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. (Rom. 5:17 )
When we received Jesus Christ and the grace He brought, the gift of righteousness was imparted to us. The scripture above says those who have received the abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness shall reign in life. Grace entitles us to dominion in every aspect of our lives. The Word did not say those who receive grace shall reign in spiritual things, thus putting any restriction whatever that leaves out our day to day issues here and now. It says they “shall reign in life”. That is the picture of our lives from God’s perspective.
Reigning in life is living on earth under the original mandate given to Adam to have dominion over all the earth. To “reign” essentially means to rule, to dominate or to be in control. It is obvious that since the fall, man has become a slave in life, and no longer in charge. Life on earth today, and history have taught us that humanity is a slave to sin, disease, fear, satanic oppression, poverty, etc, except they are delivered by the blood of Christ. Instead of rulership, we are in subjection to the issues of life. This is not God’s original idea or plan. And He has restored man back to dominion in life by grace. If we can take a hold of what Christ has already done on the cross, we will live above all the circumstances that live present to us.
You are born of God to reign. God wants to see us in control of sin, satan, disease, fears of life, lack etc. The life of Jesus on earth is a picture of what it means to reign in life. He was not in the palace of the king, but He reigned over every situation of life. Reigning in life as a believer is not a cliche or some religious talk. God means what He says. Christ died on the cross so that by faith in His grace, we can be in charge of the events of life, and not victims.
The Word in your mind and mouth (1 Tim 4:15; Josh 1: 8)
Ponder and mutter the words of Rom 5:17 above in the light of today’s devotional. Can you see yourself as a being in charge rather than a victim in life?
Water the Seed (word) to grow. Invite the Spirit’s strength! (Isa 32:15; Zach 4:6)
What a blessing that God has responded to the plight of humanity. Give Him praise and thanksgiving for His wonderful grace that has lifted us up, above sin and death into His very life.
APPLY THE WORD TODAY!
Your door to a blessed life today is doing God’s Word. Refuse to be a hearer or reader only! (James 1:22-26)
Is there a thought, feeling, situation, habit or event in your life that is controlling you and making you feel helpless? Refuse to be a victim! God’s Word has given you light, that there is nothing that is supposed to hold you captive. Locate God’s Word for that situation, meditate upon it and start declaring it over your life. Stick to that Word and see that truly no situation stands God’s Word!
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