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Clouds Without Water   2 comments

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This is from the blog Daily Meditation:

Jude 1:12:  “These are they who are hidden rocks in your love-feasts when they feast with you, shepherds that without fear feed themselves; clouds without water, carried along by winds; autumn leaves without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots.”

Water in spiritual parlance refers to the life of God.

Moses while speaking of the future to the children of Israel (Deuteronomy 32:1-2), said may his teachings drop as the rain. The word of God and water (in a spiritual sense) has been closely associated.

The purification of the bride of Christ, according to the teachings of Paul, is done by the washing of water via the word (Ephesians 5:25-27).

Blessings and the manifestations of the Holy Spirit have also been associated with water in the word of God, both being an extended and intensive expression of the life of God. The rivers of living water illustrates the Holy Spirit (John 7:37-38) and the well of living water like the one Jesus was talking to the Samaritan woman about (John 4:10. 13-14), is about the life of God in people.

Paul said let your words be seasoned with salt, ministering grace to the hearers (Ephesians 4:29). The life of God and his grace are alike. If they are not one and the same thing. I see the former as the potential energy and the later the kinetic energy, the former the raw material while the latter is the product. Jesus was said, in the bible, to be “full of grace and truth” and, “in Him was life” (John 1:4, 14, 17).

Peter said ministering to others is about being a conduit of the grace of God, the blessing of God, whether in spiritual or physical form (1Peter 4:9-10).

Therefore to be a cloud without water, as the accusation of Jude against some people goes, is to be bereft of spiritual value maybe because your attention is on accomplishing some other things rather than being a blessing. You may want to be make money for yourself, or achieve a name for yourself, or have gotten swallowed up by fleshly drives.
A cloud without water is a contradiction. This is a person who, like a cloud, is in an elevated position. He is so positioned that people look up to him for spiritual value but they meet nothing but frustration and retrogression.

Jesus cursed a tree because he expected a “blessing” from it and he got nothing (Mark 11:12-14). A cloud without water is all sound but no anointing, no fire from the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1-4).

Don’t be a cloud without water.

The number one thing to do is to value the presence of God. There, one on one with him, you soak in his rains as it falls on you so that you are full of water to rain on others (Hosea 6:3).

The king’s spokesman must hear, from the king before speaking for him. The task of speaking for God is so solemn that a declaration of woe is made upon anyone who says, “Thus says the Lord,” when God has not spoken (Ezekiel 13:1-3).

Since Jesus is full of grace and truth, it means that there is no grace (divine ability) anywhere else apart from in full fellowship with Him through the Holy Spirit. And any attempt to proclaim truth without Christ first expressing it (also by fellowship and sometimes hardship) in you, it is merely expressing an opinion.

Since truth makes free, therefore its expression is more than being articulate (and that is good [Proverbs 16:21]). You must have been actively engaging truth the person, to communicate truth in your message.

What I am saying is that you may say the right things (any parrot can do that) but you cannot communicate the truth that make people free without being in active fellowship with the truth. The quantity of time some pastors spend in the presence of God in prayer is so pitifully small. That is because being a pastor is just something they do and not who they are, therefore, they are pastors made in the church organization not made from the heaven.

They become a disappointment both to themselves and to the people they are meant to serve. They fall into depression, they burnout, and they mess around because they tried to output what they can’t. They are clouds without water. They want to give spiritual nourishment when they neglect the Father of spirits.

Sometimes some of these clouds have water to give but the volume of water is not more than a splatter, more a nuisance than a blessing. They move the people momentarily but there is no lasting impact for God. Not for lack of sincerity on their part, it is lack of familiarity with the ways of God which they can only learn when living your life from the presence of God.

These set of people suffer from underdeveloped capacity, they spend scanty time in the presence of God and therefore have scanty rain to give the people.

Moses was described as a person who knew the way of God (Psalm 103:7). God used him to sustain a nation in the wilderness. He had enough spiritual clout to command the deliverance of nation. But everything started from the presence of God (Exodus 3:1-5) and he continued in that form throughout his lifetime. Moses was one to spend extended periods of time with God.

His value for the presence of God borders on obsession. Moses was not moved in his resolve even when it was suggested that, not the Lord, but an angel would lead the children of Israel (Exodus 32:31-35, 33:12-16). He refused to settle for the second best. Is there such hunger in you that says, “for the presence of God I will give it all it takes?” For Moses God himself could not stand in his way. He’ll rather die than not see light, the light in his presence.

Many want to begin to show people the way when they have not experience the light of the glory of God, in the face of Jesus Christ (2Corinthians 4:5-7). Moses said to God, “Show me your glory.” You can only lead the people of God to glorious place when you have experienced God’s glory in the place of seeking.

God rebuked certain prophets in the book of Jeremiah, saying they prophesied but not according to him and have led the people astray (Jeremiah 23:16-23). But the solution was simple: God said if they had taken the pain to find out what He has to say then they would truly speak for him. And not be clouds without water.

Visions of God   6 comments

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This is from the blog Daily Meditation:

Ezekiel 1:1: Now it came to pass in the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, in the fifth day of the month, as I was among the captives by the river of Chebar, that the heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God.

There are seven types of visions of God that we can experience: mind picture; Dream vision; waking dream vision; trance vision; spiritual vision; transportation vision, open vision.

A vision generally defined is a divine communication. In the words of Joel quoted by Peter: In the last days the Lord will pour out his Spirit upon all flesh and the result will be speaking revelation (prophecy), seeing revelation (vision), dreaming revelation (dreams) (Acts 2:14-21). By the Spirit of God visions are multiplied, the communication between heaven and earth is enhanced.

Vision is what is seen/observed in a spiritual sense. Vision is a spiritual thing. This is different from what is referred to as “vision” for a corporation or a person, which is self-generated based on knowledge wisdom and understanding as possessed by the individual, family, organisation or business. The word vision, as used in the focus verse is about creating a link between our spirit and our mind for a period of time. Vision is not self-constructed or initiated; it is directed by the Holy Spirit. It is a reflection of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

To be able to see the visions of God we need to clean up our inner eye, the eye of our imagination. We need to increase our meditation on the word of God, prayer and fasting. Praying in the Holy Spirit which is praying with our spirit (speaking in tongues) serves to sharpen us; because it is through that that we build up ourselves spiritually to be ready to experience spiritual vision.

