Friday, 1 November 2019

The Reconciliation Of All Things

I have talked a lot about Christ filling all in all, but before he can fill a thing with himself, he needs to first reconcile that thing to God. It is after reconciliation that the work of filling all would proceed.

"And in the same way, he sprinkled blood on the Tabernacle and on everything used for worship. In fact, according to the law of Moses, nearly everything was purified with blood. For without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness. That is why the Tabernacle and everything in it, which were copies of things in heaven, had to be purified by the blood of animals. But the real things in heaven had to be purified with far better sacrifices than the blood of animals." (Heb 9:21-23).

"And God purposed that through him [Christ] to reconcile to Himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross." (Col 1:20)

When I first saw this scripture "reconcile all things to Himself", I was shocked. What else needs to be reconciled other than man? Yet this scripture say His goal is to reconcile all things both in heaven and on earth. It is not enough that man is reconciled to God, all things also must be reconciled to God.

"And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;" (2Cor 5:18).

When Adam sinned, it wasn't only man that was alienated from God, all things on earth became alienated from God. They lose their connection to the Father and source of life, and as such they began to die.

"For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope," (Rom 8:20).

All things subjected to vanity, lost without a purpose, in need of salvation. And He sent His son to reconcile all things back to Him. First the Son would die and provide the blood that would purify all things, then he would give his body the work of reconciliation to go into the world reconciling all things back to God and filling them with Christ.

“And the same who descended is the one who ascended higher than all the heavens, so that he might fill all things with himself.” (Eph 4:10).
 “Which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all things with himself.” (Eph 1:23).

Oh, how I love that scripture, "the body, the fullness of him who fills all things with himself." But what do it mean, what does 'all things' mean? I wrote a whole book explaining this yet I don't think it is sufficient. Could we truly grasp this? All things in the natural world have been separated from God, now Christ has reconciled us to God that we might become the fullness of Christ that would be used to reconcile all things and fill all things with Christ. First the reconciliation, and then being filled with Christ. It is not enough that the man is reconciled, his whole life must also be reconciled, the way he thinks must be reconciled, the words he speaks must be reconciled, the things he does must be reconciled, everything that is part of his life, everything he touches must be reconciled to God.

His business must be reconciled to God; the way he does business, it was once alienated from God, but now it must be reconciled. Everything he touches must become born again, he must spread that reconciliation into everything he comes in contact with. In the way he builds his house, the way his furniture is arranged, the way he is being educated, the way he seeks pleasure and the kind of pleasure he seeks, his pattern of thinking, his ideology and philosophy, the way he governs his family and business, everything reconciled to God. But what does this 'reconciled to God' mean?

"The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge." (Psa 19:1-2).
"For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse." (Rom 1:19-20).

All things were created to speak of God and reveal knowledge of His invisible attributes, but death came and they began to deviate from this purpose. They started behaving differently little by little they deviate from expressing the attributes of God to expressing death, destruction and pervasion. They are reconciled to God when they are made to speak even louder about God, unveiling and expressing His invisible attributes. Yes, let the arrangement of the furniture in your house speak of God and reveal knowledge of His invisible attributes. Let your character, your words, your business, even the architecture of the house you build, let everything in your life be an expression of God, revealing knowledge of Him.

Okay, this might still leave some people scratching their heads, wondering what I am trying to communicate. Let me make it simple for you. If you look at the kind of apps, videos and files in a person's phone you can get an idea of who that person is and the kind of life he lives, his phone is an expression of him. If you should look at at the kind of car a person uses and the architecture of the house he built, you can get an idea of the nature of that person, his house and car is an expression of him. And when you look at how a person conduct his business you might learn more about the nature of the person.

Everything in his life is an expression of him, but the moment he became born again he died and it is not longer him living, it is no longer his life being expressed but Christ who is the visible image of the invisible God, the revelation and the unveiling of the attribute of God. From that moment everything begins to change in that person's life, the way he conducts business changes, for he is no longer expressing himself but God. His business which was once alienate from God, a mere expression of a fallen man would now become an expression of God as it has been reconciled to God. Same goes with every other thing in his life. When the man becomes filled with Christ, it is only natural for every other thing in his life to be filled with Christ.

"the body, the fullness of him who fills all things with himself.” (Eph 1:23).

