Eyes Keenly Open!!!

Therefore it says: “Awake you, the one sleeping, and rise up out from the dead, and Christ will shine upon you.”

Ephesians 5:14

During the course of a prayer meeting yesterday, I beheld an eagle soaring high above, looking keenly down. t.c.a.l.s.s, it was an express invitation from the Lord for His people to come up/connect in revelation. To start seeing things from the kingdom perspective, from the higher divine standpoint. To embrace the face of the eagle as expressed in Ezekiel 10:14

This is so vital because we have entered into an even more accelerated phase in the realm of the spirit as things (the divine program for this age) begin to round up and gears have shifted in the realm of the spirit with the beginning of this new decade. (something akin to Amos 9:13).

The system of the world which we have known for so long is about to be seriously up-ended. Heb 12:27 calls it a time of ‘shaking’ where things will be turned over.
A time Isa 60:2 calls the time when ‘darkness will cover the earth & deep deep darkness shall cover the face of the people…’

Your standpoint in Christ and the lens through which you see the things starting to unfold will greatly affect:
(1) your ability to walk in peace as sons or give in to the fear the world wants you to.
(2) your positioning for perhaps the greatest move of God we have witnessed in any generation so far.

Sure there are “Dark” times ahead YET crucially also a time of great opportunity for more of the revelation of Jesus Christ like the earth has never witnessed.
As in Isa 60: 2-3, the LORD is about to arise in a fresh & more powerful way upon His people as His light causes them to become beacons of light through which the greatest harvest of souls the Kingdom has ever known will commence.

But one crucial key for you, me and the Ecclesia is that IT IS TIME TO SEE LIKE THE EAGLE. It is time to move beyond seeing in ‘flesh’, beholding ‘enemies’ at every turn, and beyond all the gimmicks and deceptions which pander to self which God’s people have been captive to for so long.

Yes it is time for all to begin to Arise, Shine as Isa 60:1 charges us to.
From the least of us to the ‘greatest’ (if there’s even such a thing)

2019 should have marked the year when your King Uzziah died.
The year when veils of personal ambition, denominational zealousness, etc were removed and your eyes opened wide to truth! The year when self and flesh were no longer central to your faith walk. For the Kingdom of GOD has begun a march like never before.

Personally since Dec of 2019 I have witnessed 2 distinct trends in my walk.

The second of which is that my eyes are more frequently (& crucially more ‘effortlessly‘) opened now by the spirit of the Lord in waking states to see from above. They open up when the spirit needs me to know something or communicate something that will serve His divine purposes. It’s not necessarily about any particular thing I have done BUT that there is now a greater outpouring of grace like never before!! You can too. If you are called to it (which we all are) or if you earnestly desire it (which we all should).

You should desire it because it just makes you infinitely sharper in intercessions, in evangelism, in counselling, in ministrations and even in decision making. In short for far less effort you see better fruit! Ref:the sharpened knife Vs the blunt edge which requires more strength application in Ecclesiastes 10:10

But are you lifting up our eyes though? And as Christ asked Mary in John 20:15 Whom seekest thou?

The common saying that “what you do not know will not kill you” is rubbish. Everyday people are perishing from what they cannot perceive (ignorance). Spiritually perishing, Socially perishing, etc

The other day I was rounding up a meeting which fellow brethren had handled very well when suddenly my eyes where opened and I beheld in one quick burst that one in our midst was in a very different appearance in the spirit than their physical appearance. I was shown clearly the head full of rasta raga-muffin hair (which is no big deal in of itself) but as I was going to inquire of the spirit, I heard Him speak clearly to me the words: Intoxication, and then Indoctrination (to further clear up my confusion).

All I did was stand up and declare it exactly as I was shown when suddenly someone collapsed and what ensued next was a terrible manifestation of foul demonic spirits so violently reacting out of said victim that some attendees almost took off home.

God mightily delivered that person that evening to the awesome glory of His name (all the while showing image sequences of hidden secrets, graves and acts of destruction wrought through that life) amen..
The person has been very different since and in the new path to true faith.

Light shone. There was clear exposure.
The darkness could not comprehend the light. QED.

Just 1 brief revelation from the LORD led to a great & permanent deliverance in someones’s life. And that’s just 1 teeny example.

Forget about your life for a moment, your eyes being wide open can lead to fruitfulness, deliverance and even salvation for so many lives that God brings across your path..so why will you not hunger for it? If not for yourself..then for the sake of Christ’s investment in you?

If you too distracted by life’s pursuits or too denominationally blind or too dependent on others to see for you:..God wants you to come up!!!
He says the time of ignorance, immaturity & excuse is over.

He needs all His sons and daughters to awake from slumber now to their responsibility, for the great harvest is at hand.

Isaiah the prophet ran a fairly decent ministry by earth standards for 5 chapters of his life. But from Chapter 6:1 the story changed, and still profits even our generation. 

“In the year that King Uzziah died” marked the season when He actually began to minister from the throne room and heart of God. The year when His message changed to the true message.

“In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple“.

The highest thing to have our eyes open to is the Revelation of Jesus Christ as as Rev 1:1- It’s all about Him and for Him. He is THE REASON.

