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. 

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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.

For more radical Jesus teachings, click here.

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.

Why Sons are Exempt

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It’s a Kingdom secret—God made a lot of laws in the Old Testament and commands in the New Testament—but true sons and daughters are exempt from them. They are free from all strictures and yet imbued with a high standard of  discipline. I know how this can raise some eyebrows, but it’s true.

Consider this—God declares you righteous in Christ by grace through faith. Therefore, the law, or anything similar to it imposed in churches, is NOT for you, because laws are for lawbreakers and rebels. No one righteous in Christ can be like that.

We also know that the law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, [1 Timothy 1.9]

In Paul’s time this was common knowledge, but not today. A lot of people still prefer to be under the law, observing Old Testament rituals and special days. Not only so, Christian churches invent their own “laws” to keep their denominations intact. The church’s life, in fact, is its “laws” expressed through its church manuals, policies, doctrines and other rules and regulations they strictly adhere to.

They continue to create a lot of these man-made laws and put in lots of bible verses to make them sound legit and authoritative. In fact, they even have worship “programs” (which serve as the “law” during worship services) which everyone is expected to follow during worship. It’s how they view “order,” through laws.

But Kingdom “order” is different. It’s not by laws or man-made rules or policies or manuals. It’s by the Spirit of God. Believers who have the Word of God alive in them daily are moved by the Holy Spirit to be one in nature—Christ’s nature. Their lives and thoughts agree without meaning to. They move and think freely and yet are always in one accord—exactly as the three Persons in the Trinity do—because they have God’s nature in them through Christ.

Laws and rules are only necessary if there’s a chance that someone might violate protocol—or some ignorant guy might do something contrary and not know it. Like in church, someone may act or move contrary to established norms or programs. So laws and rules are needed.

However, laws and regulations just make you inclined to break them. “The law was brought in so that the trespass might increase.” [Romans 5.20] The more you rely on them the more you want to disobey. Rules and laws tend to make you rebellious. “But when the commandment came, sin sprang to life and I died,” [Romans 7.9]. No wonder churches always have dissenters and detractors in them.

But in a place or gathering where grace is sufficiently lavish and everyone is a true son and daughter genuinely intimate with the Father and imbued with His nature—possessing everything that is His—no laws or rules or doctrine are necessary. Sons and daughters are exempt. It’s in their nature to simply flow with God’s will.

“From whom do the kings of the earth collect duty and taxes—from their own children or from others?” Jesus asked. “From others,” Peter answered. “Then the children are exempt,” Jesus said to him. [Matthew 17]

I don’t impose rules or laws in my household. But my sons know me and know exactly what I want. By living with me daily and being so familiar with my character, they’re aware of the “protocol,” and it’s something embedded in their hearts. Yeah, they slip now and then and do wrong. But when they do, all I have to do is look at them in the eyes and the protocol in their hearts start working again immediately. Often, no scolding is needed. They understand at once and behave accordingly. Why? Because they are my sons and I am their father. There is true relationship. A common DNA with me binds us.

But with our household helpers, we impose rules and regulations. There has to be some kind of “manual” or rules for everything because they often just do things their way. We also use some kind of a “doctrine” so they’d know what kind of family they’re serving, and the difference between our family and the family next door—or other families for that matter.

Unfortunately, sometimes you’d see the most undisciplined people in church.They’re often difficult to coordinate because they stubbornly refuse to cooperate. Probably, that’s their idea of freedom. I was once asked to help some young people from a church with their fitness activities. I was to teach them some steps but I found it hard to make them. They utterly lacked discipline. I had to keep telling them to be serious about it.

On the other hand, I’ve also seen how some fathers disciplined their sons by cruelly hitting them physically. Sure enough, they easily control their children because they have successfully enslaved them. Their sons obey them more out of fear. God disciplines his sons and daughters differently. He puts his spoken Word into their hearts and minds. His principle is always that perfect love casts out fear. Notice how the father disciplined his prodigal son in Luke 15.

A lot of church people misconstrue discipline. They think it has to be harsh. I’ve seen how some church leaders shamed other people publicly and abused them with words as a way of “disciplining” them. God is not like that. He disciplines his children rigidly, but not with cruel punishment, rules or laws. God disciplined David and Moses with severe punishment, but that was Old Testament.

And if you’re a true son or daughter of God, you should be highly disciplined by nature, though totally free.

In Christ, disciplining is different. Rigid discipline is still there but it’s more on character honing than mere punishment per se (or as a resultant punishment). For instance, did Jesus punish Judas for stealing from the ministry offering bag or Peter for disowning him three times? Ananias and Sapphira were given a chance to repent instead of being punished outright, but they preferred to stick with their lies.

When David sinned, he was given several choices for punishment, all of which were severe. When Moses disobeyed, he was not allowed entry into the Promise Land though he begged God to. All these involved breaking some law.

God’s discipline in Christ comes more as his expression of fatherly love than kingly wrath. But beware. If his discipline is ignored after warnings, you can suddenly just fall flat on your face dead like Ananias and Sapphira did.

