Thursday, 13 June 2019

Prayer; Exercising Authority

Christianity is first of all intimacy (read the post on prayer of intimacy), secondly it involves pressing into the reality of the new creation we have been translated into, and finally it requires taking a stand on that which we have been established into. Prayer is a tool or exercise that helps to build us in all these things.
If you have ever read the book Sit, Walk and Stand by Watchman Nee, it follows the same pattern, because that is the pattern of the Christian life. We must learn to sit, settle down in the Sabbath and enjoy intimacy with God; we must also learn to walk, press in to the reality in Christ; and then we must learn to take a stand and exercise our authority in Christ.
”I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him." (Mar 11:23).
"Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts. Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain:" (Zec 4:6-7).
The prayer of exercising authority is not a prayer to God, it is directed to the mountain. You speak directly to the problem and exercise your authority in Christ.
"Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:" (Eph 1:20-21).
"And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus," ( Eph 2:6).
We are raise with Christ, seated inside of him in heaven, far above every power and every other thing in the heavens and the earth. We have this powers, this authority and we must exercise it. But first we must understand that this authority is only in Christ – in oneness with Christ. Christ is the one who is seated above all powers, and we are inside of him, one with him.
Therefore in praying the prayer of authority we must come into oneness with Christ and exercise this authority. We cannot go outside of Christ, hoping that the power would work for us, it only work in Christ. So you must be in Christ, you must be expressing him (I would talk more about expressing the Son in a post to come).
The prayer of exercising authority works best when we have develop ourselves in oneness with the Godhead through the prayer of intimacy, and also when we are growing significantly in the fullness of Christ through the prayer of pressing into realities. What we have in Christianity today, we just want to jump and start exercising authority without truly knowing God and disciplining ourselves to press into the fullness of Christ.
You can't just jump like that, otherwise you will find yourself speaking to the mountain and the mountain will not respond. Yes, it requires simple faith but our faith is a person (Christ) and we must grow in him – grow into oneness with him.

Monday, 10 June 2019

Prayer; Caught Up In The Godhead

I've been experiencing this kind of prayer for years now, and I have been struggling in my head to understand it. But as I continue to grow in God it's becoming clearer and clearer. I actually tried explaining it in my first writeup on prayer years ago, but now I feel I have more understanding. Things get clearer and clearer, and you get more understanding as you continue to walk with God.

 "No longer I who lives, but Christ" (Gal 2:20).

That is the testimony of the Christian life. It is all about Christ living; Christ expressing the nature of God in you, Christ working out righteousness in you, Christ doing the works of the Father through you (going about the Father's business), and Christ talking to the Father through you. Yes, the Christian prayer life is Christ (the Son) having a conversation with the Father through you.

Your prayer life shouldn't be about you; what you want, what you desire, what you feel, what you think you should tell God. You died, yes that is the reality. The moment you came into Christ you died, and it is no longer you living but Christ. This means it should not be you praying but Christ; be still and let Christ in you discuss with the Father. This is why it is important to know the indwelling Christ.

If you are still enough, and if you are more conversant with the Christ in you, you should be able to perceive his desire and the things he wants to pour out to the Father. If you have apprehended that go ahead and express the Son to the Father, let him pour out himself to the Father. As you continue to express the Son, pouring him out to the Father you are learning more about the Son, and at the same time you are looking to hear the Father's response.

Off course the Father will speak back, for this is the Son in whom He is well please trying to have a conversation with Him. One of the reason Christians don't hear God speaking back to them when they pray is because it is their flesh praying and not the Son. The flesh is filthy and an enemy to God, so God would prefer not to join him in a conversation. But if it is the Son speaking He is delighted to engage him in a conversation.

So you listen to the Father's response, and surely He would respond. He would speak back to you by the Spirit, then the Son would also respond by the Spirit, and you find yourself caught up in the conversation of the Godhead – a conversation that greatly concerns you, because the Son speaking here is the you that is Christ. It is the indwelling Christ, the part of you that is utterly Christ, and his desire is to find expression through your physical body.

