The Beasts that Perish
by Wole Oladapo
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The purpose of God in our creation is to bring many sons unto glory (Heb 2:10). He has chosen the church as a perfect bride for His Son to achieve His purpose in marriage which He established from the beginning; to raise a godly offspring, in His own image and likeness (Malachi 2:15) That is why He has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our heart crying; “Abba, Father” And He also says of us “I will be a Father unto them, they shall be my children”. God also says in Psalms; “Lo, children are the heritage of the Lord; and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man, so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that has his quiver full of them; He shall not be ashamed, but shall speak with the enemies in the gate (Psalm 127:3-5).
Why has God bestowed much honor on man? At creation, He made us king over all the works of His hand.At the fall, man lose the staff of authority to the evil one; And the fowls of the heaven (the wicked spirits in heavenly places) and the beasts of the earth (the wicked spirits in the earth and under the earth) are given authority to feast on man who became spiritually dead and void of power. This same staff of authority Jesus Christ restored unto us when He says, “ Behold, I have given you authority to trample upon serpents and scorpions, and over all the powers of the enemy; and nothing shall by any means hurt you "(Luke10: 19). He honours us with His Holy Spirit, makes us to sit with Him in heavenly places and blesses us with all spiritual blessings thereof. He has delivered unto us all things that pertain to life and godliness, which Apostle Paul said is a great mystery (I Tim 3:15). What more honour could God have bestowed on us, which He has not?
Why does God bestow so great a honour upon us? Jesus said “It is the Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. For this purpose He has put His praise in our mouth and His two-edged sword, which is His living Word in our hand, to execute vengeance upon the nations and punishment upon the people; to bind their kings with chains and their nobles with fetters of iron; to execute upon them the judgement written (in His word); THIS HONOUR HAVE ALL HIS SAINTS (Psalm 149:6-9).
God has done all these, so that we may inherit the kingdom, which His mouth has promised. But despite this great honour God has bestowed upon us, when He leads us to the gate to execute His fierce judgement upon His enemies, we take to our heels and flee! We turn back in the days of battle and put God to shame, because we are not aware of the honour being bestowed on us. God says in His word; A man that is in honur, and understands not is like beasts that perish “(Psalm 49:20).
It is a great danger to be in honour without even knowing it. This is because there is the possibility that the honour will eventually destroy such a person. Give a gun to a man who knows not what it is, he may end up killing many people and even himself. Many Christians are like this, like beasts that perish, because we do not know the power being in Christ confers upon us. We therefore, ignorantly walk about, using the same power to wreck enormous havoc on the same kingdom we preach.Honour is not fitting for a fool. This is the reason why He admonishes us not to be like mule which has no understanding, whose mouth must be bridled to make it obey. God has given us this great honour so that we may honour Him.” Him that honours me will I honour “ says the Lord.
Children of God , life on this earth is primarily a spiritual warfare.The battle is fierce between truth and lie; light and darkness. God is counting on us as His battle axe to do the battle to finish. If you turn back in the day of battle, your strength is small.
In this last days, God has put the spirit of lie on the lips of the prophets and apostle of themselves and of the people to use even the good and the lawful to deny the people of eternity, which is the best,since they have rejected the counsel of God for them.Friend, lie is crouching at your door!Will you step out in the power of the faith of the Lord Jesus to bruise its head before it gets hold of your heels?Being called a christian is not a prestigeous title for which we must pay tribute of verbal appreciation daily to God.It is a call to war the way He did and overcome as He overcame.
Brethren,it is a proof of answered prayer, whenever you come face to face with diverse temptation.God allows occasions to lie in our way to tell us that He has given us enough strenght to stand for the truth.When we are moved by the crowd to turn stone to bread to show our supernatural strenght,it is allowed because He has provided us with what it takes to say" A man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word which proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord".
Let us rise up and walk in the righteousness of the Word to condemn lies by walking in the truth. Let us wake up to bind wickedness and perversion with chains and fetters of iron by walking in the bond of love and faithfulness. We have overcome the evil one. If we do all these things, we bring much glory to the name of the Lord.Prepare for war!
God through the writer of Hebrews brings to light what the physiology of a new creation in Christ Jesus is. He is one who has been enlightened in the things of God; who has tasted of the heavenly gift; who has been made a partaker of the Holy Spirit; who has tasted of the good Word of God and has been made a partaker of the powers of the age to come. Not even Satan, nor the angels are so honoured! None of them has ever tasted of the powers of the age to come. Sure, God bestows this honour on us, not for fun. We must take heed, for if we fall away with all these, it is impossible to renew us back unto repentance. (Hebrews 6)
There are many giants on the way of our destiny. And there is no power on the part of man in this fallen age that assures man of victory. We will be sons of God indeed; if we press in into the powers of the age to come made available to us in Christ Jesus. Caution! No man takes this honour upon himself, but those who are in Christ Jesus alone. It is sucidal to go to war when the trumpet gives uncertain sound and much more to go on one’s own presumptuous conviction.We are not called to chase demons,but to abide in Christ Jesus and allow Him work His will in us and through us.Although many come by the name "christians" today who are in all things like their father the devil,God calls us to be godly children in all things.
God says, “If I am a father, where is my honour?(Malachi 1:6)". A foolish son is a calamity to the father. Let us rise up to honour God who is our father, by walking in the power, which He has given us for His glory. If God should parade us before Satan as He did with Job, are we not going to let Him down? Are we so strong in will to stand before Satan and say nothing shall separate us from the love of Christ and damn the consequence of our confession? Let us put on the whole Armour of God and step on the battlefield. We are victory assured in Christ.
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