Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered. (1 Peter 3:7 ESV)
Lack of compassion and understanding can hinder our prayers. This Scripture is talking about men showing honor to their wives as weaker vessels by being understanding towards their wives. There is a principle at work here and that is the principle of love, kindness and understanding. If this can hinder a husband’s prayer, it means that it can also hinder the prayers of other people who do not treat others with love, compassion and understanding.
This means that we should remember that our prayers can be hindered and if that is the case, we must live in such a way that we do not defeat our own prayers. Kindness and love will help our prayers while wickedness and evil will defeat our prayers.
May this wisdom dwell in us and keep us from living careless lives that attract judgement on us and hinder our prayers.
Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross. – Colossians 2:15
Jesus Christ defeated principalities and powers and triumphed over them. He defeated them and gave them a resounding knockout. He is the one that has the key and power over death and the world of the dead.
To live in this reality is to know success and victory. This is the good news of our salvation and there is power in it. This good news will chase away fear and timidity and bring faith. There is power in the blood of Jesus to save those who have determined to have faith and confidence.
God is not waiting for you to be perfect and mature before He can heal and deliver you. Most of the people that Jesus and the apostles healed and delivered were not perfect. They were like you and me. They were believers running and marching towards the promised land and Christian maturity.
And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. James 5:15
This Scripture above is nor referring to perfect people but sincere people who are striving and determined to please God and get to the mountain top of Christian maturity. If they have committed sins means that it might have been their sins that led to the sickness or it might not be their sins. However, if they have committed sins they will be healed and forgiven at the same time not wait for when they are perfect before they are healed. If the elders wait for when they are perfect for them to be healed, they could be dead and never be healed or get mature. They will not fulfill their destinies on earth.
So many have afflictions that they were born with and afflictions that came from sins from past lives as unbelievers or even afflictions from sins that they committed as Christians but they had renounced and forsaken those sins. That means that the blood of Jesus has cleansed them of those sins because the Bible says that when we confess our sins we are forgiven. All they need to do is stand on the word of God and wait upon the Lord with faith, worship, love, praise, thanksgiving, rejoicing, celebration, petitions and supplications.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9
But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins. 2 Peter 1 :9
The truth is that a lot of people are not suffering because of sins that they personally committed. A lot are suffering as a result of ancestral and parental sins and some are suffering as a result of no sin at all by themselves, their ancestors and their parents just like the man that was born blind. They are just victims of evil religions and the evil systems of this world where some people are sacrificed for others by evils priests around the world to sustain the world.
The world is made up of priests, victims and beneficiaries. that is how the god of this world rules through various religions that have one thing in common – darkness and death. They receive life by sacrificing others and by death. Death the god of this world rules through death popularly known as sacrifice.. The unbelievers worship death. The Lord has taken me in visions and trances to show me their kingdoms and many celebrities belong there. Knowingly or unknowingly, they are operating from that kingdom. Their kingdoms appear to look beautiful but are rubbish compared to Heaven.
Have respect unto the covenant: for the dark places of the earth are full of the habitations of cruelty. Psalm 74:20
Our sins are forgiven and those kingdoms and powers have been defeated and are beneath Christ. We can be delivered because Jesus has already delivered us. If we are led by the Holy Spirit and seek the root cause of our problems, we will be very shocked at the discovery.
We are absolutely nothing without the Holy Spirit who is the source and giver of the word of God. We must depend on Him. We must seek Him to know the root cause of our problems and the solution to our problems and how to pray effectively to be delivered and healed. He does not use formula and he does not generalize. We are all unique individuals with different histories and pasts. Only Him can help us out.
Many years ago, I struggled with certain afflictions and I kept thinking:
That it was my personal sin that caused my afflictions
That I had to be perfect in order to be delivered and restored
These were false thoughts originating from self. The Holy spirit destroyed all my false assumptions and false thoughts before I could be healed and delivered. They were all obstacles to my faith and restoration. He told me that it was not my sin that caused my afflictions and He also said to me, ‘all you need is faith.’ He told me this several times and when I obeyed Him and started walking in faith with thanksgiving, praise and rejoicing, my afflictions became past tense.