Vision can come in the form of direct message (clear instruction [Matthew 2:13]), figurative message (full of symbols [Acts 16:9]), and word of knowledge (knowing facts in the past [John 1:47-48]), word of wisdom (knowing the future [A lot of the book of revelation]), and encouragement (Matthew 1:20). In whatever form it is, we need God to tell us the meaning of the revelation. It is erroneous to jump to conclusions when it comes to visions.

An example is the spiritual vision that Jeremiah had (Jeremiah 1:11-16). (In a spiritual vision we are fully aware of our physical surrounding, but we are also enabled to see something spiritual as well, as the spiritual realm [in 3Dimensions/video] is opened to us).

In that vision, he saw an almond fruit, and the meaning God gave was: I watch over my word to perform it. Any other interpretation would have been false. You need God to give you the interpretation to that vision.

Joseph who was a dream interpreter (a dream happens during sleep; waking dream happens at the point of coming from sleep to wakefulness, to enhance retentiveness), interpreted three dreams that were recorded in the bible.

At each point, he says the source of right dream interpretation is God. Also Daniel, who interpreted a number of visions and dreams for kings while he was in exile, always acknowledges God as the true interpreter, since the dream/revelation came from him in the first instance.

The first one he would interpret is the dream of King Nebuchadnezzar. God revealed both the original dream that the king refused to share and the interpretation to Daniel. And that came as a result of corporate prayers (Daniel 2:16-30).

Daniel himself had revelations, for which that he prayed with fasting for the interpretation to come from God. He did not try to be smart, deciding to use his experience (Daniel 10:11-14). He fasted and prayed for interpretation. And in that story we know that if the devil cannot prevent us from having the visions of God, he wants to prevent us from having the correct interpretation. The only valid interpretation is the one God gives you not what you come up with by conjecture and hearsay.

It is a mind picture when you see a still picture that you are see within yourself (it is so close to the imagination, that if you are not careful you will miss it); when you are seeing it in form of internal pictures while awake but also fully aware of your surroundings. In a spiritual vision (video), you are aware of spiritual occurrence/events within you at the same time you are aware of physical events around you.

The vision that Elisha and his servant had of angels in chariots and horses of fire fall to the category of spiritual vision. They were still aware of their surrounding when they saw what they saw in video (moving pictures) (2Kings 6:12-18).

Seeing that vision made a difference in the perspective of the servant; before he was afraid that a foreign army was going to destroy them, now he was fearless; He was sure that greater are they who are with them than any army of the enemy.

Paul spoke of having a revelation when he was taken up to heaven (2Corinthians 12:3-4); he said that he does not know if that was in the body or outside the body, where he heard things which were not lawful for him to declare. If it were in the body, that means it was transportation vision, where time is temporarily suspended for you and you are taken to another place, in split seconds, in the time of the earth but maybe hours in the timeless zone of the heavenlies that you are taken to.

But if it is outside the body, in which your senses, awareness of your environment is suspended and you are seeing things. It happened to Peter, while staying in the house of Simon the tanner (Acts 10). God used that to prepare, Peter to go and minister to gentiles; what he would never had done on his own accord.

In the trance (a trance also have audio, a spiritual vision is only video), God showed Peter a platform descending from heaven full of ceremonially unclean animals according to the Old Testament. He was told to arise and eat them, to which he said he can’t eat what is unclean. And God told him: what I have cleansed, don’t call unclean.

After that the Holy Spirit told him that certain people are coming to fetch him, and he was to follow them compulsorily. So through a trance vision and an instruction from the Holy Spirit, Peter was led to where he does not want to go. He was brought to a new understanding of God and his plans based on that vision. That vision helped him to take the right action along the path of the will of God.

There is also the open vision which has to do with the opening of the eyes to see and interact with the spiritual world as if, it is natural world. What Moses saw in the wilderness in the burning bush was an open vision (Exodus 3:1-5); also interactions with angels (in this natural realm) are open visions. Philips was told by an angel to go in a specific direction to meet an Ethiopian enough to preach Christ to him (Acts 8:26). When Paul said that an angel of his God was beside him giving him God’s word, it was an open vision.

The revelation of John was transportation vision. He was taken to another realm to experience things and write the book of revelation. It started with an open vision, seeing Jesus on the island of Patmos, and it ended with a transportation vision- he was taken to the heavenly realm of God.

So in increasing intensity, we have dream (possibility of forgetting is high and it may just be as a result of multitudes of activities during the day, but it can also be a message from God), waking dream (you have it in between waking and sleeping [greater retention]), inner picture (still photo), spiritual vision (video inside yourself), trance (video and audio, senses suspended), open vision (video and audio, interacting with the spiritual world as if it is natural, senses intact), transportation vision (there is video, audio, senses fully aware in the outer spaces/the timeless realm).

A Remnant   1 comment

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This is from the blog Daily Meditation:

Isaiah 1: 9:  “Except the LORD of hosts had left unto us a very small remnant, we should have been as Sodom, and we should have been like unto Gomorrah.”

Jonathan, Saul’s son, said that it is nothing with God to save with a few or with many (1Samuel 14:6-15). And he went into the camp of Philistines, with his armour bearer, just the two of them, with that understanding. Definitely, he was a man of strong faith.

He did not wait to get permission, to get a consensus, he did not call for volunteers and he caused such a commotion. After killing a few in direct combat, God sent an earthquake to back up his audacious initiative.

In the time of Gideon, God told him to go and deliver Israel as one man, but he thought he was very small (Judges 6-7). He thought he was the least person in Israel that should be considered for that job. Eventually with only a few hundred people he led the people to strike the enemy. God said he did so that Israel will not think that she made it happen by her own strength and so become puffed up.

David as one man defeated the army of Philistine (1Samuel 17). Goliath has put himself forward from among the them are a representative, as a champion, and asked that someone from Israel come forward for a one-on-one battle, instead of the full armies confronting each other. He was so sure of himself, sure of his war experience, sure of his big spear and his giant stature.

But David showed up as someone without those credentials. But he came fully kited with trust in God and at the end of his encounter with Goliath, David stood with his cut-off head in his hand and the remaining army of the Philistine fleeing, not believing their eyes.

