Purity, the purpose for reason

Purity, the purpose for reason

 Isa 1:18  Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. 

A bottle pf water with 99% pure water and 1 % sewage is a bottle of water that is contaminated. It is for the purification of souls that Jesus died.             To avoid further contamination after salvation, God instituted repentance. In order for a Christian to repent, they must first reason out the sin and realise the seriousness of what ails them and what separates them from God. What is more serious; the ailments of sin or the separation from God? This is the question. In the Church today, grace is expounded as the given panacea by God for all sin. Unfortunately, this is not true nor Biblical. Grace is more strenuous than the law in what it demands of a believer. For example, if one was to commit adultery under the law, they were considered as being fit for judgement. Jesus said; if you look at a woman and lust after her, you have committed adultery. Now, judge for yourself whether grace is more demanding of purity than the law. Secondly, judge for yourself, if living with sin is easier than separation from God. 

 

Even if there is a spot or a wrinkle on a believer, the believer is considered by God as being contaminated by sin. That is why God has asked for us to sit down with Him and reason this out. Not everyone wants to address their sin and in some cases as it has been hidden and practised secretly for many years. Such people have gone about their Christian life hiding their dark secrets till one day it is exposed by God or the devil. On the one hand, the devil attacks and makes life miserable for the sinner while in sin and on the other hand, satan terminates the believer in one way or another when he has completed his time with the sinner. Many have died as a result especially when partaking of communion with sin in their hearts. God, warns the sinner continually till His grace no longer contends with the believer and then God allows their sin to be exposed. The classic example of this was Jimmy Swaggart. He was a great minister of God whose pulpit was one of holiness and power unto God. Yet, he held a secret sin of sleeping with prostitutes and pornography. He even went so far as to expose another minister of God who was in sin by doing so publicly while he himself was in sin. It was then that God exposed Jimmy. 

 

My friends, purity is not an option. None of us are exempt from being purified and purifying ourselves. It is the dedicated work of the Holy Spirit among believers to bring them to perfection. After that, it is up to us to purify ourselves. Jas_4:8Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. This is the purpose for God’s attempts to reason with us. When this reasoning is not possible, then there is a fiery looking toward judgement. Heb 10:26  For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, Heb 10:27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. To avoid this, we need to come to a place called the reasoning place. I imagine a table and two chairs, one on which God sits and the other us. He then begins to explain our sin life that so affects Him first and then us. Call it a counselling session if you like. This to me, is God showing grace to His sons and daughters. If we do not receive that reasoning with Him, we cannot be washed in the blood of the Lamb. Then, we have no right to take communion. By taking communion with un-purified hearts we place ourselves at risk of judgement.

 

The journey of the Christian if you have noticed, is on several fronts. Many have not sought purity but have sought power. It is my reasoning that God is infinitely more interested in character than in power. Power is up to God but character is up to us. This can be daunting when one is moving in so much power that they forget their heart and it’s evil. This is a subtle but common problem among Christians. If we stop to examine our hearts regularly like we should at communion, we will be clear. However, because of our natures, we can skip over the cleansing of the heart in the light of our pride and arrogance of what we say we have by virtue of ministerial fruit. True fruit is that of the Holy Ghost which remains in a person’s heart. If character is constantly swaying between two poles, then one has a problem settling the issues of the heart. The best way of determining this is by words that come out of our mouths. Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks causing our actions to speak loud about character.

 

When it comes to preaching and ministry one must have purity of heart and thought. Motivations and intentions must be checked along with not taking the glory of the results that approve your ministry. This can be a very difficult area for those of us who do not understand that the Holy Spirit is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. After ministry, sometimes, one can discover that they have carried it out with the wrong spirit or realise the illegitimacy of it. Cain offered a sacrifice out of the sin in his heart and not out of purity. Annanais and Saphirra did the same. Samson took it upon himself to abuse his anointing as did Eli the high priest when he allowed his sons to sin and the list goes on. All this just tells me that I need to be examining my heart quite regularly and expunging anything that is not of God in me and keep my heart open to the examination of the Holy Spirit. Once I have done that, then, minister in that purity of heart and give God the glory.

 

Purifying oneself goes deeper as we go deeper into God. Each step of the way, new things come to light that we never even thought was there. That is because the light reveals things in a greater way as we allow that light to shine even more in our hearts. It is easy to see the faults of others but very hard to see our own faults. That is why the light shines on our hearts to reveal what is unacceptable to God. Even though a fellow man may think nothing of it and even approve it, God may not. Our examiner and source of life is God, not man. We must be wise to check our hearts before God first.

 

The more we read the word and allow the word to work in our hearts, the greater the release and freedom to walk in the Spirit. The word also negates the external activities of the devil against us, nullifying any temptation that may arise. When Jesus was in the wilderness fasting and seeking God, the devil came to tempt him but was confronted and defeated by the word. This same word will cause us to rise up and demand that we too walk in ways of purity that allow us to handle the word of God without condemnation. It also allows us to deliver the word without contamination. Each word we use must be pure and acceptable in the sight of God as each word is examined by God to see if it is pure. There is an accountability that we have over words that we use. Mat_12:36But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. 

 

When you begin to hate evil and see it for what it is, you can purify yourself from it. Good and evil are out of the same fruit. Yet, one must learn to reject evil and choose the good. This too is an act of purifying oneself. Choosing between good and evil is incumbent (mandatory) upon us and not God. Isa 7:16  For before the child shall know to refuse the evil, and choose the good, the land that thou abhorrest shall be forsaken of both her kings. Jesus showed us a way to overcome evil.  Rom 12:21Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good. The choosing of good over evil in thought, speech and action overcomes evil. This is power of character. Demonstrating power in ministry is not the only way to overcome evil. Simple acts of love require character rather than power. Yet, character can only be attained as one submits and yields to God’s word and His Holy Spirit who then teaches us the word. Un-submitted souls never learn, they brag about their gifts and results of power but their soul is in leanness.