I have always been someone who did not struggle to love others. I was not perfect, blameless or mature as a christian but I was trying my best to walk in love and had the desire to please God. However, I did not have faith and God rebuked me several times for it and taught me how to walk in faith expressing itself in celebration of Christ’s love, rejoicing in the Lord, gratitude, worship and persistence. Faith without thanksgiving, gratitude, worship, rejoicing in the Lord, praise and waiting upon the Lord is an error. Faith must express itself in actions. You know, understand, thank God and live it.
Walking in love is not an excuse to reject faith – that is imbalance and come from pride. We need faith as an act of humility because works alone did not save us and cannot save us. When I was not walking in faith the Lord told me I was proud.
When we reject the works of Jesus on the cross and His power and grace and refuse to hear from the Holy Spirit, we are proud. Remember that other religions have good works but they reject faith and the good news that God forgave them and healed them by the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross.
What is the difference between a believer that does not believe and rejects the good news and an unbeliever that does not believe and rejects the good news. We must be very careful. There are many unbelieving believers and we must not be counted among them. They claim to believe with their lips but their hearts reject the good news that we are forgiven and healed. they are the ones with stone hearts as depicted in the parable of the sower. They refuse to rejoice in God’s salvation and celebrate it. They also attack anything that has to do with faith.
Some people have not yet understood the concept of balance in the word of God. They do not understand the mystery of the whole counsel of the word of God. Man has the tendency towards single vision or double vision but God has multiple visions and we must be like Him. We must not cling to only one or two subjects in the Bible and forget the others.
Some people cling to just love and good works and some people cling to just faith. Some people cling to both love and faith in double vision but forget other subjects like prayer, praise, persistence, patience, thanksgiving, intercession, being filled and led by the Holy Spirit and waiting upon the Lord.
If you study the armor of God, you will observe that it is not one or two. The armor is many. Faith is there and righteousness is there but there are other armors that we need in order to be complete and if we do not put on the complete armor of God we will be defeated and not victorious.
Faith as an armor is very vital and must never be neglected because without faith it is impossible to please God. Any time I preach on faith, some work based warriors will get very uncomfortable and angry but they are being short sighted. If you focus only on works and forget faith, prayer, worship and waiting upon the Lord, you are not imitating Christ because Jesus and Paul had giant faith, wisdom and revelation of the word and prayed. They were also led by the Holy spirit.
Can you pray without faith and the direction of the Spirit? Are you led by the Spirit? Do you hear from the spirit? Those who are led by the Spirit of God are the sons of God. Have you shut out the Holy Spirit and His good news because you focus only on your works and ignore the works of Jesus? Examine yourself, your belief and your works and fall in line with the whole counsel of the word of God.
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. Hebrews 11:6
The Holy Spirit told me that faith is part of being clean and putting on your white garment. The white garment is the word of God and we must put on the whole counsel of the word of God not just good works or ‘righteousness’. Your righteousness and holiness is not complete without faith and the direction of the Holy Spirit. Jesus and Paul had faith and were constantly led by the Holy Spirit.
Jesus Christ and His sacrifice on the cross is the one and only foundation and if you reject that foundation, you will fall in the day of trial because only the blood of Jesus can set you free and heal you even as you show gratitude to God but walking in perfect love.
You can be tested for the word’s sake and for not having faith. If your faith is not pure, you will open the door to the devil and trials. The same word that saiid, ‘love one another as I have loved you,’ is the same word that said, ‘your sins have been forgiven. He took our sins, sicknesses and sorrows, He carried our punishments and by His stripes we are healed.’
And they have no firm root in themselves, but are only temporary; then, when affliction or persecution arises because of the word, immediately they fall away. Mark 4:17
That the trial of your faith (much more precious than gold which is tried by the fire) may be found unto praise and glory and honor at the appearing of Jesus Christ: 1 Peter 1:7
Why do we choose which word to accept and walk in? Faith means confidence in God and His word and it is a way of understanding. We must accept the whole counsel of the word of God including the good news. We should not accept some and reject some – that is lack of wisdom. Love is a fruit and faith is a fruit. However there are many fruits that grow through the word of God and the Holy Spirit and we must have all of them.
