SPIRITUAL DEATH

SPIRITUAL DEATH

“And the LORD God took the man and put him into the Garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die”. Genesis 2:15-17

In my previous post, I AMBORN AGAIN II, I dealt with the sin of Adam: Treason, which resulted in spiritual death. You may revert to that post if you have not already read it. In this post, I shall be dealing with an aspect of spiritual death in the hope that it will spark up a hunger in you to search for truth from the bible. You shall know the truth and it shall make you free.

In scrutinizing the opening Scripture, two things are worth noting: in the day and then surely die. God made it so clear to Adam that on the very day he eats from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, he will surely die.

Interestingly, the deceiver told the woman, “… Ye shall not surely die” Genesis 3:4

Satan is a deceiver. There are several ways he employs his deceptive moves. He uses lies and even truth. He lies to deceive his victims and even when he seems to be speaking the truth, he does it in unrighteousness “… who hold the truth in unrighteousness” Romans 1:18

DID ADAM SURELY DIE THE DAY HE EAT FROM THAT TREE?

Yes! They surely died but physically walking about. That very moment, they changed. They were not again as they were before eating from that tree. What happened to them on that very day gives us a clue to what God meant when He warned them about surely dying.

GOD MEANT SPIRITUAL DEATH, AND ADAM WAS FULLY AWARE!

Spiritual death or to be spiritually dead does not mean your spirit is out of you. A spiritually dead person is still a spirit having a soul and dwelling in a body. It means that something strange has occurred in one’s spirit. Something foreign has replaced an original component within the human spirit. Man’s spirit was originally empowered or given energy from God Himself. Spiritually dead therefore means that man’s spirit has disconnected from God and has been connected to the devil. Spiritual death is also Satan’s nature that is imparted into the spirit of man.

Adam doubted God. He questioned the genuineness of the Creator’s love and care for them. All these were as a result of the conversations they started holding with the deceiver. He presented a strange and foreign ‘good news’ to them.

“Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death or of obedience unto righteousness?” Romans 6:16

When Adam disobeyed God to obey Satan, he knew he was signing onto a trans-generational slavery contract on behalf of the entire human race. So on the day, Adam died spiritually, the whole human race yet unborn also died spiritually.

 “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned” Romans 5:12

Can you notice that? Through one person’s sin, death, sure death or spiritual death was imparted unto all.

“Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.” Romans 5:14

This spiritual death, Satan’s nature ruled and exercised full dominion over everyone without necessarily committing Adam’s sin. Each human being was born with Satan’s nature: spiritual death. This is why every human being must be born again

“Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; and deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.” Hebrews 2:14-15

WHAT HAPPENED ON THAT VERY DAY

The man became a partaker of satanic nature

Man’s eyes were opened

They saw that they were naked

They became fearful of the presence of God

They activated the ageing genes

Put into motion physical death

In conclusion, when man sinned against God, HE DIED SPIRITUALLY. Man acquired a new nature, Satan’s nature.

The only cure for this condition is to acquire a new nature through the new birth. When Jesus said you must be born again, he was laying to bare the most authentic solution to man’s predicament.

Are you born again? Do you want to be born again to get rid of your condition of spiritual death?

Please pray this prayer out now:

‘Lord Jesus, I come to you today. I am a sinner, I cannot help myself. Forgive me of my sins. Cleanse me with your precious blood. Deliver me from sin and Satan, to serve the living God. Today, Lord Jesus, I accept you as my Lord and my Saviour. Thank you for saving me! Now I know, I am born again!’

 If you have prayed this prayer in faith, you are born again, saved, a child of God.

John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he the power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name

1John 3:1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.

Romans 10:9-10 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart, man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth, confession is made unto salvation.

Acts 16:31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

If you will spend the rest of your days listening and speaking with him by studying the Bible and praying, then your friendship with Christ shall become permanent and intimate.

Let me also encourage you to start reading the bible for yourself. Start by patiently reading the 21 chapters Gospel of John.

Kindly let me know if this the all-important decision you have made to be born again by emailing me at abekahj007@gmail.com

Thank you also for reading and commenting on my previous posts, it gives me great encouragement. Kindly add your name to the comment so I can know. God bless you.

