Sunday, 24 March 2019

God's Judgment On His People

How does God judge His people? To understand that we must look at the nation of the Israelites. The Ecclesia is the new Israel; the spiritual reality of God's people. By looking at the shadow (the Israel of the flesh) we can gain understanding on how God deals with a people that is His.

"This day I will begin to put the dread and fear of you upon the nations under the whole heaven, who shall hear the report of you, and shall tremble and be in anguish because of you.’" (Deu 2:25).

"“I will send My fear before you, I will cause confusion among all the people to whom you come, and will make all your enemies turn their backs to you." (Exo 23:27).

This is what God does to His people, He makes their enemies fear them. The fear makes it easier for God's people to advance, defeat their enemies and establish God's kingdom. Even after the Israelites settled in Canaan and left some of their enemies to live among them these enemies did not trouble them because they feared the Israelites, the dread of God was in their hearts.

"After that generation died, another generation grew up who did not acknowledge the Lord or remember the mighty things he had done for Israel. The Israelites did evil in the Lord’s sight and served the images of Baal. They abandoned the Lord, the God of their ancestors, who had brought them out of Egypt. They went after other gods, worshiping the gods of the people around them. And they angered the Lord. They abandoned the Lord to serve Baal and the images of Ashtoreth. This made the Lord burn with anger against Israel, so he handed them over to raiders who stole their possessions. He turned them over to their enemies all around, and they were no longer able to resist them. Every time Israel went out to battle, the Lord fought against them, causing them to be defeated," (Judg 2:10-14).

The Israelites could no longer resist their enemies, the Lord fought against them, causing them to be defeated. This is what happens when God's people anger Him, He withdraw His protective shield around them, remove the fear He has put in the heart of the enemies and cause them to attack. It usually starts with raiders coming to steal their possessions and their food.

"The Israelites did evil in the Lord’s sight. So the Lord handed them over to the Midianites for seven years. The Midianites were so cruel that the Israelites made hiding places for themselves in the mountains, caves, and strongholds. Whenever the Israelites planted their crops, marauders from Midian, Amalek, and the people of the east would attack Israel, camping in the land and destroying crops as far away as Gaza. They left the Israelites with nothing to eat, taking all the sheep, goats, cattle, and donkeys. These enemy hordes, coming with their livestock and tents, were as thick as locusts; they arrived on droves of camels too numerous to count. And they stayed until the land was stripped bare. So Israel was reduced to starvation by the Midianites." (Judg 6:1-6).

The raiders take away the wealth that God has given His people and their food too, leaving them to starve and begin to feed on junk. Do you see this same pattern in the body of Christ. When the Ecclesia was born there was great fear in the heart of carnal man and He cannot touch God's people.

"But there was a certain man named Ananias who, with his wife, Sapphira, sold some property. He brought part of the money to the apostles, claiming it was the full amount. With his wife’s consent, he kept the rest. Then Peter said, “Ananias, why have you let Satan fill your heart? You lied to the Holy Spirit, and you kept some of the money for yourself. The property was yours to sell or not sell, as you wished. And after selling it, the money was also yours to give away. How could you do a thing like this? You weren’t lying to us but to God!” As soon as Ananias heard these words, he fell to the floor and died. Everyone who heard about it was terrified. Then some young men got up, wrapped him in a sheet, and took him out and buried him. About three hours later his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. Peter asked her, “Was this the price you and your husband received for your land?” “Yes,” she replied, “that was the price.” And Peter said, “How could the two of you even think of conspiring to test the Spirit of the Lord like this? The young men who buried your husband are just outside the door, and they will carry you out, too.” Instantly, she fell to the floor and died. When the young men came in and saw that she was dead, they carried her out and buried her beside her husband. Great fear gripped the entire church and everyone else who heard what had happened." (Acts 5:1-11).

Great fear gripped the people, they dear not express the carnal man in the land of God's people. They strive to keep the carnal man behind the boundaries; the enemy must not cross the line. God has put His protective shield around the Ecclesia, no form of darkness could cross. But after the generation of the Apostles died, "another generation grew up who do not know the Lord" (Judg 2:10).

And the next thing we see is the raiders, they came and began to raid the Ecclesia until the gifts of the Spirit disappeared, miracles were no longer seen in the body of Christ. In fact Christians began to believe God does not do miracles anymore, and that the gifts of the Spirit died with the apostles. The raiders continued until sound doctrine gradually disappeared from the body of Christ.