In God’s Kingdom, there are no rules or regulations or laws—because the Word of God is inside every believer, indwelling them. It has become flesh in them. In fact, it has become them. You and the Word have become one and inseparable. In a sense, you have become the Word because the Word has become your life. “They are not just idle words for you–they are your life,” [Deuteronomy 32.47].

It’s a powerful Kingdom concept. For instance, you don’t have to read the bible like how they do it today because THE WORD IS IN YOU, the Word is the LIFE that runs your body and mind, occupying every cell, molecule, fiber and circulation. It’s your system, your culture, your mindset, your personality, your life, your DNA. You move and act and have your being in the Word.

More on this if you buy the e-book, God’s Flesh. Click here to buy a PDF copy of it.

Traditional church people are required to read the bible daily. They “study” it in cell groups or small bible study groups, which are all good. They memorize verses and passages and study them as the world does academic subjects in universities.

But you don’t. Instead, you “eat” and “breathe” the Word day and night.

Every son and daughter of God in Christ eats and breathes the Word. They don’t need to be told or encouraged about reading the bible daily because it has become their natural daily sustenance to breathe-in the Word—taking it without even thinking about it. Do you need to be told to breathe everyday, or else you’re going to die? Do you need to tell yourself each moment that you must breathe air? You don’t. You do it quite naturally, without a single thought, because it is in your system. The same with you and God’s Word.

Jeremiah the prophet prophesied about true sons and daughters in church (which finds fulfillment in these last days) when God showed him what the genuine coming Kingdom on earth through Christ would be like. True Israel, in the glorious church of Jesus Christ, will be the complete unity of Jew and pagan believers worldwide.

This is the covenant I will establish with the people of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. 

I will be their God, and they will be my people. No longer will they teach their neighbor, or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’
because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest. [Hebrews 8.10-11]

In that condition, there is nothing that isn’t allowed. No more prohibitions. No more don’t to this or don’t to that. You are like the wind that blows wherever it wills. The wind can go through locked doors and windows, secret passages, underground, and all prohibited places. Others can’t but you can. You have permission and access. Others set limits on themselves but your are FREE. Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom [2 Corinthians 3.17].

Since you died with Christ to the elemental spiritual forces of this world, why, as though you still belonged to the world, do you submit to its rules: “Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!”? These rules, which have to do with things that are all destined to perish with use, are based on merely human commands and teachings. [Colossians 2.20-23]

Rules, including denominational manuals and doctrines (though “bible-based”), are all human inventions. They prove that you are still part of this rotten world which is destined to perish. Many Christians cannot live without the limiting (or enslaving) effects of some law or regulation they impose on themselves. They choose to be bound by them (like the Pharisees and teachers of the law did) rather than live and do ministry freely as Jesus did. Jesus was not just “bible-based.” He was (and is) THE WORD.

They couldn’t break the Sabbath law but Jesus “broke” it anytime he wanted to. They couldn’t speak to Samaritans (especially Samaritan women) but Jesus easily did so. They couldn’t walk on water or change water into wine, but Jesus easily did both. They couldn’t touch the unclean, but Jesus touched and healed them. No one could be both perfect God and perfect man. It defied all logic and reason. But Jesus was exactly that. He was the Son—he was exempt. They couldn’t but he could. Jesus was free to do anything. Why not? He is the only begotten Son. And you are a son or daughter of God through Him. You are co-heir with Christ.

They all thought Jesus was breaking the law. But how could he, when he was the Word of God and the final interpretation of it himself? He was God’s own Son found to be faithful as “the Son over God’s house” [Hebrews 3.6].  And in Christ by God’s grace, we share the same position.

Now if we are children, then we are heirs–heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. [Romans 8.17]

In another breath, the Word says:

And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, [Ephesians 2.6]

As sons and daughters, laws, regulations and doctrines formulated by men (even if “bible-based”) do not govern us as they never governed Jesus. Only the spoken Word of God dwelling in us does. It dwells in us richly [Colossians 3.16] as well as increases, multiplies and flourishes in and around us [Acts 12.24]. Our only reason for existence is the spoken Word [John 6.57].

True sons and daughters grow deep in the spoken Word in ever-increasing glory, not as an obligation or requirement, but because God has made it their unchanging nature. It’s all the work of God. It’s one of the marks of being born from above. You have no struggles with the Word. The Word makes its home in you and creates a huge, abundant and unfailing source there, welling up to eternal life.

But whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life. [John 4.14]

In any given situation you face in life, the Word quickly and automatically takes charge and moves your mind and body to God and His present move. It’s something like digestion. You don’t need rules or regulations or laws to set your digestive system to work. It simply works according to the digestive system God put there.

But don’t get me wrong. A lot of individuals I shared this wisdom with twisted it around and thought they could just do anything they wanted with the “freedom” they thought they had in Christ. They even thought they could sin freely and disobey every rule or law they saw around them. God’s truth can do two things in you—get it fresh from Gods’ own mouth unadulterated and have LIFE, or twist it around and become a slave of the devil—like what happened to Adam and Eve. God had told them personally what to do but they twisted it around.

