Monday, 19 August 2019

Oneness, Union With God

When I think about our oneness with God, it's just so astonishing, the only thing I could compare it with, the only thing that gives it a form in human term, and allow my human brain to be able to comprehend it is marriage. A young lady born in poverty, lived in the slump all her life. Poverty is all she has ever known, her company is with the poor of the poor. Her family line has only known poverty, generations after generations it has been like that. This is her history and her destiny. She could not have imagine anything for herself or her future other than poverty—she has accepted and embrace that.

Then all of a sudden, the king noticed her, and for some reason he fell in love with her. Immediately he picked her out of that slump, clean her up, cloth her with the finest and most expensive clothes. She is then adorned with gold, and a crown was placed on her head. He marries her and she becomes the queen. This one whom the world thought will never amount to anything is now in the company of nobles, are fellowship is with royalties.

Here is this young lady as she walks so graciously, right into the private chamber of the king, the secret place where only the king enters. All the nobles and ranks in the land do not know this secret place neither have they entered it. Here is one, born a noble, his grandparents were nobles, all through his family line, generations after generations are all nobles, he grew up around the palace, probably spent most of his life in the palace, yet he does not have access to this private chamber, neither does he know it.

Instead a young lady whose family has never gotten anywhere near the palace, a woman of the slump, with no noble blood, with nothing at all, yet she walks in and out of the private chamber. She sits on a throne by the side of the king's throne, she share a bed with the king along with all that he has. All that is under the king's authority is now under her authority. Indeed, she has transcend, all because of one union.

Look at us, men that are born not too long ago, yet we have access to mysteries that angels have not yet touched despite the fact that they have been existing long long before us. We would teach angels, we would judge angels and show them wisdom, the very wisdom hidden in God. We are seated on a throne by the right hand of God's throne, we have become one with Him, sharing all that he has. Even His glory that he would not share with anyone He now shares with us. We have been brought into the inner chamber, into places that angels does not have access to.

Our company is no longer with created things (we are not in their class anymore), our fellowship is now with the Godhead. Our class and status is with the members of Godhead, we have been admitted into the company of the Elite of the elites— yes, the most elite group in all of eternity. Anything other than the members of the Godhead is beneath us, it is not of our class. We have high taste now, for we only taste of things within our class, the things of God Himself. God exists in Himself, by Himself, He is all sufficient. He is the realm that He exists, and in this realm He is everything; He is the land, the air, the life, the light, the water, the sound, the word, the communication, the food, the sustainer, the power, energy and all. He is all that He needs.

We exist in this realm that is nothing but God, and our taste, our class is only the things of this realm, every other thing is beneath us. I emphasize; our taste is only that which is utterly God, every other thing is beneath us. 

Saturday, 17 August 2019

Prayer; The Intercourse Of The Heart

This is a prayer of intimacy, a kind of prayer that pulls you so deep into God, causing you to experience Him in such supernatural ways. The heart is how we touch God, but sadly when we pray our minds are so busy that we pay very little attention to the heart. If only we can shot down everything; our wondering thoughts, our many words, our many prayer methods etc, and just pay attention to our hearts, pouring it out to God, and communicating with God heart to heart.

I would admit, I am also guilty of all these things, I wouldn't have discovered this prayer all by myself. It was the lovely Spirit of God that forced me into it, He taught me to stay focus and then shot down my many words. I couldn't utter any words, not with my mouth and not even in my head, everything was just shot down, yet he bids me to continue praying. How am I going to pray without utterance? I just didn't understand. But as I remain with him I soon realized something happening in my heart.

My heart is being pour out towards God, not through words, but through affection. I could feel my desire coming out from it hiding place deep inside of me, showing forth its fullness. And oh it is full, so full and so strong. As I remain still I could hear my heart more loudly in that beautiful silence, "Oh, how I want you Lord". Everything is getting clearer and that desire is showing forth more stronger than I have ever felt it before. Tears dropping down my eyes, "I just want you Lord, I just want you".

