Operating in the Power of Your Supernatural Birth

Daily Devotional: Day 196

“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his [Jesus’] name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God” (John 1:12-13).

In life, it is natural to acquire the traits of those who gave birth to you. As a Christian – born of the Spirit, you acquire the traits of the Spirit. Today’s Scripture is about the supernatural power that comes with being born of God. The Bible is careful to point out that we are not born of blood, nor of the will of man. Instead, it says, we are born of God. Because we believed in Jesus and on His Name, God gave us power to become His children. Who you are born of says a lot about your dignity, your excellence, your nobility, your connections, your power, your privileges and your responsibilities.

 With this new birth comes the supernatural power which gives you victory over satan, sin, the world, fear and all the forces of darkness. You are imbued with the Spirit of God to walk on this earth as an offspring of Deity, a true child of God Almighty. You couldn’t wish for a greater power or a greater honor. Thus, you possess in your spirit the traits of your Heavenly Father.

This means God has high expectations of you. He expects you to excel in displaying His character of love, mercy, forgiveness, compassion, patience, boldness and righteousness. You need to get rid of the mindset of defeat, the mindset of failure, the mindset of insecurity, and put on the mindset of your divine Father. Your supernatural authority is based on the fact that you are born of the Most High God. You, therefore, need to stop thinking like a weakling. The forces of darkness must fear you.

Because you are born of the Spirit, be determined to appropriate the supernatural power of your supernatural birth. Be determined to walk according to the Father’s purposes for your life outlined in the Holy Scriptures. You need to stop talking yourself out of victory and start talking yourself into the victory of the sons of God. 

You are born of God to display on earth the excellencies of your FatherDon’t take this lightly. It is the highest honor a creature could hope for – to be born of God. First, God created you in His image and likeness. That was glorious enough. But He didn’t stop there. Through faith in Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit, the Father has given you a new birth. You couldn’t wish for a better life and a better destiny.

This is why you should be diligent about how you conduct yourself, how you talk, how you dress, how you react to situations, how you behave, the choices you make, the friends you make, the entertainment you participate in, etc. You are created in Christ as an excellent being. You can’t afford to live like someone who isn’t born of God. 

In Christ Jesus, you are no ordinary creature. Change your thinking and your behavior, and conform them to the image of God’s children portrayed in the Scriptures. Embrace your supernatural origin. Experience the difference.

May the Lord grant you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him (Ephesians 1:17). Amen.

For further study: Colossians 1:1-29

“I Was Only Joking”

 Daily Devotional: Day 106

“Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows, and death, is the man who deceives his neighbor, and says, “I was only joking!”’ (Proverbs 26:18-19, RSV).

Words, words, words. Our words have a lot to do with our personal integrity and our spiritual authority. Being a good Father, God wants to train us to be like his Son, Jesus Christ in character. This training has several components. One of them is the training of our tongue. This is where today’s Scripture reading gets interesting. Some people deceive you, then they say, “I was only joking.” But the Bible likens such people to a madman who throws firebrands, arrows, and death.

Here is the point: Deceiving other people under the pretext of ‘joking’ is like throwing firebrand, arrows and death at them. In other words, a deceptive joke is harmful to the person who is being deceived, even if we mean no harm. Deception is deception, and our intentions for deceiving are irrelevant. At the end of the day, it makes no difference to God, because the effect is the same: deception is harmful. Once we start calling deception “a joke,” it is only a matter of time before deception becomes our reality.

 What we think is ‘funny,’ God might think otherwise. God wants to lead us to a place of integrity where we mean what we say, and we say what we mean. This is advanced training in godliness (ATG). When we make light of our own words, we undermine our spiritual authority. Think about it: We use our mouth to pray, to sing God’s praises, to confess our faith, etc. If we use the same mouth to deceive – albeit jokingly – how will that not affect the integrity of our prayer and worship life? I know this is a hard one, because most of us love to have fun. But at what cost? Let’s heed the instructions of our Father in heaven because He knows what’s best for us. It’s time to discipline our tongue.

Prayer:

Dear Father, thank you that you always want what is best for me. Open my mind to understand your ways. Teach me to grow in spiritual integrity through the training of my tongue. In the Name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.

For further study: James 3:1-12

Simple Faith, Big Results

Daily Devotional: Day 104

The centurion answered and said, “Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed” (Matthew 8:8, NKJV).

A Roman centurion reported to Jesus that his servant was paralyzed and tormented. Jesus, therefore, assured the centurion that he would go with him and heal his servant. But strangely, the centurion answered that he wasn’t worthy for Jesus to enter his house. He told Jesus to only speak a word, and his servant would be healed.

The centurion was a high-ranking military officer in ancient Rome. He understood how authority worked. He was used to giving orders as well as obeying orders. In his line of work, a man in a position of authority got things done by speaking a simple word of command. The centurion approached Jesus with this understanding of authority and words. He believed that Jesus was a Man with great spiritual authority. Consequently, he believed that it wasn’t necessary for Jesus to walk all the way to his house to get his servant healed. He believed that all Jesus had to do was to use His authority, give the command, and the miracle would happen. Jesus was amazed at the simplicity and depth of the centurion’s faith.

One word with authority is better than a thousand words with no authority.

 When you have the right authority, and you know that you have authority, you won’t need a lot of words to get things done. All you need is to speak a word and your authority will back the word for the right outcome to be produced. Understanding this biblical principle is vital for our faith and prayer life. We don’t have to do a lot to move God to do something for us. Faith is a simple exercise. We don’t need to jump through emotional loops to get God to move. Once we understand spiritual authority like the centurion did, our prayer life will become simple but effective. Let’s trust in the authority and power of Jesus’ Name. That’ll suffice.

Prayer:

Father, thank you for the authority we have through the new birth. Thank you for the power and authority of Jesus’ Name. Help me to operate in simple faith, trusting in your supernatural ability to hear and deliver me. In the Name of Jesus. Amen.

For further study: 1 Kings 18:20-40