One thing noticeable about people who try to get this teaching without being transformed into the likeness of the Son is that they are NOT deep in the spoken Word. They may know the bible (or the letter or the printed Word), but NOT the spoken Word of God in the bible.

They struggle with the Word and need to follow a program so they can read it one or five or ten chapters a day. Some of them cannot understand anything unless they listen to Sunday sermons. Most Christians don’t get anything from the Old Testament except history. Many of them struggle a lot just getting the spoken Word straight from the Father’s mouth. All they get are earthly teachings.

Sermons are good, but each true son or daughter should be able to get the spoken Word fresh and direct from the mouth of God supernaturally, any time of the day.

As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit–just as it has taught you, remain in him. [1 John 2.27]

People who cannot get fresh wisdom straight from God even have to go to seminary to try to understand what God is saying in the bible, to no avail. All they get are human theologies which cannot exempt you as sons and daughters. Only what God puts in you supernaturally and permanently renders you exempt and this only happens when God re-creates your body composition with the DNA of the pure Word. And then you begin to experience what Paul said about how it’s not you who live but Christ—the living, spoken Word—who lives in you.

It’s genuine—it’s not really you who live but Jesus in you. Some guys mock me about this and ask if the DNA of the Word can be seen through a microscope in a blood chemistry test. It is there in your blood and muscle fiber, believe me. But the eyes, even if aided with the best tools of Science, won’t be able to see it.

But if your spiritual eyes are opened, you will. “We fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal,” [2 Corinthians 4.18].

A true child of God will first “crave pure spiritual milk” [1 Peter 2.2].

What young believers “crave” in church today are concerts, musical performances, choir, stage worship and instrument playing as their favorite rock star does it. Do you “crave” for the Word? “Crave” means “feel a powerful desire for” says Google. This is among the marks of a true born-again believer. He first craves for the Word. A desperate longing. An insatiable greed for the Word.

Then, a true child of God will later “leave the elementary teachings of Christ and go on to maturity” [Hebrews 6] by letting or allowing the Word of Christ to dwell in them richly [Colossians 3]. The Word “dwelling” in you is not just about bible studies or winning bible quizzes or attending bible school or seminary.

I know a lot of folks who have seminary degrees and titles but do not have the Word dwelling in them richly. This is something more than being able to explain passages in the bible through hermeneutics or present sermons in scholarly, intellectual fashions.

Most theologians today only end up sounding like some Western philosophers or psychologists—or some smart Aleck or politician trying to outsmart everyone. They try hard to sound scholarly. But they never sound like Jesus Christ. When they speak, there’s discussion. But when Jesus speaks, there’s LIFE.

When the Word indwells richly and God looks at us, he sees Christ (the Word), not us. Angels and all creation also see Christ in us (not us) and obey our every beck and call. It’s when mortality is swallowed up by LIFE.

God’s plan is that we first “crave” spiritual milk. “Like newborn infants, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation,” [1 Peter 2.2]. After drinking lots of it, we let it “dwell richly” in us. Without the “craving” part, nothing will dwell richly in us. It is important for true born-again believers to crave for the pure Word, or feel a powerful desire for it. Covet it and greedily devour it.

Then spiritual milk transforms in you as you meditate the Word of God day and night. The “letter” becomes the Sword of the Spirit that pierces through soul and spirit. The more you hear God’s spoken Word in the bible, the more you grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. And then you learn deeper things in the Holy Spirit, what Christ calls his “heavenly things” (and which I call third-heaven revelations). As you nurture in God’s spoken word, rivers of living water are created in you. God places a great Source of LIFE in you so that you never thirst or hunger.

You become what you eat. The spoken Word becomes your life.

Unfortunately for most people, they never get past spiritual milk. They drown themselves in church activities, denominational ministries and human theologies and have no more quality time left for the spoken Word from God’s own mouth. This food is the only thing that can exempt you.

I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready, for you are still worldly. Are you not walking in the way of man? [1 Corinthians 3.21]

While there is still even a tiny, minuscule measure of the world or man in your ways, you are still carnal. You cannot receive the solid food of the Spirit. Things like worship programs, tradition, Christmas, Easter, church anniversaries, church buildings, human theologies and church denominations all keep you from hearing the spoken Word of God—and most likely, what you call your “spiritual life” revolves around these earthly things. They make you still part of this world and therefore not exempt from its laws and principles.

Remaining on the spiritual-milk level will get you nowhere in God’s Kingdom except what you achieve in the physical realms—what the eyes see and what the flesh appreciates. “For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world,” [1 john 2.16].

