Saturday, 16 January 2021

The Right Attitude Towards End Time

What should be our attitude towards the end of the world? Should we be scared or happy? Should we become lackadaisical about the events in the world or should we become conspiracy theories, trying to figure out the master plan of the devil?

I often hear some preachers say they are called to prepare God's people for the end time. This makes me wonder, how do you prepare God's people for the return of Christ? Do you gather them together and teach them a bunch of end time theologies? That is exactly what most of these preachers do. I just think it's silly. Let's look at it this way, if you are a manager of a branch of a company and the founder of this company decides to come visit this branch, how do you prepare the workers for his coming?

Would you gather them together and begin to teach them the different theories and speculations about the "coming of the boss"? Or would you ensure that every one of these workers are in their post, running their departments perfectly so that when the boss comes he would see how everything is running smoothly and he would praise you for being such an effective manager?

"All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it." (1Cor 12:27).

In Christ we are a body and each one of us is a part with a unique function, role or mission. At his second coming the Lord wants to meet each one of us in our own post, carrying out each of our unique functions very effectively.

"A faithful, sensible servant is one to whom the master can give the responsibility of managing his other household servants and feeding them. If the master returns and finds that the servant has done a good job, there will be a reward. I tell you the truth, the master will put that servant in charge of all he owns. But what if the servant is evil and thinks, ‘My master won’t be back for a while,’ and he begins beating the other servants, partying, and getting drunk? The master will return unannounced and unexpected, and he will cut the servant to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth." (Matt 24:45-51).

Jesus reveals what he wants to meet his people doing at his return. He wants to meet us at our post doing a good job. He doesn't want to meet us abandoning our work to party away, thinking his return is still far. And he doesn't want to meet us abandoning our work to plan an elaborate surprise welcome party for him. Keep working, remain faithful to the work he has given you, be focus and keep at it until he comes. Let him meet you right there where he has placed you. Yes, let him meet you faithful to the work he has given you. 

Our job is not to get carried away by conspiracy theories, trying to figure out how everything will end. And we are not to become lackadaisical, abandoning our work and saying to ourselves, "what is the need of trying to be the light and shine this light when it has already been prophesied that darkness will take over during the end time. Why engage in a futile work. Let's just relax and watch how it all goes boom!" Jesus wants to meet you being the light that he has made you to be, and being the part that you are in the body. 

"Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ... He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love." (Eph 4:11,12,16).

We are all different parts of this body in Christ, and Jesus has given us the apostles, prophets, pastors and so on, to equip us to function in our individual parts. And when each part is well established and is carrying out its function properly then the body will be healthy and Christ will have a glorious bride at his return. This is what the Lord wants. He does not desire to meet a people running up and down, trying to figure out what to do about the end time while ignoring their posts and parts in the body. 

Please, if you want to help people prepare for the end time, rather than stocking their heads with a bunch of eschatology or conspiracy theories, why not help them figure out their unique part in the body of Christ. Equip them, help them get established in their part and leave the rest to the Holy Spirit and the indwelling Christ. 

"Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices." (2Cor 2:11).

Fine, if your part is to uncover the evil plans of the devil, and you are very such that his the part that God has given you to play in the body, then do it with grace. Don't be so sloppy and cause so much confusion, fear and commotion everywhere. Do it with grace. Seek the Lord for grace and wisdom, do a clean, decent and very good job. That is what the Lord desire. 

“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” (Rev 2:29).

If your job is to reveal what the Lord is saying in this last days, then be very sure that what you have to say is actually what the Lord is saying. Don't come out to spit man-made theories about the end time. Just because it is back up by scriptures doesn't mean it is correct. Be very sure you have gotten a word from God. Don't come out over confidently teaching theologies that are actually inaccurate. 

Prophesied are interpreted accurately by the Spirit. You don't do guess work or use human logic. This is the reason Nebuchadnezzar refused to tell anyone his dream. He wanted to get an accurate interpretation and he knows if he tells people they would only do guess work. Daniel and to wait on the Lord until he got a word from God. Going to the Bible and doing logic and guess works on end time prophesies, that is not a word from God. Humble yourself, your logic is not superior to that of those who got it wrongly. 

