Friday, August 31, 2012

The Divine Instructions of God Grows us From One Glory to Another Glory - Genesis 22:18

Genesis 22:18  And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.

If all of us could get hold of the divine instructions of God, it could lift us to where we belong. The divine instruction of God is the Word of God. In God, we have inheritance because we got born again into God's family. We were grafted into God's family. God has our form in his palms and everything is there for us.

In our christian life, we are in an exam. We have to sit for the exam in order to be graduated to the next level. The best thing to do is not to run away from the exam, which is tantamount to avoiding and running away from challenges, but to go through the exam and face it with determination. If we do not sit for the exam, then we will remain in the same level in life. Face your challenges in faith for it will give you some experience in order to graduate to the next level

God wanted to raise Abraham higher because He has a good plan for him and that is the reason He gave him a test/exam. Abraham had to pass the test in order for him to be graduated. Some of us are always running away from God's tests or instructions, and that is the reason why we are unable to receive the divine blessings of God in our lives.

Judges 11:1  Now Jephthah the Gileadite was a mighty man of valour, and he was the son of an harlot: and Gilead begat Jephthah.

Jephthah has been recorded in the bible to encourage those of us who always sulk about their weaknesses. It was recorded for us to realize that we are  mighty in God if we just believe. Stop crying of your failures, predicaments and rejection and move on because God loves you and He has a good plan for you.

Japhthah' brothers expelled him from his inheritance, but later they came looking for him so that he could become their king. When people reject you, don't dwell on that. Remember that when people reject you God has not rejected you. God might even cause others to reject you so that he may use you when you have stepped our of your comfort zone of being accepted by others. Just do your own research and realize that most of those people who are rejected by families and friends end up becoming mighty men only when they don't reject themselves. So when people reject you don't reject yourself. Learn how to accept yourself and to see yourself as God sees you. Don't' let the devil preach to you.

God has put a dream in you. No circumstance or anybody can even remove that dream from you. Before your were born, before you were conceived in your mother's womb, God had a plan for your life and no matter what vessel you came through, God will lift you up when His due time comes. Just like a pregnant woman cannot hurry to give birth before due time, she has to wait for the due time, the same way it is with us. When the baby wants to come out it does not matter where the woman is, she can give birth at the bus-stop, at the market, on the way etc.When God's due time comes we will give birth to God's dream in us no matter what circumstances we are in.It won't matter whether we don't know who four fathers are, sons of prostitutes, sons of murderers, sons of incest relationships, born out of wedlock, orphans, abandoned at birth, disowned, rejected, abused, physically challenged etc. Let the joy of God be our strength. Our heavenly Father is our real Father.

When Japhthah's time came, his family came for him. With his foot down, he negotiated about his comeback; that he must go back as king over them, to which they agreed.

Abraham passed the exam through divine instructions that God gave him and from that time problems ended. He was abundantly blessed because God saw his maturity to receive his inheritance. He was mature enough to handle the abundant blessings that God was going to entrust to Him.

Galatians 4:1  Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, different nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all;

When  the heir behaves like a child, he will not receive the inheritance until he matures. God wants to bless us but sometimes it is not possible because we are not able to handle it. So long as we are behaving like children, we remain as slaves even if we are heirs as Galatians 4:1 explains.Spiritual growth in a christian life is a deliberate thing. You have to personally purpose to grow, just like you personally accepted Jesus as the Lord of your life.

How can we mature if we can't even handle the ABCs of spiritual life. The ABCs of spiritual life is the basics like tithing, offering, prayers, fasting, reading the word, testifying to others,  etc. If  we are still struggling with these basics, then we are still on spiritual milk and we are not in a position to receive God's inheritance that required spiritual maturity. Read Malachi1:8 (  And if ye offer the blind for sacrifice, is it not evil? and if ye offer the lame and sick, is it not evil? offer it now unto thy governor; will he be pleased with thee, or accept thy person? saith the Lord of hosts.). Ask yourself, do you offer the best to God. Do you really search for the best in order to offer to God? Just like Abel searched for the best to offer to God, I want to also search for the best for my God; for that is what will open the blessings of God in our lives. When you are giving to God, remember you are not giving to a man, but to God the Creator of heaven and earth.