Remember that in the parable of the sower, the seeds that fell on good soil produced good fruits to a hundred fold. The fruits of the Holy Spirit are also fruits of the word of God. The son of man plants His word by His Holy Spirit on earth who is the source and giver of the word of God.
If you reject the word, you reject the Holy Spirit who is the giver. We need the seed of the Spirit which is the word of God in our minds in order to bear fruit. Your fruitfulness is determined by how scanty or full His word is in you. You cannot bear fruit without the word of God. The dwelling place of the word of God is the mind and it is the mind that bears fruit.
The Holy Spirit who is in our hearts is the Spirit of faith, wisdom, understanding, revelation, grace and mercy. He is the one who plants His word or thoughts in our minds through our spirits where He lives. We can either reject or accept those seeds, thoughts or words.
“You stubborn people! You are heathen at heart and deaf to the truth. Must you forever resist the Holy Spirit? That’s what your ancestors did, and so do you! Acts 7:51
Do not reject Christ’s foundation and faith even as you strive to walk in perfect love. Find out what pleases the Lord. Love pleases Him and faith pleases Him among other things like humility, prayer, persistence, being filled and led by the Spirit etc. You started by faith and God’s grace and cannot finish by yourself with your good works alone.
Never forget what Christ has done for us by His sacrifice and always believe the good news that tells you that your sins are forgiven and by His stripes you are healed. That is humility and part of obedience, holiness, cleanliness, righteous, blamelessness and pleasing God.
Develop multiple visions of the word of God and reject the tendency and inclination towards single or double vision. Be balanced and you will see your enemies collapse around you in complete defeat. Have faith in God, His word and His good news of salvation and redemption – the blood of Jesus has set us free and healed us. Thank you Jesus! Amen.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, (Ephesians 1:3 NKJV)
He gave us life, love, forgiveness and eternal blessings. We were once sinners, lost in the world without hope and stumbling around in the dark. God knew from the beginning of time that we would need grace and forgiveness and He gave us grace, mercy, love and forgiveness. He sent His only son to die in our place and He purchased our redemption and delivered us.
But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins. 2 Peter 1:9
As redeemed, sanctified children we are free from past errors, mistakes and sins. Death, hell and the grave have been defeated and we have life. Confessed, forsaken sins no longer have power over us.
The only sin that has power over a redeemed child of God is active sins that have not been forsaken and discarded. Praise God there is hope for the hopeless. All we need to do is divorce any active sins that are openings doors of judgement and death into our lives.
And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. 1 Corinthians 6:11
For all the brethren struggling with afflictions inherited from the womb or suffering for sins they committed when they were in the world or even sins committed as a believer which has been renounced and forsaken there is a good news. The good news is that, that sin has been destroyed by the blood of Jesus and has no legal power over us..
All we need to do is to keep praying with faith, thanksgiving, praise, worship, and persistence until God uses His mighty power to enforce that freedom and deliverance.
The word of God is superior to all the forces of nature because everything was created through the word of God – when Jesus says yes, no one can say no and His word is yes and Amen. The word of God says we are free, cleansed, washed, sanctified, justified, redeemed and delivered. Praise God!
But it was to us that God made known his secret by means of his Spirit. The Spirit searches everything, even the hidden depths of God’s purposes. 1 Corinthians 2:10
The Holy Spirit is the one that reveals God’s secrets. God has secrets. He reveals secrets about the past, present and the future. He reveals secrets about God Himself. Every word and revelation of God is a secret given to man as light for walking.
The word of God can only be understood and accepted when it has been revealed to us. The reason we know that the word of God is a secret is because a lot of false prophets, churches and cults read the Bible, yet do not understand it, live it or glorify the word of God in their daily lives. The do not exalt Jesus.
They use the word of God as a cover for their diabolical and lustful ways. They exalt evil and despise and scorn good. They see the righteous as fools. But the real secret is that the righteous are the wise ones and they are the fools who have been deluded and deceived by the devil. They lack wisdom.
