Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Fix Your Eyes On Jesus; Seek Revelation

 

This is the third post of this series, and the final layer of the foundation. In the previous posts I talked about why we must fix our eyes on Jesus, and how it is important for the Christian walk. However, you cannot fix your eyes on something you cannot see. You must be able to see him before you can truly fix your eyes on him and abide in him. We need to be able to see the reality in Christ.

"And to know the Love of Christ beyond mere knowledge," (Eph 3:19).

This revelation is beyond just mere knowledge, you must know and see the reality of Christ with all of your heart. You must become awaken to this thing inside you, let it be so real to you that you feel like you can actually touch it. Yes, it must become something tangible inside of you, something living. There is a way you can catch the revelation of Christ that it just flood the whole of your being.

There are some people that each time you mention the love of God their hearts start beating faster. They have so catch that revelation that it has apprehend the whole of their being. Each time a worship song on the love of God is sang tears start dripping down their eyes, they are lost in worship. Some it is the greatness of God, the glory of God, or the goodness of God, they have catch this revelation to the extent that it feels like it is crushing them, they are just intoxicated with it. Their bodies trembles each time these things are mentioned. True worship is born out of revelation.

When our hearts is so flooded with something it begins to even affect our bodies. You can have the revelation of the power of God and become so awaken to it that you could feel the warmth and electricity of His power running through your body. You can catch the revelation of the Life (Christ) to the extent that you could feel that bursting energy all over your body, you do not just know it, you are alive to it, it is a tangible thing, something real inside you.

Revelation is not just a head thing, it goes beyond having a head knowledge. In the previous posts I explained that when you fix your eyes on Christ the reality in him will flood your heart and begin to influence your emotions, thoughts, words and actions. But that will not happen if the revelation you have of him is too shallow. Pick a memory in your head, something that is attached to a very strong emotion, and all of a sudden you will begin to feel certain way and very strong thoughts begin to pass through your mind, and you are provoke to do certain things.

The stronger the revelation is the more it could apprehend your heart, strick down every other thoughts, and begin to find expression through you. So you seek revelation, you seek to know the indwelling Christ, to have him become real in you, to know the reality in Christ and be awaken to it. Once you know beyond mere knowledge, once you are able to see more clearly you can fix your eyes on it above all odds.

Yes, in order to be able to abide in Christ no matter what, that revelation you have inside you must be more real to you than the things you see with your physical eyes, the things you see all around you. This world is filled with a lot of perversion, and moreover you are born of the spirit so you are spirit (John 3:6) and that which is spirit is your reality not this world. When you have become awaken to your reality you will be able to live and abide in it.

In the previous posts I did mention that there is a way your eyes can be so fix on something that you no longer see the things happening around you. You could see them but it is not penetrating inside of you and influencing your thoughts, actions and words. No matter what is present to you, your eyes is just so fix on Jesus that you do not see other things (consider other things). You are not influenced by it rather you are influenced by Christ.

"For we walk by faith, not by sight:" (2Cor 5:7).

That which we see in us is more real to us than the things we see with our physical eyes. We are influenced by that which is more real to us. Do you feel it is impossible to get the revelation of Christ in a way that it is more real to you than the physical things you see? No, it is possible through intense seeking, prayer and fasting. You can get so focus on Christ, and go so deep in him that he becomes the most real thing to you.

It just requires a passion pursuit, yes pursue a revelation of him. No, not a revelation of useless knowledge and high sounding things that will profit you nothing. Pursue to truly know him even beyond mere knowledge, to apprehend him in your heart, to be awaken to this reality inside of you and to live in it and from it. 

Saturday, 13 July 2019

Fix Your Eyes On Jesus; Abiding


I started a series on fixing your eyes on Jesus and this is the second post on that series. The first post is more of an introduction to the topic, and I concluded that post with the question, "how do we shift and move into the indwelling Christ, as opposed to the carnal man or the flesh?" The answer to this question is of course the very topic, "fixing your eyes".

What you are looking in your mind at a particular moment determines what you feel, think, do and even say. If I ask you to pick a fresh memory in your mind and fix your eyes on it, you will suddenly become overwhelmed with the emotions attached to that memory. If it is a memory of how someone hurt you, you will suddenly feel upset, and your mind becomes filled with thoughts on what to do about this hurt, maybe to avenge it or something.

