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Saturday, 24 February 2018

Christ Is The Essence Of Prophecy

"The Son radiates Gods own glory and expresses the very nature of God" (Hebrews 1:3).

Prophecy is God unveiling Himself, it is the invisible God stepping out of invisibilit. When you study the Bible closely you will realize that prophecy goes beyond words, there are those that prophesy without speaking any word. Words is one of the ways of expressing or unveiling yourself i.e through your words people will come to know you, they will see you for who you truly are. Prophetic words is one way God reveals or unveils Himself but this is only an aspect of the prophetic. The prophetic in it riches (its many aspects) is the revelation of God. Whether it be by words or by any other demonstration, whether it is a prediction of future events, a declaration of God's mind or a narration of a past event, it is all about God stepping out of invisibility to unveil Himself. God unveiling His omniscient, His wisdom, His heart and His nature, it is indeed the revelation of God. The Bible says Christ is the visible image of the invisible God, Christ is God revealed. The very stature of Christ unveils God.

To see Christ and to come in contact with him is to have a revelation of God. The Son is the body by which the Father is unveiled and expressed. The invisible God cannot been seen except through the Son — the Father is seen in the Son. This is why Jesus said, "If you had really known me, you would know who my Father is. From now on, you do know him and have seen him!... Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father!" (John 14:7, 9). Seeing the Son is seeing the Father and knowing the Son is knowing the Father.

"Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. " (Revelation 19:10).

This verse is saying when Christ is made factual, when he is proven or unveiled then prophecy becomes possible. Without Christ there is nothing like prophecy; without the Son, the Father remains invisible. If prophecy is the unveiling of the invisible God, then prophecy, in essence, is Christ. Prophecy is the Son unveiling the Father. The Son unveils the Father through words as the Son is the Word of God (John 1:1-2). The Son also unveils the Father through other kinds of expression and whatever the expression may be, the Bible tells us that Christ is the expression of God (Heb 1:3). Christ is God expressing Himself, so when one prophesy, that person is expressing Christ and as Christ is expressed and made evident God is unveiled. This is what prophecy is, it is a person, it is Christ. No, prophecy is not words, it is not signs, it is a living person.

You may be looking at a word of prophecy and yet not see the prophecy. This is because the prophecy is not the words but the person. Until you see the person you have not seen the prophecy, God has not been unveiled to you. You must see Christ in it, for only him could unveil God to you and a prophecy is not a prophecy if it is not unveiling God to you. It is all about the Son unveiling the Father, yes Christ is the true prophecy, any prophecy that is not Christ is not prophecy at all. So through out the Old Testament you see Christ; Christ everywhere, in the mouth of the prophet and in every other kind of prophetic demonstration. In essence, Christ is every prophecy prophesied by the Spirit of God. Christ is God unveiling Himself through prophecy.

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Tuesday, 30 January 2018

I See Satan Falling From The Heavens

The Kingdom of God has invaded this world, the power of God's name is being unveil in the midst of mortal men. A new authority is contrasting the power that rule this world. There is upheaval in the heavens, a great turmoil has stricken the spiritual rulers in the heavenly places. The throne that rule this wicked world is being shaken and the king of the world has lost his balance.

The sons of God parade the earth, walking among man and releasing the power and the law of an alien kingdom — the kingdom of God. The throne in the heavenlies has become too hot for Satan, one more blast from the glorious procession of the sons and Satan will completely lose his balance. These sons would not hold back, with great power they unleashed again the reality of the kingdom of God. And like an atomic bomb the smoke rises up into the heavens displacing the principalities and powers in the heavenlies.

Satan was bedazzled, he staggered and fell off from his place of power. I see him like lightning falling from the heavens, he has been knocked down by the invasion of the Kingdom of God. You rejoice because you see the devils subject to you, that's only a sign of the invading kingdom. And what more, I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. Just go and be sons, continue to unleash the kingdom everywhere your feet touch, continue to cause avock in the heavenlies.
Paraphrase from Luke 10:17-19

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Monday, 29 January 2018

Life Has Come!

Ever since Adam sinned man has been in need of life. If you look very closely you would see it every where, the cry for life. Many people may not know what exactly their soul is crying for but it is life, it has always been life. We find ourselves trapped in this battle with death, a battle that would not end. We battle with sickness, battle with depression, with immorality, with addiction, with poverty and the list goes on and on. How badly we desire a taste of life, that our life may come alive. That the sick may receive life and be healthy, that our hearts be so flooded with life that there is no more room for depression, but Joy, peace and rejoice. Oh that life may come into our finances, that it might be filled with growth, success and progress.

