BEFORE THE CHURCH PROSPERS

BEFORE THE CHURCH PROSPERS

THE FEAR OF THE LORD

 The delight of CHRIST if not the only delight is that HE fears the LORD even though HE is LORD. Isaiah 11: 1-3 talks about the distinctions of CHRIST through the manifestation of the HOLY SPIRIT in HIM but much emphasis was laid on the Fear of The LORD as the manifestation HE delights the most despite all the wonderful manifestations that were mentioned before it.

BEFORE THE CHURCH PROSPERS

BEFORE THE CHURCH PROSPERS

“Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were Edified; and walking in the Fear of the LORD, and in the comfort of the HOLY GHOST, were multiplied.”                                                                                                                                                                                             Acts 9: 31

 

There are always two dimensions or sides to the prosperity and advancement of any people, places or things. These dimensions are pivotal for any sustainable change to happen in all facets of life. And the Church is part of those systems or organism that thrives when these dimensions are explored dutifully according to GOD’s Will and Commands. These dimensions are simply Growth and Development. Interestingly, the order of naming, though as common as commonly used is opposite to the order of importance or attention.

For any system or people to advance in a sustainable manner, Development must always come before Growth – this is the irreversible order of the prosperity of anything that must last. The Church must know what it takes for her Development and what is needed for her Growth.

As followers and disciplers of CHRIST and also as HIS Bride, it is necessary that we know what HE defines as the elements and dimensions of prosperity and how it can be a reality for the present Church. Most times, when prosperity is being mentioned, what comes to mind of people outside the Church is increase in the monetary and material blessings. In the same light, whenever it is said that a Church is prospering, what comes to mind is the number of Church members and perhaps the hugeness of the amounts of offerings raised during an engagement.

And when asked about how prosperity becomes a reality, we come with all kinds of theories of faith and confessions and declarations; the efficiencies of which could not be denied. But according to the Book of Joshua, prosperity is a process and it does not suggest repeated declarations about receiving abundance of money or resources. It is a dutiful process that evolves with time based on conscious efforts, constancy and consistency.

Fortunately, the elements that bring about dimensions of prosperity of the Church were evident in the lives of the Apostles and Disciples of CHRIST when the Church was instituted by CHRIST and the HOLY SPIRIT through JESUS’ Apostles.

 

Biblical vocabulary of Development is simply Edification while that of Growth is simply Multiplication. It is this dual combination that would sustainably facilitate the eternal prosperity of the Church.

 

 EDIFICATION

 This simply means to Build, Repair and Nurture. It obviously also means Development i.e. adding things together from the smallest unit up to the greatest level in order to form a wholesome experience, person or system.

The Building has to do with the careful addition of layers upon layers while Repair has to do with making corrections and adjustments to the affected additions and Nurture deals with the coordination of how these successive additions work together in sync for required productivity.

It must be duly noted that Edification can only be optimal or effective if the atmosphere or condition is right. Without the right conducive atmosphere, edification would either be partly successful or unwholesome.

 

And this needed condition is Peace with GOD and men. It is in this condition that one could either build up himself or others.

 

Paul mentioned building up ourselves in the most holy faith . . . what faith is holier than that of CHRIST and this faith of CHRIST is the only element that can guarantee us Peace with GOD. It is the faith of CHRIST that will give us the inner peace and help us facilitate the Peace we need to attain before men.

 

That Peace with GOD is Grace which manifests in us because we have Faith required to please HIM. So when a man’s ways please the LORD because of his Faith, GOD makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.

 

So peace with GOD gives us the capacity to build, nurture and repair people, Places, Things and Systems.

Peace with men of like faith work with us as the Edification Team; while peace with men who are not for us will be secured through our blameless conducts and GOD’s machinations so as to give us the opportunities, work and resources (Time, People, Money) to Build efficiently and effectively.

 

This is exactly how Edification or Development should look like in the Church. What every builder must understand and learn is that Peace with GOD, fellow believers and non-believers is very essential in building up people of GOD in the most holy faith.

