In the last days the spirit of God will be poured out upon all flesh, only to as many that are ready and willing to receive.
" But as many as receive Him, to them He gave power to become sons of God. "
The moment you decide to follow Jesus, I mean putting your hands to the plough without looking back, He gives you that power, that authority. This authority only comes by His spirit through His word. For you are His son and as long as his blood which is the spirit, flows through your vein, you inherit that gene of authority through Christ Jesus to be like him. A man cannot give birth to a yam, he must reproduce a being which is more like himself, we are the image of God, what He is we shall be like, and a reflection of Him is seen and lived in His sons.
This spirit of God wad restricted only to the prophets of old in their days, only them could inquire of God. But we, this end time generation, we have been given the privilege to have the spirit of God. This spirit of God is what gives us rest, guides us and goes with us always, he said;
" But the counselor, the holy spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things, and will remind you of everything I have said to you."
All spirits has been unleashed upon the earth in the end of age, but it is up to you to determine which spirit you'll be enslave to, either to evil or to the spirit of Christ. It is indeed better to be in bondage of Christ than the former.
We get this spirit of Christ the moment we believe in Jesus through repentance. He gives us his spirit, because only with it can we overcome sin and the evil one. Yes, He has given us His spirit to over come sin, but once a man crosses from the other side unto Jesus, a war breaks out, a war against his soul, and if you doesn't equip this new spirit you've gotten, by the word of God and with prayers, I tell you, you'll be at the frontline defenseless and any artillery fired, you'll be the one to get hit first. And once you're hit, the devil if possible might take you captive from that front line back into his world.
The holy spirit is given after in God's, it's like a seed sown in a man, you don't just plant a seed and leave it there, it must germinate into a tree and bear fruits, the more you water this seed with the water of life which is the word of God, and the more you pray to drive of every pest from damaging the crop, every external force from trampling on it, the more it grows. It's like a man who is weak, and says he wants to fight one bigger than him, unless that man goes to the gym builds himself up to be greater than that man, only then he can defeat that man. This man in general is " sin."
This is when the Lord said; " anyone who is born of God does not sin, because God's seed remains in him."
it is this seed when nurtured, your efforts to nurture this seed, it grows into a tree and bears fruits of the spirit which are love, patience, kindness, self-control etc. The time were living in is not a time to relax, the devil knows his time is short and so he prows around like a roaring lion looking for whom to devour. A lion cannot devour something bigger and stronger than him, and so he'll find every means to make you weak so that he can devour you.
He uses the things of the pleasures of the flesh, material things, and then he uses the things of the world which are the distractions of this world, the music we listen to, the issues of life, that atmosphere produce by the ungodly in were we find ourselves and even our own life. I myself for example, a time came I discovered the devil was using my education during my exam period which was very stressful, he wanted me to compromise my meditation on the word and praying day and night with my studies.
If I had fallen for his trap and then say, " because of exam let me study first before prayer and his word," surely I'll be weakened and he would've taken any chance to pounce on me, but the sooner I realized I said no! in fact I prayed and meditate on His word even more. You see that all these things, though painful to loose them are what Satan uses to devour our time we should've used for God.
Satan has designed this word in such a way to draw men from God, don't let the things of this world eat up your time for God, until we drop all these we can't hear from God more distinct and clearly, and we cannot walk with Him like He did in the garden. I pray God will put in us His spirit to have the desire to yearn for him, even more in Jesus name Amen !
God made Daniel wrote about his vision for the people of the end time, that is; for us, this last generation. The angel said;
" Go your way, Daniel, because the words are closed up and sealed until the time of the end."
The book of Daniel, is one book people don't read these days, when it's indeed meant for this last generation, we only know about Daniel being thrown in the Lion's den, but we don't care about the visions God gave him.
" Know and understand this: from the issuing of the decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One, the ruler, comes, there'll be seven " sevens, " and sixty-two " sevens. " It will be built with streets and a trench, but in times of trouble."
This vision has been miscalculated by few, choosing the year Israel got their independence, the year 1948 ( when the UN declared Israel as a state ), but in reality it was the year 1967, when Israel recaptured Jerusalem and decided to make it her capital, but doing this wasn't easy, as said in Daniel;
" It'll be built with streets and a trench, but in times of trouble."