The one in whom they trusted was downed by a young lad barely weaned from his mother’s breast milk. They did not know that out of the mouth of babes and suckling God has ordained strength to silence the enemy (Psalm 8:2).

God used a young man, with only a stone and a sling, with virtually no experience on the battlefield to give Israel victory at that time over their perennial enemy, cause to flee the battlefield in total disarray.

God is not so enamoured by the crowd as he is with the state of people’s heart. He sees the heart and not the appearance. He said though many people call him lord, lord; he only regards those who do what he says (Luke 6:46). Many may shout Jesus is Lord, but a few live it.

He said there are two roads, one to life and the other destruction. The one to destruction has popular appeal, it is a broad road, many find it; it is the place for the crowd. But the road that goes to life is narrow, and a few find it. It is the path to the high calling of God in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:14). The high calling is highly costly. Few can pay the prize.

God asked a question: Who shall I send, who shall go from us (Isaiah 6:1-8)? Isaiah answered: here am I send me. He decided to choose what God chooses, leave his own preference to embrace God, to speak the words of God, while others speak their own words, he chose to represent God while other represent themselves. He represents the remnant. And God told him not to fear what the people fear nor come to their ungodly conclusion (Isaiah 8:12-13).

The bible says, everyone do proclaims his own goodness, but a faithful man who can find (Proverbs 20:6)? Those who look out for themselves are many but those who look out for the things of God are few.

David prayed, help lord, for the godly man ceases and the faithful perish among the sons of men, i.e. they are going into extinction, getting fewer and fewer in number, those who hold to moral values are diminishing in number (Psalm 12:1). They are a remnant, rear breed and hard to find.

Paul wrote that in the last days the Spirit expressly says that many shall become lovers of themselves; abandoning the love of God (2Timothy 3:1-2). But there will be a remnant. Will you be one of those who stay true to the end? Jesus said he who endures to the end will be saved (Matthew 24:13).

When in the wilderness and the children of Israel fell into idolatry, Moses was angry and the wrath of God was burning against the people. And Moses called out: who is on the Lord’s side (Exodus 32:20-35)?

And the tribe of Levi stood up to be counted. Though one of the tribes of Israel, that day they began to journey to distinction in that nation.

Moses asked them to do something dangerous, something that will make them hated by men, hated by their brothers. Moses said they should take up dangerous instruments and kill their brothers and sisters from other tribes. And they obeyed. They chose relationship with God over relationship with their brothers, obedience to God over social expectations, similar to what Jesus said that if you do not hate your brothers and sisters you cannot be his disciples (Luke 14:26).

On the discipleship gate, there is no sign saying: everybody qualifies. Everybody is called but not everybody is accepted, not everyone qualifies (Matthew 22:14).

When Gideon blew the trumpet, in the time of the Judges, over thirty thousand showed up for war, but when the screening was done, only 300 were left.

These passed the test of fearlessness and the huddle of inner dispositions which was reflected in their physical posture when they wanted to get water from a river. You will think you have more chance of victory with such a crowd when you want to defeat an enemy, but in God’s calculation, having a crowd is not always linked to victory.

That means when you want to go forward in the will of God, you cannot act based on consensus, it is not about who agrees with you or who does not, who supports you or who does not, who sees things from your point of view or not.

When Jesus said he was going to die on the cross, his best pal, Peter was firmly against it (Matthew 16:21-23). Jesus did not say that he will go and think about it. He was harsh to Peter, telling him: get behind me Satan. He surely did not walk based on consensus but the will of God.

Similarly, when God asked Noah to build an ark to prepare a remnant when he planned to send a flood to the earth to destroy every living thing (Genesis 7). The only people saved were Noah and his family. Jesus revealed what happened at that time will repeat itself, in which people will continue in their previous lifestyles and normal social engagement when a major catastrophe was coming on the earth. The majority were blinded from the import of the moment while Noah and a few people member of the family was saved. Only a remnant was saved.

The Nakedness of Noah

The Wisdom and Weapon of Silence   2 comments

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This is from the blog Daily Meditation:

Job 13:5: Oh that you would keep silent, and it would be your wisdom!

Silence was used as a weapon of warfare when the children of Israel wanted to take over Jericho (Judges 6). For days they marched on God’s instruction around that impregnable wall, not saying a word.

They allowed their feet to speak of their intention to conquer Jericho and not their mouth. That is why it was said that action speaks louder than words.

When you act on the word of God, you do not need to shout for you to have result. Jesus told some servants to fetch water into certain containers to resupply wine to a wedding party. They did not need to say anything, except obey that instruction (John 2:1-11). They did not argue, wondering what their efforts have to do with the result they expect. They expected wine, but Jesus was asking them to walk and work, carrying burdens. And to carry burdens is the biblical symbolism for intercession.

The children of Israel wanted to conquer Jericho but they were asked to walk about it with the soldiers with their weapon, with the priest with the ark and some people ready to blow trumpets.

All of which means confrontation, but not of the verbal but spiritual kind. The soldiers with their weapon, reflects what happens in the realm of the spirit with the angelic warriors against the enemy.

The ark stands for the presence of God which is for the nation of Israel and against their enemy. And the trumpet is the divine word released for a change of season for the children of Israel. The three shows what is happening in the realm of the unseen. They are weapons of warfare, which the children of Israel were executing while their mouths were shut. It was spiritual. They acted on the word of God and those were the forces released through their silence. It creates the atmosphere for God to work. Silence says you trust God to act. It is a statement of faith in God. And the bible says that this is the victory which overcomes the world, even our faith.

The servants were to fetch water in six pots, and the children of Israel were made to go round Jericho for six days. The number six is the number of creation, standing for the six days the earth was made with man in it. Therefore in silence the creative force is unleashed.

What happened with the water turning into wine was nothing less than creation. And what the children of Israel got at the end of the journey around Jericho was negative creation, they needed something that had been formed, created/setup by the enemy to become non-existent. The needed the wall to fall before them.

It takes the force of creation to destroy what is. The enemy wants to keep the children of Israel out of what God had ordained for them. But they got in through the gate of silence.

