I am filled with the Joy of the Lord to fellowship with you in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, as we are mingled and taught by the Spirit of God. Contrary to popular facts and opinions presented by men of the flesh, the Spirit of God (who is the administrator of the church) through the Gospel of Grace is banging in more goals as the Church of God grows, wax strong and fills the whole earth hallelujah. I believe strongly the very words of Jesus when He said “I will build my Church and the gates of hell will not stand against it.”
It’s interesting how John communicates strongly by revelation our origin in God as ones’ birth or born of God in parallel to Paul’s new creation realities. Being born of God carries a unique spirit of revelation and I intend for us to explore the richness of it.
There are various ways to look at our relationship with God and that is what makes the difference between religion and Christianity. It so important we look at the true kind of intimate relationship and fellowship that exist in God. Our ignorance of this robs us of utilizing the full benefits that are available to us. To be born of God strongly means we are the end results of a divine love romance (intercourse) that took place in the Godhead. This is not only literal or conceptual but also vital. Paul alludes to this in Rom 8:29 “For whom he did foreknow, He also predestinate conformed to the image(profile) of His Son, that He might be the firstborn (first begotten) among many brethren”. (the Greek strongly adds from the same womb).
Moses once upon a time prophetically travailing in intercessions with the Godhead concerning the Church in the wilderness said “Have I conceived all these people? Have I begotten them, that thou shouldest say unto me, Carry them in thy bosom, as a nursing father beareth the sucking child, unto the land which thou swarest unto their fathers?”
This was John’s core apostolic message to the churches as fully captured in his synoptic gospel and further expatiates in his epistles. He said in John 1:12-13 “as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”
The word “born” reveals that we were individually and collectively conceived by God, with God and in God.
The word “born” also reveals that we were in a gestation or an incubation period in God.
The word “born” finally reveals that we were consummated by God, with God, and in God.
Can you see by pictures of visions in the spirit of meditation, how by revelation this pertains to our personal relationship, fellowship and communion in the divine experience? The Godhead deliberately and purposefully conceived, incubated and consummated us in to being, Glory to God. This knowledge of Truth should right here cure the insecurities in life, the needs and wants in life totally with immediate effect. He further reminds us that this wonder of God that was wrought in the womb of God, elevates us beyond our natural blood descent, lineage or ancestry. Therefore, subjects as bloodline issues or groupings, generational curses and demonology must be subjected under TRUTH to see if it will stand the test of TRUTH. These subjects are paralyzed and held in-operative (useless) under TRUTH.
John the revelator, consciously reminds us never to lose focus of our origin in God. In 1 John 4:4 You are of God (you came from God) and belong to Him, little children, and have already overcome them (the agents of antichrist): because greater is He that is in you, than he(Satan) that is in the world (AMP, MSG). This iota of Truth about our origin in God pulls down and demolishes perpetually every argument (or imagination) and holds captive every thought of demon consciousness as it relates to fighting with the old serpent or ancient dragon, the devil. Brothers and sisters, there is no more fighting going on between the devil and us. By virtue of our origin from God we have already overcome and are more than conquerors. (there is an African proverb that sates that “monkeys play by sizes” Selah). We belong and are found in the God-class (that is why we are called sons of God).
To be born of God shows us that our make-up, and make-out is God, our intrinsic and extrinsic values or qualities are all God’s. The strongest view I see God sharing by His Spirit to us is peradventure should we want to individually and collectively take apart (separate) into pieces to examine the source of our very being in order to determine who we are, whose we are and what is our make-up, we would notice every singular piece will be found by God, with God, in God and as God. 1 Peter 1:23 “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which lives and abides forever”.
I intend to continue this episode shortly as we probe deeper into this gospel. Always remember “we are born of God not of man nor nature nor circumstances”.
Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, let our hearts be captured in one Spirit as we feast on your Word and are transformed from glory to glory by your Spirit in Jesus name, Amen.
We’ll admit as Christian’s that, life in general initially is a spiritual profession but often wonder how it relates to and impacts our individual worlds either for good or evil. We have often asked ourselves, how can a young person be gainfully engaged in this life and yet cleanse his ways in this crooked and perverse generation, having escaped the corruption and decay that is in this worldly system? Is there hope and remedy for the down trodden, cast down and defeated in the affairs of this life on earth? Yes, there is! David said “the Word of God is a lamp to my feet and a light unto my path”.
A diligent search through the holy scriptures reveal time without number, how men and women of faith, in spite of their earthly limitation or challenges subdued kingdoms, cities, nations, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, were made rich and wealthy in silver and in gold, became architects of God’s plans, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of swords, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of aliens, received their dead raised to life again. But how did they achieve this impeccable results? They were essentially “Word Practitioners”. As a people called by God, His Words to them (both spoken and written) was first and foremost their daily profession or occupation.
We have often wondered, what is the business or profession of God?
It’s so amazing but we may not have noticed that, the different compilation of scriptures point to God’s number one profession or occupation as His Word. From Genesis to Revelation, He has been in the business of building and crafting His Word in Heaven and in the lives of men and women here on Earth. God is in the business of His word. Ironically, that is in summary the only profession He gave to all of mankind to be fruitful, multiply and replenish the earth. This is because, words are the only basic units (fabric and foundation) of life. They are the only route, bridge (conveyer belt) between the spiritual and the physical or material world. I dare say that God will do nothing without His Word. It is impossible to separate God from His word. Psa 107:19 They cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them out of their distresses. He sent His word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions. God’s only means of deliverance is through His Word because that is His primary profession or occupation. All the fierce battles fought in the bible which involved God was won or lost based on the word of God or the lack of it. They were not won predominantly by strategies nor superior weapons nor the size of their armies. God’s word gave them mastery and victory in battles.
