Ministry Tools that Draw Us Farther from God

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I used to think they really helped. But after realizing how the “knowledge of the secrets of the Kingdom” has been given to us [Matthew 13] and how the Holy Spirit teaches us “all things” [John 14.26], I saw no need for them. In fact, they’re just unnecessary expense that cost churches a lot.

We spend lots of money for bible study and Sunday school materials because we have relied on them too much. Worse, many church people cannot teach anymore without them, and many more cannot understand the bible without resorting to them. They have become idols in our hearts and we have forgotten how to rely on the Holy Spirit for wisdom.

Holy Spirit is More than Enough

It doesn’t say, “bible study materials will teach you all things.” It says the Holy Spirit will. Bible studies and discipleship sessions should all depend on the enlightenment the Holy Spirit gives. We should all be able to feed directly from the “mouth” of God. We can all avail of this freely.

Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God. [Matthew 4.4]

Life from God can only be had if we “eat” every word from God’s own mouth. The experience should be that, as we meditate or study the bible, we “eat” or thoroughly ponder on what God reveals to us and digest it to become part of us, until we’re utterly changed in ever-increasing glory, conformed to the image of his Son. This will never happen with bible study materials. Yes, we will know a lot of things, even become intellectual Christians good at handling doctrines and theologies, but never radically change in ever-increasing glory.

In short, relying on these man-made materials only draws us farther away from God. They forfeit us of the opportunity to sharpen our spiritual ability to be sensitive to the leading of the Spirit of God and be familiarized with his ways and voice. Relying on materials makes us lazy spiritually and too dependent on man and what he provides and remain babes spiritually.

And anyway, no one in the gospel or Acts used bible study materials. Jesus and the apostles never used them. They all relied on the raw power and wisdom of the Holy Spirit.

Nothing from Man

Knowing a lot of things about God is nothing. Even demons know and believe them, but they’re never changed. What’s important is feeding directly from God—from his mouth to our mouths. That changes us from glory to glory. Only the seed that fell on good soil bore good fruit. This happens if we get fresh revelations direct from God, if we learn direct from the Lord.

“You are blessed, Simon son of John, because my Father in heaven has revealed this to you. You did not learn this from any human being.” [Matthew 16.17]

Further more…

“It is written in the Prophets: ‘They will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard the Father and learned from him comes to me.” [John 6.45]

Those who learn directly from God draw closer to Jesus, not those who learn from man. If you get used to man’s ways, you get alienated from God. All you know is your human theology and denominational doctrine.

How It Works

In a bible study group, for instance, the leader should rely on the Holy Spirit for wisdom as he discusses and explains bible passages. Others around him should likewise rely on the Holy Spirit for understanding as they listen to him. The same thing with discipleship and Sunday school. It’s all solely by faith. Faith alone pleases God. As they all do this, a supernatural process of growing and maturing happens. The knowledge of the secrets of the Kingdom of God are revealed to their spirits. And the more they come closer to Jesus.

Then the seed falls to the ground and dies and become many seeds. That’s Kingdom process of evangelism and discipleship.

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Even without studying in bible schools or seminaries or attending conferences, you become powerful in the Word. The Word is powerfully seen in you—because you are deeper in Christ, closer to Jesus and ever with him.

When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. [Acts 4.13]

A lot of churches today will require you seminary degrees or attendance in certain seminars or conferences before they accept you as pastor or ordain you. They do not understand, even a hint, of how God works in the spirit realms. They rely on what they see in the physical realms. That’s the result of relying on what man provides—study materials.

Seminary and Conferences

Bible school, seminary, seminars and conferences. They all entail lots of unnecessary expenses, and pastors plunge headlong to them, believing they could get something new. But all they get is encouragement to go back to their traditions, do again what they have been doing all along that led them nowhere. It’s why they felt drying up and burned out in the first place that’s why they attended the seminar or conference, only to find themselves on square one again. Back to the source of their defeat.

It’s a vicious cycle.

To get out of the cycle, you need to realize that all you and your church need is God. Learn to approach the throne of grace again with confidence so you’d get all the spiritual goodies and supplies you need direct from HIM—and these supplies become a spring of water in you welling up to eternal life. It will never run out or run dry. It’s a pity so few in church discover this. They hunger for what man provides, not what God provides.

Listen to how God has given us “everything” in Christ:

His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. [2 Peter 1]

We are complete in Christ. What God gives us in Christ is abundant life.

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I Thought the Gospel Incited Persecution

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Often, churches today share the Gospel to a community where they become popular. In fact, they become a friend of the community. Perhaps this is good. Perhaps this is the apt and effective end result. You even see pastors working comfortably with and for politicians, serving as their “spiritual adviser,” whatever that means. It seems the church is finally having considerable influence on society.

However, when you go back to Scriptures, you see something different. And there’s where the problem lies. You see the Lord, rejected, persecuted and crucified. And then he says somewhere that:

The student is not above the teacher, nor a servant above his master. It is enough for students to be like their teachers, and servants like their masters. If the head of the house has been called Beelzebul, how much more the members of his household! [Matthew 10.24-25]

Why are these churches welcomed by the world while their Lord was killed by the same? I sometimes ponder on this as I watch churches enjoy the warm acceptance of the community, and even by crooks and politicians. Are we doing it differently from how Jesus presented the Gospel, that’s why we’re getting a different result?

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And we’re supposed to “lose” our lives as we follow Christ to also “find” it, while those who “save” their lives would lose it completely. But then you look around and you see churches winning the approval of the community (which is not christian) and actually prospering. They get more crowds in, get more offerings, and get more money.

And you see their huge, modern buildings rising up, their expensive vehicles lining up in front, and their pastors living like the rich and famous. Just look at how they dress and the jewelry and accessories they wear. Some even have their own planes and jets and choppers, some even their own private airstrips.

While those who lag behind in their small, poor churches try their best to emulate these “successful” pastors by doubling time on their evangelism, church planting and earning all sorts of titles and degrees. The more you have, the better chances of getting higher pays. They work like mad to “save” their lives, not lose it.

No one today buys the idea of losing his life for Jesus’ sake. They want the best of both worlds. They want Jesus and the approval of the world. I remember how Lot chose the portion of the land that was well watered like the garden of Eden and the land of Egypt—best of both worlds, Eden and Egypt.

