What have you been drinking?

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June 19, 2020 Nehemiah Zion

As a child (5 or 6) I would watch my parents drink black tea every morning. It looked so cool and a mature thing to do. So, one fine day I decided I am eligible to drink as well, and asked my fair share of black tea as an esteemed member of the family.

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Mom initially refused. But, I was too stubborn. Got my way, joined the black tea family mornings. I had overcome mom’s ruling. I had won.

After a few years, I moved to milk tea. I don’t know how or why. But, it happened, and to this day unsure how the shift was made.

The only person who had such success to manipulate me was my Mom.

At 21, I left home to pursue higher studies. I would visit home every year. After around 5-6 years of being away, I was somehow reminded of the black tea I used to have as a child. I was looking forward to the next visit.

While at home with parents during my next visit, I asked Mom to prepare black tea for me. She gladly went in and brought me a cup. I took a sip and immediately spat it out. It was too bitter for me. I asked her why it tasted so bitter and awful. She said we’ve always had this, nothings changed. Then she suddenly took my cup and asked me to wait as if she had some sort of flashback. She goes into the kitchen and brings me another cup. This I enjoyed.

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I asked her what was the secret. She said, she would mix water in it as a child so it was fine for me to drink. But, now that I had grown up, she gave me the original black tea.

It gave me a beautiful revelation. I learned how so many Christians today have been served a watered down gospel. They have become conditioned to “nice” teachings and live a religious lifestyle. When they are given the truth they aren’t able to bear it. Just like how I was served the original black tea I disliked. I had become conditioned to a watered down black tea.

What are you drinking? Please do not compromise the word of God. This life is all about Jesus, not us. Only a little while and those who truly walk in Him will be with Him forever.

“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;” 1 Timothy 4:1-2

What have you been drinking?

People Series: Elijah, the Passionate Prophet

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June 24, 2020 Nehemiah Zion

Elijah was a prophet used mightily by God. He entered the world at a time when Israel was going through a spiritual famine.

I’d like to share only two insights from his life for your edification.

Be the Voice in the Wilderness

And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the Lord be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word. (1 Kings 18:21)

God brought Elijah in a time where Israel was going through a spiritual famine. The present king had gone against God and set up the worship of Baal (1Kings 18:18). The people of Israel were divided because they were forced to make a choice by their king between the living God and Baal, an idol.

What a terrible state for anyone to be in having known the Living God, Almighty Saviour, King of kings. Many Christians today are living the ‘American Dream’ (The Good Life) rather than the Godly Life found in Christ alone. A (Godly) life that pursues the heart of God, where Christ is all in all. We are in a wilderness journey and one of the greatest enemy for believers is the comfort and convenience of life. In one word, MONEY (Matthew 6:24).

Christians need to awaken first before trying to “change the world”, or “stand up for the helpless”. I put them in quotes because these sound good for those who are of the world. God called us to be the light, not change the world. It’s not one and the same.

We are called to live by faith come what may. Be ready to be persecuted or killed when forced to go against the Word of God. Understanding fully well that to live is Christ and to die is gain for every believer. What the Christian world needs today is a reality check on what being Jesus to the world really means. We are called to walk in love, as we wait upon God (IN PRAYER) to fight our battles for us.

Guard Your Heart

And Elijah was afraid and arose and ran for his life, and he came to Beersheba which belongs to Judah, and he left his servant there. But he himself traveled a day’s journey into the wilderness, and he came and sat down under a juniper tree and asked [God] that he might die. He said, “It is enough; now, O Lord, take my life, for I am no better than my fathers.” (1 Kings 19:3,4)

God had won a great victory for Israel, destroying the evil and wicked prophets of Baal. It was also a great testament of Elijahs’ devotion and surrender, his passion for God’s work. What made Elijah run for his life? He was used by God to bring fire out of heaven and burn the sacrifice. Yet, he fled when he was threatened by a wicked woman (Queen Jezebel, wife of King Ahab). Fear gripped his heart when he heard Jezebel’s message that she was going to kill him.

Elijah went into a depression, which led to him having suicidal thoughts. He wanted to die. Fortunately for him, being a man of God, he sought God in his terrible state of mind and heart. God refreshed him and led him to an even greater victory.

Elijah was a man of like passions (James 5:17). We too must learn from Elijah’s life as practicing believers to guard our heart and not fear the deceptive roar of the devil (1 Peter 5:8).

