Thursday, August 06, 2020

Unity. How Is This Possible When The Church Is So Divided?

Unity

In John 17, Jesus’ prayer to His Father was that He would keep His disciples united. Unity is what God seeks for His church. From the beginning the Godhead were united. In the garden of Eden there was unity till the Fall. Since the beginning the devil has sort to cause division with his attack on believers. In Genesis 11, God saw that the people at Babel were united, but on an evil project, and they spoke with one language. So God dispersed the people by confusing their language (Gen 11:7 – 9)At Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came and further united the believers through them praying in the Spirit. Could this be the way we can unite again?

Spirit of Jesus

We have all been given one and the same Spirit. This is the Spirit of Jesus. When we walk in the Spirit as He is in the Spirit we have fellowship with one another. So why are we so divided? Maybe we are not walking in the Spirit. Maybe we are being divided by walking in the flesh. If this is so then we need to pray in the Spirit, in the new language God has given us, to unite us in the Spirit. Could this be the key to walking in the Spirit and in unity with one another?

Pentecost

At Pentecost God poured out His Spirit and the disciples were all filled with the Spirit and spoke with other languages (Acts 2:4) . There was a complete change in the atmosphere and unity of those gathered in the upper room. They later began to sell all they had to meet the needs of each other. There was no division. It seemed impossible but God made it possible. Should we pray for such an outpouring now? Do we yearn to be like the disciples in the upper room? Is this what Jesus is looking for in these last days before He returns. The world is so divided by so many opinions and lies. Can we as a body of believers bring heaven to earth by our unity in the Spirit?

United In The Spirit

I think we can. We need to pray for the Spirit to fill and overflow through us as we pray in the Spirit. In the Spirit there are no opinions, only His will. His will is to unite us and not divide us. In the Spirit we can overcome all fleshly desires. We will not be driven by selfish ambition and pride, but we will humble ourselves and seek to serve each other. In such an atmosphere of trust, we can bring heaven down to earth and heal the earth. Come Lord Jesus and hear our cry and unite us in these days of chaos and confusion.

 

Saturday, August 01, 2020

What Does It Mean To Die To The Flesh?


 

Our flesh is made up of our body and soul. Our soul is made up of our mind, emotions and will. The spirit is separate from the soul. We are a triune being made up of spirit, soul and body (1 Thess 5:23). When we are born again, our spirit is what is regenerated and comes alive through believing in the finished work of Christ on the Cross. Jesus’ death on the Cross redeemed us from the law of sin and death. We now have eternal life in Him. This is what Jesus promised those who receive Him as Lord and Saviour and confess that He is risen from the dead (Rom10:9).

 

Our body and soul are not redeemed through the Cross. Our soul is being sanctified through us bearing our cross. What does it mean to bear our cross? It is to deny oneself of all selfish desires. We say no to these desires and choose to serve others rather than self. The Bible states that in the world there is the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life (1 John 2:15). These are what cause us to sin. When we are tempted to give in to our selfish desires originating from our eyes or our pride, resulting in jealousy, envy and rebellion, then we come under the control of our flesh. The only solution is to reckon ourselves dead to these lusts. This is to deny our self and crucify our flesh. This is to take up our cross, thus identifying with Christ's death on the Cross. We were crucified with Him (Gal 2:20) and thus He helps us to overcome. This is the process of sanctification. We become like Jesus.

 

This whole process appears like hard work. However Jesus has given us a way to do this. He has given us His Holy Spirit to help us. His Holy Spirit resides in our spirit and enables us to overcome the desires of our flesh. All we need to do is surrender our will to Him. Our will determines who is in charge. God has given us a free will. This means that He has given us the choice to follow Jesus or reject Him. The more we surrender to Him, the more we become like Him. Jesus said to His Father, Not my will but Thine be done. We must have the same attitude each time we are tempted. Death to the flesh is the only way to live an abundant life. Be filled in the Spirit and overflow and be an overcomer.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Self Healing And Self Deliverance. This Is Your Privilege


 