Suddenly, it feels like my heart jumps right out of my chest, chasing after God, and kissing Him with a lovely embrace. He held me tight, pull me to Himself, and let me have Him. Oh the satisfaction I feel at that moment, words cannot begin to describe it. Here is my eternal Lover, and He is all mine. I burst into laughter, enraptured with overwhelming joy, "He is mine, He is mine, and He is just enough!"

I lean my head on Him, and it felt like eternity. "This is where I am meant to be, this is my home", and then He does something to me. I have poured out my heart toward Him, and now it is time for Him to pour out His heart towards me. He lay me down and pours out Himself like a fountain upon me. Then I could feel Him, I could feel the whole of Him, I could feel His joy, His anger, His grief, His frustration, His passion and desire. I am in His heart and He is in my heart.

I just find myself knowing Him, although no words is being said, in fact not a single word needed to be said in this intimate moment. My heart is having intercourse with His heart and I am knowing Him. Just as Adam knew his wife and begot a child, it is a kind of knowing that only takes place on the bed of romance. I am penetrating Him, I am inside of Him, I would laugh in His joy, cry in His grief, groan in His pain, frustration and anger.

We are one, yes we are one, not just in a theological sense but in a very real and experiential way. For years I thought I was the only one experiencing this kind of prayer, because whenever I try telling people about it they look at me strangely. But recently I am beginning to hear other people talk about it, and it's increasing. The Lord is increasing this experience in his body, he is drawing his bride into the depths of intimacy with him, he is causing us to become one with him.

You must get into the bus, come in and join. I remember a vision of mine where I saw the bride standing before a red curtain, and two angels were standing before her. The angels opened up the curtain, it was the access to the inner chamber, the place of great intimacy with God. The Spirit lift up the bride like a wind, enraptured her, causing her to float right into the inner chamber, where she would now lie with the Lord, know him intimately and become one with him.

This is what the Lord is doing in this last days, he is breeding a people that knows him beyond doctrine and theology, a people who's intimate knowledge of him has made them become one with him, and the Lord is doing all this through the prayer of the intercourse of the heart. Others may call it by other names, but the name doesn't really matter, all that matters is the fact that it will revolutionize your relationship with God. Yes, you need to learn this prayer and practice it often, for it will bring you into a real and experiential oneness with your eternal Lover. 

Thursday, 15 August 2019

Power To Crush The Rebellion

At creation man was given dominion over all on earth, but man sinned and died. Then the earth rebelled against him and gave him thorns and thistles, instead of edible food. The animals rebelled against him and went wild, trying to devour man. The plants also rebelled; some became poisonous, and some grew thorns and spike to harm man, they refuse to be food for him.

"I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway." (Rom 7:19).

Even man's flesh rebelled against him and made him a slaved in his own body. His mind rebelled against him and he is no longer in control of his own thoughts. His heart went a stray and begin to want things, lusting after carnal things, he becomes a slave of his own emotions. Then Jesus came and gave us authority not just over the earth but over the heavens, and you think you cannot bring that rebellious thought, feeling and habit to obedience and conformity to Christ!

"We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture every rebellious thoughts and teach it to obey Christ." (2Cor 10:5).

Power to crush the rebellion has been given, it is time to stop being a slave and start living like a king. Kings don't run about, hiding in caves from terrorists. This is your domain, you have authority over this land, now take that authority and crush the rebellion. Crush that rebellious thought, feeling, desire, and habit, teach it obedience, let it come into conformity to Christ. Yes, you can teach your thoughts obedience, you can teach your feelings and desire to never stray, you can teach yourself fruitful habits and cultivate godly attitudes.

"For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places." (Eph 6:12).

You have been given the power to crush every rebellion on earth and in the heavens. If you can't crush the rebellion in your members, how then would you be able to crush the rebellion in the heavenlies? If you can rule over your members, how then will you be able to rule and reign with Christ? We must begin to learn eternity now, for we have been given eternal life. Christ did not eradicate the enemy because he wants us to learn how to wield authority and power. You must learn how to rule with a iron rod, crushing and smashing every rebellious.