Silence was wisdom, because it was what God commanded. They acted on God’s word and that made it effective. The silence was in obedience to God and they moved mountain because of that.

The wrong use of the mouth is sometimes worse than no use. That is what the story of Zechariah taught. Angel Gabriel came to Zechariah to announce the birth of his children, but instead of receiving the good news with excitement, he was sceptical (Luke 1).

He said how can these things be? Though he had prayed, he had stopped waiting, and when the gift of the child wanted was brought by the angel, he almost worked in disagreement. But to prevent that from happening, he was made dump.

God used the silence to move him from using his mouth wrongly to not using it well. And the next time he opened it to speak, he spoke the name of the child, which was followed by prophecies about the child. He was fully aligned with the mind of God. Silence (though enforced) changed him.

When Job was sick, and he complained against God, at the end of it all, when God had his own say, Job said that he had said things he did not understand, and thought he needed to repent. That would not be necessary if he had shut up earlier on (Job 42:1-6).

David prayed that the words of his mouth and the meditation of his mouth should be acceptable to God (Psalm 19:14). Sometimes what is acceptable is silence.

When Jesus was arrested and was being prosecuted for doing nothing wrong, he refused to put up a defence of himself, he did not attempt to try to get out of the situation. He was silent as a lamb before his slaughterer as it was prophesied he would (Isaiah 53:7).

His silence was a weapon of warfare which led to the end of the devil as an authority on the earth, at least in the ultimate sense. Through death he destroyed him who has the power of death, the devil.

If Jesus had defended himself the whole plan of salvation would have been aborted. Remember he is the creator, the word through whom the world was created (Hebrews 11:3, John 1:1-5, Colossians 1:16).

When the soldier came to pick him up at the garden of gethsemane, and Peter in defence of him took a sword and cut off one ear of someone there, Jesus put back the ear and said he could pray to his father to release more than twelve legions of angels there and it would be done (John 18:36, Matthew 26:47-56).

Later he said, this is the hour and power of darkness (Luke 22:47-53). He allowed himself to be walked on in order to fulfil his calling to be the Lamb of God, and make us walk in the high places (Ephesians 1:3).

So his silence is a symbol of sacrifice. So also you are called to make sacrifice to be all God wants you to be. If Jesus had his way maybe he would not have gone all the way to the cross, but he was commitment to the will of God and that demanded sacrifice.

There are direction you will not go, things you will not do, because of your commitment to the will of God.

Paul said everything is lawful to him but not everything is necessary, not everything edifies, not everything is beneficial, helpful, and not everything moves you in the direction of the plan and purposes of God. You cannot be everything, you cannot do everything. You therefore have to be “silent” to many things (1Corinthians 6:12; 10:23).

The bible recommended that wives use the weapon of silence to win over their unbelieving husbands (1Peter 3:1-6). They are to use the ornament of a quiet spirit, not being quarrelsome but submissive as a force of attraction. So in the battle to win the soul of the husband the “weapon of silence” is recommended. It is wisdom.

When you are quiet not agitated it means you are trusting in God. Those who trust in God are like mount Zion that cannot be removed (Psalm 125:1). That means there is no defence like silence. The bible rebuked those who trust in man as against trusting in God, saying that there place will be in the parched places of the earth, they cut themselves from the help of God (Jeremiah 17:5-8).

Paul wrote that the God of peace will soon crush the devil under our feet (Romans 16:20). When we walk in peace we have our feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace and that is part of the armour of God that we wear in our conflict with the principalities and powers (Ephesians 6:10-12). Peace is a weapon of warfare. Silence is holding your peace (Exodus 14:14), which gives the platform for God to fight for you.

Why Silence?
The Art of War

Posted January 5, 2015 by Tim Shey in Uncategorized

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Sword Drawn   Leave a comment

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This is from the blog Daily Meditation:

Joshua 5:13: When Joshua was by Jericho, he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, a man was standing before him with his drawn sword in his hand. And Joshua went to him and said to him, “Are you for us, or for our adversaries?” (ESV)

Standing with sword drawn, is a posture showing readiness for action. We all need to live emotionally, mentally and spiritually at alert.

In the focus verse, it was an angel who was with a sword drawn at the beginning of the conquest of the land of Canaan gives a lot of confidence to the earthly captain of the host, Joshua (Joshua 1). With that revelation, it was the icing on the cake of the words that he has heard from God that he should not be afraid in his new assignment.

But naturally-speaking, he had every reason to be afraid. Moses, the “backbone of Israel” the man of signs and wonders, the man with unalloyed communication with God, with the amazing track record of the supernatural was now off the scene.

It was a new season for the children of Israel and Joshua, the new leader of Israel, who had experience with Moses (being his minister, servant) of how difficult the children of Israel can be, felt that he really had his plate full. Added to that is fact that the Israelites were largely inexperienced in battle. And there they were, about to take on entrenched and well developed nations.

He needed all the help he could get to successfully carry out the mind of God. And just as he was going to have to take the initiative to take over Canaan land, he was encouraged by the revelation of the angel with a sword drawn, ready to help in the battle.

To keep the sword sheathed in the time of battle is to commit a crime, and to risk God’s rejection. It means you do not want to move at God’s command.

That was what happened a few decades before Joshua became leader in Israel. Then when God wanted the children of Israel to move on the land of Canaan to battle the people for their land, the majority of the people were more fearful of their lives than they were of not disobeying God (Numbers 13-14). And they experienced the wrath of God, wondering for years in the wilderness, till that generation wasted away.

When God calls us to the battle front in any area, in any context, we should obey, prepare and take prompt action. We cannot afford not to be ready when God is ready, when God is on the move and we are also on the move, we take delivery of his abundant grace.

Otherwise we would be rebels. When Jesus called a man to follow him and he said that he wants to first bury his father, he was told to let the dead bury their dead but that he needed to follow immediately (Luke 9:59-60).

Prompt action when God gives instruction should be the norm (Genesis 22:1-3). That is what it means to walk with God. Anyone in a relationship with God is called to walk with him, to line up with his word, with his dictates.

When we do that we become God’s agents of change just as Joshua was when he led the Israelites to conquer of the land of Israel. Realise that you are serving a king Jesus who have been promised the ends of the earth for his possession (Psalm 2). In this age, the church does not conquer by the use of arms, but spiritually and by knowledge. By being the light we vanquish darkness (John 1:1-5).

