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SONS OF GOD and SONS OF MEN!

SONS OF GOD and SONS OF MEN!

What is the Difference?

Spirit gives birth to spirit; flesh gives birth to flesh.

Sons of God have a spiritual nature that is in total contrast to the sons of men!

Sons of God share in the holy nature of God; sons of men share in the sinful nature of Adam.

“… as many as received him, to them he gave 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

Sons of men are natural-born sinners. They are born of the flesh and blood of the sin-bound natural man, in the similitude of Adam and Eve. They are carnal-minded; born in sin according to the will of man. In them the old man of sin is still very much alive; not yet crucified (for only in Christ can he be crucified). Therefore, the sinful propensities of the sons of men remain intact in their body (life/lifestyle), so that they have no other choice but to live and die in sin, even in their best days. And because they do not have the divine (righteous) character of God, nor do they share in His divine (holy) nature, sin (sinning) is inherently entwined into their everyday life (lifestyle). And because they are enslaved to sin, even in their best behavior, their inner motivation is impure and wicked before a Holy God.

In humanness, in our mortal bodies, are born in sin and into sin to cooperate with sin and play along with Satan until we die and go to hell. But in Christ we have an abundance of grace extended to us to be born-again. This now enables us to resist sin and rebel against Satan until we have zero tolerance for him. Being born-again through Christ is the only way we can ever receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit, share in the holy nature of God, and live righteously till Christ comes to take us home.

BE WARNED!

You will go home with the one whose nature you share:

If Satan, then hell. If Christ, then heaven!

Yes, we are born in sin, but we do not have to die in sin. We can be born-again, so that the old sinful nature, enslaved to sin in the nature of Satan, can be put to death and gone forever; so that the new you, with the nature of God, created in Christ, forever dwells in the joyful presence of God. But this transformation cannot happen without you going through a tangible life-reforming, mind-renewal, and heart-transforming process orchestrated by the Holy Spirit.

“We know that our old self was put to death on the execution-stake with him, so that the entire body of our sinful propensities might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin.”

  • Romans 6:6

Sons of God are Children of God. They are those who used to be sinners, but are now spiritually transformed, that is, born-again; not by sinful man, but by God. But the transition from sinfulness to holiness (from unrighteousness to righteousness) does not happen naturally; it happens spiritually, by the Holy Spirit, and manifests physically in our daily life- social, economic and political. The transformation begins with the destruction of the old (sinful) nature. If you are willing, it takes the power of God’s Spirit, through the Lord Jesus Christ, to destroy the old man of sin. With its destruction, you can then begin to live sin-free, just like Jesus lived. Living a righteous and holy life then becomes your new normal.

The more you allow God to destroy the old sinful nature in you, the more your sinful propensities (your ungodly tendencies, your tendency to do wrong) would be destroyed, and the more your lifestyle and life pursuits reflect Christ. But the person who refuses to be transformed will simply retain his sinful nature. Such a person, instead of reflecting the mind of Christ and the heart of the God of Heaven, will remain carnal in his thinking and his lifestyle and life’s pursuit will be worldly. Thus, sons of God are people who are no longer enslaved to sin as they now share in the divine (righteous) character of God and in His holy nature, having power over sin. As their inner motives and interests are being transformed and made pure, they are empowered by the Spirit of God to resist Satan and his cohorts, so that they no longer do what sinners do. Please understand that such a person can still sin, but it will not be by irresistible compulsion; it will be as a deliberate act of his will. If a believer willingly or unwillingly engages in sin, they must immediately repent and change their ways; otherwise, condemnation awaits them.

Hebrews 10:26-27 (CJB): “For if we deliberately continue to sin after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but only the terrifying prospect of Judgment, of raging fire that will consume the enemies.”

Any believer who deliberately (willingly) sins will receive a deserved punishment according to three biblical counts: They will be charged with:

  1. Trampling underfoot the Son of God,
  2. Treating as common the blood of the covenant,
  3. Insulting the Holy Spirit, the Giver of Grace.

Hebrews 10:28-29 (CJB): “Someone who disregards the Torah of Moshe is put to death without mercy on the word of two or three witnesses. Think how much worse will be the punishment deserved by someone who has trampled underfoot the Son of God; who has treated as something common the blood of the covenant which made him holy; and who has insulted the Spirit, giver of God’s grace!”