The Pope had risen, the Catholic Church is predominant and God's people had lost the gospel. The Ecclesia was reduced to a religion, resembling that of the pagan people. God's people prostituted themselves with the pagan traditions, culture, and ideologies. They have been taken captive into the land of carnality.

"Then the king of Assyria invaded the entire land, and for three years he besieged the city of Samaria. Finally, in the ninth year of King Hoshea’s reign, Samaria fell, and the people of Israel were exiled to Assyria. They were settled in colonies in Halah, along the banks of the Habor River in Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes." (2King 17:5-6).

Part of God's people were taken to captivity, some still remain in the land but yet they have lost their identity, their wealth, their temple, their food, they are left in desolation. Even till today, can't you see how poor the Ecclesia has become? Many of us are feeding on junk (dangerous and harmful doctrines). We are lost in sin and all kinds of perversion, even our leaders are not speared.

The Judgment of God becomes more and more fierce the further we deviate from the covenant. We keep inviting the wrath of God in our actions. We must repent and appease God. But what can we do to appease God? Christ — yes, Christ is the one thing that pleases God. We fall in judgment when we drift away from Christ.

The only sacrifice that will stay God's judgment and cause us to enjoy the riches of the covenant is the sacrifice of dying to self that Christ might reign. Let everything that is not Christ die out from Christianity. Yes, let Christ be our all in all, our one and only Christian thing. Let us stick strictly to Christ, we must removed from our midst anything that is not Christ, anything that is not pleasing to God.

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Friday, 22 March 2019

Prayer; Stirring Up The Fire

I once wrote a post about how prayer is pouring out the desire that God has put in you in other for you to enter into it and become one with it [here is link to the post]. This post is an extension of that previous post. It is one thing for God to put something in you, it is another thing for you to enter into it.

The process is not yet complete until you enter into it, because this process is meant to make you one with God. This oneness is the most important thing in all of eternity, more important than buying cars, building houses, making wealth, having families and whatever thing humans consider important.

"Pray without ceasing." (1The 5:17)

Prayer is how you become one with God. He puts a piece of Himself into you and you must stir it up by prayer. Keep praying, keep stirring it up till it consume you and you are absorbed into it — this is the path to oneness. Let's say God gave you a desire to see the body of Christ grow, become mature, and be freed from ignorance.

Don't just sit there pray out that desire, pray and keep pray. Let that desire consume you, become passionate for this thing. This is how God builds us into the person He wants us to be. It starts with a little desire in your heart, but you must stir it up, you must pray without ceasing. By doing so you are entering into what God has put in you, you are being built into the person that God wants you to be, you are becoming one with the Christ in you.

I remember at a time I recognized a desire to manifest the indwelling Christ. It became my prayer, I just kept saying, "Lord I just want you, I want you to live through me, I want nothing else but to manifest you". I kept praying it morning till night, and even as I fall asleep I am whispering these words. The more I do so, the more the desire grows.

It became the only thing that matters to me, and before I knew it I could feel the Christ in me. I could feel him wanting to live, I could feel what he wants, what he thinks, what he feels. I know what he wants to do most of the time, I was no longer lost in myself, feeling and doing only what I want.

Now I know Christ, I could see him living in my. The next step is to learn to yield to him, and this was not too difficult because this was what I have been desiring and praying for — it has become my highest passion, my dream being fulfilled. As I yielded myself and live my Christ I felt excited, I felt that I have just started truly living the Christian life.

Many Christians after years of being born again do not yet know the indwelling Christ, they cannot see him. The Christian life is to practice Christ, but when you tell them to practice Christ they go looking for a practical theology. Look inside of you is Christ, do you see him? Then practice him, manifest him, that is the Christ life.

Becoming one with Christ always starts with recognizing what God has put in you, and seeking to enter into it. Praying without ceasing helps you enter into what God has put in you.

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Monday, 18 March 2019

Christ Is The Realm Of The Spirit To Us

When you talk about the realm of the spirit the first thing that comes to people's mind is some kind of vision or dream where there is all this spirit things and beings. But to us Christians Christ is the realm of the spirit; "in the spirit" means "in Christ" to us. What is in the reality in Christ, is what is in the spirit. For example in Christ we are seated with God in heaven, in the spirit we are sitting with God in heaven (Col 3:1-3).

To describe the spirit is to describe the reality in Christ, anything other than that is just mystical and religious rubbish. Christ is our heaven, our realm of the spirit, our home. In him we live and move and have our being. The realm of the spirit is not about angels and mystical things, it is about the reality in Christ.

