Showing posts with label Christian Conduct. Show all posts
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Thursday, 23 July 2020

Fellowship With God: Meaning, Marks and Benefit

Fellowship with God. Is this another myth in Christendom or does it hold any form of significance? Of what benefit is fellowship with God? Are we to neglect it or prioritize it for other kingdom matters?

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What does it mean to have fellowship with God? These questions will find worthy answers as you go through the letters of this article. It is my belief that God will by this means create an awakening in our spirits for fellowship with Him.

What Is Fellowship With God?

The word fellowship is derived from the Greek word "koinonia". Koinonia refers to intimacy, communion, joint participation, and sharing with a personality. Therefore, fellowship with God is simply building intimacy, communing, sharing, jointly participating in the life, suffering, glory and power of God.

On more basic grounds, fellowship with God is communing with -- talking to Him and having Him talk back to you -- while also partaking in all He is about in a bid to achieving intimacy with a sovereign God.

Apostle Paul summed up what fellowship with God should produce in Philippians 3:10 and that is experientially knowing Him, the power of Christ's resurrection, partaking in His sufferings and conforming to His image.

So why is it important? Why is it necessary to have fellowship with God? The next section gives one reason which by all standards and from the consideration of His sovereignty is reason enough to want to fellowship with Him.

God Desires Fellowship

Yes and Yes Again! God passionately craves for and desires to have fellowship with you and I. This constitutes a large percentage of the reason behind the creation of man.

God's intent for creating man was so that there would be a life-form that could host the dimensions of God and interact with Him. In few words, man was created for fellowship with God.

The angels, Elders and other heavenly beings were incapacitated and did not sustain the ability to interact with God nor host His dimensions. They cried Holy whenever God showed up because they were unable to articulate and comprehend who God is.

The word "Holy" does not imply holiness. It means "In your own class" or "set apart". God to them was in His own class and none of them had the faculties to understand Him or discern who He is.
Man was then created so that God could be expressed, known, and revealed. Through fellowship with man God was going to get this done.

God was going to make man understand who He was, host His dimensions and express them on the earth by the protocol of fellowship.

After creating man and placing him in the garden east of Eden, in the cool of the day, God would come into the garden just to have fellowship with Adam. Imagine the Almighty leaving His throne in Heaven to fellowship with man. From all indications, God was truly desirous of fellowship.

Moving away from the story of creation, having delivered the children of Israel from captivity in Egypt, God told them:

Now therefore, if you will indeed obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession among all peoples, for all the earth is mine - Exodus 19:5 (ESV)

What God was trying to achieve with this was fellowship. If you keenly study the rest of the verses in Exodus chapter 19, you would see that God desired to have fellowship with Israel. Now, we are the spiritual Israel - having been delivered from the bondage of sin and death - God's desire has not changed. He wants to have fellowship with you.

Note this: God is much more interested in fellowship with you and you would ever be.

You may want to wave off the thought for fellowship feeling it does not matter.Unfortunately, that is detrimental and you would be doing that at your own risk.

Why You Must Fellowship With God

I will not bombard you with reasons why you must fellowship with God. The fact that God desires to fellowship with you is reason enough to fellowship with Him. I would say that again:

You must fellowship with God because He desires to have fellowship with you and because He created you, you do not have an option. God's sovereignty is binding.

Think about this.

A God who can not be approached, One who sits in the midst of inapproachable light has made Himself available for fellowship with man. Man who is just one of His creation and you think that man has a choice as regards fellowship with Him? I would answer that. Absolutely No!

Why do you think the devil fought man? Job and David repeatedly asked what is man? They could not understand why God was so generous to man. They wondered why man was so favored in the sight of God to be given the sacred privilege of interacting with God.

The devil envied what man shared with God. The God he knew would not condescend to fellowship with man. But then, God did so. Oh, the blessedness of fellowship. Man partaking in the very nature of God. That which the devil sought was handed over to us on a platter.

You are not strong enough to want to build your life outside of fellowship with God. It was man's attempt to build something outside God that got us into the mess we wallowing in now.

Man tried to run the life God gave him without God the giver and we see what it has brought us -- evils, troubles, turbulence and so on --. Trying to run our lives whilst relegating God and fellowship with God is like trying to live without oxygen -- certainly impossible.