Eyes open (perception) from the divine heavenly/Kingdom standpoint is perhaps more crucial now than ever! And it is time to start seeing clearly with the eyes of Christ or from the standpoint of heaven and get out of all this flesh nonsense that passes for seer prophecy these days which does nothing to exalt Christ nor truly edify the body.

Like Apostle John the beloved was rightly positioned in Rev 1:10-12. The first crucial step for us is to be rightly positioned. The time to begin to truly walk in your God ordained destiny is now!

We will talk more about how to position correctly next post.
Grace and conviction unto us all in JESUS name.

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Songs of Change: from captivity to freedom

Awake, awake, Deborah: awake, awake, utter a song: arise, Barak, and lead thy captivity captive, thou son of Abinoam

Judges 5:12

All Heaven moves to the rhythm of God’s glory & revelation song as continually sung by the Cherubs in Rev 4.

Ever since God’s utterance of His word in perfect harmony with the rhythm of His spirit in Gen 1:2-3 , the condition of all creation have been influenced by sound & song on diverse levels.

Songs: motivate, evoke, rally, console, ridicule, and even condemn.

Deborah’s rousing song to herself in Judges 5 carries eternal lessons to a believer on how we can awaken to our responsibility as instruments of divine recovery by propagating heaven’s melodies in a targeted manner that releases overcoming grace & produces Christ exalting testimonies all around us.

Listen or download the Audio recording of this topic from our recent village discipleship outreach here at this link.

Grace unto you as you listen and share with others.


Familiar Spirits: Understanding its Operations

And thou shalt be brought down, and shalt speak out of the ground, and thy speech shall be low out of the dust, and thy voice shall be, as of one that hath a familiar spirit, out of the ground, and thy speech shall whisper out of the dust.

Isaiah 29:4

Quick Note:
The audio version is available for streaming & download here if you’d rather that (click here to listen to or download the audio file)

When it comes to the spiritual realm, there’s a wide gulf amongst believers.
On one side of the extreme there are many believers who behave like ostriches and bury their head in the sand (assuming that ‘what you dont know wont kill you’). Some have been taught that it’s all weird hocus pocus stuff & its best to ignore it. Some pick and choose what they want to believe. Some are just too caught up in themselves and world to even notice.

On the other side of the spectrum, there are also believers who are overtly caught up in obsession with the evil side of the realm of the spirit to the extent of constant paranoia and neurosis. Very common with them is that they too often behold satan and the kingdom of darkness, rather than pressing into the revelation of Jesus Christ. As a result they live in constant fear and anxiety of demons and what can befall them. This too is quite unhealthy.

Christ’s life was a model of balance. He demonstrated to all true believers two truths we ought to consciously live by:

  1. That we are spiritual beings 1st and foremost, who for an appointed season, live out this life in the physical realm by God’s will.
  2. We must walk in the understanding that one of the key reasons God has given us time on earth is to give us the privilege of being vessels through whom “thy kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven” shall be achieved.

Christ was able to achieve “thy kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven” during His lifetime by (i) By speaking that which He heard the father speaking John 5:19 (ii) By doing what He saw the father doing.…John 12:50

What does any of this have to do with familiar spirits?

In society today, there are many whispering voices constantly trying to get our attention and influence our outcomes. Whose voice we hearken to will bear major impact on whether we succeed in our divine mission or we fail.

Familiar spirits are demonic spirits that survey people, territories, and family bloodlines. They operate stealthily & always seek to influence their victims indirectly and directly through relationships, traditions, customs, personality ‘traits’ etc. They speak to us through people, places, media and things. Their core objective is to keep men in unclean bondage and maintain destructive cycles which would prevent men from fulfilling divine purpose on earth.

‘Give no regard to mediums and familiar spirits; do not seek after them, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your God.

Lev 19:31
Familiar Spirit OR The Holy Spirit?

God has instructed us quite clearly in His word not to consult familiar spirits and operate our lives by them, rather we are to “be filled with the spirit“.
A great number of believers today have genuine difficulty telling the difference between the voice leading them: whether its of God or the devil.

Far too many have become easy prey for this demonic operation because:
(i) We are too ignorant of the sophisticated level of subtlety in the enemy
(ii) Our discernment is often too dulled & overwhelmed by our desires/lusts
(iii) We don’t study our bibles with consecrated hearts. Thus we lack depth.
(iv) We no longer anchor our faith in the word, but in ‘men of God’…..

3 Key Indicators (Fruits) of Familiar Spirit Operations:

15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits.Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles?

Mathew &:15-16 NKJV

In discerning the leading of familiar spirits, its not best to rely on our “emotions” and “feelingsoutside the scope of God’s word. But we must ‘test every spirit‘ by the fruits which they offer us under the light of God’s word., this is how we can know truth.

When God speaks His word, there are multiple layers of revelation.
In His address to the people of Judah in Isaiah 29, we glean 3 revelatory “fruits” which are indicative of familiar & divinatory spirit operations.