 

I AM BORN AGAIN II

I AM BORN AGAIN II

In Part I of this series I AM BORN AGAIN I, we look at what it really means to be born again. Kindly go back to that post if you have not read it already. To be born again is to be born the second time. The first birth is by our biological parents into this physical world. The second birth is by God Himself into His kingdom. It means entering into a vibrant and personal relationship and fellowship with the Father God through Jesus Christ.

WHY MUST YOU BE BORN AGAIN?

John 3:1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: 2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. 3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.  4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born? 5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

When Jesus spoke to Nicodemus about his need to be born again, He was actually saying that to the human race (Mark 13:37). Who was Nicodemus? He was

1. A man; a human being

2. A Pharisee; exclusively religious

3. Nicodemus; victorious among his people

4. A ruler; a first (in rank or power)

5. Jew; Judaean, i.e. belonging to Jehudah:--Jew (-ess), of Judaea.

It is really surprising to tell such a ‘nice’ person as Nicodemus to be born again. Nicodemus was the standard of his people, he was the ideal man. The meaning of his name: ‘victorious among his people’, summed it all up. And yet Jesus looked beyond all these niceties and tells him not to marvel or not to be shocked or surprised that all his credentials do not still measure up to what God looks for from us. No human can be good enough to enter the kingdom of God. Except you are born again, you cannot see or entre into the kingdom of God.

Why should born again only be the ultimate requirement for seeing and entering into the kingdom of God. There is a reason for that.

ADAM

After everything God intended to create had been created, the man was brought on the scene. Adam, in the very image and likeness of God, had the powers of God to exercise on earth, but more importantly, he possessed the authority of the heavenly kingdom to rule in the earthly realm. In carrying out his assignment, the only caution Adam received was not to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil:

Genesis 2:16-17 ¶ And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

The consequence of not heeding to this caution was to result in death, sure death, spiritual death. Adam, like no one else, really understood the very import of the instruction he had received. Unfortunately, Adam did not keep this instruction to the end. But see what scripture says:

1Timothy 2:14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.

Eve was deceived but Adam was not. He was not deceived at all. He was conscious and fully aware of the extent of the consequences of his action, but he still went ahead with his action. Think of that for a moment. What Adam did was beyond eating a mere fruit. What was the nature of Adam’s sin?



BENEDICT ARNOLD

Benedict Arnold (1741-1801) was an early American hero of the Revolutionary War (1775-83) who later became one of the most infamous traitors in U.S. history after he switched sides and fought for the British. At the outbreak of the war, Arnold participated in the capture of the British garrison of Fort Ticonderoga in 1775. In 1776, he hindered a British invasion of New York at the Battle of Lake Champlain. The following year, he played a crucial role in bringing about the surrender of British General John Burgoyne’s (1722-92) army at Saratoga. Yet Arnold never received the recognition he thought he deserved. In 1779, he entered into secret negotiations with the British, agreeing to turn over the U.S. post at West Point in return for money and a command in the British army. The plot was discovered, but Arnold escaped to British lines. His name has since become synonymous with the word “traitor.”




TREASON

Treason is defined as intentionally betraying one’s allegiance by levying war against the government or giving aid or comfort to its enemies. It’s the most serious offence one can commit against the government and is punishable by imprisonment and death.

This was Adam’s actual sin-TREASON. He handed over the power to govern earth into the hands of another government. He participated in staging a coup against heaven’s government on earth. Since the penalty for treason is death, Adam received death, sure death, spiritual death.

SPIRITUAL DEATH

We have always thought of death as extinction but is actually separation- separation from life. Spiritual death is a separation from spiritual life. But is not just separation from God’s life and nature but simultaneously, an integration into Satan’s nature.

WHY BORN AGAIN?

Before Adam and his wife Eve started having children, they had already lost God’s life and nature and had acquired spiritual death-Satan’s nature. It is with this newly acquired nature they gave birth to their children. Every human being, including you, was born with spiritual death. The best of human beings like Nicodemus carried spiritual death in our veins. Once our father Adam defected from God’s colony and ended up in Satan’s, all his children were born in Satan’s.

Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

This is why Jesus says, YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN. Your problem is not the sins you commit, the problem with you and all humankind is the nature of spiritual death reigning in us, and this is why we must be reborn to start the restoration process.