As we all know , Israel has gone through perilous wars against nations, and faced so many trouble, just in the name of making Jerusalem her capital that the word of God be fulfilled. But Atlas! glory be to God, His word has been fulfilled, and yet to be fulfilled.
As I was saying, if you count the year 1967 and then add the ' seven ' sevens ' which in Bible time calculation, equals 49 years. You'll discover it ended in the year 2016. Intriguing right? Yes, the rapture was to happen on or before the year 2016. But thanks be to God, His unending love and mercy extended towards us has placed us in an extra time of four years, from the year 2016, that is; the rapture will take place most likely in the year 2019.
Here's why I said his mercy has placed us in an extra time. Those who had known that it would happen on the year 2016 and had waited but didn't see it happen, well don't be discouraged, or don't be wronged, just because God gave a prophecy doesn't mean He can't change it, Just like He did with Jonah and Nineveh. Even still, I thank God He did, because probably, I know if it had happened then, I probably wouldn't be raptured, I mean, I would be waiting for the Tribulation's three and a half year of trial after it's three and half year of peace is over.
The rapture didn't happen in 2016 because of Jesus’ intersection, he knows many would be caught unaware compared to the multitude of those who'd be now. Few examples it would have happened during 2016. For those who has read one of my writings I wrote about;
General Mark A. Miley’s speech, about 2016 being a terrible year not only for the Americans but for all, still, mostly the Americans. Well it didn't happen then because of God's mercy. In case you want to check it out on YouTube, here's the title - BREAKING NEWS- Government Warns Military of Hybrid & Alien Threat.
And the vision of two American pastors who saw a vision of the last president of America.
But, Our God is not a God of confusion, neither is He a man that He should lie, He already gave a vision of two presidents being the last of America before the Antichrist is revealed. So, He extended Obama's tenure so that the last President's tenure won't end in 2016. Because after or during his tenure, the rapture will happen, leading to the revelation of the Antichrist, who will create a one world government. Then he'll create a deception to curb the intense disturbances of the sudden disappearance of God's own.
God has prepared for us, not only in His written word but also through His holy spirit, that we should be prepared and on guard, so we won't be caught unaware, because, it'll be a terrible thing to face the tribulation, though a large multitude, of which John couldn't count in the book of revelation will scale through, but I tell you, it's not a time you'd want to face. I know even in all these written, still some won't take heed to the Lord's warning, because as Jesus said;
" Not everyone who hears my word can receive it "
But still, I pray that his spirit will quicken us to be like the wise virgins, always prepared and on the watch for the bridegroom's call.
Only those who have the spirit of God would be raptured, including children, I don't know the age limit though, because Jesus said; if anyone must enter the kingdom of God, he must first be like these little ones. How do we know we have God's spirit? We know by the spirit he has given us. It's funny right, you can only know you have the spirit when you have His spirit, if you check your life today, if you judge your self sincerely, you'll know the side you're on, if you don't have the fruits of the spirit, if you're are still afraid of death, not sure were you'll end up when you die or when that day comes then...
The only way we can have his spirit, is by hearing and meditating on the word with our heart, and in obedience, of course you can't leave in absolute obedience without his spirit, given after receiving the word in heart. Let us pick up what we have kept aside ( the scripture ), and desire the true cravings of the spirit which has been quenched ( his word and his spirit ).
If you do understand the time were in you'll realize that these words of Jesus has been fulfilled even to the utmost,
" the first shall be the last and the last shall be the first,"
these words concerns us Christians, or should I say our regular church goers. Christians these days mostly were brought up in a Christian civilization, being brought up in a Christian home, they see Christianity as just going to church, a mere religion, forsaking it's original purpose.
Christianity itself is not a religion, it is a life, living the life of Jesus in His fullness. If all who profess to be Christians really were Christians, then the world would have been a better place, because it will be dominated by Jesus, His kingdom government will be established, ruling out the kingdom of darkness that has lingered for so long.
What I'm saying is this; although people goes to church, become a chorister, a deacon, a pastor, even go for evangelism, fine, but if God's word is not sown in you, all these you're doing is a waste of time. The Lord said;
1 John 3:9
" No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God's seed remains in him: he cannot go on sinning because he has been born of God "
Without this spirit you can't tell you are His son, you're not sure of your salvation, the fact you can't tell means your ways aren't right, because it is only those who obeys his word He send the comforter ( the holy spirit). Now I won't leave you hanging, the road to salvation is easy, first; you have to come with a open and free heart of repentance on acceptance of Jesus. Accepting Jesus is just the first step, because salvation doesn't lie at the beginning but at the end, for as many that endures. Your confession of Jesus as Lord registers your spirit man in heaven, Jesus is now aware you're ready.
