The Zoe Kind Of Life

Without God

 

John 10:10 “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they my have it more abundantly.”

Jesus talked about the one who comes to steal, kill and destroy a person’s life and we know and understand that He is describing Satan, better known as the devil. But then He tells us of the kind of life that we would have if we embrace all that He died to give us. It is life in abundance.

 

Life – Greek word zoe – means life as God has it, that which the Father has in Himself, and which He gave to the Incarnate Son to have in Himself. From this life man has become alienated in consequence of the Fall, and of this life men become partakers through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Zoe, the God kind of life in abundance, excessive to overflowing; surplus, over and above, more than enough, profuse, extraordinary and more than sufficient is the kind of life that Jesus died to give us. It begins in our lives when we invite Him in to be our Savior and Lord. Then it continues by faith as we come into the understanding of that kind of life that God has and has given us.

 

When God created man in the very beginning Genesis 2:7 says that He formed him from the dust of the ground and then He “breathed into his nostril the breath of life; and man became a living being.” When we invite Jesus into our hearts to become our own personal Lord and Savior God once again breathes new life into us and our spirit that was created to inhabit His Spirit comes alive spiritually. He gives us His breath, His life, His overflowing surplus of everything that we have need of, body, soul and spirit. We can life healthfully; full of heath in all areas of our lives because God has given us His kind of life. There is no sin with God; there is no sickness with God and there is no lack with Him. He is full of health within Himself. That is the life that He has given us through the relationship that we have with His Son, Jesus Christ.

 

Healthfully – full of health.

 

John 3:2 Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.

 

What does it mean to prosper. The word “prosper” used in this verse is the Greek word “euodoo” and it means “to help on one’s way”; “to have a prosperous journey”; to have prosperity of physical and spiritual health. This word clearly implies that divine prosperity is not a momentary, passing phenomenon, but rather it is an on-going, progressing state of success and well-being. It is the zoe kind of life that God has, that He has intended for us to have in every area of our lives. It is living healthfully; full of health, spirit, soul and body.

 

Seed from God’s word for today: “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” Joshua 1:8

 

 

God said in John 3:2 that John was praying that they would prosper in all things and be in health, just as their soul prospers. The soul is the mind, will and emotions. That means that a person cannot live healthfully as God intended without knowing what God has given them in this zoe kind of life. If the mind doesn’t understand, the will refuses to receive and the emotions go by how they feel instead of the truth of God’s word the person will not prosper. The only way to understand all the benefits of life in abundance that Jesus died to give us is to get into His word and read about the covenant that God made with Jesus through His blood that was shed on Calvary, of which He has made us heirs. The book of Hebrews tells us about how Jesus went to the cross to purchase a better covenant than what they had in Old Testament days. The blood of bulls and goats were needed to cover their sin in the Old Testament, but the blood of Jesus washes away our sin, once and for all! His blood provides life for us because the Old Testament tells us that the life is in the blood.

 

Leviticus 17:11 ‘For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul.’

 

The blood that Jesus shed for us gives us life; His life, the zoe kind of life! When we accept Jesus as our own personal Savior and Lord, His life begins flowing through our veins. It is clean and pure and full of health! We no longer have to live under sin, sickness and poverty. He died to give us abundant life, full and overflowing in all areas of our lives. The only way we experience the thief stealing our life is when we don’t understand what all Jesus died to give us and so we mistakenly accept the thoughts that come to us that we are no good, that we have to live under our circumstances, and that we have no power over sin, sickness and lack. But that is the devil coming to steal our health!

 

When Jesus died on the cross for us at that moment we had forgiveness of sin, freedom from sickness and disease and prosperity in all areas of our lives. It becomes ours when we appropriate it in to our lives; when we receive the free gift of life that He died to give us. We make it ours through faith in His finished work on the cross of Calvary! Then when the devil comes delivering a package that is the opposite of what Jesus gave us we can let faith answer the door. Faith does not receive accusations of a no good life of sin because the word says there is no condemnation in those who are in Christ Jesus who walk not according to the flesh but according to the word! (Romans 8:1) Faith doesn’t receive sickness because the word says that Jesus Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses and by His stripes we were healed! (Matthew 8:17; 1 Peter 2:24) Faith doesn’t receive lack because God says in His word that He provides for our every need. He did this by becoming poor that we might through His poverty become rich. (Philippians 4:19; 2 Corinthians 8:9) Having faith is not denying that you have symptoms of sin, sickness and lack; it simply looks at the word of God instead of the symptoms and declares what the word says rather than what the person feels. It is walking according to God’s higher law of prosperity; wholeness in spirit, soul and body, rather than identifying with the old sin nature of man that we had before we received Christ Jesus as Savior and Lord. Faith is not denying a problem, but speaking of the solution to the problem more than the problem itself.

