HOW TO PRACTICALLY OPERATE IN GOD’S SHOES (PT. 15)

Yesterday we found out that whenever the will of God meets faith in our heart the earliest form of righteousness is formed, which is also the most tender stage of righteousness. That is the “embryo” stage of righteousness. Now, at this point it is very easy to abort that righteous thing growing inside you.


Then He taught them many things…and said to them…a sower went out to sow. Some fell on stony ground, where it did not have much earth; and immediately it sprang up because it had no depth of earth. But when the sun was up it was scorched, and because it had no root it withered away. The sower sows the word. These likewise are the ones sown on stony ground who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with gladness; and they have no root in themselves, and so endure only for a time. Afterward, when tribulation or persecution arises for the word’s sake, immediately they stumble. (Mark 4:2, 3, 5, 6, 14, 16, 17 NKJV)

A lot of people get to the “embryo” stage of their salvation and then it gets aborted because they don’t know how to get past it, many have heard a powerful word from God many a time, left the meeting feeling like no mountain could stand before them, only to watch that rare gift fizzle away like a punctured ballon.

Please pay very serious attention to this; when God invests His seed, He is not interested in getting a tree back, ask the tree Jesus cursed, it will tell you that it was cursed because it wasn’t producing fruit when it was supposed to. And God is not interested in getting His seed back except it is contained in a fruit, ask the servant that hid his Masters talent instead of trading with it, he will tell you that his Master wanted the seed back in a fruit.

You have been taught that it doesn’t matter what you do once you say the “sinners prayer”, please don’t listen to them, they’re leading you to destruction. And you need more than the first burst of faith that comes after you first hear a word to actually see it made manifest. The parable of the sower, quoted above, recognises as true to God’s intent, only the seed that went on to shoot its roots into the ground, grow to maturity and bring forth fruit. We shall continue this conversation tomorrow.
YOU ARE CHRIST.

JUST TO BE CLEAR

I realised there’s need for me to explain why I have been using certain natural things to explain spiritual things. I figure it might strike someone as odd, that I am explaining righteousness with human reproductive process. Let’s remember that Jesus used parables to explain hard and deep spiritual truth to us.

Besides that, the scriptures expressly say, “…what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, (Romans 1:19, 20 NKJV)

Every spiritual truth has a parallel in nature through which we can understand its spiritual counterpart. It’s the same way that God first gave us the Old Testament as a symbolic representation of the New. So, we understand our leaving the world for Christ as the Israelites leaving Egypt for the promised land, the brazen serpent on the pole as Christ on the cross, etc.

This is one of the practical ways to double check that your interpretation of the scripture is not erroneous. But please be careful here, the primary teacher of God’s word remains the Anointing(Holy Spirit). So, when you think you’ve caught a revelation, and you feel it doesn’t sit well with what you know about God so far, please, God will not kill you for double checking it. Remember that the word of God in scripture is the same word of God that created the natural world. So, if the revelation you got bears no resemblance to anything in nature, please hold on and ask questions.

I hope that clears any odd feeling about where we are currently in our conversation on HOW TO PRACTICALLY OPERATE IN GOD’S SHOES.
YOU ARE CHRIST.

HOW TO PRACTICALLY OPERATE IN GOD’S SHOES (PT. 14)

In our last conversation we established how the seed of God, which is the DNA of God is planted into the heart of a person to produce a new creation. Using the human reproductive process we established that the sperm can be compared to the seed of God, or the seed of righteousness, which is the will of God expressed through His word, the egg of the woman can be compared to faith which is what catches the sperm and activates it. 

When the egg catches and activates the sperm, the sperm in turn fertilizes the egg, producing an embryo. An embryo is neither a male seed nor a female seed, it is the most tender and earliest form of the full grown creature that it will eventually grow into. So, the word of God, and the measure of faith deposited into our hearts by God produces the most tender and earliest form of the will of God, or righteousness.

At this point, it is important for us to remind ourselves that we are actually having a conversation on the kingdom of God, which the scriptures say is righteousness, peace and joy. So, we asked ourselves, what is righteousness? And that is how we got here. At this point in our conversation, we understand how the most tender and earliest form of righteousness is produced in our hearts.

