My biggest problem

Written by Charles Ekong

27/11/2023

“How are you doing?” one friend asked another, “Fine, under the circumstances.” the friend responded. “What are you doing under the circumstances?” came the retort. That’s the opening exchange from a book I’m reading on the believer’s authority. I’d never considered the implications of that turn of phrase, which I’ve used, and I’m sure many others have. Jesus didn’t do all He did for us to remain under any circumstances. Yet, many of us face unfavourable situations that seem to overwhelm us despite all the promises in Scripture. That cannot be God’s will. It simply wouldn’t make sense. It took me a while to realise that there are genuine implications in this life if, as the Bible says, I am seated with Christ [Ephesians 2:6]. If that’s true, anything under His feet is positionally also under my feet [Ephesians 1:22-23]. So, if I’m under circumstances, something is wrong!

Someone once said that knowing the problem is halfway to the solution. I couldn’t agree more. We can only recognise something is wrong if we know what right looks like. Similarly, we only take steps to fix problems we acknowledge. Unsurprisingly, we’ll invariably accept the status quo if we don’t know better. We see these truths play out daily as many suffer for either not recognising or not knowing how to solve problems facing them. Likewise, ignorance adversely impacts our Christian experience and usually carries generational consequences [Hosea 4:6]. Sadly, many Christians fail to differentiate between normal and abnormal situations and, therefore, accept predicaments God never intended for them. That’s how many of us end up under circumstances. As the author of the letter to the Hebrews explained, our ability to distinguish between good and evil, right and wrong, is a measure of our maturity as believers. With that in mind, how many circumstances are you currently facing due to lack of discernment?

The first three verses of Galatians 4 are amongst the most chastening passages in Scripture on the subject of ignorance. There, Paul explains that there’s no difference between a slave and an heir who’s still a child, even though he has access to his father’s estate. The distinction may not be as perceptible in our physical realm because of the celebrity which typically surrounds heirs. But in the spirit realm, it’s stark! It’s the difference between living above or under circumstances because those are the only options. You’re either mastering the elements behind your predicaments or subjugated by them [Galatians 4:3]. As far as God is concerned, we’re co-heirs to His kingdom with Jesus [Romans 8:17], partakers of His divine nature [2 Peter 1:4], with authority over Satan [Luke 10:19] and access to everything He has [Galatians 4:7]. Furthermore, God has already furnished us with all we need to live a victorious life in every way imaginable [Ephesian 1:3-14, 2 Peter 1:3] because He expects our lives to display His goodness to the world [Isaiah 43:7, 1 Peter 2:9]. Sadly, for many of us, our experiences are more akin to those of a slave despite our elevated status in God’s reality.

These truths are difficult to ignore once you know them. So, I eventually had to confront the dissonance between my reality and God’s promises. If the Bible is trustworthy and God, having adopted me, has given me access to everything I need to ensure my life resembles Jesus’s life in experience, and yet, given time, that isn’t my reality, then there’s a problem. Ultimately, if every ability Jesus possessed on earth is also available to me, but my life doesn’t reflect it, I’ve missed something, or Scripture is fiction [Romans 3:4]. Unfortunately, too many of us readily accept our predicaments. Some may even mentally assent to God’s promises as they hear them sermon after sermon but never experience them and don’t ask why. Others don’t genuinely believe God’s word is their way out of their predicament. So, they futilely pursue other answers while ignoring God’s sole conduit for wisdom and victorious living. I believe that the difference between Jesus, in His capacity as the Son of Man, and me is my ignorance. In other words, something I don’t know is responsible for any area of my life that doesn’t reflect God’s promise. Consequently, my biggest problem is ignorance.

I appreciate that others might have different conclusions, but there are areas in my life where I can’t yet claim to be an overcomer, even though I know God has made every provision for me to be one [Romans 5:17]. At this point in my Christian walk, I can’t blame either man or demon for my circumstances because I know neither has the power to stop God’s word, rightly applied with faith and wisdom, from coming to pass in my life. There was no ignorance in Jesus. He always knew what to do when He faced challenges because he had perfect revelation knowledge by the Spirit [Acts 10:38]. However, before He left us, He promised to send that Spirit to teach and guide us into all truth [John 14:26, John 16:13]. So, the revelation knowledge to live victoriously on earth as Jesus did, triumphing over every situation, is available and accessible to everyone who wants it. However, we must demonstrate our desire by fervently studying God’s word, thus positioning ourselves to receive revelation and wisdom from the Holy Spirit [Psalm 119:130, Ephesians 1:17-21, 2 Timothy 2:15].

Jesus once invited the Jews who were thirsty to come to Him and drink [John 7:37-39]. Those who accepted that invitation invariably had to acknowledge their thirst. I encourage you to re-examine your life for knowledge gaps if you’re under circumstances. If God cannot lie [Numbers 23:19], what is wrong? Fight anything in your life at odds with God’s word because it’s not God’s will for you, and you have the right to change it [John 10:10]. If you haven’t met Jesus, start there [Romans 10:9].

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