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This is one post that has been on my mind for months. This has sort of been working on my heart. It has sort of transformed me. The presence of the Lord transforms. I was struggling to the point of losing with my worst enemy. No, not the devil. The worst enemy is ‘self’. I questioned the Lord, how do I overcome. The answer came in a still, calm voice, “Not by might, not by power, but by My Spirit”.

I have been meditating on what the Word says about the Spirit and living spiritually. To live spiritually, one must cast away the carnal self. And then, I stumbled on something beautiful. For those of you who don’t know me much, well I am a romantic. I love poetry and could stare at the sky without getting bored. Any guesses what one of my favourite books in the Bible would be? Song of Songs or Song of Solomon!!! So, getting back to the topic, I came across this verse:

Song of Solomon 8:6 Set me as a seal upon your heart, 
      As a seal upon your arm; 
      For love is as strong as death, 
      Jealousy as cruel as the grave;
      Its flames are flames of fire, 
      A most vehement flame.
       7 Many waters cannot quench love, 
      Nor can the floods drown it.

The Shulamite who writes to her beloved wants to be the seal over her beloved. Basically that everyone may know that her lover belongs to her exclusively. Lovers bear the seal of their significant other that all may know that they strictly belong to each other. They make it evident to all. It is a sign of loyalty, faithfulness and intimacy. Likewise, the Church of Christ is to bear the evident seal of the Lord. Makes you think, what is this seal? This led me directly to the answer:

Ephesians 1:13 In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.

A seal is something evident. In ye ol’ days, they would seal an official announcement in an envelopment with a red wax seal bearing an imprint of an authority’s signet. It was something that would be recognised as per the imprint it bore. Just imagine having the King of kings imprint on you! The Holy Spirit is this seal, and it is not invisible, but evident. Evident as the manifest presence of God. People would notice it. You would just know it! How does it manifest and does it diminish? The answer is yes to both. If we share one-on-one time with the Lord, the seal is refreshed. If not the imprint would get dimmer and dimmer and you’re at risking of it fading out! Why wait for that? Get back into His presence and keep the seal fresh and clear for all to see.

Some may say, I once bore this seal you talk about, but it is not evident anymore. Well come back you prodigal sons and daughters. This is what the Father in heaven says to His servants when the prodigals get back to His house or where His presence is:

Luke 15:22 But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring (signet) on his hand and sandals on his feet.

The robe is nothing but righteousness (He washes away sin and gives you a new garment), the signet ring or the seal that bears the Father’s authority, and the sandals, which are nothing but preparing you for the walk ahead once you accept walking as per the Father’s ways. This is the seal that was put upon you, when you first accepted Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. As for the prodigals, they throw away this seal or signet or ring when they walk away from the Father’s presence or walk outside the area under the Father’s jurisdiction. But, hey it can be theirs again if they turn back to the Father in heaven.

What you waiting for? Ask the Lord to seal you everyday with the evident seal of the Holy Spirit. Watch as people and your enemies in the spiritual realm shudder as you walk in the Father’s authority. Don’t settle for anything less! Only God’s best. Who are we?
We bear the divine nature, the restored image of God. Humans were all meant to be the image and likeness of God, which was corrupted when sin came into the world through Adam and Eve. This was restored by the death and resurrection of Jesus. The work on the Cross meant it is finished! We have victory in Jesus and are more than conquerors in Him. To live an overcoming life daily. So, we can be Christlike. A new creation, no longer walking under the dominion of the prince of this world.

1 Peter 3 His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, 4 by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
Ephesians 4:24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

We are called not only to be free, but to set the captives free.

John 14: 12 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. 13 And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.

Mark 16: 15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18 they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

Jesus said the person who believes, will be followed by signs, the evidence of the Holy Spirit. This includes conviction, healing, deliverance and more. He never said it comes with an expiry date as many people say this was over at Pentecost. No, not at all. This is as applicable for today as it was at the time when Jesus said this. If it was to cease, Jesus would have said it. I looked it up. He hasn’t said it anywhere. I don’t know where this doctrine comes from, but if anyone finds any scripture, let me know (I would be grateful).

Until then, I urge you to be sealed and not caught without the seal ever!