Saturday, 19 September 2020

The Fascinating Life


You know that feeling of amazement that you get while watch things live, watching puppies act so playfully, or little children running about on their tiny legs. That fascination that comes with just watching things live. I guess that's why people love wildlife documentaries.

Yes, it is always so fascinating to watch those things live out there lives. But imagine how fascinating it will be to watch the highest form of life, go about expressing his life. To watch how he lives out this amazing life, the nature of this life, how he act and react, the wisdom of every of his move, his mysterious culture and all that.

Well, you don't have to imagine, for Jesus has torn the veil and given us sight. He died and resurrected in a glorious life, and now we are called to watch him live. He is alive, yes he is, look at him, the bible tells us, "Looking unto Jesus". Yes, look at him live.

"But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord." (2Cor 3:18).

Look and keep looking until you are transform by what you observe. Oh, it is beautiful, even just looking..., so fascinating. This is what we are called to do. We are not called to come look at some letters in a book, or to argue theology, memories words and fill our head with mere knowledge.

Look! Oh, how many of us truly see. The veil is torn but they have given us another veil. Jesus is not just someone that was written about in a book. He is alive now, lift up your eyes and look. Watch him the same way the 12 disciples watched him and were transformed to do mighty works on earth. Watch him, for he lives now.

Get yourself lost just looking at him, see how he lives in you, in his body and by his Spirit, as he goes about doing good. Let him be the only thing you see and let the ugly sight of this corrupt, perverted and disgusting world fade away. Be caught up in sighting him, for he is all that matters, and only by looking can you be transform into his glorious image.

A brother once wrote, "we see him to live, and we live to see him". This is the normal Christian life.

Thursday, 10 September 2020

The Trick Of The Old Man


The flesh is designed to survive. It doesn't want to die, and it will do anything to survive. When it comes to survival the flesh becomes very witty. Wisdom comes out of no where and the flesh would just be coming up with all kinds of trick just to survive. Spiritual growth means the flesh would have to die. Spiritual growth is about Christ taking over and the flesh giving way.

"My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me." (Gal 2:20).

Your old man will do anything to fight spiritual growth because it doesn't want to die. It is already dead but it doesn't want to accept that reality of being dead. The more you grow spiritually, the more than reality gain ground in you, and the old man will do anything to stop this from happening. One of the trick it uses is to distract you. Yes, and there will always be something that he can use to distract you. Though these things may seem very valid, in fact they are very serious matters.

You don't have money, hungry is killing you and you need to focus your time and energy on this, that and this. As such you don't have much time to give to the pursuit of your relationship with God and growing up into the fullness of the stature of Christ. You tell yourself that, "maybe I should just pause this spiritual thing just for a short while, so that I can quickly resolve this and this in my life". My dear, after you finish resolving that one another issue will come, and if you finish resolving that new issue another one will pop up. It just never end.

Please don't fall for that trick. I am telling you this out of experience, not just in my life but also in the life of other people that I have observed. This is a great deception, please don't fall for it. Life is filled with challenges, there will always be challenges. You just have to make up your mind now to pursue relationship with God even in the midst of your challenges. Yes, you can afford to do it, don't let the flesh deceive you. You will not die, you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you (Phil 4:13).

I am not saying you should not do anything about the problem you are facing. You can afford to solve your issues and at the same time work on your relationship with God. You just have to make a resolve in your heart that no matter what you will make time for pursuing God. Yes, it will be very difficult at first, but it gets easier. Please, let's overcome being distracted and let's remain focused on working on our relationship with God.

The truth is that, once you get distracted like that, before you recover you would have lost your motivation, and you will be struggling when you come back to work on your spiritual growth. Now that the fire is burning, this is the best time to put your energy into this, don't allow any thing — no matter how serious it is — sway you away from this.

