Sunday, June 24, 2012

Blessings Rather Than Stature

It's happening everywhere today, and it's obvious that Satan is using it to deceive, if possible, even the elect. More and more born again Christians are blinded by the world and prefer blessings rather than stature in Christ. Now, don't get me wrong. Blessings are good, and we need lots of them. But when used as a coverup for a rotten character and spiritual life, it's become a deception tool of the devil.

Worse, when blessings are thought to be the reason for a close relationship with God, not God himself and having a stature in him.

I see it everywhere. Christians who have rotten lives get more blessed materially and physically, and they count that as favor from God because He is pleased with them. Ever seen this? Let's make up a scenario--a lady believer for instance. Let's say she's kinda like this: despite repeated warnings from God, she still opts to marry a non-believer. Isn't that what mostly happens in church? That's clear disobedience. But inspite of that, she refuses to repent and becomes arrogant and throws her weight around church, controlling it and the pastor and everything she can get her hands on--because she married a rich non-believer. 

Money makes things happen in church.

You see, I'm now trying to compile rotten behaviors I often see around some churches. Using them, let's create a church character prototype. A church Frankenstein that men's churches have produced. Let's proceed.

Because she's been "active" in church and supports it financially, she receives citations and recognition, and she feels that all that is also God's favor on her life. She has money and popularity and people around her who flatter her (because they get something in return) love her so much. Besides, she gets to travel abroad lots of times. So who's to say that she's not blessed by God and doesn't have his favor?

So, with all such blessings, she counts herself blessed; God is pleased with her despite her character flaws and corruption (rewarding and promoting people who flatter you and hating those who don't encourages corruption) and arrogance and non submission to her pastor. If God wasn't pleased with her, why does she still have lots of money and possessions and positions and get to travel abroad in style? Many church people are like Esau and Adam, preferring blessings rather than stature in the Spirit realms. They measure everything with money and possessions.

She feels she doesn't need to seriously repent of them because God understands her weaknesses, that she's just human. So all she does is regret them, especially during altar calls when she really plays the role of a repentant well. And anyway, her activeness, dedication, loyalty, and financial contributions to her local church far outweigh her rotten character and spiritual life. Even if her children also end up with rotten characters and spiritual lives and marriages (two are men trapped in women's bodies, one is separated from his wife, though still active in church, and another is married to a chain smoker), she still counts herself blessed because of material blessings.

By the way, her husband is crazy about another woman but still attends church--he's even a board member.

She is just an example of what goes on in church today on a large scale. Church people think it's okay as long as they're still rewarded materially. If they are in sin and yet still enjoy good health and finances, they think it's okay with God--He understands. No physical and material punishment means favor with God.

Few Believers Understand Spiritual Stature

The 7 sons of Sceva the priest in the Book of Acts looked like they had societal power, influence, position, and probably money (priests usually were moneyed), so they must have thought they had favor with God, too. What they didn't understand (and didn't have) was genuine spiritual stature in Christ. When they tried to drive out a demon, they learned the hard and painful way that without spiritual stature you have nothing, particularly in the Spirit realms, and especially God's favor.

God's genuine favor cannot be measured by how much money you have or how big your house or church is or how many cars you have. Most people prominent in Scriptures were low profile and not rich ye had towering spiritual stature in God. The prophet Balaam was God's prophet (though a gentile) yet he was fond of material status show-offs. Just like a lot of pastors today who have big ministries and show off their jeweled rings and costly watches and posh houses and vehicles.

Even King Hezekiah fell for that worldly show-off spirit when he bragged about every treasure he had and those in the temple, too. God hates that demon of pride that controls men of God who give in to it. My Jesus was similarly tempted but he merely shooed off Satan. "World kingdoms can be yours!" the devil bragged off, insinuating that Jesus could do the same after bowing to his wants. Jesus found worldly kingdoms too cheap compared to spiritual stature--something few believers really understand today. They prefer blessings rather than stature.