I still have much to tell you, but you cannot yet bear to hear it. [John 16.12]

And also:

Although by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to reteach you the basic principles of God’s word. You need milk, not solid food! [Hebrews 5.12]

This explains why most churches today are a far cry from the ministry that Jesus did. They do not look one bit like Jesus. Instead, they look more like community or cause-oriented groups like the Rotary Club. Traditional churches have all become like that, so that any church that radically looks like Jesus becomes odd to them.

Some of them even need to associate with politicians or be used by them just to gain some influence on the community. They haven’t gone past the spiritual-milk level. Jesus never did anything like that. And you’d see how rules, regulations and denominational doctrines run their ministries and also keep them apart. All these keep them bound to the world, not exempt from it.

In heaven, believers are governed by the Spirit of God, not by rules or regulations or laws. “Do not steal” or “do not covet” lose their meaning in heaven because they do not apply. In heaven, your nature easily flows with God’s will. And Jesus said that God’s will in heaven should be done on earth as well.

If you’re a son or daughter, you are exempt from the world.

How You Enter God’s Rest 3

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How do you do it? How do you actually rest and relax in God, do “nothing,” and yet produce a lot for God? Now, I remind you that just because you’re doing a lot of work for God and exhausting yourself in ministry, doesn’t follow that you are doing something useful for Him.

A lot of times you’re not. Many church workers labor for nothing. As long as you do man’s work (not God’s work), you work in vain. And God’s work is simply to believe in Jesus Christ, nothing more nothing less.

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]

And believing, says Hebrews 4, is about obedience to God’s voice, which in Hebrews 4 urges us to rest in God.

Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it…for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works…Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, [Hebrews 4]

First, it’s about resting. Second, it’s about doing nothing. Consider this passage:

Now to the one who works, wages are not credited as a gift but as an obligation. However, to the one who DOES NOT WORK but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness. [Romans 4.4-5]

This principle is true in salvation and in serving God, since both are by grace through faith. You cannot serve God by your own efforts. If you do, you are given”wages” as an obligation, the same thing employees get from their boss. But if you serve as a faithful son or daughter, you are credited with what God possesses in himself—righteousness.

Some servants prefer wages than inheritance from the Father. So they work hard with their own efforts serving God. But sons relax because they enter their Father’s rest. How?

They do nothing that the Father is not doing.

The Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. [John 5.19]

And what do they see the Father doing? Resting. God has been resting since the 7th day of creation.

By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. [Genesis 2.2]

And again in Hebrews:

“On the seventh day God rested from all his works.” [4.4]

So what should we do? Nothing except rest in God.

Radical, isn’t it? And a lot of church people won’t get it.

Pastors today do a lot of useless works. For instance, they need to have a church property and church building they keep improving on. They need to keep raising funds for that, so they solicit. They need to do lots of follow-ups on people they have shared the Gospel to and do visitations. They need to keep inviting people, even pestering and forcing them to attend their church services.

They also do a lot of gimmicks to entertain people in hopes of making them come back next Sunday—concerts, nice choir, worship team, superb sound systems, exciting programs, etc. Can you imagine how hectic and tiring church anniversaries are and Christmas worship? Some even have Halloween fellowships and Easter Services. Jesus didn’t do any of these, and certainly neither did the Father.

They try to please their members, especially the so-called “givers,” so they won’t transfer to another church. They must see to it that membership increases each year to also increase church income—because membership and income to them determine whether a church is dying or thriving. They do lots more things like these and later end up stressed up, troubled, worried, sickly and pressured over nothing.

Jesus didn’t do any of them in his ministry. Therefore, believers who enjoy God’s Sabbath rest also never do these things—they only do what they see the Father is doing through Jesus Christ.

They share the Gospel with people, leave them to decide for themselves and go on to the next. People go to them for more, as multitudes pursued after Jesus in his days. He never pursued after people. No follow-up or visiting. Jesus invited a few to his ministry once, and only in passing, but he never invited them twice.

The idea is to make people covet God, desiring Him desperately and making them work hard to pursue the experience while you rest in God. People should see how you rest and relax in God—smooth, easy, relaxed and free like the wind, caring about nothing and yet possessing God’s everything—and they should crave to have the same life, too. Yes, they see how you also have problems but what impresses them is the lack of stress and anxiety in your life. And they see Jesus in all that. They doggedly pursue Jesus first of all, then you and the Jesus they see in you.

But the problem today is, people relax while pastors work hard pursuing after them. Pastors covet them and sometimes compromise God just to get their nods. They get sick and die pursuing hard after people. If you do this, you get nothing but wages from God. People who get mere salaries from God usually are sickly and stressed out in ministry. Remember, only employees are given sick leaves, not the sons and daughters of the owner of the company. Tired and overworked people are moody and difficult to deal with and impose strictures on others—because the concept of rest is alien to them.

Remember, your first job is to rest in God by deepening your experience with him. This is done by meditating the Word of God day and night. And then you share the Gospel with people. The results are all up to God. You pursue no one for membership. Don’t beg anyone to join your church. It doesn’t matter if no one responds. It’s not your fault. It’s the work of the Holy Spirit to follow up. His job is to convict and convince. In the meantime, live the life and character of Jesus Christ. Be deep in his Word.

