THE CHRISTIAN WALK
|Monday, October 5, 2020|
Cameron, Texas, USA
hen God Almighty created our First Parents: Adam and Eve, He placed them in the Garden of Eden. But He didn't leave them by themselves. He was always coming to play and interact with them. Adam and Eve had an uninterrupted fellowship and unimpeded access to God Almighty because they had the right spirit. Since Jehovah God is Spirit, Adam and Eve too were spirits hence their ability to fellowship with the God head. We do not know how long this relationship existed till the disobedience of our First Parents. This harmonious relationship between God and man suddenly ceased when Satan tempted Adam and Eve to disobey their Maker. Hitherto, God had warned the twain. "You are free to eat from any tree in the garden, but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil for when you eat of it you will surely die" (Genesis 2:16-17). And verily they died. God was not testing Adam as human beings have interpreted that Commandment. No, the Sovereign Lord was plainly telling Adam the truth.
The aftermath of their disobedience was spiritual death. They could not fellowship with God anymore. Satan, the archenemy of God and the human race injected His wicked fruit into the heart of man. Through Adam and Eve's disobedience, sin-lawlessness, self-independence, recalcitrant attitudes and insubordination to God Almighty, pride, rebellion, wickedness etc. entered into a hitherto sinless world. "Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men" (Romans 5:12). All human beings without exception, born of man and woman inherited this "God-separated-life" from this First Couple. Only our Lord, Master and Savior Jesus Christ who had no earthly father did not inherit this Adamic nature. Our spiritual state changed immediately we lost contact and fellowship with God. From spiritual beings we became humans, mere mortals. Just as Satan and his rebellious cohorts were driven from heaven and hurled to the earth (Revelation 12:9-10) thus becoming supernatural beings, man too became natural being. Since God is Spirit and now Adam and his offspring have become flesh, God had to take His Spirit from man. "Then the Lord said, My Spirit shall not abide in man forever, for he is flesh" (Genesis 6:3 (ASV).
The consequences were that not only did man lose contact with God, but man could only hear God Almighty in his subconscious state. And simultaneously man became easy prey to Satan and his fiendish accomplices. Man's spiritual eyes and sensitivity have been marred by sin. God was not bound to listen to our pleas, because we have sinned and fallen short of His Glory. Meanwhile, Satan and his demons have now established pernicious stronghold in our lives. They are now entrenched in the lives of Adam's offspring. They can use our spiritual eyes, ears, sexual organs, in fact any part of our bodies as they wish. You see, Satan and his demons are spirits even though they are fallen and depraved. Spirits do not have souls, and were not created to inhabit the earth but heaven thus driving out Satan and his rebellious hordes and renegades from heaven was the greatest punishment God inflicted on them. For these foul spirits to live on earth they need souls which they do not have, but they knew Adam and his offspring possessed. They want these souls thus the constant war between human beings and satanic forces. For Satan and his demons to use our spiritual bodies to operate in the supernatural world, our physical flesh must cease to operate in the natural realm. This is the origin of sleep. It is the cessation of all natural activities, a state of physical inactivity. A sleeping state is temporary death. No wonder an adage says; sleep is a brother of death. As we all know, there are two types of bodies, natural and spiritual bodies. "If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body,” (1 Corinthians 15:44). Both natural and spiritual bodies are intricately linked. Just as we have physical eyes which enable us to visualize natural-physical objects, so are spiritual eyes to see into the spirit realm. Adam and Eve, and by extension all their offspring (you and I) lost our spiritual bodies aftermath of the fall of our First Parents in the Garden of Eden. Today, Satan and his demons can hear conservations of human beings, can see us but we cannot see them. "Then God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water, she went and filled the skin with water and gave the boy a drink" (Genesis 21:19). We are familiar with this story. Abraham had sent Hagar away after the birth of the Covenant child, Isaac. While Hagar and Ishmael were in the desert, they ran out of water. But as the child started to cry for lack of water, an angel of the Lord appeared to comfort Hagar. But what we want to point out in the verse quoted above is that part; "God opened the eyes of Hagar to see a nearby well.” What does this mean? For sure, scripture never told us Hagar was a blind woman. So if Hagar was not physically blind, how come God opened her "eyes''? Understandably, it was Hagar's spiritual eyes that God opened. If a well of water was around physically, scripture would have read: "God showed her or pointed to a well of water nearby for her: "Then the Lord opened Balaam’s eyes and he saw the angel of the Lord standing in the road with his sword drawn. So he bowed low and fell face down" (Numbers 22:31).
