Insecure Leadership 2

    Matt 2:16 Herod was furious when he realized that the wise men had outwitted him. He sent soldiers to kill all the boys in and around Bethlehem who were two years old and under, based on the wise men’s report of the star’s first appearance (NLT)

    Herod was an insecure leader.

    John the Baptist was not intimidated when the people told him that Jesus is getting more people than him.

    Joihn.3:26 “And they came unto John, and said unto him, Rabbi, he that was with thee beyond Jordan, to whom thou barest witness, behold, the same baptizeth, and all men come to him.
    27 John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven.”

    There was no insecurity in John because he knew his calling and what he was here for. 
    When all you do is to shut down other ministries from getting invitations to preach in the environment you have being before by painting other ministries black and giving them all kinds of names. You are suffering from leadership/ ministry insecurity. You need help no matter who you are help in ministry.

    When you have to spend one hour to correct your guess speakers’ message that you gave him 30mins to preach, because you do not want the people get into error. You are suffering from insecurity. If you have done your work well, your people should be able to know what is truth and what is error when somebody else preaches. Do you correct all the messages they listen to on television when you are not there?

    First of all, you must recognize that everyone or any position of leadership you are occupying today, whether it be that of Father, Mother, CEO of a company must be seen as a calling from God and by God. Just as we are told of the office occupied by Aaron and Jesus towards the people as priests.

    Heb.5: 4 And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron.
    5 So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, today have I begotten thee.

    Once you miss out on this fact, that you are called and set in place by God, you become insecure in your attitude and character towards the people you are called to lead.

    King Herod was such a leader. He was such an insecure leader that he feared the loss of power and had to control every aspect of the people he was ruling. 

    Leaders of these nature, has deep-seated control issues rooted in the fear of the loss of power, money and prestige. 

    And most often you wouldn’t even know they have all these issues within, until certain things are made real that they feel is a threat to their position and then they explode.

    This spirit is demonstrated by Herod and King Saul. Herod heard about Jesus’ birth, the level of insecurity in him got out of control, which resulted in his making life-threatening decisions for those in Jerusalem and Bethlehem.

    Saul’s level of insecurity as a king exploded on hearing people sang about the success of David. Now, he found a rival in David, and that is something he cannot contain within himself. This is the outcome of leadership with insecurity. Have you wondered why you were invited as a quest speaker among others and you were given 30mins when the hall was empty, while others had one hour to share? Insecurity was speaking maybe. Either you don’t have what is relevant, which on the most part is not true, or someone is afraid of you and your message.

    So, you see, like Herod, Fathers take decisions that could be detriment to the entire family because they suspect either their wives or children are trying to usurp authority or otherwise.

    The attitude of most parents changes once they suspect or feel their children are no longer respecting them the way they should. Are you a parent who flares up for little reasons and talks for hours none stop in the name of trying to correct the child? My friend you’re simply suffering from insecurity. You are talking to protect your position of authority as a parent. You have fears hidden within you that you losing your position in the house.

    Listen, it’s not the volume of words with conjectures that corrects a Child. It is a fact of the statement that says ‘A word is enough for the wise’. Encouraging words laden with divine wisdom and love can restore a child, more than a thousand words of outburst. The child might even develop a thick skin towards your constant shouting and frowning of face all the time, thinking you are doing that to get the child’s attention to recognize your position as a parent.

    The response of the man whose friend was troubling him in the night to have something for his visitors speaks volume to us in this regard. Hear his reply …

    Luke 11:7 “And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee.”

    This is parenting, ‘my children are with me in bed’. That is relationship, true family union. knowing the position and state of your child per time. When last have you really sat your child down just to discuss the issues of life. How do you express love to them? Buying them gifts and yet no relationship is no love, parents! If you can’t raise your child to the point of trusting and building confidence in you, then you miss this point, and you miss the child.

    See this;

    Eph 6:4 Fathers, do not irritate and provoke your children to anger [do not exasperate them to resentment], but rear them [tenderly] in the training and discipline and the counsel and admonition of the Lord. (Amp)

    Col 3:21 “Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged” (Amp)

    Col 3:21 Fathers, do not provoke or irritate or fret your children [do not be hard on them or harass them], lest they become discouraged and sullen and morose and feel inferior and frustrated. [Do not break their spirit.] (Amp)

    You see that?