John been filled and inspired by the Spirit comes as the closest to describing this truth by writing in the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. The Word of God became flesh, dwelt and worked among us and through Him salvation was delivered. As it relates to God and His profession so does it apply to us in this life. In Proverbs 18:20-21 A man’s belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled. Life and death are in the power of the tongue and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof, but I really love the way the message translation puts it. Words satisfy the mind as much as fruit does the stomach; good talk is as gratifying as a good harvest. Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit, you choose. God deliberately and purposefully gave us His word to dominate, subdue and replenish the earth because without the word of God was not anything made that was made.
We often get it twisted when we talk about spirits but Jesus defined it simply and explicitly, in John 6:63 It is the spirit that quickens; the flesh profits nothing the words that I speak unto you, are spirit, and are life. An insight into this revelation opens up a lot of cumber worms in simplifying the complex. As becoming Word Practitioners, we need to know that, words are spirits and therefore spirts are made of words, which is why you must take heed what words we hear and meditate on. Also the choice of words we say with our mouths as confessions and the kind of words we watch with our eyes forming our thoughts and imaginative minds. All men with the exception of none, even in their pursuit of life goals rise or fall on this without a shadow of doubt. In case you have any doubts check James 3:2 in many things we all offend (sin) but if a man offends not in words, the same is a perfect (complete, successful, prosperous) man able to control and direct his entire life. So you will see clearly we are collectively and individually a make-up of words. By your words, you shall be justified and by your words you shall be condemned. Your life will navigate towards where your mouth goes.
Let’s get more practical here, the books you have been reading, the kind of music you have been listening to, the movies you watch, the kind of news you listen to and the overall conversations, you have been participating are not merely physical activities but very spiritual. Brothers and sisters that is where the real spiritual attacks and bewitchments take place and is by far more dangerous than the use of shrines. This is what affects even the dreams we have at bedtime. That is the determining factor why our lives are the way they are. Whether we find ourselves in lack or abundance, whether we find ourselves in poverty or prosperity, whether we find ourselves in sickness or health, whether we find ourselves in fear or love, whether we find ourselves in despair or in hope are all the result of the kind and quality of words (spirits) we have been fellowshipping with. This is a good place to ask yourself, what kind of spirits (words) have I been fellowshipping with? Jeremiah had said something striking in Jer 15:16 Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart. It’s time to stop starving yourself of God’s delicious food and start feasting on His word. Do you realize that is what we do speaking to ourselves in psalm, hymns and spiritual songs? You can call it prayer or worship but essentially we are having a spiritual fellowship with God through words.
Heb 4:12-13 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of Him (the Word) with whom we have to DO. I hope you saw that “with whom we have to do”. All our walk with God by faith and by the spirit is summed up through the Word of God as practitioners. This is what made Abraham the father of many nations, this is what made Moses a deliverer of Israel, this what took Joseph from prison to become the Prime Minister of Egypt, this is what made David king from being a shepherd boy in the wilderness. The only way to know God’s love and grace is through His Word.
The good news is when we give ourselves completely to the Word of God, we can easily change any situation we don’t want and recreate our own world of success and prosperity. It’s never late with God to cause any change using His Word. I charge you therefore as poets of God by the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, to commend yourselves especially to the Word of His Grace (thus the Profession of God) which is able to build you up and to give you an inheritance.
“If thou knew (considered, perceived and was aware of) the Gift of God” (John 4:10a); Those were the very words of Jesus Christ to the Samaritan woman at the well. If we can pause for 30 seconds, reflecting and pondering, on these very words of Jesus to us, the Gift of God, the Gift of God, the Gift of God! This is such an important reality that has eluded us for too long, without which we fall into the religion of men. As we fellowship with the Father in spirit and in truth, I pray earnestly our spirits captures and nourishes on the Gift of God so much so that, our very beings respond to these living words.
Born and buttered in the religion of self-effort, we primarily and forcefully teach on what we could do for God or give to God either to be accepted by Him or to please Him and not the other way round which is what He has done for us or given to us. In view of the un-regenerated fallen spirits of the old testament, their narrative was much more about, what to give and how much to give to God. They missed the whole point why the LAWS, PROPHETS and KINGS kept talking about giving and sacrifices as much as we also do today. God (our Father) is more concerned about what He has done for us rather than what we can do for Him. All of the numerous types, shapes and shadows of giving as required by the law were but a mere figure (no substance) pointing to God’s ultimate gift to us saying specifically in psalm 40:6, sacrifices and offering the Lord doesn’t desire, gifts and sin-offerings; surprisingly David said that is not what You (God) are after or desire. But rather, Jesus Himself said for God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son (the Gift of God) that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. We have been too concerned, wearied and burdened with what we can give God but God is saying “if thou knowest the Gift of God” you will not be worried.
A gift is simply defined as something given voluntarily without payment in return or acquired without being sought or earned by the receiver. (Kindly read and study carefully the definition again.) Looking at the definition again, “if thou knowest the Gift of God” God as our Father is not in the business of selling anything to us as we may falsely assume but rather He is into the love of giving to us all things that pertain to life and godliness. His free gift doesn’t come with strings attached. We need to outgrow (as soon as possible) the mindset of trying to score points with God, looking at how much we have done or sacrificed for God. Self-accomplishments are nothing short of self-righteousness before God, which He has said are like filthy rugs before Him.
