WHAT IS FAITH?

Imagine this parallel. A car engine generates so much force and torque. When you start a car engine and fire it up, the engine revs and screams with so much power, but because the gear hasn’t been engaged, all that power does nothing to move the car forward, it just goes to make the engine scream.

To transmit the power of the engine into motion, the torque in the engine has to be channeled to the tyres through the gear wheels. We move the gear from ‘neutral’ into ‘drive’, then the power in the engine begins to act on the tyres, moving the car forward.

The gear of a car does exactly what faith does in a man. The Spirit of God is the engine of life, it generates or communicates the wisdom or knowledge of God comparable to the torque or power of a car engine. In prayer and meditation, we fire up this engine, it revs within us with so much power, but until we engage faith, all that power does nothing, no movement is recorded.

Faith is the gear of life, faith is, to give your being(thought, emotion, words and actions) to the wisdom and knowledge of God ministered in your spirit by the Spirit of God. To give your being, I mean releasing yourself to it. If it says walk on water, you step out unto the water without fear. If it says point your right finger to that man sitting in a wheel chair and say, “get up and come here”, you do it without arguing the man’s condition in your mind.

In God, seeing isn’t believing, believing is seeing. So, we have the eyes of faith, and what we see with it is what is real. Yeah that’s right! When Jesus says that if your eyes be good, then your whole body will be full of light, He means that, if your faith is engaged to the right engine, which is the Spirit of God, and you are receiving the knowledge of God mixing it with faith, then that light shall saturate and be manifested through your life. The glory of God shall be seen upon you. You shall shine with the glory of God. The appearance of God shall be transmitted via your life. You shall be the visible manifestation of an invisible God, just as the performance of a car whose gear is engaged demonstrates the power of the engine within it.

Simply put, faith is acting like what you know about God is also true about you. AND YES, IT IS! You are made in His image.

Your life is so exciting. You’re blessed!

Have The God Kind of Faith!

Those in Christ are not told to “believe Christ” or to “believe God”, we are told to “believe in Christ” or “believe in God”.

What is the difference?

To believe someone is to give a mental consent to what they said, and sad to say, this is what most Christians have, and call faith. They couldn’t be more wrong, because there’s no difference between this kind of agreement and what was present before Christ came.

But to believe in Christ is what Paul describes in one place…As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: (‭Colossians‬ ‭2‬:‭6‬ KJV). In another place he puts it this way…I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and THE LIFE WHICH I NOW LIVE IN THE FLESH I LIVE BY THE FAITH OF THE SON OF GOD, who loved me, and gave himself for me. (‭Galatians‬ ‭2‬:‭20‬ KJV)

You see, the just shall live by faith. But we don’t live by our own faith, we live by the faith of the son of God, in other words, we are legally and spiritually impersonating Christ, as the son of God. That is why creation waits for us to manifest, because we are Christ incarnates. And to make it more awesome, Jesus himself tells us to have the faith of God in Mark 11. Jesus also double confirms this by saying we shall do greater things.

Scripture triple confirms this by saying that “As He is, so are we in this world”. Glory to God! HalleluYah! This is something to shout about!

With you around, nobody needs to wait for God or Christ to act. Both are here in you, for you are one with them! Jesus never told a sick person or a dead body that God did not approve their request. Instead he said, “I know You ALWAYS hear me”. Wow!

Paul takes it further and says,…the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:) Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.) But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we speak; (‭Romans‬ ‭10‬:‭6-8)

My my my! Did you just see that? With the word of faith in your heart and in your mouth, Christ is here!
No problem in this world needs Christ to come down, we are able to deal with it! Put the word of God on your mouth and frame the world! Glory! Shine NOW! Shine On!

THE LOVE OF GOD.

For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel: In returning [to Me] and resting [in Me] you shall be saved; in quietness and in [trusting] confidence shall be your strength. But you would not, And you said, No! We will speed [our own course] on horses! Therefore you will speed [in flight from your enemies]! You said, We will ride upon swift steeds [doing our own way]! Therefore will they who pursue you be swift, [so swift that] One thousand of you will flee at the threat of one of them; at the threat of five you will flee till you are left like a beacon or a flagpole on the top of a mountain, and like a signal on a hill. And therefore the Lord [earnestly] waits [expecting, looking, and longing] to be gracious to you; and therefore He lifts Himself up, that He may have mercy on you and show loving-kindness to you. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are all those who [earnestly] wait for Him, who expect and look and long for Him [for His victory, His favor, His love, His peace, His joy, and His matchless, unbroken companionship]! [John 14:3, 27; II Cor. 12:9; Heb. 12:2; I John 3:16; Rev. 3:5.] O people who dwell in Zion at Jerusalem, you will weep no more. He will surely be gracious to you at the sound of your cry; when He hears it, He will answer you. (‭Isaiah‬ ‭30‬:‭15-19‬ AMP)

Wow! Can you just imagine the love and mercy of God?