We have decided to operate by intellectualism, instincts and science as against the original template for our existence which is fellowship with God. By design, man was not supposed to live on his own but in partnership with a spirit.

The dependence feature installed in man by God was God's idea to ensure that man kept the ordinance and protocol of fellowship. Sadly, man declared independence consequent on the fall in Genesis 3.
We devised and concocted systems and philosophies for living which did not have God in view.

As we continued on the path we had chosen by ourselves we degraded into chaos, darkness and gloom. This is what Prophet Jeremiah realized when he cried out:

I know, O LORD, that the way of a man is not in himself, that it is not in man who walks to direct his steps. - Jeremiah 10:23 (KJV)

The way of a man is not for the man to choose. Our understanding and foresight is too shallow to discern the right path to take. Yet, we choose a path and began to walk through it and it has been the source of the terrible things making the rounds today.

God Is Our Life-Source

The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life. - Job 33:4 (KJV)

From the scripture above, it is clear that God is our life-source. It is from Him that we draw our essence. Notice it says "...and the breath of the Almighty gives me life" That statement is in the present continuous form. This implies that our existence is supposed to be hinged on fellowship with God.

Today men are confused, systems are failing, nothing seems sustainable. All of these is because men declared independence from God when we were created to depend on Him. Men have taken control of their lives when their lives were supposed to be controlled by God.

Have you not wondered why there is so much darkness in the world? Have you not wondered why everything seems to be crashing down? Systems are failing and the world is plunging into decadence?
I can give you a clear, straight-forward and incontestable answer to all the questions above. It is our negligence to fellowship with our life-source. The one who created all and designed us to be dependent on Him.

This can not be the world God created in the beginning when He said it was good. The world today is definitely not what God created in Genesis 1. There has been an alteration, an aberration and we can trace it to our rebellion and arrogance.

It was not recorded that there was a global warming, or a landslide, or a tsunami, or a hurricane, or any of the woes plaguing the world today when Adam was in the garden having constant fellowship with the Father. Adam's fellowship with God caused a stability in all of the forces of nature.

And when we rebelled? The results are evidently seen around us. Everything came from God and to keep them in perfect operational conditions we must engage the protocol of fellowship.

The Cure For Darkness

For the darkness and chaos the world is currently experiencing there can be only one solution -- Light.
Apostle John tells us that God is light. And one of the benefit we derive from fellowship with Him is that we interact with light. Our interaction with light makes us become lights ourselves.

This interaction makes it impossible for us to walk in darkness. As we interact with God, we become light and as such when we enter a place what happens is recorded in John 1:5

And the light shines in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

What was translated "comprehended" should have been "apprehended". When light comes, it is impossible for darkness to stop it. Darkness can not help but vanish at the sight of light. It can never extinguish light.

The darkness in the world will become history when more and more individuals who have interacted with the Light in fellowship invade the world shinning as burning luminaries. Away from the world view into our lives and homes.

Has the devil not kept our lives, families, businesses and all that concerns us in darkness for too long? Has we not given him a field-day enough? Has he not wrecked enough damage?

Are cyclic manipulations and bondage not the order of the day in our lives? Have you not suffered so much setback, limitation and disappointment? Is this the best your life can be?

Your strength and intellect have failed in helping you secure a good life. Don't you think it is time to say enough to the devil and end his reign of darkness and terror in your life?
Fellowship with God, Our Father is the way out.

In Him was life; and that Life was the Light of men. - John 1:4 (KJV)

Pray NOW!

Tuesday, 28 January 2020

The Power Of Spoken Words (And How To Harness It)

Words are seen in English language as the smallest unit of language which has a particular meaning and can be expressed by itself.

It is the smallest, discrete, meaningful unit of language. Basically, words have been used as a means of communication and interaction.

In our everyday life, we use words to communicate our thoughts, opinions and ideas and for interacting with others.

Unfortunately, the basic use of words have made us treat with gross negligence the power of words and how the adversely affect our lives.

We never pay attention to the fact that words bear with them a spiritual dimension and implication because we have preoccupied our minds with the physical dimension of words only.

According to HuffPost, words are singularly the most powerful force available to humanity. They are not mere vocabulary uttered to express ourselves as we think them to be. They come with serious spiritual implications which I would be sharing shortly.

It will interest you to know that Satan knows how powerful words are and unlike you, he never underestimates the power of words.