Such a person will not enter into the Kingdom of God as they are expected to know better.

According to Psalm 1, the righteous (according to God’s definition) walk not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stand in the way of sinners, nor sit in the seat of the scornful. But their delight is in the law of the Lord; and in God’s law do they meditate day and night. Therefore, they shall be like trees planted by the rivers of water, bringing forth righteous fruits from one season of their life to another; their lives also shall not wither; and whatsoever they do prosper.

NOW, if you are like a brother of mine who strongly believes that his religious piety, along with his good behavior, are good enough to make him righteous enough for heaven and does not believe he needs the help of Jesus Christ, you really need to hear and pay close attention to this:

Even if you have never physically committed a single sin in your life since you have been born into this world, you are still a sinner, for in sin your mother conceived you and gave birth to you:

Psalm 51:7-9:

(5) True, I was born guilty,
was a sinner from the moment my mother conceived me.
8 (6) Still, you want truth in the inner person;
so make me know wisdom in my inmost heart.

9 (7) Sprinkle me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
10 (8) Let me hear the sound of joy and gladness,
so that the bones you crushed can rejoice.
11 (9) Turn away your face from my sins,
and blot out all my crimes.

12 (10) Create in me a clean heart, God;
renew in me a resolute spirit.

A resolute spirit is one that has been trained and equipped

to resist sin and rebel against Satan and all his works.

 

Sons of God, therefore, are those who have been trained and equipped

by the Holy Spirit to live above their humanness.

What does it mean for someone to live above his humanness?

This is indicative of living above the weaknesses, imperfections, errors and fragility associated with the natural man (human beings).

Please understand that the natural man, that is, sons of men, cannot resist sin and or rebel against Satan. Why? Because they are enslaved to sin, and as such, they do not have what it takes to overcome the power of sin. Such people re dead to righteousness and awakened to sin. They sin naturally. Sinning is first nature to them. Therefore, God considers them as wicked.

The Bible says, “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (see Romans 3:23). And so, anybody who rejects the precious gift of Salvation in Christ will be counted among the wicked- those who are not born-again. The wicked are like the chaff which the wind drives away. Therefore, on the day of judgment, such a person will be condemned to eternal damnation in hell because he has rejected the grace of God and has relied on his own works- human righteousness, which is like filthy rags in the sight of God. They will not be permitted to dwell in the heavenly congregation of the righteous because they failed to pattern their life according to Jesus- the first-born among many brethren, since he is the perfect example and standard to which we are called. Therefore, the sons of men will be regarded as sons of Satan, not sons of God, because, by choice, they chose to retain their old nature, which is in the likeness of Satan-  the one who has been sinning from the beginning (see 1 John 1:8). And as such, while they are languishing in hell, the sons of God will live on in eternal glory and blessings in the presence of their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the Father and the Holy Spirit.

The question now is, how does one become a son of God? The fact remains that everyone is born a sinner, but not everyone will die a sinner. Some will choose to accept the gift of grace and be converted and saved, while some, for reasons best known to them, will reject the grace of God and be damned forever.

This is the essence of the Gospel: our loving heavenly Father has no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but desires that the wicked turn from his way and live:

‘As I live,’ swears Adonai Elohim, ‘I take no pleasure in having the wicked person die, but in having the wicked person turn from his way and live. So repent! Turn from your evil ways!

  • Ezekiel 33:11 (CJB)

The Father has made extensive possibility, preparation and provision for all to be saved and rescued: For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life:

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

  • John3:16

Today, the grace of God, unmerited, is extended to you through the Lord Jesus Christ. It is voluntary; no one is to be forced or coerced to receive it. The message explaining this grace what is called the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This message is to be properly and truthfully preached to everyone, without fear of favor. Anyone who rejects this message of grace rejects the love of God that has been perfectly demonstrated by the Lord Jesus Christ, who died and shed His precious blood for the remission of sin. A person who rejects the grace of God will be rejecting the one and only opportunity to be saved and delivered from a world of sin. And for such a person, nothing else but the full wrath of God awaits them at the end of his life; they will spend eternity in hell.

God is no respecter of persons. There is no favoritism in God. No partiality; everyone is invited to partake of the blessing of salvation. God has no preference for any geographical region, race or people. The power of God to save and to deliver is extended to all. And as many as receive him, to them who believe on his name, He would give the power to become the sons of God; sons born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

“As many as who believe and put their trust in me will I glorify.”