  1. And thou shalt be brought down.
    In biblical parlance, “down” is very often synonymous with “carnality” “flesh” “compromise” “rebellion” “the plain” “moving away from God’s perfect will“. [ref: Jonah in Jonah 1:3, Samson in Judges 14:1 ]

    The leading of God through the Holy Spirit is ALWAYS ‘upward’ Mat 4:1 and targeted at making His people “Arise” and “lifting up their eyes of faith. Likewise the operations of the Holy Spirit through the prophetic & revelatory gifts is ALWAYS for edification, exhortation and consolation. 1 cor 14:3 

    Familiar spirits are agents of the serpentine. Their voice always produces fruit whose end is to bring us “down”. Their ministrations acts as “flesh hooks” which brings down men’s souls to the ground of self, flesh and exultation of carnal desires. Every operation of familiar spirits is always targeted at reducing God’s mind for us to “meat and drink” at the expense of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. despite the fact that Christ has said in Romans 14:17 that the kingdom of God is not a matter of meat and drink”. The endgame is to entice our souls/body into becoming prey to the serpent their master.
    (Note that the serpents domain is always the ground since it was cursed by God in Gen 3:14 “on thy belly shalt thou go”.)

  2. And shalt speak out of the ground.
    James 3:15&17 has this to say:-
    15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.

    From this scripture we learn that there is wisdom (revelation, understanding & direction) that has its source from “ABOVE”
    & there is that which has its source from “BELOW”.
    Any spirit that is speaking to you whether directly or indirectly through a spouse, parent, pastor, leader, supervisor etc that offers wisdom which overtly appeals to your flesh and sensual nature is devilish and demonic in nature.”

  3. And shalt be low out of the dust.
    Pre-Pentecost peter within a few verses in matthew 16:18-23 receives great divine wisdom ‘from above‘ when he addresses Jesus “Thou art the Christ” and shortly after Christ was rebuking the spirit speaking from Peter’s mouth “get thee behind me satan
    Christ’s rebuke was quite instructive:
    for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men” …Familiar spirits speak with voices which “savour” and “entice” with the things that are NOT of God. By their fruits ye shall know them.
Saul & The Witch of Endor: Still relevant for believers today.

Brethren, lets summarise this teaching with a scriptural example.
King Saul’s engagement with the witch of endor in 1 Sam 28:1-20

Saul’s engagement with the witch of Endor provides 2 instructive points of note for New Testament believers today

And Saul disguised himself, and put on other raiment, and he went, and two men with him, and they came to the woman by night: and he said, I pray thee, divine unto me by the familiar spirit, and bring me him up, whom I shall name unto thee

1 Sam 28:8
  • Too many times when we as believers go to see prophetic people with wrong motives & unrepentant hearts, we through our words and insinuations try to ‘nudge them to bring up what we “desire to hear” just as saul did with the witch, secretly hoping what they will reveal to us will “validate” or “certify” the desire of our hearts.
    This way of doing things makes us & the man of God (if not guarded) easily susceptible to the familiar spirits…
    God even tells His prophet in Ezekiel 14:2-4 that when His people come to Him unrepentant and full of made up minds, the prophet shall answer them according to the ‘idols in their hearts‘…
    read it for yourself here..

20 Then Saul fell straightway all along on the earth, and was sore afraid, because of the words of Samuel: and there was no strength in him; for he had eaten no bread all the day, nor all the night.

1 Sam 28:20

God’s leading and counsel should leave us only with Godly fear and reverence, for we know from scripture that God “has not given us a spirit of fear, but of courage and sound mind“. Prophets who leave us with earthly fear and conditions for escape which have a fiduciary bent should be recognisable as ravenous wolves!!!

Guidance and counsel from familiar spirits which lead us to take earthly & sensual actions WILL ultimately lead to causing us to fall back from grace into the flesh and strength of man. This will always make us to be prey to the serent as flesh and carnality are his domain.

Summary

  • There are many ‘witches of endors’ on our pulpits today. They are dressed as sheep, but inside there are ravenous wolves. They are devilishly wonderful at conjuring up images that please our itching ears. They feed our lusts with savoury tales which are not of God’s perfect will for us..making the kingdom all about meat and drink.
  • Too many of us also are lazy and dishonest because we too often seek a quick fix and those who will sing songs to us which are in tandem with our evil lusts. We must also repent. Anyone who genuinely seeks wisdom should prayerfully start in his/her closet in prayer and in the word, and where necessary, the Lord will order their steps to those who are His genuine servants.
  • Now more than ever we must spend detailed and in-depth time in the word of God. Because the bible says in the last days :

“For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect“.

Mark 13:22

Grace unto us all.

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Bound for God. Isaac: Model of a Living Sacrifice

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service”.

…Romans 12:1

Abraham’s obedience in sacrificing Isaac without hesitation was one of the things which got him inducted into the biblical hall of faith (in Hebrews 11). It was one of the key stories we grew up on in Sunday school. So Abraham is revered among believers as he rightly should. Little recognition though is given to Isaac for his participation on the events on mount moriah!

What may be responsible for this is the imagery that we grew up on of isaac being a young boy between 2 and 6 when he was offered by Abraham. But proper theological study by hebrew scholars indicates that Isaac though not an adult, was certainly not the young helpless child we grew up imagining. Chronologically the Mt. Moriah experience took place when Isaac was somewhere between the age of 18 & 30. This being the case, it casts a new light on the whole event. It means Isaac was certainly old enough to offer formidable resistance to his 100 yr old plus father who was attempting to sacrifice him to Yahweh without his prior consent.

