By Joseph Jerry Umaru ( Joseph2Nations@yahoo.com )
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Some months back, while on a visit to the small town of Kutigi to check on my Mom, the words: “The God, The gods and The god” came flooding my heart and spirit. It doesn’t just stop there, days after returning from that memorable trip to Kutigi, those words (‘The God, The gods and the god’) kept resonating in my mind and spirit. It wasn’t long before the Lord gave me the inspiration to write this piece on that subject matter, and that’s what I am about sharing with you today. So, let’s get going:
Isaiah 40:28(NIV):“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.”
Psalm 82:6(NIV): "I said, 'you are "gods"; you are all sons of the Most High.'
2Corinthians 4: 3 – 4 (KJV): “But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not….”
From the scriptural passages above, you will notice that we have three (3) ‘supernatural beings’ that directly or indirectly influence the course of events in this part of eternity –either positively or negatively.
First, we have the Capital Letter-G God, followed by the Small Letter-g gods (please, note the plurality) and then lastly and actually the least in the ranking is the Small Letter-g god (singular).
Let’s begin this discourse by talking about the Big, Capital Letter-G God: He is Jehovah Yahweh, the Lord God Almighty–The Creator of the ends of the earth, the I AM THAT I AM! He is the God whose Throne is Heaven and whose Footstool is the earth (Isaiah 66:1) – that’s the Person I am talking about here…
His Kingdom is above every other kingdom – His Kingdom has no beginning and has no end – He is the Alpha and the Omega –the God that knows the end from the beginning. He is not answerable to anybody, but ALL things are answerable to Him. When He says “Yes”, nobody and no force can say “No”, and when he decides to say “No”, who are you to say “Yes”?...
He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth (Isaiah 40:22). He rides upon the wings of the wind (Psalm 18:10). When He purposed a thing who can disannul it and when He stretches out His Arm, who can turn it back? (See Isaiah 14:27)…
He is the Lord of hosts: – the Grand-Commander of the armies of Heaven. He is the Holy One of Israel…He neither sleeps nor slumbers, His understanding is past finding out; He is the Ancient of Days. He is the Jehovah Elohim: the Eternal Creator– creating something out of nothing. He is a Sun and a Shield! (Psalm 84:11)…
What a mighty God He is – angels bow before Him, heaven and earth adores Him…He is omnipotent, omniscience and omnipresence. He dwells in Shekinah glory…
He is unwavering, unfailing and inexhaustible in nature. He is all-powerful…all-awesome and yet, He dwells in the lowliest of hearts. He is all-mighty and yet, ‘all-approachable’, all-knowing, yet, ‘all-revealing’, uncontainable and yet very obtainable!
He is the unchanging Changer in a changing world…He is the God of Israel, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob…
He is all-gracious, all-loving and all-merciful –His love and His mercies endureth forever! He is The Good Shepherd. He created us and every known and unknown thing in existence. We are the sheep of His pasture…He is EMMANUEL: The GOD that is ever with us….
The Lord [The Big-G God] on high is mighty!!! – Mightier than the thunder of the great waters, yes, mightier than the waves of the seas – The LORD on high is mighty! (Psalm 93:4).
He determines the numbers of the stars and calls them each by name. Great is our LORD and mighty in power, His understanding has no limit (Psalm 147:4, 5) – His Voice thunders in marvelous ways, He does great things beyond our understanding (Job 37:5).
Speaking in the Scripture, Jehovah God has these to say of Himself:
Isaiah 40:25(NIV): "To whom will you compare Me? Or who is My equal?" says the Holy One.”
Jeremiah 32:27(KJV): “Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for Me?”
Jeremiah 50:44c(NIV): “…Who is like Me and who can challenge Me? And what shepherd can stand against Me?”
The Psalmist has this to say concerning this Sovereign One:
Psalm 66:3–9(KJV): “Say unto God, How terrible thou art in thy works! Through the greatness of thy power shall thine enemies submit themselves unto thee. All the earth shall worship thee, and shall sing unto thee; they shall sing to thy name. Come and see the works of God…: He turned the sea into dry land…He ruleth by His power for ever; His eyes behold the nations..: let not the rebellious exalt themselves. O bless our God, ye people, and make the voice of His praise to be heard: Which holdeth our soul in life, and suffereth not our feet to be moved”.
