Sunday, 11 July 2021

The Christian Lifestyle (1)

I believe God desires that every believer should walk effortlessly in the supernatural.

"And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover." (Mark 16:17-18).

"I tell you this timeless truth: The person who follows me in faith, believing in me, will do the same mighty miracles that I do—even greater miracles than these because I go to be with my Father!" (John 14:12).

Jesus simply said, "those who believe". He didn't say "those who are called to a special ministry". No, the supernatural is to be part of the everyday life of just anyone who believes in Jesus. This means it is not just the pastors and those with a special call, but every Christian should be moving in the miraculous and supernatural. But then we look at Jesus' word and we compare them with the reality of the Church, then we struggle to reconcile the two. Was Jesus lying when he said, "those who believe"? Or is it the reality of the Church that is lying?

"let God be true but every man a liar." (Rom 3:4).

I choose to stand on the word of the Lord, I choose to believe God even if it doesn't make sense, and even if the reality we are experiencing is contrary to his word. Let God be true, but everything else lies. Our experience is a lie, everything that contradicts God's word is a lie, and I will not hold on to the lie but fight for the reign of truth.

Now, to explain why there seems to be a contradiction between Jesus' word and our reality. Jesus said those who believe in him would eventually see supernatural signs following them. This means that when you believe — truly believe with all of your heart — this faith will compel you to develop a kind of lifestyle, and this lifestyle is what would cause the supernatural to manifest in your life effortlessly.

"So too, faith by itself, if it does not result in action, is dead." (Jam 2:17).

These signs shall follow those who believe, those who have faith in Jesus. But when your faith is a dead kind of faith then you will not see such signs. The faith that is mostly practiced among Christian is dead — a kind of faith that does not result in action. If your faith is alive, it will change your lifestyle. Every culture on earth originated from one belief or the other. It is the belief that results in the cultural way of doing things, cultural dress, cultural house architecture, cultural occupation, cultural ceremonies, festivals, and rituals. Culture, lifestyle, and traditions always come from one belief or the other.

If you truly believe in Christ that belief will produce in you a certain lifestyle, culture, and tradition. It is these patterns of behavior (produced by your faith) that will cultivate your life and reality for the invasion of the supernatural. As a result, we would be examining the lifestyle that would be developed from pure faith in Jesus.

"So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." (Rom 10:17).

The problem we have in Christianity today is that our faith has been contaminated. Faith comes from the word of God that you receive. But if the word you receive is a contaminated or twisted word of God, then it will probably produce a dead or partially living faith in you. The faith that would lead to a life of the supernatural must be healthy. To get it right and have our experience align perfectly with the word of Jesus Christ we must deal with the following;

1. Discover the pure word of God: Jesus said those who believe in him will have these signs. To believe in Jesus is to believe in the finished work of Christ. This means we must have a good knowledge of the finished work of Christ. The finished work of Christ established something that is called the reality in Christ. We must know the reality in Christ and we must believe in this reality. In my book, "The Land", I tried to map out the reality in Christ. It is a very rich book.

2. We must learn to believe with a living faith: When you believe in something and that belief is compelling you into certain actions but you resist and refuse to yield, then you are killing your faith. A death faith will never result in the fulfillment of Jesus' word. This is why we must learn to yield to our faith and keep our faith alive.

3. It will be helpful to have a pattern of the kind of lifestyle that would be developed when one set out to yield to the faith: When you are yielding to the faith in Christ you will find that it is bringing you to develop a kind of lifestyle. And when you have a map or blueprint of this lifestyle, then you will be guided by both the living faith in you and the knowledge of this pattern. This way you will be comparing both and marking your progress. This allows for a conscious effort in developing a lifestyle that will lead to the manifestations of the supernatural and the fullness of God.

I already have a book that maps out the reality in Christ. In you will find courses that would help you learn to yield to the faith and nurture the life that is in your faith. These courses involve "Discipline". 

And now I would be working on mapping out the lifestyle that would be developed by living faith. Although I have already mentioned some of these things, I have not properly mapped them out.

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