He wants to break out into manifesting the fullness of God through that flesh of yours, so he is communing with the Father about how to bring that into reality. You are simply to listen to the conversation of the Godhead, learn what God is doing in you at that moment, and align yourself with it – this way you will grow speedily in God. After the prayer you can sit with the Holy Spirit to help you interprete and explain what was being discussed, and tell you want to do about it, or how to align yourself to it.

Well, this kind be difficult for a new believer, but as you grow and know the indwelling Christ you should be able to enter into this kind of prayer and be caught up in the Godhead.

Monday, 3 June 2019

Meditating To Become

I have previously written a post titled "Prayer; Pressing Into Realities", and another post titled "Fasting Of The Mind". If you haven't read it please go and read it because this post would be building on those previous posts.

Meditation is not new to those who are Christian, we have often emphasize meditation when it comes to studying the bible. But meditation shouldn't just be about knowing the scripture, many have fallen into the error of making that as an end. The reason why we desire to know the reality in Christ is so that we can become one with these truths.

We are not meditating simply to fill our mental library, it should not end simply as knowledge. Many would meditate simply to know, and once they have gotten this knowledge they are at rest. No, we must continue to meditate till we become; till that reality which is in the spirit breaks forth and begins to manifest in our flesh. Through this meditation you are pressing into these truths until you become one with them and begin to manifest them in your everyday life.

Meditation is a kind of prayer and worship that causes that which is real in the spirit to become real in the flesh. The scripture says you are a partaker of God's divine nature (2Pet 1:4), continue to meditate on it until you see your behavior being transformed, conforming to the nature of Christ.

Yes, you do not just stop when you have known, you continue till you are transformed. In this meditation you do not just think about these truths as something that you are trying to know. Rather you think about these truths as something that you are becoming; you see yourself transforming and conforming to these truths, you are meditating not just with your mind but also with the whole of your heart, your emotions, your imagination, aligning the whole of your being to these truths.

There is a kind of meditation that causes you to become, and it is time we begin to practice meditation in order to become rather than just to know.

Thursday, 30 May 2019

Fasting Of The Mind

I have written previously about fasting the carnal man, what I hope to achieve is to bring fasting to the level of the spirit and the heart, just like every other aspects of the New Covenant.

"But food does not bring us near to God; we are no worse if we do not eat, and no better if we do." (1Cor 8:8).

"For that old system deals only with food and drink and various cleansing ceremonies--physical regulations that were in effect only until a better system could be established." (Heb 9:10).

The old covenant deals with food, drinks and other physical things, but the new covenant attack the issue right from the spirit and the heart. Talking about fasting Jesus said, “Besides, who would patch old clothing with new cloth? For the new patch would shrink and rip away from the old cloth, leaving an even bigger tear than before. “And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. For the old skins would burst from the pressure, spilling the wine and ruining the skins. New wine is stored in new wineskins so that both are preserved." (Matt 9:14-17).

This is the new covenant and it calls for a new way of doing things, a better way, one that works from the inside-out. Salvation works from the inside-out, everything in the new covenant is from the inside-out. And this includes fasting, our fasting is a spiritual one — one that has to do with the heart.

I have discussed about an aspect of this fasting in a topic titled "Starving The Carnal Man". Here I would be referring to another aspect of this fasting. When Jesus said, "This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting." (Mark 9:29), he was referring to something different than what we think prayer and fasting is.

We have adopted a lot of old covenant things because we are incapable of differentiating between the two covenant. I wrote a book about what prayer is in the new covenant, but there I focused mainly on the aspect of intimacy, it would be nice if you can get this book and understand the revolutionary shift that occurred in the new covenant kind of prayer. However, apart from the prayer of intimacy there is also the prayer of pressing into realities (I would write a post on this very soon). It is this kind of prayer that requires the fasting of the mind.

In the spirit these realities are already established, we have authority, we are one with God, we have all the power, and we are seated on the throne. But in the flesh we are just men, but that which is in the spirit must manifest in our flesh, and this requires pressing in our hearts. Yes, we press in our hearts to attain the things in the spirit and get them manifested in the flesh. The whole of creation await the manifestation of the sons.

"And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." (Rom 12:2).