Knowing and being conscious of the Gift of God, it is so surprising, why we want to rather buy and pay with our own deeds or money what He (God) has eternally chosen to be given to us as the free Gift of God. If not for religion and the traditions of men, not forgetting what Jesus said to his disciples, freely you have received, so freely give. It is astonishing today, how the traditions of men have burdened and enslaved the minds of people to the extent that, people want to sell and others want to buy the anointing of God, buy the power of God, not to talk of healing and prosperity. Respectfully, it must be said that our Father in relating and fellowshipping with us is not in a buy and sell business because, “If thou knowest the Gift of God”, nobody truly pays for a gift or else it ceases to be gift but instead it becomes wages earned or paid (worked) for. Perhaps, we should not be surprised because, as it was in the days of the Apostles, so it is in our days. In Act 8:13,18-20, Simon (a newly converted sorcerer) himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done. And when Simon saw that through laying of the apostles’ hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money, Saying, give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost. But Peter said unto him, thy money perishes with thee, because thou hast thought that the Gift of God may be purchased with money. Peter went on and said his heart was not right with God, he was in the poison of bitterness and bond of iniquity, to even consider and think of such a thing about the Gift of God. We ought to examine our hearts and conscience, in case we are trading and bargaining with God, using either money or even Christian activities to sum it all up in exchange to gain favors and opportunities with God (our Father). For the times of ignorance God has winked at and is now calling all men everywhere to repent, thus change and renew their minds.
As it relates to the physical so it is with the spiritual. On earth, the most valuable physical things in life such as the air we breathe, the water we drink, the sunshine, the rain, the vegetation and the rich mineral resources, are all free gifts of nature we never paid for. But giving human beings the opportunity, man will monetize it and ask people to line up in queues to work and pay for each and every one of them.
This reality about the Gift of God is what fuel the life and ministry of Paul and the early Apostles of the Gospel. They knew fully about the Gift of God, so much that, they operated and functioned fully in that Grace, worked miracles, signs and wonders in that awesome Gift of God (the gifts of the Spirit.) They could not do anything without that Gift of God. The emblem of the gospel was canon as the Gift of God, everywhere they went. They counted their very lives, ministry, possessions, and abilities as the Gift of God as they had learnt from Jesus.
It’s entirely legitimate to ask, how do we respond, live and function in that Gift of God? In Rom 5:17b Paul shows us the how, by teaching us that they which RECEIVE, (lambano) abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ. Contrasting that with what He also said, to certain disciples in Ephesus “have you received (lambano), the Holy Spirit, since you BELIEVED?”. This answers our question and shows us in believing and receiving by faith the Gift of God, we appropriate fully and functionally the Gift of God as kings reigning in life. (Think about this, believing in God and believing in the Gift of God are not the same Selah!). A gift in its true sense will cost the giver, but not the receiver. This looks too good to be true right, hence that is why it is called the GOSPEL. The total cost of our salvation from start to finish was and is borne by our Heavenly Father. All that is expected of us is to walk in the true light of Colossian 2:6 the same way we received of the Lord, (without paying for it) it’s the same way we walk in Him.
Beloved in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, God is encouraging each and every one of us to rise above just praying and asking, into RECEIVING by FAITH, and in receiving keep believing and receiving and never stopping to receive. Receiving in completeness, the fullness of God, the power of the Spirit, the ability of God to do all things, the gift of life and righteousness. Remember what Jesus said, “if thou knowest the Gift of God”. Someone may ask, is that all there is to the gift? Emphatically and absolutely YES! that is why it is called the free Gift of God with no strings attached. For the Gift of God, the only thing you can do is to receive it and acknowledge it (nothing more nothing less). For you shall receive power after the Holy Ghost has come upon you and of His fullness have we all receive grace for grace.
Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, we thank you for the Gift of God given to us in Christ Jesus. We receive abundantly your Gift and gifting in every facet of our lives to rule and reign in this world and to constantly demonstrate that Gift which you have given us to all men. That they may know You, the only true God and partake of your free Gift to all humanity, world without end. For by grace have we been saved through faith and that not of ourselves, it is the Gift of God not of works, lest any of us should boast.
I pray, our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus, fully grasp and participate in this knowledge of the fatherhood of God. For many years, sadly I was like the Pharisees and the Sadducees, zealously trying hard to conceptualize every topic and message in the Word of God, until I encountered the ever Living Word. We all need to realize, the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ is more than, a topic or a subject to be discussed or shared. It’s a fellowship with real LIFE, which is worth LIVING. John couldn’t have said it, any better than “What we have seen and heard, we are telling you, so that you too may realize and enjoy fellowship as partners and partakers with us. And this fellowship, that we have, which is a distinguished mark of Christians is with the FATHER and with His Son.” 1 John 1:3
Just to respectfully point out quickly, this is not a piece to prove or otherwise, the concept of trinity as many may want to assume. Prior to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, there were pockets and pieces of scriptures spread across the old testament dimly foreseeing the Fatherhood in the Godhead. Specifically, Moses, Isaiah, David and Jeremiah were cross-referencing each other on the said issue (Deut 32:6, Isa 63:16, Ps 27:10, Jer 3:19). But with all certainty, it was Jesus who had the audacity to crystalize God as His Father. The Fatherhood of God is one of the pivotal aspect of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. This insight into the Godhead was too good to be true in His days. In no missing words, firstly, Jesus called God his FATHER, showing us God is more than just God and creator of the universe. God was His Heavenly Father. Secondly, the Godhead was hatching an ultimate plan in fathering and parenting many more sons unto glory. This was a freshly baked and hot revelation, that none of the religious rulers ever saw eye to eye with or could comprehend. Jesus heralded, the dawning of a new relationship (family) in the Godhead.
