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!

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HOW TO PRACTICALLY OPERATE IN GOD’S SHOES (PT. 73)

Let us look at another shadow of the workings of the kingdom of darkness and the kingdom of light. Let’s look at the natural life of a human being. 
A child is born with innocence and love, full of faith and trust in the parents. The child will believe everything it is told, there will be no place for doubt. The child knows only love, no hatred. The child is acquainted with happiness and joy, no depressing or mournful moments, always eager to learn, with a teachable spirit. A child never thinks of how to provide for itself or how to save for the rainy day. A child looks up to the parents for everything. Whatever a child needs, it will ask, and expect to receive. What you find in a child is pure love, not fear. It is that love that attract people to them.

But then, as the child grows, it begins to learn limitations and fear. The world around it teaches it that some things are not to be touched, some places are not to be approached, some feats are not to be attempted and some adventures are a no no. Some questions are not to be asked and some things are to be taken just as they are. Don’t try to be a hero, don’t dream big, just cut your coat according to the amount of cloth you have. Don’t play big, play safe, etc. Over time, as these lies are repeated to the child, the child forms a new reality baseline, a new premise for judgement, and learns to use it’s senses as it’s most dependable tools of navigation in life. This opens the door for that basic survival instinct to take over, unleashing fear as the trusted ally and mentor, and locking itself outside the life of love.

At this point, the works of the flesh, or the works of darkness have taken a firm hold on the young man, and all those lies that he or she has been fed for years have become what the scriptures call a stronghold in his or her mind. These strongholds are they, whose shadow was cast in the Old Testament as idols, strange gods and abominable images. The young man is now living in the fear of these lies, acting in response to them and trembling before their power, and by that giving them glory as if they are anything, ultimately giving to them, that which is meant for the True God. In place of faith, he bears doubt, in place of love, fear. He or she looks not unto God, but unto what his or her hands can produce. They are completely under bondage to satan through their conformity to the flesh.

Indeed, one is not meant to remain a baby perpetually, however, one must remain a child perpetually. That is why Jesus says you cannot enter the kingdom of God, except you are converted and become like a little child again. When you are driving a car on gear one, and that gear level reaches it’s peak, you don’t get out of the car to continue on foot, you simply select a higher gear. When your earthly parents can no longer meet your needs and answer your questions, you were designed to shift to your Heavenly Father. That’s why parents are taught by scripture to train up children in the way they should go, so that when they grow up, they will stick to it.

But this has not been the case. Rather we have gone ahead to let ourselves be taken captives and prisoners by fear and the flesh. That is the reason Jesus talks about being ‘born again’ and being converted into a little child again. Jesus is liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; (Isaiah 61:1 ESV)
(YOU ARE AS CHRIST IS. Ephesians 2:13-16, Galatians 2:18-20)

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DON’T HAVE IT ALL FIGURED OUT; MAKE ROOM FOR SOME ‘MAGIC’

Most times we hold on so tightly to our personal ideas of life and to what it is we believe we want in a spouse, that we make ourselves perpetually alone. I once went to a lake with my mum and another family. This happened years ago. It got to a point during the outing, when we had to board a canoe, and go for a ride on the lake. I didn’t get into the canoe, I believed the canoe will capsize and we’ll be eaten by crocodiles. Funny right? Kids!

Anyway, at that point, the other family’s kids were in the boat, and I was standing there, by the lake, watching them paddle away, I felt so lonely. I wasn’t feeling so lonely because I was alone, I was feeling lonely because my beliefs had locked me out of the reality of those around me. At one time or the other, some of us reading this have felt so alone in the midst of a crowd, for the simple reason that they were all at that very moment living in a reality that our current state of mind at that time barred us from entering. 

A lot of us are in marriages and relationships, yet we feel lonely. This is not always the case, but there are situations, where the reason for this loneliness is nothing, but the fact that we are holding unto certain expectations of our partner, expecting them to fit into what we picture to be a real man, or a real woman. We refuse to accept the person we have, because we’re expecting them to be ‘someone’ we’ve pictured in our mind. Deep down, unknown to us, we accuse our partner of denying us the kind of life we’ve always envisioned, and subconsciously we withdraw ourselves from our partners world.