    The effect of provoking your chidden your position of leadership as parents?
    You make them morose and feeling inferior. You kill their self-esteem parents!

    The word ‘provoke’ is so powerful. It means –to anger alongside, i.e. enrage: –anger, provoke to wrath. And ‘wrath’ means: to anger alongside, i.e. enrage: –anger, provoke to wrath.

    So, you see, the word of God says, your anger will result in raising the anger of the child, this time around, toward you and that makes you lose him as you lose respect in his sight. Then he begins to resent you as a parent that is fighting back. Too dangerous!

    Recognizing that God placed you in authority as a Father or Mother in the home, is enough truth to give you confidence and so break you away from the spirit of insecurity that will make you acts strangely without control.

    Same thing with CEO’s who are suspicions of their subordinates of trying to gain more power or popularity. Its turns them over into taking drastic and dangerous decisions in other to protect their position and hold on to power.

    Once you are threatened by the rising popularity of your assistance in an office, you are suffering from leadership insecurity. At this stage delegating responsibilities is with restrained and full of suspicions. All of these are the products of insecurity.

    Excerpt from my Book. ‘Insecure Leadership’.

    To be continued.

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    Insecure Leadership 1

    Matt 2:16 Herod was furious when he realized that the wise men had outwitted him. He sent soldiers to kill all the boys in and around Bethlehem who were two years old and under, based on the wise men’s report of the star’s first appearance. (NLT)

    The above passage of scripture described for us the nature Herod was as a leader. Here is a man who is already in position of authority, but got intimidated and went into a killing spree just because of the news that another leader, a king is born.

    What could lead to such intimidation?

    What could be responsible for such a motivation from a man who is already seated and very much in charge?

    The answers to the above questions of Herod outburst of furry, is found in one word INSECURITY.

    Insecurity is the lack of confidence or your ability to do well. It is being nervous and uncomfortable.

    Again, we read of the story of Saul when an evil spirit from the Lord rested upon him and what he wanted to do to David after he killed Goliath. He did not only dethrone him, he wanted to kill him. 1 Sam.18:6-13.

    Verses 11 And Saul cast the javelin; for he said, I will smite David even to the wall with it. And David avoided out of his presence twice.

    12 And Saul was afraid of David, because the LORD was with him, and was departed from Saul.

    13 Therefore Saul removed him from him, and made him his captain over a thousand; and he went out and came in before the people”.

    All because the women folks and people sang the praises of David for his exploit in killing Goliath.

    Can you imagine what upset the king?

    Jealousy and envy to the point that he dethroned David from his command position and even wanted to kill him.

    Look at the decisions he has to take. What’s leading to all that? Insecurity as a leader.

    He felt he has lost his position as the king to David in the eyes of people. But was that true? Not all! He can’t imagine David having all of those accolades from the people while he is there as a king.

    So, then he wanted to kill to protect his position. He doesn’t want to lose his kingship to a rising star like David being Gods anointed, just as Herod never wanted to lose his kingship to the star of Jesus, the God ordained king.

    Meaning, any leader who is not secure in God will be insecure in their leadership actions.

    So then, if you are in leadership in any capacity, whether in the home as a father, Mother or company CEO, Pastor of a local Assembly and you do not recognize the fact that God gave or called you into that position that you are occupying. You will always act insecurely.

    Have you in any way as a Pastor felt that your second best, your Assistance pastor is getting more popular than you? Then you are suffering from insecurity.

    Have you come to the point where you try to find out how the people you are leading are feeling towards your assistant Pastor?

    Do you all of a sudden begin to feel resentment towards your Assistant Pastor or anyone being recognized by the people because of the grace he or she carries? You are suffering from insecurity as a leader.

    Have you made decisions to transfer your Assistance Pastor only because he is getting more popular amongst the people? You are suffering from insecurity.