We know that prophetically innocent Isaac was a typology of Jesus who was offered up by the father as remission for our sins.

All new testament believers being slaves to Christ are called to offer themselves as living sacrifices unto God. Isaac’s perfect obedience offers 4 key Litmus tests that will reveal the degree to which you and I as christians are prepared to offer up ourselves (Body + Soul + Spirit) as living sacrifices.

Isaac’s 4 Litmus Tests of a Living Sacrifice

I. Availability | ‘Take-ability’

“And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him”

Genesis 22:3
  • One key litmus test to know how prepared you are to be a living sacrifice for God is your ‘take-ability’. Early in the morning before other business could be conducted, as a matter of top priority and urgency Abraham took Isaac (presumably without notice). Isaac offered no resistance, or complaint, He was Available!.
  • Romans 8:14 tells us that “as many as are led by the spirit of God, they are the sons of God“. Matthew 4:1 also offers a direct parallel of Jesus whom immediately after His baptism “Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil”.
  • Are you available for God to ‘take you’ (or your time) without notice??
  • Or is your schedule so tight and busy that He realistically cannot get your undivided attention until friday?.
  • Can the Holy Spirit lead you out in worship/intercession/study in the early hours of the morning or must He book an appointment & wait if He wants to fellowship with you outside of the time you have allotted to Him in your strictly regimented schedule??
  • Can you honestly say that you are led of the Spirit regularly as a sheep is led of the shepherd? or are you too self-willed and ‘independent’ like a stubborn horse or mule that needs to be ‘reigned in’ by the bit-n-bridle of pain & trouble before you come close to your father?..Prov 32:8-9

II. ‘Yoke-ability’ | Burden bearing!

And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together.

Gen 22:6
  • In Mathew 11:29 Jesus invites us to take His yoke upon us. But yielded sons who love their father and their Lord with all their hearts do not require an invitation nor need to to grant their Lord permission
  • Abraham simply took the yoke of burnt offering and placed it upon isaac.
  • Can & does Jesus confidently and comfortably place Kingdom burdens and issues from His heart upon your shoulders? Or must you be compelled to carry the cross like simon the cyrene?
  • Are you the type who is only interested in kingdom matters in so far as no sacrifice is required of you or unless it pertains to your supplications directly?
  • Abraham and Isaac ‘went both of them together‘ as two who are in the complete agreement Amos 3:3 describes.
    Are you in full agreement with God as it pertains to His call on your life, carrying your cross and denying yourself daily etc?
    Or are there still many areas where you are still wrestling Him like Jacob?

III. ‘Constrain-ability’ | Bound by the Holy Spirit!

And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood.

Genesis 22:9
  • To become born again is to be free from the judgement and power of sin and the bondage of satan. We all know this. BUT It doesn’t actually mean we are free to live our lives as we please now. The truth is that it is no longer your life, it belongs to Christ and you are yoked now to Him. The awesome news though is that this is a better condition than being ‘free’ because He himself is true life! And only in Him will you walk in true freedom.
  • Isaac’s submissiveness demonstrated one crucial requirement for offering up ourselves as living sacrifices. He allowed himself to be bound by His father without resistance and rancour.
  • Like Isaac, to become true living sacrifices, we must submissively yield ourselves to be:
    Bound in our Hands:- Accept the ‘constraints’ our Father places on our engagements, activities, and even our battles. We must accept the ‘constraints’ of God as pertaining to certain aspects of our lives because we trust and love our Father and demonstrate this trust by accepting His constraints in any aspect of our lives?
    Bound in our Feet: – Just as Isaac, if our reasonable service must be acceptable to the Lord, we will not resist God’s constraints as pertaining to our ‘movements’ and ‘ambitions’. We must be prepared to accept any limitations and boundaries which He places upon our feet. Remember they no longer serve us but His purpose first.
    Cover our Eyes:- For us to pass the litmus test of preparedness to offer ourselves as living sacrifices, then we must also permit the Lord to place a restriction on our visions and appetites which may be feeding any selfish ambitions, lusts, and covetousness. It doesn’t mean we cannot have visions, but our motives cannot take a carnal bent but rather a kingdom minded one.
  • Mathew 14:22 “And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away”
  • Luke 12;50 “But I have a baptism to undergo, and what constraint I am under until it is completed!”
  • Do you recognise any areas of constraint by the spirit in your life in which you are fully compliant even to the point of foolishness?
  • Isaac had the physical strength to cast of the restraints of His father. But i firmly believe that he laid down even to the point of death because he had caught the vision of Israel in the promised land from Abraham. Interesting that proverbs 29:18a says this
    Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint; “

IV. ‘Perishability’ | If I Perish, I perish…but i go!

10 And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son.

Genesis 22:10
  • When it came to the final point of the cross in the garden of gethsemane, Jesus demonstrated the ultimate struggle but yet utterly surrendered Himself to the father’s will saying in luke 22:42 “Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.”
  • If Isaac was discerning enough to ask Abraham in Gen 22:7 “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?, He was discerning enough to know that it meant certain death even as Abraham laid him out on the altar and raised his knife…yet he didn’t come down from the altar any less than Jesus came down from the cross when we was being goaded!
  • Many believers want to live these days and enjoy life to the fullest. Yet the greatest state of mind we must posses is the willingness to die for our LORD should He require it of us!
  • The ultimate expression of preparedness to be a living sacrifice is nothing short of the willingness to die for His cause if this is what the Lord requires of us. Paul”s declaration in Acts 21:13 “for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus“. Or Esther’s restored conviction in Esther 4:16c “and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish” are perfect standard points for the mark of the high calling of Christ Jesus in our lives.