He knows that by making you lose control of your tongue, he can assume control over your life. If he can get you to be careless with words, he can lay hold and claim on your future hence you must be extremely careful with your words.

The following scriptures would open your eyes to the power of words and the importance of not using them carelessly;

“Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.” — Psalms 19:14 (KJV)

“Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.” — Psalms 141:3 (KJV)

“Where there is much talk there will be no end to sin, but he who keeps his mouth shut does wisely.” — Proverbs 10:19 (BBE)

“Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.” — Proverbs 16:24 (KJV)

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” — Proverbs 18:21 (KJV)

“He who keeps watch over his mouth and his tongue keeps his soul from troubles.” — Proverbs 21:23 (BBE)

"I tell you that every idle word that men speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment.
For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” — Matthew 12:36-37 (WEB)

“Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.” — Matthew 15:11 (KJV)

"Even so the tongue is a small part of the body, but it takes credit for great things. How much wood may be lighted by a very little fire!
And the tongue is a fire; it is the power of evil placed in our bodies, making all the body unclean, putting the wheel of life on fire, and getting its fire from hell." — James 3:5-6 (BBE)

“For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:” — 1 Peter 3:10 (KJV)

Without further ado, let me show you two powerful spiritual implications of words

1. Words are for Creation

Over and above the basic use of words (communication and interaction), words are used for bringing about possibilities.

They are spiritual tools for the enterprise of creation as we see in Genesis chapter one. God used words to create the world. He had a mental picture of what He wanted the world to look like but He had to utter words to create His mental image.

"And God said..." – Genesis 1:3

Until God spoke, the earth remained in its void and formless state. The whole world came to be by a function of spoken words.

Like God, use words to create the things you want to see. With spoken words you can call forth the things you want to see in your life that you have not begun to see. You can create the kind of life and future you want using words.

Stop talking about your situation. Say only the things you want your situation to look like not what it is looking like.

Let your confessions be positive so you create positivity around your life. Making confessions such as "I am finished", "I am dead", "Life is hard", "I can't" e.t.c would only create negative possibilities around you.

Instead of saying it as it is, say it as you want it to be. Speak the possibilities you want to see in your life.

Always remember this: Say what you want to see not what you are seeing.

2. Words Are Conveyors Of Spiritual Realities

“And the spirit entered into me when he spake unto me, and set me upon my feet, that I heard him that spake unto me.” — Ezekiel 2:2 (KJV)

I consider this the most powerful dimension of words; the conveying of spiritual realities. Anytime words are spoken, spirits and the realities domiciled in the spirits are transmitted.

As God was speaking to Prophet Ezekiel in Ezekiel 2:2, the prophet records that the Spirit of the Lord entered into him and the reality of his ministry was transmitted into his life.

The words God spoke to Ezekiel in Ezekiel chapter two were not for communication or information. They were the medium with which God transferred His Spirit into Ezekiel and commissioned him.

When a man mounts the pulpit, it will interest you to know that as he speaks the spirit which supports his speech is transferred into his listeners.

How do you explain how words as simple as "You're healed", "Fire all over your body", "Rise Up and walk" carry great spiritual power?

In Acts 3, Peter and John demonstrated how spoken words can transfer spiritual realities from the speaker to the hearer.

In verse 6 of Acts 3, Peter said "Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have I give thee: in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk".

The words were not so powerful in themselves but because of the Spirit backing the spoken words, a reality of Divine healing was conveyed and the man began to walk.

Let me tell you a story that further buttresses the power of spoken words.

The great Apostle J.A Babalola of blessed memories was about to break his fast on one occasion. So he requested his daughter to prepare tea for him.

The little girl was sluggish in carrying out the biddings of the great man of God. Angrily, he shouted at her saying "Why are you behaving like a mad person?".

At that spot, the little girl became insane. He had to cast out the spirit of insanity from her before she became normal and sane again.

His words transferred a spiritual reality into his daughter.
You must never use words carelessly dear reader.

It is due to this powerful implications of words that the devil is concerned about making you lose control of your tongue.

When he gets you to begin to utter negative words, you energize him and his demons to act on your words and bring the reality of the negative things you uttered.

You must discipline yourself never to let out words which gives room for the devil to operate. Speak words that allows the Spirit of God to find expression in your life.

Your words can create and destroy.
Your words can transmit spiritual realities.

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