    Have you decided to cut down the allowances as a way of punishment to frustrate the Pastor so he can decide to leave and let it not look like you want him out? You have an insecurity problem.

    As a Pastor have you just started running series of programs because another ministry just came to your vicinity in order to retain your members? You have insecurity problem.

    How do you feel when men talk about the great works the Father is using others to do?

    Do you feel intimidated? Then you have insecurity problem.

    Do you feel everybody must submit to you and where that is missing you run down other ministries so you get the credit as the only Apostle around town who has the ultimate revelations? You have insecurity problems.

    Do you all of a sudden start preaching to condemn others, attacking and finding fault with other people ministries even on face book, all to gain popularity?

    You just turned the watchman for Christ in the name of balancing doctrines within the body and even calling names instead of preaching Christ? You have insecurity problem.

    Paul said it this way…

    Phil. 1: 14 And many of the brethren in the Lord, waxing confident by my bonds, are much more bond to speak the word without fear.

    15 Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will:

    16 The one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds”

    And guess what, all those who were preaching to add more bonds to Apostle Paul were all Apostles of some sort. They were so intimidated by the ministry of Paul that once he was in prison, then the obstacles on their way to fame have been removed. Now they must run him down in their preaching, so much so that if possible, he might not have followership when he comes out of prison.

    What a great and high-level of insecurity in the lives of ministers of the Gospel even till date. When you want some people’s ministries to go down because of their capacity and the grace that they carry. You are under the influence of insecurity as a minister.

    To be continued

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    Gal.3: 13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:

    Here it is said, Christ hath redeemed us- ( exhgorasen).meaning he had bought us with a price; i.e his blood, or life, by being made a curse for us.

    . Made a curse; treated as accursed, in suffering for our sake the accursed death of the cross. Deut. 21:23; 2Co 5:21.

    In other words, he was being made as atonement for our sins. This is so because that which was offered as atonement for sin was considered as bearing the punishment due to sin.

    And the person who suffered for transgression was considered as bearing the curse in his body; and such a victim in was taken down from the cross the same day he was executed and buried out of sight to prevent the pollution of the land. The reason being that he that was hanged, was considered accursed of God, which was the case for every of such victim of such crime (Deut.21:22,23). This was responsible for Jesus ‘body being removed same day from the cross.

    2 Cor.5: 21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

    “ who knew no sin”

    Math.26: 57 And they that had laid hold on Jesus led him away to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were assembled.

    58 But Peter followed him afar off unto the high priest’s palace, and went in, and sat with the servants, to see the end.

    59 Now the chief priests, and elders, and all the council, sought false witness against Jesus, to put him to death;

    60 But found none: yea, though many false witnesses came, yet found they none. At the last came two false witnesses,

    61 And said, This fellow said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days.

    62 And the high priest arose, and said unto him, Answerest thou nothing? what is it which these witness against thee?

    63 But Jesus held his peace. And the high priest answered and said unto him, I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ, the Son of God”

    The above trial of Jesus was to establish one thing, the quilt of Jesus that would make him a sinner, but they found none. The spiritual implication of this trial was very significant. He was the lamb of God, and every Lamb before it is offered must be examined by the priest to see if it is without spot , or blemish of any sort.

    So here the priests and elders of Israel were performing that role and spiritually speaking they found no blemish in the Lamb therefore he was qualified to be offered as a sinless Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world. Yes, “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who KNEW NO SIN” And what is the outcome of this? We became the righteousness of God.

    And here is what the word says..Rom.5: 19 “For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous”.

    And what is that? Simply that by reason of Adam’s disobedience, all mankind disobeyed and was counted sinners. Conversely, by the obedience of Christ, all men are counted obedient, and therefore, righteous. Meaning that all inherited penalty for Adam’s sin is blotted out for the whole human race, and considered righteous people and not sinners anymore if only we can accept and recieve that offer.

    1 Cor 1:30 But it is from Him (God) that you have your life in Christ Jesus, Whom God made our Wisdom from God, [revealed to us a knowledge of the divine plan of salvation previously hidden, manifesting itself as] our Righteousness [thus making us upright and putting us in right standing with God], and our Consecration [making us pure and holy], and our Redemption

    [providing our ransom from eternal penalty for sin]

    . AMP.