Our focus must be to foster peace with GOD through HIS HOLY SPIRIT and relate with fellow man through CHRIST in us. Our lives will be more productive if we are first committed to building peace before building the people because the fruits of righteousness are sown in peace by those who make peace.

So if we want to sow the fruit of righteousness that automatically fosters peace, the environment must speak and exude peace within and without. As the Church, we must not make the error of fostering peace within ourselves before trying to foster peace with GOD. This is because the Author of our faith and the Head of the Church is CHRIST and only through HIM could we have everlasting Life and Peace in abundance.

The motive of any Edification or Developmental process is Perfection and the only ONE that is perfect is GOD – The FATHER, The SON and The HOLY SPIRIT. Therefore, doing things outside the HOLY SPIRIT is a recipe for disaster especially for the Church. If there is going to be a lasting peace both within and without, then we must be connected and attentive to the HOLY SPIRIT.

 

May HIS Peace Be With You!

#HIM

BIBLE- The Summary of LIFE

BIBLE- The Summary of LIFE

So many things have been said about the credibility and the infallibility of the Holy Book . . .

One would always wonder about the reason behind the aggregation of the Books in the Bible to ascertain the motive behind its non-chronological arrangement.

One would say the Old Testament Books were just bunch of stories of a certain kind of people a supposed “GOD” took a special liken to and how HE did everything to favour this set of people against all odds.

One would say the records of the Gospel of CHRIST are merely stories about a man who only seemed to be better that his kind; just a Czar that was successful in making himself into a megalomaniac.

One would definitely want to disregard the epistles out-rightly because they are bunch of letters written to some of people and rule them out as inclusions into the sacred Book.

TRUTH and DIPLOMACY

The Truth which is a crucial element that serves as the driving force behind all that we do in life and there are many dimensions that constitute to its definition. But in a very simple and clear term, truth can be defined as the reality as it is/should be.

HEAVEN ON EARTH

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Before CHRIST will ultimately come the second time and wrought victory over the world and it’s wickedness, there is a kind of victory HE desires for His saints on earth . . .

Unlike we all have been made to believe, what CHRIST desires is beyond wroughting miracles that come in season or divination of what has happened or what is going to happen. Wat HE came for is far more than what Nathaniels if today are thinking with their natural minds.

Epistle of the Heart

2 Corinthians 3: 2-3

Jesus warned that no one should covet being a teacher. This is because according to Jesus, a teacher is meant to teach the people the ways and laws of God and His Kingdom; expounding mysteries for the sake of facilitating understanding in the hearts of disciples of CHRIST. So if a teacher teaches wrongly, he would be responsible for misleading people and ultimately generations that are yet to exist if the recipients do not unlearn.

If a teacher’s destination is the heart of the people, then we should fear by not taking the responsibility lightly. Most importantly, the heart of a teacher is the first point of notice. His heart would determine what would come out to the people and find place in their hearts. According to Paul’s inspired letter, the teacher’s heart would determine the lifestyle of the learners or students . . . The students’ lives would take form out of the abundance of his heart. The focus would not necessarily be the content of what has been said but the spirit from which the contents emerge from. This is because it is possible to concoct messages and contents according to the calculated mind without giving attention to the heart (the spirit) but this would not stop the heart from releasing its issues with the words that are coming out of the mouth.

What is in the heart/spirit of the teacher? Is it accumulation of experiences and knowledge outside God that has blended with the amount of God’s virtue that is also present? Are the words we speak merely take roots from the letters that have been read and studied cerebrally while the real words are embedded in the spirit that is responsible for voicing these cerebral words out? How come students/learners/disciples tend to do contrary to what the teacher teaches/preaches vehemently?

Although the students are responsible for either rejecting or accepting the spoken words, teachers should nevertheless, always endeavour to speak from the heart that is connected to the heart of the Father in Heaven. The teachers must endeavour to be faithful and devoted students to the Holy Spirit so that He can imprint in and upon their hearts true Words and Laws of God so that when they speak, they speak from the abundance of God in their hearts.

What will exonerate teachers from the shortcomings of the students would be the embodiment of the epistle of CHRIST they have been given to teach or preach . . .

#HIM