Where there is fear there is no faith. Faith is produced by Love.

Perfect love casts out fear (1 John 4:18). Where there is fear, there is a torment. The anointing of Love given to us, the gift of the Holy Spirit, strengthens us when we submit ourselves in the presence of God.

People Series: Elijah, the Passionate Prophet

People Series: Nehemiah, the cup-bearer

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June 17, 2020 Nehemiah Zion

Often overlooked, he is a hero of faith required for these last days. I’d like to briefly share only five points from Nehemiah’s life for your edification.

Burdened for the House of God

And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven, (Nehemiah 1:4)

Nehemiah’s heart for the house of God is revealed in his actions as he wept, fasted and prayed for a confirmation from God.

In Nehemiah 2:1-5, we see how Nehemiah did not hesitate to speak up concerning his desire to restore the house of God to the king. Often we let go of important responsibilities for the kingdom of God because of the burden in the workplace.

Humbled himself

“Let thine ear now be attentive, and thine eyes open, that thou mayest hear the prayer of thy servant, which I pray before thee now, day and night, for the children of Israel thy servants, and confess the sins of the children of Israel, which we have sinned against thee: both I and my father’s house have sinned.” (‭‭Nehemiah‬ ‭1:6‬)

Nehemiah humbled himself in a way alien to many Christians of today. While he cried and blamed himself for the state of his people; many Christians today are lost protesting for rights on earth. Instead of labouring for the kingdom of God, many are falling for the social justice trap. At the outset it does look like these (misguided) Christians are trying to help the helpless. What they don’t realise is it’s a never ending cycle of issues conspired to keep them away from God and focus on problems and people. The world needs Jesus! In Christ we are one.

Nehemiah’s humility helped him see what was necessary for Israel. Instead of protesting or fighting for his people’s rights he prayed and heard from God. Not only did God answer him but he found favour in the sight of man too.

Diligent and Faithful 

“And I arose in the night, I and some few men with me; neither told I any man what my God had put in my heart to do at Jerusalem: neither was there any beast with me, save the beast that I rode upon.” (‭‭Nehemiah‬ ‭2:12‬)

He was committed to his calling and led by example. He inspected the ruins on his own before sharing his burden with others. He did not let others do his work for him. He made sure to assess the damage himself and then requested for his needs accordingly from the king who favoured him.

Loving Heart

“So built we the wall; and all the wall was joined together unto the half thereof: for the people had a mind to work.

Nevertheless we made our prayer unto our God, and set a watch against them day and night, because of them.

And it came to pass from that time forth, that the half of my servants wrought in the work, and the other half of them held both the spears, the shields, and the bows, and the habergeons; and the rulers were behind all the house of Judah.” (‭‭Nehemiah‬ ‭4:6, 9, 16‬)

Nehemiah led a people who were like him with a mind to work. Opposition was aplenty, and Nehemiah made sure that a watch was set day and night. He appointed a group of people to guard with weapons and another to continue the work.

As spiritual Israel, we need to learn to be as committed in our prayer life as we build the hearts and minds of our children and youth in the word of God. God’s Love makes it possible.

Peace and Order

In Nehemiah 13:23-27,30, we along with Ezra the priest, Nehemiah gets the book of law to be read out again so people may return to the ways of God.

God has given us His Word and His Holy Spirit to walk in line with His heart. Not only that the fellowship of His saints keeps us humble. The testimonies and gifts of grace of our fellow brothers and sisters reveal the mighty work of God in each one’s lives. It keeps us in check and united, in spirit and in truth.

Every church today has found itself compromised. The lack of fervent prayer and slack in spiritual disciplines have led to falling away from the first love. It’s time for believers to repent, and walk in the yoke of Christ faithfully. To be burdened for the house of God and move in the leading of the Holy Spirit. As the Spirit stirs and steers us into rebuilding the walls of New Jerusalem and Zion in our hearts.

People Series: Nehemiah, the cup-bearer

Godly Sorrow: Are you walking in the fear of God?

June 26, 2020 Nehemiah Zion

I’ve been meditating on Godly sorrow, and what it really means to walk in the salvation experience.

For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death. For behold this self same thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter. (2 Corinthians 7:10,11)

What is this fear?

It is the realisation of God’s love and power.