    Now this is what your freedom and righteousness bought by this exchanged life can do for you if only you can truly believe, acknowledge and walk in that conviction.

    Isa 54:15 Behold, they may gather together and stir up strife, but it is not from Me. Whoever stirs up strife against you shall fall and surrender to you.

    16 Behold, I have created the smith who blows on the fire of coals and who produces a weapon for its purpose; and I have created the devastator to destroy.

    17 But no weapon that is formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue that shall rise against you in judgment you shall show to be in the wrong. This [peace, righteousness, security, triumph over opposition] is the heritage of the servants of the Lord [those in whom the ideal Servant of the Lord is reproduced]; this is the righteousness or the vindication which they obtain from Me [this is that which I impart to them as their justification], says the Lord. AMP.

    Can you see it? The peace, righteousness, security, triumph over opposition you ought to be experiencing today is your heritage as the servants of the Lord who has procured for you your righteousness through the sinless Lamb that God offered.

    In conclusion. Jesus was not a sinner, never had sinned, ‘for in him was no sin’. But he was made sin for us, meaning he was offered on our behalf as sin offering that we might BECOME, the righteousness that God desired and longed for. So now we who were once sinners are now righteous people. He did it all.

    Henceforth don’t live under condemnation. And as a righteous man, be bold to shut the mouth of whoever will want to rise against you. You have the power!

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    John 1: 29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

    “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him”. 2 Cor.5: 21.

    Looking at the above scriptures, we can see that Jesus as a sin offering was offered by God himself. John referred to him as the Lamb of God. Meaning just like everyone was to offer his sin offering for the purpose of sacrifice, even so God by himself has offered for mankind a Lamb suitable for a sin offering to take the place of whatever man will attempt to have offered or will want to offer. This is the only acceptable sin offering to God. So just like he provided a sin offering for Cain, and even a ram for Abraham to be offered in place of Isaac, even so has he provided this sinless Lamb for the sins of humanity. This is what we are seeing here. It is the Lamb of God, God’s own personal Lamb, that is Jesus.

    Further we are told. He was offered to take away the sin of the world. It’s a singular sin. So we are talking about the very act resulting from the fall of Adam in the Garden. Therefore Paul in Romans said.

    “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned…..

    For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.

    Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life”. Rom.5: 12-18.

    Meaning we are justified by reason of Christ death from the condemnation that we were under by reason of the sin of Adam. The sacrificed of Jesus undo the effect of the sin of Adam that was laid on us. He simply took our sentences upon himself not the act itself, but the penalty of the act-sin.

    That which was laid on him, which was our burden is found in the record of Isaiah.

    Ampl. Isa 53: 2 For [the Servant of God] grew up before Him like a tender plant, and like a root out of dry ground; He has no form or comeliness [royal, kingly pomp], that we should look at Him, and no beauty that we should desire Him.

    3 He was despised and rejected and forsaken by men, a Man of sorrows and pains, and acquainted with grief and sickness; and like One from Whom men hide their faces He was despised, and we did not appreciate His worth or have any esteem for Him.

    4 Surely He has borne our griefs (sicknesses, weaknesses, and distresses) and carried our sorrows and pains [of punishment], yet we


    considered Him stricken, smitten, and afflicted by God [as if with leprosy

    5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole.

    6 All we like sheep have gone astray, we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord has made to light upon Him the guilt and iniquity of us all.

    Notice these words. “He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him…

    “He became a focal point of all of the results or effects of our sins, iniquity”….. “the Lord has made to light upon Him the guilt and iniquity of us all”.

    So you see, whatever should have been the burden of sorrows, pains, depression, sicknesses weaknesses etc etc resulting from the effect of the sin we were associated with in Adam were laid upon him and he took them away from us. Meaning by reason of his sacrifice as a sin offering, we are no longer supposed to bear these burdens again in life. He did it all and we are free and free indeed. He bore our iniquities and not our sins, as the Lamb of God.

