Reigning in Life
By Dr.Stephen J. Hales
For if by one mans 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
The Weymouth and Amplified translations, say, Reign as Kings in Life The born again child of God is meant to be reigning as a king over Satan, demons, sickness and over all of lifes problems. We are the head and not the tail, we are above and not beneath, we were created to be the master of all life, not the mastered. One of the ways that we are to reign in life as a king is through righteousness. Look at our text again, They which receive
.the gift of righteousness shall reign. As a child of God you have received the gift of righteousness, notice that righteousness is a gift it is not something that you earn or maybe one day will be spiritually grown up enough to become. You are right now the very righteousness of God, 2 Cor 5:21 says, For he hath made him (Jesus) to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. Let me tell you that you will never be any more righteous than you are you right now! You are a righteous creation created in the very image of God. To reign in life as a king you must become righteous minded. The Bible says, Awake to righteousness and sin not. To become righteous minded is to be aware of your right standing with God. When you become conscious of this your righteousness becomes a spiritual force, you will have more confidence to lay hands on the sick, pray more boldly and exercise your authority over Satan, sickness and demons.
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Recommend web site: Dr Hales highly recommends the web site and ministry of Rev. John V. Stanway. www.shm.org.uk/kfm.htm
17For 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.
Romans 5.17 is one of the most powerful truths in the Bible. Adam sinned. The consequences of this action was that he died spiritually and eventually died physically. However, Jesus Christ gave us two things: abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness.
Abundance of grace means completely undesevered access to God. Abundance means more than enough. God’s grace is His goodness that we don’t deserve. Grace is the power of God to enjoy Him and His goodness. Everyone of us through Jesus’ death on the cross has received utter and total access to God. An angel cannot keep you away from God’s presence.
It is totally undeserved which means it doesn’t matter how you have lived today, it doesn’t matter what you have done wrong, all that matters is that Jesus paid the price. You have free unlimited access to God. Whatever you ask for in prayer will be done for you. Whatever you say, He will hear. Whatever you call for, He will answer. You can walk in His presence and life every single day.
And if that wasn’t enough, we also are given the gift of righteousness. The gift of righteousness according to Romans 5.17 means we can reign in life. According to the dictionary, reign means “Exercise of sovereign power, as by a monarch”. You can reign in life. Do you get that? In every area of your life you can exercise sovereign power – you can act like a king and a queen.
Is sickness bothering you? Act like a king and command it to leave you alone. Is poverty making living month to month difficult? Act like a king – command it to leave, command money to come in. Walk into your place of work like a king, work hard and expect payrises and promotions. Is there a habit in your life you are trying to kick? Command your body to not enjoy it anymore. Boldly declare your freedom. You can reign in life. Say outloud: “In every situation in my life, I AM A KING, AND I REIGN” Start to enjoy life – you don’t think kings enjoy being in charge? You should enjoy life because you are in charge because Jesus has made you righteous. You can calm storms, you can heal the sick, you can ask what you will and it will be done.