 

Are you living healthfully today? Are you experiencing all that Jesus die to give you? If not, will you ask Him to fill you with His zoe life? The only way we receive from God is by faith because without faith it is impossible to please Him. (Hebrews 11:6)

 

 

Father, I come before You this morning in faith believing that You gave Your Son, Jesus, to be beaten and crucified that I might have life, the zoe kind of life, Your very own life flowing through my veins. I ask You to touch those who may not be experiencing Your life this morning. I pray that those who have never received Christ Jesus as Savior and Lord will pray to receive Him today. May this be their day of salvation! I ask You to show them that You love them by convicting them of their need for Him as Savior. I pray that they will ask Jesus into their hearts and be born again so that the life that You died to give them will be activated within their spirits. Father, I also lift up those who may be experiencing sickness and lack in their bodies and other areas of their lives. I pray that they will see the goodness of Your sacrifice on the cross for their health. I pray that they may prosper in all things and be in health as Your word declares. May they receive by faith all that You died to give them, Lord Jesus. I declare that Your blood was not shed in vain, but that it cleanses and washes away all sin, sickness and disease and poverty and lack. And I thank You for it! In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

 

Free In Christ Jesus!

Romans 8 1

Romans 8:1 NKJV There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.

Condemnation comes from the evil one, the devil, Satan, also known as the accuser of the brethren. He accuses us to ourselves, to others and to the Father.

Revelation 12:10 NKJV Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down.”

You can tell which voice you are hearing by the tone and message of the voice. If it is condemnation, accusation, and offers no hope for redemption, then it is the voice of the enemy, the accuser of the brethren. If it convicts you of sin and gently prompts you to repent then it is the voice of the Holy Spirit and needs to be heeded. God paid the price for our sin through the precious body and blood of Jesus so that we could be free from the accusations of the enemy!

Romans 2:4 NKJV Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and long-suffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?

The Holy Spirit woos us to repentance with God’s goodness, not with words of our unworthiness or condemnation for what we have done. The presence of the Holy Spirit within us has set us free to be ourselves, to be free from the dominion of sin and the accusations of the enemy.

Romans 8:2-4 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

The life that Christ Jesus died to give us sets us free from the principle, or law, of sin and death. We no longer are tied to sin. Before Jesus died for our sin we couldn’t help but sin. We were controlled by sin and had no other way out. But Jesus died that we might be set free from sin’s control. Now when condemnation comes to a child of God it is an immediate indication that the enemy is working in his/her life. Conviction is from the Holy Spirit and always comes with a way out of the situation; He always gives hope and a solution to the problem. If you have sinned, confess the sin to God, ask Him to forgive you and receive His forgiveness and cleansing. If it is condemnation, rebuke the enemy, resist the condemnation and know that God sees you through the blood of His Son. He sees you as the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus! Hold your head up high and go on with your life. The devil has no hold over a child of the King! We have the power within us by His Spirit to win over sin!

Seed from God’s word for today: Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 2 Corinthians 5:17; 21

Jesus was made sin for us. He didn’t just carry our sin on His back; our sin permeated His whole being! He BECAME sin that we might BECOME His righteousness! Sin in its entirety was crucified with Him so that we could become dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus! (Romans 6:1-14) Now when the devil comes with condemnation that you are no good or what you’ve done cannot be forgiven, tell him to go back to hell where he belongs! That is a lie from the pit of hell! Jesus took our sin and gave us His righteousness! The only time sin can have control over us is when we yield to it. We have the power within us, through the Holy Spirit, to resist sin and win!

Prayer for today: Father, I thank You for Jesus who was made sin that I might be made Your righteousness in Him! Thank You for the blood that You shed for me, Lord Jesus, and the price that You paid that I might go free! I choose today to rest in Your salvation; to know that I am free from the dominion of sin that I might live to You; that I might say “no” to the temptations of the enemy and “yes” to walking in the fullness of Your Spirit. Holy Spirit, I invite You to lead me through this day. Have Your way in my life and show me those areas that need Your special touch in my life. I am free in Christ Jesus to be all that Father has created and called me to be. Thank You for the power of Your Spirit within me to enable me to walk in Your ways, according to Your Spirit today, Father! In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

I am free in Christ Jesus

The Power of God!