To men with God's wisdom, stature in God is the only priority. Life's real meaning is it. I cannot imagine life without it. All worldly treasures and possessions and fame are ugly, useless, and cheap compared with stature in Christ. I don't care about positions or recognition or titles or degrees or worldly rewards. Many church people invest in them and die for them. I see it happen with my own two eyes. They think what the world and their worldly churches and denominations give them is power.

If you prefer blessing rather than stature, the world will applaud and respect you. If your prefer stature in Christ alone, the world will crucify you. But you have genuine authority in both the spiritual and material realms. Invest on that. Pursue that. That's being God's flesh on earth.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Extreme Prayer, Extreme Believer, Extreme Faith

I want your life, God. That's the whole point of prayer. I want your image in me so when I'm in front of a mirror it's all you I see, especially the mirror that is your Word. So, I want you. I don't even want church--the church men build and do today in your Name. The church that adulterates your Truth to fit their own denominational designs and interests. That's why often, instead of going to man-made churches, I'd rather just look within me where the Kingdom of God is. 

Now I see why you'd rather go out to remote places and mountainsides alone than fellowship with religious leaders of God's own people in your time. It's not religious pride; it's your propensity as a genuine Kingdom person. You want no less than God, so you walked as God in man on earth, as you also now walk as God in man in me. I'm God's flesh on earth, all by your grace.

In you I am perfect, and that perfection makes me so imperfect to the eyes of mere men. The more imperfect and "weak" I am in their eyes, the more God's power is made perfect in such "weakness" in me. In you I'm holy, and that makes me "heretic" and a law breaker to the religious, worthy of being stoned and crucified, especially to the religious born-again. By your grace and mercy I'm no longer a saved sinner but a saved saint. It's your own verbal declaration that makes me perfect as my heavenly Father is perfect.

In you, God, I am a "god," a son of the Most High [Ps.82.6]. In you, my Jesus, I'm a "god," to whom the Word of God comes [Jn.10.34-35], and you declared that Scripture can never be broken. Each time your fresh Word comes to my life you, God, increase as I decrease. You cannot have sons and daughters who are mere men. Each Word they eat mutates their DNA to be Jesus' DNA, because Jesus is the Word, until Christ is formed in them [Gal.4.19], until they attain to the whole measure of the fullness of my Jesus {Eph.4.13]. So they live as gods in this world while looking entirely human, the human that you designed them to be in Christ.

Adam used to hold that title--god of this world--when you, Lord, gave him full dominion over all. But like Esau, he opted for food worldly flesh craves for rather than your perfect LIFE and glory in him. So Satan stole the title and became god of this world, for a while. But all that is about to change in these last days. For you are now restoring everything before my Jesus comes back [Acts 3.21], tearing down man's churches and denominations and ways to build God's Kingdom on earth through God's flesh.

In Christ, I can literally command mountains to jump into the sea and curse fruit trees to unfruitfulness, if need be. I can tread on water and even turn it into the best wine on earth. For nothing is impossible for you, and you are 100 percent in me, so that you declared, Lord, that nothing will be impossible for me, too. These miraculous feats are not for vanity displays but for the last battle in the end times, when Jesus will be fully revealed in his true believers through his genuine glorious church, without spot or wrinkle, before he finally snatches them to heaven.

One thing I ask for and this is what I seek in life: That I and my wife and kids will have my Jesus fully revealed in us in full-pack Holy Spirit power and be part of building God's genuine Kingdom on earth, which is an extremely radical Kingdom that no man can build, built by his all-spiritual and supernatural glorious church, without spot or wrinkle, a church of God's flesh on earth. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

A God Who Hides

He's a God who hides. That's why we seek him. If his entirety is all readily and easily seen, then we wouldn't have to seek him at all. He hides so we can seek and pursue him once we see glimpses of him. It's God's glory to hide matters, but it's the glory of kings to seek and find them [Prov.25]. Desperate seekers of God are real kings of the King, thus the KING of kings.