“O ye awon to ba gbamigbo, tio si gbekelemi, lemi yio se logo” (in Yoruba language)

You can change your eternal destiny today and go from death to life (from hell-bound to heaven-bound) by simply acknowledging that you are a sinner and you need a savior. Renounce your sins, Satan, and all his lies and evil works. Accept the Lord Jesus Christ into your heart. If you do this, God will send you His Holy Spirit and your life will never be the same again.

If this is your heart desire, simply pray this prayer of salvation:

Dear Lord Jesus, I acknowledge that I am a sinner, and I ask for your forgiveness. I believe you are the Son of God and that you died for my sins and rose from the dead. I repent and turn away from my sins and invite you to come into my heart and life. I put my trust in you and I accept you as my Lord and Savior. I want to be part of God’s holy Family. I thank you Father for forgiving me and giving me eternal life with you, Amen.

 

 

If you just prayed this prayer for the first time, or you just rededicated your life, we welcome you to the family of God! We would love to pray with you and provide you with resources to help you in your walk with God. 

 

OVERCOMING THE SPIRIT OF DEATH

OVERCOMING THE SPIRIT OF DEATH

Atlanta, USA, August 2019: My wife and I had the privilege of ministering deliverance (in the holy name and power of the Lord Jesus Christ) to a 50-year old gentleman from the Dominican Republic. To protect his privacy, I will simply identify him as Ruby.

We had several deliverance sessions with him. In one of the sessions, we encountered a spirit that identified himself as “spirit of the dead”.  This was essentially a death spirit invoked against Ruby by a woman with whom he had had a relationship in the past. And so, the death spirit was sent on assignment to steal, kill and destroy everything good that Ruby touches and or attempts to accomplish in his life.

Now, as a rule, when it comes to healing and deliverance, you want to know how and why the enemy
entered in the first place, because knowing what constitutes an open door to the enemy is a primary
key to setting the captives free and casting the enemy out. Thus, it is important to know the legal
ground by which an evil has infiltrated and afflicted a person, his family and or his bloodline.

And so, to set Ruby free from the unclean spirit, we needed to know how the spirit entered him and
why. This is essential for us to determine what sin(s) are in Ruby’s heart and are constituting “open
door” to the enemy. So, I commanded the evil spirit to tell me how he managed to enter Ruby and on
what ground. I also wanted to know how long he had been in Ruby and what damages he had done
to his life. In response, the evil spirit said 20 years. I immediately checked that information with Ruby
for obvious reason, and he confirmed that he actually saw that spirit by his bedside in his house in
Dominican Republic some 20 years ago. Furthermore, I commanded the spirit to tell me how he
accomplished his evil task in Ruby’s life. The spirit said he lived in Ruby’s body, and every night he
would disturb his sleep and make sure he does not have a restful night. And how specifically does he
do that? He would press down, shake and agitate Ruby’s soul, to make him restless. This information checked out with Ruby who was quick to confirm that he had had no restful night in 20 years. 

I then proceeded to ask the spirit to explain how he was invoked and by what means. The spirit said that the lady (naming Ruby’s ex-girlfriend), operating by witchcraft, came to his graveyard, specifically to his tomb and pronounced some incantation, and dropped 3 pennies on his grave to invoke him and send him out on mission to steal, kill and destroy Ruby. The lady then gave the evil spirit Ruby’s name and address, and that was it. When I heard all that the evil spirit said, I could not hide my disgust fo this evil spirit. I exclaimed, “Three pennies! Three useless coins?” Yes, people; of God three pennies and some incantations were all it took to send an unclean spirit to steal, kill and destroy; except for the divine intervention that put an end to it on that day. 

You must be really cheap!”, I exclaimed (in apparent annoyance). To that he responded, questioning me,  “Who are you and how did you find me? “And what do you want with me?” (By the way the unclean spirit spoke in English). He went on to say that for the last 20 years he had been indwelling Ruby, no one had been able to find him. He was kind of puzzled. he said he wanted to leave because he was burning up because of the fire of God. Thus, he had no power to resist me. 