Many seek for healing and deliverance and look up to people to heal them. They go to doctors to get medicine or subject themselves to various interventions to be healed. However there is another way that has been opened for us to be healed and delivered. Jesus came to make the way for us to be healed through His sacrifice on the Cross. The Bible says that He took our diseases and sicknesses  on the Cross. Now we can be healed and delivered if we believe in this

 

Healing was accomplished on the Cross 2000 years ago. Jesus’ healing is available now to those who believe. Many believe they can be healed and are healed. Others believe taking medicine can heal them and they are healed. There are many ways God can use to provide healing. I can testify that I have been healed through asking and believing God for my miracle healing. On two occasions it happened suddenly, while in other cases it was more gradual. In these latter cases, I trusted His healing word and persisted in believing it till the healing was manifested in my body.  You too can ask God for your healing and expect to be healed, God can also use doctors and medicine to heal you.

 

Many people are bound by evil spirits in their soul life and need to be delivered. Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil. Most people don't believe there is a devil or that we can be oppressed by the devil. Many diseases and disorders are caused by demonic oppression. There is no sickness or disease in heaven. Yet we pray Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. So why can't we believe to be disease free? We can be delivered from demonic oppression, since we can cast demons out of ourselves in the Name of Jesus. This is our privilege as children of God. Many addictions and obsessions are due to demonic habitation. No amount of psychological therapy can dislodge demons. Seek to be delivered today in Jesus Name.

 

Say this prayer, I believe you died Jesus for my sins. I repent and ask for forgiveness. Heal me of my disease and deliver me from demonic oppression. I ask this in your Name. Persist in believing till you see the manifestation of your healing and deliverance.

Monday, July 27, 2020

Your Mental Framework Determines Meaning.


 

Mental frameworks are like templates that we have framed over time to help us understand our world. Without a framework what we hear and see does not make sense. We interpret what we see and hear and know through our senses based on these frameworks. Most of us are not conscious of these frameworks. They have been developed over time through learning and training. Some schools program us  and indoctrinate us with their philosophy to think and perceive in a certain way. Such programming from an early age distorts reality and deludes us into thinking in a certain narrow way. Communism and other isms have pursued this path of indoctrination. We therefore interpret what we see and hear based on those frameworks. Anything outside that frame of reference is seen as an anathema.

 

Our mind can be trained to think in certain ways which can be destructive or constructive. Cults are known to indoctrinate their followers in certain ways. The boundaries are so rigid that anything outside them will cause distress or breakdown. Emotions are aroused to hate and not to love. Jihad is a good example of this. Followers of the radical wing of Islam are trained to hate the infidels and if necessary kill them. So also in other radical persuasions the same dynamic operates.

 

Jesus came to proclaim the year of deliverance. Many saw Him as the Deliverer from the oppressive Roman empire. Others saw Him as the Messiah. The interpretation was based on their mental framework. Finally one group won and they crucified Him.Yet God’s purpose was fulfilled. What was planned for destruction by the devil eventuated in the salvation of the world. We see the same scenarios being enacted today. COVID-19 is waking people up to the reality of death and at the same time many are crying out to God for salvation. What was meant for destruction is now turning many hearts to God. Paul was out to destroy the followers of Jesus but one encounter changed him into a follower. Examine your mental framework and understand others from their frame of reference.

 

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Do You Worship A Supernatural God Or A Natural God?


 

Our image of God matters. What is our experience of God? Is He a God out there in the distance and unknown or a personal intimate God? Is He someone who we think we know but have no relationship with Him? Is He a supernatural being who is a Spirit rather than flesh and blood? Our response makes the difference in terms of whom we worship. Many have made God after their own image. This is a god they have made to benefit self. Many idols are made to symbolise this god. In all of us there is a need to worship someone or some thing beyond ourselves. This need was in us since we were born. How we meet this need is varied depending on what we have been taught or the environment we have grown up in.