It's like God hiding from us and then we see a glimpse of him turning into a street corner or an alley and see him smiling, enjoying the "game." He's a God who hides [Isa.45.15]. 

Of course, he intentionally lets himself be seen a short timely moment by us--by those who wholeheartedly seek him with their whole lives (God's flesh on earth)--just before he turns into a corner. That's enough for us to run as fast as we can, never taking our sights off that corner, eager to catch up with him and grab him as Jacob did before he was about to meet Esau in the book of Genesis, to never let go of him again, ever.

When we reach that corner and turn, we see that he's nowhere again. We lose him in a crowd of people and happenings and enchanting stuff in the street. So we seek him again. We squint our eyes carefully to find hints of where he might have gone, signs of God's presence or traces of it lingering in the air. As other pressing things and tempting sights happen all around us, we manage to ignore them and focus on seeking God. Yes, we see them and sometimes look at them a while, but soon we resume the search. 

We die-hard seekers can track down traces or signs God has left behind, not just footsteps or things touched by his passing by, but we can often trace his smell. And often, too, we just know it when he has gone this or that way. How? Well, we just know it. It's a Holy Spirit gift. Many try to trace God's trail through their stale and dead denominational doctrines, policies, manuals, and "logic"; we desperate seekers trace him with the fresh and lively spoken Word that God sends us and through supernatural Holy Spirit gifts.

Some would say that he went this or that way, but we'd know if he did or didn't. It's hard to explain, but we'd just know it. Instinct? Not really. Well, part of the explanation is because we daily master his Word. His Word is a lamp to our feet and a guide to our path. Christ is the end of the law (the Word). And my Jesus is the Way. So we could easily and surely find the right route to God by knowing what to watch out for as we seek him in the streets.

Without mastery of the Word, you'd easily get lost in the streets. It's a confusing network and ramification of streets and roads and highways out there all seemingly leading to the path you think you're headed for. You can be so lost out there and think you're doing okay, and invite others to take your lead. So you bring along a huge crowd of lost people, even a mega church of them, all happy and festive about it all, anticipating the end of the journey to be heaven. There's a way that seems right...but its end is death, says the Word.

He's a God who hides, and he's so good at it. Later, during the hide and seek (in some sense it's a Kingdom game, but in a larger sense it's LIFE) God lets himself be "caught" by you. You hug each other, both happy about finally having each other tightly in each other's arms, and there's so much laughter and excitement and holy teasing. You don't want to lose him again, so he lets you have him for some length of time. Then one day you just wake up and find yourself seeking for him in the streets again--only this time, it's one level higher in the spirit realms. You don't recall God getting away from your tight hug, but it happened. But anyway, you know that this round of seeking God is on a higher ground.

God never leaves you without clues and hints, if you're a genuine son or daughter. Genuinely God's flesh--his own flesh and blood. And in the midst of all the search and pursuit, God is in you and you are in him, a hundred percent. You'll never get really lost--for in a sense, it's just a game. But the reward is tremendous--LIFE. You can never compare anything you desire with it. That LIFE is what life is all about.

A God Who Hides and Never Let's Himself be Seen

In another sense, he's a God who hides and never lets himself be seen. In the context of Isaiah 45, idolaters and idol makers were promised that they'd surely suffer shame, disgrace, and frustration. They'd seek God but never find him. Idols are not just statues and images but things we overvalue and set up as idols in our hearts. And this can include our families, loved ones, career and job, positions, self-importance, achievements, titles and degrees, material possessions, church building, church denomination, ministry success, church membership or how big and moneyed your church is, and the likes. 

And in this sense, many are guilty idolaters and idol makers, even born again believers. They think they've found God but God just stacks them together with non-believers. Once upon a time they found salvation but later on just followed after the world, thinking that to be seeking after God. Genuine seeking God is following after him through his Word and actually catching him. That's being God's flesh. And when you catch him you never want anything else in life. But if you continue to be pressed hard by other things and succumb, you haven't started running after God. What you've been doing is nothing but idolatry.

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