Wednesday, 9 September 2020

Build Your Motivation On Love


The New Covenant is all about intimate relationship. God wants you to chase after him because of how much you love him. Not because your guilt is killing you. Not because you need to make it in life. Not because you have some prayer requests that needs to be answered, or whatever other reason it may be. I am not saying all other reasons are bad, but this is how God wants it to be. Let me tell you a secret, this is how He had designed it.

"the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force." (Matt 11:12).

There are different motivation for violence and war. Some fight for glory, some fight for pride and honour, some fight for love, some fight for money, some fight as an obligation, and some fight cause they have no other choice. But God has designed the violence or battle for the kingdom to be won only by those who's motivation is love. It is good to desire glory and power, it is good to desire freedom from sin, it is good to want to be liberated from poverty, and so on. But these desires alone will not take you far enough.

I am telling you a secret that will save you a lot of trouble. The battle is designed to be won by those who's motivation is love. I am giving you the cheat code of the whole game, just apply this and you will emerge so victorious. It is good to want to be holy. That desire is very noble and admirable, but that's not the key that wins this battle — love is. The Lord is in search for a bride, a true lover. And he has designed the test to ensure that only the one who is a true lover will win.

If you are to win this battle you must build your motivation on love. I know you desire to be right with your Creator, I know guilt is killing you, in fact you can't take it anymore. I know you feel pursuing God is the right thing to do, and God bless your righteous heart for desiring to do the right thing. But the history of man have proven that the desire to do the right thing is not enough. Right from the moment man ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil he has been trying to do good but look at how low we have descended.

As admirable as that desire may be, it won't take you far. I know a lot of people that started my course with the desire to do the right thing, they wanted to get it right with God, but many of them have quit now. Yes, you come to a point of frustration and you realize you can't move on anymore. You need to build your motivation on love. It's okay to have other motivations that are righteous, but build more on love. You can teach your heart to love, if you can't then God would not have commanded;

"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.'' (Mark 12:30).

Only those who have obeyed this commandment can attain the manifestation of the fullness of God. In fact, the fuller you obey this commandment, the more your manifestation of God's fullness will be. You can nurture that love till it consume you completely, filling the whole of your heart and soul, possessing your mind and evoking all your strength. See, I have taken years to study this thing very closely, I have observed its design, I have experimented over and over again, and I am telling you only love can penetrate this thing and bring you into God's fullness. And thank God we can grow in love.

If you are wise you will focus all your strength on this. You will spend all your day nurturing love for God in your heart. If only you can do this, you will be shocked how fast you'll grow. 