In Summary

It’s not only Abraham’s actions in Gen 22 that are worthy of emulation, but certainly those of Isaac’s as well.

Isaac’s complete walk in obedience reflects Christ’s perfect sacrifice of self that The Father’s perfect will may be realised and His kingdom established.

Both Jesus and Isaac completely surrendered themselves NOT TO F.A.T.E but in FAITH!

Having obtained the heavenly vision and allowing themselves to share in the burden, they were prepared and did offer themselves up as the ultimate sacrifice as required of them by the Lord.

So ask yourself this morning, or better yet ask the Holy Spirit within you.
Holy Spirit, how well do i comply with the set standard for offering myself as a living sacrifice to God? Have i fully offered myself or is my offering merely partial?

May the grace to hit the mark of the high calling upon our lives be released into our hearts in Jesus name.

p.s Pls share this message with others if it has blessed you today.
Have a Holy Spirit led week.

Life More Abundant: from the Grave to the Table.

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

John 10:10 KJV

We pentecostals are perhaps most guilty when it comes to the mutation and misinterpretation of biblical text; One such text is John 10:10 which we too often in our minds & doctrines limit exclusively to mean “Wealth” & “Health”. These may be components of said abundant life, but are NOT the centrepiece. Jesus is!

Jesus in John 14:6 made it perfectly clear that He is ‘The Way’ ‘The Truth’ & ‘The Life’. So if Jesus is life, it follows that abundant life is having Jesus (& Him having you in return) more abundantly!

Lazarus’s death and subsequent progress to abundant living, uniquely potrays the 3 phases of progress a believer in Christ takes to enjoy life to its fullness as Christ intended it for us.

Phase 1: It Begins in Death [ John 11:11-43]

  • Irony of all Irony’s! Lazarus’s 1st step to true abundant life actually began in death!
  • Anyman without Christ is dead! regardless of wether he is physically breathing. Spiritually we were serperated from the Light of Christ, we were dead to divine purpose, we were dead in sin, we were cut off from the Kingdom of God just as much as lazarus was buried away in that cave.
  • According to Romans 5:12 this condition is universal to all men born in flesh. Mary’s lamentation in John 11:39Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days” perfectly describes our soulish conditions outside Jesus.
  • The good news of the gospel is that like Lazarus, whilst we were yet dead and degenerate, God worked sovereignly to bring us to life (Jesus) without our input. In order that we may “show forth His praises” (glorify Him) ….
    [Ref: 2 Thes 2:13, 1 Peter 2:9, Eph 1:4]

    3 definite steps Christ took toward Lazarus (& by extension us)
    i. Identification | “where have ye laid him?
    God worked to help us recognise our emptyness & void in us
    ii. Prepation & Brokeness |”take ye away the stone
    God used events to roll away the calluses of wounds and ideologies
    which would make our heats impermeable to His word.
    iii. Sending forth His word to us | “Lazarus come forth“.
    Having primed our hearts, He sent His Living Powerful Word full
    of grace & truth “wale come forth” which brought us out of death
    & sin into Life…ref Eccl 8:4

    Every step of our salvation worked out in phase 1 by GOD through His Son Jesus without need of our works, so we have no reason to boast in ourselves.

Phase 2: From new born babes to maturity…

44 And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.

John 11:44
  • In Phase 2 the dynamics of living our new lives begin to change.
    This time God encourages and requires our input (through our yieldedness, obedience and faith).
  • At first, we are alive, But not fully ‘living’ because despite being alive, we are not fully conscious of who we are in Christ. Bound up as we are in grave clothes.
  • We are alive but our senses are impaired because our face is covered up, so our revelation is limited.
  • We have been set free, yet we only walk in a degree of the freedom appropiated for us in Christ…because our ‘knowledge of truth‘ is shallow. Truth (Revelation) in God’s kingdom is in layers, and how deep we go will impact upon how much freedom we will enjoy.
  • We being new born babes require help and ‘discipleship’ from the mary’s and martha’s positioned in our lives to take of the grave clothes & begin to introduce us to how to walk in the new life we have been given.
  • All these Hindrances and Limitations are personified in the external covering of the grave clothes over our lives.

Loose Him, and Let Him Go!

