Romans 12:3 – For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. 1 John 5:4 – For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.
A Christian has a world-overcoming faith. There are two types of faith. The human faith and the divine faith which is the God-kind of faith. The human faith comes with our humanity and is based on our five senses and we grow the human faith as we develop in our awareness and knowledge of our environment and world. The divine faith, otherwise known as the God-kind of faith, comes with our divine nature in Christ. At salvation, we received a divine nature. Every child of God has the same measure of faith. We need faith to be able to operate in the realm of the spirit. As we need our human wisdom to operate properly and comfortably in the natural world, so we need faith to operate in the spiritual realm. It is through this faith that we move mountains and solve problems that are humanly impossible. It is through this faith that we receive the promises of God for our lives. It is through this faith that we become masters over the world system and live as kings on earth. A Christian has the ruling and winning faith in all spheres of life. We need to, however, grow this faith to increase its intensity and impact. We grow our faith through consistently feeding on God’s Word. We improve our faith result through use and application. So, while you have the God-kind of faith, it is your responsibility to grow and use it to maximise your potential as a Christian.
Galatians 3:13-14 13 Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”, 14 that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
A Christian has been redeemed from the curse that came upon Adam and Eve for breaking God’s law and from the consequence of violating all of God’s law that our ancestors have broken. A curse is a supernatural endowment not to prosper. The first time a curse was mentioned in the Bible was after Adam and Eve broke God’s law and chose to take their instruction from the devil. The curse that was pronounced on Adam and Eve also came on all that came after them: that is the human race.
The divine ability to prosper was replaced by divine ability to fail and be doomed. That is why you see people do everything in their power to succeed but there seems to be a greater force holding them back and making their effort futile. This is as a result of the curse that came upon on Adam and Eve in Genesis 3:16-19.
To the woman, He said, “I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; in pain you shall bring forth children; your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you…cursed is the ground for your sake; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life. 18 Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, and you shall eat the herb of the field. 19 In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for dust you are, and to dust you shall return.
For a person to work like an elephant and eat like an ant it is a curse but thank God, Christ has redeemed us from the curse because Christ has taken our punishment and has fulfilled the law for us. In the Bible, the curse is in three folds: spiritual death, sickness and poverty. A Christian has been redeemed from spiritual death to eternal life. He has been redeemed from sickness to divine health; he has been redeemed from poverty to divine supply. So you are no longer under the curse you are in the blessing. Though for the blessing to flow you must stand against the opposition and claim your rights in Christ.
Christ has redeemed you and you now know you are redeemed. However, the devil knows, he does not agree and that is why he is your enemy and the opposition. But he is a liar and you must put him in his place by declaring your redemption and standing in faith until everything Christ bought for you is restored. Deuteronomy 28, verses1 to14 outline the blessings and verses 15 to the end outline the curses. If it does not align with verses 1-14 of Deuteronomy 28, then it is a curse and you must not put up with it because you have been redeemed.
For Further Study:
Deuteronomy 28: 1-end, Galatians 3:13-14
Questions for Reflection:
- Are you enjoying your redemption yet?
- How much of it?
- How often do you put your divine faith to work?
- What are the results?
I have been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb. I cannot be entangled in the yoke again in the name of Jesus!