When you’re shutting Him out and running far away from Him, He keeps seeking close after you. And when your own stubbornness has made you an icon of shame, failure, human depravity etc, He was patient enough to follow you close and lovingly to this point, AND ALSO TO DO SOMETHING THAT WILL MAKE YOU SEE HIM, almost like a little child being ridiculously funny trying to get someone’s attention. O Lord My God! And once you turn to Him, once you call to Him, He quickly has mercy on you, He saves you and removes your shame. He glorifies you. Can you imagine this love? The Father’s love is perfect and has nothing in it to make you afraid of coming to Him.

You reading this, you may have come to such a point in your life where all hope seems lost, and tomorrow seems impossible, I want you to know that this is God lovingly making Himself and His love visible to you again. Come to Him NOW!

Jesus Christ is God’s message to you, believe in Him TODAY!

SERVE OTHERS AND THE UNIVERSE WILL SERVE YOU.

God is constantly unfolding His will, and that is what we observe in the universe, He keeps working out His own will in all things. As it is written, all things are consisted in Him, meaning that the universe and the dynamics in it are motions of God in the material world. Sometimes certain things or people in the universe may rise up and prove themselves to be working against you. How do you overcome such circumstances?

If a man’s ways pleases The Lord, He makes even his enemies at peace with him. This means that if the ways of a person is in agreement with God, even those things that appear today to be working against the person, will eventually prove to be working for that person’s benefit. Without faith it is impossible to please God. So, it is faith, agreement with God that causes the universe to work for you. Actually, faith in God is agreement with the motions of God in the universe, it is agreement with the will of God for the universe. So, what happens is that, through faith, people raise the sails of their life to catch the winds of God’s movement, and by so doing get themselves moving in the same direction as this wind, putting themselves into complete agreement and partnership with God and the universe, so that even those things that seem to be working against them, ends up working for them.

You see that the God-kind of faith is always for the good of all, that is why it is written that faith works through love. Scripture talks about not getting answers to prayers because of asking for selfish reasons. True faith is not selfish, it is love. Try exercising faith for something beyond yourself and see the difference. Live for others, and the universe itself will serve you.

Take this to Heart and meditate on it till you see the light in it in your own heart, till you can say it with your own words, only then has it become yours to benefit from.

Happy Sunday.

HOW TO PRACTICALLY OPERATE IN GOD’S SHOES (PT. 88)

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, Because the Lord has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound; (Isaiah 61:1 NKJV)

To understand what the bible means when it says “The Spirit of The Lord God is upon me,…” We have to take a look at a scripture from the New Testament, 

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)

In essence, the scripture above is saying that, the person who is born of the Spirit of God is not influenced by external circumstances, the person acts from the light that God has shinned inside his or her heart, and that you really don’t have any other way of knowing that this person is an incarnation of the Spirit except by the visible acts and manifestations done through the person.

When you read through the acts of the apostles, you will realise that every time the scriptures say, “filled by the Spirit,” it is followed by an action or a manifestation of power, this is also the reason why Nicodemus came to Jesus by night and said, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.” (John 3:2 NKJV)

The Spirit of God in man is ability to do the works of God, it is the enablement to act in God’s shoes here on earth, both in terms of character and ability. This is why Jesus is called Emmanuel, God with us, and the same reason we as followers of Christ are referred to as “like Christ”(Christians), we are gods, we are incarnations of Christ.

Christianity is not a ‘profession’, it is a ‘being’. We are not men trying to become like Christ, we are new born Christ’s growing into full maturity. We are called the children of God because we were carved out of God Himself, and Christ shows us how to live as gods on earth. It is only when we indeed live as gods on earth that God can deliver those who have been held in bondage by satan from their prisons through us. Tomorrow we shall discuss more on opening the prison doors and leading people into freedom.
(YOU ARE AS CHRIST IS. Ephesians 2:13-16, Galatians 2:18-20)

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HOW TO PRACTICALLY OPERATE IN GOD’S SHOES (PT. 72)

The scriptures tell us that no man has ever seen God, it says “No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.” (John 1:18 NKJV)
Let’s understand this scripture properly, nobody has ever seen or can clearly describe the entity called God, people over the ages have seen and encountered God only through the manifestation of His word, through the truth made manifest, Jesus Christ. 

