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As He is…


Sometimes I sit and wonder how much stronger my faith would have been if I lived in the Jesus era. Just imagine if you witnessed all those righteous works of faith firsthand? So my argument had been that it is way harder to believe now than it was during Jesus’ time. In other words, we lack as good examples like Jesus these days…which then makes it hard to make people believe in the Christian faith. In fact a large majority of us are just Christians because Christianity is an institution that instills discipline and order upon us. Sadly though, this is not even close to what being Christian or Christ-like is! God doesn’t just want us to have order and discipline; He wants us to live freely and enjoy every bit of life while we help others.

The foundation upon which our faith rests is this, that “God was in Christ reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them.” If you simply understand that; you will not fall victim of religious bigotry that is being peddled today. I like what Paul Ellis says; that Jesus is his religion. You and I therefore should basically adopt this kind of thinking. Let us be as good examples to the world as Jesus was! John 1:16 says we have received His fullness, so we have the power – no excuse. As He is, so are we in this world 1st John 4:17; we are partakers of His divine nature. But I just can’t be like Jesus! Someone may ask. I have good news for you, you can even be better! Thus insists John 12:14.

My cousin once told me there are two reasons why he isn’t saved. First is because he has never met a Christian and Second, because he has met a Christian. After a short amicable argument he settled for the latter reason. He said obviously there are so many so-called Christians out there so he has met them. But his problem is that the Christians he has met are not anything close to Christ. They are so unlike Christ. Therefore he says if that is what getting saved makes him, he’d rather stay the way he is. This really challenged me and that is why my plea is that we should stop looking at so many other religious examples and just emulate Jesus; period. If only we tried just a little, to walk like Jesus did…unbelievers out there like my cousin will see Christ in us. And I am convinced, they will accept salvation.

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FANTASIZE


Recently I have drawn a lot of criticism over my life overview. Ever since I discovered God’s Grace I have chosen to think positive, enjoy life and basically create and enjoy my own ‘heaven on earth’. They call me non-realistic. I don’t see things as they are or rather as they ought to be. I seem to be enjoying life when there is nothing really to be happy about. I am faking it – they claim. Well, I may not be an advocate of ‘fake it till you make it’ but I certainly believe in the power of thoughts. We are a product of our imaginations. You are what you think. And once your mindset has been influenced, you will definitely act and confess the same.

Martin Luther – the King, bemoaned that realists see Jesus as an impractical idealist who never really came down to earth. How true this is today; and it is what is condemning mankind to suffering, despair and all sorts of mishaps in life. In an effort to fit in, you’d rather compromise what Jesus has won for you on the cross just to be like others. Truth is – you are digging your own grave. That is why I no longer think like I used to. When people are talking about how the cost of living has risen, I just envision Jesus telling us to liken ourselves to the birds of the air that do not know what’s in store for them tomorrow yet they still jubilate and celebrate life. I don’t worry no more. I don’t talk their talk. In any case how does worrying profit me? OK. You may draw some sympathy, but that’s it. Life is what you choose to make it. It has ears, believe me – and it does respond to our confession.

I will again emphasize that we are spiritual beings. We live by faith not sight. No wonder then, I have chosen not to believe what I see. The news is no longer good news. The Media market world troubles in order to sell and make profit. People have been accustomed to the negative side of life until it is almost impossible to think positive. That’s why they say you are NON-REALISTIC when you think positive. Fantasize about life and you’ll at least have momentary happiness and hope – if at all somebody said you’ll not have a great future. I firmly trust that it is the first step after which you go on to act your fantasy. Think first – then act. I highly recommend E.W Kenyon’s works as a start point in mindset transformation. Afterwards Kenneth Hagin will establish strong foundations on FAITH; from where you will go on to read other foundational and devotional works by the likes of Andrew Wommack, Joseph Prince, Paul Ellis, John Bevere.. just to mention a few.

The Lord’s Prayer?


Prayer is one of the most sensitive aspects of a Christian’s life. Whereas it is very, very personal, it REALLY matters what you fellowship with your God. What are you sharing with God? Has it ever dawned on you that you could be saying it wrong, yet our good Lord is always gracious to listen?! Anyway, today I figured that I must illustrate why the only model prayer that Jesus taught us is NO MORE relevant to us. Hold your horses!! Yes, the Lord’s Prayer is wrong. Sometimes last year we argued with a friend over it until I almost gave up. His argument was that there was no way it could be wrong when we have all been brought up by it. He went further to tell me that if indeed it was wrong, God would not have been answering our prayers. That kind of argument is wrong in two ways. First; that kind of reasoning is known as ‘because so and so has been doing it, it must be right’. Friends – that is disastrous, never ever fall into that category. Secondly; that is totally religion. Have we forgotten that prayer is personal? Prayer should not be recited. Better still, why do we forget that it was a ‘model prayer’ Jesus was teaching us. All the same; the most disapproving factor is that the Lord’s Prayer was before the cross. Jesus lived in the Old Covenant! The New Covenant only started after the cross so we have to look at the Lord’s Prayer from a New Covenant perspective.