Your logic is not God either. How dear you exalt your logic as God. Humble yourself, wait on the Lord, and if he is willing he will give you a word. But if that is not the plan God has for you then let it go. Try to figure out your part in the body and focus on it. You will not win a noble prize for being the one who accurately interpret the most difficult book in the Bible (the book of Revelation). Please, let's focus on what really matters

If you are sure you've received a word from God then come out and ensure you only say what the Lord has asked you to say. Then leave the rest to the Holy Spirit as he teaches each individual how to apply the word as he/she goes about carrying out their own part in the body. Let's stop acting like children and causing so much commotion in the body. Know your ministry, be mature ministers, and let your work be full of grace. Let each part be focused and diligent, doing a good job and building up the body until the coming of the Lord. 

Friday, 15 January 2021

Awakened To The Reality In Christ

I keep talking about becoming awakened to the reality in Christ, or the reality of the kingdom, or the realm of God. Some of you may wonder, "what does this mean... how does it look like or feel like to be awakened to these things?" Well, I have never thought of answering that question before, but I'll try. 

Most often when we talk about the things in Christ such as righteousness, faith, power, visions, the prophetic, love and whatever, they are like ideas in our head. To many of us they are just thoughts and abstract concepts. But when you are awakened to the reality of these things, they will become more than thoughts. They will become substances. For example, each time I think about the prophetic it is not a thought in my head, but a substance inside of me. And when I touch this substance I would feel like a hand grip the back of my mouth, and when I open my mouth a prophetic word will come out.

When I think of vision, it is also beyond thought. I could feel it like a substance inside of me, and when I touch it and hold on to it my head will start spinning like I am about to enter into a trance. When I think of power it is like this heavy substance inside of me that just expands in my chest and begins to vibrate under my skin. And so on, every one of these things are beyond thought or abstract concept to me. They are substances because I am alive (awakened) to them.

"But Jesus said, “Someone deliberately touched me, for I felt healing power go out from me.”" (Luke 8:46).

When the woman with an issue of blood touched Jesus he felt power leave his body. This is because power is not just an idea to Jesus, it is a living substance that he could feel. Jesus knew that what came out of him was specifically healing power because the way healing power feels is different from how other things feels. Please, we do not live by feelings, we live by faith. However, when you have become really awakened to something it becomes so real to you that you can feel it.

It starts with simple faith. You just believe that these things are there inside of you whether you feel it or not. You believe they are there not because you feel it but because the word says so. Yes, they are there because you are in Christ and Christ is in you. So you believe that they are real, they are tangible substances in you. As you continue to grow in this faith and you constantly make attempts to interact with this reality, it will feel like you could almost touch it or handle it. Remember how you learnt how to write as a child. At first you could not hold the pencil with your tiny fingers and write. 

It keeps slipping and you could not wield it and write clearly. That is how it would first feel. By faith you could see this thing inside of you but you cannot handle it, for it keeps slipping from your grip. But as you persist in using it your grip gets tighter and you could grab it whenever you want to. You could wield it and manifest it. We must move from that place where the things in the Bible are just ideas in our heads. 

You must become awakened to them and know them as living substances. Then you must learn to wield them and manifest them. As a king you must learn to enforce them, diffusing them into your life and your environment. This is what you are called to do as a Christian. You are not called to do religion, going to church every now and then to sing, dance and listen to sermon alone. You are supposed to be pressing into the reality in Christ and becoming awakened to them one by one. 

When you are awakened to righteousness you will feel it like a hand that grips your heart and compelling you to do the right thing. Like a horse rider riding a horse, when you try to turn the wrong way righteousness will pull you to the path of righteousness. You realize you can't deviate. Deviating is like piercing a pin into your heart, it is quiet difficult and painful in your spirit. Yes, you must become very awakened to every one of the reality in Christ. This is what you are supposed to focus on; this is what you are supposed to be working on. 

There are exercises that you can do — exercises that will aid this process. Find out about them, do them, work on these things, and grow awakened to the reality of Christ and the kingdom. Then learn to wield and enforce this reality, for this is how Christianity is practiced. 

What Is Christianity (Part 8.2): The Christian Life

In the previous posts we have seen that Christianity is about the Kingdom — a Kingdom that must conquer the existing power and stand (defend) the territory it has acquired while still expanding, and refusing to take a break as long as the whole earth has not been filled with the Kingdom, continuing in its fight until finally the Lord comes. In this post I want to narrow it down to the individual Christian.