What the world needs right now is an encounter with Jesus. They need to be aware that this time on earth will soon end and there is hope. They don’t need to live in any other fear (scared, afraid, anxious, etc.).

God’s love fills a believers heart and casts away every fear.

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. (1 John 4:18)

A person saved by Jesus walks in the fear of God. In constant adoration and awe of the fresh revelation he or she receives daily in Christ. The heart is filled with the joy of heaven; he receives a knowledge, wisdom and understanding, for this life and beyond, from above.

But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace. (James 3:17, 18)

Man cannot gain this knowledge, wisdom and understanding reading books or striving for it in this world.

It comes from God directly. No man is worthy of such love from God, but is made worthy by the precious blood of Jesus. To all those who accept Him as God and Saviour.

Why is Christ the only way to God?

Jesus Christ did not die on the cross for Christians. He died for all mankind. Anyone who seeks Him, will find Him. All those who sought Him, found Him – some received Him, many refused (John 6:66) to go in this path.

All those who love Him, know that He loved us first.

The love of God is everlasting and true (Jeremiah 3:13). All those who walk in His Word will walk in power (Luke 4:36).

Let’s look to Jesus and follow His steps; He is the best a man can be. When we follow Jesus, through the Word of God, His Spirit will guide us and enable us to live victoriously.

Godly Sorrow: Are you walking in the fear of God?

Godly Sorrow: Are You Walking In Holiness?

June 23, 2020 Nehemiah Zion

For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death. For behold this self same thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter. (2 Corinthians 7:10,11)

Today, I’m meditating on the second feature found in those who walk in Godly Sorrow. Believers are a people who are always in mourning (Matthew 5:4), especially now, in a world that’s going berserk.

Who is Holy?

The worldly and religious use the word “holiness” as a designation. They are blinded to believe that only a select 2-3 in the entire world can be called “your holiness” or even “saints”.

All those who walk/ed in obedience to God’s Word are living/saints (1 Corinthians 6:2). The New Testament church believers are Kings and Priests (Revelation 1:6).

Every born again believer is created in true holiness (Ephesians 4:24). This holiness cannot be attained by man by his own efforts. It comes from God (Acts 3:12); it is found in those who love God and walk in His word.

The Word says, “Be Holy”, not TRY to be holy. That’s the difference between a faith based lifestyle and religious walk. The religious keep trying and never find true joy or peace. Eventually they get so frustrated they give up and declare there is no God.

What does it mean to BE holy?

I’ll share only three ways to stay holy;

Peaceful Believer

All those who walk in Godly sorrow walk in peace. Peace and Holiness go hand in hand (Hebrews 12:14). Without holiness, no man can see God. A peaceful person exercises kindness and tenderness in all their ways. Keeping in mind that Christ died for all, and that every soul is precious.

Pure hearted Believer

All those who truly enjoy the presence of God become holy when they sit to pray or worship God. When Isaiah the prophet beheld the holiness of God Isaiah 6:5), he was undone, the true beauty of God’s presence was revealed to Him. Though a prophet, he found himself unholy and unclean before God. He confessed, and repented of his state and desired to be holy as God was Holy. God then cleansed his lips. We need to mind our lips, what we think or have in our heart overflow through our mouth and actions – let the words of our mouth and the meditation of our heart be acceptable in God’s sight.

Perfect Believer

Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. (2 Corinthians 7:1)

The New Testament believers keep themselves holy by labouring for the kingdom of God. By keeping their flesh subject to their spirit by walking in the leading of the Holy Spirit. They value their time with God.

What affects our flesh and spirit? The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life. (Check out a snapshot post on what they mean)

Serious believers will never be found entertaining themselves in the things of this world, be it music, movies, friendships, sports, politics, etc. Those who love the presence of God and have experienced the majesty of His presence will always steer clear from everything of this world that pollutes. This is a hard saying for many new Christians or weak christians. The more we keep ourselves in the presence of God daily, the easier it will be to overcome. God will radically transform our thinking and feelings.

Godly Sorrow: Are You Walking In Holiness?

Godly Sorrow: How careful are you about your Salvation?

June 22, 2020 Nehemiah Zion

For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death. For behold this self same thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter. (2 Corinthians 7:10,11)

The initial salvation encounter with Jesus is only the beginning of a beautiful relationship ahead. A new man, a new creation plucked out from the terrible darkness, rushing into hell, is exposed to the marvellous light.