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    Math. 27: 3 Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders,

    4 Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, what is that to us? see thou to that”.

    The above scripture is the confession and testimony of Judas Iscariot after he has betrayed Jesus. Now do you know the strength of the statement he just made when he said, I have betrayed THE INNOCENT BLOOD? He didn’t say ‘an’ innocent blood but THE ..

    It is from the word = athoos, ath’-o-os in the Greek, Meaning “not guilty:–innocent” and it is taken from the root word (. a ) a, al’-fah of Hebrew origin; the first letter of the alphabet; figuratively, the first: –Alpha. And that speaks of the very first blood Adam had before the fall. The original blood that is without corruption, sin.. It’s completely free of sin and any such thing that is associated with sin.

    The innocent Blood is the ‘apha’ blood, the very first and original blood. Yes, Jesus had no sin in his blood system while he walked the earth. He was completely innocent. Therefore he was not a sinner not even on the cross.

    But God “made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him”. 2 Cor.5: 21.

    Again like I said previously, the words tajx chattath, and tajx chattaah, frequently as used signify sin; but it can be observed that more than a hundred places in the Old Testament where they are used, it meant ‘sin-offering’ ,and this is what the Apostle translated ‘amartia’ here in 2 Cor.5:21, saying… “He hath made him to be sin (amartian, A SIN-OFFERING) for us, who knew no sin”.

    Here are some examples.. Exo.29: 14 But the flesh of the bullock, and his skin, and his dung, shalt thou burn with fire without the camp: it is a sin offering.

    Lev.4: 3 If the priest that is anointed do sin according to the sin of the people; then let him bring for his sin, which he hath sinned, a young bullock without blemish unto the LORD for a sin offering.

    2 Chron.29: 20 Then Hezekiah the king rose early, and gathered the rulers of the city, and went up to the house of the LORD.

    21 And they brought seven bullocks, and seven rams, and seven lambs, and seven he goats, for a sin offering for the kingdom, and for the sanctuary, and for Judah. And he commanded the priests the sons of Aaron to offer them on the altar of the LORD.

    Now you can see that, the ‘sin offering’ was not the one that committed the crime but it is being used to pacify God to avoid His wrath on the sinner and so set him free. Like the sin offering by Hezekiah for the kingdom. Meaning the sin offering was offered on behalf of the kingdom that has sinned. But the sin offering is not the sinner. Even so Jesus was offered as a sin offering but he was not the sinner, nor did he commit any sin, he was without sin dear people!

    The Septuagint translates the Hebrew word by amartia in ninety-four places in Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers, where a sin-offering is meant. Same thing we see in 2 Cor 5:21. So the right translation here ought to be an offering for sin. But that it may be plainly seen that sin-offering, not sin, is the meaning of the word in this verse.

    Now let me show you another very perfect example of this application which men have also wrongly misinterpreted for us in relation to the sacrifice of Cain in Gen. Chapter 4.

    Gen.4: 3 And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD.

    4 And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering: {flock: Heb. sheep, or, goats}

    5 But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.

    6 And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen?

    7 If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.

    Have we not being told that Cain brought bad offerings to God hence his sacrifices was rejected? And we used this to preach in order to provoke people to give more especially in times of so called Annual Thanksgiving in our Churches.? But what really went wrong with Cain’s offering.

    Hear this my friend, Vs.4..says,. Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock], meaning he brought an additional offering, One was the ‘minchah’ i.e a gratitude offering; and then he brought the (twrkbm mibbechoroth) which is “the first-born of his flock”, and by that speaking to God that he is a sinner that needs forgiveness and therefore professed faith in the promised Messiah that is to come.

    So we read “By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh” Heb.11: 4

    Notice that it is “God testifying of his gifts GIFTS”,showing it is more than one. Can you see it? So it’s speaking of the gratitude offering and the sin offering which he offered, this, Cain did not include in his sacrifice, and so claiming self-righteousness before God hence his offering was like not accepted.

    Again the word should read.. “By FAITH Abel offered (pleiova yusian,) a MORE or GREATER sacrifice; that is what the word stands for, not a more excellent as the translators will want us to believe. It was the addition that was stressed not the quality.