 

God created in us a longing for Himself. He created us to have fellowship with Him. This was the original intent of God. However since the fall, this fellowship has been broken. Now man is left to his own devices to make God according to his image. We were made in God's image. However since the fall we have been born in man's image. Now God sent Jesus to restore us to God's image. We are now a new creation in His image. This is what is called the born-again experience. We were born again in the Spirit so we can worship God in Spirit and in Truth. This is a supernatural transaction. 

 

God is supernatural. He is Spirit and dwells in the third heaven. Yet He is omniscient and dwells within us. This is a mystery. God has made His habitation in us so that we can habitate with Him in heaven. All we have to do is surrender to Him. We are spirit beings on an earthly journey. Our final destination is in heaven with Him. Now, in the spirit, we are seated in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus (Eph 2:6). Our feet are on the ground on earth. Now we can operate from heaven while on earth and see His Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven. What a glorious inheritance we have in Jesus.

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Who Or What Do You Serve?


 

Who or what do you serve is an interesting question to ask anyone who desires to know,  what is the one thing that drives you? We all have drivers that keep us going forward. This could be a vision, purpose or goal. We live in a performance-based world. From early childhood we have been driven to achieve goals and win.  Those who are laid back are seen as lazy. Whether at school or work, we are challenged to achieve goals. This keeps us moving forward, or it appears that way. However many times when we look back, we have been going round in circles, most of the time. We change our language but  achieve the same end. This is because we don't learn from history and reinvent the same wheel.

 

The game changes if we sit back and ask ourselves what is the point of all this. Most of us go to work to earn money, to meet our needs or wants. This is good as the Bible says that we should not eat if we do not work. Many are satisfied with hand-outs from the government. They have decided to give up the rat-race for it is easier to be fed than to feed oneself. In a performance-based world there will be winners and losers. What happens if we change the narrative and ask the question, Who do we serve?

 

Who we serve changes the game from performance to a person. If we serve self then we are performing to make oneself better than our neighbour. If we serve another then we are serving others. I have chosen to serve Jesus. I have gone through the performance cycle and the self-serving cycle. I feel there is nothing more satisfying than to serve Him who gave His life for me.

 

Serving Jesus is to love God and love your neighbour. God owns me. I don't own God. I therefore live to glorify His name. Jesus is my owner for He created me and also redeemed me by shedding His blood on the Cross. Now He can do what He wants with me. This is to come to a place of rest. He possesses me so that He can use me to achieve His purposes. I enjoy this relationship because it is based on love rather than performance. He is a loving God and He knows what is best for me. Thank you Jesus for saving me from the rat-race where everyone is a rat, involved in a competitive struggle. Now I am a son privileged to live a life of abundance, secured for me on Calvary.

Friday, July 24, 2020

The Glory Of God On Earth


 

The manifest glory of God is prophesied to be the next move of God on earth. We have seen the results of the presence of God and the anointing of God. Now God is going to move in His manifest presence. This is going to be a game changer. For some, God's glory is something that has to be experienced in order to believe in it. In His glory anything can happen. The impossible becomes possible. It is not based on the anointing upon a person. It is His presence that invades the room and all can experience a shift in the atmosphere and know that He is there. In His glory transformation happens. It is not just change but being transformed into His likeness. The suddenlies happen.  What was abnormal becomes normal. The cripples walk, the deaf hear and the blind see suddenly. It is not progressive healing but miracles.

 

Now God is moving in these days in a measure never seen before. There have been many movements on earth but they tend to be localised. When His glory comes there will be evidence of His move globally. This won't be limited to certain ministries or localities or persons. This will be felt by the saved and unsaved in the world. Just as the spread of COVID 19 is a global event so also the manifestation of the glory of God will be a global event. There will be mass conversions and people will cry out in repentance. Crime will drop and peace will prevail. What a phenomenon it will be to behold. No man will be able to take any credit for this mighty move of God.

 

Come Lord Jesus and deliver us from our present state. We need You to come and visit us in Your glory. We need Heaven to invade earth and set us on fire for You. We are helpless without You. The earth is crying out for Your mercy and longing for the manifestation of the sons of God. Lord Jesus send Your angels to prepare Your people for the move of Your glory. Let us pray and not give up. His glory will come as His people pray.