What does it take to sustain such a relationship? The Godly sorrow experience wasn’t reserved for pre-salvation alone. It’s an experience that not only convicts a person, but helps him repent and entire into a brand new future. One full of hope and joy. The scripture above shares 7 features found in those who receive the mercy of God. These features will be found in every Christian, in every believer who loves God.

What is this carefulness that was wrought in us?

When a person sorrows after a godly sort, she is one whose heart is set on the Lord. It’s a call to preserve the character of Christ on a daily basis. Anyone who enters the new way in Jesus knows this is the only way to overcome the wicked spiritual forces that have been trying to destroy mankind. The opening of the eye, the conviction of sin, the sight of the kingdom of heaven is not a natural experience, it’s a supernatural and mind blowing experience. It heals the body, refreshes the soul and resurrects the spirit to live for God alone.

You realise the preciousness of your life, now understanding your true worth i.e. the blood of Jesus Christ shed for ALL MANKIND on Calvary. You realise the darkness you were really in when you did not know Jesus. Without Jesus, there was no hope, no true joy, no meaning to life. With Jesus, He is the reason to live.

Every true believer makes sure they live each day growing in the milk of the Word of God to the meat level (maturity). In the new purpose, obeying God’s Word and doing His perfect will.

The carefulness is in walking in this new way.

Jesus accepts us however we are when we receive Him first, so He can finish the good work in us till we meet Him again.

Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: (Philippians 1:6)

The confidence that we have is not our own but His, which we need to carefully preserve by staying in the presence of God. That’s where we are truly bold as children of God (Hebrews 4:16).

The carefulness in short, is in continuing to be an example as Jesus was. Jesus is our example, so we may walk in His footsteps.

Our transformation (Ephesians 4:21-32) is made evident in the radical change in lifestyle. Loving the things of God and remaining separated from the lifestyle of worldliness (1 John 2:14,15). Being found as an example in every area of life.

Let no one despise your youth, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. (1 Timothy 4:12)

We are careful about the words of our mouth and the meditation of our heart.

Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. (Ephesians 4:29)

We become careful in watching and praying to overcome temptation (Mark 14:38).
We continue in his goodness (Romans 11:20-22).
We stay aware of how the devil works (2 Corinthians 2:11).
Fellowship becomes a lifestyle, exhorting one another so we don’t get hardened through the deceitfulness of sin (Hebrews 3:13).

These and many more scriptures reveal how we need to preserve or be careful of our walk on this earth. The world needs Jesus now more than ever before.

Dear believer, may Christ shine in and through your life for His glory!

Godly Sorrow: How careful are you about your Salvation?

Godly Sorrow: Do you resent sin?

June 25, 2020 Nehemiah Zion

For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death. For behold this self same thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter. (2 Corinthians 7:10,11)

The born again experience, those initial moments as a new Christian is a refreshing time. You feel so special, loved, and find your spirit, soul and body in perfect peace. A weight is lifted off, you know you aren’t a weary soul anymore. The chains are gone, you are set free!

The Old Testament is replete with verses about the indignation of the Lord against the enemies of Israel. How God destroyed them completely. These enemies in the New Testament ministry represent evil forces that attack us mentally and emotionally or spiritually (Ephesians 6:12). We need to have an anger and hatred against such evil spirits and sinful acts that are manifesting in the world today.

What is the indignation for?

As believers we have been exposed to a beauty that is impossible for us to comprehend, to state a few; The beauty of God’s holiness, the preciousness of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, the power of resurrection that raised Jesus from the dead, the peace that passeth all understanding, the glorious hope of His coming and an eternity with Him, etc.

What’s the point of it all, if we aren’t living a life filled with the love of God?

After being exposed to all that in Christ, can we sit still anymore? What is the believer called to do?

God has called us to be intercessors, for what? To pray fervently for what’s going on today.

What is really happening today? 2 Timothy 3:1-5 lists out for us the true state of the world.

