HOW TO PRACTICALLY OPERATE IN GOD’S SHOES (PT. 94)

Pharaoh did a lot of things to the Israelites in an attempt to stop them from multiplying and prospering. None of them worked, but he did succeed in one thing, robbing them of their faith, which is what made their ancestors as powerful and extraordinary as they were. By subjecting them to slavery for many decades, Egypt was able to corrupt their mind, forgetting the life of faith, they embraced a predictable existence, one in which they can predict for sure what they will get, if they did their job. For hundreds of years they didn’t have to trust God for anything, so they even forgot who He really is. All they knew was Pharaoh and slavery.

The deception of Egypt was subtle. Their bodies were satisfied to an acceptable extent. Now the rabble that was among them had a strong craving. And the people of Israel also wept again and said, “Oh that we had meat to eat! We remember the fish we ate in Egypt that cost nothing, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic. (Numbers 11:4, 5 ESV)

That was basically one side of the story, but it was the one most obvious to them. It is still so today in every way that the bondage of darkness expresses itself in the lives of people. In moral issues, what people remember is the satisfaction to their sensual appetites, in issues of money, what people remember are the immediate satisfaction to their fleshly needs, in relationships, what people remember are the self-satisfaction that comes from doing as ones personal desires dictate. People are quick to remember the body, or the senses.

Unknown to them, they are following the way of Esau, who sold his entire future just to satisfy his stomach for today. It was not so with their ancestors, look at Abraham, how long he waited in faith for the fulfilment of God’s promise, and Isaac, how he kept digging up his father’s wells, which the philistines had covered with sand. Even though they would claim each one he uncovers, he patiently kept digging up another after another, till they let him be. Jacob served fourteen years for one woman, even though he was cheated, his patience didn’t run out in solidarity to his body. Scripture made sure we did not miss that point of patience when it talks about those, “…who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” (Hebrews 6:12 ESV)
(YOU ARE AS CHRIST IS. Ephesians 2:13-16, Galatians 2:18-20)

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GOD TRANSMITS HIMSELF THROUGH KNOWLEDGE.

A radio station is playing a song and you’re hearing it so clearly in your car many miles away. The radio station has a way to convert the sound in its studio into radio waves, transmit them through the air, and your car radio player has a way to pick this radio wave up, convert it to sound again through its speakers, and you experience exactly what the radio station is playing in real time.

God transmits Himself through revelation knowledge and broadcasts Himself over the spiritual realm, the spiritual realm is a realm of knowledge. You have your spirit, which is able to pick up this broadcast, and convert it through thoughts in your mind into actions in your life. And by that, your environment experiences God.

If we compare God to the sun, then you are the green plant, designed to absorb the energy coming from God, and convert it into sustenance for the people of the earth. In Him is life, and that life is the light of men…

Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let not arrogancy come out of your mouth: for the Lord is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed. (1 Samuel 2:3 KJV)

Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. (Matthew 16:17, 18 NKJV)

But the righteousness of faith speaks in this way, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’ ” (that is, to bring Christ down from above ) or, “ ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’ ” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): (Romans 10:6-8 NKJV)

The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” (John 3:8 NKJV)

Then the Lord appeared again in Shiloh. For the Lord revealed Himself to Samuel in Shiloh by the word of the Lord. (I Samuel 3:21 NKJV)

HOW TO PRACTICALLY OPERATE IN GOD’S SHOES (PT. 93)

We have been looking at Israel, at the kind of people they were and the manner of life they had. We have been reminding ourselves that these people were so to say a race of gods, because they operated in ways that defied natural laws and made standards that define human life seem foolish. We saw a people that always know what the universe is serving at every particular point in time, and exactly what they need to do in order to be adequately served, just as it is said of the sons of Issachar who had understanding of the times, and knew what Israel needed to do at all times. 

These people never depended on a humanly established strategy for sustainance, they had no process born out of the predictions of the senses in order to make progress. They looked to God for insight into the purpose for each season of life, and the wisdom to get the best out of it, that was how they lived. There is no way to beat a person, or a people that are in agreement with God, and in other words, in perfect harmony with the advancement of the universe. The ever evolving universe produces constant change, which washes away and drowns those things that do not adapt to the change. That is God’s way of rewarding obedience and punishing disobedience to His will. That was the secret of Israel’s dominion, and their enemies knew it, they knew that Israel is unstoppable and unbeatable because of their walk with God, because they kept step with God.

