…and thy God my God. (Ruth 1:16)
The above statement was the confession of a lady in the bible. I find this statement very insightful and key to walking with Jesus. As believers we must come to know that God’s attention is on ME. We must know that though God is the God of the Universe, containing billions of People, He is personally my God. He knows me personally and has a direct relationship with ME. He so knows me up to the extent that He says
But the very hairs of your head are all numbered (Matt. 10:30)
Wow! He even numbered the hairs of my head. What else? We must learn that the promises of the scriptures are written for ME.
Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours; (1 Cor. 3:21)
He says HE knows only you. God knows only ME. Haven’t you wondered why the bible (especially the Old Testament) talks so much about the children of Israel? One would be tempted to think there weren’t other people on the face of the earth or God wasn’t concerned about them. But truly He was. He was concerned about the World, through Israel. Through His focus on Israel, He was able to produce the Messiah to save the world. So like-wise He is concerned about the world through me. He knows if He has ME, He can through ME, have the World.
He is not just the God of Abraham, or the God of Elijah, He is MY God. He is the God of Samson.
Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. (Ps. 139:16)
Everyone who has a diary, writes things which are personal to them alone. The above verse tells us that God wrote the issues about US (ME) individually in his diary. Indeed, He may be the God of the Universe, He is personally my Lord. This understanding would help us know HE is always for us. We dwell continually in His presence. I must know the bible was written specifically to me. How blessed are we.
He doesn’t just want to be described by the name of your Pastor, or your General Overseer. He wants to be described as your God. God doesn’t want any-man to know him through another man. He wants to build a personal relationship with every man. Though God had always addressed the children of Israel through speaking to Moses, yet at some-point, he told Moses bring the people to meet me themselves, I want them to know me themselves and not just through you.
And the Lord said to Moses, Go to the people, and sanctify them today and tomorrow, and let them wash their clothes, (Exodus 19:10)
And be ready against the third day: for on the third day the Lord will come down in the sight of all the people upon Mount Sinai. (Exodus 19:11)
The Psalmist said, God’s mind is full of me. He is deeply in Love with me. I didn’t work to get it, I earned it as a gift and I can’t do anything to keep it. He just loves me. He is MY God. He wants to hear ME speak. He is MY God. He always has time for ME. He is MY God. He is MINE. Jesus, the only begotten of the father, also confirmed this.
….I ascend unto my Father, and your father; and to my God and your God. (John 20:17)
Wow! What an interesting possession. I can scream it loud…He is MY God. As we continue in fellowship with the spirit we will grow in this revelation.
This was the agony of Jesus on the cross…
“And at the Ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? Which is being interpreted, MY GOD, MY GOD, why hast thou forsaken me? (Mark 15:34)” (emphasis mine)
Of all the pains at the cross, losing the sweetness of the possession of God was the most painful to Jesus. What a priceless possession! No wonder Jesus did all that he did during his earth walk for God was with Him.
My friend, today, God wants us to build a personal relationship with Him, He wants you to know He is yours. Walk in this revelation and enjoy all the sweetness of being connected to Heaven.
I CALL YOU BLESSED
“This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance: (2 Pet 3:1)”
It interesting how we feel glad, when we stumble on the truth in the scriptures. We search the scriptures day and night for truths, we fast, we pray all this is good but I have discovered that we might tend to lose this truths easily, if we don’t give them a firm grip. I believe Peter knew this, and when he was writing his second epistle, his reason for writing this was basically to remind the Church of the truth, they had been taught and possibly had forgotten.
Paul, was also found doing the same thing, after planting a church in a certain location, he would go back to check them, and remind them of the things they believed in the initial. Paul writing to the Galatians (Gal. 3:1-3), rebuked them because they had forgotten the truth that told them they were saved by grace and not by works.
Today, we also fall victim of this, we find a truth, but due to many reasons, we let them slip-off our hands. When we listen to men of God, we put down notes, but the question is, do we go back to read them? Our minds needs to constantly keep this things in mind, so that our belief and faith in them may be strengthened. So when challenges come, we have a ready word in our heart, to present.