DO YOU CHOOSE TO BE BORN AGAIN TODAY?

If you are reading this post and you have not yet been born again or born of God or have no personal and vibrant relationship and fellowship with God but would like to, please pray this prayer out now:

‘Lord Jesus, I come to you today. I am a sinner, I cannot help myself. Forgive me my sins. Cleanse me with your precious blood. Deliver me from sin and Satan, to serve the living God. Today, Lord Jesus, I accept you as my Lord and my Saviour. Thank you for saving me! Now I know, I am born again!’

 

If you have prayed this prayer in faith, you are born again, saved, a child of God.

John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name

1 John 3:1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.

Romans 10:9-10 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Acts 16:31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

If you will spend the rest of your days listening and speaking with him by studying the Bible and praying, then your friendship with Christ shall become permanent and intimate.

Let me also encourage you to start reading the bible for yourself. Start by patiently reading the 21 chapters of the Gospel of John in the Bible. It will be of immense help to you.

Kindly let me know of this all-important decision you have made to be born again by emailing me abekahj007@gmail.com

Thank you also for reading and commenting on my previous posts, it gives me great encouragement. Kindly add your name to the comment so I can know. God bless you.

I AM BORN AGAIN I

 It is very risky to remain an ignorant child of God. It might be more ‘comforting’ to remain in darkness than to remain an ignorant saint. There is a greater need for us to go back to the study of the Word for ourselves, not for the sake of engaging in fruitless and unproductive arguments but to be enabled to live an impact life.

I AM BORN AGAIN I

(WHAT IT REALLY MEANS)

What does it really mean to be born again? If you like, this is the most common question I ask in my outreaches. Any time I get ‘Yes’ as an answer, I follow up with the question, ‘When?’ The responses to this question are very interesting. ‘Oh, from my childhood’, ‘I have been baptised’, ‘I have been confirmed’, ‘I go to church’. The facial expressions that usually accompany these responses are those of confusion, shock, anger or frustration. I hear them quietly shouting: ‘What do you mean by have I been born again?’ If you will permit me to ask you, ‘Are you born again?

You may look at the issue of birth from two perspectives: the mother (the giving birth) and the child (the one being born). From the mum’s angle of view, to give birth is to bring into existence, bring out life in its youngest form or bring into life by the process of birth. From the child’s view, however, considering the fact that this child existed in the mum’s womb for nine months earlier, it means, to be brought into existence into a new state of life.

Before you were born physically, you existed in some form, somewhere – in mummy’s womb. When you broke forth and came out of your mother’s womb, it wasn’t a continuation of the life you lived in the womb, else you should have celebrated your first anniversary on the third month since you’d already done nine months in the womb. The number of months you spent in the womb is not considered in your birthdays. Again, you were living in water (Amniotic fluid) in the amniotic sac but after birth, you came to live on land. Your life after birth is completely different from the one in the womb.

What did Jesus mean when he said to Nicodemus, ‘You must be born again?’

John 3:3- 7 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus said unto him, how can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, you must be born again.

Nobody in his/her right mind doubts or questions his or her birth. We know we have been born because we exist. But have you been born AGAIN? Born for the second time? Yes. There is such a thing as born again. The first birth was done by your parents, but the second birth will be done by God.

John 1:13 ‘Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God’.

Just as a child who is born leaves the womb realm into this physical world, to be born again or born of God is to ‘move out’ of this world and ‘entre into’ the kingdom of God or rather, entering into a vibrant and personal relationship and fellowship with the Father God through Jesus Christ.

In my next blog I AM BORN AGAIN II, I shall be dealing with ‘WHY’ because Jesus said YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN.

If you are reading this post and you have not yet been born again or born of God or have no personal and vibrant relationship and fellowship with God but would like to, please pray this prayer out now:

‘Lord Jesus, I come to you today. I am a sinner, I cannot help myself. Forgive me my sins. Cleanse me with your precious blood. Deliver me from sin and Satan, to serve the living God. Today, Lord Jesus, I accept you as my Lord and my Saviour. Thank you for saving me! Now I know, I am born again!’

 

If you have prayed this prayer in faith, you are born again, saved, a child of God.