Psalm 104:1-3(NIV): “…O LORD my God, You are VERY great; You are clothed with splendor and majesty. He wraps Himself in light as with a garment; He stretches out the heavens like a tent and lays the beams of His upper chambers on their waters. He makes the clouds His chariot and rides on the wings of the wind.”
The Prophet Jeremiah has this to say concerning this awe-inspiring One:
Jeremiah 10:6 – 7(NIV):“No one is like You, O LORD; You are great, and Your Name is mighty in power. Who should not revere You O King of the nations? This is Your due. Among the wise men of the nations and in all their kingdoms, there is no one like You”
The greatness of this Big-G God is a glorious and unsearchable mystery! His greatness cannot be fathom: “For the LORD Most High is terrible, He is a great King over all the earth” (Psalm 47:2). Nothing can be compared to His power, and His presence is awesome!
There is no one like Him in heaven above and on earth below and whatever His Mouth promised, His Hand always fulfills (1 Kings 8:23,24) – this Person is the Giver of children and every good and perfect gift comes from Him. He is Yahweh of a Jehovah…Jireh of a Jehovah…Rapha of a Jehovah… Shammah of a Jehovah…Adonai of a Jehovah…Tsidkenu of a Jehovah…Nissi of a Jehovah…Rohi of a Jehovah…Sabaoth of a Jehovah…SHALOM of a Jehovah… – glorious in ALL His ways!!!
He does whatever pleases Him – in the heaven above and on the earth below – in the seas and all their depths (Psalm 135:6).
That’s the Big-Capital Letter-G God for you. He is Who He is because of Who He is. Period! How majestic is His Name in all the earth. I stand in awe of His Person!
There is no higher calling, no greater honor than to knee and bow before His Throne. I’m amazed at His glory, embraced by His mercy; I just love to worship HIM!
To Him Be All The Glory And The Praise, Now And Forever. Amen!
Now, out of this all-powerful Creator (The Capital Letter-G God) came another class of “Gods”. They are the Small Letter-g gods.
In Psalm 82:6 the Bible declares: “I said, 'you are ‘gods’; you are all sons of the Most High.”
Who are these gods been referred to here? – They are those begotten by the Capital Letter-G God through His Living Word.
Speaking in John 10:35 Jesus declared: “If he called them gods, unto whom the Word of God came, and the Scripture cannot be broken.”
But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God (that is, the gods of God)… (John 1:12)
So, those who have truly received the Word (Jesus) of the Big-Capital Letter-G God and walk in the revelation of that Word, automatically becomes small-g gods (note the plurality – which means that, that grace is open to as many as will key into it!).
Hear what the Bible says in Psalms 82:1 – “God [The Big-G God] standeth in the congregation of the mighty; He judgeth among the gods [the small-g gods]”.
The NIV translation renders it this way: “God presides in the great assembly, He gives judgment among the gods”. And who are these gods being referred to here (if I may ask again)? – they are the small-g gods begotten by the Big-G God – those to whom the Word of the Lord has come – those redeemed by the precious Blood of the Lamb – Jesus, the Lion of the tribe of Judah.
So, those to whom the Word of the Lord came and have/will receive that Word, automatically becomes the sons of God. They are those I call: “The gods of God” – gods begotten by God. They are the ‘gods of Gods’, while, the Big-Capital Letter-G God is The God of gods.
Romans 8:14 says: “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God [gods of God].”
Galatians 3:26 says: “You are all Sons of God [gods of God] through faith in Christ Jesus”.
1John 3:1 says: “Behold, what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should called the sons of God…and that is what we are!”
The gods of God are God’s representatives in this part of eternity. They are God’s ambassadors. The Big-G God has given them the power of attorney to enforce His will and establish His Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.
“The heavens even the highest heaven belongs to the Big-Capital-Letter-G God, but the earth He has given to His begotten gods to take charge of on His behalf (Psalm 115:16 Paraphrased).
Through God’s Word, His Holy Spirit and the Name of Jesus, the small-g gods are as powerful as the Big-G God. 1John 4:17 declares: “As God is, so (also) are we in this world”
Now, permit me to share with you briefly on the god (please note the difference, I am not referring here to the gods [plural] but the small Letter-g god [singular].
