Summary: Immunity is a state whereby certain things cannot harm you. It is having an internal defense. Sometimes, people wonder why they are always attacked and the attacks prosper, while some other people do not even see any attack and it seems as if nothing touc
THE WAY OF SPIRITUAL IMMUNITY
Dr. D. K. Olukoya
Immunity is a state whereby certain things cannot harm you. It is having an internal defense. Sometimes, people wonder why they are always attacked and the attacks prosper, while some other people do not even see any attack and it seems as if nothing touches them. Perhaps the later group has learnt the principles of spiritual immunity.
Ordinarily, believers are meant to be immune to certain things but lack of knowledge kills people prematurely. When you get born again, that is, you have given your life to the Lord; there are some important things you should know:
You need to know what you have as a result of your being born again.
You need to worship God. You need to spend time with God everyday, in prayer and in studying the Bible.
You have to attend church services. Church attendance is compulsory for those who are born again. The Bible says in Hebrews 10:25 that we should not neglect the assembly of one another.
You need to give to God your tithes and offering, so that He will open the windows of heaven and pour down blessings upon you.
You have to witness to others. Tell others about God’s salvation.
You have to live a clean and separated life. The Bible says, “Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers, for what fellowship has light with darkness or what concord has the temple of God with Belial.” Immediately you get truly born again, your friends will change. If your best friends are unbelievers, then your new birth is questionable. If you say you are born again and your boyfriend or girlfriend is an unbeliever, you are playing at the edge of hell fire and the devil might push you in very soon.
You need to know who you are.
Talking about spiritual immunity, the first place to start is your identity. Who are you? If you do not know who you are you cannot know what to do about immunity. If we say there is an outbreak of disease in the streets and a person does not know whether he is a monkey or human being, he will not know what to do because the disease may not affect monkeys at all.
John1: 22-23 says, ‘Then said they unto him, Who art thou? That we may give an answer to them that sent us. What sayest thou of thyself ? He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esais.” So, that man knew who he was. The question is, who are you? Ignorance about your identity can put you into trouble. The lesson on identity is an important one.
Somebody called Jacob in the Bible learnt that hard lesson. He saw that by his identity he was not in the place of blessing. A lot of people by what they are called, are not in places of blessing. In Genesis 27, Jacob got the blessings of his brother. He thought he was being clever, but did not know that all he did was a change in his identity. He got his brother’s identity card.
One of satan’s most effective devices is to get Christians to doubt their identity as God’s children. He used that trick on Jesus. He said to Him, “If thou be the Son of God, command these stones to become bread.” What was he trying to do? He was trying to make Jesus to doubt His identity.
Elijah too, knew his identity. When some people came to him and said, “Man of God, come down.” He said, “If I be a man of God, let fire come down.”
Jesus answered the devil correctly and Elijah also answered his enemies correctly. The devil also said to Jesus, “If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down.” Again when Jesus was on the cross, some people said to Him, “If you are the Son of God, come down from that place.” They thought that Jesus would say, “Nonsense, I will come down so that they can see,” but He did not listen to them.
The same way the devil is speaking to many people today. He would say, “If you are a child of God, why are you suffering?” “Why do you have evil thoughts?" That is why I am asking you the important question, “who are you?” Some people call themselves names when they pray. They say, “O Father, I am a worm, I am unfit, I am bad, I am cruel, and I am naked.” That is your old identity card. Now that you are born again, calling yourself such names before God amounts to showing Him your old identity card and it shows that you don’t know who you are. The devil will whisper dirty things into the ears of believers and will blame them for it. Then they begin to cry, “Why am I thinking like this? Why is my heart like this? But I am born again.”