Like Ruby, many, before now, may have tried so many ways and so many things to set themselves free from satanic bondage, demonic patterns and vicious cycles; but don’t seem to be making much progress. The truth is, all things are naked and open to the Eyes of the Living God. He is the One that pinpointed the demonic presence in Ruby’s life. And so, to the unclean spirit, I responded by saying that it is the Lord Jesus Christ who found him and arrested him, and by the power of the Holy Spirit, he would now be cast out into hell, forever.

Well, God’s people, the reality of this situation and many others in this world is that it does not cost
witches and wizards a great amount of money to destroy people. And in Ruby’s case, it only took three pennies, which the spirit cannot even spend. But the fact remains that that single unholy 20-year old transaction ensured that Ruby was jobless, hopeless and helpless. Broken and bewildered, Ruby was a miserable man all through those 20 years until the Lord intervened. He was a suicidal drunken failure until he had an encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ. Yes, the spirit was given a paltry sum to effect something of eternal impact; to make Ruby penniless, to destroy his aspirations and ruin every relationship he attempted. But at the appointed time, it only took proclaiming the precious blood of Jesus Christ and exercising His authority to redeem him from the curses placed upon him. 

And as you may already have figured out, Ruby, like many people, was a fornicator. He also engaged in pornography, oral sex and stuff. But as bad as those things are, Ruby’s main problem came, not from those evil things he participated in, but from the satanic ritual that his then barren mother performed to seek a child from a witchdoctor in Haiti. Thus, Ruby’s plight did not necessarily originate from his own sins, but from the evil things that his ancestors did.

When the foundation is broken, even the righteous cannot accomplish much good with their life (see
Psalms 11:3). The profound story, as told to us by Ruby himself, was that his mother, supposedly a
church woman, was barren and desperate for a child. She desperately wanted a male child, or her
husband would marry another woman, soon. For this reason, she approached a voodoo priest in the
neighboring country of Haiti. (Haiti and Dominican Republic are neighboring countries). And what
was the price? A male cow! That was the “peace offering” that Ruby’s mom had to give to the voodoo
priest to appease Satan, to ensure that she conceived and have a male child. That male child would be Ruby. And if you think that that ungodly transaction ended right there, you have another think coming. Satan does not play fair; he wants you, your family, your community, and your nation; and he would do anything and exploit any avenue to get it. 

Indeed, the ritual created an open door in Ruby’s life for Lucifer to come in at will. But what was the origin of the barrenness experienced by Ruby’s mom? Witchcraft! Ruby’s grandmother was also involved in witchcraft. She worshipped Satan and made oblations to him. That implies, by virtue of those ungodly acts and abominable practices, Ruby’s grandmother had already destroyed the foundation upon which many generations would be built. Today, many are in the church, but they are battling with foundational issues that constitute open doors to Lucifer and his agents. They pray and fast, but don’t seem to be getting any positive result. Well, to such people, I say it’s time to be like Ruby; it’s time to recognize the broken breaches. it’s tome to break the curses and restore the broken foundations. It’s time to recognize the fact that the Body of Christ is called to build the old waste places and raise up the broken foundations of many generations. We are called to be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in:

And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in. Isaiah 58:12

Ruby’s life began to turn around after he gave his life to Christ. He then emigrated to the United
States, and somehow, became a member of a Hispanic church in Atlanta where I went to preach. That was how we met. Long story short, we scheduled him for healing and deliverance, and here we are today sharing the good news about his release from captivity by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Before casting out the evil spirit, I asked him what specifically he was sent to do with Ruby and why?
The evil spirit said he was sent on assignment to take away Ruby’s peace and force him to return to
his ex-girlfriend and marry her. That was the goal that was programmed into the death spirit and he
was not to return until the goal is accomplished. But Thanks be God, who, in Christ, has given us
power to trample upon serpents and scorpions and over all the powers of the enemy; and nothing
shall by any means prevail against us (see Luke 10:19). 

Eventually, we cast out the death spirit from Ruby, along with several others, including the  soul fragments of his mother and grandmother, all his ex-lovers, and of course, the witchcraft lady who invoked the death spirit. Essentially, we dismantled all ungodly soul ties in his life, making sure that all open doors were shut, destroyed and removed. We also demolished all evil altars that had his personal possessions by which the witches were able to contact him at will.