He, (the god) is the prince of the air, the prince of darkness – that infamous serpent…Lucifer, the deceiver, and the accuser of the Brethrens. He sometimes masquerades and disguises himself as an angel of light – but he is not and never will be! (See 2Corinthians 11:14).
The god of this world or the devil/Satan (as he is popularly called) is responsible for the perversion and moral decadence the world is experiencing today. He has destroyed many lives and destinies and still destroying many. He is also responsible for the hardness of heart of many towards the Gospel of Christ across the nations. He is the god of this world, yet, He is subject to the Big-G God who is the Creator of this world.
The Holy Spirit speaking through apostle Paul in 2Corinthians 4: 3 – 4 (KJV) says: “But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
So, as you can see from the above Bible text we have just quoted, the devil is identified as “the god of this world”, but he is not beyond the control of the God of all creation – the Big-G God.
Confronting the god of this world:
The god of this world (the devil) has perpetrate so much havoc and destruction against humanity that the Big-G God; the God of all creation deemed it necessary to pour Himself upon and into His Children via His Word and Spirit, consequently making them gods (partakers of the divine nature) so they can through Christ Jesus destroy the works of the god of this world and liberate humanity by the Spirit of God working in them and through them.
As the “gods of God”, we have been given the power of attorney to execute God’s will in this part of eternity. As earlier stated; ‘as God is, so are we also in this part of eternity (see 1John 4:17).
“We are heirs of God and joint heir with Christ” (Romans 8:17). O yes, heirs of God and joint heir with Christ!!! Can anything be more wonderful? What an amazing privilege we have as the ‘gods of God’ – what a mystery, what a privileged….
With complete certainty, I say: the gods begotten by God (through His Son Christ Jesus) are heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ– partakers of the divine nature. Allow this mighty revelation truth to impact your soul from this day on.
Hear the Bible:
“But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His Name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, BUT OF GOD”
(John 1:12 -13)
“Behold, what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should called the sons of God…and that is what we are!”
Wow!! My God!!! – I am super-excited here! I feel like giving God praise in the dance for this awesome revelation truth…Am excited here in Africa as I write this article! Hope you are just as excited and stirred up as I am, which ever part of the world you may be, reading this article at the moment.
We (the gods of God) have the power of attorney to exercise Kingdom authority on earth. We are blessed and privileged to have the Name of Jesus, the Name at whose mention every knee shall bow –of things in heaven and on earth and under the earth (Philippians 2:10).
Through the authority we have been given in the all-conquering Name of Jesus, His shed blood and the Word of God, we can affect long-lasting, positive changes in our circumstances and the circumstances of the larger world. God has ordained His people to be the controlling influence in all situations as they manifest their sonship/ ‘godship’ in Him.
Unfortunately however, so many of God’s children are ignorant of their divine placement in God’s Kingdom. They have the mere men mentality, talk and walk as such and hence die as such. Quite unfortunate! This ought not to be the case and yet true in the lives of so many Believers.
Hear God: "They know nothing, they understand nothing. They walk about in darkness; all the foundations of the earth are shaken. I said, 'You are "gods"; you are all sons of the Most High. But you will die like mere men; you will fall like every other ruler…” (Psalm 82:5-7 NIV).
Many of God’s children are ignorant of their right to divine godship and have made themselves slaves to those who by divine nature are not gods – not among the gods of God.
Galatians 4:8 says: “Formerly, when you did not know God [know your rights in the Kingdom], you were slaves to those who by nature are not gods”.
God seems to be saying that; those to whom some of His children have ‘slaved’ themselves to, are NOT gods (not among the gods of God) –even if they claim to be. Wow!!
We had better appropriate our right and privileged position as the gods of God.
It may shock you to discover that the devil (the god of this world) and his demons will lord it over you as long as you are ignorant of your divine sonship/godship in God. That underscores why Believers must know that they are the gods of God and operate as such in this part of eternity – it is a serious matter.
We must arise and exercise our Kingdom Authority as the ‘gods of God’. Creation awaits with eager expectation for the sons of God [gods of God] to be manifested (Romans 8:19 – 21).
Satan, the god of this world, knows he doesn’t have many years left and he is rapidly moving to perpetrate as much destruction as possible. We must arise and out-match him ‘power for power’, ‘zeal for zeal’, and ‘fire for fire’. Praise God, the Bible says; “we are more than conquerors through Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:37).