"He has rescued us completely from the tyrannical rule of darkness and has translated us into the kingdom realm of his beloved Son." (Col 1:13 TPT).

The Christian life begins at salvation, and salvation is the deliverance and translation from the kingdom of darkness to the Kingdom realm of God. Yes, you were translated into another realm, and what you are meant to do is to first of all become awaken to that realm. To live in this Kingdom realm you must be awaken to it. If you are not awaken to it then you won't be able to properly carry out your responsibility in this realm. Yes, you have a responsibility in this Kingdom.

You are a king in this Kingdom. And as a king you need to ascend the throne, sit on it, and extend the power and domain of this Kingdom. It is from the throne that you can extend the power and domain of this Kingdom. Many Christians are not ready to mount the throne. They want to remain babies and be spoon fed. You need to grow up, mount the throne and start doing Kingdom business. This is your job as a Christian.

Your job is not to go to church every Sunday, singing, dancing and listening to sermon. You are meant to be edified and built up to the point where you are able to mount the throne and do Kingdom business. But if you spend all your Christian life still being spoon fed, and you never ascend the throne or do Kingdom business, then you have not truly lived the Christian life. Sadly many Christians die before truly experiencing the Christian life. Some don't even experience God. While many who experience God never experience life of a mature son. They die before coming to that point.

We must go all the way, not half way. But, like I said, it starts firstly by becoming awaken to the Kingdom realm. Yes, you are to spend time pressing and pressing until you begin to see and touch this Kingdom realm. And by Kingdom realm I am referring to the reality in Christ. How much are you awaken to the reality in Christ? You must be awaken to each reality in Christ and you must ascend the throne of every one of this reality.

You must awaken to the reality of grace and mount that throne. You must awaken to the reality of righteousness and mount its throne. The reality of the power of God in Christ must become real to you, and you must ascend its throne and learn to wield it. You must also become awaken to the reality of providence and ascend the throne. After ascending to the throne of the reality you are awakened to, you will then focus on expanding the power and coverage of this reality.

You will seek to expand the coverage of the reality of righteousness. Let your righteous living influence and inspire others to begin to live righteously. Let your experience of providence begin to cause others to enjoy providence. Let people around you experience the power of God through you, and also learn to wield the power of God like you. When I say the power of God, I am also referring to all the gifts of the spirit and every area of the supernatural. And when I say "ascend/mount the throne", I mean you should grow into these realities in Christ until you come to a point where you are able to disperse it and cause others to experience it. 

You must come to that place of authority where you can enforce these realities (the Kingdom realm) in the environment around you. The throne is where you attain such authority. When you've mounted the throne you will be able to enforce these realities no matter how fiercely the devil fights against it. We must strive to ascend the throne and maintain our position on the throne until we die and pass on the mantle. Let the throne of God be established in every locality where Christians are. 

So this is what the Christian life is — pressing to be awaken to the Kingdom realm and its reality, ascending to the throne, enforcing this reality, expanding its domain, and defending the ground covered. Jesus commanded us to, "seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you." (Matt 6:33). Righteousness is one of the reality of the Kingdom, and along with righteousness are other realities too. You must focus on this and don't worry about other things because God will surely take care of them.

To be awakened to this reality you must first understand that you are in it and it is in you. Right from when you got born again you were translated into this reality, and this reality is now living in you. But you have been so distracted with life that your senses remain dull to this reality. It would take a lot of focus in order for you to grow aware and awaken to this reality. There are contemplative and meditative exercises that you can do. These exercises will recalibrate your mind to maintain an intensely sharp focus that would lead to awakening.

Soon you will begin to sense these realities. They will feel more tangible to you. It's almost like you could touch them. As you continue to press, over time your grip on these realities will grow. You could not only touch them but you could wield them. Yes, you must come to that point because you cannot be effective in enforcing the Kingdom reality until you know how to wield them. So your job right now is to press and keep pressing hard. Be disciplined, be strong and be persistent.

This post is taken from a series. Below are links to the rest of the series:

What Is Christianity (Part 1): From The First

What Is Christianity (Part 2): Kingdom, City and a Bride

What Is Christianity (Part 3): Man's Perception Of Religion

What Is Christianity (Part 4): The People Of Israel

What Is Christianity (Part 5): The Origin Of Our Worship Service

What Is Christianity (Part 6): Towards A New Structure

What Is Christianity (Part 7): Ecclesia In Each Locality 

What Is Christianity (Part 8): The Christian Life

Sunday, 10 January 2021

Does "End time" means everything will only get worse?

