Date: May 01 2017
Second Quarter Theme: May, June, July 2017
God Bless You, Friends.
As we journey through this year of the believer’s victory, it’s certain that we will face pitfalls, setbacks and set-ups. As believers, we must be reminded of the words of Jesus.
In John 16:33, Jesus said to his disciples, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
We will face difficult moments; victories are never achieved without a fight. Saints, we have a very real adversary who will contend against us in every area of our lives. The promises of God may be “yes” and “amen”, but often the promises are not realized without a fight. The Apostle Paul encouraged the newly converted Roman believers and Jewish converts with the words of Romans 8:37: “Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” The Apostle John encouraged believers in 1 John 4:4, saying, “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.”
Saints, the same word of victory for the first century believers is the same word for us today as 21st century believers. God has given us the victory. When we say “victory”, it’s important to understand the history of the Scripture. When the apostles wrote concerning victory and overcoming, they were referring to a state of being and a consciousness of mind. They were referring to an actual stasis change, moving from one level of living to another.
We believe the Scripture to be true: all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. The sin of Adam in the garden became transferable to all human beings. As result of the garden experience, human existence transferred us from being led by the Spirit of God to being moved by our emotions, feelings and senses. The Old Testament gives us a model of how God chose to relate to mankind through the order of the priesthood, with its sacrifices and offerings. Priests, chosen from a particular tribe, were the ministers of the temple. Laws were given to instruct the people of God in the day-to-day of relationships, activity, works of service and worship of God.
However, the entrance of Jesus, who is our High Priest, brought to us a fulfillment of this Old Testament practice through His atoning death upon the cross. Now humanity is seen through a different lens. Our memory verse,
1 Peter 2:9, becomes clearer. Peter, the apostle to the Gentiles, says, “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” The key for the people of Israel was this transcendence, a change in who they were as a people, even in their daily living. It was the presence of God among them and with them that made them holy. As a result of the resurrection of Jesus, now all of humanity has access to this reality: righteousness imputed and salvation obtained by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. The truth for Old Testament Israel is the same truth for us today. He has “called us out to call us in.”
Join us at Calvary Revival Church-Peninsula this summer as we answer THE CALL TO COME FORTH.
Dr. Ray Johnson
Senior Pastor, Calvary Revival Church Peninsula
Overseer 1st Diocese Calvary Alliance of Churches Ministries