The richness of this knowledge of God, as His Father in Heaven guided His relationship with the deepest fellowship that produced faith, hope and love everywhere He went. His approach towards God was very personal and was functioning at the very heartbeat (bosom) of His Father. He was not trying so hard to “mechanize” a relationship with God as the religious traditions of his days will have Him do. There was just a natural flow of LIFE, which He practically lived and revealed to us. This single piece of revelation we see here, influenced the manner in which He (Jesus) prayed ((our Father who at in Heaven) and viewed worship (the hour is coming where the true worshippers will worship “not God” but rather the Father, in spirit and in truth)), leading largely to the impacts and results in His life. Drawing from the following, the focal point in all our prayers and worship is our Father.
Beloved, this I say, is a big game changer because, Jesus said, “I do nothing except what I see my father does”. It’s worth repeating again and again because, prior to the revealing of Jesus as the messiah, no one was healing the sick, casting out devils, raising the dead, turning water into wine, multiplying food, preaching and teaching the love of God at the market square and on the street corners, sharing God’s love and forgiveness (not God’s judgement and wrath) at such a phenomenal rate, just to mention a few. He was displaying to humanity what was the Father’s response to fallen life situation (the decay in the world). He said “if you have seen me you have seen the Father”. This was the secret to living the LIFE of God to the max with tangible proofs, He was simply mirroring His Father. In as much as, the following are essentials to our personal walk with God, it wasn’t so much, about the amount of time He prayed or how erudite He was in cramming the scrolls (bible) in His time, neither was it His influence and power over people, as much as it was about acknowledging God as His Heavenly Father (His Life Source). He said “the works that I do, my Father that dwells in me, He performs the works and I only do what my Father does”.
There is no controversy, this knowledge of the FATHERHOOD of GOD has been transmitted successfully unto us, to practically live with, relationally and in fellowship, by our Lord Jesus Christ Himself. Brothers and sisters, this should transform our perspective and response with or to God. Undoubtedly, seeing God as our father washes away the stress, struggles and agonies (burdens) especially carried in and out of prayer (prayer henceforth should become our delightsome joy and peace.) We need to acknowledge that our Father is far more willing to freely answer even our deepest desires and imaginations than our ability to ask Him for anything. Beloved, I want to invite us, as believers to fully trust in our Heavenly Father’s unconditional love. It’s beautiful knowing that He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Can we, right now, right here, begin to believe our Father, to lavishly surprise us with His extravagant gifts (goodies) beyond our wildest imaginations and dreams, far more than we can ask or think? Can we stop the anxiety, the worrying, the murmuring and complaint and allow God to father us in every facet of our daily lives? God is yearning to father us all completely with His loving kindness. John said “what manner of love, has the Father bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God”.
Jesse Duplantis in ministering the word of God, told a story of himself and his granddaughter, in relating to this. He postures and poses the question, how come, we Christian’s have to ask, plead, literally beg, weep, cry, bombard the gates of Heaven, pull down strongholds, bind demons for our Heavenly Father to do ONE good thing for us? If he Jesse been a grandfather, goes all out to buy good gifts, for his granddaughter, who has not even requested or asked for anything, but because of his love for his granddaughter, he has decided to surprise her by lavishing good gifts on her, how much more our Heavenly Father. “If we been evil, know how to give our children good gifts, how much more shall your Father which is in Heaven give good things to them that ask him?” Matt 7:11. It’s time to just trust our Father to be the Father, He is willing to be in our daily lives.
Our very reputable Greek scholars in the bible concordance, have told us, what the meaning of the word FATHER is (3962 patḗr – father; one who imparts life and is committed to it.) This is brilliant, because the very thought of the word, the fatherhood of God, should remind or resonate with us about the LIFE we have received from God, as our Father who imparts life. It’s no surprise now, why Jesus will say “For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself” John 5:26. The progenitor or origin and source of LIFE.
You would have carefully noticed also that besides Jesus who always refers to God as His Father, when He was personally praying or teaching His disciples to pray, the living epistles written by the Apostles, did something remarkable with this revelation. All the epistles, took deliberate time to consciously introduce the fatherhood of God in their cutting edge opening statements of the gospel. If you haven’t noticed, kindly take time to study it for yourself. You will be amazed at the consciousness with which they (the Apostles) wrote and related with the Fatherhood of God.
My favorite of all these scriptures in the epistles is found in Eph 3:14-15, you will enjoy it too – For this cause, I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, of whom the whole family in Heaven and earth is NAMED. (Reading this scripture – Oh!!!! there is a shout of a king in my spirit)
Come with me as we carefully open and feast on Paul’s prayer right here.
It’s stimulating to realize that God is fathering a family in Heaven and on earth, of which you and I were very much born into when we were born again. What is particular about this family? This family tree is huge, fully packed and monstrous to say the least. Right at the top of this family tree is our own brother, Jesus, the first begotten of the Father (No wonder, Hebrews 2:11 says, both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters). Not to mention, the great Apostles in the book of Acts, along with our old testament believers and in our recent church history, the men and women of faith who walked this earth and wrought righteousness. Paul calls this, the whole family in Heaven and on earth. Yes, indeed it’s a rich family of God that you and I are part of in Heaven and on earth. I can understand, spiritually why and how Moses and Elisha could appear to Jesus at the mount of transfiguration while He was praying in Matthew 17. I doubt if that was the first time or the last time such a thing had happened. It’s clearer now, how Paul could be caught up into the third Heavens to participate in divine discourse. Henceforth, we too can have our own prayers of transfiguration, with Jesus and any of our family members present, as we deem fit, GLORY to GOD as we dine with our family members in divine spiritual fellowship (either in bible studies, prayer, worship or meditation). Beloved prayer is now a spiritual family gathering, where all the stewards of faith can be present, Hallelujah! You can invite anyone in the family as much as you can also be invited.