So, where have all the supposed persecutions and “losing one’s life” gone? The only churches I hear getting real persecutions and losing everything are those in the Middle East and communist countries. They are really losing their lives over there for Jesus’ sake. That’s the authentic Jesus Gospel. Truth is, the true Gospel incites persecutions and losses.

Those in the free world are persecution free. And some of them even enjoy luxury as people in the world enjoy it. Are we really succeeding at sharing the Gospel or are we doing it the wrong way? Worse, are we compromising the Gospel or are we sharing another gospel?

One day I was meditating on Matthew 10, specifically studying Jesus’ instructions to his apostles on how to share the Gospel. Aside from preaching and miraculous healing, genuine ministry from God is one that gives without any strings attached. A lot of ministries today give you lots of freebies, but there’s a catch. They get your personal details so they can follow you up and make you their church members later, and then ask you tithes and offerings (and they invent other kinds of offerings) all your life.

Jesus’ ministry was different: they were to rely solely on God’s provisions. They did not “get any gold or silver or copper to take with (them)” and gave away real benefits for free. And I mean FOR FREE! “Freely you have received, freely give.” They didn’t get people’s names and addresses to follow up or visit later to make members of and then collect money or “love gifts” from. There was no ulterior motive or hidden agenda.

As they preached the Gospel from town to town, God provided them with “worthy persons” to stay with. These persons were those who willingly (of their own accord) took them in and believed in their message—not those they have trapped with their ministries. They set food before them and they were to eat anything offered them, for the laborer deserves his wages.

Reading and re-reading the whole passage, I noted one thing—the Kingdom Gospel they carried had a dangerous message. It made you look like sheep and your hearers like wolves. Because of this “Good News” you will be flogged in religious places, get arrested, be betrayed and probably killed (even by your own family), and finally be terribly hated by everyone! Persecutions everywhere!

And then he concluded by saying that if he himself suffered thus, we his followers are sure to get the same treatment. We are not exempted. We will suffer as our Master did. It’s a given, a surefire thing. Matthew 10 makes persecution because of the Word certain.

But question is, where is the persecution today? Where is the hatred from everybody? The way things are, the church has become the friend of everyone in the world—from barangay officials to mayors, councilors and governors to senators. Yes, even of corrupt government officials. They gladly receive us and actually like our message without being radically changed. I wonder why.

Herod had John beheaded because John exposed his corruption. Where is this now today? Some church leaders run for public office and get elected and then later accused of corruption. Instead of exposing sin, they are exposed.

Why do we get a different result from the result Jesus got? The problem could only be in the message. We’re probably carrying a different message, another gospel. Yes, we’re using the same Word of God in the bible but are carrying a different message. It’s a message that the world likes to hear.  It’s similar to how the Pharisees used the same Old Testament Jesus used. But their results were different from Jesus’ results.

Jesus said, you identify the false by its fruit. “You will know them by their fruit.” And what is the fruit of our gospel? It’s the exact opposite of what Jesus had—a message the world accepts and likes. A message that makes us friends with the world. A message that makes us false prophets.

Woe to you when everyone speaks well of you, for that is how their ancestors treated the false prophets. [Luke 6.26]

But if we share the Gospel and get persecuted:

Blessed are you when people hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their ancestors treated the prophets. [Luke 6.22-23]

A lot in church think the world is almost saturated with the Gospel except in the 10/40 windows. But what “Gospel” have we brought to the world? Is it the same Gospel that Jesus and the apostles preached and which brought them tremendous persecutions? Or is it another gospel that makes us accepted by the world?

We have adulterated the Gospel to make it so easy for people to get saved. We have watered down its meaning to expedite our church planting efforts. But Peter shows us how real salvation is:

“If it is hard for the righteous to be saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?” [1 Peter 4.18]

Paul and Barnabas said:

“We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God,” [Acts 14.22]

The Pharisees added in a lot of extras to make it hard to enter God’s Kingdom. Church today have taken out important things to make church growth easier and faster and eliminate persecutions. But remember, God designed the Good News of the Kingdom to incite persecutions wherever it is proclaimed in its pure and unadulterated form.

When You Find Yourself Aligned with Pharisees

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Pharisees were highly educated and prominently positioned religious leaders in the time of Jesus, but he saw them as nothing but “blind guides” and hypocrites, experts on minor things but faulty with majors things (straining out a gnat but swallowing a camel). Jesus told his disciples that Pharisees were better left and ignored.

But what if you find yourself aligned with them? What if you find yourself on the same boat or level? This was what the disciples of John the baptizer noticed and were worried about. Imagine being the same as the Pharisees? To them it was the worst nightmare.

Then John’s disciples came and asked him, “How is it that we and the Pharisees fast often, but your disciples do not fast?” [Matthew 9.14]

In spirit realms, whatever you do, don’t let yourself be caught doing the same things as the Pharisees are doing—or those religious people who are solidly bible-based and active in “serving God” but actually going against HIM and His Kingdom. That was what most of the Pharisees were—bible-based but anti-Christ. They got zero revelation from God. Folks aligned with God get God’s insights on the bible through the Holy Spirit.

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You see, it’s not your sacrifices for God that matter (like fasting). What matters is if you are really aligned with God in his present move, doing things according to his will. Are you moving with God, like how the tribes of Israel moved with the pillars of cloud and fire in the wilderness? Stopping only when God stopped and moving only when God moved? Are you keeping in step or accurately updated with the Holy Spirit according to God’s spoken Word (not written) in Scriptures? Or are you just following past church traditions?

Fasting is good (especially fasting on worldly things, not just food), if it’s what’s scheduled on God’s timetable in the present. God has a heavenly schedule for everything and you have to be updated with it. For instance, on fasting. Jesus said, as long as the Bridegroom was with them, they shouldn’t fast. They should eat and rejoice. But the Pharisees (and sadly John’s disciples) didn’t know about these things. They just followed tradition, period. Just like what churches are doing today.

So, instead of eating and celebrating (which was on God’s Kingdom timetable) they were starving themselves to death. John and his disciples thought this was a bright idea until they noticed Jesus and his disciples eating all they wanted. So Jesus explained things to them, something like there’s a proper time to fast and to eat.

Do you keep up with God’s timetable? Do you know the proper time for things? Kingdom people never follow men’s religious schedules and even Sunday worship programs. They follow God’s schedules.

