Saturday, 26 May 2018

The Life Of The Sons; Utter Dependence On The Father

When God use the word son, He refers to one utterly dependent on the source of his life. The word son doesn't stand alone, once you hear "son" you know that there is a father somewhere. The father is not just the origin of the son's life but also the sustainer. He (the Father), birth the life, and he alone is responsible for taking care of that life, nurturing it, sustaining it, until it grows into it fullness. And the fullness of that life is the very nature of the father; by the life, the son grows into the nature of the father. All of this principles is what God has in mind when He calls us His sons.

To be sons of God do not simply means you have access to the power of God, even that is based on life. You are sons not by your earthly life but by the life from above, by that life which Jesus came to give. Whenever you operate by that life, you are operating as sons, and when you operate outside of that life you are operating as the carnal man. The Christian life is the life of the sons, lived and expressed in this physical body.

This life is from the Father and can only be lived in utter dependency on the Father. To be sons means to be detached from your life — the life birth by your earthly parents, the life that you have always lived. You must start living by the life that comes from God. This life cannot exist independently from the Father. It must continue to flow from the Father, to be refreshed and sustained by the Father. It is like a tree with branches, the branches continue to flourish in its life as long as it remains connected to the tree. The moment the branch is cut off from the tree, it begins to die because it cannot, on it own, sustain its life. The life within it will continue to fade away until it is completely dead. It cannot sustain it own life, it is not independent or self-sufficient, it needs the tree to continue to live. To continue to live as a son, to continue to experience and express the life of sonship you must live in utter dependence on the Father. You need that life to continue to flow from the Father into you, you need Him to help sustain that life.

The idea that all is needed is to be born again and then it's up to you to live the Christian life, is false. That life that came into you when you get born again will slowly fade away except through close relationship with the Father. You need Him to help sustain that life, to keep it burning, to cause it to grow and overtake you. Do not assume that you can do it all by yourself, but fall in utter dependence on the Father. Your eyes must be open to see that you are in great need of the Father. Cry out to Him, become desperate, pursue Him, and learn to live the Christian life only through extremely close relationship with the Father.

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Friday, 4 May 2018

The Battle For Harmony: From Ephesians Chapter Four

From the prayer in John chapter seventeen we see how passionate our Lord is concerning the unity of his people. Anyone who truly know the Lord would also be greatly concerned about the unity of the Church. We could see this concern reflected in Paul as he pen down what we have as the book of Ephesians chapter four. In this article we would look very closely at the epistle to the church in Ephesus, we want to properly understand what Paul was trying to say in this passage of scripture.

"Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace." (Eph 4:1-3).

Here we see Paul begging the people to make every effort to ensure unity in their midst. Yes these people are from different backgrounds, and they may have faults but this faults should not affect their unity. Rather they should find a way around it in the name of love, just so there can remain united. If you truly loves someone you will over look the person faults, you will not run away from the person because of the fault. We are to leave together in unity despite our faults, just because someone is different from you doesn't mean he is not a Christian. It is pride that makes one thing that everybody must be like him or be condemned. Humble yourself, be gentle and embrace the people of God despite their faults. Be patient with those who are growing, the truth is that we are all still growing. So be patient, do not get irritated by the immaturity of a fellow brethren, let love constrain you.

"For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all, in all, and living through all." (Eph 4:4-6).

In the battle for unity and harmony, Paul puts further the bases of our unity. We must be united on which bases? On the bases of denomination? On the bases of pastor? On the bases of nationality? No, a big NO. Rather, we must be united because we are one body, we are all pursuing one goal, we have one Spirit, one Lord, one faith, one God and Father. We must be united because this is the reality in Christ, it is who we are. Freedom is freely being who you are, and we are one body. We are a unit, it is who we are, let us be free. Do not allow anything make you become what you are not, that is slavery. You must take your freedom and yield to the unity in Christ. Look inside of yourself, there is something in you that wants to enjoy unity with the rest of the body of Christ, and not just with some segment in the body. You want to go anywhere and enjoy fellowship with any Christian, it is how you are designed in Christ. So be free, freely express yourself, you don't need to tame that desire for unity, express it freely.