Nations are groping in pain as a result of the wicked acts of the wicked one (the god of this world), we must get the nations liberated as gods sent and empowered by Heaven. We must set the nations free as Heaven’s representatives in this part of eternity.
As gods empowered by God, we must strive to establish the Kingdom of our God in the collapsing and shallow kingdoms of men. Surely, the wisdom of this age has come to naught…we need to go out there and set the captives free by the liberating power of the Gospel –we got to reach out to the embers of a dying and confused world and give it life through the Spirit.
The sons of God (gods of God) are the custodians of the Word of God, and the WORD of God is the light and life of men…
The time has come that the light and life that is in the Word be ‘distributed’ to the nations. If this life is not ‘distributed’ unto men, they will by no means come out of darkness and be delivered– and that’s why we must arise and exercise our sonship/godship in God. Creation awaits with eager expectation for the sons of God [The gods of God] to be manifested (Romans 8:19 – 21).
Just as Bishop David Oyedepo once said: “The world is waiting for the manifestation of the sons of God. That is those who through an understanding of their divine nature can operate like God on earth. Such ones shall be able to exercise total dominion over all issues of life, bringing deliverance to many. They will think, talk and live in the realm of dominion where ALL things shall be possible with them. They will have it the way they want it, according to the Word of God”.
AMEN!!! C’mon give God praise!!!
The gods of God are that chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people that should declare the praises of Him who called them out of darkness into HIS marvelous light… [Read 1 Peter 2:9].
Beloved, let’s arise and destroy the works of the god of this world (the devil), for it is for this purpose that the Son of God was manifested (see 1John 3:8).
These are the days of His power! Without controversy, I make bold to declare that; these are surely the days of His power – days of His Right Hand– Days in which God’s power shall be visibly and ‘uncontestably’ manifested!
What an honour and a privilege to be counted among the Redeemed in this time and age. What an age…what an era– call it the age and the era of Divine Manifestation!
We are already in the days that the late John G. Lake once prophesied are coming when he spoke this prophecy: “I can see as my spirit discerns the future and reaches out to touch the heart of mankind and the desire of God, that there is coming from heaven a new manifestation of the Holy Spirit in power, and that new manifestation will be in sweetness, in love, in tenderness, and in the power of the Spirit, beyond anything your heart or mine ever saw. The very lightning of God will flash through men’s souls. The sons of god will meet the sons of darkness and prevail.”
The concluding sentence of John G. Lake’s prophetic word above can be paraphrased thus: ‘The gods of God will meet the demons and the forces of the god of this world and prevail’. Hallelujah!!!!!
As someone once said: “These [the gods] are the ones who will go to the ends of the earth with the Love of Jesus…in the power of the Spirit…for the [GLORY of the One and only ONE – Jesus, the glorified Son of God]. These are the generation of dread champions who will bring every knee to bow and every tongue to confess that Jesus Christ is Lord…” Amen, Hallelujah!
The Church of our generation will take Her place and fearlessly push the battle to the gates of the enemy, victoriously singing the songs of the Ancient of Days! Amen, Hallelujah!!!!
Let’s manifest who we are – The gods empowered by the Almighty God to undo the works of the god of this world. We must not allow the god of this world make a caricature of The Big-G God we serve and The small-g gods we are.
Let’s mount up with wings like eagle and do exploits to the glory and for the glory of our God and that of His Christ.
“The kingdoms of this world have become the Kingdom of our God and that of His Christ…” (Revelation 11:15).
Jehovah we praise Thee…we bless Your Holy Name for making us gods through Your Son (the Word) via Your Spirit. By Your grace, we shall undo the works of the wicked one, because, as gods begotten by God, we are now partakers of Your divine nature. Lord we bless Your Holy Name in Jesus’ Name. Amen & Amen.
To you reading this piece, I give this admonition: Never, I repeat, never, at anytime allow anyone, anything or circumstance(s) to reduce, belittle or make you doubt The Big –G God you serve and The small – g god(s) you are.
Always walk and operate in the understanding of who you are and Whose you are – you are one of the gods of God and you are of God (the Big capital letter-G GOD).
I pray and long to see you as one of the overcomers who join the band of saints up there to sing the victor’s song.
See you manifesting your sonship/‘godship’ in God in order for your generation to be delivered from all oppression of the devil.
“Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.” [1Timothy 1:17]