There is this ideology prevalent among Christians. We assume that the Bible teaches that "end time" means that everything will only get worse in the world until finally Jesus comes. Here in the post we would scrutinize such ideology and see how true it is. First we must ask when did the end time begin? 

"But Peter, standing up with the eleven, raised his voice and said to them, “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and heed my words. For these are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: ‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions,

Your old men shall dream dreams. And on My menservants and on My maidservants

I will pour out My Spirit in those days; And they shall prophesy.'" (Acts 2:14-18).

In the above scriptures, Peter declared that an Old Testament prophesy about the last days is being fulfilled just 10 days after Jesus ascension. This implies the last days had started in the first century. 

"God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds;" (Heb 1:1-3).

This above scripture is speaking about Jesus first coming, and it implies that Jesus first coming was in the last days. Can you see that the last days — which is also called the end time — had started long ago. Now if you say that from the beginning of the last days everything will only get worse and worse until Jesus comes and the world ends. Then you are implying that from the moment Jesus was born until today the whole world has only been getting worse. How true is this? 

Have the whole world been getting worse since the first century? A capital no to that. It doesn't matter how you define "worse", the truth remains that the world has not been getting worse. If you know your history you will realize that it has in fact been getting better. It doesn't matter the criteria that you use to look at it. Let start from the acceptance of the Christ. Would you say there are less people who accept Christ today than in the first century? Christians in the first century was not up to a million, but today we have two billion Christians. 

Christians are accepted in many part of the world than ever before since the first century. Yes, we have persecutions today but it is nothing like what happened in the first century where the world power was constantly looking for new and fun ways to kill Christians. Killing Christians was a game in the first century, it was fun, and it was publicly displayed. Christians where used as streets lights (sets on fire to light up the streets at night). In the first century, if you are a Christian just get prepared to die. 

Now, how many of you Christian go out each day thinking, "I might be killed today for being a Christian"? Christians are being celebrated in many parts of the world today. In some places you get special privileges for being a Christian. Alright, let's talk about sin. Have the world been more sinful since the first century? A capital no to that too? Man has always been sin if not restrain. There is no limit to our sinfulness. In fact, that was the reason God destroyed the earth with flood at one time. Right from the fall man has been terribly sinful. 

However, things are a bit better today because of the improvement in the enforcement of law and order. In the first century there isn't much security as such the evil in man had a lot of opportunities to express itself. There were more immorality and evil in the early centuries than they are today. A lot of evil practices which were legal in the first century have been banned today. For example slavery and slave trade. In the first century it was respectable to have slaves. But today it is considered evil, yet you say the world has gotten worse. 

There are several bad things that were once celebrated but today they are banned and considered evil. Homosexuality, beastiality, and pedophilia had long existed even before the first century. And they were considered normal in some society. In many societies in the early centuries boys had to learn to kill fellow human beings, otherwise they would not be considered as men in the society. Today, how many of you know how to kill a fellow man (I mean, were you trained to have the gut to do so)? Yet you claim the world has gotten worse. 

Many of us today are living lives that even kings, cheifs and other leaders of early centuries society could not afford. We have greater security, better economy, more freedom rights, and so on. So how has the world gotten worse? Truly if you look at time and history from every angle you will realize that the world has not been going a downward slope towards evil. Rather there have been high and lows. There have been times when things got really terrible, and there are times where things got really better. 

It is a battle between light and darkness. Sometimes it seems like darkness is winning and sometimes it seems like it's light winning. But because of this wrong ideology that we are in the end time and everything is supposed to get worse, Christians have been so quick to drop the towel. Just like that we would say, "oh well the Bible said it, things are supposed get worse, what can we do, it has already been prophesied, let's just sit back and watch the show". 

"Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, And deep darkness the people; But the Lord will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you." (Isa 60:1).

At the time when darkness is growing, the Bible tells us to arise and shine. Push back that darkness with the light, don't relax and throw the towel, telling yourselves, "what can we do, it has be prophesied, everything is supposed to get worse". I wonder where we see such prophecies in the Bible. I have searched my Bible over and over again and I still can't find where it says the world will only get worse throughout the end times. Surely there are scriptures that say in the last days terrible things will happen. But it never said good things will never happen in the last days. 