The holy-spirit speaking through Peter in 2 Pet. 1:12 – 13 says,
“For this reason I will not be negligent to remind you always of these things, though you know and are established in the present truth (vs. 12)”
“Yes. I think it is right, as long as I am in this tent, to stir you up by reminding you (vs. 13)”
Have you wondered, if since you believed all the messages you have heard have been kept securely by you? I think for many of us, we will be far higher and better than we are!
We need to keep Reminders. The Holy-Spirit kept emphasizing through peter in 2 Pet. 1:12 – 13, and 2 Pet 3:1 the word “stir”. The holy-spirit compares remembrance to stirring. So when we remind ourselves of God’s truth, we are actually stirring the gift of God in us. This word particularly reminds me of the stirring of the waters as accounted in John 5:2 – 4. After this waters, was stirred any-one who steps in first was made whole. Have you ever asked “what if the waters were moved every hour?” then every hour people will be made healed.
“…And out of your belly shall flow rivers of living-waters” (John 7:38). This water, is for the healing of the nations.
So when we stir up the gift, we make our pools ready for the healing of the world and even for ourselves. Many of us are suffering now from things now, that the truth that will set us free have already been communicated to us, but we have forgotten them. It is time, to search our archives, to set reminders, it is time to read our sermon notes. It is time to listen to those tapes we have bought again and again and again.
The Holy-Spirit doesn’t just speak to us, for us to build sermon notes, He speaks to us to liberate us and help us liberate the world from darkness.
“Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised ;)” (Heb. 10:23)
“Prove all things; hold fast that which is good” (1 Thess. 5:21)
LASTLY, I SAY STIR UP THE GIFT!
I CALL YOU BLESSED.
The very word ‘making’ heaven suggests a scaling through, a narrow escape or ‘victory at last’ sort of endeavor. Despite the notoriety associated with this expression amidst believers, it is a non-scriptural phraseology and as such is subject to personal or private interpretation. If it were to be a verse in the bible, we would only need do proper its exegesis, giving it contextual explanation and examining the intent of the writer. However, it is not all non-scriptural phrases that are unscriptural; we will thus examine the connotative meaning of this expression to its speakers and correlate it with scriptures if there be a corresponding scriptural truth.
Often we hear preachers exhorting brethren say, ‘will you make heaven?’, ‘if the Lord Jesus comes now or death happens, are you sure you will make heaven?’, ‘only the Lord knows how many of us will make heaven’. Some go further to scare brethren with the coming of the Lord saying things like, ‘brethren, this is the time of grace, when the Lord Jesus comes, mercy will be withdrawn, it is judgment!’. Yet some would go further in their imaginations, claiming some heaven and hell encounters or judgment day sighting in which a minute fraction of believers eventually made it! All these and similar expressions either have their root in a faulty understanding of a scriptural text, sheer ignorance or demonic deception. The most important clause being that they are addressing believers in Christ.
THE CONNOTATIVE MEANING
Those who use such expressions mean that a great judgment day is coming in which a man’s fate of going to heaven or hell will be determined by how pleasing his works are before God. Some insinuate this uncertainty of fate applies to believers only as every unbeliever will not make heaven. This understanding birthed the belief that the last action before death, whether holy or sinful, determines a man’s (believer’s) fate, heaven or hell. It is believed that confession of sins and asking for forgiveness would have obliterated the previously perpetrated unholy acts. Failure to do that for any sins before death will ensure the landing of such a believer in hell. Yet, some expects that the fickleness of God’s mercy might eventually save that believer (they see as sinner).
This admittedly is a confluence of erroneous understanding that cannot be effectively sorted out in a piece of writing like this. Those errors defect from basic understandings of the Christian faith fundamentals like The New Covenant, Salvation, Righteousness, Redemption and Eternal Life among others; pulling them out string by string will be a treatise. I will therefore simply state the truth against which those understanding can be gauged. Most of these misunderstandings are from the misinterpretations of the words of the Lord Jesus in the gospels and the contents of the book of Revelation, also a basic disregard for the superior provisions of The New Testament in relation to that of The Old.
