I thank the Lord for 2013, but I earnestly look forward to a 2014 that would be so unlike 2013! Perhaps we both share such intense resolve (Matt. 11:12). I finally saw the need for a totally new heart!
I perceive the Lord would still have me tarry around the commitment to share freshly baked messages by Ministers of His Righteousness with his saints. The following simple yet timely transcribed message (which I have captioned under a new series ‘Non-Negotiable Counsels of God's Kingdom’) attempts to:
- Highlight the spiritual protocols for receiving an unshakable kingdom which the church today is at the mercy of.
- X-ray heaven’s verdict on the true state of the Laodicean Church (Rev. 3:17) as being poor, blind and naked, while celebrating their material increase and complacency.
- Prepare us for a graceful migration from our present soul state unto that which it totally immune from every cancerous effect of sin and death in these perilous times.
I trust we would find grace to patiently print/read and share, amen.
Non-Negotiable Counsels of God's Kingdom - Part 1
Eph. 1:15/17 Wherefore I also, after I heard of YOUR FAITH in the Lord Jesus, and YOUR LOVE unto all the saints, 1:17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may GIVE unto you the SPIRIT of WISDOM and REVELATION in the KNOWLEDGE of HIM:
The above verses highlight Apostle Paul’s prayer for the migration of the Ephesus church from THEIR THINGS into GOD’S THINGS via KNOWELDGE OF GOD. God started with them with what their capacity could accommodate and initially blessed them with a faith and love that was theirs, but God’s intention was to later bless them with things that are His (Eph. 1:3). A church must first be found faithful with the initial Faith and Love meals before they can come into that which is God’s.
By reason of stature, Apostle Paul as a wise master builder knew the next stage for these saints and prayed to God that they would be given the Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation which alone can open the saints up to chapters of Knowledge.
You need to come into a spiritual wisdom that isn’t in the terrain of man. The Wisdom of Solomon is limited to the roof of the earth (it cannot pass the sky). It was Jesus that showed us that the lilies of the field toil not, neither do they spin but Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. If you are not connecting the wisdom of Jesus Christ, you will not connect to the purpose for which He came i.e. TO UNVEIL GOD
The key to the next level is the knowledge OF Him (not FROM Him). Though the Ephesus church had walked in faith and love towards all the saints, they were still spiritually blind (their spiritual eyes were still in the dark – Acts 26:18).
You can move mountains with your faith (Matt. 11:22-23) and you can even give your body to be burnt as a sacrifice of love (1Cor. 13:3), yet it won’t translate to your soul being saved. So there is a dimension beyond such accepted order of faith.
Apostle Paul was actually bringing a blessing to the church of Ephesus via his prayers. He wanted them to come into God’s world (God’s judgement), which is a dire need of the church today. We must move from men’s things into God’s things (2Cor. 5:17). It is not easy to move into things which are of God. It requires thorough patience. Even though our human spirit is new, God does not start us with his things, but rather with the things we can relate with, the milky aspect of the word - I Cor. 3:2 ‘I have fed you with MILK (believing) because you are carnal; i have not fed you with STRONG MEAT (knowledge).’
A CHILD OF GOD CAN BE CARNAL BUT THAT DOES NOT MEAN SUCH A PERSON IS A CHILD OF SATAN. BEING CARNAL MEANS GOD CAN’T SPEAK TO SUCH AS UNTO SPIRITUAL BECAUSE HE HASN’T ENCOUNTERED THE SPIRIT OF WISDOM AND REVELATION
Despite the zealous faith of the Ephesian church (which is uncommon today), they still didn’t know what the Hope of God’s calling was. Some Christians think the reason they are born again is to go to heaven but that is not the reason. If it were so, Jesus would have taken us to heaven the day we got born again! Rather, Jesus prayed to His Father in John 17:15 “I pray not that thou should take them out of the world, but that thou should keep them from the evil.”.
The hope of the gospel (in the epistles) is not man’s hope and you need to be moved from your things to His things to experience it. You must engage it in the next level where you would KNOW what the riches of His inheritance is and also KNOW the exceeding greatness of His power. Some believers today, like the Ephesian Church, have experienced the faith and love of Eph. 1:15 but haven’t known His Glorious Eternal Power (Rom. 1:16&20/Col. 1:11). God has and exercised a power that He doesn’t just share with anyone, though he desires to do so with us like he did with Jesus.
The issue of God coming to us synonymous with receiving of His things which is the issue of His kingdom revealed. In Matt. 6:9-13 (the Disciples Prayers not the Lord’s Prayer), you would notice everything is in the adjective form ‘YOUR’ and not ‘OUR’, because everything He wants us to come into is His (i.e. Thine is the Kingdom, Power, Glory). Moving us from OURS to THINE (His) is THE HISTORY OF CHRISTIANITY.