To be transformed and manifest the fullness of God you need your mind renewed. First, that verse says, "be not conformed to this world", this is a difficult thing because you are in this world and you are always interacting with your environment (which is this world). The things in this world are constantly penetrating into your mind through this interaction, this makes it difficult for the kind of renewal of the mind that will usher you into the fullness of God.

To ensure that this renewal take place (even more speedily) there is a need to separate a time to fast the mind; reduce your interaction with the world, block out certain thoughts and try to reprogram your mind and teach it to stay fix on the spirit (the reality in Christ). Yes, it is a mind reprogramming period, where your mind is taught conformity to the obedience of Christ. You teach your mind the attitude of blocking that which is not Christ and staying fix only on Christ.

"we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ." (2Cor 10:5).

Yes, a fast for the reprogramming of your mind, to teach your mind obedience. The sons must learn obedience, even Jesus as a son learnt obedience.

"Even though Jesus was God’s Son, he learned obedience from the things he suffered." (Heb 5:8).

Sons must learn obedience, our flesh must be taught conformity, including our minds. And this obedience is learnt through suffering, a period of starvation and deprivation. The fasting of the mind involves a time of deprivation. Normally our mind is occupied with a lot of things, issues of life that gets so overwhelming. We must set a time apart to withdraw from all these things and teach our minds to focus on Christ.

After this period of mind fasting you will find out that it would become easier for you to fix your mind on heavenly things. As Christians our minds are supposed to be fixed on things above and not be overwhelmed by earthly things.

"Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God." (Col 3:1-3).

We get so overwhelmed by earthly things and this is not healthy for a Christian. Our real life is hidden in Christ and our eyes ought to be fix on that which is real. So through this fasting we teach our minds to stay fix on the things above (the reality in Christ). The benefit of having your mind fixed on the reality of Christ is that it would cause you to begin to experience these realities right here on earth.

Through that process of fasting, that intense focus on the reality of Christ will cause you to break into that reality. The reason why people gain spiritual height when they fast (food fasting) is not because God saw that they were starving themselves to death and decided to pity them and give them the blessings.

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

He has blessed you with all the blessings already, there is nothing left to give. It is not that God saw the way you are praying, as if you are going to kill yourself, and He just decided to have mercy and bless you. No, in Christ He has already blessed you with all the blessings. The blessings are there in the spirit, it is just left for it to manifest in the flesh.

Manifestation can only occur when your heart align with the reality in the spirit and become filled with the consciousness of this reality. The scripture tells us that out of the fullness of the heart does the mouth speak; when the heart is filled with something it will begin to manifest in the flesh. In the world we see that one's heart can be so filled with sorrow and depression that it begins to affect his health, and even cause him to grow old faster.

The reason why people attain spiritual height when doing food fasting is not because of the starvation, or because of the way they were praying. Rather it is because they separated themselves for a while, and through that lengthy period of prayer their minds and heart were being aligned to the spirit, fixed, focused and become flooded with the reality of the spirit to the extent that it burst forth into manifestation in their flesh.

The breakthrough came not as a result of the refusal to eat, but as a result of the alignment of their heart. We are sons, we know the Father, we are not suppose to be beating around the bush like those who doesn't know any better. The mystery of the kingdom has been given unto us, so we can understand and we know how exactly this breakthrough would occur, we don't need to waste so much energy doing unnecessary things, we can just go straight and attain the riches of Christ (or the manifestation of the riches of Christ).

Whatever riches you are hungry for, you can fast for specific riches. You can fast to experience the prophetic, fixing your mind on God to the extent that his thoughts, will, knowledge, wisdom and words breaks right through your spirit into your heart. You can fast to break into certain dimensions of God, fixing your mind of it, pressing and pressing till you attain that riches.

That is how we go exploring the riches of Christ one at a time till we attain all of the unsearchable riches of Christ, which of course will take eternity. So go ahead, align your mind, read, meditate, press in with your heart in the place of constant prayer, separate yourself, and keep pressing, then you will have the reality of Christ manifest in your life.

Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Starving The Carnal Man

"Just as Death and Destruction are never satisfied, so human desire is never satisfied." (Pro 27:20).