LOCATING THE LOT OF THE MAN IN CHRIST IN SCRIPTURES
It is important to note that in addressing believers, the epistles are the doctrinal materials written to believers in Christ, the Old Testament materials were inspired historical and prophetic writings for our learning and to witness of Christ, they are NOT written TO us. [John5:39; Rom15:4; 1Cor10:11]. The New Testament calls the first testament old, and that it has vanished away, so its provisions do not apply to us believers in Christ. The New Testament began not just in the four gospels, but AFTER the death and resurrection of Jesus [Heb9:16-17].
The gospels were written for unbelievers to believe in Christ, they were not written to believers [John20:31]. The book of Revelation is prophetic and uses a lot of symbolism that would need be rightly interpreted while maintaining consistency with other books of the bible [2Cor13:1]. The epistles were written TO believers in Christ expounding unto them what their faith holds for them. Jesus spoke earlier that the Spirit that will come after his resurrection will guide believers into all truth [John16:12-13]. This, the Spirit expressly accomplished in revealing to the apostles and was communicated to the churches of God, as the epistles [Eph3:4-5; Col1:26].
The epistles especially those of Apostle Paul use great plainness in communicating these truths such that we will need help to misunderstand it, or be incurably insincere[2Cor3:12; 2Pet3:16]. The scriptures being one in purpose and message with no contradictions, we can safely start from the unambiguous plain texts to gain proper interpretation and understanding of the less simplistic texts. For a believer to know his state therefore, he should start to look from nowhere else but the letters written to him as a believer – the epistles.
I CALL YOU BLESSED!
Written By Agboola Samuel
I must first appreciate Dr. Moses Fagbemi of Source Institute Sokoto State, Nigeria, who first opened my understanding to this topic. This topic explains God’s view of His own word, what value does God place on His word? How serious does God take His promises made directly to me or made in the scriptures?
A deep understanding of this topic will help us build faith and trust in Him irrespective of whatever circumstance we face because God is faithful. I pray God open the eyes of our understanding as we read.
…”For thou magnified thy word above all thy name” (Ps 138:2b)
Sometimes, I personally find it a bit difficult to take some steps even when I am quite sure God is leading me to do them, this is because such steps often involve a lot of risk and I might be losing a lot to take such steps. I often ask, does God really mean what He told me to do. In other times, it the case of “delayed” answers to request, I mean to say those period of waiting, and we ask “would God really keep His word?” and in other times it is the case of us asking for directions and God speaks to us (He gives us His word) and we are still not sure, we want some more physical proofs, like using “flees” like Gideon did or for some other mystical or some other supernatural signs to support God’s word to us. And often times God be praised, He doesn’t give us those signs though He can.
God’s word is God Himself. We can’t actually separate God from His word. It’s a mystery. This He demonstrated to us when he gave us marriage, how two people physically are actually one. So If God speaks to us, and as I will say “He gives us His word”, He has actually “given us Himself”, so when we ask for more after we have received that, there is nothing left for God to give us, since He has given us himself, the greatest thing in the universe.
Some people think God forgets or jokes about His word. But No! He doesn’t. He takes it more serious than we think. He made a promise to Abraham and even many years after Abraham had long died he was still keeping that covenant with Abraham’s descendant, Israel and he still keeps that promise till today. Notice the use of the word “forever” in the verses below.
“He remembers His Covenant Forever, the promise He made, for a thousand generations” (Psalms 105:8) NIV
“He is (earnestly) mindful of His Covenant and forever it is imprinted on His heart, the word which He commanded and established to a thousand generations” (Psalms 105:8) AMP
He made the same promise to David, and till today we still enjoy the “sure mercies of David”. God never forgets his word.
