THE CHRISTIAN WALK
|Sunday, June 17, 2018|
Cameron, Texas, USA
s it possible to be a genuine follower, truly-regenerated soul and born-again child of the King and still participate in the current temporal world? I am talking about running the current worldly system. Unless you expressly heard from Him to do this; it is impossible to occupy public office on earth today and not be swallowed and compromised. Even here in the United States with modicum of public morality and ethics-until most recently when such values are being assaulted and seriously discounted-it is extremely difficult to occupy public office and maintain your Christian values. Again, I am not saying you can't, but you must have heard directly from the Holy Spirit to go into public office in order to display His Light in our present dark and morally-debased world. This is the verdict; Satan and his demons are currently in charge of the present worldly system. While the Sovereign Lord God Almighty rules the earth, Satan rules the world. There are 21 Bible revealing difference between the world and the earth which we will explain at a later column article. In other words, there is a difference between the earth and the world, but many times, people are confused, even some Christians think our Lord Jesus Christ rules the world. He doesn't and He told us this fact plainly: "Jesus said, "My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place" (John 18:36). Again, to let us know His Kingdom is in the Street of Time, our Lord Jesus Christ disclosed yet again in Matthew 26:52-54: " Put your sword back in its place," Jesus said to him, "for all who draw the sword will die by the sword. Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels? But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?"
So if the Kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is not in and of this world, why then does He leave us -you and all of us who are His own-on this earth/world after we gave our lives to Him instead of taking us straight to heaven? He answered that question Himself thus: "In My Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am" (John 14:2-3). Do you get it now? There are three reasons we are still hanging around here on earth/world more three decades after I-Moshood Fayemiwo in particular- gave my life to the Lord Jesus Christ: First, we are still here to undergo our heaven orientation. Every year, it is done to newly-graduated Nigerian university students serving their nation in a compulsory national unity building scheme known as the national youth service corps (NYSC). You are sent to another part of the nation and made to undergo a -six week orientation so as to familiarize yourself with your new environment and be able to imbibe the culture of your primary place of assignment for one year. The same the Holy Spirit does to all those who have given their lives to the King. My Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will not pluck and yank you out of this earth/world peremptorily as soon as you become His own. Know this here and now, if you're truly a regenerated soul, you're undergoing right now on this planet earth a heaven orientation. In other words, your life and activities should be preparing you and me for life in our future permanent home. That is why our Lord Jesus Christ reminded the Pharisees of His Day and you and me today this way: "Once, on being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, "The coming of the kingdom of God is not something that can be observed, nor will people say, 'Here it is,' or 'There it is,' because the kingdom of God is in you…" (Luke 17:20-21).
The second reason Jesus Christ leaves us here for now is; to enable you and me to fulfill our individual mission on earth. I disclosed here last week and this is worth reiterating; you're here on this planet earth for a purpose. You are not an accident; you didn't just fall from the sky. There is an assignment He has given you to carry out right here and right now. If you say you are a Christian and you cannot tell me in pith your purposeful existence, something is fundamentally wrong and you need to check your Christianity. This is how the True Lord God Almighty put it: "And for your lifeblood I will surely demand an accounting. I will demand an accounting from every animal. And from each human being, too, I will demand an accounting for the life of another human being" (Gen. 9:5). Are you living your life for food, clothing and shelter only? Are you heaven-minded or earthly-focused? Are you fulfilling the reason and purpose for your existence? Do you think you're having a nice time by amassing wealth, building houses, acquiring automobiles, buying jets, planes and yachts, counting your sexual exploits, running after women and men, drinking and partying and living it up and think you are living life to the fullest? Hear what the King says to you and me in Revelation 22:12:"Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done."
Lastly, the reason why you and I are still here is embedded in that Gen 9:5: That you and I can tell others Who Jesus Christ is, His redeeming and life transforming power and the incipient calamity and woes awaiting a perishing, lose, incredibly unbelieving, cynically ignorant, moral relative and incorrigibly sinful and monotonously unfaithful world. In church parlance, we call it witnessing and spreading the Good News of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ which is too good to be kept to oneself. Any human being and most importantly, a changed soul that has not concretized life essentials from the above prisms is not yet a genuine disciple and follower of the King of kings and Lord and lords.
Last week, we identified the first set of Christians that had no clue about this heartbeat of the Lord and Savior, because they are Delusional Saved and Church-Going Christians. This week our Lord Jesus Christ identified the second set of Christians and He called them the Sardisinian Bad-Finishing Christians. Unlike the Delusional Saved and Church-Going Christians who weren't part of Him; these Christians actually started well. But something happened and they didn't make it to the finished line. Here were the King's Observation and Assessment of these Christians: "To the angel of the church in Sardis write: These are the words of him who holds the seven spirits of God and the seven stars. I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead. Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have found your deeds unfinished in the sight of my God. Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; hold it fast, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you." The early believers of the True Way, which later became known as Christians exhibited certain spiritual behavioral traits in the Province of Lydia in the Early Church which distinguished them from the brethren in Miletus, Ephesus and Smyna Fellowships. Today, six of such traits can be identified in the modern Church congregation and Christian fold.