Then in his perfect time, God will draw some of them to you. Some God draws to you may become attenders, some supporters and a few may become your disciples, and here you have your second job—to disciple. You don’t have to worry about numbers. As you rest in God and obey his voice, God decides how many believers you’d have in the church He has entrusted to your care.

Often, God draws people to another church ministry, not the one he’s entrusted to you. That’s okay.

Church size and membership number mean nothing in God’s Kingdom. What matters is that you raise up those God gives you to be like Jesus Christ, have his spiritual DNA.

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The Most Important Signs and Wonders

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A lot of churches easily dismiss signs and wonders as optional “entertainment” in our modern times. Anyway, they have doctors and medicines to back up their medical missions, they say. They can also easily organize feeding ministries and solicit resources for them in lieu of miraculously multiplying bread and fish to feed multitudes.

Actually, the real reason why they ignore signs and wonders is that, they can’t do it. They recognize that Jesus did it in the bible, but they can’t believe that it still works today. They even think it’s silly. So they tag it as occult or scare those trying to venture into it, saying it may be demonic. Anything they can’t understand is demonic.

They’d rather rely on begging (solicitation) and medical science and technology.

And even among those few who operate in signs and wonders, the gift is deemed as something merely supplemental to an evangelistic activity. It is there just to “attract” people and provide some physical healing—mainly to lend the ministry a spectacular hand.

These are all wrong concepts about signs and wonders.

Truth is, signs and wonders is one body with the work of salvation and redemption. Without signs and wonders, a ministry cannot produce a new creation in Christ.

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What we know of signs and wonders is physical healing. That’s what comes first to mind when we hear about this spiritual gift. That’s just partly true. We have to understand that the most important signs and wonders is how God creates a genuine new creation in Christ, a real born-again believer who lives and moves like the wind, blowing wherever it wills, with no mortal knowing where it comes from or where it is going.

The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit. [John 3.8]

“So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” Jesus here was describing a true born-again believer. A real believer is free of any limitations that the world cannot understand. Nicodemus, armed with the best human theology at the time, didn’t have any idea what Jesus was talking about. All he knew was that the Messiah was some kind of a miracle worker. Period.

So Jesus showed him the connection between signs and wonders (“For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him,” said Nicodemus earlier in John 3) and a genuine born-again believer.

But apparently, Nicodemus, a teacher or Israel, didn’t understand. Just like a lot of church people today do not understand the real design of signs and wonders.

If you do evangelism without signs and wonders, all you achieve is man’s ministry. Worse, all you build is a Babylon church—a congregation of people who merely transferred religion—familiar with the bible and so active in a church that doesn’t believe in images or statues. Committed and serious with what they’re doing “for God,” but rotten nonetheless. Nothing more. No new creations in Christ.

To produce genuine believers, it takes God’s signs and wonders. I repeat, the most important signs and wonders is genuine salvation of lost souls. Angels in heaven do not celebrate when someone gets miraculously healed physically. Miraculous physical healing is important, but apparently it does not excite heaven much.

What excites angels is when a sinner genuinely repents.

In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents. [Luke 15.9]

And for sinners to genuinely repent and become really born again, God’s signs and wonders is indispensable. You cannot do it without the genuine power of God.

How to Evangelize with Signs and Wonders

Sharing the Gospel using signs and wonders first of all means you believe in God’s signs and wonders with all your heart and mind—100 percent. No doubts. Second, believe God will use you by grace through faith. Ask God to clean your heart and mind of anything not His.

Third, you rely 100 percent on the Holy Spirit. You let Christ in you do the talking and healing. Your self or ego stands back and away from it all. You become extra sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit and obey every instruction. It should be all GOD’s doing through Christ in you.

If even a small portion of your ego or man’s ways is involved—even a tiny bit of self-pride or self-congratulations, or something done to add more people to your church denomination—it spoils the result. Yes, people will believe Jesus and join your church (even grow your church to mega proportion) but they will become problems later on. They will never get past being carnal and immature. Active and supportive, yes, but still carnal.

Fourth and last but not least, make sure you use nothing but the spoken WORD of GOD, not the written Word.

Next article: Spoken and written Word.

How You Enter God’s Rest 2

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Workout, my brother. Physical workout. You’ve got to see that a big part of resting in God is regular physical workouts. A lot of believers do not quite get it that it is God’s will that we regularly workout to keep fit, well and healthy—to be able to really rest in God.

Health scientists and fitness and wellness experts (I’m a certified wellness coach) all say that total rest and relaxation can only come if the body is regularly worked out and the mind is calmed.

“Physical training is of some value..” [1 Timothy 4.8]

You see that? The bible confirms that physical workout has benefits. And if the mind and soul are calmed down and relaxed in God, the verse says:

“..but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.”

Godliness is really resting in God.