Sunday, 6 September 2020

The Easy Battle



God promised the Israelites the land flowing with milk an honey, this land was a picture of our salvation. Although this land was promised to them, they still had to fight for it. Yes God promised them the land even before they were born, before they could have any consent, and yet they must fight for it. God will not force anything on anyone, if you don't want the land then you are welcome to die in the wilderness. But if you claim you want it then you must fight to prove how much you want it.
"For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." (Matt 11:30).
However, the battle is easy. This is because it is not your fighting ability that will win the kingdom. The fighting is just to test how badly you want it. It is God that will win the land for you, it's God all the way. Yes, you must fight but the battle is easy if you will rely on God. The only thing that may make it difficult is inability to rely on God, and sadly we Christians have been mostly taught work based Christianity. God has designed the battle to be easy, it is not meant to be difficult at all. This is an easy salvation, it is just too good to be true. No wonder it is called the good news.
"For the Lord your God is going with you! He will fight for you against your enemies, and he will give you victory!" (Due 20:4).
"I will send my terror ahead of you and create panic among all the people whose lands you invade. I will make all your enemies turn and run." (Exo 23:27).
Look at the Israelites, they had such easy battle. Imagine how easy it is to defeat enemies that were already paralyzed with fear. They can't even lift their sword up to fight, instead they turned their back to run, making it easy for the Israelites to cut them down. The Israelites did not need to have any battle skills, they just need to appear on the battle field with a sword, and they will be able to slay as many as possible. God fought for them. At one battle there was hail falling from the sky to crush their enemies.
They didn't even have to go to some of their battles, angels went ahead and slew their enemies. In some battle they delivered such great blow on their enemies simply by singing, shouting and blowing trumpets. It was just ridiculous, such easy battle. Yet their was a whole generation that died in the wilderness simply because of their inability to trust God. Yes, God has called us into a easy battle. We have been struggling so much because we were not taught the way of relying on God, we only knew the way of works.
All you need is to truly want the land and you will get it. Surely you will be ask to do some things that doesn't make sense, silly childish things. Like how the Israelites were told to parade around an impenetrable wall, singing, shouting and blowing trumpets, and then this mighty wall will fall down. It sounds pretty silly, a wall that was designed to stand the fiercest attack, and you are saying mere sound from people's mouths will not just cause it to crack, it will totally sink the whole wall into the ground.
Moses was asked to wave a stick and the whole of the red sea will part. Such absurdity, you can't even part the small water in a bucket with the waving of a stick. The wind release may move the water a bit but it would never part or stay parted for an ant to past. And then Moses was to wave a tiny stick to part a mighty sea. Yes, the path and process of entering the land would require you to do very simple and silly things, and many would be too wise to do them, they will prefer to continue relying on their works.
"Since God in his wisdom saw to it that the world would never know him through human wisdom, he has used our foolish preaching
to save those who believe. It is foolish to the Jews, who ask for signs from heaven. And it is foolish to the Greeks, who seek human wisdom." (1Cor 1:21-22).
It wasn't designed to be difficult. If you are experiencing great difficulties, it's probably because you are not doing it right. We are called to fight an easy battle to win the greatest land in all of eternity. This is just too good to be true, and that is the problem. But don't let that be a problem for you, rather take advantage of its simplicity and enjoy this wondrous ride to glory.
"But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ." (2Cor 11:3).
Oh rejoice for it is simple. Fix your eyes on the simplicity, don't allow yourself be distracted or be deceived. Pick up your sword, and don’t be afraid of all the giants before you, for they will all fall beneath your feet. Victory is yours already, anything contrary to this truth is a lie. Do not buy the lie that you are defeated, that you are still a slave, and you must continue to struggle. Adam was living such an easy life in the garden before he sinned and was cursed to struggle (Gen 3:17-19).
This constant struggling is a curse, and you have been redeemed from that curse. You have been brought back into that easy life. Enjoy it, and do not trade it for anything. Keep telling yourself that this battle is easy, do not be overwhelmed by the size of the enemy, rather focus on the the sweetness of pursuing God. Enjoy and celebrate this Christ (this person and this amazing reality) that has been freely given to you.

Thursday, 3 September 2020

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The Captain Of Our Salvation


"It makes good sense that the God who got everything started and keeps everything going now completes the work by making the captain of their salvation perfect through suffering as he brings many sons to glory." (Heb 2:10).

I believe the word captain here is referring to the captain of a ship. Jesus is the one on the rudder, totally in charge of bringing us into the fullness of our salvation. As the captain of our salvation and it is his job to bring us into glory (a radiant manifestation of the riches of this salvation).

"looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith," (Heb 12:2).
"For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus." (Phi 1:6).

He is the one that began it, and he will surely finish, complete and perfect it. It's all his job, your job is to surrender — abide in his ship and surrender. Just let go that he might bring you into glory. Let go of your own works. Let go of trying to pilot yourself into your own salvation. He started it and he will surely finish it. Jesus didn't come to establish this salvation (this land) and leave you to pilot or sail yourself into its fullness. He established the salvation and he alone will sail you their. It starts with Jesus, it continues with Jesus and it end with Jesus. It is Jesus all the way.