    So Abel by adding a sacrifice to it paid a proper regard to the will of God just the way it has then been revealed, acknowledged himself a sinner, and therefore nullifying the Divine anger of God’s judgment and so showing forth the death of Christ till he came.

    In Verse 7. God wasn’t necessarily quarrelling with Cain, but rather was telling Cain not to be angry with his brother, that it was the addition of the offering that made Abel’s offering to be accepted and that being angry with his brother will not solve the problem, rather he should look unto God to whom the offering was supposed to be offered, and has the power to acquit or condemn. Same problem Judas Iscariot had of repenting towards men instead of God when he went to the priests.

    So when God said. . “sin lieth at the door”. he wasn’t telling Cain that the sin of killing his brother through anger was at his doorsteps and that he should rule over it, but rather “a sin-offering lieth at thy door” for that is what the phrase (tajx xtpl lappethach chattath robets), means ;in other words there is an animal proper to be offered as an atonement for sin now couching at the door of thy fold.

    So God by his mercy provided and informed him that “a sin offering” (Ubr robets, is a word used to express the lying down of a quadruped, an animal that has four legs.) was lying at the door of his fold.

    And when he said.. “And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.” It is not that Cain should rule over sin, but rather, he was telling Cain that, Abel’s desire will still be unto Cain he being the senior.

    By Implication, Cain your birthright as the elder has not been taken away from you so don’t get angry with your junior brother even though his offering has been accepted, besides I have made a sin offering available to you that I can accept, just go offer him to me. All these was said to pacify Cain from being angry, but Cain still failed,.

    Same way men are rejecting the Lamb of God that he has offered freely to all men to pacify his own anger and it is still being rejected as the saviour of the world.

    Jesus was an innocent sin- offering provided by God for the sins of men. Stop calling Jesus a sinner.

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    Again like I stated in part 1 of this discuss, I have heard people in various none Christian groups say, one of the major reasons Jesus has to die the way he did was because he was paying for the sins of his previous life. In other words they were buttressing their belief of reincarnation. But we know that Jesus only incarnated but never reincarnated.

    So when you begin to teach that the sins of the world was laid on him even on the cross, you are also saying he died the death of a sinner because of sin and that also means he was a sinner. And that is very dangerous a doctrine concerning our Lord Jesus Christ.

    Here is an illustration. Barabbas was a murderer and seditionist, who were to be crucified according to the law of the Jews/Romans, but Jesus took his place and he was released. Does that mean Jesus actually committed the very crime of being a murderer? The answer says no! But he took the punishment due the crime of Barabbas which was death. Barabbas then was a type of humanity so that we could be free from the penalty of death.

    Here is what the word says about this fact in Heb. 2:9

    “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man”. (KJV)

    He tasted death means, he experienced death. And that was in consequence of the fall of Adam, for the word says.. Rom.5: 12 “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned”

    You see what I mean? That he died for all men didn’t make him a sinner, rather he took the punishment due sin unto himself in other to free us from the consequences of the fall (sin) of Adam which is death. He simply carried the consequences, but he didn’t enter into the act of sinning.

    By reason of the fall, the whole human race became sinful in their nature, and in their practice added transgression to sinfulness of lifestyle, and so became exposed to death things. To redeem man therefore, Jesus Christ took on him the nature of man, and suffered the penalty due to their sins. This is what a diligent study will reveal from the scriptures and not the other way round as we have always believed and taught.

    Now here is what the scriptures said about Jesus, which we must believe and stick to and not our opinions.

    “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him”. 2 Cor.5: 21

    “And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin”. 1 John.3: 5.

    This I believe is a strong statement for us to consider in line with our discuss. ‘He knew no sin’, means he did not experience sin or have anything to do with sin. And ‘in him is no sin’ means he never had any sin factored within his being. In fact Jesus said the prince of this world cometh and shall find nothing in me. Meaning there was no trace or factor of sin in him for the devil or the religious leaders of the Jews to hold unto in him.

    The word “knew” is very important here. We are told in Gen 4: 1 “ And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain” Meaning Adam had an intercourse with his wife and brought forth.