Let that which has morally decay be touched with life, let us live again, live free from this addiction that has trapped us in the grave, trapped us from who we really are. This confusion, this pain, sorrow, suffering and restlessness, this is not life, oh that our lives be filled with life. Let our churches come alive, our meetings, our business, our spiritual life, our marriages, let them all come alive. Yes, we find ourselves in a desperate need for life. The first man, our father brought death to us and now everything is subjected to die. No matter how hard we try everything keeps falling apart, they refuse to stop decaying, slipping out of our fingers, out of our control. It's death, it has affected everything, and no matter how hard we try to reach for life it keeps escaping us. It's like all hope is lost and there is no way out of this mess.

"This one who is life itself was revealed to us, and we have seen him. And now we testify and proclaim to you that he is the one who is eternal life. He was with the Father, and then he was revealed to us." (1John 1:2).
“I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly." (John 10:10).

Listen, I have come with a good news; Life is no longer beyond reach. It is here! Finally, life has come. It has come down to us, manifested in the flesh that we might be able to apprehend it and have it in abundance. We would have plenty and plenty of life; it would flood our homes, ravish our hearts, restore our lives and leave us dumbfounded. Life is no longer a thing to struggle for, oh death has meet its doom. Hallelujah, our soul would now find rest, we would rest in the riches of life. You no longer need to continue to suffer death, decay and the incarceration of the grave. Life is now here, you can have it, he came for you.

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Christ; The Author and Finisher Of Our Faith

"looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God." (Heb 12:2).

This is a very popular passage of the scripture and I'm sure most of us know it. But in this post we would be looking deeper to discover more about this passage. The verse declared that Jesus is the author of our faith, what does that mean? And even more, why did the verse went on to say Jesus is also the finisher of our faith? It can be very damaging to try to understand the scripture without considering the context. If you look very closely at the context of the verse, Paul or whoever the writer may be is addressing a people who have been roughened up by the battle between light and darkness, many have fallen away from the faith and many are close to falling. The question in every one of their heart is, 'can I make it, how long can I keep up with this, will I still remain standing at the end?' This verse was directed to these questions. Is your mind burden with a question similar to these? If so, then this verse is written to you.

Here is a people who needed their faith to be strengthened. And after writing a mind blowing description of faith in chapter eleven, the author moved further in encouraging them by stating that, the Lord who had ran the same race we now run, the Lord who has emerged so victoriously in this race, this same Lord is the one in charge of your faith. He began your faith and he would surely finish it. Jesus gave you this salvation, he is in charge of your salvation and he is not a failure. He is victorious, he has never failed, so why then do you think he would fail in bringing you to the finish line? He brought you to this race and it is his responsibility that you reach the finish line.

You wonder in fear as if it is your responsibility, but he was the one that called you. You didn't choose him, he chose you (John 15:16), he started this whole thing and he must finish what he started. It is not a question of whether or not you can make it, rather the question is, 'Have Jesus ever failed, is he incapable of bringing you to the finish line, is he in charge?' For as long as you put him in charge you will reach the finish line. No matter how tough the battle may get, your Lord is capable of keeping you standing — yes, standing to the very end. You cannot fall, for as long Jesus is in charge of your Christian walk, you have nothing to worry about. Greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world (1John 4:4). You can make it to the very end, just put your trust in him.

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Saturday, 27 January 2018

Righteousness; The Pursuit Of God (David)

Hopefully this is the last of a series on righteousness. David is known as a man after God's heart, a man righteous in the sight of God. Before we go on you must understand that in this series we are not just talking about how to be righteous, we are talking about how to be righteous in God's eyes. You see, many of what we call righteousness is actually a righteousness that appease man, one that makes you look holy only in man's eyes.

"Outwardly you look like righteous people, but inwardly your hearts are filled with hypocrisy and lawlessness." (Mat 23:28).

We have come to place so much emphasis on outward things but righteous is never really about the outward things. Yes the outward things has to be there but it is not what righteousness is. The outward things is the expression of righteousness, it is not righteousness itself. Saying the outward things is righteousness is like saying the sunray is the sun, nope, it is the glory, the expression of the sun and not the sun itself. If only we know this truth then we would focus on the real righteousness and we would have better results.

"As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God. I thirst for God, the living God. When can I go and stand before him?" (Psa 42:1).

Let's get back to talking about David. Why did God call David a righteous man? David was a man with a deep hunger for God. He was a man in the pursuit of God. God is in search of somebody, anybody who would run after Him. A man who would grow an obsession for God, who would come to want nothing but to have Him and have Him all. Many Christians are just contented, they are satisfied with their present relationship with God. They are not doing much to push forward, to press in until they enter into the inner chamber. Where are the drunkerd, those who would never get enough, who would drink of God and keep drinking until they lose themselves. These are those who God calls "righteous men", those with a consuming passion for Him.

This post belongs to a series and here is the rest of series:
Righteousness; Faith (Abraham)
Righteousness; Finding Sufficiency In God Alone (Job)

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The Truth Has Come Out!

