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  1. When we hold hands with the one who ( Jesus ) leads, we become one another's strength. No one is strengthened without being one with the word which strengthens, and no one is strengthened without another, because we are one another's strength as we fulfil our role in Christ Jesus in love, spirit and truth. We come in our weaknesses, but it is the infilling of the word dominating and filling us with Life that strengthens us and we're strengthened to strengthen others. We're not called to stand alone, were called to hold hands, by holding hands I mean; being one another's strength, because we all are members of the body of Christ, functioning differently for one purpose. I saw in John Bunyan’s the revelation given by God, that; Not only must we be rid of the burden of sin and death and of the world, it is the will of the king that we continue through this journey to the celestial city where we'll be made a new man, empowered, given a call and being told what to do as we're sent back to help others who're coming along the same path we've threaded upon. We become God's hands to reach out to them, and they also in turn becomes our help, God's hand reaching out to us, to enable us receive more from God, to help the more. With them, without an object to express love, love isn't complete and we cannot receive more from God to help more. As we help, the way will be paved for more seeds to be planted and harvesters to hasten the harvest, that we shall all share in the glory of God. Whatever God has rescued us from, be it sin or any light afflictions and trials, when we're risen, they become scars which turns into stars which God uses to empower us by the holy spirit to save others. By His stripes, we're healed, likewise we're called to be a reflection of the life of Jesus, healed to heal others in spirit soul and body. A man who has been delivered from rage, lust or whatever, can be used by God to deliver others also, who're in the same bondage as he once was, because of the scars from his wounds which has given him the authority and power of God to do so in the name Jesus. Whatever we've been saved from, they become scars which turns into stars to enable us release the power of God in His authority to save others. Meanwhile, we must desire to become more like Jesus for more of Him to be manifested through us sufficiently. By doing this we're holding hands with a great multitude. An encouragement given to a depressed, when spoken from a heart filled with the life of God, releases the power of God to destroy the spirit of depression. The person made whole might see it as mere encouragement only to someday give God the glory when he realized he has been set free. From a depressed man set free, a seed, can spring forth into a tree bearing much fruits, a hundred fold or more. Meanwhile, it takes God's word dominating us, I mean, it takes a life of constant relationship with God, to be rewarded with much power to deliver and restore. When we become more of God we become more of His power. We must be filled with more of God's life through intimacy else, what we cannot deliver will cause a negative feedback on us. Just like how the demon possessed beat up the seven sons of Sceva. For instance; when we pray or preach the word to someone having the spirit of depression or lust without having the full armor of God, without being fully equipped and given the necessary power to exercise the authority over, in the name Jesus, by staying always in God's presence, the same spirit of depression will find it's way into us. Now, I’m not saying this to scare anyone, the mature in Faith will take to heart and do everything willing to stretch forth their hands to hold others while holding strongly and firmly to God's hands. Whatever you do, be led by the spirit, being led by the spirit is reciprocal to growing and attaining maturity in spirit, rapidly. Whatever we do, must be done in sacrifice, anything done in sacrifice to the flesh brings God's presence more to the scene through His word. Nothing is too small to give, we all are holding hands. To know God is to know His presence, knowing God's presence is knowing His power. Just a word of encouragement done in genuine love from a heart dominated by the life of God can turn the salvation of a depressed man into the salvation of thousands. When we stretch forth our hands of Faith, what we have to give is life as Peter did for the blind man at the beautiful gate. When you become God's hands holding hands with that man once depressed, he'll in turn continue the chain and might hold hands with an extra thousand hands coming out of darkness. We don't know how, God knows all we have to do is obey and then, God extends the chain. Leave it for God, He'll take it from there. The harvest is God's, the sacrifices, ours. I mean, ours is to obey and sacrifice ourselves to gain more power and authority in love to save others, and God's, is to bring the harvest. All the disciples had to do was give to Jesus what they had, five loaves and two fishes, by giving it to Jesus, He gave it to God and gave it back to them. They broke these bread with their own hands without it running out and fed over ten thousand including men, women and children. So also, when we give what we've been given by God back to him as His hands, He gives the increase to a great multitude we've never seen with our own eyes but by Faith. The five loaves reflects our faith substance, the life of God in us. When we give whatever ( Life ) we given to men back to God in Faith, trusting Him for the harvest, He'll multiply through us and we'll become His hands, channels, to give more to others, streams of living water from which He'll bring many to drink from. In other words, if I speak just a word in faith in prayer, or in the word, or even giving a dollar to someone in need. I mean, anything we have to offer to meet the needs of the crowd ( from one to billions ). Even if only one man received in God's spirit of love through the giver ( servant ), God will take it up from there and continues the increase. He can break that bread ( life ) to thousands, hundreds of thousands and even more, only if we continue to give Him our lives, our all, in Faith. God's strength is released more through us when we become less of self and more of Him. Then, we become strengthened even more to strengthen others. By helping others stand strong, they too in turn, do the same to us, because as we help, our position in Christ Jesus increases and as our position increases, God will use us more to override and crush stiff oppositions such as principalities paving way for more hands to be held. It is the manner of help we give in love that rewards us with the power to break every oppositions as we move higher in obedience to build God's kingdom. For us to become a king in the kingdom of the king of kings, we must love enough to rise above all entities of darkness standing against God's kingdom by holding hands, I.e. by Love, sacrificing for the salvation of men and restoration of God's kingdom. Jesus said; “ Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” [ Matthew 20:26‭-‬28 ] We all are of