As a family in the Godhead, we all have the same access to our father in His name. In the old testament, a selected few had the monopoly through which you could gain access to God, but fasting forward into the new testament, because of the Fatherhood of God, we all as sons have direct access by one spirit unto the Father. Buddies and sweethearts, the monopoly people use to enjoy in the old testament in accessing God has been broken. For by Him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father Eph 2:18.
Time will fail us in looking at all that the word of God teaches concerning our Father, except to say I trust, you will diligently do a personal studies, ponder and meditate on this revelation for a far richer experience with the Fatherhood of God.
Finally, in as much as our Father is more than willing to foster a flourishing relationship with each and every one of His sons, we all should take individual interest in receiving by faith to fellowship with the Fatherhood of God, to get to know Him for ourselves. It’s only in the Fatherhood of God, that we can understand and relate positively with the unconditional Love of the Father, His unending mercies, His willingness to provide for us far above our ability to ask.
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I have always been greatly inspired through deep meditation of how David was obsessed about building a house for God to dwell in. It may surprise many as I was, that it wasn’t God’s idea to build a physical temple, rather it was David’s. This was after many years of deep intercourse with God through fellowship and how he had captured the revelation about the residence of God. It’s amazing how he relentlessly presses in on God and weighs on him to give him the opportunity to exemplify what he could only see and experience in the spirit.
It was his dream so much so that he left enough resources for his son Solomon to finally fulfil his dream, whereas he had also provided the architectural design in very fine details by the Spirit of God.
We thank God for our very respectable bible scholars, who in many cases missed the point here having majored on how David was told by God not to build the temple but rather his son Solomon, hence focusing on the letter and not the spirit of the letter. I intend to delve into the spirit of the letter. The Ultimate question here for me, is not why David was not given the permission to build the temple, but rather I am inspired by how David through fellowship is able to capture and paint God’s concept or way of having a home on earth (The Residence of God). Furthermore, David moves on to persuade God to give him the opportunity to “prototype” the concept even though it was not yet time for that revelation to be actualized. No wonder he had a testimony amidst all the controversy as a man after God’s own heart.
There is no other psalm that demonstrates the very strings and cords of David’s heart on the very subject as he digests with God on the revelation of the Residence of God than Psalm 27:4 “One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.” This scripture is so pregnant with unfolding revelations, so much so that, I will to God that you pause, ponder, study and meditate enough on these golden scriptures for yourself. I am very confident; it will light up a burning flame in your spirit. (Don’t take my word for it, go seeking and searching if these findings are so.)
In as much as we have designed beautiful edifice to stand as temples to worship God and to foster fellowship and I am by no means underscoring the building of temples but respectfully it’s an Old Testament revelation which is still limiting our fullest expression in the light of the New Testament. Can you envisage for a moment hosting and carrying divinity in your body? All God needed to establish his Lordship again on earth was one man who could host him permanently, here on earth.
What is God’s decisive revelation concerning His Own Residence?
In Act 7, the first martyr, Stephen being full of the Holy Ghost, summarized the whole of the old testaments scriptures, when he was arrested and brought before the council of the Sanhedrin’s for preaching the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. In verse 48 he took time to espouse on temple worship saying “the Most High does not dwell in houses and temples made with hands; as the prophets of old had said in Isaiah 66:1-2”. The initial concept of a physical temple as described in the Old Testament (which was to pass away) was to symbolize what was and now is; a spiritual temple.
Then came Jesus on the scene, He, himself began to tweak the minds of people about this shift in revelation with respect to this very subject. Our Lord Jesus was the very first person as our forerunner to refer to his body as the temple of God, warning that the “prototype” thus (temple worship) has elapsed its testing phase. In John 2:19 “Jesus answered them, destroy this temple and in three days, I will raise it up again, then the Jews replied, it took forty –six years to build this temple and you will raise it up in three days? but He was speaking about the temple which was his body.”.
No wonder He was such a man of transformation, living above the circumstances of this world. A man who knew He was the very residence of God. More so He was not just talking it, He was living it. The dawn of a new dispensation, the man who was carrying God fully in his body, walking on the streets, eating and drinking, chitchatting among people. He literally carried the temple to meet people where they are not the other way round.
With reverence, the church of the wilderness (Old Testament) honored and valued the tabernacle and temple worship, made up of: The Gate, Brazen Altar and the Tabernacle Sacrifices, Laver (Basin), Menorah (Lampstand), Table of Showbread, Golden Altar of Incense, Holy of Holies and the Veil, the 10 commandments, manner which protected them in battles, defeated their enemies, provided for them in times of need and served as their health. All these artifacts were of a more spiritual essence living and active in the Man Jesus. He truly was an embodiment of all deity. Knowing this, He became the custodian and the dispenser of deity on earth. The man of Galilee, who went about doing good, healing the sick, casting out demons, raising the dead, walking on water, turning water into wine, multiplying food, deciphering divinely coded mysteries.