If I should say, "In that bag, there are mangoes". That does not mean that you will only find mangoes in that bag. As long as I didn't say, "there are only mangoes in that bag", there is still a chance there are things other than mangoes in that bag. I never gave you a detailed description of what's in the bag. I only told you one of the things you will find in it. The Bible never gave us a detailed description of all the events that will happen in the end times. It only told us that surely there will be a lot of evil. But along with the evil times there could also be good times in the last days. 

The world has experienced a lot of good times since the time of Jesus. And there is no evidence that the world will not experience more good times in the days to come. Anyway, let's quickly look at one of the major scriptures that Christian use to conclude that the end times is filled with only evil. 

"Then Jesus went out and departed from the temple, and His disciples came up to show Him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said to them, “Do you not see all these things? Assuredly, I say to you, not one stone shall be left here upon another, that shall not be thrown down.”" (Matt 24:1-2).

The disciple were admiring the temple, they didn't know that in less than 70 years from that time the temple would be totally demolished. Jesus had to tell them that, "look, this magnificent building you are seeing will be totally demolished soon". And what were the disciples response? We would look at the next verses.

"Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”" (Matt 24:3).

They said, "Tell us, when will these things be?" When will what be? Of course they were referring to the previous conversation about the destruction of the temple. They wanted to know when the temple will be destroyed. But together with that they also asked, "And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”

Now, they were asking 3 things:

1. When the temple would be destroyed, and the events surrounding the destruction of the temple. This happened in 70 AD, but Jesus didn't tell them the date. He never mentioned any date in any of the prophecy. 

2. The signs of his second coming?

3. The signs of the end time?

None of this prophecy is a detailed timeline of everything that will happen from the moment Jesus died to the end of the world. In fact, prophecies are usually so mixed up, and that is why they are difficult to interpret. For example, in the Old Testament the prophecies of the coming of Jesus speaks of two coming, but people couldn't detect that because it was all so mixed up. The prophecies of his first coming and his second coming was so mixed together that most people thought they were referring to one coming. 

None of these prophecies gave a timeline between his first coming and his second coming. It was all jumbled up together. So also the prophecies in Matthew 24 is jumbled up together. Jesus gave no hint of distinction between the destruction of the temple, the second coming and the end of the world. He just prophesied everything together as if they were one event. As such everything looks like they are going to happen the same time. But today we know the temple has been destroyed almost two thousand years ago and yet Jesus's second coming and the end of the world has not happened. 

So it is difficult to ascertain which part of that prophecy is about the temple's destruction and events surrounding that, and which part of the prophecy is the second coming and the end of the world. However, Jesus mentioned that things would get really bad especially for Christians. Paul, Peter and many others were persecuted just a fews years before the temple was destroyed. 

The disciples asked Jesus for signs (events that would happen) towards the destruction of the temple, the second coming and the end of the world. Jesus said there would be famine, and indeed there was famine in Jerusalem before the temple was destroyed. Jesus said there would be great tribulations for the Christians, and indeed there was a great tribulation just before the temple was destroyed. Emperor Nero unleashed such great persecution against Christians. He also said many would lose their faith and many false prophets would rise. All these things happened before the temple was destroyed. 

There were several things that he said but didn't happen in the first century, these means they were meant to be signs of his second coming and end of the world, rather than signs of the temple's destruction. But all these things are so mixed up that it is difficult to tell which is for the destruction of the temple, which is for his second coming and which is for the end of the world. Today, if you don't know history and the things that happened in the first century you will still not know which prophecy is for which event. 

In fact, many end times teachers today still talks about the "‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place" (Matt 24:15). They teach it as something that will happen in the future. But here Jesus was specifically referring to the destruction of the temple. Look at the words that followed it. 

"“Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads, let him understand), “then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take anything out of his house. And let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes." (Matt 24:15-18).

Do you know that these very words was the reason many Christians escaped the massacre that happened in Jerusalem 70 AD. When the Roman soldiers who were gentiles began to match towards Jerusalem, the early Christians understood that they were the ‘abomination of desolation’ coming to the holy place as prophesied by Jesus. And just as Jesus warned the Christians obeyed and fled to the mountain immediately. They didn't stay with their fellow Jews to fight the Roman soldiers. They fled, as such they escaped the massacre. 