"However, he has given each one of us a special gift through the generosity of Christ. That is why the Scriptures say, “When he ascended to the heights, he led a crowd of captives and gave gifts to his people.” Notice that it says “he ascended.” This clearly means that Christ also descended to our lowly world. And the same one who descended is the one who ascended higher than all the heavens, so that he might fill the entire universe with himself. Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do the work of the ministry, and to build up the church, the body of Christ." (Eph 4:7-12).

Although we are one but we have different gifts, why do we have different gifts, he went further to explain. Christ has a mission on earth, he was given a ministry and he came, dead and resurrected in order to fulfill this ministry. What is this special ministry given to him by the Father? He descended and ascended "so that he might fill the entire universe with himself". His special ministry is to fill all things with himself.

"that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms. Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else—not only in this world but also in the world to come. God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made him head over all things for the benefit of the church. And the church is his body; it is made full and complete by Christ, who fills all things everywhere with himself." (Eph 1:20-23).

This scripture is saying that God raised Jesus from the dead, seated him with Himself far above everything, putting everything under his authority, why? For the benefit of the Church, the very instrument that he would use to fill all things with himself. Jesus came to earth, went through all that, and ascend to heaven, just so that he can, through the Church, fill all things with himself. The Church is the vessel through which he is to fulfill this special ministry. But first the Church must grow in unity and maturity in order "to do the work of the ministry" (Eph 4:11). Without harmony the Church cannot work together to fulfill this ministry. No community can work together to fulfill a goal without harmony. There must be harmony in the body or else Christ will fail in fulfilling his ministry. Hence, Christ has give gifts of special ministers. These ministers are gifts to the Church, to enable the Church do the work of the ministry. The ministers were sent for no other purpose but to enable unity and harmony in the Church.

Look at the church today, and look at our so called ministers, are they truly uniting us. Look at them dragging for sheep, each running away with a segment of the people, dividing the body into many pieces. Who will save us now, the very ones sent to unite us are tearing us apart. This is not what the Lord intended, how would he fulfill his ministry now. The pastors, prophets and the rest, they are not sent to help you live a happy Christian life. They were not given to help you prosper and live happily, rather they were sent so that you can freely express that unity in Christ. Their purpose is to help you grow into Christ and be mature for the sake of the ministry.

"Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love." (Eph 4:14-16).

We are to grow beyond immaturity where there is all kinds of confusion and recklessness. The ministers were given so that we would not be running up and down in confusion, but with focus and maturity doing the work of the ministry. Look at us, so divided, so confuse, how can we achieve anything this way. The devil will not let us be united, we would not have us working in harmony for our Lord. This is where the battle line is drawn, the Lord must have a united people working in harmony to fulfill his ministry. We must therefore yield to the Lord and fight vigorously for this unity.

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Thursday, 3 May 2018

The Church And The Ministry Of Christ

There are many ways to look at the ministry of Christ, but in this article we would focus on how Paul demonstrated it in Ephesians chapter four. Yes, we would be looking strictly into the book of Ephesians chapter four, to uncover the essence of Jesus coming and what exactly the Church is.

"Notice that it says “he ascended.” This clearly means that Christ also descended to our lowly world. And the same one who descended is the one who ascended higher than all the heavens, so that he might fill the entire universe with himself." (Eph 4:9-10).

Here Paul clearly stated that the reason Jesus came, died, resurrected, and ascended to heaven is so he might fill the entire universe with himself. His goal is to have all things filled with himself; all that exist will be filled with Christ.

"Now when all things are made subject to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subject to Him who put all things under Him, that God may be all in all." (1Cor 15:28).

