Sunday June 11, 2017 – Sunday Inspiration: The Gateway To Your Escape From Wickedness & Cruelty Of The World
Let’s recognize that the whole world lies in wickedness and cruelty. As it is written: We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not. And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness (1 John 5:18-19; see also Psalms 74:20; 124:7).
Again, we understand from scriptures that there are invisible forces of wickedness that are all out to trap and bring us into captivity. Though we can’t see them, they pervade the “atmosphere of wickedness” that carpets the entire world. The Bible says: For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places (Ephesians 6:12; see also Psalms 91:5-6; 2 Corinthians 10:3-5; 1 John 5:18-19).
However, the good news is that God has made available for us a way of escape from the wickedness, torture, torments and afflictions of the powers of darkness. That is why we must have a working knowledge of our rights to God’s gateways to our escape, or we would remain trapped and oppressed by the devil and his cohorts.
What, then, are the gateways that guarantee our escape?
We must be saved: After the fall of Adam, God cursed mankind and we became captives of the devil, who had the legal rights to torment, torture and afflict humanity as he pleases. In other words, humanity became poultry birds under the compelling constitution of the kingdom of darkness that is governed by the devil (the poultry farmer). That is the genesis of our captivity.
Nevertheless, Jesus came to set every captive free by dying on the Cross of Calvary and resurrecting on the third day. However, we must be born again (salvation), before we can be redeemed from the curse and become legally free from the captivity of the devil. Until we are saved, we are not candidates for escape because we are still under the constitution of the kingdom of darkness.
In addition, we discover from scriptures that salvation is also our guaranteed translation (escape) from the kingdom of darkness to the Kingdom of God’s dear Son, Jesus. That is why the Bible says: How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him (Hebrews 2:3; see also Genesis 3: 14-19; Colossians 1:13).
Therefore, the “great salvation” is our grand escape from the wickedness of the wicked.
Again, the Bible says that via salvation, we are repositioned far above our captors. Speaking on how God repositioned Christ after resurrection, the Bible says: Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come (Ephesians 1:20-21)
The Bible further says that God …hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:6).
This means that at salvation, we are repositioned far above the realm our captors operate; as such, our escape is automatic. This makes redemption our foundation for escape. Therefore, let’s stop playing church and begin to walk in the reality of redemption because being a member of a family and just staying in the house are two different things.
Before I became born again 47 years ago, I erroneously believed that since I was born in a church building, I must have been saved from heaven. But, thank God for the woman who led me to Christ and told me that salvation is a personal decision to accept Christ as one’s Lord and Saviour. That guaranteed my escape from the clutches of the wicked. I believe that the reason many Christians are struggling in the church today is because of their uncertified salvation (2 Corinthians 5:17).
It takes revelation: Though we have been redeemed from the kingdom of darkness to the Kingdom of God, it is important to understand that our inheritances in Christ are only deliverable by revelation. “Revelation” in this context implies the knowledge of the truth from scriptures. Just as we require revelation to access our inheritances in Christ, we also need revelation to secure our escape from the assaults of the wicked. That is why the Bible says: Therefore my people are gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge: and their honourable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst (Isaiah 5:13; see also Hosea 4:6).
Again, the Bible says: The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple (Psalms 119:130).
It is common knowledge that the dominion of light over darkness is always instant and unquestionable. This is because the power of darkness can neither arrest light, nor hold it captive. In the same vein, when God’s Word illuminates us, we dominate the powers of darkness cheaply. In other words, the more “lighted” we become, the greater our liberty and dominion over the forces of wickedness. Therefore, we need a working knowledge of our redemptive rights to escape and walk free from the forces of wickedness anywhere in the world (Job 33:21-25; John 8:32; Acts 20:32; 2 Timothy 2:15; 1 John 5:19).
In most cases, these battles are invisible, and are mightier than our natural capacity, because they are forces from hell. Thus, there is no human capacity that can resist them. However, our victory is sure and lies in God Who has made available for us a way of escape from all forms of wickedness and afflictions of the powers of darkness. This week, we shall continue to explore vital gateways that guarantee our escape. They include:
Revelation: Although we may have been redeemed from the kingdom of darkness to the Kingdom of God, it is important to understand that our inheritances in Christ are only deliverable by revelation. “Revelation” in this context implies the knowledge of the truth from scriptures. Just as we require revelation to access our inheritances in Christ, we also need revelation to secure our escape from the assaults of the wicked. That is why the Bible says: Therefore my people are gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge: and their honourable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst (Isaiah 5:13; see also Hosea 4:6).