God’s design for the church and for our gathering together is that we transit from Our Things to His Things, from Our Life to His Life, from Our Power to His Power, from Our Love to His Love. HE WANTS US TO DROP ANYTHING OF OURS, FROM OUR HOPE TO HIS HOPE. Hope is the reason why we live; it is our dream. God will have to show you His Dream which is His Will and this can never be sighted except our eyes are opened (Eph. 1:17).
In Col. 1:9, we can see that you cannot know the WILL OF GOD except you access the KNOWLEDGE OF THAT WILL which is the PROGRAMME OF HIS KINGDOM. The knowledge of His will in Col. 1:9 is the same as the knowledge of Him in Eph. 1:17. THE WILL IS ACTUALLY THE OPERATING MANUAL OF GOD’S DOMINION.
WHEN YOU ARE WORLDLY IN YOUR MIND, YOU WON’T UNDERSTAND GOD’S WILL AND WHEN YOU MISS THE WILL OF GOD, YOU WILL MISS THE KINGDOM.
The world is a product of Satan’s will (Jn. 14:30) and has been designed as a program for mankind to carry out on earth. It’s so powerful that after it has moulded you, you will not be fit for the will of God.
Rom. 12:1 wisely counsels us to ‘… present your bodies a living sacrifice by the MERCIES of God’ because, if you don’t get your body, you won’t get your mind because the body and the mind work together. It is through these mercies (plural) that bodies can be made holy and alive. Mercy means is not by power or might. If it is done by you, it won’t make you live in his sight.
The mind is the upper part of the soul that works with the flesh and hijacks men. That is why Satan is also interested in that mind. If he can get you from your mind (the window of the soul), then he can get your whole soul. But if you can wash the mind with pure water (revealed truth), your body would be clean and presentable
When you renew your mind by the washing of the water of the word (Jn. 17:17), you will be equipped to prove that ACCEPTABLE, GOOD and PERFECT WILL OF GOD and this is where many people unfortunately missed it!
When the service of presenting your bodies has be done; then you will not be able to conform to this world.
THE WORLD IS PRIMARILY DESIGNED TO STOP YOU FROM DISCERNING WHAT THE WILL OF GOD IS. WE CAN HAVE CHURCH AND REMAIN WORLDLY.
We need circumcision in the spirit of our mind (Eph. 4:23) and it will take mercies for us to know what God’s will is. The world has a show of goodness and distorts our judgement of good and evil. Right from childhood Jesus was taught the will of God. He knew what to do with the entity call man.
In reality, there is no life outside the will of God, so when you live outside the will of God and you live your life, you have actually wasted your humanity. We are supposed to sow this humanity (Jn. 12:24) into God’s will so that we can reap a dominion that is beyond human comprehension; i.e. reap the kingdom.
There is no place on earth that can show us the will of God. The true church is the greatest thing that has happened to mankind. Its the centre of God’s light, where light ought to be dispensed so man can escape the world and come into the will of God.
Jesus in Heb. 10:7 and Luke 18:31 talked about the book of God’s will, the volume of the book. When we came to the earth, the volume of the book was hanging on us and the new birth provision is only an empowerment to knowing what is written in that book, so it’s not enough to be born again. Those that get born again or come to the Lord Jesus have been mandated to find eternal life and live it out.
The volume of the book is the key and entrance to the will of God because it is actually the summation of God’s will for us. This book is above sacrifices and offerings and if you want to sacrifice unto God, live after the revelations of this will, because such is the sacrifice that pleases God.
If you want to please God locate the will. I am not talking about your talent or inmate ability for our earthly survival. Your talent can’t go beyond the grave and anything you can’t take beyond this realm is too low.
Man is an eternal being that must discover his eternal purpose. The original purpose of man is not to carnally manifest anything here on earth (Gen. 1:28). Natural courses should not define us and we shouldn’t rest here because it’s too weak to carry our eternal calling. You are an eternal being who must find God’s purpose and the only place you can get it is in the temple where the eternal scrolls are kept. You have to come into the temple (Ps. 27:4) where you would DESIRE and DISCOVER the PURPOSE called ONE THING
Ps. 27:4 On thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.
God will make the job easier when he has raised scribes after that will, who would bring forth great light. God wants to help humanity and is going to do so by raising ministers who have known and will show his will.
Pls watch out for part 2 of this message (which has been broken down considering its length) next week.
Rev. Kayode Oyegoke
The Pathway Into The Kingdom (Part 3a)
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