He subjects all things to himself by filling all things with himself, and when he has achieved that he would now subject himself to the Father so that God might become all in all through Christ. This is the goal, this is the essence of everything he is doing, to become all in all. He would be supreme over all things, he would be the center of all things, and he would be the circumference and the essence of all things. Now the next question is what is the Church in all these?

"And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all" (Eph 1:22-23).

This Christ, is the one that fills all things with himself, and the Church is his body. This means that the Church is that which has been filled with Christ. As this man moves on filling the whole universe with himself, the Church is that part of the universe that has been filled with Christ. But Christ want more for the Church, he wants to utterly filled the Church with himself. His goal is not to partially fill all things, but to completely fill all things. So he must have the Church completely filled with himself.

"And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;" (Eph 4:11-13).

The Church must be filled with the measure of the fullness of Christ. No, not with the measure of a portion of Christ, but with all of Christ. The Church must grow in the in-filling of Christ until she is completely filled with Christ, and there is nothing in her but Christ. This is why she is called, "the fullness of Him who fills all in all". She is his fullness, for she is completely filled with him. Her true purpose is to get herself completely filled with Christ, and to also serves as a vessel through which Christ fills all things with himself.

We would not ignore verse eleven and verse twelve. There it stated that Christ has given special gifts to the Church, to enable her get herself utterly filled with Christ. To fulfill his ministry Jesus gave birth to other ministries in the body. Through these ministries Christ will get the Church filled with himself, and he would also get the Church to fill all things with himself. We see that Paul mentioned the evangelist, this is a special ministry dedicated to reaching out beyond the body, to get others things filled with Christ. The prophet can also be seen as another vessel through which Christ would reach out of the Church in his ministry of filling all things with himself. Hence, the ministry is divided into two; one part is to completely fill that which has somewhat be filled, and the other part is to reach out to other things in the universe that has not been filled at all. However, all things must be filled, completely by Christ. This is his goal and pursuit, it is the ministry of Christ.

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Monday, 23 April 2018

The Last Is The First

"So the last will be first, and the first last.” (Matt 20:16).
This is the principle of the life in Christ. Those that are first are last and the last are first, it is wisdom in a mystery.

"Here are some of the parts God has appointed for the church: first are apostles, second are prophets, third are teachers, then those who do miracles, those who have the gift of healing, those who can help others, those who have the gift of leadership, those who speak in unknown languages (1Corinthians 12:25-28).

Paul said, "First are apostles". The apostles are first because they are last. As long as they are last they would be first. The moment they stop being last they would stop being first. Their position of first only remains because they are last. Paul later explained how the apostles are last.

"For it seems to me that God has given the very last place to us apostles, like people condemned to die in public as a spectacle for the whole world of angels and of human beings. For Christ's sake we are fools; but you are wise in union with Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! We are despised, but you are honored! To this very moment we go hungry and thirsty; we are clothed in rags; we are beaten; we wander from place to place; we wear ourselves out with hard work. When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure; when we are insulted, we answer back with kind words. We are no more than this world's garbage; we are the scum of the earth to this very moment!" (1Corinthians 4:9-12).

Do you see that in actuality the "first" means they are the highest servant. They are the servant of the servant, the least of the least. They are greater slaves, the lowliest, because the yoke placed upon them is great. Paul's statement is like bringing a group of poor people in order to rank them based on their level of poverty. They are to be ranked from the poorest to the least poor (i.e. the ones that are not too poor). Hence, you say, "the first is Tom" i.e Tom is the poorest, he is at the top of the hierarchy of poverty-stricken people. It would be foolish to crown Tom and call him king. He is the poorest, it is not a thing to celebrate or boast of. In Christ those who are first do not boast, for it is not a thing to boast about, instead it humbles you. You are the least of the least, a servant to the servant, such a position would do nothing but humble you.