…the wise heart will know the proper time and procedure. For there is a proper time and procedure for every matter, {Ecclesiastes 8.6]

So, such was the dilemma of John and his disciples. They were aligned with the wrong people, not with Jesus. Jesus seemed to be always doing differently than what they were doing. He and his disciples were seen as strangers and aliens in this world. They had a different life, culture, system, procedure, protocol, language, understanding, perspective, habit, etc. And it’s not just for the sake of being different. They were different because they were NOT of this world. They followed God’s system.

You must watch out never to be aligned with the world. For instance, when it celebrates something (like Mothers Day, Fathers Day, Valentine, Halloween, Easter, etc.) make sure you do not celebrate with it. By all means, love your mother and father 365 days a year, 24 hours a day and celebrate the risen Lord, but never in the way the world does. Love people in God’s love, but not by giving flowers and gifts on Valentine. It’s ridiculous how churches even include easter eggs in their worship programs. Can you imagine Christ doing these things?

How do you develop leaders in your church? Through schools adopting the educational system of this world? With tuition fees and professors and exams and grades? Jesus never used them. He trained leaders through discipleship. He developed apostles through discipleship. You do it through the ways of the world and you produce Pharisees and law teachers in your church who will always oppose the new move of the Holy Spirit as the Pharisees (and as Ahab and Jezebel) did. These folks are experts at sticking with tradition, not being led by the Holy Spirit.

It’s funny how bible schools and seminaries also have their cum laude and valedictorian as secular schools do. Jesus and the Acts church never did.

Moreover, God doesn’t want you doing what others who are not in God’s move are doing. “Only pagans run after these things,” Jesus said. Don’t be aligned with pagans. The end result of everything pagans do is for profit. They do everything to attract people to their side because getting more people means getting more offering. More money. So they make their worship services attractive, glamorous and entertaining.

And often, all they make is meaningless noise although they sound good to the world.

Why do they pursue titles and degrees? So they’d be paid higher fees when they are asked to speak in churches. Or higher salaries when employed. Or gain people’s respect.

But God doesn’t want us doing the same things. Anything found in pagan worship must not be found in our worship. If you are a genuine Kingdom person, God will lead you to new and unique moves in the Holy Spirit. The idea is not to sit down together and think of new programs or songs or  gimmicks. We must be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit. Led people are naturally made unique by God.

You must not worship the LORD your God in their way. [Deuteronomy 12.4]

Jesus introduced a new form of worship when he sent his disciples as sheep among wolves. Sheep are common worship offerings in the Old Testament. They are sacrificed mercilessly. When you live as sheep in wolf territory (a meek believer amid cruel and corrupt people), persecuted and hated because of the Jesus they see in you (and yet you persevere and overcome unaffected), you are doing one of the highest worships in the Spirit realms. You no longer live but Christ lives in you. It was how Jesus lived when “that LIFE became the light of men.” However, “Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.”

Paul also introduced a new form of worship when he declared how presenting our “bodies as living sacrifices, holy and acceptable to God” is really our spiritual worship.

Worship in church buildings on Sundays is old worship. I mean, what church today doesn’t do that. Even paganistic churches packed with idols, images and statues do this worship. They even sing Don Moen songs and songs by Hillsong and worship expressively as do Pentecostal Christians. So, where’s the difference?

If you’re in the move of God, you cannot remain of the world. You can’t go on using the world’s ways and standards. You can’t use new clothing and sew it on old clothing. It will “tear away” from the garment. You can’t pour new wine into old wineskins. Everything will be ruined.

You may look good in the eyes of the world, but you’re nothing in the Spirit. “You have the reputation of being alive but you are dead,” [Revelation 3]. You can’t be in Christ and yet be aligned with Pharisees and law teachers who worship their church traditions.

Are you a true worshiper? A worshiper, says Jesus, worships in spirit and in truth. True worship has nothing to do with how good you sing or play musical instruments or perform on stage. It has all to do with being in Christ and aligned with his Spirit.

Kingdom that Eliminates Fear

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One day Jesus and his disciples had to cross a lake to do ministry at the other side. While crossing, a furious storm met them and was about to sink the boat they were in. Where do you think would a Kingdom person be found in such emergency?

With other believers praying really hard?

Agreeing to Panic

Praying is good, more so with other believers who’d agree with you. Prayer in agreement is powerful, says the bible. But gathering to agree in fear is different, and often that is what we actually do in our “prayer meetings” during tough times. Ostensibly we gather “to agree in prayer”—we may even utter prayers that sound powerful to the human ear and claim bible verses in the process—but really, in the spirit, all we do is enforce one another’s fears.

Look at what the disciples did. They went to Jesus to “pray.” I mean, they asked Jesus to save them, didn’t they? Isn’t that praying? But in the spirit, all they did was express their fears together. That’s what Jesus saw. He asked them later, “Why are you so afraid?”

They went to Jesus in prayer but they were “so afraid.”

So Jesus showed them what a genuine Kingdom person would do during a desperate, dangerous situation—sleep! I thought about it a lot, why Jesus slept while the storm raged on. And they were in a dangerously weak sea craft at that. Why didn’t he stand up and pray? Why didn’t he gather his disciples to ask God’s protection together? That’s what most of us would do.

But not a Kingdom person.

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Then it dawned on me. Indeed, it was better to sleep than gather together “in prayer” pretentiously when actually we just magnify our fears together. In fact, Jesus would never had waken up all through the storm if the disciples hadn’t disturbed his sleep. It actually makes Kingdom sense to sleep than pray during a fierce storm. Have you done that? It’s according to sound Jesus doctrine.

A lot of prayers are nothing but expressions of panic. Worse, lots of prayers are actually expressions of faithlessness. One time, a pastor and his church members went to pray for a dying person. The pastor prayed for “total healing,” claiming that the Lord heals diseases and claiming other fine-sounding promises in the bible. It sounded so powerful.

After they left the place, his members commented one by one how they were sure the patient would die because of his sickly and deathly appearance. “He looked as good as dead,” they said. “He’d die any day now.” Imagine if you have companions like that in a sinking ship and they ask you to pray with them. If you’re a Kingdom person, you’d rather sleep. I’m serious.

This is why most times, people don’t see me praying much. Or if they do see me, they often see me praying extremely short prayers. Then they conclude that I’m not a prayerful person. To them, “prayerful” is when a guy keeps praying long, poetic prayers in public. Frankly, sleeping is much better (and more powerful) than that.