The moment you make the decision to follow Jesus, knows you're an enemy of the devil and he'll do everything to take you back. This is when you fight to defend your faith ( your belief in Jesus ) if you really meant it. You must be faithful at all time in; obedience, prayers and by feeding on His word always, day and night, because no man can walk this path of holiness without these principle.
A prayerful man is powerful ( to every man who overcomes, to them He gave power to become the sons of God ). The word of God is the sword of the spirit, which is Jesus in personality, the water of life he fills your heart with life by fighting off every power of sin that brings death to the soul. No man can be delivered from sin without the word of God.
The word is sharper than two edged sword, piercing through heart and soul dividing it asunder, what is it dividing? Darkness from light. If you don't have this sword of the spirit in you gotten from the word you cannot cut down spirit of sin keeping you in bondage, it's like a man yielding a stick in a sword fight. The more God's word fills you the sharper the sword, there greater your strength to yield it.
Those who have been in the church for years, they've grown so accustomed to it that it becomes a mere religion, culture, they go to church on Sunday because everyone does like they go to school or work, forgetting that we the sons of God are the church not the building. They keep on living in sin ; lying, fornication, masturbation, which are the main sins youth indulge in this days, they've been blinded by the devil, saying;
" its natural, after all God created us that way,"
But on the last day, they'll be found wanting, because although proclaiming Jesus, but without his spirit deposit found in them. God does not care about the flesh, all He's cares about is the spirit man and the spirit possessing him, is it of the devil or of God? People, if you're not yet sure of your salvation, do a heart check, ask the Lord to search your heart to expose whatever that is not of His, because nothing of sin will enter the gates of heaven. For those who are standing, stand firm lest you fall.
If you have the opportunity to hear the gospel and yet, still living in sin, then the Lord will raise up stones to replace you, he'll raise up the worst of men who you think don't have hope for salvation as replacements. These replacements are elects of God, don't think you'll continue in sin without remorse and then Jesus will call you out of nowhere.
The main purpose of the church is for our empowerment and for our strengthening, because just as we are one body, we are of different part dependent on each other with Jesus the neck bringing us life to function as one through the God head.
If you're still in sin, say this prayer; Lord Jesus, I'm a sinner, forgive me my sin, I turn my back on my sin, and I renounce every spirit that has me bound, I believe that Jesus died for my sin, come into my heart and be my savior, take more of me and give me more of you, in Jesus name Amen!
If you have said this, know that you're registered by in heaven already, all you have to do is spend time with God in obedience, because you'll be tempted by the devil and tried by God to prove your faithfulness, God does not want another Lucifer in heaven, that why we all are brought here for an exam on qualification into God's kingdom.
So many people seem to have misunderstood the difference between righteousness and born again. A man can be righteous, but still won't enter the kingdom of God when his time comes. It's one thing to be righteous, still it's another to be born again, and being filled with the holy spirit.
If a man is righteous, there are probabilities he might not see the kingdom, why? Because righteousness is not holiness, it is merely the effort one applies in other to live a holy life, it is your persistence, your effort to know Jesus more. Only then Jesus will say;
" yes! this one really is willing to follow me,"
Then He'll will pour out his spirit upon you which makes you born again of the spirit of God.
Being born again is a different game, when one is born again he can see heaven, but that doesn't mean he must get to heaven, because being born again, you're been born into Christ as a baby, a baby can be vulnerable to harm in so many ways, because he has little knowledge of his surrounding and little strength for defense. That's why one can be born again and still fall into temptation, why? Because he does not have enough strength or rather enough knowledge to grow in Christ.
This strength and knowledge comes when a child grows, for instance you can't force a child to eat what is beneficiary to him, if the child chooses to eat the right nutrients he'll surely grow in strength and knowledge faster than the other who lacks the required nutrients. The one suffering from deficiency cannot advance and so he lives a life of weakness, when sin comes he falls easily, but the one who is healthy, who is not deficient will continue to grow in strength and knowledge so when he sees danger he'll be able to avoid it.
Even though he ingests poison ( sin ), though he might be weakened, but since he has a strong immune system, his antibodies fights off that poison and builds a resistance, so when next he takes that poison it would have no effect.