 

Obedience to God’s word is a definition of character. The kind of character that stands against the tides of time and evil thoughts of men. When God sent Jesus to the cross, Jesus went there out of obedience and humility. These two aspects of character won Him more than all His miracles, signs and wonders that He did. When people are brought into the salvation knowledge of Jesus, it is character that is mostly worked on by the Spirit. Yet, many Christians not only find this hard but rebel against it and even twist the truth around to justify their position instead of simply accepting and obeying God’s word. The longer one resists the Lord, the longer the cleansing program. What started out in the heart then gets exposed like Jimmy Swaggart. He rose to the pinnacle of ministerial success only to be brought down publicly because he never listened to the pricking of the Holy Ghost in his heart.

 

God is patient, kind and is willing to wait for you even in sin. This is an amazing concept. He allows things we never allow in each other because He is waiting for the day when He can save us from ourselves and the devil. Though we are saved, we are not entirely purified. Purification is a process of sanctification (being set apart). Once we are set apart, we are put through the purification process just like in the days of Queen Esther when she was getting ready to be married. Jesus is coming back for a perfect church which is His bride. Eph 5:24Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. Eph 5:25Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; Eph 5:26That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, Eph 5:27That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. 

Lots of love

Pastor Noble

03/09/17

 

 

Sense & Sensibilities

Sense & Sensibilities

Making sense

 Nehemiah 8:8 (NASB)8 They read from the book, from the law of God, [a]translating to give the sense so that they understood the reading.

Heb_5:14  But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

 

I have repeatedly said; “no man is an island”. The reason I say this is, not one of us have the ability to gain anything good by our own ability that allows us to make wise choices and decisions. We have to be taught. Those of us who are educated through the secular world discover that we are incapable of making wise choices in spite of our education. Take for example, many who commit suicide, go into prostitution, become drug addicts and alcoholics in spite of education and what common sense dictates. It may make worldly sense to be educated in order to make wise decisions in life but unfortunately, we have seen far too often, the very same educated people make some very bad choices that makes no sense at all. One must wonder where the sensibility of some choices of such people have emerged from. Far too often we explain our choices away and discredit our circumstances in life as being the perpetrators of bad choices, when in fact it is we who have made such choices, having taken leave of our senses.

 

It is evident that human beings have made no sense at all in the way they carry on. Wars, pillaging, rape, murder and the destruction of one another and the earth we live in is foremost on the minds of those who seek power, fame and fortune. There is no sense in anything we do that proves we have made mature progress toward a sensible society. Our decisions have led us to places of death and destruction on just a whim and a fancy or a wrong word said here or there. The absolute mindlessness of man’s thinking has led him to hide behind his education and so called “free will”. They say that the rights of an individual is far more important than the outcome of his actions. Does it make sense when a person who commits murder gets away on a technicality of his civil rights having not been met by the police or jurisprudence? One has to wonder about sensibilities in modern day society as to where it is leading us. Our end is not a mystery as we watch the absolute destruction of the world (human society) we live in and the earth upon which we stake our hope. It is taking place before our very eyes with each passing day.

 

The word of God which provides wisdom, knowledge and understanding speaks to us about a sense that we need to inculcate into our thinking before we completely lose our minds and way which will leave us incapable of making any wise decisions in life. We cannot depend on the world to give us this hope. The knowledge of God is something that we lack because most of us do not even think God makes sense. We find it hard to relate to an invisible God who does not speak face to face and who allows all manners of destruction to take place among us while expecting us to work out what we need to do to understand Him. Added to this, we have to follow commandments that defy our logic and passions. For our journey in life to make sense, we need to receive something from God that makes sense. This is where the power of God comes into play and suddenly everything begins to make sense.

 

Take for example a drug addict and alcoholic like myself. Once he is discovered by God, life changes around so dramatically that he stops all his self destructive habits and never goes back to it. This is the sensibility of God; not only to save a person from self destruction in the natural but also from eternal death in the spiritual. What is more about this journey of a natural life, is the journey into what really makes sense through God. When this sense reaches us, sensibilities can be expressed in all our speech, actions and thought. Then, life on earth makes sense. The fruit of character comes into play as a result and love abounds where none existed before. This is the power of God, to knock some good sense into a person. We need more of this in the world and not reject God or His ways because we feel it does not make sense. Our natural senses can never grasp the quantity or quality of God and what He offers. Apostle Paul found that all his religiosity made no sense once he met Jesus on the road to Damascus.

 

1Co 2:14  But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 1Co 2:15  But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. 

 

We can see from the verses above that it is quite clear that we need the Spirit of God to understand God. I guess it is like having an Educator in the natural. Without a teacher to teach, we cannot learn or we will learn the wrong things and it will not make sense. Furthermore, natural teachers can only teach us about natural things but The Spiritual Teacher who is the Holy Spirit can teach us spiritual things. Why don’t we learn?

 

I am convinced that as time goes by in this world, things will make less sense in the natural. People will lose their way and their minds and it will become a society where anything goes (much of which is already happening under the guise of man’s law). This will bring more stringent and imposed law which in turn will determine sense (that which is acceptable by law). We will all be programed to think in that direction or we will face some form of isolation and possibly even death. I believe that this is why spiritual sense have to be exercised to know the things of God. There is a plan of God that is being outworked on earth whether anyone believes it or not. Yet, God is not without witness. When God sends His witnesses to preach the gospel around the world, many are accepting the power of God and turning to Him because it makes perfect sense and gives hope.