different faith, we all are of different strength, where we've walked through, we're called back to hold hands with those who're are yet and are walking through, this can only be unveiled to us as we take time to listen to the holy spirit by growing to maturity in Faith. Such kind of love, compassion to remember there are those who're still in the place or position we've walked through can only be expressed by the spiritually mature in Faith. If we walk without caring to look back to hold hands with those who're behind, the church cannot really get through the entrance, we remain stuck in the path, not unto death, but in Christ Jesus the path of life. Ask Peter and He'll tell you what he Jesus said to him in “ And the Lord said, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.” [ Luke 22:31‭-‬32 ] A race can never be called finished not until every runner has reached the finished line, irrespective of their position, no matter how long it takes. So, also is the race of the church. Whatever God has given in spirit and in body, when we desire to press onward to the throne of God so we can be given more to give in Love, then we all truly are holding hands. God doesn't have hands to do is to his work, but he made us to become His hands. Whatever spiritual gifts God has given in spirit, whatever talents and ability in the material both mental and physical, are all generously given by God, so we can hold hands with one another, more especially with those who are of weak Faith and little strength or nothing at all. There was a man who seeks to go through an entrance. He made haste to get through it on time. However, on his way, he was directed through a path of narrow edges which serves as a bridge, beyond was the entrance, around him was a dirty water or swamp rather, before him were two men walking in hesitation. With these men before him, he could no longer go further in haste as he began. He had to endure patiently and tarry there. Mr. B seems to be faltering as he walked this narrow edges and the other, Mr. C, often times fell into the swamp, only to find himself immersed, struggling to swim back up to the narrow edges. He was drenched in dirt, He had to be washed with a bucket of water before they could continue. He repeated the same pattern of falling, drenched, rising up and moving on. Getting through the entrance became and remained a great hindrance. Not for long, until Mr. A decided they'd all hold hands becoming one another's strength as they walk through the narrow edges. Only then could they get closer to the entrance. We all are holding hands, God can use a man ( us ) to turn the world upside down even in a day, all Jesus requires of us is Faith, Love to yield our hearts, our all in sacrifice, and obedience to move with His spirit wherever He pleases to blows like the wind. Like many ropes, woven and tied together, we can be used by Jesus to reach into and pull the world out of deepest depths of darkness. We only need to become a strong rope interwoven with the word to become part of the chain. Jesus wouldn't want to attach a thin thread as part of the chain. As seen in the revelation; Love became the only way for them to get through the entrance on time. Let us hold hands, lest we tarry for long in the edges while the entrance is right before us.
  2. It is much easier for a child to grow up in the way of the Lord when he's being brought up in the path of life specifically by the parents, because parents are naturally given authority by God over their children. “ But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: children will be disobedient to their parents.” [ II Timothy 3:1 ] The reason we see more of rebellion in children of today is, because many parents have traded out their authority over their children to the evil one. It's the same as Esau selling his birth right for food. We hand over our authority over our children, when we choose self over them. By choosing self over them, we only do things or spend time with them because we have to do it or when it's more convenient for us, and as a result neglecting their spiritual aspect. It's not enough to give them material wants and love, but more importantly, spiritual needs. The real self, which is the heart, must be cared for. Not caring for the real self, ( the heart or soul )is the same as living a child in the cold streets, in the clutches of the evil ones, demons. We hand over the authority we have over our children to the devil by allowing them to freely absorb death into their heart through worldly activities, what we allow them watch which isn't educational and doesn't talk about Jesus or glorify God in any sense. Anything of the world is death, and anyone who loves the world, the love of the Father is not in Him, because the love of the Father is to give life and not to fill us with death. Jesus came to restore us in Life as we continue to fill our hearts with life. In this world there's only black and white, life and death, it's either you're eating life or death. “The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!” [ Matthew 6:22‭-‬23 ] Loving the world might not immediately lead us to sin, but it gradually fills us with death which can weaken our hearts to act spontaneously out of God's nature, character and will, and also, hindering our relationship with God, His will and purpose for us and eventually sin when the heart has been encroached fully by death. It doesn't matter how harmless it may seem, or how helpful it may seem to keep our children from crying or running about, or bothering us to desire our love, yet it is death, worldliness is not of life, anything that doesn't talk about God in spirit and truth is death. The more they become filled with death, the more God's nature in them begins to diminish. And the final result is the nature of the evil one, working through the child to rebel not only against us, but also, against unto God and eventually a more grievous sin awaiting to explode when at a set age and time by the devil, mostly immortality or rage. When we let our children become so filled with death and God really wants to use them greatly in His own time and season, it because a great task, because God, instead of using them immediately, instead of coming in and finding them available and free to use because you've prepared them already, it might take Him extra years, because He has a lot of breaking, removal and remolding to do, to bring them back to the fullness of His life. As parents, we ought to examine the hearts of our children by God's spirit, where they're coming from, what they spend their time doing. It is the will of God for every parent to be spiritually mature enough to discern and to know the heart of their children by the holy spirit, because one cannot know the heart of his or her children without being prayerful and growing in God's word, in intimacy with God to become spiritually mature to hear from Him. We cannot love our children without first loving God, it's impossible, because it takes an in-depth level of intimacy to hear from God and to know His opinion concerning us and others. The heart is the real self, the heart is your real child, not the flesh, if you say you know your