And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. (Matt. 14:26 KJV)

God desires that His children know Him. This is the content and context of the new covenant. About this desire, the Bible says, “But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.” (Jer. 31:33-34 KJV). To know Him is God’s prima facie agenda in His relation and interaction with Man; we must gain this important point and notice.

Since the fall of Man occasioned by Man’s disobedience to the ordinance of God back in Eden, the carnal or fallen nature of Man has been a great hinderance and limitation to the knowledge and comprehension of God. As was back in Eden, the carnal nature retracts from the entreaties of God to having a relation or interaction with God. Bible says, “they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool [afternoon breeze] of the day, so the man and his wife hid and kept themselves hidden from the [d]presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to Adam, and said to him, “Where are you?” He said, “I heard the sound of You [walking] in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself.” (Gen. 3:8-10 AMP). Notice, Man hid and kept themselves hidden from the [d]presence of the Lord God. This is the crux and root of Man’s isolation from the knowledge of God. The carnal nature always shrinks or hides from the presence of God. It is for knowing God that Jesus came to redeem and restore Man. The Bible says, “no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.” (Matt. 11:27 KJV). Man’s fallen nature is so absurd and estranged from the knowledge of God; the Bible says, “no man knoweth…”

In God’s bid to make Himself known to Man, the natural Man is always terrified at every instance of God’s bid to reach him. First in Eden, Man hid himself, also as Jesus was walking on the water approaching His disciples; “they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear”.

 In Man’s natural or carnal state, Man cannot interact with God nor comprehend God. This is the important basis for being born of the Spirit. God is a Spirit. For Man to interact with God; Man must share the nature that makes God comprehensible; being and walking in the Spirit.

The Bible says, “But the natural [unbelieving] man does not accept the things [the teachings and revelations] of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness [absurd and illogical] to him; and he is incapable of understanding them, because they are spiritually discerned and appreciated, [and he is unqualified to judge spiritual matters]” (1 Cor. 2:14 AMP). When one is born of the Spirit, it becomes tolerable and possible to know and understand God, to aptly comprehend the revelation of God and grow into His Nature.

You must be born of the Spirit. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, carnal and natural but that which is born of God is of God being of The Spirit as God. Please, be born again.

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Seek First the Kingdom of God

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

Ranking is the arrangement of items in a specified order. It is the notion of organizing items in a preferential order; to highlight the items on the scale of importance to a specific notice. Ranking creates orderly arrangement so the first item is first in the table of preference.

Where there is no specified order, unqualified items gain undue preference and selection of best in the class becomes greatly impaired. Judgement is obscured and data integrity is murky as there is no sense of order to treat what is first, first. Where there is no order, confusion is imminent.

It is important that we have order in our lives; God does.  The Bible says our “…God is not the author of confusion but of peace…”  (1 Cor. 14:33). Everything God does is succinctly organized that is works so smoothly and peacefully. There is quietness in everything God does that it so noiseless yet very effective. The serial and specific outline of creation typical of our natural environment speaks of the acute sense for order that built the Earth and the Cycles that sustains our Earth. The construction of the Earth rotation in specific and chronological order is the template upon which time and calendar is built. We take cue from the natural order installed by God to define and align our lives and activities on the Earth. What an orderly and efficient system our God built.

God’s design is so granular that any upset of the order triggers massive and extensive regress of the Earth structure with severe and far reaching consequences. Take the depletion of the Earth ozone layer for instance. Man’s industrial and chemical evolution has caused monumental pollution that perforated the protective layer that God in His judgment and wisdom wrapped the Earth with to insulate the Earth’s surface from unnecessary and dangerous rays from the Sun. The same effect is felt in every area where and when Man interfere with Divine and Natural order.

Consider this for a minute, God in wisdom says, “But seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and his righteousness…”; this order is what aligns all other things Man may desire or pursuit. We must gain the wisdom in this ode and live. How true to the calamity and disorder we see and experience in our World today because we violate Divine order. We reverse the order and seek things first and when nothing works or things break we revert to God, if we ever did.