When we love God we will do what He tells us, moved by that love we have for him. Not because we are obliged to do it but because we love Him so much that we see it as a privilege and honor to do it. Being kids spiritually deters God's blessings to us because children are all the time crying for minor things, always complaining about minor things even in the ministry. The matters of God are by faith. Every time a divine instruction comes, it comes with a hidden plan/agenda of God. in our lives.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Obedience in Love

Consistency at Obedience in Love- Genesis 6:1-22

When you are consistent in doing something for a period of over thirty days, studies shows that it becomes a habit. If you love doing what you do, you will enjoy doing it and that will form a habit. On the other hand if you don't enjoy doing what you do, then you will not be able to be consistent no matter how hard you try.

Noah loved God, he enjoyed a close relationship with God This very fact made Noah to be consistent in his walk with God. When you walk with God consistency, God will trust you with His Word just like God trusted Noah and gave him an assignment to save the world during the flood, which Noah obeyed in love.

You have to be obedient in love because that is when God gives you a long life like he did to Noah. Mind you, Noah was 950 years when he died as recorded in Genesis 9:28.

Things that Obedience in Love Attracts

  • Favor with God
  • You become friends with God. God is proud of you and even tell others of your friendship
  • You will be the first to be informed before anything happens since you are friends like He informed Abraham about Sodom and Gomorrah. Just like you always communicate things with your friends, if your friend is God, then He will be communicating things to you. The only difference here is that you are communicating with the Creator of heaven and earth and not a human being. That is awesome.
  • You are given long life of happiness and not of sorrow
  • .God protects you in time of danger and that is the reason why we should laugh at our problems because we are assured of God's protection in times of any disaster.
  • God reveals His secrets to us.

Obedience in Love is loving God - John 2:3-6, Luke 11:28

If we love God, we have to obey His commandments. When we hear His Word we are supposed to put it into practice. For example, if we love God, when He tells us to love our enemies, show them love and feed them, it will not be hard to do it because we love God. When we love our enemies because we love God, then we are His true disciples for sure. When God tested Abraham, He wanted to test Abraham's love for Him. The same way, our consistency in obeying the command of God whether it is convenient to us or not is the test that we have to pass in order to prove our love towards God.

Obedience in Love is Loving and Obeying Our Parents - Ephesians 4:6

The bible commands us to obey and respect our parents in order to live long. We should not be arrogant to our parents; parents here includes your mother-in-law or you father-in law because according to God they are your parents too. Remember, how God abundantly blessed Ruth because of her respect and love for her mother-in law?

Whatever we sow, we shall reap. Whatever we  sow in our parents, it shall come back to us. If we obey our parents, even our own children shall obey us and we shall live long on this earth.

When we love God, we will be able to obey and love our parents unconditionally  because we want to please God. We are to love and obey them regardless of what they have done wrong. Our love to them should be unconditional just as God's love to us is unconditional.

Obedience is Love is Loving others - Exodus 20:12-120

The ten commandments are all wrapped together in love. When you love others, you will not want to do anything whatsoever to hurt or harm them. You will not dishonor your parents, you will not kill, you will not commit adultery, you will not steal, you will not bear false witness against your neighbor, you will not covet anything that belongs to your neighbor. You see! Once we start loving everybody irrespective of whether they are good or bad, then we shall be true disciples of Jesus because we will not do them any harm at all.

Today, my prayer is that as I serve God, I shall serve Him in love. I pray that when I witness to others about God, I shall do it in love. I pray that as I relate to others, I shall related to them in love because God is love.