 

Everyday life must make sense or else life will be rotten to the core. The ordering of the mind when it is confused or emotionally broken is very difficult. Psychologists have to painstakingly engage the mind to make sense of the world in order for that person to face life’s circumstances. Many who have faced tragedy in life have lost their senses altogether or have lost enough of it which makes them think that there is no sense in life. God on the other hand has given purpose to life and makes perfect sense in His creation. His creation is designed to make sense and it does. When we look at the intricate design of the Universe and all of its inhabitants in both animate and inanimate objects, it all makes sense. Science itself is based on the sense of many things that they are discovering. What they do not know is, there is a Creator who made it. Their sensibilities are threatened when they cannot explain something scientifically. They do not stop to look at themselves for one second to realise that they are a perishable object but still make sense in the scheme of things concerning life. Scientists are forever trying to find out a way to make things that last. Invariably, whatever they invent fails. When there is a failure in some way, it does not make sense to them. God on the other hand made us to last for eternity with Him. In designing us, He conditionally made us so that the failures will be as a result of us not Him. The moment we fulfil the condition of God, we become an everlasting creation of His. This condition is to accept that He created us and that He saved us through Jesus. This baffles many.

 

When the stargazers in the wise men searched the heavens for a sign (as they believed that the stars held the wisdom of God), they found a star that led them to the Messiah, the Saviour of the world. Mind you, the world had already been in existence for some time by then and prophecies abounded of such a Messiah.  No one had seen him for thousands of years, yet searched for Him. Life made no sense till the wise men were told that the Saviour was born in Bethlehem and His star would lead them to Him. When they did find the Messiah, He was a baby in swaddling clothes lying in a manger. This did not make sense either. One would have expected that if there was to be an all conquering hero, He would come as an elegant King with great armies and save the world. When true salvation was understood by many who received the prophecies of the Messiah, they realised God’s wisdom. It made perfect sense that an Almighty God would lower Himself to become like flesh to save us. Maybe all if it does not make sense even now but it will in eternity. We need to have faith. Faith makes sense and our sensibilities are blessed by faith.

 

Let us not strain at a gnat and swallow a camel. Our senses are under attack all day long and the only way to receive peace is to receive God’s word. It is the demonstration of His word that makes ultimate sense because it touches our senses and makes us know the truth. When we humble ourselves we will learn of His ways and find our peace. Mat 11:28Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Mat 11:29Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.          Mat 11:30For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. 

Be blessed in all that you do. Learn to walk in sense and sensibilities that will lead you to the things of God which have power to save you. Do not allow the evil one to confuse you by what he makes you believe. Let God remove the veil

Lots of love

Pastor Noble

20/08/17

 

 

Don't be the Problem - Be the Solution

Don't be the Problem - Be the Solution

 2Ki 5:2  And the Syrians had gone out by companies, and had brought away captive out of the land of Israel a little maid; and she waited on Naaman's wife. 2Ki 5:3  And she said unto her mistress, Would God my lord were with the prophet that is in Samaria! for he would recover him of his leprosy. 

Solution to a problem can be difficult because of perception. It may take another to see the solution. The little maid in the verse above was a solution to the problem that Naaman was having. She could well have been a problem to him because she was a captive slave but instead she took on the role of a saviour by advising the wife of Naaman in the positive.

Problems have a way of bringing out the worst in us and as a result cause bigger problems to arise. However, if we saw things through the eyes of our understanding, we would have a solution. I believe Apostle Paul spoke of this is in a way that would help us understand the ways of God. Eph 1:17  That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: Eph 1:18  The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, Eph 1:19  And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power. If only we could see and know this clearly, we would have such victory in our lives like the kind we have never seen. 

I believe God has given us a Saviour in Jesus just like that little maid was to Naaman. I do not want to be-little Jesus but I want to venerate Him as our all encompassing solution to life. He did not come to add to our problems by becoming a problem for us, instead, He came to be the solution to our problems. When we see Him seated upon the throne of life ruling and reigning like never before, we will realise that the problems we face today in life are really nothing compared to the solution. 2Co 4:17For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; 

If God had thought that there were some problems that could not be covered by Jesus He would not have made Jesus Lord of all. By becoming Lord of all, He took over all the world’s problems and brought it under His feet and in turn gave us His power to overcome life and its problems in the same way He did. 1Jn 5:4For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. The world is a problematic place with all its convoluted ways of evil that was never meant to be. The problem came when Adam and Eve became the problem and not the solution to what God had already prepared for us. Yet, if we lay all our problems at their feet, we will not understand how God did not impute their sin to us though it came upon us through their disobedience. Now, we are all born sinners because of their sin which allowed sin and death to come into a perfect world. To overcome this problem, God sent Jesus to defeat sin on the cross and set His people free. If we follow after Jesus, we will not sin or be in sin like Adam and Eve were. However, the choice again is up to us just as it was up to them when they were asked to obey God’s commandments.

Herein is the problem. To be or not to be. That is to say, obedient to God and resist the devil. The choice is ours even after we become born again. We can still be a problem to others and ourselves if we do not listen and obey the commandments of God. Apostle Paul says. Gal 5:7  Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth? Gal 5:8  This persuasion cometh not of him that calleth you. Gal 5:9  A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump. One small problem can become a monstrous problem for everyone. The idea of being in the body of Christ is to be a solution to problems that go on in the Church and in the world. If we behave the same way the world does, we have no recourse left. This then becomes wilful sinning and God is displeased with it, to the extent that He will cut us off. Since Jesus came, there is no more sacrifice for sin. Heb 10:26  For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, Heb 10:27  But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. I think, the word of God is plain and simple in its explanation.

Problems come about in daily life irrespective of whether we create them or not. This is where we can be most effective to provide a solution. We have the knowledge and the power to overcome the world through faith. Let us use our faith in God to access the problem solver Jesus through His word, Spirit and blood to overcome this world’s problems just like He did. For this to happen, we need to be at peace with God and live in assurance of His love. Otherwise, we will find ourselves steeped in problems while trying to help someone else out of the problem. We need to use a lot of wisdom when dealing with another’s problems. Otherwise, someone else’s problems can easily become ours. Furthermore, the world’s problems can also become ours if we are not careful because we live in a world that is most certainly not perfect.