If it is a memory of a lovely moment, you will suddenly feel happy and at peace. Your emotions and thoughts are immediately affected by these pictures in your mind. Christ have been living inside of you since you got born again, and over time you have come to know this indwelling Christ (this divine nature of God in you). You know him, you can see him in your heart, now fix your eyes on him.

Like I said in the previous post, when you move from one land to another you immediately stop experiencing the reality of the former land and start experiencing the reality of the new land. We move from the carnal man to the indwelling Christ by taking your eyes away from the carnal man and fixing it on the indwelling Christ (the nature of God in you).

As you fix your eyes and rest in him you will be able to feel the reality in the nature of God; which includes His righteousness, holiness, wisdom, gentleness, patient, endurance, all the fruit of the Spirit and all of the other characters of God. You will feel it overwhelm your heart (if you are not feeling it, it simply means you have not gotten a revelation and become awaken to the nature of God that now dwells in you).

When you can feel it, or rather see it, then you will be able to express it, because it quickly begins to fill your thoughts, and as the scripture says, "out of the fullness of the heart the mouth speaks." (Mat 12:34). When your heart becomes filled with Christ there will be no room for that which is carnal. However, you must teach yourself to block or rebuke the thoughts of the carnal man and fix your eyes on Christ, that he might fill your heart with himself.

"Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it." (Pro 4:23).

You must learn to guard your heart, master your mind and exercise dominion over your thoughts. You must learn to be able to take your mind's eyes away from something and fix it on another thing. I wrote a post on mind fasting, you should read it, practice it, learn to discipline your mind and teach it to stay fix on God. You cannot move to another land if you haven't left the land you are presently. So it is important you learn to take your eyes away from something (stop thinking about that thing, or just block it out) and come into Christ to rest.

Now as you rest you will become empowered to live and express him. Don't waste your time fighting the flesh, just rest in Christ and the perverse desire of the flesh will fade away in your heart. Like I said, our emotions, thoughts, words and even actions are determined by what we are currently looking at in our mind. You feel a strong urge to express the carnal man because there is something that has presented itself in your mind/heart and it has began to affect your emotions, thoughts, actions and words.

It is very possible to see something physically and yet not look at it in your mind. Your physical eyes can see it, it is happening all around you, but somehow it is not getting into your mind because your mind's eyes is fix on something else. This is what happens when your mind has been trained to stay fix on Christ. Things will be happening all around you, they will tempt you, but you won't be able to yield to it, because your mind's eyes is fix on Christ and as a result your heart is filled and so overwhelmed with Christ that there is no room for that which is carnal, belonging to death and darkness. 

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Fix Your Eyes On Jesus; Two Realities



This is the beginning of a series on fixing your eyes on Jesus. I feel this topic is very important and Christians must know this practically in their lives. This is the secret of a victorious Christian life, and if you can master this then you will be able to live the overcoming life that Jesus won for you.

"This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would." (Gal 5:16-17).

"For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God." (Rom 8:6-8).

There in the Christian lies two realities; there is the carnal man, and then the indwelling Christ, or as Paul puts it, there is the flesh and the Spirit. We are to walk by the Spirit and not by the flesh; to live by the indwelling Christ and not by the carnal man. So how do we live by the indwelling Christ (the divine nature of God in you)?

"I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples." (John 15:1-5,8).

"For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death." (Rom 7:5).

When you abide in Christ you will bear living fruits, fruit of the Spirit. But when you are in the flesh you bear fruit unto death — these are two realities. When you are in Iceland you will experience the cold life over there. You will have to dress in certain ways, and you will be forced to live certain lifestyle.

But when you are in tropical Africa it is a completely different reality, you will wear different clothes than that in Iceland, you will live in a different way. When you abide in Christ you are forced to experience a different life. It comes naturally, you will just find yourself acting in certain ways because of the reality in this Land (Christ).

"And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin. Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him." (1John 3:5-6).

This Land (Christ) has not sin in it, so when you are in this Land you can't sin, it's not possible. You cannot be experiencing the scorching heat of Sahara when you are in Antarctica. Sin only exists in the flesh, the land of the carnal man, and when you abide in that land you will experience sin and all kinds of perversion. And the only way to stop experiencing it is to move to the other Land (the indwelling Christ).