John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name

1 John 3:1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.

Romans 10:9-10 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Acts 16:31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

If you will spend the rest of your days listening and speaking with him by studying the Bible and praying, then your friendship with Christ shall become permanent and intimate.

Let me also encourage you to start reading the bible for yourself. Start by patiently reading the 21 chapters Gospel of John.

Kindly let me know of this all important decision you have made to be born again by emailing me abekahj007@gmail.com

Thank you also for reading and commenting on my previous posts, it gives me great encouragement. Kindly add your name to the comment so I can know. God bless you.

DELIVERED BUT NOT FREE II

 

DELIVERED BUT NOT FREE II

You could be delivered and still remain in bondage. Deliverance could mean the movement of a person or people out of physical or geographical oppression. It is usually carried out by a deliverer. Some external persons must be involved in their physical or spiritual deliverance.

Freedom on the other hand is self-liberation. Any form of liberation that involves a second person can best be described as deliverance. Self-liberation is freedom.

We owe it a duty to ourselves to receive all the help we can access from others for deliverance. What we do with the tools of deliverance to and for ourselves brings FREEDOM!

Jesus said: 'You shall know the TRUTH and the truth shall MAKE you free' John 8:32
Freedom is internal but deliverance is external. Col. 1:13 Rom. 12:2

Consider this scenario: Your mom is a Ghanaian. She left the shores of Ghana for American when she was pregnant and gave birth to you in America. After several years you decided to return to Ghana after you got to know of your Ghanaian background. The movement from America to Ghana is not the real deal, it is replacing the American culture in you with the Ghanaian way of doing things that is the real challenge.

Our first parents, Mr. & Mrs. Adam lived in the very presence of God. They were carriers of the life of God (Zoe). Their spirits were their primary sense. Every information they had came to them through their spirits. They lived a full and very fulfilling life. Life, to them, was from the spirit to the physical. They lived in power.

All of these things changed when they decided to doubt God and trust the serpent (the Devil). It was in this new state that we were born into. So like the Ghanaian woman who gave birth to the son in a different country, we were also born slaves under Satan's dominion. We were slaves to sin and spiritual death (Satan's nature).

After hearing the gospel, we trusted God again and moved out of darkness into the light, and yet we have a huge lifetime responsibility to move darkness out of us. This is the whole essence of this blog, FREEDOM!

It involves pursuing knowledge of the truth, revelational knowledge, the Rhema or the keys of the kingdom of God.

Each human being needs deliverance from sin and Satan's nature (spiritual death), which is the essence of the gospel of salvation. Only Jesus offers that, no one else:

"There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved." English Standard Version

If you have not personally committed your life to Jesus Christ yet, then those shackles of spiritual slavery are still around your spirit. Come to Jesus today. Say this prayer: Father, I am a sinner and a slave to the devil but today, I come to you. Please save me, wash me with the blood of Jesus, and fill me with your Spirit of Truth. Thank you for saving me, now I know I am born again, Amen.

30 "As He spoke these words, many believed in Him. 31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:30-32

You have received the rest that comes from Christ. It is now time to pursue after the rest that comes through revelational knowledge. May the Bible and the Holy Spirit of Truth be your guide.

Kindly read my first blog (KNOWLEDGE, SOFTWARE FOR HUMAN BEINGS). Second blog (DELIVERED BUT NOT FREE)

DELIVERED BUT NOT FREE I

 

FREEDOM FROM CAPTIVITY

DELIVERED BUT NOT FREE

It is one thing to be delivered and a totally different thing to be made free. There is no form of bondage as imprisoning as internal or mental bondage. One can walk out of prison after serving his/her jail term and yet the imprisonment of his mind is not broken for a lifetime. It is sad to say that many walk out of prison as free men but the prison never walked out of them.

'For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains'. Nelson Mandela

Freedom is more internal than external. Until what we walk away from, walks out of us, we are not free yet. The Israelites had served in Egypt as slaves for over 400 years. Moses, their deliverer, did a great job when he caused them to walk out of Egypt. Moses, however, had the shock of his life when he discovered that the people were willing and ready to offer anything to go back into their land of slavery.