Just as the picture at the start of this letter depicts, we could easily miss the solution to life that has already been provided by God by focussing on the problem that is really not a problem anymore because of Jesus. Psa 91:3Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. Where there was no escape from this world and its problems because of the snares set by the devil, we are now free through Jesus who overcame it all for us. The greatest joy one can have is to witness the freedom of a bound person. There is celebration in heaven by the angels. They rejoice at the sinner who comes to Jesus and is set free. Not only that, the joy is in knowing that you can overcome problems in daily living by observing the commandments of God in the Bible and the solutions given in it for daily living. This is true freedom. 

I cannot tell you how much I have been blessed by following the word. In every area of my life, I have been blessed by God’s words that have provided the solution. Now, because of that, I am a solution provider through the word for many who are in captivity to this world and its problems. Many have been blessed through this ministry as I have been blessed through the word. I am determined to be the solution to people and not the problem. This many not always seem so especially when people become irate at what you tell them according to the word. I remember telling one lady that her problems in life in health and unhappiness were coming out of her de-facto relationship while she was living under the guise of Christianity as a Christian. She wanted me to approve her journey, which I flatly refused, based on the word of God. Not long after, she found out that the man she was living with was having an affair with someone else. All this did not manifest in her life till I came into her life as the Minister of God. Till then, she was oblivious to it all. Now, the question is, was I a problem or a solution? It may seem that I was a problem but in actual fact, I was the solution to her salvation process. What is more important; her soul or her daily life upon this earth? My answer is, eternity is more important. I provided a solution for her to find peace with God and live a holy life which she obviously was not living and as a result was having huge problems in life. Likewise, I asked another lady to forgive her ex-husband and partner who had caused her much grief in life. When she did, she was instantly healed of cirrhosis of the liver which was a death sentence on her. Again, I was the solution through the word of God. When you understand the principles of God, being the solution is made easier though many may not accept your solutions. They want their problem to go away in the natural while never employing the spiritual. This is the folly of man.

I am convinced that this world cannot offer any solution to the human problem at all. All the band aid solutions that are being applied are only creating more problems. The world is out of control, governments are at wits end as to what to do. All they do is lay the blame on each other. God through Jesus will always be the solution to life’s problems no matter how mundane it is. There will come a day when the world will no longer exist and all of life’s problems will disappear forever. Rev 21:4And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. Wow! I cannot wait for this glorious day. However, while we are on earth, let us determine to be the solution and not the problem. For this, we have to examine our own hearts and see if there be any wicked way in us that is causing us to be problems. Lack of submission to God and His authority invested in men, unresolved issues, selfishness, bad character bad habits and unrestrained living will cause us to be a problem rather than a solution. Added to this, if we neglect God’s word, we will never understand the solution that God has provided. He has made us the solution and not the problem. Eph 3:10  To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God.  Imagine that. God has chosen us to be the solution even in the spiritual realm of darkness. One day, we will sit on thrones and provide solutions to the worlds.

Prepare yourself approved in the word to become a problem solver and a solution provider

Lots of love

Pastor Noble

20/08/17

 

 

Seeking God with all your Heart

Seeking God with all your Heart

From the Pastor’s heart         

 

Deu 4:29  But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul. 

The preposition “if” in the verse denotes a condition of the heart of man. Not everyone is seeking God because they are busy with other pursuits in life. Therefore, seeking God first is a choice which must be a pursuit of the heart and soul. Furthermore, some have sought God in a lazy manner. Half hearted pursuits of God have ended in frustration and discouragement for many. 

On the other hand, some have not sought God but found Him. This seems unfair in the light of a condition placed on us in finding Him, which is, to seek Him to find Him. Why should some not seek but find? I think they were seeking God but were waiting to be found of Him because they found themselves in desperate trouble in the process of seeking Him. They had taken twisted journeys that were actually leading them to God but they did not know it. Their search took them into drugs and alcohol and weird places before they found Him. They were seeking Him but ended up seeking Him in the wrong places. They eventually found Him in their hearts after they were found of Him. I was one of those people. I also believe, God was seeking them more than they seeking God.

 

I know that I had an empty hole that just could not be filled. I knew about God but did not want to go to Him because I was steeped into the world with drugs and alcohol and actually running away from God. I knew that the moment I came to Him, my affair with the world was over. One part of me had decided that I was going to be in the world and another was crying out for salvation. God found me in the gutters of my mind and life and saved me. It was dramatic to say the least but I found Him or rather was found of Him. Jesus had to come into hell to pull me out and save me. I knew then that I had been saved from being a sinner long before I was saved from drugs, alcohol and a wayward life. Suddenly, life made sense to me and I knew that I knew I had been saved from a terrible eternal death. That is why I do not care what anybody thinks about my faith in God which I will boldly share as required. Furthermore, I will shout my faith and His gospel from the roof tops and to anyone who cares to listen.

 

After coming to Christ, God should remain an earnest pursuit of our hearts. Many find that after a honeymoon period with Jesus they fade in their interest in God.  He becomes too hard to follow as more and more realisation hits the individual about the commitment involved in finding Him. Life becomes busy again and hearing is dulled through un-exercised senses. Worst of all, the attacks and lies of the enemy take the focus away from seeking God for who He is. He then becomes a God to seek only for His blessings. Those who do pursue Him for who He is discover incredible mysteries that unfold for them. Apostle Paul was taken to the third heaven as he singularly focussed on God. 2Co 12:2I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven. 