The real secret is that Jesus the righteous one has defeated sin and the devil. He has the key of death and the grave. The god of this world has already been judged and dethroned. He only rules people through deception.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1;7
Fools despise the word of God – Jesus. They hate the real message in the Bible. They twist, misinterpret and abuse the Bible to suit their lustful ways. They lust after money, fame and prosperity yet refuse to honour and obey God and they deny the power of the gospel. They reject holiness and trade it for mammon and prosperity.
They live in darkness while professing to read the Bible because they have no Holy Spirit to make the word of God alive and shine in their hearts. The Bible remains a secret to them until anytime they decide to repent and seek God in sincerity and truth. They have been blinded by the god of this world and have veils and scales over their eyes.
Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 2 Corinthians 3:15-17
There is a difference between seeking God and blessings. Those who seek God love Him and look for ways to please Him and honour Him. Those who seek blessings and money as their god are the mammon worshippers who pretend to worship God. They worship mammon, the world, pleasure, and prosperity in place of God and use the Bible as cover up. God permits such people to be deceived because they hate God and love the world and every form of worldly pleasure.
The secret of the LORD is for those who fear Him, And He will make them know His covenant. Psalm 25:14
The king said to Daniel, “Truly, your God is the greatest of gods, the Lord over kings, a revealer of mysteries, for you have been able to reveal this secret.” Daniel 2:47
For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie. 2 Thessalonians 2:11
If you fear God, He will show you His secrets including the ones that are not in the Bible like God’s plan for your life, the root of your problems and the solutions to your problems. He will reveal to you the secret of how to pray and get result and He will tell you what to pray for and give you prayer points. He will give you the gifts of the Holy Spirit including words of knowledge and words of wisdom.
I remember sometime ago, I was in a vision and I asked the Lord why a certain woman who belonged to a cult and was possessed ended up that way. The woman was a church goer but belonged to a dead church. The Lord replied me and said, ‘She ended up that way because she was not seeking me but was seeking blessings.’ That revelation from the Lord opened by eyes to why it is vital for us to seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness and never ever seek blessings.
The Bible never asked us in any part of the Scriptures to seek blessings. When we seek materials things instead of God and pleasing God, we end up deceived by false prophets, false pastors, magicians and sorcerers who end up giving you ‘blessings’ in exchange for your souls. Beware of false pastors, false prophets and wolves in sheep’s clothing who masquerade as angels and messengers of light.
For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Mathew 6:32-33 NIV
For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Mathew 6:32-33 ESV
God wants relationships with mutual love as the foundation – He does not want to be used and He distances Himself from users and people seeking to use Him to satisfy their lusts. He draws near to those who love Him and He does not draw near to those who do not love Him. He already loves us and has shown it on the cross. We are the ones who must love Him and draw near to Him.
Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. James 4:8
Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. 13 And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you, says the Lord, and I will bring you back from your captivity; I will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you, says the Lord, and I will bring you to the place from which I cause you to be carried away captive. Jeremiah 29:12-14
We are commanded to seek the Lord and how to please Him and God who is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him will reward us. We are also commanded to work hard and ask God for help with faith and humility. We are to pray and wait upon the Lord. However, if we make it our mission and passion in life to pant, lust and seek after blessings and material things, God who knows the heart sees us and we cannot deceive Him.
Our hearts must be pure – we must strive to love God, love others and do good even when it seems like there is no benefit or reward from doing good – that is the Christian’s dilemma. We must love God by faith even if He does not deliver us. Our relationship with Him should not be a trade by batter relationship- ’give me this and I will give you that.’ It should be pure and sincere like Job’s love and faithfulness.
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered, “Your Majesty, we will not try to defend ourselves.If the God whom we serve is able to save us from the blazing furnace and from your power, then he will.But even if he doesn’t, Your Majesty may be sure that we will not worship your god, and we will not bow down to the gold statue that you have set up.” Daniel 3:1-20
When we lust after mammon like pagans always concerned about what we will eat and drink to the exclusion of God, without depending on God who already knows that we need those things, we will fall into the wrong hands – the devils hands and judgement will be our great and painful reward.