One fundamental quality that everyone in a relationship must posses is the ability to make ‘healthy compromise’, and this quality works best in a fundamentally neutral ground, where compromise becomes a virtue, not a vice. This is what I mean, if a Christian is in a relationship with another Christian, that’s a fundamentally neutral ground, because they can only compromise on those things that are just personal to them, assuming both are truly converted. This is why scripture warns us not to be unequally yoked with unbelievers. As believers, we cannot build healthy relationships with unbelievers without denying our faith at some point, because compromise makes a relationship work.

Here’s my point exactly, if you’re in a relationship, and you feel lonely, you feel you are not getting what you deserve, I’m not saying it’s your fault, I’m just saying it won’t hurt to be doubly sure, perhaps your expectations of your spouse are keeping you locked out of their world. And if it is, take the step to let yourself in, convince yourself to accept them for who they are. It will not be easy, but it will be worth it, teach yourself to love what they love, be excited about their dreams, laugh with them, let yourself loose in their world, and you will marvel at the wonders you’ll discover.

And if you’re still single, my dear you’re not stupid, don’t make this mistake after you’ve read this. Don’t lock yourself out of real love and happiness, just because you’re waiting for a dream, to which your interpretation(what your perfect partner must look like) fits perfectly. No, don’t do that please, dreams come first, then their interpretation. It’s good to have expectations, and have a description of your dream partner, but keep this closer to your heart; sometimes, miracles come in disguises, and dreams need interpretation to unveil their true meanings. Mostly, you’ll dream(find love) first, and then spend the rest of your life interpreting it together.

HOW TO PRACTICALLY OPERATE IN GOD’S SHOES (PT. 25)

Let’s take our discussion from yesterday a little farther for the sake of understanding. There are two kingdoms that contend for control of creation. The kingdom of light, which possess the original blueprint for reality, and the kingdom of darkness, which seek to make sure that anything but the original blueprint is not followed in reality. God’s ultimate goal is to see that the original blueprint is applied all over the earth by introducing the light of life, the word. For the earth will be filled With the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, As the waters cover the sea. (Habakkuk 2:14 NKJV)

The question is how? The first thing He needs is a candle. The spirit of a man is the candle of The Lord,…(Proverbs 20:27 NKJV). The second thing is to light the candle. The entrance of Your words gives light;…(Psalms 119:130 NKJV). This light here is spoken of with words like righteousness, wisdom, love, living water, water of life, light of life. So, when God introduces light, or wisdom into the heart, the heart is lit up, or made righteous, shed abroad with love, or made wise.

From the heart, the mouth becomes the point of entry into the earth of the word of God. The tongue carries either life or death, light or darkness, living water or dryness, but the heart that has been made wise will teach its lips how to speak wisdom, or bring forth living water, or introduce light. The heart of the wise teaches his mouth, And adds learning to his lips. (Proverbs 16:23 NKJV) then, You will also declare a thing, And it will be established for you; So light will shine on your ways. (Job 22:28 NKJV)

You need to shed light on your path first before you can walk in it without stumbling. Before you can expect a servant to act according to what you have in mind you must first of all issue instructions. In the same way, before reality will take the form in God’s blueprint for your life you must speak it, you must shed the light of life on reality. So, real effective confession is SPEAKING THE SAME TRUTH FROM GOD WHICH YOU TRULY BELIEVE IN YOUR HEART.
YOU ARE CHRIST.

IN HONOUR OF THE FAMILY.

Concerning my last post “THIS IS GOD”, I feel the need to mitigate against a possible misunderstanding. This will take us off our main concern which is the mystery of godliness but, I believe it is necessary to leave no room for misunderstanding. I think a statement I made may need to have a little flesh added to it. It’s too “bony” the way it is and someone may “choke” on it. So, just for one day, let’s deviate a little bit.

I am concerned about the brief comment I made about “every healthy family.” My attention was drawn to the fact that it may appear as though it is lawful for a man to “lord” over his wife, seeing that he is like The Father and his words like The Word. That understanding would be wrong, absolutely wrong and unfounded.

The Father never “lords” it over The Word nor does He “lord” it over The Spirit. He said, “let us make man.” That connotes two things; first it connotes partnership between the three, which is wilful agreement. Secondly, it connotes something else very subtle but insightful, the product or result of their partnership would bear a perfect resemblance to the qualities of all three. “Let us make man in OUR IMAGE and after OUR LIKENESS. They were going to achieve something that is true to the three of them while playing different roles in the process. Let’s note this once and for all, “the thing about the three of them is a matter of roles and responsibilities, not a matter of superiority.” So also between the man, his words and his wife.