Don’t get me wrong. Corporate prayers are good and powerful—if they are said in genuine faith. But if folks around you are just panicking religiously (or trying to see if prayer would work), it’s better to pray silently alone. God appreciates a fearless and daring prayer, full of faith. Right after praying, what do you feel and what do you often think about? Do you expect positive results or do you wonder if your “wishes” would come true?

There’s no place for earthly fear in the Kingdom. This is what we should pray to possess—radical and fearless faith in prayer. Some people’s prayers are full of fears. It’s more of expressing their personal opinions and apologetics to God rather than boldly claiming God’s promises. It’s more of reciting prayers (or doing extemporaneous speech) with carefully select, fine-sounding words rather than personally asking God to perform his mighty works.

A Furious Storm While Doing God’s Will

A lot of folks say that if you’re doing God’s will nothing will go wrong. Well, Jesus was in the middle of God’s will when a storm “suddenly” happened without warning. I’ve heard a lot of pastors and church leaders comment how a guy is not doing God’s will (or doing a wrong ministry) if something serious goes wrong. They even say your ministry is not in God’s will  if you have no money.

The storm that met Jesus was even about to sink the ship he was in. That was serious. And I can imagine how some pastors would panic at the sight of a big storm about to topple their ministries. Their number one fear is to lose their ministry and that’s where the devil often attacks them successfully. Pastors panic so easily.

The important thing here is to see how your faith would behave, NOT how you would solve the problem and get everything back in order.

You see that?

God is not interested about how you can save the ministry or make it grow or make it mega. He allows storms to see how your faith would behave. A lot of pastors think it’s the visible achievements (material things) they produce that matters—church buildings here and there, big church memberships, big church incomes, cars and church vehicles, etc. God doesn’t care about them.

What God cares about is how your faith grows.

These (trials) have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. [1 Peter 1.7]

Kingdom persons know that what matters in the spiritual realms is how your faith can result to Christ being revealed gloriously in you (it’s not you who live anymore but Christ who lives in you. Christ in you is the hope of glory). This is the only thing that matters, and only genuine Kingdom persons know this. Those who truly see in the Spirit pursue this with all their lives. And once you begin to really see this in your spirit, nothing can prevent you from pursuing Christ. You become fearless.

You even begin to defy (or destroy) long held traditions, especially the tradition of fear.

And when I say “fearless” I don’t mean you begin to fight or debate people who oppose your church or denominational doctrine. I mean you dare sleep soundly even if your ship is beginning to sink—that kind of fearlessness. Everyone’s panicking like crazy and you’re there sitting cool and comfortably in a chair enjoying a cup of coffee or relishing in your bible meditation. And they begin to wonder and gradually get pissed off that you don’t seem to care if you all perish.

“Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” [Mark 4.38]

When serious problems begin to besiege the church, church people will want the pastor to do something pronto (and disturb him in his “sleep”). And some pastors will be driven to do something desperate to solve it (because they fear losing their jobs). In other words, panic. When the church sees the pastor panicking, they love it. To them it means concern for the church. Then they have a panicking church pretending to pray hard for the situation. But it’s nothing but a fearful church.

The World is Alien to Rest

A Kingdom person will do differently, not for the sake of doing differently, but because it’s his nature to live and act oppositely to how the world operates. He will kindof “sleep” on the job. He will do this not because he’s sleepy or exhausted or lazy but because he wants to stay out of the fear mania in the church.

The churchy of this world will never understand a Kingdom person because they have never seen or entered the Kingdom yet. All they are familiar with is the world and will always mimic what they see in it.

The worldly church is alien to Kingdom concepts like rest and sleep. You can only truly rest and sleep if you have no fear—if you realize how God often prepares a delicious meal for you right in front of your enemies.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. [Psalm 23]

The idea is not to eat in fear of your enemies but to enjoy God’s banquet anywhere without fear of anything or anyone. Have you tried eating slowly and just enjoying your food while others around you eat fast and tense, always hurrying to make it on time for their next appointment? In the Spirit, Kingdom people’s main activity (in fact, their ministry) is to enjoy the food the Father prepared for them. Nothing more.

Mary (sister of Martha) knew that. She was a Kingdom person. Martha thought the Kingdom was about getting busy in ministry, while Mary just lazily sat there by Jesus feet, relaxing and enjoying her “food.” Often, we are forced to be busy for fear of being called lazy in church. Pastors fear being called lazy in ministry. So they work hard all day everyday, doing everything to avoid having their ships sinking.

Just think—if the devil can easily put fear in us with such simple strategies as having our boats sinking, what more if he starts scaring us with his brand of signs and wonders? If you can’t “sleep” soundly when the devil scares you with furious storms and strong waves and wind and sinking boats, you will never make it when real war breaks out.

If you have raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in safe country, how will you manage in the thickets by the Jordan? [Jeremiah 12.5]

But imagine this. What if you can manage to sleep well even if the devil scares you with a sinking boat scenario—or any scary scenario for that matter? If you’re powerful in sleep, what more if you’re awake?

The weakness of God is stronger than human strength. [1 Corinthians 1.25]

Rebuking Wind and Waves

A genuine Kingdom person rebukes winds and waves, and they obey—literally or figuratively. This is why I don’t want just being a member of some church denomination who knows nothing about the Kingdom. I want to be a Kingdom person in Christ. Kingdom people rule and reign with Him. They sit where Christ sits in the heavenly realms. They exercise power and authority over creation, spirits and things. The spirit world knows them although Kingdom people stay low-profile, meek, and ordinary in the worldly realms, especially in the worldly church.

It’s joy unspeakable when you personally experience rebuking devils, spirits, the rain, the wind, and other creation—and they obey you—because they see Christ in you. I have not yet tried rebuking waves, but it is God who chooses the time, place and situation to do this. Remember, as you conquer more forms of fear, you gain authority over more territories and situations in the spirit realms.

Better yet, if you master “sleeping” over more fearful and deadlier situations (sleeping in the everlasting Arms), then the devil begins to recognize you as it recognizes Christ.

Are You a Kingdom Person?

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Do you live life and do ministry in the ways of the Kingdom? You should if you’re a Kingdom person. You do everything in God’s ways, the way Jesus Christ did things in Scriptures. You never follow the ways of men and of this world. The reason why we’re born again is to be a Kingdom person like Jesus is.