  1. men shall be lovers of their own selves,
  2. covetous,
  3. boasters,
  4. proud,
  5. blasphemers,
  6. disobedient to parents,
  7. unthankful,
  8. unholy,
  9. Without natural affection,
  10. trucebreakers,
  11. false accusers,
  12. incontinent,
  13. fierce,
  14. despisers of those that are good,
  15. Traitors,
  16. heady,
  17. highminded,
  18. lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
  19. Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof

When we sorrow after a Godly sort as believers, as those who have been gifted the salvation experience, we need to be found manifesting Godly conduct. It’s nice to be good, but best to be Godly. Our anger should be directed against sin and not people. Against the powers of darkness, seeking God for help in prayer and supplication, in intercession and thanksgiving for all.

As we claim the unmerited favour of God in our lives, let us also be found walking in obedience to God’s word. Let not the natures of these last days be found in us. Rather be found drawing people away from these natures by the power of prayer and an exemplary lifestyle.

Godly Sorrow: Do you resent sin?

How to be guided by Truth – (Part 3/3)

 

June 16, 2020 Nehemiah Zion

This is the final post in the series on being guided by the truth. You can read the previous posts here, and here.

Quick Recap:

ASK: God is our refuge and strength. When we as children or believers ask Him, He responds. Ask like a child to the Heavenly Father.

SEEK: All those who seek the Word of God, desire to hear His voice, love Him, hear His voice. When we walk in His Word, we walk like Jesus.

Finally, we need to take it up a notch. We need to knock so the door is opened to us.

KNOCK

Asking God, seeking His Word are all fundamental ways to be guided by the truth.

What do I mean by knocking? Once we accept Jesus as our personal Saviour, we need to be inclined to learning from those God has placed in our lives.

Jesus said,”I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.” (John 10:9)

Personal Relationship

No man is saved till Jesus is revealed to them personally. A live encounter that opens a person to walk in the fear of God. Firstly, A personal decision to obey God is followed by obedience to God’s Word. To be led by God’s Word. A close walk that involves meditating on His Word day and night (Psalms 1:2,3). A hunger and thirst for righteousness (Matthew 4:6). To walk in the character of Christ that bears fruit for the kingdom of God. Labouring for the meat that is for everlasting life (John 6:27). To be willing to give up all for Jesus (Matthew 19:21).

Secondly, a personal relationship involves being led by the Holy Spirit. The baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in unknown tongues, when given room, manifests nine gifts of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:5-8). The personal tongues, which is the result of utterance provided to all those who receive the Holy Spirit, edifies us and refreshes us in Christ to walk in character and/or face tests and trials. We do not know what to ask for ourselves most of the time (Romans 8:26) but when we pray in tongues HE puts our entire being in perspective for the day or moments when God desires to use us as an instrument of His glory. Gifts manifest as and when God wants to work in the lives of the people around us.

The call to pray without ceasing is not humanly possible, it is the baptism of the Holy Spirit that makes it possible to walk always in power that accompanies the Word of God.

Spiritual Leaders

And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: (Ephesians 4:10,11)

God has appointed spiritual leaders over us to walk in subjection.

We are increasingly more skeptical of leaders in these last days. Often treating them as individuals who need to be perfect just because they are preaching the mighty Word of God. Yes, they are to be examples, and they take on the ministry mantle as appointed and anointed by God with that belief or by faith, but sometimes they falter too.

What’s necessary for us is to understand that while we are subject to leaders, we are to only trust God’s Word. We are to walk hand-in-hand with leaders to ensure the decency and order (1 Corinthians 14:40) required in the house of God as Spirit-baptised people.

To knock at the door of counsel, we must learn to walk with those God has appointed over us.

Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine. (1 Timothy 5:17)

Elders are appointed to manage internal matters (Titus 1:5), for healing (James 5:12), to be examples (1 Peter 5:1-3) and to teach the word and doctrine.

Fellowship

Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. (Hebrews 10:25)

The body of Christ must meet as much as it’s possible. We see the early church met everyday (Acts 2:42-47). Fellowship is how we groove, be it offline, or even online. Our fingerprints online must be the fruit of what we are receiving from God offline, in fellowship and worship.

More on why we need fellowship: Knock here.

How to be guided by Truth? (Part 3/3)

How to be guided by Truth – Part ⅔

June 15, 2020 Nehemiah Zion

Hope you’ve read the first post on how to be guided by the truth. I shared about how we need to ask God to guide us. We need to surrender, to ask Him.

Seek

Secondly, we need to seek God to be guided by the truth. Seeking God entails, seeking His precious Word. Making sure you hear from Him.

Who to seek?

Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. When we sincerely seek the Truth, we will find Jesus. Cornelius knew that A GOD existed. He did not know THE GOD, till GOD Himself sent angels to Cornelius to summon Peter the Apostle to preach the gospel to them. When Cornelius and his household believed the Word of God, they also were anointed with the Holy Spirit which is given only to the children of God.

What to seek?

Jesus makes it easy for us to understand what to seek.

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (Matthew 6:33)

What is the kingdom of God? It is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. When we desire the things of God, set our affections on things above (Colossians 3:1-3), we are trusting in God to take care of all our earthly needs. We need to seek the riches and wealth of heaven, and not the earth. The pandemic has helped most of the world realise that they either need God or nothing belongs to them.

How to seek?

If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; (Proverbs 2:4)

The Word of God gives us a knowledge, wisdom and understanding that is of Heaven. For where our treasure is, there is our heart too (Matthew 6:21). Most Christians struggle in their journey because the Word of God is not THE source of life for them. What happens when Jesus is life? You seek the Word with tears (Psalms 126:5).

When to seek?

Psalms 16:8 teaches us to seek God always. Be it in our good times or bad times, He is always available. He is a very present help in trouble. Pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17). All the time is the best time. Now, is the best time. He is always available for those who seek Him whenever they do.

Where to seek?

Psalms 16:11 reveals in His presence there is fullness of Joy. Wherever you can pray, is where you can seek Him. Anyplace, anywhere, if you do not have access to fellowship.

Why to seek?

There are many reasons for us to seek the Word of God. I’ll share only one for now.

To save ourselves and others from Hell.

Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee. (1 Timothy 4:16)

How to be guided by Truth – Part ⅔

How to be guided by Truth – (Part ⅓)

June 12, 2020 Nehemiah Zion

Every human being needs a guide. Without a guide we would be lost.

I want to share three ways to be guided by the truth.

Ask

To ask, we need to know whom to ask. One needs to know the guide, trust in them before really being committed to be guided by them. Naturally, we’ve grown up listening to, being influenced by those around us – parents or guardians, teachers or mentors, religious leaders, successful people, etc. Now, having experienced the world ourselves, we know their understanding is limited. We learn there’s more to life than what we see, hear, or feel.

We need the truth that encompasses all.

God presented Himself to us in the garden of Eden to respond to our every need. Adam and Eve lived in the abundance of God’s provision. They lacked nothing, they had more than they could ask or think. It was the perfect lifestyle on earth.

The Book of Genesis reveals how sin disrupted their clean and pure living because of disobedience. The free life became a struggling one. Life wasn’t the same anymore. Man became more divided and began to carry out their many inventions. Man chose to do his own will rather than God’s.

But, all those who turned to God and asked His help were again blessed abundantly. He is the loving Father who forgives to heal and restore and fulfill all joy. In the presence of God there is fullness of Joy (Psalms 16:11)

Every born again believer’s identity is found in Christ alone. All others are “Christians” or whatever they want to call themselves.

What is the identity of a believer? ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people (1 Peter 2:9)

What is he on earth for? To show forth the praises of God (1 Peter 2:9)

Where did he come from? A terrible darkness, into this marvellous light (1 Peter 2:9)

We were lost once, but God had mercy and revealed Himself to us through the precious sacrifice of Jesus on the cross of Calvary which took away our sins. Through the Resurrection He gave us a victory over death.

Come believing and ASK

The Syrophenician woman was a Gentile, a non believer (Matthew 15:22-28). She recognised Jesus as Lord. She fell at His feet for the deliverance of her daughter who was possessed with unclean spirits. She knew only God could help her. She did not just ask Jesus, she won His heart to receive deliverance for her daughter. Get into the heart of worship, desire earnestly and humbly, and you will hear from God.

Be a child and ASK

Concerning the baptism of the Holy Spirit, in Luke 11:9-13, Jesus compares the earthly father with the Heavenly Father.

If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him? (Luke 11:13)

ASK and receive your victory

When we ask God as children, He provides. In these last days, many are living in confusion and hopelessness. This should not be the state of a child of God, no matter what happens to them. As children we must learn to come boldly to the throne of God and ASK to receive.

Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:16)

To all those who need victory over hopelessness or loneliness or anxiety, ask Jesus, He is wisdom, He is the Truth. He will guide you to victory.

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. (James 1:5)

How to be guided by Truth? (Part ⅓)