child only by flesh, then you don't really know Him or her, I'm afraid to say, you only know a container. Only God knows the heart, and to know the hearts of your children is to know more of the one who knows the heart. When we trade the authority we have over our children to the devil, our authority over them becomes null and void. Although, physically were their parents and physically they see us as such because of the blood tie that cannot be resisted, but spiritually they can't recognize our authority over them, and so, when we tell them this, they find it hard to obey, because their heart doesn't recognize our authority, but the devil's; to disobey, rebel and to do evil. You don't have to expose a child to evil before he does evil, when you fill them with death, things that doesn't bring the life of God, naturally, sin will begin to set in and manifest in them. Likewise, when you exposed them to life, God's nature, naturally, will set in. What you feed the heart of your children at the earliest stage of their lives matters. Do you feed them with Life or death? For our children not to be rebellious, we must use our authority alongside God's authority to bring them up in the way of the Lord, filling them with life and not death. When they're filled with life, the authority of God takes over naturally and they begin to naturally walk in the light of God's word without you telling them twice to obey. The holy spirit will begin to act in them naturally, even some of the fruits of the spirit some Christians have but are lacking in maturity you'll see in full maturity in them. If we parent really do know the investment God has given us through this priceless treasure “children,” a soul sent from heaven to walk this flesh for God's will to become manifested and fulfilled on earth, we'll think twice before we cry to God for children for our selfish gain when we don't have them. And when we do have, we'll cry also, to God for Him to help us bring them up according to His will, not ours, because on the day of judgement, the books of parenting will be opened and we'll be judged seriously on how we bring up our children. Did we do so according to God's will to become a vessel in His house or according to ours or the world's? The child or children you're given is a treasure from heaven, not to meet your needs or to become a trophy, but rather, allowing God's will to be filled through them. Bring them up in the way of the Lord and don't sell your authority over them to the devil. Man is a free moral agent, God won't force you on how to bring up your child. God's word have spoken to us already and the holy spirit has, even before we set in our hearts to have children, we simply chose to ignore His voice, His word. However if we're spiritually mature enough in Faith, we'd know what we ought to do naturally by God's spirit in us without any man telling us. You'd know there's a time to nurture, safe keep from the evil one and release back to God. Children, when brought up in the way of God are like a vineyard given to a hired farmer to nurture until the times and seasons of harvest is come for the owner to reap and use according to His will. Every parent are merely hired farmers with love. Become one for God, a good farmer and the harvest you'd reap in eternity. On the day of judgment the mothers of old will stand as a judgement unto these last generation for failing in their love. Pray for your children earnestly, doesn't matter if they've crossed the red line, crossing the red line doesn't spell there's no coming back by God's power grace. Use your authority in God to pray for them and bring them in the right path, slowly, but surely. Nothing can make us love our children as much as praying for them. If we fail to intercede earnestly and bring them always in the path of life, we have no Love for them.
  3. Deliverance is; being sold out to God. Once God has gotten hold of you, no powers of darkness nor principalities can lay hold of you. We only need to be committed fully to God, not partly, but fully. The deliverance, salvation, healings, blessings and all that we're in need of, are all generously given by God naturally without even asking when we become fully committed to God. If you say the devil is taking from your money, check who that money is fully committed to, if you say the devil is still tampering and toying with you, then check your commitment. If all you have is truly and fully committed to God, how then, can the evil one take what is of God. The final answer to all your questions is "COMMITMENT." E.A Adeboye
  4. It is God's will for us to prosper in all things according to His will. However, it'll be terrible to see prosperity only from the eyes of flesh, but rather through the eyes of Faith. Seeing through the eyes of Faith is seeing through God's point of view, it is seeing through the light of God's word, it is knowing God's will concerning everything, by His spirit. For one to see through the eyes of Faith, He must first be filled with God's word and the holy spirit, it is the infilling of the holy spirit that gives and enables us see through the eyes of Faith. No one who's not baptized in the holy ghost can ever see through the eyes of Faith, because the holy spirit has not yet fully taken possession of His being. To be baptized in the holy ghost, is to desire to be immersed and become one with God's words ( Life ). It is the word dominating our hearts that fills us with the holy spirit which then, gives us the desire to be baptized in the holy ghost, not necessarily to speak in tongue, but rather, becoming more like Jesus, being empowered to do even greater things Jesus did while He walked the earth. The Holy ghost baptism, is empowerment from on high. To be baptized in the holy ghost, one must first desire it, but this desire can only be given by the holy spirit. Seeing through the eyes of Faith is seeing through God's word, by His spirit. God's word and His spirit must go together, we cannot come only by water but, rather by water and the blood, I mean; not only must we have God's word, we must have God's spirit, for it is the infilling of the word that grows God's spirit in us. How much we drink of His water will be equivalent to how much His spirit grows, dominates and possesses us. When God's spirit grows in us, it fills and dominates our entire being, reactivating our hearts to become sensitive to His spirit. The heart of man is the real self, the spirit man, and as we become filled, our spiritual senses are reactivated, to see, hear, speak, perceive and act Faith. The heart of Faith is a heart that hears what God speaks, sees what God's sees, and know what God wills. When we shut our fleshly senses, I mean; when we cease to see God from our fleshy point of view, when we begin to see, hear and perceive God by Faith, we then begin to prosper, because we begin to see in God's will, not ours. Man's will ends in time and can eventually destroy Him, but God's, is eternal. This will take us to the scriptural story of the rich young man who encountered Jesus in Mathew chapter 19. A rich Young Man who had everything came to Jesus, not for anything else, but to justify his heart. Of course this young