First, Sardisinian Christians often and most assuredly fail the test of faith as our Lord Jesus Christ observed: "The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful" (Matthew 13: 20b-22). When I gave my life to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, everything about me changed. My life ambition, my goals, plans and aspirations radically changed, including my priorities. In testing your faith, Satan will petition the Lord for all that you have and own. Your money, wealth, material possessions and all those stuffs that we so much value and cling unto; yes, Satan will put them all on the line. When Jesus Christ declared matter-of-factly; you cannot and can never serve Him and Mammon at the same time, He meant it. Satan and his demons have experimented with the human race for eons and they have discovered that we are so emotionally attached to material possessions and when we are confronted with decision to choose between what we own and the Owner of all things-Jesus Christ-we always certainly hold on to what we own. To varying degrees, we shall pass through Job's experience. You see, the Lord God Almighty will eventually give you all that you have lost when Satan is petitioning Him for your material possessions during your Trial of Faith just as He has given me more that I can ever imagine, but during that trial, it can be extremely difficult. In the Christian Walk, our faith must be individually tested. Papa Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Saul, David etc were all tested. King Saul didn't make it. In the Journey of Life, and more especially when you made a choice, a life-defining choice for Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, you shall be severely tested. Many do not pass the test and shrink away from the faith. A popular Hollywood celebrity once remarked tongues-in-cheeks: "I can't give my life to Jesus Christ, because I will lose all the wealth and money I have acquired and I am not ready to be a poor person." So I sent him a note thus: "You will eventually lose everything anyway and that is when you die. After all, you won't take anything out of here." The first characteristic of Sardisinian Christians is that they are rich fools. Remember Mrs Lot.
I say the earth is different from the world. The former was created by the True Lord God Almighty (Gen. 1:1), but the latter was created by Satan aftermath of the fall of our First Parents; Adam and Eve (Luke 4:4-6: "The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. I will give You authority over all these kingdoms and all their glory," he said. "For it has been relinquished to me, and I can give it to anyone I wish. If you worship me, it will be all yours" What was our Lord's reply to Satan? "Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Worship the Lord your God and serve him only." If the Holy Spirit opens your spiritual eyes to see the reach, depth and magnitude of Satan and his demons in all our life's activities: from politics, economic, education, entertainment to religion, culture, the arts, sports, music, media and the social media, business, traditional institutions etc, you will be amazed. Evil is so pervasive on the earth. Our award-winning book; "The Kingdom of Satan Exposed" (https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-kingdom-of-satan-exposed-activities-of-principalities-and-demon-worship-in-our-world-inside-the-world-of-witchcraft-voodoo-warlocks-and-spiritual-warfare-moshood-ademola-fayemiwo/1120887689) is just a scratch on the Satanic surface on the human race. Because of the perversity of evil on earth, Apostle Peter referred to us as "pilgrims on earth" (I Peter 2:11-12). Like the Nigerian youth corps member above who must return to his or her real life engagement from his one-year primary assignment to the fatherland, genuine Christians must shun the current worldly system because, as Apostle John screamed: "Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them" (I John 2:15). But Sardisinian Christians have one foot in the world and one foot in His Kingdom; eventually the former would draw them away from the latter and they soon become like Demas, "…because he loved this world, has deserted me" (2 Timothy 4:10). Honestly, this world has nothing good to offer. This is the truth! I have been there and here and have seen it all; there is nothing, absolutely nothing that this current perishing world superintend by Satan and his demons has to offer me, compared with the amazing awe-struck Glorious and Marvelous attraction of the kingdom of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Hallelujah! I pray you who are reading this will not fall into the destructive trap Demas fell into in Jesus Mighty Name, Amen.
The creature amoeba has no distinct feature and personality. It adapts to every environment it suits because it is a bogus creature. Sardisinian Christians are spiritual amoeba lacking focus and torn by conflicting allegiances. Why do they change all the time? They suffer intense spiritual identity crisis, because they do not know who they are in Christ Jesus. A foremost traditional ruler in Nigeria extended an invitation to me asking me to be conferred with a prestigious traditional chieftaincy title. I looked at him and told him pointblank that he was demoting me. "Kabiyesi, I am already a king, actually a king greater than you," I replied to his offer and we all laughed. He thought I was joking, but the spiritual import was not lost. As the child and follower of Jesus Christ, the Lord of lords and King of kings, I operate at a higher spiritual level more than any traditional ruler, living or dead, temporal anywhere on the face of this earth. The day the True Lord God Almighty disclosed to Moses thus: "Then the LORD said to Moses, "See, I have made you like God to Pharaoh, and your brother Aaron will be your prophet" (Exodus 7:1), that was the day Moses knew who he was in the Lord. My Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is King of kings and Lord of lords-I am that small king and small lord-with power over all earthly and worldly lords and kings, including Satan and his minions; demons and humans alike. To be made and conferred with a chieftaincy title by any traditional ruler on earth is a demotion. Do you know who you are as a child of the King? Any born-again and Holy Spirit-filled Christian enticed by the pride of life in whatever guise and hue is a Sardisinian Christian who still needs to get it together. I reiterate the nth time; this present world has nothing, absolutely nothing to offer me. The pride of life is an anathema to a true child and follower of the King of kings and Lord of lords, Hallelujah!