Isn’t it amazing and astonishing to know that, the Man Jesus of Nazareth was not carrying any of these artifacts in the temples, neither the paraphernalia that are custom to the prophets such as the rod of Moses, the altar of sacrifice, burning incense, anointing oil, holy water, mantles, the scrolls and yet He was able to fully express God fully in His body, which is His temple without any impediments. He was the outer court, the inner court and the holy of holiest all in his body.
Too Good to be True
As if the above mentioned adulates, were not enough, Jesus began to, openly reveal an inconceivable progression on this very revelation. Alluding to us that, as much as He is the residence of God, we all as individuals and collectively as the Church will actually host God and become the residence of God, as we believe in Him. In John 14: 22-23 “Jesus was asked by his disciples, how He will reveal himself to us and not the world, then Jesus answered, if a person loves Me, he will keep my words and my father will love him and We will come and make OUR HOME (permanent abode, special dwelling place) in him.
An insight of this nature as shared by Jesus Himself is the reason He said “the works (miracles, signs and wonders) that I do, will you do also and even greater than these, these attesting signs will follow those who believe, in My name will they cast out demons, speak with new tongues, take up serpents, if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them and they shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover. This revelation, should save a lot of us the stress of 40 days of fasting and prayers, looking for what we already have.
Our living reality in the New Testament is, knowing experientially that we host divinity in our human flesh as Jesus Christ who used to be the only begotten son, but now the first begotten Son did in time past. This knowledge when mixed with faith in our actions, causes the presence of God to manifest anywhere we find ourselves as Christians with ease. Hence permit me to say this “Church is not where you go to, rather church is who you are” and again I’m not taking anything away from gatherings in buildings for fellowship.
Ladies and gentlemen, officially we are, the residence and headquarters of God, His power and glory. We carry all godly angelic beings from within and have been given the right to dispatch them in prayer and worship. The next time, there is an urgent situation that demands the use of divine power and ability to change the situation, remember you host the DIVINE PERSON with HIS PRESENCE which abides permanently and you have no need going anywhere kindly use what you have. This means one man you can cause tremendous changes. At this point some collage of scriptures makes more spiritual reality to us than ever. “To present our bodies [dedicating all of ourselves, set apart] as a living sacrifice, holy and well-pleasing to God, which is our rational (logical, intelligent) act of worship: Take our everyday, ordinary life—our sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life— as an offering for hosting God. Romans 12:1, coupled with the intense, fervent, heartfelt and continued, prayer (supplication or request) of ONE righteous man makes tremendous power available dynamic in its working. Jam 5:16”.
In conclusion, if you agree with me, then whether at home, work or school, we can all as individuals or collectively as a group have a fully sanctified, Holy Ghost filled service. Whether, we find ourselves on the streets, at the market square (supermarkets), barbering shop or hairdressing salon, we can fully express God’s power without any form of hesitation because we carry and host God fully as men on earth, just as Jesus did everywhere He went. This is not the time to just invite people to church but more so it is time to carry, take and convey the church to them, where ever they find themselves. It’s my joy and gladness, knowing that the Spirit of God will cause us to fully participate in this revelation through our spirit in our everyday lives, because, he that is jointed to the Lord is ONE SPIRIT with Him. God used to be very far and distanced as seen in the Old Testament revelations but now the modus operandi has changed in the first coming of Jesus and the out pouring of the Holy Spirit. We can now comprehend why Paul will say in Rom 10:6-8 But the righteousness which is of faith speaks this way: say not in your heart, who shall ascend into the heavens, to bring Christ down from above or who shall descend into the deep, that is to bring up Christ from the dead? But rather, the word is near you, even in your mouth and in their heart, which is the word of Faith we preach.
This consciousness is what the dispensation of the New Testament has been expressively and vividly teaching in the living epistles.STOP looking far, your Helper is from within.
Min Chris Nyavor,
The Wireless Church
I can understand and appreciate the level of help psychology and philosophy offers to people to solve the pressing dissatisfactions in lives all around the world. Notwithstanding all of its help, it fails to satisfy the quest, hunger and emptiness in man. We need to realize that all of man’s effort is meaningless without the CHRIST JESUS factor. Thus by no means RELIGION but rather the REALITY of LIFE.
Jesus told us “come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest, learn of me, for my yoke is easy and my burden is light. He also said, I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.
The fall of man presented an identity crisis. Ever since the fall of man, the fallen human race has adopted a foreign identity that has kept us in bondage, subject to the things of this world, mostly fear and death. Adam and Eve’s first deficiency after they sinned, was an Identity Crisis.
In Gen 3, they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. Then the LORD God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?”…
Let’s pause and listen to Adams response to God; Adam said, ” I heard the sound of YOU in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself.” And God said, “Who told you that you were naked?
This was where, the Spirit of God began to commune with me.
Who told you that you are sick and poor?
Who told you that you had failed in your pursuit of life and purpose?
Who told you that you have a generational curse?
Who told you that you can never be forgiven again?
Who told you that this is the end of your life?
Who told you that you are all alone?
Who told you that you will die?
Have you been listening to the words that I commanded you not to listen? (Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?”) These words came to me like fire burning in my heart. Whose report (news) have we believed? The one that says, you don’t have any money in your bank account or the one that says God is able to do (not according to our bank account) but exceeding, abundantly above all we could ever ask or think, according to the power that works in us. Do you believe the human system of measurement that tested and concluded, you have failed or rather believe the word of God that says you are the heard and not the tail?