The bible is a book of battles. There was a spiritual battle in the Garden of Eden, but Eve did not have “her sword” drawn and was conquered by the enemy (Genesis 3). Fast forward to the wilderness where Jesus was in a temptation battle with the devil just as Eve was (Matthew 4:1-11).

Jesus, equipped with the word of God, the sword of the spirit (Ephesians 6:17), came out victorious. At the end, Jesus told the devil, depart from me. He put the devil in his place, not giving him any inch of space, or influence in his life because he had his sword drawn.

The first law of combat is to recognise who the enemy is. If the enemy can successfully disguise himself, or if he can get us to focus on the wrong enemy, then defeat is almost sure.

Paul informed that we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities and powers and all other wicked forces (Ephesians 6:10-18) arrayed against the knowledge of Christ, arrayed against us (2Corinthians 10:1-4). He said: I fought with beasts in Ephesus (1Corinthians 15:32), adding that if we are ignorant of the devices of the enemy he might deal a deadly blow to us (2Corinthians 2:11).

We need to live with our sword drawn, with our spiritual sensitivity heightened, to gain divine direction and to defeat satanic opposition.

Sword drawn means you are ready to take more territories for God. The bible says that we need to have our feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace. God told Joshua: everywhere the sole of your feet touches, I have given to you. In another place we read: the God of peace will soon trample underfoot the enemy (Romans 16:20).

As mentioned earlier, the bible says that the word of God is the sword of the Spirit. So while I quote the scriptures, what may be seen coming out from my mouth in the spirit is a sword. Jesus was depicted in the book of revelation as having sword in his mouth (Revelation 19:15). So the victory is through the mouth.

How did Jesus send demons oppressing people packing while he was on earth? It was not by being silent, but by issuing words of command. We bear that same authority as we have been given power to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the powers of the enemy (Luke 10:19), through the words of our mouth (Mark 16:15-18).

Jesus said that all powers have been given to him, as he sends us forth to preach the gospel to all creatures. Paul said that it pleased God to save some through the preaching of the gospel (1Corinthians 1:21). Those people so saved are like territories taken from the enemy.

How are they saved? Through the preaching of the word, which is the sword of the spirit which cuts away at the web of lies that the enemy had them in, and free them to come into the light from the darkness.

Light is a weapon to fight darkness. The sword of the word of God is a sword of light, sword of truth, because what the devil has are lies, darkness. Jesus called him the father of lies whose very nature is lies (John 8:44). The battle with fight is with truth (Psalm 45:1-6), through which we get the people to submit to Christ as they are saved.

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Posted November 13, 2014 by Tim Shey in Uncategorized

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The Blood   4 comments

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This is from the Daily Meditation blog:

Leviticus 4:6: and the priest shall dip his finger in the blood and sprinkle part of the blood seven times before the LORD in front of the veil of the sanctuary.

There is no running away from the blood as the means of salvation. It does not matter what you feel about it, and how offensive you think that is.

There are three things about the blood of Jesus that makes it important. Where it is from, what it conveys, what it buys.

It is the blood of God (Acts 20:28). It is therefore an eternal statement of the commitment of God to humanity.  The impression you may get after God chased man out of the garden because of sin, may be that God wanted to wash his hands off the case of man, as he chased him out with words of judgement, the judgement of death. You may think that was the end, that the holy God has separated himself from man because of sin for good. But with the incarnation of Jesus and the shedding of his blood, the life of God, his acceptance and commitment to man were eternally accented, to make manifest to man.

God is love, and because of that he sets out to make a way for man to come back to him, opening the door, His Son (John 10:9-10, 14:6). And Jesus because he shed his blood became the way. And understanding the truth about the blood is nothing less than liberating.

The earth received life coming from the blood of Jesus (Genesis 9:4), heralding a new dawn for it. Whatever is in Jesus is made available to humanity, which the dust on the earth represented (Genesis 3:19), on which the blood of Jesus which was shed fell.

He had on him a crown of thorns, which those who are persecuting him thought was punishment but they did not know that he was being crowned king indirectly (John 19:3).

Note that the authority which put the crown on Jesus was the number one ruler on the earth at that time, based on the revelation of Daniel about the kingdoms that would dominate the earth, was the roman empire, the iron kingdom (Daniel 2:31-49). When the Roman Empire put a crown on Jesus, and its army bowed to him in mockery, they transferred rulership on the earth to him. What they did was a prophetic act though they were ignorant of that fact.

Pilate inscribed these words on the cross of Jesus: “the king of the Jews (John 19:19-22).” The Pharisees protested against this, but Pilate refused to budge.

You might think that it was just something written in the bible for the story interest, but everything written about Jesus, e.g. events surrounding his death, have prophetic purpose. It was not for fun.

As the “truth” everything about Jesus manifest truth. Even the inscription on the cross communicated truth. He was truly the king of the Jews and the king of the world.

In the book of Zechariah, the bible says that they children of Israel will realise in the future that they have crucified their promised king and they will weep in regret of their action (Zechariah 12:10).

So Jesus, at his lowest moment, nearing the time of death, was “declared” king. He became king by death. This is because the one from whom he wanted to take over at that time was not really the man who was the emperor in Rome, but the devil. He went into the grave, triumphing over the devil in the cross (Colossians 2:15), and came out to declare that all power in heaven and on earth is given to him (Matthew 28:18), because he shed his blood.

He shed his blood to take on another life, another identity. He became a life-giving Spirit (1Corinthians 15:45). He is the Lord of life, rescuing people from death and hell, from damnation.

We are redeemed by the blood of Jesus (Revelation 5:9). What exactly is the purchasing power of the blood of Jesus? It is unlimited, because it is the blood of God. Paul warned the leaders of the church to know how to handle the Christians because they have been purchased by God with his blood. The blood was the ransom paid for our release from the bondage of death. Since the rule of sin was via the dominion of death, offering his son to death, God exhausted the power of death on him (Hebrews 2:14), death was swallowed up (1Corinthians 15:54-55), making all of us free, delivered from the fear of death.