 

His pursuit of God was not just to fulfil his ministry on earth but his quest was to know Him. Php 3:10  That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; 

 

This knowing has to do with intimacy. Why do we pursue a love affair when we are single and want to be married? We do that because we seek intimacy and permanency of relationship. In Christ our permanency is made whole when we accept Him but intimacy escapes us. We find that similarity in marriage as well. At first we are excited about the relationship but after that there are problems in maintaining that relationship because intimacy is not maintained. Likewise, in Christ, the pursuit of God is difficult because we do not maintain that relationship through giving into worldly and personal pressures. If we are singularly focussed, we will find that the pursuit of God has so much to offer in the way of wanting more of Him and less of the world. It becomes intimacy in heavenly ecstasy.

 

Further to seeking Him, we are trying to find Him because we need Him. He must be found or else seeking becomes endless and fruitless. I know many who continually seek Him but never find Him. Without finding God, it is impossible to come to that place of rest and assurance. This effort to find Him must be made on all levels of faith continually through life as it is always changing and challenging. He is the only saving grace in an evil world that has nothing to offer but doom and gloom and a bad end in death. When we find God, we realise, He is life and more than that, He is life that unfolds for eternity. That has to be worth something to us who are mere mortals, whose end is a physical and spiritual death after spending a few years on earth unless we know God.

    

In pursuing God, we must also realise that God is a triune God and so, there is more to seeking, knowing and finding Him. He is the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit in one. This means, we should pursue God in all three representations of Himself. We still find the one and the same God but experience Him in so many different ways. Before and after I came to know Christ, I discovered the Father but formalised my relationship through Jesus. Then, as time went by, I discovered the Holy Spirit and found God again. This time, in ways I could not even fathom was possible. Each pursuit of God is important and is done through exercising precise disciplines. You cannot know the Father except through Jesus and vice versa. Mat_11:27All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will. 

 

Likewise, no man can know the Holy Spirit unless Christ sends Him to them. The Holy Spirit has to be given and received after accepting Christ and repentance of sins. Act 2:38Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost

 

Once the triune God lives in you, the pursuit becomes one of knowing Christ and through Christ the Father and the Holy Spirit. The Lord is that Spirit that teaches us. He takes us into the realms of understanding through His word which the Holy Spirit illuminates. That teaching brings into focus Jesus as Lord and the presence and power of the Holy Spirit amongst us. All this knowledge and experience leads us to the Father. Wow! This means, we have much to discover and learn even into eternity. Do not allow your shallow mind to rest on worldly knowledge and ways of worldly gain. True gain is about spiritual understanding that takes you out of this world and into the dimension that engage heavenly things. When you realise that God wants to create in you a habitation for Himself, you will get your house in order. This process of purging your vessel brings you into the understanding of His likes and dislikes. That too serves as knowing Him. When you seek a bride and find her, you will do all that you can to make her abode a pleasant one because then your house and life is at peace and joy breaks out. Life becomes a delight and the further pursuit of each other becomes a pleasure. However, if you do not understand the likes and dislikes of your spouse, you are unlikely to succeed in bringing about harmony in your relationship.

 

Seeking Him is for the purpose of finding Him. After finding Him, you may discover that He is not what you thought He was to you. You may find a very different person who deals with you very differently. Many trials and tribulations follow your pursuit of God because He is to be found in diverse and difficult places, even in evil places. Why does He go there and expect you to follow Him there? The reason is, His wisdom. Yet, when you do pursue Him into these places, you will find a world that you never thought existed that you now know about. The worlds were created by God and we are yet to discover much of it. The truth is, God is inexhaustible. The angels in heaven are still discovering Him after so many years have passed. He is past finding out and yet can be found. Rom 11:33O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! 

 

I am always amazed at the difference between darkness and light. It seems darkness is endless but it has an end. Job_28:3He setteth an end to darkness, and searcheth out all perfection: the stones of darkness, and the shadow of death. I was amazed to find this verse as it brought such revelation to me about God as Light. Scientists have not discovered The Light. They have discovered aspects of darkness and have found it to be endless. This alone boggles their mind because they have not found God who created the darkness. The Voyager is still journeying through interstellar darkness and sees no end in sight. Yet, God has put an end to darkness. I believe, He did that in His Son Jesus when He revealed Himself through Him to us. We are no longer in darkness because we have come into the light. Now we know that there is a God who loves us and cares for us and is able to do all that He says He can. There is hope now and beyond hope is assurance of a life after death in Him. Let us discover our God by humbling ourselves to seek.

Lots of love

Pastor Noble

13/08/17

 

 

 

   The Unity of the Spirit

   The Unity of the Spirit

From the Pastor’s heart              

 

Joh_10:30  I and My Father are one. Deu_6:4  Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: Mat 28:19  Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

 

Unity is a matter of the Spirit of God residing in us. In spite of the diversity of our natures in both spiritual and secular pursuits the common factor that links us when we believe is the Spirit of God. This unity is created in Christ and is displayed in the body of Christ through the diversity of its members and the linking of the Head (Jesus) with His body (the Church).

 

Individual pursuits in life of a believer does not disengage them from the body provided they are in the faith. This means they can work, do business and do ministry as pursuits by God’s will and design and still be a part of God’s unity in the body. This is freedom in Christ, to be what He calls us to be no matter where we find ourselves in the body. God is not conforming us to each other but to His Son Jesus. In Him, we have both diversity and unity. This is the world view we must have of the body of Christ known as the Church today. Yet that unity is a matter of righteousness and not one’s understanding of what unity is to look like. For example; if a brother in the Lord is of a different culture and does not conform to our culture or knowledge of the faith, we may think that they are not part of the body of Christ. Equally, social and financial standing of a brother may amount to the same rejection. James puts it this way; Jas 2:1  My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons. Jas 2:2For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment; Jas 2:3  And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool: Jas 2:4Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts? Jas 2:5Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?