Monday, August 13, 2012

How to Beccome True Sons of God, Four Types of Sons - 2012

When you got born again,  you were made to become the son of God. The big questions is, have you being a faithful son that the Father is proud of or no? Basically, there are  four types of sons namely prodigal son, elder son, beloved son  and lastly stubborn rebellious son

Prodigal Son's Characteristics- Luke 15:11
  • Goes away from his father's house
  • Wants to be as far away from home as possible
  • Wastes his life's opportunities. Because he has gone far from the father, he is not able to understand what life is all about since he lacks a role model to direct his which is the right way to follow.
  • Recognizes his mistakes in the midst of his life's problems and returns to his father
  • Suffers and looses many things because of his foolishness and his rebellious ways.
Because of not recognizing God as a Father, you can loose many things. Fatherhood stands for authority and if you do not subject yourself to that authority, it cannot benefit you. The authority you honor is the one that you benefit from.

Elder Son' Characteristics - Luke 25-35
  • Stays at home with his father
  • Never commits any major sins because he is with the father all the time and the father continues to impact him the values of life that make him grow up separated from sin
  • Never strays off the stretched and narrow path set for him by his parents because of being under his parents authority, he knows which direction to go. He never strays from the right way
  • Does not live a life of pleasures and waste, for he knows there is a future  to live and he sees beyond. He does not squander his life opportunities
  • Develops a self-righteous and judgmental attitude towards those who stray away. Because of being close to the father, he walks right and does not commit sins that others has committed, he usually do not understand why others indulge themselves in such foolishness.
If you are one who have strayed away from home, pray that your father does not die before you come back home because your elder brother will not accept you back. He will tell you that since you had received your inheritance, there is nothing else left for you to return to.

We should operate in the spirit of a father instead of operating in the spirit of the elder brother which depicts mercilessness and un-forgiveness. Let us always be willing to accept those who stray away when they come beck, let us be merciful to them.
Beloved Son's Characteristics - Matthew 3:16-15, Matthew 17:1-5

  • Submits to authority like Jesus did in obedience - Philippines 2:5-11. Jesus was submissive even to die a shameful death. A contrite and humble spirit touches the heart of God
  • Humbles himself like Jesus humbled himself before John the Baptist. He did not look at who he was but looked at what God needed him to do. So he submitted to the work that God was doing through John. He understood that at that particular time, John was the man of the hour. Jesus submission to John meant that he was actually submitting to God's authority that was operating in John
  • Obeys all instructions whether it makes sense or not, whether it is difficult or easy. A born again christian who is a true beloved son of God will obey all levels of authority in his life e.g in the church, home, at work, nation etc. That way God can talk good of us. God will be proud of us also if we submit ourselves to Him and to His will

Stubborn and Rebellious Son's Characteristics- Deuteronomy 21-18-21, Ezekiel 2:8

  • Opposes instructions
  • Resists instructions
  • Dislikes the person of their father
  • Dislikes the methods of their father
  • Dislikes the ways of their father and wants to lead a different lifestyle from their fathers. They don't want to be moulded by their fathers and instead walks in perversion
  • Dresses and does everything different from their father. Since their outlook and acting is different from their fathers, they end up working against themselves because fathers are supposed to be role models in their lives.
  • Gets angry when corrected. They need to be corrected for being angry when corrected.Correction helps one to walk in the right way because rebellion and stubbornness leads to death. We should be ready to be corrected for he that a father loves chastens. Accept correction with a clean heart to be set free from destruction
God takes rebellion as a very terrible sin. He equates it with witchcraft and that is why the only judgement for it is death. Rebellion causes us not to reach the land of Canaan and instead die on the way to Canaan. We should be very careful, because though God has delivered us from Egypt, rebellion will deter us from reaching the promised land.

We are supposed to take God's word, obey it and speak it in obedience
God wants us to be His beloved sons because all other types of sons are deficient except that of the the beloved. Self must come to an end to allow God work in us

Galatians 4:20 shows us that we must be crucified with Christ, to let Christ live in us, to live by faith in God's Son. Let it all be about God and not about us. Let our food  be to do the will of God so that God shall back us and testify of us. THE WAY UP IS THE WAY DOWN, means that if we humble ourselves before God He shall raise us up.