Death was spent on Jesus (displayed by the fact that he rose up from the dead), and now sin and death no longer have dominion over us, we therefore enter into life.

Jesus said that what shall it profit a man to win the whole world and lose his soul (Mark 8:36-37)? This means that the value soul of a man which is saved by the blood of Jesus cannot be quantified. That goes to show that the only kind of blood that can redeem the billions of people on the earth is the blood of Jesus. Jesus had to be God or else the redemption work was not going to work.

If a soul is really precious, how much value do we have in the blood that saves us?

Therefore we cannot sing enough about the blood of Jesus. How precious it is, its cleansing power, its limitless power. The writer of the book of Hebrews while describing the church says that we have come to mount Zion the city of the living God, to the blood of sprinkling which speaks better than the blood of Abel (Hebrews 12:24).

If the blood speaks anything, it is life, because life is in the blood, its life speaks power, because the spiritual power that led to our deliverance is packed in the blood. Jesus walked in the power of the Holy Spirit on earth to set people free from the oppression of the devil, but he needed to take his blood to heaven to buy up a place with his father. He has told his disciples that he was going to prepare a place for them so that where they are he may be also (Ephesians 2:13). The blood brings us to God.

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The Trial of a Prophet   Leave a comment

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This is from the blog Daily Meditation:

Jeremiah 20:2: Then Pashhur beat Jeremiah the prophet, and put him in the stocks that were in the upper Benjamin Gate of the house of the LORD.

The prophetic ministry of Jeremiah was dotted with various painful experiences. He once accused God of deceiving him (Jeremiah 20:7-8), because, when he called him into the ministry he was not presented with the full picture of the hardship he would face, for it.

Jesus, did not mince words, but came out from the onset to say that in the kingdom of God, great blessing accrues to those persecuted for righteousness’ sake (Matthew 5:10).

Times of persecution were rife in the time of the first century church and also in many places across the world even now. Persecution may not be regional but personal, in your own particular situation, even in a place that seems tolerant to Christianity.

Why people persecute you, even if they claim to be Christians is because your changed lifestyle is a judgment against them, just as the words of Jeremiah was judgment against his persecutors.

Trials are not convenient. You don’t choose them but they are inevitable as Paul said that he that would live godly in this world WILL suffer persecution (2Timothy 3:10-15). Your righteous lifestyle means that people cannot influence you into their wrong ways just because you are present.

They get pricked in their conscience; because, whether you like it or understand it or not, you are the light of this world (Matthew 5:14). Nevertheless the people of this world do not want to come to the light because their deeds are evil (John 3:18-21). They may even call you evil (2Timothy 2:8-9, 1Peter 2:12, 3:16) for their own conscience sake, mislabelling you to justify their persecution of you.

They want to repress you to not have your voice heard. They want to remain comfortable in their sins and the best they think they could do, is to do away with you. By your presence, you present the alternative to their rule, so they fight you because they want to maintain a sway of influence on the people.

People resist change and your mere presence as a Christian is a passive force of change (Matthew 13:33). In the full pride of their heart they want to remain the way they are. Also they don’t have an explanation for you; as Jesus said, those who are born of the Spirit are like the wind (John 3:7-8) beyond their control. Therefore the unbelievers are afraid of you, you make them uncomfortable because they cannot unravel you; they don’t know what makes you tick. They are amazed that you are not running around with them in the riotous living (1Peter 4:3-4); and they hate because in a way, you are better than them; you are not bound by the sin which binds them.

They see a light in you but their minds are so warped that the only reaction that they have for you is rejection. That was the same response that the Jews have for Jesus. He came to his own and his own received him not (John 1:9-11), they rejected him and condemned to the death on the cross.

The expression of your gift has the potential of drawing the ire of Satan and his cohorts. They hate your feeling of being special to God as to become used by him. They hate your confidence and your obvious air of sufficiency (2Corinthians 2:5, 9:8) and liberty in Christ (Galatians 2:4).

The impact of your spirit is what they reject or refuse to recognise because it is a threat, especially to the falsely religious, or those with religion that deny the power of God in Christ Jesus (2Timothy 3:4-5). You are a threat to their sphere of influence; you are an alternative influence, a judgment on the continuation of their power. Their pride, security in their position rather than in God, and resistance to change conspire to make them bent on persecuting you.

Stephen gave the reason such people instinctively persecute the true servants of God as their resistance to the Spirit of God. He called such people stick-necked (Acts 7:51-54), rigid in their pride and rejection of the will of God. That conclusion does not make sense to such people and their position also does not make sense to you, as it is written, what concord does light have with darkness (2Corinthians 6:14)?

Paul told Timothy to endure hardness as a good soldier of Jesus Christ (2Timothy 2:3, 11-12). This includes experiencing contradictions and confrontations from sinners (Hebrews 12:3-4).

Persecution is treated in the scriptures as the natural course of things for Christians. The apostles, after they were flogged for the course of Christ rejoiced for being counted worthy to suffer shame for Christ (Acts 5:40-42). They knew their own trial was small compared to the monumental pain Jesus endured at his own trial.

What we see from the persecution of Jeremiah is that there is always judgment on the persecutors (e.g. Jeremiah 20:3-4).

Jesus, while on the cross overflows with love for his persecutors and asked that they be forgiven for persecuting him (Luke 23:33-34). We should be careful to not harbour any seed of bitterness against our persecutors in us. This has the potential of growing a root of bitterness in us (Hebrews 12:14-15) that would starve the good seed of God in us from being expressed and that is what the devil wants.

The persecution he throws at us is not just to cause us to change our mind about God but to have us harbour un-forgiveness as we hold onto that pain rather than continue to look unto Jesus (Hebrews 12: 1-3).

When we look at the pain rather than looking unto Jesus, we become distracted from our journey with God and that is a plus to the kingdom of Satan. If he can’t cause you to turn back, he’ll be contented to slow you down. That is a good achievement for him if he can’t pressure into capitulating, to reject the truth you once embraced.

The writer to the book of Hebrews advised the believers to maintain the confession of their faith, in the face of persecution (Hebrews 3:6, 14, 4:14-16, 10:23, 32-39).

In trial, don’t shift but dig deep in the understanding of the truth of your position. Don’t back down. Jesus said that in the world, we would suffer persecution but we should be of good cheer because he has overcome the world (John 16:33).