We must also note that when God asks us to keep (obey) His word, He isn’t a tyrant. He is only asking us to keep (obey) what He himself keeps (obeys). God’s word is God’s “food” or “nutrition” to be like God. He needs to keep His word. His nature his faithfulness, and we also to be like God, we must also learn to be faithful. So In our journey and desire to be like Him, we must also learn to “eat” and nourish ourselves with what He himself nourishes himself with. We must learn to keep His word, to be like Him.
God’s word is not impotent. Whatever God’s word cannot do, God himself cannot do. So when we speak God’s word we must speak with this understanding, that we have in our hands what is able to do anything. So the next time you command that “a friend be healed in Jesus name” or “a blind eye be opened” or “a lame person walk” say it with the authority of God’s word according to the scriptures, and you will see they will be done. In fact, the Bible records that God works when His word works. The universe came into being by God speaking His word.
“By the Seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work” (Gen 2:2) NIV
We will grow and do exploits if we learn to believe strongly (stake our all) on every verse of the scriptures because it is God’s word. We simply say “if it is written” then “God means what He said here” and I am just going to go and do what He says, and believe me with that we have all of heaven’s support.
God’s Reality is in His word. God is only available to us except through the channel of His word. We have no hold on God except via His word. God is so real, but only real via His word. The only hold we have on God is His word.God’s word is God’s Own Life. The only access we have to God is His word. The Safety and Integrity of God depends on His word. Outside of His word, God has no means and no power to perform anything for us except via His word.
“The estimate I have for God’s word, determines the estimate life (things or issues) have for me. Your (God’s) Word Measure determines Your Life Outcome” (Dr. Moses Fagbemi)
“Thus Saith the Lord, the Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? And where is the place of my rest?
For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the Lord: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembles at my word. (Isaiah 66: 1 -2)”
I CALL YOU BLESSED!
“…But the people that do know their GOD shall be strong, and do exploits. (Daniel 11:32)”
Yes, you attend church services regularly, you sing powerfully well in the choir, ushering members to their seats delights you, doing the works of God gives you joy… what a privilege to be used in the house of God.
Listening to good teaching is wonderful and applying all of it into our daily lives is really life transforming. We do as our Pastor tells us, seriously we follow all their instructions. All of these are wonderful.
Really… Do we actually get to know GOD by all of that? Well for me, I will say NO. Those are supposed to be a product of our knowledge of God, and our quest to know Him More. The Pastors do their best, but they can\’t know GOD for us, they can only give to us what they get from GOD in their place of fellowship with Him (their intimacy with Him).
Jess, a 24 year old lady felt indisposed and decided to go to the hospital, she was diagnosed of malaria. The Doctor prescribed some anti-malaria drugs for her, after taking them Jess got better, more energetic, strong n fit to continue her daily routine. She was so happy that she went back to thank the
Doctor Jane her twin sister also fell ill, she then remembered her sister Jess who was once ill, took some anti malaria drugs and got better. She decided to take the same drugs since it made Jess get better. Unfortunately for Jane, her state of health grew worse as she was not getting any better, despite the facts that she was on drugs. “Anti-malaria”
What could the problem be? Worth pondering on… Jess met with the Doctor.
Jane met with Jess prescription from the Doctor. (Yea, it worked for Jess but it seemed not to work for Jane. The right thing for Jane to do was to have met with the doctor, and then if the doctor prescribed the same drugs for Jane, that would have been fine.)
Do you live a life like Jane, do you bank solely on what your Pastor, Mentor, Discipler, Bishop, Prophets or even your Parents tells you? If your answer is in the affirmative, then you need an attitude adjustment.
Don’t get me wrong God has kept them and given them to us to guide us in the way of the Lord and not to take the place of God in our lives. Let’s build a relationship with the Doctor personally, let’s know God for ourselves.
Paul had this to say…
“…Nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day”.
The depth of conviction for our faith comes from a personal knowing of him. Our Persuasion, with which we can die for comes from the word that God has ministered to our spirit. Although, this words may come through other men but they must have spoken to us directly, such that they becomes stamped upon our spirits.
Know your God and do exploit, for the World earnestly awaits your manifestation.
Written by Helen Olasomisoye