                 

Division in the Church over everything from doctrine to respectability has decimated the Church and depleted it of the power of unity which is to command the blessings of the Lord according to Psa 133:1A Song of degrees of David. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! Psa 133:2It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; Psa 133:3  As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore. More has been lost in the way of the presence of God amongst us and His blessings through disunity than any other way.

           

Imagine a household rife with strife and each member living a wayward life depleted of any consideration for one another’s well being or the common good. There can be no presence of joy or peace let alone any material or spiritual blessing. Likewise, when there is evil present in the body through division and disunity there comes all manner of depletion that is hard to explain at times because sometimes the division is subtle. By this I mean, disagreement. There is no disagreement in unity. Imagine of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit disagreed on matters no matter how tiny an issue they may be. We would have chaos. That is why the word of God is the keeper of unity in all cases. There is no other standard. We all must bow to the word and accept it universally just like the triune God does. He values His word above His name. The problems that arise come through the lack of understanding of the word of God.

 

When Jesus said; “My words are Spirit and life”; He meant that it is the source of all unification of The Godhead along with us as God’s creation. Without His words in us, there can be no unification between God and His people. It is the Holy Spirit that brings revelation of the words of God that produces life in us. Even as the Spirit is life, it is life to us by His word that lives in us. That word is Jesus. The Son is the unifier of all things in heaven and earth by bringing it all under the Lordship of Himself. Mar 13:31Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away. The unifier therefore is the word as He remains and sustains all life and the universe itself. Heb 1:3Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, Heb 1:11They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment;

           

Many denominations and local church bodies have sought unification or even unity but have scarcely succeeded. Suspicion and fear along with doctrinal differences keep them apart. Yet, it is the one God called Jesus we all purport to worship. Even within likeminded churches, I have found that unity is difficult to maintain as each one may have a different vision or viewpoint on how things are to be done. I have struggled to understand many who have pushed unity or the lack of unity in Churches using that bandwagon to say we are divided because of the lack of unity. Yet, we cannot seem to agree on the most basic of matters regarding the Church and the word of God.

 

Within Churches, we see much disunity causing disagreement on vision and direction that the local church should take. This has resulted in splits and a bad spirit residing in the church. I have discovered that the Lord has unity of the Spirit in mind based on agreement between brothers and between churches. This may last for a season or may last longer than that. It is the changing nature of life itself that decides what remains and what is removed. When Jesus came to the earth, He brought division with Him. He separated the old from the new and the Law from grace as His new doctrine. This brought division on earth resulting in death to many who had believed in a way of life that was not valid even though they worshiped God. This is scary. What must we learn from this as the Church?

 

I believe the warnings in the teachings of Jesus are very clear as to what one believes and practices in daily Christian living. Being born again does not exclude a person from the rigors of conformity to Christ and His ways. Jesus goes far as to say the following Rom 8:9But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. The reasoning here is, if we have the Spirit of Christ in us, we are united with Christ and thereby God. If not, we are not united with Him even if we claim to be one of His. This means, we have to ensure that the Spirit of Christ lives in us at all times. We cannot have a coming and going from the body as though it was a train station or a bus that we can hop on and off whenever we feel like. Samson used to have the Spirit come on him and leave regularly as he needed the Spirit. Though he was used by God, he lived a wayward life and paid a great penalty for his failure to understand righteousness and holiness before his God.

We, on the other hand have been given the permanent indwelling of the Holy Spirit so that we do not walk in and out of the Spirit. This means, if we pursue our own way with total disregard to the Spirit who lives in us, one day, he will exit permanently. If the Spirit of God can come in to reside, he can also choose to leave. Heb 6:4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, Heb 6:5And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, Heb 6:6  If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.

 

What does this all mean? How is one to achieve unity with God and his fellow believer? I believe the Spirit of God in us is the secret. He teaches us how to walk in unity with God and man. He uses the word bringing us into compliance so that we do not deviate from the truth. To love is the key to unity. Yet, it is an elusive pursuit in the faith because of its demands. To love the unloved, the unlovable or the one who does not want to be loved can be a very trying thing.        I have seen marriages put back together and perfect harmony (unity) achieved on all matters through love. Love demands death to self.

 

Death to self is not compromise but unification of what is lost with what is life. This is what Jesus did for us on the cross. Let us never forget that. In order to bring us into oneness with Him and the Father, He used the Spirit and word but first He died to fulfil the wishes of His estranged Father. No compromise but submission to God’s will. When we submit to God’s will, we bring unity and it is sustained by love. Joh 17:21That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. Joh 17:22  And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:

 

Unity of the Spirit is achievable. It just won’t look like what we think it should be. When we learn what it means, we will accept what it looks like. The hand is not the toe or the eye the mouth. Let us understand that unity is about diversity moving in the one direction through the Spirit of God. Look for the Spirit of God.

Lots of love

Pastor Noble

06/08/17

 

 

 

 

The Strength of Conviction

The Strength of Conviction

From the Pastor’s heart               

2Ti_1:12For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.

 

Having been persuaded, Apostle Paul sets out on a journey in life few would attempt even out of conviction. It is true that God convicts people of sin and of Godly persuasions but men must accept such conviction if it is to be of any value. The conscience is the seat of conviction. Joh_8:9And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. Here is a classic example of conscience being convicted to the extent that a life was saved out of it. Since the conscience must be touched by an external act or word the senses become a doorway to the conscience through which understanding reaches the spirit and soul of man. For example; the Bible teaches us that in order for the gospel to be heard, one must be sent to speak. This means, men cannot easily be convicted of their situation in life till the gospel is preached and is able to reach their conscience through the sense of hearing. Since hearing in this case has to do with the spiritual state of man, the conscience is touched and one’s state of spiritual being is revealed enough for the person to make a decision.