Sunday, 27 October 2019

From Church Back To Ecclesia (part 2); In Practice

The Greek word for Church is Kuriakos, just as the Greek word for ecclesia is ekklesia. At some point in the History of Christianity there was a change from the practice of ekklesia to the practice of Kuriakos. This change began long before English language existed. This was back in the 4th century, English language first appeared around the 8th Century. So this is not a matter of English language, it is a matter of doctrine and Christian practice. The change of the English word from ecclesia to church only reflects the change that had started centuries ago when Christians stopped practicing ecclesia and started doing church.

What I am trying to say is that doing church is different from doing ecclesia. Church is a house of worship where people go to carry our certain religious rituals. While ecclesia is an assembly, something like a community meeting, or a family meeting where the members meet to fellowship together, bond, discuss issues concerning their welfare, and make important decision. You can see the difference, they are two completely different things. Practicing church is not the same as practicing ecclesia. Jesus asked us to do ecclesia, he never mentioned church. Church however, is a practice that developed out of the tradition of man. It was man’s idea to do church, Jesus plan was to have ecclesia.

The reason I am stating this is because I have been sharing a lot about Jesus’ desire to have us attain the fullness and it would become very difficult to understand how to fulfil the Christianity that Jesus envisioned when we continue to assume that this plan of Jesus is meant to be fulfilled in the church. Let me tell you the truth, church cannot fulfil the Christianity that Jesus envisioned, it is not designed to. Church is designed to fulfil man’s idea of how to worship God and do his work. Jesus said, “I shall build my ekklesia” (Matt 16:18), he didn’t say, “I shall build my Kuriakos”. It was Greek they spoke those days. Jesus plan was to build his ecclesia, and design it in a way that it would fulfil all that he envisioned for us Christians. This ecclesia would be designed to do the work of the ministry, it would be designed in a way that flesh and sin cannot survive in it, it would be toxic to anything that has to do with the carnal man.

Only that which is utterly Christ that would be able to strive and prosper in an ecclesia. The ecclesia is designed to purge away every tendency of the flesh from the life of the Christian, it’s design to bring to death all that is of the flesh, and all that is ‘self’ and carnal.  The ecclesia is design to be a breeding ground for sons, a place and a mother that would raise spiritual giants who would go out to do the greater works that Jesus spoke of. Church however, is design to do religion and help man fulfil their sense of religious obligation. It simply cannot fulfil the Christianity that Jesus planned for us.

 “That they all may be one;” (John 17:21), “… that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.” (Eph 3:19). Every of Jesus’ prayer, every of his dream and plan for us can only be fulfilled by and in an ecclesia, not a church. Church can try as much as it can to fulfill these things but it can never attain real success because it is not designed to fulfil these things, ecclesia is the one design to fulfil it. The reason why we feel it is impossible for the whole body of Christ to become one, and it is impossible for us to grow into the whole measure of the fullness of Christ is because all we see around us is church. When we start having ecclesia then you will see how possible it is for us to become one and be filled with the fullness of Christ.

Ecclesia is design to organize the members to actively explore the unsearchable riches of Christ, like gold miners digging for gold. When one person hit gold he brings it out and shares it with the rest so they become rich. When another one of them hit gold he/she brings it out and share with the rest, then they all become richer, and another finds gold through his hard digging, brings it out and share with the group. Little by little they all are becoming richer and richer with Christ until they become filled with all the fullness of Christ.

Church is design to have majority of the people sit passively and watch a small group of people perform on the altar. How are you going to grow that way? We have a long way to grow and this requires actively engaging Christ, vigorously exploring his riches, not sitting down to watch some people perform. So you see, ecclesia is the one that can bring us there. Sadly in Christianity the practice of ecclesia has gone extinct centuries ago. But now God is raising people to rebuild ecclesia. The issue is that it is extremely difficult, if not impossible, to rebuild something that has gone into extinct like 1,500 years ago. It is like trying to genetically design a dinosaur, it would take nothing but a miracle.

It was 2013 God showed me a vision of ecclesia, it was an open vision. I was in a cab, looking from the wheel screen, and like a live video playing before my eyes I saw these people fellowshipping together. It wasn’t church they were doing, it was something different. I had never seen anything like it, I didn’t know what it was. I was looking at it and wondering, “What is this?” I had no idea what it was, it was alien to me as it is alien to most Christian today. It took me years sitting at His feet, learning little by little what ecclesia is, how it is God’s original plan before man’s tradition took over, and how an ecclesia can spring into life.