Let's also liken born again to an institution, where one undergoes a course of study in a university. For example his goal is to become a doctor, unless that student graduates and becomes a doctor, still he'll be called a student, and being a student he can drop out of college at any time, preventing him from attaining his goal. However if he endures to the end, passing through series of education, he'll be certified as a doctor.
In summary, as one grows from a born again child unto maturity in Christ Jesus, God pours out His spirit on him and restores him to live a holy life without sin, making him a son. Jesus said;
" But the councilor, the holy spirit, whom the Father will send in my name will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you."
God is not wicked, He wants everyone to be saved, but still, salvation doesn't just comes like that, salvation is not on confessing the name Jesus. Confessing Jesus to gain Lordship over your life is just a registration into God's family. Salvation lies at the end, for those who have fought and overcome. Jesus has to see your genuineness before He comes in to support you. Do you know the reason? it's because of Satan. Let me tell you a little reason why God wants your genuineness, because of time I won't get into details;
It all started when God created the Angels, God gave them free will, He made Lucifer, one of the highest of the Angels. Because of the glory of God bestowed on Lucifer and also the position God gave him over all the angels at that time, pride got to him. He wanted to exalt himself above the throne of God, but he was foolish. Every angel was designed for a specific purpose and Lucifer was designed for worship. Angel Gabriel was designed for wisdom, Michael was designed for warfare.
However, since there was no war in heaven, Angel Michael " the sword bearer " was not that relevant, because it wasn't his time for service, until Lucifer rebelled against God. You know one thing, God didn't cast Lucifer out, He only gave the order, and Michael executed the task flawlessly, there the glory of Michael was revealed as the strongest of Angels.
You've seen the result of the fall of Lucifer in play today. Our God is a perfect God, He created all things beautiful and made the angels under His service over all He created. But during the fall of Satan, war broke out in heaven, and all of God's creation was destroyed, in decay. God then had to begin a recreation, and brought man into existence, made in His own image, a direct replica of Himself.
That's why you'd notice the creation of the word actually started in the book of John chapter one. The world was without form and void, meaning it was in existence already, once ruled by Lucifer. Since God is not bound by time He created light on the first day dividing day from night, this was when time came into existence, and that was when God said;
" In the beginning ( when time started ) ' let there be light."
A third of the angels failed, so He recreated Himself through man, that's why men are in the likeness of God. But just a Satan rebelled, so also God knew man would fall, that's why Jesus was the lamb that was slain even before the beginning of time. God created man in His own image to replace the angels, only Jesus was like God, but God has to create man to be like Himself, because only God can rule His creation perfectly. When we shall meet God, we shall see Him face to face, we shall be like Him, not In His full glory, but we shall be like Him greater than all His creation.
God created the earth, and placed the garden of Eden in the earth, creating man in it, to test man, in other to sieve out those who when are in His kingdom would turn out like Lucifer. For those on the path to hell, don't say " God is wicked." It's also a revelation that if you were to be in heaven you also will rebel against God.
But to those have overcome, He will give them crowns of gold to rule with Him. There you have it, this world is just a selection ground to see those who are capable to rule and reign with God.
Few examples of righteousness is seen in the character of Zacchaeus and peter. Zacchaeus a chief task collector wanted to know Jesus, but been a short man he couldn't see Jesus, but did he give up? No! Unlike some of us who will go halfway and say;
" I've tried, its impossible for one to live without sin."
Rather, Zacchaeus put in more effort and climbed a sycamore tree in order to see Jesus. He did find Jesus. Jesus saw his righteousness, his effort to know Him and He thought. When he saw the righteousness of Zacchaeus, his struggle and desire to know him. That moment Jesus recognized Zacchaeus faith. And Jesus said;
" Zacchaeus! come down immediately, today I must stay at your house."
Zacchaeus came down and welcomed him, even in all of his righteousness he still have to welcome Jesus, unless, Jesus won't enter. Indeed like those living for Jesus today, Jesus came into their house, ate with them and renew their strength, and gave them his Spirit to be more like Him and to live a life without sin naturally. After been transformed, Zacchaeus stood up and said
" today I'll sell half my property."
These properties sold are what aren't needed in heart occupied by Jesus. They can be properties of sin, the things of the world and of the flesh, like immoral dressings and ungodly songs. What are you willing to let go? Because for one to follow Christ he must leave everything behind and take up his cross daily and follow him, though it might be painful at first but, in the end it becomes interesting.
