True Discipleship: GOD, JESUS and Us

True Discipleship: GOD, JESUS and Us
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25. JCH5: 15-23

This is the perfect example of Father-Son relationship. The only example of discipleship and fatherhood we should strive to follow always. It is a relationship based on love and trust. A relationship based on the equality as the goal of the discipler (CHRIST) and obedience and honour as the elements to be found in the life of the disciple (Saints). Though GOD had given CHRIST the freedom and authority to judge, CHRIST would not do anything except the Father approves. Whatever He said or did was a function of GOD’s heart per time. Although He also had things to say that were evidently from the same GOD yet He would not speak them until GOD gave the permission

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.

DAVIDIC LEADERSHIP: Leadership

2Samuel 7: 1-7

A LEADER’s destination is to a place where he would eventually becomes a RULER of those he leads and those he does not lead. At this point he would begin to reign in the affairs of men based on his decisions and the counsel of those he leads . . .

When the time to rule comes, those he has been leading would become governors, captains of fifties and thousands and caretakers of territories he rules.Leading is a prerequisite to rulership that also helps in grooming people that would lead groups of people in time of the ruler’s reign.

DAVIDIC LEADERSHIP: Alone

1 Samuel 21:1, 4-5; 22: 9-10

Journey of leadership always starts with a man. Every journey of leadership must not be started with multitude, even if it does, it means each one must later separate from others to begin a specific task.

Though David’s reason for being alone was persecution, he would have ended up aloe one way or another so far God has a plan for him.

But the issue is not particularly about being alone what is being done during the period of “loneliness”. For David, his first stop in his journey was the House of the LORD . . . This means that his being alone only applied being separate from men. When a man on the path of/to leadership wants to be alone, it must be that he wants to be ALONE WITH GOD.

Being alone with God is the foundation a man must build his journey of leadership upon. The second issue remains what he should do when he is alone with God. As for David, he:

1. INQUIRED from the LORD to know WHO he was to become and WHAT he must do to become who he was to become. He let God determine his path . . . He subscribed to a leadership training that is perpetual; ready to learn any point on time.

2. RECEIVED STRENGTH from the LORD i.e. provision needed to start the journey well without fainting even though he was in the middle of persecution, chaos and unrest. He needed power from within and God gave it to him. HE renewed his strength like that if an eagle because he trusted in HIS counsel, hope and waited on and upon HIM.

3. RECEIVED AUTHORITY i.e. The sword for conquest in case there were obstacles and oppositions in the journey. There will always be oppositions especially on the path of leadership that JESUS pioneered for every saint to tread.

These three elements must be sought for from the LORD from time to time to ensue good success. The truth also remains that being ALONE WITH GOD is always imperative at every juncture of our lives.

Davidic Leadership is the kind of leadership that takes its ROOTS and CLUES from the LORD. It is a leadership that has its curriculum mined from the source – GOD! (Habakkuk 2:2-3).

#HIM

DAVIDIC LEADERSHIP: Introduction

God called David a man after His own heart not only because he seemed to praise HIM more than any man but because according to the records of Kings, he subscribed to the leading of the LORD while he was learning what God has for him and to His rulership when he eventually became the ruler of Israel.

David’s leadership quality did not start when he was king or when he had followers. It had begun when he was nobody. But wherever he found himself and whatever he found himself doing, he could see himself manifesting the characteristics of CHRIST. It was his genuine leadership quality (the way he led his life) that gave him the inspiration for the song he composed (Psalm 23).

He could see himself as one of the sheep he was rearing and also see himself representing God before his father’s sheep. These views and observations are enough to make David a case study of the subject of leadership and rulership even in these contemporary times. Even God made him the standard for other kings after him until JESUS came to institute perfection.

Is the journey of leadership a journey from nothing to something?? Let us find out together . . .

#Psalm23

The UnGODly: Who They Are!

Jude 3-4, 11, 24-25

The posture or stature of the unGODly is not necessarily of a person that is ignorant of the idea and personality of GOD. Most times it is of a person who operates in the grace of GOD just for the sake of fulfilling his desires. He shuts it heart from the change the grace of GOD brings from within but he greedily reaches out for the same grace when he is eager to make exploits.

The unGODly is one who enters the fold with an agenda that is contrary to that of the Shpeherd. He proclaims CHRIST but his actions are always against what CHRIST died for . . . He fails to embody GOD’s glory because he has failed to stay under the discipleship of CHRIST through the HOLY SPIRIT.

The UnGODly is given to competition among brethren as he also has monetary or material motive for everything he does in the midst of GOD’s people and naturally rebels against GOD by opposing those who are truly serving GOD with GOD as their motive.

The unGODly no more upholds the faith of CHRIST but that of self and he encourages/teaches others to do the same. He is bold in his declaration and confident in saying whatever evil is in his heart under the cloak of the gospel.

The UnGODly is zealous for cause not because it will portray CHRIST but because it will increase his sphere of influence and paint a certain picture he wants the people to see. He tries to create gray areas in the express and direct counsel of the LORD. To the unGODly, grace is a way of getting away with anything; it is a way to acquire what he has failed to acquire before entering the fold.

The Israelites at one time were unGODly because despite GOD’s wonders and salvation, their utmost desires were far from that of GOD. They were only interested in using GOD to compensate for what they had left behind and to have a better version of the life in Egypt while all GOD was asking them to do is accept the ‘New Life’ HE was offering them; a life that will completely change their nature from that of the UnGODly Egyptians.

Selah!

#HIM

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

Yoke and Burden

In Matthew 11: 28, JESUS was talking about giving us rest. But HE made it clear that the rest HE promised can only be attained if we accept HIS yoke and burden.

What then is the yoke and what is the burden?

When two animals are yoked together, it is for the purpose of doing a defined work on the field. And for this work to be a success, both animals must agree.

In any system, there is always yoke and burden in form of laws and responsibilities. If you accept the laws (yoke) of Nigeria, the question would be what are your responsibilities in the confines of these laws? Are you fulfilling the laws as a lawyer or as a banker or engineer? What makes you a bona fide citizen or a patriot is your role in enforcing these laws according to your profession or engagements.

The same goes for our lives in CHRIST! The Law of The Spirit is what yokes us with CHRIST and the responsibilities (purpose) assigned to us in order to enforce this Law on earth are the burdens. The question every one must ask is now that I am yoked with CHRIST, what is my burden? What am I meant to carry? What am I saved to do?!

JESUS was not going to save us from the yoke and burden of pharaoh/egypt just to be dormant in HIM/Canaan. What He said was that the kind of yoke and burden HE has in mind for us in Canaan is rest compared to what pharaoh is offering in egypt.

Yoking with CHRIST and carrying HIS burden do not guarantee our rest if we are not submissive to HIM.

Since HE is the ‘Strong One’, most of the burdens would be carried by HIM so the burden is LIGHT!

Since HE is the ‘Strong One’, moving while HE is staying and staying while HE is moving would only cause damage to us (‘weak ones’). The yoke will only be EASY if we do exactly what HE does!

Peace To The Wise!