 

Having a conscience does not mean one will be convicted nor is it a guarantee that they will accept the conviction enough to do something about it. Many are convicted of the truth but still fail to apply it in their lives. This is the state of humanity after having believed the lie of satan. Such people, when exposed by their conscience use self justification to smother the conviction. If you are convicted of sin or of Godly things, one must cast aside all temptation to flee from that conviction. One must embrace it as the grace of God being extended toward them to bring them to an understanding of walking righteously with God. Apostle Paul is a clear example of this as explained to us in the encounter he had with Jesus on the road to Damascus. After the conviction of his sin, he turned his heart to God with great conviction of the truth. Act 9:3  And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: Act 9:4  And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? Act 9:5  And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.           Act 9:6  And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do….. Act 9:20And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God.

 

Conviction is not a bad thing. It is good because it means that as long as there is conviction happening in a person, there is hope. The moment conviction is stopped, next to no hope is the end scenario. 1Ti 4:1Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; 1Ti 4:2  Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; What does this mean in real terms? Such people are unable to receive anymore conviction and so their souls can never be redeemed. They become reprobates. What are reprobates? They are people who have lost all reachability with the gospel of salvation because of seared consciences. This is the danger of a seared conscience. The meaning of reprobate is as follows: unapproved, that is, rejected; by implication worthless (literally or morally): - castaway, rejected, reprobate.

When Jesus came to die for us, He did so because He wanted to cleanse our consciences. His blood was the cleansing agent. Why was this so important? It is so because the conscience decides if a person is free of condemnation before his God or not. Heb 9:14How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? The dead works comes from dead people who have no life of Christ in them. We were all once like that till we received Jesus as our Saviour. Yet, many after that have become dead because they have not maintained their consciences before God and have slipped away in their relationship with God become dead once again. This happened to Israel and God called them “dead bones”. After receiving the word of salvation, we need to maintain our conscience through the word of conviction that is brought by the Holy Spirit. In the event we do not allow even the Holy Spirit to lead us in conviction, we are truly lost after having come to Christ. Heb 10:26For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, Heb 10:27But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. Heb 10:28He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Heb 10:29Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? There are many such verses in the Bible which are clear about retribution for sin committed wilfully after salvation. It is not to be taken lightly. Our consciences are like antennas that can pick up on our right or wrong paths through the conviction of the Holy Spirit so, we should pay attention when it is pricked.

 

On another level of conviction, we have a situation with the conviction that has to do with the world which we need to know about in order to minister to unsaved people. Joh 16:7Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. Joh 16:8  And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Joh 16:9Of sin, because they believe not on me;

Joh 16:10Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; Joh 16:11Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged. It is our job to preach the gospel and the Holy Spirit will convict the world of sin, righteousness and judgement. We don’t have to convict them of that. However, the Church is another matter altogether. Without conviction of sin and Godliness in the Church, we are nothing more than self righteous people with a façade of righteousness. The conviction of sin and Godliness in the Church is for the furtherance of the gospel. The gospel is preached in the Church for reasons of edification, works of ministry and the perfecting of saints. This can never take place without strength of conviction.

 

It is to this strength of conviction we journey. We must be persuaded like Apostle Paul of the things of God that has to do with God’s will. Sometimes, His will may be quite beyond our grasp of understanding like the cross of Jesus. Unless Jesus was persuaded about the faithfulness of God to bring Him out of the pit of hell, He would not have gone to the cross. Likewise, many Christians will not go the next level in their faith if they do not have the conviction to do so. It is a hard thing when we do not understand the will of God for our lives. Many find it hard to accept the will of God because they are not convinced in the first place of the goodness of God. I remember a time when I was ministered to by God in Singapore during a very difficult time in my life. My heart was hurting badly through various broken down relationships with people and other circumstances in life that had to do with my future and success in secular life. I blamed God for all that had happened on the basis that even though bad things had happened, He could have fixed it. Since nothing had happened to better my life, I was sure that God was not good. Mind you, my complaint was not recent but obviously had come to surface through those kind of thoughts that I had over a long period of what I had considered about God.

 

It was then that God began to minister to me about the fact that He was a good God. When He ministered to me, He ministered as Father God rather than Jesus or the Holy Spirit. This made all the difference because I had always endeared myself to Him as my Father. Through the process of His ministry that took about three weeks, I was left with the conclusion that God was good and that He could do no wrong. This changed my attitude in life and also brought me into the understanding of His goodness. Though things had not changed much in a perceivable way, the strength of conviction had found its resting place in my heart. After that, it was a matter of subsequent encounters through life that caused that seed to take root in my heart and I became rooted and grounded in His love and faithfulness.

 

I cannot say that I understand all this conclusively but I can certainly live a life of conviction and trust against all odds that, He is God and He is good and all powerful. There is no greater conviction that one can have in life. The strength of conviction is born out of trials and forged in fire to refine that conviction to make it a weapon that cannot be put down by the convicted person or taken away by the devil. It is here to stay and cannot be removed under any circumstance or by anybody.

 

Let us come to that place of understanding that, we are in no position to defer or refuse conviction. It is solid food for people who can mature with each conviction we receive of both the goodness of God and sin. The Holy Spirit is our friend and not condemner. He holds the light of the word over our hearts for us to see and make a decision for the better. Heb 4.12:16

 

Lots of love

Pastor Noble

30/07/17

 

 

Accountability  

Accountability  

Dan 5:27  TEKEL; Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting.

Recently our Treasurer was looking for 30 cents in the accounts to balance the books. It was taking ages and much searching before it was found. It was only then that the books could be balanced properly and in an accountable way. This describes to us the diligence of accountability. In the Christian sense, accountability is a big thing. God sees it as righteousness and also as due diligence. This means, one must be careful to give account of their lives while balancing it with God’s commandments and ways. On one end of the balance is ourselves and on the other side of the balance is God. If we do not strike a true weight, God will adjust or correct us according to His grace and chastening. Heb 12:10  For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. Heb 12:11  Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. Once we accept and learn that way of God, we will be brought back into balance or righteousness with God even before the chastening or correction takes place.