You also know the story of peter walking on water, that was his righteousness. When he started drowning, because he couldn't walk by his own strength, Jesus snatched him up by the hand. You can live a holy life without sin, but it doesn't just happen like that, you have to start with commitment, effort, which is your righteousness, your righteousness is what Jesus would use to recommend you.
I pray the issues of life won't let us slip away but, rather draw us closer to Jesus in Jesus name Amen!
To “walk in the Spirit is to have the Lord Jesus as actual source of all that arises in us of thoughts and feelings. A man’s spirituality is measured by this. What freedom from sin and all besides to fellowship with the Father, and to serve Him! “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death” (Rom 8:2). For the Lord Jesus is the only Object of faith, the only One that satisfies us, as indeed, He is the Father’s Object; and if we have got but one mind with Him about the Beloved (Eph 1:6), our communion is with the Father, and with His Son.
We do need to be taught of the Spirit, to enter, more deeply than we have done, into what the Father has given us in His Son. If we do not, some difficulties will arise which will demand the knowledge of that which we have not got, and there will be weakness; there will be the consulting of flesh and blood (natural discernment of what we think instead of what He thinks—NC), instead of going forward in the strength of God, with the eye fixed upon the Lord Jesus.
To be saints of God, to be in His presence, at ease and at home before the throne of our Father, to have the privilege of beholding His beloved Son, and seeing Him in the glory which He had with the Father before the world was: there “is the hope of His Calling” (Eph 1:18). He has called us there, where no angel can be, no creature (heirs of salvation making us children of God wherein is no nearer fellowship—NC), save those who have a divine nature imparted to them; and who, by the Holy Spirit, are capable of entering into the deepest thoughts of God.
This is communicated to us, even here in this world that our hearts may rise up to the consciousness of the dignity of our position in the risen Lord Jesus. Conscience will not keep a person from sin (it’s just a register of memories—NC). There must be the affections brought into play, and such an acquaintance with the Father, such a familiarity with His thoughts and feelings that they become the meat and drink of the child of God.
Are not our souls too often satisfied short of this? Content with what is more simply suited to our need, or with what would be considered more practical. Why is it so, that we rest short of entering into what our Father gives us in His beloved Son as He is in His own presence now? It is because we are not walking in dependence upon the Spirit: it is the power of nature in exercise that hinders us. Nature always clings to something present—something that touches our wants as we see and feel them. Whereas, where the heart is more in the presence of the Father and in the enjoyment of the Son, while we are more sensitive as to what glorifies our Father, yet we learn a power in the Lord Jesus, and not merely in fact of certain things being right and wrong.
Growth is not a mere question of new habits. It is the Father unfolding His Son to us—His own thoughts and feelings as revealed in His Son; and this is what gives us reality. Because, if I see God has really wrought in Christ this wonderful work, far beyond that of creation—the raising of the Lord Jesus form the dead, and setting Him at His own right hand in heaven—if we read that act in the light of God, we see what sin was, what Satan was, what the judgment of God was, who now, in grace passes over it all. All is gone now (the curse and every relative judgement—NC); all is passed over for us, that our Father might magnify Himself.
While we are in the world, over which judgment is hanging, we are raised above it all—we have the liberty of heaven (presently using it—NC), while we are on the earth. We have passed in the person of the Lord Jesus outside this world; we have taken our position in heaven, we have been “made to sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Eph 2:6). That is, we have been put at ease there, which the thought of sitting gives. All thought of pilgrimage is lost sight of in this range of truth (often having the sense of already being in heaven—NC). Our being pilgrims and strangers, though most true and blessed, is not so blessed a place as being seated together in places in Christ Jesus.
- G Gardiner
“Regeneration is a birth: the center and root of the personality, the spirit, has been re-created and taken possession of by the Holy Spirit. But time is required for that center to extend through all the circumference of our being. It is akin to a seed: the life of the Lord Jesus within must grow; and it would be against the laws of nature and grace alike if we expected from the babe in Christ the strength that can only be found in the young man, or the rich experience and stability of the fathers. Even where in the new convert there is great singleness of heart and faith, with true love and devotion to the Saviour, time is needed for a deeper knowledge of the old man and sin, for a spiritual insight into what the Father’s will and grace are.” – Andrew Murray (1828 – 1917)