The Veil Removed
But even unto this Day, when Moses is read, the veil is upon their heart. Nevertheless it shall turn to The Lord, the Veil shall be taken away, now The Lord is that spirit: and where the spirit of God is, there is liberty.
2 Corinthians 3:15-17.
When men don't understand the Word of God, it's because there is a veil covering their hearts. It is like what happened with the law of Moses in the Old Testament: the children of Israel could not see the glory beyond the veil. Our opening verse tells us that even until this day, when "Moses" the "Law", is read, that 'Veil' is still present; it is only taken away in Christ. In other words, when you receive Salvation in accordance with Romans 10:9, the Lordship of Jesus destroys the power of darkness over your life and took away the veil covering your heart.
At the new birth you were catapulted in to the kingdom of Light; the Kingdom of God's dear Son.
Colossians 1:12-13 says, "Giving thanks unto the father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us in to the kingdom of a His dear Son".
The Holy Spirit accomplishes this in your life when He baptised you into Christ: "For by one Spirit are we all baptised into one Body...." (1Corinthians 12:13); that body is Christ. Christ is 'Light'; so upon the New Birth, the Holy Spirit baptised you in to the "Light", and You became awakened to the Fatherhood of God. Thus was the VEIL removed from your heart to walk in the Light of God, and understand spiritual realities.
The Epignosis Of Him
According as His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him that hath called us to glory and virtue
(2 Peter 1:3)
The word 'knowledge' in the verse above is the Greek "Epignosis", and it means exact or precise knowledge; full knowledge with intimacy. It means full comprehension, recognition, or perception; to become fully acquainted with God. This is the knowledge He seeks for us to have of Him. Our opening verse says, we have been called to glory and virtue; that means: a life of glory, honour, dignity and excellence; but notice how thus life works: it is through the knowledge-"Epignosis" of Him.
The Holy Spirit, through Apostle Paul, shows us how to get this knowledge of God in his prayers to the church: "that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of Glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him: the eyes of your understanding being enlightened....." (Ephesians 1:17-18). What does this mean?
He is saying that as you get to know God through this kind of special relationship or acquaintance, He will grant you insight in to reality. Yes, God has appointed you to a life of honour, dignity and excellence, but as you learn about Him, as you meditate on the Word, secrets about this life and how to walk in the reality of it are unveiled to you.
It reminds me of yet another powerful truth in 2 Peter 1:2: "Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of a Jesus our Lord".
Again, the word translated knowledge here is "Epignosis". So, in addition to a life of honour, dignity, and excellence, Grace and peace can be multiplied in your life as you meditate on the Word of God.
Rule Over Circumstances/Challenges
....And this is the victory that overcome the the world even our faith (1 John 5:4.
Our Lord Jesus Christ, while He walked this earth, lived such an exemplary life of faith. His confidence and apparent mastery over life's circumstances is awe-inspiring. He dazzled everyone by His extraordinary life of dominion. On a certain occasion, His disciples could not help but ask out loud, in utter amazement "....What manner of nan is this! For He commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey Him" (Luke8:25).
Luke 8:23-24 records for us the occasion that prompted this question from the disciplines: But as they sailed he fell asleep: and there came down a storm of wind on the lake; and they were filled with water, and were in jeopardy. And they came to Him, and awoke Him, saying Master, we perish. Then He arose, and rebuked the wind and raging of water: and they ceased, and there was a calm".
Observe closely what the master did: He rebuked the wind and the raging waves; that means He spoke words. He actually said: "..peace be still" (Mark 4:39), and there was a great calm.
This gives us an insight in to how He prevailed over circumstances. He ruled over negative circumstances with Faith-filled Words. He spoke words, and blind eyes opened up, maimed limbs were restored, and deaf ears were heated. He spoke the Word, and Lazarus dead for 4 days, came back alive. He did all these miracles to show that we can do the same; for as He is, so are we in thus world (1 John 4:17).
No wonder He said in John 14:12, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, she that belie to on me, the wires that I do shall he do also, and greater works than these shall he do...."
Rise up today and proclaim victory over that unpleasant situation. Proclaim victory in your health, family, finances, business, academics, job, etc.
declare that greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world. Rule and frame your world with faith-filled words, and watch your life move from one degree of glory to another.
- Pastor Nike Ameh
A Thick Skin.
Proverbs 13:18 KJV
Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuseth instruction: but he that regardeth reproof shall be honoured.
Think back to the last time some one criticised you. Perhaps it was a family member, co-worker, or friend. Perhaps it was totally unexpected and stung you bitterly. Perhaps even your own reaction was unexpected in its harshness, pain, or grief.
As believers we understand that we are not perfect. Sometimes God corrects us on His own. Some times He uses others. The criticism you received just may have been accurate, and even if inaccurate you can grow from the experience.
If you have had difficulty accepting criticism, ponder how you will react to such words in the future. God can use criticism or praise to mould us, but our attitudes towards both must be healthy.
When criticised, for the moment disregard wheather it is valid. Disregard the temperament or tone of the critic. Instead, prepare yourself by thinking, "could this be true?". And then respond in the most disarming fashion: "Thank you very much, I appreciate what you have said, and i will consider it. Do you have any other suggestions on how I can improve?"
When you meet criticism with such humility, you are revealing your teachability. You won't need to change every time, but occasionally you will receive valid criticism. A humble heart and receptive spirit can transform a potentially ugly, abrasive moment in to lasting polish.
- Apostle Leo Ameh
When Things Go Wrong.
James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting. My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this , that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
James 1:1-4 KJV
When life takes a sudden shift, don't become discouraged. God has a way marked out that you have not thought of taking. This holds true when relationships end without warning, finances hit an all time low, and job offers do not materialise. He knows your needs and He has promised to majesty's a way for you through what ever wilderness you are travelling.
"Dare to trust Him; dare to follow Him! And discover that the very forces which barred your progress and threatened your life, at His bidding becomes the materials of which an avenue is made to liberty".
Often men look for quick solutions in times of adversity. A problem or discomfort cones and we draw back from the emotional pain. No one likes to suffer, but a Gods greatest lessons can be learnt in times of adversity and strife.
Are you willingly to learn how to love the person who have hurt you? Can you say to her or him; "I forgive you?" Or if that us not a possibility, can you tell God you are ready to learn how to forgive so you can continue without bitterness of heart?
Trials prick us. Disappointments stuns us. And adversity can leave us feeling broken with pain. When life goes wrong, the greater test is how you will deal with the uncertainties and unforeseen. God uses every piercing difficulty to teach us one thing.
"And surely I am with you always" (Matthew 28:20).
Grace Is Gods Love & Kindness.
Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so , but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly Romans 5:1-6.
One of the most encouraging things you can receive from God is the hope that comes from being given a second chance. This is especially important when you have yielded to temptation or feel that you have fallen short of His plan and purpose for your life. The truth is that God never limits the opportunity for forgiveness.
Second chances encourage us to go on and not to give up even when the whispers of the world around us seems to say the opposite.
After his denial of Christ, Peter was in need of a second chance, and Jesus through His Grace provided this. (John 21:15-17).
How many of us have longed for Gods cleansing touch when we become trapped by our wrongful actions? The only cure for sin or failure of any kind is Gods Grace applied to our lives. This is what changes the stumbling sinner into a person living victoriously for Jesus Christ.
Even before you knew Him, Jesus knew and loved you. It was His love that saved you, and it is His love that will keep you throughout eternity. "God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8).
Are you struggling with the idea of Grace and how it applies to your life? Realise that God loves you. He stands beside you and is pleased to call you His own.
- Dr. Leo Ameh