The moment you’re born again, God wants you living in the Kingdom right away and be a true citizen there. “Unless you’re born again you cannot see the Kingdom of God,” says John. God wants you born again so you can see the Kingdom. That’s the very purpose of being transformed and regenerated. “Unless you are born of water and Spirit you cannot enter the Kingdom of God.” Next is, you have to enter the Kingdom  now—and stay there. Live as a true citizen.

You live and work for the Kingdom. You share the Gospel to people so they too can be part of the Kingdom. You use your money and resources for the Kingdom. Everything is for the King and His Kingdom, because you’re a Kingdom person. You seek nothing except the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. That’s all. And the promise is, all your other concerns and needs will be added to you. God will supply your needs IF you are a Kingdom person.

And you know for sure that there is only ONE Kingdom. The Kingdom is NOT divided. The King is King to only one Kingdom. There are no small empires in the Kingdom.

In men’s churches today, there are many empires, each with its own doctrines. Each has its own founders or “emperors.” God’s Kingdom is not like that. It has only one Founder—Jesus Christ. It has only one doctrine—the entire Word of God. When it does something, it is done completely different from how the world does it.

When choosing leaders for instance, the world opts for those coming from the best schools with good credentials and titles and degrees and then vote on them. Jesus did differently. He chose “those he wanted” [Mark 3.13] and personally discipled them himself. There was no election and his apostles didn’t enroll in seminary or schools. In the Kingdom, serious church leadership training is through a Jesus-style discipleship, supernaturally deep in the Word and empowered by the Holy Spirit, not through bible school or seminary.

Churches today believe that Sunday worship should be done in their religious buildings. But Jesus said true worshipers worship neither on this or that mountain (no special place) but instead worship God in Spirit and in truth. Churches today also believe that God gave us one day out of six to devote for worship. But the Word says God owns our all—including all our 7 days in a week—so that worship should be daily (true Sabbath rest in God is everyday, says Hebrews). In fact, it says meditate the Word of God day and night, [Joshua 1.8].

Here’s God’s Last Kingdom Program. Click here.

The church in the world today says worship is what we do on Sundays in church, especially our Sunday worship programs and other activities. In fact, worship programs have become so important these days that churches are practically helpless without them. But Romans 12 says true spiritual worship is when we offer our bodies as living sacrifices (and that’s on a daily basis), holy and acceptable to God. It has nothing to do with rituals or programs we do in church.

In God’s Kingdom, the least is the greatest and the greatest is servant of all. Not so in the church today. They all pursue their masters and doctorate degrees to attach titles to their names and create an aura of greatness. They all want to be great and hold high positions because their worst fear is to become the least. Oh, how they fear being the least and smallest and weakest and the most insignificant of all! Every pastor is out there working hard to have a mega church and a name. They fear being the smallest church.

A Kingdom person belongs to one church—the universal, spiritual church of Jesus Christ—which is without spot or wrinkle or any other blemish, holy and blameless. It is radiant and glorious. He does not belong to any church denomination because he seriously believes God’s will reflected in Jesus’ prayer for all true believers to be completely united [John 17.23].

Finally, a Kingdom person is relaxed and stress free, living a simple, easy, meek and low-profile life while seriously serving the Lord. They have surrendered their lives and efforts to the Lord who promised them rest and an easy yoke.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” [Matthew 11. 28-30]

But the world system gives you nothing but stress and exhaustion, requiring you to do big undertakings and produce endless accomplishments, pedestals and monuments, with a promise of making you great some day. But all you become in the end is sick with deadly diseases and never fully realizing that only God is great, along with the least in his Kingdom.

Jesus said, “Those who wear fine clothes live in palaces.” This is what people want—wealth and its concomitant greatness. But John the baptizer was different. Though he looked small and inconsequential, he was more than a prophet. He worked for God’s Kingdom alone and announced its coming. He talked of nothing else but the Kingdom and its righteousness. He was not just involved in a religious sector like the Pharisees and law teachers were. He represented the Kingdom.

Are you a Kingdom person, or are you just a member of some church denomination?

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Kingdom Classified Ad: Experienced Servants Wanted

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One time, I was meditating John 3, particularly Nicodemus’ meet with Jesus one night. Being the first time that the term “born again” was used in the history of the universe, naturally, Nicodemus knew nothing about it.

So he asked Jesus how anyone could be born again. But Jesus didn’t answer it. He just stressed how important being born of water and Spirit was. If we were Jesus, we’d automatically say, “Repent of sins, receive Jesus Christ, and surrender your life to him.”

But Jesus said nothing of the sort.

So, why didn’t Jesus answer him?

In the Spirit realms, it’s useless to explain truth to someone who hasn’t experienced it. Well, you may try to, but often it won;t work. Saul was a topnotch Pharisee knowing all the bible doctrines of his time, yet he didn’t understand a thing until he experienced it. When he went blind, that was time he asked, “Who are you, Lord?”

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In ministry, I have seen how it’s useless to preach to people who haven’t experienced their real need for salvation—a real desperation in life.

Jesus then explained everything to Saul and he just obeyed everything. Without experiencing truth, you have nothing, even if you are so active in church or ministry or if you memorize all Scripture.

If people receive Christ as Savior just because they are afraid of hell—or because they need recognition, a pat on the back, new friends, position, entertainment from the choir or worship team, etc. they will never understand church as Jesus designed and builds it. A lot of people are church members because they need to go to a church on Sunday. Any church. They think not doing so makes God angry.

Like “born again.” Church people know about it. They know where it can be found in the bible, memorize the passage, teach and share about it, evangelize people on it, post it on Facebook, make doctrines and human theologies out of it. But the problem is, so few have genuinely experienced it.

The same with “peace.” You go around churches and you’d see people who don’t know what peace is about. They’re stressed and tired and sickly.

Evangelicals keep telling people born again is not a religion. And yet, look at them—they do nothing but religion. They have nothing in their churches and ministries but religion. Obviously, they don’t know what they’re talking about. You compare how Jesus did ministry with what they are doing today, and you’d see how they are worlds apart.

Churches don’t look anything like Jesus. In fact, they look more like Pharisees. No kidding.

Unless truth is genuinely experienced, it remains a fact. A head knowledge. Head knowledge does not save. Even demons believe and shudder, said James. It’s not believing with our minds that saves. Believing with our hearts does.