The Holy Spirit is the revealer of secrets and He is the one who reveals the word of God, the root of our problems and the solutions to our problem. May we always depend on Him to reveal secrets and mysteries to us.
Note then the kindness and the severity of God: severity toward those who have fallen, but God’s kindness to you, provided you continue in his kindness. Otherwise you too will be cut off. (Romans 11:22 ESV)
God’s kindness and severity. Some translations say kindness and sternness. A lot of people know that God is kind but they do not understand His sternness. We are advised to continue in His kindness. This means that we can actually discontinue in His kindness and reverse to begin walking in God’s sternness.
To really know someone and love someone you must appreciate everything about that person. I have always prayed for God’s kindness and tender-mercy to come upon me even as I remain unshaken that I have received His mercy as a redeemed Child. I am also aware of His sternness and judgement.
To know God as a kind and stern God is to know Him as the Lion and Lamb, deliverer and judge. I know a lot of people prefer unbalanced teachings that only talk about the kindness of God but pretend that we can’t offend God and attribute everything to the devil. It is man that is the problem not the devil.
We are the ones who have free wills and we are the ones who grieve God and sin. The devil remains constant and changeless in evil and God remains constant and changeless in good. But man is the one that has variations and varies or changes. Every time we change in the wrong direction towards evil, we mess up the world and create imbalance.
Additionally, we attract judgement. This judgement is the sternness of God. Every change is from man who is not constant and causes changes in the spiritual world and we feel those changes on earth as both negative and positive. We activate the changes, we are the cause. We attract curses or judgement by our actions and inactions. If every man on earth was constant in goodness and love, there will no sin, evil and judgement on this earth.
That is why Paul is telling us about the kindness and sternness of God. He is telling us so that we lean towards His kindness and refuse to provoke His sternness. Just as earthly fathers can be stern to their silly wayward children, God can be stern to His silly children and His haters. Yes, there are some people who hate God, it is sad but true.
Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents. Romans 1:20
You are no more intelligent than the others,” Jesus said to them. “Don’t you understand? Nothing that goes into you from the outside can really make you unclean. Mark 7:18
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge,
But fools despise wisdom and instruction (Proverbs 1:7 NKJV)
Anytime we fall short in understanding the word of God, we exhibit some level of spiritual silliness. When we refuse to fear God, that is a confirmation of silliness. Jesus was full of wisdom, understanding and truth and He demonstrated His wisdom by constantly having the fear of the Lord. It is the fear of the Lord that reminds us of the sternness of God even as we cling to His kindness in great love and appreciation.
Therefore, we must appreciate who God is and constantly seek to please Him.
Points to note.
1. God is always good and never bad
2. The devil is always bad and never good
3. Man is sometimes good and sometimes bad
4. The devil has no freewill
5, Man has a freewill
6. Man is the cause of evil when he partners with the devil. The devil needs mans cooperation.
7. God is always blameless in judgement
8. God disciplines his children
9. God permits tests and trials
10. God cannot temp anyone to commit sin
11. Temptation comes from the human nature and the devil is the tempter
because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.” Hebrews 12:6
because the LORD disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in. Proverbs 3:12
As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent (Revelation 3:19 NKJV)
I form the light and create darkness, I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the LORD, do all these things. Isiah 45:7
Indeed I will cast her into a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of their deeds. (Revelation 2:22 NKJV)
I will kill her children with death, and all the churches shall know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts. And I will give to each one of you according to your works. (Revelation 2:23 NKJV)
Remember therefore how you have received and heard; hold fast and repent. Therefore if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you. (Revelation 3:3 NKJV)
Barnabas was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith, and many people were brought to the Lord. Acts 11:24
No one can say Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit so this Scripture speaks for itself. Can we really confess the word of God without the help of the Holy Spirit? Can we say, “ I am redeemed, the blood of Jesus set me free” without the Holy Spirit? Faith comes from the Holy Spirit because He is the spirit of faith, wisdom, knowledge and understanding. He is the one who makes us understand the word of God.
Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit. 1 Corinthians 12:3
He writes God’s laws in our hearts. He plants His words or thoughts deep into our hearts. These words are seeds that are supposed to grow and produce faith. When He plants those words, we can vomit them or even reject them. The words can also be aborted by the cares of this world and weeds living in our hearts.
The weeds are unhealthy false doctrines that choke the life out of the word of God already growing in us.Then He starts again and keeps planting until our spirits are able to accept, digest and retain His Holy words that produce faith.
He teaches us as the perfect teacher. He keeps teaching us and eliminating confusion until we fall in line with His words. John 16:13 says that the Holy Spirit is the one who will lead us into all truth.
But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. John 16:13
Understanding precedes faith
The entrance of His word or light gives understanding. He enables understanding as we meditate. If we meditate on the word of God, the Lord will enable us to understand. When the word penetrates deep into our hearts and stays there without abortion, understanding is the result. Understanding precedes faith. Anyone who has understanding of the good news, will definitely have faith and be joyful. Fear will also fly out of the window.
Think about what I am saying, because the Lord will enable you to understand it all. 2 Timothy 2:7
I do this in order that they may be filled with courage and may be drawn together in love, and so have the full wealth of assurance which true understanding brings. In this way they will know God’s secret, which is Christ himself. Colossians 2:2
The steps of the righteous are ordered of God. God will have to reorganise and rearrange our thoughts before our actions can be in line with His ways. The thoughts of the righteous are ordered of God
Then their eyes were opened and they recognised him, but he disappeared from their sight. Luke 24:31
Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, Luke 24:45
Paul planted and Apollos watered but God enables and causes the seed to grow. Let the word of God dwell richly in us. It is only when our hearts are filled with the word of God, especially the good news of salvation that we are saved. We are already saved but if we do not cling to the word of God and obey it, we won’t actualise that salvation on earth, even though it is a Spiritual Law and reality in God’s eyes. We need to accept the word of God with meekness so that we can grow up and be saved.
I planted the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God who made it grow. 1 Corinthians 3:6
Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, 1 Peter 2:2
In the parable of the sower, a good soil is the soil that has been softened by the power of God. It is God that breaks the heart and softens it to accept the word of God.
Many years ago, I did not know the meaning of faith and I was very far away from understanding the word of God. I knew God and loved Him but I did not understand His word. I believed in Him as a good God. However, the word of God was not living in my heart. The Lord spoke to me and said, ‘ faith is a way of understanding, faith is confidence.’
Then I had a vision of a seed falling on my heart and it was bouncing off my heart. Then the Lord said, ‘it is falling on a hard surface.’ The damage to my heart was caused by all the false doctrines I had been hearing from childhood catechism.
When I came out of the vision I quickly opened my Bible to the parable of the sower which I knew but did not understand. That vision showed me that my heart was a hard stony surface, incapable of accepting and assimilating the word of God. That was when I started digging and digging for the hidden treasure and bit by bit the Holy Spirit taught me the good news.
In another vision, the Lord suddenly asked me, ‘ Now, what is the message?’ I replied, ‘is it not about sins and how we pay for our sins.’ Then the Lord responded in exasperation, ‘no! Don’t you see? You can’t pay for your sins.’ All my life from when I was a little kid, I was taught that I had to pay for my sins and suffer the temporal punishments due to sin. That teaching went deep into my soul to my spirit and caused a lot of havoc.
I defeated myself by believing I had to pay for my sins. How can God help the one who stubbornly believes he must pay for his sins even after Jesus paid for those sin? The only way God can help him is to reverse that unholy doctrine and psychology. You must reject lies to enjoy freedom. Only the truth can set us free.
Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32
Be careful,” Jesus said to them. “Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducee’s.” Matthew 15:6
The conclusion is this : I am saved by the blood of Jesus. I do not have to to pay for my sins because Jesus paid for my sins. This is the good news and it is a spiritual law – it is the message. If I reject this good news and do not accept it with meekness, I have insulted the Spirit of grace, despised Jesus and looked down on the blood of Jesus. I will end up not delivered physically, not because God did not deliver me, but because I rejected the good news and refused to rejoice in my salvation.