  • Yet Christ didn’t sacrifice himself to leave us with an ‘Ordinary’-‘half life’..No!. He has a far greater target in mind for us. A life of Dominion, and freedom to enjoy God. Jesus still has a final destination for us in mind, And that destination requires a certain attire (level of maturity) for us to be able to fully partake and function.
  • So next order of business: DELIVERANCE!!!
  • This deliverance may take different forms based on the different natures of entaglement which are unique to each individual.
    (very often with demonic overtones: Luke 8:2)
  • Nevertheless the primary means of true and lasting deliverance is in and by THE WORD!!
  • Psalm 107:20 “He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions”.
  • Christians who want to enjoy total deliverance in their lives so that they can be free to be who Christ has made them to be MUST of a neccestity personally engage the word of God through consecrated and dilligent Holy Spirit led regular study of the word.
    Sadly the curse of busyness and lazyness to engage the word has left a vast majority stranded and stalled in a fireless, powerless, impactless, joyless and lukewarm christian life!!! Too many are like the traveller accosted by thieves (demons and false prophets) lying on the way to Jerusalem wounded. Yet Christ always sends a good samaritan (if we will accept his/her help)

Phase 3: Sitting at the Table with Jesus: Coming into Rest

Then Jesus six days before the passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, which had been dead, whom he raised from the dead.
So they hosted a dinner for Jesus there. Martha served, and Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with Him.
Much people of the Jews therefore knew that he was there: and they came not for Jesus’ sake only, but that they might see Lazarus also, whom he had raised from the dead.

John 12:1-2, 9.
  • It can be argued that the whole point of Lazarus’s death and return to life was to be a showcase unto the Jews, that he might be a ‘living testament’ to the goodness of God toward us, the Power of His Christ, and the abundance of his mercies towards us.
  • Lazarus never truly started living life to the full until he was reclining in rest at the table with Jesus in bethany being a living testimony to Christ’s power & Love.
  • Vs 9 of John 12 represented the fulfilment of divine purpose in Lazarus’s life. Everything that happened to Lazarus and through Lazarus was designed to bring him to that table fully rested in Christ and mature (unflapable) in Him.
  • Just as Job’s experience all through chapters 1 – 41 was designed to getting Job to Job 42:5. His place of complete rest where the glory of God could more wholly be manisfested through his life without the veil of his internal fears.
  • 1 Peter 2:9 tells us that the whole reason for our salvation is to show forth God’s praise..But the majority of us grew up with the limited doctrine that being born-again is about making heaven, and not going to Hell..So we live this life of ‘hanging on’ for dear life, enduring our time on earth till heaven comes. But in doing this we miss a key target of GOD’s purpose in our lives: Glorifying His name here on Earth whilst we still live!!!
  • We can safely surmise that the purpose behind everything Jesus did: Deliverance , Healing, Blessings, even enduring hardships when the situation called for it was to glorify God’s name on the earth.
  • Concurrenlty every phase and work Christ carries out in our lives, from resurrecting us, to delivering us from bondage, to leading us through the wilderness of trial for maturity intended testing is ultimately designed for one thing: Preparing us as vessels to bring glory to God’s name here on the earth and in eternity.

Brethren, having been raised from death to life not of our works;

  • We must reject a Christianity without Jesus….
  • We must reject the ease of ‘lukewarm’ and ‘ordinary’ christian living..
  • We must reject the notion that we are primarily saved for ourselves..(to marry, to give birth, to pursue wealth, have a good career, etc..)
  • We must reject the incomplete notion that its all about getting to heaven.
  • We must embrace God’s grace which he has released towards us to bring us into full maturity.
  • We must accept God’s call for us to grow in grace (putting that which we have receieved to work in order to recieve more) and in the knowledge of our Lord.
  • We must accept the call to labour to enter into His rest
  • We must accept that whilst we have been fore-ordained to do good works which glorify His name, it would only be most enjoyable, fulfilling and fruitfull when we do them from the place of His rest, reclining at the table with Him. (Not in our strength & zeal alone, but by His spirit.)

Prayer:

Lord Jesus. Thank you for your gift of life toward me. Thank you for bringing me out of complete obscurity into your marvelous light and into the awesome priviledge of knowing you. Today Lord if my journey from the grave to the table has stalled, kick start it for me again in Jesus name.

Holy Spiri, I recommit myelf to this journey you have planned for me in your infinite wisdom, and i tap into divine grace to enter into God’s rest succesfully in Jesus name. I prophesy that my life will indeed bring maximum glory to your name on the earth and also in eternity.

Thank you my Lord and Savour.

Unbound in the midst of the fire!

“Then these men were bound in their coats, their hosen, and their hats, and their other garments, and were cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace“….Daniel 3:21 KJV

24 Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished and rose up in haste. He declared to his counselors, “Did we not cast three men bound into the fire?” They answered and said to the king, “True, O king.” 25He answered and said, “But I see four men unboundwalking in the midst of the fire, and they are not hurt; and the appearance of the fourth is like the son of the gods.” Daniel 3: 21.24-27 KJV

Still emerging from a very recent fiery furnace in the past few months, i was led to this scripture afresh during the course of my quiet time study recently. The Lord used it to admonish and refocus my heart. Perhaps this may be beneficial to some of you brethren out there who are in the midst of some fiery trials at the moment yourselves…..

Shadrach, Meshach & Abednego were bound by the king’s strong men & cast into the midst of the fiery furnace which had been heated up 7x. Yet in the very midst of the fire which was meant to consume them, they were unbound!; Walking freely without hindrance. Wholly untouched by their present circumstance but rather richly fellowship’ing with Christ and each other.

What was meant to be their undoing became a higher point of testimony and worship unto the Lord.