I just pity a lot of pastors who burden themselves with a yoke of slavery doing exhaustive church ministries with no more time left for keeping fit and healthy (and no more time left for resting in God). Sometimes they think they don’t need to be health conscious because God will make them healthy even if they neglect their health.

They punish themselves with ministry work. aiming to achieve high ambitious goals for their denominations, going here and there, doing this and that, plunging their heads in a sea of hard work, planting churches everywhere single-handedly.

While neglecting their physical health all along. And they believe they will be rewarded. Paul warned us that God will destroy those who destroy God’s temple, and our bodies are that temple [1 Corinthians 3.17 and 6.19].

They worry about some people not being able to hear God’s Word. Do you really think God will allow people to go to hell because they were unable to hear the Good News of salvation? I don’t think so. God will make sure each and everyone of us hears the Gospel before we die. He is a fair God.

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The thing is, God gives each pastor a certain portion of Kingdom ministry, just right for a pastor’s God-given capabilities and within his Kingdom-assigned limits. God assigned us limits so we can do the things that really matter—like resting in God.

You go overboard and all hell breaks lose in your life—particularly in your health. Yes, you get a bigger ministry, a more mega church, but in the end see what happens to your health. Some even end up with rotten characters due to ministry stress. Many pastors don’t realize this.

What shall it profit you if you gain the mega-est ministry of all, but lose your character and health?

Each pastor should reach out just enough. It’s something like the manna in the desert. Ministry is like manna to us pastors. It’s also our source of income so that there’s food (or manna) on the table. God told the Israelites to just get enough per family. But some thick-headed guys got more than they could finish, and what happened? The manna turned maggot the next day.

You greedily get more church members than you can handle and the blessing turns into maggots. No wonder the increasing number of problematic churches. I even know of churches with “active” members but who wallow in sexual immorality.

I just smile and shake my head in disappointment when a popular and peopled church denomination displays on TV their strength in numbers. They proudly show off how their members (when gathered together) occupy a huge area, reaching to the farthest ends of the Luneta Park and also boast of their chapters in different countries. For what? Ego-tripping? I hope not.

Nebuchadnezzar once boasted of his empire and immediately lost his mind and lived like an animal. King David once counted his soldiers to see how vast his army had become, and God sent him a curse.

Ministry greed and resting in God do not mix together.

You should have enough time for being alone with God, for spending time with family, and caring for your health. These three comprise your first real ministry for God. I always have time to workout with God. I run with God (which also forms part of my quiet time) regularly.

How can you testify to people that Jesus is LIFE and promises abundant life if you are sick with every disease? Or, if you have a ridiculously bulging tummy and flabby everything?

I’m so disappointed when I see pastors and church leaders suffering from acquired heart problems, high blood pressure, diabetes, disease of this and that body organ, migraine, nervous breakdown, cancer, etc., especially if these are caused by stress, anxiety or unhealthy lifestyles.

Why?

Our model for life and everything is Jesus. “Fix your eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith.” Did he get sick due to ministry stress? Was his character affected by the same?

Never.

If we claim to be followers of Jesus Christ and empowered by his Spirit, we should manifest the same results—or at least something close to it. Did Jesus workout physically? Not in the sense that we know “physical workouts” today. But he did hike for miles most of the time and did mountain climbing without harnesses. That’s tough. Doing these things regularly are workouts enough.

Resting in God means resting from our works, says Hebrews, and yet accomplishing things that really matter to God. It’s part of the mystery—we produce a lot for God and yet do nothing but rest and relax in Him.

How You Enter God’s Rest 1

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There are only a few things important in the Kingdom of God, and one of them is entering his rest. You cannot truly serve him (do ministry) if you haven’t entered God’s rest.

Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience. [Hebrews 4.11]

You know how serious it is if you fail to enter this rest? You “perish” because it is disobedience. Whether “perish” means salvation is lost or you get weak spiritually is up to the reader. Imagine doing ministry with a dead spiritual life. It happens a lot. Church folks entangled by worldly problems and cares serve God.

You enter this rest through faith, and faith, says the Hebrews passage, is obedience.

Obedience to what?

Many Christians think that as long as they’re doing church ministry, they are “obeying.” And not doing any ministry is “disobedience.” They’d probably be shocked to know that many who are active in ministry may really be disobeying if they have not entered God’s rest—and many who are not in a church ministry are actually in obedience to God.

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God is very particular about obeying his Word in his Ways alone:

That is why I was angry with that generation; I said, ‘Their hearts are always going astray, and they have not known my ways.’ So I declared on oath in my anger, ‘They shall never enter my rest.’ [Hebrews 3.10-11].

Obeying God using his ways, this is what matters to God. And believe me, if you do things his way, you experience genuine rest in God. No sweat. When you do things his way, it is God himself doing it, not you. As Paul said, “It’s no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me.”

Many people do lots of things in church. They stress themselves out so that later they end up sickly. They set high goals and try their best to achieve them. And then you see lots of pastors with this or that ailment. Many of them end up with high blood pressure, serious heart problems, diabetes, cancer or ALL of the above.

