As Within, So Without.

Whatever generates the images you look at in your mind is the source of your life, because out of your heart come the boundaries of your life, as it is written; as far as the eyes of your heart can see will I give unto you. It is the mind’s reality that we are transformed into. Those possible outcomes, that future you envision, those ideas living in your heart, what gave birth to them? Are they born of the word of God? They better be! Cast away the children of this worlds wisdom, the opinions of men, the predictions of culture, the report of experiences past, and all those voices that are bound to the senses, and embrace the child of the Spirit, let the knowledge of the truth make you free, for all things are possible to him that believes. Believe and meditate on the word of God, you will see the kingdom of God. What you ‘see’ is what you get.

And that’s why Jesus said that “if the light in you be darkness, how great is that darkness.” Matt 6:23.Jesus knew that without light we could do nothing, He knew that we can only move freely within the light. Most especially He knew that what we see with the eyes of our heart sets the boundaries of our life. If what we see in our heart is truth(light), we will live truth, and that’s freedom, but if what we see in our heart is lies(darkness), then how great is that darkness, because the darkness becomes our life, we live a lie, and that’s real bondage. Out of the heart come the boundaries of our life, and if what is in our heart is darkness, then the boundary of our life is in darkness, that is what an evil stronghold is.

Imagine a person going through a difficult experience, perhaps a loss or a heartbreak, that’s a moment of rebirth in life, the end of life as it has always been, and the beginning of another. At points like this, one finds oneself in similar circumstances as a butterfly going from one stage to another in its lifecycle, or as a flower blossoming, opening its petals for the first time. This person will either blossom in light or in darkness. If this person blossoms in the darkness, this person will move forward with the conclusion that life is not worth living, or that all men cannot be trusted, and in this darkness this person will live until the day light comes. They will attract and experience things that reinforce their belief, they will act in line with their belief contaminating the opportunities that come to them, because what is in their heart is creating real time manifestations of itself.

But one who blossoms in the light under the circumstances will find the word of God that speaks to ones circumstances, they will trust in God Who makes all things new, and move forward in life trusting in that word. And so will that word wash away the past to bring forth manifestations of Itself. They live free from what they have been through.

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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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From 1 Timothy 3:1

This is a faithful saying: If a man desires the position of a bishop, he desires a good work. (I Timothy 3:1 NKJV)

God are you hiring? I admire those of you out there who aspire for leadership in the church. Your aspirations are commendable. It is indeed a beautiful thing. To long for an opportunity to be responsible for the eternal destinies of men is no trifle. There is no higher calling. And you should hold unto that desire with your head up. What you want to be is an excellent thing.

A simple reminder here; If you are reaching for a leadership position, understand that the implication of your aspirations is that you have set your heart on DOING something that can least be described as an excellent work by biblical standards. You are not really desiring a “position”, you are after “responsibilities”. Leadership is not a matter of status, it is a matter of work, and one done to the highest standards of quality. To lead, to supervise is to accept responsibility, to be held accountable for steering others on a course that will get them to their intended destinations.

Do you want to be a leader, let me tell you what you really want; you want to serve.
You want to be part of a people serving a noble purpose, but you don’t just want to be responsible for doing your part well, you want to be held responsible for others too. You don’t want a position; you want to see to it that something is done right. Every true leader knows that there are no positions of power, only responsibilities that command power.
O LORD COME SOON.

From 1 Timothy 1:18-20

This charge I commit to you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you may wage the good warfare, having faith and a good conscience, which some having rejected, concerning the faith have suffered shipwreck, of whom are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I delivered to Satan that they may learn not to blaspheme. (I Timothy 1:18-20 NKJV)

This is what we are fighting for…The apostle Paul nearing the end of his life made a decisive statement to Timothy in the second letter that he, Paul wrote to Timothy. He said “I have fought the good fight and I have finished the race”.
Earlier before that, here in his first letter to Timothy he tells Timothy how to be able to make the same statement at the end of his own life. I believe we need to understand this clearly and practice it faithfully.

There are two things here, “the good fight” and “the race”.

It all began with Abraham, the father of faith. When he arrived at the land God had promised him, he dug a well but the people there, the philistines seized it. You see, in the desert, water is life. So understand the significance here; to dig a well is to provide life. To seize it and cover it up again is to fight life.

Later on, through the mouth of Jeremiah(Jeremiah 2:13) God declared Himself “the fountain of living water” and made it clear that the wells we dig for ourselves to satisfy our thirst are futile and needless. Later, Jesus would say to all those who are thirsty to come to Him, the fountain of living water and drink.
But before Jesus would say this, the prophet Zechariah(Zechariah 14:8) foretold of a time, a time when living waters will flow from Jerusalem, the city of God to water the rest of the earth.

Finally when that time came, Jesus declared, “he who believes in Me, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water, as the scriptures has said…”

My dears, God is the source of all that we(spirit, soul and body) need for life. All that men search for, long for and fight for are all in God who is generous enough to gift it packaged as Jesus Christ. And we are the channels of delivery.

So, what are we fighting for? What is “the good fight?” The prophet Habakkuk(Habakkuk 2:14), begins to answer that; God’s project is to cover the earth with the knowledge of His glory as the waters cover the sea.