I keep hearing people describe the realm of the spirit saying it contains a lot of evil spirits. Well, I have been in the spirit several times and all I see is Christ. Whenever I am in the spirit we are in such perfect union, he is in me and by my side and all over me. When he speaks I could hear him inside of me and outside at the same time. He is just everywhere. We really need to understand that we have been placed in Christ, we are inside him.

"For in him we live and move and exist." (Acts 17:28).
"And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:" (Eph 2:6).

In the heavenly places we are in Christ. We are not just in the heavenly places (in the realm of the spirit), but we are in Christ in the heavenlies. In him we exist, wherever we are we are always in him. In heaven we are in him, on earth we are in him, we just cannot exist outside of him.

So all this talk about being careful because the realm of the spirit is filled with evil, we forget that we are in him. In him no evil spirit can touch us, no deceptive spirit can mislead us. In him we cannot be deceived by the wrong voices in the spirit, we cannot be misled by deceptive visions from lying spirits. All those things can only happen outside of him.

The only carefulness that we need is to abide in him. We ascribe all these danger to the realm of the spirit, making it fearful to approach, and we forget that the physical realm is even more dangerous yet we safe in it because we abide in Christ.

"We have a strong city, Salvation City, built and fortified with salvation." (Isa 26:1).

When we were saved we were placed into a fortified city, with huge impenetrable walls. Sin cannot touch us here, darkness cannot come near us, all the evil in the world cannot harm us.

"Now I say to you that you are Peter (which means ‘rock’), and upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it." (Matt 16:18).

If all the power of hell is unleashed and set against us it cannot conquer us, because we are in Christ, our fortified city of salvation. All the powers of hell unleashed cannot leave a crack on the fortification of our city. We are safe here. Though there is sin in the world but as long as we abide in Christ it cannot touch us.

We only commit sin when we are not abiding in Christ. In the flesh (the physical realm) we struggle to abide in Christ because we are still carrying around Adam's body, the same body that died when he sin. And that death has greatly damaged the body so much so that even after salvation it still has that tendency to fall into sin.

But this imperfection is not in our spirits. Our spirits is not like the flesh that is always struggling to abide in Christ. Instead, our spirit "is hidden with Christ in God" (Col 3:3). Yes, our spirit is hidden deep in Christ, it is secured. We are more secured in the realm of the spirit than in the physical realm.

We are safer in the spirit realm than in the physical realm. Yes, this physical reality is even more dangerous for us, the real danger lies here. The reason why believers get deceived and misled by evil spirits in the spirit realm is because they have been deceived in the physical realm.

When the devil has succeeded in deceiving you in the physical realm then it becomes easier for him to mislead you in the spirit by causing you to hear the wrong voices and deceptive dreams or visions. The real problem is in the physical realm. If you have the knowledge that in the spirit you are hidden in Christ then you will be able to approach the spirit realm in Christ. But once the devil is able to deprive you of that knowledge, and get you to go into the realm of the spirit while in the flesh then he can easily mislead you in the realm of the spirit.

In our spirit we already know all things, we know the truth. But in our flesh (this physical body) we do not know all things, we can be deceived. This is why the devil must start the deception from the flesh, causing you to approach the spirit apart from Christ and away from the walls of salvation. When you are not within the walls of salvation all the evil that exists can have you and do whatever they like with you, they can easily deceive you. But this deception didn't start from the spirit realm it started from the physical, the real danger is in the physical realm.

So we don't need to be afraid of the realm of the spirit, it is the physical realm we should be afraid of, especially because of the tendency of our flesh to be deceived. We need to be very careful in our getting of knowledge right here in physical. Once we are careful enough in the physical then there will be no issues when we approach the spirit realm. In the spirit we are hidden in Christ, placed secured within the fortification of salvation.

You cannot exist apart from Christ, always have that in mind. And whenever you are approaching the realm of the spirit do it in Christ, do not do it in the flesh (this is where the danger lies).

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Saturday, 16 March 2019

Christ Is How We Test All Spirits

"Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God;" (1John 4:1).

The word "spirit" as used in scripture could mean different things. It could mean the realm of the spirit, or a spirit being, but it could also mean an attitude.

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

The verse above is not referring to a spiritual being inside your mind, rather it is talking about an attitude or a state of the mind. Some other version puts it this way, "attitude of your minds", or "mental attitude". Yes, it is not every time the word spirit means a spiritual being, it could also mean an attitude, a disposition that has formed over time and cemented, creating a stronghold that is difficult to bring down or change.