I must say I had to dig in some works of great teacher’s of the word of God regarding this subject. Therefore I wish to acknowledge Paul Ellis, Joseph Prince, Steve McVey & Pastor Chris Oyakhilome’s short guide ‘How to pray effectively’.

Here is the prayer and why it is not right…

Matt 6:9-13 Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. (KJV)

“Our Father which art in Heaven”
At first glance there doesn’t seem to be anything amiss with this line. Except that to believers, God is not far away in Heaven. He lives in you now. You need to identify with Christ IN YOU the hope of glory (Col 1:27), and not externalize and distance yourself from God. You are one with the Father as He is one with Christ (John 17:20-12, 1 Cor 6:17). When Jesus died the divide that separated us from the Holy of Holies was torn open. God was no longer just in heaven but He tore open the divide and made His dwelling amongst us, in us. If you keep thinking God is only far away in heaven you keep externalizing the hope of glory, thinking He is somewhere else and not right by you.

“Hallowed be thy Name”
Personally I think this is probably the only line that wasn’t affected by the cross. But what is interesting is the worth of His Name. In Ps 138:2 we learn that God has exalted His Word above His Name. God has put the reputation of His own holy sacred Name on the line to uphold His Word. His Word, and the declarations it makes regarding you is held in exaltation above His Name. Since you are in Christ, The living Word, you are in the most sacred hallowed position any being can be in. “Be holy as I am holy” is not about doing holy things but about your seated position in Christ. He is Holy because He is God. You are holy as He is holy, not by your own doing, but by His being Holy always. You are one. You are holy as He is Holy.

“Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven”
The kingdom came the moment you accepted salvation. When you were unsaved, the kingdom was near. When you go saved the kingdom is put IN YOU (Luke 17:21). Also, God’s will is to be DONE. That means you partner with Him (1 Cor 3:9) and then DO something (Mark 16:15-18). For example: Since there is no sickness in heaven, you will always be doing God’s will by healing the sick. You are doing God’s will whenever you change a person’s condition to closer reflect the reality of heaven. If you pray this line and then don’t go out and do something about situations that don’t represent heaven, all you’re doing is making empty promises. God empowers you (Acts 1:8) to do His will. Go out and do it.

“Give us this day our daily bread”
Jesus’ body is represented by bread. His body was broken for your healing (1 Pet 2:24). The children’s bread refers to healing too (Matt 15:22&26). So this is not just talking about providing for us, it is also referring to healing, every day, no matter what. Daily bread means it is always available everyday. And notice this line is not a question but an expectant statement. You don’t ask for provision or for healing, you believe you have it and expectantly command it into existence.

“And forgive us our debt as we forgive our debtors”
A requirement for forgiveness under law was to first forgive others (Deut 15:2). You couldn’t bring a sin offering if you have not forgiven your brother (Matt 5:23-24). This is conditional forgiveness. You have to do something before you are forgiven. This is no longer a requirement after the cross, after you are saved. Once you got saved, you were forgiven despite the fact that you didn’t deserve it. If you first have to forgive others, it means you had to deserve your forgiveness. Grace in UNDESERVED. Your forgiveness is based on Christ and Him alone. Not your ability to live morally, forgive others or anything as self-righteous as that. Col 3:13 actually says that we are to forgive AS WE HAVE BEEN FORGIVEN. We forgive because we are forgiven, not to become forgiven. It is good to forgive, but don’t do it to try and earn favour before God. That is not good, and earned favour is no longer grace.

“And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil”
Does God lead us into temptation? That is debatable. However, are you familiar with (1st Cor 10:13)? You need be. Regarding the devil, Jesus did free you. He triumphed over the devil on the cross (Col 2:15). He accomplished this by nailing the record of debt (the law) to the cross. Anywhere the devil has a hold on you he is holding on illegally. Tell him to let go. It’s that simple. We have been delivered from works unto salvation for now salvation comes by grace through faith alone (Eph 2:8-9).

I am absolutely convinced that you will make adjustments to your prayer – that is, if you didn’t know. Meanwhile let me work on a sample model prayer for us who now live in the New Covenant. I am also looking forward to exploring the controversial subject of ‘tongues’. Watch this space…

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