I heard, “You have overcome the wicked one!”
Yes, Gleanings from The Book to Galatians.
In our last discussion, we looked at the question the apostle asked those desiring to be under The Law;
“Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law, do ye not hear The Law?” Galatians 4:21.
Now, what does The Law actually say?
“For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bond-maid, the other by a free-woman,” Galatians 4:22.
The apostle begins to open up the two covenants by using an allegory. He says Abraham had two Sons, Ishmael and Isaac.
One by a bond-woman — which is Hagar the Egyptian slave — and the other by the free-woman — which is Sarah, the legitimate wife of Abraham.
Now this is what the apostle begins to open up here that,
- They which are of The Law — are slaves.
- They which are of The Grace of God — are free.
No man with a choice will chose slavery instead of freedom. This is why this idea of going back to the works of The Law is of the devil.
No one who is normal, will prefer a life of slavery, but today, men vehemently fight to be slaves. Imagine Isaac, everyday desiring to give away his position as the heir and a legitimate son to the position of Ishmael a slave child!
Ismael, even though Abraham’s son, was a son of a slave woman, having absolutely no part in the inheritance. This is what the enemy wants to rob the Church of — the inheritance.
Then we hear;
“But he who was of the bond-woman was born after the flesh; but he of the free-woman was by promise,” Galatians 4:23.
Observe these, “he who was of the bond-woman was born after the flesh…..”
Born after the natural course of life, he was not born of God. It was the desire of Abraham for a child that brought Ismael, for a time, into the house. He was never God’s original Idea.
That which is born of flesh, is flesh. The Law gives birth to works of the flesh and has nothing to offer, as it pertains spiritual things.
“But he of the free-woman was by promise….”
That which is born of the Spirit is Spirit. There is no connection between the two. Flesh gives birth to flesh, and Spirit gives birth to Spirit.
Isaac was of the free-woman. A child of Promise. A Child of Grace. Why switch your identity to a child of the flesh?
Why give away your Authority to the devil and go back to taking upon yourself, the identity of a slave?
God loves you beyond knowledge. You are a Child of Promise. You are not a slave Child. You were born from above, and whatsoever is born of God, overcomes the world!
You have overcome the beggarly lifestyle of ‘works salvation’.
Do not go back to a life of slavery. You a Child of The Living God. An heir of God.
All things are already yours in Christ. You are born through the blessing of Abraham as a Child of Promise, for you are born of The Spirit. You are not a slave child, but like Isaac, you are a Child of Promise — born of the promised Holy Spirit.
“That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith,” Galatians 3:14.
See you tomorrow….
In an encounter with The LORD, I saw a Child of God who has been fighting many battles with the enemy and going through a lot of trials. I saw that he was now advancing in his spiritual walk.
He had moved forward and was gaining stature and strength in the things of The Spirit. I saw the enemy making new plans to attack with the same temptations.
But just before this, I heard The LORD say, “Not this time! He has already overcome!”
“I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known Him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and The Word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one,” 1 John 2:14.
Then The LORD said, “My Child, the trials are not to kill you, but to make you grow up into Me in all things.
You have stood strong on My Word, which is now dwelling in you richly.
The strength of your life is increased; you are gaining stature with Me. This is the reason for the many battles you face.
I say to you, My Word has grown in you and has prevailed. I AM proud of My Grace in you and have declared My Word to your adversary; “Not this time! He has already overcome!”
And now I say to you, you are strong, My Word abides in you and you have overcome the wicked one.”
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.