The reason why ecclesia is so difficult to produce is because it has life. Just like dinosaur, it is easy to make something that look like it, have the same structure and outward characteristic yet it is not alive. Yes there are many plastic, wooden, and metal dinosaur out there, but there is no living one. Therefore, we can easily build something that look like an ecclesia, the difficult and almost impossible thing to do is build an ecclesia that is alive. It must be alive, God does not deal with dead things, dead things cannot carry His glory. Only that which is alive (Christ is the life), only that which is Christ can fulfil God’s will.

So here I am, learning and experimenting like a scientist trying to genetically design a real life, living dinosaur. I have learnt a lot so far, and I am writing the book “The Fellowship Of The Mystery” to demonstrate in theory how to genetically build a dinosaur (I mean an ecclesia). But having the theory right is just one step toward actually building it. I know there are other people out there who God is calling to help rebuild the ecclesia, I have meant some of these people. And I hope my book of the theory would help in the quest to rebuild the long extinct ecclesia. I desire not just to have it in theory but to have the real thing and see Christians grow in all the fullness of God, and then gradually the whole body of Christ becomes one.

I know some day it would happen, I would see a real life, living ecclesia. As I continue to experiment and fail, I would get it right. It’s just that it is quite difficult experimenting when most Christians cannot see or appreciate what you are doing, as such there is very little support. I mean, to venture into something as impossible as this with little or no support, it makes it even more impossible (by support I mean people who understands and believe in what you are doing and want to see you accomplish it). Even scientist needs some kind of organization or institution to support and sponsor their work. Anyway, what the Lord has started He would complete.

Thursday, 24 October 2019

From Church Back To Ecclesia (part 1); The Real Word

You will notice my use of the word ecclesia and you may be wondering what it means? If you ask an average knowledgeable Christian what ecclesia means he might tell you that it is the Greek word for Church. Well, that is very incorrect. Ecclesia is an English word not a Greek word, and it does not mean Church. In fact, it meaning has no relationship with the word Church. Ecclesia means, “the assembly of the called out ones”. While Church means, “house of the Lord”, or based on how it was used, “house of worship”.

They are two completely different word, yet Ecclesia was replaced with the word Church in the English bible (KJV). Why is this? It was simply because some people had a quarrel. Before the King James Bible there were other English translations. The Protestants had their own English versions of the Bible, which includes Tyndale bible and Geneva Bible. The Conservatives had their own bible which includes the Great Bible and the Bishop Bible. Protestants refused to read the Conservatives bible and the Conservatives rejected Protestant bible

So how do we settle this conflict and have one bible translation that would be accepted by all the English men? That was the problem King James the first, was faced with. As a King it was is responsibility to ensure peace in his nation, so in 1604, a conference was held in Hampton Court, attended by the most brilliant minds in the kingdom. They came up with the idea of making a new English translation, one that would unit both parties. So concerning the two English words, ‘Church and Ecclesia’, Protestant hated the word Ecclesia because that word has been redefined over centuries of the diffusion of man’s tradition and politics into Christianity.

The word now means the Pope and his power over the body of Christ. Protestant just broke out from under the Pope, and they hated the Pope, they hated the idea that he has power over the whole body of Christ, and the word Ecclesia re-enforces that power as at that time. So along with the hatred of the Pope the protestant hated the word Ecclesia. The way it was seen those days, the Pope is the king and the ecclesia is his kingdom. As long as you are part of the ecclesia you are under his power. The Protestant didn’t want anything to do with that, they would not called themselves ecclesia, they rejected the word.

Now there is nothing wrong with the word, the tradition of man corrupted it and made the word into something that it is not. But the Protestant hated it, they don’t want it in the bible even though it is actually the right word. They preferred words like assembly, congregation or even congress. The Conservatives on the other hand would not accept the words preferred by the Protestant, they wanted Ecclesia. King James was to make a decision, something that both parties would accept. The word Church was something that was largely in used by the English people, but it was used to refer to the building where Christian worship is carried out, as the word literary mean, “house of worship”.

So King James was like, “hey, since everybody likes and used the word church, why not use the word to replace ecclesia in the bible”. Right there a decision was made and this was enacted as one of the 15 rules in translating the KJV bible. For those who say Ecclesia is a Greek word. We must understand that many English words were adopted from other languages such as Latin, Spanish, Garman, French and Greek. They were adopted into English but they are not the same as the original words. Ecclesia is not Greek, it is ekklesia that is Greek, you should notice the difference.