man was born of God's spirit. There was a spiritual Force within the rich young man, a force he couldn't deny, a force convicting him that there is more to Jesus than repentance and obedience. And so, he wanted to be sure, not for accepting the conviction of the holy spirit but, rather to destroy it by justifying himself from His fleshly point of view, not God's. He asked Jesus two questions; " Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?” “ All these things I have kept from my youth. What do I still lack?” [ Matthew 19: 16,20 ] Jesus answered him and said; “ If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” [ Matthew 19:21 ] Jesus knew all along, all the young man wanted was to justify himself and put to silence the conviction of the holy spirit in his heart. Jesus knew he wanted to hear what he wanted to hear from Jesus and not what God wanted for his heart. However, Jesus in His Love saw this man through the eyes of Faith and spoke God's word to Him. He saw the current state of his heart, He saw Him in his poor state. Although born of God, rich in material things, but very poor in things of the spirit. The man knew by the conviction of the holy spirit that there was more to it than living holy. Still, He wanted to hear from a higher authority who'll tell Him it is okay to remain in the poor state he's in and not journeying deeper by walking with Jesus to become rich in spirit. He wanted to silence the holy spirit by hearing; " Hey, it's okay, you've repented, your sins are forgiven, just continue in obedience okay." Many of us are following Jesus when He called us, but like the rich young man, we choose to remain in a poor state. God's will for us is to be restored and continue being restored when we received Jesus. However, man is a free moral agent, we have the will to choose either to remain in Him or to walk with him. To remain and Choosing to follow Jesus are two side of the same coin of God's kingdom. To remain is to inherit the kingdom of heaven, but choosing to follow is to become part of God's kingdom government, a stake holder in God's master plan. Choosing to remain in Jesus; is to choose to remain being saved, born of His spirit, saved from hell, but yet very poor in spirit, because although, living in Jesus yet, fixed on material things, "vanity." Those who're satisfied with just remaining, have an eye fixed on vanity and another on eternity. When we walk with Jesus with our eyes fixed on material things, still we can maintain our relationship, saved. Yet, remaining poor in spirit. Meanwhile, walking with Jesus, when He said; “ come, and follow me,” Is not necessarily about remaining in Him, but rather it is walking in His will. Walking in God's will is to let Him blur out every vision of the world that distracts and pose as a hindrance, keeping our eyes fixed on His will, the vision of His kingdom set before us, to gain eternal treasures. We are that treasures, but we cannot be until we yield to be refined like gold from glory to glory. When we choose to remain in Jesus, we begin to see Him mostly through flesh and less in spirit. We begin to see Jesus for only what He can do for us, to heal, bless and prosper us in time. However, when we come, and follow Him, when walk with Him, like Abraham who left His father's land and willing to sacrifice Isaac or the first Apostles who left everything without thinking twice to follow Jesus, we also, will be willing to give all He has given us as sacrifice to see His will fulfilled in and through us. To come, and follow, is to drop, lose, and leave all to follow Jesus wherever He leads. I mean; it is to live no longer for material things, but rather to desire and will for God's will to be done in us, on earth through us. His will is to restore His kingdom on earth through us, within our hearts. What are you willing to give in sacrifice for God's will to be fulfilled, not yours, but His? It is man's will to prosper on earth, but it is God's, to prosper in eternity. This is where many come to stop. A great multitude wants to remain, only a few do actually come and follow. Not everyone can accept this, because it's not given to everyone. It's a parable by Jesus. It's only given to those who are willing to die to self. This is why the Lord said we should pray for the Lord to send more harvesters for the harvest. Everything about the kingdom is irony to the flesh. When we choose the path of death, living not for self, then we begin to prosper eternally. “ Then Jesus said to His disciples, “Assuredly, I say to you that it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” Matthew [ 19:23‭-‬24 ] It's is hard for a man who's so concerned about flesh, being attached to this world to become rich in spirit. We must die here to live and gain over there. Anyone who lose his life ( flesh ) will gain it ( life eternal ). To gain life is reciprocal to attaining wealth in eternity, over there life is reciprocal to currency, wealth, authority and all. When we give way for earthly riches, we pave way for eternal treasures or prosperity, whatever you may call it. Giving way for earthly riches, is spending what we're been given by God to those in need. When I say “ in need,” I mean; both physically and spiritually, mostly spiritual because there no greater need than salvation. In salvation lies; healing, deliverance, blessings, strength, empowerment, restoration, everything. By doing this, we become one with Love ( God ) not only as we fellowship with Him always in our heart through meditation ( fellowship ), but also, through our neighbors ( enemies ), for whatever we do unto other that we do unto Him. When we cease to pursue earthly future and treasures for self, it creates an opportunity to spend more time in God's presence, because God will never give us anything that'll take or distract us from Him presence. When we spend more time with God, it paves way to pursue eternal future or treasures in Christ Jesus. Pursuing eternity future in Christ Jesus is pursuing eternal treasure that'll be used by God through us to bring salvation, restoration to all of creation, to deliver, save, heal, bless... All for one purpose, the building and establishment of His Kingdom. “ Then He said to them, “Therefore every scribe instructed concerning the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure things new and old.” [ Matthew 13:52 ]. We gain more eternal treasure as we walk with Jesus in obedience, by giving out what were given. When we give, we receive, when we sacrifice to gain eternal treasure to give to the world, we gain more and God's word becomes true in our lives. For it's more blessed to give than to receive. If all the blessings God really wanted for us is mainly only on earth, I bet He'd just cut our life's short and take us to heaven the very moment we give our lives to Him. What is it you have to give? It's one thing to give your talent, but the ultimate is giving that which God has given and placed in you before creation. And this you can only find when you begin to seek God earnestly, desiring to know the purpose He created you, to see His will fulfilled in and through you. You can't find this ultimate treasure, until you begin to seek God