The prophecy was fulfilled in the first century. Yet out of ignorance, many end times preachers still attributes it to a futuristic event. Anyway, the prophecies in Matthew 24 are about things that would happen shortly before these three events; 1. the destruction of the temple, 2. the second coming, 3. the end of the world. Those prophecies are not about things that will happen through out the end time period. Indeed several of these things happened just before the temple was destroyed. But after a while many of these terrible things stopped. 

Years after the destruction of the temple persecution of Christians stopped in Rome. The great tribulation stopped. Many accepted the gospel rather than lose their faith. Everything got better. And since then there have been highs and lows in the world. Things have not constantly been going down a slope. Surely just as Jesus prophesied, when his second coming is close then things would get really worse again and all those terrible things in Matthew 24 will happen. 

If there is space between Jesus's second coming and the final end of the world then probably things will get better for a while and get worse again when the end is very imminent. If someone should ask, "what is the sign that rain is about to fall", and if another person answer, "the sky will be filled with dark clouds". Now does this mean that the sky will always be filled with dark clouds until whenever rain falls? Of course no. It rather means that the sky will always be normal until shortly before the rain would fall. 

Jesus never said from the time he ascended terrible things with continue to happen and constantly increase until finally the second coming and the end of the world. We were the ones that interpreted his prophecy that way, and this interpretation is wrong. History has proven this interpretation wrong. But most of us are so ignorant of history that we can't see how wrong this interpretation is. Jesus never said Christians should throw the towel, sit back and watch how everything continues to go wrong in the world. He never asked us to help him fulfill his prophecies by folding our arms and encouraging the world to go very wrong so that we can say, "Hey, Jesus prophesied it". God doesn't need your help to fulfil these prophecies. He said it will happen and surely it would. 

We don't need to hide our light so that the world can be filled with darkness in order for God's prophecy to come to pass. Yes, you don't need to help God to get the world filled with darkness. He said it will happen and surely it will happen. It doesn't matter how much light we shine, when the time comes for these things to happen it will happen. He never asked us to stop shining the light so that he could come. Don't think you are hastening Jesus coming by isolating the light you are supposed to shine. This is not the job that God has asked you to do. You are called to be the light of the world. So keep shining the light whether end times or no end times. 

Seek for the righteousness of the land rather than sitting back and saying, "well, there is supposed to be l moral decay in the end times, for the Bible says so". Seek for justice, seek for truth, and fight this growing darkness. The moment light stops driving out darkness then it is no longer light. Your job is not to sit back and watch how the end times prophecies are fulfilled. Your job is to be the light. Keep being the light, and trust that God prophecies would be fulfilled whenever it is time for it to be fulfilled. 

Saturday, 19 December 2020

Releasing Yourself Into The Boat

"And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t. I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway." (Rom 7:18-19).

As a result of death and sin in our members, this body has become very rebellious. Once your brain hears that you are trying to stop something bad, or you are trying to attain something good, it will begin to tempt you and come up with all kinds of tricks. When you are trying to focus, your mind brings in all kinds of distractive thoughts. You will find yourself struggling and struggling to quiet your thoughts. When you want to do the right thing, that is when all kinds of sinful desires will arose in you. Here is how Paul puts it;

"I was alive once without the law, but when the commandment came, sin revived and I died." (Rom 7:9).

Without the law he was alive, but the moment the law came he died. When he didn't know what is good and what is bad, he was at least trying in doing the right thing. But the moment the law came to tell him what's bad and what's good, everything got worse. He just realize that he keeps craving to do the bad things. This is because once sin sees the law it holds a revival meeting and begins to burn with a renewed passion. The moment you tell yourself that, "this is the right thing and from now on I will try to do it", that is when sin will begin to burn with a greater passion, pushing you to do that bad this. It is the spirit (attitude) of rebellion. The carnal nature loves rebellion, it keeps seeking for new ways to rebel. You will find yourself diving deeper into sin the moment you realise that thing is a sin. As such you feel the law (rules and regulations or don't and dos) and your attempt to be better has only made everything worse. It is such a terrible state that Paul cried out;

"O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?" (Rom 7:24).