The word of the Lord came to me saying, there is a vital spiritual war going on every single day of our Christian walk of faith. As it was in the days of old, when cities, nations and kingdoms were conquered by the use of physical armories and swords. In this present day, spiritual wars, are been fought predominately by the use of print and digital media (TV, Radio, Social Media, books and articles etc) to change the original identity of men and women of faith. It’s a battle of WORDS, and remember that words are spiritual. Guard your ears, eyes and heart with all diligence. By your words you will be justified and by your own words you will be condemned.
We must responsibly fight the good fight of faith by actively producing relevant, productive Christian content and materials armed and ready to combat the forces of evil both print and digital media (TV, Radio, Social Media, books and articles etc) through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For it is the POWER of GOD unto Salvation, because therein is the righteousness (the rightness) of God revealed. We must not forget for a second who we are in Christ Jesus least the devil beguiles us like he did in the beginning:
We are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.
Jesus became poor that we might be made rich.
We are the new creation, a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation.
Christ in us the hope of glory
If God be for us who can be against us.
What can separate us from the Love of Christ?…… we are more than conquers.
We are the light and the salt of the world.
We must not lose focus of our true identity like the first Adam did and was defeated in that all important spiritual battle that for many generations had affected his offspring but, thank God for the coming of Jesus Christ the second and last Adam. As many as believed in HIM to them he gave the right to become the sons of God, which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which lives and abides forever.
How can we have a generational curse when we were born not of blood, nor by the will of man BUT of GOD and by the incorruptible word of God? It’s a wrong identity, we need to reject it entirely and rather accept our generational blessing knowing that we are the seed of Abraham and heirs according to the promise. Beloved, NOW are we the sons of GOD.
How can we believe that God can put sickness and deceases on us to teach us a lesson, when He has clearly stated that “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “good plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future?
When the earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and they that dwell there in, so how did we as a church accept the identity of being “as poor as a church mouse.”
Jesus said “we would receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon us” so why are we so much afraid of the devil and furthermore to exercise our authority in Christ.
These and many more are so because we have lost focus of our true identity in Christ. That identity shows us that everything is possible to him that believes. We must keep looking unto JESUS, (not unto the fallen man) the author and the finisher of our faith.
Here I am, another regular evening after work, listening to Curry Blake, in one of his several audio messages and getting all stirred up in the spirit as my custom is. He always says “the truth will set you free but first, it will make you mad”. It was as though a lightening bow had struck me, when he said. The greatest deliverance you can ever receive is to be delivered from yourself. Topping it up to say “the reason why you feel insulted by someone is because you are full of yourself.” My ears were hearing even more than he was saying because the Holy Spirit began to whisper more. In a split second, all the dots begun to connect, because I realised, that’s the reason: we are not able to walk in the power of the Spirit, our marriages and any other relationships are not working and the root cause of all our spiritual failures.
I pray the eyes of our understanding are enlighten to fully grasp what am about to share on the greatest enemy today, called SELF. “He (Jesus) must increase that I might decrease” says John the Baptist. In Galatians 2:20I have been crucified with Christ [that is, in Him I have shared His crucifixion]; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body I live by faith [by adhering to, relying on, and completely trusting] in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. Predominately we are taught to discover ourselves (our purpose, our destiny, or your ministry) in order to be successful in life. As much as I agree with this teaching to a large extent, if it is left alone, (without Christ Jesus) it becomes the single most destructive thing that hinders, limits and ultimately destroys the Christian walk of faith. The very words of Jesus are “without me you can do nothing.” I realised there is such a thing as Christ Identity which is opposite self-identity. There are enough scriptures to attest that we are not ourselves. When Jesus died, we died with Him and our lives are hid in Christ in God.
The Spirit of God constantly reminds us in the new testament of how full, complete and sufficient we are in Christ Jesus, wanting nothing. That fullness and completeness we have has no need or want for more power, more righteousness, more anointing’s, more of the Spirit, to the extent of more of God. These needs arise when we keep assuming a wrong identity, because the focus is unfortunately on US rather than God. Yet, by strength shall no man prevail. The race is not to the swift neither the battle to the strong. The struggle in prayer and fellowship with God is because, we supposedly enter prayer in our own strength. Been boastful of how long we have prayed, our postures and rhythm and tone of voice used in prayer rather than in the name of Jesus. If you care to study and know, the reason why we were told to pray to the father IN the NAME of JESUS. It has all to do with our identity in Christ, it’s not a religious citation at the end of prayer nor a magic word.
Our Christian walk of faith has everything to do with Christ-Identity and absolutely nothing to do with ourselves. With this background and perspective, a few scriptures have taken on a new wave to me and hopefully they will do same to you by the help of the Holy Spirit.
In 2 Cor 2:15 – It’s only our identity in Christ that makes us NEW CREATION
In 1 Cor 6: 17 – Our identity in Christ affirms that we are ONE spirit with the LORD.
Eph 4:24 – It’s in our identity in Christ that after God, we are created in righteousness and true holiness.
1 Peter 2:9 – In Christ Jesus we are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession.
1 John 3:1-2 – In Christ Jesus, we are NOW, the sons of God, and when as He is, so are we in this world.
Col 1:27 – Our identity in Chris shows Christ in us the HOPE of Glory.
2 Peter 1: 4 – We are partakers and sharers of God’s divine nature as seen in Christ.
A thorough understanding of this IMAGE of CHRIST affects our efficiency and effectiveness, in either praying to the father or exercising our authority (let your will be done on earth as it is in heaven) as Jesus did on earth. Jesus said the works that I do, shall you do also, even greater works than these because I go to the father. The key to us walking in the supernatural manifestations of the Spirit is simply knowing our Identity in Christ and from that point acting on the word of God. If we would experience the dynamic power of God in our daily lives, we have come to terms with the experiential knowledge of our identity in Christ Jesus.