Saying that ‘ecclesia’ is Greek is like say ‘evangelism’ is a Greek word. No, that is very incorrect, ‘evangelism’ is English, while ‘evangelion’ is Greek; 'baptize' is English, while 'baptizo' is Greek; 'Christ' is the English of 'Christos' which is Greek; 'episcopal' is English, while 'episkopos' is Greek. So also 'ecclesia' is English while 'ekklesia' is Greek. When you say, “The Church is the body of Christ”, what you are actually saying is this, “House of worship is the body of Christ”. Very incorrect, the correct statement is, “The Ecclesia is the body of Christ”, meaning that, “The assembly of the called out ones are the body of Christ”.

Fine, you can refer to that building where Christian go to every Sunday as Church. Very correct, it is church, it is a house of worship, but the people is not the church, they are the ecclesia, the building is the church. I have often hear statements such as, “We are the Church”, no we are not the church, we are the ecclesia, it is a building that is church. Well, you can do your own research, but most of what is out there does not go deep on the English word ecclesia. You will only find things about the word church, or the Greek word ekklesia, but little on the difference between ecclesia and ekklesia, I would address more on that in the part two of this post.

Note: What I have written here is drawn from my up coming book, “The Fellowship Of The Mystery”, there I explained in detail why this difference in the words matter a lot.

Tuesday, 22 October 2019

We Are Called For Fullness

“And the same who descended is the one who ascended higher than all the heavens, so that he might fill all things with himself.” (Eph 4:10).
 “Which is his body, the fullness of him that fills all in all.” (Eph 1:23).

The first scripture quoted above says Jesus came to this world, died, went to the grave and resurrected, then ascended so that he might fill all things with himself. The second scripture quoted above says we the body of Christ is the fullness of this Christ who fills all in all. The mission of Christ is to fill all things with himself, and we are his fullness, we are how all things would look like when it becomes filled with Christ. Christ goal is to first of all fill us with himself and then through us he would now fill all things. He specially called us for this mission; he called us to become his fullness, that through us he might fill all things.

“So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for the work of ministry, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” (Eph 4:11-13).

The reason Christ gave us these gifted men (the prophet, apostle, teacher, etc.) are so they can equip us to do the ministry, but what ministry? It’s the ministry of Christ, the ministry of filling all things with Christ. We are to be equipped to fill all things with Christ, including ourselves. So as we are occupied filling ourselves with Christ we would become built up and then we would get to a place where we become united in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. You see, the goal at the end is that we attain the fullness of Christ.

We are called to become his fullness, to attain the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. No, not to be filled with some aspect of Christ, but the whole measure of his fullness. There are Christian who are only interested in some aspect of Christ, they only care about Christ the word of God. But Christ is much more than the word of God.

“Christ [is] the Power of God and the Wisdom of God… It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.” (1Cor 1:24, 30).
“He [Christ] is the sole expression of the glory of God, and He is the perfect imprint and very image of [God’s] nature,” (Heb 1:3).

Christ is not just the word of God, he is also the power and wisdom of God, our righteousness, holiness and redemption, he is also the expression of the glory of God and the perfect model of God’s nature. So if we are to attain the whole measure of the fullness of Christ that means each one of us would become an expression of the glory of God, each one of us would be a perfect model or representation of the nature of God, we would be filled with the power and the wisdom of God, and we would become so righteous and holy in manifestation.

I know some of you might say we are already filled with the fullness of Christ. That is very true, in the spirit we are already filled with Christ, however God wants us also to be the fullness of Christ in manifestation. He wants us to manifest who we are in the spirit that is why he gave us the gifted men so that they can equip us to fill each other till we become filled with the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. We would be filled with the word of God and have so many great revelation and understanding of the word. But it would not end there, for we would also be filled with the power of God, yes each and every one of us filled with the power of God. Then we would be filled with the wisdom of God, and we would become so righteous and holy that when people look at us they would say, “These people are nothing but the perfect model of God’s nature.”

People would see the nature of God in us, they would see patience, gentleness, faithfulness, self-control, discipline, just, merciful, and filled with love, joy and peace. We would exhibit all the character of the nature of God. This is our calling, we are called for this very purpose, and we ought to pursue this. We should never rest till we attain the fullness, we should not be found doing anything other than ATTAINING THE FULLNESS.