    So for Jesus not to know sin means he had no intercourse or any form of personal relationship with sin in anyway. They were never friends, relations, married, or united in any way. For the union of man and sin always produced death as the offspring. That is the wages of sin Rom. 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death; ..”(KJV)

    Why do you think he was properly qualified to be the atoning sacrifice for the sins of men, because “ in him is no sin”. He came into the world to destroy the power, pardon the guilt, and cleanse from all men the pollution of sin but yet he did not partake of sin not even in his death. He tasted death the word says, but knew no sin. What a savior!

    So Jesus tasted death, which is the result or wages, salaries that sin pays. But he never tasted sin, rather he was a sin offering. “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him”. 2 Cor.5: 21.

    The words tajx chattath, and tajx chattaah, frequently signify sin; but it can be observed that more than a hundred places in the Old Testament where they are used, it meant ‘sin-offering’ ,and this is what the Apostle translated ‘amartia’ here in 2 Cor.5:21, saying… “He hath made him to be sin (amartian, A SIN-OFFERING) for us, who knew no sin”.

    What is sin offering then?, that will be our next line of thought. Stop calling Jesus a sinner for he knew no sin.

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    The Church has indirectly agreed with the world by teaching that Jesus was a sinner. There are sayings that Jesus died for his own sins, therefore he cannot save you. That when Jesus said ‘take up your cross and follow me’ he meant to say I am dying for my sins, so you also get ready to die for your own sins, that is what is meant by work out your own salvation, which they also interpret to mean the interplay of the law of karma.

    While the Church may not say this openly, they teach same thing when they say that our sins were laid on him, making him a sinner and so he was so ugly that we could not behold him and even God could not look upon his son because of the sins of the world that was laid on him, and that is why he shouted my God, my God why have thou forsaken me

    But essentially the Bible never for once mentioned that our sins were laid on him. This is what it says..

    Isa. 53: 6 – All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. And 2 Cor.5: 21 “For he hath made him to be sin for us,…” we shall look into 2 Cor. much later. But let’s deal with the iniquity first.

    Now this passage is what has led to this dangerous and damaging teaching of Jesus being a sinner, because the interpretation here to us is that iniquity is the same thing as sin. I do not want to go into words definitions here of Hebrew and Greek, let me just use other passages with the same word iniquity to give the appropriate definition as seen in scriptures.

    For instance in Ps.51:5 David said “Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me”.

    So was David saying he was shapen in ‘sin’ and in ‘sin’ did her conceive him? Was he just repeating the same word? The Amplified makes the meaning clearer for us to understand.

    Ps 51:5 (AMP) Behold, I was brought forth in [a state of] iniquity; my mother was sinful who conceived me [and I too am sinful].

    The state of iniquity means he was brought into life carrying the effect of sin, the very product of sin, and the wages of sin. Not that he was a sinner or carrying sin but what that sin, that was factored in the mother produced. It was the Mother that sinned not David, but he suffered the consequences of the sin of the Mother.

    See it this way, if a woman was promiscuous and get infected with HIV Aids, then she became pregnant and gave birth to full blow Aids Baby, was the baby the sinner or the mother? But the state of the Child is that of an Aid carrier, he is a victim of the act (sin) of the mother, and this state of being an Aids carrier, this disease and sickness is what David referred to as ‘state of iniquity’.

    Again let me use another scripture for us here, when God told Israel.

    Exo.20: 4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:

    5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me”

    Was He saying I will visits the sins of the Fathers unto the children or the consequences of their sins? The consequences of course!. What he meant to say is that, if the fathers worship idols, he will then punish the children which could be in form of no rain in the land, making the heaven brass, the sword, which is wars, pestilences on the land and even being taken into slavery. These were to be the punishment due to sin which the children will bear. They will only bore the iniquity of their Fathers but they never sinned by worshiping idols.

    In fact Ezekiel lend his voice to this, “What mean ye, that ye use this proverb concerning the land of Israel, saying, the fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge? Ezek. 18:2.