He is very willing to bring you into glory, for it is his job as the captain of your salvation. You don't need to do anything to make him want to bring you into the full manifestation of the reality of this salvation. In previous posts I explained the reality of salvation. It is a land where everyone is incapable of sinning. Yes, a land of victory over sin, depression, sickness, lack, the powers of darkness and death. It is Jesus' responsibility to bring you into full manifestation of these things. He will surely bring you into this land.

Had Jesus ever failed before? He cannot fail and he will never fail. This unfailing God is the one captaining the ship that is to bring you into the fullness of the manifestation of the riches of this salvation. Scripture says he will bring you to perfection and fullness, and surely he will, you just need to trust him. Abide in the ship, toss yourself in complete trust of him, and just watch him navigate you from one challenge to another until you come into fullness and glory. Don't abandon his ship to go find your own way into salvation. It has to be his way, and he has to be in charge, otherwise you will never make it.

Your responsibility is not to learn how to defeat the challenge. Rather it is to abide in the ship of the captain of your salvation. Yes, your job is simply to let go. Oh there is such great and tremendous power when we let go. Lean on him and just let go. If you would let go, you will be shocked with the measure of power you will see working in your life, bringing you into a manifestation of these things. Release yourself on him. Put the whole of your weight and rest on him. Remain abiding. This is your only responsibility.

Behold this amazing reality, this beautiful salvation. Dream and fantasize about it. Be of great expectance, looking forward to its manifestation as you lean on him. In fact, begin to celebrate now as if you have already come into that glory.

"Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you." (Mar 11:24).

Just imagine how you would celebrate if you enter a land where you can no longer sin or fall sick. There is no pain or sorrow, the whole atmosphere is filled with intoxicating joy and inescapable peace. Every power and principality is under your feet. You are seated as a king ruling over all of creation. Everything hangs in obedience to the word of your mouth, all you need is to give your order as a king and it shall be so. You are living a life of royalty and you are clothed with glory. Oh, please spend some time imagining how you will celebrate if all this happens, and then begin to celebrate now as if it has happened.

The truth is that it has already happened. So celebrate, rejoice as you lean on the captain of your salvation to cause it to manifest. When you come into that spirit of rejoicing then it will become easier for him to bring you into that manifestation. Release yourself in complete trust, surrender yourself to the truth of his finished work, challenge him with a boundless faith and you will see glory in manifestation.


Tuesday, 1 September 2020

Celebrate The Sabbath


"So the Jewish leaders began harassing Jesus for breaking the Sabbath rules. But Jesus answered them, My Father has worked [even] until now, [He has never ceased working; He is still working] and I, too, must be at [divine] work." (John 5:16-17).

The Jews observed the seventh day as Sabbath, for God rested on the seventh day. Now Jesus is saying God didn't rest, but he is still working till that very date. What does this mean? To understand this we must go back to Paul's statement.

"So dont let anyone condemn you for what you eat or drink, or for not celebrating certain holy days or new moon ceremonies or Sabbath. For these rules are only shadows of the reality yet to come. And Christ himself is that reality." (Col 2:16-17).

According to Paul the seventh day Sabbath is nothing but a shadow, the reality is Jesus. In the shadow God worked and rested on the seventh day but beyond the shadow, where reality lies, God was still working. Christ is the reality and based on Jesus' declaration, God was still working in the reality. In the shadow God has rested but in the reality He still works. When a person is coming behind a door you will first see his shadow before you see the real person. This is why the rest of the shadow came before the rest of the reality. Talking about what the shadow is Paul said;

"However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual." (1Cor 15:46).

The natural comes first before the spiritual. This is because the natural is the shadow while the spiritual is the reality. In the creation of the natural world God rested on the seventh day but in the spirit God was still working. He was busy creating something spiritual; He was creating the new creation.

"No, the wisdom we speak of is the mystery of God, his plan that was previously hidden, even though he made it for our ultimate glory before the world began." (1 Cor 2:7).