This is where a sinner is when they first hear the gospel and are convicted in their hearts, this is where a believer is when they hear the word of God preached about a certain issue in their life and that “I can” feeling, or that “it is possible” feeling glows in their hearts. I’m sure you know what I’m talking about, we’ve all been there and we continue to experience it every time the will of God meets faith in our heart.

That right there is righteousness, that is righteousness in its most tender and earliest form. In very practical terms, since this series is “How to practically operate in God’s shoes, righteousness is agreement with God. So, God makes known His will about a sinners life, or about your situation, or about an issue in your life, and you agree with Him through faith, that is righteousness in its earliest stage of development.
YOU ARE CHRIST.

HOW TO PRACTICALLY OPERATE IN GOD’S SHOES (PT. 14)

In our last conversation we established how the seed of God, which is the DNA of God is planted into the heart of a person to produce a new creation. Using the human reproductive process we established that the sperm can be compared to the seed of God, or the seed of righteousness, which is the will of God expressed through His word, the egg of the woman can be compared to faith which is what catches the sperm and activates it. 

When the egg catches and activates the sperm, the sperm in turn fertilizes the egg, producing an embryo. An embryo is neither a male seed nor a female seed, it is the most tender and earliest form of the full grown creature that it will eventually grow into. So, the word of God, and the measure of faith deposited into our hearts by God produces the most tender and earliest form of the will of God, or righteousness.

At this point, it is important for us to remind ourselves that we are actually having a conversation on the kingdom of God, which the scriptures say is righteousness, peace and joy. So, we asked ourselves, what is righteousness? And that is how we got here. At this point in our conversation, we understand how the most tender and earliest form of righteousness is produced in our hearts.

This is where a sinner is when they first hear the gospel and are convicted in their hearts, this is where a believer is when they hear the word of God preached about a certain issue in their life and that “I can” feeling, or that “it is possible” feeling glows in their hearts. I’m sure you know what I’m talking about, we’ve all been there and we continue to experience it every time the will of God meets faith in our heart.

That right there is righteousness, that is righteousness in its most tender and earliest form. In very practical terms, since this series is “How to practically operate in God’s shoes, righteousness is agreement with God. So, God makes known His will about a sinners life, or about your situation, or about an issue in your life, and you agree with Him through faith, that is righteousness in its earliest stage of development.
YOU ARE CHRIST.

HOW TO PRACTICALLY OPERATE IN GOD’S SHOES (PT. 13)

Biologically, a new tree begins to form when a seed is planted on a conducive and fertile ground. The seed carries the DNA that will eventually form the tree, and the water that nourishes both the seed and the plant is supplied through the ground. In the case of humans, the seed is the sperm and the ground is the woman. Spiritually, a true Christian is born when righteousness, which is the seed of God is planted into the heart of a person.

We need to understand that righteousness, God’s seed, God’s will and Truth which is God’s word are one and the same thing. God’s seed is introduced into the heart of a person in its expressed form which is the word. “Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. (Luke 8:11 NKJV) 

A woman can only receive the sperm of a man if she is producing egg, it is the egg that catches and activates the sperm, spiritually, a person can only catch and activate the power within God’s word if the person has faith. For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it. (Hebrews 4:2 NKJV)

Now, …God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. (Romans 12:3 NKJV) When a woman is in her active reproductive cycle, eggs are being produced within her. When the gospel comes to the person in whose heart God wants to plant His seed, something happens within that persons heart, the Holy Spirit causes the production of spiritual reproductive egg to begin by awakening the persons faith.

So, a Christian is born by the fertilization of the faith God has deposited within his/her heart by the expressed will of God, which is the word of God. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. (John 1:12, 13 NKJV)
YOU ARE CHRIST.

JUST FOR COMFORT AND HOPE


But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you. (Isaiah 43:1, 2 NKJV)

One of my earthly teachers, Poju Oyemade once said that for some reason it appears you don’t get things perfectly right the first time or in the beginning. Now I see why he made that comment, and I agree with him because the scriptures teach so.