And the children of Israel were fruitful, and increased abundantly, and multiplied, and waxed exceeding mighty; and the land was filled with them. Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph. And he said unto his people, Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we: Come on, let us deal wisely with them; lest they multiply, and it come to pass, that, when there falleth out any war, they join also unto our enemies, and fight against us, and so get them up out of the land. (Exodus 1:7-10 KJV)

So, a certain Pharaoh rose up to power in Egypt, one who had no regard for neither the virtues of knowing and following God’s will, nor the results of such life, which in Egypt was symbolised by Joseph. This Pharaoh and the Egyptians came up with an evil genius of a plan to cut Israel off their source of dominion, because that was the only way to keep them subdued. They came up with a plan that worked so well for four hundred years, which is the same plan that satan had always used since Eden, and still uses against people up until today. We shall look at this plan tomorrow.
(YOU ARE AS CHRIST IS. Ephesians 2:13-16, Galatians 2:18-20)

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When your actions are a direct obedience to the will of God revealed in your heart by the Spirit of truth, the conclusion of each of your endeavours in life shall shine so bright, just like the sun, your life will help many see new ideas and possibilities, and deliver the warmth of courage and confidence to many. If the dream in your heart has been born of God, hold firmly to it, and walk toward its accomplishment boldly, till it is done.

TURN YOUR PITY INTO AMBITION.

Someone once said, “gather up your pity, and turn it into ambition.”

Meaning; for example, you hear that many people died in a certain job recruitment exercise recently carried out in Nigeria, and you feel pity for them and for all the other hundreds of thousands that were fighting with their lives for jobs that aren’t enough for even a sixth of them. Well, thank you for the pity, but please, convert all that pity into an ambition to provide some remedy to the situation, that is more honourable.

Agree With God, And The Universe Will Serve You.

It is impossible to stop or defeat a person who is in agreement with the evolving universe. That is what it means to be in the will of God, because God’s will is not for some abstract world somewhere, it is for the ongoing perfection of the world He created, for its growth, replenishing and multiplication.

Don’t get so hung up on “how we did it yesterday” that you get swept away by “how it is being done today.” Always have understanding of the times and what needs to be done, always seek God’s face to know exactly what the universe is serving for the season, and for the wisdom to get in on it.

Don’t be caught up in traditions. Change will always come, it is the motions of the evolving universe, but be prepared always for change, like Noah, have the ‘ark’ of a teachable spirit and adaptability to be able to ride out the waves of the flood when change comes.

HOW TO PRACTICALLY OPERATE IN GOD’S SHOES (PT. 92)

What is “the fear of God?” In simple terms, the fear of God is practical faith, living by faith. It is conducting the affairs of ones life based on what one believes, as against what one perceives by ones physical senses, as James says, I will show you my faith by my works, meaning that, you will know what I believe by what I do and how I live. A life in the fear of God, is a life that has strong and far greater confidence in the possibility of what is in ones heart, than in what ones senses perceive.

We are talking about chasing after an enemy with the assurance of victory, not because you are equal or more than them in number, not because you are stronger than them in strenght, or more skilled than them in the art of war, but because you heard the voice of God in your heart telling you to go after them and defeat them. We are talking about attempting things in life because, deep within your heart you believe that they are possible, and you never stop trying till you accomplish it. Even when you ‘fail’, you take it as ‘success in disguise’, because to you, that is only an opportunity to learn more about how to succeed. So, instead of abandoning your quest, you make adjustments, learning from your mistake, and forge on towards your ‘expected end.’

Let me remind you of something that you may have taken notice of in the past. You would think that when God gives you a dream, that you will never make mistakes, or fail at some points right? Well, you’re wrong. Let’s start from the father of faith, Abraham himself. Can you remember some of the mistakes he made? Hagar and Ishmael, moving to Philistine and lying to Abimelech about Sarah. Then there is Isaac, repeating the ‘ancestral sin of lying about his wife to the philistines’, attempting to go to Egypt because things were better there. And Jacob, collected the wrong bride after seven years of waiting and labour, took what belonged to his brother dishonestly, and went down into Egypt, etc. 

The one thing consistent with all these mistakes is this; out of them, God worked out His will still, because these people kept their eyes on the expected end that God has promised, not allowing their mistakes to become the end, just a detour, from which they found their way back to the path. 

When we talk about the fear of God, we are talking about living a life that is inspired by the dream in your heart, and the assurance that it will come to pass; a life composed of thoughts, words, and actions leading towards the accomplishment of the dream, refusing to be influenced by what the world and the people around you say is possible or impossible, right or wrong, achievable or not. It is a life that does not allow the traditions(predictable processes of human life) around you to make the word of God(which is the building blocks used to build an earthly reality out of divinely inspired dreams by faith) of no effect.

These people were a race of gods, because they had the fear of God, lived by faith, and shunned the senses. But in Egypt, the enemy played a trick on them, and we shall see this tomorrow.
(YOU ARE AS CHRIST IS. Ephesians 2:13-16, Galatians 2:18-20)

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