earnestly. This ultimate treasure Is "you," your real purpose in God's master plan which has been hid in God, revealed only to those who didn't just choose to remain, but to walk with Jesus wherever, wherever He leads. This is were we find our true self in God's master plan. Hey, God's master plan is not for you to remain a doctor or whatever achievement or trophy you've attain by flesh, it's baffles me how many parents give birth to children as trophies. That's just a story book you created by the world, your own that'll eventually burn up. There's a book many really haven't opened, we all can open that book by the help of the holy spirit, but we can't actually finish it, because the master will always be greater than the servant, Only Jesus finished the will of the Father in His life. Prayer remains the highly general way of love to gain eternal treasures. I'll always say this for those whom haven't yet discover their purpose in God. Nothing can makes us love a person as much as praying for him. The more we pray for others, the more we love them. How much we give to other through prayers, will determine how much we'll receive. We give to receive more, not to attain a crown, ( of course we will ). Rather, we give to have more so, we can release more of God's life for the salvation of souls. By salvation, I mean; restoration, healing, strengthening and all there is for Jesus to help us in this spiritual battle we're all in, this Pilgrim's journey. Give all you have, " come, follow me," Jesus said. Following Jesus in obedience wherever He leads, fills us with treasures to give and to be given to give more. Remember, one cannot gain eternal treasures without Love. We do not love to gain eternal treasures like trophies, no, such is not love. But, rather to gain more Life, so we can release more unto the world in love. Life is restoration, giving out life in love is bringing restoration to the world. We don't long to be Crowned in eternity by our love, rather we love, sacrifice to see others restored as we also are been loved and are being restored and renewed inwardly every moment in of our lives in Christ Jesus. In the end, lies an inevitable crown and glory. “ Jesus said to him, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” [ Matthew 19:21 ]
  5. I'll speak for myself for spending most of my life ignoring Love. Thanks for your word, we really should never cease to Love, without Love, we'll have little of the source in us. Glory to God.
  6. We give God the glory, I really I'm happy to see those who have the heart of God
  7. Living in God's presence is of heart, by meditation . Meditating on God's word simply is, being in God's presence and the only access into God's presence is through His word. Only through God's word can we enter or rather, bring God's presence into our hearts. Our heart remains God's dwelling place. How often your heart becomes fixed on God, I.e. how often we think about God determines how much He'll fill us with His presence. God's presence is His spirit and His spirit is life. For us to continually be in God's presence, we must continually keep our heart busy by meditating on His word, because His word is life and it is the presence of that life that brings us more into God's presence. In God's presence therein, lies; deliverance, salvation, healing, all of God's blessings, restoration and everything you can find in God. Walking or living in God's presence brings us into a life subjected only to the will of God, because we no longer live for ourselves, selfishly asking for material want, but rather only for the will of God. And this is God's will; that we ask, bearing much fruits showing that we are His disciples. Asking according to God's will is not for self, it is actually asking for others. By doing this we bear much spiritual fruits in return, to ask more for others, it's a cycle. Bearing much fruits is; asking to receive from God and then giving to the world. I mean, it is asking in accordance to God's will, for the salvation of soul, destroying the kingdom of darkness, healing, blessings to be blessed so, we can bless other, it is asking from God to give unto the world for the building of His kingdom. Prayer is the source from which we take in the life of Jesus and give out the life of Jesus. Whatever we ask in prayer, the holy spirit gives in other to give life unto others. Jesus came to restore life, through us. This is what asking truly is, you cannot use any spiritual gift or natural talents, or material blessings without asking God to help you use it for His will. You're blessed to bless others, I don't necessarily mean money, your life is a whole package of blessing to others, even your smile done in God's spirit, everything in body and in spirit. When we ask from God to give to others, then we begin to bear much fruit in eternity, and as we bear much fruits by asking for others, we'll be given more to give to others. In other words, we bear much fruits in eternity, God's kingdom, as we continue in asking for others in God's spirit of Love. This is the principle of asking God gave unto us. Ask for others, in love, according to God's will ( building His kingdom ), then you'll bear much fruits in eternity. In the realm of time, we use these fruits to receive more from God when we ask for others, because any branch that does bears much fruits the Father prunes so that it'll be even more fruitful. However, when time is finished, and it's harvest, these fruits then becomes our reward. Because we are the fruits, how much will you bear? Do take time to meditate on John chapter 15, okay. When we walk in God's presence always, we never need to ask for anything material, that's why Jesus said; “ Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you." [ Matthew 6:25‭-‬33 ] Is not Life more important than food, I.e. is not your eternal position in God not more important than food. All these comes naturally. We're not content that's why we ask selfishly, we ought to give thanks to God in all things. Walking in God's presence always by meditation ushers us naturally into God's presence where everything is available in abundance, you'll be blessed to bless others, healed to heal others, saved to saved others, you'll be given to give others. When I say everything being available, I not only mean material things to give, I meant everything in God, including the gift of His spirit to advance His kingdom, you've been given bread, don't be selfish, break it, if you don't break it, you can't have more. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples. [ John 15:7‭-‬8 ] If we remain in Him and He in us, we'll bear much fruits. In other words; if we remain immersed in His word and His word ( Life ) remains in us, we'll bear much fruits. God's word is Life and that life is Jesus, how much we meditate on God's word will determine how much more of Jesus will fill us to bear much fruits. Being in God's presence is like a seed planted in a garden, we are the seed, the garden is God's presence. Meditating on the word and praying are the same thing, because it means meeting with God through fellowship. If we remain always in Him by meditating on His word or rather praying ceaselessly, we'll remain planted and eventually grow naturally and quickly in spirit to become a tree with fruits. However, if we cease in praying, in fellowship, not to sin, no, just a break in relationship. For example; if we take a break in our heart to acknowledge God even for a second, if I fail to say in my heart, thank you Jesus, then I've become uprooted, not thrown away, but uprooted for a time being. How much we spend in praying, meditating In heart rather, will determine how much quickly we'll grow and bear fruits. Even while typing this my heart is busy in spiritual songs, because I don't want to be uprooted even for a second. Don't worry, when you begin, the holy spirit will help it become natural like breathing. You know, even when you don't realize you're breathing, that doesn't mean you've stopped breathing, even in your sleep also. The more we remain rooted in the garden, the more we grow faster to become more like Jesus, becoming more like Jesus is simply doing what Jesus does in Love and power, everything Jesus does, everything you can't even think of. His very nature, power and glory are not restricted to a certain few. How then do we walk in God's presence always? To walk in God's presence always, is by meditating on His word. The Lord was teaching the Israelites this; “ Therefore you shall lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall teach them to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. And you shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates,” [ Deuteronomy 11:18‭-‬20 ] The Lord is teaching us here about meditation, being in His presence always, by constantly running our heart talking to Him, whatever you say to Him become His word, because it came from the word in your heart, “Jesus.” To write them in your door post, hands, is a reflection, interpretation of writing them in our heart for our heart is the dwelling place of God. We write God's word in our heart when we immerse our heart in God's word to become an integral part of us. When God's word dominates our heart, it grow His spirit in us which then helps us to pray, i mean meditate, talking to or fellowshipping with God always. No one can do the things of spirit without being filled with the holy spirit and to become filled with the holy spirit is to become immersed in God's word. To walk in God's presence always, is to become immersed in God's word. We must feed on God's word slowly, attentively and repeatedly with a free spirit, a heart free of guilt in other to become filled with His life and His very nature. It is the infilling of God's word in our hearts that grows the holy spirit in us to maturity, thereby taking control and dominion over our heart. No one can meditate on God's word ceaselessly without God's spirit dominating his or her heart, because meditation is things of the spirit, and we are too full of flesh. Now that we're being filled the word and the holy spirit dominating us, now that we've surrendered to the spirit so we can walk in God's presence, we must desire to meditate on God's word always, because it is His word that ushers us into His presence. No one can have this desire without being given by the holy spirit, no one can desire things of the holy spirit without the infilling of the holy spirit, that's why we have to be filled through God's word. A break in meditation is a break in God's presence, a break in God's presence is relationship with darkness, not unto death actually, in other words, a break in meditation is a break in God's presence, which hinders our restoration. It's like filing a jar with water and then you go take a break. We said earlier that; meditating on God's word is prayer, and prayer also is intimacy, intimacy also, is loving God. It is a progressive relationship. We said also; God's word is life. God's word only becomes life when the giver has the source of Life ( Jesus ) in Him. As long as you have Life, any word you speak in your heart becomes life, and life, is God's word. As long as your heart is busy talking, in communion with God, always, you're being filled with Life, because you're interacting with the source of life “Jesus.” The same thing happens when we engage in worldly activities that doesn't speak God's word in spirit or glorify God, we begin to interact with darkness in our heart, our hearts will then, begin to be filled with death which hinders our restoration in Christ Jesus became death is degradation, it destroys God's building and we are that building. Cut off that worldliness, it's filling you with death. Whatever we say to God in heart by His spirit, are being released and received as life. This is what meditating on God's word really is. It is actually interacting with God in your heart by His spirit. Any word can be God's word, when spoken from a heart born of God; it could be; Meditating on the scriptures slowly, attentively and repeatedly to absorb God's life, it could be in spiritual songs, giving thanks to God, acknowledging God in every little thing. For me I say; - Thank you Jesus always, - Or even the name Jesus continually, - Take more of me and give me more of you, - locate me in your mercy. Anything, just anything, it doesn't have to be what I've just written, as long as you're talking to God in spirit, it is God's word, it is Life. This is what brings us into God's presence. A break in this even for a second, is a break in relationship, a break in relationship, is a break in God's presence, a break in God's presence, is a break in our restoration. Everything starts little, you might not be able to do so effortlessly and ceaselessly immediately in your heart, but I believe that the grace of God is more sufficient especially in this time of restoration and He'll help you speedily. You only need believe, believing is acting your faith, you must tell the holy spirit to help you start. In this word of distractions, one cannot spend time in God's presence in the secret place always, but in your heart you can. Even while at your place of work, while your eating, even while you're talking to someone. I'm so grateful to Jesus for making all things spiritual by making our heart the contact point between us and God, instead of going to kill a ram or burning an incense, our heart becomes that alter, God's word the substance ( fuel ), the holy spirit becomes the fire, our soul the sacrifice and prayers, intimacy becomes the incense. It is meditating on God's word that ushers us into our restoration in Christ Jesus back to the original position God made us in spirit. How much we spend in meditation will determine how much we'll be restored until were taken. Don't break in meditation ( prayer, Intimacy ), a break in prayer is a break in God's presence, a break in God's presence is a break in restoration. This is God's good and perfect will, to ask and bear fruit, to see you prosper in eternity. God's more interested in our eternal future, this is why He is came, to restore man. Ask God to give you the grace to continue what He's started in you. Jesus desires our love, and such prayers He'll respond to immediately. To bear much fruits is to meditate on God's word always ( ceaselessly ), in our heart. Meditate on God's word, always.