Now, it is important to understand that while demonic presence in one’s life and or in the life of loved ones may not be so obvious, their negative influences, symptoms and signs of their presence do speak for them. From career failure and business collapse, to relationship crises and marriage failure; I don’t know what anybody out there may be going through, but whatever evil pattern you notice in your life, I suggest you take it seriously. Sadly, many in the Church today live in denial, to their own dilemma; making false claims about their life and spiritual condition. All over the world, witches and wizards, warlocks and witch doctors, voodoo priestess and priests, spiritualists and false pastors alike are consulted daily by people from all walks of life for one reason or the other, hoping to solve their problems through demonic means. 

Please understand that you cannot cast out darkness with darkness. And many others like them, ordinary folks, poor and rich people alike, seeking the help of demons to destroy people for the purpose of revenge. They have forgotten that vengeance is the Lord’s. Sadly, many world leaders, heads of state, politicians, businessmen and women, as well as men and women in uniform are busy consulting Lucifer and his agents for powers, privileges and possessions, including the souls of men, to own, to hold, and to control. This is evil at its highest order; the Bible calls it spiritual wickedness in high places. Depart from such people; have nothing to do with them. Their destruction will be swift!

Now, perhaps someone, out of jealousy, anger or something, may have invoked a death spirit against
you or someone that you know. Perhaps, someone has sworn to make sure that your marriage and everything good that you touch and or attempt to build dies even before it gets started. Perhaps you have noticed a pattern in your life, and you have concluded, fully or partially, that you are exhibiting some demonic symptoms. Know that you don’t have to suffer for 20 years like Ruby did. The battle for your soul has already been won by the Lord Jesus Christ. Christ is the solution to all of life’s problems. He can heal you, deliver you and direct your path in righteousness. All you have to do
is submit your life to Him and He will empower you to overcome the enemy of your soul. Without Christ, man will remain vulnerable to the enemy and be wasted eternally. 

NOW is the time to arise in prayer, even in spiritual warfare. But first, you must ask God for mercy, for you, for your ancestors, and for the other parties involved, including your exes, as the case may be. You must ask the Holy Spirit for help, in the name of Jesus Christ, to empower you by granting you the grace to acknowledge your sins and those of your ancestors, turning from your wicked ways to Jesus Christ, and accepting Him as Lord and Savior. Then, embark on the following:

– Repent, Renounce and Reject all generational curses that may be in operation in your life,
family and bloodline.
– Put your whole trust in His grace and love and determine in your heart to follow and obey
Him as your Lord.
– Ask the Lord Jesus Christ to baptize you with the Holy Spirit and Fire.
– Renounce all evil powers of this world, including all ancestral gods in your household, region
and nation. Renounce all ancestral spirits and satanic covenants associated with them.
– Renounce all sinful desires that are in your heart and remove all ungodly articles, including
satanic artifacts, from your home. 

Break all ungodly soul ties with everyone, including exes, ex-spouses, and all others you have been involved with in any ungodly way. Break the seal of Satan and set yourself free by the sword of the Holy Spirit. Take authority (in the mighty name of Jesus Christ) over the demons/unclean spirits, casting them out by name. (Their names most often reflect their evil assignments). Slowly but surely, you will begin to feel better, and lighter, as the demonic burdens begin to lift from your soul. God is merciful and gracious. He is a holy God. His desire for mankind is to see us turn away from our sins and follow His righteous path. That is why He sent His only begotten Son, Jesus:

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16) 

For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.  (John 3:17).

Please understand that you can never cast out a demon in the name of anyone other than Jesus Christ, for He is God- the One True Lord and Savior- sent by Father God Almighty, in the Power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus’ purpose is not only to forgive sin, but to destroy sin. He is here to set you and your loved one’s free set from religious, social, economic and political bondages. All He asks of you is that you put your life in His loving care by trusting in His Person and Power. The promise of eternal life is only guaranteed in Christ Jesus, in union with the Father and the Holy Spirit. You can enter into that union today and become a partaker of the blessings of grace by simply praying the prayer below:

Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe you are the Son of God who came in the flesh as the Messiah to save mankind from sins. I believe in my heart that You died for my sins and rose from the dead, and on that basis, I turn from my sins and invite You to come into my heart and be the Lord of my life. From today I put my trust in You and promise to follow You as my Lord and Savior.

If you prayed this prayer for the first time in your life, or you prayed it again to rededicate your life to
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the Holy Spirit.