As long as you are in the flesh sin will come hard after you. You can choose to stay there, fighting the sin and eventually be taken captive, or you can choose to escape to the Land where sin does not exist, the Land of your deliverance (or salvation). And you don't have to deny the reality in one land in order to experience the reality of the other land.

You don't have to deny that heat exists in order to experience the cold of Antarctica. If you want to experience the cold of Antarctica simply move over there. You can't be staying in the Sahara and hope that if you keep telling yourself, "heat does not exist", then suddenly you will stop feeling the scorching heat — it's just foolishness.

If you want to experience a different reality then move to a different land. I am saying all these because of those who are busy telling themselves that sin does not exist, hoping that if they say it long enough it will stop existing for them. Yes sin does not exist in Christ, but as long as you are in the flesh sin does exist and it will harm you.
We do not know how to abide in Christ, we find ourselves in the flesh and we don't know how to shift back to the Spirit and experience the reality there. As a result we have Christians who will remain in the flesh and be battle with sin, and they become boasted up with pride because of the seemingly success they have, not knowing that they are already defeated.

And we also have those who will remain in the flesh and be busy denying that sin exists; foolishly burying their head in the sand and living a pretence world. No, escape to the Land of your salvation and abide there. So how do we shift and move into the indwelling Christ, as opposed to the carnal man or the flesh?
This post has gotten longer than I expected, I will have to answer the question in the next post, you can search my page for it.

Saturday, 6 July 2019

Dominion Over Our Flesh


By flesh I am referring to both our carnal nature and our physical human body, together with our hearts and emotions (just everything that has to do with being human).

"That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit." (John 3:6).

"The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. 48. As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly." (1Cor 15:47).

Firstly we were born as Adam, but then we met the Lord and was born again from above. We were born again not of flesh or anything earthly, we were born heavenly as a people of the second Adam, the new man, the one who transcends all that is earthly.

"And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:" (Eph 2:6).

We were raised together with this second Adam to be seated with God in the heavenlies. The first Adam was created to have dominion over all that is earthly, he failed. Then came the second Adam, conquering the flesh, the devil and his power—death. And now we are seated in him, on the throne of victory, a throne far above that which is flesh and earthly.

What I am simply trying to say is that you are beyond this flesh, you are beyond flesh and blood. You have transcend all that is flesh and earthly. Your spirit is born of God but your flesh is born of the first Adam. The real you is heavenly, it is spirit, and it is seated in heaven reigning over all that is earthly, including your flesh.

"bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;" (2Cor 10:5).

You are meant to reign over your flesh and bring it to obedience. Yes, to bring your thoughts, emotions and every urges or desire of the flesh to obedience. You are not a slave to your emotions or your flesh. The real you (spirit) is seated on the throne where all the authority in heaven and on earth resides. You have enough power and authority, you are well capable of bringing your flesh to obedience.

We need to stop thinking like dead men. Adam was created to rule over all that is earthly, but then he sinned against God and died, as a result the very thing he was created to rule rebelled against him. The earth became stubborn, afflicting Adam with struggle and suffering before he can eat of its fruit. It rebelled against Adam and started giving him thorns and thistles, instead of edible food.

The animals rebelled against him and started devouring man. The plants also rebelled; some became poisonous and some grew thorns and spike to harm man. Even Adam's flesh rebelled against him, it enslaved him and started ruling him. This is how low man stripped as a result of death, but Jesus came to redeemed man. By regenerating our spirit, he made us to sit above all things, restoring us back to live and giving us a greater dominion than that which Adam lost.

Now we would not only rule over that which is earthly, we would also rule over the heavens. He gave us enough power and authority to take this rebellious earth and flesh and bring it to obedience. Yes, we are to bring our rebellious flesh to obedience. You cannot have dominion on the earth if you do not have dominion over your own flesh.

Don't allow yourself be ruled by your emotions, even your innate traits shouldn't rule over you anymore. You are no longer that old person, you have become a new creation, old thing are pass away. You are a new man born from above. Stop giving silly excuses such as, "I am just a man... That is just the way I am, it is in my traits, my father is also like that, there is nothing I can do about it".

Yes, your father gave birth to a person, and this person has all these short comings and weaknesses, but this person is dead. You died, and now a son was born in heaven and it possesses this body. You are that son, you are not a slave to your body. The way Christian acts, it's like an alien movie, where the aliens came and possess human bodies, but then they get so overwhelmed by the emotions and life of that human they possess that they forget they are alien.

