28 OCTOBER, 2018

PASTOR’S CORNER

THE MYSTERIES OF THE HEALTHY TOTAL MAN IN CHRIST:

THE POWER OF SPIRITUAL EXERCISE

REFERENCES: PSALM 131:1-2, I TIMOTHY 4: 7-9, JEREMIAH 23: 28-29, PSALMS 10: 15

We have discussed the importance of changing our spiritual status upward, as well as the need to eat the right diet in order to make that happen.

As important as eating the right spiritual diet, it is just as important that you also engage in spiritual training.

Every sportsperson worth his salt understands the importance of exercise. For instance, George Weah of Liberia can look the way he does today, only because he is no longer a professional footballer.

Strong meat belongs to those who have exercised their senses (Heb 5:14). Therefore, if God would give you strong revelations, you have a duty. When you hear the Word, you should take it home and engage in some spiritual workout with the Word you have received. As you train your senses, you grow in the Spirit.

 Ps 131:1-2

LORD, my heart is not haughty, nor mine eyes lofty: neither do I exercise myself in great matters, or in things too high for me.

This is the story of David.

Samuel anoints him king over all Israel; he goes back to the bush.

He is discovered in the bush for his music abilities, and connected to the palace to minister to the king; he decides that life is too posh and goes back to the bush.

His father sends him to get food to his brothers at the battle front. There, he is divinely set up to kill Goliath and ensure victory for Israel. He gives the head to king Saul, studies the sword of the dead giant; and again, for the third time, he heads for the bush.

Thankfully, Jonathan was on hand to quench his foolishness this time around. It was he who ensured he remained in the city. He relieved him of his sling and stones, giving him a sword and a soldier’s apparel instead.

This is the backstory of this Psalm. He is saying, ‘if I had my way, I would still be in the bush. I don’t care for great matters. I just want to lead sheep and goats, and kill lions and bears in the bush. City and palace matters are too high for me, and I do not care for them’.

However, God had other plans for him, and finally, he had to quiet down and yield to being weaned off the bush by God. 

Many Christians can relate to the life of David here.

You are content with the ‘bush’ level of spiritual and mental existence. What does it matter if you have been anointed king over our world, what does it matter that you were divinely connected to high places, or that God wrought a great victory by your hands? You just want to remain in your comfortable ‘bush’ place.

You want to remain behind the scenes, not willing to make waves. You do not want live beyond the status quo of your world- your family, environment, territory. You do not care to be a blessing to the whole world.

Surely I have behaved and quieted myself, as a child that is weaned of his mother: my soul is even as a weaned child.

Yet, God has destined you for greatness, to exercise yourself in great matters; and He knows how to kick you; out of your ‘bush’ place, and into your palace.

Like a mother weaning a child, He knows that you will not receive the capacity you need for greatness while you remain at the same level.

The man who would become big in life cannot continue feeding on milk.

Therefore, He will wean you off your small-minded thinking, and push you to eat big, exercise accordingly, and think big. He will not be moved by your tears, tantrums or longing looks for the milk of your past.

Your level must change; and so must your diet. You can no longer eat to dwell in shallow places; rather, you must now eat for the stamina to do business in the deep.

I Tim 4: 7-9

But refuse and avoid irreverent legends (profane and impure and godless fictions, mere grandmothers’ tales) and silly myths, and express your disapproval of them. Train yourself toward godliness (piety), [keeping yourself spiritually fit] [AMP].

There are things you must refuse. Do not waste your time with wasteful activities. Rather, invest your time in spiritual exercise. In doing so, you bring out the power, fire, and divine capacity for greatness that has been lying low in you.

Sportsmen know to keep physically fit, because their vision does not allow for the unnecessary accumulation of fat.

For physical training is of some value (useful for a little), but godliness (spiritual training) is useful and of value in everything and in every way…[AMP]

Physical exercise has little profit; it’s use is limited to this world. However, spiritual exercise in godliness profitable in everything and everyway [AMP].

If you want to develop the muscles to fight and overcome in every aspect of life, train yourself in godliness.

…for it holds promise for the present life…[AMP]

Whatever dream, prophecy or vision you may be pursuing, understand that its fulfilment is determined by your level of exercise.

As you fast, study, meditate and pray concerning your vision, you are working out the fulfilment of the promise it holds.

…and also for the life which is to come. [AMP]

The profitability of spiritual exercise transcends this life. You cannot fast, study the Word, meditate and pray, and end up in hell. Your spiritual senses will be active and alert. You will not suffer the fate of those who are spiritually asleep.

This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation.

This saying is reliable and worthy of complete acceptance by everybody. [AMP]

No one can despise this saying; no profession or situation is exempted from it. It is worthy of acceptance by everyone.

Jer 23: 28-29

The prophet that hath a dream, let him tell a dream; and he that hath my word, let him speak my word faithfully. What is the chaff to the wheat? Saith the LORD.

The devil has worked hard to deceive the Church in this dispensation. It is a sad reality that many Christians seek after prophecy, rather than exercise themselves in the study of the Word.

Yet God has given us a clear picture: the man with the Word is the man with divine substance. Prophecies and dreams are like chaff- the husk that is done away with. You can also liken them to milk: there is a level at which they lack the ability sustain you any longer. 

The Word- divine principles- are higher than prophecies.

The question is: which would you rather have: the wheat or the chaff?

Is not my word like as a fire? Saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?

Is not My word like fire [that consumes all that cannot endure the test]? Says the Lord, and like a hammer that breaks in pieces the rock [of most stubborn resistance]? [AMP]

The Word is the carrier of the power and fire of God.

If you are yet to see the fire in the Word, it is because you have not exercised your senses. When you give yourself to spiritual training, you develop your divine abilities.

With the Word, you become a crushing terror to every resistance. Any stubborn personality resisting your movement, your progress will suffer a shattering destruction.

Many suffer in the hands of the wicked because they lack divine hammer. They go through the battle of life without the right weapon.

However, to the one with the hammer of the Word, no opposition is of consequence. You shall be fit to conquer, to possess your territory because you have become unstoppable.

Ps 10: 15

Break thou the arm of the wicked and the evil man: seek out his wickedness till thou find none.

Break the arm of the wicked man; and as for the evil man, search out his wickedness until You find no more. [AMP]

Now that you have the hammer of the Word, you have a responsibility: break the power of the wicked over your life.

First, you must search out all his wickedness. This means that you must learn to navigate in the realm of the spirit; you locate them wherever they are. If you are ready to search them out, God is ready to reveal to you.

You search them out, to break them in pieces. Do not rest on your oars, until you have found, and destroyed them all. You do not stop until you cannot find any trace of his wickedness anymore.

PRAYER POINTS

In the name of Jesus,

  • Fire of God, come alive in me.
  • My life, I charge you; showcase the power of God in you.
  • Every wicked hand, doing evil works over the works of my hands; I search you out, and I break you to pieces.
  • Candidates of darkness flying against my life; I search you out, I cut you down by fire.
  • My past, I cast you out of my life.
  • Any stubborn power, in my way; I break you in pieces by fire.