Jesus Christ is the manifestation of truth, He is the word made flesh. His existence is the unfolding of truth. The implication of this to you is this; people will not know God until you show them what He looks like by living out the truth. This is what it means to literally give your life to Christ and live for Him. This is what it means to be a witness of Christ, to show by your life, the reality of the truth. It is not about ‘talking’, it’s about ‘being.’ You have to ‘be’ before you can ‘talk’ effectively. Check the instances in scripture where there was verbal communication of the gospel, you will see that there was first a ‘living’ of the gospel before it. It is about being “a living letter.” For example, when people see you walk in love toward those around you, they see what God is like, for God is love.

In the same way, satan makes himself seen, felt and known in this world when people live their lives based on lies and falsehood. For example, because of fearful things that has happened, people have been advised never to stop on the highway to offer help to strangers, with the generalised judgement that everyone waving you down on the highway is probably up to no good. So, what happens is that no matter how convincing the strangers need for help is, people will drive past them. Now, this is normal for a man living in the flesh, after all, the only way he can judge the situation is through his senses. You won’t blame him, but nevertheless, through his actions, he has given the evil one the opportunity to express himself.

God makes Himself felt in this world through the faith of people who have seen the truth, their faith in the truth works through love to produce life. The scriptures say that faith works through love. Jesus, which is the manifestation of the truth says, “I am the way, the truth and the life.” He went about doing good, so should you because you have the spirit of Christ in you. Satan makes himself felt in this world through the ignorance of people who are blinded from the truth, the frustration they feel in that darkness works through fear to produce death. Life, as we have seen means experiencing God through the lives of people who make the truth real by living it out, and death is to be starved of the goodness and love of God by the actions of those who out of fear perpetuate wickedness in the world.
(YOU ARE AS CHRIST IS. Ephesians 2:13-16, Galatians 2:18-20)

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HOW TO PRACTICALLY OPERATE IN GOD’S SHOES (PT. 71)

Ephesians 5, Romans 13, Galatians 5

The ‘sense life’ is a prison for the fallen man. That is where the scriptures describe as the kingdom of darkness(a state of existence characterised by inability to recognise and understand the things of God). When operating in the natural senses, man is blinded from the truth. Life in the flesh, is blindness to the knowledge of God. That is why the scriptures talk about eyes that cannot see and ears that cannot hear. This is the kingdom where satan rules, where men operate according to their physical senses. It is the seat of human wisdom, which challenges everything that cannot be perceived or figured out with the natural senses, of which it is written about those who dwell in it, that “the carnal mind is enmity with God, it cannot please God, neither can it know God.” That is inability to both act in God’s shoes or see and receive truth, which is what it means to live in darkness, or to be spiritually dead.

In the course of our conversations, we will realise that just as God makes Himself real to us through the truth in our spirit, so also satan makes himself real to us through lies, or through knowledge that oppose truth. Satan makes contact with us through our senses, because he was thrown out of Eden too and condemned to feed on the earth. Satan feeding on the earth, means that satan finds expression through the flesh. Take a critical look on the world, everything we accuse the devil of is born out of the flesh, evil is the work of the man operating in the senses; wickedness, wars, poverty, suffering, hatred, intolerance, jealousy, etc. These are all manifestations of fear, described by scripture as the works of the flesh. In this world where we live, God can never be more real to you than the truth you know and obey(love), and satan can never be more real to you than the lies about life you know and obey(fear).

The scripture makes a statement; “Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time.” (Revelation 12:12 NKJV). This literally means; what a terrible thing to live in the flesh, for satan has been given authority to rule in and through the senses of men. Those who operate by their senses do the works of darkness. They work the works of darkness and also experience the stings of death. If you try to show them the way, because they are blind, they will be afraid to do as you say. Then they stumble, fall, knock something over or hit a pillar, until their blindness is healed. So scripture talks about putting to death the works of darkness through the spirit, in other words, replacing a life based on the senses with a life based on the truth. We shall see how to practically do this in the course of our conversations. 
(YOU ARE AS CHRIST IS. Ephesians 2:13-16, Galatians 2:18-20)

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