The truth, what is the truth? Everyone keep asking. They say asking a question brings you closer to the answer but despite how many times this question is asked many still leaves unsatisfied. Many people, after seeing different false truth, have concluded in their hearts that there is no truth. Look out there and you would see diverse versions of truth; diverse teachings, ideology, philosophy, theology, doctrines etc. many of which are contradicting, leaving us utterly confused and frustrated. Can the truth be known, can man ever discover the truth? This is a journey that man has embarked in right from the very beginning. This is the quest of every child born, the burden of every becoming youth. At some point in our life we are forced to wonder off on the quest for the truth.

Ever since the beginning man have been in search of the truth and now that the world has grown in knowledge the desire for the truth is even stronger. We have all this knowledge available to us yet we are still empty of the truth. So wise but yet so lost; our achievement in science has brought us no were. We are the devoid of truth, still suffering from the lack of it. But I'm here to tell you the good news; the truth has come out. The truth that was once hidden has now revealed itself. All this time we have been trying to reach it and we keep meeting with failure, it is because the truth was far beyond our reach. Yes, we worked hard, we did everything we can to apprehend the truth but we couldn't because we simply can't. For too long the truth had remain unreachable but now it has broken out of the shadows that we might be able to apprehend it.

No! It is not a subjective thing, it is not a concept or an idea, it is a person. The truth is a thing, a tangible thing, a living reality. That personally that is the embodiment of the truth has finally come out and declare, "I am the Truth" (John 14:6). It's a wonderful thing, a thing of rejoicing; the truth now walk among us. The truth can be known, it is no longer a mystery, it has appeared in an apprehensible form. Are you sincerely in a search for the truth? If yes, this good news is for you. The truth is here, you can know him, for he is a person. The truth is Jesus, this man is the embodiment of the Truth. He would give you the Spirit of Truth (John 16:13) and this Spirit would reveal Christ to you. The Spirit of truth would guide you into the reality of the who is Truth. You would see, touch and experience the truth every day of your life. Oh, all the freedom it would bring; the joy and happiness, the clearity and understanding, the sense of purpose and fulfillment. What would you give to come out of the ambiguity of this dark world and apprehend the Truth?

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Friday, 26 January 2018

Righteousness; Finding Sufficiency In God Alone (Job)

This the second in a series on righteousness, in the first post we looked at the first time the word 'righteous' appeared in the bible and it was referring to Abraham faith. Here in this post we would be looking at the story of another man that God called righteous. God was so proud of Job that He boasted of his righteousness before Satan. I would like to note that these posts, this righteous series, is for all those who want to be righteous in God's eyes, who wants to have God beat His chest and say, 'look there, my child is righteous'. Many Christians are only concerned about being righteous in man's eye and that is all they pursue. But we are those that is only concern about what God thinks, therefore how can we come to a place where God calls us righteous? The first point was established in the first post and that is knowing Christ and believing in him. This is not an easy thing to do because Christ is a reality that is quite strange from that which we know. Therefore we might encounter difficulty in believing the reality of Christ. The reason why the Church today is plagued with a lot of problem is because we are finding it very difficult to believe Christ, we want to hold on to our worldview, our concept of what is right and wrong but Christianity is beyond right and wrong, it is eternal, it is God.

Haven said that, we would now look at the life of Job and why God thinks he was a righteous man. Look at Job, in one day he lost everything he owned and what did he do?
"Job stood up and tore his robe in grief. Then he shaved his head and fell to the ground to worship. He said, "I was born with nothing, and I will die with nothing. The LORD gave, and now he has taken away. May his name be praised!" " (Job 1:20-21).

This was an empty man, a man poor in spirit. Even when he was rich he had nothing, for he lived in utter submission onto God. He never found sufficiency in him, He never saw his wealth as something belonging to him. Here is his word paraphrased, "it was the Lord that gave, it was never by my hard work. Hence, it wasn't my to claim and now He has taken that which belongs to Him". The man had nothing, he had always been poor. The 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 teams of oxen, 500 female donkeys and even the sons and daughters were never his, he was a mere steward, a servant. Such lowliness even in the midst of great wealth. This is the very attribute possessed by the righteous One; "I am meek and lowly in heart" (Mat 11:29).

To God, righteousness is being lowly, it is abasing yourself, coming to realize that you are nothing and God is all. It is finding no suffiency in yourself and relying on God completely. Despite all the wealth that Job had he didn't become proud, he didn't become self-sufficient. A servant cannot be possessive, as long as you have a lord everything you own belongs to him. To be righteous before God you must be utterly submissive to Him. What is self-righteousness, isn't it that feeling that you have some kind of virtue, a virtue that is of your power, your hard work. A self-righteous person is not empty but full, full of himself and he would not yield to anyone. God's kind of righteousness is one where you empty yourself and realize you have nothing but God. God would only call you a righteous man when you abase yourself and become nothing, relying completely on Him.

This post belongs to a series and here is the rest of the series;
Righteousness; Faith In God (Abraham)
Righteousness; The Pursuit Of God (David)

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