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Sonship In Christ

Sonship In Christ

Written by Tunmike Umarudeen

When my oldest niece was born, I was with her parent in the hospital. Where she laid in the baby’s court, I stared at her as I wondered who she resembled.

I concluded that she resembled her maternal grandfather judging from the shape of her face. Like I did,other people said she resembled this or that person.

But each time her father looked at her, he beamed! Although all he saw was a little red skinned creature with tiny hands and legs, yet there was a likeness, a sense of familiarity that “this is my child”. Same way, a newly saved believer may certainly not look like God on the outside but deep within him is a deep sense of being like Him. The host of heaven look like him and recongnizes him as a member of God’s family because a resemblance of the Godhead is rooted in him/her.

God behold him as His own and the more he beholds himself in the reality of redemption, the more the identity of divinity is expressed in him. This is true sonship! Hence, any definition of yourself outside redemption is a shadow of the true picture. Believers are to embrace the real picture and quit pursuing the shadows.

As you go through each day, be constantly reminded of your sonship identity in Christ and live accordingly.

“Throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.” Ephesians 4:22-24(NLT)


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Confession of Faith

Confession of Faith

by Tunmike Umarudeen:

A: “Let’s go down stairs people”

B: “I will not go down in Jesus name. I am above and not beneath”

A: “Are you the last person on the queue?”

B: “I shall not be the last in Jesus name”

A: “Can you move backwards please?”

B: “God forbid! I will not move backwards. Forward ever, backwards never.”

How these answers correlate with the questions is a surprise to me but these have become common lines of conversation among us, especially believers.

Responses like these are not positive confession as some term it, rather they are fear-induced responses. They are born out of the fear of negative things happening than an unwavering expectation of the positive ones they claim to confess. And these are rooted in wrong doctrines.

Confession of faith is not same as mental acknowledgment of facts nor mere rejection of a wrong statement, you can practice positive confession and see it come to pass without even believing in God. Rather, it is agreeing with and saying the same thing as God says in His word concerning a situation or thing. It doesn’t start from the outside but begins from the inside. It’s a product of an inward meditation on God’s words and conviction powered by the Holy Spirit.

So, it is not about the words used but more about the scriptural realities established in you birthing your words. It is as Paul wrote ” Since we have the same spirit of faith according to what has been written, ‘I believed, and so I spoke, we also believe, and so we also speak..” 2 Corinthians 4 : 13.

What do you believe? Let that guide what you speak!


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No Neutrality!

Written by: Tunmike Umarudeen

For many, not making a choice seems like a safe option when compared to deciding on several choices, but this itself is a choice on its own. You might have also heard some people say “I belong to no one and I also belong to everyone”, I consider this to be a statement rooted in denial of allegiance or preference for a person above another. You can’t belong to everyone and at the same time be for everyone. It’s either one or the other.

Applying neutrality to everything is fast becoming a widely accepted idea in this age, but it’s a deception. Our transition from gender differences is leading to gender neutrality, uniformity of all religions is leading to religion neutrality too. The same idea is being applied to our spirituality.

Because man is a Spirit, it’s a delusion to live each day without recognising the reality of a spiritual influence at work in your life. You are either in partnership with God or the devil. The choice remains yours to be intentional about who you are in partnership with. You cannot be neutral!

The spirituality of life gives no room for neutrality. You are either for God or for Satan. There is no middle ground to this!

Failure to admit this is the root of indifference displayed by some. There is no agreement between righteous living and riotous living. No similarity exits between light and darkness.
You are either completely for God or not, you cannot be in between. There is no middle ground that leads to Him so you have to decide whose side you’re on.

“…. Thus says the LORD: “Behold, I set before you the way of life and the way of death.” Jeremaiah 21:8 (NLT).


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