The picture that the scripture paints of a “healthy family” is one in which the man listens to the “heart” of his wife, the wife listens to the “will” of her husband. A man’s world must be big enough for his wife to live in without feeling squeezed-in, his dreams big enough to make room for personal fulfilment for the wife too. The man gives voice to the agreement he has reached with his wife, and also to what is best for the family. The man does not lead out of a sense of “authority”, he leads out of a sense of love and responsibility. The woman does not submit out of a sense of necessity, she submits out of a sense of love and trust.

We must realise that the way a husband and wife behave toward each other is different from their roles and responsibilities in the family. The man loves the woman with his very life. It means he will go to any length, do whatever it takes to make sure she is happy and fulfilled. Then the wife on her part will be submissive and have so much respect and reverence for him, an honour second only to the one she has for God. Here, unlike as it is when it comes to roles and responsibilities the man is like Christ and the wife is like the church. In all the labour of the man to provide for the family, all the show of courage to protect the family and all the air of confidence he carries to keep hope alive in the family amongst other things, ultimately he is showing how much he loves the family. The woman on the other hand, with all the personal sacrifices she makes in order to put the family first, which sometimes overwhelm her so much, yet in the face of all that, she is more concerned about the effect of her tears which can break the spirit of the family. So she cries in secret. In all that and much more, she is showing how much she trusts the man to know what to do. Men, listen to your wife’s heart. Women, listen to your husbands will.

My dears the more I write the more flows into me. However, the spirit of the prophet is under his control, so please pardon me to stop here. I sense that The Lord may allow us dwell on this more from the 1st to the 14th of February, 2014.
O LORD COME SOON.

From 1 Timothy 1:5

Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith, (I Timothy 1:5 NKJV)

The pillars of love. Three conditions are necessary to foster the kind and quality of love expected of us by God. These are fundamental to the life of love we have been created and then again reborn to live.

For starters, if thoughts and feelings can be compared to a white cloth, then this white cloth needs to be bleached clean for true love to be conceivable. True love is founded on righteous thinking and positive feelings. When you pray for someone who has been wicked to you out of a desire to hurt them back and a feeling of vengeance, and call it dangerous praying, well you are right about the danger of it; you are not walking in love.

The second condition is a properly functioning moral consciousness. True love is not scarce with the one who is capable of rightly judging the reputation of thoughts, words and actions in the sight of God.
To love well we must be clear about what is right. You can’t keep the car on the road if you can’t see the road.

Finally there is the issue of genuine and authentic faith. This is about making sure your words and actions are coming from what is in your heart, not a pretence. And that what is in your heart is the real thing, not a fake or worse empty. Don’t pretend to be Christian, be Christ. Don’t wear Christianity like a cloth, it should be the very fibre of your being. So much that taking away your faith is tantamount to taking away your life. Then you can truly love.

These are the pillars of real love.
In as much as the purpose of all our experiences as Christians is intended to lead to love or bear fruit of love, God is particular about this love. Don’t act the part, be the thing.
O LORD COME SOON.

From 1 Timothy 1:5

Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith, (I Timothy 1:5 NKJV)

There is only one purpose; love! True Christianity is always aiming to achieve one singular thing; love. Love for God and love for man as well. Both the teaching and practice of the Christian faith will end in love to be genuine and authentic. True Christianity must either generate the desire to love or translate this desire to action toward God or man.

When this is not the case, the purpose has been defeated. The very thing that God intended to achieve through us has been destroyed.

God sent us here in the first place because we were made to be able to duplicate HIS personality here. Being made in HIS express image and likeness doesn’t imply physical resemblance, it means identical in nature and consciousness.

That corrupted in the garden of Eden, Christ’s incarnation in us became necessary to restore our original design. Through our continuing acceptance and internalisation of the picture of what we ought to be, as revealed in the written WORD we are constantly and continuously coming close to our God-identity. And God is translated “Love” in earthly human experience.

So if your Christianity, your revelations, your whatever-you-can-think-of under Christ is not generating the desire or attitude of love towards God and others, if it is not making love felt by those who encounter you in life, please you have the wrong thing, drop it and get the real thing fast.
O LORD COME SOON.