Whatsoever any Freedom Fighter does for you is to give you an incentive to begin to pursue your own personal freedom.²⁸ Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. ²⁹ Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. ³⁰ For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Matthew 11 (KJV) (Emphasis added)

Jesus promises rest to those who come to Him then He quickly adds that there is a dimension of rest that YOU must find through learning- that is internal or mental freedom.

John 8:30-32

Again Jesus addresses those who believed Him and had received the first dimension of rest from Him that there is another dimension of rest that is only available to those who make time to study the scriptures. Such people will come to discover the truth, which has the power to make them free. Jesus is saying in effect that, 'I have delivered you out of the kingdom of darkness. I have delivered you out of the will. But I have not delivered the world out of you. The world is still you.'

This next-level rest dimension of freedom is available for all but only accessible through a studious life. Even though you have been delivered out of a kingdom of darkness, it would take a studious life to be free.

It is not enough to believe in Jesus Christ. It is not enough to be born again. It is not enough to submit your life to Jesus after you are born again. After you are saved, you need to study. After you are saved, you need to sit down and study the word until it becomes your daily habits.


So God delivered us and gave us rest on the very day we gave our lives to Christ. You were delivered from the power of darkness. He also translated you means he carried you over, he uprooted you, he took you out of a kingdom of darkness and he planted you in the kingdom of his Son, Jesus.

Romans Chapter 12 quickly adds that you should transform yourself. Self-transformation is freedom through knowledge- knowledge of the truth.

If you have not given your life to Jesus Christ, let me encourage you that you take this opportunity and submit your life to Jesus. Prayer this prayer: Jesus. I'm a sinner. I come to you because you are the only one appointed for the salvation of the souls of men. Save me and deliver me from the Kingdom of Darkness. Right my name in the Book of Life. In the name of Jesus. Amen.

You have been delivered and the next thing you ought to do is to stay with the word of God. May the Holy Spirit keep you in His word. In Jesus' name. Amen.


KNOWLEDGE, THE SOFTWARE FOR HUMAN BEINGS

 MY FIRST BLOG POST

KNOWLEDGE, SOFTWARE FOR HUMAN BEINGS

Human beings are very sophisticated creatures. Only human beings increase in value on a daily basis. You can decide to be more valuable tomorrow than you are today. A person may be less valuable today but should never be underrated.

Knowledge of any sort is software that upgrades the abilities of human beings. What you can do is determined by what you know. You can become, do or have anything in life if you are hungry enough to pursue the knowledge that empowers you.

While it is true that many successful people like Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Warren Buffett were school dropouts, that did not stop them from pursuing knowledge and improving themselves.

These people understand that if they want to get ahead in life, they need to consistently improve their knowledge and upgrade themselves and their skills, through reading.

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln was a reader and a learner so he improved. Late at night he could be found reading by candlelight. He borrowed books from whoever he could. This was a habit that Lincoln carried with him the rest of his life. As President, Lincoln had the habit of waking up early in the morning to spend some quiet time reading alone reading the Bible.


Oprah Winfrey

On her website, Winfrey explained that books bring her joy and credits them to much of her success. “Books were my path to personal freedom,” .
Oprah said that she learned to read at age 3 and soon she discovered that there was a whole new world to conquer through reading. She even suggested children spend about 30 minutes on reading each day and make it a habit.

Richard Branson

Being the boss behind Virgin Group, billionaire Branson has a net worth of around $5 billion and he too is an avid reader just like Bill Gates and Warren Buffet. In honor of World Book Day, Branson shared 65 books that he thinks that everyone could benefit from reading during their lifetime.

Branson said that he wakes up as early as 5am to kick start his day. He said that he would spend time reading, exercising, and spending time with his family. And this puts him in the right frame of mind to start his day productively.

Many other human of great impact and achievements never got tired in their pursuit of knowledge in their specific field of play.

You too can become a better version of yourself. Instead of submerging yourself in self-pity due to other peoples opinion about you, go to work on yourself. start learning, you will get better with time. 

Give books a chance

There is always a good reason for reading, and these successful people prove that you are never too busy to sit down with a good book.

You are missing out on several things if you have not started reading because it will enhance your imagination, train your focus and concentration, improve your memory, personal improvement, motivate you, development communication abilities, reduce stress and promote tranquility.

Reading, learning and improvement.