Between the Light and the Lies

“And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.  For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.  But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”
John 3:19-21 NKJV

If the evidence the opposition threatens to present frightens you, then you have something sinister to hide.

I am sure you are wondering where I am going with this. Well, here it is. A friend sent me a link to a ‘once saved, forever saved’ post seeking my thoughts on the it.

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The Question of ‘Once Saved Forever Saved’ Part 3: What does grace look like in the context of scripture?

Does grace overlook it when we sin? No, it doesn’t. The Scripture says;

“…Whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of hell fire.” Matthew 5:22 NKJV

And again, in James it says;

“Whoever keeps the whole Law but stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it”. James 2:10 Berean Study Bible (More on these verses in my next post, because I know how these verses are easily labeled ‘Old Testament in nature’).

With that said, we need to understand the position of grace in relation to sin, so, let’s look at a profound verse in Romans:

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COMMUNICATION 101: The Soul of a Healthy Debate

COMMUNICATION 101: The Soul of a Healthy Debate

Lessons from a discussion between a five-year-old and his father.

A young boy of 5 asked his father, ‘’Dad, why do we pay tax?’’ The father went on and on about how taxpayer’s money is used to fix roads, fund security and education and he listed so many other uses appealing to logic and reason. He explained why tax should be paid but the young boy was still not persuaded by his father’s reply. Then the father said, “Even Jesus said, ‘Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar'”.

Then the young child jumped at that answer, “Dad! That’s exactly my point. Caesar died over 2000 years ago, why do we still pay taxes to him?”

THE LESSON
From this story, we can clearly see that the effective teacher is not the one who simply ‘knows his onions’ or the one who can merely communicate his points fluently.
On the contrary, the effective teacher understands his audience (not just his onions) and makes a conscious effort to connect with them (not just to communicate).

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Becoming A Son

The Christian’s journey from birth to maturity is a progression from servant-hood through friendship to son-ship. According to Galatians, a child is no different from a servant even though he is the heir of all things. That means that what we are by birth-right is not necessarily what we are by experience. Therefore if a believer must experience his inheritance in Christ, he must make the transition from a servant to becoming a friend and then ultimately a son. A believer does this by converting his birth-right into life experiences in Christ Jesus.

Unfortunately for many Christians, especially those of the ‘new creation’ and ‘positive confession’ movement, they presume that they are already sons. They presume maturity without process because they mistake our birth-right for our experience, but this is not entirely true. One is inherent while the other is relative. Our birth-right is Christ’s provisions of grace for us, but our experience is based on how much of these provisions we draw on by faith.

An heir that lives like a servant is just like a man with hundreds of billions in his account but refuses to make withdrawals from it, his living standard will not mirror his account balance. You can be the heir of the universe and still live like a pauper. You can decide to make minor adjustments to live like a millionaire, but you will still be living below the standards and possibilities destined for you by virtue of your bank account. That’s the difference between the provisions of grace and our experience by faith. As our faith experiences increases, our journey progresses from that of a servant to that of a son. In other words, we can tell whether we are servants, friends or sons based on the particular experience we have on this spiritual journey.

There are still those who think, based on the superfluous nature of their experiences, that they have become sons. Sadly, this is not true either. It is not the nature of an experience but the experience itself that serves as an indicator of where we are. To illustrate, you don’t progress from an employee to an entrepreneur simply because you had a exponential raise in your salary. Neither do people cease to be C.E.Os simply because they became bankrupt. So don’t let the spectacular nature of your Christian experience (or lack of it) delude you into presumption. Instead, look at the sign posts in your prophetic pilgrimage and let them be an indicator for where you are.

For those still in doubt about where they are on this journey, here is a poem God inspired me to write about servants, friends and sons. Meditate on it, it will help you pin point where you are on this journey of faith.

Of Servants, Friends and Sons

Servants are valuable, they come at a price,
Friends are rare gems, they are hard to come by,
Sons on the other hand, are priceless.

A man becomes a servant when he sacrifices his free will,
A servant becomes a friend when he begins to love,
A friend becomes a son when he accepts adoption.

Servants go the whole distance,
Friends go the extra mile,
Sons don’t keep scores, they walk in the Father’s footsteps.

Servants worship because it’s in their job description,
Friends do because they love to,
For sons, worship is second-nature to them.

A servant is committed to work of service,
A friend is committed to relationship,
And a son is committed to legacy.

A servant is driven by duty,
A friend by loyalty,
But a son by family name, heritage and posterity.

Servants are given responsibility,
Friends are given access,
Sons are given authority.

Servants are stationed in the Father’s field,
Friends in the Father’s house,
but sons at the right hand of the Father.

Servants know Him as the way,
Friends know Him as the truth,
Sons know Him as their life.

Servants are entrusted with instruction,
Friends with secrets,
But sons are entrusted with the whole estate.

Are you a servant of God, are you a friend of God, or are you a son? A true son does not leave the virtues and culture learnt while being a servant or a friend, he takes them along with him into son-ship. To be a son in whom the Father is well pleased we must do the same. For in the end, we are all called to wear these three hats, so that as believers, we continue in the service of our king, befriending our God, and crying out Abba Father.

Adams Allison.

 

Dedicated to my father, Pastor Tunde Bakare.

Signs Of The Times (Part 1): Discerning The Face Of The Sky

After the outcome of the U.S. elections, many were startled. Most of those who wanted Hillary to win were outraged at the results while many of those who supported Trump were surprised that he won. Either way, no one saw it coming. In light of this unexpected outcome, a brother and friend in church began to wonder why we (as believers) didn’t see this coming, why we couldn’t read the ‘hand writing on the wall’. He told me that the shocking outcome of the U.S elections led him back to these words of our Lord Jesus Christ;

Hypocrites! You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times. Matthew 16:3b

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The Celestial Garment

Criteria For The Last Move Of God In His Church

In our last post we spoke on the significance of the Man Child, today, what I want to do is show us what we need to do to transit from ‘The Woman’ (of Revelation Chapter 12) to the Man Child. To do this I have to expound on the significance of the attire of the Woman – the ‘sun, moon and 12 stars’.

Clothed with the Sun.
Like we said before, the Sun is the glory of the Father, each time the Woman surfaced on the earth, she was clothed with the glory of the Father. In Israel before Moses was born, it was the Blessings of Jacob upon his twelve sons, in Mary, it was the Power of the Holy Spirit that overshadowed her. Therefore, it is of uttermost importance that this generation be clothed with the glory of the Father if we must take the leap from being the Woman to being the Man Child.

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The Man Child (Part II)

Across the nations of the earth, God’s servants have been shown visions and given prophetic words about a great and powerful move of the Spirit that will transcend anything we have ever seen or heard before. They have all called this movement by different names raging from; the saint movement, to dove movement, and even the last and final reformation of the church. I, on the other hand have decided to call this movement ‘the Man Child’. All of them are correct, however, the Man Child differs in one respect, it captures the Big Picture of this move of God while all others spoken by these prophets reveal only aspects of the Man Child.

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