How is this relevant to me?:

  1. I likened the fiery furnace to the fire of persecution which must as a matter of course be visited upon the lives of every child/son of God at different stages in the course of our walk.
    There are 3 sources of this fiery trials that each one of us are cast into:
    (i) God: God periodically designs fiery trials for our testing & maturation. Job 23:10
    (ii) Satan: Continually seeks to steal, kill and destroy the people of God. John 10:10
    (iii) Ourselves: We fall into certain trials because of foolish choices. Proverbs 19:3
  2. Being bound speaks to the emotional/financial/social or spiritual hindrances and limitations which have been maliciously cast upon me at different stages by ‘strong men’ in my Life [Family, School, Office, extended-family, society]
    Shock-Horror: Even in my local assembly!!.
  3. Jesus never promised me a faith walk free of trials and persecutions.
    If anything, He guarantees that this MUST needs be the case if i must become like Him.John 15:20 What He does guarantee me is that no matter the shade of my particular experience, Nothing will be ale to separate me from His love. He is always with me: irrespective of whether I ‘feel’ Him or Not.Romans 8:38-39
  4. I need to continually remind myself that His ways are far above my ways Isaiah 55:8. The bible is replete with evidence that shows God permits His people to be cast into these furnaces and even sometimes ‘cultivates’ or ‘Initiates’ them for His divine purpose of ‘maturity intended testing’….(which is often a pre-requisite for promotion)
  5. Shadrach, Meshach & Abednego were men without any blemish who maintained their consecration by not partaking of the Kings meat. Still, they had to pass through this test in order for the name of God to be glorified and for them to be promoted to the next dimension!
  6. Perhaps i am not yet like these 3 men (though If i let the Holy Spirit have His way in me, i will become like Christ who is the greatest). Many times i discover that my heart is easily marred by blemishes & wounds, and my natural tendency is to react emotionally (soulishly) more than spiritually when i find myself cast into the midst of the fiery furnace. This has to change!.
  7. Crucially i must let the mindset of Christ be formed in me through prayer, daily study and meditation on the word of God. One major benefit that this will yield to me would be the ability to recognise the opportunity presented in the midst of every trial. The opportunity to see and develop a more intimate walk with the 4th man in the fire Christ Jesus.
  8. Like Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, I must learn to cast my focus intently on Jesus, waiting on Him and specifically looking out for His voice and presence.
    * not on the strong men who bound me,..(for they are merely involuntary teachers)
    * not on the circumstances of the situation and how it makes me ‘feel’..
    * not on justifying myself through the multitude of explanations, wailing,
    lamentations and self-defence speeches. B
    ut leaning on him as my advocate and
    letting Him supply the words and the correct emotional response to the
    accusations.
    This is the way that i will find the necessary help to become unbound from the bonds of hatred, anxiety, bitterness, vengeance and instead abound in His love.
  9. I must consciously give up my Anger, give up my lamentations, give up my railing counter-accusations, give up my self-pity and give up my bitterness.
    I must see them for what they really are: Veil’s which must be torn away if i am
    to clearly behold His face and  bring forth any godly fruit of the spirit.
  10. Shadrach, Meshach & Abednego ‘walked freely in the midst of the fiery furnace with the 4th man in the fire. For far too long i have walked in the midst of the fiery furnaces still bound in one hand or one leg and in some part of my heart. Wholly unable to embrace the freedom and fullness of Joy that drawing closer to Him presents..
  11. Yet it has not all being doom and gloom. I have discovered that on average i have experienced and felt His presence and even seen Him on occasion during those periods of my greatest trials and pain. Perhaps this is why Paul desired to know Him more even ‘in the fellowship of his suffering’Phi 3:10. It is better to key into this than into the negative vibes and emotions that the furnace presents.
  12. I must understand that GOD is so committed to bringing me to His expected end for me that He will continuously ensure that i keep repeating these tests and passing through this cycle of fiery trial just as Gold is continually passed through fire for refinement.
    It will be better for me to be a fast learner in this matter for my God is relentless in his purpose of forging me into the image of His Son. And if i am honest with myself i am tired of being a repeat student.
  13. Will this cycle of being cast into the fiery furnace ever end??
    Short answer: Yes….depending on meeting certain conditions
    From God’s perspective:
    When like Job I come forth as gold and enter into His rest, taking my place in Him.
    From Satan’s perspective:
    When I fully bear the marks of Christ on my body, He will be forever restrained over me. If i surrender completely to God, those marks i will receive in the fiery furnace(s) will produce the fruits of the Spirit in me like patience, self-control, Peace. In short i would look like Christ. Satan is most powerless over those who look like Christ.
    From my standpoint:
    When i allow the Holy Spirit guide my decisions and stop foolishness..Psalm 32:8-9

Like i said at the start, I just emerged from a fiery furnace which was anything but interesting. Whilst praying and dwelling on this matter, The Lord was kind enough to show me in an open vision my report card from it in the form of a ledger. Lets just say there were far too may red marks for my liking in what i saw. When i probed slightly, The Holy Spirit let me know clearly that the majority of those red marks came from utterances i made whilst passing through the testing.

I could have emerged far worse had the Lord not arrested me at some point of it. Yet i am comforted in the knowledge that it is part of His process as told in Hebrews 12:6-7

For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?

Are you in the midst of your own fiery furnace? perhaps a financial one?
God could be using this to try to 🔥of the bonds of ‘anxiety’ about ‘what you
shall eat and what you shall drink‘..which takes centre stage in your relationship
with Him. Perhaps your fear and anxiety has become a veil which hinders your ability
to grow further in the grace and knowledge of Him.