If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. [Romans 10.9]

Imagine how many are in “born again” churches who know everything about it except experience it genuinely?

Genuine Experience radically transforms, as in the case of Saul on his way to Damascus. Jesus breathed on his disciples and they received the Holy Spirit [John 20.22] and several days after the Spirit was on them in Acts 2. They were radically changed forever.

If you’re truly born again, you’re radically transformed forever. Like Jesus, you will be different without meaning to. Like Jesus, you will think, live and do things differently, and lots of people will hate you for it—especially church people. God’s bible-based people were the first to hate Jesus Christ and were the first to want him crucified.

Before the experience and the change, Jesus specifically told his dicsiples not to do anything but to wait in Jerusalem for the gift of the Father [Acts 1.4].

The passage in Luke 24.49 is more revealing:

I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.

It is clear then. You cannot do anything for God or his Kingdom unless you genuinely experience the truth first hand.

In church today, you get to do any ministry if you have credentials—after you have attended bible school, seminary, seminars or conferences, earned units, earned titles or degrees, etc. Your genuine experience of Jesus alone won’t qualify you.

If you want to lead in worship, you have to have a good voice, know how to play an instrument, have good stage presence and projection, and all that crap. You have to be an expert stage performer.

You get easily elected in a position if you are a professional—doctor, teacher, engineer, etc.

Nicodemus was “teacher of Israel,” said Jesus. Now that was a big and powerful credential. The best, in fact. Yet, Jesus said Nicodemus didn’t know a thing about the genuine born again experience.

You are Israel’s teacher, said Jesus, and do you not understand these things?

Just because you have the facts or you know a lot about the bible, doesn’t mean you have the experience.

If Nicodemus were alive today, churches would surely put him in the highest positions in their churches. Jesus would not. Only those with genuine experience of the truth fit a position in God’s Kingdom.

The Born Again Experience

Paul explained it clearly enough in 2 Corinthians 5.17. Anyone in Christ is a new creation. This is radical. In a way, Nicodemus was right—you re-enter a womb and come out a baby again. Hence, newbies in Christ are babes in Christ. They feed on spiritual milk. They need to grow.

What most churches do today is grow people still in their old, fleshly nature. All they get in the end are religious old people who have become experts in church politics, skillfully able to maneuver and control things using some passages in the bible their theologians have adulterated for the purpose.

You have nothing if you don’t start with a new creation in Christ—the old is passed, the new has come.

Imagine what disaster it will be if all the people in church know everything about God and the bible and church and religion, but have no genuine experience of Jesus Christ.

To People Who Hate Judgment

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“Judge me when you become perfect,” said one post on Facebook. It’s the mark of the generation today—they hate being corrected or judged. To them, nothing is really wrong with wrong things. They say each one has the right to do whatever he wants to do or live however he wants to live, and no one has the right to question them.

Even a lot of Christians agree with this. So what most churches have today are inspirational talks—unending talks about how God loves them and accepts them as they are. How God hates sin but not the sinner. How God cannot punish us because he is love. How God wants us to discover our purpose or how he wants to prosper us materially.

All that, but not preach against wickedness, sin or worldliness. “Do not judge!” they’d say.

Most preachers do not present the other side of God—how he is the Judge, and that he punishes those who remain unrepentant. And as Judge, God relegates a certain amount of judging to his servants—to us.

Paul said it all here:

Do you not know that the Lord’s people will judge the world? And if you are to judge the world, are you not competent to judge trivial cases? Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more the things of this life!…I say this to shame you. Is it possible that there is nobody among you wise enough to judge a dispute between believers? [1 Corinthians 6.1-6]

Whether you like it or not, God gave all believers the job to judge.

When you share or teach the bible, often you have to distinguish between what’s good and what’s bad to your audience. In doing so, you have to judge. Judging is telling what is right from wrong. You show people what is right and what is wrong according to what God’s Word says. You cannot teach and preach the Word yet remain reluctant to tell people about rectitude and peccancy.

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, [2 Timothy 3.16]

God says you must rebuke and correct if need be when using his Word.

Others would no doubt quote Matthew 7: “Do not judge.” This is an all-time favorite passage of those who hate being told about the wrong they are doing. In fact, this is the motto in most churches that hate judgment and crave praises from men.

But the same Jesus who said “Judge not,” also said “Make a right judgment,” [John 7.24]. The whole passage says, “Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge correctly.”

I love it in the NLT:

“Look beneath the surface so you can judge correctly.”

Problem is, most Christians still take verses out of context to suit their lifestyles, desires and experiences. They insist on “Judge not” so they can do whatever they want and not be condemned. “You don’t know what I’m going through and why I’m like this!” they add.

But “Judge not that you may not be judged” should be taken in its context. Jesus wanted us to make sure we’re not guilty of the same sin we’re accusing others of. Or, any sin for that matter. The context says, after we make sure that we’re not guilty of sin—or have taken out the plank of wood from our own eyes, then we can remove the dust in our brother’s eye.

Simply put, make sure you’re clean. Then you can judge.

How do you clean yourself? Confess your sins and repent. Then you can be God’s prophetic instrument to warn people about sin and judge between right and wrong. But if you remain unrepentant, then shut your mouth. You have no business telling people what’s right and wrong. In this case, judge not, that you may not be judged.

And you should be repenting.

Remember, all God’s servant in the bible denounced sinners and their sins. From Abraham to Noah and Moses, to Samuel, to David to Jeremiah, Jonah and Malachi, just to name a few. Then from John the baptizer to Jesus and to the apostles. They all judged and denounced. So how can you say, “Don’t judge”?

I mean, just look at how Paul did it:

“…hand this man over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved on the day of the Lord.” [1 Corinthians 5.5]

God’s Love is His Judgment

Many Christians and pastors do not understand that God’s love is his judgment, and vice versa. His judgments are instrumental to saving us. By them we see our error and sin and have opportunity to repent. By God’s judgments we can change. He judges because he loves, and we ought to do the same. We rebuke or judge because we love.

In fact, if we truly love God, we should love his judgments.

I know, O LORD, that thy judgments are right, and that thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me. [Psalm 199.75]

Here’s another one for you:

Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever. [Psalm 199.160]

And look at how this Psalmist loved God’s judgments:

Seven times a day do I praise thee because of thy righteous judgments. [Psalm 119..164]

So, how can you hate judgment if you are a true believer? How can you say, “Don’t judge me”?