Who will deliver us from this body of death that is so eager to rebel? Well, in Christ we have already been delivered, and to live above this rebellion you must follow the way of this deliverance. The way of this deliverance is rest and effortlessness. The moment you tell yourself that you want to stop something bad, and then you start putting effort towards stopping it, that is when that bad desire will get stronger. To overcome it, you must tell yourself that you are not trying to stop it. Yes, convince yourself that you are not trying to overcome it because you have already overcome it in Christ. You are not trying to gain another victory over it because the victory that Christ won for you is enough and all you want to do is rest in that victory. This is the principle of abiding in the ship. 

Your carnal nature only has power in the realm of works. Yes, when you are working hard and making effort it empowers the carnal nature. The carnal nature is drawn to your works, and it comes to frustrate it. It enjoys frustrating good works, it preys on it. To defeat it you must leave the realm of works and enter the realm of rest where the carnal nature is powerless. You disarm the carnal nature immediately you step into rest. It preys on efforts, so when you enter into the realm of effortlessness, there is nothing for it to prey on, as such it become powerless. The only thing it could do at that point is to distract you from resting. It will tell you that you haven't gotten any victory, and that you need to work for victory. It will try to get you back into the realm of works. Don't fall for that trick otherwise you enter into its trap and end up giving it power over you again. Stand on faith (faith is trusting and resting in God) and you've disarm the power of death and the devil. 

Stop trying so hard to stop that bad habit, rather believe that you are a new person and that habit or sin have never been a part of you, for old things are past away and all things have become new (2Cor 5:17). You are no longer that person who was struggling with that thing (be it sin or affliction). That person died, and you are now a new person. This person that you are is victorious over sin and every affliction of death. Believe this truth and rest in it. You don't need to keep fighting, the battle have been won, get into the victory boat and rest. Yes, rest in this ship that Christ is captaining. Right now it may seem like you do not have victory but just trust the captain of the boat (salvation). Surely, as you abide in this boat, and as this boat continues to move you will come to a point where you will see the victory being manifested so gloriously. You are simply to rest on the Holy Spirit as he floats on that river, moving you effortlessly to the manifestation of the finished reality.

This is an excerpt from my book, "Manifesting The Rich Reality In Christ".

Thursday, 17 December 2020

Doubt Is Not Who You Are

The new man in you have the same measure of faith that God has. The same faith that was in God when he looked at complete darkness and yet believed that if he could say a word, light will come out of that darkness.

"Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light." (Gen 1:3).

Yes, your new man in Christ has the same measure of faith with the Creator. Your new man's faith is unwavering, and he does not have the ability to doubt. There is no doubt in him, he has never known doubt before. So if you feel any measure of doubt in you, that doubt isn't you. Do not accept the doubt as your doubt. It is not your doubt, it is rather the old man — yes, that very man that you died to. Don't give him any attention or recognition, he is dead. He belongs to the grave, he his meant to be gone and lost forever.

Don't waste your time fighting the doubt of the old man. You don't fight someone that is dead. No, you abandon him in the grave and focus on the living. Yes, focus on the new man in Christ — the real you. The real you have the same measure of faith that God has. Rest on this truth and focus on it. As you do, eventually that doubt will disappear. That which is belong to the grave will surely disappear if you do not give it attention or treat it like it is truly alive.

Always focus on who you are in Christ and be awaken to the reality of the salvation that Jesus died to give you. He has paid such an heavy prize for this salvation. Do not fail him by ignoring this salvation. Rather cherish it, pursue it, focus on it, and even become obsessed with it. Show him that you appreciate what he has done for you. Embrace his gesture of love. Love him back by pursuing this salvation and seeking to be consumed by its reality. The Lord himself is your strength.

Sunday, 6 December 2020

My Other Blogs

 Please check out my other blogs, they have great contents. I will introduce you to the two of them. 

One is Oneness With God. Some of you already do a teach a course on Oneness With God. So I created a blog to achieve some of the messages I have been sharing on this course. You might be interested in reading some of these posts.

The second blog is Exodus Of The Ecclesia. This is a blog for those who are ready to move beyond this highly religious and perverted Christianity into what God is currently forming the body into. The posts in this blog is hard on those who hold on to the many Christian traditions, because it questions a lot of these traditions. But its goal is not to be critical towards mainstream Christianity. Rather it seeks to gradually unveil the glorious bride after being stripped of all the rubbish that man has put on her — things that are covering her true glory.

I will be sharing many more posts in these blogs. So please follow them.