The name Jacob and Israel refer to the same person, but they have two different meanings. One of them, the name Jacob was given to this individual when he was first born, or created by God, and it means supplanter, which is to take the place of another through scheming.

In the second statement following, God decides to use a different word, instead of “create” He uses “formed”, which is an intentional effort to achieve something else from something by design. Then God also calls the same individual by a different name, Israel, which means “he will rule as God”.

Then God says to him, I have defined you by a name that will set you apart from the rest of humanity and set you on high where everyone will see my glory in you. Are you trying to define yourself on your own, or are you letting the world, or your friends, or the wrong things define you? Let God define you, let Him give you your right name.

This man’s first name suggests someone who will only become something that someone else already is by scheming his way and conning people off their rightful positions. He was a con man. He had no dream, no vision for himself and the only future he could see was that of others. But when God worked on him again the second time, He made him into something extraordinary. God gave him a dream and a vision, and his life became his own.

A lot of people think that holding unto their lives makes it their own, no, if you hold unto the life you think is your own you will lose it, but when you let God have it, He makes it beautiful and hands it back to you, better and much more valuable. He who holds his life will lose it but he who loses it to God will gain it.

I don’t know what it is you’re going through right now, I don’t know where you are in life right now, but whatever and wherever, God will like you to know these two things; one, allow Him to define you, surrender your life to Him by letting His word guide you in all things. God wants to use you to prove to the world that the things and people they write off as nothing can become the best of the earth in His hands.

No matter what it is you are fighting and struggling with right now, don’t give up, just surrender to Him, He will make you the man that goes through water and fire and comes out on top. I was there, so I am telling you from experience. God replaces wet eyes with wide lips. Your life may be like Jacobs right now, undefined, purposeless, falling apart and all that, but guess what? God isn’t done with you yet, He will finish the work He started in you.

When a potter takes a lump of clay and slaps it on the table, a clay jug doesn’t just appear. He takes time to work the clay, eventhough all that is needed to produce the jug is already on the table, the potter will skillfully work the lump of clay into a jug. That was what God did with creation. It was first void and without form, but then He began to work on it till it became what He wanted it to be. God is still working on you, so don’t get off that table till He’s done with you. You have no idea what He wants you to turn out as, it’s beautiful, I tell you the truth.
YOU ARE CHRIST.

HOW TO PRACTICALLY OPERATE IN GOD’S SHOES (PT. 12)

There is one more example I have on my mind. A friend of mine once stuffed a pillow under her cloth to make herself look pregnant, she was practicing for the real thing she says. She will probably make an attempt on my life for doing this, God protect me please! Anyway, it’s good to have a good laugh once in a while.

So, assuming she gets carried away, and she somehow begins to think that she’s really carrying a baby. She signs up for ante-natal, starts buying baby things, sitting around and feeling lazy, asking that we open the window so that sunlight can come into the room, in the middle of the night! Anyway, we love her don’t we guys, and we understand what she’s going through and all that, so we’re patient with her for nine months.

Finally, it’s time to deliver. But no labour pains! What’s going on here?! Does she need a shot to kick start the labour? Ok, we take her to the doctor, she gets a shot, nothing! No labour, no baby. Something is really wrong here! Eventually, the doctor examines her very well and finds out she’s not pregnant, she’s not expecting any baby! We are all not only disappointed, we also feel some indignation toward her, she just took us all on a nine month long ride!

That’s unacceptable! Exactly! That’s why God described right-action without righteousness as filthy rag. Having a form of godliness in the absence of the main subject which is God is such a waste. In talking about the kingdom of God as righteousness, peace and joy, righteousness here refers to the seed of righteousness, the tree of righteousness, the water that sustains the tree of righteousness and the fruit of righteousness, all working harmoniously as one, each in agreement with the rest and none absent.

So, what is righteousness? RIGHTEOUSNESS IS THE WILL OR MIND OF GOD. The seed of righteousness is the word of God, the tree is the man who believes, the water is the Spirit and the fruit is the manifestation of the will of God. We will continue this conversation tomorrow.
YOU ARE CHRIST.