Be committed to serving God: Serving God guarantees our automatic escape. For instance, when God sent Moses to deliver the Israelites from the oppression of Pharaoh, He said to him: And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh, Thus saith the Lord, Israel is my son, even my firstborn: And I say unto thee, Let my son go, that he may serve me: and if thou refuse to let him go, behold, I will slay thy son, even thy firstborn (Exodus 4:22-23; see also Exodus 23:25).
“Serving God” in this context implies serving God’s interest, adding value to His Kingdom, engaging in Kingdom advancement prayers, reaching out to the lost and bringing them to the faith. Thus, when we serve God selflessly in any or all these aspects, we commit His integrity to go all out in setting us free.
Therefore, it is not just attending church services and taking notes, but also serving God with our time, energy and resources. In addition, it is important to know that when we are confronted by the forces of wickedness, we can remind God of our services in His Kingdom, just as Hezekiah did, to provoke His instant intervention (2 Kings 20:1-6; Isaiah 1:18; Luke 10:1-8,17-19).
Continue to dwell in the house of God: Attending church services and fellowship are not avenues to add to the attendance but for the renewal of our insurance of liberty in Christ Jesus. Remember the Bible says: Those that be planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing; To shew that the Lord is upright: he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him (Psalm 92:13-15; see also Psalm 84:7; 91:1-7; Obadiah 1:17; Hebrews 12:22-24).Therefore, don’t be a visitor in God’s house; instead, be planted there because God’s house is the city of refuge for the redeemed in the end-time.
Keep company with right people: To a large extent, the company we keep determines the outcome of our destinies. Most people are trapped today because of wrong company, while majority are blessed because of right ones; the choice is yours.
The destiny of Amnon, an heir apparent to the throne, was crashed and crushed by his friendship with Jonadab. Jonadab schemed Amnon’s destiny to the grave and walked away to look for his next victim. Therefore, our safety has a lot to do with the company we keep (2 Samuel 13:3; Proverbs 13:20).
In 1979, I said: “It’s better to walk alone than walk with someone of unlike mind.” This became a guiding principle for my life. Remember, friendship is by choice and not by force. A friend, who has no place for God, will soon get you off your place with God. For instance, Having a lying friend means you are already on your way to becoming an expert liar. Having a drunkard for a friend means that you will soon go from alcohol to drug usage because the latter end of any man, who found the truth, but went to the devil, shall be worse than his beginning (Amos 3:3; Hebrews 6:4-7).
Over the years, I found myself in the company of people, who have helped to enhance God’s hand on my life in every sense of the word. I pray that you will not be in the company of people who will truncate your destiny in the name of Jesus!
In conclusion, it is important to know that every redeemed child of God is ordained for escape from every force of darkness. However, until we exercise our redemptive authority from the light of scriptures, we cannot dominate the powers of darkness.
Therefore, let’s engage the truth of scriptures to silence the devil behind every affliction in our lives. Nevertheless, being born again is a sure way to victory over the powers of darkness. Are you born again? Have you accepted Jesus Christ as your Saviour and Lord? If you haven’t, you can do so as you say this prayer: “Lord Jesus, I come to You today.
I am a sinner. Forgive me of my sins. Cleanse me with Your precious Blood. Deliver me from sin and satan to serve the Living God. Today, I accept You as my Lord and Saviour. Thank You Jesus for saving me! Now I know I am born again!” For further reading, please get my books: Miracle Meal, Miracle Meal, The Blood Triumph, Breaking The Curses Of Life, Overcoming the Forces of Wickedness and Satan Get Lost.
I invite you to come and fellowship with us at the Faith Tabernacle, Canaanland, Ota, the covenant home of Winners. We have five services on Sundays, holding at 6:00 a.m., 7:35 a.m., 9:10 a.m., 10:45 a.m. and 12:20 p.m. respectively.
I know this teaching has blessed you. Write and share your testimony with me through: Faith Tabernacle, Canaanland, Ota, P.M.B. 21688, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria; or call 01-4548070, 01-4548280; or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org