Beloved, let’s re-arrange our lives and activities according to the outline order; God first and like magnetic pull, that serialization of God being first will by auto setting fix and compel alignment of all “these things” or all other things as the Bible says in sequence no other arrangement could comport.

Gain order; put God First.

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You Need an Alter

And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God (Luke 17:15 KJV)

We must learn and know to glorify God. In the context of the referenced scripture, our blessed Savior illustrated the need and blessing in glorifying God. Ten lepers had met the Lord Jesus and had been divinely impacted that they experienced a cleansing by the Word of the Lord Jesus Christ to them.

Sin is a term or form of spiritual leprosy; sin denotes leprosy spiritually. This is the state of everyman. According to the scriptures, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23 KJV) in that state, all men were separated from God, opposed to the nature of God and could not approach unto God except by the Lord Jesus Christ.

It is about this rescue and cleansing that the Bible says, “…ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light; Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.” (1 Peter 2:9-10). Notice the Bible says, “in time past were not a people, but are now a people of God:” this is the salvation plan that Jesus brought and delivered.  Being cleansed from the leprosy of sin and justified by faith we are reconciled unto God but must now live a life that glorifies God.

Ten represents responsibility or completeness of order. Take for instance the Ten commandments, they codified the complete order of God’s demand of man or the responsibility of Man toward God. The Ten lepers represented Man’s colossal failure at fulfilling God’s righteous demands but Jesus came to cleanse Man from the stain and guilt of sin…“Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;” (Romans 3:24-25 KJV).

Now being justified by Faith, like that one leper who returned to give thanks to Jesus Christ, we need and must return in newness of life to live and lead a lifestyle that glorifies God. This is the “thanksgiving’ fit and required of us. The Bible actually describes it thus, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Romans 12:1-2 KJV)

Beloved, having received cleansing from the nature and rule of sin that had separated us from God, we must return to God to serve Him in a newness of life that glorifies God as a worthy and deserving thanksgiving to Him who restored us to Himself…this is our reasonable service.

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One Thing is Needful

But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her. (Luke 10:42 KJV)

It is important that we understand our need to come to the Lord Jesus Christ.

Beloved, we must come to Jesus Christ, the Living stone that provides the living water. This is needful and important for our health and wellness. According to the Bible; “In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (John 7:37-38 KJV).  To derive the fortune, fatness and riches inherent in the Living Stone; we must come!

Notice, the invitation is to any man (that) thirsts; this typifies the vulnerability, need and requirement of the Children of Israel (symbolic of the Church) on their journey from the Egypt to Canaan; the promised land. At a point, they became thirsty and desperate for water. The Bible says, “The whole Israelite community set out from the Desert of Sin, traveling from place to place as the Lord commanded. They camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink. So they quarreled with Moses and said, “Give us water to drink.” But the people were thirsty for water there, and they grumbled against Moses. They said, “Why did you bring us up out of Egypt to make us and our children and livestock die of thirst?” (Exo. 17:1-3 KJV).  The people were dire and desperately thirsty during their journey but there was no water. David would also say of his own experience, “O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; (Psalm 63:1 KJV)

The various experiences the Children of Israel encountered and documented typifies the Christian life, experiences, journey from the World (Egypt) to the Heaven (God’s promised land).

When the Children of Israel encountered this desperate thirst, the Bible says, “the Lord said unto Moses, Go on before the people, and take with thee of the elders of Israel; and thy rod, wherewith thou smotest the river, take in thine hand, and go. Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb; and thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink. And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel.” (Exo. 17:5-6 KJV). The people would come to that rock to drink and quench their thirst. That rock would later be identified as Christ, the Bible says: “they all drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ. (1 Cor. 10:4 KJV)

Beloved, it is to that same Rock, that you and I must come to quench all life’s thirst. The Bible identified Jesus Christ as the Rock, the Spiritual Rock, Living Stone, chosen by God and Precious to Him to provide relief for all life’s thirst. We must come to the Living Stone and drink; we cannot claim we are busy, occupied or engaged. The need to quench the thirst is the urgency that must drive us to the Living Stone to derive and draw the much-needed living waters and as Jesus said; we would find rest for our souls. Come to the Rock.

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