Is that abundant life? Jesus said he came that we might have life and abundantly. If we serve God in his ways alone, we find rest in God. And I mean REST. Relaxation. Ease. Peace. Funny, but a lot of church people today do not know anymore how to relax—especially pastors. To them, you don’t serve God until you are well exhausted. I don’t know where they got the idea.

Ministry is simple. Look at how Jesus and the Acts church did it. They absorbed themselves in the WORD and asked for guidance in prayer and then did things in the supernatural ways of God. They did everything in God’s strength and efforts—-never by human efforts.

Just meditate the WORD, day and night. That’s what the Word says. Then God speaks to you supernaturally. That spoken Word also gives you supernatural wisdom, strength and capacity.

But be careful. The warning says:

Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.

Stubborn people still do things their way even if God tells them in the bible to rely on him alone. Many church people have been accustomed to follow only procedures allowed by their church denominations. This is NOT God’s way. Even if you accomplish a lot of things “for God,” it is still disobedience.

True obedience is this: You hear God’s voice and you obey as he says using his ways. Period. That’s true Sabbath rest.

You do nothing by human understanding or effort. Instead (let’s repeat for emphasis), you hear the spoken Word of God as you meditate the bible and make sure to obey by using God’s ways alone. GOD’S WAYS ALONE. That’s it. That’s real Sabbath.

If you do this, you find real rest in God—and you keep out of ailments as well.

Problems come if you don’t hear anything from God because you have become so accustomed to your denominational ways.

How Word-Made-Flesh Rules the Spirit World (And Crashes Satan’s Power)

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It is the witness of the Word-made-flesh (God’s Word filling your flesh) that matters to God most of all. How the Word-made-flesh remains Godly and Kingdomly out there while under pressure by the world is the real ministry. It is how the Kingdom of God is built on earth—NOT denominational “church planting.” Sharing the Gospel with people while having the Word of God made flesh in you is the real ministry.

While the Word-made-flesh endures to stay pure for God amid wolf territory, something powerful happens in the spirit world. Word-made-flesh affects the spirit realms tremendously as it gets its share of carrying Jesus’ cross. It rules in the spirit.

Jesus sees Satan fall like lightning each time the Word-made-flesh performs spirit-submitting feats on earth amid a wolf pack. The Word must be made flesh and dwell among people—and persevere in purity for God—so that man, turned into Word-made-flesh, may rule the heavenly realms and defeat the enemy there.

Unless the enemy is defeated by what we do, our ministries remain useless, no matter how “prosperous” or “mega” they may seem on earth.

While the Word becomes flesh in us, God’s Kingdom comes on earth, and things get established as it is in heaven. We go back to God’s original plan in Eden—to be in His image and likeness—and we can then be the god of this world again, as God had planned a long time go. But man was deceived and Satan stole the title from us.

Thus, Satan’s greatest fear was when Jesus’ flesh died on the cross—a most humiliating way to die in the eyes of the world but the most powerful (and only possible) means for the Word-made-flesh to conquer enemy territory—because this started tearing Satan’s plans apart.

Word-made-flesh hurts the enemy in the spirit world so much, at the same time that it suffers for Christ’s sake on earth. Do you see how Satan is only in a lose-lose situation? He wants to hurt believers through persecutions and testings, but the more hardships and persecutions, the more they grow stronger. In other words, the heavier the cross, the more powerful we become.

But he also has no option but to give them difficulties and temptations—because he has been cursed with the task of being a thief that kills, steals, and destroys. He has no other option but to make things difficult for us. It’s his nature. He feeds on it. But the more he feeds on it, the more the true church is empowered to defeat him.

The more difficulties the devil put in our way, the more we become powerful like Jesus. And as we are tested to our limits and feel weak—crying, “Father, why has thou forsaken me?”—the more we grow stronger in the spirit, for power is made perfect in weakness. In this sense, we become limitless.

The problem is, too few of us see this, and too quickly give up at the sight of tests, failures and temptations. Or else, they find it hard to believe this strange Kingdom truth. They do not see that Satan has no power that Word-made-flesh cannot demolish! Satan has no power, except on people who are blind to the Word-made-flesh Kingdom principle, people whose main knowledge about God is what their myopic church denominational doctrines, theologies, policies, and programs teach them. People who are working hard to set up the Babylon kingdom, using the bible, but only helps Satan’s plans in the process.

Only The Jesus Cross Destroys The Enemy

The Word needs to dwell among men. This is how we take the territory back to God, our Master. Satan stole our inheritance through Adam. Now, through the Second Adam, we can get back the inheritance, the territory allotted to us, area by area, region by region, nation by nation, continent by continent—by carrying the cross Christ puts on us—the “light” burden he invites us to carry.

“Anyone who wants to follow me must pick up his cross daily…”

In another breath, he says,

“For my yoke is easy and my burden is light…”

This is not just discipleship—this is warfare strategy to take back our inheritance. “Ask of me and I will give you the nations as inheritance, the ends of the earth as your possessions.”