Since before creation, God has been doing a special work in a mystery. God would not unveil His work until He had finished it. This work would be established at Jesus' death, and this is why before Jesus died he declared, 'it is finished' (John 19:30). The work that God, before creation, has conceived in his mind to do, the work that He carried out in the spirit even after creation, is finally finished. At that moment the rest was accomplished and all that was left was to bring man into the rest.

"For only we who believe can enter his rest... For all who have entered into Gods rest have rested from their labors, just as God did after creating the world." (Heb 4:3,10).

The reality of Christ is the real Sabbath and we are the people brought into this eternal Sabbath. This Sabbath is not a day, it is an unending reality, and we are meant to celebrate this Sabbath.

"Observe the Sabbath day by to keeping it holy. Work six days and do everything you need to do. But the seventh day is a Sabbath to God, your God. Don’t do any work" (Exo 20:8-10).

"God spoke to Moses: “Tell the People of Israel, These are my appointed feasts, the appointed feasts of God which you are to decree as sacred assemblies. “Work six days. The seventh day is a Sabbath... In addition to the Sabbath, these are the Lord’s appointed feasts"" (Lev 23:2,3,4).

The Sabbath is a holy day, a no-work day, but it is also a feast. It is the celebration of God's finished work. Apart from the seven day Sabbath there were other Sabbaths placed on the feast days, and they were called feast Sabbath (see Leviticus 23). In the Old Testament Sabbath was intertwined with festivals and feasting. God's finished work is meant to be celebrated. In Christ God has done it all, he has given us everything. He has given us the will and power to be righteous, he has given us wisdom, sanctification, holiness, blessings, power, and everything we would ever need.

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ," (Eph 1:3).

"Everything we could ever need for life and complete devotion to God has already been deposited in us by his divine power. For all this was lavished upon us through the rich experience of knowing him who has called us by name and invited us to come to him through a glorious manifestation of his goodness." (2Pet 1:3).

It is indeed finished, we have everything, and all that is left to do is celebrate. Yes, celebrate that you have righteousness, you are the righteousness of God (2Cor 5:21). You have a wisdom greater than that of Solomon, for Christ himself is your wisdom (1Cor 1:24). All the blessings in heaven has been emptied and poured on you, there is nothing left to bless you with (Eph 1:3). You have power greater than all the prophet in the Old Testament combine, you have all of the fullness of the power of God (1Cor 1:24; Col 2:9; Eph 1:23). You are already an overwhelmer (1John 5:4). You are the richest person on planet earth, for you own all things (1Cor 3:21-22). You are joint heir with Christ, you have inherent the whole of creation (Rom 8:17). God (your father) had died and you have already inherited everything that belongs to him (Heb 9:16-17).

“The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the LORD of hosts." (Hag 2:8).
"For the earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.” (1Cor 10:26).

In fact, God has given you everything, there is nothing left to give. He has given you all that he is and all that he has. He has placed you on the throne with him, united you with Jesus whom he had given all authority and power in heaven and on earth. You are now sitting as king, ruling all of the cosmos, all of heaven and earth. What could be greater than this? This indeed call for celebration, there should be the greatest celebration in all of eternity. Yes, that is what you have been called into, an eternal feast, an unending celebration.

Don't just believe the finished work, celebrate it. Celebrate that you are a king, you are seated far above everything. Yes, everything is beneath your feet, you have power over all things, nothing can stand the power that you wield — for you wield Creator's level power. Celebrate this truth, drink, feast and merry. Spend the rest of your life celebrating, for this is the Christian life, this what you have been called into. As you celebrate faith will arise and usher you into the manifestation. So look at all the things Christ have done for you and rejoice. Yes, rejoice from now till eternity. It's finished, everything is finished. All the problems, all the worries, all the affliction, all the lack, it is all finished. You are now a king, sitting on a  throne, dress in royal rob and glory.

This post is mostly extracted from my book, The Sabbath
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