This is another apt illustration of the distinct reality of spiritual eyes as opposed to physical-natural eyes. Was Balaam's blind? Certainly not, at least not physically, thus which eyes did God open then? Balaam's spiritual eyes of course! A man of God was once invited to settle a family quarrel for a Christian couple some time ago. As he arrived at the living room, hear what he saw, as he told fellow ministers later: "I saw two black creatures, one at the back of the wife, the other pointing to the husband. I was the only person who saw these foul creatures. The picture came in a flash and then it was gone.” The Holy Spirit was to interpret these weird beings as the two demons responsible for the quarrels, violence, and instability in that home. Now which eyes of this man of God did the Holy Spirit open? His spiritual eyes! You can read the following scriptures for more understanding: 2 Kings 6:9-23; I Corinthians 2:5-16,15:1-58; 2 Corinthians 12:1-10; Revelation 1:9-20. Since the fall of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden and by extension, their descendants-you and I-Satan and his demons have been using these spiritual bodies of men and women to perpetrate evil on earth as seen in preceding chapters. When someone takes your cloth and wear it to commit crime you have been impersonated. So it is in the Kingdom of Darkness.
Masquerading demons use people's spiritual bodies to commit evil among human beings. It should be noted however, that these spiritual bodies are useless without human souls. You see, there is a difference between spirit and soul. God created man in His own Image and likeness (Genesis I: 26-28). What is the Image of God? It simply means; God, the Father; God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. This is the Trinity, albeit some pseudo-Christians and unbelievers have misinterpreted this spiritual truth. They say God cannot be Three. Trinity does not say God is Three. No, the concept of Trinity is scripturally sound in that it says God Almighty is Three- distinct Personalities in His Being. The Holy Bible is full of God’s Triune Personality. "In the beginning God (The Father) created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty darkness was over the surface of the deep and the Spirit of God (God. Holy Spirit) was hovering over the water and God (God the Son said ... “(Genesis 1: 1-3). Again another scripture to support Trinity: "The Lord appeared to Abraham near the great trees of Mamre while he was sitting at the entrance to his tent in the he, of the day. Abraham looked up and saw Three (emphasize mine) men standing nearby ... “(Genesis 18: 1-2).
There are copious references to Trinity in the Bible such as; “God also said to Moses I am the Lord. I appeared to Abraham to Isaac and to Jacob as God Almighty. But by my name the Lord I did not make myself known to them.” (Exodus 6:2.3). This Triune personality of God He replicated in us when He was about to create man. In Genesis I: 26 we read: "Then God said: Le Us make man in our own image, in our likeness ...” "We know the words: "us" and "our" are plurals referring to Three personalities of God in heaven. He replicated it in man thus: "Then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground (body) and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life (spirit) and man became a living being (soul)"----(Genesis 2:7). "And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground (man the body) and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life (man the spirit) and man became a living soul (man the soul)" – (Genesis 2: 7 -ASV). Man -which is the generic name for the human race, referring to both male and female sexes- is basically a spirit with a soul living in a body.
The three distinct personality of man can be classified as follows: (I)' Man the Spirit-The Spirit is divided into three levels thus: #Intuition: I Samuel 3:8; #Communion: John 4:23-24; #Conscience: Romans 2:15. (II) Man the Soul: The soul is subdivided into the following components namely: #Mind: I Corinthians 14: 14-16; #Emotions: John 12: 16; #Memory: John 12:16; #Intellect: I Corinthians 2:6-8 #Will: Matthew 7:21 John 6:35-40 #Imagination: Jude 10 (III) Man the Body: The Body comprises of six components namely: #Vision: #Hearing: #Taste: #Touch: #Smell: #Sex: At the fall of Adam and Eve, we lost our spiritual bodies completely but our souls still remain our own. It is because the Spiritual body is useless and not effective until it is combined with the Soul that prompts Satan and his demons to wage relentless war to capture the human soul. You see, the soul houses human personality because it is the seat of will. God too wants the soul but does not intrude on man's personality thus encroaching on our will. God wants man to give Him his will willingly, hence the constant admonition of our Lord Jesus to men to do God's will. God controls every spirit including the spirits of Satan and his demons. When the soul willingly submits to God Almighty, man's spirit becomes sharpened and alive to the Holy Spirit. Since God is Spirit, it should be clearly understood that He speaks only to the human spirit. The human soul, however developed cannot hear or receive spiritual messages from God. The human soul can and is capable of performing certain functions of the spirit but it is not and can never be substituted for the human spirit. We are talking of human spirit here and not the Holy Spirit. Just as one can use the human soul to read the Holy Bible as one will read any secular book, but no human being can understand what the Holy Bible contains if we read the Bible with our human souls. Our Lord Jesus Christ made this plain to the Israelites: “…The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life.” (John 6: 63b). So if God’s words (Holy Bible) are spirit and life, it simply means you must have the life of God’s Spirit in you, who is the Holy Spirit for you to be able to understand God’s words. No matter your secular education, if you do not have the Holy Spirit, you can’t hear from God, can’t communicate with Him, can’t read the Holy Bible and understand it, period! Why is this so! “The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.” (I Corinthians 2: 14). This is why the so-called PhD holders of this world ( including this columnist)who are not regenerated and born-again laugh at Christians, because they don’t get it. They don’t understand that secular education which Apostle Paul called “human wisdom” is inadequate and cannot and will never substitute for God’s wisdom. “This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words,” (I Corinthians 2: 13).