With that, Jesus is now saying He is one with you in that persecution and trial. When Paul was persecuting the church, Jesus had to tell him that it was Him that he is persecuting (Acts 22: 6-8). Therefore, you are not alone, Christ is with you in the trial, you are his body, and the same overcoming spirit that was in Him, is in you; darkness will not conquer light but light darkness (John 1:5).

Peter has a word of assurance. He said after you have suffered a while, God would perfect, establish and settle you (1Peter 5:8-10). The final answer is not with your persecutor but with God who has promised you a crown (James 1:12).

WordFromGod: depend on my inspiration in the time of your persecution.

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Posted May 12, 2014 by Tim Shey in Uncategorized

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Taking Refuge in God   Leave a comment

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This is from the blog Daily Meditation:

Psalm 16:1: Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge.

Instead of being afraid, why not take refuge in God?

David wrote: he who dwells in the secret place of the most high abides under the shadow of the almighty (Psalm 91). To be under his shadow means he takes responsibility for your safety. It is what can harm him that can harm us. In an absolute sense, you can do nothing to keep yourself safe. The bible says that except the Lord keeps the city, the watchman watches in vain (Psalm 127). Our hope the bible says should be in God (Psalm 33:22).

When Jesus and the disciples were navigating the Sea of Galilee, He was fast asleep while a big wind rose the sea threatening to end their lives (Mark 4:35-41). Bedlam was let loose, as the disciples were panic-stricken. They felt naked, hopeless, exposed to the powerful storm on the sea, with nowhere and no one to turn to for help. Or so they thought. They thought the end has come. They imagined that they will never see their loved ones again…

They woke Jesus up, complaining: “do you not care whether we perish? How can you be sleeping when our world has come to an end? Are you not human? Don’t you have feeling?”

Rather than join them to raise further alarm, when Jesus woke from sleep, he simply rebuked the wind and the storm and there was calm. He also rebuked the disciples for lack of faith. They did not realise that with Jesus they were safe, and no harm could come to them. There is nothing that to be afraid of when you are with Jesus. How can God be at risk? What a preposterous thought.

Jesus said that people should come to him, those who are stressed out with life, and they will find rest. They will contact him and he would change them from stressful to restful (Matthew 11:28-30).

Another time, Jesus told them to beware of the leaven of the Pharisee. They thought he was rebuking them for not bringing having any bread with them (Matthew 16:5-12). They thought that he was worried about physical substance. Jesus accused them of being hard-hearted and lack of faith. He reminded them of the two occasions of multiplication of bread and the baskets of leftover, showing them that with him, they ought to have understood that there will be no shortage of bread. Physical sustenance was not an issue when it comes to him.

Preservation is expressed in provision and protection. Taking refuge in God is both about enjoying his resources (provision) and being kept from hurt (protection). The psalmist says that God is my refuge and strength, a very present help in times of need (Psalm 46). Strength talks about what you are able to do, the kind of influence you are able to wield because of your association with God. David said that God strengthens his hands so that a bow of steel is broken by him (Psalm 18). The ability of God is expressed through us as we move with his presence all over the world.

God rebukes our enemies for our sake, saying: touch not my anointed, do my prophet no harm (1Chronicles 16:19-22). Jacob, after twenty year of serving the Laban his uncle, ran away with his family, but his uncle pursued him. Along the way, God came to the Laban in a dream; stopping him from doing him any harm (Genesis 31:29).

In defence of Abraham, God told a pagan king in a dream not to touch his wife, saying: he is a prophet. God took ownership of Abraham, and he experienced God as his refuge (Genesis 20:1-8).

There is no refuge in any other place except in God. God has power and glory. David said that he’ll rather be in the presence of God to see his power and glory (Psalm 63:1-2). Power is needed when there is opposition (protection); glory is manifested as the splendour of divinity in and of itself (provision). We experience God in these two ways, when we have him as refuge.

In God, we have utmost security. He is described as the rock. The rock has the quality of stability, consistency, and impregnability. It confers protection. When you take refuge in God, you experience uncommon protection.

Three children of Israel experienced protection in Babylon. They were threatened with being burnt alive if they did not bow to a graven image (Daniel 3). That was supposed to scare them into submission. They were meant to be afraid and panic, and seek to save their life, by yielding to the demand of the pagan king.

But they understood that God is their refuge. They proclaimed that their God is able to deliver them from the hand of king Nebuchadnezzar. They were so sure. They thought that God was more real than the fire prepared to roast them alive, than the threat of the king. They knew that their God is big enough and real enough a refuge to deliver them fully. That was what happened, and in spectacular fashion too.

The Lord as refuge is our cover from the ‘scorching sun.’ The children of Israel experienced the Lord as their refuge in the wilderness. The condition there was unforgivably harsh. But the pillar of fire by night and the pillar of cloud by day made them secure. They were preserved physically; they had their physical needs provided for in the manna that fell daily from heaven and the water that flows from the rock that followed them, which was Christ (1Corinthians 10:4).

Christ is our ultimate refuge, believing in him saves us from experiencing the wrath of God in eternal damnation, which is the ultimate harm that can come to any man. He is our shelter from the storm. Believing in him makes us saved from eternal damnation. There is no need for any other refuge other than Him (He is the glory [Hebrews 3:1, 2Corinthians 4:6] and power of God [1Corinthians 1:24]). Jesus said that he who does not believe in him has passed from death to life while those who do not believe in him have the wrath of God abides on them (John 3:36).

With the Lord as our refuge, the bible says that no evil shall befall us nor will any evil come near our dwelling place. He would give his angels charge concerning us, so that we would not dash our feet against a stone. Daniel was thrown into the den of lions but he escaped unhurt because angelic ministry was available for him (Daniel 6).

Posted February 13, 2014 by Tim Shey in Uncategorized

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Harvest   Leave a comment

This is from the blog Daily Meditation:

Job 24:6: They reap every one his corn in the field: and they gather the vintage of the wicked. (KJV)

The harvest is the culmination of all efforts in a planting season. Every farmer looks to the harvest. His labour is informed by the hope of harvest. Therefore, whatever time, resources or effort you put into your relationship with God will yield the harvest of increased expression of God through you, and stronger and better relationship with him.

