Galatians.
We saw from our last discussion, that Hagar and her son were cast out and were never to be admitted into the inheritance meant for Isaac, the child of promise.
Which things are a typology of The Covenant of The Law and its works, which have been cancelled and taken out of the way, never to have a part in he inheritance of The Covenant of Grace.
The next Chapter opens up something wonderful to behold. It says;
“Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage,” Galatians 5:1.
Now Observe carefully, in the above verse, the word “therefore”.
It is used as an inference drawn or a conclusion drawn from the previous discussion. The previous chapter declared the verdict of God for Abraham to cast out The Law and its works because of it’s unprofitableness in the Covenant of Grace.
Then we hear in this verse,” Stand fast therefore in the Liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free…”
Beloved, it is not a sin to be free. To many today, when we preach about the freedom we have in Christ, it is as though, it is a sin to be free.
The truth is that, because of the way the enemy has fought the freedom we have in Christ; a freedom from Satan, the bondage of the curse and condemnation of The Law, from sin, and from eternal death, it is often difficult for the average Christian to actually live with the Blood Cleansed Conscience.
The language in the verse above, indicates that we must contend for this freedom, if we must enjoy it.
“Stand fast!” we hear…. This is why most of the fathers of faith fought, laying down their lives for us to have an unadulterated, highest heart desire fulfilled Christian experience here on this side of life. They fought for a purified religion, where Christ is the liberty of all Christians.
If the Church today will keenly look back at what Martin Luther fought for, you will see that a lot of our pulpits are far into spiritual adultery.
Most of our Christian fathers fought and died for the course of freedom in Christ.
If you go back to studying Church history, some were burned to the stakes by the Church for fighting to restore The Gospel of The Free Grace of Christ, back to the pulpits.
You must make a decision to contend for the faith, which was once delivered to the saints.
The freedom of the Christian is not licentiousness, neither is it lasciviousness, but it is the deliverance from the bondage of sin, the curse of The Law, from guilt and condemnation.
It is an alienation from eternal death, into the unmerited, unearned, unconditional and invaluable blessings of The Christ.
Then we hear, “and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage…”
Imagine the hard labour an oxen does as it carries heavy yokes on its back. This is what it means to go back to the bondage of trying to please God by The Works of The Law. Trying to win God’s favour by merits.
The word ‘bondage’ above is vast in meaning, when you fall back into this bondage, you fall back under the authority of Satan, the curse of The Law, sin, guilt and condemnation.
You make your self a prey to these things by rejecting your position as a child of promise, a child of God qualified by birth, born with the rights to rule as an heir of all things in Christ.
Dear beloved, you must stand fast! Anywhere you turn today, there are voices of discouragement fueled by the enemy, as it has always been.
There is no promise from The Word of God, that all Christians will enjoy this rest on this side of life. It clearly says some will not enter by reason of unbelief.
Those who enter, will enter by ferocious warfare. There is a conscious labouring involved. This is why we are told;
“Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief,” Hebrews 4:11.
Stand fast in your liberty in Christ, God has already blessed you with invaluable blessings. It does not matter what the enemy is pulling around, keep standing strong and declaring your freedom in Christ. Weeping may endure for a night, but your joy comes in the morning.
See you tomorrow….
In an encounter with The LORD, I saw a child of God, who has been in warfare, contending with the enemy in his assignment for some time now.
At the time I saw this, he had gained ascendancy in the things of The Spirit, and had risen high in the exercise of his authority over the enemy in his territory.
I saw the enemy show up and was looking for a way to put up a fight.
But at this time, I saw that this child of God was feeling deep within himself, that he had already overcome, and would not fight as before, but I saw him run off to the hills, declaring his victory with Joy.
I was led to:
“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world,” John 16:33.
“Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid,” Matthew 5:14.
“Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world,” 1 John 4:4.
Then The LORD said, “My beloved Child, I see the contentions you have faced. You have had tribulations, troubles that have made the faith of others to failed them.
But you have stood strong, gaining ascendancy in the exercise of your authority in me. Now, be joyful My Child, I have already given you the victory.
I see you putting up a new weapon of warfare, fighting from the top, right on top of the hill, for you a city set upon the hill that cannot be hidden. You will not be thrown down, for I have already overcome the world.
Fight from victory with the joy of your Father, for you are born of Me, and have overcome the world!”
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.