The fourth feature of the Sardisinian Christian is half-commitment and half-focused devotion to the final prize. Remember the King disclosed that they started and began this Journey of Life with enthusiasm, but midway they fell and couldn't be put back together again. What happened? They lack enough oil or have no oil in their spiritual lamp; it is not enough to believe; you must know the reason and basis for your belief. There are many religious practitioners, extremely loyal, faithful, committed and completely sold out to their beliefs, but they aren't sure how true this thing we are so committed to is. It is possible to believe a lie for a long time. Why die for something you doubt? Examine what you are being taught and test every spirit with the revelation truth of the Most High God. Zeal has nothing to do with the truth, knowledge is. Zeal that is not based on knowledge is ignorance. Brother T.L. was a Christian and he started very well. When he preached, the floor shook and everyone thought he was part of the fold. All of a sudden, our brother told his wife and family he was leaving the United States for Africa to do business. He didn't disclose the nature of his business and why he would leave his wife and five children behind here in Virginia for Africa. Mr. T.L. was dealing with his inner demons. I had cause to warn him repeatedly to get his acts together, but he didn't listen. On arriving in Africa, he started running after strange women. His last exploit was with a married woman whose husband set a trap for our philandering Christ-believing friend deceived by Satan. He was cornered and his assailants didn't have a gun to kill him so they took a pressing iron and smashed his head and finished him off. When the eerie news reached us here in the States of his gruesome and tragic demise, I wasn't taken aback. I had cause to drive away strange women from his house while his wife and family were away on numerous occasions. Mr. T.L. started well, but ended on the Other Side with Satan and such people are objects of mockery and abuse by Satan and his demons in the pit. I pray you will not end up like Mr. T.L in Jesus Mighty Name, Amen.
Do you know there are some Christians who doubt the word of God in their inmost? Yes, they project saintly outward, but in their hearts, they do not believe all they read and study in the Book of Life. They doubt the Word of the Living Good like the children of Israel in the wilderness. Can you imagine a so-called Christian arguing that Jesus Christ was and is just a prophet but not God Almighty in the flesh? Can you imagine a so-called Christian arguing that there is nothing known as the Holy Spirit, but just an active force of God? Yet, these so-called Christians go about sharing their own version of the Good News witnessing to the world? How can you witness to the world what is not in the revealed Word of God? I have lived in three Continents of the world and every time I see them, I invite them to my house to teach them rather than drive them away. Just as Apostle Paul warned in Titus of such Christians in Crete: "They must be silenced, because they are disrupting whole households by teaching things they ought not to teach--…" (Titus 1:11). Each time I invite them for spiritual lecturing, they become sober and somber. That should be your attitude to such Sardisinian Christians from now onward.
Finally, Sardisinian Christians are victims of Clash of Wills: they are also extremists. Yes, our Lord Jesus Christ and His Kingdom are not of this world, but He also told us to use Wisdom and Knowledge that aren't of this world to conduct our affairs in a crooked and perverse generation. Giving unto Caesar what his Caesar's doesn't mean you're compromising your religious faith, but using His Wisdom to function in a Christ-rejecting world. Even in the fold, these Christians can be intolerant like Diotrephes the Church bully; "…who loves to be first, will not welcome us. … spreading malicious nonsense about us. Not satisfied with that, he even refuses to welcome other believers. He also stops those who want to do so and puts them out of the church. Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good. Anyone who does what is good is from God. Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God" (3 John 9b-11). These are the six characteristics of the Sardisinian Christians. But our Lord Jesus Christ had a few in this church-fold who made it to the finished land unlike their Delusional Saved Church-Going Christians identified last week. The few Sardisinian Christians who made it succeeded for three main reasons: they spoke out against unrighteousness in the assembly, they fought the good fight and finally, they endured till the end. The incestuous man in Corinth, David after Bathsheba episode, and Peter the Apostle after denying the Lord are some of the examples of those who made it to the finished line in spite of their errors and bumps they encountered on the Christian Walk. I pray you and I and all those reading this will make it to the finished line in Jesus Mighty Name, Amen.
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