The flesh is always wanting, always desiring, no matter how much you feed it, it would never come to the point of satisfaction, for it only knows how to want more, how to consume. So why feed that carnal man at all, why allow him touch anything or taste anything, what is the essence of yielding to his hunger and giving him anything to consume. Starve him to death, yes that is what he deserves. Starve him to death, bear that hunger, resist that craving till the carnal man in you starve to death.

This is the fasting that you should fast; the fasting of starving the carnal man in order to be occupied with Christ. No, you cannot be feeding the carnal man and feeding Christ at the same time. One will have to starve for the other. Would you allow Christ to starve for the carnal man, after all he had done for you would you abandon his cravings and desire to go feed the carnal man.

The Christ in you is longing to spend more time with the word of God, hungry for more of the word of God and you are bearing that hunger, starving him in order to go feed the carnal man. After he had suffered and died for you on the cross, you would now begin to subject him to more suffering, denying him of the things he hungers for, abandoning him to starve to death just so you can go feed a man that would never get satisfied. Are you that heartless and foolish. Do you even have a conscience or are you too foolish to know the right thing to do.

You can't feed them both and get them fatten, one would have to starve for the other. The carnal man has done nothing good for you, all he has given you is death, always putting you in trouble, causing you to do vile, perverse and ugly things. He has rubbed you with mud, put shame upon you and display your shame for others to see. Look at you being mock by your fellows, even your conscience is mocking you.

Such shamefulness has he given you and yet you would continue to feed him! Why are you acting like you have no choice, have you forgotten you are freed on the cross. You keep acting like a slave when you are already free. Look, do not let the devil deceive you, the carnal man has no right to demand anything from you, you are not a slave to your flesh.

Jesus has set you free from the flesh and the will of the carnal man. Come and know him, come and know the indwelling Christ. Know him well enough to perceive his every cravings. Leave the carnal man starving, you have no obligation to feed him anymore. Focus on feeding the Christ that lives in you, let him grow stronger as the carnal man grow weaker. Do this and watch as the will and hold of the carnal man in your life weakens, while the indwelling Christ gets stronger and stronger, taking over you till you are utterly apprehended by him.

This is the fasting we have in Christ, the fast of abandoning the carnal man in starvation, that Christ might be tended to. He is all that matters, he is the only one that needs your attention and care. So bear that hunger, I know it can be difficult to resist but you must, you cannot allow the carnal man have a taste, no not a single taste. He must be denied of every of his cravings and starved till he is completely reduced to nothing.

Yes, you can come to a place where he has no hold over you again, you might still feel his cravings but it is just too weak to apprehend you or bring you to obedience. Do this and enjoy the freedom that you now have in Christ.

Sunday, 26 May 2019

Prayer; Pressing Into Spiritual Realities

Prayer in the New Covenant is quite different from what man know prayer to be because we are in Christ where the fullness of God dwells. Prayer is not just asking God to give you things, you are already in the fullness of God, the eternal Sabbath, the land of His infinite riches. Hence, if you are not coming to ask for things, what then are you coming to do?

First of all you are coming for intimacy, you are coming to have intercourse with the Lord, you are coming so that your heart will enter into His heart and become one heart with Him, your mind penetrate His mind and become one mind; your thoughts, your emotions, your passion, your desire, through that process the whole of you is becoming one with God. And when you come out of that prayer you easily live a life in oneness with God, expressing Him in everything you do.

Anyway, I wrote a post on prayer as intimacy, you can go read it. Apart from prayer of intimacy there is also prayer of pressing into the realities in Christ, and that is what this post is about. In Christ we are already in the fullness of God, and we have that fullness in the spirit, but God desire that that which is in the spirit (in Christ) must be manifested in the flesh. It is God become flesh, the kingdom of heaven on earth.

Therefore, we must press in order to bring our reality in the spirit into manifestation in the flesh. Yes, this is what we are to do right now on earth as we await the second coming of Jesus. We are not just to sit and wait, the Lord said we are to pray "thy kingdom come". Praying for the kingdom to come is not just asking for the second coming of Jesus, it is pressing into the reality of the kingdom so that you can bring it into manifestation in your flesh.

The Lord has commanded us to pray this prayer and we must. We are not praying for selfish needs, we are praying for the kingdom to come. But first it must come inside of you, it must become a reality in you, you must be awaken into the reality of the kingdom. See the kingdom, touch it, experience it in the place of prayer, and then bring it into manifestation so that others too might experience it through you.