Paul said that he plants and Apollos waters but it is God who gives the increase, bringing forth the harvest. His and Apollos’ efforts as fellow workers with God are based on the hope of harvest in the lives of the people, in the needed changes in their lives (1Corinthians 3:6-9).

Jesus described his life as a seed; saying except a corn of wheat falls to the ground and dies it abides alone; after it is sown, it brings forth much fruit (John 12:24). His life as a seed sown in the death on the cross brings the harvest of harvests of souls into the kingdom of God.

The psalmist says he plants the word of God in his life so that he will bring the harvest of righteousness. The sowing in the word starts a process, and the change within us is the harvest.

It will be a sad situation when there is the scarcity of the seed of Word of God. It happened in the time of Eli, when the bible says that the word of God was scarce and there was no open vision (1Samuel 3:1). There was spiritual starvation, since the word of God which was scarce is seed. If the seed is scarce, there will be not much planting going on and there will be starvation.

We need the word as we need food, with Job saying that he loves the word of God more than his necessary meal (Job 23:12). In the same way, we should recognise our intense need for spiritual sustenance from the word of God (Matthew 4:4).

The bible says that as the earth remains seedtime and harvest will not cease. So if we do not sow the word there will be no harvest of enhances spiritual blossoming.

There is more labour and time involved in the sowing and the processes leading up to the harvest than the harvest itself. Therefore between sowing and harvest we need endurance and patience. The bible says that we should follow those who through faith (the initial response to the promise) and patience (continued response to the promise) obtained the promise (Hebrews 6:12). When the promise (the word of God) was made that was the seedtime, when the realisation came, that was the harvest. The harvest does not immediately follow the sowing; there is a time lag involved. Nevertheless, harvest is inevitable as we continue being hopeful (Hebrews 6:17-19). (Both faith and patience emanates from hope [Hebrews 11:1, Romans 8:25, 1Thessalonians 1:3]). That will keep us on the path of doing what is needed to have a good harvest. Without hope, even after the sowing, there will be no harvest.

In another place we read: do not be weary in well-doing because in due season you will reap if you faint not (Galatians 6:9). Therefore good deeds are seeds sown in which there will be harvest. It is the same with hospitality; the bible says that we should take hospitality serious because some have entertained angels unawares (Hebrews 13:2). That was how Abraham got the harvest of a son he had been looking for decades. He sowed the seed of hospitality, entertaining God and two angels, and had the harvest of a son from his aged wife Sarah, against the natural course of things (Genesis 18:2-10).

Harvest speaks of return on investment. We invest out time, our resources and our actions; because these three are common to all humanity, everyone has something to sow for a desired harvest. You can change the pattern of your life by changing the pattern of your sowing. The meritorious, circumspective and judicious investment of those three, will count for better harvest of in our lives. We can either invest them by effort or by default, either way the harvest is inevitable; for better or worse.

Time

Jesus said I must do the work of him who sent me while it is day because the night comes when no man can work (John 9:4). There is time for everything, the time to sow and the time to reap (Ecclesiastes 3:1-2). But if we don’t use the time to sow well, then there will be nothing to reap. We need to sow into having rich relationships with those closest to us. We need to sow into developing ourselves. It is recorded that those with better education have better lives. So the time put in studies (or developing skills) is sowing time and the harvest will definitely come in the future, when the time of sowing would have past and we have come to the time of reaping. There is the time when we have the opportunity to make certain investments; afterwards such opportunities will not be there again and you are left with regrets, and a shallow feeling from missed opportunities.

Resources

Everyone have resources to sow. For example, there are mental resources. Jesus said that everyone should be careful about what you listen to, how effectively you hear will determine the harvest it brings into your life (Mark 4:24). Your capacity for something grows by the attention you give it and the depth of attention you give to what you hear will determine the resultant effect in your life. Jesus would say: let him that has ears let him hear what the Spirit says to the church (Revelation 2-3).  The capacity to give attention to something is one of our human resources.

The bible says: guard your heart with all diligence because out of it flow the issues of life (Proverbs 4:23). The heart is the centre of desire, and desire is a seed that will bring in the harvest either of sin or of righteousness. That is why we are told to beware what sort of desire start growing in our hearts, and focus on guarding hearts so that the wrong desire seed will not be planted there (as we avoid wrong associations [1Corinthians 15:33, 2Corinthians 6:13-18]), while we should actively cultivate the right desire-seed (through right associations [Hebrews 10:24-25]).

Sin, we are told is merely wrong desire (to please self) that has grown and developed to the point of harvest, while the harvest of righteousness comes from the desire to please God (James 1:13-16).

What about finances? That is a resource that we have, and the measure of the money-seed we sow is linked with the level of the harvest of financial abundance (2Corinthians 9:6). When the church in Philippi sowed their resources into the life of Paul, in turn he prayed for them: my God shall supply all your needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:15-20). By meeting his needs he told them of the inevitable harvest of God meeting their every need. What they did was sowing, and the harvest was coming.

Action

Every action is a seed. That is the sense behind the phrase: practice makes perfect. Every action is a seed for the harvest for a better performance. Every piece of writing is a seed for better writing, every seed of a musical performance is for an harvest of a greater performance. Every journey of a thousand miles starts with a step, every writing of a thousand words stated with a letter, those steps and those words count towards an end- the harvest.

What you say is a seed that can bring an harvest; that is why Paul said that we should let our words be seasoned with salt, ministering grace to the hearers (Ephesians 4:29), the effect in the life of the hearer is the harvest.

 

Posted February 3, 2014 by Tim Shey in Uncategorized

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I Will Seek God   1 comment

I Will Seek God

“Head knowledge does not bother the devil; it is spiritual knowledge that irks him. That is why he expends a lot of effort to blind the eyes of people so that the light of the gospel will not shine in them, to give them the true knowledge of salvation in Jesus Christ, of the deliverance and life that is in him. The devil knows that spiritual knowledge makes you liberated within (John 8:32). So he’ll rather have you chase shadows even as a Christian than embrace real spiritual truth, which you get from seeking God with all your heart. Therefore the devil wants to keep you from seeking God.”

—Kayode Crown