However in this topic we are not just talking about spirit we are also talking about desire, attitude, emotions, convictions and so on. How do we know that a leading is actually from Christ? There are times that we feel led to do something but then we begin to question whether the leading is from Christ or not.

My dear, going to check the bible might not always help, what if it is about something that is not directly or clearly written in the bible? This is why we must all know Christ and his Lordship. In Christ we know all things, we already have the ability to discern good and evil, we can easily tell if something is not of God.

This has already been established in Christ, it is finished! So whenever you feel confusion about a voice in your head, a desire, conviction or a leading, just remember that there is no confusion in Christ. This is what you should do, focus on Christ, let go of what you feel is right or wrong, get emptied, die to yourself, to your opinion — it is not about you, it is about Christ.

It is not about what you think is right, it is about what Christ thinks is right, it is not about what you want, it is about what Christ want. So let yourself die and come into the life of resurrection, focus on Christ. Keep telling yourself that Christ is all that matters, what he wants is all that matters, what he thinks is all that matters, what he desire is all that matters, what he says is all that matters.

This requires submission, you must let go of everything and be ready to accept whatever comes from Christ. If you are thinking in your mind that, "I will still do what I want to do if Christ says something other". God will not reveal His will to you if you are not ready to accept it. You must bow your head in utter submission.

Finding out what Christ wants should be your greatest desire at that particular time. Press into Christ, press into oneness with him, enter into his heart and begin to think his thoughts. Feel his desire, his emotions, know what he wants to do and embrace it. Yes, the more you focus and press into Christ the more your desire will fade; your idea, your conviction, and whatever it is that is of your flesh. The cross will take it all away until all that is left is Christ.

This means if the leading that you have before is not of Christ then it will die. This is how you test all spirits, this is how you are able to tell if something is of Christ or not. Only that which is Christ can survive the cross, only that which is Christ has the power of resurrection.

Practicing this frequently with help you enter into oneness with Christ, in time you will begin to manifest him whether consciously or unconsciously. And you can even try this on other things, for example if you want to know whether a dream is from God or not, just do it, and when you have come into that oneness then think about the dream. If you feel repelled then it is not from God, but if there is a witness in your heart then it is from God.

You can do this with many other things. It will help you begin to know the indwelling Christ. You will know him more, you will know what he likes, what he wants and so on. The Christian life is all about becoming one with Christ, although we already are one with him in the spirit, yet still we have to work towards it in the flesh.

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Tuesday, 12 March 2019

The Life Of The Sons; Living To Bring Glory To The Father

Another principle of the nature of the sons is that he lives to bring glory to the Father. This topic has been a series, if you haven't read the previous posts you might like to go check them out. The series is about the relationship between the Father and the Son (Christ) and how we all are sons in the Son (Christ). Since we have become sons we ought to demonstrate the nature of the Son in our relationship with God.

"I brought glory to you here on earth; I have finished the work you've gaven me to do." (John 17:4).

"So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." (1Cor 10:13).

"I brought glory to you here on earth", this single statement summarizes everything Jesus did on earth. He was just occupied bringing glory to God, everything he did was for the glory of the Father. Whether eating or drinking, whatever it is he finds himself doing it was all for the Father's glory.

Even to humans a son is meant to be the pride of the father, this is why the son carries the father's name. So wherever he went and whatever he does he affects that name. If he does something that amaze people one of the questions they will ask is, "who is that... son of who? Yes "son of who", the glory must be pinned to the father.

The Son is never out to get glory for himself, he is not pursuing his own glory. We must understand properly this attribute of Christ, because today among Christians we see many after there own glory, demanding that people honour them, carrying titles that demands honour. Why would somebody call himself Reverend? That title can be found no where in the bible and it is so egoistic — it sounds like a cry to have your ego pampered. Why demand to be reverend, who do you think you are?

I have sat behind the pulpit many times and hear all kinds of sermon trying to elevate men to a place of glory, demanding that glory should be ascribed to certain men, that part of the Christian worship is to honour these men, even going as far as tying aspect of our salvation to the worship of these men. I mean, who are they, did God died and made them God?

The existence of such things shows that we have very little of Christ. The son does not draw honour, worship, reverence or glory to himself. He lives to bring glory to the Father. He is humble and lowly, he unveils the Father and declares the Father glory. His desire and passion is to see others marvel at the Father, amaze at how glorious, powerful and great God is, and ascribe worship to God and God alone.

