Saturday 18 Nov 2017
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John 6:51

I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats this bread, he will live for ever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.

Facing the reality of being a new creation.

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
It can be said that perhaps the biggest challenge facing believers today is not the threat posed by the enemy even though in many quarters the enemy appear to have been given a status that commands so much attention from them, 
so much so that they have very little time left to thank God and worship him in spirit and in truth for what he has done for us. Please do not get me wrong, the threat posed by the enemy is real, but the scripture made it clear to us that he has been defeated and put beneath our feet, the scripture also made it clear that we who believe in Jesus have become the beneficiaries and partakers of the victory cry which came from the cross, when our Lord declared it is finished. As a matter of fact the scripture declared that we are more than conquerors. Not only have we come into this victory,  we also can exercise hope in the promised blessings which this victory bequeaths.
 
This reality is wrapped up in one simple nevertheless a profound truth, the truth which says that until believers see themselves as new creation in Christ, until they embrace wholeheartedly the truth about the new birth and until they are ready to do away with the old mindset as well as perception about life which it foists upon them and embrace the new as revealed in Christ and him alone, the victory which they have been delivered into remains elusive. It is sad therefore when believers refuse to acknowledge this simple truth and refuse to submit themselves to it, yet spend their time running from pillar to post looking for what is already theirs. What makes it sad is not the dissipation of their time, resources and the vulnerable position they put themselves, rather it is the bondage which they find themselves all over again, all because they refuse to acknowledge first the real truth that sets them free.
 
Our Lord said:
John 8:31-32 So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples,  and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
 
But this sounds too simple you may say, yes indeed it is and it is that simple because the difficult aspect of it all was carried out for us by the one we now exercise our faith in, and it is this truth that we must use to set the compass of our journey into faith. The difficult aspect of it all was sorted out by the One, who freely gave unto us the gift of  salvation  as an act of his divine love towards us (John 3:16). 
 
The real issue here is not in the simplicity of this profound and powerful truth, rather it is our inability to open ourselves to it in the way and manner that would make its power as well as every promise which it holds become available to us. The following questions thus arises, do we indeed see ourselves as new creation? in whose light do we define the new being we see? By what birth, by whose will and according to whose precepts do we begin to draw up the image of that new creation which this truth speak about? Has this truth impacted our mindset and attitudes, has it changed the way we see things around us, has it transformed the way we confront life issues?..... This truth challenges the condition of our mindset saying are you still walking with the mindset of the old nature or are you now walking in that of the new man, the new one created after the mind of Christ empowered through the word and the testimony of the Holy Spirit?
 
If and when we become tired of religion, if and when we become tired of the tricks of men, if and when we become fed up of living in denial and the self deception that goes with it, my plea is that before we give up on faith, we should look at this simple truth and the questions which it throws at us with the aim of honestly answering them. Before we go shopping for the next pastor or prophet , perhaps this is an exercise worth undertaking. This I say not to ridicule anyone but because this is where revival and the discovery of who we are in Christ begins. May Lord reveal the profoundness of this wonderful truth to us and may it set us free from whatever entanglement the doctrines of men may have ensnared us with in Jesus name.