“… that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.” (Eph 3:19).

Saturday, 19 October 2019

Demonstrating The Glory And Greatness Of The Victory

The Greek word 'evangelion' is the word translated as gospel in the English bible. Evangelion literally means good news, however in ancient Greek before much linguistic evolution the word wasn’t an everyday word, rather it was a military word. Evangelion was used to refer to a proclamation of victory in war or/and the enthronement of a new ruler i.e. when a battle is won or a new king had been enthrone the witnesses of this event would go out to declare the good news of the kingdom. They would declare how this great man appeared out of nowhere, defeated the tyrant king and took over the throne—it is indeed a good news.

The good news was not meant for converting people neither was it meant to make people aware of a religion. It is simply a proclamation to bring into awareness the victory and the enthronement of a new king. So a good witness is one who would describe and demonstrate the greatness and glory of this victory in such a way that the people would become so stricken with awe and fear that they tremble and fall on their knees at the greatness of the power of this new king, they fall in utter surrender and submission to his reign. The goal of a battle is to demonstrate strength, and through victory, the victor demonstrates his glory. And when the people behold the strength (greatness) and glory of the victory they bow their knees and surrender to his power.

Yes, thrones are taken through the demonstration of power and glory, and that is what Jesus did, then He sent the witness (those who have beheld the glory of this victory and the greatness of his power) to go out and demonstrate (proclaim) the good news. As they proclaim this, if the people cannot see the glory of this victory and the greatness of the power of this new king then they would not tremble, they will not fall on their knees, and they will not bow to his reign. Hence it is important that the glory of this victory be demonstrated. It is not by using logic and argument to convince people, it is by demonstrating power that they will fall on their knees and bow. The ancient people understood this very well, power is what will bring people to their knees not witty words.

“For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.” (1Cor 4:20).

The man comes and demonstrates his power and glory, and this causes people to fall on their knees and bow to him. God wants to demonstrate the glory and greatness of the victory on the cross. I gave an example of an inventor who made this wonderful invention and place it on the platform, but people cannot appreciate it or understand its value until he demonstrates that invention to the people. Here we see a man die on the cross so shamefully, and then they tell us it is a victory. How is it a victory? And what is the value of this victory? Its glory needs to be demonstrated so that they may know that this is the greatest victory in all of eternity. God wants to demonstrate how great this victory is. And I have also explained that the light of glory best shines in darkness. The thicker the darkness, the brighter light shines, and God has a habit of giving more light where darkness is growing.

“For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.” (Isa 60:2).
“The law was brought in so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more.” (Rom 5:20).

As sin is increasing, as the world is getting more evil, as the darkness grows thicker and thicker that is when the Lord arises with the light of His glory and causes it to shine brighter. By demonstrating glory in the midst of darkness it causes the glory to appear more glorious. For example:
Which is more glorious, a man living very holy in a monastery filled with holy people or a man living so holy in the midst of prostitutes, thieves, liars, and all kinds of perverse people?

Which is more glorious, one who is getting fresh and fat as he eats very good food, or one who is getting fresh and fat even though he barely eats anything?

Which is more glorious, one whose heart is filled with joy, looking so happy with a smile on his face as everything is going on perfectly in his life, or one who is sincerely with joy and has a beautiful smile on his face even as it seems his world is falling apart and everything is going really bad?

Isn’t it glorious when at a time of great depression and farming there lies a people flourishing as if not affected at all by the surrounding light, a very small group of people lending wealth to nations?

Such kind of glory will cause people to be stricken with awe and fall on their knees to bow to the power responsible for this. Whether or not they give themselves in surrender to this power, as long as they acknowledge its greatness then we have truly been a witness. We are called to demonstrate the glory of the victory over sin, evil, depression, pain, sorry, lack, sickness, hate, and every fruit of death. God’s desire is to have a people that would demonstrate this, and that is what we are. Even now as the world grows darker and evil increase God will cause his glory to shine brighter through us. Christ has won the victory, our job is to be a people that demonstrates the glory and greatness of this victory.

This is an excerpt from my book, THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE MYSTERY; The ecclesia according to God's eternal thoughts.

