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Proclaiming & Prophesying on Yourself Build up your inner man!

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Do you suffer from fluctuations in your spiritual life, where sometimes you are spiritually enthusiastic, energetic, and lifted up, while at other times you are frustrated, low, and as though spiritually paralysed? Do you have many spiritual struggles and recurring sins that you are unable to overcome? Have you prayed many times, desiring to live a steadfast and victorious spiritual life, yet do not know how to practically enter into this victory, nor know the reason for your struggle?

The reason is that we often forget that we have an inner man that needs to progressively grow and be built to become strong and steadfast. Apostle Paul refers to the inner man in various references (Romans 7:22; 2 Corinthians 4:16; Ephesians 3:16; Ephesians 4:22-23; Colossians 3:9-10). 

Also, in the epistle to the Romans, apostle Paul says:

‘And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God…For just as you presented your members as slaves of uncleanness, and of lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves of righteousness for holiness’ (Romans 6:13, 19).

What are the practical steps towards this transformation; and how can the inner man grow?

One of the tools that help in the growth and development of the inner man is to proclaim the power of the blood of Jesus and prophesy over the members of the inner man. 

As Christians we know quite well the value and precious work of the blood of Jesus, and we often proclaim it on our life. Yet do you know that there are 12 different verses in the Bible that refer to the manifold work and effect of the blood of Jesus—all of which are essential for sanctifying our life, transforming us into the image of Christ, and granting us victory in our battles with the devil?

We indeed miss a lot of the riches of salvation and the redemptive work of Christ because of how we read the Bible; we read it in a general, superficial way, without entering into its depth and manifold mysteries, ‘the mystery of the gospel’ (Ephesians 6:19). 

In this section, you will learn about the manifold work of the blood of Jesus in your life, as revealed in the New Testament. You will also learn how to pray and proclaim the blood of Jesus and prophesy over the members of your inner spiritual man, using the biblical verses. Thus, you will understand how to build the inner man towards the purpose of the formation of Christ within us.

Refer also to the passage in Ezekiel 37:1-14 as a biblical example of prophesying and how this transforms the dry dead bones (reflecting the inner state of the people of Israel) into an exceedingly great army. The people of Israel used to say (as we may sometimes say about our spiritual state): ‘Our bones are dry, our hope is lost, and we ourselves are cut off’ (Ezekiel 37:11). Yet by God’s grace and His visitation—through the ministry of prophesying—they became ‘an exceedingly great army’. We can follow the same method of prophesying over ourselves to experience similar transformation in our life.

‘Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day’ (2 Corinthians 4:16).

‘That you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness’ (Ephesians 4:22-24).

How can the new inner man grow and be renewed? How can we continually put on the new man, and take off the old man in a way that would be reflected in our conduct and our life, making us live a holy life in true righteousness, as the apostle says?

From a seed to the Person of Christ

In the beginning of our spiritual life, we receive the saving grace as a living, spiritual seed in our spirit, like a zygote in the womb of the mother. 

This spiritual zygote (the saving grace) bears in it all the abilities and potentials of a living being and all the blessings of salvation: ‘For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men’ (Titus 2:11). Exactly as a zygote contains all the secrets of the ordinary physical life, the saving grace also contains in it all the mysteries of the things which we need in order to live a victorious, fulfilled, and mature Christian life. It is the complete work of Christ which we receive through the work of the Holy Spirit. 

In the same way the zygote must grow and pass through the various stages of human development (embryo, baby, child, youth) to become a full-grown human being, so it is with this spiritual seed. It needs to continually grow until the Person of Christ is formed in us. When this happens, the Person of Christ would start to be formed in the inner man, grow, and extend inside us, hence we will be able to say with apostle Paul: It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me (Galatians 2:20).

The twofold way to use the blood of Jesus for the growth of the inner man and the formation of Christ within us

The redemptive power of the blood of Jesus has an essential part in this process. What does this mean in practical terms? 

There are two ways or two steps

  • The first is to proclaim the specific effects of the blood of Jesus upon yourself. 
  • The second is to use the power of the blood of Jesus to prophesy over your inner man and to prophetically proclaim the blessed and holy function of each member, as revealed in the Word of God.

Step 1: Use the specific effects of the blood of Jesus …

You may be familiar with proclaiming the power of the blood of Jesus upon your life. Quite often, this is done in a general way, like: “I proclaim the blood of Jesus over myself! I proclaim the blood of Jesus over my family!” No question, this is a good thing to do. 