If I accept the good news of salvation, rejoice in it, thank God and celebrate Jesus, I will end up experiencing deliverance if I cling to that good news and do not give up or turn back into unbelief. When lots wife turned back, she turned into a pillar of salt.
When we turn back in our journey of faith or reject the good news of salvation, we also end up suffering the penalty for unbelief. The penalty is this; if you don’t believe that the blood of Jesus saved you from temporal punishments for sins, your sins remain it terms of temporal punishments. You will go to heaven as a practising Christian who believes in Jesus and is running towards heaven and has rejected and renounced sin but you will struggle here on earth.
If you don’t believe that the blood of Jesus set you free from both temporal and eternal punishments, you will suffer the temporal punishments on earth and suffer the eternal punishments for your sins in hell. That is the conclusion.
The Holy Ghost then, is the one who can help us erase and eradicate the poison of unbelief. We must let Him uproot and erase every weed of false doctrine in our hearts so that the good news is not choked to expulsion. Those weeds are the contrary thoughts and imaginations fighting against the word of God in our souls. We must keep on depending on Him until we have full assurance of salvation without any shadow of doubt.
The glory for faith goes to the Holy Spirit. He will never share His glory. I was thinking to myself a long time ago, and thought to myself, ‘this happened and that happened until I discovered the truth.’ then unexpectedly, the Holy Spirit interjected into my thoughts and said, ‘I told you.’ Then I reflected on what He said and realised He was so right and I was so wrong. He told me and taught me faith and truth. I did not discover. He had to correct me because the glory goes to Him. Without Him we can know nothing and do nothing. Glory to God!
“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: “and the rain descended “and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.” (Matthew 7:24- 7:27 NKJV)
In this Scripture, Jesus is stressing the importance of building our lives on the word of God. So it is all about hearing the word of God and doing it. It is very possible to hear the word of God everyday and refuse to do it.
It is very possible to be in Church everyday like the pews and chairs in church and refuse to change. Inanimate objects remain constant just as stone hearts remain constant. Only the power of God can break and change stone hearts – that is, if we are willing and cry out for grace.
Nobody can force anyone to practice the word of God and God does not force us. We have to decide that we love God enough to desire, treasure and practice His word.
The Bible describes us as being slaves of righteousness. This means that even though we have a free will to obey or disobey, we must obey. It is just like having a free will to eat poison, yet most rational beings will not take poison so as to preserve their lives and keep living.
Righteousness is not a choice but a mandate and a commandment – we have a choice but we really have no choice but to obey because disobedience is judgement and death.
not by way of eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart. Ephesians 6:6
You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness. Romans 6:18
No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. Matthew 6:24
Sin is spiritual poison – we are free to eat spiritual poison but spiritual wisdom will warn you not to try it because sin when it is full blown leads to death. It kills and is a killer.
The root cause of judgement or death is sin. God who is the author of life does not cause death and Satan does not cause death because he has to take permission from God before he can test us, tempt us or afflict us. He took permission from God to test Peter. Death comes from the sinful nature of man – period.
This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. 1 John 1:5
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17
Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has demanded permission to sift you like wheat. Luke 22:31
If God is testing us it means that there is an unfinished work in us. The purpose of testing is to purify our faith so if we determine to be purified and not give up on our journey to spiritual maturity, we will get to a state that is acceptable to God. We will never be perfect like God is but if we are mature and acceptable in our ways before God, God will regard us as perfect.
Remember God called Job blameless – it means that Job was acceptable to God in his ways. God boasted with Job and the Bible also boasted about Elijah being a man with passions like ours yet he stopped rain for three and half years. These men were exceptional.
When we disregard the word of God, a fall or many falls await us because our lives are built on chaff instead of the rock. In that state, a wind or wave can knock us down and leave us spiritually breathless. We become wells without water and trees without leaves. We become dry and empty.
Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” Matthew 4:4
The word of God is bread and water to our soul. May God give us the wisdom to desire and practice the word of God so that our souls will grow and be saved. May the word of God dwell richly in us.