Connecting our Christian lives to a seed, a plant, a vine and a branch bearing fruit has always been revealed through the lens of God’s word. David initiated the first revelation saying, blessed is the man that trust in the Lord, he is like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth his fruit in his season and the righteous shall flourish like the palm tree. Isaiah also continued saying, we are trees of righteousness and the planting of the Lord that he might be glorified. Jeremiah finally crowns it in the old testament saying as believers we are like a tree planted by the waters and shall not cease from yielding fruit.
One faithful evening as I was studying the subject of a seed, the Spirit of God said something profound to me. He said “God has given us everything in life as a seed.” It was then, I began to see all of that through scriptures, precept upon precept and line upon line. All we heard and learnt from people in the old testament were shadows and metaphorical teachings. Truth only came to us by Jesus Christ. He is the central piece, in whom all revelations and prophecies both present and future rests on. He went through great lengths to teach on the principle of the seed, the tree or the vine and its branch bearing fruit knowing that He himself was the seed of Abraham and the true vine. Our Father being the farmer.
Without controversy, He unequivocally said, the seed is the Word of God and our heart is the ground. Pictorially, as faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God, so is the seed of God’s word being sown in our hearts as we hear to apprehend or comprehend. This is what gets me so excited, whenever you and I are hearing the word of God through a preacher or studying the word of God through meditation, we have to recognize that, the seed of God’s word is being sown in our hearts.
The most fundamental of all life principles is knowing that the word of God gave birth to our natural course and sequence of life. I have always wondered, what is the spiritual world and the natural world? What is the connection between these two worlds? I found the answer, Words are the bridges or connecting dots, that connect the spiritual world to the natural world and vice versa. Jesus said, the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit and they are life. It’s fair to conclude that words are spiritual. This is such a profound revelation that will set us on course to taste and see the goodness of God in the land of the living.
Let’s ask ourselves, what seeds have we been planting in our hearts? Whose words have we been sowing in our heart? Are they seeds or words of fear, death, powerlessness, discouragements, disappointments, poverty? This is what has crippled a lot of Christians from doing exploits and experiencing the Life of God to the full. Jesus said, be careful what you hear and how you hear. Remember for God has not given us the word (spirit) of fear but of love, power and a sound mind.
The radio/tv news we hear, the songs we listen to, the books we read, the movies and the conversations we have are designed consciously or unconsciously to program our thoughts and hearts either for good success or failure. This is why we need to take heed what we hear and how we hear. The book of proverb says guard your heart with all attentiveness, because that will determine how good the sequence of your life will be. A good man out of the good treasures of his heart brings out good things and an evil man out of the evil treasures of his heart brings our evil things.
God gave his word (wisdom, knowledge and understanding) as a seed to Adam and Eve to fellowship with hence they brought out everything good. Afterwards Adam and Eve were spiritually attacked, when the devil also came with his word (wisdom, knowledge and understanding) as a seed to commune with them, thereafter they brought out only evil things. The only means through which they were attacked that led to the fall of man and the universe was through words. What is striking to me is, when God asked, Adam who told you, you are naked? Have you eaten of the fruit I asked you not to? This cannot be more different from us today. We have been attacked spiritually by words negative to the word of God but God is asking us the same question, asked Adam, who told you?
We are engaged in the spiritual battle of words everyday of our lives, at home, at work and in school. This battle of words comes to us every day especially in our thoughts. These negative words come to frighten us, discourage us from our walk of faith. They paint pictures of gloom and doom and loss of hopes and dreams. The only way to overcome these battles is doing exactly, what God did. God won back the fallen human race through the same principle of a seed. He spoke words to Adam and Eve, to the patriarchs and continued to speak words to the kings, priests and prophets. This became the foundation, from which the seed of Abraham, Jesus (the Word) became flesh and lived among us. This is how Hebrews 4:12-13 beautifully frames it “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.”
If God was able to restore and recreate again through the word of God, so can we. As we fellowship and engage God through His primary word, thus meditation, prayer and worship, the seed of divine health, wealth and prosperity are sown in our hearts. The seed of God’s love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance are deposited in our hearts and eventually they become the very fruit we bear in our daily lives. Jeremiah said, thy words were found, I did eat them; and your words become the joy and the rejoicing of mine heart. David said, the word of God is medicine to all his flesh. God also told Joshua, the word of God will make him prosper and he will have good success. The word of the Lord came to Abraham saying, I am you shield and your exceedingly great reward. Mary also said, let it be unto me according to your word.
We can recover, restore and recreate anything missing in our lives simply by discovering what the word of God has to say concerning the specific issue. I strongly recommend, that we re-program ourselves with the word of God as our surest way of living the life of God to the fullest. The enemy has designed the systems of the world through words to oppose the word of God in our lives, we have to let the word of Christ dwell in us richly in all wisdom and teaching and admonishing.
Finally, brothers and sisters, by discovering the word of God, be strong in the Lord and in the power of his might. Let us cloth ourselves with the good news of the word rather than the bad news of the world, as we combat against the wiles, trickery and lies of the devil. Using the shield of faith and the sword of the spirit, which is the word of God. The first Adam lost the battle, by not putting on the whole armor of God. The second and last Adam (Jesus Christ) won the combat, saying man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the month of the father.