In layman’s English it means, God wants people everywhere, to practically see and know the weight and greatness of His personality; how holy, powerful, loving, merciful He is, how gracious, wise and full of answers to all of man’s problems He is! Simply put; God wants to prove Himself. And He wants people to see this with their eyes, not hear it with their ears only.

I asked myself a question which I sense may be in your heart right now, “what about the fact that God wants people to relate to Him with faith, not by sight?”
Well Guess what? James gave an answer to that, faith without works is dead. God does not intend to keep telling people how He is this and how He is that with nothing to show for it. We are the ones He sent to make sure that doesn’t happen.

John tells us to let our lives so shine before men that they will see our good works and glorify God. That is “THE GOOD FIGHT OF FAITH”. As believers, we accept the truth of who and what God is to us and to the world by faith, then we must make the truth we have accepted about God real to the world. We must bring these truths into manifestation for the world to see, experience and believe. That is the good fight. Our mission is to make what we know by faith practical to the world.

The reality in the world, hunger, hatred, lack, sickness, hopelessness, injustice, and all sorts of evil and ills oppose the reality that faith in God speak of, realities like love, sufficiency, peace, health, hope, goodness, etc. The good fight of faith is what happens whenever someone with the Christ in them, overcomes the reality in the world with the reality in God. Are you in this fight?

Look around you, take some time to observe the world around you. What do you see? A sick world. A dying world. A world being crushed under the weight of its own bad and sinful choices. A world in darkness and confusion. A world in need of love. You see one tough wilderness filled with ugly realities.

I see a world in search of water that can quench their thirst. A world looking in all the wrong places for the very thing that you are carrying inside you. Out of your heart will flow rivers of living water. Out of the city of God will flow rivers to water the earth. This suffering world is desperately waiting for humans like you and me, people who have been awakened to their originality, their God-identity as given to them by God’s design at creation, reunited with their God-part by the reconciliation of Christ. It is waiting for each of us to start living up to our calling in life, our purpose by design.

Paul spoke to Timothy about “the prophecy that was given about him”. In layman’s terms, this means “the intention that preceded him”. I don’t know why you are here. I don’t know the reason why God sent you here. I can’t tell what are the things you must accomplish before your time on earth is done.
But what is that noble dream in your heart? What is that passion in you that keeps saying you can make a difference in a certain way. What is that gift you have, that deep inside, you are so sure that if you try and keep trying you can add value to the world and others?

Imagine yourself like Moses between a world in dire predicament and one of those realities that are blocking them from seeing the glory of God. The question to you is, “What is that thing in your hand?” For Moses it was a rod. You need to lift up the rod in your own hand to God NOW! Offer that talent, that dream, that gift or skill, that ambition, that position of yours, that qualification you have, that opportunity you have, that advantage that has been given to you, offer it to God. When God is in charge of that rod in your hand, you can divide a Red Sea with it. Paul said to Timothy, these instructions contained in this letter I have written to you will serve one purpose, it will guide you with regard to the rod in your hand, to fight the good fight.
I challenge you to Strike That Red Sea before you, let the world experience the goodness and greatness of God.

So my dears, your sitting time is over. It is time to realise that the church is a training ground for you, just like Midian was a preparation place for Moses. Rise up to your responsibility, your people are out there in dire predicament, they are in bondage awaiting their deliverer. Those who your music will capture, those who will be drawn to the appeal of your personality, those whose hope will be restored because of your phenomenal kindness and humanitarian tendencies. The list is endless! Their heart cry has reached God and He has seen their troubles. Now, God is sending just the right man for the job; YOU!

What is that thing you have in your hand? God says to you, “Together we can do wonders with it, just point it where I command and watch yourself turn into a ‘god’! After all, that’s what I made you to be; a lower version of me upon the earth.” Go after your dreams, live your life to the fullest, pour yourself out completely upon the earth. Don’t reserve your potentials, they are not needed in heaven, and yes, a few of them will be greatly needed inside the church, a larger number will be of very little use inside the church but, the greater number is needed out there in the world. Don’t keep your people waiting, go and get them!

All ye “gods” out there, hahahaha! Remember this; you don’t make the rules of engagement, neither does the world. God makes the rules. So don’t get this good thing twisted by ignoring and forsaking the Lord’s direction while you are out there doing “your thing”. This is “the race”; to remain attuned to the Spirit of God to the end.
Maintain faith and a good conscience before God all the way. Make your moves, take decisions in the battlefield not because the world says it’s ok or because it’s what you want, do it because this is what God will want you to do. Keep your ability to judge the moral quality of things in the sight of God sharp.
The word of God sharpens your conscience, make it your closest companion all through your life. Listen to it in church, study it for yourself, do whatever it takes to finish the race well.

Like Moses, whenever you can’t figure it out for yourself, go back and take the advice of Jethro the priest of Midian, no, I mean the man of God over you. That’s how not to end up like the guys Paul mentioned to Timothy, Hymenaeus and Alexander. I know you will live your life to the fullest. I know you will fight the good fight and I know you will finish the race well. God believes in you, so do I.
O LORD COME SOON.