  8. When we come to God, He responds only to our Faith, not the outward. Our faith, i.e. our heart determines God's response towards us, His response to deliver us, to save us, to heal and to restore. Your faith will determine what you'll receive from God. Faith is of man's heart, and only Faith pleases God, no matter how little it may seem. If you have faith in salvation, the finished work of Christ, then express your faith by believing that you're saved, even as you immerse you heart in God's word. The difference between a man struggling and a man walking with Jesus naturally by the holy spirit is the spiritual force "Faith," and not strength, what they both believe in. When we believe that in Christ Jesus man can live a life of holiness by God's spirit through His word, when we truly believe, then we act our Faith by spending time in God's presence for His delivery power through His word to destroy the root of sin and death in us. In other words, God begins to focus more on us when He sees our Faith rather than doubts. Doubting the finished work of Christ to be restored into a life of holiness without sin, or to become restored fully in Christ Jesus forces God to pay little attention to us. Jesus expressed this when He walked the earth. You just have to believe, then God will see you through the eyes of Faith, when God see you, then He'll come in and see you through. For those whose doubt affects their salvation, we should know that when Jesus saves, He saves completely, there'll be a change in government in our heart from death unto life. It becomes no longer possible to live outside the government of the Christ, because there'll be a force you cannot resist, a force that'll keep you from disobedience and this force becomes even more stronger as we spend more time in God's word, in prayers, in His presence and in obedience. Here one cannot be fallen by default, unless he willingly chooses to rebel, which of course really sounds foolish, but, still that force, you cannot resist. It's like someone saying he wants to shoot himself in the head when he doesn't actually want to. This can happen because we; " Who through Faith are shielded by God's power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time." [ 1 John 1:5 ] Anyone can confess Jesus is Lord, but not everyone actually believes, because believing is a manifestation of faith, it is acting faith and faith is of man's heart. God doesn't see the outward appearances, He sees our faith ( our heart ). The heart can say this, but the outward otherwise, one thing is sure, God hears only the heart speak. For one to become born of God, it is by Faith through God's words, I.e. he must genuinely believe from heart that through God's word were saved, anyone, completely, not partially. " Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God." [ 1 John 5:1 ] God sees the heart, not the outward. Many have doubts that one cannot be delivered from the curse of sin and death, many doubt that no one can live a life by the holy spirit never to falter, they doubt, because their heart doubts the delivery power of God's word. When we doubt we call God a liar and calling God a liar is reciprocal to rejecting God. When your mouth confesses what your heart is not, then you've become a liar. We must believe, that in Jesus, the works of sin and death has been completely destroyed at the cross. When your heart testifies to this, then God will come in and begin His work as you surrender your heart to His word and spirit. God's love is for the restoration of men, but there lies an hindrance in the hearts of many, "unbelief." Unbelief hinders our restoration. Although we can confess with our mouth, but the heart, still of unbelief. When God sees our heart in unbelief, then salvation isn't possible. By salvation, I mean; restoration, not only from sin, but back to our original position in God. A good example is; many believing that God can only use certain people to do greater things, " the choose ones," they doubt that they also can be used, that's what they're not being used. We all have been predestination by God as Kings in His kingdom, rulers not subjects, to establish His kingdom. Those who're being used by God, they believed that they too are meant to become more like Jesus and so, the act their Faith by believing, sacrificing all in love, in intimacy to become more like Jesus. Restoration actually is becoming more like Jesus. This what restores us back to our original place in God, this is the result of men and women being used greatly by God, they begun living what God has predestined them to be not in time but, rather in eternity. When we doubt, we restrain the holy spirit from giving us the desire to become more like Jesus. We all born of God are members of a body, functioning differently for a purpose. Do not doubt ever again, for doubt restrictions our love for God, and where love is lacking, one cannot be restored fully, because God only walks with men who are filled with His Love. We must come to Jesus through His word, believing and accepting like a child that He has destroyed the work of sin and death, I mean; that in Him, one can live a life of holiness without sin, never to fall again. When we say otherwise, we doubt the power of God, our heart speaks unbelief, and although we confess with out mouth, but without the delivery power of God's word. Because our heart is of unbelief. When doubts to become more like Jesus arises in us, it restrains our relationship with Jesus. Where there's doubts, there lies little or no love, and we're love is scarce, we remain in a perished state. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. [ John 3:16 ] Remember we all have experience death because of the fall, a spiritual degradation. How much we love God, will determine our restoration from death to more of God's life. When we work more on our relationship to become more like Jesus, we attain more of everlasting life. Eternal life isn’t heaven or immortality, no, even the devil is immortal but without life, we'll call Him eternal death. Eternal life actually is having more of God's life as we journey deeper in intimacy to see His will fulfilled through and in us. Our reward for relationship with Jesus is more of His very life, and as we spend more time in intimacy or as we release also, this life unto others in God's will, we attain more of it. We love to receive, we give also to receive. How much life eternal you have will determine your restoration, your place in God's kingdom, we'll be measured by our love and weighed by the life eternal we attain while loving God on earth in spirit and truth. Loving Go is seeing to it that His will is fulfilled in and through us. Have a believing heart.