Rather than possessing the body, the body end up possessing them, it override their nature with its own nature and start ruling them. I don't know why we think it is normal to be rule by the nature of your body? You are not that flesh anymore, that person with that character and that nature died, and you were born from above and you possess this body.

You are a completely different person, do not allow the flesh you are meant to rule possess you. No, it is not meant to possess you, you were meant to possess it and bring it to obedience to Christ. You are one with Christ now, your true nature is Christ, everything about you is Christ, so bring this flesh to the obedience of who you really are. Reign in this flesh and don't let your body reign over you.

I didn't plan this post to be this long, but the vexation of the Spirit against this enslavement is much. May you walk in victory. 

Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Becoming One With The Faith Of God


In you lies the faith of God, the faith by which the universe was made lives in you. When God gave us Christ, He gave us all. Everything we need is included in this Christ that now indwells us. All the power we need, all the truth we need (John 14:6), all the grace, all the faith, all the righteousness, all the holiness, all the works, all the love etc. Christ is our all in all.

"That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:" (Eph 1:10).

God has gathered together all things into one —Christ —and He has put that Christ in us. Christ is all the faith we need, and to become one with Christ is to be one with the faith of God. On the cross Jesus said it is finished, yet we continue to struggle and struggle. We struggle to grow in faith, all the while the faith that we need already lives in us. We only need to become one with that faith inside of us.

"If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit." (Gal 5:25).

"For we walk by faith not by sight." (2Cor 5:7).

Just as we have the Spirit in us, and therefore we must walk by the Spirit, so also do we have faith in us, and this requires us to walk by faith. All the faith we need is already in us, we only need to be awaken to it and learn to walk by it. We become awaken to this faith through revelation.

You need to have a revelation of Christ your faith. You need to truly see that the faith of God lives in you; the same faith by which the universe was made dwells inside of you. Once you are able to see that with your heart you must come into it, become one with it, and then live from it, or as the scripture will say, walk by it. Walk by the faith you now see in you, express it.

While growing as a Christian I was taught that I needed more faith, so I became anxious on getting more and more faith. Whenever I want something from God, I found myself always wondering whether I have enough faith. Most of the time I wasn't sure; I was not sure whether I have enough faith to get the healing I need, not sure if my faith was enough to get my prayer answered, not even sure if my faith will keep me standing till the end.

I got it all wrong, I already have all the faith I need, I only need to learn to rest in Christ my faith. When I got this revelation I realise that I could just come into the faith of God and pray for healing and it comes speedily. Whenever I find myself filled with doubts I know I have wondered out of my faith (Christ, the faith that lives in me), I simply look inside, see this faith in my heart and come into it, and then the doubt disappears.

There is a way you fix your eyes intensely on something that every other thing is blocked out. I you fix your gaze, it overwhelms you and flood your heart. I could now live above doubt and enjoy the faith of God, it's such a wonderful thing. God has put an end to all of our struggle and has given us rest, we simply need to come into that rest and enjoy the abundance of our Lord. 

Friday, 28 June 2019

Christ Is The Faith Of God


By "faith of God" we are referring to an ability or a character in the nature of God. Just as wisdom is a character that enables one say and do wise things, faith is also a character, something that is inherent in the nature of God. This character enables one to be faithful, as he is able to trust and act in accordance with that trust.

Faith as a character is the ability to submit oneself completely and confidently trust in something or someone. Yes, God has faith, He has faith in Himself, He has faith in His ability, and out of that faith comes the confidence that is needed to demonstrate His power. Power and authority can only be exercise through confidence.

Without confidence, words of command become powerless. So when God said, "let there be light", it requires the confidence of faith to fill those words with enough power that would cause light to come out of nothing. God exercises His power by faith. Yes, God also need or use faith, but the faith that He needs is Himself, just as the power that He uses is Himself.

"but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God." (1Cor 1:24).

Christ is the power that God uses, he is also the wisdom of God. We have established that wisdom and faith is a character in the nature of God, and the scripture tell us that Christ is the expression of the nature of God (Heb 1:3). Whenever any aspect of the nature of God is expressed, that is Christ.

