“Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence with God. And whatever we ask we receive from Him … “(1 John 3:21, 22).
You cannot operate in faith if there is a feeling of guilt, a sense of unworthiness, and self condemnation. Faith works in the atmosphere of confidence and boldness in the presence of God. And knowing that the love of God is in our hearts, whatever we ask of Him, He gives it to us. By continuous exposure with the message of sin consciousness or wrong doings, believers are pushed into the atmosphere of unworthiness; and therefore, faith is paralyzed and shrinks away from His presence.
Faith comes to our hearts through immersion of our spirit in the word of faith – the Gospel of Christ. If a believer can only realizes what Christ has done on the cross and the power of His resurrection, that believer can do greater things than Jesus did while He was on earth. This faith confession was spoken through the Master’s lips, “…he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do… (John 14:12).
Lack of confidence is a direct result of condemnation. And when a child of God entertains condemnation or sense of unworthiness, he either diverts into legalism or developed into a faithless believer. Legalism is a subtle and wicked way to appease a condemned heart. Legalism is an effort to get hold of the peace of God. Legalism is a guilt complex knocking on the door of the kingdom of Heaven in attempt to ease the condemned spirit. Legalism is born out of fear and fear is the enemy of faith.
“Knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. For he who has died has been freed from sin. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him… For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace” (Romans 6:6-7, 14).
Every child of God needs to learn and understand the Book of Romans just like learning and mastering the basic A B C or the alphabet. It takes miracles of divine intervention into the minds of believers for them to comprehend the message of the cross and the resurrection. Millions and millions of believers thought they have the grasps of understanding regarding this message of the Gospel of Christ – that He has rise from the dead. However, believers still live defeated and live comprising the world having been duped by the lie of the devil.
The believer’s old man or old self was crucified with Christ, was nailed together with Him on the cross. It means the old man does not exist anymore – he is dead. A dead man is free from all of his responsibilities and obligations to this world. A dead man owes no one. A dead man suffers no longer from sin, sickness, diseases and poverty because he is dead. A dead man does not have sickness and diseases because his body is dead. A dead man is free from sin, sickness and condemnation because he is dead. A dead man is no longer under the jurisdiction of any laws, traditions and religious exercise because he is dead. A dead man is no longer in poverty, never anymore to beg for money, for food, for anything to survive because he is a dead man. It is a fact that you cannot do anything to a dead person because he is dead.
When Christ was nailed and died on the cross, we were with Him. We were nailed and died with Him and He was nailed and died with us. We, along with our sin, sickness, diseases, sorrow, pain, poverty, confusions, weakness and limitations were nailed on the cross and died with Him. The devil and all demonic beings celebrated for three days in the presence of a dead Christ along with dead believers in Christ. These demonic spirits thought they got Christ forever dead with them. They thought that Jesus is just another Adam that had succumbed to death. There for three days they thought they have the victory. They thought it was a done deal – a dead Son of God and dead believers of Christ.
But praise the Lord, Jesus resurrected from the dead. And when He was resurrected from the dead, we too resurrected from the dead with new life. This life is not the old life. It is the life of God. It is the life that the devil and all demonic spirits have nothing to do with it. This life is the divine life and nature of God. Therefore, the kingdom of darkness has no legal right, no power, has no authority over the life of a believer. We have dominion over the kingdom of darkness. Sin, sickness, diseases, lack, poverty, and the affects of sin have no right to the life of a believer.
“Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:4).
Every born again believer of Christ shall live in newness of life. The life abundant, not living in poverty but in power and might. Newness of life is the lifestyle of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, David, Solomon, Daniel, Jesus, Paul, Peter, John and the rest of the men and women of faith in the Bible. They lived the life in super abundance of the grace of God. You see, if you know what you are made of as a child of God, and you know what you have in your possession as a child of God, then there is no way to fear.
If you could only open the spirit of your mind that your life is hidden in Christ, that your life is the life of Christ, then fear is gone. You don’t worry what future lies ahead because you have the perfect plan of God in you. Believer fear because of the ignorance and the lack of understanding of: “What and who they are in Christ Jesus.”
Faith is the confidence. It is the confidence that we can do all things in Christ Jesus who gives us the strength. It is the confidence that God will supply all things that we need through Christ Jesus. You see, there is no impossible with Body of Church. There is nothing that is impossible with you, because you are living the newness of life in Christ where DOMINION is the now word. You are to get up every morning to have dominion. You are to dominate every circumstance in your life.
You don’t have to depend on other people’s resources, because you have all the resources in Christ Jesus in your disposal. God is your SOURCE. No human being is your source, only God and His Name is Jehova Jireh – My God shall provide. You are free from sin, sickness, diseases, and poverty. No man shall stand before you. No man shall ever belittle you. No man can ever talk to you in a condescending manner, because they will pay the price. You are a child of the God Almighty. Think about King Solomon. Think about how people in his generation treated Solomon. They treated him with respect and honor. But we have greater than Solomon in our hearts and that is Jesus.