Now that we know the composition of the human personality, and the two sides of the human existence; believers and unbelievers, God’s children and Satan’s children, how does God speak to human beings on earth via dreams? "Why do you complain to Him (God)? That He answers none of man sword? For God does speak-now one way, now another, though man may not perceive it. In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls on men as they slumber in their beds,” (-Job 33:13-15). From the above scripture, ElIihu, speaking through the Holy Spirit was telling us that God Almighty speaks to human beings, both believers and unbelievers. But the problem is not with God but man who may not understand Him. And the Sovereign Lord Himself promised in the Old Testament: "I will pour out my spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, Your old men will dream dreams. Your young men will see visions" (Joel 2:28). As a loving, caring and merciful Father, God takes it as a duty to warn every human being, believer and unbeliever alike, when Satan and his demons are planning evil against us. But an unbeliever who does not have the Holy Spirit would find it difficult to understand or "perceive" it. Who then is to blame when bad things happen to human beings on earth? Certainly not God Almighty. In the scripture quoted above in Joel 2: 28, God Himself personally says, He would give His Spirit to men and women-those who will fear and obey Him and submit to Him-to enable them see visions and dreams. But the Holy Spirit was once taken away as a result of Adam and Eve’s First Sin (Genesis 6: 3). However, the Sacrificial Death of our Lord Jesus Christ had paid for the sin of Adam and Eve; the human race had been forgiven and God has proclaimed general amnesty because of the Virgin Birth, Death by Crucifixion of Jesus Christ and His Resurrection. This is what is called the ministry of reconciliation which enables every human soul on earth now to enter into a new relationship with God. Hallelujah! But only those who believe in Jesus Christ; submit to Him and confess Him as Lord and Savior can enjoy this ministry of reconciliation and hear from God. No matter how religious, pious in your own eyes, gentle, dogged in following religious dogmas, no matter your level of secular educational accomplishment, self-meditation and self-mental exertion, self-efforts and meditation, no matter how zealous you are of the things of God, if you do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you cannot understand when God speaks to you in your dream. God is Spirit, He speaks through His Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit comes to you after confessing Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. That is how it works. That was why Jesus Christ told the Jews: “Jesus answered: "Don't you know me Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, 'Show us the Father? (John 14: 9). The Lord God Almighty purposed salvation of fallen human race, He came to the earth as God the Son in our Lord Jesus Christ to carry out His purpose and now is on the earth as God the Holy Spirit applying salvation. He’s coming back soon to restore all things as He originally purposed, and this Triune God in His Personality is yet the Same and One God. Hallelujah! “But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come,” (John 16: 13).
No human being can hear from God through his or her soul. God speaks to us in dreams via the intuitive part of the human spirit and the Holy Spirit interprets to man in the conscious realm. When you have a dream from God, it is couched in spiritual language. A regenerated soul that is submissive to the Holy Spirit can discern spiritual language. This is why even the world's greatest philosophers, scientists, thinkers and so-called scholars do not comprehend God Almighty and understand spiritual matters. They rely on their intellect which is part of the soul, but only and only in the human spirit that has submitted to the Holy Spirit in man-the human race-does God speak to His creatures. "The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God, except the (Holy) Spirit of God.... The man without the (Holy) Spirit does not accept the things that came from the Spirit of God, far they are foolishness ta him, and he cannot understand them because they are spiritually discerned,” (1 Corinthians 2; 10-14). Now that we know how God speaks to us in dreams via the Holy Spirit and our spirit working in obedience with God's Spirit, let's tum our attention to why God speaks to us. TO BE CONTINUED
GOV. AKEREDOLU RETURNS AS PROPHESIED IN THIS COLUMN
On Saturday September 26,2020 two weeks to the last concluded governorship election in my home state of Ondo, the True Lord God Almighty revealed to us that the incumbent helmsman of the Sunshine State, Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu of the All Progressive Congress APC would return for his second and final term of 4 years. Here is the link to the epochal prophecy as published in this column https://nigeriaworld.com/feature/publication/fayemiwo/092620.html
Our prophecy has been fulfilled, thanks to the King of kings and Glory to the Lord of lords.
As we revealed in that prophecy, Mr Eyitayo Jegede should be warming up in four year’s time to succeed Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu as my prophecy declares.