The first are not found on the high table, rather they are at the door, washing the feets of those coming in. They carry a greater burden to care for the whole Church, to wipe the feet of even the least of the least in the Church. They serve everyone; they are the servants of the servants, the slaves of the slaves. These are those who are last and that is why they are first. And they will continue to be first as long as they are last. Today's Christians have this mentality that apostles occupy the highest rank and they sit like kings among the people of God, clothed with royal robe. Some Christians call themselves apostles carrying their shoulders high and feeling like they are at the top of the world. The true apostles are the greatest least i.e the least of the least, the servant of the servant. According to the Bible, the apostles are followed by the prophets who are next to the least of the least, and then we have the evangelists, the pastors and teachers.

As a body we are all mutually serving one other. We are one big family caring for one other and carrying out services for one another. Those who serve the most, those who come down to the very bottom of service are those who are the first.

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Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Out Of The Belly, Flowing The Rivers

This post belongs to a series and in the previous posts we have talked about how the living water in heaven has come down to the world, and how he has gotten for himself a body through which he would pour out himself to fill the whole world with life. We have also mentioned how individual Christians receive the living water as it gets settled in us, and how we must learn to constantly draw from the water in us, until the whole of our being be filled with life. And now we must move on to the last topic of this series.

"On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, 'If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.'” (John 37-38).

It is not enough to have the living water filling you with life, we must also desire to see the life flowing out of us in rivers of living water. As a Church we are the vessel for the rivers of living water and the world must come to experience this living water through us. The water must gush out of us filling everywhere it touches with life.
"And it shall be that every living thing that moves, wherever the rivers go, will live. There will be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters go there; for they will be healed, and everything will live wherever the river goes. It shall be that fishermen will stand by it from En Gedi to En Eglaim; they will be places for spreading their nets. Their fish will be of the same kinds as the fish of the Great Sea, exceedingly many. Along the bank of the river, on this side and that, will grow all kinds of trees used for food; their leaves will not wither, and their fruit will not fail. They will bear fruit every month, because their water flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for medicine.” (Eze 47:9-10, 12).

The water must flow out of us and give life to our surrounding environment. This is who we are, we are the vessel through which the rivers of living water would flow, we would never be fulfilled until this life is flowing out of us. As a Christian you will never truly experience the fullness of the Christian life until you learn to let this life flow out of you. I use to think the Christian life is simply about you and your relationship with God. But if you continue to drink from this life and have yourself filled with life you will not feel fulfilled. The life that you are filling yourself with needs to also go out of you and touch others. You will continue to experience this frustration and restlessness in your spirit until you learn to allow the life flow out of you in rivers of living water. Water cannot be trapped in a place, it continuesly looks for ways to flow out. The living water in you is looking for ways to find expression and touch the life of others.

You must let it be free, release the life in you, let it flow freely and you will enjoy satisfaction in your Christian life. Paul said we feel more blessed and happier when we blessed others (Act 20:25). The most happy Christian are those who are being a blessing to others. But do not seek to bless others by the flesh, the flesh can only produce dead works and giving people death will do them no good. You must learn to draw from the life in you and let it, by the Spirit, flow out in rivers of living waters. God has called you into that fellowship of pouring out life to the world. He wants you to join Him in His mission to pour out life into this dead world. You will never enjoy the fullness of relationship with God until you learn to fellowship with Him in this area. Come to the Father and let Him teach you how to pour out the Son in rivers of living water, that the world might come in contact with the Life.

This post belongs to a series, and here's the full series:
Christ Is The Living Water
The Well Springing Into Life
The Vessel For The Rivers
Out Of The Belly, Flowing The Rivers

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The Well Springing Into Life

"Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life." (John 4:13-14).
Our Lord is the living water and those who come to drink will have this water living in them. If only we would drink, this water will come in and become a well in us. The well is the living water making a home in us, but it is not enough that the living water resides in us. We must allow him bubble and spring into eternal life.

"But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.” (John 4:14).
"I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly." (John 10:10).