Romans 1:16, 17 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”

I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ! Why? It is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes.  Please notice that in order to receive God’s salvation you must believe! Faith is the vehicle that brings God’s salvation into your life.

This is such a power-packed couple of verses.  Let’s look at a few of the Greek words in this scripture to get a good understanding of what the Word is saying:

Ashamed – Epaischunomai – the feeling of shame arising from something that has been done.

Gospel – Euangelion – “good news” of salvation; not only the promise of salvation, but it’s fulfillment by the life, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ.

Power – Dunamis – energy, power, might, great force, great ability, strength. Dynamic; dynamite.

Salvation – Soteria – deliverance, preservation, soundness, prosperity, happiness, rescue, general well-being. The word is used both in a material, temporal sense and in a spiritual, eternal sense.

Believes – Pisteuo – to trust in, have faith in, be fully convinced of, acknowledge, rely on. It expresses reliance upon and a personal trust that produces obedience. It includes submission and a positive confession of the Lordship of Jesus.

Righteousness – Dikaiosune – the character or quality of being right or just; right actions. It is used to tell of that gracious gift of God to men whereby all who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ are brought into right relationship with God. It is unattainable by obedience to any law, or by any merit of man’s own, or any other condition than that of faith in Christ.

Okay, so now let’s think about what Paul is really saying in these two verses. He is not feeling any shame towards the good news of Christ, for it is the might, strength and great force of God resulting in deliverance, preservation, soundness, prosperity, happiness, rescue and general well-being of everyone who places their trust in Him and is fully convinced that He will do what He has promised. It results in acting out that trust and speaking positively of the Lordship of Jesus Christ in their life. The picture that we see here is of a person understanding that salvation is all-inclusive of whatever he needs for the well-being of his person; spirit, soul and body. It is placing trust in Christ Jesus as Lord knowing that He has purchased the salvation that you may need and you are willing to obey Him whatever the cost in order to receive what He died to give you.

Jesus, when He began His ministry, gave it’s description in Luke 4:18,19:

“The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD.”

He preached the gospel, the good news, then He demonstrated by healing those who were oppressed of the devil with sickness and disease and demonic possession.

The good news of salvation to the person who needs to be spiritually re-born would be forgiveness of sin. It means that in order for the person to receive that salvation he must place His trust in Jesus, confess Him as Lord and receive His forgiveness.

Romans 10:9, 10: that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

The good news of salvation for someone who is sick would be that God heals and Jesus purchased that healing for him through the stripes that He took on His back in the crucifixion.

Matthew 8:16, 17: When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: “He Himself took our infirmities And bore our sicknesses.”

The good news for salvation for someone in poverty and lack would be that Jesus became poor that he might become rich.

2 Corinthians 8:9: For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.

Philippians 4:19 And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

There is a promise in God’s Word for every need that we have. It has been purchased for us through the covenant that Jesus sealed with His very own blood. It’s a matter of getting into God’s Word, finding what applies to your life and believing it in your heart, confessing it with your mouth and acting on the promise to receive it. Sometimes we must “war” to receive it. If a sick person stands on God’s word for healing he will have to fight in faith to stay firm until the manifestation of the healing appears. It is a real battle against fear, symptoms of illness, pain, others who may not support you in believing and a negative doctor’s report. But Paul told Timothy in 1 Timothy 6:12 that he should “fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life”. A good fight is one that you win and it is a fight of faith to “lay hold” on eternal life. It is a faith fight that gives us the victory!

1 John 5:4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.

2 Corinthians 5:7 For we walk by faith, not by sight.

Father, I thank You for providing for whatever we have need of in our lives. I thank You that the blood of Jesus purchased our redemption, full and free, and provides salvation for the total man; spirit, soul and body. Thank You, Lord Jesus, for dying for us, for shedding Your blood that we might experience life. I pray for my friends this morning, Father, that You would show them the scriptures that apply to their needs, Father, that they might trust You to bring the provision that they have need of. Thank You, Lord, for meeting their every need. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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