This post belongs to a series, below is the rest of the series:
The Life Of Sons; Utter Dependence On The Father
The Life Of The Sons; Fellowship With The Father
The Life Of The Sons; Seeing Beyond The Activities In The Natural
The Life Of The Sons; The Father's Will Is The Son's Food

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Sunday, 10 March 2019

The Life Of The Sons; The Father's Will Is The Son's Food

"Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work." (John 4:34).

Some versions put, "my nourishment is to do the will of the Father". To the sons there is nothing as more nourishing, more pleasurable and sustaining than doing the Father's will. There was a time the Spirit of God was leading me to study the Bible. I discovered that whenever I sat down with bibles of different versions and bible study tools such as concordance and the rest, I just feel on top of the world.

I feel so happy, I was like, "this is enjoyment". It feels like my table is filled with chicken, turkey, together with all kinds of delicious delicacies. In my heart I am like, "this is the life, meeeen". There is this satisfaction inside of me followed by a nourishment, but the nourishment does not come simply because I was studying the word, it comes because I am doing what God wants me to do at that particular time.

There was another time when the Spirit wanted me to write. The day I don't write I feel so restless and reckless, but when I write and immediately I finish writing it is like my whole day just got brighten up. I feel so happy all through the day, I feel like the day have been fulfilled, there is this satisfaction and nourishment in my spirit. I feel stronger in the spirit; more alive to God.

We have the tendency to want to run away from what God is wanting us to do. The flesh is an enemy of the Spirit; always fighting to do something contrary. But when we align ourselves with the Spirit of Sonship we would realize how enjoyable it is to do the Father's will. It is our food, our nourishment, our enjoyment.

At that time, when they say, "let's go and enjoy ourselves", the first thing that comes to my mind is studying my Bible. That was my definition of enjoyment, that to me is what I call pleasure, real pleasure. There is just nothing as pleasurable as doing the will of the Father. It is just sad that many of us have not aligned themselves with the Son, we are still on the carnal side, overwhelmed with the disgust and irritation that the flesh feels for the things of God.

We must start from now to align ourselves with the Son if we truly want to know Christ. We cannot call him our Lord and savior when we would not yield to him. May the heavenly Father have more sons walk the earth.

This post belongs to a series, below is the rest of the series:
The Life Of The Sons; Utter Dependence On The Father
The Life Of The Sons; Fellowship With The Father
The Life Of The Sons; Seeing Beyond The Activities In The Natural

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Friday, 1 March 2019

Christ; The Eternal Garden

Before time, and before the existence of anything there was God. He existed in Himself, for He is all that exists. But then He conceived a plan, to create a being like Him, the bone of His bone, the flesh of his flesh, a woman, a bride. His plan is to bring her into Himself, and exist together with her.

He began creation, and planted a garden in Eden to testify of the plan he conceived in eternity. In that garden he placed man in the riches of His creation, and after He had created man He rested. He rested with man in that garden.

In the cool of the day, in the hour of rest God is found walking in the garden, seeking to spend the time of rest with man. This is a picture of the desire He had in eternity. God has always had rest in Himself and now He desire to bring another being into His garden that He might rest together with her.

There He sent Christ (which is Himself) that he might dwell in man and become the garden, the place of rest where God and man shall fellowship together. The garden that Adam lost is here again, but this time we have the reality not the shadow.

The garden is in you, this garden is not like the one where God goes and comes. God does not walk-in in the cool of the day, because in this garden it is always the cool of the day, and God is always there. God lives in this garden and He has invited you to come live with Him.

Do you hear His voice calling, "rest my son, just rest". He is calling you into that garden of rest. Look, you have been distracted for too long. Although Christ lives in you yet you still continue to labour, trying to live life, to be a good Christian, a good father, mother, brother, sister, friend, worker, citizen. All that struggle and hard work trying to do the right thing, it is enough, rest is hear now.

The voice of God is calling, "come into rest with me, let us rest together, let us fellowship and come to know each other, you cannot truly know me with all that noise, come into my rest and you will know me intimately". You don't have to worry about the many works left undone, when you finally find rest with Him He will begin to work through you and with you (Phil 2:13).

Oh, do you hear Him? If you do, do not hesitate to listen. Follow that voice, let it lead you into the garden planned for you since before the foundation of the world. Come and rest in Christ, than you will truly know God and enjoy intimacy with Him.

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