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made." (John 1:1-2)

"The Lord by wisdom founded the earth; by understanding he established the heavens;" (Pro 3:19).

During creation we see the Word at play, Wisdom was also involved, Faith was required, and Power was used, but all of these things is one person—Christ. So just as the world was created by the word, by the wisdom and by the power, one can also say the world was created by the faith (Christ).

"For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him." (Col 1:16).

Christ is the faith that made the world out of nothing. He is the faith that caused light, plants, animals and all created things to be produced out of nothing. He is the faith that makes a single word of command produce such powerful effect. And now this faith has come to dwell in you.

Thursday, 20 June 2019

The Joy Of The Lord Is Greater


I had this dream that felt so real. In the dream I was captured by Islamic terrorist, and they were about to take me away, but strangely I didn't look or feel like someone that was captured by terrorist. I was filled with Joy, and I kept saying, "thank you Jesus". I wasn't thanking him because I was captured or whatever, I was just thanking him because that was all that was in my heart.

I was dancing slowly and thanking the Lord, I was worshipping and adoring him, I was overwhelmed with joy from within, and it has nothing to do with the fact that I was being captured. I am always filled with the joy of the Lord, and my situation at that time didn't change or affect the joy in my heart. In fact, I didn't care about what was happening to me at that time, I was just busy adoring my beautiful Jesus, he is just so awesome, and it doesn't matter what happens to me or what is being done to me, all I know is my God is just so adorable.

Well, you might say that is just a dream, but I know myself and I know what I can do. I remember one time I was in a bus which was about to have an accident. I was at the front seat with no seat belt on. The driver lost control and was almost running over several vehicles on the road. Everyone in the bus were screaming, some were even shouting, "Jesus". I was just so excited, in my mind I was saying things like, "wow, I can't believe today is the day, I am finally going to meet my sweetheart and be with him for eternity. Oh, it's so wonderful, what a great day. Everything is just perfect, this is the first time I am seating at the front seat of a bus on a journey, and look I am not wearing seat belt, everything is just so perfect, I am going to die today and be with my Lord".

I was just so excited, I had begin to imagine in my mind how the driver will collide with one of the vehicle and how I will hit my head and die right away. But then I begin to say to myself, "what if I end up in an hospital? No I don't want to end up in an hospital, I want to die straight away". Then I decided to talk to God and tell Him to make sure I don't end up in an hospital, but die straight away. As I was saying this prayer God told me I am not going to die today. "Oh, no! Whyyyyy! And I am already so excited about dying", that was my response.

Hey, I am not someone with a suicidal tendency, I am just so excited about God that no situation whatsoever can affect or change that. I have been in situations where it feels like my world is crumbling upon me, but then I get up and dance, and worship God as usual, I am always so excited about Him (as long as my walk with Him is good, as long as I am not rebelling in one way or the other). I believe this was the same way Paul and Silas felt when they were imprisoned. They were just beaten severely and thrown into prison, yet the joy of the Lord in their hearts was so overwhelming that they began to sing so loudly, worshipping the Lord.

Then came an earthquake, the prison doors broke open, but they didn't even bother, they were so caught up in rapturous worship to even think about escaping. You see, it just doesn't matter what is happening or what had happened, the joy of the Lord surpasses it all. People were wondering how Paul was able to face daring situations, difficult circumstances and perilous events and still continue to press on with the gospel. And then Paul answered and said, "the joy of the Lord is my strength".

The Joy of the Lord is so overwhelming that he didn't see the death staring at him in the face, he didn't see the danger dancing all round him, he just kept pressing on. Yes, the Joy of the Lord is greater than all the death threats in the world, all the affliction, all the suffering and difficulties, all the challenges and barriers, all the fear and frustration. That feeling of just knowing you are right with God, you are justified, you are in right standing, right relationship with the heavenly Father, that feeling of having this beautiful Christ, knowing that he is yours and you are his for eternity, it is just so amazing, such overwhelming joy.

At this state it doesn't matter what they do to you, they can torture you, imprison you, threaten you with death etc, it just doesn't matter. It doesn't affect how you feel, it cannot quench the joy inside. We've all tasted that joy when we got saved, but at some point we lost that sweet relationship with God and we begin to struggle. May the Lord bring you back to that state and cause you to abide in it, for it is indeed the most wonderful thing in the world.