"You will break them with an iron rod and smash them like clay pots." (Psa 2:9).
"that one 'will rule them with an iron scepter and will dash them to pieces like pottery' --just as I have received authority from my Father." (Rev 2:27).

This is what the Lord is training us to become, and if truly you are in fellowship with the Spirit, you will be growing towards this path. You will grow to learn to wield the authority you have been given, and you will use it to crush every rebellion, starting from your members. 

Tuesday, 13 August 2019

The Spirit Of Rebellion Vs The Spirit Submission

With death and darkness comes the spirit of rebellion; that attitude that is always trying to rebel against God, insisting on following it own way. Its there, inside every one of us, it comes with the corruption of death that spreads to us all.

"Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned" (Rom 5:12).

In sin is death and in death is that attitude of rebellion, that urge of going your own way. It is the reason many refuse to give their lives to Christ, they just can't submit to his Lordship, they want to have their own way all the time, they can't conceive submitting their will to God. Even those who come to Christ and given themselves to be God's people, they still struggle with rebellion in their members.

In their hearts they have decided that God's will would reign over them, but yet they still find themselves rebelling and going their own way. They try to set their affection on God, instead it is rebelling and desiring something else, they try to fix their minds on God, rather it strays and wonder off into something else, they try to do God's will, yet they find themselves doing something other. This rebellion has taken over their members.

If we are to be a people pleasing unto the Lord, we must have the spirit of submission. We must break free from that circle of rebellion, that addiction, that perverse disposition, and we must begin to cultivate the attitude of submission. Attitudes are developed through consistency of an action. Rebuke the spirit of rebellion and bring your members to submission. Yes, it might be very difficult but you must fight this battle, for it is the labour to rest.

"Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief." (Heb 4:11).

We must rest from our tendency to rebel, our urge to insist on our own way and stray away. There is no way we can grow in Christ if we should continue this way. Labour, strive, make every effort to break free from the spirit of rebellion and cultivate the spirit of submission. It takes one step at a time; when you succeed in submitting once, you struggle to do it again, and then again, and as you remain consistent the attitude is developed. Focus on winning the battle one at a time, each step is very important, don't allow the chain of consistency break, and you would be on your way to freedom.

Stop buying the lie of the devil; that voice in your head telling you that this is just the way you are and there is nothing you can do to change it. Though you may have serious rebellious tendency today, yet still, you can get to a place of gentleness and humility, you can become as submissive as a lowly servant. You can grow to be very yielding to the Lord, you just find yourself always laying down your way, you will, for his. It becomes much easier for you, it is your attitude now, you have become a submissive person. This is true for everyone, no matter how serious your case may be, you can develop the spirit of submissiveness.

Sunday, 11 August 2019

Poor In Spirit

"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." (Matt 5:3)
“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need." (Matt 6:33).

We are to seek the Kingdom of God above every other thing, and now Jesus is say the Kingdom of God is for those who are poor in spirit. This mean that if truly the Kingdom of God is ours then we are poor in spirit. But what does "poor in spirit" mean? The word poor there does not refer to lack of money or material wealth, and the word spirit there is definitely not referring to a spirit being.

"Poor" as used in this scripture refers to humility, emptiness, and lack of sufficiency in one's self. Yes, a man is considered poor when he finds no sufficiency in himself, he is not full of himself, but rather empty and in utter reliance on God. He leans heavily on God as he has nothing and can do nothing by himself. All that he has is God, he is utterly empty of himself. He finds himself always depending on God, for he does not know how to survive without God. Now, to understand the word "spirit" as used in that scripture we would look at another scripture.

"And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;" (Eph 4:23).

The word spirit here is also not referring to a spirit being, rather it means a spiritual construct. Some other translation puts it this way, "to be made new in the attitude of your minds;" Attitude is a disposition, a state, an arrangement, a construct. The spirit of your mind therefore means the disposition of your mind, how your mind has been constructed to think, its attitude, how it behaves. A proper interpretation of that would be, "the spiritual nature of your inner man".

"Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day." (2Cor 4:16).

Yes, the nature of your inner man, that person that you are inside needs to be renewed day by day as we are being conformed to the image of Christ. The person that you are inside determines how you think, how your mind behaves, and therefore what you do. Our spirits already has the nature of Christ, but our soul, our inner man, still needs to be conformed to that. We need to start expressing this divine nature, and as the scripture says, "out of the fullness of the heart the mouth speaks" (Matt 12:34).

We simply express who we are inside, the spiritual nature of our inner man. It is the nature of our inner man that needs to be constantly renewed, conforming to the nature of Christ. Therefore when Jesus said, "poor in spirit", he was referring to the spiritual nature of our inner man. He is saying that deep inside of us we must have this attitude of poverty, emptiness, humiliaty, and lack of sufficiency in ourselves. We must come to the end of ourselves and learn to only lean and depend on God for everything.

"Jesus gave them this answer: "Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself;" (John 5:19).

The son can do nothing by himself, he has no sufficiency in himself, he is utterly empty. This is the attitude of a slave who owns nothing, even himself does not belong to him, he is the property of another. Therefore no matter how much is in his possession or how great is the estate that he overseas, he is poor, it does not belong to him, he owns nothing. Jesus is saying the Kingdom of God is for those who have this attitude, who are empty inside, who sincerely feels like they own nothing despite their fat pocket, the large figures in their bank account, the properties that is in their name, the number of talents, skills, abilities, qualifications and the greatness of the knowledge they have.

They see themselves as empty before God, always relying on Him rather than their money, knowledge, wisdom, skills, abilities, talents, understanding, qualification, status and power in the society. They may be rich in all these things, but they rely on God instead, they feel like God is their true riches, their true qualification, their true wisdom, knowledge, understanding, their true power, talent and ability.

He is their all in all, the one and only thing they truly have. When we come to this level of emptiness then we are comformed to the true citizens of the Kingdom of God, for this is how the citizens of the Kingdom should be, this is their true nature and we need to start walking in that nature if truly we believe that we are the citizens of the Kingdom of God.

Tuesday, 6 August 2019

Fix Your Eyes On Jesus; Effective Faith

We have been on this series for a while now, if you haven't read any of it at least read the first three posts of the series. There is so much we can achieve by learning to keep our eyes stayed on Jesus no matter what. Yes, keep your eyes fixed on Christ; focus on the finished work of Christ, focus on the greatness of God, the greatness of His power, the greatness of His salvation, the greatness of His love towards you, His faithfulness, His goodness.

In the third post of this series I emphasized the need to get a revelation (knowledge beyond mere knowledge). When you've gotten a living revelation of the greatness of the power and the love of God it becomes easier for you to walk in great faith. In that same post I did mention that there is a different between having a revelation and learning to fix your eyes on it (abiding in that revelation). So you get a revelation of the greatness of God's power and love, and then you fix your eyes on it.

Fixing your eyes on this revelation will provoke faith in you, causing you to become so confident because you know how powerful God is and how much He loves you and is willing to do anything for you. However, having great faith is not enough. If unbelief is present in your heart it can counter your faith and make it ineffective. Yes, it is possible to have faith and have unbelief at the same time.

"And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief." (Mark 9:24).

This man is saying he has faith and unbelief at the same time, and look at what Jesus said next in Matthew's narration of the same events.

"Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you." (Matt 17:20).

Here is Jesus saying even if your faith is as small as a grain of the tiniest seed in Israel, as long as there is no unbelief it will move a whole mountain and do things that are considered impossible. The problem is not the size of your faith, but the presence of unbelief. So how do we deal with the problem of unbelief? We are not in total control of the things that passes through our minds or hearts, but we determine whether or not to embrace these things.

"Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and dine with him, and he with Me." (Rev 3:20).