Judgmental People

But there are judgmental people who know nothing about how to handle God’s judgment on people. They are not God’s servants—they are fault-finders. First, they don’t live holy lives. If you live a holy life, God would tell you how to administer a judgment, as he did with his prophets. In God’s prophetic move, there are proper ways to release judgment.

Second, they’re just happy to see you fall. They get a kick out of your downfall or failure. They love stepping on you. They love to blame people. You see them very good at speaking foul words. Prophetic judgment should be done with a redemptive heart, with God’s love inspiring you—so the guy would repent. You’re not happy to see him fall and drown in mire, but you have to do it—slap him wide awake, so to speak.

No, you don’t have to be always bombastic about it. Most times, all you have to say is, “That’s bad.” Or sometimes, your stare alone does the job. The Spirit’s anointing on you, your holy lifestyle and righteous testimony will back up your word or gesture. See how John the baptizer rebuked Herod? With a simply, “It’s not lawful for you to take your brother’s wife.” That’s it.

Remember how Jesus stared at Peter after he denied Jesus three times? The Lord didn’t have to say anything.

Most times your daily holy life will “rebuke” sinners who watch you. You need not say a word.

They are surprised that you do not join them in their reckless, wild living, and they heap abuse on you. [1 Peter 4.4]

When sinners persecute you, it means they feel the “rebuke” or “judgment” or “condemnation” of your holy (though quiet) daily life. Sinners are naturally offended when they see the real Jesus in a person. Count on it.

Third, fault-finders are arrogant and self-centered. True prophets of God are meek, selfless and simple. They are often low-profile and would rather be out of the limelight. You see them often standing or sitting in a far corner, inconspicuous but “present.”

It’s God himself who puts his prophets, instead, in the limelight when their service is needed. For instance, Elijah was not mentioned in the books prior to 1 Kings. Then suddenly he was introduced. And then suddenly he was taken away. Compared to the chapters devoted to the lives of King Saul and King David, Samuel’s was short and almost merely in passing.

Fourth, judgmental people always put themselves on a pedestal after finding fault with you.

Fifth and last, judgmental people are so narrow-minded.

Remember, to be an effective instrument in declaring God’s judgment:

The Sovereign Lord has given me a well-instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary. He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being instructed. The Sovereign Lord has opened my ears; I have not been rebellious, I have not turned away. [Isaiah 50. 4-5]

To know why a lot of born-again Christians are still captive to sin and hurt by God’s judgment, click here. 

Those Who Really Love Jesus

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It’s easy to claim to love God. A lot of people do so, posting it on Facebook a lot of times. In fact, it’s often the only thing you see on their walls. But usually it’s easier said than done. A lot of them (not all) are just religious. You meet them face to face, you see a different person.

So, who is it that really loves God.

Revelation 2.4 warns the Ephesus church about how it has “forsaken the love you had at first.” The Lord’s solution is for that church to “perform the deeds you did at first.” Go back to the basics. And among the basics is simply to have Jesus as the church’s first love again.

Jesus as your first love—what does that mean? First, to be deep in his Word and live it out daily. “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them,” [John 14.23]. 

Second, love your fellowmen, especially the poor and weak, as you love Jesus. Treat them well.

‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’

“And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’ [Matthew 25]

But I don’t mean doing the above and then posting it on Facebook or announcing them to all. A lot of ministries today no longer believe what Jesus said in Matthew 6. They announce to all or display their good deeds. They can’t keep them in private—their ego won’t let them. They crave the applause of the world. This is not first love for Jesus—this is selfish love for self or ego worship.

When you give to someone in need, don’t do as the hypocrites do—blowing trumpets in the synagogues and streets to call attention to their acts of charity! I tell you the truth, they have received all the reward they will ever get. But when you give to someone in need, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.

First love for Jesus is NOT what you do in church—your church attendance, being active in church and getting involved in all its ministries, etc. In fact, the church in Ephesus was doing all these full-swing (every church ministry you can imagine), and yet the Lord judged it as having abandoned its first love for Jesus. In fact, it’s backslidden.

What then is first love? Who then has first love for Jesus?

They’re those who’d rather spend long quiet moments alone with Jesus than be in church. Shocked? It’s true. I’m not kidding. And when I say “than be in church,” I mean the church that the world knows and is busy with today. Church today is simply a facade concealing the Babylon system within it. Everything about it is worldly, masked with bible passages and religious music. It sounds and looks so spiritual, but it really doesn’t know what it is doing.

How do you know if a church is a Babylon church? Simple—just read Revelation 2 and 3, particularly on the church in Ephesus, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis and Laodicea. Here are their characteristics:

  1. Hard working with patient endurance (they love their denomination so much).
  2. Can’t tolerate wicked people.
  3. Can expose false apostles (good with the bible, with titles and degrees)
  4. Patient suffering and they never quit (all that for their denomination).
  5. Balaam’s teaching is tolerated (greed and sexual immorality).
  6. Eating foods offered to idols (their church denomination is their idol).
  7. Tolerating the spirit of Jezebel, which is sexual immorality and idolatry.
  8. Looking so alive and growing, and yet DEAD.
  9. Lukewarm inside.
  10. Looking rich yet wretched, miserable and poor.

Going back to those whose real first love is Jesus, they also stopped attending prayer meeting programs in church because they have learned to pray without ceasing. They gather together in spirit and in truth to have fellowship and prayer the way Jesus and his disciples did it. They pray for spiritual things, not just their material needs. They especially pray that all true believers be in completely unity as Jesus prayed it in John 17 (the true church). So you don’t find them in denominations.

They worship expressively in private, they weep and laugh and dance for the Lord in secret, not when they are on stage or when the cameras are on. When they share the Gospel, they do it so people would surrender their lives to Jesus Christ, not so their denominational church would gain more members and income. Because of this, they NEVER pursue after people, just as Jesus never pursued after them.

They disciple believers who follow after them. Their discipleship is not programmed or enforced or offered. And such discipleship naturally progresses to fathering, such as what the apostles had.

True lovers of Jesus keep everything in life and ministry so radically simple so they can have more time alone relaxing and resting in God. They do not worry about accomplishments—they just enjoy their time with the Lord. To them, accomplishments all become garbage when you pay attention to them. To those who are in the Babylon church, accomplishments are so important because their greatness depend on them.