 

However, there are times when God will not balance out an accountability factor. He will punish or destroy. In the case of Nebuchadnezar’s son in the verse above, he destroyed him and his kingdom and divided it. In a sense this was prophetic but came about due to the fact that they were abusers of God’s property. When holy vessels are tampered with, God does not like it. When we tamper with our bodies, we are tampering with God’s holy vessel and we need to be quick about understanding that. 1Co 6:18  Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. 1Co 6:19  What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 1Co 6:13  Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body.

 

Accountability between children of God and family is equally important to God. Church life covers the life of a Christian as he is supposed to live it in his home and in Church. A Christian cannot be schizophrenic in their life style. Many blame their inadequacies of accountability on circumstances and situations of life. However, if we are to grow spiritually we must do so in the power and character of the Holy Ghost who represents the ways of Christ and so should bring us into accountability. Grace helps us to come into that accountability through the extended time God gives us to repent, change and become submissive to His commandments. His commandments are not grievous but our flesh rebels against it. So we must walk in the Spirit and we will not fulfil the lusts of the flesh. The commandment here is to love one another which is a good commandment and close to God’s heart. 1Jn 5:1  Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him. 1Jn 5:2  By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. 1Jn 5:3  For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and  his commandments are not grievous. The whole emphasis of God’s teaching is love between family and the family of God. I do not believe the world enjoys this kind of love nor is it available to those who are rebellious. Hell has been created for the angels who sinned against God because the rebelled against God and the family of God in heaven. Then humans failed God in a similar fashion and are destined for hell unless they can love one another and walk in the commandments of God.

 

There is a glib understanding that God is love and hence He will never do anything that is not proper for us. This is true to a large extent but one must realise that we can walk away from this love. Furthermore, if God is only love, why is there a hell and why does he warn us about hell? Let us not be naïve and without understanding like a mule. The commandments of God are there to make us accountable concerning our behaviour. We cannot leave a world of sin   and then come in to the faith to carry on the same way based on grace. This is modified Christianity.

 

In Church accountability we discover that it too has wide ranging areas of cause and effect. Whatever we say, do or think is the cause that affects our Church life and spirituality. This comes under scrutiny amongst our brothers, sisters and leaders. Even though our righteousness may exceed others, we will still be held accountable by God for our behaviour especially in matters of conflict. Mat 5:20  For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven. Leaders and lay people are equally accountable for what has been given them. No one escapes accountability. There is no protection from that before God. I have often seen the lack of Church accountability in matters ranging from finances to morals and doctrine that have affected the life of that Church. I have seen the demise of local Churches over long periods of time due to this very lack of integrity. This is a sad indictment against the Church today that has affected many lives in the church and in the world. Hence, many do not come to Jesus.

 

The breakdown of society should not allow for the breakdown of Church accountability. The words of Jesus in the Bible have always been valid through the centuries as the only power that brings righteousness and accountability before God. There is no accountability to be found in the world for what the Bible teaches and there are no alternatives to the word of God that can be found in the world. Many have mixed the ways of society and culture and brought it into the Church and Christianity causing many problems that have finally ended up in the demise of many local bodies and the decay of the Church worldwide. What is man’s acceptable practices of Christianity have been found wanting in the balances of God. We are in great danger. Rom 11:21  For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee. Rom 11:22  Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.

 

How far will God go when accountability for one’s life comes up before Him? Annanais and Sapphira found out that lying to the Holy Ghost was death. It seems that God will not tolerate a person who lies to Him. So truth in itself is an accountability for all of us. Once we have received the truth, we cannot lie or do anything that the world may do to compromise their position before God. It is exactly this kind of accountability that many in the Church have compromised on. Their lack of accountability is based on their own assessments of what the commandments say. Each one of us must examine our own hearts and be accountable before God. Communion is an opportunity to do so and set the balance right again. Leaving it to go too far can be dangerous. God does not accept our gifts when we have no accountability. Mat 5:23  Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Mat 5:24  Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift. Forgiveness is an accountability before God that cannot be reduced in anyway. I have seen people near death because of this. Once they have forgiven, they have been instantly healed. The prison of un-forgiveness is a terrible place to be. Only judges put you there. So, if you become a judge, you can put yourself there quite easily. Jesus did not judge but forgave and then released people from prison. However, His commandments are to love one another and forgive or we face certain punishment and possibly even death. I wonder how many are dying because of taking communion with un-forgiveness in their hearts. Again, the words of Jesus in the verses above should bring the fear of the Lord into us. Church accountability accounts for a major portion of our Christian life as we interact on all levels of spiritual maturity in people and in Church protocol and commitments. Many compromise on what they agree to and thereby leave the ones they have committed to in the lurch because of their unwillingness to fulfil their commitments and accountability. Once you give your word, you must keep it. Jesus always keeps His word. Imagine where we would be if He didn’t?

 

Others have been given opportunity in Church and have failed by overstepping the prescribed mark. They have preached false doctrines, robbed money and abused sheep without any fear of accountability before God. Iron sharpens iron for a good reason; it is for accountability. Each one of us must have that seared in our consciences so that we understand that we can be called to accountability by anyone. 1Pe 5:5  Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.

 

The rebellion in Church life and lack of commitment comes from lack of accountability for what has been given to each individual. The devil was unaccountable before God for what he had been given and wanted more. This lack of accountability before God caused his demise for eternity along with one third of his angels. Let us learn from his mistakes. The truth is, he has perpetrated his evil into the world while covering it in a form of respectability. True accountability always shows up when one’s back is to the wall. It is here that many fail in their accountability. Judas did this to Jesus when he betrayed Him. Yet, Jesus did not back