God employed satan’s fiery furnace to graduate Job from a place of hearing of him by the hearing of the ear, to a new level of ‘and now my eyes sees you’.

Whatever the shade of your furnace, 1st determine the source. Then get to the place of ‘Stillness’ and wait on Him…..
He may chastise you…
He may encourage you…
He may do both….

Whatever He does, He does it with perfect Love and a perfect intention toward you.
Prayerfully consider these lessons and let Him minister to you in your own area of need.

May we find the fourth man in the midst of our fire and help to get through with flying colours.

Amen.

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Aiding Satanic Resistance via the fruit of your Lips: A Spiritual Experience…

For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.
– Mathew 12:37 kjv

Our words carry far more creative power and significance than we realize.
With our hearts/lips/mouths, we constantly fashion our world and influence our circumstances for good or evil. We are either continually empowering/hindering the angels God has given to us whom the bible tells us “Act on His wordsPsa 103:20 or we are arming demons and satanic forces focussed on stealing, killing and destroying our testimony. Sadly in the mouths of many believers, satan finds his best ammunition…

The bible introduces us to God who created us in His image (as a speaking spirit) in Gen 1. He had made the earth for habitation Isa 45:18; But at the point He came to advance His agenda, He met the earth Void and formless Gen 1:1. His refusal to accept neither hindrance nor frustration set a divine template for us to follow after. His spirit moved and He spoke! and continued speaking until the 7th day.

Some months ago whilst leading a prayer meeting, the Holy Spirit was inspiring prayer points to my heart. At a point He impressed upon my heart clearly the need for us to

ask the Lord to root up any evil seeds, plants and fruits which we have sown with our lips and are working against you‘.

As we prayed, my eyes were opened and i was shown a clear scenario which was playing out in the spiritual realm.
I was shown a long wall which (which i understood to be an aspect of my life). It was progressively being covered by wall climbing thorns and thistles. The cumulative effect of this was that the beauty and the glory of the wall was being covered up.

Suddenly I beheld a man in what i can only describe as glistening white light who appeared and moved towards the wall with an intent to root up and clear up the bushes. As He drew close to it, someone else stepped into the scene partially blocking the way. (I understood this to be the devil). Zechariah 3:1 might best encapsulate the stance the enemy adopted in this situation.
The devil stated very assuredly to the man in white as 1 defending his position before a judge:

I did not introduce anything into this equation, I have simply worked with the seeds which proceeded forth from His mouth.

The man in white turned to me and stated

“Pray the Lord for mercy, and Ask for the atonement that is in the blood of Jesus’’.

Once the blood of Jesus was plead, the hindrance of the enemy to the rooting up was taking away and subsequently done. (How little we christians appreciate the scope of what Christ’s blood won and is winning for us..may His name be praised forever).
I began to rejoice and celebrate. But the man in white turned again to me and stated:

‘This isn’t the end of the matter. In life there can be no vacuum. Your negative utterances provided opportunity for this satanic resistance in your life. Now however it cannot be left barren. In place of death you must speak forth life’.

He pointed to a physical plot of land to my right which was full of weeds and tall grass.
He stated:

‘Look at this land. When you purchase a plot of land, and leave it for a time to return to it later. Could you ever return to it and meet yam, pawpaw or cashew ready for harvest?
To which I answered ‘No’.
He continued: ‘instead what you will meet by default are such weeds and thorns’.

I asked Him promptly: ‘Why is this so’?
He continued:

Because the earth is corrupt. Same thing with the flesh.
Their default tendency is to bring forth evil unprofitable fruit.
To get anything profitable and beneficial from that land, you will have to expend deliberate effort in clearing the land, tilling the ground and sowing the seeds for the fruits you want to harvest in future. So also it is with life. You must make a deliberate effort to receive the word of God as a seed, agree with it in faith and continuously speak it in faith over your land’.

Later that evening just to confirm everything, a fellow disciple in the Lord delivered 2 prophetic instructions from the Lord unto me which she had recieved sometime before.

  1. In Gen 3:1 God spoke light into the situation of darkness He was confronted with,
    Learn the habit of spesking light into every situation of darkness which confront you.
  2. Know that you have my ear. Just as in Numbers 14:28, What you speak into my
    hearing I will do to you.

So many of us are entrapped by the negative confessions and careless words we speak or have spoken in times past. Even worse, many are still entrapped by the negative words
parents and people in authority in times past have spoken over them.

Let 2019 be a year we choose to actively engage the power of our tongues in faith to speak life into our lives and those of others and light into every of our situations.
We would be wise to ask the Lord for the grace to restrain our lips from speaking un-profitable words, and we must seek to steep ourselves faithfully in the word and speak in accordance with that word in faith even as we walk in obedience to God.

One practical tip
Take a Rhema word from the scripture that ministers to your life/situation. Print it out in bold typeface and stick it up somewhere in your room where its the 1st thing you see and the last thing you see when you turn in.
Jeremiah 29:11 once saved my life like this.

May the mercy and the grace of the Lord abound toward us in this regard all through this year and beyond in Jesus name.

Amen.

 

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