Separate time to press in, and then go out still trying to press in through out the day – it is a prayer without ceasing. We must keep pressing till we come to the place where we see heaven, touch heaven, we become one with the one seated on the throne, we could feel His power coursing through our veins, he is not only in the spirit he is now in our flesh, one with us, the things that we see in the spirit is now rushing into our flesh, seeking to be released. Until you get to this place you haven't press enough.

When you read the scripture and you see the truth about the reality of Christ, press in till you have it, these things are not just meant for head knowledge, they are there to be experience. So when you see scriptures like, "you can do greater works", "the Spirit of truth would show you things to come", etc. press in till you begin to have these things manifest in our life.

We must become that channel where the reality of heaven is pouring into the earth. And then anything that touches us has touched heaven, and anything that we touch has come in contact with heaven. The Christian life is not going about, doing all these religious stuff. It is all about the kingdom come, we must become a living kingdom come.

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

The Creativity Of The Creator And The Sons; Rich In Beauty

This is the second part of a topic I started on creativity. As I walk with God and study Him there are just things that I see about Him, things that amaze me, and I wonder why I don't see it in those that are called His children. In the previous post I focused on the diversity in His creativity. How God could take one thing and be creative about it in infinite diverse ways. But God is not just good at creating things in such diverse ways, He is also good at creating things in such pleasant ways.

"The LORD God made all sorts of trees grow up from the ground—trees that were pleasant to the sight and that produced delicious fruit." (Gen 2:9).

He creates things that are pleasant to the eyes, pleasant to the taste bud, pleasant to the nose, pleasant to the hears, and pleasant in all ways. He is not just a genius in diversity, He is also a genius at making things great, making them stand out. Look at the amazing world around you and the it beauty, for something like this to come out from one's imagination, it's genius.

Oh, I wish we have sons who have inherited the nature of this genius Creator. Wait, we do have sons, we are all His sons and we all have His nature. Wow, this means we should be seeing this kind of creativity among each other. We should be good at making things that stand out, things that people can't just ignore, things that are irresistibly attractive.

I get disappointed when I watch Christian movies, I feel we can be more creative than that. I see God, I see how creative He is, and I am expecting a lot from His sons but when I look I end up seeing something less than among us. I love fantasy stories, because of the level of creativity found in it, but Christians don't have much of such movies. It's like our imagination is just limited to quoting bible verses, it is just so disappointing.

The only fantasy Christian story I enjoy is Prigrim Progress. I mean, the way concepts of the Christian life were just scattered all over in such creative ways that it is able to unveil the mystery of the Christian life. Anyway, I don't read much fiction so who am I to judge, maybe there are really good Christians fantasy fiction stories out there. I just wish we have things that stand out, things that even unbelievers cannot resist, things that the whole world would be talking about (presently in the world there is so much talk about Games Of Thrones). Can we have something that catches that much attention, something that capture (captivate) people's soul and bury it into the concepts of the reality of Christ, even if it is just for two hours. A lot can happen in two hours.

I just believe we can do more, we can tap into that creativity of our Father and come up with things that would shake the world. Humans are humans, and they know good things when they see it, they are drawn to good things as a moth is drawn to a light. How come the sons of God are lack in this level of creativity? How can the world beat us in creativity, they are supposed to be learning from us, we have direct access to the Creator Himself.

Religion has totally killed us; it has killed our life, killed our creativity. We have left our creativity unexplored to go do religion, it is so sad. I long for the day when I would see Christians leading in anything creative in this world. Let us reach out into God and bring out such creativity that would blow people's minds away, things that would totally wow the world.

Well, you may say that is not our calling, we are to preach the gospel to the world blah blah blah. Who told you the gospel of Christ can only be preached through sermons? Our Father created the world to speak of Him, day and night they utter speech in their diverse ways (Psa 19:1-3). What makes you think we can only do it through verbal words. Oh, such limited thinking, we are not acting like the sons of the Creator. I just pray in this generation true sons would rise, those who have tasted of the Father and are impacted with His genius creativity.