Dispossessing the enemy cannot be done with church programs, activities and gimmicks (even their  powerless version of “discipleship” today) just to up their membership—or concerts or anniversaries or Christmas services or Mother’s or Father’s Day celebrations or Easter Sunday or “fellowships” or what-have-you. These are mere wastes of time, simply garbage. We should be taught and trained how to pick up our crosses daily, not in church, but out there where people hate Jesus and His true church and His Word and His will.

This is true worship.

Word-Made-Flesh Worship

We should present our bodies as living sacrifices, holy and acceptable to God, which is our spiritual worship. This is true spiritual worship, not the kind we have in our churches where stage celebs and performers want to be seen and applauded by fans at the altar. What we have today is nothing but showbiz worship. It doesn’t count, no matter how beautiful or biblical.

What God wants us to do is offer our bodies as living sacrifices. Sacrifice means you give it away as loss, never to be recovered back. A sacrificed sheep was symbolic of worship in the Old Testament. Now, Jesus introduced a new worship when he declared that, “I’m sending you out like sheep among wolves.”

If we go out there and live like sheep among wolves, that in God’s eyes, is TRUE WORSHIP! Living like Jesus in enemy territory is the highest form of worship. Later, in this way, we make the enemy retreat, claiming enemy territory for God. The gates of hell shall not prevail.

The Word made flesh and dwelling among men is awesome, to say the least. It is God’s work. It was the one thing Satan tried to prevent when he authored the massacre of infants in Bethlehem when Jesus was born. It is the only church ministry the enemy is terribly scared of.

“Shall I Hide?” – God

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“Shall I hide from Abraham what I’m about to do?” (Gen.. 18.17).

When God tells you everything, hiding nothing from you, it could get scary. Imagine Abraham having the knowledge of a total wipe out of Sodom and Gomorrah. Abraham probably had some distressful times here.

What if God tells you your entire country is going to disappear from the world map?

Thus, sometimes I thank God for hiding some things from me. I thank God for God’s “darkness.”

Truly, you are a God who hides himself, O God of Israel, the Savior. [Isaiah 45.15]

But there are some things I want to know, facts he hides from me. Like, why am I not given any answer for the request I’ve been asking him—money to repair our badly damaged house and income from my Internet businesses to sustain my family and ministry?

Do you have requests from God that remain unanswered?

I’ve been asking God for residual income so that I do not become hostage to people who lend or give us money when we’re short. Most people think they own you just because you owe them or received money from them. They’d say they never try to control people indebted to them, but there they are.

I have been managing some blog sites (I earn some money from them but not residually) in hopes of someday soon getting residual income from them to sustain my needs—with God’s grace and blessing. This way, I get my resources really straight from God—not from man—although tithes and offerings are a way through which resources also come straight from God.

However, I now understand much, much better why Paul would rather support himself through his tent-making trade. And why the Acts church had to sell their properties and goods instead of solicit or ask donations.

Paul accepted offerings and tithes—but his experience was that men could not be relied on with these. They always think it a favor they give you, not a God-resource that they do not own, not realizing tithes are the holy portion they should return to God. If you are convicted of something that isn’t yours, you’ll return it to the owner pronto and not think even a second that it’s yours. Even most non-believers know this.

I’d rather get my major income from my online marketing—and get my resources straight from God. But God hides this from me. He knows how much I need it now, but for some reason, he hides it. It’s one of the facets of God’s “darkness” I do not enjoy.

He made darkness his covering, his canopy around him– the dark rain clouds of the sky. [Psalm 18.11]

Sometimes I muse: If I had a son whose house is in bad shape and riddled with termites, and I had the money, I’d surely send help immediately. God is my Father and he knows my need even before I say anything to him. And yet this goes on for years without any answer. Is this some kind of a test or training? For what? I already know too well that HE is God, and that besides Him there is no other.

Yet, we often see God immediately provide money to those who don’t need it so much as we do. We see people who have so much money they do not know how to spend it. Their luxurious living is not enough to drain their money reserves with. And yet they do not give a damn about God or His Kingdom.

However, the funny thing is, God easily pours resources on them, even if these guys never pray except to their gods. These thoughts sometimes trouble me. I’m not asking God for meaningless luxury like some people have—but only what I need for my family and ministry so I won’t ask or borrow money from people.

Have you ever wondered why the wicked are blessed? Even Jeremiah, the prophet, once wondered: “Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why do all the faithless live at ease?”

Here’s the passage:

You are always righteous, LORD, when I bring a case before you. Yet I would speak with you about your justice: Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why do all the faithless live at ease? [Jeremiah 12]

Perhaps like me, you do not ask God for a mansion—but just enough money to live decently, without having to rely on men. Like, repair money to make your house safe to live in, and perhaps to hold Word sessions and training in. Money to have you and your family live decent (not pitiful) lives, and money to help others with.

I hope God won’t hide from me. God’s darkness is great, but how about experiencing His bounty full-swing this time?