We embrace them and open the door to these things by considering and fixing our eyes on them. Yes, unbelief, envy, lust etc present themselves to your hearts, but that doesn't mean you have doubted or lust or become envious. You might have unbelief knocking in your heart, but you still remain in faith as long as you have not open the door to that unbelief, and you open the door to it by considering or fixing your eyes on it.

It requires you taking your eyes off of Christ and fixing it on the unbelief that has presented itself to you before you can be considered doubtful. As long as you have not embrace that unbelief presenting itself in your heart, you have not doubted. Now the problem is that many Christians have a very undisciplined mind that just accept anything that present itself to them. Their minds are not discipline enough to be able to rebuke things and block them out. In fact, these Christians don't know how to rebuke and block things out of their hearts, they begin to struggle and struggle with this unbelief, and it end up affecting the effectiveness of their faith.

To walk in effective faith you must train your eyes to stay fix on the revelation of Christ, because doubt and unbelief will always present itself to your heart, no matter how great a revelation you have. This is why I keep saying there is a difference between having revelation and learning to keep your eyes fixed on the revelation. If you do not know how to keep your eyes fix on the revelation you will be troubled by the unbelief that is knocking at the door of your heart, and you will end up giving that unbelief enough attention to cause rumbling and storm, in your heart, that would crowd your faith and make it ineffective.

When you begin to fight with unbelief or doubt you get distracted. The victory has already been won, it is finished! We are not called to begin fighting a battle that has already been won, we are called to rest. Don't waste your time fighting unbelief, just rest your eyes on Christ, ignore, rebuke and block out the doubt and unbelief, focus on who Christ is, for he is the power of God, and the love of God towards us. Therefore, what you need in order to have a faith effective enough to do the impossible is getting the revelation of Christ and training your eyes to stay fixed on it no matter what.

Let your eyes just rest on him, and do not allow anything disturb that rest, for we are called to rest. As you practice this you will grow in it. You will grow in resting in Christ and in keeping unbelief out, and then your faith will become more and more effective.

Friday, 2 August 2019

Fix Your Eyes On Jesus; Being The Light

"Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the," (Rom 12:2).

"Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth." (Col 3:2).

"And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit." (2Cor 3:18).

We are to reflect not this world and the perversion in it. Yes, the world is filled with darkness, everywhere you look is some perversion, and all these things are fighting to dominate our thoughts and possess us. The world system is designed to enable the spread of darkness. Oh, how stressful it can be pursuing money, try to earn a living, to survive, and all that place upon you so much stress. Stress and fatigue that brings down your defenses, making it easier for you to burst into anger at the slightest word from the mouth of a bitter person. Plus the voice in your head telling you that you deserve some relaxation, some kind of carnal and perverse pleasure, something that will soothe your stressful week.

Yes, everything is designed to push you forward into darkness and perversion. Promotings everywhere, trying to convince you that you need certain product, you should desire it, lust for it, and work harder to make enough money to buy all these things. Pushing you deeper into the pursuit of money until you lose yourself at some point. No, we are to fix our eyes on the things above, focus on Jesus and let that gaze cause you to be so transformed that you begin to reflect a light that is alien to the world.

If we allow the things of this world consume us, if we get too sucked in and carried away by the activities of this world, we will lose ourselves and darkness will penetrate us, cause us to join with the rest of the world in reflecting evil and perversion. We are to be so unique that people will begin to ask, "how do you manage to stay happy despite everything said in the news... how do you manage to remain pure and holy despite the corruption everywhere... how are you looking so alive despite the depression in the world?"

"If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you." (Rom 8:11).

The source of our life is not of this world, and it is so powerful that it energizes us, filling every part of our being with that electrifying life. When your eyes is fixed on Jesus you won't be troubled by what troubles the world, you won't be depress when the rest of the world is depressed, and you won't fall into corruption when everybody is falling into corruption. But you will stand as a light, reflecting a reality far beyond this world, and being a testimony of the greatness of the world to come. Let us stand different and pure, that our light might so shine, that many shall be drawn to our Lord, by the radiate of his glory in us.