When your accomplishments still matter to you, it means your ego is still alive. You have not yet died in Christ. You are not yet a new creation in HIM. Real Jesus lovers simply obey, often in secret. They are so aware that the Father, who watches in secret what they do in secret, will reward them, with or without “success.”

What matters to true Jesus lovers is what they have become under God’s molding—their LIFE, character and spiritual power and authority. The fruit of the Spirit manifesting in them. The more quality, quiet times with Jesus Christ, the better the molding.

This is first love for Jesus. Never abandon it.

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Ever-Increasing Glory Means Getting Simpler, Not Complicated

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Everybody’s trying to make church complicated these days. It has to have this and that and those and a lot more things. It has to have a lot more ministries and “mission works” and programs and activities and various kinds of “fellowships.” A lot more facilities, buildings and properties. The more complicated, the more they say the church is “growing.”

So they invent a lot of things to do.

But a truly growing church in God’s eyes, one that is really ever-increasing in glory, is that which grows simpler until it reaches the simple form, character and nature of what Jesus did. Most people think what Jesus did was a crude ministry and we have to improve on it. Wrong. What Jesus did is the model and the most advanced and the best. Nothing could be better. We have to advance to its level.

Jesus said anyone who has faith in him will do the same things he did—and greater things shall he do because He is going to the Father. The key to a truly growing church is doing what Jesus did, and doing greater (not better or more) works as a result of Jesus’ going to the Father.

Jesus “going to the Father” [John 14.12] means Jesus now left us physically and sent us the Holy Spirit to continue what he did in greater intensity, not because we have become greater, but because of the power of the Holy Spirit in us through Christ and with Jesus Himself interceding for us to the Father through His Spirit.

And doing greater things in Christ means we become simpler in life, character and ministry. More on this ministry by clicking here.

Look at the church in Ephesus. It was doing a lot more. It was so active and probably had a lot of ministries and programs and activities. It was an expert when it came to church doctrines and never gave up in the face of extreme difficulties. It was  always on the go!

I know your deeds,your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked people, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false. You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary. [Revelation 2]

In the eyes of the world it was great. But look at how the Lord judged it.

You have forsaken the love you had at first. Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first.

What’s the Lord’s remedy? “Do the things you did at first.” Here is a hint of going back to the basics and making everything simple. And basically, it was about “the love you had at first.” The church at Ephesus  became so busy to the point of being complicated that it forgot or had forsaken the way it loved Jesus the first time. The only thing that happens to you when you become complicated and occupied is lose quality time with the Lord. Then, without noticing it, the glory fades and disappears. “If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.”

In these last days, a lot of churches will be deceived this way. They will keep themselves busy with ministry and complicate things.

I go back (as I always do) to what works God really requires of us. People then asked Jesus what works they should do to do the work of God.

Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?” Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.” [John 6.28-29]

It’s all so simple—to believe in Jesus. This is the basic. This is what we did at first. Simply believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved, you and your family. And what ministry did Jesus say we should do?

I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father. [John 14.12]

Anything else you add to this is from the world and the devil and will complicate what you do. It will decrease your glory until the Lord takes away your lampstand.

Doing the simple ministry of Jesus Christ alone gives you ever-increasing glory.

Spoken and Written WORD

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In my article, The Most Important Signs and Wonders, I ended up with mentioning the spoken and written Word of God. It’s important to understand the difference if you want to produce genuine new creations in Christ in your church—and genuine new creations can only be produced by the hand of God. Thus, his signs and wonders.

Human theology, hermeneutics, sound preaching, denominational doctrines, church programs or even worship programs cannot produce new creations in Christ. Only God’s signs and wonders can. And signs and wonders are produced only by the spoken Word of God in the bible.

“…the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.” [John 6.63]

The spoken Word of Jesus, they alone give you life in the Spirit. Nothing else. If you want to operate in genuine signs and wonders, you have to thoroughly understand this. If you do not operate in the spoken Word of God, you do everything through human effort which counts NOTHING in the spirit realms.

“…the flesh counts for nothing. [John 6.63]

The NLT version says it more clearly:

“Human effort accomplishes nothing.”

You can be preaching good and have thousands of people running to the altar to “accept” Christ, but if it’s all derived from the written Word, it’s nothing. It’s mere human effort. And you can be performing signs and wonders resulting to great healing and miracles, but if it’s all derived from the written Word or the “letter,” it’s still human effort.

In fact, the “letter” kills:

“…for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. [2 Corinthians 3.6]

Everything should end up with people radically transformed into new creations in Christ. If you don’t have that, everything is in vain. Or at least, people should understand the concept—anyone in Christ is a new creation—and realize that God’s salvation isn’t cheap. His gift is free but it isn’t cheap. It’s a new creation in Christ or nothing. They either go all-out for that salvation and surrender their lives radically to God or reject the idea outright.

There’s no such thing as half-baked Christians or mixed creation of the old and new. It’s either you are a new creation or you’re not. From being a new creation in Christ, you start to grow in spirit. Only new creations grow. Others just get old and rotten. Active in church, yes, but rotten. One mark of a genuine new creation is that they SO LOVE the spoken Word of God. Job foresaw this:

I have not departed from the commands of his lips; I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my daily bread. [Job 23.12]

The danger is when people just “accept” Christ without hearing and craving for the spoken Word of God. They just understand with their minds how hell is scary and that Jesus is the Way out of it all. So naturally, they’d accept him. The church thinks they are born-again, yet there is no visible radical change in them (no old is past, no new has come). What’s more obvious is that they merely changed church membership.

Worse, such church people even seem to grow worse as the years pass. At first their characters were tolerable. But as they became familiar with church over the years, they became rebellious and manipulative, trying to control the church and the pastor.

Genuine born-again is when we believe with our hearts, not understand with our minds:

For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. [Romans 10.10]

Once you believe with your heart, the spoken Word then initiates the renewal or transformation of the mind. Only the spoken word of God can protect us from the patterns of this world.

Again, only the spoken Word of God produces radical new creations in Christ.

All signs and wonders in ministry should have this as its goal. The church Jesus will be coming back for is a glorious church, without spot or wrinkle or any blemish, but holy and pure. A church of radically transformed new creations in Christ. Jesus won’t be coming back for a rotten church.