  9. The Lord's long-suffering toward us is repentance for the fallen. The Lord's long-suffering towards us is salvation; for our restoration, being rebuilt through deep intimacy in Christ Jesus. God made us complete and fit for a position in His eternal kingdom. Because of death, we all are just fallen buildings to be rebuilt by Jesus. This is for a greater glory. We all are building blocks, a specific and unique part of God's kingdom building. We all are rooms in the Father's house to be prepared by our Lord Jesus Christ. However, intimacy, ( love ) is the only building material. How much do we love? Of what value is our love? We'll be measured in eternity by our love. How much we love God and how much His love is manifested through us unto others by His spirit of love will determine how much we become like God, because God is love. This is our restoration, to become more like Jesus, this is our eternal reward. How much we love God is measured by how much we spend time in fellowship, communion with Him in our heart; in prayers, thanks, In spiritual songs, in communion, every second in our heart. We talk to ourselves at all time, every second in your mind, but how much do we actually commune with God in our heart? How much God's love is manifested through us unto others is measured by our willingness to sacrifices unto the world according to whatever good spiritual gift, talents, ability God has given to us. When we love our neighbors, ( enemies, strangers ) willing to lay down our lives for the salvation of their soul, we love God. For the salvation of their soul, I don't necessarily mean from hell. Whatever God has given, use it in love ( sacrifice ). I don't know what God has given you, I don't know what He has predestined you before creation, but I'd always say; we all are given unique abilities and talents ( spiritual gifts ), but there's one thing we all have in common, a loving heart that prays for any and everyone. Nothing makes us love a person as much as praying for him. God's long-suffering is for our salvation, our restoration not necessarily from hell, no, but for a relationship, for intimacy. Intimacy is how much we spend in God's presence, in our heart and how much we sacrifice to be used by Him for His glory. Love Him, give Him your heart, your will, your all. This is our glorious restoration, this is our salvation, this is Love, God's will. This is God's long-suffering towards us, " Love," for our salvation, our restoration.
  10. The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is long-suffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. [ II Peter 3:9 ] and consider that the long-suffering of our Lord is salvation. [ II Peter 3:15 ] Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. [ James 5:7‭-‬8 ]
  11. But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect. [ Matthew 24:43‭-‬44 ] “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only. But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left. Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming. [ Matthew 24:36‭-‬42 ] From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” [ Matthew 4:17 ]
  12. "And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!'" [ Luke 15:5‭-‬6 ]
  13. The body of Christ is moving. Blessed are those who are members of His body. It is more blessed for those who realize this movement. For those who've been praying and putting to good use whatever God has given, well, what more can we say. Let us pray that in God's Love and mercy, more will be grafted in, in Jesus name.
  14. I should put myself in this. I believe it didn't. We'd only need to open the pages of the book once again and live according to the written script. Thank you for this and glory to God.
  15. The greatest hope for all of creation is love, nothing else but, love in Christ Jesus. Love remains the greatest of God's command. Just as we love for the salvation of our soul, we also must love for that of others, as we love to be comforted, helped, loved in whatever ways of God, we also, ought to reflect the same for others, even unto those who pose to be enemies when viewed in the eyes of flesh. Our neighbors, in contrast might be people who considers us as enemies or even people you've not even seen in your life time just as I haven't seen you. Love must be of heart and love from heart must be felt as having remorse for not being able to do more as a result of our limitations, I mean, a love that sacrifices cheerfully for others. " Let no love remains outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellow man has fulfil the law." [ Romans 13:8 ] Whatever we do have, according to God's given ability, we should give and reflect unto others. However, still, we all have one in common to give by one spirit, " prayer," for the restoration of souls from death and strengthening of the body of Christ. You have been restored, so also, you ought to desire the restoration of others, you have been restored, you also, ought to be strengthened. My prayer is your strength, your prayer is my strength, for we are of one body. When the body of Christ is strengthened, all members of this body are strengthened all together, as we play our role functioning fully to bring about it's restoration. Know that whatever we do must be done in God's spirit, anything done not in God's spirit is not done at all, I mean anything that does not comes from heart. One can pray but, not of heart, one can give according to his ability but still, not of heart. That which comes from heart is of Love, for love is of heart and love from heart is love in God's spirit i.e. God's will, not ours. Nothing is too little to give, God is interested in the heart which gives not the substance. As we once said before; everyone is of different ability to give, as it is given by God. However, one ability everyone do have in common, given by God is; the holy spirit, a spirit of prayer. The greatest hope for creation remains " Love." In love, all that is of God's spirit is released, even the gospel. Let us love, not only reflected as material but also, as immaterial substance from the heart.
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