    So you see, iniquity is not the act here but the effect of the sin of their Fathers. Same way; Jesus has borne our iniquities, that is, the punishment due to sin but he was not in the act. There was no sin in him not even on the cross otherwise; he could never have been our redeemer. He was the spotless Lamb of God. Stop calling Jesus a sinner.

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    Who truly is a spiritual father, now that we have the emergence of so many. How do we identify a true spiritual father?

    Of Timothy we are told –2Tim.1:5 When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.)

    Meaning it wasn’t Paul that brought Timothy to faith, but he only circumcised him.

    Of Hezekiah we read – 2Chron.29:1 Hezekiah began to reign when he was five and twenty years old,

    2And he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord, according to all that David his father had done.)

    But we know that his father was Ahaz,(an idolatrous king),he was the son of Jotham, the son of Uzziah. But here we are told David was his father.

    so then how did David became his father? just like Paul becoming Timothy’s father.

    Could it be that true fathering is the one that opens you up to the true will of God for your life ? I mean could it be the man that truly opens up the scriptures to your understanding, and guiding you on the way you should go ?

    Could it be the man that weaned you away from religiosity to true Christianity, and so identifying your sonship in Christ ? Who is a true spiritual father. ?

    Am still wondering how David became Hezekiah’s father. For we do know that Ahaz was his biological father .

    We have so many laying claim to this Grace today .

    But how do we truly identify a true spiritual father.

    Just as so many are lost because of its abuse and rejection.

    But if Paul will call Timothy my son, I don’t know what Timothy will refer to Paul, my course mate Paul ?

    Oh no, it must be my brother Paul for we are all brethren in the Lord , Yes!

    just pondering!

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    “Heb 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God”.

    The cross was regarded as the appropriate punishment of the most infamous of mankind, such as for thieves ,robbers etc just as gallows , and every other instrument of execution is today.

    But after Jesus used it, we now think of the “cross,” not as of the multitude of slaves, and robbers, and thieves, and rebels, who have died on it, but rather of the one great victim (Jesus) whose death has ennobled, digninified even changed the true meaning of this instrument of torture, and he encircled it with a halo of glory.

    So Jesus brought glory to the cross, now people use it all over as a symbol of ornamentation and beauty. Decorating themselves and the alters of worship, no more an instrument of shame.

    Don’t you think embracing the cross can also bring such glory to your life?

    Don’t you think you can be honoured with the cross of Jesus?

    Meaning, that all your shame of any sort was and can be taken away on and by the cross.

    He has come to dignify you and yours forever removing from you all that can and will ever bring shame to you. The power of the cross?

    You can’t look down on it no matter your spiritual or apostolic enlightenment.

    Whatever glory you have attained to today, whether you be the highest Apostle in the land . You are just basking under the influence of the cross.

    Yes the cross is what it is, Freedom from spiritual and mental slavery . I love the cross of Jesus with the halo that speaks of a renewed mind, for that is what the crown of thorns represented. For just as his strips you were healed, and received peace in your soul by his chastisement, even so is your Adamic mind healed by the thorns on his head.

    Now you have the mind of Christ through the cross . Praise the Lord.

    Just pondering.

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    In John 2: 6-8, Jesus turned water to wine, speaking of joy and happiness in the Holy Spirit.

    In contrast with the ministry of Moses, he turned water into blood as a sign of God’s judgment (Ex 7:14-24),

    Jesus brings joy and Moses the ministry of condemnation and judgment.

    Where do we belong in our ministrations, are we turning water, (the word of God) into wine for the joy of God’s people as Ambassadors of reconciliation, or turning water to judgment and condemnation, terrorizing people to serve God and not out of love ?

    Are we in the ministry of Moses or that of Jesus? If you are for Jesus , then please turn water to wine.

    It’s a new Day of joy in our Saviour. Let out the glad tidings of the finished work of Christ.

    Stop promoting the devil in your ministrations as if the sacrifice of Jesus is on vain.

    We are asked to cast out devils and not to honour, plead or conduct interview with them .

    Making the devil more powerful than Jesus ,and so creating fear in the people in other for them to believe and honour our ministry is turning water into blood.

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