The purpose of the water being released into this world is to keep filling us with life until we have this life in abundance. There are those who receives Christ and just leave the well there, undisturbed. They become born again and continue to live like sinful people. They do not care about the water living in them, they do not trouble it enough to make it bubble and spring into abundance of life. Yes, they have the life but they are not filled with it, they have not gotten themselves abundantly full. You meet them and you do not see any sign of the living water in them, they have subjected the water to stillness. No! You must continue to press in until the life become evidence in you. You must continue to disturb this well, continue to draw from it until it bubbles and gush out to fill your whole being with the life. Let every of your action be a reaction to the life in you.

"For when we were in the flesh, the sinful passions which were aroused by the law were at work in our members to bear fruit to death." (Rom 7:5).

Before we receive Christ we wear drawing from the death in us and producing dead works. But now we have the life living inside us and we must go to it, and draw from it in everything we do. Let everything we do be a product of the life in us, let us continue to draw from that well and produce living works. You cannot live the Christian life without the life from the well in us, you must learn to be utterly dependent on the well of life in order to live the Christian life. You must rest on the water, always disturbing it, always seeking to draw out life as you strive to live the Christian life. The more we continue to disturb that well, drawing and drawing life from it, the more likely we would experience the well gushing out and filling the whole of our being with life in abundance. When the well finally gushes out inside of us we would realize that everything we do is filled we life. We would effortlessly produce fruit of life; love, righteous, holiness, gentleness, peace, grace and so on. People would look at us and see life evidence in us, the well will continue to gush out in us filling all of our being with life. But this will not happen if after receiving Christ we abandon the well and continue to live in the flesh, yielding to death. As a Church we are the vessel for the river of life and the world must see life in each and every one of us.

This post belongs to a series, and here's the full series:
Christ Is The Living Water 
The Well Springing Into Life
The Vessel For The Rivers
Out Of The Belly, Flowing The Rivers

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Friday, 30 March 2018

Christ Is The Living Water

At a time I traveled far north of Nigeria, this was my first time in the north. I arrived there during the dry season; everything was so dry, all the plants were brown and yellowish. Miles after miles, and I could hardly see anything green. All I saw was dead grasses and desert lands. Everything was so dead that it was hard to believe life could ever come out of that land. I stayed till the rainy season, rain fell heavily, and then there was green plants shooting out of this dead land. As water filled the land, it came back to life. Everything was so green, so alive, you could hear the crickets, the frogs, life was resounding everywhere. I never thought this land can be so alive, every was totally transformed all because of water. This experience revealed to me how powerfully water can bring life. Well, that is ordinary water, but we are here to talk about a more greater kind of water, one so powerful and filled with the bursting energy of the most supreme life. And this water is a person (John 4:10).

"And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb." (Rev 22:1)

Out of the throne of God comes Christ, pouring out in a river of living water. This river penetrates into the realm of men, giving life to those who will come to drink.

"Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, 'Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! Anyone who believes in me may come and drink!'" (John 7:37-38).
"I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly." (John 10:10).

The water of life has come to a dry land and he is here with only one aim, to give life, and to give it in abundance. The land ruled by death will now experience life. Out of the valley of the dead will rise a new life. That which was once dead will hear the voice of the water and spring back to life.
"Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live. The Father has life in himself, and he has granted that same life-giving power to his Son." (John 5:25-26).

The era of death has ended, and a new era has began, it is the reign of life. Yes, life has defeated death, and he is now sitting on the throne. The place governed by "the law of sin and death" will now be ruled by "the law of the Spirit of life" (Rom 8:2). A new season has began, one that will last till eternity. Let those who hear the sounds of the water come out to drink, let them drink until they are filled with life in abundance.

This post belongs to a series, and here's the full series:
Christ Is The Living Water
The Well Springing Into Life
The Vessel For The Rivers
Out Of The Belly, Flowing The Rivers

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