The New Testament, however, mentions specific works and effects of the blood of Jesus. These acts can be summarized into 12 different statements. We find, for example, that the blood of Jesus has granted us the forgiveness of all our sins (Matthew 26:28; Ephesians 1:7), that it cleanses us from all sin (1 John 1:7), and that it grants us victory over Satan and all his principalities (Revelation 12:11).

… to set the stage for the growth of your inner man

When we look more closely at these specific works and effects we see the following main effects of the blood of Jesus:

  • It frees us from the power and authority of the enemy and allows us to overcome all evil powers that oppose and try to hinder the growth of our inner man;
  • It cleanses the soul from all corruption and works of darkness that the enemy and our sin have brought into the soul when sin was reigning in us before we received Christ as our Saviour: ‘so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord’ (Romans 5:21). Thus creating a “clean” space for the new inner man to grow;
  • It restores the living connection to God as our only source of salvation and life, and makes us members of His household (Ephesians 2:19).

By proclaiming these effects over ourselves, we claim them for ourselves. Doing so we set the stage for the growth of our inner man. 

… like laying the foundations for rebuilding a city after a foreign occupation

For a better understanding, you can imagine the soul as a city occupied by a hostile power. In fact, the early fathers of the Church liked to see the soul as a city, a Jerusalem over which the Lord reigns: ‘Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King’ (Matthew 5:35). The blood of Jesus frees this city from the enemy’s occupation, removes the legacies of his dominion (e.g. his destructions and fortifications), and reopens the previously cut-off supply routes into the city and the connection with its allies. 

However, this is only the first step towards the restoration of the city. For the complete restoration of the city, new infrastructures and buildings must be built in it. This is the second step.

Step 2: Build your inner man

In order to understand the importance of this second step you have to keep in mind that your new inner man should have the same organs and members as your outer man. This means that when the inner man is built, it will have spiritual eyes, a spiritual mouth, spiritual hands, spiritual feet, etcetera.

You need these inner spiritual organs and members to live a true Christian life and accomplish your calling and responsibility in God’s Kingdom. Otherwise, your Christian life will remain fleshly, easily falling prey to sin again and again, and all ministry will more or less come out of the flesh. 

Take, for example, the mouth and lips. They should speak the truth, nourish others, and give praise to God. However, so often the lips utter deceit and the mouth is full of ‘cursing and bitterness’ (Romans 3:13-14). Therefore, the lips of the inner man need to be cleansed and transformed into Christ’s lips, of whom it is said: ‘nor was any deceit in His mouth’ (Isaiah 53:9). 

Likewise, all other organs and members of the inner man must be formed. Or, to come back to the picture of the city, all its necessary buildings and infrastructures must be built for the city to function properly.  

… by proclaiming the transforming and redemptive power of the blood of Jesus

How can the buildings of your inner city be built? How can the organs and members of the inner man be transformed to become members of righteousness, and perform their full spiritual function according to God’s mind? One way of achieving this is by prophesying over them, based on the salvific work of the power of the blood of Jesus. 

In Ezekiel 37:1–10 we find a clear picture of the transforming work of the ministry of prophesying. God called the prophet to prophesy over the dead bones which represented the people of Israel. As he prophesied, the dead bones became alive. 

Please, note: Prophesying over others requires a special calling within the Kingdom of God. No one can nor should do it without such a clear calling. However, here we speak about prophesying over oneself (or your children), and this is available for every believer. In fact, it has proven to be a powerful tool to edify the inner man: He who prophesies speaks edification (1 Corinthians 14:3).

… based on the biblical picture of the inner man

Then, how and what to prophesy? 

Many verses in the Old and the New Testaments speak about the organs and members of the body and their spiritual functions, according to God’s mind. Actually, these verses reveal the proper Christ-like picture of them, their Christ-like function. To take the example of the mouth and lips again, we find that it is written: ‘Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; Keep watch over the door of my lips’ (Psalm 141:3, NKJV). So, this is exactly what I want to proclaim. Or, I read: ‘Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers’ (Ephesians 4:29, NKJV). Accordingly, I want to proclaim: ‘No corrupt word shall proceed out of my mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.’

… starting with the heart

In order to build up your inner man step by step, start with prophesying over your heart, ‘for from it flow the springs of life’ (Proverbs 4:23, ESV). Next comes your soul to cleanse and rebuild it so that Christ may reign in it. Finally, you deal with the other organs and members of your body, one after the other, so that they may become instruments of righteousness (Romans 6:13,19). 

Start proclaiming & prophesying!

To discover the power of the blood of Jesus, we suggest starting by proclaiming the 12 statements of the blood of Jesus upon yourself. As you will see, it will only take a few minutes.

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