Thursday, 17 October 2019

Understanding Spiritual Growth And How To Increase Its Speed

Firstly I need to state that spiritual maturity is not measured by the amount of bible knowledge you have, or the amount of spiritual gift you have, or the kind of supernatural and mystical experiences you are having. Rather it is determined by the measure of life (Christ) that you have. One thing I have learned over the years of studying Christ is that spiritual maturity comes from abiding in Christ and being occupied with him.

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser… Abide in me [vitally connected with me], and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.” (John 15:1,4).

When Jesus used the word ‘abide’ he gave a picture of a plant. A plant and it branches stick to where they are and remain connected to the stem and roots. That picture gives us an idea of how we are to stick to Christ and remain connected to him. The more we remain connected to him the more life will flow into us, and the more life flows into us the more mature you will become. So the amount of fruit we have is proportional to the amount of life that flows into us, and the amount of life that flows into us is proportional to how much we have been abiding (see John 15:1-10).

Unlike plants we humans are very active, we can’t just remain (abide) in a place doing nothing. It is only the dead that can just lie at a place, doing nothing and never move. For us to remain at a place we must be actively doing something, otherwise we get bored and move away from that place. It is an activity that keeps us stationed at a place, and it is our occupation that determines where we settle. So to abide in Christ we have to be actively engaging him, and when we come to a place where we are so occupied with Christ that he becomes our occupation then we would find ourselves completely settling in him, and that would result to the most rapid spiritual growth. You will agree with me that we Christians have a great measure to grow in Christ, therefore would it not be amazing if this growth becomes very rapid.

Here is how it works; the more you abide in Christ the faster you grow, and the more spiritually mature you become. Spiritual maturity is not determined by how long you have been saved but how much you abide in Christ. There is this social website I visit, the website calculates how long you spend online in it. It calculates it in minutes, then hours, and if you have spent up to 24 hours it covert it into a day. So when you login you can see how many how many hours you have spent on the website, and it present it this way, “You are 37 day old on this site”. So for example person A might be physically older than the other and person B in real life, and person A had created an account on that website long before person B did.

However, person B is older than person A on this social website because he has spent more time online than person A. This is how it is in Christ, we are like plants and the longer we abide the more we grow. Some people get born again and spend more time in the flesh than trying to abide in Christ, as a result their spiritual growth becomes supers slow. Another thing is that that the flesh has a way of draining the little life you have received from abiding. So some Christians never really grow at all cause they spend so much time in the flesh that it drains away all they’ve gotten from abiding.

If you ask an average Christian about how to grow spiritually they would tell you that you have to always read your bible and pray. When you are reading your bible or praying you are actively engaging Christ, and by so doing you are abiding and life is flowing into you which causes growth. However, many Christians do this religiously and are not truly engaging Christ, they are just carrying a ritual that their pastor told them to do. Active engagement is abiding and abiding result to growth. So if we are pursuing rapid spiritual growth then we must pursue a more steady abiding, and the fastest spiritual growth is when we settle completely in Christ, in order to achieve that we must have our occupation in Christ.

For many of us living in Lagos, the main reason we are here is because our occupation is here. If we have our occupation somewhere else there is a high tendency that we would move and settle wherever that place is. But we are here in Lagos because we feel that the land is rich, you can easily get something doing and start making a living. When we have a very poor Christ we tend to be bored and then we go get occupied with the flesh. We need a very rich Christ, one filled with many riches to explore, things to keep us occupied to the extent that we abide and even settle in him. Yes, we are born again Christians and we are in Christ, yet most of us spend more time in the flesh than in Christ, and the major cause of that is because we have a very poor Christ. First we need a revelation of how rich Christ is, this is so important that God specially called Paul to unveil to the body of Christ the unsearchable riches of Christ

“Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ.” (Eph 3:8).

Christ is the word of God, but he is also the power of God (1Cor 1:24), and together with that he is the prophetic, for the scriptures says he is the revelation of God, and the testimony of Christ is the spirit of prophecy (Rev 19:10). Christ is the wisdom of God, our righteousness, our grace, and the door to God and His fullness, which of course involves the supernatural. So you see that there are many riches to explore, they are so many that one would not know where to start from. And to abide to the extent that you settle completely in Christ and grow most rapidly you need him to become your occupation. You need to get to a place where you are occupied with Christ all day long, and luckily for us this Christ is so rich that it makes it easy for us to be occupied with him all day long.

Now you may begin to ask how possible is that, can one be occupied with Christ all day long? Well, you are occupied with your flesh all day long, you are either working to feed and cater for the flesh or indulging yourself in things that pleases your flesh. And if we can spend all day occupied with the flesh why can’t we spend all day occupied with Christ. So we are slowly migrating from having the flesh as our occupation to having Christ as our occupation (this does not mean we are to become pastors). The scripture says we are to work out our salvation, salvation means deliverance, to be delivered from a tyrant king and a cruel kingdom and be transferred into a benevolent king and a land flowing with milk and honey.

“He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son.” (Col 1:13).

In the spirit we are already saved, we have been transferred into Christ and we abide there, yet still in our everyday life on earth we still need to migrate out of the flesh and into Christ. This is why the scripture says work out your salvation, it means stop living by the flesh, stop being so occupied by the flesh, rather have Christ as your occupation. So we are to gradually migrate from having the flesh as our occupation to having Christ as our occupation. So how can this be achieved? Simple, by diving in and start exploring the unsearchable riches of Christ. Do not pick and choose otherwise you will limit yourself, get bored and return back to being occupied with the flesh.

Many Christians would say, “No, I am only interested in Christ the word of God”. They limit themselves to just one aspect of Christ hereby increasing the temptation to be more occupied with the flesh. We need to open our hands wild and gather as much riches as we can to explore. Let out hands be full, do not limit yourself, become so full that you have no time for the flesh, no time to indulge its cravings. This is the reason I designed a course titled Oneness With God, it involves actively exploring the riches of Christ from the word (revelation) to developing Christ-like nature, and then to exploring the supernatural. You are left with so much to explore that little by little you realize you don’t have time for the flesh anymore.

The flesh would fight this change, it won’t go down without a fight, it would do everything to distract you and discourage you from getting so occupied with Christ. This is where having a couch and a group of people doing it together with you is so much of an advantage. You need all the help you can get, you must realize that the most important thing for you as a Christian is your spiritual growth, and now that you know how it works get to it. May the Lord strengthen you.

Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Tending To The Heart

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"The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?" (Jer 17:9).

The heart is very deceitful, it is good at deceiving its own self. You think you are doing something right and good but all the while you are all about your selfish agenda. It is all about you, you are not expressing Christ, you only care about yourself. These are the things that the spiritual man considers, he does not get overwhelmed with all the things happening physically, with all the appearances appeasing his carnal senses. He is most concern with what is in the heart; how to manifest Christ, how to get Christ into the heart, how to get the heart filled with Christ, because "out of the fullness of the heart does the mouth speak" (Matt 12:34). And because he gives more attention to the heart, he is able to notice the deception in it.

The more you focus your gaze on something the more you are able to see things and notice things that others didn't notice. You are so concerned about outward things and you get so overwhelmed with it that you didn't notice your heart deceiving itself, you didn't notice ignoring the truth and pushing it away till you accept a lie. Everything happened so subtle and so fast that you didn't notice, you are so overwhelmed with outward appearance that you didn't see all those things playing out inwardly. Yes, every one of us is guilty of this; we think what God desire is all these outward things, and we are so focused on them that we didn't notice the subtle hypocrisy going on in our hearts. The heart is so deceptive that it keeps tricking you, making you feel you are doing the right thing, but you are nothing but a hypocrite.

We all need to run to God, ask for mercy and repent. But even in this repenting, we are often deceived in our hearts. We repent and then find ourselves going back to the same thing. You begin to wonder, "why do I keep going back to this thing, but I repented". No, you haven't truly repented, you think you have repented but you didn't, your heart has deceived you again, because you have not been listening closely to the heart. Yes, it requires a lot of attention to catch the heart red-handed. If you do not pay attention to the heart you would keep going in circles thinking you have truly repented. You will put the blame on so many things and keep missing it.

Oh, the heart is so deceptive, who can know it? Only those who would stop getting so overwhelmed with outward appearances and start paying close attention to the heart. It is only a spiritual man that can truly please God. While the carnal man is all about appearances, the spiritual man is tending to his heart, for God looks at the heart. Oh, can we have people who knows how to tend to the heart like a garden, allowing Life (Christ) to grow in the riches of his, just as flowers filling the whole garden? When our hearts have become so beautiful and so rich with Christ then it becomes easier to manifest him more purely. If your heart is not pure your manifestation of him cannot be pour. The heart is so essential, tend to it.
This is an excerpt from my book, Christ; The Christian Spirituality